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Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn

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

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.


Fall Bed & Breakfast Getaway at Holden House and the Pikes Peak Region 21 Sep 2019, 5:49 pm

The Clock is Ticking on Fall Bed & Breakfast Getaways at Colorado Springs’ Holden House

Fall is the perfect time to visit Holden House and the Pikes Peak region

A hike in the Pikes Peak region is the perfect afternoon leaf peeping experience

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and Mueller State Park are great day hike excursions for autumn views of Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs’ Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn offers fall aspen leaf peeping discount packages

There’s gold in them thar hills! and there’s no time like the fall season to enjoy gold in Colorado’s high country and Holden House, the perfect place to stay when aspen leaf peeping.”

You’ve heard the phrase, “There’s gold in them thar hills!” and there’s no time like the fall season to enjoy gold in Colorado’s high country while staying at a romantic bed and breakfast inn. Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn, located in Colorado Springs is the perfect place to base your day excursions for aspen leaf peeping. The innkeepers at Holden House will point you to the best aspen gold colors, just a short drive to take a hike or windshield tour of the Pikes Peak region’s beautiful and amazing scenery.

One of the best fall tours is to drive up U.S. Highway 24 West and take in the majestic scenery and the heritage of Ute Pass toward the town of Cripple Creek, a historic gold mining region. On the way, you will see splashes of golden and peach colored aspens. One possible stop might be Mueller State Park along State Highway 67, where both moderate and challenging trails will welcome you. If you’re in the mood for more moderate walking trails, continue along Highway 24 west to Teller County 1, where the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers winding paths among large petrified tree stumps. Once a pre-volcanic valley of gigantic Redwoods, this National Monument is one natural wonder you won’t want to miss. Along the way, this beautiful valley surrounds you and offers a rare east-looking view of America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak, which is most often viewed from a westward perspective from Colorado Springs. If you continue along Teller County Road 1 and Highway 67, you’ll end up in the towns of Cripple Creek and nearby Victor which offer a historic glimpse into Colorado’s rich mining history, including a District Museum, the Mollie Kathleen Mine Tour, The Old Homestead “Parlor House”, Narrow Gauge Railroad, Heritage Center, roaming Donkey herd and gaming district with slots to try your hand at winning your own jackpot. Victor, the small town near Cripple Creek is known as the City of Mines and some back roads on well maintained gravel take you along some amazing scenic overviews.

Recipe Favorite! Apricot-Stuffed French Toast with Orange Syrup 21 Jul 2019, 9:19 am


This delicious breakfast treat is sure to please guests!




About 14 slices of Texas Toast OR

1 (1-lb) loaf crusty French bread

6 oz cream cheese, softened

½ C part-skim ricotta cheese

½ C apricot preserves

½ C chopped dried apricots

5 eggs

1 ¼ C milk

½ t vanilla extract

¼ t ground cinnamon

Dash of ground nutmeg

2 T butter or margarine

Orange syrup

½ stick butter

¼-1/2 C sugar   (or to taste-I like the syrup a little tart because the filling is a bit sweet)

1/3 C frozen orange juice concentrate

* Use two pieces of Texas Toast or use French bread, cut into diagonal slices about 1 inch thick.  Cut a pocket in each slice, cutting from top crust side almost to bottom crust side.

  • In small bowl beat together cream cheese, ricotta, preserves, and apricots.
  • Spread about 2 Tablespoons on to regular bread or if using French bread, spoon about 1 T mixture into each pocket Mix together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg

Spray insulated cookie sheet(s) with Pam.

  • Dip stuffed bread slices into egg mixture
  •  If using Texas toast, place the slice of bread with cream cheese on to cookie sheet.  Dip another slice of bread into the egg mix and place that one on top of the slice having the cream cheese.
  •  Or melt butter in Medium skillet and cook bread over med. Heat until golden brown, turning once. Allow about 1/12 to 2 minutes for each side.
  • Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes

For orange syrup, combine all ingredients in saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted.  DO NOT BOIL.  

Remove from heat and cool 10 minutes.  Using rotary beater, beat until slightly thickened.  Serve warm over Stuffed  French Toast. 

VARIATION: Substitute blueberry preserves for the apricot preserves. Add 1 cup frozen or fresh wild blueberries and mix gently.  Stuff bread slices and proceed with recipe as directed.  Serve with maple syrup.



Historic Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn Toasts 33 Years of Quality Hospitality in Colorado Springs 9 Jun 2019, 12:00 pm

The Historic Holden House Celebrates 33 Years of Hospitality in Colorado Springs 

Holden House enters its 34th year, maintaining quality and same ownership since first opening in 1986 as the historic Westside’s first B&B in Colorado Springs.

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, June 9, 2019 – This year on June 9, 2019, Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn celebrates its 33rd Anniversary of guest service in the B&B industry. An appropriate anniversary designation for an inn that has itself, received designation for the “Best Bed & Breakfast Inn for an Anniversary” by Inn Traveler Magazine. Holden House has the distinction of being one of the longest established B&Bs in the state of Colorado operated under the same ownership since Sallie and Welling Clark started the business in 1986. Other awards over the years include “Top 50 Inns in America” by Inn Times, “Best Inn Buys” from Bed and Breakfast/Country Inns Magazine, “Best of the Springs” from the Colorado Springs Gazette, “Best Of” from the Colorado Springs Independent, “Best in Business” from the Colorado Springs Business Journal and “Best in Housekeeping” from AAA, as well as numerous historic preservation and guest service awards.

When asked what has allowed the Clarks to continue in the B&B innkeeping business, owner Welling Clark says, “We’ve learned to adapt to the changing needs of the tourism and bed and breakfast industry while balancing our personal lives and employing a competent and dedicated innkeeping staff. The love of our community and sharing the Pikes Peak region with guests instills in us a continued appreciation for Colorado Springs.” Welling Clark also serves as president for the Colorado bed and breakfast association (which the Clark’s founded in 1987). Both Sallie and Welling successfully juggle their busy lives by being involved in the community and the neighborhood in which they live and work.

Holden House enters its 34th year of operation in 2019, maintaining the same ownership since first opening in 1986 as the historic Westside’s first B&B in Colorado Springs. Holden House offers six guest suites, each with private bath, sitting area, luxury accommodations and a gourmet breakfast included. Special packages include an optional ensuite breakfast, fireplaces and private label amenities. Each of the suites are individually appointed with their own style; four-poster beds, open Victorian turret, hand painted murals, private porches and more. The inn caters to those seeking a romantic getaway while also providing excellent accommodations for business travelers with free WiFi, cable TV and a convenient business center.

For more information on Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn visit or call 888-565-3980. The website also features information on inn specials and packages, favorite recipes and details on Holden House and the Pikes Peak region. An inn-tour video is included on the website and you can also find the inn on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram. Guests are also encouraged to #BookDirect on the official website to provide the best options for rates and packages.

Holden House receives prestigious “2019 AAA Inspector’s Best Of Housekeeping” Award 19 May 2019, 8:02 pm

Colorado Springs’ Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn meets high standards of excellence by receiving the AAA Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping Award in 2019!

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, May 18, 2019  — The historic Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, recently received the 2019 AAA Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping hotel award. The inn, celebrating its 33rd anniversary in June of 2019, was notified by AAA Executive Director, Stacey Barber, on May 16 of this hospitality honor.

“Congratulations! Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn has been named a 2019 AAA Inspector’s Best Of Housekeeping hotel, an award that indicates your property’s cleanliness and condition rank in the top 25% of the 27,000 AAA Inspected & Approved hotels. We know it takes tremendous commitment from your entire team to keep your property ready for AAA’s discerning members, which reinforces our commitment to drive more AAA business to your property”, Barber said. “Here are some important reasons to celebrate this prestigious award: With over 59 million AAA/CAA members, we represent one of the largest independent leisure travel segment in North America. The trusted AAA travel products that feature your hotel listing are among the top reasons AAA/CAA members join and renew. AAA/CAA members spend $40 billion a year on lodging and account for 31% of all room nights booked in the United States, according to DK Shifflet research. We look forward to helping your property welcome even more AAA travelers through your door…Again, congratulations on being recognized for delivering exceptional quality and service to guests”, Barber added.

“This is an amazing honor of achievement”, said Welling Clark, owner of Holden House. “We strive everyday to maintain the high quality and standards set by memberships in many quality-oriented organizations like AAA. Receiving this recognition for guest service, hospitality and especially the best in housekeeping, lets us know that our guests continue to receive high quality accommodations when staying at Holden House.

Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn is a boutique-style and adult-oriented inn located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and features six guest suites with private baths, fireplaces and upscale amenities. A full gourmet breakfast is included in the room rate and is served each morning in the dining room or can be served en suite for an additional fee. The inn also boasts a complimentary 24-hour coffee/tea/cookie station and afternoon wine social. A perfect location for sight-seeing or business travel, the B&B is in a central location with close proximity to the historic Old Colorado City shopping district and downtown Colorado Springs. For more information, visit for the official website, a Holden House video tour, 24 hour reservations, availability and visitor suggestions to the Pikes Peak Region.

History Comes Alive in Old Colorado City District 16 Jan 2019, 9:59 am

Old Colorado City 1st Territorial Capitol Building

Old Colorado City’s Bancroft Park’s historic cabin was also the first Territorial Capitol Building

When people discuss Colorado Springs, it’s likely they think of either Pikes Peak (America’s Mountain) or Garden of the Gods (a spectacular red rock laced city park). And, we’re proud of that fact, but did you know that we have great places to shop, dine and experience culture?  In this blog post, I’m going to talk a little about the history of our neighborhood and the area we now know as “Old Colorado City”. In 1985, when we looked for a place to hang our shingle, way back in the “olden days” of our hunt for the perfect B&B location, we settled on the historic Westside. During that time, the historic district was just getting started as an up and coming shopping area. We felt it was the perfect location for a young couple looking to make their Victorian B&B dream a reality. And, we look back today and know it was definitely the right choice.

Old Colorado City Historic District: There are many sources of information on the history of Colorado Springs’ historic Westside. Wikipedia provides an excellent overview of the area, “Old Colorado City, formerly Colorado City, was once a town, but it is now a neighborhood within the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Its commercial district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It was founded during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush of 1859 and was involved in the mining industry, both as a supply hub and as a gold ore processing center beginning in the 1890s. Residents of Colorado City worked at some of the 50 coal mines of the Colorado Springs area. It was briefly the capital of the Colorado Territory. For many years, Colorado Springs prohibited the use of alcohol within its border due to the lifestyle of Colorado City’s opium dens, bordellos, and saloons. It is now a tourist area, with boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.”

History Comes Alive: Today’s colorful characters and businesses thankfully differ from the earlier 1800’s version, but Holden House’ close proximity to amazing shopping and dining experiences is the perfect location to enjoy a stroll during winter, spring, summer or fall in the historic district. Some of our favorite businesses include unique specialty and jewelry shops, quaint coffee houses and wine bars, varied food selections and local art galleries. Within the historic district during the summer, the weekly Farmer’s Market takes place and the Old Colorado City History Center is located in an historic church building with a colorful past of its own, featuring a museum and gift shop. As we’ve seen our neighborhood transform over the years, the organic growth of new businesses along the West Colorado corridor are now developing to the east, with great brewpubs that are easy walking distance to the inn including Cerberus, and N-3 Taphouse which is located in the historic and original Fire Station Number 3.  

A Star Struck Neighborhood: And just a few years ago, our neighborhood block became the center of attention when actors Robert Redford and Jane Fonda starred in the film “Our Souls at Night”, now available on Netflix.  It was to the delight of our guests (and us) to have film-star neighbors for a short time.  In fact, our neighborhood has been used for several movies including the movie with Walter Matthau and Harry Morgan titled The Incident which was released in 1990 and filmed just a few blocks to the west on Pikes Peak Avenue.

Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn was established as a bed and breakfast in 1986

Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn was established as a bed and breakfast in 1986

Whatever your interests, we invite you to explore our historic neighborhood and enjoy our restored Victorians anytime of the year with a visit to Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn.