We booked nine cabins at the Daven Haven, sight unseen, so didn't know what to expect. But from the first phone contact with Sheila Brown, our impressions were all positive. A wonderful setup for individual families, comfortable lodgings in cabins equipped with full kitchens. The best aspect was the common space with picnic tables under a tent, plenty of green space for kids to run around safely, and a great horseshoe pitching area. Three generations of our family had a blast during our four-night stay here. The Backstreet Steakhouse right on the premises is also a huge plus! And Carey the caterer did a very nice job on our hors-d'oeuvres for a family party. Nothing but good things to say about our time in Grand Lake! I heartily recommend the Daven Haven, and Sheila Brown is a dream to work with.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A part of Grand Lake since the 1930's Daven Haven Lodge has only had 3 long-term owners since its conception, beginning with Lester and Cornelia Piper and Mrs. Pipers mother Mrs. Davis. The main road to Grand Lake was the street in front of the present main lodge, originally made up of a gas station and several small tourist cabins. The original tourist cabins still remain on the back of the property and are used as employee housing. The Pipers and Mrs. Davis owned and operated Daven Haven until 1968 when they sold to Tom and Betty Sowell who continued to build up their clientele and great reputation into the 80's when they sold Daven Haven and ended up with it back shortly there after. Leasing the lodge proved not to be a good idea and with new ventures on the horizon Tom and Betty bid farewell. The lodge remained closed for a few years and in 1990 reopened with its present owners Greg & Carey Barnes, their sons Dustin & Patrick and their dog Buddie. Now in their 25th season, the Daven Haven atmosphere is still a comforting place to come back to time and time again. With several familiar faces welcoming back our long time guests and greeting our new ones. ... more less
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