Reviewed June 28, 2011
We enjoyed our first trip to Gilded Pine Meadows four years ago so much that we extended the three-day reservations to ten and returned as soon as we could. The warm, cozy atmosphere and friendly accommodating hosts made us believe that we were visiting beloved family.
There are two well furnished bedrooms, private off-street parking, a large tree filled yard, and many other amenities. The wide well-lighted sun porch, perfect for reading, sketching, and conversation has a white embossed metal stove that Eric uses to build a cozy fire each night. In the daytime you can watch elk from the porch while they roam in and eat grass in the yard.
We like the Boyd room: turn-of-the-century furnished, complete with a period white iron bed frame holding a comfortable mattress and draped with airy, embroidered curtains. A dress and hat worn by Fanny Boyd accented the décor. A generous sized skylight over the twin sinks plus a large, claw-foot tub floods the bath with light. Generous, fluffy towels and washcloths complete the bath experience.
Caprissa and Eric serve delicious breakfasts, made even better by the conversations after eating. The hosts take turns with breakfast preparations and both are good cooks. (Be sure and ask Eric to make his German pancakes. Umm!)
Estes Park boasts quite a few haunted sites, the Stanley Hotel, residence of Stephen King while he wrote "The Shining," being the most famous. I never believed in ghosts. After staying at Gilded Pine Meadows, though, I changed my mind.
Each time we stayed there, we had an unexplainable and most vivid "haunting" experience in which I felt and saw a spirit. The experiences were unforgettable and we consider them an “extra amenity.” They only increase our desire to return to Gilded Pine Meadows. Whatever I encountered was benign and like Caprissa and Eric, seemed like family.
Gilded Pine Meadows is one of our favorites out of over 150 B&Bs in which we have stayed in the US and other countries. I heartily recommend GPM to anyone who wants a relaxing and comfortable stay. If you are lucky, you might also get the “extra amenities.”
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gilded Pine Meadows B&B is a mile outside of the historic town of Estes Park. We are a few minutes from the Fall River Road entrance into Rocky Mountain National Park. The B&B is a Victorian Cottage that sits on five acres. Decorated in antiques and family heirlooms. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gilded Pine Meadows Bed And Breakfast Estes Park, CO