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... through the little village Drake and again I felt the Indians...!! the fast flowing river ran all the way by the side of the road and the houses were isolated but so cute and varied..
after a quick stop for lunch we arrived safe and sound at the airport..Ian flew to New York and we flew to san Francisco..
what another super day and thanks Ian for arranging to meet us there it was awesome..
... and watched the storm pass from our window. Later in the evening we found another great restaurant for dinner. We have really been eating well on this trip! And so ends another day full of excitement, adventure, and beauty. Each day has been different from the one before, each with its own wonderful sights and experiences. Tomorrow is supposed to rain all day, but who knows what unexpected adventure lies ahead for us? ~ ...
... Park. We stopped off at the top hoping to walk up to the highest point but it was blocked by snow. There were many trails we couldnt hike due to flooding or snow. We continued to see more elk and more elk and it didnt loose its excitement. Bear Lake was our final destination in the park and I was shocked by the amount of people on that side of the park. We hiked around the lake which was about 3/4 of a mile, when we ...
... and imagining that I am light as a feather. Sometimes the feather thing doesn’t work out and I sink up to my knees in snow.
Julie breaks through more often than I do since she weighs about 40 pounds more. Eventually she gets tired of it and says she is going back. I know we were close to the turnoff for the meadow, and I don’t want to stop, but I’m also kind of afraid of hiking on alone. Besides the threat of tumbling trees, there are bears in these ...
... well worth it. The waterfall was beautiful and the people along the trail were very friendly.
Next we ran off to Sombrero Stables for our horseback riding. The last time I went horseback riding was with Kevin in 2005 in Vermont. The instructor looked like he walked off a western movie set. He was dressed head to toe in cowboy gear, cowboy hat to cowboy boots. He even walked like a cowboy. Indeed I was starstruck, the first real cowboy I have encountered. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gateway Inn Grand Lake
Customer service at the Gateway Inn was excellent. The rooms were beautiful. We love the log and antique furnishings giving this hotel a wonderful atmosphere. The food was good also.
Beautiful Room and Inn
The room was beautifully decorated, spacious and very comfortable. Staying at the Gateway Inn over the 4th of July was very fun. The view from the Inn's balcony was perfect for watching the renowned Grand Lake's 4th of July Firework's display . The inn was within walking distance to main street - for access to many different activities such as horseback riding, shopping, and boating. Would definitely recommend staying at the Gateway Inn.
My wife and I spent our 10th wedding anniversary at the Gateway Inn this last August. I feared there would be problems with our stay almost immediately when the person manning the front desk couldn't find our reservations for a frustrating period of time until he finally went and got someone who knew what they were doing. We soon discovered that the coffee maker in our room still had coffee in it left over from the previous party that stayed in our room. Later we experienced a shower head that was barely working, followed by a toilet that immediately stopped up without even putting any paper in it prior to flushing. When I went down to report these problems to the owener/manager he acted "put out" that he had to listen to me, which made me quite indignent. The problems were fixed. However, the next morning we discovered that houskeeping had not left any of the customery toiletries in our room ( shampoo, etc. ). The coffee for the room coffee maker tasted very mediocre no matter how we tweeked the measurements. The beautiful view of Shadow Mountain Lake is over a busy highway, through power lines, and over a mix of light commercial and municipal service buildings. Not the unspoined view that we were hoping for. On the positive side, the king size bed was very comfortable and the room was attractive enough. However, the Gateway Inn isn't close to being worth the price you have to pay. Go stay in a rustic cabin - Your money will probably be better spent and quite likely you'll have a better time.
Not the spot to "hibernate"
We booked the Gateway Inn after viewing their website, and realized once we got there that we should have paid more attention, because although it is fairly accurately represented there, it was not what we were looking for. The homey "Come hibernate with us" motto with a sleeping bear was not a good indication of what the place was really like.
This hotel would be well suited for a convention or other large group. It would also be a good place to stay if you are used to the kind of large and somewhat sterile rooms you'd expect in a city. Most of the places around Grand Lake are pretty small and show their age. The Gateway Inn is a big place, and it was built recently. The rooms have air conditioners and gas fireplaces. The rooms are decorated with log furniture and a cowboy theme. If you're looking for a cozy lakeside getaway, like we were, this place doesn't feel right.
We did have a nice view from our balcony, but the balcony itself was just large enough for two chairs. The Inn is not located walking distance from the lakes or the main street of Grand Lake Village. We took our car to go into town. It is located just off the main road as it goes towards town. The noise from traffic was annoying during the day, but we slept with the windows open and it was quiet at night.
The bar was jammed with folks on Friday night when we checked in. We were glad that our room was at the far end of the hall, as we had come for a quiet weekend. We found that most of the time, the staff and owners were more interested in socializing in the lounge than in coming to the desk.
We had lunch in the restaurant and found the food average, but overpriced.
O.K. but not great
We travel to Grand Lake every year and throught we would try Gateway as it is new. A nice place filled with stuffed animals, very clean, but not close enough to the town or the lakes to walk anywhere. Our "premium" room, at a $140 per night (+$30 a night tax) had a partial view of the lake from a balcony that was tight for two chairs and was right above the kitchen fan which ran most of the night. Some road noise from the main street going into town which is right below the hotel. Room was O.K. but only had sheets and a heavy coverlet, needed a light blanket. Staff was busy talking to locals and offered little help. Did not use restaurant/bar as there was no separation between smokers and non and there were a lot of smokers. Overall O.K. but not worth the price.
Great Little Inn ...
Spent one night at the Inn on the way to the Rocky National Park - which is only about a 15 minute drive down the road. Grand Lake is a small resort- type town, probably busy in the summer but VERY quiet when we were there in mid May. Many shops and restaurants still closed prior to the summer season. We were allocated the Cowboy room - very quaintly done out in Western theme. The room was large, very clean with a nice bathroom and bathroom fittings/toiletries/towels etc. The bed was comfortable, but was 'noisy' when I turned over. Thought there might have been some sort of protective cover over the mattress. The room had a corner fireplace (very nice because it started snowing during the evening, so this made it very cosy) and a small fridge. We did not eat at the hotel so cannot comment on the food. My only gripe was that, although all the rooms are non-smoking, they did allow smoking in other areas - including the bar and reception area. Since the bar is adjacent to the dining/breakfast area I thought this might lead to a smokey dining room - which would not be pleasant. Apart from this one issue, I enjoyed my stay here and would come back again.
We stayed at Gateway Inn a couple of weeks ago and had a great time!
The hotel was new with the most comforable beds. The lounge and restaurant provided great service. Very clean. Grand Lake was much more enjoyable to us this time around. Thanks Gateway!
The Gateway Inn was a great place to stay. I have stayed in other hotels in Grand Lake and the Gateway Inn is my favorite. It is built to resemble a log cabin and exquisite log furniture is used throughout the hotel. Although it the decor looks and feels like a log cabin the hotel is modern. It was built a few years ago and has a long list of amenities that are usually found in much larger hotels. The staff was very friendly and went out of their way to make our stay pleasant. I cannot say enough about this hotel. If you are looking for a great place to stay in Grand Lake that will treat you excellent, I recommend the Gateway Inn.
Loved this Inn!
We LOVED this hotel! We stayed in 9 hotels on our Colorado trip, and this was our favorite!
The hotel is only a few years old and offers all the charm and intimacy of a mom and pop hotel with all the modern conveniences and immenities of a large upscale chain. Even an elevator! And although it's very modern, it's designed with a lot of local mountain charm. Unlike some hotels I booked over the internet, with this hotel, what you see on the internet is what you get.
I was also glad I opted to spend a few extra dollars for a room with a private balcony and view of Shadow Mountain and Shadow Mountain Lake. Worth every penny!
It's also very clean and close to town. It doesn't have a restaurant, so we went to Grand Lake Lodge for dinner, but it does have a beautiful and large bar that was reportedly built by the owner and a large outdoor deck with great views. The bar seems to be a gathering place for local residents, so it's also a great place to meet some really nice people and learn more about the town.
I don't mean to sound like an advertisement, but I can't say enough about how much I loved this place! It's friendly and charming without sacrificing modern and clean, and a great place for a tourist to feel like a local.
Clean and modern lodge in a quaint mountain town
If you're looking for a rustic mountain lodge experience but also want spacious and very clean rooms with modern amenities the Gateway Inn is for you. My husband loved the bar and lounge area. It was a little too smoky for the kids and me, but we had a great time playing board games (provided by the lodge) on the large back deck overlooking the mountains and lake instead. The kids also enjoyed the bunk beds in our room and even though we were right next to the bar/lounge we didn't have any problems with noise. The lodge is within easy walking distance to the town of Grand Lake and a short drive to the Rocky Mountain National Park. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Gateway Inn!