May 18, 2002
Eleanor's was built to be a B&B and that being said it is very well appointed and laid out. There are five or six large bedrooms with sitting areas and ensuite bathrooms each with soaker tubs. Each room has a theme and can tend towards kitsch although most of it is done playfully. The room we had was a little over the top for us, being that it was a pink Victorian theme.
The large parlour with a fireplace was what I would call "Victorian prairie". This was very warm and welcoming for our early breakfast.
Breakfast was wonderful and the highlight was fresh from the oven croissants and a local berry jam. There was all kinds of other breakfast foods but the croissants are what I remember.
The most wonderful thing about Eleanor's is Eleanor and her partner Rick. These two make the experience. They are witty, friendly, knowledgable and energetic hosts. Both Eleanor and Rick are fountains of information about the area. Rick spent over 20 years with the National Park Service and Eleanor has spent over 30 years in the hospitality and tourism industry.
The rainy cold morning that we departed on our trail ride, Rick graciously offered to drop us off at the trailhead at 8:00 am.
When I compare our stay at Eleanor's to our stay at the end of the trip in a large hotel (for more money) I was sorry that we had not booked at Eleanor's.
So if you want to have some personal attention and enjoy a bit of kitsch, Eleanor's House just might be the place for you. Check out their website at click here.
From journal The Rockies by Horseback