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Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn

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

Baked Pineapple-Coconut Islander French Toast: Holden House Recipe 27 Mar 2017, 9:22 am


Baked Pineapple-Coconut Islander French Toast

Needed: Twelve 16 oz soufflé dishes

Ingredients: 2 loaves sliced French Bread  (24 medium slices)

7 eggs

3 cups milk

1/2 teaspoon pineapple flavoring

1/2 teaspoon coconut flavoring

1/2 teaspoon banana flavoring

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

 1 cup butter

2 tablespoons corn syrup

1/2 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup slivered almonds

2 medium bananas, sliced rounds

2 rings canned pineapple garnish

Whipped Cream for garnish

 Dash of nutmeg for garnish

Directions:  The night before, grease 12 small 16 oz soufflé bowls and place two bread slices cut into halves in bottom of dishes. Whip eggs, milk, and flavorings together. Pour egg mixture over slices of bread. Melt brown sugar, butter and corn syrup in microwave, and mix well. Ladle sugar mixture evenly over bread slices, top with coconut, almonds and banana slices. Cover & leave in refrigerator overnight.

Temp and Time:  Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes. When serving, top with a dollop of whipped cream. Garnish additionally with a ring of pineapple, a few mint leaves and  sprinkle a little coconut and fresh ground nutmeg over the top.  Remove from dishes or as an option, set the bowls on crocheted doilies on a plate and serve.

Number of servings: 12, but can easily be adapted for more or less servings. 

German Puff Pancakes with Spiced Apples – Inn the Kitchen at Holden House 25 Mar 2017, 7:09 pm

Our Holden House guests enjoy our many delicious morning entrees just like this one. A favorite is our German Puff Pancakes with Spiced Apples. Here’s our special #recipe so you can savor the flavor right in your own home!

German Puff Pancakes with Spiced Apples – Serves 12 (can be adjusted for needed servings)

You will need #12- 12 oz. individual soufflé/oval rarebit serving bowls (High temperature Oven-Proof)
Ingredients: Egg Mixture
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups milk
9 eggs
3 tsp. vanilla

Apple Mixture
 7 medium apples (any variety
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. each cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
1/2 cup mincemeat (dried condensed/canned)
4 tbs. butter/margarine
1/4 cup water
12 pats of butter/margarine
 Ground Nutmeg for garnish
Whipped Topping for garnish
12 sliced apple wedges for garnish

Directions: Whip milk, flour, eggs and vanilla. Set aside. Place pat of butter in each bowl. Preheat bowls in 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until butter is popping hot. In the meantime, cut apples into chunks and place in frypan with butter. Cook for 15 minutes or until apples are moderately soft. Add a bit of water if apples become too dry while cooking. When cooked, add cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar and mincemeat to apples. Continue cooking another 5-10 minutes or until well mixed and hot. When butter in dishes is popping hot, add an even measurement of pancake batter to each dish. Turn up oven to 425 degrees for 10 minutes then back down to 400 for another 5 minutes or until pancakes are puffed up and slightly brown on edges. Remove from oven, slide out onto a plate and place an even measure of apples in center of each pancake. Top with dollop of whipped topping and sprinkle with fresh nutmeg. Place a wedge of apple on top as garnish. Be careful, these are extremely hot! Can also be made in a large iron skillet and cut into wedges and served on a plate, if desired.

5 Great Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs Area Places to Take a Hike! 22 Mar 2017, 7:42 pm

You don’t have to venture far from the Holden House’ front door to discover some out-of-the-way beautiful places to bond with nature in the Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs area. Here are some of our favorite picks that are sure to give you amazing opportunities to “take a hike”!

Red Rock Canyon Open Space -Photo:

Red Rock Canyon Open Space  – The history of the City of Colorado Springs Red Rock Canyon is a story of people making use of the area’s resources, location, and topography. The high Dakota sandstone hogback with its steep east face provided the Utes with places to stand watch over the plains from defensible positions. Gypsum mines and stone quarries provided building materials for Colorado City and the developing West. Proximity to the Colorado Midland Railroad facilitated the shipment of building stone and led to the construction of mills at the base of the hogbacks for milling Cripple Creek gold. The Red Rock Canyon trail system includes a 3.72 mile history theme trail loop. The master plan map below shows this trail. Historic sites on the map are numbered to correspond to the numbered story links. Interpretive signs are located at the 31st Street Trailhead and near the open air pavilion.

El Paso County’s Paint Mines Interpretive Park, Calhan Photo: El Paso County Website

Paint Mines Park  – Relentless prairie winds, sandstone-capped spires  and hoodoos, colorful  hues of  clay, and  distant coyote calls beckon  visitors to this quiet landscape.  As hikers venture from the trailhead into the distant reaches, the Paint  Mines offers a journey through time, past  fascinating  geological formations and remnants of human history, in a unique ecological setting within the rolling plains of eastern El Paso County.  The Paint  Mines Interpretive Park, located in Colorado’s eastern  prairie, is  a rare, geologically fragile, and ecologically rich landscape  of labyrinthine gulches and monoliths,  perennial wetlands, and native grass meadows.  The park contains unique geological, archeological, historical, and ecological resources that are all interrelated, thereby retaining significant educational, scientific, and interpretive value.

El Paso County’s Bear Creek Regional Park and Nature Center Photo: El Paso County Website

Bear Creek Regional Park  – Set in the foothills of Pikes Peak, El Paso County’s Bear Creek Regional Park offers a pleasant escape within the city limits.  This 545 – acre regional park supports a nature center picnic pavilions, playfields, tennis courts, playgrounds, archery range, horseshoe pit, volleyball and basketball courts.  Additionally, ten miles of multi-purpose, non-motorized trails wind through the park. Our suggestion: start at the Bear Creek Nature Center off of 26th Street and Gold Camp Road to get your bearings before venturing off.

Colorado Springs North Cheyenne Canon Park offers extensive trails and views Photo:

North Cheyenne Canon ParkThe City of Colorado Springs North Cheyenne Cañon is rich with both elements of man-made and natural surroundings on the 1,600 acres of this regional park, owned by the City of Colorado Springs. Included on it are two Visitors Centers including the Starsmore Discovery Center and “The Cub”, or Helen Hunt Falls Visitors Center, both of which are open to visitors in the summer months and are a great place to start learning the area by getting a trail and nature map.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park Photo: State of Colorado Parks website

Cheyenne Mountain State Park –  With an amazing 2,701 acres, this State of Colorado’s Park lets you explore nature’s diversity with prairie-to-peak ecosystems with over 21 miles of hiking and biking trails. The Limekiln Trailhead offers parking with quick access to the trail system with restroom facilities, picnic tables, and a playground for the kids. Continue up the road and find 41 day-use, handicap accessible, picnic areas each with its own table and grill. From here, there is ​​​​​​easy trail access and views to astound you! 

*Information and photos for this blog provided through each of the local and state public and “friends” park websites with credits and direct links to each entity.

2017 St. Patrick’s Day Suite Deal Package 10 Mar 2017, 1:28 pm

Luck O’ the Irish Suite-Deal Package Sunday through Thursday during the month of shamrocks and St. Patrick’s Day, you can save some “green” by staying 2 nights and getting the 3rd night free.

Holden House boasts beautiful suites with tubs for two!

To celebrate the Luck O’ the Irish, Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn, located in Colorado Springs, is offering a Suite-Deal during the month of March when you stay Sunday through Thursday nights. Stay 2 night’s at full price and receive the third night free. There’s no need to search for the pot o’ gold or the end of the rainbow, since guests who stay in any of the inn’s six beautiful guest suites can take advantage of this discount package to save some green, a special that’s sure to please even the most demanding leprechaun. This package also treats guests to a delicious full gourmet breakfast each morning served in the elegant formal dining room, complimentary afternoon wine social and 24-hour coffee/tea and bottomless cookie jar. The Holden House inn’s romantic suites boast fireplaces, private sitting areas, private baths and soaking tubs. All of the Holden House suites also offer the option of a breakfast ensuite “Romance Package” for an additional $15 per day to enjoy your gourmet breakfast in the privacy of your own room. Help us welcome you and Springtime in the Rockies to Colorado Springs with added amenities to keep love and romance blooming all through March. Visit to make a reservation now and take advantage of this super savings stay.

5 Best Unique Antique Finds in Colorado Springs 10 Mar 2017, 12:06 pm

The Holden House guest suites and common areas boast lovely antiques and add to the atmosphere of three side-by-side Victorian homes near historic “Old Colorado City”.

5 Best Antique Shops in Colorado Springs – Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn is known for its history, family heirlooms and beautiful antiques. We are very fortunate that the Colorado Springs area also has some great places to find that perfect antique or collectible. Here are some of our favorite places to browse for that special deal or unusual piece you’re looking to discover.

ANTIQUE GALLERY, INC. Downtown Colorado Springs’ award winning antique mall. Over 10,000 sq. feet of antiques, furniture and collectibles.

AMERICAN CLASSICS MARKETPLACE Over 300 independent dealers housed in one location, American Classics Marketplace is the best antique mall to find bargains and high quality antiques in Colorado Springs.

SWEET WILLIAM ANTIQUE MALL (previously known as Colorado Country Antiques Mall) was established in 1995. Our name honors the original founder of the mall, Bill Weber. Sweet William is also a flower, of the perennial dianthus species, and its symbolic meaning is “gallantry.”

ANTIQUE LEGACY is the premier Colorado Springs source to find, buy, sell, antiques and collectibles. We specialize in fine sterling silver, gold and silver coins, military items, antique furniture, antique jewelry, china, American brilliant cut glass, antique toys, Asian antiques and so much more.

TREASURE SHOPPE Incorporated in 2009, the Treasure Shoppe opened its doors in the old Goodwill Store in downtown Colorado Springs and out with a handful of dealers, an excellent marketing plan and a strong desire to succeed.  By year-end of that first year, they were voted Bronze for the “Best Of.” award.

Holden House is a storybook Victorian filled with family heirlooms and nearby many local antique shops.

Now Imaginea step back in time into our award-winning B&B, Holden House, graced with three side-by-side Victorians and nestled in a lovely tree-lined residential neighborhood near historic Old Colorado City. These storybook treasures cater to romantics and business travelers alike. Centrally located just one mile from downtown Colorado Springs and close to quaint Manitou Springs, the inn provides off-street parking and six inviting guest suites, each with their own private bath.         

Innkeeper Travel Tip: Visit a Garden fit for the Gods 8 Mar 2017, 3:55 pm

Innkeeper Sallie Clark says Garden of the Gods is one of her favorite local sites

The Garden of the Gods is one of innkeepers Sallie and Welling Clark’s favorite places to visit when staying at Holden House. The Pikes Peak region offers spectacular scenery to explore, hike, bike, horseback ride, picnic and stroll through a place of local history. Another local park is Garden of the Gods sister, Red Rock Canyon Open Space, which can be accessed from U.S. Highway 24 west of 31st Street and across from Ridge Road.

Garden of the Gods is a park which is free and open to the public and owned by the City of Colorado Springs. It’s easy to spend just a few hours, take a drive through easy winding roads or create an afternoon adventure. Experienced rock climbers will know that you need to register first, but it’s a well-known place to try your rock climbing skills. The visitor’s center provides great views of the park entrance and an overview of its history in the region. A favorite overlook is on Mesa, just a street above 30th Street with a view of the entire park and a famous Pikes Peak view.

Pikes Peak is a site to behold as a backdrop for Garden of the Gods

According to Wikipedia, the area now known as Garden of the Gods was first called Red Rock Corral by the Europeans. Then, in August 1859, two surveyors who helped to set up Colorado City (now “Old Colorado City historic district” explored the site. One of the surveyors, M. S. Beach, suggested that it would be a “capital place for a beer garden”. His companion, the young Rufus Cable, awestruck by the impressive rock formations, exclaimed, “BeerGarden! Why it is a fit place for the gods to assemble. We will call it the Garden of the Gods.”

The Garden of the Gods’ red rock formations were created during a geological upheaval along a natural fault line millions of years ago. Archaeological evidence shows that prehistoric people visited Garden of the Gods about 1330 BC. At about 250 BC, Native American people camped in the park; they are believed to have been attracted to wildlife and plant life in the area and used overhangs created by the rocks for shelter. There are many native peoples who have reported a connection to Garden of the Gods, including the Apache, Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, Lakota, Pawner, Shoshone and Ute tribes.

Multiple American Indian Nations traveled through Garden of the Gods. The Utes’ oral traditions tell of their creation at the Garden of the Gods, and petroglyphs have been found in the park that are typical of early Utes. The Utes found red rocks to have a spiritual connection and camped near Manitou Springs and the creek near Rock Ledge

Balanced Rock is just one of the many red rocks named for their unique features

Ranch bordering Garden of the Gods. The Old Ute Trail went past Garden of the Gods. In 1879 Charles Elliott Perkins, a friend of Colorado Springs’ founder and civil war General, William Jackson Palmer, purchased 480 acres of land that included a portion of the present Garden of the Gods. Upon Perkins’ death, his family gave the land to the City of Colorado Springs in 1909, with the provision that it would be a free public park. Palmer had owned the Rock Ledge Ranch and upon his death it was donated to the city.

The famous local author, Helen Hunt Jackson, wrote of the park, “You wind among rocks of every conceivable and inconceivable shape and size… all bright red, all motionless and silent, with a strange look of having been just stopped and held back in the very climax of some supernatural catastrophe.”

The resulting rocks had different shapes: toppled, overturned, stood-up, pushed around and slanted. Balanced Rock, a fountain formation, is a combination of coarse sand, gravel, silica and hematite. It is hematite that gives the large balanced rock and its red hue. Balanced rock was formed as erosive processes removed softer layers near its base, eventually leaving the precarious-looking formation seen today. The Gateway Rocks Three Graces, and other outcroppings are sedimentary layers that had been pushed up vertically. The largest outcroppings in the park, “North Gateway”, “South Gateway”, “Gray Rock”, and “Sleeping Giant” are composed primarily of Lyons Formation, a stone made of fine sand from ancient sand dunes.

* Wikipedia was used as a resource for this article

April Showers and Flowers are Blooming at Holden House! 8 Mar 2017, 3:07 pm

APRIL SHOWERS AND FLOWERS SPRING PACKAGE 2017 – Your special Spring break getaway for 2 or more nights Sunday through Thursday includes a complimentary breakfast ensuite Romance Package and a special bouquet of long-stemmed fresh roses to celebrate Springtime in the Rockies! *Full amount of stay required when booking, nonrefundable and cannot be applied to existing reservations.

To celebrate the blossoming of Spring, Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn, located in Colorado Springs, is offering an “April Showers and Flowers Spring Package” all month long. Guests who stay 2 nights or more Sunday through Thursday in any of the inn’s six beautiful antique-filled guest suites can take advantage of this great package offer which treats guests to a specially prepared complimentary breakfast served ensuite one morning of their stay (gourmet breakfast served in the dining room is always included) and a bouquet of long-stemmed fresh roses on arrival ($90 total value). A delicious full gourmet breakfast is also included each additional morning of your stay, served in the elegant formal dining room. The inn’s romantic suites boast fireplaces, private sitting areas, and soaking tubs. Help us welcome Springtime in the Rockies with added amenities to keep love and romance blooming all through April!

Apple Cinnamon French Toast a delicious delight! 20 Feb 2017, 4:59 pm

Tracy’s Apple and Cinnamon Walnut French Toast

1 can apple pie filling (chop apples into small chunks)

1 8 oz container of Cream Cheese (softened)

¼ cup Ricotta cheese (room temperature)

¼ cup chopped Walnuts (fine)

1 loaf French bread sliced ½ in thick

3 eggs

½ cup Heavy Whipping Cream

½ teaspoon Vanilla

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Strawberry Jam (for garnish)

Mix eggs, whipping cream, cinnamon and vanilla together. Spread one side of French bread with softened cream cheese and Ricotta. Place small amount of filling on top of cream cheese and Ricotta and place a clean slice of bread over the top. Carefully dip sandwich into the egg mixture and place in a pre-greased 9×13 pan. Pour any leftover mixture over the top of servings and leave in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until outer bread slice is toasted and slightly brown, turning over once during baking to evenly brown.  Top with a little extra warm pie filling, a sprinkle of cinnamon and fresh apple slices. Garnish the plate, add an optional choice of strawberry jam on the side and ENJOY!

Such a delightful place! 4 Feb 2017, 2:32 pm

“Everything was wonderful! Thank you so much and hope to return soon.” -R&J

Holden House Spring SpecialSuch a delightful place! We had a magnificent stay.” -B&J

“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We so appreciate the hospitality and great attention to the ‘little things’ that matter so much.” -D&M

“18th anniversary and stayed here 18 years ago. Always delightful!” -B&C

“Lovely stay! We always love your kitties and have visited for five years.” -C&D

“Delightful room, fabulous breakfasts-truly enjoyed & are planning a family convergence in the next year or two…” -E&K

“So restful, so nice, so glad to see you all who are here each day!” -C&B

“Wonderful Place! Balcony was great for meditating!” -S&L

“What a lovely, warm and cozy Bed & Breakfast. Beautiful room. Delightful and friendly staff. Delicious food!” -G&B



“Be Mine Valentine” Sugar Cookies 3 Feb 2017, 1:12 pm


These mouthwatering “Be Mine Valentine” sugar cookies are sure to please during February, the month of love!

 “Be Mine Valentine” Sugar Cookies

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground mace (optional)

DIRECTIONS: Cream butter and sugar. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. Stir flour with baking powder, mace and 1/2 teaspoon salt; blend into creamed mixture. Divide in half. Cover; chill 1 hour. On lightly floured surface, roll each half to 1/8 inch thickness for thin cookies or 1/4 inch thickness for thick cookies. Cut with heart-shaped cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake thin cookies at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes; bake thick cookies for 10-12 minutes. Makes 3-4 dozen cookies, depending on size. Decorate with colored frosting or sprinkles. Use milk with a small amount of powdered sugar to moisten cookies prior to using sprinkles in place of frosting.