Family Vacation Dream Home
From the moment we drove up the long, peaceful driveway and stepped inside this beautiful lakeside home, we knew we had made the right choice. No more hotel rooms, noisy "neighbors", cramped quarters and sharing one bathroom for our growing family of 4 (including 2 teenage boys who refuse to share a hotel bed.) Staying in a real home for our two weeks in Colorado was such a blessing. Everyone had their own bed; two huge bathrooms made for no fighting in the morning; we could have a leisurely breakfast without the huge food bill, and everyone slept so peacefully. It really added a dimension of peacefulness that we had not experienced on previous vacations.
Kristine's home is beautiful and stocked with everything we needed for our day-to-day activities. The view from the master bedroom, and back deck is gorgeous, and we saw elk twice (very early in the morning) drinking from the lake. We loved practicing our photography skills on the chipmunks, rabbits, and hummingbirds that joined us every morning in the back yard. The neighborhood is so quiet, yet there were neighbors nearby so we didn't feel like we were in the middle of nowhere. We were close enough to bigger cities (Boulder, Denver, Breckenridge, Estes Park), yet far enough away that we felt like we were truly getting away. The farthest we drove for a day-trip was to Colorado Springs, yet even then we were within two hours.
Although the owner doesn't live instate, she has a wonderful property manager, Lauri, who lives close to the property and who was readily available to answer our questions, give us lots of information about the area, and even shopped for a birthday cake and groceries prior to our arrival, to help us surprise our 13-year old! Kristine, the owner, provided us with plenty of information prior to our trip, as well, which made planning easy. Everything that was shown or stated on the website was exactly the way it was in person (the house layout, the decor, the ammenities.) I would highly recommend staying at Kristine's "home away from home" when visiting Colorado. We can't wait until we can stay there again!
Lastly, some local restaurants and attractions that we really liked: The Sundance Cafe, The Black Forest Restaurant,The Gilpin County Community Center (spent a morning there swimming and working out on the equipment), the quaint shops in Nederland, walking around the Barker Meadow Reservoir, hiking at Golden Gate Canyon State Park, the scenic drive to Boulder. Great vacation!!!
Owner's Response: Monica, It was such a pleasure to have you and your family stay at our house!
I am trilled you were able to really take is so many wonderful things our area
has to offer in addition to having some relaxation time too.
So glad we were able to make your son's birthday special too.
Thank you so much for sharing the things you enjoyed about the
area, it will certainly be helpful for others when planning their vacations.
Love to have you back again!
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