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Yes, summer really is coming! In the middle of this winter that is hard for most of us to grasp. Just look at the picture of the couple enjoying the peace and quiet of the riverside in Summer. This could be you! Close your eyes, take a deep breath and I will bet you can hear the water softly bubbling as it flows by and feel the soft summer breeze gentling waving the aspen leaves. It is time to make plans to join us for a visit to the mountains. We look forward to welcoming you back or if this is your first visit to us we are delighted to have you come share our mountains. Please call us and we will help with reservations whenever you want to come.
Like much of the country Winter has taken a firm grip on the Estes Park valley. Here is a picture of Fall River looking West from our covered bridge. No longer the raging flood torrent of mid September, it is now a placid bubbling stream under a blanket of snow. Beautiful scenes in all directions. After several days of unusually cold temperatures our warming trend starts today. Bright sunlight will turn the snow covered landscape into scenes of shimmering diamonds. It's not too late to come join us for this weekend. Next weekend, Valentines weekend is filling fast but we have a few spaces left! Remember to come up US 34 through Loveland or Colorado 7 from Lyons to Estes Park. Don't use US 36 for the next few weeks as the contractors are doing permanent repairs of the flood damage which necessitates some lengthy delays. Come and enjoy our mountains with us.
Winter is here! The season of snow, cold crisp days of sunshine, and yes some days of wind. That is part of living in or visiting the mountains. Whatever the weather on a given day, there is a sense of refreshment, vigor, and freshness. Our daily duties of housekeeping, snow removal, filing the wood boxes are tempered by watching the kids frolic in the snow, their parents enjoying a walk in the winter wonderland of fresh snow, and we all enjoy stopping to watch the wildlife pass through the property and the birds (wild turkeys especially) around our bird feeders. Then a hot drink in front of a crackling fire enhances the day. Won’t you come join us? We would love to welcome you.
Happy New Year to you all from the staff at Castle Mountain Lodge! We noticed a momma bunny had adopted a spot by the front door of one of our cabins. We saw her several cold days in a row in that spot and if we approached to go in the cabin she ran off but shortly returned. It finally dawned on us that each entry door has a "sweep" on the bottom, a strip of rubber or felt that seals the space between the door sill and the bottom of the door. An inspection showed that a piece of the sweep, about 4-6 inches long was missing allowing the warm cabin air to seep out and make a nice warm spot for bunny to sit. So if we make up a list of "dumb bunnies" we will need to exclude this one from the list. We hope you have a "warm spot" for the New Year and we look forward to welcoming you back to our warm mountain lodge.
Christmas morning in our mountains! Thanks to Dave Rusk for this picture that captures the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, up close, in Winter. The staff at Castle Mountain Lodge wishes you a wonderful Christmas and a blessed and peaceful New Year. We hope your New Year’s plans include a visit to our mountain valley. We look forward to welcoming you.
Winter turns our mountain valley into a wonderland! Our friend and local photographer Dave Rusk captured a portion of Trail Ridge Road (the upper portion is closed in the winter of course). At this time of year it is such fun to drive through Rocky and see the animals and the beauty of the mountains in winter. Often, you can also see many of the animals on our local golf courses or wandering the streets. Our village is aglow with the sights and sounds of Christmas. Do come and join us for a few days, sit by a crackling fire, do some Christmas shopping, and enjoy winter in the mountains!
Winter is upon us! It’s cold–17 below was reported in Estes last night. We usually have a couple of cold spells during the winter. This one seems a bit colder and lasting longer, 3 or 4 days, than normal. Yes it is a dry cold but still cold. However it is a beautiful sight! The trees are decked in fluffy white, Fall River is gurgling along under the bridge and around the snow covered boulders. So we keep the lobby fire crackling and a jigsaw puzzle on the table near the fire. The coffee is hot and it is time to enjoy our winter season. Come see for yourself!
We noticed that Momma Rabbit was resting in the same place for several days in a row. She would be there for a while, then was gone, then back. We got curious as to why she always chose the same cabin–there are three in a row with porches and views of the area. So we went investigating. Sure enough that smart bunny had a reason for being there. We discovered that a part of the door sweep (a soft rubber channel attached to the bottom of exterior doors) was missing right where she was sitting. So there was a gentle current of warm air wafting over her as she sat there. No dumb bunny she! This is such a great time of year see all the animals. We look forward to welcoming you for a visit soon!
Elk mating season is over for 2013 and this big friend has staked out a spot in front of one of our cabins, River Castle 7. Each time we see one of these majestic creatures up close at the lodge we are reminded what a privilege it is to live in Estes Park. GREAT NEWS! While Highway 36 between Estes Park and Lyons has been open for over a week now, today, Nov. 21, US Highway 34 from Loveland to Estes Park opens for travel--yeaaaaa! This makes the trip to Estes Park so much shorter for so many of our visitors. The workers from the private contractors, government agencies, and others have been stunning! What they have accomplished in two months is nothing short of a miracle. Hats off and a prayer of thanks to each of them! Come stay at the lodge and enjoy the late Fall, early Winter activities---Thanksgiving, Catch the Glow Christmas Parade on 11/29 and enjoy part of the Christmas season in our spectacular mountain village. We are ready to welcome you!
As our community continues to recover from the devastating flood, we are daily treated to views of our majestic environment. Thanks to our friend Dave Rusk for this picture of Deer Mountain behind our lodge. Even as we work to repair damaged roads, structures, and lives in our community we look up and out and see the evidence of much beauty. This strengthens our resolve to bring back our Town to its more normal condition so that you, our guests, may enjoy it as we do. And we are making progress in the clean up. Our Town is open and ready have you come and enjoy! Yes, the drive to Estes Park is a bit longer--you need to go through Boulder, up CO 119 to Nederland, then CO 72 up through Ward to CO 7 and then on to Estes Park. It is a beautiful drive in the crisp Fall weather, I made it yesterday.
We continue to be grateful for all the help we are receiving from other communities. Last evening I talked with a Larimer County official who is helping assess the damage to structures and
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