Weekend Getaway to Grand Lake
This charming little town is located only 2 hours from Denver. It sits along a beautiful body of water with mountains on three sides. I spent a weekend there recently and I already want to return.
We did a lot of hiking. It’s a great way to start the morning especially if you want to beat the afternoon heat or crowds. Grand Lake is close enough to walk into Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) and there are plenty of trail heads of various difficulty within a 15 minute drive of town. The trail to Adam Falls is a short (0.3 mi) but scenic hike. Since the town is on the west side of the RMNP, it’s not quite as busy as the east side by Estes Park. You can always head to the lake when the afternoon temperature rises.
Cool off on the water in a paddle boat, kayak or pontoon boat. There is a small beach area to swim or you can just watch the sun set along the water’s edge. There’s plenty of benches and docks to just sit and take in the view or have a picnic. Grand Lake is the smallest of the three lakes in the area but it definitely has the most appealing town.
You can take a stroll down the old-fashioned boardwalk to sample one of the many ice cream parlors on Grand Avenue or stop in for some pizza at Grand Pizza. The trout was fantastic at Terrace Inn and The Hub Coffee and Cones provided shelter from a brief afternoon storm along with a great macchiato.
I’ve never seen the appeal of buying a home to spend summers in the mountains. After visiting Grand Lake, I get it!