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The Lodge at the Stanley is a Kinda Sorta B&B

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  Site Where: 333 E Wonderview Ave [map], Estes Park, Colorado, United States, 80517
April 17, 2013 at 11:45 AM | by | ()

The Stanley Hotel near Rocky Mountain National Park is known for being spooky, for sure, and it certainly has its place in pop culture for inspiring Stephen King's novel The Shining and making a cameo in every twentysomething male's favorite film, "Dumb and Dumber" (race you to the top!).

But did you know about the sister property right next door called the Lodge at the Stanley? It used to be a "bachelor’s building," created specifically for solo male travelers back in the day (1910), but today the 40-room boutique inn is more like a bed and breakfast than a lodge.

“I call it a luxury inn,” said chef/innkeeper Midge Knerr, who ran a bed and breakfast in Rhode Island for 30 years and was one of New York City’s first female chefs. “It exudes a bit more of mountain feel – cozier than the main building, with an artisan touch.”

The Lodge underwent a renovation about a year ago and brought in Knerr. She wakes up at 3 a.m. every morning to prepare breakfast (just as we're about to call it a night). As you can see in the photos, they did a nice job of making it feel like an inn of only a few rooms, like you're sitting down in someone's house for a home-cooked meal. And yes, breakfast is included in your rate, just like at a regular B&B.

Another cool feature is every window is subtly tinted to reduce glare, each looking out onto the Rockies, providing a backdrop for room. To preserve the history of the building, the decor includes sepia-toned photos, historical maps from the 1900s, Navajo rugs and prints, and old-west wood furnishings.

We consider the Lodge a nice alternative to the Stanley for those looking for less "hoopla" and a more relaxed experience. The Stanley is a great hotel, but it can draw a lot of attention to itself in the form of tours and day-trippers, so it's not always the best spot to kick back on the porch with a cup of coffee on a clear mountain morning.

The Lodge might not be a traditional B&B due to its size, but we're impressed by its efforts to make such a large operation feel so small. For what it's worth, it's listed on bedandbreakfast.com and is a member of the Select Registry. Rates start at $199 per night.

[Photo: The Stanley Hotel]

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