My husband and I had a great first experience here. Because we booked fairly late, many of the cabins were already occupied, but Becky was very accommodating by putting us in The Barn for two nights and Cinnamon Bear for the third night. On the morning of our third night stay, we had a 5 AM adventure to hike Mount Elbert; because we had to switch cabins, Becky graciously had our refrigerated food moved for us from the Barn to Cinnamon Bear. The Barn: a large space with plenty of room in the kitchen to cook, and a generous supply of pots and pans, dishes and drinkware. (Bring things like cooking oil/spray, saran wrap/foil, etc.) The beds were not too comfortable for us, but we still slept well. The Barn is set back a bit from the road, and our stay was quiet. We enjoyed walking from our back door to the creek to hang out on the rocky bank, admire the mountains and bird life, and watch the moonrise. We grilled meat for dinner one night using the outdoor charcoal grill...supply of charcoal and newspapers ready for you. This cabin is wonderfully rustic! Our third night in Cinnamon Bear (across the street) was great, too. This cabin is a duplex; Rinker is next door. I don't know if anyone was staying in Rinker, but except for a little bit of road noise it was totally quiet and peaceful! Comfy couch and bed here. Smaller kitchen but still plenty of room for cooking a nice meal. Great patio to hang out and view the amazing mountains and see lots of hummingbirds! The main bedroom is upstairs, which makes for nice privacy if there's more than one or two of you; the bathroom is on the main floor. During our stay we visited Leadville (I believe it was less than 30-minutes away and lots to do), a hike up Mt. Elbert using the South Elbert trailhead (just 15-minutes away), Interlaken Trail around Twin Lakes, and a stop at the Twin Lakes general store. Becky is very friendly and always made sure we had what we needed. Check-in and check-out nice and easy! Cell service not always available, which was a nice break for us. I wanted to call my niece to wish her a happy birthday, but I had no cell service, so Becky offered to me to use the available landline, which is mainly for emergency or to contact Becky and John...much appreciated! We met many nice guests, some of whom were repeat customers. That says something! We'd stay here again without a doubt.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We began as a base camp for miners back in the heyday of Colorado's mining boom and today we are a quiet get-away nestled in National Forest at the base of Colorado's highest peak. Step out of today's hectic world into a quieter time at Mt. Elbert Lodge. We have no TVs, radios or phones in our comfortable housekeeping cabins; we do have a front row seat to the Colorado Rockies. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mount Elbert Hotel Twin Lakes