*****NOTE : 4x4 vehicle necessary for Winter Months with good all terrain tires or chains if you have street tires **** NOV 1 - APR 1 NO EXCEPTIONS! See note at bottom as well. Two wheel drive vehicles can't make it in the winter months!
Our Calendar is up to date. No need to 'inquire' unless you have questions. Simply fill in your dates and click "book it" to begin the process to reserve your nights. Know that we also lowered our prices a bit to offset VRBO's recently added percentage charge to customers. Also, if you "input" 7 nights, you won't be charged for the 7th one (except during Christmas Break).
HERE ARE THE DETAILS of our HOME:
Our mountain side home looks out over Little Cascade Creek! You will love the unique placement of our home because it allows you to look upstream for 100 yards of the creek / river where you can see multiple falls which run directly at you. The peaceful sound of the rushing water will sooth you as you relax by the fire pit or sit in the hot tub on our deck. Occasionally you will see wildlife crossing the creek or in the meadows below. Mark stocks the stream with rainbow trout each spring, too.
We purchased this home because of his desire for artistic inspiration. Mark is an artist, you see, and we love to come here to recharge. 'Keathley' artwork adorns every possible wall in the home, but the outside views are what you will enjoy the most.
The bay windows of the dining area surrounds our huge round dining table (with a lazy-susan) and offers a great view of the creek, as well. This will be a place for making memories with your family and having intimate conversations as you enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We have a box of fun and unique questions on or near the table to help kick start interesting conversations, and all the fancy utensils, and serving items one would need for an elegant Dinner.
The living room windows on each side of the river rock fireplace look out over the rushing water of Cascade creek as well. You won't know where to stand and take it all in. Well - yes you will - the deck is simply amazing! The weather up here at 8800 ft above sea level is 10 - 15 degrees cooler than in Durango just 25 minutes away - you won't want to go inside!
Our cozy living room is furnished with two leather sofas (one is a sleeper with memory foam mattress.) A 55' HDTV and all the channels of entertainment you need hangs on the wall above a cabinet full of books. Besides, did I mention the view from the deck? You won't want to be indoors spring, summer or fall. So grab one of those books and spend some time outside. If it is chilly, you can fire up the glistening fire pit with the turn of the gas valve and the strike of a lighter, or light up the fireplace and warm yourself indoors from stacks of firewood on the front porch. As dusk comes, watch a dozen automatic timed candles turn on around the living room and stairs. It's a magical place.
Our kitchen is outfitted with new GE appliances and everything you need for the gourmet chef in you. Cook up something delightful to enjoy on the deck or around the table. You'll find lots of tools you would have at home. A blender for making margaritas to sip on by the fire, and many other 'necessities' for your use and enjoyment - stashed away in the large pantry.
The bedrooms are upstairs. To the right you will find a romantic get-a-way in the master Bedroom, complete with a huge window - creek view by day, and twinkling stars at night. A crystal chandelier table lamp will put a soft light on the linen tufted King size bed. Complete with Adjustable "air" bed, and memory foam topper. The bed is so comfy you won't want to get up in the morning and go on any of the amazing adventures all around you.
At the other end of the upstairs hall is another smaller romantic cabin room with red velvet covered Queen bed, Mountain Sheep fur wall hanging, and cozy mountain cabin feel complete with grand art work and Direct TV in these first two rooms. The sun streams in early and invites you to the great outdoors on this east side room.
In the small kids bunk room, where four little ones can easily sleep, there is a DVD/TV combo along with cowboy and Indian Artwork and a giant fur bean bag. Bring your favorite DVDs, but we have plenty on a shelf in the closet.
Though the house is only 1600 sq ft, is it elegantly appointed and invitingly cozy. the living area is room and spacious, and we have had 6-8 people many times.
The Needles Store is just 3 miles down the road - handy for things you run out of or forgot in Durango! And the Sow's Ear Restaurant is a 4 star type joint with a bar and a fun crowd just 2 miles away at the Silver Pick Lodge. There is a lot happening at the Resort up the road (1/2 mile down the highway) with a pizza joint and a fancy restaurant called 'Purgy's' and lot's of folks. The kids will love the alpine slide and other fun summer things at DMR as well as all the winter activities.
For your small pets, we have a cute little doggie hotel in the living room under the stair way landing. It is made out of wood, and is intended for keeping your pets from roaming at night or bothering you while your eating. Since it is wood, we don't intend it to keep your pet while you leave on an excursion for the day, as they would surely fear being left behind and try to chew out. 2.3x5 feet x 2.2 ft high. We keep our three Maltese in it every night when we are there. There is also a tie/leash outside in the yard, but not intended for 'leaving them' as we do have predators in the area. And we recently bought a 48' wire kennel that we hang in the mud room for our sons large dog. It's there for you to use, if you need it, too.
National forest borders all around. You literally walk down to the creek (which I stock regularly with brown and rainbow trout) and get lost for hours as you explore along the creek and hike to the north (Columbine Lake - 30 mins) or hike to the left (south) and see the magnificent Electra Lake (a couple hours) to the south. The southern hike is too treacherous when the creek is flowing strong in the pictures, though. This southern hike is an "extreme" hike - with falls and dangerous things to maneuver - my kids love it when the creek is low and they can rock hop down the stream! (take a rope for getting up and down some tough areas.) You'll see all kinds of wildlife if you are quiet and looking. Bear, Big horn sheep, Elk, turkey, beavers, Eagles, geese, Deer, mountain lions and even an occasional moose are possible. There is so much to take in! We (personally) have only seen mule deer, but some guest have seen Elk, mountain lion and cubs, and eagles.
Remember - get all 7 nights of a week for the price of 6 (except Christmas and New Years weeks) Simply input all 7 nights, and the system gives you the 7th free.
*****NOTE: 4 wheel drive is necessary in the winter. No exceptions! And if you have 4x4 with street tires, you need chains too. The larger the vehicle the more they struggle. I've never needed chains with good all terrain tires and 4x4. But I have seen 4x4 vehicles stuck because they had highway / high speed tires only (like a BMW SUV might have). Lake Purgatory Drive is 1.5 miles of up and down and will have patches of ice on steep hills. In fact, most winters, it is packed snow you are driving on the whole time. It is plowed as soon as we get snow, so you can get out and in, but it is still icy often. Notice the pictures above to see the winter conditions. This is the real deal ... dangerous conditions... but totally doable if you are prepared. We've seen out of control cars and trucks on ice while the locals are walking their dogs. There is talk of banning VRBO guests during the winter because of this. So please take care of the details on this issue. Call O'Reily, or Advanced Auto Parts in Durango to reserve a set of chains to have in your vehicle when you head through town if you don't have all terrain off road type tires. They are often out of stock, so don't depend on showing up last minute to get chains. Please adhere to this for the safety of our neighbors.
WINTER SKIING - Purgatory has some awesome skiing and you can park in the lower parking (where the locals do) and then walk across the road to the bunny lift for a free ride up to the base area where tickets,etc can be purchased. No need to trek uphill once you have rented your gear (which you can get by the needles store just before our road. Also, snow comes at different times. Some spring breaks are amazing, like 2014 when we got 7 feet of snow in one week in March. 2015 only 3 feet of snow all month. But there is so much to do - like a snowmobile tour you won't forget - a two hour tour from the parking lot at Purgatory (pay in the village) and it will be an afternoon to remember! We, also, built a 10x9 entry cover to relieve the icy front step issue one of our guests mentioned in the reviews, so you will be safe and warm in our home in the winter. We have two boot and glove dryers out and handy for your wet boots, etc. We, also, stock a chord of wood on the porch as well, so a crackling fire will add to your enjoyment! Winter is awesome and fearsome up here ! Very Exciting.
COLORADO Sales and Lodgers Tax ID # 29843016