The log and stone, board-and-batten Lodge was custom built in 1997 in a style reminiscent of the grand lodges of the Adirondacks and Rockies erected by oil barons and industry scions in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In designing the Lodge, original owners Ken and Diane Harlan drew on their backgrounds in the construction and international airline industries, as well as on their more than thirty years of experience traveling to outstanding bed and breakfasts, inns and hotels in the United States, Great Britain, Europe and beyond. No detail has been left unnoticed in creating a stunning mountain retreat that brings guests back again and again to take in the picturesque views, unwind in the spacious rooms and bubbling hot tubs, and be welcomed home by the owners and staff.
Throughout the lodge, a veritable gallery of Western and Native American works of art adorn the halls, common areas, and guest rooms. The tastefully cohesive collection of rugs, pottery, paintings, and basketry brings to life the culture, history, and ruggedly beautiful geography of the Mountain West region. Among guests’ favorite pieces in the Lodge are the vibrant, floor-length Native American head dress displayed next to the Great Room staircase and the striking, four-foot tall painted wood kiva carving done by a 16-year old American Indian artist from Arizona. As guests explore the lodge, they encounter basketry, beading, and wood carvings by Native American artisans, as well as striking paintings and sculptures by talented Western artists, including: Victor Armstrong, Don Dernovich, Raleigh Kinney, Bill Mittag ,Steve Napper, Gerald Sanders.
Originally comprised of nine lodge rooms, two Jr. Suites, and one two-room Suite, the Lodge underwent a substantial expansion in 2005. To accommodate more new visitors as well as the Lodge’s faithful return guests, the Harlans designed an expansive addition that blends seamlessly with the style of the original Lodge. When the construction finished, Taharaa Mountain Lodge offered additional lodging capacity and new facilities and amenities, including:
- The new Great Hall and adjacent Courtyard and Covered Deck, featuring stunning mountain views, a grand stone fireplace, and all the amenities for hosting weddings and corporate events with up to 200 guests;
- A new Spa Room, providing lodging guests with opportunities to unwind in the indoor Hot Tub or Sauna, be pampered in the Massage Room, and be energized with the treadmill or bicycle;
- A new Vending Room, enabling guests to stash snacks and leftovers in the full-size refrigerator, soda machine, warm-up a midnight treat in the microwave, and stock their room with ice for evening beverages;
- An expanded Dining Room with a double-sided fireplace;
- A new Meeting Room for groups of up to 12 people;
- Seven new or renovated Junior Suites with stately bedsteads, spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, and relaxing two-person Jacuzzi tubs or steam showers;
- The new and impressively appointed two-room Cattle Baron Suite, offering extra amenities, including a second gas fireplace and TV/DVD; a personal refrigerator, wine cooler, and microwave; generous storage for extended stays; an extra-large deck; and, a spacious bathroom with two vanities, a huge walk-in shower, and a two-person Jacuzzi tub.
Emphasizing quality construction, tasteful and enduring regional décor, and the spectacular views of Estes Park and the surrounding mountains, the Harlans have crafted a lodging environment that so perfectly marries rustic charm with comfortable elegance that most guests never want to leave. Without a doubt, Taharaa Mountain Lodge’s striking appearance creates an unparalleled lodging atmosphere. This relaxing and unique environment, combined with the warm hospitality of its hosts and the abundant natural beauty and opportunities for fun and adventure just minutes away, you’re likely to find yourself planning your next trip to Taharaa before you even leave.