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November 13, 2012

Outlook Lodge Opens in Colorado

By Erin Schumaker | Hotels

Outlook Lodge Opens in Colorado
Courtesy of The Outlook Lodge

Nothing says “hideaway” like a stay at The Outlook Lodge, set in the tiny mountain town of Green Mountain Falls, located northwest of Colorado Springs. The six-room escape, which celebrated its grand opening on November 1, was designed to be completely hands-off. Guests make reservations online, and a key awaits them upon arrival in the mailbox. “You don’t have to see or deal with anybody,” says owner Christian Keesee (who jokes that it is the perfect place to have an affair).

Originally a parish house, the Victorian-style structure dates back to 1889 and sits just above the village church. When designing its rebirth as a luxury retreat, Keesee drew inspiration from the comfortable luxury of New York’s Bowery Hotel and the sleek minimalism of the Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa, Texas. His careful planning paid off. The lodge’s true charm is in the details, from the rustic wraparound porch with views of the mountains to a library of specially curated books about the region.

Keesee’s enthusiasm doesn’t stop at the lodge. He is passionate about art (the guest rooms feature pieces from his personal collection) and was integral in helping start the town’s Green Box Arts Festival, which is held every summer. He has since transformed many of Green Mountain Falls’ rundown buildings into artist-in-residence studios, and hopes to have a “green house” accommodation for artists open in time for next year’s event. “It’s about helping to restore interest in a charming town that time seemed to have forgotten,” he says. Rooms, from $90; 6975 Howard St.; outlookgmf.com.