THE HISTORIC RAPIDS
Located just off the main street (Grand Ave.) in Grand Lake, Colorado our lodging and restaurant facilities are perfect for a romantic getaway, family vacation or a memorable mountain retreat. We are “the Grand Lake Experience”! Our property is tucked along the banks of the Tonahutu River, at the North Inlet of Grand Lake, Colorado, the headwaters of the Colorado River. In addition, we have Pet Friendly Cabins and Cottages available.
A little of our fascinating history – The Rapids Lodge was built in 1915 as an inn and restaurant, and has been preserved as an historical hotel and is an icon in our town. The unique lodge pole pine structure was the first building in Grand Lake, Colorado to have electricity and running water. We have had a variety of famous and infamous guests stay with us including Jim Croce, Janis Joplin and Kris Christofferson.
In the 1950′s gambling was illegal, but you could find some action at the Rapids! There was even a secret bell that was rung when authorities pulled into the driveway, allowing everyone to “turn the tables” and hide the evidence!
GRAND LAKE LODGING
We have a variety of accommodations from Historic Lodge Guest Rooms to Condominiums, Suites and Cabins/Cottages; each has its own charm and fits the experience you want to take away from a vacation destination like ours. We offer the most varied lodging in Grand Lake. Take a detailed look at our Grand Lake lodging options on the lodging page. Our property accommodates up to 170 people!
The Historic Lodge and Restaurant building is typical of the early 1900’s “Barky” or Adirondack style of architecture sporting an austere façade and boxy look. However, upon entering the main lobby, guests are continually amazed at the cozy feel which showcases an original stone fireplace and an early, curved glass showcase from the original Granby Drug Store. The mantelpiece decorations change seasonally and are always a delight to returning patrons. Stained glass, collectible plates and antiques are part of the unique décor. The Grand Lake restaurant is open for dinner and features steaks, seafood and wild game. With views of the river and a vintage stage-stop fireplace, the dining room provides a great atmosphere to enjoy fine dining in a casual mountain environment. Lunch is served outside by the river during the summer.
FEATURED OR MENTIONED IN:
RAPIDS LODGE CHANNEL
SPECIAL OCCASIONS AND WEDDINGS
We also are the perfect location for special occasions such as weddings, family reunions, rehearsal dinners or group retreats. Click here for Special Event information . Our staff is available to help you with the details of planning for the special event as well as recommending activities, information about Grand Lake, Colorado and taking care of your stay. Your occasion will be memorable at our picturesque lodge and location surrounded by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.