"This is the third year in a row we (four couples) have rented through Home Away, and we all agree this was the best rental by far. Mornings were spent on the deck enjoying the view of Shadow Mountain Lake, and watching the antics of the hummingbirds as they fought for the nectar in the feeder. We got some great pictures of them. We took a tour of Grand Lake for a very reasonable $20 / person for one hour - which was enough to get our bearings. So the next day we rented a pontoon boat and toured both Grand and Shadow Mountain lakes on our own. We pulled into Grand Lake (the town) with our pontoon and walked to the ice cream shop for some homemade ice cream. At this time of year (July), it is very busy, so if you don't like standing in lines, I would pass this one by. We hiked a very easy .3 miles up to Adams Falls, which was worth the walk. We are all in our 50's or up, and the walk was easy for all who attempted it. We also did the tourist thing in Grand Lake, and have the t-shirts to show for our efforts.
The one thing you should not miss in Grand Lake is the Fat Cat café. They only serve breakfast, and are only open from 7-1 daily (closed Tuesdays), but the food is out of this world good. Five stars all around. On the weekends Fat Cat offers only the buffet, but like no buffet you have ever had - pies of every type, real English scones (yum!), and biscuits to die for. I am ready to go back for more! Caution though: it is a very small café. Plan to wait, and plan to get very friendly with your neighbors. Chair bumping is the norm here.
We were all thrilled to see four moose during our stay - two of them right along the lake shore in front of the house. We also watched the Osprey hunting for fish on the lake, and watched the Canadian Geese make their daily sojourn down to the lake to feed for the day. Only on the last day did we see any other wildlife, which happened to be a young fox and a nice buck.
We set our standards based on past experiences: queen or better beds, and a bathroom for every couple - this ticked all the boxes for us, and bonus! Every bedroom had its own in suite bathroom. The rooms were far apart, so we always felt we could have our 'alone' time if we needed it. The kitchen was also well equipped, though I admit we cooked most of our meals on the grill.
We can honestly say this has been the best vacation so far, and we would recommend this luxurious home to our friends."
Guest: Teresa W.
Date of Stay: July 2016
Review Submitted: July 31, 2016