Our first time to Colorado could not have been better, thanks to our stay at Pine Haven and our lovely hosts who made us feel like old friends. As soon as we drove up to the property (the drive itself on the mountain roads leading up to Pine Haven was beautiful) I was captured by the unique charm of this place, consisting of a main building and about 12 or 13 private cabins, each with its own "theme." We stayed in #5 (Honeymoon) for four nights and then switched to #4 (Solitude) for the remaining two nights of our trip. We were there the first week of July. Both cabins were immaculate and although they aim for a "rustic" feel with the log beds and interior accents, they were not lacking in any modern comfort. I made coffee and breakfast every morning in our kitchen where I could watch the chipmunks play through the window. Then we would have coffee on the porch, and watched elk and fed chipmunks who will come and sit on your lap and eat peanuts right out of your hands. I could have just spent the whole vacation on this beautiful mountainside, which also has a trail going up the mountain from the back of the property. We hiked this trail several times and it will take you very far, up and down several other mountains in the area. The evenings were great, and the hosts even threw a party on one night with wine, beer, margaritas and finger foods, and there was a clarinet concert with wine and cheese, both of which were a lot of fun. The property also has a hot tub that we took advantage of after riding horses for a full day from the stables down the road (about 5 minutes from the property), through mountains, meadows and rivers -- quite a beating for my behind and my legs after not having ridden for several years. Being on Fall River Road, right on the river and on the same road as the entrance to the Rocky Mountain National Park, I do think that this is the best location to seek lodging in Estes Park. I am so happy that we did not have to drive through downtown traffic and deal with the tourist crowds every day, because our main destination was the Park, where we hiked every day. We did go into town several times for dinner and shopping at night, which is still only a couple minutes from the property. Safeway was within a few minutes too (although it seemed like a different world), so we could easily get food and supplies for our daily hikes and meals as well as the 4th of July, when we barbecued on our private deck. Also, if you go outside on a clear night, you see the milky way and millions of stars that are not visible in a city. And, if you need to stay connected, there is free wi-fi. We will definitely be returning and are already planning our winter vacation here!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pine Haven is a Rocky Mountain Paradise for old and young alike. Dazzling to the senses and soothing to the soul. There is a beckoning that past Pine Haveners can attest to, that says, "...Come Home to Pine Haven.." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pine Haven Hotel Estes Park
- Pine Haven Resort Estes Park, CO