Aspen Times Weekly: Euclid House Bed & Breakfast — a Carbondale refuge
There are those who consider luxury to be a cookie-cutter hotel with high-thread count sheets, a hopping late-night bar and a bigger TV screen than the one they have at home.
Then there are those whose idea of luxury is a simple, peaceful place where a sense of community, a flowering garden and an escape from the details of day-to-day life are priceless. For the latter, Euclid House Bed & Breakfast is just right.
Even for Aspenites, a getaway is sometimes in order. And for many, the closest yet most distinctly different destination is just down the road in Carbondale. But while road trips for dinner at Phat Thai, Allegria, or Town, to catch a flick at the great Crystal Theater, or for “First Friday” forays have long been worthwhile, the downside has been having to head back home once the journey was through.
Longtime Roaring Fork Valley resident Kay Hagman changed all that when she opened the Euclid House Bed & Breakfast last year. Just two blocks south of Main Street (smack between the old Gordon Cooper Library, soon to be the James Surls Museum, and the new Carbondale Library), Euclid House is a perfect place to stay for those who don’t want their getaway to end too soon. “We love to have people down from Aspen,” Hagman said. “People just seem to love coming to Carbondale and being so close to everything that’s happening now in Old Town.”
Indeed, Carbondale has become a popular destination in recent years. Events like Mountain Fair and the 5 Point Film Festival bring visitors who enjoy not just the laid-back vibe that defines the community, but also the outstanding outdoor, cultural and recreational activities. This year, the little mountain town of 6,000 residents won a place on Outside Magazine’s list of 2013’s “Best Towns Ever” and is in the offing for the top spot.
On a quiet corner, Euclid House features two second-floor bedrooms (a third bedroom is available if one books the whole house), several sitting rooms with period furnishings, and a country-style kitchen and dining area, all accented by Hagman’s collection of fine art. A pleasant backyard features a well-tended flower garden and vegetable garden, giant Chinese Elms and a view of Mount Sopris.
Guests are greeted with wine and beer upon arrival (often enjoyed at the backyard table) and treated to an ample breakfast of fruits fresh from the Farmer’s Market, homemade granola and steaming hot coffee. Particularly unique, and of great pride to Hagman, is that Euclid House is a Nikken Wellness home. Naturally purifying air and water filtration systems, as well as naturally magnetized bedding on the wonderfully comfortable beds, enhance both the health and wellness of guests during their stay.
Built in the late 1880s and renovated several times, the house doesn’t feel kitschy at all. Rather, thanks to Hagman’s care, it is contemporary, welcoming and spotless, and fits perfectly with the friendly, low-key vibe of Carbondale’s creative community. Longtime local Brian Wexler says the sense of community and camaraderie are what sets Carbondale apart. “You can go to Phat Thai and sit next to a skateboarder on one side and a rancher on the other, and both are talking to each other,” he said, emphasizing the point.
Word has definitely gotten out to the “real world” that Carbondale is a great place for a visit. “We have had guests come for both extended stays and quick overnights,” Hagman said. “They range from families who are coming to visit loved ones at the Jaywalkers Lodge to people attending Rod Stryker’s yoga workshops. Some people come here for the festivals, and then there are folks from around the world who are just touring the Rockies.” All smiles, she adds: “We think the people who come to Euclid House are just meant to be here.”