The holidays are a great time to begin planning a family reunion in Grand Lake, Colorado. After all, what better time of year for families to connect and begin planning their family reunion for the summer! Of course, you might consider a winter reunion too. The Rapids Lodge is the perfect spot to get together for so many reasons. Firstly, our property is just off the end of the main street (Grand Ave.) so although you are staying in town, you don’t feel like you are right in the middle of things. All the shops are just a very short block away and the lake just two short blocks down the hill! So everyone can walk the town and enjoy all it has to offer!
Our property has the most variety in accommodations available in one place, in Grand County. Enjoy our River View Condos which all face the river and have either a patio or balcony with a great view. These sleep 4 to 8 people and book very quickly. The Rapids Condos have adjoining rooms allowing the two largest condos to expand and become a three bedroom, three bathroom combinations, perfect if you all like to be together. The large condos face the river and this building has a great communal BBQ area right along the water with picnic table, grills and benches.You may have some families with four-legged members that they would love to bring along on this Colorado adventure, and we will welcome them. Our four cabins are all pet-friendly as are the lower Rapids Suites. Three of the cabins were built in 1925 and one was built in 1904. Each is decorated differently with lots of historic character. The Rapids Suites are the newest units on property, modern and spacious. The Rapids Suites building also offers a fully handi-capped accessible unit which is perfect for anyone using a wheelchair or simply having mobility issues. Grandparents often find this unit to be the easiest and most comfortable choice.
Lastly, for the couple or single family member, the Rapids Lodge Guest Rooms in the historic building sleep just two people and are all they need. The third floor of this building is actually a two bedroom, two bathroom unit with a large living area that may just fit the needs of a family with older children or a group of singles. The historic building is for adults only (and ghosts).
So now that you are all booked in Grand Lake, what do you do? The options are endless. Rocky Mountain National Park boasts the Town of Grand Lake as its West Entrance, and the North Inlet and Tonahutu trails leave from just above us on the hill. Take a horse ride into the park if hiking is not your thing. The national park offers programs throughout the summer and a great visitor center with theatre. We always suggest a drive over Trail Ridge Road to Estes Park along the highest continuous highway in the continental USA! Our three lakes offer endless opportunities for boating, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, fishing and swimming. The town offers a bowling alley, mini-golf and an electric go-kart track, restaurants, a playground, ice-cream shops and much more. For a night out, we recommend attending a Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre production following a delicious dinner, fun for the whole family. Grand Lake has history too: the Kauffman House Museum is the old hotel decorated in period pieces and the Smith-Eslick Cottage Court is the oldest motor inn in the USA! There is also a walking tour that will take you around town and explain historical tidbits about each place you pass. ATV rentals are popular and have extensive trails that you can follow in the Arapahoe National Forest.
So, there is something for everybody and more. We will be happy to help you plan a truly memorable family reunion and you may just end up like families, and come back year after year! We hope so!