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Charming, Cozy, Classic Mountain Cabin (Mt/Lake views)

Bedrooms 1
Space 74 m²
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3-5)

Come home to the old-time mountain cabin of your dreams -- a rustic, 1950s-era Grand Lake cabin rental with all the comforts of modern life, just minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park! This little slice of heaven offers stellar views of Park peaks and Shadow Mountain Lake from the large great room picture window and the huge wrap-around deck (which more than suffice for the purposeful lack of TV). Every day from this Grand Lake cabin vacation rental you'll see elk, moose, foxes, and more wildlife right out the front door! A fine and growing aspen grove greets you in the front yard. Inside and out, it's clean, peaceful, romantic, cozy and inviting -- it's all that and more!

This cute-as-all-get-out Grand Lake cabin rental has pinewood interior with an 11-foot-tall pitched ceiling with open beams, wood-burning stove and natural stone fireplace. It's truly a classic cabin with warm wood ambiance -- you'll love playing board games and reading or flat lazing away the day by the fire inside, but the outdoors are the finest playground in the Rockies. Master bedroom with queen bed (sleeps 2). In main room is the Murphy bed (sleeps 2), single bed, and short couch for naps or a child. No smoking indoors please. Nice campfire pit. All firewood is provided for free. Get in here! A wonderful time awaits you when you rent this Grand Lake cabin.

Guests have remarked that this humble yet sweet mountain cabin is the best vacation value west of the Mississippi, and certainly this side of the Great Divide. You'll cherish our authentic mountain retreat when you rent this Grand Lake cabin. Check out the reviews below. Some of our favorite comments from the guest registry:

“Thanks for making an affordable vacation in the Rockies possible.”

“Wow, what a beautiful cabin! Cooked in both nights, could hardly leave the peace and quietness of this wonderful cabin.”

“We felt at home as soon as we walked in the front door!”

“Doggies love it here.”

“You have a wonderful cabin -- the best we've found so far: comfortable (especially the bed) and warm and cabin-y!”

“We loved waking up to that view!”

“What a wonderful quiet mountain retreat! We thoroughly enjoyed being here -- the sky chair (we had to take turns!), your great assortment of board games, no TV or clock (hurray! thank you!), your clean and cozy cabin and fun fire pit.”

“We'll never forget the incredible wildlife, including the huge bull moose we saw while out for a walk and the red fox right outside the back door!”

The happy cabin lies just about two miles from the quaint Western town of Grand Lake - a wonderful town on the largest natural lake in Colorado that's great for couples and families. Walk (in winter, cross-country ski) out the cabin door to the lake or to the North Fork of the Colorado River. The dirt roads all around the cabin are great for dog walks, sweet views of the mountains and lakes and scattering of cabins and second homes.

In winter, Grand Lake is the self-proclaimed Snowmobile Capital of Colorado. Cross-country ski or snowshoe in the Park, or the Grand Lake nordic track (doubles as golf course in summer), drive 20 minutes to Sol Vista Ski Area, 25 minutes to Nordic ski areas, or 35 minutes to Winter Park and Mary Jane world-class downhill ski areas.

Arrival time: After 4pm.

Departure time: By 10am.

Keywords: Cabin Grand Lake

More Details

Todd Runestad
Member since: 2003
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
15 March, 2018

About Todd Runestad

Born in Colorado, raised back east, moved back to ski bum it after college, moved to the west coast, third time was the charm, this time with wife (to be) in tow. While I have been the typical Colorado guy who climbs mountains, Sweetie (the wife) always made me stop along the trail to smell the flowers and not overlook the way the sun sparkles through the aspen leaves. Our two young daughters go one better, stopping the both of us to point out worms and bugs along the trail.

Todd Runestad purchased this cabin in 1999

Why Todd Runestad chose Grand Lake

Upon getting married in 1997, my wife and I searched the mountains of Colorado far and wide for our little slice of heaven. Our agreement (second of the summer!) was that the place had to 'sing' to the both of us. We figured we'd find a few acres and, someday, build an A-frame on it. In the third summer of our search, my wife overheard an office-mate talk about their Grand Lake cabin they were looking to sell. We headed up to look at it. I'll never forget when we walked up the steps and opened the front door to look inside. At the same second, we both said, 'Wow!' It was just what we were looking for -- charming, rustic, cozy, classic old-time mountain cabin. Sold! Total bonus that the town of Grand Lake is just as sweet a mountain town as you can ask for. Double-bonus that it's utterly kid-friendly, which works for our two girls just fine. Triple-bonus that the views from the cabin are into Rocky Mountain National Park.

What makes this cabin unique

In the time BC (Before Children) we would spend most weekends up at the cabin, and more often than not doing what might be described as exactly nothing. In winter months we'd sit in rocking chairs, feeding the wood stove, reading newspapers, magazines and books, watching the clouds float by above the lake and over the mountains of the park. We like to keep a look out the window or from the deck for elk and moose and foxes that live in the area -- never fails to excite. We like to play board games, from Monopoly and Battleship to Twister and backgammon, and take walks right out the door on the dirt roads over to the North Fork of the Colorado River or just around the area. Good fun mountain biking, too. Our dogs ('the boys') love the area, probably as much as we do -- and, with wild fragrances all around, maybe more!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Mud season" was perfect for Hot Sulphur Springs - cool and cloudy but no snow to get cold feet between pools.

Walking the dog around these dirt roads - good smells!

Cabin invites relaxation. We're playing lots of games - Mouse Trap, backgammon, Princess. Great fire in the wood-burning stove!

We spent the day at Hot Suphur Springs. Amazing hot tubs and some body work/facials. I would highly recommend this place fora visit.

We so needed a retreat and we received it and so much more. The love truly radiates from the walls.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to stay here in your cabin and explore Grand Lake and all your wonderful recommendations for dog hikes and food.

Thank you for welcoming our dogs as it makes it even more special to have the furry companions with us in a very cozy setting with a real log cabin feel. Gives us a real mountain experience!

Woof! Woof! Woof! -- The Girls

Had a very enjoyable first visit. Snowshoeing, snowmobiling and relaxing by the fire. Can't wait 'til next time!

It's amazing how much wildlife's here! We saw a black bear across the road. We went kayaking, and the cabin was rustically furnished. We loved it.

Saw moose on the front step the first day. Also saw our first bear in Rocky Mountain National Park. Quiet and comfortable. Enjoyed no TV and the radio.

The stars at night and a roaring fire in the hearth were the highlights of a great couple of days.

Late October:

Woodsmoke, pines,

sun falling on aspens --

their pale, naked boies,

birds darting in low branches,

the hills thick

with golden underbrush

gathered like fists

against the wind

against the brilliant snow

making its careful

irrevocable way

down the mountain.

Thank you so much for the use of your adorably cozy, romantic cabin.

Thank you for the amazing cabin! The views were incredible. It was one of our most relaxing vacations ever.

Ran into a couple moose at Pine Beach picnic grounds. Thanks for the hiking tips. Love this lil' cabin.
Aug 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Grand Lake, Colorado

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 74 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Murphy Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Wood-burning stove, Firewood provided, Stereo has iPod & MP3 player dock. In kitchen are toaster and coffee maker. No microwave, No TV - Read a Book or Go Outside!


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Charming, Cozy, Classic Mountain Cabin (Mt/Lake views)
average rating of 4.285714 based on 67 reviews

Lovely and cozy!

  • 4 of 5

Overall we really enjoyed the experience at the cabin in Grand Lake. This was our first Christmas away from family, but we were greeted with a winter wonderland! We are a family of 4 with two toddlers plus two dogs and had plenty of space. We enjoyed the Nordic Center nearby for tubing with our kids and took walks daily around the neighborhood. The house was fully equipped and made living there easy. The only thing that concerned us was that we found the fireplace didn't vent completely and noticed being short of breath on the days we used it. I would still recommend this place to others.

  • Review Submitted: 14/02/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colorado Springs colorado

Inviting and cozy

  • 4 of 5

Was very dusty throughout and dirty in some areas

  • Review Submitted: 22/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver, CO, USA

Great Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My parents and I loved our stay, the cabin is simple but has everything we needed for a quiet and cozy getaway. Great access to both Winter Park for skiing and Rocky Mountain National Park for some winter hikes! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 06/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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snowmobil trip 2018

  • 3 of 5

Cabin was great,simple,clean and really warm. Didn't get any snowfall. Riding was ruff until about 12,300ft. cant wait for next year, praying for snow.

  • Review Submitted: 05/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cabin close to Grand Lake!

  • 5 of 5

Great little cabin next to Grand Lake. Fit 5 people with no issues.

  • Review Submitted: 02/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Denver, CO

Relaxing Mountain Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here several years ago and enjoyed our trip so much that we hoped to replicate that experience. Our family has grown since our last visit so we were glad to see that our fur-baby was welcome to join us!

The cozy cabin is exactly what we needed to break free from our busy schedules and hectic suburban life for a few days. We love that the cabin doesn’t have a TV which leaves ample time for long dog walks, board games and reading.

The cabin has all of the necessities of home, and we were able to enjoy cooking meals to enjoy with a glass of wine by the fireplace.

We rarely get to sleep-in anymore and loved that the bedroom is like a warm den. It stayed so dark in the bedroom that we could have slept all morning, if it wasn’t for the dog!

Although the weather didn’t accommodate a lot of winter activities, we enjoyed exploring the area and spectacular sunsets over Shadow Mountain Lake and the backside of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Since there was no TV, we wandered into Grand Lake and enjoyed a fantastic evening at Stagecoach BBQ while watching the Broncos game.

We look forward to planning another getaway to the cabin in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 16/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Denver International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Downtown Grand Lake
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Grand Lake Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy. 34 (aka Trail Ridge Road)
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Downtown Grand Lake
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Ski Granby Ranch (Winter Park/Mary Jane 35 mins)
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Pine Beach, on Shadow Mountain Lake

Walking, Utterly Relaxing, Golf (2 mini golf courses in town, plus 1 championship link near by), Mountain Climbing, Strolling through Downtown Grand Lake


Rates & Availability

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$57.34
Pet Fee AU$12.74

Arrival time is after 4pm. Departure time by 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.