lodging

Practice Social Distancing at the 100-Year-Old Grand Lake Lodge. HeidiTown (9)

I spent one night at Grand Lake Lodge in July. I have been to Grand Lake many times but this was only my second stay at the lodge. The first stay was for a wedding six years ago. Since that time, Highway West Vacations bought the property and things have changed. The most visible change is that the cabins have been updated. They managed to keep the old-fashioned ambiance while

Snow Mountain Ranch, A Home Base for Exploring Dining in Grand County

There’s a lot to love about Grand County, especially Snow Mountain Ranch. We’ve become well-acquainted with this YMCA property over the years. We’ve stayed in nearly every accommodation, including the lodge. On our June trip, we stayed in a cabin named Wildrose that overlooked a green meadow. Several times a day, a line of horses from the Snow Mountain Ranch Stables would plod by, happy visitors on their backs. Our

Stay in Salida, Colorado Stay Amigo Motor Lodge. HeidiTown (5)

I’ll admit, as a road tripper, I am a sucker for remodeled motels. Rundown and closed motels are often a blight in a town or city but if they have been saved and remodeled, they can be an asset in more ways than one.  Over the years, we’ve stayed in a handful of these places from Bellingham, Washington to Cortez, Colorado. I was overjoyed to discover that Salida has several

A Little Vacation in a Tiny Home in Lyons, Colorado

I have stayed in four tiny homes and have concluded that I could not permanently live in a tiny house. I am too messy and quite frankly, I like having stuff. As a vacation rental, however, tiny homes are perfect. They more than meet my needs for a weekend getaway and they are ideal for a longer stay. For instance, my parents rented a tiny home for nearly a month

The Majestic - An Authentic Experience at a Boutique Leadville Hotel (13)

I’ve always wanted to stay in one of Leadville’s gingerbread houses. We’ve stayed at The Colorado Trail House in Leadville, which is a beautiful and rather stately Victorian home, but not quite as colorful as some of Leadville’s old homes. When Rick and Bec, owners of The Colorado Trail House and more recent owners of The Majestic, invited us to stay at their new Leadville property during Crystal Carnival &

What to do in Colorado on Valentine's Day (aka Stuff I Like), HeidiTown, Lisa Kral

When you’ve been doing this as long as I have, the holidays seem to occur at a faster rate every year. For instance, before I can take two breaths, I’m writing about Christmas again. Now it’s nearly February and I’ve already been writing Romance in the Rockies posts for The Heidi Guide. Of course, I believe we should celebrate love year round, but it’s nice to have one day to

Antlers Pool in Winter Courtesy of the hotel

Sometimes, I am asked why I like Vail so much. “You seem like a down-to-earth person,” they’ll say. “Why Vail?” That’s because a lot of people associate Vail with a sort of pretension that’s been hard for the destination to shake, and maybe some would rather not. Let’s face it, if you think a place is a certain way, it’s likely that you’ll find it that way when you visit.

New Things to do in Breckenridge, Part Two, HeidiTown.com , skiing at Grand Colorado on Peak 8

Read: New Things to do in Breckenridge (2017) I’ve been visiting Breckenridge for the good part of two decades and like many Coloradans, I’ve come to love specific places in Breckenridge. However, as someone who is here to impart new information to HeidiTown citizens, I can’t get stuck in a rut, even if its a delicious rut, so on that last couple of trips, we’ve made it a point to

Play, Stay & Ride at Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort in Colorado Springs. HeidiTown (3)

I love to stay in a place with a colorful story or in this case, hundreds of colorful stories. The Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort has been located on the road between Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs since the early 1900s. The stucco hotel with 48 rooms lined up under broad, old trees, seems like the ideal setting for a best-selling coming-of-age-novel where the protagonist’s parents were the Buffalo Lodge

A Lavishly Masculine Bed & Breakfast in Cheyenne, Wyoming (4)

Historically, Cheyenne was a thriving railway town, and in 1888, it was the wealthiest city per capita in the world (city-data.com). Erasmus Nagle built the home in 1887 for $50,000, a huge sum of money at that time, and the Nagle Warren Mansion lives up to its illustrious name—it really is a mansion.  The mansion has been a bed and breakfast under the same owner since 1997 and has become a popular