Castle Marne celebrates its last Colorado Day

Longtime bed and breakfast to become vacation rental under new ownership


The first of August has always been an important day to the Peiker family.

It was the day that Jim and Diane Peiker first bought the Castle Marne in 1988. Exactly one year later, the couple opened it as a bed and breakfast. In the 30 years the Peikers have run the Castle Marne, many events have fallen on Aug. 1, but this year, in his final act with the property, Jim Peiker closed a deal to sell the bed and breakfast.

After Diane died last October, Jim decided it was time to move on from the bed-and-breakfast industry and put Castle Marne, 1572 Race St., on the market. For more information on Castle Marne and the Peiker family, read our story at,278832

In the years that Jim and Diane ran Castle Marne, their daughter and son-in-law eventually joined the business. Every year, the family has opened the historic building up to the public on Aug. 1 to celebrate Colorado Day. This year’s celebrations included cake, popcorn and live music from Brewglass.

Although it will be the last Colorado day for the Peikers and Castle Marne, Jim said that the new owners will continue to run the building as a Vacation Rental By Owners (VRBO) property. He added that the couple buying Castle Marne is from the area and runs a few other Capitol Hill properties as well.

Jim will continue living in the carriage house on the property until all the details of the closing have been sorted out. He also said the owners plan on keeping the historic details of the property the same, although they will not continue to serve breakfast.

“We couldn’t ask for a better deal,” Jim said.


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