Find Inspiration in Grand Lake Colorado

Grand Lake Colorado offers a wonderfully inspiring environment that is sure to get your creative juices flowing. The scenery is majestic and inspiration abounds everywhere you look. In such a beautiful location you are sure to find inspiration for your painting, photography, writing, or life in general.

Writer’s Retreats are held in Grand Lake Colorado every year. This summer the Shadowcliff is hosting a writer’s retreat in late July. Just steps away from Shadowcliff, the Rapids Lodge offerings a wealth of comfortable and unique lodging options with excellent amenities. Looking for more inspiration? Many of our lodging options overlook the unparalleled magic of the river and the scenery that has provided inspiration for so many artists and writers.

Take the plunge, do something for yourself, and attend a writer’s or art retreat in Grand Lake, Colorado this summer. No matter what your medium or skill level, there are great opportunities in Grand Lake Colorado to get together with other creators, set goals, chat to your co-participants, and share and receive valuable feedback.

Countless paintings, poems, short stories, mysteries, love stories have been inspired by Grand County, Colorado. Local authors live, work, seek inspiration from, and play in Grand Lake Colorado. Stop by the galleries, art shops, and  the delightful and intimate bookstore, ‘Cascades of the Rockies’ while in Grand Lake to discover an amazing variety of locally inspired works.

Reading, writing, and painting by the river is one of the most relaxing ways to spend a day. Enjoy a glass of wine or light lunch entrée while working, and keep an eye out for the moose and other wildlife that frequent our riverfront.


So what are you waiting for? Do something for yourself. Make your escape to the Rocky Mountain National Park! Pamper yourself. Make the time to be you and get creative at the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant!

Mountain Weddings – Grand Lake Colorado

Colorado Mountain Weddings and more in Grand Lake Colorado

Are you looking for a beautiful spot for your wedding ceremony, rehearsal dinner and wedding! The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant is a unique location right along the banks of the Tonahutu River which comes rushing out of Rocky Mountain National Park. The historic lodge was built in 1915 and this year is our Centennial. The rich ambiance with two fireplaces and a view earns us the title “Hidden Gem in Grand Lake Colorado.”

Grand Lake ColoradoThe Rapids restaurant managers are standing by to help you plan the perfect day. Max and Tatyana Ludwig are experts in hosting weddings up to 100 people and as small as 20 people for a truly intimate experience. Our outdoor gazebo next to the river adds charm.

Grand Lake ColoradoNo matter where you choose to have your events, the Rapids Lodge is a prime choice for your guest accommodations. We offer the widest variety of accommodation in Grand Lake Colorado so there is something for everybody’s taste. If you want your family dog to be included as well, we offer pet friendly accommodations as well. Your guests can walk to the Grand Lake beach or down the main street right from their room so all the activities, shops and restaurants are easily accessible.

Likewise, we are very popular for family reunions, engagements, anniversary celebrations, graduations, birthdays, Mothers Day and Father’s Day, New Year’s Eve celebrations and just about any other reason you may want to make an evening special and memorable.

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Rocky Mountain Arts and Craft Fairs …..

Summer is always a wonderful time to go exploring. Everything is open and buzzing with excitement and activity. Picture a blue sky Rocky Mountain day, lounging by the beach, savoring a great meal riverside at the Rapids Lodge, and then perusing the shops along the historic boardwalk. Along the way, you stop by all the white tents in the town park and are amazed at the creations imaginative people are showcasing in Grand Lake, Colorado!

Arts and Crafts fairs are always a highlight of the summer. Many regular vendors return year after year, but there is always plenty of new artwork and ideas to amaze. Jewelry, photographs, homemade snacks and preserves, clothing, hats, paintings and sculptures.

Grand Lake is hosting several Arts and Craft Fairs this summer: June 13th and 14th ~ July 11th and 12th ~ August 1st and 2nd

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There will be a few other art oriented events as well. Local artist Donna Lyons will be presenting a Wildflowers and Watercolors course on June 26th and 27th at Trail River Ranch in Rocky Mountain Park. Just bring yourself! Art supplies, food and drinks will be supplied. A ranger will give you a guided introduction to wildflowers on the first morning and then you can paint away. Donna will provide demonstrations and individual guidance. Call Donna at 970-627-8523.

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In September the Plein Air Artists Colorado will be “Painting something Grand” from September 23rd – 27th. If you enjoy watching artists work, you will find them all over Rocky Mountain National Park and they will also be exhibiting their paintings.

Grand Lake Lodging opportunities are endless. Artists love to stay at the Rapids and paint the Tonahutu Creek. Maybe you should bring your art supplies and enjoy sketching by the river. Our River View Condos have patios that are right along the river. We have a wide variety of rooms so even if you pick a Lodge Guest Room, or a pet friendly suite or cabin, you can sit by the river and enjoy it or find one of the myriad other art inspiring spots in the area.

Grand Lake Cabins and Chili Cook Off

Colorado Sate Chili Cook Off

This year we are going to be hosting the State Chili Cook Off on Saturday June 27th. We still have rooms at the Rapids Lodge but they are filling up fast so call or book online today! Grand Lake Cabins at The Rapids is just one block from the town park where all the action will be happening.Grand Lake CabinsEvery year so many folks compete and showcase the product of their secret chili recipes! Wow, what an array of flavors and what an exciting competition. We invite you to compete or just enjoy! Our Grand Lake cabins and accommodations have kitchens which are an asset if you are one of the cooks.

Grand Lake LodgeNothing beats a day in the sun, surrounded by amazing scenery and accompanied by great food. The lake is just a block away from all the action and the kids will enjoy a break at the beach. Take a boat ride or a hike to walk off that full feeling. You might bump into a moose too, we have seen them downtown even in mid-summer. Between bites, there are plenty of shops to keep you entertained.

Grand Lake Cabins Enjoy lunch at the Rapids Restaurant on Sunday. Fine dining next to the cool rapids is something not to be missed!

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