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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Explore Art and Craftsmanship in Carbondale, Colorado

Award-winning public-art programs, inventive local cuisine, and a burgeoning sustainable design scene are bringing a contemporary edge to this former mining town just 30 miles down valley from Aspen.

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1. Where to Stay


At the Avalanche Ranch, you can stay in a converted covered wagon complete with a full kitchen.  

Rethink the B&B experience at the high-tech Euclid House (from $65, whole house from $290), a two-bedroom Victorian minutes from Main Street. Here, you’ll still find homey décor touches like a wood-burning stove and paintings by plantation-born folk artist Clementine Hunter, but the house also has surprising modern details like an advanced air-and-water-filtration system from the Japanese wellness firm Nikken.

Enjoy turn-of-the-twentieth-century charms at the Redstone Inn (from $85), a 1902 Tudor Revival lodge in the tiny cliffside village of Redstone, about twenty minutes outside of town. Industrialist John C. Osgood originally built the place as a dormitory for bachelors working in his coal mines, but it’s since been transformed into a modern 36-room spot with country-cottage décor, including sleigh beds with crisp white bedding.

Soak in hot springs (88 to 105 degrees) year-round at Avalanche Ranch, a 36-acre resort ten miles south of downtown Carbondale. The cabins here are rustic but cozy, ranging from studios (from $135) to a three-bedroom ranch house that sleeps eight (from $385). If you’re looking to rough it, there are also three covered wagons, which make up for their lack of en suite bathrooms and kitchens with loads of quirky décor, like bright paisley bedding and camping lanterns ($85). At 7,000 feet elevation overlooking the Crystal River and picturesque Mt. Sopris, the grounds are perfect in wintertime for snowshoeing, ice skating, cross-country skiing, and sledding.


Published on Dec 12, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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