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WINTER SPECIAL Family-friendly, walking distance to shops & dining Old Colo City

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms With 3 Bathrooms, Kitchenette, Private Entrance, Nat Gas Grill, Patio

JUST FOR COUPLES- ask about our SPECIAL WINTER RATES - RENT 1 ROOM at a discounted rate and still enjoy all of the amenities DECEMBER THRU MARCH ONLY. This property is perfect for families or groups. It is a newly remodeled, NON-Smoking & NON-PET Rental-- second story- entire upper level with a private front entrance and private front patio with natural gas grill-- It has 3 bedrooms- 3 bathrooms, clean, contemporary, & comfortable for singles, couples, families, visiting students, business trips, and medical stays. Enjoy flat screen TV's and private bathrooms in every room. One of the three bedrooms has a queen-sized sofa-bed which converts into a family room by day and bedroom by night, perfect for just relaxing extra space. All beds are queen-sized, with one room including an additional twin bed. Accommodations comfortably houses up to 7 if needed. All bedrooms include private heat source, air conditioning, wireless internet, & cable. If you wish to eat breakfast out, we have a small restaurant just two doors down which serves lunch, dinner, and breakfast all day- Parking is ON street. Sorry we DO NOT take pets, nor visiting pets. Each room has its own private lock, perfect for church groups, students, or individuals traveling together who still want a level of privacy during their visit. If you need more information, feel free to contact us directly. If you are looking for a longer stay, rates for the unit drop in cost per day + weekly cleaning fee and sales tax. We offer Off-Season Rates for the main house beginning December 1st each year. For your quote just call or send an email through this site and we will get back to you shortly. OFF SEASON SPECIAL RATES run between December 1st and March 31st- If you are traveling as a single or just a couple, please contact me directly for a single room rental with a minimum 7 day stay. We have started this for our visitors who need a quiet and private place for a Medical Stay or Business Trips during the off-season when the Guest House is occupied. SEE THE GUEST HOUSE LISTING here on VRBO No. 653145 which is conveniently located on this same property. The 1 bedroom Guest House available for over-flow, is also perfect for those who cannot climb stairs, medical stay, business travelers, students, and homeowners awaiting a Closing. To view the Guest House see listing No. 653145. If traveling with an older family member who cannot climb stairs or needs extra privacy of their own house, the Guest House can also be rented in addition to the main house. Call with your questions or send an inquiry- (719) 344-3213 (our tea store- leave a message if needed or please send a text message)

Clara Paulson
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2017

About Clara Paulson

I grew up and went to college in North Dakota. Later I married and moved to Montana where I lived for 24 years where I raised three children. I have always loved the mountains and after my children were grown, I moved here to beautiful Colorado to start an herb and tea company, here in Old Colorado City. Because I prefer moderate weather with the 4 seasons, this area is very attractive. Being family oriented makes running a vacation rental the perfect fit and just adds layers of new friends to a life full of wonderful people. Enjoy your stay and be sure to let me know any way I can make your trip better. Share your experience here with your friends and do come back- Beginning in June of 2013, you will also have access to an on-grounds Tea Shop for enjoying a cup of tea on our store patio or to purchase items to take back home. A natural gas grill on the private front patio is sure to make your stay fun while people watching during your dinner or relaxing times together.

Clara Paulson purchased this house in 2012

Why Clara Paulson chose Old Colorado City

Of all the areas in Colorado I have chosen, Old Colorado City where I decided to make my retirement. The people are friendly, and living here in this beautiful area, is like living on vacation all the time. So many pass through here and having a local business has made it possible for me to revisit some of the same people coming through every summer. It is a delightful mix of all walks of life and once experienced, something to be appreciated and certainly remembered.

What makes this house unique

I love living on this busy small town street where activities and excitement of all there is to do, happens right out my front door. I can walk to work, walk to dine, walk to walk, enjoying friends and visitors any day of the week. I can pack a lunch and walk through Garden of the Gods Park- just another benefit of living here. Everyone owns a dog, and that says a lot for the just type of people who walk the neighborhoods here, friendly and happy- Being just a few miles to either downtown or Manitou Springs is an ideal setting for a vacation or living in Colorado Springs. Just out the door you can visit Organic Herb & Tea Co, voted "Best of Colorado Springs" 2014


Old Colorado City House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Balcony
  • Bathtubs & showers, one has a claw foot soaker tub, each room private bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sofa bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Balcony
  • Each bedroom has a PRIVATE bathroom, queen bed, flat screen TV, wireless internet, cable; some have private patio, all but one have hardwood floors; also enjoy a kitchenette, along with supplies such as iron & ironing board, hair dryer, towels, bath soap, dishes, AC, private heat source, private entrance, large front patio with natural gas grill
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 7 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • tennis
Easy access to grocery stores, shopping, dining, and laundry service on the block. Easy access to I25. Located in the middle between downtown and Manitou Springs, all within a total 5 mile driving distance between all three. Located a short distance from Garden of the Gods and many local attractions. Excellent location for reunions, weddings, graduations, and special events, general vacation and tourism, perfect for educational, medical treatment, or training stays for small groups or individuals. Also see our 1 Bedroom Guest House listing which resides on the this property and is great for overflow guest capacity. See Listing No. 653145


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WINTER SPECIAL Family-friendly, walking distance to shops & dining Old Colo City
average rating of 4.642857 based on 28 reviews

Very clean and close to everything

  • 5 of 5

Would definitely stay here again

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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The Good, the Bad and the Mediocre

  • 2 of 5

First off, let me say that my husband made the decision to stay here solely because it had three bathrooms and a separate bedroom for our kids. From that standpoint alone, the place was great. I had my own bathroom, my husband had his own, and my daughters shared one. This meant we could all get ready for the day pretty quickly. The one thing I will say about the bathrooms are that none of them had enough lighting. On day one when I was blow drying my hair, the electricity went out in the bathroom I was using and the adjacent living room. My husband contacted the owner via text and the power was quickly restored. However, I was a bit leery about using the hair dryer in that bathroom for the rest of our stay because I didn't want to blow the fuse again.

As it was hot in Colorado at the time of our visit, we had the window air conditioners running constantly. The second bedroom took a while to cool off, but by the time the kids went to bed the temperature was tolerable. The air conditioner in the master bedroom was great the first night, but on the second night it starting making some noises that kept my husband and myself up all night. It was a constant dripping sound and I truly thought I was going to wake up to a huge puddle on the floor, but that didn't happen. Just an annoyance.

When the owner showed us around the place, she mentioned to me that she had just fired her housekeeper. She also mentioned that I shouldn't worry about making the beds because I was on vacation. I took that to mean that someone was going to come in and clean up a bit and make the beds. However, no one did any of that while we stayed there. Our trash was never taken out, so on the last day we had some boxes and bottles piled up near the trash can. I don't know why we had to pay a cleaning fee when nobody cleaned a thing. If I had known this up front, I would have taken out the trash and made our beds - not a problem, but paying the cleaning fee really irked me.

Also, there is a "kitchen" of sorts. It was nice to be able to have two mini refrigerators to keep things cold. We brought cereal and milk so the we could have breakfast at the house. I cleaned up all of our bowls, utensils, etc. after realizing that no one was going to come in and clean anything. There is no table to eat on, so we ate our breakfast at the coffee table in the living room. I will say that the water provided was a blessing since we were extremely dehydrated.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I have to say, this is the most ridiculous and unfair Review I have ever received in 8 years. Before I address my rude guests, if you are reading this as my potential guest-- please read our 24 (5 Star) Reviews for an accurate description of our hospitality. To our mean guests- When you checked-in, I NEVER told you that I FIRED my housekeeper. I told you I had just HIRED a NEW housekeeper & if anything was out of order (because she is new), to please let me know. Next- the AC unit in this bedroom is new & had just been installed, if there was a problem, you should have let us know, rather than waiting to complain online. You had a breaker go off, life happens- as you stated-- it was quickly resolved. This house has had new electrical, so to make it sound like it has a major electrical problem preventing you from blow-drying your hair is ridiculous. It is truly baffling that you could get the idea that I was going to be your maid while you were here. Vacation rentals, unlike hotels, employees do not clean your house during your stay. I collect the guests’ trash & towels every day. You just had to bring them down to the bin provided at the front entry as I instructed, it’s part of our service. And yes, I told you that you were on vacation & to not to make or strip your beds when you CHECK OUT, my housekeeper will do this. How this welcoming conversation could lead you to think that I was going to make your beds, clean your house, take out your trash, remove your used towels, and set up your breakfast table, is mind boggling. So, you feel slighted because you had to pay a cleaning fee and no one made your bed or cleaned your kitchen. Really? A cleaning fee is for AFTER you leave. Should I let the next guests sleep in your dirty sheets & dry off with your used towels? My cleaning fee pays for my “5 Star” housekeeper after guests depart. Your kitchen comment- it’s a kitchenette. It includes both a medium & a small refrigerator. The table- as I told you- pulls out to seat 4 people with 4 chairs. If you ate at the coffee table, that was unnecessary. FYI, the patio seats 7. After 8 years of doing this, I can assure you that I tell all of my guests the same things. If you were a better listener, maybe you wouldn’t be such a fault-finder. Maybe YOU should read my other Reviews. Vacation Rentals do not supply maid service, or servants. It is good that after a few days you figured out to wash your dishes & pick up your trash. You are amazing-- not in a good way
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Positive Experience

  • 4 of 5

Nice quaint little upper level 2 bedroom aprtment style living. Close to shopping and a multitude of outdoor adventure. Pleasant and accomodating home owner. Would definitely recommend this rental for others.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect location, nice and cozy house and great host.

  • 5 of 5

My parents, sister and I enjoyed our stay at this cozy place with such character so much that we would definitely stay here again. Clara was a great host, she told us of a lot of wonderful places to eat and visit along with reminding us to hydrate with electrolytes. We had a wonderful time visiting with family on the many sitting areas on the property. My mother and sister loved sitting on the balcony off the back bedroom and staring at Pikes Peak.

The location ended up being perfect as many of the activities were right around Old Colorado City and the restaurant just three doors down (Shadow Mountain) became our favorite, we loved the food and service.

It was just perfect for us.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love the Springs

  • 4 of 5

Great spot!! Fun location! Friendly owner!! Would definitely recommend staying here!!!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. I am sorry we could not offer you a 5 star experience and would ask what we could have done differently that would help you to change your rating from a 4 star to a 5 star? We strive to make everyone feel welcome, happy, and glad they came. If you made an error, you can alter your rating, otherwise, please let me know how we can better serve you and earn a 5 star rating. As you can see, we have all 5 star reviews and take your opinion seriously and gratefully. Thank you again for staying.
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Enjoyed our stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and two granddaughters (15 and 19) stayed here for a long weekend. We really enjoyed this quirky old house (the upper floor is what you are renting). Three bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (all with showers) were terrific and we also appreciated the tvs in each bedroom. House is exactly as advertised, read the description. Clara was easy to work with and helped us find perfect dining options. The house is in a great location as we could walk to shops and restaurants.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
5.2 Miles
Patty Jewett Golf Course, 900 E Espanola
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 houses down
Nearest Ski
2 Miles

On the Avenue Vacation Rental is 1 ½ blocks from the heart of Old Colorado City right on Colorado Ave. Enjoy walking distance and easy access to shopping and dining while visiting this historical town. Looking for a scenic vacation with plenty to do for both individuals or the whole family? Look no further. Experience living in the community, touring the area, and meeting friendly people, all a simple walk from your front door. This lovely newly-remodeled vacation home includes the entire upper level of the house, which consists of three-bedrooms, with three private bathrooms, kitchenette, a small beverage fridge and medium full size fridge for foods, and private entrance. We have the perfect accommodations with all the amenities you need to make your stay fun, comfortable, and connected. Suitable for couples, families, and singles. Perfect for wedding guests, reunions, graduations, job training, golf tournaments, and extended stays while attending classes at a local college.

Stay in our 1895 modern Victorian Vacation Rental in the heart of the historical district of Old Colorado City. Old Colorado City is one of three beautiful communities in the metro area of the greater Colorado Springs City. Vacay On The Avenue provides temporary accommodations on the well known, desirable West side, located between downtown and Manitou Springs. If you wish to visit Denver while you are here, it is just an hour away directly north on I25. You are minutes from many popular tourist destinations including Garden of the Gods, Seven Falls, Cave of the Winds, the Incline, the 5 star Broadmoor Hotel, and more. Enjoy a breathtaking trip to one of our most popular attractions, Pike’s Peak, which is the most visited high place in the United States. You will love our amazing moderate weather for all of the many outdoor activities colorful Colorado is so well known for. Let us help you fulfill your vacation needs while touring the area with convenience. See our many links on our website, with an expanded list of the most popular places you will want to visit during your stay with us. By visiting our site you will also have access to a complete list of restaurants, including those which are gluten-free- Enjoy your visit!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $110
Damage Insurance $59

Check-in is between 4PM and 6 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out is at 10AM on your day of departure. To cancel your reservation, you must do so 60 days prior to your arrival in order to receive the full refund less a 10% cancellation fee of the total of the booked Reservation plus $25 merchant service booking fee and $25 merchant service cancellation fee. For example, if your Reservation was for $500 the cancellation fee would be $50, plus $25 + $25 merchant service fees. This 10% fee pays for securing our employee to clean and plan their summer schedule plus the merchant service fees through our listing with VRBO. If you incur a chargeback fee, this fee will deducted from your reservation refund. The unit capacity is for a party of 7 people. You may have one extra guest for a total of 8 people. The extra guest fee will be added to your reservation and is $20 per day to your total. We also have a guest house on the property. To inquire about the Guest House please see Listing Number 653145. If you are staying longer than 7 days, the cleaning fee is $90 per week including as you vacate in the middle of a week. The Guest House is also an excellent option for over-flow guest needs or for those who cannot climb stairs. We do not allow pets. All property is non-smoking. Smoking is permitted outside only, including the front patio-grill area. Beginning Winter Season 2016-2017, we will begin offering Wellness Stays for Medical. This will be a single room rental out of the 3 available. The kitchenette is available for light meal preparations. To inquire about this please contact us through VRBO for details so we can send you a quote based upon the length of your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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