Wheelchair accessible suite at the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant.

Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant has ADA Compliant suite for vacation rental.
Get away to Grand Lake and stay at a suite that is accessible via wheelchair including extra bathroom and shower space. You can find it all here at the Rapids Lodge.
historic lodge fireplace

historic lodge fireplace

We have just the right cabin for your vacation in Grand Lake. Activities abound just down the street from shopping and restaurants to pontoon boat tours and coffee shops with Internet access.

The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant August 2011

Historic Grand Lake Colorado dinning

Rapids view

Welcome to The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant

Summer passes by so quickly in the Rockies . Who can believe it is already August! The flowers have been spectacular and this season’s unusually frequent precipitation has encouraged thick carpets of lupines that just keep on blooming. Baby elk are losing their spots and growing fast and the baby moose, often born twins, keep us entertained with their lively antics. July 4th went off with a bang, the wooden boat show was a favorite as always and the Buffalo Barbeque Weekend (see photos on this Facebook Page) on July 16th and 17th was a great success.The river is still running just below peak levels but the Rapids was never flooded! There is new lawn down by the river which creates an inviting, cool oasis on hot afternoons. Patrons have greatly enjoyed their lunches outside with the river rushing past. An old bridge was washed out on the way to Winding River Campground bordering the National Park but the county otherwise suffered little damage. The Kawuneechee Valley flooded heavily and the view from Rainbow Curve was very different looking South over huge tracts of water that left the normal path of the river to the imagination. Pockets of snow still remain along Trail Ridge Road and perhaps this year they will add to the few remaining glaciers! A few storms during July were powerfully gusty and one such storm felled the last of the big Lodgepole Pines in the Grand Lake Town Park, among many healthy trees that were lost. The park is a little more sunny but just as pretty with the new landscaping that was done last fall.The Granby School lost part of its roof and a few other buildings were damaged too! Colorado and much of the country have experienced some unusually strong storms this season.
Lets see what August will bring us…..

Everywhere you look, the Lupines create a fantastic carpet of color.

Everywhere you look, the Lupines create a fantastic carpet of color.

Grand Lake Regatta

Regatta Week runs from July 30th through August 6th, 2011 and Grand Lake Yacht Club Members come from all over the country to their homes on Grand Lake to participate in this famous race whose tradition began in 1912 when Thomas Lipton, of Lipton Tea, decided to sponsor an annual race by providing “The Lipton Cup” as the prize. Grand Lake is particuarly mesmerising during this week as the sails add color and nail biting interest to the vista. Click here to read about the history of the Grand Lake Yacht Club, one of the world’s highest at 8369 feet above sea level.

August Happenings

Bingo in the Park at 7:30pm. August 5+6, 12+13, 19+20, 26+27. Come play Bingo in the Grand Lake Town Park Pavillion. Call 970.627.3402 for more information. Everyone is welcome!

August 1 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – 8:30 a.m.Motor Boat Races at the Club Dock, 9:30 a.m. Model Yacht Race at Dalton’s Cove, 11:00 a.m. E Fleet Races, 4:00 p.m. James Cup Laser Races, 6 p.m. Venetian Night – Boats assemble at Buttram’s Cove @ 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m. Family Potluck @ Club House.

August 2 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – 9 a.m. Children’s Party (for ages 7 and under), 10:30 a.m. M Fleet Races, 4:30 p.m. James Cup Laser Races, 6 p.m. ‘Tween Party (for ages 8-12).

August 3 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – 8 a.m. Water Skiing, Wakeboard Competion ( East End of Lake), 10:30 a.m.E Fleet Races, 4:30 p.m. Atlantic Cup Races in Feva RS Class.

August 3–MUSIC IN THE PARK  Town Park 5:30-7:00pm.  Featuring ACME Duo.   Bring lawn chair. Bring lawn chair.  No alcohol in park.

August 3 — Skins and things @ Juniper Library– Presented by a park ranger from Rocky Mountain National Park.  Join us for a hands – on experience and an up – close look at the skulls and skins of mammals common to Rocky Mountain National Park.  Learn about their habits and environment.  FREE Refreshments will be served.

August 4 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – Water Sports at the Club House or members and their house guest.  12 p.m. M Fleet Races, 6 p.m. Family Barbecue at the Club House, 8 p.m. Entertainment Night at the Club House.

August 5 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – As Posted Fleet Racing and/or Champions’ Race Class E & M Fleets, 6 p.m. Sailor’s Party at the Club House.

August 5—-1:00 pm–Demolition Derby.  Kick-off weekend of Fair and Rodeo in Kremmling.  Guaranteed $21,000 purse.  For info: www.middleparkfairandrodeo.com/demo.

August 6 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – 9 a.m. Meeting of the Board of Directors, 10:30 a.m. York Cup Racing, 1:30 p.m. York and /or Atlantic Cup make up races as posted, 7:30 p.m. Commodore’s Ball, 8 p.m. Presentation of Cups.

August 6–1:00 pm- 4:00pm-History Day at Kauffman House Museum. Come visit with the back-to-life colorful characters who made our history!

August 6 and 7–Grand Craft Fair in the Town Park. Benefits the Recreation District.  Everyone is welcome!

August 7 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – 10 a.m. Brunch at the Rapids.

August 10– MUSIC IN THE PARK Town Park 5:30-7:00pm.  Featuring Kevin Danzizg.  Bring lawn chair. No alcohol in park.

August 11 — Brown Bag Group @ Juniper Library – South of Broad, by Pat Conroy.  Bring your lunch if you want to join our discussion.

August 13 — Doggie Drag – This benefit run/walk is for all levels of walking or running enthusiasts.  Enjoy a beautiful route in Grand Park with your dog.  Dogs and their people are guaranteed a fun time in this wonderful setting.  People without dogs are welcome to run/walk too! Registration begins @ 8 a.m., Fun Run/Walk shotgun starts @ 9 a.m.  Pre-Registration Fee is $20/adult and $15/child (under 12 is FREE) save by pre-registering!

August 13 –Grand Lake Open Water Swim – Starts at 11 a.m., the distance is 0.6 miles – (1km).  Registration @ Town Beach (starts @ 10:00 a.m.) or grandcountyhospice.org.  Entry Fee $100.00 Pledge (please RSVP).  Contact Jennifer Neumann @ 303-241-7726 for more information.  Swim Caps provided, BAKE SALE!!!

August 19 — Old Grand Lake City Walking Tour –  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Presented by local author and historian Pat Raney.  Wear sturdy shoes and dress for weather.  Call Juniper Library, 970-627-8353 for directions and information.

August 17–MUSIC IN THE PARK.  Town Park 5:30-7:00 pm.  Featuring Sarah Clements, Steviej Frasier, Mike Turner.  Bring lawn chair.  No alcohol in park.

August 24–MUSIC IN THE PARK.  Town Park 5:30-7:00PM.  Featuring Grand Divas.  No alcohol in park.

August 27 — 7:00 AM — Spirit of the Lake Regatta –  This is a staggered start Rowing Regatta. It will be an exhibition Head Race.  There will be awards for the fastest times in each category.  Following enjoy the Grand Lake Brew Fest and with Colorado Beers!  All racers will recieve $10.00 off the Brew Fest event fee.  PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS BENEFIT COLORADO RIVER CONSERVATION EFFORTS.

August 27 — 11:30 AM — Chiller Caterpillar Canoe Race —  A fun race, consistion of 6 person teams max of men and women, boys and girls (or any combination) in a single (Canoe) or reserve one from the local marinas.  It will be a BLAST!  Award Categories: Best Theme; Best Dressed Crew; Best Dressed Boat; Fastest Boat; & the Martin & Lewis Award.  Racers will start from the Public Dock.  PORTIONS OF PROCEEDES BENEFIT COLORADO RIVER CONSERVATION EFFORTS.

August 27–Colorado Corvette Club – Car Show  – Starts 10:00 am.   Lake Park area. Come and see some beautiful cars!  FREE Call 970.627.3402 for more information.

August 27–Grand Lake Brew Fest – 1:00-5:00 Lake Park area. Come taste some beer and listen to some great music.  Tickets: $25.  Call  Lisa or Cheryl at 970.627.3402 for more information.

August 29–Grand Lake Golf Tournament –    Sponsored by 99.5 – The Mountain Radio Station. Call 970-627-8008 for more information.

August 31–MUSIC IN THE PARK.  Town Park 5:30-7:00PM.  Featuring Kay & Andy Irvine.  No alcohol in park.

WEEKLY EVENTS
Mondays– Texas Holdem @ Grumpy’s Bar
Tuesdays–Texas Holdem at Johnson’s Landing @ 7:30 PM
Wednesdays–Trivia at the Lariat and Lady’s night at Sagebrush BBQ @ 6:00 PM
Wednesdays–Ladies Nite @ Sagebrush@ 5:00 PM
Wednesdays–MUSIC IN THE PARK 5:30-7:30pm.  See calendar of events.
Thurs.–Texas Holdem at the Gateway Inn @ 6:30 PM
Thurs.–Various Entertainment @ Circle H
Tues.&Thurs.–Elem school 3:30 PM-5:30 PM drop in pickle ball for adults $1.00
Fridays–Acme Band at Waconda
Saturdays 11:00 AM-1:00 PM–Elem school drop in pickle ball for adults $1.00
Saturdays–Acme Band at Poncho & Lefties–5-8 PM
Sundays  6:00-9:00 Acme Band at Gateway Inn throughout summer

FALL SPECIAL

50 % off Second Night +++
Stay one night and get the second night at 50% off in one of the Historic Lodge Guest Rooms, New Rapids Suites or Vintage, Pet-friendly Cabins/Cottages.

Also receive a “Buy One Lunch or Appetizer – Get One Free” on the riverside patio.
Offer Valid Sept 5th, 2011 through October 15th, 2011. Must mention this offer at time of booking.

History of The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant

The History of the Rapids Lodge and Restaurant includes musicians Jim Croce, Kris Kristofferson and Janis Joplin playing in the restaurant when it was a Honky Tonk bar in the 60;s. The history includes gambling, prostitution, bootleg liquor, and ghost sightings.

In the 1950’s the second floor was a casino and the third floor was a brothel. There even was an emergency buzzer under the front desk so people could be alerted when the police were at the door.

Historical Rapids Lodge Grand Lake Colorado

Historical Rapids Lodge Grand Lake Colorado

There are  more historical artifacts to view in the lodge. Come visit us and stay the night to enjoy the colorful history of The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant in Grand Lake, Colorado.

Grand Lake Colorado

Come up to Grand Lake, Colorado this weekend and stay a few days at The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant. Sit by the Tonahutu River and relax.
Looking for a romantic dinner location, give us a call at 970-627-3707 for the best restaurant in Grand Lake.
Just call or email us and have a great weekend in Grand Lake.
At the end of a busy day of Grand Lake activities, rest your weary mind in one of our cabins or condos in Grand Lake, Colorado.
Pet Friendly

The Historic Rapids Lodge has Pet Friendly cabins.

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The Historic Rapids Lodge, Grand Lake, Colorado

Summer in Rocky Mountain National Park

The peak of summer is here!

The snow has still not fully melted in the high reaches of Rocky Mountain National Park and the contrast of snow fields and wildflowers together is spectacular. Aspens are springing up all over with the moisture, new lodgepoles are growing at a record pace and the colorful splash of flowers brightens every vista.
We were relieved that our Tonahutu Creek never overflowed it’s banks and and many people have thoroughly enjoyed having lunch by the river through the month of June. Our regular guests and many locals are thrilled to have the opportunity to eat outside on our famous patio. We are anticipating high run-off through the month of July.
After being decidedly nervous about flooding every year, we finally built up our stretch of river embankment to make a more permanent barrier. As soon as the river subsides, grass and landscaping will make it more inviting than ever.
So come up and join us on the patio. We would love to serve you!

The peak of summer is here! The snow has still not fully melted in the high reaches of Rocky Mountain National Park and the contrast of snow fields and wildflowers together is spectacular. Aspens are springing up all over with the moisture, new lodgepoles are growing at a record pace and the colorful splash of flowers brightens every vista.
We were relieved that our Tonahutu Creek never overflowed it’s banks and and many people have thoroughly enjoyed having lunch by the river through the month of June. Our regular guests and many locals are thrilled to have the opportunity to eat outside on our famous patio. We are anticipating high run-off through the month of July.
After being decidedly nervous about flooding every year, we finally built up our stretch of river embankment to make a more permanent barrier. As soon as the river subsides, grass and landscaping will make it more inviting than ever.
So come up and join us on the patio. We would love to serve you!

Did you know…..that Grand Lake’s Water is some of the purest on earth?

Tonahutu River

Our “Tonahutu Blue”  filters through a glacial alluvial field that is thousands of years old. The water is so pure that it will not conduct electricity! So leave your bottled water at home and come drink freely. You can refill your reusable bottles as many times of you want and enjoy being green!

The NEW Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre

Rocky Mountain Repertory TheatreThe opening and early weeks of live performances in the eye-catching and state of the art, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, have been a great success. If you have not yet attended one of our summer plays you are really missing out. Come have dinner at the Rapids, see a show and stay the night!

The Theatre used to turn away so many people every night, that they finally started fundraising to build a bigger theatre so everyone could enjoy a show. Five million dollars was raised and the theatre opened it’s doors this June.

The theater has a rich history and some famous names like David Hasselhoff got their start here! Young actors and musicians audition all over the country every season, and many return year after year. This year’s plays are “Beauty and the Beast”, “Chess”, “Guys and Dolls” and “Almost Heaven – The Songs of John Denver”.