The event is limited to 70 due to space restrictions in our little theater (the Francisco Center for the Performing Arts) where lectures will be held. I’ve also provided a little map (at the very bottom) for you to see how compact things will be. Seventy people lodging in La Veta will be pushing the limit of beds available. Should you book late and have problems finding lodging in La Veta, Walsenburg has a nice Best Western hotel on the interstate. You might check for places in Cuchara, which is 12 miles (15 minutes) up the mountain at 8600 ft. La Veta is at 7000 feet.
I’ve provided a good list of places in La Veta where my students have stayed and received good and positive reviews. Please keep in mind…La Veta is a very small town (only 800 residents). Our proprietors attempt to do their best with what we have available.
I will note that The Warehouse Suite listed below is a bit different. It is a luxury apartment up a flight of stairs with 4 bedrooms, a living area, a kitchen, 2 baths, and laundry. If you create a group of 4 - (or more should anyone want to share a bed), this is a lovely place for a group. You can manage your own meals here.
The Two Fox Cabins are charming, rustic, well maintained, cabins. Some of them also have little kitchenettes which might suit those wishing to cook for themselves at times.
For meals - you will be on your own. Depending on the day, certain places will be available. You won’t go hungry. Our grocery market, Charlie’s, has a great deli in the back for lunch items. During the afternoons they usually prepare some dinner items to take away like a roasted chicken or brisket.
The Dog Bar is a legendary bar and grill in the village of Cuchara (a 15 minute drive up the mountain from La Veta). It’s a must - you will likely find it a great stop if you are shooting up that way for lunch or dinner. Bar and grill fare - nothing fancy - just charming.
Aly’s Restaurant (propounded Alice’s) is one of the best restaurants in Southern Colorado with amazing cuisine and a delightful menu that changes daily.
The Legends on Main is a southwest style restaurant right on Main street that has quickly become a local favorite. They offer several daily specials and are open for lunch and dinner.
The Mission Deli is also a southwest style eatery with burritos, enchiladas, and other non-southwestern items.
The biggest message here is that you will find La Veta charming, but the amenities will require thinking a bit differently. Slow down. There is no stop light - and no fast food joints. The only ’chain store’ in La Veta is our Big R hardware store. The people are friendly and they will welcome you with open arms. The art galleries are a must visit, and there are places where you can find souvenirs and items made in Colorado.
Should you extend your time in La Veta (we end on Thursday night), our Oktoberfest, street fair with vendors, polka band, beer garden, and antique car show, happens on Saturday, October 1st.
LODGING IN LA VETA
There are now Air BnBs in and around the area. Check online. In addition, you will find: