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“Wonderful 3 days at Idlewilde” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Idlewilde by the River

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Idlewilde by the River
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Milwaukee
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7 reviews
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“Wonderful 3 days at Idlewilde”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Pine Rest was a wonderful room along the river.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

The experience we had at Idlewilde by the River was nothing short of superb! Donna was very friendly and helpful. She answered all of our questions, which were many, since it was our first time to Estes Park. The accommodations had a rustic feel, yet they had all the modern conveniences we needed. The cabin was very clean and the grounds were beautiful! While at Idlewilde we saw tons of hummingbirds and several mule deer. A bear even paid a visit after dark! Idlewilde was close to everything we wanted to do, yet it's outside of town far enough to be in the depths of nature. We have already booked our stay for next summer and can't wait to go back! I without hesitation recommend Idlewilde by the River to anyone looking for a perfect place to stay right by Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Norwalk
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

Highly Recommended!!! Spending a week at Idlewilde was refreshing for both the spirit and soul. As we relaxed by the rushing Big Thompson River, a calming peace came over us. A beautiful place to renew! The two bedroom cabin, Shamara, was perfect with a well equipped kitchen and very comfortable beds. The cabin was extremely clean and functional. The wild life was wonderful to see. Deer, hummingbirds and chipmunks were a treat to watch! Donna & Lloyd were so accommodating even down to the last detail of having movies and games for the guests to enjoy. Incredible experience and we have already booked our cabin for next year! Don't miss this one! :)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Carol C
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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2013

This was our first visit to Estes Park and RMNP, and I had a picture in my mind of exactly what I wanted for our accommodations. I looked at many cabins online before choosing Idlewilde, and after staying there I can honestly say these were my favorite cabins of all that I saw in the Estes Park area that week. The Pine Cone is cozy, super clean, and beautifully situated steps from the river's edge. Fabulous natural beauty in Rocky Mountain National Park is so close, and after hiking all day we would come back and sit under the trees to watch and listen to the river endlessly flowing by. It was so relaxing and refreshing to the spirit, while at the same time providing such comfort and convenience. The hosts Donna and Lloyd make you feel like you're an old friend from the very start, and Idlewilde definitely delivers on what they display and promise on their web site. Thanks for a wonderful vacation. We will be back !

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Cynthia G
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Enid, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

This was our first trip to Estes, and we were so lucky to find Idlewilde! The Linger Longer cabin was perfect for our group of 4 adults and 2 kids. The cabin was spotless, and offered all the amenities of home! The Big Thompson river just feet from our cabin was our favorite spot to relax and fish. Lloyd and Donna were excellent hosts and made every part of our trip from booking to checkout seamless! We greatly appreciated Donna's advice on places to eat, and she even had several coupons for us to use. She also helped us get reservations at the fantastic Twin Owls steakhouse. The steak and elk were delicious! Smokin Daves BBQ was also tasty! RMNP was absolutely beauitful, and the hikes to Alberta Falls and Bear Lake were breathtaking! We went whitewater rafting on the the Poudre River out of Fort Collins with Mountain Whitewater Descents. They were an excellent company, and we would recommend them highly! Needless to say our trip to Estes was everthing we imagined and more! Absolutely refreshing!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank AshSkinner
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

Idlewilde by the River helps you get back to the simple things -- the things that matter. My wife and our two college-aged daughters so enjoyed hearing the rush of the Big Thompson River and the constant visits by the hummingbirds. Donna and Lloyd are great hosts and attended to all our needs. Smores by the fire on the final night was a great way to say goodbye for now.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Chris H
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Northbrook, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

and it keeps getting better. It is so relaxing. I'll be back. I particularly enjoy sitting on the porch and watching the hummingbirds. I took more advantage of the grills this time. It beats dealing with the crowded restaurants. It's great being so close to RMNP. The cabins are charming and very comfortable. I could really feel myself relaxing as the week went by, much to quickly I might add. It's always nice to see Lloyd and Donna.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Thank joshk515
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Property: Idlewilde by the River
Address: 2282 Colorado Hwy 66, Estes Park, CO 80517
Location: United States > Colorado > Estes Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 77 Specialty Lodging in Estes Park
Number of rooms: 13
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 
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