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Large Lakefront Log Cabin W/Private Dock: Perfect for Reunions

27 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 6 nights


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Lakefront Log Cabin, 6 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 16-20)


Twin Pines Lodge is the perfect Colorado getaway for your multi-family vacation, reunion or small wedding reception. Classic log home on 1 acre lakefront property w/ 6+ bedrooms, 4 bathrooms 2 full kitchens and 2 separate living spaces/--it's like 2 homes in one and your own private rustic mountain resort! (rental rates include entire property--including the use of our boats)

Our vacation home, 'Twin Pines Lodge' is a sprawling, authentic hand-crafted full-log home nestled on a peaceful 1 acre of private lakefront property on Sun Valley Lake, bordering Rocky Mountain National Park and the Arapahoe Nat'l Forest--yet only 3 miles from downtown Grand Lake.

Property rental includes private dock, private sandy beach, canoe, stand-up paddle board (SUP), pedal boat, kayak, fishing poles and life vests and 4 mountain bikes. (2 kids, 2 adults). On our lakefront park-like property you'll also enjoy 2 fire pits (one wood, other propane), a sand volleyball court, tether ball, corn hole, ladder ball, hammock, horseshoe pit, and outdoor sauna. Walking distance to RMNP and hiking trails, the Colorado River, 150+ miles of ATV/snowmobile trails, and more--everything you need for the Colorado experience you're dreaming of!

Relax on the large deck overlooking Sun Valley Lake and take a deep breath of clean mountain air in this classic Colorado Mountain lakefront setting with towering pine, aspen groves, brilliant wildflowers and soaring white-cap mountain views. Our mountain property offers total peaceful seclusion in the beautiful Sun Valley Ranch neighborhood located directly adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park, approx. 3 miles from downtown Grand Lake, and approx 90 minutes from Denver. Ski at the family-friendly resort Sol Vista only 25 minutes away, or Winter Park Resort, only 45 minutes away.

Property is abundant with wildlife-- watch the Moose graze along the pristine mountain lake shoreline--just a few feet away from the deck. Sun Valley Lake, a 22 acre non-motorized mountain lake, is also known as 'Moose Lake' because it's natural habitat where Moose live--and Moose calves are born here each spring. Elk, Deer, Fox, Otter, Beaver, Bear, Osprey, Hummingbirds are also frequent visitors.

Our inviting, spacious log home offers approx. 3800 sq ft with two very distinct living spaces (perfect for the families who want to vacation together, but not be on top of each other.) The cozy 'Historic side' has 4 bedrooms total: 3 main floor bedrooms (King master with ensuite full bath, large bunkroom, small queen bedroom) plus a queen loft bedroom. It also has a full kitchen/dining area (seats 14+) opening to an intimate family room and another 3/4 bath. In addition to the loft bedroom there's also a loft family room/TV area with Satellite, DVD, and Wii games.

The 'Chalet side' has 2 upper level bedrooms (King master bedroom and queen bedroom w/ convertible twin), plus open loft/library with queen futon and full bath. Chalet-side main floor has an open-concept kitchen w/ great room plus half-bath and laundry room. The 2 living areas are connected via a large central front entrance into a convenient large foyer/mudroom, w/ doors that can close off each side for privacy. Both kitchens are fully equipped w/ 2 of almost everything.

A large outside deck spans the entire back of the home overlooking the lake, w/ seating for 14+, propane firepit and gas grill (propane provided).

The warmth of hand-hewn natural log is everywhere, brightened by the soaring 30 ft ceilings in the Chalet side w/ a huge wall of windows overlooking the lake and mountains. Home is comfortable and inviting--tastefully decorated w/ quality furnishings and bedding, and classic mountain lodge decor--yet totally family friendly.

So much to do on or within walking distance to this property! Relax on the large deck overlooking the lake, catch record-breaking trout in Sun Valley Lake right from our private dock or small sandy beach or boat. Guests enjoy full use of our canoe, kayak, pedal boat, inner tubes, life vests and fishing gear. As a guest of our home, you also have exclusive private access for fly-fishing on the Colorado River located 1/4 mile from front door.

Grab a mountain bike (2 adult bikes, 2 child bikes provided) and hit the trails for an early morning ride, or wander out the door and explore miles of beautiful hiking in Rocky Mtn. Nat'l Park. (maps and guidebooks provided) Nap in the hammock in the afternoon breeze. Paddle the lake at sunset as the trout are jumping and the alpenglow appears on the mountains. Roast marshmallows in the beach firepit under a brilliant star-filled sky.

Enjoy a game of ping pong or fooseball, or explore our extensive library of books, DVD's, wii games, board games, and puzzles. Wrap yourself in a cozy blanket and find one of the many quiet nooks in this home to snuggle in a chair by the fire, let go, and relax!

The Winding River Resort is within walking distance, and here you can enjoy guided horseback rides into RMNP, pony rides, a petting zoo, basketball courts, evening activities such as square dancing, cowboy poetry, etc. An 18 hole golf course is 3 miles away, and you can also ride your ATV or snowmobile right from our driveway to 150+ miles of groomed trails. (trailhead located 1/4 mile from house) The neighbood outfitter offers ATV's and snowmobiles for rent and guided horseback trail rides through Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park.

The wonderful, family-friendly town of Grand Lake less than 5 minutes away and offers a full-service marina for renting pontoon/fishing/water ski boats and jet-skis on any of the 'big lakes' Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Lake or Lake Granby, and there's a great little family beach. Wander the downtown 'boardwalk' and explore local art galleries, gift shops, restaurants, live music cafes, ice-cream shops, mini-golf, go-karts, etc. Grand Lake is also known for it's fine live theatre productions, check out the summertime drama productions!

Need help planning your gathering? Owner is a professional event planner/interior designer, and happy to assist you with any details you need to make your family vacation, reunion, wedding, corporate or church retreat the quintessential Colorado experience you've been dreaming of.


Keywords: Grand Lake Log Home, custom log house, lakefront log cabin, Twin Pines, private dock, private mountain lodge, Rocky Mountain National Park, Sun Valley Lake, executive vacation rental, family reunion, colorado, reunions, moose, boating, fishing, Winter Park, skiing, snowmobiling, fly fishing

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  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Kami Gilmour
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 25, 2016
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About Kami Gilmour

We're from Fort Collins, Colorado and a large, active family with 5 kids and 2 grandchildren. We love living the 'Colorado lifestyle' ...skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, boating, fishing, snowmobiling and ATV'ing ...and hanging out by the lake in our log home!

Kami Gilmour purchased this house in 2011

Why Kami Gilmour chose Rocky Mountain National Park

We searched for a Colorado vacation home for 10 years with a list of 'must haves' before finding our dream home. The Sun Valley Ranch neighborhood embodied everything we could imagine--lakefront, riverfront, mountain views, direct access to hiking/biking/snowmobile trails, and the 'get away' feeling but less than10 minutes away from town!


based on 27 traveler reviews

Large Lakefront Log Cabin W/Private Dock: Perfect for Reunions
average rating of 4.962963 based on 27 reviews

Breathtaking Views in a Cozy Home!

  • 5 of 5

This home is absolutely the very best way to experience Colorado! From the moment you step into the door - this place is perfect! We were greeted by Judy - a very friendly neighbor that showed us around and answered "start up" questions. The cabin (large home) couldn't have been more inviting. We absolutely loved every aspect of the home and all of the surroundings. There's nothing like the feel of a log home, and this is by far one of the coziest we have experienced. Every room was well-equipped and decked out with all of the traditional furnishings one would expect.

Our family of nine adults wanted for nothing during our four-night stay . . . other than wanting to stay a few more nights. The kitchens were well-equipped, as well as the remainder of the home. We were oftentimes torn between being outside and enjoying nature or staying inside to enjoy the homey, warm feel of the cabin - complete with two wood-burning fireplaces.

The lake was beautiful, and we certainly did our share of peddling the peddle boat around the lake. The canoe was fun, and a couple of us tried the paddle boards, even though the lake was very cold! We were able to catch (and release) a beautiful rainbow trout to add to our photo collection of "first-time experiences." We weren't lucky enough to see a moose or an elk (and we know they had to be around), but we heard the wolves and coyotes late into the evening. While on the lake, you had 360 degree, breathtaking views of the mountains.

We ventured into the town of Grand Lake. The town felt like you were in an old, western movie - complete with boardwalk sidewalks. The town is situated directly on beautiful Grand Lake with beautiful views of the mountains.

We each painted a rock for the rock collection and enjoyed all of the outdoor amenities - especially both fire pits!

Thank you to the Gilmore family for allowing us the opportunity to enjoy your cozy home!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place for a family reunion!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great, memorable reunion at this wonderful cabin. It was so well stocked with activities and games there was things that appealed to everyone. The cabin was well supplied with extra amenities and necessities, it was obvious that the guest's comfort was a high priority. The location was picture perfect on the lake and we had a blast with the paddle board, canoe and paddle boat. I highly recommend this cabin for anyone with a large group looking for a retreat. Thank you for helping make family memories!!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect vacation site for our family vacation. We were celebrating our 65 and 70th birthdays with our family of 18. The home far exceeded our expectations. The rustic atmosphere was perfect. We utilized the back deck and back yard space constantly. One evening 3 moose grazed across the lakefront of the property --we were amazed and they looked bored. What a treat! Kami has an extensively stocked home for families and we wanted for nothing. The propane firepit on the deck was perfect for coffee every morning and for watching the sunset every evening. We all agreed we would like more beach and dock space but we enjoyed what was available. The canoe, paddle boards and paddle boat were especially enjoyed. Going into Grand Lake and Winter Park were short jaunts and enjoyed. Thank you so much for allowing us into your vacation rental.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wedding at Twin Pines

  • 5 of 5

I had a pretty last minute wedding change (I went from 150 people in September to 14 people in October) last fall and I was in desperate need of a venue that could house my family who was coming in town, had the exact look I wanted, and was available on the date my photographer had open- all of which needed to be in the right price range. Kami, the owner, was beyond communicative, supportive, flexible, and so generous! She was there they day we arrived to show us around the property, how to work appliances, etc. I had the most perfect wedding day and couldn't have imagined anything better. You will not be disappointed at your stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Littleton CO

Perfect for our Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

My family of 22 spent 5 wonderful days at Twin Pines celebrating my mothers 95th birthday. There was comfortable sleeping for all of us, well-equipped kitchens, plenty of games, outdoor and water sports equipment. We particularly enjoyed the fire pit on the deck as we sat around enjoying each other's company. The "kids", young and old loved the kyak, canoe, paddle boards and peddle boat. The best part was seeing moose every day on and around the property. Even had one look on at our last evening campfire. Everyone agreed it's the BEST place to stay whether you want a quiet getaway or lots of activities and adventure.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Rincon, Georgia (Savannah area)


  • 5 of 5

From the moment we walked into Twin Pines,with its unique character, we all were very impressed with the way owner carefully outfitted the property with every want/need we could imagine. We arrived to celebrate our parents 60th Anniversary. Ages ranged from 18 months to 85 years young. What a memorable location to relax and focus on them!! It is easy to state, without exaggeration, that this will be remembered as one of the nicest places we have stayed, to date. Our only regret is that we could not stay longer. Each of us commented that we could have stayed much longer and never have exhausted the pleasure of the residence and the surroundings. We were even provided a moose encounter in the backyard for our enjoyment on the last evening of our stay. The cabin and lake access were exceptionally nice, beyond expectation. EVERYTHING is provided from bug repellent to boots to warm jackets to condiments. There was also fishing tackle, canoe, kayak, paddle boat, mountain bikes and plenty of firewood. The fire pit even had tinder and fire starter in place, ready to go! Thank-you for a very enjoyable week! I have already recommended this location to 2 other gents from my office. Highly recommend O&A Bistro in Grand Lake Village for brunch.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Grand Lake
Grand Pizza
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Pancho & Lefty's
"A great casual family restaurant in Grand Lake Village, with Mexican fare, live music on wee..."
Rapids Lodge Restaurant
"Located in a Historic Hotel in Grand Lake Village along the river inlet. Upscale dining, per..."
Blue Water Bakery Cafe
"The best little bakery in Colorado! Tiny breakfast/lunch coffee shop in Grand Lake village, ..."
Rocky Mountain Coffee Company -- CLOSED
Winding River Resort
"Nestled between Rocky Mountain National Park and the Arapahoe National Forest, this Winding ..."
Sagebrush BBQ & Grill
"Great family restaurant with the best BBQ! Western & homey feel--great for breakfast, lunch ..."
Grand Lake Brewing Company -- CLOSED
Betty's Cafe & Bakery -- CLOSED
"Great for breakfast, homestyle cooking and friendly service. Great fired chicken"
Backstreet Steakhouse
The Hub Coffee and Cones
O- A Bistro
"Incredible! Top-notch chef, intimate, upscale restaurant in Grand Lake Village. Serving seve..."
On the Trail Rentals
"Located at the trailhead for 150+ miles of National Forest trails offering rentals and direc..."
Trail Ridge Road
"The highest paved road in the United States--open May-September, incredible views, massive E..."
Adams Falls
Rocky Mountain National Park
Colorado River Headwater
Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre
Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Grand lake Village
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Grand lake Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
HWY 34
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Grand Lake Village
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Sol Vista/Granby Ranch
Nearest Beach
our backyard!
Nearest Point of Interest
Sun Valley Lake
Nearest Point of Interest
Colorado River
Nearest Point of Interest
Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Winding River Horse Stables/Trail Rides
Nearest Point of Interest
West Entrance tation-Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Snowmobile/ATV Trailhead
Nearest Point of Interest
On the Trail ATV/Snowmobile Rental
Car: necessary

Located in the heart of the snowmobile/ATV capital of Colorado! Over 300 miles of National Forest trail accessible from the driveway--great for snowmobiles or ATV's! Property is also natural Moose habitat--Moose have babies on or near this property every spring!


Rates & Availability

Grand Lake House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016 Fall/Early Winter
Sep 12 2016 - Dec 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 Early Summer
May 19 2017 - Jun 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
Peak Summer 2017
Jun 9 2017 - Aug 20 2017
6 night minimum stay
2017 Late Summer/Early Fall
Aug 21 2017 - Sep 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $260
Tax Rate 9.7%

Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed and deposit is received.
Holiday rates are higher and may require additional nights stay.
Cleaning fee depends on party size. (typically around $250 per stay).
Additional charge for events may apply. (contact owner for details)

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Grand Lake House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • River
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • 3.5
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Tree House Room - 1 queen
    The 'Nest' Room - 1 queen , Located on main floor, Historic side
    The 'Bunkroom' - 2 queen , 2 bunk bed , Historic side, main floor. 2 bunkbeds:twin XL's/queens
    The 'Retreat' Room - 1 king , Located on main floor, Historic side. Has ensuite full bath
    Loft library - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Located on 2nd floor, Chalet side. Queen futon.
    Loft - 1 twin/ single , 2nd floor, Historic side. Twin convertable bed
    The 'Edelweiss' Room - 1 queen , Located on 2nd floor, Chalet side.
    The 'Alpine' Room - 1 king , Located 2nd floor, Chalet side. room for twin cot if needed
  • King size beds (2) 2 King beds. High quality, brand new mattresses. (both are firm)., Queen size Beds (5) 5 queen beds (2 are queen bottom bunkbeds) All brand new mattresses, 1 full size protable baby cribs and 2 Pack-n-Plays available upon request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (3) 2 twin convertible beds 1 queen futon, Bunk Beds (2) 2 twin XL over Queen bunkbeds in large bunkroom
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Shed
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
1 acre flt lakefront property with private dock, canoe, pedal boat, large deck, patio furniture, large outdoor wood firepit plus propane firepit on deck (still usable in fire ban) , small sandy beach, tether-ball, horseshoes, volleyball hammock. Natural Moose habitat with abundant wildlife viewing. Property abuts Rocky Mtn National Park and Arapaho National Forest, close access to hundreds of miles of hiking trails; ATV/snowmobile/horseback riding trails. A lovely resort at the end of our street rent horses, ATV's, snowmobiles...or trailer in your own and access trails right from the driveway.

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