June – the month of babies!

This first month of summer offers great opportunities for wild life viewing and birding in Rocky Mountain national Park, the Arapahoe National Forest and surrounds. Our wild animals are found wandering through Grand Lake Village, local subdivisions and all around the Rapids Lodge property.

Nothing beats the sight of twin baby moose suckling or the spotted deer or elk fawn gamboling in a green meadow. Fox kits play outside culverts and baby squirrels and chipmunks are everywhere. Our Cordilleran Flycatcher will be back soon to raise a family just outside the Lodge “after hours guest entrance” where she can be observed at her nest from just a few feet away.

We invite you to come enjoy the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant and the Rocky Mountain National Park in early June before the crowds descend and school holidays are in full swing. Savor the quiet, revel in the spring array of flowers and the fresh greens of majestic mountains painted by spring.

Spring flowers at the Rapids Lodge

Spring flowers at the Rapids Lodge

Chickadee Cabin is on its own little piece of land and is pet-friendly. The River View Condos provide the background of rushing water and are perfect for sitting on the couch, gas fireplace lit and watching the river hurry by. Perhaps you would like a simple room with a special Victorian flair yet still be lulled by the sounds of the river. We have something for everyone so enjoy choosing your special room and planning ahead for a wonderful dinner in our AAA approved restaurant (three diamond rated).

Memorial Day Weekend… Make your plans now!

The first holiday weekend of summer 2013 is just days away. Many of you have probably been wondering where to go, will the weather be good, will Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park be open and will there be enough to keep us entertained?

The answer is yes to all those questions! So what are you waiting for? The Rapids Lodge still has some great mountain lodging available: Rapids Suites (some Pet-Friendly), Lodge Rooms and Condos. There are perfect options for just two, or the whole gang. As of now, the forecast for the holiday weekend is “mostly sunny” to “sunny” with temperatures in the high 60’s, even 70 degrees! This means the lakes will be a beautiful azure blue and provide a stunning playground for your boating desires. Kayaks, pontoons, outboards are all available for rent. The fish are biting like mad and the Osprey are great fun to watch as they swoop down to pluck fish from our clear lake waters.

Beach at Grand Lake Colorado

Beach at Grand Lake Colorado

Sombrero Stables will be back with their family of gentle horses, ready to take you on an adventure into the Rocky Mountain National Park. Have you experienced a ranger program yet? The Park Service offers West Side programs like “Skins and Things” and guided hikes “Beyond the Falls”. Moose are everywhere.

Grand Lake Village will be bustling with activity. The stores are packed with new and exciting wares for the summer and wandering our board walk may just end with you taking home a local painting from the Grand Lake Art Gallery. Imagine sitting in the sun and savoring an ice-cream on our Grand Lake beach! Well, I could get you excited about a lot more….but why don’t you come see for yourself. Call us today so we can assist you as you plan for your Memorial Day Weekend adventure!

It’s the middle of May and there is a lot to do in Grand County!

Shadow Mountain Reservoir is free of ice today and Grand Lake and Lake Granby will follow in the next few days. Spring is here and white pelicans already grace Shadow Mountain Reservoir among many other species which are in full breeding plumage. This is a great time for birding in the Rocky Mountains.

 

Fish are hungry and eager too. Already our lake shores are lined with fisherman. Water is flowing strongly into Lake Granby and outflow percentages will not increase this year so we look forward to rapidly rising water levels in Lake Granby. Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake have constant water levels and are always full. Bring your kayak or rent one at Rocky Mountain Outfitters and glide the still morning waters, still undisturbed by power boats.

 

Trails are soggy but certainly usable and with the recent spring snows at the end of March and beginning of May, snowshoeing and cross country are still possible and you won’t have to go far to reach good snow!

 

If you want to get your last down hill skiing in, have you thought about planning a trip to stay at the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant on Memorial Day Weekend? Trail Ridge Road will open for the busy holiday weekend and skiing enthusiasts can drive into Rocky Mountain National Park with friends and ski down some of the slopes above tree-line, then be picked up by car below (teamwork)! Check with the Kawuneechee Visitor’s Center regarding conditions and advice.

 

Pelicans on Shadow Mountain Reservoir

Pelicans on Shadow Mountain Reservoir

Grand County, Colorado is an exciting place to visit this early in the season. The weather forecast is excellent for the next 10 days and days will be between 60 and 70 degrees for the majority of the time. Pick a great Rapids’ Condo overlooking the Tonahutu River or curl up in a cozy Lodge Room. Bring your pet too; we have a lot of pet-friendly options.

Grand Lake, Great Snow!

Great snow! Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake and the great snow and groomed snowmobile trails have received between 8-10 inches of great snow at lower elevations and up to 4 feet at higher elevations.

These great snow conditions are the best snow conditions of this winter so far and the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant is the perfect Grand Lake lodging from which to base all your winter adventures.

Winter river Grand Lake Colorado

Winter river Grand Lake Colorado

Enjoy a riverside room (the Tonahutu River is frozen at the moment but absolutely beautiful) and stay warm by enjoying the gas fireplace of a River View Condominium. February weather is warmer with more snow and the days are getting longer. A great time to stay  in Grand Lake, Colorado.

The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant, Grand Lake lodging Grand Lake Dinning!

Give us a call today 970-627-3707

Brews and Crews Festival Grand Lake!

Brews and Crews is back in Grand Lake Colorado. This fun filled event takes place August 25, 2012, This Saturday! The festival starts at 10am with rowing regatta on Grand Lake followed with the Colorado Corvette Club car show and the beer festival starts at 1pm in the town park!

Grand Lake Colorado, Brews and Crews Festival 2012

Grand Lake Colorado, Brews and Crews Festival 2012

 

 

 

It’s not too late to book your Grand Lake Lodging with the Rapid Lodge! Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you out! 970-627-3707 or you can visit our lodging page here Grand Lake Colorado Lodging

Rapids Restaurant Grand Lake

The Rapids Restaurant closes March 25 and re-opens on May 2.
However, for the first time, the Rapids Suites, Aspen Grove Cottage (pet-friendly), Chickadee Cottage (pet-friendly), the Riverview Condos and the Rapids Condos will be available during the time when our restaurant is closed.
The Rapids Restaurant’s last night open is Saturday, March 24 so come on down and celebrate with us.
Upcoming Events:
March 11 – Grand County Pet Pals Fundraiser at the Grand Lake Golf Course! Help raise money for the loving pets that want pals! Come for the weekend and stay in one of our pet-friendly cottages.
March 17 – SNOWSHOE IN THE KAWUNEECHE
Snowshoe in the Kawuneeche. Rocky Mountain National Park. Near Grand Lake. 9am & 1pm. Join a beginner-level snowshoe tour with a ranger. Please bring your own snowshoes and ski poles with large baskets. 8 years of age and older. 2 hours.
Call 970-627-3471 to make reservations.  Visit www.nps.gov for more information.

Winter In Grand Lake Colorado

Come visit our Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant for the Valentine’s Day weekend. Voted “The Best Place for a Romantic Date” in 2011.
Valentine’s Weekend Restaurant Special ……Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday February 14th

Grand Lake CO Lodging

Grand Lake CO Lodging

CHATEAUBRIAND FOR 2:
16 oz Center Cut Filet with a Kahlua Cream Sauce.  Includes all the trimmings and a delicious Chef’s Special Trifle for  dessert.  $50.00 per couple. Our regular menu will also be available.
Then stay at the Rapids in one of our Romantic Lodge Guest Rooms. We have units that are pet friendly in Grand Lake.
Call us for more information.
Grand Lake Nordic Center is offering  2 for 1 passes at the February 12th, 13th & 14thYour perfect Valentine’s get-a-way!

Winter Carnival and Lodging at Rapids Lodge

A recent Trip Advisor Review:
“Wood Do It Again” , Reviewed September 13, 2011
Stayed in one of the smaller rooms which was very nice. Loved the quiet location right next to the mountain stream and enjoyed the one block walk ‘into town.’ Tom and his wife were very accommodating, and so was Carol. Would definitely like to come back. Madison, WI
Grand Lake Lodging
Grand Lake Lodging
The Rapids Lodge is pet friendly. If you are looking for a great location in downtown Grand Lake that allows pets, Rapids Lodge is where you should stay.
January 27-29 is the Three Lakes Fishing Contest. We still have rooms available so book soon.
If you are looking for fun activities, Grand Lake’s Winter Carnival is February 4. Make your reservations soon for a weekend of fun winter activities. Here is a list of the activities:
THE “OZ” SNOWMAN CONTEST, TEA POT CURLING, Flag Football in the Park , “WIZARD of OZ” PARADE, Bed Sled Races, EMERALD CITY SNOW SCULPTURES, PARENT/CHILD SLED PULL, and the very popular and famous, Human Bowling.
Call for reservations: 970-627-3707
Call for nightly dinner specials. 970-627-3707

Happy Holiday from the Rapids Lodge and Restaurant, Specials

We still have lodge rooms and condos available for Christmas Week and New Year’s. The Rapids Lodge is dog-friendly.


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Christmas in Grand Lake

Christmas in Grand Lake


Things to do this week: Grand Lake Nordic Center is open. Rocky Mountain National Park is open.


Christmas in Grand Lake

The Rapids Lodge Restaurant is the perfect place for your company party.
Click here to go to our Special Occasions page (scroll down) to see menu options for larger groups or if you are a group under 15 people, you may order right off the regular menu.
970-627-3707
www.rapidslodge.com [email protected]
We are wishing you and your family a very happy Holiday.