When I decided to surprise my wife for our 30th anniversary, I was looking to find a place that was as special as our honeymoon location had been. We had stayed at The Hearthstone Inn in Colorado Springs back in 1984 and, until this past weekend, that had set the standard for what Bed & Breakfasts should or could be. And when that establishment sadly shut its doors in 2006 after ownership changes, I thought we would never find anything to take its place in our memory.
Not only did the Sonnenhof B&B take its place, it surpassed it. All the reviews are consistent and spot-on, but ANY review will not do this place justice; you simply have to experience it. It's like going home to visit family or old friends, with Rudy and Hilde filling both roles. Their hospitality goes beyond what anyone would or even should expect.
The breakfasts were, as one visitor said while we were there, like "a medieval feast". The gardening and woodworking skills of Rudy were absolutely gorgeous. Homemade cookies in our room upon arrival.....watching the wild turkeys outside the dining room window.....sharing their personal lawn chairs for a concert in town during the evening.....not charging us the cost of one night when rerouting of our air travel delayed our arrival by one day.....EVERYTHING about this place and the people who own it are beyond reproach. But the best thing: getting to know these fine people, listening to their stories, and engaging in some great conversation for hours over a wonderful meal. It just doesn't get any better than this.
I hope we have the chance to return to Sonnenhof in the not-too-distant future. Because I know when we do, it will be just like going home. Thank you, Hilde and Rudy, for providing that magic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sonnenhof Bed and Breakfast winter view ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sonnenhof Hotel Estes Park
- Sonnenhof b&b
- Sonnenhof Bed And Breakfast Estes Park, CO