Archive for May, 2010
Top Ten Reasons To Visit Summit County this Summer:
10) 300 days of sunshine annually
9) World class Fishing
8) 5 Golf Courses within a 10 minute drive
7) Average daily high temp of 70
6) Endless Mountain Bike Trails
5) Endless hiking
4) Live Music!
3) BBQ’s every night!
2) Art and Film Festivals every weekend!
This picture was taken on our private section of the Blue River! As our guest you may have access to this Gold Metal Water River. It is Dam fed so the water volume can be quite variable. The trout large but can be quite tricky to catch. The section behind our Riverside Lodge in artificial lure and fly fishing only. You will have to see it to believe it…a fisherman’s dream. Only one small detail, I have not caught one fish in our section of river yet!;) (saving them for our guests)
The Town of Frisco is the Hub and Center of Summit County and has been since its founded in 1873; then due to its locale to many mines during the gold and silver rush of the late 1800s. Now, with its minute proximity to a half-dozen major resort areas, Frisco is the year-round, central location for enjoying all the Rocky Mountains of Colorado have to offer including its own Historic Park, Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area and Nordic Center, Frisco Bay Marina, Ten Mile Recreational Pathway, Town Parks and Special Events. With just under 2,800 full-time residents, the Town of Frisco remains the charming mountain town of days past, yet enjoys unique recreational activities and attractions along the shores of Lake Dillon, whatever the season, in beautiful Summit County Colorado.
From Denver, Colorado:
- Take I-70 WEST exit towards GRAND JUNCTION / IDAHO SPRINGS and drive for 58 miles.
- Take CO-9 SOUTH exit towards BRECKENRIDGE / FRISCO, exit #203 and you are in Frisco, Colorado.
Frisco Mornings, my favorite things to do
Morning is my favorite time of the day. I love to get up and walk down the pedestrian-friendly main street in Frisco. Depending on what mood I may be in, I might stop by Pika Bagels and grab a coffee and a veggie eggman bagel sandwich. Other days I prefer to stop at the Butterhorn Bakery for a Hazelnut latte and a chocolate croissant and sit outside and watch the world go by. If I have a hearty appetite, The Log Cabin cafe is the best spot to fulfill my cravings. However, some days I just feel like relaxing, sitting on a couch, reading a book or the Summit Daily News and watching the sunlight grow on Mt. Royal. This desired relaxing spot is Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters located on Main St. Frisco. Definitely the local hang out when you want a cup of Joe and a place to unwind.
While maintaining a small town community, a myriad of water activities can be enjoyed. Learn to kayak or sail with Osprey Adventures, located at the Frisco Marina. Rent a canoe to explore hidden coves and beaches and watch for the red-tail hawks, ospreys and occasional deer. Looking to catch the big one, motorboats are available to rent for the day. The best fishing spots are near the Blue River and Snake River outlets. Occasionally you might see a local sculling on the glassy, early morning waters of Lake Dillon. Those in a large group may like to rent a party barge and meander around the shores catching some rays. Whatever your preference, the Frisco Marina is the place to enjoy many water activities.
Osprey Adventures – 970.668.5573
The history of Frisco goes back to the Ute Indians who first traveled the region many years back. The first white pioneers were trappers and hunted the area from 1810 to about 1840. In the 1870â€™s gold was on the mind of men, women and children.
The town of Frisco was founded by Henry Recen and became the station for many miners. Frisco was known for its abundance of gold in the surrounding areas. Formerly known as Frisco City, the permanent population reached about 250 in 1882. The boom lasted until about 1918. The Depression stuck and the town of Frisco almost became abandoned. Remains of old building can be seen in Friscoâ€™s Historical Park. Nineteenth century log cabins, including a chapel, private residences, and a jailhouse, have been restored and are on display right on Frisco Main Street. The current population is just about 2,800 full-time residents but brings about 3 million people to the area.
Buildings in the Frisco Historic Park:
Â· The Trapper’s Cabin
Â· The Niemoth Cabin
Â· The Ruth House
Â· The Staley House
Â· The Historic Jail
Â· Bill’s Ranch House
Â· The Log Chapel
Â· The Wood’s Cabin
Â· The Bailey House
Â· Schoolhouse Museum
|The Marina Tiki bar is excellent if the weather cooperates! This is a do not miss.|
If you can imagine no lake Dillon and three rivers coming together where a trading post and clusters of cabins might have existed, then you can imagine the first town of Dillon. This was the scene in the late 1800s until Denver needed water storage in the high country. The town had to relocate to the northeastern shore of the lake while the reservoir was completed in 1963. You can visit the town’s beautiful hillside cemetery that was moved from the former site. Now the lakeside mountain town of Dillon has a variety of amenities. One can find eateries housed in buildings from the Old Town of Dillon, microbreweries, a bowling alley, batting cages, Gart Sports outlet, and Saturday night summer concert/theatre performances in the Lake Dillon amphitheater. A trip to the old school house, which is now the Summit historical societys museum, is worth the visit to learn more about the area.
First rate family Summer fun with world class sailing, boat rentals, sailing instruction, racing regattas and at 9,000 feet in elevation, Dillon is home for the highest yacht club in North America.
Lake dillon has three rivers that empty into the lake:
If you like fishing you will love fishing the high country and Lake dillon. You can stay on the lake or try one of the three rivers that feed Lake
Of course you know we are partial to this town in that our Lodges are located here and the people are especially nice!
The Town of Silverthorne incorporated in the 1960’s and has flourished with the tourism brought on by the ski industry ever since. With the Blue River and its world-class fly fishing and proximity to the Ptarmigan and Eagles Nest Wilderness areas, Silverthorne is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination. Summer or winter, Silverthorne offers numerous Summit County activities and state-of-the-art facilities such as its newly completed Recreation Center for indoor adventures in fitness. The Dillon/Silverthorne Factory Outlet Stores provide over 70 brand name shops which are widely known for quality, value and variety and help make Silverthorne a popular stop for all visitors to the area.
From Denver, Colorado:
- Take I-70 WEST exit towards GRAND JUNCTION / IDAHO SPRINGS and drive for 55 miles.
- Take the CO-9 NORTH / SILVERTHORNE(US-6 E) exit towards SILVERTHORNE, exit #205 and you are in Silverthorne, Colorado.
Silverthorne Recreation Center
Encompassing 62,000 square feet, the recreation center features quality facilities, recreational programming and activities for all ages. The center offers yoga, land and water aerobics, personal training, indoor cycling, fitness equipment, racquetball courts, babysitting and massages therapy. Whether in for a full workout or a soak in the Jacuzzi after a day on the slopes, the Silverthorne Recreation Center has something for everyone.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday 6:00am – 9:00pm
Saturday – 7:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday – 8:00am – 9:00pm
For more information call 970-262-7370
What a better place to have your big wedding day than at an elegant pavilion bordering the Blue River in Silverthorne. With magnificent balconies, arched ceilings, French doors, spectacular chandeliers, abundance of natural light and cozy furnishings you can have the perfect setting for a mountain wedding. Not to forget about the large dance floor and elevated area for a live band or DJ. To view this attractive venue call 970-262-7390.
400 Blue River Highway
Silverthorne, Colorado 80498
We have had many guests and family members do this and I have not had 1 bad review yet! The views are one of a kind. As usual I recommend the earlier in the day the better before the afternoon storms build! Enjoy.
Georgetown Loop Railroad
The History of the railroad dates back to the time when the mountains were not only majestic, but the treasures they held within were extremely valuable. The silver ore found inside the mountains between Georgetown and Silver Plume in the 1860â€™s turned out one of the great silver-producing regions in the world.
By 1877, a rail line connected Denver to Golden and Georgetown was completed. The engineers did not stop there, but were presented with a challenge of connecting Georgetown to Silver Plume to climb more than 600 feet in just 2 miles while climbing one of Coloradoâ€™s steep canyons.
It took 200 men to lay 4 miles of track, building one of the worldâ€™s most famous engineering masterpieces, The Devilâ€™s Gate High Bridge. Over a 100 years later, a ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad brings you back in time. The beauty seen on the ride is spectacular and the experience will last a lifetime.
The adventure can be started at 1106 Rose Street at the Old Georgetown Station. You may also explore the history and minerâ€™s livelihood with a tour of the Lebanon Silver Mine. The mine tour is accessible only by train. The Georgetown Loop Railroad invites you and your family to ride the railroad this summer. For railroad tours, the reservation phone number is 1-888-4-LOOP-RR (1-888-456-6777).
This is a great family Mountain! You can pack a lunch and not feel guilty about eating it in the Ski Lodge!;) Watch out for ice on either side of the tunnel… I still slide there and I am suppose to know better!
Lifts are open from
- 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday
- 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on weekends and designated holidays
- Upcoming Hoiday Dates
- December 25th, 2009 – January 3rd , 2010
- January 18, 2010
- February 15, 2010
- Skiable Acres: 1,570
- Hikeable Acres: 100
- Trails: 93
- Base Elevation: 10,800 feet (3292 meter)
- Summit Elevation: 13,010 feet (3965.448 meter) Lift-served: 12,700 feet
- Vertical Drop: 2,210 feet (674 meter)
- Snowmaking Capability: 160 Acres
- Lifts: 3 double, 2 triple, 3 quad, 1 surface lift and 1magic carpet (ski school only)
- Average Snowfall: 400 inches (10.160 meter) based on 31 year average
- Longest Run: 2 miles ( 3.218 Km )
- Slopes: 13% Beginner 41% Intermediate and 46% Advanced
- Parking is FREE at both areas
- A FREE shuttle service is provided between each area from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.