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Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn

1102 W. Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80904
Innkeeper(s): Sallie & Welling Clark

What’s for breakfast? Jenny’s Breakfast Bread Pudding 31 May 2020, 5:09 pm

Breakfast Bread PuddingJenny’s Breakfast Bread Pudding

Prep Time: 20 minutes and Cook Time: 1 hr 10 mins (includes the sauce)

Yield: 6 – 8 Persons


Ingredients-The Bread Pudding

1 loaf fresh or stale French bread
6 Eggs
2 cups Milk
½ cup/ 100 g Sugar
1 Tablespoon Apple Pie Spice
1½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/3 cup Raisins
1/3 cup Slivered Almonds (slightly toasted)
1 cup chopped and diced Peaches (fresh or frozen)
2 peeled, cored and chopped Apples
1 stick / 110 g / 4 oz Butter

The Vanilla Sauce

1 stick / 110 g / 4 oz Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 cup / 230 ml Evaporated Milk
1 cup / 200g Sugar


To make the Bread Pudding

Preheat oven to 350 F and spray 13×9 rectangle pan w/vegetable spray. Melt stick of butter in pan and set aside.

  1. Tear bread into small (not tiny) pieces, into a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl add milk, eggs, and sugar; mix well.
  3. Add vanilla and spice to egg and milk mixture; mix well. Pour egg mix over bread and mix with clean, gloved hands.
  4. Add apples, peaches, raisins, and almonds; gently mix in with hands. (Tip: lightly dredge these ingredients in flour to help them “float” in the bread pudding)
  5. Scoop the above mixture into pan with a slotted spoon and drizzle with the cooled, melted butter.
  6. Bake for about 1 hour until golden brown.

To Make The Sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan melt butter, add sugar & evaporated milk.
  2. Stir constantly and bring to a rolling boil; cook on medium heat for 3-10 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened (mixture scorches easily).
  3. When thickened, removed from heat and then add the vanilla extract. (When added over high or constant heat, vanilla evaporates).
  4. Serve warm/hot over bread pudding. As this mixture cools, it becomes too thick to pour. I serve in a small microwave safe glass pot and reheat as necessary.

What’s For Breakfast EnSuite? Carrot Cake Waffles with Maple Nut Cream Cheese 19 Apr 2020, 1:24 pm

Carrot Cake Waffles Holden HouseWaffle Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
2 eggs, separated
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 1/2 cup finely grated carrots
Cooking spray for waffle iron

Maple Nut Cream Cheese Spread Ingredients:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3-4 tablespoons maple syrup
1/8 cup chopped walnuts

1. Bloom the spices in butter: Heat 4 tablespoons butter in skillet over medium heat until melted, 1 to 2
minutes. Continue to cook, swirling pan constantly, until butter is light brown and has faint nutty aroma, 2
to 4 minutes. Add spices and continue to cook, stirring constantly, 15 seconds. Remove from heat and cool
to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
2. Combine the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda.
3. Mix together the buttermilk (or buttermilk substitute) and the egg yolks. Stir in the spiced butter and
vanilla. Spray the waffle iron well and preheat it. Stir the wet into the dry ingredients.
4. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl with a whisk or electric mixer (make sure bowl and mixer are
spotlessly clean) until they hold soft peaks. Stir them gently into the batter. Add carrots, walnuts, and
raisins. Stir gently to combine.
5. Spread a ladleful or so of batter onto the waffle iron and bake until the waffle is done, usually 3 to 5
minutes, depending on your iron. Spray iron with cooking spray between waffles as needed.
6. To make Maple Cream Cheese spread, simply combine nuts, syrup, and cream cheese and mix well. Serve
waffles immediately with a schmear of Maple Cream Cheese spread (which will get lovely and melty), or
keep them warm for a few minutes in a low oven. Waffles also freeze well. You can make a big batch,
allow them to cool, and freeze them for a homemade alternative to preservative-laden commercial frozen

More great recipes: 

#BookDirect Now and Save For Later – Holden House Offers Early Bird Discounts 22 Mar 2020, 1:43 pm

Holden House Bed & Breakfast Colorado SpringsAt Holden House, the early bird will catch the future stay discount. Our Victorian bed and breakfast focuses on making guests happy as an important part of our inn family where enjoyment, guest safety and comfort is of the utmost importance. Around the nation, and the world, travelers received surprising and recent health and travel news. As a result, Holden House has responded with travel flexibility of existing reservations and ensuring that future guests are rewarded for travel and accommodation patience.

With the current health situation in mind and to accommodate future travel plans, Holden House announced an “Early Bird 10% Discount Book Now For Later” offer to assist in pre-booking and planning your vacation. Here at Holden House, we see it as a way for future travelers to avoid the inevitable cabin-fever and help them look forward to an upcoming getaway amidst the current “social distancing” restrictions across the nation. We hope that our future guests will be able to dream-ahead when they look forward to staying at our beautiful boutique-style inn, exploring Colorado outdoor adventures, local activities, shopping, dining and more.

Guests at Holden House who book through May 31, 2020 will receive a 10% discount on their advance lodging reservations valid for anytime during 2020 when you stay two or more consecutive nights. The best part is that there is no need to delay making a reservation when you #BookDirect and apply the 10% discount. In order to receive the #BookDirect discount, guests must book through the official website or call the inn at 719-471-3980. Guests who book through third party booking sites are not eligible for the 10% discount #BookDirect offer.

As a AAA Diamond “Inspected” property, we continue to receive excellent ratings, including an award for AAA “Housekeeping Excellence” and 5 out of 5 stars from TripAdvisor. Another plus is that at Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn, our innkeeping staff boasts over 150+ years of combined experience in the hospitality industry with an average on-the-job experience of 25+ years. What also sets our inn apart from other properties is that Holden House first opened its doors in 1986 and is still under the same ownership today of Sallie and Welling Clark, ensuring staying power and meticulous attention to detail.

Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn features six guest suites, each with a private bath in three side-by-side Victorian homes. Full gourmet breakfast is included in the rate with an optional breakfast ensuite “Romance Package” for an additional fee. The inn is located near the historic districts of Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs and only one mile from downtown Colorado Springs, nestled on a quiet residential tree-lined street. Off-street parking, Free WiFi and up-to-date amenities provide a comfortable environment for relaxation. Old-fashioned porch swings and rocking chairs line the Victorian wrap-around verandah with views of the inn’s welcoming Shakespeare garden. Afternoon wine, beverages and snacks, 24 hour coffee/tea and fresh home baked cookies are also included.

To make a reservation, visit and click on make reservation/check availability. After selecting your room, you will be able to add and apply the “Early Bird 10% Discount Book Now For Later” discount package. You can also call our innkeepers direct at 719-471-3980 to make a reservation or receive more information. The official Holden House website also offers additional add-on packages and a gift shop with options to purchase signature spa robes, embossed wine glasses, personalize teddy bears, and more to be delivered to your room when you arrive.

Advantages of staying small – keeping you safe and happy during COVID-19 14 Mar 2020, 1:32 pm


UPDATED July, 2020*

We love making our guests happy here at the inn and you’re an important part of the Holden House Best of Housekeeping Award Holden House family. Your enjoyment and safety are of the utmost importance.  With recent concerns regarding COVID-19, we wanted to take time to provide information to you on our clean B&B environment.  As a AAA Diamond “Inspected” property, we continue to receive excellent housekeeping ratings, including our award for “Housekeeping Excellence”.

Here at Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn, our innkeeping staff has over 150+ years of combined experience in the hospitality, restaurant and medical fields with an average on-the-job training knowledge of 25+ years each. Our inn first opened its doors in 1986 and is still under the same ownership today of Sallie & Welling Clark, ensuring staying power and meticulous attention to detail.  Here are just some of the ways in which we are continuing our commitment to provide a clean and safe stay, especially during the current public health situation.

Our guest reviews, including TripAdvisor, Google, Yelp and other sites use words such as, “cleanest I’ve ever seen”, “clean and modern”, “comfortable, clean and spacious” and more.

“Our innkeepers pride themselves on upholding high standards and we are appreciative of the amazing work they do every day.  The health and safety of you and our staff are paramount. “


NOTE THAT MANY BUSINESSES ARE REQUIRING ADVANCE RESERVATIONS – (Pikes Peak Highway, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, etc.) Please let us know if you need additional information for making reservations/ticket purchases ahead of time and our innkeepers will provide the most up-to-date personal suggestions. In addition, some local businesses are requiring customers to wear cloth face coverings when entering. If you forget to bring a face mask, we have cloth masks for just $1 available for purchase when you arrive. Our innkeepers will be wearing cloth masks during your stay and you can be assured there is a friendly smile beneath the mask.  Our efforts are designed to keep guests and our staff healthy and happy!  Thank you for selecting Holden House.

Here are some steps we are taking to go above and beyond:

  • Providing individual hand towelettes with your individually prepared and served full gourmet breakfast (not buffet-style) each morning at 8 or 9 a.m. An optional breakfast ensuite is available for an additional $15/day if you prefer to enjoy your breakfast meal in the privacy of your guest suite. We are not a restaurant and only serve inn guests each morning which limits our occupancy and our breakfast table to guests only and offer appropriate social distancing.  Only steps away from the dining room, there is a convenient restroom with a handwashing sink, soap and paper towels. We offer plenty of social distancing areas to enjoy your breakfast. 
  • Each of our guest suites feature a refrigerator and some of our suites have the availability of a kitchenette and microwave if you’d rather bring your own snacks and food.
  • We have many amazing small and unique local restaurants and shops nearby that are now open for dine-in service (with social distance tables) in Downtown Colorado Springs,  historic Old Colorado City and quaint Manitou Springs. For dine-in options, Holden House will provide you with utensils, plates and napkins if you’d prefer to “stay-inn” rather than venture out to dinner. Our innkeepers are always happy to assist you in selecting dine-in dinner or delivery options and provide our guests with the latest up-to-date availability.
  • We are an adult-only establishment and have a limited amount of guests (maximum 12). In addition, each of our side-by-side Victorian buildings accommodate 4 persons maximum (2 couples/house). 
  • We thoroughly clean and sanitize daily with CDC approved products in guest suites, private baths, kitchen/food preparation, and guest areas. This includes surfaces, linens and furnishings.
  • Our bottomless cookie jar is taking a temporary vacation and in its place, you’ll receive a bottomless cookie plate in your guest suite upon arrival. Just “ask for more” and we’ll gladly refill the plate for you!
  • Our evening wine and beverage social will continue with a few modifications. Instead of a snack buffet, guests will be provided an individual plate of snacks upon request.
  • Triple-sheet bed linen covers with bed scarf will assure clean and sanitized linens and provide us with green housekeeping measures that promote energy and resource efficiencies. 
  • Our evening turn-down service has been suspended to minimize staff interaction in guest suites. We will provide bedside chocolates during our daily housekeeping service. 
  • Our innkeepers will give you plenty of personal space during your stay while being available for our individualized hospitality assistance. And know that our innkeepers are friendly and smiling behind their masks while we adhere to state guidelines as we interact and personally check you into your suite.  If you forget to bring your own mask and feel you need one, we have basic fabric masks available for purchase for just $1 each.
  • As always, our beautiful suites with private attached baths will be sparkling clean with bath amenities for you to enjoy and our innkeepers take extra care to sanitize daily, during your stay and in preparation for each new guest check-in.

The Pikes Peak area has a plethora of beautiful open spaces where you can enjoy the outdoors and we look forward to seeing you soon.  Check out and and for more information.  Reserve now at

Irish Soda Bread with a Twist – Perfect for St. Paddy’s Day! 7 Mar 2020, 1:21 pm

Irish Soda BreadThere’s nothing that adds to a traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage meal than Irish Soda Bread!  The cross that is slashed into the dough before baking was made to ward off devils and protect the house. During the mid 1800s, the Irish were making so much soda bread that baking soda almost doubled in price!
*Preheat Oven to 400 degrees
3 cups biscuit mix
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup raisins
1 tablespoon currants
3/4 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 cup buttermilk  *See below for an easy way to make your own buttermilk
1 tablespoon brandy
Directions: Combine biscuit mix with sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Blend, then add raisins, currants and caraway seeds. Mix until the raisins, currants and caraway seeds are coated with the biscuit mix. Stir in buttermilk to make a soft dough. Toss onto a lightly floured board, shape and pat into a well-greased and lightly floured deep round baking pan. The dough will be slightly sticky. Cut a gash on top of bread with a sharp knife. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 and continue to bake until golden brown. Cool a few minutes, then brush top of warn loaf with brandy or Irish whiskey (give it two coats). Return to oven for 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Dust lightly with a little flour. When cool, slice thinly and serve with fresh sweet butter. This bread is best the day it’s baked and can also be served slightly warm.
Make your own buttermilk: 2 tablespoons white vinegar or fresh lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. Fill with whole milk or 2% and let stand 5-10 minutes before using.

Foodies love small biz – Holden House says eating local provides unique culinary choices 17 Feb 2020, 12:34 pm

Local restaurants offer personal touches in Colorado SpringsFoodies show love to small biz – Holden House innkeepers steer guests to local and close-by eateries. 

Traveling can be both fun and challenging, but out of the way small-business restaurants, shops and sites can help to make your vacation, business trip or getaway that much more relaxing. For guests staying at Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn located in Colorado Springs, foodies will love the recommendations provided by innkeepers Welling and Sallie Clark and their knowledgeable assistant innkeepers during a stay.

“It’s important that as a small business, we support other small businesses and point our guests to the unique local restaurants in our area”, says owner-innkeeper Welling Clark. “While there may be a level of knowing what to expect at a chain restaurant, our focus is to assist guests by enjoying a culinary experience with a local perspective.”

Holden House is centrally located on a quiet tree-lined residential street on the historic Westside of Colorado Springs. It’s also close to designated historic districts in Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs and downtown Colorado Springs.  Upon check-in, guests are personally provided a tour of the inn’s amenities which includes an introduction to a basket of local restaurant menus.  Innkeepers are happy to make reservations for guests and will gladly call ahead to assure a great dining spot. Here are just a few of the Holden House innkeeper favorites.

Old Colorado City, Central/Downtown and Westside:

Italian: Paravicinis, Pizzeria Rustica, Fratelli’s Ristorante and Luigi’s

BBQ: Front Range Barbecue

Greek: Jake and Telly’s

American: The Mason Jar

Korean: 503 W

Brewpubs: Cerberus and N3 TapHouse

Indian: Sherpa Garden

New American: The Rabbit Hole

Mexican: Amanda’s Fonda

German: Edelweiss

Seafood/Steaks: Bonny and Read, Jax Fish House

Sandwiches/Lunch: Shugas

Gluten Free: Coquette’s Bistro

Japanese/Sushi: Nara Sushi & Grill

Manitou Springs:

Fondue: Mona Lisa

Mexican: The Loop

Vegetarian: Adam’s Mountain Cafe



Valentine’s Day is just around the corner & Colorado’s Holden House is ready to make a Suite-Heart Deal in February 10 Feb 2020, 3:22 pm

Holden House offers Valentine packages all month during February

Holden House offers Valentine packages all month during February

Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn in Colorado Springs is offering a “Beary Suite-Hearts & Flowers Valentine Package” to keep romance alive during February.


Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn in Colorado Springs is offering a “Beary Suite-Hearts & Flowers Valentine Package” to guests in an ongoing effort to keeping romance alive. During the entire month of February 2020, the award-winning Victorian B&B, Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn, will create the perfect package for you and your loved one.

Upon arrival, each “Beary Suite-Hearts Valentine Package” couple will be treated to fresh roses, chilled sparkling cider, two commemorative Holden House embossed wine glasses, a rubber ducky and a custom Holden House signature teddy bear to take home as a memory of your getaway. The package also includes one morning of your stay, a specially prepared gourmet breakfast served in the privacy of your suite one morning of your stay. The “Beary Suite-Hearts & Flowers Valentine Package” will be available throughout the month of February, so every couple with even the most demanding schedules will be able to take time out for a romantic stay. Let your Valentine know you care, all through February and book now to guarantee a special gift for your sweetheart!

The six lovely Holden House suites feature private baths, sitting areas, fireplaces and queen or king size beds. And, throughout the month, guests can also take advantage of two discounts: Stay 2 get 2nd 1/2 price Sunday-Thursday or Stay 3 and get 3rd free any days of the week. Call 888-565-3980 or visit the website at to #BookDirect and take advantage of add-on and discount packages.

Fresh Roses
Chilled Sparkling Cider
Full Gourmet Breakfast Served En Suite (the privacy of your own room)
Two Commemorative Holden House Embossed Wine Glasses
Custom Holden House Signature Teddy Bear
Take-Home Rubber Ducky

COST: $125.00 + Room Rate (Range from $165-195/night) plus tax (Minimum Night Stay May Apply)

Christmas Legends: The Legend of the Christmas Spider 24 Dec 2019, 11:19 am

At Christmas, you'll find decorations and holiday splendor

Holden House embraces the Christmas season, with a traditional silver Christmas spider, signifying the symbol of sparkling tinsel and the Christ Child’s birth.

Once upon a time, long ago, a gently mother was busily cleaning the house for the most wonderful day of the year, the day on which the Christ Child came to bless the house. Not a speck of dust was left, even the spiders had been banished from their cozy corner in the ceiling to avoid the housewife’s busy cleaning. They finally fled to the farthest corner of the attic.

‘Twas Christmas Eve at last! The tree was decorated and waiting for the children to see it. The poor spiders were frantic, for they could not see the tree, nor be present for the Christ Child’s visit. The oldest and wisest spider suggested that perhaps they could peep through the crack in the door to see Him. Silently they crept out of their attic, down the stairs and across the floor to wait in the crack in the threshold. Suddenly, the door opened a wee bit and quickly the spiders scurried into the room. They must see the tree closely, since their eyes weren’t accustomed to the brightness of the room. So they crept all over the tree, up and down, over every branch and twig and saw every one of the pretty things. At last they satisfied themselves completely of the Christmas tree‘s beauty.

But alas! Everywhere they went, they had left their webs and when the little Christ Child came to bless the house he was dismayed. He loved the little spiders, for they were God’s creatures too. He knew the mother, who had trimmed the tree, wouldn’t feel the same, so He touched the webs and they all turned to sparkling, shimmering silver and gold. Ever since that time, we have hung tinsel on our Christmas trees, and according to the legend, it has become a custom to include a spider among the decorations on the tree.

Enjoy our silver Christmas spider, among the decorations on our Main House tree and may your holiday and Christmas celebrations be filled with sparkle!

– Sallie and Welling, Your Holden House Innkeepers

For more Christmas photos, check out our Facebook Page

Holden House for the Holidays – Decorations, Christmas Recipes, and Discount Specials for the Season… 12 Dec 2019, 5:44 pm

Holden House Bed & Breakfast at Christmastime

There’s no place like Holden House for the holidays…

Tis the Season to be jolly and at Holden House B&B, the inn goes “all-out” to celebrate the holidays with lights, garlands, sights and sounds of Christmas.

Our passion for welcoming guests is underscored by the opportunity to share our home and hearth with guests from all across the nation and throughout the world at Christmastime.” — Welling Clark, Innkeeper

It’s said that there’s no place like home for the holidays and at Holden House you can have the best of both worlds with a comfortable place to call home without the actual work of having to decorate your own home. Each year, Innkeepers Sallie and Welling Clark put their love of the holidays into decorating the inn from top to bottom, including the guest suites, with a blend of traditional and unique Christmas holiday ornamentation throughout their B&B.

“The Christmas and holiday season is one that stands out for us each year”, said Welling Clark, who has owned and operated the Holden House since 1986 with his wife, Sallie. “Our passion for welcoming guests is underscored by the opportunity to share our home and hearth with guests from all across the nation and throughout the world at Christmastime. We have a deal in our house, I hang the outdoor lights and Sallie puts the delicate decorating touches on the garlands and each of our seven-plus Christmas trees. And, our nutcracker collection which fills up the antique oak fireplace mantle, has grown from year-to-year as an especially appreciated highlight for guests during the month of December.”

Picture of living room.In the main house, the Christmas tree features homemade and family ornaments with touches of blue and gold. If you prefer a far-far-away galaxy touch, the “Star” themed tree is decorated with Star Wars and Star Trek collector ornaments. In the Carriage House, you’ll find a sparkling white tree with beautiful Victorian ornaments. The Rose Victorian features a tree in the foyer, adorned with burgundy and gold ornaments.

The season is also highlighted with Christmas and holiday special packages and discounts that continue into January of 2020. Along with romantic packages such as the breakfast served in the privacy of your suite Romance Package, the Ducky Bubbles and Breakfast includes breakfast ensuite, fresh flowers, sparkling cider, two take-home Holden House signature wine glasses and of course, your own rubber ducky. For those wanting ultimate relaxation, the spa package includes a massage for two in the privacy of your well-appointed suite and you can add a soft Holden House signature take-home robe for an extra charge. If you’re looking for a great deal during the holidays, Holden House is offering two discount packages: Stay 3 and get the 3rd night free any days of the week or stay 2 nights and get the 2nd night at 50% off Sunday through Thursday. Guests can add-on any special packages to their stay when booking their reservation. To receive the discount and add-on packages, you must book directly through the website or by calling 888-565-3980 or 719-471-3980. Holden House Gift Certificates purchased anytime during December for $150 or more receive a free breakfast en suite Romance Package for their gift recipient.

Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn features six guest suites, each with private bath and queen or king beds, and select rooms boast tubs for two. A full gourmet breakfast is also included with your reservation, served in the formal dining room each morning. The website also features a blog with recipes of the season, local events, room descriptions and a #BookDirect secure online reservation-availability system. Holden House is a magical place during the Christmas and holiday season that you won’t want to miss and you’ll enjoy this home away from home for the holidays by booking at

Christmas-Holiday Recipe: Gingersnap French Toast 8 Dec 2019, 4:10 pm

Gingersnap French Toast

Gingersnap French Toast Casserole   Makes 4-5 servings


4-6 slices French bread (1/2 in thick)

¼ cup butter (melted)

3 eggs

2 oz cream cheese (softened)

½ cup milk (use ¾ cup if bread is super dry)

¼ cup maple syrup

¼ cup molasses (not blackstrap- too bitter)

Spice Blend

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ground cloves

pinch of salt

1 cup gingersnaps (ground up)


Mix together ingredients for spice blend and set aside. Mix butter, eggs, cream cheese, milk, maple syrup, and molasses together and half of spice blend. Break bread into bite sized pieces and scatter into individually greased dishes. Pour liquid mixture over bread pieces; cover and store overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, remove from fridge 30 minutes before baking and sprinkle with remaining spice mixture. Add pads of butter if it seems dry. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes.