Bross Hotel Bed & Breakfast

312 Onarga Avenue P. O. Box 85, Paonia, Colorado 81428
Innkeeper(s): Linda Lentz

Happy Birthday, Bross Hotel! 19 May 2016, 8:49 am

The Bross Hotel Bed & Breakfast will celebrate 110 years on May 28th. You are invited to help us commemorate this event. It’ll be the perfect time to tour this historic hotel, which was listed recently on the National Register. Learn about the hotel’s history and the role it played in Paonia’s history. Meet the current owner and descendants of previous owners. The gardens are in bloom. The peonies will be at their height; so come enjoy their beauty and fragrance while savoring light refreshments and the music of Mike Gwinn. The time is 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 13 Apr 2016, 9:48 am

Mothering Is An Art Experience

Mothers and art are synonymous.  Mothers (and fathers) nurture their children and encourage them with light touches as they develop.  Sounds like a painter, doesn’t it?  Some parents express their artistic side in creating a lovely home.  However, your parents exhibited their artistic abilities, Mother’s Day is a time when you can say “Thank you” to both Mom and Dad.  One way you can do this is by providing them with a weekend mini-vacation at the Bross Hotel B&B.  This year the Bross is offering a Spring Fling Art Tour on Mother’s Day weekend.  The all inclusive weekend will not only provide the finest accommodations, but take participants to studios and galleries throughout the North Fork Valley where they can view and/or purchase works of local artisans.  Among artists to be visited are: Jared Davis, glassblower; Penny Alexander, weaver and stone sculptor; Kathy Steckel, fused glass and pastel artist; Peter Halladay, sculptor with found materials.

Other local activities that weekend include sheep dog trials and barrel tasting at the local wineries.  We’ll try to include these events too,  so call for more information and reservations. 970-527-6776.

 28 Mar 2016, 11:05 am

Spring Has Arrived!

The sun is shining and the daffodils are blooming.  It’s time to get outdoors and witness the awakening of local gardens and orchards.  It’s time to learn about what growers do in the spring that ensures food on our tables throughout the year.  So join the tour the Bross Hotel B&B is offering the weekend of April 15 – 17.  This weekend is, on average, the time when the cherry trees are in bloom.

This “farm-to-table” tour will introduce you to the following endeavors:  cultivating orchards and gardens, bread baking in an outdoor oven, making goat cheese, and wine making.  And, after all the visits to local sites, you’ll have dinner at one of Paonia’s well-known “farm-to-table” restaurants.  For more information go to the website ( or call 970-527-6776.

Holiday Special 4 Dec 2015, 8:58 am

Join the fun of this weekend holiday kickoff.  Let the Bross Hotel host your holiday guests, Or, get away from the hustle and bustle of the season and retreat at the Bross.  It doesn’t matter why you stay at the Bross Hotel B&B, you’ll get special rates during December.  A stay of one night will be at our regular winter rate.  Stay two nights and you get a 20% discount.  Stay three or more nights and the savings are 33%.  We look forward to being your host for the holiday season.

Welcome Santa and Holiday Festivities to Paonia 4 Dec 2015, 8:48 am

This is a weekend designed to get you in the holiday mood.  There’ll be the traditional tree lighting in Poulos Park on Friday evening and local stores and artists will have their wares for sale up and down Grand Avenue.  You’ll even find food and wine tastings by local producers.  All this continues on Saturday with lots of activities for children – hay rides, a puppet show, cookie cottage decorating, a free movie (Fantasia) and, of course, a visit with Santa. 

The churches of Paonia would welcome your participation in worship Sunday morning.  Or, if you are an avid biker, participate in the Black Peach Brawl, a bike race sponsored by Shish KaBikes.  In the afternoon the Bross Hotel will host an open house and Deck the Halls party.  If you like decorating for Christmas, this is your opportunity to help make this Victorian lady shine. 

Come for a day or stay the entire weekend.  We’d love to have you.  

Modern Era Music 27 Aug 2015, 2:50 pm

The first concert of the Blue Sage’s 2015-16 Concert Series will be held Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts (Grand Avenue, Paonia).  It will focus on music of the Modern Era — jazz, ragtime, blues, etc.)  Sounds like a jumping night since folks will have a difficult time sitting still.  The featured performer will be David Vest, award-winning keyboardist and jazz historian. With a lecture-concert format you’ll come away with a deeper knowledge and love of 20th century American music. 

Concert goers get a 10% discount when they spend the night at the Bross Hotel B&B.  And, the Blue Sage provides a 10% discount to Bross guests.  What could be better?  You save on both your overnight stay and your entertainment.

 21 Jul 2015, 3:29 pm


Yes, come celebrate the creative folks of the valley on August 28th and 29th.  The party is being hosted by the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss.

Start the celebration with dinner at Heritage Hall.  All the food and drinks will be locally produced and prepared by some of our finest culinary artists.  And, while you dine you’ll be surrounded by the work of some of the leading artists of the North Fork.  Following dinner, dance to the sounds of The
Strolling Scones.  Seating is limited so make your reservation in advance for this event.

We’re celebrating the creative people in the North Fork Valley from the farmers, the craftsman, the artist, the potters, the sculptors, the authors and musicians with a two day event and we want you to join us.

The First Annual Art Fair and Concert will take place under the trees of the Fairgrounds on Saturday so bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the sounds of the North Fork Flyers, the Scones and a variety of other local musicians.  Special guest stars are: Travis Mann, a former North Fork resident, with a Nashville All Star Band and Otis Taylor, a North Fork favorite.  Starting at 10 a.m. there will be a “free” performance of Choirs and Praise Bands of the North Fork Churches. 

While you enjoy the music you can peruse and purchase products produced in the North Fork Valley.  Booths and tents will line the concert arena and showcase the wares of food producers, vintners, brewers, distillers, artists and crafts-persons.

Don’t miss this day celebrating the creativity of the folk who call the North Fork Valley home.  For tickets to this event go to

 6 Jun 2015, 6:47 pm

The Father’s Day Gift Solution

Father’s Day is just around the corner and you’re probably having a difficult time deciding how to honor that special Dad of yours.  He doesn’t need any more “stuff” and he’s hard to shop for.  So — what is the perfect gift?  Something he can share with his special lady?  Yes! Give him a gift certificate to the Bross Hotel B&B.  All you need to do is call Linda at 970-527-6776.  She’ll sent
a gift certificate promptly.

As an extra treat you can throw in is a winemaker’s dinner at Stone Cottage Cellars on Saturday, June 20th. It’s an al fresco evening of dining by the wine cellar.  Chef Ron Jardon has prepared an exciting menu that pairs North Fork food with Stone Cottage’s wines.  Winemaker Brent Helleckson will talk about the evening’s food pairings and share winemaking details.  Book your reservations early by calling 970-527-3444.

Outdoor Enthusiasts 5 May 2015, 11:12 am

Do you enjoy the out-of-doors?  If so, Paonia and the North Fork Valley are a perfect destination for you.  And, the Bross Hotel is the best location for your stay because it is within a block or two of restaurants and entertainment sites while being near biking and hiking trails. 

The other day I was perusing the Paonia Chamber of Commerce website and was amazed at the number of attractions in the area.  There are maps for 12 bicycling rides and 50+ hiking trails.  I know the area is surrounded by federal lands, but I had no idea there were so many trails.  Did you?  Other less strenuous activites/ sights you might enjoy include:

     Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park,
     West Elk Scenic Loop
     Grand Mesa Scenic Byway
     Fort Uncompaghre Living History Museum
     Pioneer Town
     Ute Indian Museum

Come explore what the North Fork Valley has to offer outdoor enthusiasts while staying in the beautiful, historic Bross Hotel B&B.  I’ll welcome your call at 970-527-6776.

Calling All Bicyclists 28 Apr 2015, 10:42 am

Join the fun of the Gears and Beers Festival on June 5 – 7.  Sponsored by the Paonia Chamber of Commerce and the North Fork Bicycle Club, there will be activities for the whole family.  In addition to music and other events in town, planned rides will be offered for both mountain bikers and road bikers.  So load up the family and head to
Paonia for a weekend of fun.  Book two nights at the Bross Hotel B&B for the festival before
the end of May and receive a 10% discount.