Bed and Breakfast Overlooking Colorado Plains
Located just off the interstate, charming country Claremont Inn combines convenience with comfort and attention to detail. Open-air pursuits in the nearby plains of eastern Colorado are easily accessible—but inside the inn, visitors can indulge in gourmet breakfasts and intimate, candlelit dinners or take in one of hundreds of classic films while sitting in plush lounge chairs at the onsite movie theater.
Ten guest rooms, each with their own style and character, spread out over the inn's three floors. The Waverly room fits right in with the town of Stratton, its valances and ruffled bed skirt bedecked with images of flowers and birdhouses. The Library room effuses grandeur, thanks to its chandelier, hardwood floors, and large marble shower. All rooms have private bathrooms, some with a whirlpool tub for unwinding after long days spent fighting with tollbooth operators.
Downstairs, in the sunny hearth room replete with a dome-shaped ceiling, breakfast is served daily—past entrees have included french toast and bananas foster. At dinnertime, the onsite chef prepares a fixed three-course menu in the guests-only dining room.
Colorado's Eastern Plains: Historical Sites and Nature Hikes on the Prairie
The Eastern Plains is the largest region in Colorado, stretching from the Kansas state line to the edge of the Rocky Mountains, but also the least populated. Travelers passing through are often pleasantly surprised to discover the plains' plethora of historical sites and some of the best nature hikes in the state. Among them is the Paint Mine Interpretive Park in Calhan, 4 miles of trails that showcase colorful clay spires and walls once carved by Native American tribes.
Fewer than 30 minutes from Claremont Inn sits Burlington, one of the dry-land farm communities established along the railroad in the 1880s. Many 19th-century buildings still line the streets of its Old Town—a living-history museum wherein performers take to saloons and evoke the Wild West by producing cancan shows, staging gunfights, and refusing to pay cell-phone bills. Visitors can tour Burlington's original jail cells, an old railroad depot, and a two-story manor filled with period antiques—and in the summer, travel atop horse-drawn carriages to the town's National Historic Landmark, the Kit Carson County Carousel. Built in 1905, it's still operational, with 46 wood-carved horses and giraffes that still bear their original coats of paint.