*Discounted Weekly Rates* Dog Friendly* Non-Smoking* Lakeside Lodge is a beautiful home, custom-built in 2007 on the shores of private Sun Valley Lake to serve as a vacation destination. In a very special corner of the world, the location is within minutes of the town of Grand Lake and the West Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park! With a large, well-equipped gourmet kitchen and Great Room, the spectacular mountain and lake views provide an unrivaled destination for foodies and outdoor enthusiasts. Soaring vaulted ceilings range from 9 to 30 feet, combined with expansive south-facing windows overlooking the lake make this a spacious, airy and light-filled destination. Three (3) King bedroom suites each have private entrances onto the deck or balconies overlooking the lake. Each bedroom also has incredible lake views and attached bathroom suites customized with either a steam shower or a jetted tub in addition to beautifully tiled showers.
A queen bed in the recently expanded loft similarly provides incredible views. The loft area is open to the Great Room below. Although bordered with standard railing, this elevated loft may not be suitable for unsupervised young children. Two twin mattresses & bedding are available for use on the floor if your group exceeds eight. Enormous decks, balconies, and outdoor tables and chairs provide nice places to relax with a morning cup of coffee or an evening bottle of wine. A large propane BBQ grill encourages outdoor food preparation and dining to capitalize on the beautiful climate.
Lakeside Lodge has a small private beach and private dock equipped with a rowboat, a paddle boat, 2 kayaks, and 2 paddle boards for your enjoyment on Sun Valley Lake. ONLY non-motorized water craft are allowed on this family-friendly lake. Sun Valley Lake is stocked yearly for catch and release trout fishing. No fishing license is required. Only hemostats and clippers are provided; if you wish to fish, please bring appropriate rods, reels, nets, and barbless flies to safely catch and release the beautiful trout.
We are located near the trail head for the Arapahoe National Forest Stillwater Pass Trail System with more than 100 miles of great trails to hike, bike, jeep, ATV, snowmobile, or ride horses. ATV and snowmobile rentals are available from "On the Trail" 1/2 a mile from our home right at the trail head or you can bring your own toys. Grand Lake is regarded as the "Snowmobile Capital of Colorado" and you can ride your sled from our home to the trailheads without trailering! In summer, we frequent the same trail system with ATVs, Jeeps, and mountain bikes. Truly a paradise. Within walking distance of Lakeside Lodge is Winding River Campground, offering horse trail rides, hayrides, weekly ice cream socials, pancake breakfast, and a children's petting zoo in the summer.
We are eight minutes from the historic village of Grand Lake which offers charming boardwalk shopping, dining, and recreation on Grand Lake. Two small grocery stores, a gas station, library and a small town hardware store are available in Grand Lake.
Also within 10 minutes is the Grand Lake Golf Course and hiking trails, which convert to outstanding cross-country (nordic) skiing and a free tubing hill in the winter. We are forty minutes from Granby Ranch for downhilll (alpine) skiing/snowboarding in the winter and mountain-biking and golfing in the summer. Multiple services are available in Granby including a conventional grocery store (City Market/Kroger), numerous gasoline stations, banking and medical facilities.
We are 40 minutes from Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa for those who wish to relax in this historic venue. One hour from Lakeside is Winter Park Ski Resort which offers a movie theater, downhill skiing and snowboarding, and many summer activities including mountain biking, shopping, alpine slide, concert venue, and festivals.
This 4500 sq ft home was custom-built in 2007 with caretaker's facilities on premises, but separated from the rental. The basement, garage, utility area, and quarters above the garage are locked off from the 3000 sq ft main house available to renters with separate outdoor access and keys. The lakeside main structure of the home and private dock area is the rental side you have seen on the website, and you will have exclusive access and use of this area during your stay. The home is equipped with an electronic deadbolt with a customized entry code allowing your group access at any arrival hour - details will be provided by email approximately a week before your arrival.
Owners do have another cabin in the Sun Valley area and typically sleep and work there (or head out on other adventures) while Lakeside Lodge is rented; however, we may potentially need access to portions of the owner's area and the garage on occasion. Although we love to meet our guests, and are happy to answer questions or address any issues during your stay, we typically assume renters enjoy their solitude and don't come onto the property or try to introduce ourselves unless invited!
The owners do reserve the right to access the caretaker area during your rental if necessary. There is a two story indoor "breezeway" that connects the caretaker's apartment from the main home (rental area). Locked doors separate the areas and will remain locked throughout your visit. We would never enter the rental unless requested to do so by the renters or in the event of an emergency. During winter, we may offer (typically by text message or email) to clear snow from the decks and balconies but would coordinate with you. If guests wish to clear their own decks or prefer to just let the snow accumulate during their stay, that normally will be fine! We try to provide the perfect combination of privacy to our guests, while offering some personal assistance if you wish and if we are in Grand Lake during your visit. Just let us know if you wish to meet us, otherwise we will leave you to your enjoy your vacation in privacy.
We've tried to anticipate your needs, and pride ourselves in the extra conveniences, thoughtful touches, and unexpected luxuries you will discover during your visit. There are six electrical outlets provided on each side of each bed. Do you wish to connect a bedside light, phone, clock, CPAP, bed heater and laptop simultaneously? We've got you covered! Tissues next to each bed? Of course! A huge gourmet kitchen with a commercial refrigerator and commercial freezer to hold your feasts for 10? Yes! Full laundry room, with fragrance-free detergent? Yep! A whole-house water filtration system to provide excellent drinking water throughout the home? Yes! A high chair and booster chair for the infants? Yes. Puzzles, books, and games? Sure. An extra shower seat for those with reduced mobility? Yep. How about an extra stack of towels to wipe the kid's and dog's feet after a day playing in the lake? Certainly! Blender, crock pot, coffee maker, huge collection of recently sharpened kitchen knives, and an amazing array of dishes and glasses? Yes. As you will see from the guest reviews, we provide quite an array of kitchen spices, cutlery, dishes, and cookware. Binoculars for viewing the wildlife? Certainly! A backpack, cooler and a few extra jackets that guests can borrow during their stay? Yes, even these. A description of some other special upgrades are described in the "Unique Benefits" section under the Owner Story - but other touches you will discover during your visit.