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Grinning Bear Lodge as seen from the road below.

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Last updated: 11/28/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:10
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cabin
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

The 'Grinning Bear Lodge' is a luxurious non-smoking, 3 story open-design log cabin, which comfortably sleeps 8-10 in beds (air mattresses are also available).

Lower level: Walk out basement with bunk bed (sleeps up to 3), pool table, foosball, flat screen TV with games for kids, DVD player, plus two car garage.

Main level: Open floor plan with large windows from floor to ceiling:
*Living area with couches, flat screen television, blu-ray player, iPod radio hook-up, and wood burning stove.
*Dining area with seating for six at the 'lazy-susan' table.
*Kitchen with pot rack and lighting above stove, microwave, full refrigerator/freezer with ice maker, dishwasher, and additional bar-type seating around stove for up to 5 additional people.
*Main bath with old fashioned claw-foot tub.
*Private bedroom with Queen size bed and Aspen four-poster frame.
*Separate laundry room with front-load washer and dryer.
*Two separate doors opening to wrap around deck.

Loft: Open log staircase takes you to the 800 square foot loft with a King size bed framed in Aspen, two walk-in closets, double vanity, slate shower with bench, separate water closet, bunk beds that sleep 4, television and DVD player, small table for 2, and two separate balconies (one facing north and one facing south).

Exterior Features:
*Main level wrap around deck: Deck has gas grill, and is covered on the north side. The deck offers incredible views of the Mosquito Range.

*Outdoor fire pit to the south with an amazing view of mountains in the daytime and spectacular stars at night.

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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/28/2016

Property Type

  • Cabin
  • 1900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    Due to the staircase and wood burning stove, please be careful when bringing small children....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Strict non-smoking policy, violation will result in loss of deposit....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Well behaved dogs/cats, that are current on all vaccinations, will be considered with an additional $50 cleaning fee per pet. No pets allowed in loft....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • Bedroom 1

    Queen size four poster aspen bed frame, full closet...moreless

  • Basement bedroom: 1 bunk bed

    Bunk bed sleeps 3 with futon pull out for lower bunk...moreless

  • Loft

    King bed with aspen frame; bunk bed sleeps 4 with trundle...moreless

  • King size beds (1) 800 square foot loft with king size bed framed in aspen; Queen size Beds (1) Main level private bedroom with queen size 4 poster bed made of aspen; Sleep Sofa (1) Green love seat on main level pulls out into a twin sized bed; Bunk Beds (2) 800 square foot loft also has a bunk bed which sleeps 4 - a full mattress on the bottom, a twin mattress on the top bunk, plus a trundle. Basement has a bunk bed with a futon pull out on the bottom and memory foam mattress on the top bunk. There is still plenty of room in the loft for 1-2 king size blow up mattresses, which are available in the loft closet....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, tub, shower

    Loft - separate water closet; slate shower; dual sinks...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Main bath has a claw foot tub, with a hand-held shower head....moreless

  • Main level bath has old-fashioned claw foot tub, and heated slate floors for winter comfort. Bath area in loft also has heated slate floors, dual sinks, a separate water closet, and a large shower with a bench, finished in slate....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Outdoor firepit and picnic table with views of the Mosquito Range. Firepit is spacious for group gatherings. Must obtain owner approval prior to use to due to potential fire bans....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Limited book selection for your enjoyment during your stay....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    There is a Blu Ray player on the main level, and a DVD player in both the loft and basement....moreless

  • Foosball
  • Game Room:

    Pool table and foosball in basement...moreless

  • Games:

    There are board games, chess, checkers and various card games available....moreless

  • Music Library:

    iPod hookup. Pandora works excellently for all your music choices....moreless

  • Pool Table:

    Pool table in basement...moreless

  • Television:

    Three televisions, one located in loft, one flat screen TV in living area, and one flat screen TV in basement. No cable hookup....moreless

  • Video Games:

    A few video games are available, located with television in the basement....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Limited DVD library - please feel free to bring your own movies....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Twin Lakes (glacier formed lakes) can be viewed by taking a short walk up the mountain from Grinning Bear Lodge, and is just a short two mile drive from the cabin....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Grinning Bear Lodge overlooks the Mosquito Mountain Range with spectacular views from north to south, and only a couple of miles to scenic Twin Lakes....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining table expands, and has seating for 6. Kitchen bar top has additional seating for 5....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Efficient front loader dryer....moreless

  • Garage:

    2 car attached garage next to finished walk-out basement. Currently indoor parking is only available for one vehicle....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Gas forced air heat is available, but wood burning stove is usually ample to keep the place comfortably warm....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Ample soft sheets and blankets for all beds, plus the two air mattresses....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Spacious open living room with comfortable couches for at least 7 people, warm and beautiful wood burning stove (wood provided), and absolutely amazing views from the large lofted windows....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Cell phone service is good - there is no landline....moreless

  • Parking:

    Circular drive by front door, plus ample parking at base of house....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Luxurious soft towels, hand towels, and wash cloths are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Efficient front loader washer....moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Wood burning stove located on the main level for those chilly days. The stove can usually keep the entire cabin warm and comfortable once the temperature is attained....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    12 cup coffee maker, with filters in lazy susan cupboard, coffee grinder, and a limited amount of ground coffee is available in the refrigerator. ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Hanging pot rack over the stove, plus additional pots, pans, cookie sheets, and plenty of cooking utensils; toaster; crock pot; blender....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes and utensils for up to 16 people....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Extremely quite dishwasher will not interfere with watching movies, or other indoor activities....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Open kitchen with granite counters, deep double sink, oven, electric range, built in microwave and dishwasher. Pot rack and pots and pans hang over the stove. Incredible views in every direction....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Built-in microwave....moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Spices are available in spice drawers next to the oven, and cooking oil (in drawer along side of stove). Stocked items include paper towel, toilet paper, body and face soap, shampoo, and conditioner....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    French door style refrigerator with ice maker....moreless

  • Stove:

    Flat surface stove with pot rack above for easy access....moreless

  • Toaster:

    4 slice toaster with slots to fit bagels....moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Two upper balconies provide outdoor access from the master bedroom....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large wrap around deck provides you with amazing views of the Mosquito Range. The north side of the deck is covered....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Gas BBQ grill located outside, where you can grill and also appreciate the beautiful views!...moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter (Oct-Apr)
Nov 10 - Apr 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$400 $420
Fri, Sat
$2,600

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$375 $395
Fri, Sat
$2,400

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $350
  • Tax Rate 8.8%

Notes:

Check-in time 4:00 PM, Check-out time 10:00 AM (early check-in or late check-out may be arranged if occupancy permits, but must be arranged in advance).

There is an additional nightly fee of $45 per person charged for every person over the first eight in a group.

There is a $50 cleaning fee per pet. If there is any evidence of a pet, this fee will be charged. In addition, pets are not allowed in the loft or on any of the furniture. Additional cleaning fees related to pets will be charged at a rate of $100/hour.


Manager's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.


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Location

16 Miles
Nearest Golf
Leadville
25 Miles
Nearest Ski
Ski Cooper

Located at the headwaters of the Arkansas river, the lodge is located about 2 miles from scenic Twin Lakes, which has a small grocery store. It is also located almost halfway between historic Leadville (approx. 15 miles away), and Buena Vista (approx. 20 miles away), and a short 45 mile drive over Independence Pass to Aspen (note pass is closed during winter months). There are grocery stores, churches, shops, etc. in each of these towns.

Grinning Bear Lodge is also located at the heart of Leadville's annual Summer Racing Series - Leadville's Trail Marathon and Heavy Half; Leadville Trail 100 Run; Camp of Champions; Silver Rush 50 MTB; Silver Rush 50 Run; Silver King & Silver Queen; Leadville Trail 100 MTB; Climax Molybdenum Leadville 10K Run; Leadville Trail 100 Run; and (dates vary) Leadville Leadman and Leadwoman

Year-round seasonal activities include:

Summertime activities - white water rafting, 4-wheeling, hiking, river/stream/fly fishing, exploring old mining towns, Leadville racing series, biking races including Ride the Rockies, Leadville Boom Days (reliving the pioneer spirit of the west), antiquing, climbing 14'ers, rock climbing, Scenic Leadville train loop, zip line tours, horesback riding, shopping, ATV/Jeep tours/rentals, Leadville historic museums, golfing, Buena Vista weekend concert series on South Main, 4th of July fireworks in Buena Vista

Fall/Winter Activities include - Buena Vista Apple Festival, sight-seeing of all the Autumn color changes, snowmobiling, snowshoing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, tubing, dogsledding, ice fishing, big and small game hunting. Due to unpredictable weather in the winter months, 4WD vehicles are strongly recommended.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2009

About: I am a Colorado native living in Littleton, but I have traveled out of the country on a number of occasions, visiting places such as England, Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada. I grew up in Conifer, Colorado, which is about an hour's drive from Denver. We had horses, dogs and cats growing up and and endless space to ride horses, hike and snowmobile.

Why Twin Lakes, CO, USA (Lake County):
This cabin was my dream for years, and was finally completed in 2009. It is my second home and I love giving others the opportunity to enjoy it as much as I do myself. Picturesque and secluded, at the base of Mount Elbert, the property looks over the Mosquito Range. The panoramic views are amazing, and the proximity to not only Twin Lakes, but jeep trails, beaver ponds, hiking trails, and even the town of Aspen give you a number of activities to choose from. I truly think you will be amazed at the beauty and tranquility of the area - I have such a hard time leaving every time I come up!

The Unique Benefits at this Cabin:
I love log homes, and this open floor plan with the high ceilings, beetle kill hardwood on the walls and floors, the slate flooring in the bathrooms, the shower and under the wood-burning stove, along with the soft carpet in the large 800 sq. ft. loft. The half log staircase leading to the loft just adds to the beauty of the place! There is virtually no room in the place that doesn't offer a spectacular view. Enjoy a 'cabin' atmosphere, yet be in luxury.


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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/28/2016

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Photos

  • Grinning Bear Lodge as seen from the road below.

    Grinning Bear Lodge as seen from the road below.

  • Half log stair case leads to 800 sq ft loft; Wood burning stove for chilly days.

    Half log stair case leads to 800 sq ft loft; Wood burning stove for chilly days.

  • View of living area from loft. Dining area and kitchen are to the right.

    View of living area from loft. Dining area and kitchen are to the right.

  • Dining area, set for 4.  Kitchen is to the right, living area is to the left.

    Dining area, set for 4. Kitchen is to the right, living area is to the left.

  • Enjoy soaking in this old fashioned claw foot tub in the Main bath.

    Enjoy soaking in this old fashioned claw foot tub in the Main bath.

  • King bed in loft, with Aspen wood frame.  Two walk in closets in hall to right.

    King bed in loft, with Aspen wood frame. Two walk in closets in hall to right.

  • Beautiful slate shower with bench is located in the loft.

    Beautiful slate shower with bench is located in the loft.

  • Laundry room with front loading washer and dryer.

    Laundry room with front loading washer and dryer.

  • Gameroom: pool table & foosball plus addl bunkbed sleeps 3 (with memory foam).

    Gameroom: pool table & foosball plus addl bunkbed sleeps 3 (with memory foam).

  • Northeastern view from wrap-around deck.

    Northeastern view from wrap-around deck.

  • Wrap around deck with view to South/Southeast.

    Wrap around deck with view to South/Southeast.

  • Early spring storm over Twin Lakes (glacier formed lakes).

    Early spring storm over Twin Lakes (glacier formed lakes).

  • Entry way - laundry room and main bath to the right, Queen bedroom to the left.

    Entry way - laundry room and main bath to the right, Queen bedroom to the left.

  • Living area as seen from kitchen reflects just a sample of the views.

    Living area as seen from kitchen reflects just a sample of the views.

  • Dining area as seen from loft.  Table can fit 6 or more with sides extended.

    Dining area as seen from loft. Table can fit 6 or more with sides extended.

  • Kitchen as seen from dining area.    Window overlooks fire pit, and mountains.

    Kitchen as seen from dining area. Window overlooks fire pit, and mountains.

  • Queen bedroom on main level has an Aspen 4 poster frame bed, closet & dresser.

    Queen bedroom on main level has an Aspen 4 poster frame bed, closet & dresser.

  • Bunk bed from top of half log staircase. Sleeps 4 with pull out trundle.

    Bunk bed from top of half log staircase. Sleeps 4 with pull out trundle.

  • Corner of loft with artist easel and small stone table for 2 (can move to deck).

    Corner of loft with artist easel and small stone table for 2 (can move to deck).

  • Basement Pool Table - TV/DVD with kid's games, and electric 'fireplace'

    Basement Pool Table - TV/DVD with kid's games, and electric 'fireplace'

  • North facing covered deck - the gas BBQ grill is located here (not shown).

    North facing covered deck - the gas BBQ grill is located here (not shown).

  • Wrap around deck with view to Northeast.

    Wrap around deck with view to Northeast.

  • Firepit and view to east. Great area for roasting marshmallows and star gazing.

    Firepit and view to east. Great area for roasting marshmallows and star gazing.

  • Twin Lakes in fall with the aspen beginning to turn, and white capped mountains.

    Twin Lakes in fall with the aspen beginning to turn, and white capped mountains.

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016

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