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October 21, 2004
The lodge is owned by Chris and Lori Wood and Michael Hodges, who are kind and extremely helpful. Just to give you an idea of how special the lodge is: when we arrived, Michael had just baked homemade chocolate cookies for the guests stopping by the front desk. The owners made us feel at home and provided us with games, hiking resources, warm cookies, and fresh coffee in the morning!
The lodge consists of 19 units, which range from single rooms to two-bedroom retreats. We stayed in the Heather Cottage, room number 12. It was described to me in a email as a secluded, one-bedroom cottage that honeymooners love. Though I wouldn't exactly call it a honeymoon suite, it was very suitable to our needs. It is as secluded as you can get at the lodge, though the front door does face the playground. It was very quiet for our 3-night stay. We were away during the days and it was mid-September, so we never saw any children.
The cottage had a full kitchen with microwave, coffee pot, and all necessary utencils. We had a fireplace and a fresh bundle of firewood for every night. Since the temperatures were fairly cool in the evenings, we took full advantage of this feature. The bathroom was of average size and had a bathtub and shower with water jets. The outside of the cottage has a deck with a very good view of the surrounding mountains. Wildlife do find their way onto the lodge grounds! We heard something with hooves on our deck one early morning, and we were told that a bear had climbed up on a dumpster the last day we were there.
Depending on the season and the length of your stay, the cost of Heather Cottage is from $85 to 185. We paid $135 per night for three nights in the fall.
From journal Beautiful Estes Park, CO
November 21, 2001
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