The property that Solitude Cabins & Lodge sits on was originally owned by Charles Partridge Adams in the early 1900’s. He was a renowned watercolor artist who built his original home on the property as his art studio and rightfully nicknamed it “The Sketch Box”. When you arrive, you’ll notice that we continue to pay homage to the history while you drive through the property on “Sketch Box Lane”. Along with keeping the Sketch Box name alive, we find that we’ve truly kept the property as an oasis in the trees that Mr. Adams had envisioned way before Solitude Cabins & Lodge was built.
With hopes of adding on to Charles Adams’ original vision,
Paul and Kathy Kochevar, who have been a part of the Estes Park community since 1979, purchased the property with dreams of sharing the Sketch Box with all. Paul, with the background of being a civil engineer, designed and developed each cabin on our property. Kathy, took on the property’s daily operations. The dynamic duo of Solitude were able to establish the business and open the doors in 2003.
After a few years of doing it on their own,
in the Fall of 2008, Paul and Kathy were joined by Kaylyn and Steve Kruger on the management team. Both Steve and Kaylyn had come to Solitude with an immense background in hospitality; specifically the hotel business. Kaylyn had grown up visiting Estes Park with her family, together, they continued the family vacation tradition bringing their two sons. After meeting with the Kochevars, they were able to make their dream of living in the mountains into their reality. The group of four were able to grow the property together not only in popularity, but in size as well. In 2020, after envisioning and dreaming it together, the Kochevars and Krugers established the Lodge portion of the business.
After almost 20 years living on the property,
surviving the Estes Park flood of 2013, and the Estes Park fire in 2021, Paul and Kathy decided to take a step away to live in the Seattle area closer to their children and grandchildren. In 2022, Rebecca and Dylan Smith were introduced to the property as the new assistant managers. Though not all together in the same space, the management team of 6 dedicate their work at Solitude Cabins & Lodge to make sure each guest feels at home in the heart of the Rockies.
1885 Sketch Box Lane
Estes Park, CO 80517