5 Reasons Why You Should Vacation At Grand Lake In Summer

November 8, 2020

Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to start planning all the fun in the sun you’ll have when summer hits in a few short months.

Grand Lake, CO

In Colorado, there are lots of great places to visit, but there is one place in particular that has everything you could ever wish for: lakes to cool off, sail, and fish in; a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains, and easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park; hiking trails; shopping centers; museums… the list goes on.

What vacation spot could have all these things? Grand Lake, of course! Grand Lake, CO, also known as the western gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park, features not two but three lakes. With all that lakefront property, there’s plenty to do and see. In this article, we created a list of 5 reasons you’ll love spending your vacation here in summer 2021.

Reason #1: The Lakes

Alright, we may have cheated a little: we included three lakes under one reason. There are, in fact, three lakes near Grand Lake city proper: Grand Lake (naturally), Lake Granby, and Shadow Mountain Lake. They’re each accessible for swimming, boating, fishing, jet-skiing, and paddleboarding. Lake Granby is known for its proliferate stock of salmon and trout, but because of its large size (7,000 acres!), it’s also a great place to take the boat.

Grand Lake (meaning the body of water)  is closer to the Boardwalk, where all the shops and restaurants are, while Shadow Mountain Lake is a little farther away from all the hustle and bustle. The latter two lakes are connected so that one can be reached from the other by boat. You can set sail or just idle by the lakeshore, enjoying the incomparable view of the mountains above and surrounding these majestic bodies of water.

Reason #2: The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is the place to be if you want to shop and dine in Grand Lake. Every one of the more than 60 businesses along the lakeshore is owned by residents. So, when you shop at these stores, you’re supporting small businesses. And there are a lot of small businesses here. Antique stores, clothing stores, jewelry stores, restaurants, and ice cream shops, and coffee shops – pretty much anything you could wish for, and then some is waiting on the Boardwalk for you to discover.

Reason #3: The Local Attractions

Bored and tired of hanging out by the lakes and the mountains? Not a problem. There’s still plenty to do in Grand Lake, aside from spending all your money at the Boardwalk. For example, you can visit the Kauffman House Museum, a log hotel built in the 1800s. Or, if you feel like a little entertainment is in order, you can catch a Broadway musical show at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Reason #4: Rocky Mountain National Park

Who could forget the crown jewel of Grand Lake – nay, of all Colorado? As we mentioned above, Grand Lake is considered the western gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park. You can see these awesome edifices from Grand Lake looming above it and reflecting on the water’s surface. It’s a short drive to get into the park itself through the west entrance, and then you have access to all kinds of hiking trails and scenic campsites from which you enjoy the mountainous atmosphere.

Reason #5: The Weather

Whenever someone takes a summer vacation, the conventional wisdom is that you should go somewhere hot so you can enjoy swimming and other traditional summer activities, right? In Grand Lake during the summer, temperatures average out in the 70s. In other words, it’s not too hot and not too cold. You can still enjoy the lakes without melting like a popsicle. This isn’t the Grand Canyon, after all.

How Do I Get To Grand Lake?

It’s easy to get to Grand Lake, CO, from a nearby city or major city airports: book a ride with Silver Mountain Express. We offer shuttle services in luxury vehicles. Our drivers are professional and will get you safely to your destination. Ready to leave the paradise that is Grand Lake? We’ll pick you up and take you back to the airport.

Driving is stressful, especially if you’re traveling through an unfamiliar state. Let us take that stress out of the picture, so you are free to only think about the fun you’re going to have at the lakes, mountains, and Boardwalk of Grand Lake, CO.

Book your Private Shuttle today!

some more general information
What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellation must be made 72 hours before the pick-up time, or cancellation fees (full charge) will be assessed.

How to make a reservation?

You can make a reservation by phone at +17204404202 or our website at silvermountainexpress.com/reservation/

What type of credit cards do you accept?

Silver Mountain Express accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Do you accept cash?

Only credit card payments.

What to do to reserve a car?

A valid credit card is needed to hold all reservations.

How far in advance can the reservation be made?

We suggest making reservation 12 hours in advance; for a last-minute reservation, please call us at +17204404202.

Are vehicles insured?

All vehicles at Silver Mountain Express are fully licensed and insured.

Does the company provide car seats or booster seats?

Yes, you can always request in advance a car or booster seat at no charge.

Is smoking allowed in vehicles?

No, all of our vehicles are NON-SMOKING. If any passenger smokes in a vehicle, a minimum cleaning fee of $300 will apply, plus the cost of repairs for any damage related to smoking.

What are the hours of operation?

Our dispatch office is open 24 hours a day. Our vehicles run 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

What if the passenger wants to stop at Grocery, Liquor stores, or Colorado dispensaries?

Grocery, Dispensary, and Liquor Store stops are available at $180/up to an hour. All stops has to be prearranged in advance.

Is there a minimum amount of time I must pay for?

The 3 hours minimum.

What is a meet and greet at the Denver International Airport?

1. Check your phone for your driver’s phone number when you arrive at the Airport.
2. Call or text immediately to let your driver know you have arrived. If you did not receive a message from your driver, call Customer Service at +17204404202
3. Proceed to baggage claim and collect all luggage.
4. After you collect all your bags, proceed to the exit. Text or call your driver immediately with the door number. It takes the driver up to 5 minutes to get there from the holding area after you text the door number. Doors 507 through 511 on the east side. Doors 506 through 510 on the west side.
5. After you exit, cross the first street. On the first island, there will be a booth with a sign that reads “LIMO.” Your driver will be waiting for you on the island.
* If you don’t have a mobile phone to contact us: tell the airport personnel in the limo booth that “Silver Mountain Express” is making the pickup. The person in the booth will call dispatch, and your driver will arrive within five minutes.

What if a passenger loses or leaves belongings in the vehicle?

Always check to make sure you have all of your personal belongings with you before you exit the vehicle. If you discover you have lost or forgotten an item, please call our office. If the chauffeur finds the item, you can pick it up, or we can drop it off at the location of your choice for a charge. We are NOT responsible for ANY lost or misplaced belongings.

Are pets allowed in the vehicle?

Yes, pets are allowed in the vehicle. Please notify us when making a reservation that a pet will be traveling in the vehicle. There is an additional $100 cleaning fee for all fares.