The Wesley & Rose lobby bar lays claim to this title. Savor a seasonal dinner menu starring locally sourced delights — think Colorado grass-fed beef and fresh salads topped with goat cheese from the dairy down the road. Sunday brunches tempt taste buds with dishes like vegan breakfast bowls, huevos rancheros and beignets. The drink menu is nothing to sneeze at either: Whether your poison is Colorado craft beer or a creative smoked cocktail, you’re sure to find a tipple to tickle your fancy.
Best room to book
Treat yourself to the Green Room, where you can sip your coffee on the wrought-iron balcony as the spectacular river and mountain views provide an extra morning pick-me-up. Actually, you can treat the whole fam to this room because, in addition to the king-sized bed, there’s a bunkbed — all outfitted in spa-worthy linens and rustic-chic decor like macramé wall hangings and retro reading lights.
Our favorite traveler review
“Gorgeous stay nestled in nature. My husband and I were so happy to stumble upon this hotel while driving around Buena Vista. The hotel is simply beautiful, very modern yet authentic, and tucked against the river with beautiful views and trails. We discovered that this hotel is part of the creation of an intentional community, so there is a cute green plaza in front of the hotel where we enjoyed live music, and a cafe and brewery within walking distance. Very impressed by the design, quality and intention behind it. Would definitely stay again.” — Veronica F., Tripadvisor
Things to see and do nearby
Honestly, what isn’t there to do nearby? A 36-minute drive lands you in St. Elmo, one of Colorado’s best-preserved ghost towns to search for specters among the 43 buildings. Just 10 miles away you’ll find Browns Canyon National Monument, where you can hike or hook up with an outfitter to shoot some of the most popular whitewater rapids on the Arkansas. If you like your waters a little calmer, you’ll also be in close proximity to the mineral-rich soaking pools at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. And powder hounds can swish down 66 runs at Monarch Mountain or squeal with glee on the tubing slopes.