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Best Of 2011: Bed & Breakfast

Old Town GuestHouse may attract guests from as far away as Japan and Australia, but the three-story brick building is very much a part of Old Colorado City. Minnesotans Shirley and Don Wick fell in love with the location, a short walk from the area's restaurants, galleries and boutiques, and bought the B&B in July 2005. "It's been fun," Shirley says. "We do it because we like the people." And where does the happy couple stay when they, themselves, travel? Not in B&Bs, Shirley admits. "When I'm on vacation, I need a break from business, and B&B owners want to pick my brain." — Rhonda Van Pelt

Insider Guide 2010

Winner of our Best Local Bed & Breakfast award, Old Town was built in 1997 on the former site of the 1892 city hall. Look for Wi-Fi throughout, floral-named rooms with typical modern amenities, and an "African Orchid" room that Old Town says exceeds ADA hotel requirements.

Best Local Bed & Breakfast

Here's the key to operating the perfect bed & breakfast: You must be psychic. That seems to be the secret behind the success of Old Town GuestHouse, where assistant innkeeper Kim Abels says, "We try to meet our guests' needs before they know they have any." Old Town was built in 1996 and designed to fit in with its surroundings in Old Colorado City. But its interior is hardly old-fashioned. Each room is decorated in a different theme ("African Orchid," for example), and four of the eight rooms set guests up for romance with private hot tubs and fireplaces. — Deb Acord



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