Victorian Tea raises funds for motel project |

Victorian Tea raises funds for motel project

GRAND LAKE – Have you ever wanted to travel back in time to a more genteel era?

Well, now you can at the Grand Lake Lodge on July 25. In this historic, grand dining room “Victorian” ladies enjoying afternoon tea and dressed in their own best flamboyant hats or ones they borrow at the Lodge for the occasion will gather. Everyone is invited to join them.

The Grand Lake Area Historical Society will host its second Victorian style Tea at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25. Delicious treats and hot tea will be served and all will share friendship and laughs for the afternoon.

Tickets cost $20 each and can be purchased at the Grand Lake Lodge, the Grand Lake Art Gallery, or at Mt. McGyver Antique shop in Granby. Reservations may also be made via the internet at or by telephone at 970-627-9644.

The purpose of the Tea is to raise money for the Cottage Court project. The Cottage Court was built by the Eslick family around 1913. Its significance according to History Colorado is that it is believed to be the oldest “motel” in its original condition in the United States. The Society is working to restore the structure as a museum about early auto tourism in the area. It has been placed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties, and is located on Vine Street diagonally across from the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre.

In June about 30 people attended the first Tea and had a wonderful time. That Victorian Tea was hosted by the Rapids Lodge, one of the historic lodges in Grand Lake. Each Tea has the owner tell a little of the history of their lodge, and a spokesperson for Historical Society tells about the Cottage Court project.

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