11-15-2019, 11:26 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: SouthEast of Denver
If you're staying in Grand Lake, check out the Rapids Lodge. A lodge style hotel with a 4 star restaurant. If you want to spend even more money, check out the Grand Lake Lodge. I prefer the Rapids Lodge restaurant to the Grand Lake lodge restaurant. Both are $$$$.
Less expensive eats is a burger joint/bar across the side street from the park, on the same side of Main Street as the park.
For breakfast there's the Fat Cat Cafe. They've moved to the patio area of a bar on main street at the far end of town.
If you can get tickets there's a repertory theater that's first class. They usually sell out, but maybe you can pick up some no-show tickets.
In Estes Park, check out the Stanley Hotel. Plan on spending an hour unless you go to the bar.
As far as eats in EP, there's a Mexican place on the third floor of a mall style building in about the middle of town. Not bad food and somewhat reasonable. A burger & fries anywhere in Estes park is $15.00. The last time I was there I got a $5.00 burger, but it still cost $15.00.
I haven't eaten in the Wheel Bar in a long time, but when I did it was OK.
Most certainly do Fall River Road on your way back to Grand lake.
Both ways are slow going, especially on weekends. Google Maps or Mapquest directions for distance and travel time.
The only practical way between Grand Lake and Estes Park is through Rocky Mountain National Park. I have a senior pass and can get into the park for free. If you're going through the park several times, it might be cheaper to buy a week pass (if there is such a thing) or a yearly pass. I kinda-sorta think a National Parks Pass is good at all national parks.
As far as trails, check out Trails Off Road. There might be a small charge to access the good stuff, but it's worth it.
Other posters might have more or better suggestions.
Take only pictures, leave only money.
Good Luck, L.M.