The town of Manitou Springs, nestled in a red sandstone canyon immediately west of Colorado Springs offers the quintessential Colorado style type of mountain town so sought after by prospective brides and grooms. An architectural, cultural, and historical gem, The Craftwood Inn stately sits on El Paso Boulevard with commanding views of Pikes Peak, the city of Manitou Springs, and its dramatic sandstone formations.
Operated as a five-star restaurant from 1940 until its closure in March 2014, the Craftwood Inn was a signature Colorado dining establishment. Hollywood luminaries such as Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, Lawrence Welk and Liberace were frequent guests. In November 2014, former Denver caterers Brian Scully and David Monson bought the Inn and gave the building and grounds a substantial face lift. The New Craftwood Inn reopened as an exclusive wedding and special event venue in March and has already hosted dozens of weddings, celebrations, and other special occasions.
A beautiful new outdoor ceremony area, the Sandstone Wedding Gardens, was built on the Inn’s east side. Dramatic pergolas, a cascading waterfall, and beautiful perennial gardens add to its charm. The historic Gingerbread House is now the “Groom’s Den,” where the groom and his attendants can relax before the ceremony. On the Inn’s west side, a quaint pine paneled house was converted to the Bride’s Cottage where summer annuals blaze in numerous pots and window boxes giving the cottage a romantic fairytale feel. Brides relish the privacy where they can prepare for their most important day.
The new owners were careful to preserve the historical qualities of the Craftwood Inn. The building, a 1910 mansion, still reflects the beauty of the English inspired Arts and Crafts movement. That influence is evident in the beamed ceilings, imported stained glass, and the signature hand-crafted copper hood adorning the stone fireplace in the dining room. The iconic yellow “Craftwood Inn” neon sign still blazes brightly every night, providing a warm beacon to guests.
Please visit our website to get more information about our wedding packages, rates, menus, and upcoming tastings and vendor showcases. Call to make an appointment so you can personally experience the ambiance, grace, and beauty of The New Craftwood Inn.