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

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.

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

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.

Grand Lake Colorado Lodging News

Greetings From the Historic Rapids Lodge and Restaurant, Grand Lake’s favorite lodging and fine dinning.
Welcome to the end of the winter season in the Rockies. March is historically the biggest snow month so come and visit The Rapids and enjoy playing in the excellent snow conditions.  Our
Winter Wonderland Special is still running. Snow pack is well above average. A lot of the birds that left Grand County for the coldest part of the Winter are now back and active. We can expect to see see more wildlife as the weather gets warmer. Snowshoe hare tracks are everywhere!
February was a great success with an almost sold out President’s Day Weekend and lots of happy guests.
The Rapids Restaurant has exciting news to announce.  On May 25th, 2011 our staff will be delighted to begin serving
” Nibbles and Sips” on the patio by the Tonahutu Creek from 11am until 6pm, 7 days a week. Keep an eye on our website for the new Lunch Menu! We expect the river to be roaring  after the snowy winter we have had and it will be something to see!
We look forward to having you join us at the river!
May Accommodation Deal!!!
“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’s lodging free.
• Valid May 5, 2011 through May 26, 2011
• Must be mentioned at time of booking.
Winter Sunset over Mount Baldy.

Winter Sunset over Mount Baldy Grand Lake Colorado

April Hours
The Rapids Lodge and Restaurant will be closed for “Mud Season” from March 27th through May 5th, 2011. However we will be returning phone calls and answering e-mails almost daily so do call or e-mail us about your summer reservations for accommodations, restaurant, family reunions, weddings and meetings. Let us help you plan your summer vacation.
Mother’s Day
The Rapids will be doing something special for Mother’s Day on Sunday May 8th, 2011 from 3pm until 7pm. Keep an eye on our website for our Mother’s Day Special and hours. Make a weekend of it and bring your Mom or favorite lady for a relaxing evening in Grand Lake. Spoil her with a massage by Sarah Chabot or a visit to Hot Sulphur Springs. There is always shopping at all the Grand Lake stores. The “Whispering Pines” just around the corner offers a wonderful variety of gift items. Remember our May special – it is a great deal!
Aspen Grove Cottage and Fox Glenn Cottage are available for you to buy as your very own family getaway retreat.
See our listing at Mountain Lake Properties or call/e-mail the Rapids for a detailed brochure. Repriced at just $199,000 for both cabins with a great rental history and you may choose to combine the lots for a perfect place to build in the future.

February 2011

Greetings!
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!

Moose

Mama moose at the kitchen door!

Contact Us! [email protected] Phone: 970-627-3707