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Traveling through on a leisurely Colorado vacation, in the mood for a romantic getaway or looking for a quick weekend away from it all at a beautiful South Fork Inn. We at the Arbor House Inn invite you to experience the kind of accommodations that only a luxurious country bed & breakfast inn can provide.

Fog along the riverThe Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast is situated in a beautiful riverside setting with incredible views of the forests, meadows and cliffs of the San Juan Mountains. Located on three acres with 400 feet of riverfront on the South Fork of the Rio Grande, our guests can experience the sights, sounds and natural beauty of a peaceful, mountain retreat. After purchasing the property in late 1999, we undertook an extensive two-year renovation and remodeling project. A project like this really never ends, and we continually work to upgrade our rooms and grounds seasonally. We strive to provide each of our guests with unbeatable Rocky Mountain lodging accommodations for a perfect Colorado getaway.

camp_calvinOur most recent outdoor improvement project is “Camp Calvin”—a secluded area we’re creating to allow guests to enjoy the river “up close and personal.” For years just a neglected mass of tangled willows and overgrown grasses, it’s now one of the most enjoyable areas of the inn property. Several seating areas, a natural willow arbor, rustic in-ground fire pit, picnic and serving tables, barbeque grill, and horseshoe pit are all available for guest use and enjoyment.

Living roomOur goal as innkeepers is to provide our guests a "home away from home." We invite you to enjoy all the comforts and amenities of a fine hotel with the warmth and hospitality of a private home. Meet other guests of our Colorado B&B by the fireplace and enjoy a book, video, or board game in the common room; savor gourmet breakfast treats in the elegant dining room; sip a glass of wine on the deck by the river; lounge around the fire pit and enjoy the glowing embers of a lingering fire; or relish a relaxing dip under the stars in the outdoor hot tub.

Dining roomBreakfast at the Arbor House Inn is one of our favorite times of day.  Most of the year, we serve breakfast in the dining room with beautiful backdrop views of the cliffs, river and log arbor. In our warmer months, we often serve alfresco on the backyard deck so guests can experience the beauty and freshness of early morning in the mountains. Menus rotate daily and feature a savory dish one day and a sweet dish the following.  We’re always trying new recipes, but some of our most-requested favorites include:

  • Arbor House signature dish of our home-made “soft” granola
  • Bacon, egg, avocado, basil and tomato breakfast sammies
  • Sweet potato pancakes with sweetened cinnamon-pecan nut butter
  • Individual breakfast soufflés with fresh herbs, topped with creamy Greek yogurt
  • Stuffed French toast with fresh whipped cream and seasonal fruits
  • Fluffy, three-cheese scrambled eggs with home-grown herbs
  • Individual Swedish pancakes with Greek yogurt and seasonal fruit topping
  • Fresh vegetable frittatas with veggies and herbs grown in our own on-site growing dome greenhouse
  • Creamy Greek yogurt and fresh fruit parfaits
  • Croque Madams with home-made hollandaise sauce  

Accompaniments may feature savory sausages, crispy bacon strips, seasonal fresh fruits, variety juices, freshly baked breads and steaming cups of freshly ground coffee or tea. Personal dietary requirements are gladly accommodated, and for guests who must leave before our scheduled breakfast time, we offer breakfast-to-go bags and coffee that can be enjoyed in the room or on the run.

WineWe invite you to come as an individual, a couple or a group. We encourage you to be as social or as private as you want to be. And as you leave us at the end of your stay, we hope you will depart having made some wonderful new friends and will take with you many special memories.

Let us make your special occasion a true celebration!

Your hosts and innkeepers,
Keith and Laurie Bratton


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Arbor House Inn Bed & Breakfast on the River
PO Box 995 | 31358 US Highway 160 | South Fork, CO 81154
Phone: 719.873.5012
Innkeepers: Keith and Laurie Bratton