In the cradle of Taylor Canyon, a touch away from Crested Butte, lies Taylor River Lodge—an idyllic sanctum where Colorado doesn’t just mimic Danish hygge; it reinvents it. Born from a former fishing and tackle store that served the local populace, Taylor River Lodge now stands as an eight-cabin haven. Don’t let the term “cabin” deceive you. Each lodging keeps its rustic 1940s frame but adds modern embellishments like en suite bathrooms with personal steam showers and reading nooks brimming with Colorado tales. Six private queen cabins, some with twin-bedded lofts, and two single-family homes with two king-bedded suites, offer accommodations for a max of 32 people. In the Green Drake single-family home, the primary bedroom offers a quaint study adjacent to a bathroom with a one-of-a-kind wooden bath tub. The second bedroom features a spacious seating area full of natural light and two bookshelves of literary inspiration celebrating Colorado history and art.
Throughout the property, the invitation to disconnect from technology and connect to nature isn’t merely implicit—it’s the very fabric of the experience. Quality time with friends and family is what Taylor River Lodge was designed for. There is no shortage of intimate hang spaces for your crew to enjoy. Complete with a saltwater pool, hot tub, steam room, and sauna, the spacious bathhouse oozes tranquility, while the Copper John media and game cabin provides an ample common area for relaxation and reconnection, plus a pool table, foosball, and darkboards. The main lodge offers riverfront seating alongside a communal dining space, bar, and fireplace lounge that all but commands you to put down your phone and pick up a good book. The on-site spa offers a full menu of treatments, and there’s a lineup of wellness activities ranging from forest bathing and sound healing to thermal therapy.
And the best part is: everything is included in the price of your stay.
Eat & Drink
Locally inspired gastronomy leads the culinary program. Breakfast includes local bread, fresh fruit, house-made pastries, granola, smoothies, and juices. A gourmet lunch is served daily, and you can have a different dining experience every night of your stay by choosing either from the seasonal menu, creating a custom dish, or cooking for friends and family side-by-side with the in-house chef. After dinner, gather around for s’mores and cocktails crafted with an artisan’s touch. The resort also offers craft cocktail making classes and specialty cooking classes led by Eleven’s culinary team.
Outside the cozy confines of Taylor River Lodge, adventure beckons. The range of activities is as diverse as it is exciting—wellness classes, spa treatments, and cooking classes by day, resort skiing and snowmobiling by night. You’re in the heart of Colorado, where your choices are limited only by your imagination and perhaps the laws of physics. Start your day with a snowshoe tour that winds through Colorado’s winter landscape or opt for the heart-pounding excitement of backcountry skiing.
But it’s not just about what you do; it’s where you do it. Nestled in seclusion, the lodge offers an ideal setting for activities ranging from nordic skiing to marksmen’s range activities like axe throwing and archery. Add snow safety and education workshops to the mix, and you’ve got a secluded escape from the ordinary just minutes from the town of Crested Butte.