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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
Rocky Mountain National Park reopens Saturday 10/12 at noon! Thanks to Governor Hickenlooper for his work on reopening the park and to the Colorado State Tourism Office for helping supply the funds for the reopening. There is still time to come see the Fall Foliage and watch and hear the elk bugling. Highway 119 from Boulder to Nederland is now open. Then follow the Peak to Peak highway up to Estes Park. It is a pretty drive! You can see the work done by CDOT in repairing Highway 119 from the flooding. They have done a terrific job! Next time you see the workers in the big orange trucks, give them a wave and a smile---they deserve it. Work continues on US 34 and 36 to reopen those roads. We are grateful for all the help in repairing and rebuilding our community as we recover from the flood. Come see us!
Trees are turning their bright gold. Elk are beginning their mating ritual with the bugling penetrating the evening air. The forecast huge snowstorm passed us by and we have blue sky, warm days and that crisp feel to the air that indicates Fall has arrived. Our
guests are enjoying our mountain environment even with the National Park being closed which is frustrating to all of us. Our Town continues the cleanup after the flood. You will be surprised how much has returned to normal. There is still much to be done in the US 34 and 36 canyons but the drive up the Peak to Peak highway is spectacular! Do come and join us
Friends, While it is true that parts of Estes Park and northern Colorado were severely damaged by the recent flood, other parts were undamaged or the damage is being rapidly repaired. Here is what our front lawn looks like right now! Our hearts and prayers go out to those whose lives and businesses have been upended by the flood and we are doing all that we can to help. You can help by visiting our community and supporting all of us as we move forward. Fall is here, trees are turning yellow, elk are bugling, and the crisp days of Fall are here to be enjoyed. Our lodge is open and ready for you to visit. Yes the drive up here is a little longer until a temporary road up US 34 or 36 can be completed but the drive up the Peak to Peak highway (I-70 west to 119 then to Nederland, then 72 to 7 and 7 to Estes Park) is especially beautiful this time of year. So come, enjoy a few days in our community and help us celebrate both the Fall season and a community that is MOUNTAIN STRONG.
As a western—and sometimes even southwestern—state, Colorado has no shortage of scrumptious Mexican food. Influenced by its proximity to New Mexico, Colorado’s Mexican dishes have a distinctive regional take not found in other western states. Smothered enchiladas and burritos often include hearty green chile (chile verde), perfect for warding off an autumn chill. Sometimes green chile is combined with a few additional ingredients and made into a stew. Locals debate which establishments and home cooks whip up the best version of this beloved dish. Spicy red chile sauce (chile Colorado) appears often on menus as well. If you want to try both sauces, just say “Christmas,” and servers will know what you mean. In the fall, the New Mexican Hatch chiles are placed in a large, slotted, cylindrical basket, then manually rotated and tossed over flames. This gives the chiles an unmistakable roasted flavor that Southwestern cooks treasure. More than enough chiles are roasted
Besides the elk rut and their resonating bugles, another sure sign that fall is approaching in the Rockies is the aspen gold. Throughout the summer, thin, emerald green leaves sprout on slender white birch trees, or aspens. Just as the toasty summer air brings a bit of chill, those leaves transform into golden yellow and orange and shimmer in the autumn breezes. At some point, the leaves give up their fight against the increasingly stronger winds. Those lucky enough to hike through Rocky Mountain National Park during this time might feel like they’re at a confetti-strewn party when the aspen leaves fall from the branches. Some may even swirl around Estes Park lodging grounds. Every aspen grove has a different time when its color is on display and when the leaves scatter. The primary aspen gold season occurs from late August in the upper elevations to mid-October in the foothills and valleys. Visitors will notice the golden patches of color on the mountainsides. Unless
We appreciate all the calls (our phone line is now back in service) and emails with your support and prayers. We are making progress in cleaning up the office/lobby--the cabins are all fine and awaiting your next visit. Above is a picture of the east end of our property. The large pipe that you see is the insulated sewer line as it exits our property and the small green pipe is our gas service. As you can see they have taken a pounding but are still intact and serving our property. We move on with our clean up of the office/library area (flooded with ground water) and some outdoor cleanup. Someone's footbridge came to rest on the pipe but I don’t suppose they want it back. We are so very grateful for the limited damage and outpouring of support. Bless you all and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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