We’re so sorry for the delay! We’ve been focusing on getting more content on our social media pages and have neglected our little blog here. So, we share some well overdue photos of the happenings here in Estes and at McGregor!
We had a nice snow storm over the weekend leaving us under about 6 inches of powder. As the storm was clearing yesterday afternoon, I managed to catch the moon rising above Kruger Rock in town…
This morning as we were getting the bulk of the cleaning done we noticed a small herd of bighorn ewes and lambs. The came down to lick a bit of salt off the driveway and looked to be heading to the river, possibly for a little drink. They are always a joy to have on property and are a favorite of guests and passers by alike!
Have you been looking at the webcam today? Lefty and Brat are napping in the flower bed (well, snow bed today) in front of Columbine Cottage #3! They love these snowy days where they can lounge around, re-chewing their lunches, and just enjoy the winter weather! We’ve gotten a few inches of snow overnight and throughout the day, but are expecting up to 8 more tonight and tomorrow! Click here to follow along! http://mcgregormountainlodge.com/netcam/netcam.htm
Lefty & Brat! (yes, we are aware the date/time stamp on the webcam is incorrect)
It’s an annual event that attracts thousands to our quaint mountain village. A Holiday tradition that is a great time for people of all ages! Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, people enjoy spending time downtown visiting the shops, restaurants, and parks that make up the heart of Estes Park. As the sun begins to set families line Elkhorn Avenue as they anticipate the start of the Catch the Glow Estes Park Holiday Parade.
Many local businesses and organizations create their own floats and start an the west end of Elkhorn Ave and travel east making a turn up Hwy 7 ending in the Estes Park Inn’s property. Lines were long at the local coffee shops with people wanting that warm drink, kids were playing in the parks, and everyone was talking about their wonderful Thanksgiving feast and anticipating the coming Christmas Season. It’s a fantastic event and great way to experience just what this wonderful mountain village has to offer!
This year there will be an ice skating rink right downtown in Estes! It’s across from Bond Park in the parking lot by the Dairy Queen and Casa Grande. We’ll get some pics and more fun stuff when it opens next week. But here is the rundown on cost and hours directly from the town of Estes Park:
LOCATION: 110 EAST RIVERSIDE DRIVE
Southeast corner of Elkhorn Avenue and Riverside Drive
ICE SKATING $2.00
SKATE RENTAL $2.00
OPERATING: November 21, 2012 thru Mid-March 2013 weather dependent.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sundays: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday11/21/12 & Friday 11/23/12 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays & Fridays 11/29/12 – 12/21/12 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Christmas Vacation 12/22/12 thru 1/6/13
Saturdays & Sundays regular operating hours
Mondays 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday thru Friday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Day, 1/21/13
Presidents Day, 2/18/13
Park School District Parent/Teacher Conferences 2/23/2013
Park School District Early Release Wednesdays 1:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Dec. 12, Jan 9, Jan 23, Feb. 6, Feb.20, Mar. 6.
We have been anticipating our first real snow for a while now. Usually it happens in September or October, so we’re ready for it a bit earlier than most of the country. This latest weather system has been on the radar now for a week as a super cold air mass moved down from the arctic. It arrived yesterday and started snowing lightly at about 4:00 picking up at it got dark. It was so pretty as the first big flakes of the season fell gently from the sky. We had a nice fire going here in the lobby and settled in for a chilly night in the mountains.
The morning broke with low clouds and light snow falling more like a thick mist. The roads were a bit icy, but not too bad, and as the clouds started to break, with the rising sun, some of the mountain tops (like Deer Mountain) were revealed and added a bit of drama to this stunning morning. I walked the property for a few minutes and took some snap shots of the scenery to share with all of you. I hope you enjoy!