Hotel at a Glance: The Grand Lodge
The Grand Lodge, winner of a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, sits high up on Mount Crested Butte. Guests enjoy easy access to Crested Butte Mountain Resort. The mountain offers skiing in winter and biking, hiking, and disk golfing the rest of the year.
- Winter lift tickets: One option of this deal includes full-day winter lift tickets, valid 11/25/15–12/27/15.
- Spacious accommodations: King and studio suites have an open floor plan and come with 42-inch LG TVs, two bathrobes, and a kitchenette with a table and chairs.
- Take a dip: There’s an indoor/outdoor heated pool and an outdoor hot tub, both of which are open year-round.
- Get pampered: Your stay includes two $20 credits toward services of 50 minutes or longer at the hotel’s Wildflower Spa.
Crested Butte, Colorado: Small Ski-Resort Town in the Rockies with Authentic Old West Charm
Crested Butte sits at 9,000 feet in southwest Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, where it’s surrounded by some lovely scenery. Aspen groves dot the upper valleys of the town’s namesake peak, as well as fields of fiery indian paintbrush. The region is famous for its wildflowers, but for even more colorful scenery, travelers can visit Crested Butte in the fall, when the aspen groves and cottonwood trees explode with color.
After a resort area was built on Mount Crested Butte in 1961, the former coal-mining town emerged as a major ski center, particularly for extreme skiers. Despite this rapid transformation, Crested Butte has preserved its roots. Victorian storefronts and art galleries line downtown Elk Avenue, and there’s a famous rum distillery that welcomes visitors year-round. For a glimpse into the town’s history, head to the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, which has an elaborate diorama that depicts life in the mining days of the 1920s.
Though most famous for downhill skiing, Crested Butte is also a prime spot for other winter activities. Visitors can enjoy Mount Crested Butte’s snowmobiling and cross-country skiing trails, or make use of the surrounding area for backcountry skiing. Before the snow falls, visitors can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, white water rafting and fly-fishing.