Alma and Dan Anderson, who purchased the lodge at the beginning of 2017, have traveled extensively. Dan was a sea captain by trade and said he never wants to see another palm tree. They spent the last several years seeking a commercial opportunity in a place they could put down roots. When they first came to the valley four years ago, they bought a piece of property in the first week and kept traveling.
Then, in January, in a moment of serendipity, Dan saw the Teepee listed for sale. The couple went to look, and immediately put in their offer.
“We bought it on a ten-minute whim,” Dan joked. “For us it was a no-brainer. The town, the region, you see the view,” he added, sweeping a hand towards the Grand silhouetted in the upper window of the lodge.
The lodge is a unique piece of architecture. It has 18 small rooms laid out like the spokes of a wheel, with a massive fireplace and ornate chimney as the hub. Dan described the builder as a “maniacal genius,” and pointed out some of the innovative details that make the building strong and enduring.