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Comfortable lodging and historic buildings, even here


We don't have a tremendous amount of old, old history here — this isn't New England, after all — but we do have our full share of Victorian architecture and other well-preserved or restored homes that serve as enjoyable bed and breakfasts, many of which are long-established, peaceful lodging spots with guests who faithfully return year after year.

In Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City, you can explore almost any street with older homes and find some B&Bs. But some of them are worth special mention here.

Nothing says "Wild West" more loudly or clearly than a place called Spurs N Lace, a Victorian home from the late 1800s originally owned by a cattle rancher, but more recently moved to Old Colorado City. Its owners focus on having an atmosphere that replicates the bygone era (and the longer you stay, the cheaper your nightly rate). More at colorado-bnb.com/spursnlace.

A little closer to downtown, but still off the beaten path, is the Holden House 1902 Inn (holdenhouse.com), owned and operated by county commissioner Sallie Clark and her husband, Welling. (But you don't have to talk politics.)

One popular B&B destination is the Blue Skies Inn (blueskiesbb.com), next to the Briarhurst Manor in Manitou, with rooms that are spacious and superbly decorated, plus a hot gourmet breakfast delivered to your room.

Hidden from the bustle, near the entrance to North Cheyenne Cañon, a perfect getaway spot even for locals celebrating an anniversary or birthday is the Cheyenne Cañon Inn (cheyennecanoninn.com).

Up in Cripple Creek, the Carr Manor (carrmanor.com) stands out because it's the refurbished old school, just a block above Bennett Avenue, and oozing with local and Colorado history.

And if the sky's the limit, moving beyond the traditional B&B to restored upscale elegance, there's always The Cliff House at Pikes Peak (thecliffhouse.com) in Manitou, where celebrities once were regulars and now it has been returned to its original style.

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