Inn of the Month: Crested Butte Retreat, CO

Crested Butte, Colorado

It's easy to mistake Crested Butte Retreat, with its woodsy, trilevel façade and decks overlooking Mt. Crested Butte's slopes, for one of the exclusive hillside homes that flank the mountainside. And once you're inside, innkeeper Jayne Carroll certainly makes you feel at home in the 11,000-square-foot boutique lodge, its great room dominated by a stacked-stone fireplace rising to open-beam cathedral ceilings.

A blend of traditional and modern Colorado architecture, the Retreat offers five master suites and five deluxe rooms, each named after local peaks. Teocalli, with its copper bed, and Whetstone, with its animal-print throws, have the best views. Master suites are a step up - especially Butte, a two-story unit that's a retreat within the Retreat.

Breakfasts here are excellent - eggs any style, fresh-baked croissants, homemade granola. Afterwards, the lifts are a short walk away. Come back for a soak in the hot tub and a glass of wine by the hearth, then a custom dinner - prepared by a personal chef - served in your suite. A true retreat. From $190;


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