New lodging boom in GMF finds a new player

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Rick Langenberg

Any skeptics about a lodging and tourism renaissance in Green Mountain Falls have been silenced, with yet another prime property renovation in the main core of town.

Last week, a grand opening was conducted for The Little Beaver Inn, located adjacent to The Outlook Lodge on the main street, which has received recognition by Travel and Leisure magazine. The opening coincides with more of a focus on making GMF more of a tourist-friendly community and one that establishes a thriving business environment (see related story).

The Little Beaver Inn opening marks the culmination of a three-year project and represents the revival of a property that once served as a motor lodge in the 1950s, a private residence and other uses. It is part of a major effort by Christian Keesee, chairman of the Kirkpatrick Bank and Kirkpatrick Oil Company, to put Green Mountain Falls on the map as a thriving artistic hub and destination area. Keesee, who vacationed regularly in GMF as a kid with his family, has purchased a number of local properties, along with forming the Historic Green Mountain Falls Foundation. The Foundation has played a key role in opening up the 150-acre Dewey Mountain open space area. In addition, the Inn owner is the main driving force behind the annual Green Box Arts Festival, held in the first week of July.

“It has been an honor to help facilitate the enhancement and preservation of structures in Green Mountain Falls that make the town unique and enchanting in an effort to elevate the area’s quality of life,” said Keesee.

The Little Beaver Inn, offering more modern amenities than the adjacent Outlook, features a self-surface wet bar and cabana, a sun-filled terrace, seasoned, heated outdoor spa, quaint and cozy rooms, with such amenities as complimentary WiFi, HD flat screen televisions, DVD players, USB port alarm clocks and more. Also, the rooms are displayed with special art pieces.

And like The Outlook, guests are encouraged to take advantage of the town’s restaurants and businesses, and enjoy the area’s outdoor amenities. There’s no front desk at the Inn and no check-in is necessary. Instead, guests receive assistance from a local host. The Little Beaver Inn guests can also take advantage of huge outdoor fire circle at The Outlook, along with its full dining room/kitchen area. The Outlook, which opened in 2012 and is equipped to fit about 16 guests, received designation on the “It List” by Travel & Leisure magazine.

Since doing a soft opening last summer, the five-room Beaver Inn has gained quite a following with its romance and hiking packages. “These have been very popular,” said general manager Jesse Stroope, who also is a key spokesman for the Green Box Arts Festival. He says the lodging property has been frequented extensively by residents in the Pikes Peak area by many international travelers.

Room rates at The Beaver Inn start at $119 per night. For more information, visit www.littlebeaverinn.com.