New Year’s Eve at the Rapids

Welcome 2014 in style in Grand Lake, Colorado! We are one of the most beautiful places to ring in the new year. We still have some openings for accommodation over New Year’s Eve so plan a grand dinner at the Rapids Restaurant and then walk down to the frozen lake edge to watch the midnight fireworks. In the cold mountain air you will be happy to know that you can walk right back to your warm room at the Rapids Lodge in just a few minutes after the show.

Two yearling moose at the Rapids Lodge

Two yearling moose at the Rapids Lodge

Book now for the Rapids Restaurant. The entrees for the New Years Eve Menu are mouth watering: “Surf & Turf” Grilled Filet Mignon with a Shrimp and Scallop Skewer topped with a Garlic-Sage Brown Butter; “Grilled Elk Rib Chop” with a Cajun Crawfish Cream; “Roasted Half Duckling” with a Sour Cherry Port Wine Demi-Glace; “Yellow Fin Tuna” Sesame Seared Sushi Grade Tuna on a bed of Udon Noodles with Ponzu Sauce.

Don’t forget you will be right at the West Entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park and all the great outdoor experiences it has to offer. Snowshoe trails and cross country ski across the meadows, all the while keeping an eye out for moose. Not that you have to go into the national park to see them! A mother moose and two babies have been stopping by the Rapids Lodge recently to nibble on the bushes and entertain us. Call the Rapids Lodge and we can direct you to all kinds of other fun activities. Grand County, Colorado is definitely an ideal winter playground.

This weekend in Grand Lake….

The cold snap has passed and the weather forecast calls for sunny to mostly sunny skies in Grand Lake. Day time temperatures are expected to be 25F to 29 which is perfect for being outside in all this fresh snow!


Whispering Pine Store

Whispering Pine Store

This weekend is a great opportunity for a fun getaway before all the craziness of Christmas and New Year’s Eve. In fact a few of the opportunities are likely to get you in the holiday spirit for example:  Friday Dec 13 enjoy “Holiday Family Night” at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre;  Saturday December 14 the Grand Lake fire department will take kids on fire truck rides with Santa and the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre presents a Christmas Show on Saturday December 14th “Home for the Holidays”. There is lots of great Christmas shopping to be done in town too. Stroll the boardwalk and browse the Grand Lake Art Gallery, the Quilt Shop, Humphreys and Whispering Pine to name just a few. All the stores are easily reached on foot from your room at the Rapids Lodge.

Plan something really special like a moonlit sleigh ride at Winding River Resort. Snuggle under a fir blanket and look up at the stars. This is a great activity for Valentine’s Night too. Enjoy a fireside dinner in the Rapids Restaurant before or afterwards.

Grand Lake is so peaceful and beautiful in the winter and you could see a moose strolling around town with a fluffy fox not far behind!

We still have accommodation availability over New Year’s Eve. Book online anytime.

Winter in Grand Lake

We have lots of snow……

December 3rd and 4th, 2013 have brought great snow to the Rockies. Well over a foot of good quality snow has accumulated at the Rapids Lodge and the higher regions must be getting so much more. This means the Grand Lake Nordic Center will be opening and the snowmobile trails will be in great condition with excellent powder in the meadows. Shadow Mountain Lake is well underway in terms of freezing over and the next couple of nights will be super-cold and help Grand Lake and Lake Granby get ready for all the the ice fishing enthusiasts.The Town is decorated for the holidays with more fun lights going up every day. The Grand Lake Christmas Tree lighting ceremony had a great turn out. Click here to see the stunning photo.

Looking down to the Gazebo December 4th, 2013

Looking down to the Gazebo December 4th, 2013

Cold temperatures mean the Tonahutu River will be freezing over solidly soon. You could have a window table view overlooking the little rivulet of running water peaking out through the ice, enjoying dinner by the cozy Rapids Restaurant fireplace. No need to drive, just walk upstairs to your Rapids Lodge Guest Room or over to the Rapids Suites some of which are pet-friendly!

You can book online right here at the Rapids Lodge Website so make your plans today.