Just returned from a spontaneous trip through the beautiful Colorado high country with my wife and 2 kids (age 2 & 4). Grand Lake was an absolute highlight for all of us. Before I left the house , I checked TripAdvisor for insider info on lodging options on our route. I nearly scratched Daven Haven off my list based on a couple rough reviews. We would have missed out on a really neat place.
I believe we were in Cabin 30 (2 bedroom, full new kitchen, fireplace, full renovated bath w/ tub). Thoroughly clean, new carpet, some new furniture, plenty of room and the price was right. But these are cabins, not penthouse suites. Grand Lake is, thankfully, not Las Vegas.
It's about 2 blocks off the main street and lake access. And it has its own nice restaurant ($$$$, but very good).
This was our first trip to Grand Lake, but we will definitely return in the summer with an eye on Daven Haven for our lodging. Our kids just LOVED it.
- 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 The main road to Grand Lake was the street in front of the present main lodge, originally made up of a gas station and several small tourist cabins.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