Grand Lake has a rich history. The area was occupied by Paleo Indians and Clovis Peoples, then Arapahoe, Sioux and Cheyenne. Fur trappers and mountain men, gold miners all began to change the area. Grand Lake village was established in 1881 and there are exciting tales from those rough frontier days. Tourism to Colorado’s largest natural lake boomed, especially when Rocky Mountain National Park was established.
The Grand Lake Area Historical Society works hard to preserve many historical structures, the stories and the memories of the people that have influenced Grand Lake. Their website is fascinating to peruse and a visit to the Kauffman House (historic Grand Lake hotel museum) and Cottage Camp (oldest Motor Inn in the USA located right here in Grand Lake) will be worthwhile.
Join the devoted volunteers for December and January fundraisers and learn about our area.
December 26, 6-9pm: Enjoy an evening in the festively decorated Kauffman House with food, beverages and music! $25 at the door. Benefits the Cottage Camp. No young children please.
December 31st 10pm to midnight. Stay warm, tour the Kauffman House, enjoy treats and then step outside for the fireworks that welcome the new year. $5 at the door.
January 30th: Groundhog Gala. 5:30-8pm at the Grand Lake Golf Course Clubhouse. Benefits the Cottage Camp.
History enthusiasts will find all of these events, their website and their museums fascinating. The historical walking tour with pamphlet can be taken at any time of your and will show you all the historical hotspots in town.
Stay at the Rapids Lodge which is just one block away from the Kauffman House. We have fantastic Winter Specials in select Historic Lodge Guest Rooms and Rapids Suites: stay for as little as $60 for 2 people and from $89 for up to 6 people! Some of the Rapids suites are pet-friendly too. We strongly suggest you plan for a sumptuous dinner in the Rapids Restaurant. We have our own interesting history along with a few hotel ghosts…