Sleeps 8 (3 bd + loft), 2.5 bathrooms-Seclusion in the glorious Colorado Rockies
- english, Some Spanish
My husband & I are 50 & 55 respectively. We trek to savor tasty microbrews, enjoy frequent doses of live music, and expose ourselves to new opportunities that allow us to give and learn. When we aren't traveling, we volunteer extensively in our community and dog/cat sit (pro bono) for friends. We practice an organic, active and environmentally conscientious lifestyle that's filled with good karma and lots of pay-it-forwards. We're super easy guests and generous hosts. I also manage a friend's awesome river front property, River City Chalet, in downtown Salida. For details, go to www.VRBO.com/228694
Lisa purchased this House in 2001
Why Lisa chose Salida
High Country Heaven is an AMAZING home with surrounding vast and wild acreage that inspires & brings peace & serenity to all who stay here. Elk and deer roam the property and you can access BLM trails directly from High Country Heaven. Do you have dogs? No leash is necessary on this huge property. Pets are welcome with prior approval and are $15 per night per pet.
What makes this House unique
The magnificent mountain views from the numerous floor to ceiling windows are unparalleled in Salida. High Country Heaven is an open concept house with plenty of space for 8 people and is a terrific base for the varied and numerous outdoor activities that make you shout - THIS IS MOST DEFINITELY COLORADO!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
HOUSE MANUAL: We respectfully request that you treat our much loved home as if it is your own. In other words, please leave it as you found it, keep the kitchen clean, clean up after yourself, put things back where you found them, notify us if anything is not to your liking or seems amiss, etc., don't invite strangers inside and close/lock the doors and windows when you leave. The thermostat for the house furnace is located in the hallway between the laundry room and the back bedroom. When you check out, please be sure the main house furnace thermostat is turned ON and is set to 55 degrees and the inside gas fireplace is OFF or set to the lowest temperature. The house sidewalk and driveway will be cleared of snow when you arrive. If is should snow while you're there, you'll need to shovel the sidewalk. There are 2 shovels in the closet under the stairs. If the driveway needs to be plowed, our neighbor will plow. We're very green & environmentally minded and would request that you please be smart about energy usage and rinse cans/bottles and recycle using the bins in the laundry room. In addition, there's a compost pile inside the far right horse corral and the trash can is off the back deck on the left side of the house. Sorry, there is no smoking in our house but there are sand filled butt pails on each deck. If you are a smoker, please do not flick butts on the property. We prefer that you remove your shoes when inside the house. Guests have not done that and the floors are getting trashed fast. A note on the outside gas fire pit: If it is windy, the fire pit may not light. Also, sometimes the auto igniter doesn't work so you may have to manually light it with a flame. Matches are located in the top drawer next to the fridge and grill butane lighters are kept on the left side of the microwave. You are most welcome to: * Help yourself to a light breakfast of tea, coffee & oatmeal * Use the washer and dryer * Use the wireless Internet (DSL - no password needed) * Use the kitchen, containers, foil, ziplocks (anything that's in a cabinet is fair game!), gas BBQ grill, fire pit on the back deck & a horseshoe pit off the back deck * Use our dishwashing, dishwasher & laundry detergents, hand soaps, shower gels, spices, refrigerator, coolers, ice & ice packs, TV/DVD, exercise DVD's, hair dryers, iron, books, picnic blankets & board games. * Use any of the 3 hairdryers in the drawers and closets of the bathrooms IMPORTANT: Please drive slowly and with awareness on our driveway. We share it with another family and the driveway has several potentially dangerous blind spots. PET POLICY: 1. Please, no dogs on the furniture or beds. 2. Do not leave your dogs unattended in the house unless they are kept in a crate. 3. Do not tie your dogs to anything on the house or to a tree. 4. Clean up after your pets within a 50 yard radius of the house. 5. There are bowls, towels and treats in the closet under the stairs. CHECK-OUT PROCESS: 1. As a reminder, check-out is 10 am. 2. Please strip the sheets and pillowcases from the beds you've used and put them in the laundry basket. It would really help the cleaners if you could put a load of towels to wash/dry before you leave. Please use the EXPRESS WASH setting on the washer. THANKS!! 3. If there are dirty dishes, please put the dishwasher to wash on 1 HOUR CYCLE before you leave. 4. Leave the house thermostat set on 50 degrees, close and lock all windows and doors and be sure the thermostat for the inside gas fireplace if OFF or set to the lowest temperature. 5. If you move any furniture (both inside and outside), please move it back to where it was. 6. Be sure to do a final walk through to check for personal belongings. Check all wall outlets for chargers and check under beds and in closets for personal belongings.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Really Is Heaven
Privacy, seclusion, and peace is what you will find at HCH. The place lacked nothing for personal comfort and needs to make your stay amazingly comfortable. The scenery is fantastic. The air outside has a wonderful pine fragrance that has to be experienced to appreciate. Great decks, comfortable beds. Terrific views from the many windows. Overall, just a great place to stay. Did I mention that it's just a five minute drive to downtown Salida?
Bob, it sure was a pleasure to talk to you during your stay. My ear loves hearing how guests react to the beauty and serenity of High Country Heaven. I agree, HCH certainly is difficult to leave. Thank you for the 5-star reveiw, which I was thrilled to read, contains these words/phrases: privacy, seclusion, peace, amazingly comfortable, fantastic, great decks, terrific views....the best one is: Overall, just a great place to stay......you are a lovely guest and gave a spot-on summary of High Country Heaven. Thank you kindly, sir, I hope HCH draws you back to Salida in the future. CHEERS!
Amazing views in a comfortable mountain house. I could retire here!
Excellent experience. Felt like guests and the home was quite comfortable
Family in Salida
We gathered our adult family at HCH and made memories for a lifetime. By day the we experienced the wonderful outdoor CO world, camping, fishing, biking, hiking, swimming, pickle ball, and so much more. By night, we cooked together, played games, laughed, and spent time together. Thank you for the opportunity to share this kind of time with our family.
YAY!! I'm so happy for you and your family, Ms. Nancy. You were such a delight to host and took extremely wonderful care of High Country Heaven. Thank you so much. I absolutely love guests like you and hope to host your family again in the future. CHEERS!
Breathtaking location close to town
Large, comfortable, peaceful, stunning views and gorgeous light I can't wait to come back.
Dearest Louise, you brought such a huge smile to my face with your spot on review. THANK YOU! We return to High Country Heaven in about 45 days and can't wait! HCH is a one of a kind property and evokes such intensely positive emotions. I'm so glad you felt it, too. You are most welcome back any time!
Perfect get away for our family! Feels far away from town yet actually very conviently located. Loved it!
Absolutley loved our time at High Country Heaven. Home is perfectly situated enough away from the hustle and bustle of town, yet close enough to be in town when needed. This place is wonderfully appointed with everything you need while you stay. The views are incredible, the home is spacious, and the Methodist Mountain trails are within walking distance. The owner is top notch!! She was responsive to questions, easy to communicate with, and overall very warm and welcoming. Our absolute favorite place to stay in Salida.
Well, shucks....thank you, your review is completely fabulous! My sincere thanks and appreciation are an understatement. The most important part is that you all had a grand time in Salida and experienced the undeniable magic and majesty of High Country Heaven. Jinger, you were so refreshing to work with and thank you for taking such grand care of our home. You are welcome back anytime, my dear. Cheers!
Do you want to go zip-lining, snowmobiling, horseback riding, skiing or snowboarding, visit a hot springs or an art gallery, eat at a great restaurant, drink a fabulous local wine, beer or distilled liquor, go 4 wheeling or ATVing, visit a ghost town, go whitewater rafting or kayaking, go rock and gem hunting, cycling, camping, golfing, or fishing, climb a 14'er, hike or hunt, listen to music outdoors or go to a fabulous festival?
Do you want to go zip-lining, snowmobiling, horseback riding, skiing or snowboarding, visit a hot springs or an art gallery, eat at a great restaurant, drink a fabulous local wine, beer or distilled liquor, go 4 wheeling or ATVing, visit a ghost town, go whitewater rafting or kayaking, go rock hounding, cycling, camping, golfing, or fishing, climb a 14'er, hike or hunt, listen to music outdoors or go to a fabulous festival?
This delightful slice of mountain paradise is private luxury located in a close-knit, historic community that wholly embraces energetic, peaceful, laid back lifestyles. Salida is a beautiful & charming town of 5500 people that's a short distance from the famed Rainbow Hiking Trail; offers world class mountain biking trails; has been featured on HGTV as the 'Town that Decorates an Entire Mountain;' and is called 'The Little Soho of the West' because of it's plentiful, nationally acclaimed artists/galleries and large number of year-round art events.
Each June, the largest whitewater rafting festival in the country, FIBArk (short for First In Boating on The Arkansas), begins on the Tuesday before Father's Day. Champion kayakers from around the world compete during 6 days of various competitions, daily/nightly free live music is offered and a fun, festival atmosphere abounds. In the past, New Belgium/Fat Tire has sponsored the event but now, a terrific local brewery, The Eddyline, is the key FIBArk sponsor. Obviously, great beer selections are guaranteed. The most popular and funniest FIBArk event is the Hooligan Race (5:30 pm on the Saturday before Father's Day) where contestant teams construct theme rafts from items such as bales of hay, empty kegs, tires, floats, sofas, & bath tubs then try to navigate over rapids and under the F Street Bridge. Hollering, hooting, and hysteria richly fill the air when rafts pass through the Boat Ramp Rapids as contestants jump for money strung high across the Arkansas. Most rafts eject people, break apart, or completely flip over! The Hooligan Race is a must see event in your life.
ABOUT CHAFFEE COUNTY
Our county enjoys over 330 days of sunshine annually; has the most 14,000+ ft. peaks concentrated into the smallest geographical area in the USA; is 30 minutes from the Continental Divide/Monarch Pass; has numerous, easy to reach hot springs; and boasts of having the most rafted stretch of any river in the United States (Arkansas River).
In addition, Chaffee County is home to the most craft microbreweries, wineries & distilleries per capita in the United States and has numerous high quality gems/minerals on display at the Smithsonian Institute. Salida is also close to two National Parks which make for great day trips: The Great Dunes National Park and Black Canyon at the Gunnison National Park.
Other stellar sites include the ghost towns of Turret and St. Elmo, a drive along Aspen Ridge especially in the fall, ziplining in Big Horn Sheep Canyon, hiking/biking/gondola-ing along the Continental Divide, visiting the awesome Royal Gorge & driving to Leadville, the highest incorporated town in America at 10,200 ft.
We live in a truly special & blessed area and would like to share it with you. We cordially invite you to come stay at our home and help yourself to a light breakfast of tea, coffee & organic oatmeal as well as plenty of clean towels and linens, hair dryers, iron/ironing board, and local maps/brochures. As hosts, we will be happy to provide information on places to visit and where to rent bikes, horses, snowmobiles, skis, ATV's, Jeeps, etc. If there is anything we can help you with, please ask. If you haven't experienced the unique community that is Salida in the Heart of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, you need to visit soon.