The Lodge Showcases The Stanley’s Softer, Luxurious Side
ESTES PARK, Colo. – Steps away from the grand and mysterious Stanley Hotel is The Lodge at The Stanley, equally impressive, colorfully historic and quickly becoming a destination unto itself. Once known as the Manor House, the 40-room boutique inn was a bachelor’s building, created specifically, and solely, for men. Today, it attracts refined travelers searching for an authentic slice of mountain life gone-by, with all the added luxuries of the new millennium.
The Lodge was completed shortly after the main hotel in 1910 and was once a place where traveling single men could enjoy a leisurely whisky in the library. As time went by and society progressed, the building was used less and less, and eventually fell into disrepair. Under the direction of Rick Benton, General Manager of The Stanley, and John Cullen of Grand Heritage Hotel Group, The Lodge underwent an extensive renovation and reopened in April 2012. Cullen and Benton tapped the expertise and talents of Midge Knerr to bring back the property’s original charm and authenticity, as well as serve as the innkeeper for The Lodge.
“I call it a luxury inn,” Knerr said. “It exudes a bit more of mountain feel – cozier than the main building, with an artisan touch. We wanted to take it back to what it might have been in 1910.”
Today in The Lodge, where bachelors once smoked cigars and discussed the matters of the day, Knerr now serves an exquisite breakfast of freshly made croissants, a variety of danishes (Nutella, parmesan, and apple cinnamon) blueberry scones, Atlantic City boardwalk cinnamon sticky buns, yogurt, homemade granola, fresh fruit and a selection of homemade jams and lemon curd. Knerr, in addition to running a bed and breakfast in Rhode Island for 30 years, was also one of New York City’s first female chefs. She worked in restaurants in Paris and Southern France to hone her pastry and culinary skills and is now up at 3 a.m. every morning to prepare her guests the most decadent breakfast in Estes Park.
Knerr also serves an afternoon tea, complete with chocolate-covered strawberries and her signature coconut chocolate macaroons. When she’s not baking for her guests at The Lodge, she’s responsible for creating all the pastries and baked goods for the hotel’s banquets, buffets, and café. Knerr will share her kitchen with The Stanley’s executive chef Richard Beichner to serve prix fixe dinners on select evenings during the summer months, and will more than likely contribute the occasional sorbet and gelato.
Pastries and desserts aren’t the only sweet amenities The Lodge has to offer. Every window, which has been subtly tinted to avoid glare, looks out onto the Rockies, making the mountains an integral part of every room. In order to take the guests back in time, the walls are adorned with sepia-toned photos and historical maps from the 1900s. Navajo rugs and prints are elegantly intermixed with soothing colors and classic wainscoting, and wood furnishings anchor every room in old west refinement. Each guest room, however, is deceptively tech friendly, with LG flat screen televisions, free Wi-Fi and iHome clocks with plugs for iPhones, iPads and iPods.
Dogs also are welcome guests of The Lodge. Knerr’s Preferred Pooch Program is designed to give man’s best friend a complete vacation experience. Four-legged friends are treated to Knerr’s homemade peanut butter and banana dog biscuits before stretching out on plush dog beds. Rooms are also furnished with food and water bowls for dining convenience.
Even with all its intimacy and personal touches, The Lodge is still a grand place for people to gather. Business retreats, family reunions and weddings have all found the perfect location in The Lodge. The Library, with a warm fireplace, wooden accents and a veranda, can accommodate up to 75 people for a private banquet. The Ranch room, also furnished with a fireplace and western décor, is an ideal setting for causal meetings – perfect for businesses looking for a refreshing twist to off-site meetings. An adjacent rose garden is perfect for weddings. With 40 guest rooms, The Lodge can easily be booked in its entirety for both personal and professional gatherings, allowing guests exclusivity to the luxury inn and all its common areas.
For more information about The Lodge at the Stanley, call 800-976-1377 or go to www.StanleyHotel.com.
Famous for its old world charm, The Stanley Hotel boasts spectacular views in every direction and is less than six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. Multi-million dollar renovations have restored this 155-guestroom hotel to its original grandeur. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a member of Historic Hotels of America and is only an hour away from Denver, making it an ideal destination for a Colorado getaway.
The Stanley Hotel is managed by Grand Heritage Hotel Group. Founded in 1989 by John Cullen, Grand Heritage Hotel Group is one of the nation’s premier owner-operators of independent luxury hotels and resorts. Its properties are sought-after destinations that offer consistent luxury, quality and exceptional surroundings. Several Grand Heritage properties enjoy prestigious distinction as designated Historic Hotels of America. The company prides itself on the vision and strategic expertise of its leadership. Highly innovative and experienced professionals collectively boast more than 50 years of hands-on experience in all aspects of the hotel and hospitality business and are recognized for imaginative and entrepreneurial style. Grand Heritage owns and operates hotels in North America. It also operates Grand Heritage Hotels International Brand, which has a number of properties in Europe, The Middle East, India and North Africa. For more information, please visit www.GrandHeritage.com.