The SpaceComfortable and cozy, our home becomes your home in Leadville. Relax with a book or cable TV by the wood-burning stove in the living room, or prepare a tasty meal in our well-equipped kitchen. If you are a musical sort, there's even a slightly out-of-tune piano! A great space for romantic getaways or a couple traveling with a friend or child, this home comfortably sleeps three, with a full bed upstairs and a twin bed downstairs. (For you racers, we can bring in an air mattress to fit an extra support team member in if you must push to four people. We fret about your comfort though, and the line at the only bathroom...) The dining room table seats a comfortable four to a squeezy six, or you can spill out to the private backyard patio with tables and seating for six or more. A gas grill makes outdoor dining a relaxing way to enjoy summer evenings.
We are just blocks from the race start and finish. We hope you'll take time to check out all the other fun things to do in Leadville while you are here, like exploring the mining district, walking/biking/cross-country skiing the Mineral Belt Trail, hiking 14's, and checking out our beloved Fish Hatchery with all its pleasant hiking trails, or visiting our historic buildings and museums. Guest AccessWe'll leave the street parking space in front for you, and you'll have access to every room in the house except my art studio upstairs. For summer visitors, we hope you'll also enjoy our private backyard with deck, grill and table and chairs or the front yard bench. Interaction with GuestsMy husband and I live five blocks away, so I will be just a call or text away and can pop over in person within minutes if you need help with something. We'll give you your privacy and space, but are happy to be available to get you set up and oriented. The NeighborhoodWhile Leadville is famous for our summer races, we are also fifteen minutes to Ski Cooper, thirty minutes to Copper Mountain and under an hour to Vail, Beaver Creek, A-Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Monarch for skiing in the winter. During the winter, we also offer many well-groomed free cross-country trails in and around town. In the summer, activities include mountain biking, fishing, hiking, 4-wheeling and gold panning, all set against a backdrop of spectacular mountain scenery. History buffs may enjoy touring our National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, the Healy House and Dexter Cabin, the Tabor Opera House, and many other landmarks in this National Historic District, all steps from your door. Getting AroundA bus runs from Leadville to Copper and the Summit County public transport center which can get you to buses traveling up and down 70. Most places in town you can reach easily by foot, although you probably don't want to make the twenty minute walk to Safeway on foot lugging groceries. Other Things to NoteWhile we love this home, even the nicest place isn't for everyone. This is an 1880s Victorian, so climbing the steep and narrow old-fashioned stairs to the upstairs bedroom is not recommended for anyone with balance or mobility issues. Even for you athletic types, please do take care to use the handrail, and we recommend facing the stairs on both up and down trips. Doorways are narrow and there are four steps to climb to the front door, so this home is not wheelchair-friendly. While children are welcome, we have not child-proofed the home for toddlers nor removed all personal items as we do use the space ourselves for entertaining, art-making, music-making and a quiet work space when guests are not in residence. The furniture includes period antiques which may have sharp corners or be a bit delicate for balancing toddlers. Please decide accordingly if this is the right place for your family.
We are "urban homesteaders," if that term applies in a town of only 2,700 people. What this means for you is that we have five hens in a Victorian-style coop and enclosed run in the backyard, sheltering under solar panels. They won't bother you if you don't bother them, but you are welcome to say hello if you wish to Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mondahai, Adele, Lady Gaga and Khaleesi. We call it "watching the chicken channel" if we are out back grilling and enjoying a nice glass of wine at sunset as they cluck and fuss at each other. They love veggie scraps, so if you are bold enough, just unlatch their door and hurl in any scraps or trimmings leftover from your meal. Call me if you have escapees... During your visit, I may pop into the backyard to freshen their water and food, which I can do through the garage without entering the house and disturbing you.