The best vacation spots include the best locations. You wouldn’t stay in a hotel in the big city if you wanted to vacation in a beach house, would you? Nor would many of us plan to go deep sea fishing in Iowa. In the same vein, if you want to visit the stunning vistas of Rocky Mountain National Park, you would ideally stay in a town that is near the park. As in, really, really close to the entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park. How does closer than 2 miles to the western entrance of Rocky Mountain National Park sound? That place is Grand Lake, Colorado.
Unlike the eastern entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, which is near Estes Park, Colorado, the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park did not experience unfortunate flooding Fall, 2013. Grand Lake is full of charm and is as unpretentious as a resort hamlet can be. We came upon Grand Lake entirely by accident several years ago. Our mouths gaped open at the charming town square area as we watched sail boats glide by on Grand Lake. We ate ice cream cones under the city flagpole and contemplated this sweet little town. And, we fell in love with the town of Grand Lake.
Thereafter, we visited twice a year for two years until we purchased a modern, lovely townhome just inside city limits. We had several buying options and looked at a lot of cabins, which were either too run down or way too pricey. Grand Lake, Colorado is just a two hour drive from Denver and lots of families have been coming to Grand Lake for generations. Our townhome, just inside the entrance of Grand Lake, Colorado, is less than 2 miles from the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The townhome is within a 5 minute walk to the main boardwalk area of Grand Lake, Colorado.
If you would like to rent the townhome, please take a look at it on our Vacation Rentals by Owner site HERE. On the VRBO site, there are a lot of property photos that I have uploaded and I have listed some of our favorite things to do in the Grand Lake area…trust me, there are a lot of things to do in Grand Lake, Colorado, where only the sights are better than the location!