Going back to school in Dolores, Colorado

We are sad to report that Lebanon Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast is closed. It was such a fun place to stay.

When Alan found a listing on the Internet for Lebanon Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast, while researching a Colorado road trip, this baby boomer traveler was skeptical. Picturing dusty chalkboards and dilapidated desks, I thought who wants to stay there? But the B&B’s well organized and humorously written website, convinced me to take a chance.

Lebanon Schoollhouse Bed and Breakfast

Lebanon Schoollhouse Bed and Breakfast

Located between Cortez and Dolores, Colorado, the 1907 era schoolhouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sits on a hill providing 360-degree views of the farming country that hugs the foothills of the San Juan Mountains. Nearby activities include Mesa Verde National Park (15 minutes away), Hovenweep National Monument plus the Anasazi Heritage Center (just a few miles up the road.) Lebanon Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast also makes a good headquarters for day trips to Four Corners National Monument, Durango or Telluride.

Our spotlessly clean room, the Social Study, was located above the old carriage house. It offered modern conveniences along with an antique quarter swan bedroom suite with marble tops. From our deck, we could hear water gurgling along a small stream. Three guest rooms (Art Room, Bell Tower and The Recess) are located in the schoolhouse; but The Teachery will be my choice for next time. The cozy one-bedroom cottage housed the teacher when school was in session.

Breakfast in the common room

Breakfast in the common room

Owners, Laura and Ken Hahn, serve breakfast in the common room of the schoolhouse. During our stay, they treated us to chocolate waffles glazed with cherry sauce accompanied by link sausage. On other mornings, you might sample huevos divorciados, pumpkin waffles, southwestern egg scramble or marinated french toast.

The common room also houses a lounging area with fireplace. And, a kitchen is available for guests who want to “cook in.” Cleaning up after yourself is the only requirement. Not in the mood to cook? Drive to the town of Dolores to sample pizza, beer and funky atmosphere at the Dolores River Brewery.

With so many areas in this part of Colorado to explore, Alan and I will be returning. And, when we do, we’ll be going back to school at Lebanon Schoolhouse Bed and Breakfast.

Have you traveled to the Four Corners area? Post a comment to tell me about your trip.


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