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Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn

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

Be My Valentine in February! 19 Jan 2017, 8:24 pm


  • Fresh Roses
  • Chilled Champagne (or non-alcoholic option)
  • Full Gourmet Breakfast Served En Suite (the privacy of your own room)
  • Two Take-Home Commemorative Holden House Wine Glasses
  • Signature Holden House Teddy Bear

COST: $150.00 + Room Rate (Room Rates Range from $155-175/night) and tax (Minimum Night Stay May Apply and Non-refundable once confirmed)

Colorado Springs, CO – HHolden House Teddy Bear Valentine Specialolden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn in Colorado Springs is offering a “Bear-y” Suite-Hearts & Flowers Valentine Package to guests in an ongoing effort to keeping romance alive. During the entire month of February 2017, the award-winning Holden House Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn will create the perfect package for you and your loved one.

Upon arrival, each “Bear-y Suite-Heart” couple will be treated to fresh roses, chilled champagne (non-alcoholic option available), a specially prepared gourmet breakfast served in the privacy of your suite one morning of your stay, and receive two commemorative Holden House wine glasses and a custom Holden House teddy bear to take home as a memory of your getaway. The “Bear-y” 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!

We’re ready to help you create a “Bear-y Suite-Hearts & Flowers Valentine Package” this February!  The six lovely Holden House suites feature private baths, sitting areas, and fireplaces.  Call 888-565-3980 or visit our website at




Click Here to view Innkeeper Sallie Clark preparing this recipe on the Holden House YouTube Channel Eggs goldenrod photo

This is a traditional family recipe that Sallie shares with guests at Holden House. It’s an easy breakfast or brunch meal that’s sure to impress and easy to prepare!


24 Peppridge Farm Puff Pastry Shells

White Sauce:

4 Tablespoons butter

4 Tablespoons flour

2 cups milk

Melt butter over low heat. Add flour and stir until well blended (appox. 4 minutes). Slowly add milk and continually stir until slightly set.

12 Hard Boiled Eggs, chopped

Salt and Pepper

Bacon, cooked and crumbled

Tarragon for garnish

Paprika for garnish

Directions: Prepare the pastry shells as directed on the package. Pre-boil the eggs the night before if desired. While pastry shells are baking, prepare the white sauce and keep warm on the stove.  Wash the fresh tarragon (dried can be used if necessary), dry and set aside.  When the pastry shells are puffed and slightly brown, remove from oven.  Place on plates and remove scored top from shells. Cover chopped eggs with plastic wrap and heat until warm in the microwave (about 1-2 minutes).  Spoon chopped eggs over and into pastry shells.  Liberally drizzle white sauce over puff pastry shells.  Sprinkle chopped bacon, a dash of paprika, salt, pepper and tarragon over the shells.  Push shell top upright and into lower shell to make a clamshell effect. Garnish the plate with colorful fruit such as apple and orange slices, small grape bunches, etc. and serve.

Serves 12

Autumn Harvest Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Pecan Muffins-Recipe of the Month 25 Oct 2015, 4:53 pm

HOLDEN HOUSE RECIPE OF THE MONTH (October)Pumpkin chocolate muffin

Autumn Harvest Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Pecan Muffins

1 ¼ cups oats

1 cup flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. each salt, nutmeg and baking soda

1/3 cup pecans, chopped

½ cup chocolate chunks (chocolate chips can be substituted)

1 cup pumpkin puree

¾ cup brown sugar

½ cup oil

1 egg

¼ cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Streusel Topping:

¼ cup oats

¼ cup flour

¼ cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp. pecans, chopped

¼ cup butter or margarine

Instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees and prepare 12 muffin cups spraying well with non-stick coating. Combine oats, flour, cinnamon, spices and pecans in large bowl and set aside. In medium sized bowl, combine pumpkin, brown sugar, oil, egg, milk and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients until moist. Pour evenly into prepared muffin cups.

Streusel topping: Combine oats, flour and brown sugar. Cut margarine into dry ingredients. Mix in pecans. Sprinkle over muffin batter. Bake 20-25 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Makes 12 muffins. *We bake at high altitude, so adjustment for lower elevation may require reduced baking time.



Royal Gorge Bridge Re-Opens With New Visitor’s Center! 29 May 2015, 8:03 pm

The Royal Gorge Bridge announces a new visitor's center...ready for your visit to Holden House!

The Royal Gorge Bridge announces a new visitor’s center…ready for your visit to Holden House!

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park is now open proudly rebuilding an All-New experience for 2015! Marvel at awe-inspiring panoramic views from one of the world’s highest suspension bridges and enjoy more excitement than ever.  The park is open year round.  Watch for the brand new gondolas, and zip line with a new carousel.  The new Visitor Center is now open!

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Ringing in the New Year at Holden House B&B 26 Dec 2014, 9:10 am

Holden House' Sparkle Package can be added to your stay in any of the inn's luxurious suites.

Holden House’ Sparkle Package can be added to your stay in any of the inn’s luxurious suites.

Add sparkle to your New Year’s holiday with a special Holden House Sparkle Package. Stay in any of our beautifully appointed suites with fireplaces and private baths and for just an extra $30, you’ll be treated to champagne on arrival and gourmet breakfast served in the privacy of your suite one morning of your stay. Staying multiple nights? Take advantage of our Winter Warmer special (valid for stays through January 2015) by staying 2 nights at our regular rate and getting the 3rd night free!  *must mention when booking your reservation.

Staying New Year’s Eve? Watch the fireworks light off on Pikes Peak or take in the Philharmonic at the Pikes Peak Center for swing club jazz and rock favorites from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. Don’t miss the annual balloon drop at the biggest New Year’s party in town!

Inn the Kitchen with Holden House’ Sallie Clark 21 Dec 2014, 10:17 am

Innkeeper Sallie Clark provides a hands on preparation for Southwestern Eggs Fiesta at Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn

Join Innkeeper Sallie Clark as she prepares a holiday brunch idea with Southwestern Eggs Fiesta

Are you one of those guests who want to take home one of our delicious Holden House breakfasts? Well, now you can, by viewing Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn’s Innkeeper Sallie Clark’s online “Inn the Kitchen” video demonstrating one of our easy signature dishes, perfect for the holiday season or anytime throughout the year. Our Southwestern Eggs Fiesta is an award-winning recipe featured on that has been featured in magazines and cookbooks. And Holden House continues to focus on elegant breakfasts with a homecooked flair. Enjoy watching just how to make this recipe right in your own kitchen. And, for those who would like to experience our delicious breakfasts prepared just for you, make a reservation to stay at our beautiful Victorian inn, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and let us do the cooking!

Ingredients Needed: 12 Individual Soufflé’ Dishes (5- 8 oz.size)

24 Eggs (2 Eggs/person)

12 oz. Cheddar Cheese (1 oz. per person)

Bacon Bits or Crumbled Cooked Turkey Ham or Bacon

Sour Cream for topping

Mild Salsa/Picante Sauce for topping

6 Snack Size Flour Tortillas (1 tortilla/2 persons)

Parsley for garnish

Cilantro (fresh if available)

Directions Well grease soufflé’ dishes with non-stick spray and break two eggs into each dish.  Slice tortillas in half and place in dishes with flat edge down and outside eggs to form a U shape around outer edge of dish.  Top with 1 oz. slice of cheddar cheese and ham, crumbled bacon or bacon bits & sprinkle with a dash of cilantro and spices as desired.  Place foil around top of tortilla to prevent burning.

Temp. and Time: Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until eggs are well done, cheese is melted and tortilla is slightly brown.  Remove from ramekin and place on plate. Top with a dab of sour cream and tsp. of salsa/picante sauce. Sprinkle a dash of cilantro on top and serve on a plate. Garnish with additional parsley if desired.

Number of Servings:  Makes 12, but can easily be adapted for more.  Have a delicious Holiday Season!


Holiday happenings at Holden House and around the Colorado Springs area… 22 Nov 2014, 3:04 pm

There’s no time like the holidays to enjoy some great activities around the Pikes Peak Region, especially while staying at Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn, just a few minutes from downtown, historic Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs.  Here are just a few of the upcoming area events you’ll want to attend as we “ring” in the Season!


I Love Lucy on stage at the Pikes Peak Center in December

I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE December 2-3, 2014 is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! Coming to Colorado Springs, December 2-3rd. It’s 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY® episodes. Imagine stepping back in time onto the Desilu Playhouse soundstage where a charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the 1950s hi-fidelity technology and this brand-new thing called “television.” The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead in the Ricardo’s New York apartment and thrill to the Cuban sounds of “The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra” at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. In-between scenes? The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show’s newest sponsors in perfect 50s style harmony. Can you say “Brylcreem?!”

HOLIDAY GALA ARTWALK IN OLD COLORADO CITY December 5, 2014 – Visit The holidays are special in Old Colorado City, just a short drive from Holden HouseOld Colorado City’s ArtWalk featuring hundreds of artists for the 9th year along W. Colorado Avenue, for a special Holiday Celebration. Hundreds of art pieces may be viewed for purchase in dozens of art galleries and studios. Colorado Springs’ largest concentration of galleries is found within three city blocks along West Colorado Avenue, between 23rd and 27th Streets.

Heidi a Simpich productionHEIDI performed by Simpich Marionettes November 19-December 31, 2014 – Utilizing a new and remarkably unusual staging concept, puppeteer David Simpich brings to the 2014 Holiday Season a brand new adaptation of Johanna Spyri’s beloved novel, Heidi. The play will be performed throughout the season in the Simpich Theatre.
Near the modest hut of the “Alm Uncle” nestled below the snowy Swiss Alps, the adventures of a young girl named Heidi begin.

HOLIDAY MURDER MYSTERY December 10 –  Antler’s Holiday Party, featuring the premiere of the “Ghosts of Little London” , a murder mystery performed by Red Herring Productions. A perfect holiday event for family, busineses or friends looking to get together and celebrate in a big way. Ticket price includes the Antler’s Holiday Buffet, by the award winning executive chef and team, interactive murder mystery, and is inclusive of service charge and tax.

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The Reality of Starting a Bed & Breakfast Inn by Sallie Clark, Innkeeper 7 Jul 2014, 7:48 am

THE REALITY OF STARTING A BED & BREAKFAST by Sallie Clark, Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn, Colorado Springs

Then and Now 2014 AnniversaryFor aspiring innkeepers, the dream of owning and operating their own bed & breakfast inn is a primary focus. For Welling and me, owning and operating Holden House Bed & Breakfast Inn located in Colorado Springs, has become the reality of a rewarding career combined with hard work and dedication.  Many people wake up one day and think, “Let’s open a bed & breakfast! It will be fun to entertain guests in our home. We can cook and clean…we can do that!”.  But there’s also the business side of innkeeping.  It’s not a “Field of Dreams”—build it and they will come.  Maybe you’ve enjoyed staying at B&Bs and have experienced the relaxing side of the inn environment, but remember that you haven’t seen the behind the scenes work of this people intensive industry, the mound of office paperwork, the constant interruptions during the day and the piles of laundry waiting to be finished.

aspen-slider-2There are many issues to consider when deciding whether the B&B business is for you.  The bed & breakfast industry is very personal… personal because innkeeper hosts spend a lot of time with their guests and must be very involved with every facet of daily business operations.  This deserves careful consideration. As our fellow innkeepers already know, the daily routine of an innkeeper combines early rising, cooking, cleaning, shopping, laundry, banking, bookkeeping, advertising and marketing, check-ins, reservations, management, and more! Trading the office’s eight hour, five day a week job for a bed and breakfast can seem like a great alternative, until the realization becomes a seven day a week occupation with 12-18 hour workdays and an office you can’t leave behind. But, it does have its upside, too. Meeting friends from all over the country is like being an armchair traveler. Acting as a “goodwill ambassador” by helping guests with travel and activity plans is very rewarding.  Showcasing the home you have worked so hard to restore or build is a great personal benefit. The freedom of owning your own business also gives you the pleasure of not answering to anyone but yourself and your guests. Operating a B&B also offers a ‘stay at home’ business, beneficial to the single or partner entrepreneur.

We feel it is important for aspiring innkeepers to get a “jump start” on their future by doing their research first. This allows you to make an informed decision regarding the property, set-up, financing, operations, and marketing. In an area with little or no B&Bs, you are the “educational B&B expert” if you’ve planned properly. One of the most difficult things today about starting a bed & breakfast inn is working with local officials.  Most officials and neighborhood residents don’t understand the business well enough to know the positive effects B&Bs can have on a neighborhood. You may have to become the “B&B educator” if you’re breaking new ground. In 1986 when we opened Holden House, we were one of three professional B&B’s in the Colorado Springs area. Now the Pikes Peak Region boasts over 30, and the western states continue to see an increase in the number of new B&Bs.

When we first started researching the B&B industry in 1982, there was very littlepikes-peak-rotation-4 information available about starting a bed & breakfast.  Since that time, great strides have been made. Today’s wealth of nationwide seminars, books and information provides the prospective innkeeper with the opportunity to learn from the experience of others.  Potential innkeepers who do their homework have found it much easier to start and operate successful bed & breakfasts. The availability of start-up information and continuing education for innkeepers today will have a positive effect on the industry in years to come. Working in a bed & breakfast as an apprentice offers a reality view into daily inn operations and provides a stable research background. Financial institutions will question aspiring innkeepers as to what they know about running a bed and breakfast and what research they’ve performed before approving a bank loan. It gives you credibility when putting together a business plan and asking for financial assistance, if you can provide a solid research background.  The cost that is expended on classes, publication and even on-line assistance will pay you back many times over.  What we tell aspiring innkeepers is that it’s much better to spend some dollars on education ahead of time—if you open a bed and breakfast, you’ll be well prepared and if you decide it’s more fun just to stay in B&Bs, you’ll have saved time and money from the research.

Existing inns and bed & breakfast associations should be used as research and Breakfast Romance Packageeducational resources. Aspiring innkeepers should stay at B&B inns whenever they travel, offer to pay the innkeepers for extra consulting time and gain information on inn operations by reviewing each property as to personal likes and dislikes of features. State and local organizations create an invaluable support system regarding networking, sharing common issues, education and quality assurance. Attending state association conferences will offer a wealth of information to would-be innkeepers. When Welling and I saw the need for bed & breakfast networking in 1987, we founded Colorado’s B&B association, “Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers of Colorado” and since that time, the association’s annual Colorado conference has become a great educational tool for both aspiring and current innkeepers. The educational benefits of association membership are very important to this career choice.  Most state bed and breakfast associations offer affiliate and associate memberships for aspiring innkeepers and some include aspiring workshops in the meeting lineup. This provides a good support and networking base, even if you don’t yet own a B&B inn. It will keep you in the mainstream of that particular state’s B&B information network.

In our 29 plus years, we still love our innkeeping careers and feel fortunate that we tookheader-mobile-rotation-5 time to research our dream before starting out. It’s extremely important for the aspiring innkeeper to consider in advance what it takes to run a successful B&B.  Asking some well placed questions and doing some research will put you on the track to being great future innkeepers or just happy inngoers, depending on the final decision. Are you ready to start your own?

If you are interested in hiring an inn consultant, here are some questions to ask:   

  • What is your experience within the B&B industry?
  • How long have you been in the B&B business?
  • How long have you been teaching seminars/consulting?
  • What are your specific strengths in inn consulting?
  • How long did you research before opening your B&B?
  • Do you attend continuing education conferences & seminars?

If you are working with real estate inn consultants, ask questions such as:

  • How long have you been in real estate?
  • How many B&B’s have you sold?
  • How many B&B’s have you stayed in?
  • Have you ever operated a B&B?
  • What is your experience within the B&B industry and what experience do you have with zoning and planning regulations?

Considerations on opening a B&B:

  • Financial stability and investment abilities
  • Renovation and purchase costs
  • Zoning and licensing (varies by state, county and city)
  • Commitment to long-term return
  • Personality traits
  • Business planning and experience
  • Research, research, research
  • Organizational, accounting and business skills
  • Familiarity with state and local laws (health, zoning, licensing)
  • Advertising and marketing skills (it costs money to make money)

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“Taste of Old Colorado City” just blocks from Holden House B&B 20 Apr 2014, 10:51 am

Taste of Old Colorado City is just one of many events near Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn, located in Colorado Springs

Taste of Old Colorado City is just one of many events near Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn, located in Colorado Springs

Taste testing meets fabulous foodies in Colorado Springs on Sunday, April 27 in historic Old Colorado City, just a few blocks from the beautiful and romantic Holden House 1902 Bed & Breakfast Inn. The “Taste of Old Colorado City” is a  traditional event, featuring a festival of food, drink, music, and art, celebrates the rich heritage of the Pikes Peak Region.

Here you’ll find the “Best” of the West-side’s local restaurants, libations from local craft breweries and the best in wineries from across America will tempt your palate while you enjoy the tunes from bluegrass to family bands. Bluegrass, tempered with a few gospel and swing favorites will have the audience hootin’ and a hollerin’. Dozens of local artists will create original pieces of art, to be auctioned off during the event. Organized by the Old Colorado City Foundation, the event will raise funds for improvements in Old Colorado City along the Avenue.

Hummingbirds land on festival wings in Colorado Springs May 10, 2014 20 Apr 2014, 10:19 am

On May 10, 2014, the 21st Annual North Cheyenne Canon Hummingbird Festival Annual Hummingbird Festival in Cheyenne Canon Park, Colorado Springs, COflies into Colorado Springs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Canyon Rd. This colorful Spring festival welcomes the return of the broadtail hummingbirds to their summer nesting sites in North Cheyenne Canon Park and throughout the Pikes Peak Region.

The event includes something for everyone and is free and open to public participation. Arts and craft vendors, magicians, Pueblo raptor birds of prey on display, and Augustina, a mustang rescued from the wild. Watch a glass blower craft flowers and birds, visit nature oriented educational booths, check out the silent auction and enjoy great food and beverages. Live bands will be playing throughout the event. Free parking and bus shuttle is available from Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School at 1200 W Cheyenne Rd.