Archive for March, 2011

Who is Joel Estes? And why is there a park named after him?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Joel Estes, for whom Estes Park, Colorado, is named, was born in the state of Kentucky around the early 1800’s. One fall day he and his son were out hunting game when they found themselves overlooking the most beautiful valley the father had ever seen and decided that was going to be his new home. In 1860 the Joel Estes family moved to the area now bearing his name. The Estes family lived in the valley for about 6 years and after many hard winters they sold their land and cabin to owners which would turn their cabin into a hotel for his friends and family. While Estes Park is quite often confused with being part of the Rocky Mountain National Park it is the gateway to the park.

Winter is back (sort of)

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Late winter early spring in Colorado is always a guessing game with the weather isn’t it? But that is why we love it here, you can have at least 2 seasons in just one day! We have noticed that 2 of our bull elk that lounge around the property on a regular basis have already dropped their antlers! We were surprised because it seems a little early for that to happen. They have also been shedding their winter coats, you can find little clumps of elk hair around the property where they stand and scratch.  JilLayne is anxiously awaiting the return of the hundreds of hummingbirds that call Wildwood Inn their home for the summer. We should see the first arrivals in about a month! We will keep you posted!  And just a reminder if you have not made your plans for Spring Break give us a call so we can help you plan a getaway to Estes!  And of course it is never too early to start making your summer reservations too!

Had a great time

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

We had a great time. Thank you for your help. We will recommend Wildwood Inn to our friends.  Hope to see you again.

The Steffenhagens


Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

After our wonderful snowstorm, the weather has calmed down and is very nice and sunny. There is still snow on the ground, it is melting slowly which is good, so the ground can soak up some much needed moisture. Just a reminder that it is not too early to start making those get away plans for spring break! Instead of dealing with the traffic and crowds at some of the larger ski resorts, come to the peace and quiet of snowshoeing, sledding, cross country skiing or hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. Then relaxing in a private hot tub suite and maybe getting a facial or massage to really indulge yourself! Give us a call or go directly to our website for more details and booking.