Magazine article Sunset

RiverSong Inn, Estes Park, Colorado

Magazine article Sunset

RiverSong Inn, Estes Park, Colorado

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On the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, RiverSong Inn is the kind of hostelry you'd expect to find in Aspen or Vail, not in this modest little tourist town. A central inn and several guest houses cluster at the end of a private, unpaved road. All are elegantly detailed, with extra-deep whirlpool tubs, wood-burning stoves, and tall windows that look out on pines and the nearby mountains.

Every room has a theme. The Cowboy's Delight features collections of branding irons, barbed wire, and other Western memorabilia. More extra touches: plush slippers shaped like horses, and luxuriant plaid flannel robes.

Breakfast is served in a room the size of a small cafe. Socializing is generally done in a common room with a large fireplace, a huge sectional sofa, and pots of coffee and tea, plus an extensive display of Western folk art.

RiverSong's 27-acre grounds include a new beaver pond and a herd of deer that visits daily for apples provided by inn owners Gary and Sue Mansfield. …

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