Windcliff: A Vacation in a Vacation
I know I said I was done with the Colorado posts, but I’ve got one last one that – one of the most important ones, actually – where we stayed!
We stayed at the Windcliff Vacation Rentals on Windcliff Dr. in Estes Park.
We found it by researching the heck out of cabins and houses and knew instantly we wanted a house by Windcliff. They show all of their homes for rent on their website with pictures and views – so it was nice to know what we were getting, house-wise.
My only requirement was a hot tub with a view, so we ended up choosing the Meyer house.
view from hot tub
When we first arrived at Windcliff Drive, we were a bit surprised. The houses were actually built into a mountain – and our house was about as far up and away as they got! It took us 10 full minutes to drive down the mountain from our house and about 8 minutes to drive up. (Note: Shane is a very cautious driver I didn’t even try to make this drive.) This made coming and going from the house a bit of an annoyance (well, for Shane, since he was the one white-knuckle driving up and down!)
Luckily, the view was worth it.
We were also greeted by a group of deer upon pulling in the driveway!
View from the driveway:
View from the gate, going to the front door, with the hot tub and deck:
Once we unlocked the door and saw the home, we instantly noticed how CLEAN the place was. I even felt ok enough to walk around barefoot – the floors were so clean!
The kitchen and dining room:
They were also very accommodating, supplying a grill, stove, plates, cups, wine glasses, a washer/dryer, and just about any appliance you could think of. The only thing they didn’t supply was the food! We took advantage of the accommodations on more than one occasion when we grilled out pork chops, cooked a pizza, and grilled burgers for dinner.
We also spent quite a bit of time in the living room, reading and listening to music, in our downtime.
After some of our hikes, we just felt completely beat, and took advantage of the comfy furniture and great living room window views.
The bedroom had a great view, plenty of closet space, and clean sheets.
(we quit making the bed in the morning after the second day – kinda felt nice to leave the covers all in a mess! haha)
The only complaint about the bedroom was that the bed was way too firm and not very comfy. It might just be a preference thing, but neither of us seemed to get a great sleep on the bed.
The bathroom was nice because it had a his and hers type of sink and counter space, and a bathtub with jets!
Although we didn’t spend too much time at the house, we really appreciated a location with such amazing views. Sitting in the hot tub watching the sunset over the mountains was one of my favorite parts of the trip.
We also loved to take a short walk after waking up on the gravel road. We never went too far – just a short walk to see different views.
All in all, we absolutely loved our stay at Windcliff, and will likely use them again next time we go. However, we both agreed that next time we’ll choose a house that’s about half way down the cliff
Other Colorado posts:
- Estes Park
- Stanley Hotel and Gem Lake Hike
- Colorado Carnivore – Twin Owls Steakhouse
- Day Trip to Boulder
- Wild Basin Falls – Three Waterfalls
- Bear Lake – Our Toughest Hike
How much thought/weight do you put in deciding where to stay on vacations?
I’d say I put quite a bit of thought into it – unless we’ll be spending barely any time in the cabin/hotel at all. For example, when we stayed in Goodland on the way there, we eeny-meeny-miny-moe’d it. As long as it had a bed and clean sheets, it was good!