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Hi! On A Hill
....is a welcoming, healing place located on a wooded and wildflower wonderland of 1.76 acres, with easy access to Colorado Hwy 7 (is a portion of the National Scenic Peak-to-Peak Byway that stretches from Estes Park down to historic Central City and Blackhawk and further south to I-70).
Please contact Vivian directly. She prefers to trust her guests and loves to talk with them about their needs.
Come and stay - experience Colorado - and find all that you seek - from outside activities, to quiet conversations; enjoy a glass of wine as you watch the sunset or gaze at the night sky filled with stars; rise well-rested to spectacular sunrises and another day of adventures in Colorado.
This is a completely furnished and well equipped home with 360 degree VIEWS from every window. From the west deck (16 feet of sliding glass doors) you will see the Wild Basin area (the south entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park), then trace up the flank of Meeker Mountain, across the profile of the Sleeping Indian - and then right on up to the Continental Divide. This view is the most breathtaking in the entire area and just outside 'your' front window ---- NO driving involved! (And the view changes every 15 to 20 minutes!)
Built in 1964, it was a two-bedroom summer cabin; evolved into a year-round home in the late 1980's with the addition of beautiful bedrooms, three baths (one has a whirlpool tub to soak away sore muscles from horseback riding - three stables close by). It 'opened' as a VRBO rental the late Fall of 2013.
Fall of 2014, we remodeled the large room above the garage into our private apartment and bath, a small kitchenette and truly have "come home again." I'll be here if you need me, but basically the rest of the house and property is yours to use and enjoy:
The common-area Living Room has 16 feet of sliding glass doors opening onto a wide west-facing deck, a fluffy Flokati rug and a natural Lyons sand-stone fireplace (NO fires though!) The stained glass panel hanging in the south - 'Chickadees' was made by Jay Grooters out of Estes Park. A painting 'Blue Birds' was done by Dan D'Amico, a nationally wildlife painter of merit - lives and works here in Allenspark.
The Dining area has an oak table - seats 6 to 8 - with hand-woven place mats or 'real' tablecloths. Dishes (service for 12) are white, octagon-shaped and makes every meal a 'delicious' experience.
The open Continental Kitchen lets the cook share in the fun and conversation. It is fitted with dishwasher, microwave, electric skillet, 4 slice toaster, a Kuerig (bring your favorite K-cups), a 35-cup party pot, a standard coffee pot, and an electric hot water pot (with Celestial Seasonings tea in the cupboard). An electric mixer, spices, cake pans, kettles and cookie sheets. The wall oven and the four gas burners have an electronic ignition system, so NO pilot lights. An electric 'griddle in the middle' of the burners is great for pancakes or grilled cheese sandwiches.
Two lift-up counters double as buffet serving areas or guests can sit there and watch the cook - cook!
Outside cooking may be done on a propane gas grill. That south concrete patio is some protected so even in the winter you can cook burgers or steaks, toast marshmallows for complimentary 'smores' out on the grill.
The outside redwood decks have iron chairs and table - fun to sit and chat. And wooden benches that become extra picnic tables!
The SUNFLOWER SUITE has a queen bed and adjoining bath with the whirlpool tub; a couple of chairs for reading, chatting or listening to tapes. The outside door opens onto the patio and terraced flower beds.
The 'COPPER PENNIES' bedroom has a double bed and interesting collections: African wildlife done by Tom Taylor; Aspen wood turnings made by UNC Professor David Olson; a hand woven soft wall sculpture made by the owner (a true Viv's Original!)
HUMMINGBIRD HEAVEN is ALSO called the "Kids Room" has two twin beds and LOTS of hummingbirds. This is where you will find picture puzzles, old-timey games, decks of cards, the folding card table and folding chairs. Feel free to take stuff up to the living room - to play or puzzle while watching the views outside.
The living room couch can be opened out as a king bed. Not too comfortable, but it is there and can sleep two more! Be sure to ask where to find the linens.
The Guest Bath has an easy-step-in tiled shower, sink and stool - shared with all.
Also equipped with a stack washer/dryer, Free WiFi, DISH TV, an inside cell-phone connection AND a land-line telephone number that can be shared with family and friends.
Read the Welcome Book for ideas from food to fun in the nearby area. And check out the autograph book for previous guests comments.
Allenspark is actually a tiny village with a Post Office and a quaint gift shop called 'Distant Harbors' (stop in to browse), drop off a calling card and tell Christine that I suggested you stop in - guaranteed to bring a smile!
Two churches: the Allenspark Community Church is inter-denominational and just across from the Post Office in 'down-town' Allenspark; the New Covenant Church is about 5 miles from the Post Office & Fire Station corner - take the turn off to the Wild Basin entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and follow the signs.
HORSES: Downtown Allenspark', Peaceful Valley to the south and Meeker Park and Wild Basin to the north all have stables - consider a horseback ride into the hills and valleys - maybe a cook-out breakfast ride? Check for prices and times.
Wild Basin Lodge, just outside the official south entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is fast becoming famous as a wedding venue. Stop in to learn what amazing things it has to offer. Since Hi! On A Hill is just 4.5 miles from the lodge, I have had wedding guests and even a bride or two staying here, a little away but close enough to arrive un-ruffled.
HIKING: Wild Basin of Rocky Mountain National Park has hiking trails easy enough for toddlers - if you don't go too far. Other trails are challenging enough for seasoned hikers and the area is less crowded than the main entrance to "The Park" at Estes Park.
Longs Peak trail head, Twin Sisters trail and Lily Lake loop are north towards Estes.
Camp Dick and Brainerd Lake feature great trails and wildlife viewing - south on Hwy 72.
SHOPPING: Estes Park is 17 miles from Hi! On A Hill and offers all the fun of a typical tourist town - favorite shops include an "old fashioned candy store" making fresh 'Karmel' Korn all day long, sells sugar 'rocks' and chocolate 'bear claws'. Across the street is a Taffy shop that spins its sweet stuff in the front window. Buy an ugly rock and split it open to reveal crystals, get western clothes or hiking gear, book a white water raft trip - all in Estes Park.
SIGHTSEEING: From The Hill, day trips can take you to visit famous ski areas and the old mining towns of Central City and Black Hawk (they mine 'gambling gold' now). You'll discover quaint villages with delicious cafes tucked on the side roads of the mountains.
If you come in winter, enjoy the champagne powder at the many Colorado ski areas just a couple of hours away. And hey - Summer-Comers can ride a ski lift with quaking aspen and Blue Spruce beneath your toes!
A 'day trip' to Denver, capital city of Colorado has lots of activities - the mint, marvelous museums, native Indian history, shopping at Cherry Creek, the Broncos football, ice hockey; Lo-Do (lower downtown) and the newly remodeled Union Station for trains criss-crossing the state and country.
But whatever you choose to do during the day.....
...return to the quiet and serenity of Hi! On A Hill where you will fall asleep to the rustle of the golden aspen leaves and the scent of pine
...you will awake refreshed and renewed to enjoy another day in this most beautiful area of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
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2 Nights Min Stay
Owners are living in the private apartment above the garage. You are on your own in the lower level but they are around if needed for some reason.
Check in time is important - anytime after 3 PM but no later than 7 PM because IT IS HARD TO FIND THE DRIVEWAY IN THE DARK.
Owners will respect your privacy as you respect theirs. Book a week or longer for discounted rate. Contact me, Viv Fausset for more information
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