First time to visit Estes Park, CO
Went online to VRBO and chose to stay at Estes Valley Cottage (VRBO #130005)
We were VERY pleased with our stay. Would definitely stay here again.
View of Mary's Lake and Lodge with Mountains in background
We were only about 3 miles from downtown, very convenient location
3 bedrooms/ 1 bath with awesome view and outside porch area
Owner had beautiful plants and flowers inside and outside her home
It is PET FRIENDLY which was a must for our trip. We brought our mini schnauzer
Jane Fox is property owner and she met us there first day
Her rules were simple and she worked with us regarding payment and deposit
The cottage is next door to a Lama Farm and if you have kids, they'll love it
I appreciate her opening her home to us. We cooked every night which was great. She even has a gas grill outside and cleaning up was a snap since she had a dishwasher as well. She also has a washer/dryer, which we didn't need or use.
Would highly recommend this lovely cottage! Estes Park is beautiful!!
As far as activities while there:
Spent time just relaxing at cabin, went into town 1 afternoon and walked around
Visited Stanley hotel, very lovey grounds and history, it was built in 1902
Time was limited so we only had 1 day to spend in RMNP
Arrived at Visitor Center around 8:30am
Took Trail Ridge Road and made all the stops along the way using the Trail Ridge Road Timeline someone posted, which was very helpful, thank you!
We didn't get back to Estes Park till about 6:30pm
TRR is awesome, but there were some areas where there is no guard rail and it's straight down. Not a problem for me, but definitely was for my hubby. Thank God he was driving, that was only way he made it. He focused on driving (while gripping steering wheel of course, LOL). And it helped that his side of the car was in middle of road vs edge where I was. He made it fine but he did say it was challenging and difficult for him. He is afraid of heights. But, there are only a few areas that were like that. SO, it wasn't too bad. And, it only became a problem on return trip because we weren't making any stops on way back but was driving straight through which he said was tougher on him. BUT, the scenery and God's nature sure made the trip all worthwhile!
Thanks for all the posters on this forum for sharing!