I'm not sure that it's sensible to review somewhere like Kelly Place after a one-night stop, but it deserves a good word and potential guests ought to know how best to use it.
It's about ten miles west of Cortez, not far from the Utah border, and stands alone; you can't see any other properties from the door. The location is dramatic, in the valley of McElmo Creek, but although it's not on a main road it isn't difficult to find, even if you turn up, as we did, after dark. There are Ancestral Puebloan remains on the doorstep; the recommended circular walk from the house never strays more than about two hundred yards, and yet in that distance you come across a couple of kivas and a cliff dwelling or two. The best way to use Kelly Place would be as a centre for Hovenweep and Mesa Verde NP's, neither of which is any great distance away.
You won't get the full benefit on a one-night stay, but it's worth doing nevertheless, for the stars and the deep silence at night and the breakfast next morning. The rooms are comfortable, and at least one of them has a kitchen; this is a significant consideration, since it's a bit of a hike back into Cortez for dinner. The dining-room and sitting-room in the main building have a bit of a hostel-like feel, but in a good way. Make sure you try the home-made granola at breakfast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled between majestic Sleeping Ute Mountain and the sculpted red rocks of McElmo Canyon, Kelly Place B&B has been attracting visitors since 1980. Explore prehistoric sites, including pueblo ruins and a fully restored kiva on the self-guided tour of Kelly Place property. Hike from here into Canyons of the Ancients National Monument on our northern border through the natural beauty of pinon-juniper canyons to remote cliff-dwellings. Relax in our Spanish-style courtyard, gazing at the 10,000-foot mountain and watching brightly colored birds while sipping a glass of local McElmo Canyon wine or a frosty beer on tap from our local brewery. Experience our relaxed southwestern hospitality, fruit trees and scrumptious home-style breakfasts. The adobe-style lodge features a comfortable lounge area with music, library, computer, dvds and games. Lodge rooms, cabins, RV and tent sites are available. Cabins have cooking and grill facilities, some with fireplace and a jetted tub. Free wifi is available throughout. ... more less
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