Amenities and Ambiance
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Antique furniture, western and native artifacts, original oil-paintings
and sculptures accent the authentic log-lodge feel of this alpine inn
and retreat center. A distinctive German U-boat spotting scope allows
'those who prefer to watch' to follow the progress of the more gung-ho
in their party canoeing or ascending Whitehouse or other mountain trails
above their reflection in Beaver Lake. More literary escapists may browse
and sample our extensive 'philosophical' library that ambles from Schopenhauer
to Charles Schultz. Many minor amenities range from fax machine, and
email to player piano and campfire circle.
Groups and other guests love the freedom to arrange the use of the following
major common areas to suit their own needs.
| The 35x26 Main
Meeting Room opens onto the 40x26 Main Deck and includes the
coffee bar, the slide and film projection "booth" and screen,
and the library. There is a range of set-up options to please
anyone from carpet-dwelling yogi types to boardroom meeting types.
For breakout rooms, small groups can gather in the great room,
dining room, greenhouse, on decks (seasonally), or even in the
glass and timber hot tub/body work room.
The Great Room offers any guest the informal nesting comfort
of couches surrounding the 20 foot moss rock fireplace which has
heard the tales of many artists, writers, gurus and adventure
travelers ... and is still listening. Soft light and music on
the log walls lined with buffalo robes, moose antlers and other
gifts from time spent with primal cultures, make this place to
congregate before and after dinner ... or any time crackling firelight
The "Canoe" Dinning Room seats 16 in its usual
family style arrangement but can be set up for five separate couples'
tables when desired, without altering the stimulating views of
Beaver Lake, Whitehouse Mountain, The Great Room fireplace or
the handmade 1961 Old Town Guide overhead. Guests have been heard
saying, "Canoe" please pass the salt?
The Kitchen, as it should, warms the soul as well as the
meals and snacks you may arrange for under several food plan options,
ranging from the casual B&B Breakfast to the more involved
catered or group-prepared feasts of your own design and dietary
preference. Call for details of different food plans and the dining-out
The Main Deck can serve as a break space or as a sunny
activity space for program groups like tai chi or landscape painting
classes. It is a place to grab a deck chair, and maybe a blankie
and a drink while gazing at a sunset .. or on the darkest nights
.. more stars than you ever thought visible.
hot tub enclosed by timber and glass with winter guests in
mind, has held up to 25 very friendly friends, plus one lobster
... but is more often enjoyed by one or two at any hour or season.
A smaller outdoor deck offers private sunning or a spot for courageous
winter hot tubbers to close their pores with snow angels ...Scandinavian
Wilderness at your doorstep: At 8000 feet, surrounded by
regal mountain peaks, you overlook the placid waters of Beaver
Lake and the shimmering Crystal River from this south-facing mountainside
into one of Colorado's most verdant valleys ... reputedly the
best view in Marble. Trails for all seasons and reasons abound
and many begin at the retreat with no need to even acknowledge
your car until you force yourself to depart. From the easy strolls
along tree-lined streams leading to waterfalls, to the more challenging
game paths through tundra meadows and the trail heads to Aspen
and Crested Butte, we can direct or jeep-ride you to splendid
day trips or even overnight outings to our private wilderness
in holdings. You may arrange for the use of our canoes, mountain-bikes,
snowshoes or ice-skates or bring your own back country skis or
kayaks. But there is absolutely no shame in feeling beckoned to
just relax, feel the mountain air or get lost in the scenery ...
a book ... or your dreams.