About the property
- Chalet2800 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14
Welcome to The Nellie Bly Chalet, a Colorado mountain vacation home beyond compare! A secluded oasis, yet close to town and every outdoor adventure sport you could ask for – all year round. Easily accessed on well-maintained private road. (Affordable rates described below.)
IDYLLIC ALL SEASONS. ALL TOGETHER. ALL HERE!
Whatever time of year, this 5-bedroom log Chalet is the perfect vacation home-away-from-home, where up-to-date conveniences bring new life and purpose to an historic landmark legacy. We are thankful that the Lord allowed us to acquire this 100-year-old historic mining claim and build this incredible 3-story mountain log home from the ground up! Now travelers have discovered it as a favorite place of awesome family vacations, sweet reunions, group retreats, romantic honeymoons, and at times – as Jesus sought – a place of prayerful solitude. The Chalet, by the way, has a maximum capacity of 14 overnight guests, plus a port-a-crib for baby or toddler. In all ways, we pray it will be a time of refreshing for all our guests. Most sincerely, –Pastor Richard "Little Bear" & Marilyn Wheeler
AFFORDABLE RATES YOU'LL FIND HARD TO MATCH:
Whether peak-season ($195 per night) or off-season ($179 per night), we've been told our rates are surprisingly affordable! Both peak and off-season rates are based on 4 guests; during peak-season add $25 per additional guest per night; and during off-season add $15 per additional guest per night. Children are always welcome, and our youngest guests age 2 years and under stay FREE of charge. [When booking with children, fill-in number of children age 3 and older only.]
100% NO-SMOKING POLICY / NO PET POLICY:
In consideration of all our guests (and due to acute allergies within the family), we have found it necessary to maintain a firm No Pets & 100% No Smoking (of any kind) policy – both inside and outside. To be clear, marijuana smoking (medical or otherwise), is NOT permitted anywhere on the property, neither inside nor outdoors. We appreciate your respectful observance of our policy.
SECLUDED MOUNTAIN-TOP RETREAT, YET CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOWN!
Ideally located in the majestic Colorado Rockies, this vacation Chalet overlooks the numerous spectacular Collegiate Peaks. From the wrap-around deck, there is also a bird's eye view of the Chalk Cliffs that overlook Mt. Princeton Hot Springs and the Midland Mountain Range where the former Midland 1800’s railroad once operated. It’s not unusual to be graced with the display of God’s glory with a stunning sunset and the display of millions of stars at night. The Chalet is only a 45-minute drive to 2 affordable ski resorts and a 20-minute drive to the nationally awarded Browns Canyon National Park. It's also within 2 miles of the adventure seekers Arkansas River rafting and fishing, as well as area wide pristine lakes.
SKI THE COLORADO SLOPES!
From the Nellie Bly Chalet, historic downtown Salida is only a 35-minute drive south – home of Monarch Ski Resort, and historic Leadville is just a 45-minute drive to the north – home of family-friendly Ski Cooper. Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone and Vail are all fairly close to our Chalet. (For projected open and closure dates for most Colorado ski resorts, copy and paste this link into your browser: http://coloradoski.com/page/resort-season-dates).
“THAR’S GOLD IN THEM THAR HILLS"
The Chalet is built on the site of the once famous 1889 Nellie Bly Mine at an elevation of 8,000 feet, and is surrounded by state and federal land. Although the property has the mystique of appearing remote, it's only a 1/2-mile drive to and from the gate (on a well-maintained dirt & gravel driveway), and then a mere 6-mile drive to the nearest town of Buena Vista for convenient shopping, dining, and entertainment. This historic town of Buena Vista (or B.V. as the locals call it), is a whitewater rafting paradise and boasts of one of the largest retailers of whitewater kayaking gear in the world. The Arkansas River is just 2 miles away for those looking for world-class fishing, rafting, or kayaking. B.V. also has many galleries, it's own Buena Vista Coffee Roastery, specialty shops and restaurants, including a small but renowned sushi restaurant. (See web directory for Buena Vista annual fun-filled festivities for the whole family.) For more of the Gold Rush experience, you might tour the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek, or just a 35-minute drive north-east on Hwy. 285 lands you in a most fascinating reconstructed mining town of historic South Park City in Fairplay, which is cholk-full of artifacts from the Colorado Gold Rush Days.
MORE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE OF ALL TYPES
Additionally, about 2 miles from the property are miles upon miles of Jeep, ATV, dirt bike and mountain biking trails. During the winter months, there's nearby snowmobile riding tours up to the Continental Divide, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, as well as snowshoeing. Right on the Nellie Bly property are miles of rock climbing, repelling, and hiking trails. We are 2 miles away from the Arkansas Headwaters National Recreation Area where a fisherman with fly rod or reel can bring home fish for a outdoor campfire cook to preserve the last of fresh cooked fish. Right up the highway is Buena Vista's scenic golf course just 30 minutes away. We are conveniently located 2 hrs. 40 min. from the Denver International Airport and 1 hr. 50 min. to Colorado Springs.
CHALET FLOOR PLAN: MAIN (MIDDLE) LEVEL
----On the main floor you will find a fully equipped kitchen, dining area which seats up to 12+ people, family living room with an ember glow gas stove furnace. Equipped with board games and puzzles in the rustic armoire. Master bedroom named "The Crockett Quarters," has a queen-size bed, and full-size bathroom with a walk-in shower, as well as a nostalgic eagle claw tub. Also a wall-mounted 32-inch flatscreen TV in "Crocket Quarters" master bedroom is available for DVD viewing.
----On the second level there are 2.5 bedrooms, "The Alpine Chalet Suite" has a queen-size bed and a lovely view from the balcony. A port-a-crib/pack 'n play for the littlest traveler is stored in the "Alpine" closet, but can be moved to any room of choice. Directly across from the Alpine Suite is "The Northwoods Bunkhouse" suited to accommodate 4 people in 2 bunk beds. This room also has a balcony and view for miles. Both bedrooms share a bathroom with a shower/tub combination. Also adjacent to the 2 bedrooms is the wonderful cozy "Loft" which is furnished with a futon couch/bed that sleeps one adult or 2 children, and beckons the quiet reader to curl up and enjoy a favorite book amidst the amazing mountain view!
----The lower level is multi-purpose, starting with the "ski lodge" decor home theater equipped with a 55-inch HDTV and DVD player with many classic DVD's in our home theater library. (Netflix & other wireless viewing is available when signal is strong.) Also downstairs are two additional bedrooms, "The Victorian Vintage Suite" furnished with a queen-size bed, and the second bedroom "The Wild West Buffalo Bill Hideout" is newly furnished with a king-size bed. The lower level bathroom has a walk-in shower (only) and is shared by both bedrooms. Also on the lower-level is a fully-supplied laundry room with washer and 2 dryers, as well as an old fashioned clothesline situated outdoors for fair weather days and energy-saving conscientious guests.
Beautifully decorated and each room uniquely historically designed and furnished with an unbeatable convenient location.
AT A GLANCE
Sleeps: Up to 14 people plus 1 more when counting baby or toddler in the port-a-crib
1 Queen-size in the "The Crockett Quarters" master bedroom on the main floor
1 Queen-size in "The Alpine Chalet Suite" on the third floor
1 port-a-crib/pack 'n play and linens stored in the "Alpine" room closet
2 Twin-size log bunks sleeps 4 in "The Northwoods Bunkhouse" on the third floor
1 Full-size futon in "The Loft" on third floor (sleeps 1 adult or 2 children)
1 Queen-size in "The Victorian Vintage Suite" on the lower level
1 King-size in "The Buffalo Bill Hideout" on the lower level
Richard and Marilyn Wheeler
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- Apr 22, 2018
About Richard and Marilyn Wheeler
When Marilyn and I are not in Colorado at our dream-come-true vacation Chalet, nor in bonnie Scotland visiting my wife’s cousins, you'll likely find us at our home in the peaceful Texas hill country. We have been happily married for 45 years (and counting), and having just recently retired from the pastorate (after 35 plus years in Christian ministry), we now enjoy being whole-hearted grandparents to our nine (and counting!) incredible grandchildren. You could say this all started through the eyes of a child, a child's dream turned to prayer. When I was a young lad back in the ’50’s and living in Santa Monica, California (where both my wife and I were raised), I got bit by the Davy Crockett (all-things-frontier) “bug!” Coupled with my fondest childhood memories of living for a short while at my (step) Great-Uncle Jack's hand-built cabin in Lockwood Valley, California, I decided then and there that my long-term goal was to build a log home of my own. And by the grace of God, nearly 50 years later, that prayer came to pass. You will have the joy of sharing in this dream come true when you come and stay at the Chalet, which overlooks the majestic Collegiate Peaks – all 3 peeks over 14,000 ft. and directly in front of the Chalet. I’m a rugged outdoors man by nature, and before serving as pastor full-time, I traveled over 2 million miles over the course of 35+ years with Mantle Ministries as historian/evangelist and known by my full name, Richard "Little Bear" Wheeler. You will see those faith-based historical touches all over the Chalet, making the place a delight and amazement, which we hope you will immediately sense as an awesome experience. Young and old alike will find it hard to leave this little "taste of heaven" in the Rockies.
Richard and Marilyn Wheeler purchased this Chalet in 2003
Why Richard and Marilyn Wheeler chose Buena Vista
When deciding where to build our Chalet, I headed to Colorado in search of property anywhere from Trinidad in the south, to Leadville in the north central part of the state, to find just the right place to "stake a claim." Little did I know then, but that the Lord led me to a once-famous 1889 gold mine, "THE NELLIE BLY," named after a ground-breaking 19th century female investigative reporter. This 10-acre piece of property (the legal size of most mining claims), is surrounded by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land and national forest, yet is only 5 miles east of the historic town of Buena Vista off Highway 24. Because of a large chunk of “free-gold” that was mined out of this very property in 1889, the Nellie Bly was the very mine that brought the miners from all over the world to seek gold in the Midland Hills surrounding the Chalet. Although no longer full of its “gold luster,” by walking the property, you will be standing on the actual ground that miners worked over a 100 years ago. If you're interested in the history of the area, you can visit the 1890’s Buena Vista Courthouse, now a humble museum with the history of the railroad and area mining.
What makes this Chalet unique
When first acquiring the land and trying to decide where to build our Chalet, I recall kneeling on the very spot where the Chalet is standing today and asking the Lord to direct the building site. When I finished praying and opened my eyes, I was struck with the breathtaking view, and felt the Lord’s prompting to erect the dwelling right on the same spot, and Marilyn wholeheartedly agreed. As an outdoors man, I wanted the sense of the wilderness, yet my wife prefers the more refined conveniences of town life. Providentially, this property provides both! Every wild-at-heart man's dream can be fulfilled only minutes away – mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, fishing, (and more...), while gracious women, like my wife, can enjoy that sort of thing, but also the "creature comforts" of a short 5-mile drive into town for a candlelight dinner or uptown shopping in the pedestrian-friendly village of South Main by the Arkansas River. There is hardly anything quite like this Chalet in the area with the mixture and easy access to both. We pray you, too, will be overwhelmed by the beauty and diversity of the Buena Vista Valley and mountains that stretch as far as the eye can see.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Amazing views and fantastic property!
We stayed at this delightful rental over spring break for a few days and loved it. There was plenty of room for 8 of us, the kitchen was large and well appointed and the views were truly unmatched anywhere we have stayed in Colorado. The themed rooms, antiques, and history of the land and property were quite interesting.
We were traveling with 4 teenagers and found lots to do in the area even during mud season - a drive up to the historic ghost town of St. Elmo, lunch and wandering through Salida, and an afternoon at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs. Wandering around the property at the chalet was fun too.
A couple small repairs are needed - both the downstairs and main floor showers had issues. And the downstairs had a very strong odor from the laundry room, that we took to be a large tub of laundry detergent left open perhaps. Easily fixed I’m sure. But otherwise a wonderful place. Thanks for a great stay!
Thanks for your review and we are glad you found family pleasure and appreciation of the beautiful world around the Chalet. On another note have had to order a part to repair the hand held shower head cord holder damaged by the the previous just hours before you arrived. The part has been ordered and minor repair made. Thanks for being the set of eyes for us and informing us along with our Maintainance crew.
Rocky Mountain Spectacular. The Nellie Bly is our new favorite place.
This place is amazing! The views of the Rocky Mountain fourteeners are beyond stunning. This home in the hills east of the Arkansas is something to behold. Eleven of us were very comfortable. Something for everyone. Calm solitude in the rocks surrounding, reading on the deck while smelling the pines and taking in the views were just what we needed. The little ones enjoyed exploring for gold while their parents didn’t miss a beat with movies, family games and just getting away from it all.
Just a short drive north to SkiCooper was an easy decision as were the times spent exploring Buena Vista and Leadville.
The Wheelers have staked a new claim at the Nellie Bly: one of faith, family and hospitality.
Don’t miss this if you get the chance.
Thank you for your utmost kindest words! It blesses our hearts beyond measure to know that your family found the Chalet a delight all around, and that you enjoyed your get-away in the Arkansas River Valley to the fullest. God bless you always. ~The Wheelers
Beautiful cabin, property and amazing view!
We stayed here for our annual spring break ski trip with friends. This is by far our favorite rental. The cabin is spacious, we had 4 adults and 3 teens, it is comfortable and had everything we needed. It is a retreat that allowed us to admire God's creation and fellowship with dear friends. I did not want to leave!
an incredible place to stay; I will do it again.
From the beginning: this was my first experience with VRBO. The Wheeler's were the perfect owners for me to deal with. The level of communication, response to questions, and clarity in the process was first rate. The directions to the property were clear even though I had not been in the area before. Everything worked exactly as expected, including entry codes and security.
The arrival: We first check out the bathrooms and kitchen, which were clean and appeared exactly like the pictures. We then checked out the beds. My wife and I stayed on the king bed which was excellent (I have occasional back pain when we travel, and that never materialized on this stay. The bed was very, very good). We then walked out on the deck--the view is spectacular.
The decor is not my personal taste, but is very well done. The quality of the memorabilia matches that found in small town museums. The great surprise for us was a high quality acoustic guitar, which my son plays with some skill. the books and children's toys were some the exact same ones we have for our grandson.
During our stay we took trips to BV, Leadville, Breckenridge, and Twin Lakes. The drives were scenic, but the views never improved on the one from the deck at the chalet. Despite the proximity to BV (9 minutes from door to destination in town), the chalet has a pervasive sense of privacy, peace, and quiet. The wind was blowing vigorously for the first two days so we spent much time indoors with our grandson while my son and daughter-in-law went Nordic skiing. When the wind died down, we got to explore the land around the chalet, and enjoy the deck furniture and views.
I do not know the limits of hot water or heating: we always had plenty of both (lows in the teens). Each day we awoke we realized that we liked the place better than the day before. The hardest thing was to leave at the end of our five day stay.
I have already recommended the hosts for any property they manage, and this property in particular for close personal friends, and for anyone who wants to get away and enjoy priceless views of the mountains. There is not a better place to stay in the entire valley. It is truly special.
Wow, that was the best ever review! Thank you so much! It makes us want to stay there ourselves, and we’re the owners, ha, ha. Hope you’ll return to the Nellie Bly Chalet soon and often. God bless.
This place is an awesome getaway for the family.
This is one of the most relaxing getaways my family has ever been too. Very quiet and secluded with terrific views. We’ve been back several times now.
Great weekend with friends.
Spent two nights with some friends. We had a great time and the location of the chalet was perfect being just a few minutes from Buena Vista but back in the national forest away from everything. We did check in late which ment that the 1st night was a bit chilly as it takes awhile for the house temperature to warm up. The 2nd night was much more comfortable. The chalet is beautiful with a lot of room and great views. We would diffenitly stay here again.
It is best to simply go online and type in ‘WHAT TO DO IN BUENA VISTA COLORADO” and you will get more then time will allow as a tourist