Twenty years ago, I married my best friend.
Boy do I feel old.
One of our groomsmen is missing from this photo...
he was kinda the odd one.
We were just a bunch of punk kids.
And look at all that hair!
We celebrated by spending a long weekend here:
The Rockledge Country Inn bed and breakfast in Manitou Springs, Colorado
See how it backs up against Pike's Peak?
The old track for the Manitou Incline is visible on the right,
nowadays it full of hikers instead of trains.
It is a craftsman style house and such a gorgeous
place I wanted to share it with all of you!
I think I took too many pictures!
The house was built in 1912 and this 2-story copper
fireplace was the only source of heat then.
I was told they would draw the heavy velvet drapes on the doors
in this room so all the heat would go to the upstairs where all the bedrooms are.
Thankfully that's not needed anymore...especially in May.
I loved these arched windows in the French
doors leading out to the patio in the back.
This is in the solarium...it's used as an office now and
I didn't want to get shots of their desk space.
The house was originally built by a millionaire from Kansas who came
to Manitou for the healing powers of the sun for a child who had tuberculosis...
hence the need for the solarium.
Moving up to our room...the Spindletop.
A beautiful English Country room named for a Texas oil
gusher that started the oil industry in the U.S.
It took up one wing...so we had windows on 3 sides.
And look at the door casings and moulding!
There was even a jacuzzi for 2!
These are the windows in the jacuzzi room.
There are 8 suites, but the only other one I'm sharing is El Ocaso...The Sunset.
This room is French Country.
But what I really loved...was the bathroom in this room:
Doesn't it make you drool?
Okay, enough of that,
let's go outside...
There's an outdoor hot tub which we spent some time in.
Some very nice walking trails that were originally created in 1939.
The windows on the right are part of the solarium.
Top middle, is the massive chimney from that fabulous fireplace.
Ugh...just look at these carriage house doors...
We had such a wonderful weekend here. It was very restful and fun.
Breakfast was served every morning and it was delicious.
One morning we ate in the keeping room off the kitchen...loved it.
We took a stroll up on the walking trails to see this gorgeous view.
This is NOT a sponsored post in any way.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and wanted to share it.
I firmly believe in promoting great local businesses and attractions.
This particular location is adults only.
There are two other manor houses under the same ownership,
they welcome kids and are within walking distance.
Everyone comes to this house for breakfast.
If you are ever in the Colorado Springs/Manitou Springs area...
you should check them out.
Absolutely wonderful staff, very friendly.
You will love it.
And don't forget to visit Garden of the Gods!
I hope you enjoyed your virtual stay as much as we enjoyed our real one!
Here's to many more years with my hubby. :)
What's been your favorite place to celebrate?