Colorado Explorer

Briar Rose Inn
Briar Rose Inn


By Linda DuVal

For one of the most peaceful, relaxing getaways you can imagine, visit the Briar Rose Inn in Boulder. This "green" B&B features natural teas, organic food, sumptuous bedding and lots of quiet. One of the owners is a Zen monk who encourages guests to join in during meditation time. 888-786-8440.

The new Arrabelle at Vail Square is set to open Jan. 5 on the base of Vail Mountain, just steps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola. This new luxury resort is being hailed as the crown jewel of the RockResorts collection, and will offer services such as a "ski nanny" for the kids and personal butlers on each floor. 866-662-7625.

Linda DuVal is former travel editor of The Gazette in Colorado Springs and a freelance writer.