Who: Grand Lake and the Western Riviera will be featured on the Travel Channel show, Hotel Impossible, starring hotel fixer Anthony Melchiorri and designer Blanche Garcia.
What: Travel Channel show Hotel Impossible crew shoots last episode of Season 2 in Grand Lake, Colorado during Grand Lake’s annual winter carnival. The work of designer Blanche Garcia will be revealed along with Anthony’s suggestions for the Western Riviera and the Town of Grand Lake.
Where: Filming took place in and around the Town of Grand Lake, located on the shores of Colorado’s largest natural lake at the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.
When: The Grand Lake episode of Hotel Impossible will air Monday, March 25th at 8:00 p.m. MDT/10:00 p.m. EDT on the Travel Channel. Mike and Jackie Tompkins, owners of the Western Riviera, were notified on January 2nd that Hotel Impossible would be filming in Grand Lake. The crew arrived late at night on January 30th during a snowstorm and began filming their 5 day shoot the next day.
Why: The Tompkins’ do not know why the Western Riviera was selected. They received an unsolicited email from the Travel Channel just before Christmas asking if they would like their property to be featured on an episode of Hotel Impossible. After responding to the initial email and providing additional information, they learned on January 2nd that their property had been selected. The Tompkins hope the episode will be broader than the Western Riviera with positive exposure for the entire community of Grand Lake.
How: The Travel Channel crew from Hotel Impossible filmed the Tompkins together and Jackie alone, as well as their staff including Lisa Jonas (General Manager), Anne Ravotti (Assistant Manager) and Char Neal (Head of Housekeeping). Other Grand Lake citizens that were interviewed include Mayor Judy Burke, Lisa Jenkins (Executive Director of the Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce) and Jim Gasner (Owner of Rocky Mountain Outfitters). The filming was realistic and unrehearsed. There were no scripts. Jackie and Mike were asked to not go out in public until after they had met Anthony Melchiorri, the host of the show, on film. At the initial interview with the Tompkins, Anthony Melchiorri would not make small talk during breaks in the filming, in order to keep all discussions on film.
Bet: Mike made a bet with Anthony that the Grand Lake episode will be the most watched. If Mike wins, Anthony has to fly us to NYC and buy Mike a beer, and if Anthony wins, we have to fly him to Grand Lake and buy him a beer.
You: We need you to help us spread the word about the Grand Lake episode of Hotel Impossible!
Lots of excitement and hopes that viewers will think about Grand Lake as a winter destination. Grand Lake, it’s not just for summer anymore.
We appreciate any and all support you can provide.
Mike & Jackie Tompkins
Western Riviera Lakeside Lodging & Events