This stay was a surprise birthday getaway for my husband. We bought land outside Estes Park about a year ago, but as it will be a few years before we can move here, we've been sampling local places to stay with each visit.
We stayed in Little Castle, and it was simply perfect. I'd wanted a studio-type room with a wood-burning fireplace and kitchen plus close proximity facing the Fall River. Little Castle had it all! Although we did not see any wildlife there (despite copious photos of such critter visits on the lodge website) we found it to be a peaceful, welcome respite.
After spending the days riding horses, visiting our land, and watching elk in the national park, the lodge was a great place to collapse! All the staff members were exceedingly pleasant and helpful. The property is IMMACULATE. The wi-fi worked great, and we were impressed by the "library" stocked with books, movies and games plus a model train that circled the room overhead! The location was really lovely, and the river noise pretty much drowned out the traffic from Fall River Road, which is close.
For my husband's birthday dinner we used the charcoal grill on our deck to cook steaks and baked potatos and had a real feast! Even our small kitchen was stocked with everything we needed to make a full meal. We drank coffee one morning and shared glasses of wine one evening sitting in the wooden Adirondack chairs right on the river. There are a variety of cabins to choose from, so although our cabin was for two, there are units that larger families can share.
The only thing that could be improved on was the amount of firewood provided each day...it was only enough for about an hour-long fire, so you'll need to purchase or bring extra wood if, like us, you like long fires at night as well as one in the morning!
A great place to stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Mountain Hotel Estes Park
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