I love mysteries. Some years ago, I'd stumbled across one called "Seven Keys to Baldpate" -- in fact, I believe it may have been an amateur theatrical production -- so when I saw that there was a REAL Baldpate Inn, you can bet that I was bound and determined to stay there. As it happens, there are a lot of reasons to choose this particular inn, other than the mystery itself. First of all: there are a lot more than seven keys. The Inn has a collection which must number in the thousands, everything from chastity belt keys to one which opened a Space Shuttle, many dating back to Revolutionary days and even before. You can spend a very pleasant hour just seeing the collection. Second, the food is superb. Dinner features savory soup and salad (served in a bathtub, I kid you not) and marvelous hot crusty bread, and pies or cobblers which equal anything I've ever tasted. Breakfast -- which one eats looking out at the Rockies, often with hummingbirds visiting the flowers and feeders just outside the windows -- included all the usual brunch items, beautifully presented. The Inn also packs lunches for hikers, who have access to numerous trails in the immediate vicinity. Finally, the rooms are charming. We happened to stay in the honeymoon cottage, and could not have wished for a more pleasant place.
Directions: Seven miles south of Estes Park, next to Rocky Mountain National Park
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