Whether you're looking for a rustic retreat to the mountains, a pet-friendly accommodation, or a vacation that both sexes can truly enjoy, Mountain Goat Lodge is the perfect place to go. Located in beautiful Salida, Colorado, this Western lodge sits on 19 acres and provides mountain views from every window. Guests can take advantage of dozens of outdoor activities. Children are more than welcome here, as are dogs. Their dairy goats and free range chicken provide some of the ingredients for their delicious homecooked breakfasts. Innkeepers Gina and D’Arcy Marcell took a few moments to answer the following questions for us about their unique property.
1. What do you enjoy most about being an innkeeper?
I enjoy interacting with the guests and helping them enjoy all this area has to offer. We get amazing guests from all over the world–I never tire of hearing their stories!
2. How long have you been an innkeeper and how old is the inn?
Just nine months. The inn is only eight years old!
3. What was your inspiration for your creating your inn?
My goats have always been the inspiration, and this has evolved into more of an agritourism feature than I had ever thought. So not just the goats, but also the chickens, and the dogs get into the act. People love that they can bring their dogs here and have a great experience with them, and don’t worry about leaving them at home in some boarding kennel.
4. Did you have a certain vision for it?
My vision was blurry and has gotten more refined as I go. The main thing I was looking for was a family-friendly and especially male-friendly inn! Couples tell me the husband feels like he is doing his wife a favor by going with her to fru-fru-filled Victorian Mansion for the weekend, and then antiquing for their activities (the stuff of TV sitcoms).
5. Why did you choose this inn and this city?
I wanted a sunny location with lots of tourist activities year-around, and to that end had searched everywhere from the eastern part of Washington state moving south and west until I ended up in Colorado! I had never even heard of Salida, but then again most people outside of Colorado have not heard of it, although it is rapidly gaining attention world-wide, especially with the controversy of Christo’s planned Over the River project. This will really put Salida on the map!
6. What sets your B&B apart from others?
Our B&B is comfortable and modern, homey but not stuffy. We have large rooms with balconies, private baths, and mountain views from every window in the lodge! We are family friendly–all ages–and also very pet friendly!
7. Why do you think travelers should choose B&Bs over hotels?
The value is there first of all–the food, the snacks, refreshments–for one price you get it all! Here at the Mountain Goat Lodge our guests get complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks at happy hour every day, 24-hour access to fresh roasted coffee, teas, and cocoas, Breakfast is a large country buffet and they also get professionally made espresso drinks. If you would have to pay for all that at a hotel, it would really add up! We also charge only $10 per pet per night, and most other places, if they even accept them, charge up to $50 per pet and include huge cleaning deposits. We also have a huge kennel should people wish to leave their dogs outside while they are busy skiing or whatever. Being a pet lover, I will always check on their pets and have even brought them into my apartment while they are out just to keep them company!
8. What makes your town worth visiting—are there any interesting local attractions or activities?
Salida is a year-round tourist destination. There is something for everyone of all ages. It is a huge artist draw–we have world renowned artists in residence, as well as many visiting guest artists and art festivals and workshops. There are amazing restaurants with everything from sushi to homemade fourth-generation Italian food. We have rock climbing, world class trout fishing, kayaking, white water rafting, and panning for gold. Skiing and all the winter sports 20 minutes away, five hotsprings are within 45 minutes from here, and the list goes on and on!
9. Do you have any food specialties (for breakfast or otherwise)?
In season we milk our goats and make fresh dairy products with their milk. We teach cheese making classes. We serve fresh goat cheese on crackers at happy hour, goat cheese in the omelets and frittatas, and lattes are made with goat milk upon request. Our goat milk is pure, fresh, and sweet. Many people have the wrong impression of goat milk, but when it is fresh it is sweet, creamy, and not at all smelly! I love to cook and have several specialties that are listed on our recipe page on our website!
10. Do you have any special offers coming up?
We are working on our goat-packing overnight trips currently.