Our Guest Room
We stayed in the Gold Queen room, named after the Gold Queen Company that mined the surrounding mountains “back in the day.” There were historical photos and investor recruitment posters around the room that were really interesting to read. The room is tastefully decorated with a queen-sized bed, a sitting area with two soft chairs and a gas fireplace, and a private bathroom with a claw-foot tub and separate shower. My favorite view of St. Elmo was from a corner desk with windows overlooking all of Main Street.
The Innkeepers and Service
Sharon and Chuck are the perfect hosts. Sharon warmly greeted us and seemed to remember every detail of our email exchanges over the previous months. This made us feel like we weren’t just another reservation number. She gave us a fun tour of the Guest House, peppered with cutesy facts about its construction. My favorite was the story about the wood shelving made from reclaimed football bleacher seats that required removing an enormous amount of bubble gum from the under-side of each piece.
Sharon provided an afternoon snack tray of meats, olives, nuts, crackers, and cheeses and showed us where to help ourselves to other snacks and drinks. Dinner was served right on time, and over dessert and coffee, Chuck regaled us with highly entertaining stories. We learned about what life in St. Elmo was like, the adventures of stuck snowmobiles, hilarious celebrity encounters in Aspen, his and Sharon’s love story, and so much more. His stories were funny, engaging, touching, and we could have listened to him talk for hours.
I’m convinced Sharon is the hardest working woman in the village: up early to provide coffee on the top floor to the guests, then making breakfast for at least three couples, breakfast clean-up, packing sack-lunches for those who ordered them, spending the afternoon working on reservations, email communications and taxes, then preparing the afternoon snack, starting dinner, setting the beautiful table again, cleaning up from dinner, and waking up to do it all over again the next day. And of course, when the guests leave, cleaning and turning over the rooms for the next guests. It certainly keeps her young! From what I gather, Chuck’s days are spent running errands, building maintenance, helping the community build wildfire suppression solutions, entertaining guests, and jumping in to help with some meal prep. They certainly have their hands full, and it’s no wonder they take off more than half the year to rally for the following year.
The family-style meals were delicious and filling. Dinner one night was an entree of Chicken Piccata and pasta, served with warm bread and salad. Dessert was a perfectly rich German Chocolate cake and decaf coffee. Breakfast started with a strawberries-and-cream parfait, followed by an egg casserole, bacon, a homemade cinnamon roll, and plenty of coffee to get the day started.
Sharon and Chuck were such a delight that it was hard to say goodbye, as they had come to feel like good friends over the course of three days. Even if we couldn’t snag a coveted reservation, we would definitely swing by to say hi next time we are in the area.
Activities in St. Elmo
While we stayed at the Ghost Town Guest House, we loved the luxury of being able to get up early and walk the streets of the town before the hordes of tourists arrived. We literally had the town to ourselves, and it was peaceful and beautiful. ** Click here to read more about the town of St. Elmo and what there is to do and see there. **
Making Reservations for the Ghost Town Guest House
The Guest House is not listed on any online booking platforms, so get your checkbook ready! Head to their website at https://www.ghosttownguesthouse.com/, and you will see that reservations are made by phone or email, and a deposit needs to be mailed to hold your spot. I assure you this is legitimate and actually quite charming.
You need to book early! There are only three guest rooms in the Ghost Town Guest House, plus a family overflow room if required. I mention this because they are only open from the end of Spring until the first weekend of October, so those rooms do book quickly. I tried once before to stay at the Ghost Town Guest House but waited too long to make my reservation and had to wait two more years before I finally got the opportunity.