Cheap and Worthwhile Stay
Submitted: May 5, 2013
Stayed: April 2013
One of the things I liked about the cabin was that its location struck just that right balance of seclusion and close proximity to civilization. Divide is about 8 miles away, a quick drive down a largely straight road that leads to an intersection where you can find a supermarket, gas/convenience marts, and the popular McGinty's Irish Pub (great food.) The supermarket here tends to close early, but Walmart and Safeway are about a 15 minute drive east from Divide. Just close enough for convenience, but not so far that you feel like you're driving completely out of your way.
The cabin itself is a mere 3-5 minutes off the main road, and while the roads here are unpaved, they're smoothed out and easy to drive on. Other cabins would have you driving down these long winding roads for what seems like eons, making them more appropriate for the guests who just want to stay at the cabins and not go anywhere. Dennis's cabin however was a near perfect launching point to visit just about everything within 100 miles: Cripple Creek, Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs. Woodland Park, Pikes Peak, etc. There are other cabins nearby, but it's situated in such a manner that the closest cabin is still about 100 yards off, and there are no clear line of sights, lending itself to all the privacy you'll probably need.
I found the cabin spacious and clean, the only caveats being that the wood stove was not ready for use at the time of arrival, and the fridge was not completely cleaned out. If the weather is going to be especially cold, I would make a point of calling ahead and requesting that the thermostats be turned on 12 to 24 hours before your arrival. That way even if the wood stove is temporarily out of commission for cleaning, the cabin will still be warm by the time you check in.
There are also other signs of normal wear and tear as well, easily fixable and nothing that would adversely affect one's stay. The TV could also be bigger with a better channel selection (or offering a Roku like package), and the windows could also use moderate to heavy curtains to block out the light for light sleepers. The owner himself had been very punctual in returning my emails (I'm deaf) and providing instructions on a myriad of things (primarily how to replace the filter in the hot tub to get it going again.)
With just a few more minor improvements I'm convinced this would be one of the best and most affordable cabins you'll ever find in the region west of Colorado Springs.
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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