Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn

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

Peaches and Cream Stuffed Crepes – Holden House Recipe Blog 6 Sep 2022, 8:45 am

Peaches and cream crepes

Holden House prides itself on fresh ingredients and seasonal favorites such as Colorado peaches

Crepe Mixture:

2 eggs

2 T melted butter or oil

1 1/3 c milk

1 c all-purpose flour

½ tsp salt


1 c heavy whipping cream

8 oz cream cheese, softened

2 c powdered sugar

½ tsp vanilla

½ tsp almond extract


¼ c butter

1 c brown sugar

6 c peeled, sliced peaches

½ teaspoon almond extract


In a blender, combine the eggs, butter, milk, flour and salt. Pulse multiple times until all the ingredients are combined and the batter is smooth. Cover the batter refrigerate for about 30 min to let bubbles dissipate and rest.

While the batter is sitting, make the filling. In a large bowl, beat the cream until stiff peaks have formed. Set aside. In another bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth, then slowly add in the powdered sugar until combined. Beat in the extracts. Add about ¼ of the whipped cream to the mixture and stir with a rubber spatula. Add remaining cream and fold in gently. Refrigerate the mixture until needed.

To make the crepes, lightly butter a large skillet and place over medium low heat. Once hot, add about ¼ batter to the skillet (approximately 8 inch flat non-stick skillet or use electric crepe maker-as we use) and using your wrist, tilt the pan around to spread the batter, forming an even, thin crepe. Let the batter cook for a minute or two, then loosen the sides with a rubber spatula and flip the crepe over. Cook the second side for another minute or two, then remove to a plate. Repeat with the remaining batter, only buttering the pan if the batter starts to stick. You can also use non-stick spray in between crepes to prevent sticking.

To make the peach mixture, melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the sugar and stir to combine, then add in peaches. Cook until the peaches start to soften and strain off some juices for the side syrupy sauce, just a few minutes. Turn the heat off and stir in the almond extract.

To serve, spread some of the cream over a crepe, then add peaches and roll up. Top with peach sauce and garnish. We prepare the crepes and fill the night before and place on cookie sheets, storing covered with aluminum foil overnight, heating in the oven for approximately 20-30 the next morning in a 400 degree oven and garnishing with peach sauce and fresh fruit.

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Labor Day Lift Off Headed for Colorado Springs Sept 3-5 to Enjoy Your Stay at Holden House 22 Aug 2022, 1:23 pm

Innkeepers Sallie and Welling Clark take a balloon ride

Holden House innkeepers Sallie and Welling Clark took flight for a balloon ride at the annual Labor Day Lift Off

7:00 am-Saturday, Sunday and Monday September 3-5, 2022
Experience roughly 70 hot air balloons floating effortlessly over the breathtaking Colorado Springs landscape at the 2022 Labor Day Lift Off.
MORNING LIFT OFF Arrive at Memorial Park by 6:30 am to watch all the gentle giants come to life during the morning lift off. There will be a mass balloon lift off each morning from 7am to 9am. Families and children can be surrounded by the action and walk among the balloons as they inflate and launch.

Click here to watch video
Balloons in Colorado Springs at the Labor Day Lift OffBALLOON GLOWS IN THE EVENING
7:30 pm – Saturday & Sunday September 3-4. 2022
As the sun sets at Memorial Park, watch as hot air balloons “glow” amid the night sky. 

Balloon glows are perhaps the most spectacular part of any balloon festival.

The many balloons will inflate and ignite their burners, resulting in a magical dance. These spellbinding balloon glows are scheduled for 7:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. We recommend arriving early to check out local vendors and ensure prime parking.

The annual Labor Day Lift Off is a fun and free local event

The annual Labor Day Lift Off is a fun and free local event for guests staying at Holden House.

Click Here to reserve your balloon ride with Rainbow Ryders. 

Other balloon rides (separate from the Labor Day Lift Off) are available through Adventures Out West

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Tips for Tipping at Bed and Breakfasts- Taking the Confusion Out of Etiquette 8 Jul 2022, 7:24 am

One of the most common questions we’re asked is how much and whether to tip at  B&Bs. While there is an influx of limited service vacation rentals in the current travel world, personalized service seems to have diminished at many properties. At a traditional bed and breakfast (like our own Holden House and members of the Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado association) where extras such as built-in concierge, inclusive food/breakfast service (Holden House also offers breakfast options served in the dining room-included and breakfast served in-room for an additional fee). You will also find innkeepers very accommodating to individually adapt to food restrictions and dietary requests, available to help guests with restaurant suggestions, activities, assistance with fulfilling needs (water bottle refills, afternoon snacks, welcome cookies, ice requests, coffee/tea access, room refreshes) and especially considering the extra pre-arrival cleaning requirements based on CDC guidance to assure guestroom and behind the scenes safety and cleanliness preparation prior to your arrival. *Note: Also be considerate of requested check in time to ensure that your room is ready to be occupied, allowing enough time for your room to be serviced and the inn’s common areas to be sanitized for your stay. 

“While B&Bs are generally owner-operated where the owner provides all the service, more inns these days require outside help to provide efficient housekeeping, breakfast, concierge-type service and provide owner burn-out prevention, so you can receive the continued high-quality personal attention, smiles and friendly service that B&B guests expect. 

In short, think about the level of service you receive. At some B&Bs, you will find an envelope placed in your room, but even if not, consider leaving a tip based on how you are treated and enjoyed your stay. It’s important to consider that there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes on day after day that you may not see as a guest, but ensures your overall comfort and cleanliness.

Here at Holden House, guests can also request to add a tip to their room via credit card charge, which is evenly distributed to all of our assistant innkeeping team members. When traveling, consider taking a bit of cash ahead of time. Generally, the accepted tipping ranges $3-5 per day or more, if you’ve received exceptionally good service during your stay. 

So, as a tip on tipping, whether a bed and breakfast, hotel, motel, or other type of lodging, while tipping is certainly not a required expense, it’s very much appreciated by those hard working people behind the scenes who work everyday to ensure your experience is pleasant and comfortable. 

Enjoy your stay!


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Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn Wins 2022 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Top 10% of Hotels Category 14 May 2022, 7:29 am

Holden House 2022 Tripadvisor Award

Holden House received the 2022 Traveler’s Choice award for the top 10% of hotels!

Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn’s Great Traveler Reviews Land it a Place Among Travelers’ Favorites

Colorado Springs, CO, May 12, 2022 – Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn today announced it has been recognized by Tripadvisor as a 2022 Travelers’ Choice award winner for the top 10% of hotel properties.  The award celebrates businesses that have received great traveler reviews from travelers around the globe on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year was, Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast stood out by consistently delivering positive experiences to travelers.

“We are honored to once again receive high praises from guests in receiving this award”, says Sallie Clark, innkeeper-owner. “At Holden House, we strive to provide quality accommodations, delicious food and personalized hospitality to keep our guests returning time and again. This award signifies our success for continued efforts toward exceptional service.”

“Congratulations to the 2022 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Winners,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “The Travelers’ Choice Awards recognize the best in tourism and hospitality, according to those who matter most: your guests. Ranking among the Travelers’ Choice winners is always tough — but never more so than this year as we emerge from the pandemic. Whether it’s using new technology, implementing safety measures, or hiring outstanding staff, I’m impressed by the steps you’ve taken to meet travelers’ new demands. You’ve adapted brilliantly in the face of adversity.”

To see traveler reviews and popular features/amenities of Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast, visit the Holden House Tripadvisor listing 

About Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn: Holden House is a boutique-style inn, featuring six guest suites in three side-by-side Victorian houses on a tree-lined residential street in scenic Colorado Springs near the historic Old Colorado City shopping and dining district. Personalized service, all private baths, queen or king beds, modern up-to-date amenities, full gourmet breakfast, afternoon wine and beverage social, wrap around porches, private balconies and a secluded garden are just a few of the special touches you’ll find during your stay.  For additional information, visit the inn’s website at www.HoldenHouse.com

About Tripadvisor: Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel guidance platform*, helps hundreds of millions of people each month** become better travelers, from planning to booking to taking a trip. Travelers across the globe use the Tripadvisor site and app to discover where to stay, what to do and where to eat based on guidance from those who have been there before. With more than 988 million reviews and opinions of nearly 8 million businesses, travelers turn to Tripadvisor to find deals on accommodations, book experiences, reserve tables at delicious restaurants and discover great places nearby. As a travel guidance company available in 43 markets and 22 languages, Tripadvisor makes planning easy no matter the trip type.

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Yummy Red Velvet Pancake Recipe from Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn 12 Feb 2022, 12:02 pm

Red Velvet Crepes from Holden House B&B

Red Velvet Crepes are just one of the unique recipes from the Holden House kitchen!

Guests to the inn are treated to homemade breakfast treats each morning and this recipe is especially delicious when accompanied with a side of sausage and egg to round off the morning’s meal. 

1 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons regular unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs, large
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon red food coloring
2 tablespoons white vinegar
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
butter or cooking spray to grease griddle
For toppings (optional)
chopped chocolate
fresh strawberries and blueberries
fresh mint
powdered sugar
maple syrup

INSTRUCTIONS: Prepare cream cheese topping. Using an electric mixer whip cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add the cream and continue to beat until the mixture thickens, approximately 2 minutes. Set aside or refrigerate if not using immediately.

-Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk thoroughly to combine until all the lumps are gone. Set bowl side.

-In a separate bowl, thoroughly mix the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, vinegar and food coloring. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the buttermilk mixture. Stir until mostly combined. Add in the melted butter and fold gently to mix. Your mixture will be lumpy and a few lumps are OK! Do not over mix, your pancakes will be chewy, instead of light and fluffy.

-Heat a skillet or griddle over medium, or to 320 degrees. Add 1 tablespoon of butter (or use cooking spray). Pour batter in 1/4 cup measurements onto skillet or griddle and let cook until bubbles form on top of the pancakes, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for 1-2 minutes more, until cooked through.

-Transfer hot pancakes to a baking sheet and keep them warm in the oven until ready to serve.

-Repeat the process with the remaining batter, adding extra butter as needed, until all pancakes are cooked.

-Serve with sweet cream cheese topping or powdered sugar, fresh berries, chopped chocolate, a spring of mint, and maple syrup. Enjoy!

NOTES: To make heart shaped pancakes you will need either a heart shaped pancake mold or a cookie cutter. If using the mold make sure that you grease the inside of the mold and only fill 1/2 way with pancake batter. Remove the mold when ready to flip. If using a cookie cutter, make pancakes like normal, and cut the shape out.
These pancakes reheat well! You can make them the night before and just reheat them for 30 seconds in the microwave before serving. Just be sure to pull the sweet cream cheese topping out of the fridge early enough that it can reach room temperature.
Heat the oven to 175 to keep pancakes warm while you are cooking the rest of the batch. You can place the pancakes on a sheet pan or oven safe plate.


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Book Your Bear-Y Suite February Valentine Stay For Your Sweet! 24 Jan 2022, 3:06 pm

Valentine cookies

Each of the antique-filled suites at Holden House offer romantic accommodations and add-on packages to make your stay a “suite” deal!

Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn, located in one of Colorado Springs most historic neighborhoods, is known for its six romantic suites. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, now is the time to plan a getaway and take advantage of an amazing add-on package.

BEAR-Y SUITE VALENTINE PACKAGE: $130 (Room price not included)

  • One dozen long-stemmed roses
  • Personalized Holden House Teddy Bear
  • Chilled Sparkling Cider
  • Rubber Ducky
  • Two “Take Home” Long-Stemmed Signature Embossed Wine Glasses
  • Breakfast Ensuite Romance Package

Make your Valentine getaway special with a package to delight any sweetheart. Upon arrival and placed in your suite, you will find a dozen long stemmed roses, chilled sparkling cider, Holden House personalized teddy bear, rubber ducky, and two long-stemmed signature embossed Holden House wine glasses to toast your celebration! In addition, our breakfast ensuite Romance package will be included to enjoy in the privacy of your suite one morning of your stay.

Bear-Y Suite Package is available through February 2022. Cost not included in room rate and is non-refundable once ordered.


“Spring Break” discount specials in March and April!

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Give the Gift of Hospitality with a Holden House Gift Certificate or Book Ahead Stay! 26 Nov 2021, 12:10 pm

Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn Christmas and Holiday

The Gift of Hospitality can be yours with a Holden House Gift Certificate or Book-Ahead Stay! Click on the photo to purchase your Gift Certificate


Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn Gift Certificate linkThe holidays are here and while it’s the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, it can also be stressful when deciding to buy the perfect gift for that someone special. We havesome amazing options for you that include a complimentary breakfast ensuite Romance Package.

When you purchase a Holden House Gift Certificate worth $200 or more, your lucky recipient will receive a Free Romance Package when they book their future stay (a $20 value). The best part, is that they will have a year to redeem their getaway and the amount of the certificate can be used toward any suite or package!

The Pikes Peak Suite offers a king bed and balcony at Holden House during the holidays

Discount Deals are also being offered if you book and stay through January, 2022. Stay two nights Sunday-Thursday and receive the 2nd night 1/2 price or Stay four nights any days of the week and receive your 4th night FREE. Full amount of booking is required when reserved and non-refundable at time of booking.

Anniversary on the way? Purchase a Gift Certificate or Book Ahead for your special date celebration. Purchase one of our add-on packages including a Massage for Two (or One), Romance, Sparkling, Ducky Bubbles to show heartfelt appreciation for your significant other.

Valentine Be-Mine! It’s not too soon to reserve your suite for your sweet to celebrate the month of love, February. We fill up quickly, so be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible. Add on a Romance, Sparkling or Ducky Bubbles package while you’re at it to plan a “love”ly stay!

Romance packages are our speciality with all private baths

Click here to view our specials, romance packages and discounts

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Holiday Happenings in Colorado Springs includes afternoon tea, shopping, dinners, music and more! 15 Nov 2021, 1:42 pm

Christmas Cookie Cutouts from Holden House bed and breakfast in Colorado SpringsHoliday Happenings in Colorado Springs welcome in afternoon teas, shopping, dinners, musical options and Holden House B&B discounts!

The Pikes Peak region is known for its summertime sites to see and things to do, but did you know that with the holidays approaching, that Christmastime, December and the winter months provide fun options for an off-season and “seasonal” getaway?

As our holiday gift to you, Holden House has extended our discount specials for your stay in November, December and January! Our Holiday-Getaway offers two discount options: Stay 4 nights get 4th free any nights of the week or stay 2 nights mid-week (Sunday-Thursday) and get the 2nd night for 1/2 price! Cannot be applied to existing reservations and full amount of stay is required when making the reservation with no refunds when reserved.

Holden House is also offering a Great Gift Certificate Getaway with a purchase through December 31 of a $200 or more gift certificate, your recipient will receive a free Romance Package with one breakfast served ensuite ($20 value-added) when they reserve and stay with us. Gift Certificates are valid for one year and can be applied to any stay. Minimum stay requirements may apply on weekends, high season and holiday/special event periods.

The Pikes Peak Suite offers a king bed and balcony at Holden House during the holidays

Each of the Holden House suites feature king or queen beds, private baths, fireplaces and during the holidays, you’ll find tasteful Christmas decorations throughout the inn.

The Cowboy Christmas Jubilee December 3-22 at the Flying W Ranch is set in a festival of twinkling white lights at the stunning, well-lit rock formations at the Flying W Ranch and will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Following your inclusive dinner, you will be captivated with a musical show performed by the world-renowned Flying W Wranglers. One of the most talented groups in Flying W history will perform a Western Christmas Jubilee that will make your heart sing, take you back to years gone by, and take you to a Babe in a manager where the redemption of the world began.

At Glen Eyrie, the Madrigal Banquet is one of the best Christmas holiday dinner and show events you’ll remember long after. With a thirty-year history, this holiday event continues to be a Colorado classic. Set in the Great Hall of The Castle, the 16th century-style banquet and show is sure to inspire and prepare your heart for this Christmas season. Dec 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22.

Glen Eyrie Castle is offering Acoustic Eidolon in concert. These talented performers play a double-necked guitar and cello in unique and surprising ways. Classically trained meets rock ‘n roll in unforgettable musical stylings. Dec 12, 29

Spend a New Year’s Eve evening at Glen Eyrie and ring in the new year 2022 with an exceptional meal, live music and dancing. Dec 31

Yule Tea at the Castle will help you celebrate this merry season with a hand-crafted holiday menu and heartwarming teas. Tea will be served Wednesdays through Sunday in the Castle Music Room and Library from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. starting Nov 26. Also check out tours for a personalized introduction to General William Jackson Palmer’s (the founder of Colorado Springs) original home, Glen Eyrie Castle.

The Pikes Peak Performing Arts Center is a premier facility and only one (1) mile from Holden House in Downtown Colorado Springs. Easy in, easy out parking, with events for all types of genres.

  • Youth Symphony Dec 4
  • Stomp Dec 8, 9
  • Christmas Joy Dec 12
  • Christmas Symphony Dec 19
  • Fab Four Dec 16
  • Colorado Nutcracker Dec 21, 22
  • Coming in January… Shen Yun Jan 29, 30

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center presents a modern twist on Cinderella, December 2-January 9. *Vaccination proof/negative COVID test  and face masks required for entry.

Downtown Colorado Springs is a great place to do some shopping and sample cuisine, with events throughout the holiday season and into January. Holiday Stroll Dec 8, Shop Local – Win Local Dec 12, Holiday Pop-Ups through Dec 31, Skate in the Park on an outdoor skating rink through Jan 31.

Old Colorado City historic district shopping and dining during the holiday season

Old Colorado City offers unique shops and restaurants a short mile from Holden House.

Celebrate the Holidays in historic Old Colorado City in November and December and throughout the holiday season! Nov 27 from 5-8 p.m., get Photos with Santa and Prancer the Reindeer in Bancroft Park. The Colorado Dickens Carolers will be Singing and strolling Colorado Ave. Holiday treats and fun at many of the avenue shops. Plus Christmas specials galore!

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Fall-Back Deals Offer Discount Stays for Colorado Springs Visitors to Holden House Bed & Breakfast Inn 4 Nov 2021, 12:19 pm

Holden House bed and breakfast fall colorsFalling back to great B&B deals!

Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn located in Colorado Springs is once again, offering Fall-Back special discounts through December 2 to travelers. The two discounts include: Stay 4 get 4th night FREE and Stay Mid-week Sunday-Thursday and receive the 2nd night 1/2 price.

The reservation discounts can be applied when booking online at www.HoldenHouse.com or when calling 719-471-3980 to speak to an innkeeper (the best time to call the inn is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. MST). Be sure to mention the specials when making reservations as discounts cannot be applied to existing reservations.

Holden House offers six boutique-style suites, each with a fireplace and private bath and king or queen bed, depending on the room. Full gourmet breakfast is included and served in the formal dining room with your stay as well as 24 hour coffee and tea and welcome cookies in your room. A breakfast ensuite Romance Package is available for an additional fee.

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