My son and I started our Colorado to Sedona road trip at Idlewilde. Donna greeted us and was very, very informative about the area, what to see and where to eat. We actually didn't end up eating anywhere in Estes, as it was much more fun to grill out right by the river. Our cabin was the Pine Rest, which was great for the two of us. The porch overlooks the river, which is very peaceful; particularly at night. The people in the cabin next us fished quite a bit, but I didn't see them catch anything.
The cabins are well stocked and clean and smell fresh. While the resort is small, there is an area at one end that has an open area to have a campfire and activities.
It was a wonderful way to relax and start our vacation. Definitely take the opportunity to drive the continental divide highway; worth the trip and $20 park fee! The location of the resort is great, nearly to the YMCA so it's outside of the touristy part of Estes.
We would definitely repeat! Only recommendation for the resort is to provide a few more plug adapters in the cabins. For better or worse, i needed to work and all of the outlets are only two pronged w/o the ground.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Description: Located in beautiful Estes Park Colorado near Rocky Mountain National Park, Idlewilde By The River offers many different styles of cabins to meet your individual needs. Idlewilde is located on the banks of the Big Thompson River. The sound of the rushing water is highly audible throughout the resort during most of the season. With Idelwilde's close proximity to Estes Park, there are hundreds of specialty shops, galleries, and restaurants for your enjoyment. Rocky Mountain National Park's west entrance is just 1 mile from Idlewilde. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Idlewilde By The River Hotel Estes Park