Charming, Cozy, Classic Mountain Cabin (Mountain Lake Views)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Grand Lake cabin description
Come home to the old-time mountain cabin of your dreams -- a rustic, 1950s-era Grand Lake cabin rental with all the comforts of modern life, just minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park! This little slice of heaven offers stellar views of Park peaks and Shadow Mountain Lake from the large great room picture window and the huge wrap-around deck (which more than suffice for the purposeful lack of TV). Every day from this Grand Lake cabin vacation rental you'll see elk, moose, foxes, and more wildlife right out the front door! A fine and growing aspen grove greets you in the front yard. Inside and out, it's clean, peaceful, romantic, cozy and inviting -- it's all that and more!
This cute-as-all-get-out Grand Lake cabin rental has pinewood interior with an 11-foot-tall pitched ceiling with open beams, wood-burning stove and natural stone fireplace. It's truly a classic cabin with warm wood ambiance -- you'll love playing board games and reading or flat lazing away the day by the fire inside, but the outdoors are the finest playground in the Rockies. Master bedroom with queen bed (sleeps 2). In main room is the Murphy bed (sleeps 2), single bed, and short couch for naps or a child. No smoking indoors please. Nice campfire pit. Get in here! A wonderful time awaits you when you rent this Grand Lake cabin.
Guests have remarked that this humble yet sweet mountain cabin is the best vacation value west of the Mississippi, and certainly this side of the Great Divide. You'll cherish our authentic mountain retreat when you rent this Grand Lake cabin. Check out the reviews below. Some of our favorite comments from the guest registry:
“Thanks for making an affordable vacation in the Rockies possible.”
“Wow, what a beautiful cabin! Cooked in both nights, could hardly leave the peace and quietness of this wonderful cabin.”
“We felt at home as soon as we walked in the front door!”
“Doggies love it here.”
“You have a wonderful cabin -- the best we've found so far: comfortable (especially the bed) and warm and cabin-y!”
“We loved waking up to that view!”
“What a wonderful quiet mountain retreat! We thoroughly enjoyed being here -- the sky chair (we had to take turns!), your great assortment of board games, no TV or clock (hurray! thank you!), your clean and cozy cabin and fun fire pit.”
“We'll never forget the incredible wildlife, including the huge bull moose we saw while out for a walk and the red fox right outside the back door!”
The happy cabin lies just about two miles from the quaint Western town of Grand Lake - a wonderful town on the largest natural lake in Colorado that's great for couples and families. Walk (in winter, cross-country ski) out the cabin door to the lake or to the North Fork of the Colorado River. The dirt roads all around the cabin are great for dog walks, sweet views of the mountains and lakes and scattering of cabins and second homes.
In winter, Grand Lake is the self-proclaimed Snowmobile Capital of Colorado. Cross-country ski or snowshoe in the Park, or the Grand Lake nordic track (doubles as golf course in summer), drive 20 minutes to Sol Vista Ski Area, 25 minutes to Nordic ski areas, or 35 minutes to Winter Park and Mary Jane world-class downhill ski areas.
- 800 sq. ft.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Children Welcome:
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5, Beds for 3-5
- Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Murphy Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Pantry Items:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Wood Stove:
- Wood Fireplace:
- Linens Provided
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Hair Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Music Library:
- CD Player
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Tourist Attractions
- Sports & Activities
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain View:
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Jet Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Mountain Climbing
- Water Tubing
- Basketball Court
- Rock Climbing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Fly Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Freshwater Fishing
- Ice Skating
- Hunting Small Game
- Hunting Big Game
- Horseback Riding
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Paddle Boating
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Massage Therapist
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Miniature Golf
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Reviews, posted 08/13Guest comment entered by owner
Reviews, posted 08/13
"Mud season" was perfect for Hot Sulphur Springs - cool and cloudy but no snow to get cold feet between pools. Walking the dog around these dirt roads - good smells! Cabin invites relaxation. We're playing lots of games - Mouse Trap, backgammon, Princess. Great fire in the wood-burning stove! We spent the day at Hot Suphur Springs. Amazing hot tubs and some body work/facials. I would highly recommend this place fora visit. We so needed a retreat and we received it and so much more. The love truly radiates from the walls. We are so grateful for the opportunity to stay here in your cabin and explore Grand Lake and all your wonderful recommendations for dog hikes and food. Thank you for welcoming our dogs as it makes it even more special to have the furry companions with us in a very cozy setting with a real log cabin feel. Gives us a real mountain experience! Woof! Woof! Woof! -- The Girls Had a very enjoyable first visit. Snowshoeing, snowmobiling and relaxing by the fire. Can't wait 'til next time! It's amazing how much wildlife's here! We saw a black bear across the road. We went kayaking, and the cabin was rustically furnished. We loved it. Saw moose on the front step the first day. Also saw our first bear in Rocky Mountain National Park. Quiet and comfortable. Enjoyed no TV and the radio. The stars at night and a roaring fire in the hearth were the highlights of a great couple of days. Late October: Woodsmoke, pines, sun falling on aspens -- their pale, naked boies, birds darting in low branches, the hills thick with golden underbrush gathered like fists against the wind against the brilliant snow making its careful irrevocable way down the mountain. Thank you so much for the use of your adorably cozy, romantic cabin. Thank you for the amazing cabin! The views were incredible. It was one of our most relaxing vacations ever. Ran into a couple moose at Pine Beach picnic grounds. Thanks for the hiking tips. Love this lil' cabin.
- Guest Reviews from the guest book, April 2011 > May 2013
- Date of stay 08/10/13
- Review Submitted 08/10/13
Guest comment entered by owner
* We found this charming getaway on vrbo and couldn’t have been happier with our choice. The location is perfect – just between Grand Lake and Granby, across from Shadow Mountain Lake. The cabin is a perfect size for a couple and happy dog, too. The kitchen is well-equipped and make sure you check out the trail maps and the Grand County hiking book. Our first morning we opened the blinds to find a mama moose and her two mooselings grazing down the street! Oh, and the wood-burning stove is fantastic! DS, Denver* We are so glad we found your place on VRBO. It couldn’t have been a better choice than if we searched for a spot for months ahead. The views are great and the accommodations are very comfortable. HW, Conn.* Thanks for making an affordable vacation in the Rockies possible. Your cabin is very nice and cozy. We especially like the wood stove, pine interior and mountain ambiance. AM, Missouri* We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cozy cabin. The sun glistened off the lake as we ate on the porch. That evening we sat around a cozy fire outside. We had the pleasure of seeing a moose slowly mosey across the front yard as we were eating breakfast. HD, Ill.* We were in search of a quiet weekend get-away and this cabin was perfect. MC, Colo* Wow, what a beautiful cabin! Cooked in both nights, could hardly leave the peace and quietness of this wonderful cabin. Really nice fireplace and comfortable living. AK, Colo* We felt at home as soon as we walked in the front door! We had a great time hiking, showshoeing, soaking in the hot springs and exploring the area. GW, Colo* Had a big bull moose about 5 feet from the fire pit. Walked to the marina and rented a pontoon boat. Took a beautiful hike to the falls. CK, Colo* No moose, but saw a coyote stroll by. Doggies love it here. NI, Colo* We’ve had a great time enjoying the cabin, especially the fire pit at night. The dogs enjoyed it as well. ML, Colo* And a happy Thanksgiving it was – snow, temps in the teens, a full moon and lovers. Can anyone ask for more? Oh yeah, two dogs and a cozy cabin with a big stone fireplace! CR, Colo* We enjoyed being at your cabin – it was cozy even at 8-below outside! FF, Texas* Awesome cabin! Saw elk and foxes here. Had a blast at night playing cards and games. Molly loved the doggy door. CF, Colo* It was so nice to be able to come back to the cabin after a day hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting or touring downtown. T
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- Date of stay 05/26/09
- Review Submitted 05/26/09
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"We had a great time -- Cross-country skiing was excellent. Thought the no TV was going to be the end for me, but it turned out to be a blessing! Cabin was very nice and cozy." --RD, Texas "Saw a moose and never made it skiing -- too relaxed!" TZ, Colorado "Cozy cabin! Perfect for our get-together!" BM, Colorado "Caught lots of fish -- saw elk, deer and some foxes. Had a wonderful fire!" ML, Colorado "Saw lots of elk and moose, deer and foxes. A highlight was the mama, papa and young moose brousing by the car in your front yard!" MM, Georgia "Your cabin is a great place to stay and just enjoy the peace and quiet." WS, Colorado "We saw a fox, elk (many), a pack of coyotes (about 8 to 10), a bull and cow moose. Thank you for allowing us the adventure!" SS, Colorado "We had a lovely, long weekend at this little slice of heaven. The dinner at Pancho & Lefty's was great!" RN, Colorado "Best vacation ever. Learned to trout fish at Columbine Bay ... found my soul there ... and limited out! Moose traveling through the front yard was awesome!" TW, Louisiana "You have a wonderful cabin -- the best we've found so far: comfortable (especially the bed) and warm and cabin-y!" TL, Colorado "We rested and read and enjoyed the quiet beauty." JP, Missouri "What a peaceful and restful week we had here at your sweet cabin. All the stress of the year seems gone." RB, Colorado "Enjoyed your cabin very much! Great family time." RB, Texas "We enjoyed the rustic environment." PE, Colorado
- Guest N/A
- Date of stay 09/21/06
- Review Submitted 09/21/06
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"We had an amazing 12-day vacation at your cabin. It is truly a beautiful and serene hide-away and very special." --E.R., Florida "We had a great get-a-way. The sky chair is a very popular spot and the deck is so enjoyable. A great time was had by all." J.P., Colorado "We had a wonderful four-day weekend that felt like two weeks. Grand Lake is like a big old summer camp. Plenty of loafing, napping and sky chairing in between. Thanks for sharing this beaitiful spot with us." L.E., Colorado "Your cabin had a beautiful view! Perfect location to access hiking, biking, swimming and just relaxing." --B.O., Florida "What a wonderful quiet mountain retreat! We thoroughly enjoyed being here -- the sky chair (we had to take turns!), your great assortment of board games, no TV or clock (hurray! thank you!), your clean and cozy cabin and fun fire pit. We'll never forget the incredible wildlife, including the huge bull moose we saw while out for a walk and the red fox right outside the back door! L.M., Minnesota "Thank you so much for making our first trip to Colorado a special memory. The cabin is very cozy and we loved waking up to that view!" P.K., Iowa "Saw elk and deer and saw moose today almost in your front yard. Cabin was perfect." K.M., New York "Thanks so much for sharing your cabin! We drank, we ate, we hiked, we biked, we were merry." J.R., Colorado
- Guest N/A
- Date of stay 01/09/04
- Review Submitted 01/09/04
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2 night min stay
|Summer > Fall
May 25 - Oct 15
2 night min stay
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- Nearest Airport: Denver International Airport at 100 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Hwy. 34 (aka Trail Ridge Road) at 1 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Pine Beach, on Shadow Mountain Lake at 1 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Downtown Grand Lake at 3 Miles
- Nearest Ski: Ski Granby Ranch (Winter Park/Mary Jane 35 mins) at 15 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Ski Granby Ranch at 15 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Downtown Grand Lake at 3 Miles
Year Purchased: 1999
About the owner: Born in Colorado, raised back east, moved back to ski bum it after college, moved to the west coast, third time was the charm, this time with wife (to be) in tow. While I have been the typical Colorado guy who climbs mountains, Sweetie (the wife) always made me stop along the trail to smell the flowers and not overlook the way the sun sparkles through the aspen leaves. Our two young daughters go one better, stopping the both of us to point out worms and bugs along the trail.
Why the Owner Chose Grand Lake:
Upon getting married in 1997, my wife and I searched the mountains of Colorado far and wide for our little slice of heaven. Our agreement (second of the summer!) was that the place had to 'sing' to the both of us. We figured we'd find a few acres and, someday, build an A-frame on it. In the third summer of our search, my wife overheard an office-mate talk about their Grand Lake cabin they were looking to sell. We headed up to look at it. I'll never forget when we walked up the steps and opened the front door to look inside. At the same second, we both said, 'Wow!' It was just what we were looking for -- charming, rustic, cozy, classic old-time mountain cabin. Sold! Total bonus that the town of Grand Lake is just as sweet a mountain town as you can ask for. Double-bonus that it's utterly kid-friendly, which works for our two girls just fine. Triple-bonus that the views from the cabin are into Rocky Mountain National Park.
The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
In the time BC (Before Children) we would spend most weekends up at the cabin, and more often than not doing what might be described as exactly nothing. In winter months we'd sit in rocking chairs, feeding the wood stove, reading newspapers, magazines and books, watching the clouds float by above the lake and over the mountains of the park. We like to keep a look out the window or from the deck for elk and moose and foxes that live in the area -- never fails to excite. We like to play board games, from Monopoly and Battleship to Twister and backgammon, and take walks right out the door on the dirt roads over to the North Fork of the Colorado River or just around the area. Good fun mountain biking, too. Our dogs ('the boys') love the area, probably as much as we do -- and, with wild fragrances all around, maybe more!
- Primary: (303) 447-1840
- Secondary: (303) 319-9120 (Colorado, USA)
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The Happy Cabin, nicely nestled in the wild woods
Nicely nestled in the mountain forest
Wood-burning stove with a view to the kitchen and back door
Stone fireplace invites you to stay inside and snuggle
Single day bed snug in the corner.
Bedroom - you'll never sleep so long and deep as in this cozy enclave!
Lovely views offer glimpses of Shadow Mountain Lake and the park peaks
View from the deck to the lake and Mount Neva in the Indian Peaks Wilderness
View from the deck to Arapaho Pass and glimpses of Shadow Mountain Lake
Moose Central: a local yokel welcomes visitors
Stone fireplace encourages lollygagging and deep relaxation
Inside the cabin, looking out to the morning sun that bathes the cabin each day
Wood-burning stove, Murphy bed hidden behind the pine wall, and picture window
Tidy but effective kitchen gives you everything you need within arm's reach
Lodgepole pines in the back, aspen grove in the front.
View out over Shadow Mountain Lake & to the snow-capped peaks in the nat'l park
Moose out on the dirt road - we're not sure if this was Bullwinkle or not.
The old man of the forest
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