Memorial Day Ideas In Colorado

It may be the dead of winter but I bet many of you are already thinking of where to go and what to do for the first holiday weekend of the summer, a three day weekend at that! We are dreaming of green grass, warm days, wildflowers, sunshine and baby animals.

Rocky Mountain National Park The end of May in the Rocky Mountains is early spring and the higher you go, the further behind spring lags. Grand Lake, Colorado is at 8,400 feet above sea level and by Memorial Day Weekend the three lakes will be thawed, the Aspens Trees will have sprouted bright green leaves and many wildflowers will be reaching skyward. Birds will be nesting in earnest and moose and elk will be fat with young.

Almost everything opens up for the summer on Memorial Day Weekend: the marinas, all the shops, all the restaurants, all the hotels and much more. Grand Lake swings to life as is always very evident on Memorial Day itself when the townsfolk have fun with a Memorial Day Parade, crowds, candy, fun displays and all sorts of vehicles and floats.

Grand Lake Lodging

The Rapids Lodge has a two night minimum this weekend BUT we still have our fantastic “Special Winter Offer” in place until early June. This means that 2 people could stay with us for as little as $60 per night (Lodge Guest Room 5 + 7) and up to 6 people for as little as $89 per night (Rapids Suites). Some of the Rapids Suites are pet-friendly. So make your plans early and ensure you “get in on the good deal”. Book online right here on our website.

The Rapids Restaurant will begin serving lunch outside by the Tonahutu River as it rushes by, swollen with snowmelt. Dinner overlooking the creek will create magical memories for you and your family.

Hike, bike, boat, fish, soak up the sun all the while enjoying the awe inspiring scenery of Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand County. Snow-capped mountains against the foreground of spring in the Rockies, is quite the sight to see!

Fall Foliage and Lodging in Grand Lake

Weather in the Rocky Mountains has been highly variable this September! From beautiful “Indian Summer” days, sporadic light rains, cloudy days, sunny days, a dusting of snow on the highest peaks here and there, we’ve had a little of everything, and WOW has it been beautiful! – As they say, “if you don’t like the weather in Colorado, wait five minutes.”

Fall Foliage and Lodging in Grand Lake

It seems like peak fall colors in Grand County may occur next weekend, September 25th and 26th and remain good through the end of the first weekend in October which would be wonderful for Grand Lake visitors and locals alike! There are not as many reds as last year but the golds are spectacular and absolutely glow in the sunlight! Even if the weather forecast shows cloudy, don’t be fooled, there are always patches of sun to highlight the magnificent fall colors!

The elk are bugling in Rocky Mountain National Park and can be seen in the meadows in the early mornings and at dusk every day! It is such fun to watch the bulls herding their females and keeping a close eye on them. If a competitor comes close, they are soon challenged and fights can be witnessed as the bulls vie for dominance. Bull moose can also be seen following their females around very closely. It is that time of year!

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Lodging in Grand Lake is easy to find this time of year! We’ve got wonderful river side cabins, condos, and rooms tucked neatly in the stunning aspens and pines, some that are even pet-friendly! Our neighbors include a variety of fox, moose, deer, and the occasional elk. If you’re looking for lodging in the heart of Grand Lake, Colorado with scenic views and abundant wildlife, stay with us at the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant.

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Fall Getaways and Hotels in Grand Lake

Why visit Grand Lake in October?

 

The month of October can offer fabulous weather in the Rockies, or a dusting of snow! It is a peaceful month and folks who don’t like crowds love to visit Rocky Mountain National Park at this time of the year. The elk are still bugling and the trails are quiet. Sunny days can be t-shirt warm, and the scenery always astounds.

 

Looking for affordable Hotels in Grand Lake?

Take advantage of one of the Rapids Lodge hotels deals: enjoy a one bedroom Rapids Suite that can sleep up to six people and has a fully equipped kitchen for just $89 per night. Rapids Suite 4 is a studio that runs at just $60 per night! The lower level Rapids Suites (1-4) are all pet-friendly so you can vacation with your four legged family member!
If a smaller, more romantic room is your style, Trails End or Garden Room on the second floor of the historic lodge building might be perfect for you at just $60 per night.
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The Rapids Restaurant will be open for dinner four nights a week in October, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Enjoy a sumptuous meal with a view over the spot-lit river. Cozy up in front of the lobby fireplace with a nightcap before bed.

Ideas for Daytime Activities in October:

  • – Hike to Adams Falls, just 0.3 of a mile
  • – Drive Trail Ridge Road (average closing date Oct. 23)
  • – Listen to the elk bugle in Rocky Mountain National Park at sunset
  • – Shop downtown for early Christmas gifts
  • – Soak at Hot Sulphur Springs
  • – Book a relaxing massage with Sarah Chabot
  • – Take a Hot Air Balloon ride and soar above the Rockies
  • – Fish Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain, and Lake Granby
  • – Read that book you have wanted to read for ages
If you a Colorado hunter, you will find some of our larger units ideal for groups if you don’t want to rough it at a hunting camp!
We invite you enjoy the peace and quiet in Grand County, hear the crunch of Aspen leaves underfoot and completely relax when you visit Grand Lake, Colorado

 

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!

Looking for Things to Do in Grand Lake?

Play The Mountain Golf Courses

If you are looking for things to do in Grand Lake you should play game of golf in the Rocky Mountain High Country! Temperatures are comfortable, usually in the 70’s, sunshine abounds and the scenery is breathtaking. Wildlife such as moose, elk, deer, and fox abound and are often sighted during a game. Grand County Colorado has four, 18 hole golf courses you can play day after day.

Things to Do in Grand LakeThe Grand Lake Golf Course was designed by Dick Phelps and offers rolling fairways, Lodgepole Pines, and Aspen tree groves. The course is just five minutes away from the Rapids Lodge where you could enjoy a riverside Condo, vintage Cabin, or romantic Lodge Guest Room.  If you make a reservation for a tee time at Grand Lake Golf Course and present your lodging receipt to the golf course, you can receive a special “Stay and Play” rate. Lessons and a driving range are also available.

Things to Do in Grand Lake

Grand Elk and Granby Ranch golf courses are just 20 minutes away and Pole Creek Golf Course is about 40 minutes away from Grand Lake. If you want variety, this valley is where to get it. After a good day out on the course, nothing beats a delicious dinner with a view at the Rapids Restaurant, “Grand Lake’s Hidden Gem”.

Things to Do in Grand Lake

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!

The little things in Grand Lake Colorado ….

The Rocky Mountain National Park (100 years old this year) is a great place to learn about life on the Continental Divide. The Rapids Lodge (also 100 years old this year) is just 5 minutes from the West Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. We are located just below the North Inlet Trail access in Grand Lake Colorado. Our stunning location along the banks of the Tonahutu River offer great opportunities for Moose and American Dipper viewing. On occasion an Otter or Mink might clamber along the river’s edge and Red Foxes often traverse the property.Grand Lake Colorado

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy is providing several educational day excursions on the West side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Contact them at 970-586-3262 to reserve  your spot.

Starting out on June 13, 2015 is a “Birding in Rocky Mountain National Park” all day excursion. Start indoors and then head out into the field within Rocky Mountain National Park. Identify birds by sight and voice and learn about their natural history. Look for woodpeckers, bluebirds, swallows and wrens at their cavity nests.Grand Lake Colorado

On July 11, 2015 look for common and not-so-common “Rocky Mountain Wildflowers” and the park’s diversity. Did you know the West slope has more plant diversity than the East side of the park? A naturalist will answer your questions.

Grand Lake ColoradoAugust 15th, 2015 brings a chance to learn about the “Butterflies of Rocky Mountain National Park”. Learn about diversity and behavior. You might see Rocky Mountain Parnassian, Scudder’s Sulphur, Silver-Bordered Fritillary, Mourning Cloak and Dark Wood-Nymph. Bring binoculars and cameras.  The instructor will have a net and release permit so a close look can be enjoyed.

The final excursion will cover the “River Otters of Rocky Mountain National Park” on September 12, 2015. River Otters live in the Colorado River and were re-introduced beginning in the 1970’s having been absent from the landscape since the early 1900’s. The region now shows a healthy reproductive population at carrying capacity. This course will be enjoyed at the Trail River Ranch in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Book your room at the Rapids Lodge today and plan a scrumptious dinner overlooking the river after a long day of exploration.

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Celebrate Mother’s Day ~ Grand Lake Events

Springtime in beautiful Grand Lake Colorado. All too soon, the snow will be melting quickly and it will be time to treat your Mom to her Mother’s Day surprise on May 10th. The Rapids Lodge has the perfect Guest Room for Mom and a menu to spoil. Keep an eye on our website for our Mother’s Day Specials that will complement our regular menu.

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Why not make a weekend of it and really give her a break. Perhaps schedule a massage in her room, a soak at the hot springs and a mani-pedi in town. Think about a box of homemade chocolates from the local store in town, a bouquet of flowers from The Stalk Market and a book from Cascades of the Rockies to take her to another world. Finish up the weekend with a gift from our Grand Lake Art Gallery, a painting, piece of hand-blown glass or a stunning pottery dish will always remind your Mom of this Mother’s Day forever.

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We have great winter special offer rates: ‘Trails End” and “Garden Room” at just $60 or a Rapids Suite at just $89 per night. Book soon, these great hotel deals will be snapped up quickly. Call us today!Grand Lake Events

Memorial Day Weekend

The first holiday weekend of the summer season!

Stay 2 nights or 3. The Rapids Lodge is offering fantastic hotel deals in select Rapids Suites and select Lodge Guest Rooms. Stay for as little as $60 for 2 people and $89 for up to 6 people! These rooms will be booked up fast so we suggest you make your plans soon. Dinner will be served nightly from 5:00pm and Memorial Day Weekend is when the scenic Rapids Restaurant starts serving lunch outside by the river once again.

Trail Ridge Road Rocky Mountain National Park

Most importantly, Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road will be opening for the summer. The road connects busy Estes Park to the quieter Grand Lake West Entrance and is the highest continuous highway in the United States. You will be able follow the route of the historic “Circle Tour” from the early days of RMNP. 2015 is Rocky Mountain National Park’s Centennial Year and the Rapids is celebrating their own Centennial as well. Get ready for magnificent views and towering walls of snow along Trail Ridge Road along its highest sections. These are always great photo opportunities that will have your friends amazed!

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Our three lakes will be open water again and the Aspens Trees will be bursting out in brilliant green leaves. Many of the famous Colorado Wildflowers will be putting on a show! The Kauffman House opens for the season and weekend Bingo starts up in the Grand Lake Pavilion. The Memorial Day Parade is fun for the whole family and is always very entertaining. Hike, bike ride, enjoy the electric go-karts, boat, fish… Grand County offers endless fun!

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February Adventure Grand Lake

Feeling stuck in a mid-winter slump? You are in need of a February Adventure!

With fresh snow and more on the way, Grand Lake is dressed to impress! So take this opportunity to come visit us at the Historic Rapids Lodge for your February Adventure! Rates start at $60 a night and there’s a ton to see and do here!  With the days getting longer (and warmer), February is the perfect time to visit.

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What could your February Adventure entail?SnowmobileSnowmobiling

This weekend is the Trail Blazers Snowmobile Poker Run Fundraiser for Right to Ride Fund and Flight for Life. Everyone is welcome to participate so bring your own sled or rent one. You’ll be glad you did when you’re enjoying our fabulous groomed trails and astounding vistas!

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Ice Fishing

The lake is still frozen, and Grand Lake is home to some of the largest trout in the West! If you’ve always wondered about ice fishing, stop wondering and come give it a try! We can set you up with a guide, or direct you to all the good spots.

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Photo Credit: The Grand County Historic Society

History

If you’re a history buff, we recommend checking out the historic Kauffman House Museum. The Kauffman House Museum was the first hotel in Grand Lake and will be open this coming weekend. Entering the museum is like stepping back in time. While you walk through each of the tiny rooms, you’ll see period dress, furniture, and everyday utensils from the late 1800’s. The historical display of Grand County is fascinating and features the history of Grand County all the way back to when the Utes were attacked on the shores of Grand Lake, and their wives and children who were sent out on rafts to stay safe, capsized and perished in a storm. Since then the lake has been known as, “Spirit Lake.”

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Nordic Skiing

Looking to add Nordic skiing to your February Adventure? On February 28th the Grand Lake Nordic Center will be holding the Foxy Freestyle Nordic Race benefiting the National Center for the Disabled. With food and prizes it is sure to be fun for the whole family! The Grand Lake Nordic Center miles of groomed trails for you to use at your leisure, snowshoeing, rentals, a kid’s tubing hill, an more.

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Grand Lake is just minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park. With warmer days, animals are beginning to move around and migratory birds have started returning to the Rockies. Visit the National Park and keep your eyes peeled for elk, moose, fox, eagles, bighorn sheep, and other amazing animals. Don’t forget your camera!

We hope to see you soon for your February Adventure! Book your room today and select the hotel special offer rate!

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Bedroom Inn Lodging Rapids Restaurant, Grand Lake Colorado

Rapids Restaurant, Grand Lake Colorado