Organizing a Family Reunion?

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!

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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.River View Condo 8

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).

BBQ area at Rapids CondosSo 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!

History Surrounds the Rapids Lodge

Grand Lake has a rich history. The area was occupied by Paleo Indians and Clovis Peoples, then Arapahoe, Sioux and Cheyenne. Fur trappers and mountain men, gold miners all began to change the area. Grand Lake village was established in 1881 and there are exciting tales from those rough frontier days. Tourism to Colorado’s largest natural lake boomed, especially when Rocky Mountain National Park was established.

Grand Lake HistoryThe Grand Lake Area Historical Society works hard to preserve many historical structures, the stories and the memories of the people that have influenced Grand Lake. Their website is fascinating to peruse and a visit to the Kauffman House (historic Grand Lake hotel museum) and Cottage Camp (oldest Motor Inn in the USA located right here in Grand Lake) will be worthwhile.

Join the devoted volunteers for December and January fundraisers and learn about our area.

December 26, 6-9pm: Enjoy an evening in the festively decorated Kauffman House with food, beverages and music! $25 at the door. Benefits the Cottage Camp. No young children please.

Food 1 December 31st 10pm to midnight. Stay warm, tour the Kauffman House, enjoy treats and then step outside for the fireworks that welcome the new year. $5 at the door.

January 30th: Groundhog Gala. 5:30-8pm at the Grand Lake Golf Course Clubhouse. Benefits the Cottage Camp.

History enthusiasts will find all of these events, their website and their museums fascinating. The historical walking tour with pamphlet can be taken at any time of your and will show you all the historical hotspots in town.

Nov 29 2013 Open House sled & wreath on porchStay at the Rapids Lodge which is just one block away from the Kauffman House. We have fantastic Winter Specials in select Historic Lodge Guest Rooms and Rapids Suites: stay for as little as $60 for 2 people and from $89 for up to 6 people! Some of the Rapids suites are pet-friendly too. We strongly suggest you plan for a sumptuous dinner in the Rapids Restaurant. We have our own interesting history along with a few hotel ghosts…



The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant – Open for the Winter Season!

Grand Lake, Colorado is glowing with festive Christmas lights and is always magical and open for the winter and during the holiday season. We received great snow in early November and are expecting more this coming weekend to freshen us up. Shadow Mountain Reservoir is frozen but Lake Granby and Grand Lake are still open so if you are brave enough to do some last minute boating and fishing, now is the time!IMG_1041The snowmobile trail to the Arapahoe National Forest from the Town of Grand Lake is not yet open but you can still trailer to Idle Glen just 10 minutes down the road and have a great time on the groomed snowmobile trails. Check out the the Grand Lake Trailgroomers site for up to date conditions.tree

The Rapids Lodge is hard to beat among Grand Lake Rentals with our winter hotel specials starting at just $60 per person. Book on-line right here on our website to get the best rates. Dogs are just $15 per night additional in some pet-friendly units and they love to play in the snow!

The Rapids Restaurant has some of the best food in Grand Lake and a new winter menu (available for you to look at here on our website). The Restaurant has been festively decorated with highlights of blue and lots of fun details. We have already hosted a few very successful holiday parties and if you haven’t booked yours yet, give us a call! The Tonahutu River is almost frozen solid with just a few patches of flowing water. The blanket of white with the odd fox trotting by, is always beautiful especially when you are toasty warm nest to the fireplace! A few moose have been seen about town recently as well.

12321132_10205219689952066_3975235424680043681_n The Grand Lake Nordic Center is open for the winter. Enjoy snowshoeing and cross country skiing and if you prefer the wilder side, the Rocky Mountain National Park offers easy trails for both winter activities.

Check out the Grand Lake Events listings on the Grand Lake Chamber website and on the Visit Grand County website. There is so much to do!