Spring in the Rockies

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Spring starts late in the higher elevations of the Rockies. May is when it all begins: the last of the lake ice melts, grass is green and flowers brighten the landscape. Aspen trees bud out and animal babies arrive. If you are thinking of a spring trip to the Colorado mountains, there is plenty to do!

The Rapids Lodge has low season rates in effect until June 9th, 2016 and this means that you can stay as low as $60 for 2 people and $89 for up to 6 people. Some accommodations are pet-friendly too.

  • Hike Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • Watch the baby elk in the meadows at dawn and dusk.
  • Keep an eye out for foxes, coyotes, moose, porcupines, deer, marmots, pine martens and weasels. Of course squirrels and cute chipmunks are everywhere!
  • Enjoy lunch Riverside at the Rapids.
  • Take a canoe, pontoon or fishing boat out on any of the three lakes
  • Kids get to have fun at Rocky Mountain Speedway and the min-golf at the hardware store.
  • Play the Grand Lake Gold Course.
  • Fly fish the Colorado River
  • Soak at Hot Sulphur Springs
  • Float up above the valley in a hot air balloon
  • Rent an ATV or bring your own.
  • Grill out at Point Park and enjoy a breathtaking view of Grand Lake and Mount Baldy.
  • Test your Bingo skills in town on the weekend.
  • Attend a Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre performance after dinner at The Rapids
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  • Birdwatch mountain, meadow and lake environments.
  • Revel in the rivers rushing by full of spring snowmelt
  • Drive Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park – the highest continuous highway in the United States.
  • There is never a dull moment in Grand Lake Colorado!

MAY

Mother’s Day at the Rapids Lodge and Restaurant!
Sunday May 8th, 2016

History Chat: Early Days of Grand County EMS with Ida Sheriff and Tim Nicklas.
Learn about the needs and history of Emergency Management in Grand County. Meet the first certified EMT in Grand County, Mrs. Ida Sheriff.
6-8pm
Tuesday May 17, 2016

Juniper Library Progressive Dinner
Wednesday May 25, 2016

“Around Granby” History Book Signing
11am -2pm
The area around Granby was developed in the late 1800s and today remain
Friday and Saturday May 27 + 28, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend
May 27+28+29+30
Stay at the Rapids Lodge!

Grand Lake Memorial Day Parade
Monday May 30, 2016

Bingo in Town Park with the Rotary Club of Grand Lake
Saturday and Sunday May 28 + 29, 2016

JUNE

Grand Lake Golf Tournament
9am – 2pm. 970-627-8008
Saturday June 11, 2016

Birds of the Kawuneechee
All day birding excursion. 970-586-3262
Saturday June 11, 2016

Art and Crafts Fair
Saturday Jun 11, 2016 – Sunday Jun 12, 2016

BINGO Every Friday and Saturday 7pm

Ride the Rockies
Wednesday June 15 and Thursday June 16, 2016

2nd Annual Duck Derby
Race your rubber duck! Fundraiser.
Saturday June 18, 2016

Hummingbird Research
Learn about the hummingbird populations in the Rockies while observing field ornithologists as they safely capture and band these remarkable birds. 970-586-3262
Monday June 20, 2016

Secret Places is RMNP – Colorado River
970-586-3262
Friday June 24, 2016

Songwriters in the Round
with Nashville songwriters, Monty Powell, Anna Wilson and Peggy Mann.
Friday June 24th

33rd Annual State of Colorado CASI Chili Cook Off 2016
303-831-5061
Saturday Jun 25, 2016

Painting the Kawuneeche: Beginners Class
970-586-3262
Saturday Jun 25, 2016 – Sunday Jun 26, 2016

Diversity in Wildflowers
970-586-3262
Thursday June 30, 2016

Grand Lake Memorial Day Parade

The three day Memorial Day Weekend is the precursor to summer fun! The great outdoors is waiting for you in a small town called Grand Lake, Colorado. This gateway town of the Rocky Mountain National Park is perfect for families and is the quieter side of the park. Just one main street with one stop sign! Step back in time and enjoy the ambiance of an authentic western town bordered by 3 lakes and astounding scenery.

The Rapids Lodge has rooms starting from just $89 per night for up to 6 people. These one bedroom suites offer a comfortable living area and a full kitchen. Different bedding configurations allow you to make the perfect choice for your family. If you have some four legged family members, bring them along too! Rapids Suites 1 through 4 are pet friendly. There are some great deals for couples too.

Memorial Day Parade

Grand Lake will be open for business and Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park will be open too. Don’t miss seeing the towering snowbanks the park employees have cut through at 12,000 feet! Wildlife will be active and visible. Take a boat out on a lake or walk a trail to Adam’s Falls. Enjoy lunch by the river at the Rapids Lodge or shop in town to your heart’s content.

Grand Lake Memorial Day parade The Grand Lake Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony is always a weekend highlight for the whole family. Starting at 10am on Monday May 30th, our townsfolk and visitors join in the fun. See horses and floats, fire trucks and more. 2016 Memorial Day Parade Registration. After the parade, head to the town park for the ceremony and live music.

The Rocky Mountains in May…and Mother’s Day

Great low season rates through June 9th! Stay as low as $60 for 2 people and as low as $89 for up to 65 people. BOOK NOW. The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant is the perfect place to treat your Mom for Mother’s Day whether for a scrumptious dinner at the Rapids Restaurant or a relaxing getaway for a day or two. Don’t forget to treat her to flowers from “The Stalk Market” and an indulgent massage from Sarah Chabot or Sage!

Mother's Day Dinner

 

The Rapids Lodge is gearing up for spring and summer! Grand County, Colorado received excellent snow in March so the ground is well saturated and ready to burst forth with spring flowers. Wildlife watching is prime at this time of the year as animals are easily spotted against the backdrop of remaining snow. The grazers congregate in the lower reaches of Rocky Mountain National Park where melting snow has exposed tasty morsels and the predators follow. Expect to see Moose, Elk, Mule Deer, Coyotes and Red Foxes. You might even spot a hungry Black Bear or a rarely seen Lynx! Although Trail Ridge Road probably won’t open until Memorial Day Weekend, there are still 8 miles of the road entering Rocky Mountain National Park, plenty of trails and grand views.

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Early May is still relatively quiet meaning you have the option for solitude. The Town of Grand Lake will be open and getting ready for Memorial Day guests right from the beginning of the month. Although our three lakes, Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Granby, have thawed as late as middle of May, we expect the thaw earlier this year due to the warmer winter temperatures. This means you can enjoy the open water in your kayak, canoe, motor boat or pontoon very early in the season. Due to the “Big Thompson Pumping Project”, Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake remain brimful year round. Bring your fishing gear!

So join us for a refreshing start to the 2016 summer season. Soak in Hot Sulphur Springs, take in the view from the Grand Lake Lodge, breath in the sweet clean air and enjoy all that Grand Lake, Colorado has to offer!

Snowmobile in Grand Lake this Weekend!

Snowmobiling

What are you doing this weekend? How about coming to Grand Lake Colorado and joining in a snowmobile poker run, no experience required. You can ride at your own pace between 9am and 4pm. The Poker Run benefits the “Right to Ride Fund” and FLIGHT FOR LIFE (the best part of your worst day) and is on Saturday February 20th, 2016.

The Rapids Lodge has Lodge Guest Rooms 1+2+3+4 available that sleep 2 people and if you CALL US to reserve for the Poker Run, we will give you a rate of just $60 per night! We also have Rapids Suite 4 (dog-friendly) at $65 and one bedroom Rapids Suites with full kitchen at just $89 per night for up to 6 people. Even if you aren’t going to stay, it is one of the easy day trips from Denver.

Registration is from 9-noon at the Grand Lake Community House (cash or check only).

$5/hand or 5 hands for $20

Cash Prizes of $700 for 1st, $200 for 2nd and $100 for 3rd.

WeatherSilent Auction and Bonus Hidden Boondocking Stop.
Check out the Grand Lake Trail Groomers website to see current trail conditions and a map of the area.
The poker run is sponsored by The Grand Lake Trailblazers Snowmobile Club CO and the Mile Hi Snowmobile Club- Denver CO.

To donate to the silent auction or volunteer or sponsor the event contact Toni Boettcher at 720-208-6692

While you are up here, bring your ice fishing gear and enjoy the world class fishing on any of the three lakes. Fish Explorer can tell you more. Rocky Mountain National Park is open for wildlife watching, snowshoeing cross country and our local moose are on the move so likely to be seen.

Grand Lake Co Weather is going to be great this weekend. Come play!

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!

Fall in Colorado

Fall in Colorado Rocky Mountains

Grand County experienced a frost August 18th and 19th this summer! That is a sure way to get things turning to reds and yellows. August has not provided much rain either, so a few bushes and trees here and there are showing gold colors already. Predicting when the colors will turn is difficult, perhaps as early as Labor Day Weekend, perhaps as late as the second week of September. Peak colors are often experience during the third week of September. We will see how this Fall in Colorado turns out.

No matter what, Fall in Colorado is a fabulous time to visit Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Lake, Colorado! Both the Rocky Mountain National Park and the Historic Rapids Lodge are finishing up celebrating their Centennial Year! At 100 years old, this building is a must see. The blockish, “barky” covered building hides a real treasure inside. The Rapids Restaurant offers a cozy ambience with fascinating details in décor, two fireplaces and a wonderful view over the river.

Fall in Colorado offers crisp mornings, brilliant blue skies and vibrant color everywhere you look. Migratory birds and waterfowl begin passing through Grand County on their way south for the winter, and the area offers good opportunities for excellent Colorado birding. Watch bull Moose in rut and bull Elk herding their harems of females and “bugling” in the meadows of the Rocky Mountain National Park. An evening enjoying the elk is perfectly followed by a dinner at the Rapids Restaurant next to the fireplace! Taking a day drive anywhere in Colorado is bound to amaze in the fall. Hot Sulphur Springs is a great place to relax in steaming starlit pools after a long day of hiking and mountain adventure.

The Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre will be presenting their fall show “Forever Plaid” through September. Check their website for show days and times. Grand Lake also celebrates “Constitution Week” (Sept. 14-19) which offers all sorts of interesting talks and even a fun fireworks show on Saturday the 19th.

No matter when you visit during the fall, there is plenty to do, some of the best weather, busy weekends or quiet weekdays and endless opportunities to make memories!

Grand Lake Events – 2015

Mark your calendar because a new Grand Lake event is coming in late August!

The “Spirit Lake Blues Festival at Grand Lake” will be held on Saturday August 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ana Popovic, Jimmy Hall with My Blue Sky, Austin Young with Michaela Rae, John Weeks Band, The Symbols, and Cary Morin will all be performing. The concert’s VIP tickets will go on sale June 20th. General Admission tickets will go on sale July 1 through the Grand County Blues Society website.

Grand lake eventsGrand Lake, Colorado’s largest natural lake, is the perfect venue for this event. The concert will be lakeside, offering fantastic scenery in all directions. Savor BBQ and refreshments during the show.

Located just two half-blocks from where the Blues Festival is being held, The Rapids Lodge is the perfect location for your weekend base! When you’re not enjoying the music, Grand Lake and the surrounding areas will offer a wide variety of activities to keep you busy for the rest of the time. Consider a boat ride on the lake in the morning when the water is peaceful and reflective, followed by a riverside lunch at the Rapids Restaurant, some great shopping in town and then a nap on the beach before the show!

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Rocky Mountain National Park is our backyard and offers fantastic scenery, hiking, horse riding, quiet moments, bird, and wildlife watching. The Rapids Lodge and Rocky Mountain National Park celebrate their Centennial this year and a drive over Trail Ridge Road (the highest “highway” in the country) will be unforgettable.

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.

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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!