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A Beginner's Guide to Bed and Breakfast Etiquette

Thursday, September 22, 2016

bed and breakfastStaying at a bed and breakfast is a drastically different experience than spending the night at a hotel. As such, owners have different expectations for guest behavior as well. Therefore, it is important that you practice appropriate etiquette when staying at a bed and breakfast. Here are four unwritten rules to keep in mind.

  1. Make special requests ahead of time. There are some things that guests should tell hosts before checking in to the bed and breakfast. For instance, it is important to make the owner aware of any dietary restrictions or food allergies so that they can plan accordingly. Also, if you have physical limitations, check to make sure the room is handicap-accessible.

  2. Adhere to the schedule. As the name suggests, breakfast is a standard feature at a bed and breakfast. It is always nice to wake up to a hearty, home-cooked meal. However, it is important to remember that the kitchen won’t be open 24/7. The innkeeper will likely have specific hours during which she will serve breakfast. Find out when the meal is served and arrive at the dining room during that timeframe.

  3. Be personable. Staying at a bed and breakfast isn’t like staying at a big hotel. Because the inn is rather small, it is a far more intimate experience. You will have the chance to chat with other guests during mealtimes and as you come and go throughout the day. Most bed and breakfasts are located in small communities, like those in Buena Vista, which has a population of less than 5,000. People in the community all know one another, so it is wise to make a good impression during your stay. Of course, if you prefer to enjoy a quiet stay alone or with a loved one, you don’t necessarily have to socialize extensively with other guests. It is your vacation, so it is up to you. Regardless, it is important that you are polite and considerate.

  4. Leave a tip. Bed and breakfasts have limited staff (if they have any at all), so oftentimes, the innkeeper will do all of the cooking and cleaning herself. Leaving a tip is a good way to recognize all of her hard work.

For your next Colorado vacation or sightseeing adventure, check out the bed and breakfast lodging in Buena Vista Colorado. Just make sure you keep these four unwritten rules in mind so that you can make the most out of your stay.

Get the Most Out of Your Vacation -- Stay at a Bed and Breakfast

Monday, August 22, 2016

bed and breakfastIf you are looking for comfortable and affordable accommodations during your relaxing escape to Buena Vista, consider staying at a bed and breakfast. From personalized service to delicious food, there are many reasons to choose bed and breakfast lodging in Buena Vista Colorado.

Usually, when choosing vacation lodging, you have to choose between comfort and cost, but not when you book a locally run bed and breakfast. Here are three of the greatest benefits you can enjoy at a BandB.

  1. The most bang for your buck

    When you stay at a hotel, you don’t get much for your money. On top of paying a per-night fee, they tend to slap on all kinds of additional charges, some of which you don’t even know about until you check out. When you stay at a bed and breakfast, however, you get a cozy room in addition to a variety of free amenities. Most BandBs now offer complimentary Wi-Fi, free parking, all the snacks you can eat, and a delicious home-cooked breakfast.


  2. Unique rooms

    The bedrooms at most bed and breakfasts are individually decorated, each one with its own style and character. Some rooms even have themes. Buena Vista, meaning "Beautiful View," was founded in 1879, and you can bet that your room will have a balcony or window view to write home about. The area is well-known for its 120-plus years of history and many of its buildings date back to the 1880s. Who knows, you could end up staying in a room with a fascinating history.


  3. Superior customer service

    At a large chain hotel, the staff can be cold, careless, and too preoccupied to attend to your specific needs. Bed and breakfasts are usually owned and run by individuals who have a more hands-on approach to managing their lodgings. Because the accommodations are smaller and more intimate, management is able to give you the attention you need as well as the privacy you crave.

Buena Vista is one of the main gateways to fun and recreation in the 1,109,782 acre San Isabel National Forest and the 148-mile long Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area. No matter what activities you choose to enjoy during your stay with us, you will be glad to get a good night’s rest at a local bed and breakfast when the day is done.

4 Ways Natural Odorless Hot Springs Can Make You Feel Healthier, Happier, and Younger

Monday, August 01, 2016

natural odorless hot springs

We all know that the legendary “fountain of youth” is just a myth, right?

But did you know that there is a place right here in the United States that has naturally occurring restorative properties? Natural odorless hot springs can leave you feeling healthier, more relaxed, and years younger. They have actually been used for their medical benefits for thousands of years, and here’s why.

Four Health Benefits of a Natural Hot Spring

  1. Improves Healing
    The water found in natural odorless hot springs is full of unfiltered minerals like calcium and sodium bicarbonate, which promote healing. As you immerse your body in these waters, your skin absorbs the minerals while the heat increases circulation of oxygen and nutrients, delivering them to the rest of your body through the blood vessels.

  2. Reduces Stress
    Many serious health conditions are worsened by unhealthy stress levels, and Americans are more stressed out than ever. The solution? Treat yourself by relaxing in a naturally occurring hot spring, you can lower your stress level and gain a more balanced outlook on life. Taking a dip in a hot spring also relieves the tension that builds up in the body, just like a massage (only without all those greasy oils). Many people have found that relieving tension this way allows them to sleep better and longer.

  3. Relieves Pain
    Several things happen to your body when you are immersed in the waters of a hot spring that lead to pain relief. The buoyancy takes some pressure off of your joints, thus reducing discomfort caused by Fibromyalgia or arthritis. The naturally occurring warmth soothes your muscles, easing symptoms related to chronic muscle tension. Finally, the full body relaxation experienced can relieve the pain associated with migraines and tension headaches.

  4. Clears Skin Conditions
    The minerals that exist in natural odorless hot springs are known to treat a variety of skin conditions. The high silica content, for instance, soothes dry patches, leaving skin smooth and moisturized. The water also contains a high level of sulfur (but without that nasty rotten egg smell!), which has been used for centuries to treat maladies like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. The warmth of the hot spring opens and invigorates the skin’s pores, acting as a natural exfoliant.


These naturally occurring hot springs can be found in the picturesque mountains of Colorado. Buena Vista, meaning “Beautiful View,” is a community in central Colorado with a population of less than 5,000. The area is aptly named, as the gorgeous mountain views are the perfect backdrop to the heavenly hot springs that attract nature-lovers from around the globe.

Once you feel relaxed and rejuvenated from your dip in the hot springs, check out all of the other exciting attractions the Colorado community has to offer. The Arkansas River runs along the eastern edge of Buena Vista, providing over 100-miles of whitewater rafting fun.

The summer is almost over but there's still time to book a last minute vacation! Go online to check out affordable accommodations and room discounts available in Buena Vista.

The 5 Most Gorgeous Mountain Views in America

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

gorgeous mountain viewsWhere will you find the most gorgeous mountain views? Right here in the United States, home to majestic mountain ranges like the Appalachians, the Adirondacks, and the Rocky Mountains.

The United States isn't just the greatest democracy in the history of creation, it's also the most geographically diverse country on the face of the planet. Somewhere in the 50 states you'll find every type of weather, ecosystem, geographical feature, and climate imaginable, from the frozen tundra of Alaska to the scorching deserts of Death Valley. If there's nothing you love more than gorgeous mountain views, then here's a short list of the most scenic spots in the country.

The Cities and Small Towns with the Most Gorgeous Mountain Views in the Country


The Matanuska Glacier, Alaska
There's only one large glacier in Alaska that's accessible by land -- the mighty Matanuska. In fact, it's the biggest glacier accessible by car in the United States, and it's located only about 100 miles from Anchorage. This famous Alaskan glacier is 27 miles long and four miles wide, making it a sight you won't soon forget.

Buena Vista, Colorado
If you love all-American small towns and gorgeous mountain views, then Buena Vista is a must-visit destination. This popular Colorado vacation spot's name actually means "beautiful view" in Spanish, and it's home to a dozen 14-footers, meaning mountains with elevations above 14,000 feet. At an elevation of 7,954 feet itself, this charming mountain town has plenty of affordable accommodations and bed and breakfasts, with panoramic views of the mountains and convenient access to trails and wildlife areas.

Pro Tip: During your Buena Vista sightseeing adventure, pay a visit to the natural, odorless hot springs in the area.

The Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
The Blue Ridge Parkway runs for 469 miles through some of the most gorgeous mountain roads anywhere in the world. The Appalachians take on a famous blue hue as they fade away as far as the eye can see. Visit the plentiful waterfalls and national parks, and don't miss the famous Biltmore Estate in Asheville.

Pro Tip: If you're driving through the Cashiers region, visit the Carolina Smokehouse for the best BBQ in North Carolina.

Los Angeles, CA
This might seem like an unlikely pick, but if you've ever gone hiking in the Los Angeles hills or visited the Griffith Observatory at sunset, then you know exactly what we mean. You don't have to live in a mansion in the iconic Hollywood Hills to appreciate the gorgeous mountain views that frame the city, which is bounded on three sides by mountains. The snowcapped San Gabriel Mountains look gorgeous from far away, but there's plenty of hiking trails within the city itself.

Honorable Mention: Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
This pretty Idaho town sits on a picturesque alpine lake, and is a popular destination among people who love gorgeous mountain views with the comforts and lodging of city life.

 

Buena Vista, CO: the Most American Town That's Ever America-ed

Thursday, May 26, 2016

bed and breakfastBuena Vista, Colorado is fast earning itself a reputation beyond the borders of Colorado, and with the upcoming VERTEX music festival, musical artists from all over the world will converge on this Colorado mountain town.

In the winter, tourists come for world-class skiing. In the summer, Colorado residents flock to Buena Vista bed and breakfasts like Buffalo Peaks for the gorgeous mountain views and nearby outdoor recreation adventures. Yet, there's something else that sets Buena Vista apart from the other tourist destinations in the United States.

Buena Vista may just be the most American town you've ever seen.

Buena Vista, Colorado is a Classic American Success Story

So what makes Buena Vista so quintessentially American? To be blunt, Americans are known for doing things big, almost to excess. And with apologies to the Catskills and Appalachian mountains, Buena Vista doesn't just have a few notable peaks. Buena Vista has about a dozen epic 14,000-foot tall mountain peaks, all named after the best colleges in the country. Bed and breakfast visitors often travel right to the top of Mount Princeton or Mount Yale while staying in town.

The Colorado gold rush covered a wide swath of territory in the Rocky Mountains and led to the creation of a number of "boom and bust" mining towns throughout modern day Chaffee County. St. Elmo, one of the nation's oldest ghost towns, is just down the road from our Bed and Breakfast. Buena Vista itself was founded in 1879 by settlers who came for the same reason tourists do today: the rich and beautiful land, natural hot springs, and gorgeous views. In fact, these settlers named the town Buena Vista because it means "beautiful views" in Spanish.

Buena Vista exploded into being almost overnight, expanding rapidly in much the same way America itself has. Within 30 years, the town had electricity, telephones, schools, and streetlights -- a rarity at the time. Speculators and travelers made the town a popular stop for passing stagecoaches, thanks to its location between Salida and Leadville. But even though Buena Vista is a relatively young town, it has a rich 120-year history, and you'll still find buildings that take back to the 19th century.

But although Buena Vista has a rich history of commerce, it retains its small town atmosphere, with less than 5,000 permanent residents. Whether you're looking for a sightseeing adventure or want to experience natural odorless hot springs, Buena Vista bed and breakfasts are conveniently located to some of the most exciting natural attractions the Rocky Mountains have to offer.

3 Reasons Why You Should Vacation in Buena Vista

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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When you think of gorgeous mountain views, outdoor fun and wildlife, Buena Vista, CO should come to mind. Nestled in the heart of central Colorado with a population of under 5,000 it has more of a small town atmosphere yet offers more than it seems. If you're still not convinced, here are a few facts that might change your mind.

1. The Name Says It All
The name Buena Vista is Spanish for "Beautiful View" and was founded in 1879. That is largely because it has an elevation of 7,954 feet. Being such a small town and mature in age, Buena Vista is known for its more than 120 years of history including its buildings, which date back to the 1880s and 1890s.

2. Affordable Accommodations Are Everywhere
With views around every corner, most people would think Buena Vista is exclusive to those who can afford the views, but that is far from the truth. Compared to more traditional Colorado vacation towns, Buena Vista offers affordable accommodations. Bed and breakfast lodging, cabins and hotels can be found just about anywhere to match your budget. While bed and breakfast locations are growing increasingly popular, there are also resorts for those looking for an all-inclusive adventure.

3. There's Something For Everyone to Enjoy
Whether you like sightseeing or outdoor activities, there's always something to get into. There are more than 10 peaks that are 14,000-foot tall in Buena Vista, including mounts Princeton, Yale, Harvard, and Columbia as well as plenty of skiing and other winter activities. The small town is one of the main gateways to recreation in the San Isabel National Forest, which is 1,109,782 acres. Once there, visitors can visit ghost towns or backpack on more than 700 miles of trails. The 148-mile long Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is also a close distance. The Arkansas River runs along the eastern edge of Buena Vista and offers over 100-miles of whitewater rafting fun.

Whether you are planning a family trip or looking for adventure, Buena Vista, CO has everything you want and need. Choose a trendy bed and breakfast overlooking the Arkansas River or an all-inclusive hotel or resort near Buena Vista attractions. One thing is for sure: you'll never forget every moment you were here.

 

Coming to the Vertex Music Festival in Buena Vista? Places To Stay, Hotels, Lodging

Friday, March 25, 2016

hotelsThis summer Buena Vista, CO will host the Vertex Inaugural Music Festival, scheduled for August 5-7, 2016. The summer music festival will be held at the Meadows Farm just outside the Colorado mountain town, and a portion of the proceeds will go to local schools and philanthropic organizations. For anyone who doesn't want to brave the campgrounds, Meadows Farm is just one mile from downtown, giving festival goers easy access to the best room discounts and hotels Buena Vista CO has to offer.

With an elevation of 7,954 feet, Buena Vista is surrounded by ten 14,000 footers, hence the name "Buena Vista," which means beautiful view in Spanish. In addition to its gorgeous mountain views, Buena Vista is known as a popular winter and summer vacation spot in Colorado, which means there is a number of hotels and bed and breakfast lodging for visitors to choose from. Music festivals have seen a major resurgence over the last decade, with millions of young people flocking to music fests like Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Coachella in California, and the massive dance music festival Electric Daisy Carnival in Nevada.

Vertex is being billed as "a present-day frontier where anything is possible. Diverse music, exhilarating outdoor adventures and artful fun and games bring people together for an enduring shared experience. Vertex’s vision is inspired by its majestic high elevation home where sky meets peaks, peaks meet valleys, and valleys meet rivers."

Not only that, but "Vertex will showcase the best of Colorado," reads a press release from LiveLoud. "As a community-minded event that merges diverse musical genres, art, and a variety of experiences and outdoor adventures, Vertex promises an elevated experience that takes the U.S. festival and its culture to new heights."

Now, Madison House Presents hopes to establish the Vertex Inaugural Music Festival In Buena Vista as a major attraction for music-lovers all over the Rocky Mountains. This March, Madison House Presents released the eclectic lineup for the summer festival, which features acts like:

  • ODESZA

  • ALABAMA SHAKES

  • TREY ANASTASIO BAND (2 SETS)

  • Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals

  • BADBADNOTGOOD

  • Big Wild

  • Classixx

  • Dawes

  • Dopapod

  • Graham Nash

  • Hiatus Kaiyote

  • Houndmouth

  • Jai Wolf

  • Robert DeLong

  • RÜFÜS DU SOL


For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the official Vertex website.

4 Reasons You're Not Going to Choose a Hotel This Time

Thursday, March 03, 2016

bed and breakfastIt’s easy to forget you have the option of staying in a bed and breakfast. After all, travel websites like Orbitz often ask you right away -- “Do you want to combine this flight with a hotel?” Before long, you start automatically searching for hotels and motels anywhere you travel.

Thin sheets, subpar breakfast options, and sterile hallways don’t have to be the norm, though, especially if you’re looking for affordable lodging in Buena Vista CO. So, are you going to stay in a bed and breakfast the next time you visit? Here are four reasons why you should.

1. Experience the Local Flavor
Buena Vista has a population of under 5,000, and this charming community has all the quirks of a mountain town you can expect. If all you do is stay in hotel rooms that look the same whether you’re in New York or Honolulu, though, you’re going to miss out on a big part of the local experience.

2. They’re Eager to Help You Out
Hotels are largely impersonal; concierge will never seek you out with recommendations. A bed and breakfast, on the other hand, has a bit of a warmer tone to it. If you’re looking for things to do during the day they’ll have numerous top local recommendations. One site worth seeing is St. Elmo, one of the state’s best preserved ghost towns -- it’s located just 30 minutes away from Buena Vista.

3. A Central Location
How often do you pick a cheap hotel, only to discover it’s off in the middle of nowhere? Our affordable locations are close to everything you need to see, and Buena Vista is known for its wildlife and mountain views. If it’s a hike you’re after, there are numerous peaks here that are over 14,000 feet tall (including mount Princeton, mount Columbia, and more!).

4. Of Course, Breakfast
It may seem obvious that a bed and breakfast offers breakfast, but the point should be underscored. How often have you read that a hotel offers “complimentary breakfast” but all it is, is fountain juice and muffins in a plastic bag? A bed and breakfast will make sure you get a full meal in before an equally full day.

Why Mountain Views Are Better Than Crowded Beaches

Monday, January 25, 2016

 

mountain viewsWhile vacations can be great for relaxing away from the stresses of everyday life, one of the greatest parts about traveling is to experience places you have never seen before. Sometimes the most memorable activities you will do on a trip are seeing incredible views that will forever be stuck in your mind.


To find the most breathtaking views, your best chance is to climb to the peak of mountains so you can see for miles. But where will you find the most breathtaking mountain views?


Some locales are renowned for their mountainous terrain and beautiful landscaping. Buena Vista in Colorado, for example, is extremely popular for its hiking trails and scenic views. In fact, when the city was founded in 1879, it was immediately dubbed Buena Vista which means, "Beautiful View."


The city holds more than 10 mountain peaks, all reaching 14,000 feet tall. This includes mounts Princeton, Yale, Harvard, and Columbia.


While other parts of Colorado may have their own gorgeous mountain views, the smalltown atmosphere of Buena Vista offers a much more secluded experience away from the hustle and bustle of cities like Denver. The community in central Colorado has a population of just under 5,000 people. Not to mention you definitely won't have to worry about finding hotels in a smaller town.


Mountain hikes are a perfect vacation activity because anyone can participate. Individuals and experienced hikers can head out on their own and visit as many peaks as they can in a day, while families can take their time enjoying the experience and their time together. Even dogs can come along and might even be more excited than you are.


Before you go sit on a crowded beach all day, consider searching for mountain views that you will never forget.

 

New Buena Vista CO Lodging Images

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Come take a look at our new lodging photos for Buffalo Peaks Lodging Buena Vista CO. Mt. Columbia and Mt. Princeton are two rooms we recently remolded. We also added new log beds for Mt. Yale and Mt. Harvard. Both Mt. Columbia and Mt. Princeton rooms have stunning views from their large window and a walkout deck. We look forward to seeing you on your next vacation.