Rocky Mountain Alpenglow

Alpenglow Cabin, Twin Lakes, Colorado
Alpenglow Cabin, Twin Lakes, COLORADO |
  • Cabin
  • 3 BR
  • Sleeps 6
  • from $ 339 nt
Wilderness Adventure & Hygge Comforts

This cabin rental in Colorado is an ideal escape for those hearty, adventurous souls that embrace the call of the wild and meet nature on its own terms.

Aptly named after the burnished glow that appears at the mountain summits at sunset and sunrise, the alpenglow phenomenon elicits that cozy feeling you get curled up by the fire after a day of drinking in the brisk high altitudes of nature and adventure.

A true wilderness experience, you’ll share the mountains with their natural inhabitants of bears, mountain lions, elk and moose, bighorn sheep and foxes in addition to the seasonal and migratory critters, with the welcoming comforts of a thoughtfully designed retreat to nestle in to.

The stylishly composed renovations amp up the design quotient while still highlighting the already spectacular natural beauty and heart-stopping views. 

Ditch your tech tether to truly unplug here (services are limited to weather-dependent Wifi and no TV) and indulge in nature without distractions.

Description

Featured in Dwell, Travel + Leisure, Apartment Living, Lonely Planet, and more, this cabin rental in Colorado is immersed within vast expanses of National Forest just minutes from the largest glacial lakes among the state’s epic natural beauty. Set at the base of Independence Pass, on the Twin Lakes side, it’s along one of the world’s top scenic drives. 

Designed in the classic Alpine style, the home is both rustic and refined with an open-concept space and vaulted ceilings with wide-plank hardwood floors and that distinctive Hygge sense of comfort. 

There’s a fully equipped kitchen with a handmade white oak dining table, comfy seating around the HearthStone wood-burning stove, and cathedral windows that perfectly frame the spectacular views of La Plata, the fifth highest peak in the Rockies.

The en suite master bedroom is on the main floor with two additional bedrooms upstairs (Note that the upstairs bedroom with full bed is rather small) and there are two luxurious, vintage-inspired bathrooms with spa amenities.

The wraparound deck includes a hot tub with dining and lounge spaces for relaxing and soaking in the views.

Surrounded on all sides by rugged mountains, there are hundreds of miles of trails and gorgeous wildflower hikes with rushing rivers in summer, and magical snowscapes in winter. A true nature lover’s paradise.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGHS

As the highest county in the Rocky Mountains, Lake County offers some of Colorado’s most spectacular sites and endless options for hiking, back-country skiing, snowshoeing, paddling, rafting, rock-climbing, and mountain biking. 

La Plata Mountain trailhead is less than a five-minute drive and Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak, and the Colorado Trail is just down the road. The twin lakes trails around Interlaken, a fascinating abandoned Victorian-era resort from the 1800s are nearby but only accessible by boat or hike.

Independence Pass closes in early November through late May with up to 140 inches of snow per year (check cotrip for status), creating “the prettiest dead-end road in Colorado,” and blissful seclusion. Open dates typically fall on Memorial Day through the first week in November.

The sleepy Twin Lakes village is ten minutes from the cabin where you’ll find the Inn & Saloon restaurant that’s been open since the 1800s and the General Store where you can get the basics. There are also a couple of food trucks that roll through, an art gallery, and boat rentals. The village mostly shuts down during the winter, although the Inn & Saloon restaurant stays open on weekends.

Both Leadville and Buena Vista are within a half-hour’s drive and the glittering Aspen is just forty minutes north (Note that in winter when the pass is closed—early November to late May—there is no access to Aspen from the house side of the pass). 

It’s two hours southwest of Denver.

LOCATION

Twin Lakes, Colorado. Nearest Airport: Denver International (144 miles) 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Each season offers nature lovers something special

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Info
Bedrooms3 Bedrooms
Bed Type2 Queen, 1 Double
KitchenFully equipped but no microwave
Bathrooms2.5 Bathrooms
Accommodate6 Guests
InternetSatellite Wifi. Can sometimes be impacted due to weather conditions
Kid FriendlyYes
Pet friendlyNo
ViewStunning 360 degree views of La Plata mountains and wilderness
Rates
Cleaning (One Time)$150
Tax13% for total rate
Sec. Deposit$500
Check-In4 PM
Check-Out10 AM
CancellationGuest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 60 days before the time of check-in. If the guest cancels 30-60 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 30 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given.
Notesself check-in. will provide door code a few days in advance of arrival.
*No microwave. No trash service. Satellite WiFI. No cell service or landline. No TV.*
Season Start Date End Date Nightly Min Stay
Spring SeasonMar 24May 26$3393 nights
Additional Charge on Weekends$375 per night on FRI SAT
Additional Guests$25 per person / per night above 4
Summer/Fall SeasonMay 27Oct 30$3503 nights
Additional Charge on Weekends$425 per night on FRI SAT
Additional Guests$25 per person / per night above 4
House Rules

No campfires or charcoal grills anywhere on the property.
No parties, events, or loud music/noise. (We love our neighbors!)
No smoking, vaping, or drugs.
No shooting guns, explosives, or fireworks.
No pets.
No extra guests.
No commercial/brand photo shoots without prior consent. (Reach out if interested!)
Alpine septic system. TP only, please. :)
No trash/food left outside or in cars; please clean the grill and tools after each use (we do get occasional visits from bears and other curious creatures)
Please do not rearrange the furniture or move exterior landscaping (thanks!)
We do not have trash service in our remote location. Please take your trash to local garbage drops (we will provide addresses).
Please be extra vigilant with anything that could start a fire (stove, oven, candles, grill). We are surrounded by National Forest.
Please let us know if you break something or if something is missing. We are sure we can come to an easy resolution and we need to know so we can replace it. We ask that you treat our home with respect, as you would your own. Thank you!

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Reviews

11 Reviews

  • Amy, March 19, 2021

    Where do I start? First, I love the attention to detail at this cabin. It’s rare to find modern, yet comfortable interior design. It was airy and peaceful with incredible views (best I’ve experienced at a home rental yet). Second, I love that they provided clean products for kitchen and bath. All you need to bring is your styling tools! Third, the rest of the house is fully stocked. You have adequate cookware and essentials (coffee, tea, oil, etc.). They also think of small details like robe and slippers to enjoy the hot tub or stay cozy while lounging around. Lastly, Christine and family were incredibly communicative and accommodating. The state plow truck was not working, so they found a back up option for us immediately. This is definitely a place for you if you want more remote and easy access to hiking. Buena Vista is nearby if you want to pop into town for Deerhammer and/or good eats!

    Amy

  • Sarah, March 11, 2021

    We truly enjoyed our stay at Alpenglow. So many thoughtful touches made our stay extra special! The views can not be beat and the surrounding area offers so many activities. Already planning our next visit!

    Sarah

  • Dana, February 22, 2021

    Absolutely incredible!! There aren’t words to describe how amazing our stay was! Perfect for our little honeymoon in the mountains :). It was exactly what we needed and we felt right at home. Everything was warm and welcoming! Every little detail was thought out and it was the best home rental experience we’ve had! The views are something out of a movie! So much love was put into creating this little mountain oasis and we’re so so happy that we had the opportunity to stay here. The worst part was having to leave this morning!! We’ll most definitely be back :)

    Dana

  • Becca, February 21, 2021

    This place is everything and more! It was great to really get out into the wilderness, but still have a town close by for comfort. There are so many hiking trails just right outside the door! The house is even more amazing in person. It is filled with awesome surprises like snowshoes, local coffee, eye masks, fluffy robes and endless books. Can’t wait to go back!

    Becca

  • Daniela, January 15, 2021

    Our stay here was magical and we felt as if we never wanted to leave at the end of it. The space is as advertised and is so beautiful. We loved our stay here and cannot wait to come back.

    Daniela

  • Janelle, January 11, 2021

    Christine & Daniel’s cabin was an absolute gem! They were caring, responsive hosts that made sure our stay was perfect! Between the beautiful mountain vistas and relaxing hot tub, the cabin itself provided such an ideal space to relax and get cozy by the fire. We loved grilling (even had a curious fox make an appearance!) and really enjoyed stargazing, despite the weather not cooperating. All the extra touches that Christine and Daniel included, like a bottle of bubbly to help us celebrate our 10yr anniversary, really made our stay even more special. We’re so grateful to have celebrated in such a lovely place, and we can’t wait to come back!

    Janelle

  • Kathleen, December 29, 2020

    Without a doubt, my favorite rental to date. Christine & Daniel’s home exceeded my expectations-even with all the wonderful reviews. It is truly a special home, you can feel all the love and care that was put into the home to make it one of the most comfortable, relaxing, peaceful homes we have stayed in. It was the perfect location both because of the amazing views and the ease of staying isolated and away from public places.

    Kathleen

  • Emily, December 10, 2020

    This place is a dream! It’s everything you would want in a cozy mountain getaway! Here are just a few things we appreciated…good communication, easy check-in, the whole house was immaculate, it was SO stylish and yet didn’t sacrifice comfort, incredible view, great coffee, fun games, hot tubbing under the stars…10/10 all around. Loved it!

    Emily

  • Sara, October 31, 2020

    I don’t know that there’s anything to add to the amazing reviews already here, but they’re true! This cabin is truly a gem. Everything, from the incredible location and charm of the house, to the quality of linens, towels, napkins, books, art, etc. are superb. We were so cozy and happy that we ended up staying put for our entire stay with just little walks in the forest behind the cabin and plenty of dips in the hot tub. Thoughtful touches like Fortuna chocolate truffles, earplugs in the bathroom cupboard and a great selection of tea made us feel even more welcomes into this bright, stylish, wonderful space.

    Sara

  • Jamie, October 19, 2020

    An incredible mountain escape with amazing amenities, stunning views, and everything you need to rest and relax!

    Jamie

  • Daniel, October 1, 2020

    This place is spectacular! It far exceeded my expectations – and my expectations were extremely high to begin with. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at the Alpenglow cabin, and it was our favorite anniversary stay thus far. This cabin is cozy, has every amenity, and the most gorgeous views. The wood-burning stove was dreamy; and the stars from the hot tub at night were incredible. We didn’t want to leave. This is a great cabin to come to and recharge your battery…we kept saying to ourselves “this is so nice”. You’ll feel refreshed and recharged after a stay here. Do not miss out!

    Daniel

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