Unprecedented flooding ravaged the Front Range in Colorado beginning September 9, 2013. Record rainfall washed out roads; damaged and destroyed homes, buildings and businesses; and pushed drainage and sewage systems to their breaking points.
The waters are steadily draining, and residents of Colorado are fighting to repair and rebuild their beautiful state. Washed out roads are being reconstructed. Damaged buildings are getting repaired. Landscapes are being recreated. And the countryside is being cleaned to its previous splendor.
We recently checked in with the five Select Registry inns in Colorado to see how they are dealing with the floods and aftermath.
This beautiful mountain town was one of the hardest hit as the roads leading in and out of town were completely washed away. We are happy to report that access to the village has been restored via Colorado Hwy 7, via the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway. Hwy 19 from Boulder to Nederland was opened earlier this week. The more direct routes to Estes Park have been made a priority and others will be reopened as soon as possible.
“Luckily for guests and residents, autumn is the perfect time of year for a scenic drive along the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway to enjoy the fall foliage,” commented Damien Boynton from the Lodge at Stanley Hotel. “October is a great time to explore the Historic Stanley Hotel and participate in one of their Ghost & History Tours or even a Paranormal Investigation.”
For those looking for something less dramatic but equally as enjoyable, Estes Park also offers great opportunities to get a head start on holiday shopping, to cozy up in front of the fireplace at the lodge, or enjoy a delicious meal at area restaurants.
The Lodge at the Stanley Hotel offers guests the choice of 40 guest rooms in the boutique hotel adjacent to the infamous Stanley Hotel. While the Stanley Hotel is famed for its role in the Stephen King novel “The Shining,” the Lodge is making a name for itself as a luxurious retreat for refined travelers.
For a more intimate getaway to Estes Park, choose the Romantic Riversong Inn. The secluded inn, which is also open and welcoming guests, is located on 27 wooded acres and has only 10 guest rooms, making for a very quiet and serene, yet luxurious experience.
The inn is a favorite of lovers. Fall is a great time to take advantage of the inn’s beautiful grounds and mountain backdrops to say “I Do.” Whether you a looking to elope or plan an intimate event, the innkeepers and staff are ready to help you plan the perfect ceremony and cozy honeymoon at the inn.
David Alford from the Blue Lake Ranch reports, “Southwest Colorado received more than normal precipitation but had no major flooding. All businesses are open, and we were not majorly affected. The area as whole has been raising money to help those who were directly affected.”
Blue Lake Ranch is located on a private 200-acre estate only 30 minutes from Mesa Verde National Park and only 10 minutes from a multitude of mountain activities and limitless breathtaking views. The 16-guestroom inn also offers guests the convenience of the Ridgewood Event Center and Ranch House on the same property.
The Old Town Guest House suffered no physical damage. “We are near the affected area but well above flood level and out of harm’s way. Access to our inn has been continuous, and with few exceptions, the local attractions and activities are and have been open for business,” report Shirley and Don Wick. “Our heart goes out to those who have suffered losses from last year’s fire and now the flooding. We pray that next year will return to normalcy in the area.”
They encourage travelers to contact businesses at their destination during such times. “What might be devastating to one street will have no impact on the next; what the national news reports as cataclysmic event is rarely so serious to those living through the event,” they advise.
The Old Town Guest House offers guests 8 guestrooms with private porches overlooking Pike’s Peak. The three-story brick boutique b&b B&B-style inn caters to adult leisure and business travelers looking for upscale, luxurious accommodations.
The Historic Castle Marne Inn was also spared from flood damages but saw the pain and devastation affecting so many other inns and businesses close to them.
One of the inn’s many noteworthy luxuries is their fresh baked breads and muffins included with the hand-made breakfast each morning. Every year, the innkeepers mail home baked muffins overseas to serve men and women in war zones. This year they saw a need much closer to home, and made some changes to their “Operation Muffin Drop” plans.
The muffins were instead sent only 60 miles to the town of Greeley, Colorado and the Food Bank of Weld County. Co-owner Louie Feher-Peiker witnessed much need and desperation when he personally delivered the muffins to the food bank. Louie and his wife Melissa are encouraging others to follow their lead and visit HelpColoradoNow.org to help in any way that they can.
You can help, too.
We at Select Registry firmly believe in giving back to communities. And you too can help those affected by the flooding and other natural disasters. If you can, follow the lead of the Feher-Peikers, and make a donation. But the most enjoyable way of giving back is to visit those areas affected. Support the local business by doing your holiday shopping in the small town shops. Eat at the great restaurants located across the state. Stay at any one of the great Select Registry inns. Your contribution, great or small, could make a big difference to the businesses struggling because of lack of business caused by these floods.
For help choosing the best bed and breakfasts in Colorado, or anywhere in North America, contact Select Registry today. Each and every one of the nearly 350 Select Registry inns has been quality assurance inspected to ensure you will enjoy a wonderful stay with your every need met and your every expectation exceeded.