Perfect for a family retreat!
Submitted: September 15, 2012
Stayed: September 2012
Our family desired a beautiful location and home to enjoy a family retreat together. We have married and single children who live across the U.S. We wanted everyone to have a bed to sleep in, leaving the living areas open for fun and fellowship. This was a perfect choice!
The bedrooms were spacious and beautifully furnished; I felt like I was a guest in a very gracious home! We found everything we needed, including a pack-n-play for the infant. Everything is new (appliances, furniture, bedding, decor), and comfortable. The dishes and decor are whimsically Rocky Mountain.
Our family found the home clean and ready for guests. We spent more time outside than inside, due to the gorgeous location and inviting outdoor spaces. The owners are easily accessed and responsive by email, and have local representatives readily available, should a need arise. (We encountered no additional needs.)
Our family enjoyed the one mile walk around the local lake every day, and saw a bull moose, a very tame red fox, deer and an osprey who seemed to guard the lake from his top-of-the-tree perch. A black bear was seen nearby while we stayed, but was not considered a threat, just a sought-after amusement. We were disappointed that we never caught sight of him!
We hiked from Grand Lake trail heads to Adams Falls, Cascade Falls, along the East Inlet Trail Head, and in Arapaho National Forest. We also made the challenging drive over the Trail Ridge Road to Estes Park to enjoy shopping and sightseeing there. The hiking was tremendously enjoyable, and there are trails for nearly every ability. Our family did some gold-panning in the local streams. Everything we needed and wanted to do was close and easy to get to.
We recommend the Grand Lake Chocolate Factory and Ice Cream as a 'don't miss' stop. The local grocerers were very friendly and accommodating, if a bit expensive. (Understandable considering their location.)
I would wholeheartedly recommend renting this property! We will hope to return, if we can keep our family from growing too quickly and outgrowing the accommodations. There is plenty of room for a crowd, but small groups will enjoy it every bit as much as larger ones! It was difficult to leave the beauty and comfort of this mountain home. Relax and GO THERE!
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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