Grand Lake Travel Guide

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Grand Lake Things to Do

  • Balloon rides!

    Hot Air Balloon in a beautiful place! Grand Adventure Balloon Tours provides a spectacular flight! Call #970-887-1340 early in your stay. It is a great way to get out and see the area before the afternoon storms.

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  • Grand Lake Boat Ride and Island Picnic

    One of the joys of living in Denver or just visiting is the wealth of summer activities. One great day trip is to visit Trail Ridge Marina, in Grand County. The marina is located in Grand Lake, Colorado with access to Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake. The marina rents everything from a pontoon boat that holds up to 12 people for scenic rides...

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  • Kauffman House

    This historic house was built by the Kauffman family in 1892. The family made it into a hotel, and so it remained until 1946. It's the only 19th century log cabin left in Grand Lake. Docents dressed in period costumes show visitors around the house and explain life in the early days.

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Grand Lake Hotels

Grand Lake Restaurants

  • Excelent small brew pub.

    Normal pub food with a great selection of their own brews. The last time I was there there were ten different on tap and favorite one to start with is "Plaid Bastard" a Scottish style with an excellent smooth taste.

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  • "The Peanut Place"

    The Sagebrush BBQ and Grill is a very casual place with a large assortment of BBQ items. Every table has a large bucket of peanuts and guests are encouraged to throw the shells on the floor. Tables have plastic cow print table cloths and the decor is very old west oriented; steer skulls, navajo blankets, other old west artifacts, blended with...

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  • Cup of Joe

    Rocky Mountain Coffee Company is another cute little coffee house in town. They’re open early and have great coffee!

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  • Margaritas by the Lake

    Poncho and Leftys is always packed. During the high season expect to wait. But there is a large bar area and an outdoor patio where you can have a margarita while you’re waiting for your table. They specialize in Mexican food, but I must admit, the food isn’t that great. If you’re absolutely craving Mexican – this is the place to go in town, just...

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  • Restaurant With a View

    The food at the Grand Lake lodge is nothing special, but the views from the restaurant are gorgeous and the waitstaff is friendly. They also have a large brunch in the mornings and plenty of seating.

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  • Yummy Pizza

    Grand Pizza is hands-down the best pizza in town. It blows the pizza from the bowling alley out of the water. It’s also pricier than any other pizza in town, but well worth it. I’m not sure if they deliver or not. My guess would be no. It’s a very small town. But it’s easy enough to dine in or go pick it up and take it home. Highly recommended.

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Grand Lake Shopping

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    Cascades of the Rockies

    by Etoile2B Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    On the main drag in town you'll find Cascades. A rustic gift shop specializing in local arts and crafts, bath and body luxuries, and books by local writers. The local staff is friendly and knowledgeable. The gifts found here are well-priced and very unique. If you're looking to take a little bit of this quaint mountain town home with you look no further than Cascades.

    What to buy: I bought a fantastic hand blown goblet, unlike anything I've ever seen before, made by a local artist. My mom found an unique frame to take home and showcase a picture from our Rocky Mountain adventures.

    What to pay: My goblet was $15 US.

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Grand Lake Local Customs

  • Local lodges, inns and guest houses

    This is an example of the many local places to stay in the town. In the winter, you can park your snowmobile right out front. I haven't stayed in the town overnight so I can't comment on the quality of any of the accommodations, but several of them looked quite tempting.

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  • Local lodges, inns and guest houses

    This is an example of the many local places to stay in the town. In the winter, you can park your snowmobile right out front. I haven't stayed in the town overnight so I can't comment on the quality of any of the accommodations, but several of them looked quite tempting.

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  • Columbine Lake 4th of July Potluck

    The community living around Columbine Lake throws and annual Fourth of July potluck luncheon. Neighbors from all over the lake bring food to share. People fish off the pier. Local musicians play live music and the entire neighborhood participates in a parade. It's a great way to meet people, picnic outdoors with your family and celebrate the 4th of...

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Grand Lake Off The Beaten Path

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    Columbine Lake

    by Etoile2B Updated Feb 7, 2005

    Columbine Lake is located near Grand Lake and Rocky Mountain National Park. It's a small lake bordered by cabins - mostly residential. On an average summer day you can find neighbors out on the lake in canoes, fishing off the numerous piers or just relaxing on the shore. The community house has a pool and game room, but is only available for residents of the community. It's a peaceful neighborhood conducive to kayaking, hiking and 4 wheeling. It's a wonderful retreat from the chaos of everyday life.

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