Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Red Cliff Lodge

When we originally planned this trip we didn't have a trailer. I decided to break the trip up with a two night stay near Moab at a place called Red Cliff Lodge. One of the nights also coincided with our wedding anniversary - so what could be better than hot showers and a meal overlooking the Colorado River?

We couldn't have picked a nicer place.

Red Cliff Lodge is about fourteen miles outside of the tourist mecca known as Moab and sits right on the Colorado, nestled between red rock cliffs. The weather cooperated as well and we were treated to two nights of amazing thunderstorms and watched lightning dance along the cliffs while the lights flickered in the dining room. We were feeling very lucky that we weren't out camping in it. Well, to be honest, we were feeling the luck of our daughter who was tenting along with us on this trip.
There is a cute little winery on the property - Castle Creek Winery with a tasting room and friendly staff. The wines are fine and we brought some bottles home to share. The restaurant was great and the morning buffet ample for fueling up. What was definitely fun was the downstairs movie museum that paid homage to all the various movies that have been filmed in the region. As an old western movie buff, I recognized an embarrassingly high number of the films. The film industry provided quite a few jobs in its day to that area.
We upgraded to a two bedroom cabin which had a kitchenette and deck sitting right along the river. The space was gorgeous and comfortable even though I think for the cost of the room they could certainly upgrade the mattresses. However, after camping for over a week, all the other amenities, friendly staff and laundry room  - I really have no complaints that wouldn't have me heading back there when I can.

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