My family of four spent the Memorial Day weekend in a fun and cozy unit #7 called "The Country Club" with a wonderful ambiance: warm, log interior with vaulted ceilings! We had everything we could need: from a beautiful, queen size bed within the living center where there was a cute, pine table with double seating (for two each) on both sides where we played card games and setup our laptops ....free WI-Fi ....and ate our breakfasts. A gas fire stove inside a corner hearth filled the night and early mornings with heat. A real horse saddle was overhead on a beam along side some decorative, carved birds and other cute items that took a few minutes to find and smile about. Two Ralph Lauren-like big lodge chairs and ottoman were comfy... and spots to lounge. The last night we found time to watch some satellite TV, choosing the National Geographic Channel which was a treat that we do not receive even at home! The second room with separate door included a queen upper and queen lower bunk bed set (perfect for our college-aged son and daughter to each have own, individual large spaces) with a bathroom with a sink made out of a huge, upright wooden barrel topped by a large, round copper makeshift sink with an adjacent warm shower. The compact kitchen was painted with a black and white cow print, and had everything we needed for morning tea (with refrig, stove/oven, microwave, and sink with cups and dishes on shelves), included a quaint little window that had a mountain view that captured the sunny scene of horses in a nearby pasture, walking trail along the water, and reflecting greens and blues that reminded me of a far-off vista of serene solitude....much like a trip to Alaska...but close to all needs in the friendliness of our favorite, small town- Grand Lake! The headwaters of the mighty Colorado River are surrounding you here...saw several kayaks headed along the canal between the lakes and river...perfect for fishing! The back deck became a home each morning to one fluffy, black & white baby bird with mother trying to keep him satisfied: there is a little bird house attached to the large set of back window glass with a see-thru panel to observe the inner home of the nest... filled with twigs and probably the past Spring beginning for this little offspring that came back to his first home each day to feel safe. Below the small, back deck was a fenced-in area to keep a pet if you brought one along with an adjacent patio area with grill and exit to the lodge's acreage where there were fun trails and a tether ball and horseshoes to play. Fire rings are available to share marshmellows and late night talk too.
Rustic surroundings and great outdoor activities abound! I think we had a great time just being together and enjoying the lack of schedules that usually keep us all so busy. Mountain Lakes Lodge was that quiet time we needed to refuel for our return to summer school and jobs. The Lodge's friendly, family managers (who have really improved the comforts and style of the lodge rooms/cabins in their 18 month tenure) also have North Shore Resort. All together, these two locations would be a perfect spot to rent out for a family reunion with space to spread out, including common areas for group gatherings of all ages.
Spending time in Rocky Moutain National Park is a must, including a hot chocolate in the high Trail Ridge Store up on top of the world. I have been traveling (as a child from the Midwest at first) to this world reknown vacation spot for 40 years! On this trip, from Mountain Lake Lodge's locale, we also hiked a trail around Monarch Lake (drive back 10 miles from the Granby Lake dam along the lake to trailhead) and actually saw a moose calf in the willows along the upstream cascade creek flowing into the natural reservoir. Two evenings, we played bingo with other families under the outside roof of Grand Lake's town pavillion.... with the Rotary Club staff of older veterans taking pride in welcoming the tourists to their paradise...everyone comes carrying long sleeve additions.... for the cool night temps...even in the middle of July...my husband won four times out of thirteen rounds...my daughter and I each shared a win with other kids, couples and grandparents.....amazing! As bingo ended after 9 pm, we ate a late dinner on the adjacent corner at the Sagebrush: great barbecue with one room with live music and everywhere with peanuts at each table...the husks end up often on the wood floor. This lively place with staff sweeping up the nut shells (some are college students from Romania) make this the best late night spot in town....especially after bingo!
The Memorial Day Parade and Air Force flyby....with all the pride of the local residents (we have enjoyed the Fourth of July parade at Grand Lake for many, many years too...they shoot the fireworks off into the lake with boats of families watching and a huge crowd listening to the DJ companion music along the town shore....you have to make reservations for lodging early for this packed celebration!) takes the prize too! We listened to WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans.... salute all who are or have served, and have family members or past parents, grandpas in the wars... speak along with a current Air Force colonel talking about the patriotism of Grand County where 12 % of the current population has been/is in the military verses 1% in most of the US. This is real America with true ethics! The Fat Cat Cafe is a must for their weekend brunch along the wooden sidewalk on the main street....we are writing a request that Guy Fieri come here from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives to meet owner, English Sally: her talents in high altitude baking of British scones and pies, pleasant chatter, and the variety of dishes are fabulous....must try the green chili enchilada egg dish....too many choices to devour at one meal...just sample a bit of this and that....and return for another day.
All and all, I would sum up this holiday stay at Mountain Lakes Lodge as an episode of the TV Show "Northern Exposure". You might want to watch a few episodes before you arrive to set the right mood! Yes, if you are looking for a place that kids still can walk safely around the shops, the town beach, play mini golf, ride horses on an afternoon trail ride, and eat an ice cream.....this is the beautiful spot...much like we all remember from our own childhood....nothing too luxurious....but a great time you will cherish as everyone looks back on good memories together!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mountain Lakes Lodge has fun, rustic, Grand Lake-themed rooms with kitchenettes. Kitchenettes are stocked with basic cook ware and dining ware. Each unit has a 3/4 bath and all linens are included. We are pet-friendly (fee applies)and have great access to walking trails. Outdoor amenities include BBQs, picnic tables, fire-pits and games. This is a fantastic place for Family Reunions!Located on the Lake Granby-Shadow Mountain Canal, there is great fishing steps from your door all year. We're 6mi. from RMNP, 5mi. from Grand Lake Village, 2mi from Arapaho National Forest, 10mi. from Granby, 15mi. from Ski/Bike/Golf GRANBY RANCH, 20mi. from Hot Sulphur Springs. Near restaurants,snowmobiling, hiking, marinas, golf, horseback riding, shopping, wildlife viewing and much more. Snowshoe rental available on-site. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mountain Lakes Hotel Grand Lake