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“A great place to stay in Ouray”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Secret Garden

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Secret Garden
Ranked #3 of 8 Ouray B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Colorado Springs
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“A great place to stay in Ouray”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2009

I was looking for a quiet place off the main street during the peak of the tourist season, and found the Secret Garden three blocks to the West of the center of town. The B&B is a large house with beautiful landscaping and well out of the "touristy" district. The proprietor, Sara, is also a professional caterer, and the breakfast was superb. There are several room layouts to accomodate mostly singles and couples, alhough children can be accomodated in an extra room. There is plenty of parking and an easy walk to the shops and restaurants on main street. But the best part is what there wasn't: no drunk guests slamming doors at 2AM, no guests in the upstairs room running the TV all night, no traffic noise, just the gentle sound of the nearby river. The room rate is competitive with nearby B&B's, and prices in Ouray are not bad considering the tourist season is only 3 months long.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2009

We also arrived in Ouray late in the evening and without a place to stay. The Secret Garden was recommended to us by one of the local motels. This was a very charming and comfortable B&B. The location in Ouray was amazing. The entire town is surrounded by towering mountains with a mountain stream flowing/bubbling in the background. The room we had (the largest at this B&B) was huge by most standards, was tastefully decorated and very, very comfortable. I agree with a previous reviewer that the rest of the home was well appointed and comfortable with plenty of room to spread out and relax. And, we did have our own "palatial bathroom and fireplace." Sarah, our hostess, was very accomodating and a delight to converse with! After a long day traveling, her "Secret Garden" was a delight to find! At breakfast, she prepared a huge tasty meal consisting of homemade apple pancakes (with sour cream, walnuts and maple surup), thick sliced bacon, scrambled eggs, orange juice, gourmet coffee and more.... We left the Secret Garden well rested and prepared for the day ahead!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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flatland Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2009

I stayed 5 nights at the Secret Garden and loved every minute. The best part of the day was breakfast. Sara served goumet breakfasts with enough protein and carbs that fueled me for 8 mile hikes. I enjoyed the beautiful flower gardens surrounding the property. I felt very comfortable in this beautful home. Sara's travels are shown off throughout. My check in time was later than planned and Sara accommodated my lateness. The room was small but very nice and clean. The bed was a memory form mattress just like mine at home. No trouble sleeping, listening to the water flow not far from my opened window. The location was perfect. Nestled away from Main St but walking distance to all the shops. If I were to marry again, the Secret Garden would be my first choice. Sara is a caterer and has perfected her art.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2008

We arrived in Ouray late in the evening and without a place to stay. Karen at the Box Canyon Lodge graciously called around for us and secured a room for us at the B&B. The location is superb, a mere block to town and a block to the river. We had a small room with a full bed and lots of antiques ($90). The rest of the home is well appointed and comfortable with plenty of room to spread out and relax. I particularly liked the gardens. We did have to share the bath with one other couple which turned out to be no problem at all. The other 2 rooms are a bit bigger and the largest ($175) also has it's own palatial bathroom and fireplace. Sarah, our hostess, was delightful and bent over backwards to accommodate her guests. After a long day hiking and driving, she invited us to help ourselves to the outdoor hot tub...enjoy a glass of wine she said. In the morning, she prepared a huge breakfast of homemade apple pancakes, chz and ham souflee, coffee, etc...Her other job is as a caterer and she does NOT disappoint.

If you enjoy the intimacy of a B&B, then this is the place for you...

  • Liked — warm, inviting...great location
  • Disliked — sharing a bath but not a big deal
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Secret Garden

Property: Secret Garden
Address: 101 6 Ave., PO Box 862, Ouray, CO 81427-0862
Location: United States > Colorado > Ouray
Amenities:
Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Ouray
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Secret Garden 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The sounds of songbirds and gurgling brooks greet you in the morning at Secret Garden, even though we are only two blocks from charming Main Street. Enjoy your custom breakfast, prepared by an experienced caterer, in your room, the dining room, or in our lushly-planted gardens. Relax in our hot tub under the stars. Reserve our entire property for your wedding, reunion, corporate meeting, or any other special event. Sorry, no pets. ... more   less 
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