Rocky Mountain National Park: Plan your Spring and Summer Vacation

Spring is here and Grand Lake, Colorado is a great place to visit in all seasons. The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant is a perfect place to bring your Mom or the special lady in your life, for a terrific get-a-way. A beautifully decorated room and sumptuous dinner will show your appreciation for all they do.

Spring run-off - Tonahutu River at the Rapids Lodge

Spring run-off – Tonahutu River at the Rapids Lodge

Memorial Day Weekend is next. The ice on the three lakes will have melted off and the Aspen trees will be painting the hillsides a glowing spring green. This weekend still offers quiet and solitude if you choose, as the crowds have not yet descended on the town of Grand Lake. Start your summer fun with a bang and rent a condo on the roaring Tonahutu River, fully swollen with spring run-off. This is a sight to see!

Summers in Grand Lake and the Rocky Mountains are spectacular. Escape the heat! Days are in the 70’s and nights are cool. The Rocky Mountain wildflowers are astonishing in their variety and in the thick fields of color they lay across the landscape. With water-sports, boat rentals, sailing, water-skiing, horse-riding, hiking, touring by car, wildlife viewing, bird-watching and so much more….this is surely the place to be.

The Rapids Lodge has the most variety in Grand Lake Lodging options: Lodge Guest Rooms for two, pet-friendly cabins and suites sleeping up to 6 people, and condominiums that sleep up to 8 people.

We hope to contribute to making your summer vacation in Colorado a truly memorable trip!

The mountain air is cool and inviting!

Grand Lake Colorado

Come stay with us and escape the heat.

Days are in the comfortable 70’s and nights are in the upper 30’s (with our dry air, cool but not cold).
Grand Lake Colorado

Grand Lake Colorado

Enjoy a cool evening breeze, a brisk morning, the delightfully refreshing air off the river at lunch…..you could be here!

Grand Lake Colorado Rapids Lodge

This weekend (July 21 and 22) in Winter Park is the Art Affair & Jazz Festival. If you are staying in Grand Lake with us at the Historic Rapids Lodge, this event is a great day trip for music and art.

Other day trips just a few miles away from the lodge is hiking at Columbine Lake. A nice few mile loop around a mountain lake. Also Rocky Mountain National Park and its west entrance is a great day trip for a hike or just a scenic ride.
Ask our front desk about all the great outdoor activities and adventures available to our guests who stay in Grand Lake, CO.
The Rapids Restaurant server lunch and dinner every day. Come spend an hour or two with the most romantic dinner spot on the Tonahutu River in Grand Lake.
We’ll be waiting for you.

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.

Labor Day Weekend at the Rapids in Grand Lake Come enjoy Grand Lake, Elevation 8,367 feet.

End the summer season with a weekend in Grand Lake. We offer a truly beautiful places to stay with romantic guest rooms, suites, cottages, cabins, condo units with river views. Go fishing, boating, rent a bike or kayak and hang out for the weekend in Grand Lake.
Grand Lake is the perfect destination for natural beauty and time spent with loved ones. Create family memories you’ll treasure forever with a holiday weekend adventure.
Rapids Lodging
Rapids Lodging

Wheelchair accessible suite at the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant.

Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant has ADA Compliant suite for vacation rental.
Get away to Grand Lake and stay at a suite that is accessible via wheelchair including extra bathroom and shower space. You can find it all here at the Rapids Lodge.
historic lodge fireplace

historic lodge fireplace

We have just the right cabin for your vacation in Grand Lake. Activities abound just down the street from shopping and restaurants to pontoon boat tours and coffee shops with Internet access.

The Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant August 2011

Historic Grand Lake Colorado dinning

Rapids view

Welcome to The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant

Summer passes by so quickly in the Rockies . Who can believe it is already August! The flowers have been spectacular and this season’s unusually frequent precipitation has encouraged thick carpets of lupines that just keep on blooming. Baby elk are losing their spots and growing fast and the baby moose, often born twins, keep us entertained with their lively antics. July 4th went off with a bang, the wooden boat show was a favorite as always and the Buffalo Barbeque Weekend (see photos on this Facebook Page) on July 16th and 17th was a great success.The river is still running just below peak levels but the Rapids was never flooded! There is new lawn down by the river which creates an inviting, cool oasis on hot afternoons. Patrons have greatly enjoyed their lunches outside with the river rushing past. An old bridge was washed out on the way to Winding River Campground bordering the National Park but the county otherwise suffered little damage. The Kawuneechee Valley flooded heavily and the view from Rainbow Curve was very different looking South over huge tracts of water that left the normal path of the river to the imagination. Pockets of snow still remain along Trail Ridge Road and perhaps this year they will add to the few remaining glaciers! A few storms during July were powerfully gusty and one such storm felled the last of the big Lodgepole Pines in the Grand Lake Town Park, among many healthy trees that were lost. The park is a little more sunny but just as pretty with the new landscaping that was done last fall.The Granby School lost part of its roof and a few other buildings were damaged too! Colorado and much of the country have experienced some unusually strong storms this season.
Lets see what August will bring us…..

Everywhere you look, the Lupines create a fantastic carpet of color.

Everywhere you look, the Lupines create a fantastic carpet of color.

Grand Lake Regatta

Regatta Week runs from July 30th through August 6th, 2011 and Grand Lake Yacht Club Members come from all over the country to their homes on Grand Lake to participate in this famous race whose tradition began in 1912 when Thomas Lipton, of Lipton Tea, decided to sponsor an annual race by providing “The Lipton Cup” as the prize. Grand Lake is particuarly mesmerising during this week as the sails add color and nail biting interest to the vista. Click here to read about the history of the Grand Lake Yacht Club, one of the world’s highest at 8369 feet above sea level.

August Happenings

Bingo in the Park at 7:30pm. August 5+6, 12+13, 19+20, 26+27. Come play Bingo in the Grand Lake Town Park Pavillion. Call 970.627.3402 for more information. Everyone is welcome!

August 1 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – 8:30 a.m.Motor Boat Races at the Club Dock, 9:30 a.m. Model Yacht Race at Dalton’s Cove, 11:00 a.m. E Fleet Races, 4:00 p.m. James Cup Laser Races, 6 p.m. Venetian Night – Boats assemble at Buttram’s Cove @ 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m. Family Potluck @ Club House.

August 2 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – 9 a.m. Children’s Party (for ages 7 and under), 10:30 a.m. M Fleet Races, 4:30 p.m. James Cup Laser Races, 6 p.m. ‘Tween Party (for ages 8-12).

August 3 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – 8 a.m. Water Skiing, Wakeboard Competion ( East End of Lake), 10:30 a.m.E Fleet Races, 4:30 p.m. Atlantic Cup Races in Feva RS Class.

August 3–MUSIC IN THE PARK  Town Park 5:30-7:00pm.  Featuring ACME Duo.   Bring lawn chair. Bring lawn chair.  No alcohol in park.

August 3 — Skins and things @ Juniper Library– Presented by a park ranger from Rocky Mountain National Park.  Join us for a hands – on experience and an up – close look at the skulls and skins of mammals common to Rocky Mountain National Park.  Learn about their habits and environment.  FREE Refreshments will be served.

August 4 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – Water Sports at the Club House or members and their house guest.  12 p.m. M Fleet Races, 6 p.m. Family Barbecue at the Club House, 8 p.m. Entertainment Night at the Club House.

August 5 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – As Posted Fleet Racing and/or Champions’ Race Class E & M Fleets, 6 p.m. Sailor’s Party at the Club House.

August 5—-1:00 pm–Demolition Derby.  Kick-off weekend of Fair and Rodeo in Kremmling.  Guaranteed $21,000 purse.  For info: www.middleparkfairandrodeo.com/demo.

August 6 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – 9 a.m. Meeting of the Board of Directors, 10:30 a.m. York Cup Racing, 1:30 p.m. York and /or Atlantic Cup make up races as posted, 7:30 p.m. Commodore’s Ball, 8 p.m. Presentation of Cups.

August 6–1:00 pm- 4:00pm-History Day at Kauffman House Museum. Come visit with the back-to-life colorful characters who made our history!

August 6 and 7–Grand Craft Fair in the Town Park. Benefits the Recreation District.  Everyone is welcome!

August 7 — Grand Lake Yacht Club Regatta – 10 a.m. Brunch at the Rapids.

August 10– MUSIC IN THE PARK Town Park 5:30-7:00pm.  Featuring Kevin Danzizg.  Bring lawn chair. No alcohol in park.

August 11 — Brown Bag Group @ Juniper Library – South of Broad, by Pat Conroy.  Bring your lunch if you want to join our discussion.

August 13 — Doggie Drag – This benefit run/walk is for all levels of walking or running enthusiasts.  Enjoy a beautiful route in Grand Park with your dog.  Dogs and their people are guaranteed a fun time in this wonderful setting.  People without dogs are welcome to run/walk too! Registration begins @ 8 a.m., Fun Run/Walk shotgun starts @ 9 a.m.  Pre-Registration Fee is $20/adult and $15/child (under 12 is FREE) save by pre-registering!

August 13 –Grand Lake Open Water Swim – Starts at 11 a.m., the distance is 0.6 miles – (1km).  Registration @ Town Beach (starts @ 10:00 a.m.) or grandcountyhospice.org.  Entry Fee $100.00 Pledge (please RSVP).  Contact Jennifer Neumann @ 303-241-7726 for more information.  Swim Caps provided, BAKE SALE!!!

August 19 — Old Grand Lake City Walking Tour –  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Presented by local author and historian Pat Raney.  Wear sturdy shoes and dress for weather.  Call Juniper Library, 970-627-8353 for directions and information.

August 17–MUSIC IN THE PARK.  Town Park 5:30-7:00 pm.  Featuring Sarah Clements, Steviej Frasier, Mike Turner.  Bring lawn chair.  No alcohol in park.

August 24–MUSIC IN THE PARK.  Town Park 5:30-7:00PM.  Featuring Grand Divas.  No alcohol in park.

August 27 — 7:00 AM — Spirit of the Lake Regatta –  This is a staggered start Rowing Regatta. It will be an exhibition Head Race.  There will be awards for the fastest times in each category.  Following enjoy the Grand Lake Brew Fest and with Colorado Beers!  All racers will recieve $10.00 off the Brew Fest event fee.  PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS BENEFIT COLORADO RIVER CONSERVATION EFFORTS.

August 27 — 11:30 AM — Chiller Caterpillar Canoe Race —  A fun race, consistion of 6 person teams max of men and women, boys and girls (or any combination) in a single (Canoe) or reserve one from the local marinas.  It will be a BLAST!  Award Categories: Best Theme; Best Dressed Crew; Best Dressed Boat; Fastest Boat; & the Martin & Lewis Award.  Racers will start from the Public Dock.  PORTIONS OF PROCEEDES BENEFIT COLORADO RIVER CONSERVATION EFFORTS.

August 27–Colorado Corvette Club – Car Show  – Starts 10:00 am.   Lake Park area. Come and see some beautiful cars!  FREE Call 970.627.3402 for more information.

August 27–Grand Lake Brew Fest – 1:00-5:00 Lake Park area. Come taste some beer and listen to some great music.  Tickets: $25.  Call  Lisa or Cheryl at 970.627.3402 for more information.

August 29–Grand Lake Golf Tournament –    Sponsored by 99.5 – The Mountain Radio Station. Call 970-627-8008 for more information.

August 31–MUSIC IN THE PARK.  Town Park 5:30-7:00PM.  Featuring Kay & Andy Irvine.  No alcohol in park.

WEEKLY EVENTS
Mondays– Texas Holdem @ Grumpy’s Bar
Tuesdays–Texas Holdem at Johnson’s Landing @ 7:30 PM
Wednesdays–Trivia at the Lariat and Lady’s night at Sagebrush BBQ @ 6:00 PM
Wednesdays–Ladies Nite @ [email protected] 5:00 PM
Wednesdays–MUSIC IN THE PARK 5:30-7:30pm.  See calendar of events.
Thurs.–Texas Holdem at the Gateway Inn @ 6:30 PM
Thurs.–Various Entertainment @ Circle H
Tues.&Thurs.–Elem school 3:30 PM-5:30 PM drop in pickle ball for adults $1.00
Fridays–Acme Band at Waconda
Saturdays 11:00 AM-1:00 PM–Elem school drop in pickle ball for adults $1.00
Saturdays–Acme Band at Poncho & Lefties–5-8 PM
Sundays  6:00-9:00 Acme Band at Gateway Inn throughout summer

FALL SPECIAL

50 % off Second Night +++
Stay one night and get the second night at 50% off in one of the Historic Lodge Guest Rooms, New Rapids Suites or Vintage, Pet-friendly Cabins/Cottages.

Also receive a “Buy One Lunch or Appetizer – Get One Free” on the riverside patio.
Offer Valid Sept 5th, 2011 through October 15th, 2011. Must mention this offer at time of booking.

Grand Lake Colorado

Come up to Grand Lake, Colorado this weekend and stay a few days at The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant. Sit by the Tonahutu River and relax.
Looking for a romantic dinner location, give us a call at 970-627-3707 for the best restaurant in Grand Lake.
Just call or email us and have a great weekend in Grand Lake.
970-627-3707  [email protected]
At the end of a busy day of Grand Lake activities, rest your weary mind in one of our cabins or condos in Grand Lake, Colorado.
Pet Friendly

The Historic Rapids Lodge has Pet Friendly cabins.

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The Historic Rapids Lodge, Grand Lake, Colorado

Grand Lake Lodging May News

Greetings!
Spring has finally arrived in the Rockies! The first flowers are blooming, the grass is green in Grand Lake and the lake ice has almost completely melted. Nature is bursting at the seams as it prepares to give us an exceptional show of flowers and greenery this summer.
Snow was at 142% of average snow-pack in mid-April so our little Tonahutu Creek will be a raging river and the dams will fill quickly to full capacity.
If you haven’t already planned your Spring, Summer and Fall holidays, now is the time to start. We are filling up quickly for summer.
We look forward to serving you!
Lynne and Tom Ludwig
Owners of the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant

Greetings! Spring has finally arrived in the Rockies! The first flowers are blooming, the grass is green in Grand Lake and the lake ice has almost completely melted. Nature is bursting at the seams as it prepares to give us an exceptional show of flowers and greenery this summer.
Snow was at 142% of average snow-pack in mid-April so our little Tonahutu Creek will be a raging river and the dams will fill quickly to full capacity.
If you haven’t already planned your Spring, Summer and Fall holidays, now is the time to start. We are filling up quickly for summer.
We look forward to serving you!
Lynne and Tom Ludwig
Owners of the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant

Mother’s Day May 8th

The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant is the perfect place to spoil the special women in your life. We will be serving from 3pm until 7pm On Sunday May 8th. Our regular menu will be served and also a delicious special created just for Mother’s Day.
Make your reservations soon:      (970) 627-3707

Raging River Special

  • Stay one night in a Lodge Room or Rapids Suite and have dinner one  night in the Rapids Restaurant to receive: 2nd night free!
  • Valid May 5, 2011  through May 26, 2011.
  • Must be mentioned at time of booking (970) 627-3707.
Raging River Grand Lake Colorado Lodging
Raging River

“Stay and Play” Golf Special
The Grand Lake Golf Course will open on May 14th! You can obtain a fantastic discount by making your reservation to stay at the Rapids and providing proof of your reservation at the Pro-Shop desk when you arrive to play. The “Stay and Play” rates are $65 in the high season and $35 in the low season (normally $80/$60).

Make your Plans for Memorial Day Weekend!

Come and stay for 2 or 3 nights. Horse rides, boat rentals and all the fun options for activities will be in full swing and there is plenty of fun to be had. The shops on Grand Lake’s main street are stocking up to provide an extensive and varied shopping experience for you.

Trail Ridge Road is always open for Memorial Day Weekend and is a great opportunity to see the towering snow cliffs on either side of the road.

May 27 and 28:
Bingo in the Grand Lake Town Park at 7:30pm.
Call 970.627.3402 for more information. Everyone is welcome!

May 28:
Kauffman House – Opens for the season.
Amazing restored Victorian hotel, fascinating exhibits, open daily 11am – 5pm, $5.00 admission, children 12 and under free.  Located off Pitkin at the beach in Grand Lake. Free tours. Gift shop.

May 30: 10am – Grand Lake Memorial Day Parade.
For more information call the Grand Lake Chamber – 970-627-3402

Enjoy “Nibbles and Sips” on our riverside patio.

Plan to experience delicious appetizers and lunch items on our famous patio. Served 11am to 4pm beginning May 25th. Appetizers will be available between 4pm and 5pm. Inside dinner service begins at 5pm. The restaurant will be serving 7 days a week from this date onwards.

Mount Craig or "Baldy" our signature mounatain.

Mount Craig or "Baldy" our signature mounatain.