Accolades

Consistently An Award Worthy Inn

Blue Lake Ranch, one of Colorado’s first Bed and Breakfast Inns, has evolved over the last 35 years to an award winning not-to-be-missed experience.  Come and discover what so many travelers enjoy . . . a magical experience in a magnificent private setting.  Browse  through the list, as many of the articles and great photography are available on line, then come to the Ranch and experience first-hand what others have discovered.

  • Vacation Idea Dream Vacation Magazine, featured as “Top 25 Wedding Venues in Colorado” – 2019
  • Travelocity lists Blue Lake Ranch as one of The 10 Best Small City Road Trip Destinations in the USA. – 2018
  • Taste of Home names Blue Lake Ranch as The Best Family Reunion Location in Every State – 2018
  • Sunset Magazine lists Blue Lake Ranch as a finalist in the Sunset Travel Awards 2016 in the B&B Category. – 2016
  • VacationIdea.com praises Blue Lake Ranch as one of the 35 Best Colorado Vacations & Weekend Getaways – 2015
  • NBC’s Today Show Featured Blue Lake Ranch as one of four “Affordable & Most Romantic Stays in the USA” – 2015
  • Bird-Watching-Vacation names Blue Lake Ranch as a “Top Colorado Lodging Location for Bird Watching”– 2006
  • Outside Magazine touts Blue Lake Ranch as one of the Top 10 Finds Worldwide, – 2004
  • Travel And Leisure includes Blue Lake Ranch among their “Favorite 30 Great Inns”, – June 2002.
  • BedandBreakfast.com names Blue Lake Ranch in the “Top Twelve Most Romantic B&B’s in the USA”. – 2001
  • BnBinns.com named Blue Lake Ranch in their “Top Ten Most Romantic Inns of the Year”. – 2001
  • Town & Country, Traveler’s Notebook “Colorado Comfy”May 2000 pg. 103-108
  • Birds & Bloom, Collectors Edition, “A Colorful Backyard Playhouse”, 1999 pg. 44-45
  • Country Living Gardener, Cover, Feature Article, “Eden in the Rockies”, May-June, 1999 pg. 48-55
  • USA Today, “Great Places for a Romantic Weekend”, February 12, 1999 pg. 3D
  • Sunset Magazine, “Garden Guide”‘ February 1999, pg. 59
  • Albuquerque Journal, “Inn-Side Scoop”, May 17, 1998 Section C pg. 1
  • Wildbird, “Birding in Someone Else’s Yard”, March 1998, pg. 62-63
  • Outside Magazine -Family Vacations, “Where Families Get Together”, 1998, pg. 20.
  • Durango Herald, “B&B Hot Spot”, November 18, 1997.
  • Bon Appetit, “Go Rest, Young Man”, November 1997, pg. 32.
  • Conde Naste Traveler, “15 Instant Vacations”, October 1997, pg. 182.
  • Country Home, Regional Travel Section, “Weekend Hideaways”, September/October 1997, pg. 221.
  • Birds & Blooms, “Flowers and Guests are Tended with Care”, Collector’s Edition 1997, pg. 45.
  • Outside Magazine lists Blue Lake Ranch as on of the “Top Ten Finds”, in their Annual Travel Guide 97/98, pg. 24-26.
  • Denver Post, “Postcard Perfect Hideaway”, July 1997.
  • Durango Herald, Home & Garden, “By Hollyhocks Possessed”, April 1997.
  • National Geographic Traveler, “Inns of The Rockies”, March/April 1997, pg. 82-95.
  • Rocky Mountain Gardener, “Rocky Mountain Gardener Gardening Conference”, Spring 1997.
  • Birds & Blooms, “Outside Inns – Gardens and Guests are Tended With Care”, August/September 1996, pg. 50-51.
  • Durango Herald, Home & Garden Insert, “Changing Times of Fort Lewis Mesa”, April 1996.
  • Sunset Magazine Garden Guide, “Great Gardens”, Spring-Summer 1996, pg. 34-35.
  • Outside Magazine, “America’s Top 50 Hikes”, April 1996, pg. 109-121.
  • Family Circle, “Color, Color Everywhere”, March 1996, pg. 103-104. (Pictures only)
  • Rocky Mountain Gardener, “Blue Lake Ranch”, Summer 1995, pg. 22-23.
  • Victoria, “Favorite Things”, June 1995, pg. 17.
  • Diversion, “Blue Lake Ranch”, May 1995, pg. 82.
  • The Denver Post, “Inn For The Night”, April 1995.
  • Sunset Magazine, “Wake Up In A Dream Garden”, April 1995, pg. 108-114.
  • Wings West, “Remote Relaxation”, February 1995, pg. 16-18.
  • Beautiful Gardens, “The Beauty of Blue Lake Ranch”, November/December 1994, pg. 28-35.
  • Historic Inns, “The Top 25 Inns for 1994”.
  • Conde Naste Traveler, “The Epicurean Cowboys”, September 1994, pg. 117.
  • Southern Accents, “A World View”, July/August 1994, pg. 20.
  • Victoria, “Finding Your Calling”, August 1994, pg. 112.
  • Country Inns, “The Traveler’s Garden”, Winter 1993/1994, pg. 98-105.
  • Durango Magazine, “A Baker’s Dozen”, Summer/Fall 1993, pg. 28.
  • Sunset Magazine, “Colorado Country Gardens”, June 1993, pg. 90-94.
  • Denver Post, “Cabin Fever”, May 23, 1993, pg. 3.
  • Country Inns, “The Year’s Top Twelve Inns”, February 1993, pg. 8.
  • Albuquerque Journal, “Garden Of Delight”, May 3, 1992, pg. 18-19.
  • USA Today, “Combing The World For Winning Lodgings” December 31, 1992, pg. 9D.
  • Country Inns, “Paradise Lies in Colorado’s Southwestern Corner”, August 1992, pg. 42-49.
  • Country Inns, “Gone Fishing”, March/April 1992.
  • Metropolitan Home, “Walden West”, April 1992, pg. 44A-C.
  • Colorado Expression, “Inns & Outs”, November 1991, pg. 10.
  • The Denver Post, “Blue Lake B&B Transformed With Flowers”, September 2, 1991, pg. 5E.
  • Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, “The Business of Living”, May/June 1990,pg. 39-43.