Even the most tough and hardened city slicker needs an escape from the wailing sirens and grocery-store paparazzo that interrupt one’s inner solitude. Today’s Groupon offers an escape from urban irritants: for $60, you get a one-night stay and breakfast for two at YMCA of the Rockies’ Estes Park Center location, about an hour and a half outside of Denver (a $109 value).
The Estes Park lodges are surrounded on three sides by the dramatic wilderness of the Rocky Mountain National Park. In addition to enjoying the YMCA’s many amenities, guests are within hiking distance of one of the continental U.S.’s most scenic outdoor refuges. Each room in the cozy Longs Peak, Emerald Mountain, and Rams Horn lodges sleeps up to five guests in two queen beds and a floor futon, and once you and your brood check in, you’re free to explore the abundant activities available at the more-than-100-year-old establishment. During warmer months, shoot a round of mini golf or challenge a child to a one-on-one basketball or volleyball throwdown (indoor courts are available fall through spring). In the winter, outdoor ice skating and guided snowshoe activities are offered for fans of the frigid winterscape. Lower-key visitors or those with a screaming need for x-treme learning can wander into the fully stocked library or historical museum.
The pristine and cozy lodges were built in 2009, and are LEED-certified, complete with free WiFi and maid-serviced rooms. Included in the deal is an abundant, buffet-style breakfast for two, with hearty day-starting fare such as scrambled eggs, sausages, pastries, pancakes, and fresh fruit. So seize this opportunity to flee the stressful sounds and stingy subpoenas of your city life, or gift this Groupon to a tightly wound friend in need of an overnight escape. Call ahead to reserve your room.
Not valid on holidays. Not valid for conference attendees or other large groups.
- I have never been to a more beautiful location. The value of the room we stayed in was excellent. Mountain views from every window! – Momof4or5, TripAdvisor
- The best lodging value for the money in the RMNP area, right next to the RMNP. Great family atmosphere with all generations present. Great activates [sic] for all generations. Think of summer camp for the whole family, with private accommodations. – Tlanson, TripAdvisor