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.
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…..
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.
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.
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
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.
The History of the Rapids Lodge and Restaurant includes musicians Jim Croce, Kris Kristofferson and Janis Joplin playing in the restaurant when it was a Honky Tonk bar in the 60;s. The history includes gambling, prostitution, bootleg liquor, and ghost sightings.
In the 1950’s the second floor was a casino and the third floor was a brothel. There even was an emergency buzzer under the front desk so people could be alerted when the police were at the door.
The Historic Rapids Lodge has Pet Friendly cabins.
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The Historic Rapids Lodge, Grand Lake, Colorado
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.
“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!
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.
Spring is approaching and “Mud-Season” is almost here.The Rapids will be closed from March 21st through May 4th however a front desk person will be here during the week for a few hours a day to answer phone calls and e-mails. Do e-mail us or leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
If you are planning a family vacation, a club getaway, a reunion, wedding or any other special occasion, let us help you plan these details. Don’t forget…..the Rapids will be serving lunch/dinner outside between 11am and 6pm, next to our famous river, all summer and dinner is also available every night in our dining room. Menu items start at $10.
We look forward to hearing from you,
The Staff of the Rapids Lodge and Restaurant!
The Rapids can accommodate up to 170 People!
The Rapids has the most variety of accommodations anywhere in the Grand Lake area. That means we have something for every taste whether it be romantic, historic, modern, river-facing or pet-friendly. Remember our website has photos of each individual room so you will always know exactly what you will be booking. Everyone in your group can find the perfect room to suit their individual needs.
The Rapids also has a very convenient location – we are just one block from the main street, and two short blocks from the beach and the marina on Grand Lake. You can walk anywhere from the Rapids’ property including to the North Inlet trail- head into Rocky Mountain National Park. So while everything is very accessible, you feel like you are a little bit off the beaten path and can enjoy the peace and quiet. Birdwatchers look for the dippers!.
LUNCH or DINNER parties! Reunions, Rehearsal Dinners, Wedding Receptions, Business Dinners….your guests can only be impressed!
The Rapids is an ideal location to host your gathering. We can tailor our menus just for you. Enjoy a selection of appetizers, a delicious buffet or offer your guests a sumptuous 5 course meal – a Rapids tradition. Go to our special events page to see some sample menus and it is important to talk to our staff meeting coordinator about your needs and ideas.
A meeting Room with a view of the river!
The Rapids’ Restaurant “Tonahutu Room” can be configured to your liking and is available during the day for meetings of up to 35 people. Beverages, snacks or lunch can be included.
February is a pleasant month to visit Grand Lake. The days are warmer and longer and the snow is excellent. Come and enjoy our 96 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and ride right to your room. The Grand Lake Nordic Center has groomed trails for cross-country skiers of all skill levels and there are plenty of trails in the Rocky Mountain National Park for snowshoe enthusiasts and skiers. Soak after a workout at Hot Sulphur Springs Resort which has 21 outdoor pools. There is always plenty to do.
Our menu has changed a little so be sure to check out the updated menu online. We have some excellent additions.
Our three pet friendly summer cabins are older than we thought!
We have recently discovered that our cute little cabins were built all the way back in 1925! Don’t worry, they have hot water, heat and have been very cutely and comfortably decorated by our very own Lynne Ludwig! Check them out and book for anytime from Memorial Day Weekend through Mid-October!
Contact Us! [email protected] Phone: 970-627-3707