Hoping to impress all of the important people on your holiday shopping list this year? The Town of Grand Lake–known as an iconic “Christmas Village” with blankets of sparkling snow and fully-decked with twinkling lights–has oodles of ideas to amaze all ages, from exhilarating once-in-a-lifetime experiences to mountain-inspired decor, clothing and gear. Your loved ones will be delighted to receive any of these thoughtful, unique items…and don’t forget to treat yourself, too!
Full disclosure–some of Grand Lake’s best gifts simply won’t fit under the tree. If you’re hoping to really wow someone special, consider one of these unforgettable experiences to cross off their bucket list.
Surprise them with a guided snowmobile tour showcasing breathtaking views of the Continental Divide from On The Trail Rentals; an enchanting horse-drawn sleigh ride through pine-scented forests at Winding River Resort; a lavish spa package; or ski passes to Granby Ranch or the Grand Lake Nordic Center. Gift cards are also available to the Rocky Mountain Folk School for creative workshops and classes, the Grand Lake Center for fitness and recreation, and private guided tours of Rocky Mountain National Park with Lively Tours & Talks.
Elf Advice: Each of these distinctive Grand Lake experiences will create memories and stories to last a lifetime! Plus, they can all conveniently be purchased online or over the phone providing the perfect solution for those who are shopping from afar.
In need of last-minute decorations or hostess gift help? You’ll find a festive collection of holiday trimmings at Humphrey’s Cabin Fever to deck your halls, tables, tree and more. The Stalk Market has fresh poinsettia plants and seasonal bouquets on hand for the perfect finishing touch. Head to Mountain Market to pick up gourmet goodies like artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and spreads. Elf Advice: while you’re waiting in the checkout line, don’t miss the array of hand-poured, seasonally-themed, soy candles from Grand Lake Candle Co. like “Cookies For Santa” and “Winter White Forest.”
The outdoor lover on your list will adore anything found in Never Summer Mountain Products, This outfitter is packed with the latest clothing and gear to make adventuring more comfortable and fun for all ages. From gadgets like headlamps, pocket knives and guidebooks to gear like backpacks and hiking boots–not to mention the coziest sweaters, socks, hats and gloves–this is a one-stop-shop for your outdoor lifestyle needs.
Elf Advice: they also rent outdoor necessities like snowshoes and bear canisters!
The quaint Otherside Gear + Coffee shop features a selection of gently used outdoor gear at even gentler prices, plus has a bin of free items! Snag a craft coffee while you peruse for the perfect gift.
Elf Advice: as one of the official information centers for the Continental Divide Trail, the store is also stocked with free maps and official CDT gear.
Of course, the ultimate Grand Lake gift is a Grand Lake vacation! Wintertime in Grand Lake is an extraordinary encounter chock-full of merry-making moments like ice skating under the stars, catching a performance at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater and lively community events to celebrate the season, like pond hockey and ice fishing tournaments. Located less than 2.5 hours from Denver, the town of Grand Lake is also located just minutes from the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, featuring stunning scenery that is especially lovely and peaceful with a blanket of snow (and without the summertime crowds).