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Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn

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

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.

Black Forest Crepe recipe – perfect for a holiday breakfast! 25 Dec 2018, 12:46 pm

Holden House’ Decadent Black Forest Crepes

  Crepe recipe:

1 ¼ cups flour

2 Tablespoons sugar

Dash of salt

3 eggs

1 ½ cup milk

2 Tablespoons of melted butter

1 Teaspoon of lemon extract

Directions:  Make 8-inch crepes using greased skillet or crepe maker and set aside


2 cups fresh Bing cherries, halved and pitted

1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier

¼ cup sugar

Dash of apple pie spice

1 Teaspoon of cornstarch mixed with 1 teaspoon water

¼ cup of sour cream (room temperature)

4 oz. (1/4 package) of softened cream cheese

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks

Directions: Mix cherries, Grand Marnier, sugar, apple pie spice and cornstarch mixture together in saucepan over medium heat for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.  Set aside to cool.

Blend together sour cream and cream cheese until it is a smooth and spreadable consistency.

Lay each crepe flat, gently and lightly spread sour cream and cream cheese mixture over crepe, so as not to tear crepes.  Evenly spoon approximately ½ inch high, cherry mixture in middle area of crepe, then sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips over cherry mixture. Fold crepe sides to middle and invert with folds placed on bottom side of plate.   Place 2-3 crepes on each plate and garnish with additional cherry sauce, a sprinkle of chocolate chips, a sprig of fresh mint and several whole fresh cherries with stems. Lightly sprinkle nutmeg over crepes and top with a dollop of whipped cream. 

Einfach Wunderbar!  (Simply Wonderful!)

This recipe combines the delicious elements of a Black Forest Cake with the simple French crepe. My German great-grandmother would be pleased that I have brought the two nationalities together in this crepe, perfect for breakfast or dessert. It’s a sweet blend of cherries, cream cheese and chocolate, sure to please any particular palate.


Getting “inn” the holiday recipe mood – Gingered Christmas Sprinkles 10 Nov 2018, 3:02 pm

Gingered Christmas Sprinkles


1 cup vegetable shortening, butter, or margarine (butter flavored Crisco works best)

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 cup molasses

2 tablespoons white vinegar

5 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Cream shortening and sugar.  Beat in egg, molasses, and vinegar.  Sift together dry ingredients; blend together into a ball.  Wrap in waxed paper and chill 3 hours in refrigerator.

Roll dough out on lightly floured surface to approximately 1/8 inch thick.  Cut into shapes.  You may re-roll excess dough to use to fullest quantity.  Place 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375o for 5-6 minutes. Cool slightly; remove to rack.  Makes about 5 dozen/more-or-less depending on size of shapes.

Sprinkles Frosting

1 cup of powdered sugar

1/4 cup of water

¼ cup butter

Sift sugar & mix with water and butter to form slightly runny consistency.  Add more water if needed.  Add 2 drops of food coloring to desired colors.  Frost cooled cookies – decorate with candies or colored sprinkles.  Let dry thoroughly.  Then serve.


5 Essential Tips For Having The Most Mentally Freeing Road Trip 29 Dec 2017, 5:50 pm


Who doesn’t love a good road trip? New sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences await down the daring road of adventure. The driving helps us physically leave our worries behind, while new cities bring a healthy change in perspective to our otherwise limited point of view. Simply put: adventure is good for you.

It might sound too good to be true, but it’s actually backed by science. For example, did you know that when you’re physically on vacation, your brain is engaging in its own kind of vacation as well? Experiencing exciting new things allows the brain to release dopamine, which temporarily gives you the refreshing feeling of elation. This natural chemical is also produced when you are taking new risks or even using a new product. It’s a feel-good, natural occurrence that inspires you, motivates you, and helps to free your mind. If a road trips helps fulfill all of that simultaneously, then why not take advantage of it? Here are five essential tips to help you have your most mentally freeing road trip yet:

  1. Try New Things: Rather than sticking to all of your go-to camping sites or favorite little towns, go somewhere new. You can either jump in the car and drive until you find a city you’ve never visited, or open a map and pin stopping points for all of the towns listed between home and the nearest big city. If you’d rather have a planned destination, then try other new things like unique foods, drinks, or local goods from the towns you visit. If you are looking to truly immerse yourself in each town you visit, opt for a bed and breakfast as opposed to the standard hotel room. You’ll find that your stay offers comfort, hospitality, and personalized service with a home away from home feel, and your hosts will be more than willing to share their favorite local hotspots with you. If your road trip takes you through Colorado, be sure to stop at the Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast nestled among the beauty of Colorado Springs.
  1. Laugh A Lot: Laughing is well-known for its expression of joy. Yet, laughter is actually extremely important for our physical body for more reasons than self-expression. Studies have shown that laughter could facilitate healthy blood flow to prevent a heart attack and even supply antibodies that build up the immune system. In other words, by stressing less and laughing more we are improving our health.
  1. Give Yourself Some Alone Time: Traveling with others can be a ton of fun. They can add new meaning to your activities and help you check off the items on your bucket list. However, your mind needs some quiet time too. Try to set aside at least an hour per day for self reflection. If you have recently undergone a stressful life issue like a breakup, a career change, or even an addiction issue, this time can be extremely beneficial.  In the case of addiction recovery specifically, daily quiet time might help in the healing process. By removing yourself from your normal environment and giving your mind a chance to focus on something new, you separate yourself from daily habits or old cravings. Meanwhile, the quiet time might offer you a chance to find the root cause of the former addiction so you can prevent it from happening again.
  1. Put Your Phone Down: Give yourself a strict rule to put your phone away often. Nowadays our smartphones have become an extension of our physical bodies, constantly poised in the palm of your hand to snap a photo at a moment’s notice. Unfortunately, we are just a tap away from our email, social media apps, and texts with people who aren’t accompanying you on the trip. Instead, give your mind a chance to take in the newness of your environment and experiences.
  1. Listen to Music: Few things are as exhilarating as traveling down a backroad with the wind in your hair while your favorite song provides a soundtrack that moment in your life. Doesn’t it feel like music does something deep on the inside? Well that’s because it does. Music has been proven to help reduce the production of the stress hormone, cortisol. So while you enjoy the sweet sounds coming from the car speakers, your body be relieved of the strain of daily life.

So the next time you need to take a mental break, fill up the car and head out on the open road. Take the time to improve your physical and mental health, while allowing the stress to melt away. It’s amazing just how mentally freeing one road trip can be.

A special thank you to Henry Moore for his contributing blog post to our Holden House website! [email protected]









Coffin Race brings ghoulish charm to Manitou Springs October 28th 17 Oct 2017, 11:04 am

Want to join the Espris De “Corpse” with lively spirits and creepy crowds for a fun local event? Well, look no further than nearby Manitou Springs and the 23rd Annual Emma Crawford Coffin Race & Parade Saturday, October 28, 2017.

According to the Manitou Springs Chamber, Emma Crawford, a young woman seeking the mineral springs “cure” from tuberculosis came to Manitou Springs in the 1800’s. Sadly, Emma passed away in 1890. Before passing, Emma asked her fiance to bury her on top of Red Mountain. Her wish was honored, and her remains rested peacefully atop the mountain until 1912. During the early 1900’s, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company began building an incline to the mountain top, forcing her coffin to be moved. She was reburied on the south slope of the mountain. After several years of rain and harsh weather conditions, Emma’s remains slid down the mountain into the canyon below, where two young boys found her name plate and the silver handles from her casket.

The Parade starts at 12:00 pm followed by up to 70 teams racing coffins down Manitou Avenue for the ultimate victory! Each team consists of one Emma and four runners dressed in costume. The fastest times earn trophies as well as a chance at Best Entourage, Best Coffin, and NEW in 2017: Miss Emma will be crowned, so come dressed to impress!

For more information and complete event calendar including Ghost Tours, Horror Movie Night and the infamous Coffin Races, visit


Country Breakfast Brunch Baked Potato Skillet 17 Sep 2017, 12:42 pm

Potato Country Brunch Skillet Bake

Serves six and can be doubled for 12.  Use six oval rarebit or oven proof dishes

6 bacon strips or turkey sausage

6 cups frozen cubed hash brown potatoes

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

¾ cup chopped green pepper

½ cup chopped onion

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

8 eggs

1 cup milk

Coat rarebit dishes with non-stick spray. In a skillet over medium heat, cook bacon or sausage until crisp. Remove bacon or sausage; crumble and set aside. Drain and reserve 2 tablespoons of drippings. Add potatoes, green pepper, onion, salt and pepper to drippings and place evenly in rarebit dishes. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are browned and tender about 15 minutes. Top with sour cream and a side of picante/salsa.  Garnish with chives, parsley and cherry tomatoes.