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Welcome to grand lake Grand Lake has cobalt blue skies, the largest natural body of water in the state and a background of the 12,007ft Mount Baldy. With all that, and the snowcapped Never Summer Range, you can see why the travel writer for World Property Journal ranked the town of Grand Lake No. 1 in the “Authentic” Small Town List. To quote the Journal: “Imagine that this town has wood-planked sidewalks, funky Western restaurants, friendly folks with wide smiles and cowboy hats, fresh mountain air, craftspeople in colorful old studios, quaint bookshops and galleries, first-class live theater.” To add to the No. 1 ranking, Grand Lake is one of Colorado’s oldest resorts. Never a big mining or ski town, the town of Grand Lake began as a supply center in 1879 when gold and silver were discovered nearby on the Colorado River. The amounts of gold and silver were small and Grand Lake survived by becoming a lakeside resort in the early 1880s. As early as 1902, although it was then a two-day drive from Denver, this area attracted families who built summer homes along the shores of the lake. What gold and silver couldn’t do, the motor vehicle did. Many of the homes around the lake have been in the same family for generations. Walking on the wooden boardwalks and browsing in the unique downtown shops and restaurants, you will experience the warm, friendly, small-town feeling of the village of Grand Lake. Beaches, footpaths, parks, and picnic areas are snuggled along the lake shoreline. Public boat ramps and marinas can be found on the north side of the lake. In the winter, Grand Lake is a quiet peaceful, wonderland where a thick blanket of snow changes the town into a pastoral scene. There are numerous cross country ski, snowshoe and snowmobile trails in the area. Trails are designated specifically for use. With more than 150 miles of groomed trails and hundreds of miles of trails in the area, Grand Lake has one of the largest snowmobile trail systems in the state and rightly deserves the title of Snowmobile Capital of Colorado™, giving the town a tradition that cannot be duplicated by other mountain communities. Snowmobiles are allowed to travel the streets like other vehicles. The town of Grand Lake is one of the few towns anywhere that allows snowmobilers on city streets, as it leaves the streets snow-packed to accommodate the popular winter vehicles. The Legend of Spirit Lake Camping on the shores of Grand Lake, the Ute men scattered to the forest looking for game. Suddenly a raiding band of Arapaho and Cheyenne launched an attack on the Ute encampment. Hearing screams, the Ute men returned and began driving their enemies away. The squaws and children hurried into canoes and sped to safety on the lake. Storm clouds gathered and the wind whipped the water into treacherous waves. The crowded canoes capsized, drowning most of the women and children in the frigid water. The Ute braves claimed a victory on land, but the waters of the lake swallowed up their families. It is said, even now, in the morning, one can see spirits in the mists that rise from the lake. LIVE YOUR Dreams Buying a second home is more affordable than you think. ABBY MCDANIEL Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer NMLS 1165325 | State License #100049819 720.626.6045 Grand County email: amcdaniel@amerifirst.us website: www.amcdaniel.amerifirst.us 1553 Platte Street, Suite 204, Denver, CO 80202 AmeriFirst Financial, Inc., 1550 E McKellips Road, Suite 117, Mesa, AZ 85203 (NMLS#145368). 1-877-276-1974. Copyright 2015. This is not an offer to enter into an agreement. Not all customers will qualify. Information, rates, and programs are subject to change without prior notice. All products are subject to credit and property approval. Not all products are available in all states or for all loan amounts. Other restrictions and limitations apply. AZ: Arizona Mortgage Banker License No. BK0013635; CA: Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act; CO: Regulated by the Division of Real Estate; WA: Washington Consumer Loan Company License No. CL-145368 6 2 0 1 5 G R A N D L A K E G U E S T G U I D E ®


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