The Nordic Inn was a pleasure to stay at over the long Memorial Day weekend. The rooms were very comfortable, bordering on luxurious - though on the smaller side. The intent of the small room is to make you feel comfortable while in them, but encouraging you to explore all of what Crested Butte has to offer. I only wish there was seating on the upper balcony to relax with a glass of wine or just to sit and really take in the incredible view from the Inn.
The weather was impeccable, which lead to a want/need to be outdoors as much as possible. The Innkeeper Kim was well versed in the surrounding trails that were no longer snow packed this early in the season. I went for a hike on the Snodgrass Trail and the Lower Loop Trail, both recommended by Kim.
The Snodgrass Trail (7 miles round trip) is a moderate hike that starts with an uphill climb that is immediately rewarded by spectacular views and a moderate walk through a woodsy area. It was a great workout - the only downside was the number of mountain bikers sharing the trail - I would recommend getting an early start to avoid the bulk of the bikers which seemed to hit the trail between 11am - 1pm. Don't forget your camera!
The Lower Loop Trail (not sure of distance, walked out for an hour and then back - could have gone further though) is a very easy walk along the local river. Pretty views which are pretty much around every turn in Crested Butte and enough shady areas to make the walk very pleasant. There is a "restricted parking" area closer to the trail head that we didn't park in, but everyone else on the planet did - I would recommend parking there and ignoring the "restricted parking" sign. Don't forget your camera!
The continental breakfast at the Inn is light and convenient, which was great for my long hike day. If you are looking for a more hearty breakfast head into town to Izzy's which is in an alley, but totally worth it! They are known for the latkes and are included in just about every dish they serve. Kim will be able to direct you on Izzy's location. Brick Oven Pizza (recommended by Kim) is also a great place to grab a seat on the patio, have a beer and people watch (the pizza is pretty good too!) The shops in town were a little disappointing - Estes Park and Breckenridge have much better shopping. The poor shopping only made me want to relax more - which was the goal of the mini-vacation.
A very pleasant stay at the Nordic Inn and Kim really made me feel comfortable in my surroundings. I was by myself for the first night and felt completely safe at the Nordic Inn as well as in Crested Butte town. I will go back again someday for sure! Regards, EllenT.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Nordic Inn is a part of Colorado skiing history... a Crested Butte original.Only 500 yards from the lifts at the base of Mt. Crested Butte. The Nordic Inn is truly a slice of nostalgia from the early days of skiing in Colorado and now represents a part of Mt. Crested Butte's history from its colorful early days. The feeling of the classic past meets present day with luxury accommodations, amenities, and services of a contemporary boutique bed & breakfast hotel.The Inn is the longest operating lodge in the county. Owned and managed over the past 40 years by Allen and Judy Cox who became known for their genuine hospitality, sense of humor, and personal connection with their guests. A culture and tradition that the new owners plan to carry on. Beautiful renovations combined with the charm of the original hotel make this mountain inn an unforgettable one-of-a-kind experience. Begin each morning in the warmth of the breakfast room with a wholesome continental breakfast to start your mountain adventure. After a day of playing hard, you are welcomed back to a roaring fire in the hotel's great room where you can relax, socialize, play games, or just take in the amazing views of Mt. Crested Butte. The Nordic Inn features a range of room types from a basic lodge room to luxury custom accommodations. The Nordic Inn is the perfect location in both summer and winter to enjoy all that is special about Crested Butte ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Nordic Hotel Crested Butte