3 Great Ways to Explore Roadside Attractions

Feeling the need for novelty? Colorado’s boutique hotel scene offers an array of eclectic stays and vintage vibes.

1Amigo Motor Lodge

Amigo Motor Lodge
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The vintage-motor-lodge-turned-boutique-hotel off Highway 50 in Salida marries the soul of the Southwest with modern amenities for a heightened hipster stay. It offers accommodations in one of 18 original rooms or one of five recently refitted retro Airstream trailers from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s as well as a central yard featuring a giant teepee, hot tub, and hammocks. Rooms are complete with cushy Tuft & Needle mattresses and luxe Malin & Goetz bathing and skincare products.

2Spoke & Vine

Spoke & Vine
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Capitalize on all that the pretty town of Palisade has to offer when you check into this bicycle-themed stay. Pragmatic design and peaceful energy combine at the elevated boutique motel where guests can rent bikes directly from the front desk to begin exploring the picturesque vineyards and farms surrounding them. Or stay close to your homeaway- from-home and enjoy the recently added Motel Bar, or eat at one of the local food trucks that rotate through the parking lot.

3The Inn

The Inn
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Fully refurbished from its original 1800s glory, this once-dated stay on Main Street in Buena Vista has since added modern comforts (like air conditioning and Wi-Fi) while retaining all of its charm. Original brick walls bring warmth to the rooms, while antique vanities, leather couches, rawhide rugs, and diverse artworks give this spot a true sense of laid-back luxury. Take a relaxing dip in the Princeton Suite’s claw-foot tub, and check in or out effortlessly with the self-service concierge.