Mother’s Day in Grand Lake

Mother’s Day – spoil her for the whole weekend!

Mother’s Day  on May 12th is just around the corner.

Have you made your plans? Why not take the special woman in your life away to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado to enjoy all that the little Western town of Grand Lake has to offer.

Start by booking a delightful room in the Historic Rapids Lodge building or River View Condo.

Arrange to have a bottle of wine or chilled champagne  waiting in her room.

Book your dinner reservation at the Rapids Restaurant overlooking the Tonahutu River which will be rushing by, swelled by snowmelt.

Contact the Stalk Market  for delivery of a fabulous flower arrangement and perhaps some other indulgent items.

Book her a relaxing massage with Sarah Chabot Massage Therapy.

Visit  Hot Sulphur Springs for a soak in their outdoor pools, surrounded by scenery and crisp mountain air.

Take her shopping in Grand Lake, perhaps visit Studio 8369 and buy her a little painting she can cherish as a take home memento.

Enjoy a wonderful breakfast brunch at Fat Cat Café.

Take a drive into Rocky Mountain National Park to look for moose and enjoy the stunning views. Do a short hike to Adams Falls and East Meadow.

She won’t forget her trip to the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant in Grand Lake, Colorado!

Spring in the Rocky Mountains

We had a very snowy March which is great for the lakes, summer flowers and streams. April will continue to receive light snows but the days can be T-shirt warm when the sun is out.  Change happens fast once spring-melt sets in. Wildlife has found it difficult to move through the deep snow and are anxiously awaiting the time when they can travel freely without effort. Its always amazing that around the first day of Spring, a change can be seen and heard. Not just warmer days, but suddenly the snow begins compacting, Chickadees start singing and a few American Robins appear around the county. On March 28th migratory birds such as Red Tail Hawk, Northern Harrier and Mountain Bluebird were seen! Birding in Colorado is always rewarding. 

This year the vernal equinox, the first day of Spring, fell on March 20th.

We have had the usual sporadic visits by Moose, and there are always Red Fox tracks in the parking lot, sometimes heading up exterior stairs to check for items left outside hotel room doors.
Avid Winter activity enthusiasts kept us busy throughout the month, enjoying the deep powder that the March snowstorms brought. The final week of March delivered some 50 degree days, and quickly brought the snowmobile trail out of town down to gravel in many places. However, the groomed trail system still has an excellent base and will keep snowmobilers happy for a while yet. Check conditions at the Grand Lake Trailgroomer’s website. Savor your last little bit of Colorado mountain Winter!
Think about an April weekend getaway or May break. Everyone should really visit the Rapids Lodge and Grand Lake in every season. 

It will be interesting to see what happens with spring-melt and the Tonahutu river. Will it melt early or late? Will there be a huge deluge with sudden warm temperatures or a more gentle melt?

Its not too early to think about Mother’s Day Weekend reservations, and Memorial Day Weekend is a 3 day weekend with lots to do. The Memorial Day Parade is always a family favorite. Trail Ridge Road traditionally opens for Memorial Day Weekend and when it does, the floodgates open and Grand Lake comes alive with happy travelers. This year, the cuts through the snow drifts high on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park will likely be huge, awe inspiring and not to be missed.

We feel our own sense of excitement with the onset of Spring although it will be a while before the grass is green and the Aspen leaves burst forth.

Visit the Rapids Lodge, a Grand Lake Lodge with history!