"Our story began with an undeniable love for travel and constant pursuit of finding the perfect place to lay our heads at night."


The Fernweh is a refreshing new view on lodging in gorgeous Fort Collins, Colorado.  Our purpose is to provide a unique & inexpensive nights stay, while continually striving to give guests more than they would typically expect from a hostel.  The Fernweh is family friendly, exceptionally clean & safe, and allows you to spend less money on accommodations so you can save for the things that you come to Fort Collins to do!


Our story began with an undeniable love for travel and constant pursuit of finding the perfect place to lay our heads at night.  We believe that traveling should be more accessible to people -- and lodging should be inexpensive.  We love staying in hostels all over the world & believe that finding a clean, safe, & affordable basecamp to lay our heads at night is one of the greatest comforts you can have while traveling.


Our Four-Square-Style beauty was built in 1905 for Martha Trimble Sheldon & Charles Sheldon, a prominent banker in Fort Collins.  In 1956, a hero saved this Old Town home from being demolished for new construction, and had it moved several blocks away to its current location.  It is a Registered Historic Landmark and a celebrated Fort Collins home.


The Sheldon Family's historic home is a unique gem in the Fort Collins community.  Located in an Old Town neighborhood within blocks of downtown & the CSU campus, the Fernweh is within walking distance to anything you might need during your stay, and staff is always thrilled to give you locals’ insight on whatever you’re looking to do in town & up in the mountains.  The Fernweh Inn & Hostel was created with an immense passion for the Fort Collins area, and we’re beyond excited to be your home away from home.


This is the owner, Kelsey. She moved out to Colorado from Wisconsin in search of outdoor adventure & a great education at CSU.  After a trip to Europe when she was 19, she realized hostels were an amazing way to travel.  Affordable lodging actually exists?  Why weren’t they popular in the US yet?  These questions led her to a longtime obsession with creating her own hostel in Fort Collins, the town she calls home.


After graduating from CSU with degrees in Tourism & Business, she spent several years at the Wanderlust Hostel in Gunnison, learning everything from hostel extraordinaire, Amy Stevens.  Kelsey learned her true passion is bringing people together from all different walks of life to create a unique, comfortable environment.  Kelsey is full of life and laughs and loves to get to know all her guests. When she's not swapping travel stories and eating homemade bread at the hostel, she likes to get up into the mountains with her dog, Cash.

Our manager, Kate, is a CSU alumni originally from the beautiful state of Vermont. Her love of travel and meeting people from all walks of life brought her to the Fernweh. She's passionate about creating a warm, comforting space for people to call home while they are traveling and loves the inviting atmosphere of the Fernweh. You can find Kate in the kitchen laughing with guests or working out in the garden. When she's not at work, Kate loves getting outdoors with trusty canine sidekick, Tess.


Here we have Tyrus! He is CSU graduate, wildland firefighter, musician, gardener and pun-master! Tyrus loves to spend his afternoons basking in the beauty of cumulus nimbus clouds and measuring precipitation. When he's not minding the weather, you can find Tyrus planning his next camping adventure or trip to Red Rocks. 


This is Jaz! Jaz is a talented artist and student at Front Range Community College, studying holistic health and energy medicine. She’s got two pups of her own, Peeka and Turtle who are her little fur babies. When she’s working, she loves talking with guests and learning about their backgrounds and culture. A day off for Jaz means making art, floating in Horsetooth Reservoir or getting ready to head out with her pups on her next camping adventure!


Meet Allie! Allie is a Colorado local, having grown up in Vail. She has lived in Fort Collins now for several years and is about to graduate from CSU this spring. Allie loves sharing her wealth of knowledge and helping others to get to know her beloved home state. In her free time Allie loves to explore the great outdoors and hang with friends. 

Meet Tessa! Tessa is a CSU graduate and Fort Collins local who loves to spend her time in the Poudre Canyon. She's also very passionate about travel, beekeeping and seeing live music.