The beautiful Estes Park, Colo., is a great place to play — we all know that. But what if we told you that you could also own an entire inn that would provide both a personal playground and a revenue stream?
And did we mention the views?
In addition to the lodging, the inn boasts award-winning dining and the world’s largest key collection. Guests can also hike, fish and play in the nearby Rocky Mountain National Park. The inn also has lake access, staff quarters, a library, caretaker house and 41 fireplaces.
According to local lore, the Baldpate Inn was the brainchild of the Mace family. After Ethel and Gordon Mace honeymooned in Estes Park in 1911, they decided to live there permanently. Not long after, Gordon’s photographer brothers, Charles and Stewart, joined them.
You can now see Charles and Stewart’s photography throughout the dining room at the inn.
The inn was built in 1917, reportedly from trees and stones from the property. They named the book after the inn in the Earl Derr Biggers novel, Seven Keys to Baldpate. The inspiration for the name also brought another tradition — guests bringing the Maces (and later the subsequent inn owners) interesting, collectible keys.
The first key came from Clarence Darrow, in 1923. Other keys in the collection include Edgar Allan Poe’s dorm room key, Stephen King’s key to the hotel room where he wrote The Shining, the Pentagon, Westminster Abbey, Mozart’s wine cellar, and Frankenstein’s castle.
All of the keys can now be found hanging in the Key Room at the Baldpate Inn, and the keys are cataloged in a database and curated. There is also an enchanting blog about the Key Room.
The inn is listed at $3.99 million.