13 March, 2015

The Outlook Lodge - a contemporary American escape

Tiny Green Mountain Falls has been a resort destination side the late 1800's. Situated northwest of Colorado Springs, it rests along the historic Ute pass, with the area's most well known attraction, Pike's Peak, rising in the distance. It's secluded and peaceful in the winter, and it comes alive in the summer when local and national artists take part in annual outdoor events.

The Outlook Lodge was built in 1889 and has been turned into a contemporary escape - maintaining a rustic simplicity, but providing the creature comforts you'd want. There is a kitchen in the main lodge that guests can use, and the hot tub seems to be a favourite spot to chill out in as well!

There is a wonderful hands-off approach here - you're left to enjoy the lodge as if it were your own. Instead of a front desk, the key to your room will be in a secure lockbox at the Lodge, and all the information you need will be in your room. Having said that, there is a free concierge service through a local host if you do want someone to make dinner reservations, or even just find out more about the local area.

Set amongst the trees, the restored Victorian retreat has a wrap-around porch with rocking chairs, and a large outdoor fire pit - the perfect place to relax and enjoy the starry sky in the evenings.
Despite the quiet location, there is plenty to do here. The hiking around Green Mountain Falls is stunning - waterfalls and streams at every turn. If you'd rather take the more leisurely approach, a wander around Gazebo Lake is very pleasant.

If you're planning a family trip, or are looking for a get-together for friends, you can book all six rooms, and have the run of the place. If you'd like more information about Outlook Lodge, you can visit the official website here.

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