Historic Grand Lake Lodge under new ownership
The historic Grand Lake Lodge has new owners.
Highway West Vacations, a California-based RV resort, campground and boutique hotel business, purchased the storied property in late 2017 from Regency Hotel Management, with an official closing date in mid-December.
The lodge’s current general manager, Jeff Larson, will continue to oversee the property’s day-to-day operations. Larson has been general manager at the lodge since 2010, when the property was purchased by Regency Hotel Management from its longtime previous owners, the James family.
“Over the years, I have learned everything there is to know and love about the Grand Lake Lodge,” Larson said. “I am excited to be a member of the Highway West Vacations team and preserve the property’s beauty and historical importance while tastefully improving upon the amenities and accommodations we offer.”
Larson will also be overseeing a series of planned improvement projects for the property. Highway West plans to renovate and upgrade the lodge’s pool, main lodge building, restaurant, existing cabins and event areas. The company also said it plans to add new lodging units including “high-end cabins with resort-style amenities”, according to their press release.
Upgrades are already underway for the main lodge building, which includes new lighting, flooring, windows and furnishings such as chairs and tables in the lodge’s lobby and restaurant. The lodge’s pool will see the addition of a cabana building while a new gas fire pit will be constructed on the Deer Deck. Larson said local contractor Big Valley Construction is handling the work.
Larson said he expects those projects to be completed prior to the lodge’s opening date of May 20. Highway West plans to construct additional cabin units on the property this summer, including some year-round amenities that will accept guests throughout the winter.
Larson declined to provide a figure on the number of new units Highway West plans to construct, noting a formal plan has not yet been presented to the Grand Lake Planning Commission. He said Highway West plans to start breaking ground for new cabin construction later this spring and hopes to have some units available for guests by the end of their summer season on Oct. 1.
In addition to the physical improvements planned for the facility, Highway West says it plans to create a new website and a new online reservation system for prospective guests.
According to the lodge’s website, the facility was initially established in 1920. Officials from Highway West noted that the lodge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lodge is located adjacent Rocky Mountain National Park on bluffs high above the town of Grand Lake overlooking the town and the Three Lakes region.
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