Spacious. Spotless. Sparkling. Our 1930's vacation house has been undergoing an extreme TLC makeover since its purchase in 2010. It is now ready to be enjoyed by family, friends, and guests.
The FRONT BEDROOM features a private SUNROOM where you can see Lumpy Ridge, the Twin Owls, and other local landmarks while enjoying that first cup of coffee. This bedroom can be set up with two twin beds or a king depending on your preference and is furnished with a dresser, nightstand, and lamp. The guests in the BACK BEDROOM wake up to mountain views every morning. It offers a queen size platform bed, dresser, bed drawers, and a reading lamp for the late night person. The bedrooms share a totally refinished and beautifully tiled, well lit, and well furnished bathroom with a walk in shower.
Leisurely meals together is one of the best parts of vacation and it easily happens here. The just-like-new u-shaped KITCHEN has a dishwasher, fridge, built in microwave, and stove as well as small appliances, cookware, and table service for your use. There are two long empty shelves waiting for your favorite snacks and foods. It is an open floor plan with the living room, kitchen, and back deck all adjoining the dining room.
Most of the time we eat outside. The mountains, lake, wildlife, and fresh air are just too good to miss. There is an large, attached deck, a picnic table, and a gas grill for your outdoor cooking. The BACK YARD is on the neighborhood trail for elk and deer so have your camera ready.
After supper we often walk along the lake and take the Riverwalk downtown for ice cream. Evenings at home are spent playing games at the Dining Room table or sitting in front of the Gas Log Fireplace to read a good book. There is also a Flat Screen Roku enabled TV and DVD Player for movie watching from the double reclining couch. Wireless Internet Access keeps you in touch with friends and family.
The cottage is in the Historic Reclamation District. Bring your walking shoes and/or bikes because Lake Estes, the fairgrounds, and the museum are just a block away. Restaurants, coffee shops, trails (including the Riverwalk), downtown shopping, the shuttle stop (in peak season Estes offers a free shuttle to RMNP and different areas of town), and the Visitors Center are also easy walks of less than a mile.
When you are ready for a day trip, Rocky Mountain National Park is a quick 3.5 miles away. Look at the map on the coffee table and get there quickly by using the back roads or take the shuttle at the visitor center but get there early. You’ll want to spend the day and it can get pretty crowded. Pack a lunch. Explore some trails, find some wildlife, listen to a few ranger talks, and help your kids earn a Junior Ranger badge.
Dennis often comments that this is like living in a postcard. We love waking up to wildlife, fresh mountain air, the smell of Pines, and the low humidity. We walk almost everywhere while here... around the lake, downtown on the Riverwalk, to the grocery store, museum, Visitor Center, and the farmers market, a restaurant or coffee shop and to special events and festivals that are going on downtown or at the fairgrounds. Our fitbits are very happy!
Life is good in Estes. And, it all begins at the Vacation House in Estes Park.
Hope to hear from you soon!
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