This lodge is located outside De Beque, Colorado and an hour from Grand Junction airport. There aren't any signs, just follow the road until it narrows and you come upon two rustic spires with the name Kessler Canyon inscribed very small. Turn there and you'll be pretty sure you're going the right way because the road is marked every so many feet with beautiful stone cairns on each side about 4 feet high. You'll know you're getting close when you see some bronze statues of wild horses running free in the meadow. This little unpaved road is about six miles off the main road, also unpaved. There's no one else out there, just this little lodge nestled on 23,000 acres!!! You'll pull into a postcard setting; fishing pond, a couple of canoes, resident hounds, deer, fire pit, and a structure akin to the original National Park lodges. You will be greeted with the warmest welcome of your life and before you know it, you're staying at the home of old friends. All while surrounded by an impressive art collection in a well appointed and tastefully done western lodge.
I did not see all the rooms, but did see the suite. If you want a splurge, do that! Rooms, by design, have no television. If you need tv, this isn't the place for you anyway. The rooms are comfortable, although a little more simple and not finished out on such a high end level as the rest of the house. We didn't mind. Everything is done well and bathrooms are quite large. The food is AMAZING. Chef Lenny McNab, we are told,is the Food Network's next star. A talented man on the kitchen, he also strolled the groundswell after dinner was served, strumming tales of the cowboy life on his Ibanez. Cheatin' women, loyal dogs and drinkin' come to mind. We loved it! Lenny is a DOLL. A hoot. Go just for him...... He makes the entire experience. We just loved him. Our hosts, Jim and Kerrie (spelling?), were wonderful.
This hotel is just the right size for weddings, reunions, teams / grow, etc. It is, however, quite romantic!!!!!! The group that went on the ATVs said it was a hair raising experience straight up. Awesome! You can do some real shooting here, which could be quite fun.......1,000 yard range and everything from trap shooting to military and handguns. There is a lovely spa here as well, but due to the remote nature of the location, book it with them in advance so they can line up the masseuse for you. There is a jacuzzi, no pool. I would consider this an adult retreat, it is certainly not for small children. They have a nice gift shop as well, but know before you go that they have a lot more clothing for men than women there.
This is an upscale lodge in a casual setting. I've traveled a great deal and when we travel we like to focus on remote places that are far away from civilization. This is one of the most beautiful settings we've ever been to. I love how 'far out there' you are......but rest assured that you'll have everything you need or want. The food, wine, etc. are all top notch.
We were told there is a hunting lodge on property as well, and that it is just as nice as the main lodge. That's hard to imagine, but everything here is 'to a T', no corners were cut. The man who opened this and shares it with the exclusive few who can get there is clearly doing it because he enjoys the heck out of it. This is a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world and you will feel amazing when you leave. Verizon works out there, ATT does not. There is wifi for those who need the ability to 'check in'. We will definitely be going back! This place is truly special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kessler Canyon is a Colorado resort located on the western slope of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the hotel is just 45 minutes east of Grand Junction and two hours west of world-famous ski resorts. This Colorado resort's location provides an unparalleled outdoor sportsman's paradise with a large variety of recreational opportunities, including fishing, wing shooting, big game hunting, hiking, and shooting sports. ... more less
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