Outlook Lodge Near Pikes Peak Opens With Hybrid Approach
The Outlook Lodge in Green Mountain Falls just outside of Colorado Springs is set for its grand opening tomorrow, positioning itself as a "true retreat" for the outdoorsy. It's somewhat of a rental property/hotel hybrid type of approach. Rooms, for example, are cleaned every other day and there's no front desk or on-site staff. The key is left for pickup in an old-fashioned mailbox along with the contact information for a "local host" - a resident of Green Mountain Falls - should you need some advice about where to eat or what to do.
Owner Christian Keesee thinks the concept will become popular with high profile businesspersons and celebrities looking to drop off the map for a few days (we'll keep an eye on that), but there's more to this story than a one-foot-in one-foot-out approach. Turns out, Keesee is somewhat of a celebrity in his own right. He is a noted art collector, and his pieces aren't from your local garage sale. One of his exhibits, Cloud City, is currently on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
As would be expected, Keesee has dug into his personal collection to decorate the Lodge, which features six guestrooms and is surrounded by Pikes Peak National Forest on three sides. The lodge is located near the entrance to multiple popular outdoor recreation areas, including the Cave of the Winds, Garden of the Gods, and the infamous Pike’s Peak.
Celebrities aside, it sounds like this property will be perfect for those who prefer privacy over pampering. And with all the drama surrounding the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a walk in the woods and a good (but, cheap!) cup of coffee on the wrap-around porch sounds like a breath of fresh air.
Rates start at $89/night from October through May.
[Photos: Outlook Lodge]