Stone Mansion Bed & Breakfast

212 East 2nd Street, Trinidad, Colorado 81082
Innkeeper(s): Robert & Jane Barker
  • Introduction

    The elegance and opulence of the historic turn-of-the-century Stone Mansion awaits you.  The Stone Mansion, completed in 1904, was designed by noted architects I.H. & William Rapp.   It is a unique example of early 20th century aesthetic sensibility.  It is a Victorian shingle style in transition to the Art & Crafts movement.  The interior is expansive, but contains many classical elements.  The original quarter-sawn golden oak woodwork is magnificent.  The home is furnished with museum quality oil paintings, furniture, and family heirlooms, all in keeping with the period of the house.

    The public areas on the first floor are comfortable and inviting.  Guests are greeted in the Mansion's spacious entry parlor, and may relax in the beautiful living room.  For more intimate surroundings, enjoy our cozy library.  Meals are served in our lavish dining room. Wireless Internet is available to our guests.

    Quaint spacious rooms and baths are located on the second floor.  Each guest room accommodates two and is ideal for a romantic getaway.  In the morning, refresh yourself in a vintage 1920's bath, featuring multiple shower heads and oversized tubs. Recently added is a third room with a private bath.

    In the late afternoon and early evening, refreshments are served in our elegant living room or, weather permitting, on the Stone Mansion's enormous front porch. A sumptuous gourmet breakfast is offered in the dining room every morning.  For those who wish to experience and explore the town, we are a scant two blocks from the shops, galleries, museums, and restaurants on Trinidad's Main Street, the center of the unique El Corazon de Trinidad National Historic District.

    The location, service, and charm of the Stone Mansion make it a delightfully inviting retreat for any time or occasion. Visit us as a vacation destination or simply a pleasant way point on a longer journey.

  • What to see and do in Trinidad

    El Corazon de Trinidad National Historic District. The old west comes alive amid opulent 100 year old buildings and eleven miles of winding brick streets.

    The Trinidad Trolley-Explore the city on the free Trinidad Trolley, which operated during the summer months.  The Trolley makes regular stops at all the attractions in the city.

    Trinidad's Municipal Golf Course-Play the top-rated 9-hole course in Colorado.  Its clubhouse is said to be Rapp's first building in the Southwestern style.

    Cougar Canyon Golf Course–Play the new Jack Nichlaus design 18 hole golf course.

    A.R. Mitchell Museum - This grand museum has one of the most beautiful interiors in a town known for its abundance of late-nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century architecture. Cowboy-artist Arthur Roy Mitchell, the museum’s namesake, was one of the nation’s premier western book-cover illustrators. He and sister Ethel “Tot” Erickson were a team, collecting western artifacts and working on historic preservation projects in Trinidad. “Mitch,” as he was affectionately known, received the Honorary Trustees Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City in 1976.

    The museum contains over 350 paintings by Mitchell and other western painters such as Harvey Dunn, Harold Von Schmidt, Nick Eggenhoffer, Larry Heller, Grant Reynard. and Ned Jacob. The museum also features an extraordinary collection of Spanish colonial folk art and early photographs by O.E. Aultman, Benjamin Wittick, and Almeron Newman.

    The museum gift shop carries traditional leather crafts, artisans’ works in all media, giclée prints of Mitchell’s famous illustrations, and original artworks. Dean Krakel’s excellent book Mitch: On the Tail End of the Old West as well as Mitchellisms: Anecdotes and Utterances of a Man of Character by local historian Richard Louden are sold in the gift shop.

    Open May-October, Tues-Sat, 10am–7pm; Sun 12pm-4pm.
    November-April, call for museum and gift shop hours.

    Trinidad History Museum

    The museum’s three landmark buildings and heritage gardens occupy a block in Trinidad’s historic district. Colorful furnishings in the adobe home of early citizens Dolores and Felipe Baca evoke the family’s lifestyle. The Bloom Mansion, home of banker and cattle baron Frank Bloom, is surrounded by century-old trees and beautiful gardens. Enjoy behind-the-scenes tours while History Colorado restores the home to its original glory. The Santa Fe Trail Museum houses family heirlooms, commercial goods, and photographs that tell the stories of the people and events of Trinidad’s past. This is where you will find a fringed buckskin coat given by Kit Carson to a Trinidad mayor.

    The museum offers a variety of programs for children, adults, and families throughout the year. The Bloom Mansion, above, may be rented for group events. The museum store carries books on local and state history, the Santa Fe Trail, Hispanic culture, gardening, ranching, mining and railroading, as well as cookbooks, children’s books, and southwestern gifts. The museum is a property of History Colorado.

    Purchase tickets for tours at the bookstore (312 E. Main Street) or in the Santa Fe Trail Museum (120 S. Chestnut, corner of Chestnut and First Streets).

    Entire museum open:
    May-September 30, Monday-Saturday, 10am–4pm (last tour leaves at 3pm).

    Book and gift shop only open:
    October-November, call for hours,
    December for your holiday shopping, call for hours.

    January-April, closed. Tours for a minimum of 12 people are available by appointment. Call 719-846-7217.

    Groups are welcome, and event rentals are available.

    The Trinidad Children's Museum, housed in Trinidad's original city hall (also a Rapp-designed building) offers fun exhibits for all ages.  The original city jail still intact and provided temporary housing for dozens of well-known desperados.

    Seasonal hunting and fishing opportunities abound.

    The Scenic Highway of Legends-Experience
    some of the most  spectacularly varied scenery in Colorado.

    Santa Fe Trail Mountain Branch – A landscape of peaks, prairie, and mesas that once saw dinosaurs, American Indians, Spanish Explorers, pioneer traders, merchants and immigrants.

    Louden-Henritze Archaeology Museum
    Trinidad State Junior College Library
    Lower Level

    The museum offers a glimpse of millions of years of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico history. Trinidad was covered by water for extended periods, evidenced by a rare fish egg fossil, shark teeth, and a partial skeleton of a mosasaur. A replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex footprint found in the vicinity and evidence of the K/T (Cretaceous/Tertiary) boundary provide clues to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Mammoth tusks and other bones of Ice Age animals are also on display. Artifacts from local archaeological excavations reveal the lifestyles of prehistoric peoples.

    Open Jan-Nov, Mon-Thurs, 10am-3pm. Call to arrange group tours.

    Old Fire House No. 1 Children’s Museum
    314 N. Commercial St.

    With its “please touch” exhibits for kids of all ages, the museum offers a hands-on adventure into Trinidad’s past. Children may sound the fire alarm and climb aboard the old red fire truck. Upstairs, a replica of an early 1900s classroom and a vintage kitchen invite imaginative play. Children love the spooky basement, which houses Trinidad’s not-so-accommodating original jail cells.

    OpenJune 9–August.,
    Thurs, Fri, Sat 10am-2pm.

    The Trinidad area has something for everyone.  Wild desert canyons and the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains are just minutes away.

    Trinidad’s Riverwalk, part of the town’s expanding trails system, meanders for miles along the lazy Purgatoire River.

    The Purgatoire River flows through Trinidad. Selected spots along its banks, as behind the State Flags & Engine 638 near Safeway, offer picnic tables and fishing access. Avid Golfer rates Trinidad’s municipal golf course one of the “ten hidden gems in the country.”

    Trinidad’s skatepark is rated ninth in the world by champion skater Tony Hawk. With lots of lines and no kinks, the skatepark provides fast full-arena runs and also accommodates the young ones.

    Central Park’s pond is stocked with rainbow trout for fishing by the
    14-and-under set only. Los Nino’s Soccer Complex is one of Trinidad’s newest parks. It has a playground and lots of room for outdoor games.