When visiting Mother Nature, it's customary to bring a gift, such as flowers to brighten her home or car fresheners to restore her pine-fresh scent. Make a mother's day with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a one-night stay for up to four in a balcony room at Gateway Inn in Grand Lake.
Overlooking two lakes and surrounded by towering peaks, Gateway Inn makes for an ideal mountain retreat. The lodge's wooden back porch, furnished with comfortable couches and tables, provides a front-row seat to the natural splendor. Inside, the Gateway Inn Lounge & Bar boasts hand-carved tables and chairs as well as shuffleboard and four big-screen TV to delight visitors as they sip happy-hour specials such as domestic draft beers ($1.25 on special). An aura of rustic elegance prevails in individually decorated guest rooms, each of which is outfitted with a quilted bedspread and gas fireplace. Balcony rooms supply views of lakes, snow-capped mountains, and all-bear productions of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Located near Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Lake Nordic Center, the hotel is a clean and bear-proof alternative to tents or stone pillows when traveling in the mountains. In the winter, visitors go snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, sleigh riding, dog sledding, and hunting, capping the day by trapping the soul of Parson Brown in a likeness made of snow, Alternatively, visitors can use the sunshine of the other seasons to go golfing, river rafting, hiking, horseback riding, biking, and boating on Grand Lake and Shadow Mountain Lake.