KREMMLING - The Hotel Eastin is under new management by the Van Lue family who bring 13 years of hotel management experience and some fresh, new twists to the historic Kremmling hotel.
Walt and Maryann Van Lue have been busy with a steady flow of guests at the hotel in recent weeks.
"Once the guests come, they always come back," said Maryann Van Lue.
Walt and Maryann recently moved to Kremmling from Estes Park, where Maryann was the manager of a lodge for 13 years and Walt operated an antique repair shop.
Walt brought his shop with him to Kremmling and continues to serve customers from Estes Park while beginning to create a a customer base in Grand County as well.
He also brings with him a holiday tradition that has been a part of Christmas in Estes Park for nearly 12 years.
When Christmas rolls around, Walt dons a Santa costume and opens his antique shop up as Santa's workshop where kids receive a free book and get to help Santa do some of his endless work.
Another interesting tradition that the Van Lues will be starting sometime in February is what they like to call "Mystery Weekends." During these weekends at the hotel, guests will be able to solve the mystery created by the Van Lues by attaining clues from various townsfolk in Kremmling.
The Van Lues plan to stage two mystery weekends a year and are having a longtime friend from Estes Park write the mystery for February.
Speaking of writers, Zane Grey wrote the novel "The Mysterious Rider" while staying at the Hotel Eastin after seeing a lone rider on the cliffs above town. The Van Lues are creating a room that is themed toward the novel and its author.
Ongoing at the hotel are "Cookie and Music Nights" that take place every Friday and Saturday night. This popular event features fresh-baked cookies and music for guests. Guests are encouraged to bring their own instruments to participate in the festivities.
Amenities in the hotel range from modern rooms with TV and private baths to themed "Western" rooms that are decorated with unique items.
The Van Lues have enjoyed the move to Grand County where Maryann has already begun to build a reputation for her western hospitality and Walt can often be found fly fishing in some of the area's great fishing spots.
"There are so many neat places and so many neat people and we have been so welcomed by the community," Maryann said.