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We cannot get enough of Westcliffe. You will love it too.
The perfect retreat or family reunion site.
Plenty to do but few electronic distractions. The Colorado of fifty years ago.
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NOW FOR MORE ABOUT OUR SPECTACULAR LODGE: Westcliffe has a local theater, outdoor plays and has a spectacular bowling alley for fun group activities, but it is the great outdoors that is the attraction at Westcliffe.
The lake has some of the best fishing for 5 types of fish in Colorado.
Imagine waking up on a still morning-your only neighbors are the fishermen on the opposite shore of the glassy lake. There is absolute peace. You pour yourself a hot cup of coffee and sit on the veranda watching the birds gathering their daily needs. The pelicans are fishing. The Canadian geese hug the shoreline. The swallows are swooping for water. The hummingbirds are buzzing the flowers. As the house starts to stir, you step inside to start breakfast.
Please inquire, based on the size of your group, we can accommodate you for less than $50 per person up to 40 people for the entire weekend!
Location: Westcliffe, South Central, Colorado, USA (75 minutes from Colorado Springs along Sangre de Cristo mountains)
Accommodations: 2 open acres Lakeside, Lodge-7 bedrooms + 8 Baths, 3 kitchens (Sleeps 25+) Open May 2013
4-story Tower (Sleeps 10-12) with kitchenette and 2 full baths. Full decks on all four floors. It can be rented if you need extra sleeping accommodation but is not rented separately.
Our high season summer rates work out to about $100 per bedroom per night. Of course we can sleep many more than that on hide-a-beds, sofas and in our loft on futons. Think carefully about the value this provides and the affordability for large groups.
Fall rates are 33% off summer rates
Don't miss the spectacular late summer, fall colors and low rates. Especially if you are a fisherman, you will love this time of year.
Westcliffe is a sleepy Colorado mountain town. The valley is famous for its cattle ranches. Increasingly, we have charming Amish buggies on the roads driven by families who have moved into the valley because of its fertile fields and wide-open spaces.
If you really want a vacation/ a stress-reliever/ a family reunion of reuniting/ a conference of concentration-this is the place.
Best of all, no huge credit card bills when you get home. ICE FISHERMEN! This is Nirvana. Your ice hut is a mansion.
Rent a lakeside lodge in the beautiful Westcliffe Valley ringed by the Sangre de Christo Mountains of Colorado. This well-appointed lodge will become yours for any type of group gathering, family reunion, corporate retreat or destination wedding. A great value and affordable gathering place for any type of event.
Lakeside Lodge consists of Main Lodge, Lakeside Meeting/Recreation Room, Campfire Bowl and Lakeside with direct views of the 10 miles of shoreline and views of the the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. Includes covered outdoor deck, picnic area, outdoor campfire bowl, game and meating room, media room and extra kitchen/catering facilities in Lakeside Meeting/Recreation Room. 8-person glass -enclosed hot tub at the Conference Center and a glass enclosed outdoor plunge pool and deck with event grill for outdoor patio meals. The pool is currently not heated but will be heated by summer of 2014.
With houses scattered in the distance, our lodge is one of only three properties with lakeside ownership. Therefore, the shoreline is very quiet and there is lots of open space.
The Main Lodge:
Upper level: Master with en suite bath, two bedrooms with shared bath, great room, kitchen, dining room and loft scattered with futons for children who like to sleep with the folks nearby but have their own clubhouse-like level open to the main living room below.
Included in the main lodge upper level are a large vintage saloon bar and stools facing the kitchen, parlor dining table, large screen TV, fully appointed kitchen, great room with fireplace and overstuffed leather couches, decorated with antiques. The huge covered deck has four sets of French doors leading from the upper level rooms and runs along the length of the lodge, contains outdoor table and a dinner bell, and affords views of the mountains, lake, sunrise, and sunset.
The Master king-sized bedroom and bath en suite also features a set of French doors leading onto the covered porch. It is decorated in a hand-carved one of a kind set of western furniture. The queen-sized “Honeymoon” and “Monty Montana” Bedrooms share a full bath and are decorated with vintage items representing the theme of these rooms. Finally there is a clerestory loft overlooking the great room that sleeps 4 kids, cousins or slumber party groups!
The Main Lodge lower level has four bedrooms four en suite baths, separate kitchen and a media room with two hide-a-beds.
Three of the downstairs bedrooms have views of the lake and covered porches with private doors leading outside to the lake. Each of the four bedrooms has its own private bath. They are the Woodcarver, Native American, Adirondack and Grandparent’s bedrooms. The lower level also features a media room with fireplace and movie posters of all the films made in the Wet Valley. There is also a huge collection of VHS and DVD films. The media room has two queen-sized hide-a-bed couches. Finally, we added a full kitchen downstairs in case you wish to cook a lot or rent the downstairs separately.
Construction is complete on the four-story lookout tower, the Little Bear’s Lair-a classic Colorado bunkhouse with sleeping areas on the first and second floors. There is a full bath on the first and second floors. Upstairs is a sitting area and on the third floor and above on the fourth floor, a large outdoor deck. It is adjacent to the Main Lodge with access to the lakeside picnic area, meeting/recreation room and campfire bowl. Lake views and stunning views of the mountains complete the picture. Available for rental now. The views are spectacular 360 degree panoramas of the Sangres, the lake and the sunset. Great for photographers and bird watchers.
We love Westcliffe so much, we are building the tower so that we can come down when we need to get away. It is so peaceful and beautiful there that there are few places like it in the world.
The Lakeshore Conference/Recreation Room is located just steps from the Main Lodge. It has 60 feet of doors that open up to the water to make it a boat house, recreation room, conference room or reception room. There is a large 1,800 sf. of space that includes two bathrooms, kitchen, fireplace, ping pong and air hockey.
All of this can be yours for one convenient daily flat rate that includes 25-40 people living on the property. As an example of how our daily flat rate pricing works: If your group has 25 people, with a daily flat rate of $800, the cost per person/per night would come to only $32 per day. CALL ABOUT SPECIAL PRICING FOR SMALLER GROUPS.
THE LAKESHORE LODGE AT LAKE DEWEESE is located in the beautiful Wet Mountain Valley in south/central Colorado only two and 1/2 hours from Denver or 1 hour and 45 minutes from Colorado Springs, two and one-quarter hours from Taos, New Mexico, and features a fine dry climate (325 days of sunshine) at about 7,000 ft elevation.
Each of the buildings face west and take in views of many of the stunning Colorado Fourteener's-14,000 foot peaks of one of Colorado's most beautiful mountain ranges, the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. (In fact, there are 22 peaks over 13,000 feet in our view.)
Rent THE LAKESHORE LODGE AT LAKE DEWEESE for your next group gathering whether it is a family reunion, special gathering of friends, corporate planning meeting, destination wedding, or simply because you love it.
When you rent THE LAKESHORE LODGE AT LAKE DEWEESE, you take over the property like you would a beach house. We give you the keys and you 'live it like it's yours' during your rental stay.
The tower bunkhouse is still available to rent separately!
Our favorite guests are folks who like rustic mountain cabins, love wildlife, campfires and low-key vacations. Understand that manicured lawns with non-native flower beds are NOT part of a wildlife refuge. This is not a place if you don't understand that birds need grass seeds and bugs to eat. This is not the place for you if you are not charmed by our muskrats feeding at sunset or a harmless gopher snake. This is not the place for you if you need a sanitized Disneyland. The lodge is clean, comfortable and cozy. It is our home-not a hotel. You will have everything our family wants in a vacation rental. Believe me, we have spared no expense for a charming mountain lodge and we do not want to take away its rustic feel. We have tried our very best to balance comfort and amenities with affordability so that this would be a place that families like to come and to stay and return to again and again.
We keep our rates low if you consider that our high-season summer rates are approximately $100 per bedroom. If you can find even a Comfort Inn, with that rate, you will be doing well. You will not get fields, a private lakefront, paddle boats, kayaks, barbecues, fireplaces at a Comfort Inn. At $100 per room, you can have extra people and families can afford to get together for family reunions.
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This place was built with our children in mind. Family is important. We have games, puzzles and plenty of outdoor activities such as swimming, paddle boating, wildlife viewing and a separate Conference/Game Room....moreless
Only 3 houses on the lake. Our Conference/Game room with complete summer kitchen opens directly onto Lake DeWeese. Miles of shoreline to view and walk. 2 pedal boats and 2 kayaks for your use....moreless
Upstairs in the Great Room gathered around the ultra comfy leather couches and chairs. Down at the Conference/Rec Room there are 2 more fireplaces. In the media room on the lower level of the Lodge there is another fireplace!...moreless
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September 10, 2015-May 15-2016
Sep 15 - May 15, 2016
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Dec 24 - Dec 25, 2015
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The area is surrounded by National Forest. Hundreds of miles of hiking trails and dozens of hidden lakes in the Sangre de Cristos. There is a four-wheel drive road over the Sangres directly to Great Sand Dunes National Park. Ice Fishing at the lake in the winter is very popular. The lake is stocked with 5 kinds of fish. There is a really nice bowling alley in town, an outdoor theater and a rodeo every July. Fireworks at the Lake on Fourth of July are absolutely spectacular!
Year Purchased: 1992
About the owner: We are a family of four who have grown to a family of 10 when we include our married children and grandchildren. All our children and grandchildren have worked for us in our nearby businesses. We specialize in operating businesses that lose money. (Just testing to see if you are reading.) One of our hobbies is renovating buildings. This lodge is one of those hobbies. Just 2 hours from Colorado Springs, this lodge is our refuge and reward for all our hard work. We absolutely love it here because it is a place of complete tranquility and peace. We love gathering with family and friends and realized it would be a perfect meeting place after sharing holidays with up to 30 of our extended family here in Colorado. In the days of the Spanish Conquistadores the valley was known as La Mojada-the “Wet One”. Today the Wet Valley is part of a Scenic Byway-Frontier Pathway with over 323 days of sunshine. “La Mojada”, Custer County, Westcliffe, Colorado, Sangre de Cristos-whatever name you use for this place, all of them conjure up the time and spirit of the Old West. With a history of silver, gold and cattle ranching-where such names as Bull Domingo Ranch are part of the local color, the Lakeshore Lodge on Lake DeWeese in Westcliffe, Colorado stands apart from the rest. When our family came to Colorado over forty years ago, we were searching for a weekend retreat large enough to shelter our family and all the grand children we hoped to have someday. We looked for a place of comfort and quiet close enough to drive after a long week running our family business. We found it in Westcliffe and over the years we have saved and built and created a place with our own hands. A place we think of as just about the most beautiful and most restful in our beloved Colorado. Today we are blessed-better than we deserve-all together there are 21 of us, give or take a few friends some of the grandchildren are always asking to bring.
Why the Owner Chose Westcliffe:
“Simple Pleasures-Profound Peace” Our beloved “Wet Valley” has changed so little over time. We watched others towns all change beyond recognition. Not our Westcliffe. With all of its beauty, the biggest change has been the designation of our lake as a state wildlife reserve and the area as a Frontier Pathway-Scenic Byway ensuring they remain unchanged in perpetuity. Westcliffe is known as the place where successful people come to be regular Joe’s. That sums it up. Nobody puts on airs in Westcliffe. Remember what “It” was in the Billy Crystal movie “City Slickers”? If you get “It”, if you understand what is important in life- hard work, playing hard and the love of friends and family, then you will “get” Westcliffe and come to think of it as part of your family history. We chose to purchase the property in Westcliffe because we could own the land and waterfront. We knew that this would always be so because the Lake has now been closed to further development and designated as a state wildlife refuge. Its proximity to Cripple Creek sold us on the place, it is close to home. Finally, Westcliffe is one of the most beautiful spots in Colorado! There are some cabins near the lake, there are only three families that own their land and beach on the lake and therefore you do not have to share our beach with anyone. Our favorite guests are folks who like rustic mountain cabins, love wildlife, campfires and low-key vacations. Understand that manicured lawns with non-native flower beds are NOT part of a wildlife refuge. This is not a place if you don't understand that birds need grass seeds and bugs to eat. This is not the place for you if you are not charmed by our muskrats feeding at sunset or a harmless gopher snake. This is not the place for you if you need a sanitized Disneyland. The lodge is clean, comfortable and cozy. It is our home-not a hotel. You will have everything our family wants in a vacation rental.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
We enjoy all of the fruits of the valley when shopping for fresh produce and meats. We like to cook family meals outdoors, take long walks, swim and fish in the lake, and dip in the pool. We also enjoy family game nights. Simple and satisfying. Gather together easily in 7 bedrooms, 6 baths, 2 kitchens, a great room, media room and loft where all the cousins like to sleep in one big room with a 360-degree view. Down at the Lake Meeting/Recreation House there are over 150 ft of waterfront, kayaks and paddle boats for exploring the 10 miles of shoreline or trolling for fish. There’s an extra commercial kitchen for large groups and catering, 2 full restrooms with showers, a fireplace, pool/ping pong table and a few vintage arcade games the kids have collected over the years. (We’ve even been known to banish the personal electronics and engage the grandchildren in spirited board games or the excitement of our collection of vintage jigsaw puzzles!) Once the stars come out, strike up the fiddle or unroll your projector screen. We’ve created an outdoor amphitheater perfect for campfire programs, outdoor movies or singing songs under the stars.
Exclusive, Private 2-acre Lux Lakeshore Lodge beautiful Rocky Mountain Valley
Lake DeWeese from deck of Lodge-barbecue & picnic area, tables, fish from shore
THE NEW TOWER! This was taken in prior to adding deck surrounding 1st floor.
At east end of lake. See tiny trees on far shore? That's the Lodge&Sangre Mtns!
Great Room-Lodge, Lake Views, Mountains, Sunsets, Cozy leather seats & fireplace
Copper Granite Lodge Kitchen SS appliances. All needed for feasting! BBQ on deck
2 with its own full bath and private door with access to lake from lower level.
Bedroom 4 with full private bath, window onto lake and access to lake downstairs
Lodge Kitchen-view of lake thru french doors on upper level of lodge. Huge bar!
Industrial kitchen at conf room. Range, bar, freezer, fridge, sinks, prep tables
POOL heated in summer Eat all your meals here! Tables, chairs, kitchen, BBQ
Hot tub for 8 & fireplace at conference center on lake, heated pool is next door
View from lake, boats, picnicbeach, conference room all balconies have lake view
Our end of lake with typical view of Sangres- late Spring. Splendor of Westcliff
New 4-story TOWER! Baths on floors 1 and 2, floor 3, lookout floor 4 during snow
Road to Lodge and lake visible on left, very few houses for lakeside privacy
Kingsize Mstr Bedroom & Bath-carved furniture-french doors to deck, lake views!
The kitchen door onto porch outside great room.We love to eat here watching lake
Cowgirl bedrm 3 with queen bed & shared Jack & Jill full bath. Access to Kitchen
Western artwork-comfortable furnishings-Media Room Main Lodge-Door to Lake,Futon
Bath and fireplace in conference center with tables, kitchen, ping pong, games
Conf Room w/ 2 baths, xtra large kitchen, games, sofa circle&huge rock fireplace
View from the jacuzzi-lake in winter, cozy fireplace and soaking in the hot tub!
Glorious sunsets almost every night. View from the porch while we cook dinner.
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