The Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens
Tuck yourself away in Denver’s historical Potter Highlands neighborhood for a tranquil retreat that’s a hop away from all the Mile High City things you want to do. The Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens will be your relaxing oasis while you explore the many nearby locales boasting indy restaurants, coffee shops and galleries.
This mansion turned B&B is dripping in Colorado history. Built in a Victorian-era Queen Anne architectural style, the five-bedroom former home delivers unforgettable detailing. When you arrive, you’ll love the red-brick facade complete with a grand turret with a sculptural starburst on top. Inside, guests can appreciate the intricate woodwork made from sycamore, walnut, oak and cherry wood. With only a handful of guest rooms on the second floor and the grand ballroom on the third, The Lumber Baron is a truly intimate setting that’s perfect for small gatherings, honeymoons and weddings. Weekend brunch and daily afternoon tea is open to the public by reservation.
What makes it special?
The magnificent Victorian detailing is eye-popping to say the least. Each room features a unique wallpaper design fashioned by Bradbury and Bradbury, a world-renowned artistic wallpaper producer.
The most “Colorado” thing about this place
It’s the mansion’s storied past, of course. Back in the 1890s, the grand home's elaborate ballroom hosted Denver’s elite to lavish teas, dances and social events. Then in 1991, after being condemned, it was purchased and refurbished in a splendid fashion. Now, The Lumber Baron Inn is named for its original owner, John Mouat, the owner of a leading 19th-century Colorado lumber company.
Quirkiest thing to expect
The Lumber Baron’s owner, Elaine, specializes in reading Lenormand cards (similar in concept to Tarot cards), an old form of French divination that focuses on everyday happenings. She’s also a hypnotist and a spiritualist. Some guests come for the magic and reserve readings during afternoon tea. Other magical offerings include custom spell candles and crystal prescriptions (in the form of custom jewelry). For afternoon-tea etiquette >>
Also, if you hang around long enough, you just might spot Vinnie — a plump and sassy squirrel that Elaine rescued as a tiny baby. Now he lives out back in the lofty trees that hang over The Lumber Barons’ verdant gardens.
Most unexpected amenity
The Lumber Baron’s Elope in Elegance package is unexpectedly awesome. If an intimate wedding is your thing, this will take out the guess work. You can marry your honey in the B&B’s charming Rose Gardens, or inside in the Grand Ballroom or the Dining Parlors. Then a five-star chef will serve you a delectable dinner (just the two of you) or you can upgrade to a small dinner party.
Room with the best view
Head to the top of the turret for grand views of Denver and the surrounding historical neighborhood.
Our favorite traveler review
“The Lumber Baron is absolutely exquisite! Aside from the beautiful grounds, the mansion itself is so unique. The decor is stunning, and the rooms are top notch and so incredibly comfortable. I had the great pleasure of staying in the Valentine Suite. It's a truly magical place! Beyond all that, the owners are spectacular! They are so kind and accommodating. Always available and willing to help with anything! The parties they throw are totally epic! I would recommend this place to anyone for any occasion! 5 stars and MORE!” — Ali L., Tripadvisor
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