Don’t Let the Rains Get You Down!
The weather in the high country can be unpredictable to say the least. But, one thing that is pretty much a constant each summer is monsoon season. Typically occurring mid-July through mid-August, heavy rains, thunder and lightning can be expected each afternoon in Summit County, but don’t let your stay at our Frisco bed & breakfast be affected by this natural phenomenon – you just need to plan your day accordingly.
A healthy monsoon season helps to keep mountainsides moist and green, marinas operating on comfortable lake levels and the chance of wildfires at a minimum. Even with all of the snow that we received over the winter months, most people do not know that summer rains account for much of Colorado’s precipitation during the year. Caused by southerly winds that bring moisture up from the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, rains typically dry out as we head into the fall months.
So, what do you do with all of this information? Well, monsoon season (and heavy winter snowpack) has helped Dillon Reservoir reach 99% of its capacity, up by 4% over this time last year, and 2% over its historic median capacity. And, just a short walk from our Frisco bed & breakfast, the Dillon Reservoir and Dillon Marina are great places to spend your pre-monsoon days. Plan an early start to your days and be off the water by noontime. Most storms will blow in after that. While the storms are often very short lived (one to two hours), they can sometimes last into the evening hours, but typically reside by nightfall.
World-class sailing, boat rentals, fishing or just relaxing in the morning sun are a few of the activities to partake in at the Dillon Reservoir. You might even get lucky with a fast-rolling storm, so plan to take shelter at Pug Ryan’s Lakeside Tiki Bar while enjoying a frosty microbrew and some fresh lunch from the lakeside grill.
If hiking is your thing, there are many popular, challenging and beautifully rugged areas to explore around our Frisco bed & breakfast. Some favorites are Rainbow Lake, North Ten Mile, the Rec Path to Breckenridge or Dillon and Meadow Creek/Lilly Pad. But, again, remember to get an early start and be below treeline by noontime. Monsoon season rains can come with heavy rains, thunder and of course, lightning.
If the rains do last through the afternoon, and you don’t have a problem getting a little wet, there are plenty of other “non-active” things to do near our Frisco bed & breakfast. Historic Walking Tours and the Historic Park and Museum are great ways to get a glimpse of the history and experience that the first settlers lived in Frisco during the 1800s. Other monsoon-related activities may include visiting Frisco’s library, go window shopping on Main Street, check out the glass blowing demonstrations at Gatherhouse and take the free Summit Stage transportation system to see the rest of Summit County.
So, as you can see, visiting our Frisco bed & breakfast during monsoon season can be just as rewarding as any other time of year! In fact, our deluxe rooms and cottages, coupled with our breakfast and afternoon wine and hors d’ouvres, can set you up perfectly for a relaxing and enjoyable day without ever leaving the confines of our Summit County lodging.
Frisco, Colorado … A Culinary Paradise Part Deux!
A few weeks ago, we posted a blog about a few of our favorite places to go for lunch or dinner in Frisco while staying at our Summit County bed & breakfast establishment. Well, with over 40 restaurant, café, bar and bistro choices in the Town of Frisco alone, it would be extremely difficult to tell you about them all (maybe you can visit them all and then write your own blog). But, with the Frisco Lodge being in our family for over 50 years, and occupying the same building since 1885, we would like to think that we know a little bit about the culinary choices that are available to all that visit our beautiful piece of paradise.
So, in that vein, here are a couple of more choices that we recommend. But before we tell you, remember that our Summit County bed & breakfast offers a gourmet “made to order” breakfast each morning of your stay and complimentary afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres so one not need to worry about beginning and ending your active day with something to nosh on. So here we go.
Serving breakfast and lunch 7 days a week, the Log Cabin Cafe on Main Street has been a Summit County staple for over thirty years. Whether you are looking for a home-style meal that will stick to your ribs, or a healthy alternative, the Log Cabin Café has a little something for everyone. Locals and tourists alike come back again and again because of the friendly service and cozy atmosphere.
Also located just a short walk from our Summit County bed & breakfast is Ollie’s Pub & Grub, serving classic American bar fare that far exceeds people’s expectations of typical bar food. Every item on Ollie’s menu is prepared fresh, with portions large enough to ensure that even the hungriest appetites are satisfied. Whether you are a family with young children or looking to make an evening out of it, Ollie’s caters to it all. With an arcade for the kids to enjoy, a full bar for the adults and 16 HD TVs for the sports enthusiasts, everyone can find their niche at Ollie’s. Great Food, Great Friends and Great Beer are what Ollie’s is all about!
For the more refined palette, Bagalis Frisco is a classically Italian restaurant that uses only fresh, Colorado-grown products in what they call a “rustic yet sophisticated cuisine.” While Bagalis is not necessarily fine dining, owner and chef Michal Ulehala, together with wife and business partner Joyce De La Torre, have created a comfortable atmosphere with reasonable prices and locally sourced hand-made foods. Bagalis prides itself on casual dining with a great atmosphere while offering a menu that is always changing based on the ingredients that are available in the season. Whether it’s the community table available for families and large groups, the intimate fireside seating, or the friendly bar atmosphere that draws customers in, Bagalis offers something for everyone.
The Log Cabin Café, Ollie’s Pub & Grub and Bagalis Frisco are all conveniently located within walking distance of our Summit County bed & breakfast. If the aforementioned don’t do it for you, check out the Town of Frisco’s dining list to see what else might quench your appetite.
Fourth of July At Our Colorado Bed and Breakfast
Planning on celebrating our Nation’s birthday in the high country this weekend? If so, what better way to experience the heritage of this region than by including a stay at our Colorado bed and breakfast as a part of your festivities?
At your home away from home at the Frisco Lodge on historic Main Street, you will have a front row seat for everything that is going on this Independence Day. Just walk outside our front door and immerse yourself immediately with patriotic pride. The Town of Frisco recommends that you park once and enjoy the day on foot, but our Colorado bed and breakfast can be your central base camp for the weekend.
The day begins at 7:30am with a pancake breakfast hosted by Team Summit (110 3rd Ave.) and ends with a fireworks display over Dillon Reservoir at 9:30pm. After you have stuffed your bellies with sausage and pancakes, grab the kiddos and head on over to Meadow Creek Park (behind Walmart) to take part in the Kids Fishing Derby from 9:00-11:00am. Then take the entire family to enjoy some live music from the Summit Concert Band (10-11am – Historic Park Gazebo), square dancing with the Timberline Toppers (11am-12pm – Historic Park Gazebo), more live music from the Buckner Funken Jazz Band (1:30-3:30pm – Historic Park Gazebo), an interactive drum circle with Peak Rhythm (3:30-5:00pm – Main St. from 3rd Ave. to 4th Ave.) and music from the Ernest Washington Funk Band (7:15-9:15pm – Frisco Marina).
But, perhaps one of the most recognizable events of Frisco’s 4th of July celebration is the “Fabulous Fourth of July Parade” (Main Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Ave.), starting at 12:30pm. Enjoy all the aforementioned live music, food and plenty to look at and cheer on – all encompassed by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and Frisco, CO, the Main Street to the Rockies.
“The best part of the 4th is that the community clearly expresses their passion for this celebration – especially during the parade,” said Frisco Events Manager, Nora Gilbertson. “Chairs make their appearance along the parade route on Main Street early am, kids flock with their bikes to be in the parade, floats are decorated to the hilt and people make a day of it. It is pure Americana at its most authentic and joyous expression. Plain and simple – its good stuff.”
Once you’ve had your fill of festivities, grab your camping chair and walk 10-minutes from our Colorado bed and breakfast to the Frisco Bay Marina for fireworks over the Dillon Reservoir beginning at 9:30pm. Tune in to the simulcast of patriotic music on Krystal 93 – 93.9 or on www.krystal93.com.
As you can see, one can easily make a day of it without venturing too far from our Colorado bed and breakfast. But, one of the unique things about the Frisco Lodge is its proximity to all that is the Colorado high country. If you want to check out the events happening in Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper and Dillon, just know that you are a hop, skip and a jump away from each town’s unique Independence Day celebrations.
For more information on each town’s merriments, click on the appropriate link below:
We here at the Frisco Lodge, the premier Colorado bed and breakfast, would like to wish you and yours a very happy Independence Day! We hope to see you at our home away from home.
Summit County Bed and Breakfast – Your Window to World-Class Fishing!
Have you ever dreamed about slapping on a pair of waders and sauntering waist deep into the frigid waters of a Colorado lake or stream in hopes of wrangling that prized trout that you have heard so much about? Well, while staying at our Summit County bed and breakfast your dreams may just come true!
Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just curious about giving it a try, there really is no better place in Colorado to experience the thrill of fly fishing than in Summit County. On any given day, chances are good that you will find some avid fisherman staying at our Summit County bed and breakfast due to our central location in downtown Frisco. Staying at the Frisco Lodge sets you up perfectly for an abundance of opportunities within minutes from our front door.
The famed Blue River, a designated Gold Medal water by the Colorado Wildlife Commission, is a world-renowned river that is able to produce 60 pounds of trout per acre, and at least twelve 14” or larger trout per acre. Why is this so significant you may ask? Well, only 322 miles of Colorado’s 9,000 miles of trout streams carry the “Gold Medal” signature, and “The Blue” just so happens to be literally right outside our backdoor!
Other Summit County bed and breakfast establishments may have similar access to the endless amount of fishing opportunities the high country has to offer, but the Frisco Lodge’s central location makes it the perfect starting point for your next fishing adventure. One can hire a professional guide at one of the many angler companies in the area, or just try your luck out on your own. But, make sure to follow the posted regulations on types of bait allowed, size limitations and whether the spot is catch and release or not.
If you are looking for a great place to take the kiddos away from their Xbox, one of our favorite spots to introduce the youngsters to the basics of angling is the Meadow Creek Pond, behind Wal-Mart in Frisco just minutes from our Summit County bed and breakfast. The pond is well stocked with catchable fish, and there are even several fishing decks that make it easy for anyone to get access to the water.
There are other great spots in the vicinity of our Frisco bed and breakfast, including Rainbow Lake in Frisco and Cataract Lake at the north end of the county near Green Mountain Reservoir. Clinton Gulch Reservoir even harbors Cutthroat Trout – the only trout that’s truly a native of Colorado. And, of course, there is the Dillon Reservoir where you can find that special hidden cove or beach that will ultimately reward your patience and persistence.
Whatever type of fishing adventure you choose, just know that our Summit County bed and breakfast is situated in the middle of it all. The aforementioned is by no means and exhaustive list, but our innkeepers can provide you with all the local knowledge that you will ever need. You can also visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife website for all the information you will ever need and more!
Until then … fish on!
Frisco, Colorado … A Culinary Paradise!
Staying in our Frisco bed and breakfast? You gotta eat, right? Well, of course, the Frisco Lodge offers a gourmet “made to order” breakfast each morning of your stay, and complimentary afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres, but what about lunch and dinner? Well, you are in luck as our Summit County bed and breakfast resides smack dab in the middle of Main Street Frisco with more than 40 restaurant, café, bar and bistro choices to satisfy every culinary appetite and budget. Add the variety of fine dining and fast food selections on Summit Boulevard just down the street and no visitor of our Colorado bed and breakfast will ever go hungry.
Now, of course, just how refined your palette is may be the final decision maker on where you choose to each lunch or dinner, but the following is a sampling of a few of our favorites (remember, our Frisco bed and breakfast has been in the family for over 50 years).
Within walking distance, and across the street from the Frisco Lodge, resides the Boatyard American Grill. Open for both lunch and dinner, The Boatyard specializes in contemporary American cuisine, including Mediterranean, Southwestern, Pacific Rim and Traditional American fare. A family friendly establishment with affordable prices, one can choose from steaks and seafood straight off the grill to seasoned veggies and gourmet salads – all prepared fresh daily from the finest ingredients. Stop in for a quick bite during your busy day, sit back and enjoy a relaxing dinner or experience good times with good friends at the warm and inviting bar. Whatever your pleasure, the Boatyard has a little something for everyone.
If you prefer handcrafted breakfast and lunch, also conveniently located within walking distance from our bed and breakfast in Frisco CO, is The Butterhorn Bakery & Café. In business for about 40 years now, The Butterhorn is the locals and tourist’s favorite spot for breakfast and lunch. With reasonable prices and great food including salads, sandwiches, baked goods and an all-day breakfast menu, you won’t be disappointed.
And what Colorado mountain town would not be complete without the obligatory brewery. Enter the Backcountry Brewery, located at the intersection of Main Street and Summit Boulevard. A dramatic structure of log, stucco and stone, Backcountry offers a full lunch and dinner menu of traditional American pub fare as well as a diverse array of award-winning ales and lagers crafted to appeal to the outdoor and adventure-oriented folks that choose Summit County for their recreation and relaxation.
Of course, this is just 3 of our favorites to start out with, but the long and varied list of establishments within minutes from our Frisco bed and breakfast includes just about every type of cuisine one could imagine. If the aforementioned choices don’t get you salivating, check out the Town of Frisco’s dining list to see what else this charming town has to offer.
Immerse Yourself In A Frisco Bed and Breakfast
Both bed & breakfast (B&B) establishments and hotels/motels are popular forms of tourist accommodations; however, depending on where you travel, the place you end up staying can greatly add value to your overall experience. Both have their own unique sets of positives and negatives; it is important to take this into account when booking your next vacation.
Since the Town of Frisco still holds true to its historic charm and small-town atmosphere, staying at a Frisco bed and breakfast will only add to your overall mountain experience. For travelers seeking local character, genuine hospitality and free perks such as homemade breakfasts, afternoon wine and cheese and hors d’ouvres, a Summit County bed and breakfast is the way to go.
Whether you stay in a bed and breakfast or hotel/motel is based on specific needs, those who desire a “home away from home” experience may seek out a traditional bed and breakfast such as the Frisco Lodge. Others may require the corporate amenities provided by a hotel. Hotels typically provide a certain level of consistency due to being part of a national chain, but can feel a bit sterile and corporate at times. A B&B, on the other hand, is usually independently owned and operated and can offer a more custom experience for those seeking an overall experience.
For example, the Frisco Lodge has been in our family for over 50 years. Situated on prime real estate nestled between Main Street and the Blue River, our incredible location is in the middle of everything that is Colorado. Originally a stagecoach stop in the 1800’s, the Frisco Lodge continues to occupy the same building today. What better way to experience the history of this area than by staying in one of its original buildings? The basic structure of our lodge remains the same now as it was then and our rooms are decorated to retain the flavor of this past era while the lodge still retains the ambiance of this time period.
Other reasons to choose a B&B over a hotel/motel include the benefit of interacting with a small intimate staff that is attentive to your every need versus large corporate staffers, and freshly prepared leisurely meals versus the quick boiler plate spreads at a hotel. Overall, a B&B is able to provide its guests with the superior service and hospitality that you just won’t receive from most hotels/motels.
The Frisco Lodge has been in continuous operation since the 1880s and has seen many events during its long history. This is evident in all that encompasses our Frisco bed and breakfast … uniquely Colorado. While hotels may be able to offer discount rates for large groups etc., you simply cannot recreate the experience of staying in your “home away from home” at a bed and breakfast.
Recent visitors, Gigi and Jean Paul, echo these sentiments exactly, “There are certain places on this earth that are hidden paradises … and this is one of them … thank you for the special memories.”
Summer’s in Full Bloom With 21st Annual Colorado BBQ Challenge
While the calendar still says 19 days until the official first day of summer (Saturday, June 21st), it’s already starting to feel like summertime at our Frisco bed and breakfast. With temperatures already reaching the 70s and more sun than you know what to do with, now is the time to make your plans to head up to the high country!
With sunny “blue bird” days abound, and blossoming trees as far as than eye can see, one cannot beat the amazing natural beauty that surrounds us at the Frisco Lodge. Besides all of the obvious outdoor activities that one can sink their teeth into in Summit County, the Town of Frisco has decided to kick off summer early with its 21st annual Colorado BBQ Challenge.
Now, before I tell you about all of the activities that you surely do not want to miss, I feel obliged to let you know that our Summit County bed and breakfast provides you with a front row seat to all of the festivities as we are conveniently situated on Main Street, Frisco. Just step outside of our secluded courtyard and land face first (not literally, unless that’s your thing) in more BBQ than you know what to do with!
Encompassing over six blocks of Main Street and attracting over 30,000 people each year, this two-and-a-half-day mouth-watering event kicks off Thursday evening, June 12th with an evening of free live music from The London Souls. Kick off this year’s BBQ in style as Main Street turns from thoroughfare to party central right before your eyes.
The BBQ Challenge itself will run Friday, June 13th from 11:00am to 9:00pm and Saturday, June 14th from 10:00am to 6:00pm with approximately 70 BBQers competing for a variety of awards. Mix in chef demonstrations, pig races, a Whiskey Tour (advanced registration required) and a variety of daily musical entertainment, and you have yourself a party that only the high country can provide.
The Colorado BBQ Challenge is free to attend, but you will need to obtain “Hogback” tickets to purchase food, beverages, souvenirs and children activities. Don’t’ fret, however, as hogback tickets are on sale during the event at ticket booths located throughout Main Street.
If two days of BBQ ends up “enhancing” your waste line, why not take a walk down the street to the Frisco Bay Marina and participate in the Frisco Bay National Marina Day Celebration on Saturday, June 14th? There will be boating demonstrations and rentals designed to introduce the public to boating through on-water and landside activities.
Whatever your pleasure, summertime in the Rockies is sure to provide you with ample opportunities to get out and enjoy our little slice of paradise!
Frisco Bed and Breakfast For the Adventurer In You
The latest research shows that competition among bed & breakfast establishments has led many B&Bs across the country to expand their offerings to include activities that promise a more adventure-based stay. Well, I guess that puts the Frisco Lodge ahead of the pack when it comes to our offerings, doesn’t it?
Our Frisco Colorado bed and breakfast establishment is fortunate enough to be located in one of the most “active” spots in the country – the Colorado high country. In fact, our central downtown Frisco location sets the adventurer up perfectly for access to a limitless amount of outdoor activities to conquer. Often referred to as “The Main Street to the Rockies,” Frisco is widely considered Summit County’s base camp. Whatever your pleasure, know that you are just minutes from world-class adventures. Whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, biking, boating, golfing, horseback riding, ATVing, jeeping, kayaking and zip lining are just a few of the offerings right outside our back door.
With this in mind, our Frisco bed and breakfast offers multiple lodging packages to suit pretty much any need. Check out the “Three Night Outdoor Fun Special Package” for three nights and four days of fun and relaxation. In addition to a Queen Deluxe Room with full breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese, you will be provided with horseback riding, rafting and bicycle rental for two persons. The “Five Night Recreate and Relax” package adds ATV/Jeep ride, rafting, hot air balloon ride, horseback riding and two therapeutic massages to soothe those aching muscles at the end of the day.
Our premier package, the “Seven Night Relax, Reconnect, Recreate and Rejuvenate Special” includes a King Deluxe Room with six days of fun around Frisco. This package is not for the faint of heart as it includes rafting, a lake outing on canoe, a hot air balloon ride, jeeping, horseback riding and bicycle rental. Trust me, with this package you are going to want to take advantage of the two therapeutic massages at the end of your trip.
Choosing the right place to stay is a key step to planning a great vacation. Assuming that you are heading to the Colorado high country to partake in all of its outdoor offerings, staying in a Frisco Colorado bed and breakfast such as the Frisco Lodge is the icing on the cake. With our unique touches and cozy accouterments, you will feel uniquely Colorado. When it comes to personal touch, attention to detail, local flavor and friendly service, a Frisco bed and breakfast is the way to go.
Summer Fun at Your Fingertips at the Frisco Bay Marina
When you think of the Rocky Mountains (unless you live here) you most likely picture in your head a winter paradise that never ends. Well, after this year’s 450-plus inches of snow, this seems to ring true, but luckily for us, summertime in the Rockies is what keeps us going for the rest of the year.
With a plethora of infamous Colorado “blue-bird” days and a balmy 74-degree average temperature, the summer months offer ample opportunities to get out and enjoy the fresh air in the high country. Once such place for summer fun just so happens to be a short walk from our Frisco bed and breakfast – the Frisco Bay Marina equipped with its endless amount of water activities to make you forget that your are nestled in between the peaks of the majestic Rocky Mountains (not really, but you get the gist). And, even more noteworthy, as of this week the reservoir is completely melted and will be fully operational as of Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Frisco Lodge, the full-service Frisco Bay Marina is located on the shores of the scenic Dillon Reservoir in the heart of Summit County. At 9,017 feet in elevation and with 3,300 acres and 25 miles of shoreline, the marina offers a little something for everyone. Some of the offerings available are; canoe & kayak rentals, powerboat rentals, sailboat rentals & tours, paddleboat rentals, stand up paddle board rentals, fishing pole rentals, a park with kids playground (perfect for picnics), a full retail store and the Island Grill at Frisco Bay.
If you are feeling especially frisky, take the 20-minute ride on the Lake Dillon Water Taxi over to the sister marina – the Dillon Marina – and sidle up at Pug Ryan’s Lakeside Tiki Bar for the high country’s only lakeside dining experience at almost 2 miles above sea level.
If you’re planning your visit at the end of the month, be sure to check out “The Rock the Dock Party” on Saturday, May 31st to officially celebrate the opening of the marina. The perfect way to spend a spring or summer day in the high country, the Rock The Dock Party will feature fun times, giveaways and music to dance to (Funky Johnson) all in one neat and tidy package.
If you are looking to the future, other events to add to your calendar include the Run the Rockies road half marathon (June 7), the Frisco BBQ Challenge (June 12-15), the National Marina Day Celebration (June 14), and the Timberline Cruiser Regatta (June 21).
So, book your reservation with the Frisco Lodge today and open up a world of water fun right at your fingertips!
The Calendar Says May, But “The Basin” Is Still Shakin’!
It may be the middle of May, but the snow is still falling (as evident by the foot of snow fallen in the past week) and Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort is still operating. Referred to as “A-Basin” by locals, the mountain is the typically the last of our local ski resorts to close for the season and is still boasting an 83” snow depth of powder/packed powder conditions. So, as the ski patrol posted on their website today … “Get out and get some!”
The calendar still says that it is in fact springtime, and in that vein, the festivities will not stop for Mother Nature. Make some turns in the morning and put on your party hat in the afternoon with all of the exciting activities going on before closing day (whenever that may be).
Make A Day Of It – A-Basin Style!
A-Basin is not your typical ski resort. The staff prides itself on being the last mountain to close for the season, and for that reason, “The Basin” is the place to go for late spring skiing with some extracurricular activities mixed in for good measure. One of A-Basin’s claims to fame is a popular spot referred to as “The Beach.” No, there is no white sand or a blue sea to dip your toes into, but The Beach is Colorado’s whacky version of paradise.
An affectionate name for A-Basin’s Early Riser parking lot, The Beach is a stretch of prime real estate that backs up to the three lower mountain chairlifts. The Beach is the perfect spot to kick back between runs, to grill some burgers and dogs and sit back and enjoy one of Colorado’s infamous “blue-bird” days. On weekends, you will also just happen to have front row seats to some live and free entertainment. The Beach fills up fast (especially this time of year) with 10 spots available for reservations and the rest first-some, first-served, so now is the time to plan your trip.
Every Saturday during the month of May, the FREE Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series brings you live Colorado-style music in the base area of A-Basin. Tailgate at The Beach or just pop out of your skis and soak it all in with Funky Johnson (May 17), High Five (May 24) and The Champions (May 31).
The 13th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs is also back again this year on Sunday, May 25, 2014. Join locals and visitors alike for A-Basin’s largest party of the year. Sample beer from 12 breweries from Summit County and Colorado while taking in some Rocky Mountain DanceGrass from the Colorado-bred band, Whitewater Ramble.
Of course you will be staying at the Frisco Lodge (hint, hint), a Frisco bed & breakfast, but don’t worry about getting to and from Frisco and Arapahoe Basin! The Summit Stage bus service runs from all towns in Summit County and is a great way to save gas, save money and its completely FREE!
With all that is going on, and the lack of crowds during this time of year, you will want to plan a trip to Summit County pronto! And of course, mud season rates are in effect at the Frisco Lodge until May 22nd! In addition, Book for 3 or more nights and receive 15% off your entire stay (please mention when booking).
We hope to see you at The Beach!