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Old 09-02-2011, 12:47 PM
Location: Bend Or.
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Rent a motorhome and have a different spectaular view every night!
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:44 AM
Location: Euless, TX
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Originally Posted by wanneroo View Post
Do you have an open ended budget? Because nice hotels with expansive views are going to be pricey. And also some that have views, you have to watch because not all will have the best view or much of a view at all on the lower priced rooms.

Also are you going soon or in the winter?
I do!! We have been saving for a few months just to SPLURGEE!
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:56 AM
Location: Euless, TX
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Thank ALL of you for your fantastic ideas.. I'm going to take a minute and research everything that you guys mentioned for me!

Since Idunn, Jim9251, and Dogmama50 all recommended Redstone.. I think I will definitely have to check that out!!! Thanks Idunn for recommending so much!

More idea welcome!
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:15 PM
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Wink via Independence Pass

One other thing I'll add to this little sojourn is the possibility of driving Independence Pass.

It may or not fit on the itinerary, but possibly could. If at all so it is a fantastic drive over one of the highest (elevation: 12,095 feet) and most beautiful passes in Colorado. Also of course a fair weather excursion as this pass closes every autumn until the next spring.

One consideration in nearby lodging I had was directly at the east side of this pass in the quaintly small town of Twin Lakes. There is a historically old lodge there which offered historically small and simple rooms, with bath down the hall, but what was something of a marvel of fine dining downstairs in a pleasantly rustic dining room. Unfortunately the last iteration of this business as The Inn of the Black Wolf has since closed, and the proprietors I had in mind long gone, in one way or another. There are a few other lodging options in Twin Lakes, but all things considered the better option might lie across the pass in Aspen.

There are several good reasons for that, with a good one simply in being able to say later you've visited. And probably enjoyed it. Aspen is a perfectly pleasant and lovely town within an attractive setting. The bigger complaint many will probably have with it is that it is too hauté couture for their tastes. But envy aside, more likely because too rich for their pocket book. For someone more concerned with a good place to visit for a day or two, it could be quite nice.

One of the better views from Aspen is arguably in looking west towards the ski mountain dropping to the edge of town. There will be a number of hotels offering such a view. Depending upon how one looks at such things, it is not a superlative view of the mountains, but certainly nice enough. I can and will not provide any specific recommendations on lodging, but would suggest that properties such as the Hotel Jerome or Hyatt Grand Aspen might prove suitable -- at a price. Just as well if one in the mood to splurge a little, because Aspen is custom suited to such an enterprise.

If nothing else, Independence Pass, should it seem feasible.
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:20 PM
Location: Euless, TX
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Awesome!! Luckily I'm a fan of both worlds; from simple and tucked away, to trendy and upscale.. so Aspen is appealing! We'll definitely have to check it out!
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Old 09-10-2011, 10:00 PM
Location: Mile High
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I'm going to throw my hat in here and say Stanley Hotel. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. All of the other suggestions are also wonderful, but there is something about sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch of the Stanley Hotel with a hot cup of cocoa on a clear, crisp night, watching the moon rise over the mountains while you carry on conversations with people all over the world ... or maybe just with your SO.
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