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Breckenridge: Allaire Timbers Inn working to enhance its offerings

Just a few minutes' drive from Breckenridge Main Street, a quick right turn will take you to the Allaire Timbers Inn, a quaint log building tucked in a stand of trees. Walk inside to be greeted by the soaring ceiling and stone fireplace of the common room, which manages to feel spacious and cozy at the same time. Large windows let in natural light, and offer a spectacular view of the Tenmile Range descending into the distance."Never-ending views," describes innkeeper Jen Franklin, gesturing at the windows, and the direction that every room faces. "You can feel like you're in the woods, but not really be too far out of town."

A stay at the inn puts guests in one of eight regular rooms or two suites, and includes daily breakfast. The eight regular rooms each offer mountain views, a private balcony, a king- sized bed and other amenities. The suites are larger and include a gas fireplace and indoor hot tub. The common area offers daily breakfasts and a place for guests to gather. Upstairs is a game area with big-screen television, movies and board games. Nature art decorates the walls, and is also available for purchase."It helps beautify the area, and of course if a guest wants to take something home, they can do that," Franklin said.

While the inn has been around for more than 20 years, new owner Franklin arrived in May. Hailing from Orlando, Fla., Franklin is enthusiastic about her new location."I really wanted to move to a small mountain town, and this is a great spot," Franklin said. "It's got enough ongoing concern with the culture and the art to really hold interest."Franklin has also enjoyed success not only with the inn, but with the Breckenridge business community."It's been a nice, wonderful welcome by the town of Breckenridge," she said. "The business people are fabulous - very, very nice and welcoming."The inn has a symbiotic relationship with several local businesses in town, offering their products and services to guests in the lodge. This includes items sold in the common area and in-room massages as part of special packages.Several changes have occurred since Franklin took over last spring, the most notable of which is the fact that the inn, previously closed during shoulder seasons, is now open year-round. "It's interesting to me that there's these offseasons, and I'd like to fill those gaps," Franklin said. "I really think that we should be full day in and day out, whether or not [guests] want to come skiing or hiking or just simply get away and have a nice couple relaxing days, and not do anything. This is just such a perfect setting for all activities, or just nothing at all."Franklin plans to offer themed weeks and weekends at the inn, each one revolving around a different idea - a girls' getaway, family week, a week for hiking enthusiasts, etc. "I think people really appreciate being with like-minded travelers," Franklin said.

To celebrate its changes and improvements, the inn will be hosting its ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. More than 10 local businesses will be present with demonstrations and items for sale. Visitors will be able to walk throughout the lodge and into the rooms, which will each feature a different vendor. The Lost Cajun will be providing food. "If somebody is looking for an experience that's out of the ordinary, give us a try. There are a lot of people who have an impression of a bed and breakfast as being kind of small or cluttered or chintz fabric and lace, and we're not that," Franklin said. "You can have a grand lodge with generous spaces, have a great experience and then transform your travel from a hotel experience to bed and breakfast. Think outside the box."


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