It’s no longer unexpected to discover distilleries tucked into the world’s special little towns. But some spirit manufacturing facilities stand alone, elevating not just their location, but the process. Carbondale, in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, near Aspen, has long been an artists’ colony and mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Its eccentric, refurbished main street reflects that creative vibe.
But, by far, its jewel in the crown is Connie Baker’s innovative Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn. The sustainable, environmentally forward spirit factory sets an industry standard, but takes hospitality to another level with its onsite, five-room inn—so far as we know, the only hotel in the world set within a working distillery. We sat down with Connie Baker, CEO and Head Distiller, to hear about the distillery in her own words.