Onaledge Bed and Breakfast
in Manitou Springs
Bed and Breakfast at Historic Onaledge in
Manitou Springs, Colorado is listed in the National Register of Historic
Places and offers inn lodging with the warmth and charm that Manitou Springs
has become known for. Within the “picturesque” mode of the late nineteenth
century, the Arts & Crafts style inns Red Crags, Onaledge and Rockledge line
El Paso Boulevard above the town of Manitou Springs, and collectively
comprise Red Crags Estates. Red Crags Estates provides luxuriant bed &
breakfast lodging for visitors to the Pikes Peak Region and offers elegant
accommodations and amenities for weddings, business functions, and special
Architect, builder and coppersmith Roland Boutwell, an Englishman, built the
Craftwood Shops and the Onaledge estate in 1912. Both properties are
examples of the Arts & Crafts movement, which emphasized simplicity and
craftsmanship with high design standards in all architectural details. With
Ruth Boutwell and Vera Richards, he incorporated the Craftwood Association,
modeling it after Elbert Hubbard's shops in New York. The Boutwell's had
made their start in Denver before moving to Manitou Springs.
Onaledge was the original Craftwood Association residence. Frank Yount, oil
millionaire and owner of the local Manitou greenstone quarry, later bought
Onaledge for use as the Rockledge Estate guesthouse. Stone walls in front of
the Craftwood Inn and Bed & Breakfast at Historic Onaledge date from their
The Ghost of Stu by the Onaledge Housekeeper
I was working as a housekeeper.One of my jobs was cleaning the Onaledge Bed
and Breakfast in Manitou Springs. I was told by several Manitou Springs
residents about the "Ghost of Stu," who resided at the Analedge. Stu was a
I was skeptical of Stu's existence. That is, until one day when Stu made
himself known to me in a most peculier way. He whistled a tune, but I can't
recall what it was, only that it didn't scare me. It just sort of startled
me and I stopped dead in my tracks.
The following week when I returned to Onaledge I had my second, and what
would turn out to be my last, meeting with Stu. As I was mopping the kitchen
floor, all of the sudden my bucket of mop water was kicked over and the
contents were spread across the floor. It didn't take me long to relaize it
was Stu and I high-tailed it out of their.
I jumped in my car as quickly as I could and never returned. I don't know if
Stu finished mopping the kitchen or not.
To this day I am believer in Stu.
From what I understand, Stu died in the house in the 1930s from
tuberculosis. The owners of Onaledge claim to have had several exerpiences
with Stu as well. Stu appeared on their daughter's wedding photo. They also
claim that Stu liked to whistle when they were in the house.
I have been told that Stu is one of many ghosts in Manitou Springs. But not
all of them are as carefree as Stu.
Bed & Breakfast at Historic Onaledge
336 El Paso Boulevard,
Manitou Springs, CO 80829