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Fresh and Wyld Weekend

April 24, 2013

In addition to being my first trip to Paonia, Colorado, this weekend was also my first time staying in a bed and breakfast.  I think I’ve been spoiled for all future B&B experiences, because I absolutely LOVED our time at Fresh & Wyld Farmhouse Inn.  The boyfriend already hit a home run with Paonia as the destination of my surprise birthday trip, and the accommodations took it to a whole other level.

Fresh and Wyld

Fresh and Wyld describes itself as, “an organic retreat center in Colorado, a farm-to-table bed and breakfast, a community supported agriculture program/local food store, and a gourmet organic restaurant.”  In short, it was the perfect place to stay and experience Paonia, a laid-back town with a serious emphasis on organic farming.

Fresh and Wyld

The B&B is situated on a beautiful working organic farm.  The adorable digs are just part of the amazing package, but first let’s look around the Farmhouse.  Come on in.

Fresh and Wyld Front Porch

The entryway of the Farmhouse is a small boutique, where guests can buy local crafts and artwork, housemade jams and salsas, and other items.

Fresh and Wyld

The main living area of the Farmhouse has a comfy leather couch for lounging and reading, several tables where guests can sit to eat breakfast or another meal, and even a cozy window seat where I enjoyed my coffee one morning.

Fresh and Wyld

Fresh and Wyld

Fresh and Wyld

There were also plenty of books, magazines and cookbooks around the house for guests to read during their stay.  I forgot my Kindle and was glad to grab a trashy thriller to snuggle up with.  There were no TVs at the B&B, which was actually really nice, so it was a great spot to do some reading.

Fresh and Wyld Bookshelf

I totally forgot to photograph our room, the King Cottonwood Suite, but you can click over to the website to see pictures of the various guest rooms.  Our room was large with a comfortable king bed.  We also had our own en suite bathroom stocked with organic bath products.  Some of the rooms at the inn have their own baths while others are shared.  You definitely save a little money by sharing, so it’s all personal preference.  We ducked our heads into a couple of the other vacant rooms and they were all cute, cheery and clean. Ours was the biggest we saw, but I would have been happy staying in any of them, with an en suite bath.  The only drawback of our room was that we were right next to the kitchen and breakfast area, so it was a little noisy in the morning.  That said, it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing for us because we could have slept all day in a quiet room – the scents and sounds of breakfast prep ensured that we didn’t sleep through an amazing meal!

Morning Coffee at Fresh and Wyld

We came out for breakfast the first morning to a table set for two and met Dava, the friendly owner of the Inn.  She told us to help ourselves to the fresh coffee and wide selection of teas while she finished up our breakfasts.

Side note:  Having never stayed in a B&B before, we didn’t know whether or not we were supposed to put on shoes to go to breakfast.  At a hotel you would, but at a friend’s house you wouldn’t.  We didn’t.  Thoughts?

Anyway, a few minutes later she brought out this delicious spread.

Fresh and Wyld Breakfast

Dava is a gourmet chef, and all the food served at Fresh & Wild is S.O.U.L. food: Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed and Local.  Our breakfast included gluten-free pancakes (that didn’t taste gluten-free) topped with raspberries and peaches canned from last summer, fried eggs, bacon, fresh housemade yogurt and a mix of seeds to top the pancakes and/or yogurt with.

Fresh and Wyld Breakfast

It was all delicious, but the pancakes were the show stopper.  We also both loved the yogurt and had never had fresh homemade yogurt before.

On our second morning we got up even earlier for breakfast.  We may or may not have been excited because we knew what to expect.

Fresh and Wyld Breakfast

Sunday’s breakfast included scrambled eggs that tasted so much better than the eggs I make myself (must be the freshness?), slightly spicy and hugely flavorful sausage, roasted potatoes, lightly dressed and tender greens, and fresh crusty bread.  Dava also opened up jars of homemade apple butter, salsa and sauerkraut as toppings, and I tried them all.  I loved the apple butter in particular.

During the summer high season, Dava hosts Friday night dinners and Sunday brunches with live music at the Farmhouse.  We are already talking about when we can return to experience one or both of those meals.  The food at Fresh and Wyld was truly fantastic, and the other guests who we spoke to warned us not to expect this level of cuisine at other B&Bs when we told them this was our first time.  I think we’ve definitely been spoiled!

Case in point:  On Saturday afternoon, after getting back from our adventures around town, we arrived to this in the living room:

Help Yourself!

I can officially say I’ve never experienced that while staying in a hotel.

With all the amazing food at Fresh and Wyld, it’s a good thing the grounds are beautiful enough to wander around and burn some of it off.

Fresh and Wyld

Fresh and Wyld Swing

We found out right before we had to leave that there had been beautiful walking trails just steps away that we’d missed.  If you visit and want to go for a walk, ask Dava.

The view of Mt. Lamborn from the driveway of Fresh and Wyld was constantly changing and beautiful during our stay.

The view of Mt. Lamborn from the driveway of Fresh and Wyld was constantly changing and beautiful during our stay.

Paco

Paco, Dava’s adorable German Shepherd, keeps an eye on the place.  A handful of the rooms are dog friendly and it seemed like a great place to bring an easygoing pet.

All in all we really loved our stay at Fresh and Wyld and have serious intentions to go back later this summer.  We also thought it was a good value.  Our room cost $150 a night, and when you include a delicious breakfast for two that bumps the lodging cost to more like $110 or $100.  Plus, our room was one of the most expensive at the inn due to the en suite bathroom.

Our stay definitely motivated me to check out B&Bs when looking for lodging on future vacations.  I just hope they can live up to Fresh and Wyld!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2013 1:47 pm

    I love seeing your interpretation of your visit here Lauren. You made me very happy to be doing what I am doing, and I really want you to come back! Come for one of those Friday Night Farm Dinners and I will treat you to a bottle of local vino! Dava

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