Where to stay in Estes Park for families
posted by: Julie Bielenberg
Location, location, location! You can’t put a high enough price on convenience, especially with three kids in tow, a mother with a sore back, and a husband who was at a World Series playoff—luckily for him, the Cubs pulled it off. Fall River Village is the perfect spot for access to the shopping and restaurants of Estes Park without getting in a car, and a five-minute drive into the actual National Park.
If you haven’t been to Estes Park, come summer and early fall during the elk rut, it’s busy in town, REALLY busy. Having the ability to park and leave your car and wander through town for a bite to eat or some shopping is ideal. Located along the Riverwalk is access to the condominium enclave of Fall River Village. Wide, lighted sidewalks meander along the river’s edge and it’s an easy jaunt to any meal if you don’t want to cook, which is usually the case with me in Estes Park.
There were five of us and we were in a two-bedroom condo unit on the second floor. Fall River Village has 60 units that are 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condos, all with plenty of space, a well-equipped kitchen with full-size appliances (although we never cooked anything), a dining area, televisions in the bedrooms (never turned on). But you’re not here to stay indoors, it’s Estes Park that brought you and the nature, cold or hot.
My kids do not care if it’s 40 below; they’re going to get into that hot tub. Lucky for us, the year-round gated out tub was about fifty feet from our condo unit. There are also grills and fire pits for use set amongst the property. Well designed, as any car can pull up to any unit, and it never feels crowded or noisy.
Best part of Estes, the elk of course! I’m an elk fan, and Rocky Mountain National Park is one of my favorite spots in Colorado, especially during the quieter months of October through February. I’ve written of my love of Estes Park in Cowboys & Indians, Denver Life, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, AAA, over a dozen pieces for this very site of Mile High Mamas, and I have to tell you, one of the best elk experiences was in the parking lot of Fall River Village. From the safety of my car, I was pulling into the parking lot after grabbing fresh muffins, breakfast burritos and lattes in town, and you know who was sauntering through the parking lot.
You come for the elk, you stay at Fall River Village for the comfort, ease, class, and luxury of the condos and their well-thought out family and multi-generational elements. ‘Bleisure’ travel will also find these condos perfect for their next meeting or conference.
Fall River Village is offering a special over the holidays: Stay 3 nights and get the 4th night free (Nov 23-29 and Dec 21 – Jan 3).