Re/Union in Cripple Creek?
Knowflakes on the
forum have been talking for a while about Rachel the Rams idea of a
Knowflake Reunion, or I guess that would be a Union for those of us who
havent met yet. I looked into possibilities in Cripple Creek for either
the first weekend or second weekend of August 2003 and gathered up some
information for consideration.
That first weekend,
Friday the 1st through Sunday the 3rd, the county fair is held on the edge
of town. Kids show off the livestock they raise and their plant projects
and their quilts. The second weekend, Friday the 8th through Sunday the 10th,
an art fair will be held on the main street in the center of town. Neither
of those events would crowd us out like the events during the other August
People can fly
into the Colorado Springs airport, and there are shuttle buses from there
to Cripple Creek. Then there are free city shuttles (vans) within Cripple
Creek to get to the lodging and meeting places, restaurants, etc. Amtrak
can bring folks by train to Denver and then by Amtrak bus (like a Greyhound)
to Colorado Springs, where again, you can connect with a shuttle bus to Cripple
Creek. If some people want to drive here, we can carpool to see the old Isis
Theater in Victor or drive out Phantom Canyon Road.
first slipping-off-the-time-track house is now half of a six-bedroom inn,
the Last Dollar Inn, owned and run by the very gracious Rick and Janice Wood.
The other half of the inn they have added on as kind of a next-door
but attached other side. I talked to Rick, and he said we could rent the
whole inn - six guestrooms plus Lindas living room to gather in - for
$550 per night. The entire inn is available for either of the first two weekends
in August, and we should let him know by about June 20 if we can. He usually
starts getting bookings
for August about then. Rick says
the rate hes offering is a little more than a 10 percent discount for
taking the whole place, and the price includes breakfast.
The rooms at the
inn are all different. One is Lindas old bedroom left as she left it.
Another two have been changed but were part of the house she lived in. Three
more are brand new. One of the brand new ones has a two-person Jacuzzi. All
the rooms have a bathtub, but only some have a shower. Each room sleeps two
adults in one bed. So, we would have to figure out how to sort that out.
Rick says when he does his mystery night group, all the guests pay the same
amount and pull their room keys out of a hat. Otherwise, he said, he could
figure the price differences between the rooms for us with the discount applied.
Split evenly by six (for each of the six guestrooms) it would be $91.67 apiece
Here is the link
to the Last Dollar Inns website. The brownstone was Lindas. The
painted Victorian side is new.
Last Dollar Inn:
it would be cool to reserve the whole house for whichever two nights make
sense - Friday and Saturday? Or Saturday and Sunday? And which weekend?
If we have more
people (or more couples) than six, there is a less expensive, similar inn
in town, with a really good breakfast, called Angels Cathouse Bed &
Breakfast. Pets are allowed there. That one has four guestrooms, one of which
has two double beds, one has a double and a single, one is the Elvis room
decorated in Elvis memorabilia with one King-size bed (of course, for the
King of Rock n Roll) ... and then theres a very small room
with one king-size bed. That place charges the same price for each room,
even though theyre so different, which is $75 a night, including breakfast.
There is a big dining room we could gather in there, too.
So those would
be the two cozy places we could pretty much take over and have the run of.
Theres also a former Holiday Inn Express (now the Gold King Mountain
Inn) with a pool. The Super 8 would be the very cheapest, but with nothing
to offer but rooms to sleep in.
There are also
lots of other places to stay in Cripple Creek too. The Hospitality House
is a nice hotel made out of the old Cripple Creek Hospital, and they have
something like 20 rooms ranging from about $65 to $95 a night, I think. There
would be room for all of us there ... or at the Super 8 or the former Holiday
Inn ... but it wouldnt be Lindas.
Would we want to
fill up Lindas and then anyone else scatter where they may? Or do we
want to fill up Lindas, then the smaller B&B (which together is
6+4=10 rooms), and then have a specific third place lined up - like the
Hospitality House or the former Holiday Inn or Super 8 - for everyone beyond
the first 10 rooms?
What do you all
think? Do people still want to do this and have the time and money?
and former next-door neighbors, Evelyn and Ed Stauffer, have said they probably
would attend and reminisce about Linda if we do this. They would have to
travel to do so, as they have moved out of state.
about this on the forum. Ill start a new thread in the Linda Goodman
Creek tourism website:
page from that site: