Reviving A Relic: The Blue Jay Inn

Reviving A Relic: The Blue Jay Inn

Reviving A Relic: The Blue Jay Inn

Seeking videographer to document the event and supplement the accompanying press release.

Incentives: Gas cost and lunch at the local restaurant in Pine, CO and a free night’s stay at the hotel once opened. We are very excited to work with one of the Colorado Film School’s students on this video, we think it would be a great opportunity for each of us.

Tracey Sarrasin
Ronald Sarrasin


Historic inns dot our countryside and provided lodging and meals for seasonal and transient workers throughout our history. Their existence is what allowed the communities and commerce that surrounded them to exist and prosper. Often nestled in majestic mountains to accommodate weary workers, it is this locality that can work against them in their time of need.

Ron and Tracy Sarrasin had dreams of becoming innkeepers. Their backgrounds, his in construction and hers in finance and hospitality, were the perfect match for undertaking a worthy property. When the historic The Blue Jay Inn, located in Buffalo Creek, came on the market earlier this year- the Sarrasin’s dug in and did their research.

First built around 1886, the inn has hosted everyone from lumbermen to the Girl’s Friendly Society members. “When people learn what we are doing, they get excited and want to share what they found out with us” said Tracey. “While we’ve already uncovered a lot of what’s out there on the Inn, we always learn something new and everyone has a story to share. It’s really encouraging to know that people are really interested in preserving this local treasure.”

Visitors to the area can be limited when trying to find a place to stay.

“I knew that the need for local accommodations in Jefferson County was there, because I live here. This area has renowned trails for recreation and biking, but it’s not unusual to see racers sleeping in cars when a big race is in town.” said Ron. Robert McCuen, a competitor from Southern New Jersey who races for CS Velo, knows this first hand. “This sport is really a family endeavor for us. I couldn’t imagine doing these races without their support. So, while bunking down in cramped quarters with a few team mates is no big deal for me, asking my wife and three small children to do it is another story. These races have become a family vacation for us”.

The restoration plan is to preserve as much of the inn’s historic essence as possible.

Wallpaper, furniture and finishes will all have the look and feel of another era. “We’ve found tons of artifacts during the excavation phase” Ron said. They plan to salvage and restore what they can and incorporate it into the décor. “Anytime you take on a project of this magnitude, you know that the cost is going to be high” adds Tracey. In order to offset some of the costs they want to start an engraved brick program. The plan is to sell bricks that will be engraved with the names of area sponsors. The engraved bricks would then be used to create a pathway leading to a wishing well. “So many families in the area have an emotional connection to the inn, so we thought that this would be great way to allow them and guests to be a part of its legacy” said Ron. “But we’re having a difficult time connecting with a local vendor”. Undeterred, they continue to unearth artifacts that fuel their curiosity and inspire their efforts. You can follow The Blue Jay Inn’s progress on Facebook at Blue Jay Inn .

The Blue Jay is hopeful to open to the public as early as six months from the time they get the needed additional financing. For more information on The Blue Jay Inn contact Tracey Sarrasin at tsarrasin<at>frpmc.com.



Event Expiration Date: 2021-01-01

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