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Frisco, Colorado … A Culinary Paradise Part Three!

In continuing with a couple of our previous blog posts, enter part three of a few of our favorite places to enjoy a quality meal while staying at our Frisco bed & breakfast. Now, do remember, each morning the Frisco Lodge offers “made to order” breakfasts, so this list comprises some of the more popular Frisco, Colorado lunch and dinner establishments to enjoy before and/or after our complimentary afternoon wine and hors d’ouvres selections.

DIning near our Frisco bed & breakfast.Frisco’s newest family friendly restaurant, Greco’s Pastaria offers pizza, pasta, pub specials and much more from its convenient Main Street location just a short walking distance from our Frisco bed & breakfast. Described as a new hybrid in Italian dining experience, Greco’s offers fresh pastas with made from scratch sauces accompanied by quality proteins including Colorado beef and sausage, free range chicken and wild caught salmon and shrimp. Add to that a secret family recipe red sauce in its lasagna and hand tossed pizzas, a casual dining room, a sidewalk attached patio and a bar equipped with several TVs for event watching, and Greco’s is definitely Frisco’s newest hot spot.

Frisco bed & breakfast dining.If you like to live on the spicy side of life, The Lost Cajun is Frisco’s token Cajun spot. Owned and operated by Raymond Griffin, a Louisianan native, The Lost Cajun’s old style family restaurant offers a down-home atmosphere coupled with authentic Cajun food that includes the likes of gumbo and Cajun classics, an array of seafood selections and New Orleans style Beignets. This is not just another pizza, burger or sandwich shop … The Lost Cajun prides itself on its southern hospitality that has re-created a true Cajun dining experience.

Dining near our Frisco bed & breakfastFor one of the more unique Frisco dining experiences, try out Foote’s Rest. Again, just a short walk from our Frisco bed & breakfast, the Foote’s Rest offers both a Sweet Shoppe and Eatery. The Sweet Shoppe comes equipped with a wide variety of candy, fudge, homemade ice cream and donuts, while the Eatery (adjacent to the Sweet Shoppe) offers outdoor dining with fire pits, an adult beverage bar, full service kitchen, fish taco stand, horseshoes, bean bag toss game and live music. Originally the 1870s-era assay office for the Town of Frisco, the location was turned into “Foote’s Rest” in 1941 as a place where locals went for mail, milk, news and other sundries. Today, one can still see some of the original grocery store trappings and other artifacts from an era gone by.

While Greco’s Pastaria, The Lost Cajun and Foote’s Rest are all widely different in their offerings, they have one thing in common … they are all easily accessible within walking distance from our Frisco bed & breakfast. At your “Home Away From Home” at the Frisco Lodge, there really is no reason to venture too far from your new home at the Frisco Lodge – Frisco’s premier bed & breakfast establishment.

Summit County Lodging for the Wildlife Enthusiast in You!

Few places in North America offer such a bounty of wildlife-watching opportunities as Colorado … specifically in Summit County. And what better place to call home base for all of your wildlife watching excursions than the Frisco Lodge – your premier Summit County lodging?

Colorado is truly nature’s playground with a great diversity of habitat and terrain that supports creatures big and small in an incredibly delicate balance. Every year, thousands upon thousands of visitors come to Summit County with hopes and desires of seeing some of the beautiful creatures that call it home. Even a short walk in the woods outside of our Summit County lodging will uncover definitive signs of life in the forest, but you may never see the creatures that made them. Some, like the elk and deer, are readily seen, while others such as the lynx and mountain lion are difficult to find and even harder to photograph.

Here is a list of some of the more famous animals to be found within the vicinity of our Summit County lodging, and some of the more popular places to catch a glimpse of what you’re looking for.

Lynx viewing near Summit County lodging.Carnivores

  • Black Bear – After the disappearance of the grizzly bear in Colorado, the black bear now reigns supreme as the largest of our carnivores. They can be found in most of the forests and meadows of the mountains around Summit County.
  • Mountain Lion – Closely related to the Cougar and the Puma, this impressive animal hunts deer and other prey. Sightings are rare, but one could be lucky enough to hear their distinctive, long-range scream.
  • Lynx – The lynx, a large cat, disappeared from Summit County in the early 1970’s, but was successfully reintroduced in 1999. One of the more elusive creatures in the area, a footprint is typically all that a visitor might get to see.

Wildlife viewing with Summit County lodging.Large Mammals

  • Bighorn Sheep – Colorado’s state mammal, the bighorn sheep is plentiful around the area and can even be seen on the mountainsides surrounding Interstate-70. The rams have distinctive horns that coil and curl, forming nearly 10% of their body weight.
  • Elk – The elk is the largest deer natively found in Colorado. These large animals can be seen in nearly all mountain meadows and forests. Elk usually travel in herds which can range anywhere from 100 to 1,000 Elk.
  • Deer – With both mule deer and whitetails abundant, they can often be seen occupying a habitat that overlaps with residential areas. There is no shortage of deer in Colorado, so I’d be extremely surprised if you didn’t see one.
  • Moose – The moose was introduced to Colorado in the late 1970’s. Their numbers are small in Summit County, but look for them in forest wetlands.
  • Mountain Goat – Artificially introduced in 1947 to develop hunting opportunities, mountain goats compete directly with the bighorn sheep on the high, steep mountainsides to provide protection from predators. These goats are most popular around Quandary Peak, an excellent day hike outside Breckenridge – approximately 30 minutes from the Frisco Lodge’s Summit County lodging.

Snowshoe Hare viewing with Summit County lodgingSmall Mammals

  • Beaver – These rodents are incredibly influential in their habitat as their ponds provide wetlands for many other species. Look for dams and dens that they build from the surrounding forests.
  • Snowshoe Hare – Typically hard to find, you will most likely see their prints crossing new snow, but patience is a virtue as this is definite evidence that these rabbit-like creatures are living among us.

Wildlife viewing with Summit County lodging.Birds of Prey

  • Bald Eagle – The United States’ national symbol, North America’s largest bird of prey is found along the rivers of Colorado, high up in trees. Keep an eye out for their distinctive white heads.
  • Golden Eagle – These birds live higher in the mountains than the bald eagle, where their small and medium-sized prey tend to live. So, an invigorating hike might just pay off.
  • Great Horned Owl – Found throughout the state, these nocturnal hunters have large eyes and tufts of feathers that mark their “horns.” A night jaunt might provide a glimpse of this owl.
  • Peregrine Falcon – Possibly the fastest creature on earth, the peregrine falcon is often hard to find unless you catch them in a hungry mood as they swoop in on their prey at over 200mph! Look for these falcons around cliffs and bluffs overlooking water.

While this is not necessarily an exhaustive list, rejoice in the fact that one could both take a short walk from our Summit County lodging to catch a glimpse of a deer, beaver or moose, or travel a short distance and possibly see a mountain lion, bighorn sheep or bald eagle. Whatever your pleasure, just know that the friendly staff at the Frisco Lodge will assist you in providing resources and knowledge about that particular wildlife opportunity you are looking for. Our Summit County lodging is in the center of it all!

 

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Our Frisco Lodging

Oktoberfest with Frisco Lodging

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September can be one of the most rewarding times of year to visit Summit County. Clear, warm days give way to a crisp chill when the sun goes down, but perhaps one of the area’s marquee events celebrates the last bastion of summer before the snow starts falling – Breckenridge’s 20th Annual Oktoberfest, September 12-14th in downtown Breckenridge (Yes, I know that this is Oktoberfest in September, but believe me, you would not want to spend long periods of time outside in October). Just 15 minutes from Breckenridge, a stay at our Frisco lodging will help you escape the crowds while providing a nice quiet retreat from the madness we know as Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest Frisco lodging

Photo courtesy of Paragon Lodging

This event literally closes down Main Street Breckenridge for the weekend as locals and visitors alike enjoy a fun-filled holiday of fall foliage, great parties, Paulaner Bier and genuine German cuisine in what is the largest Oktoberfest in the Rocky Mountains. Tabbed as “where Munich meets Breckenridge,” Main Street comes to life as a street party with traditional costumes, food, music, dancers, children’s activities, a 5k run and of course beer, and more beer!

Take advantage of the free on-site guest parking and world-class amenities at our Frisco lodging and utilize the free Summit Stage bus service to get you to and fro (less than 2 bocks away from the Frisco Lodge). And, after you are done getting in touch with your inner German, why not retreat down the hill and take advantage of our hot tub, outdoor fireplace and/or BBQ grill in our award-winning courtyard? It’s the best of both worlds!

VIP Experience

In fact, why not make it an even more memorable weekend and be treated like royalty? In addition to the Frisco Lodge’s world-class amenities, you can immerse yourself into Oktoberfest like you never have before with the Oktoberfest VIP experience. Limited to the first 100 people, on September 13th you can register as a VIP and receive a ½ litre commemorative Oktoberfest stein, 4 beer/wine tickets, VIP beer/wine pour and access to the private tent equipped with food vouchers and snacks.

Frisco Lodging at Oktoberfest

Photo courtesy of Colorado.com

Brewmaster’s Dinner

One of the other highlights of the Breckenridge Oktoberfest is the prestigious Brewmaster’s Dinner happening on Friday, September 12 at 6:30pm at Beaver Run Resort’s Spencer’s Restaurant. Enjoy a multi-course meal paired with European biers and wines. This year, the menu is nothing short of impressive with beer-brined smoked Angus beef sirloin and German apple fritter and salted caramel truffnies. This event sells out fast, so make sure to reserve your spot well in advance.

So help our Frisco lodging and Summit County in its entirety say farewell to summer with the largest party in the Rockies. Book your room now and know that you have a place to lay your head at the end of your festive day!

Hit the Links with Our Frisco Bed and Breakfast

Keystone Ranch Course

The Ranch Course at Keystone. Photo Courtesy of Keystone Resort.

Did you know that you could typically go a club to a club and a half longer when golfing in the Colorado high country than you could at sea level? At this elevation, the golf ball flies farther and straighter than at lower elevations, as there is less air resistance. So, amaze all of your golfing buddies with your longest drive of the year when visiting Summit County, Colorado. With 5 world-renowned courses in Summit County, and 7 courses within a 45-minute drive from our Frisco bed and breakfast, the avid golfer will find the Frisco Lodge at the center of it all!

With magnificent views in classic mountain settings, very temperate weather conditions and challenging courses for every level of golfer, Summit County golfing is an extremely popular activity during the summer months. But hurry, most courses will be closing late September/early October, so reserve your room at our Frisco bed and breakfast now and we will secure your tee time for you!

Because we are in the nature of providing useful information to our guests, the following is a list of the courses and what you can expect from them:

 

Breckenridge golf club

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Breckenridge Golf Club (Closing October 5, 2014): The Town of Breckenridge can boast that it is the only municipality in the world to own a Jack Nicklaus designed 27-hole golf course. Opened in 1985, this golf course is situated in a beautiful mountain valley on the north side of Breckenridge at an elevation of 9,324 feet. This 72-par course offers three 18-hole rotations (Bear Nine, Beaver Nine & Elk Nine) that meander through mountain valleys, forests and streams with breathtaking views.

 

Copper Creek Golf Course

Photo courtesy of Copper Creek.

Copper Creek Golf Course (Closing September 28, 2014): Just a short drive from our Frisco bed and breakfast, the highest championship golf course in North America topping out at 9,712 feet above sea level, the Copper Creek Golf Course is a 70-par, 18-hole course designed by renowned course architects Pete and Perry Dye. This course was devised to fit into the natural alpine terrain while offering splendid views of the 10 Mile Range with a unique use of railroad tie bulkheads and elaborate mound systems to present you with thought-provoking challenges and scenic pleasures.

 

The River Course at Keystone

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Keystone Ranch and River Courses (Ranch Course Closes September 28, 2014 & River Course Closes October 5, 2014): Keystone Resort is home to two 18-hole golf courses: Keystone Ranch Golf Course and The River Course at Keystone, each equipped with its own unique views and challenges. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the Ranch Course (par-72) follows the links style of a traditional Scottish course on the front nine and a rolling mountain layout on the back nine. The par-71 River Course winds around the Snake River on the front nine and rolls through a lodgepole pine forest on the back nine. Hold on to your britches as the 18th hole will send shivers down your spine with its panoramic view of Lake Dillon in the distance.

 

Mount Massive Golf Course

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Mount Massive Golf Course (Closing October 12, 2014): Located in Leadville, just a short drive from our Frisco bed and breakfast, lies America’s highest golf course (10,152 feet above sea level), Mount Massive. Perfectly situated at the base of two of Colorado’s highest mountains, Mount Massive was originally established in 1939 and welcomes players of all ages and abilities. Set in the open spaces of the Arkansas River Valley, this affordable and friendly course offers 9-holes as it winds its way along the edge of the San Isabel National Forest.

 

The Raven at Three Peaks

Photo courtesy of The Raven at Three Peaks.

 

The Raven at Three Peaks (Closing mid-October): Widely considered one of the top courses in the country, and naturally the best mountain course in Colorado, this Tom Lehman and Hurzdan/Fry designed course features lush rolling fairways and immaculate greens surrounded by towering stands of pine and aspen trees, snow capped 13,000-foot peaks, crystal clear creeks and trout-filled lakes. This true mountain course, located just minutes from our Frisco bed and breakfast in Silverthorne, is a true mountain course that challenges golfers of all skill levels.

 

Vail Golf Club

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Vail Golf Club (Closing October 31, 2014): Highlighted by views of the Gore Mountain Range, the Vail Golf Club features unique fairways, smooth putting surfaces and a scenic layout amidst the White River National Forest. This par-71 course was designed and built by one of Vail’s pioneers, Ben Krueger, in 1962, and will test any golfer’s accuracy with tree-lined fairways, numerous bunkers and multiple beaver ponds. Vail’s course features 7,024 yards of golf from the longest tees. Located approximately 35-40 minutes from our Frisco bed and breakfast, the Vail Golf Club has been recognized by Golf Digest as a “Top 100 Resort Course.”
As you can see, anywhere from 10 minutes to 45 minutes from our Frisco bed and breakfast lays a breadth of golfing experiences. You don’t have much time before the lush greens turn to groomed ski tracks and snowshoe trails, so make sure to contact the Frisco Lodge to book your lodging now …  we are literally situated in the middle of everything that is golfing in the Colorado high country.

Labor Day Fun: Plan Your Summit County Lodging Now!

Stay at the Frisco Lodge's Summit County Lodging

Breckenridge Duck Races

We have said it before, and now we are going to say it again … Frisco, Colorado is truly the Main Street to the Rockies! Book your Summit County lodging in the high country at the Frisco Lodge and set yourself up perfectly for all of the Labor Day weekend events happening in and around Summit County! From the Copper Country festival at Copper Mountain to the 27th Annual Great Rubber Duck Race in Breckenridge, the Rockies will be hopping this Labor Day weekend.

The following is a list of some of the events that are happening in and around Summit County Labor Day weekend:

Labor Day Events In Breckenridge, Colorado

  • 39th Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival (Saturday-Monday, August 30-September 1, 10am-6pm): Just a 15-minute drive from our Summit County lodging, the granddaddy of Summit County art festivals celebrates the 39th year of this event on North Main Street, featuring more than 120 artists. A great way to end the summer season and celebrate Labor Day in Breckenridge.
  • 27th Annual Great Rubber Duck Race (Saturday, August 30, 10am): Great fun for the entire family, the rubber duck race is one of Summit County’s largest fundraisers, helping to raise over $100,000 to grant back to the local community.

 Labor Day Events at Copper Mountain, Colorado

  • Copper Country Festival (Friday – Sunday, August 29-31): Just 10 minutes from the Frisco Lodge, this is a Labor Day festival tradition that the entire family can enjoy. Copper Country celebrates the best of the American spirit with FREE live music, a fine arts exhibition, kids arts & crafts corral and the Colorado Craft Brew Pairing Dinner. Past entertainers have included the likes of Lynyrd Skynrd, John Fogerty and The Doobie Brothers, and this year’s lineup is sure not to disappoint with Wynonna & The Big Noise, Kenny Loggins and the Blue Sky Riders gracing the Copper Country stage.

 Labor Day Events at Keystone, Colorado

  • Taste of Keystone (Sunday, August 31, 11am-4pm): Dubbed as the best culinary event of the summer, the Taste of Keystone is the perfect way to experience Keystone’s finest cuisine in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Labor Day Events in Vail, Colorado

  • 20th Anniversary Vail Jazz Party (Thursday-Monday, August 28-September 1): Roughly 30 minutes from the Frisco Lodge’s Summit County lodging, the Vail Jazz Party takes place in the heart of Lionshead Village in Vail. This festival weekend has a unique party spirit that attracts musicians and jazz lovers from all over the world. Each year, up-and-coming artists play alongside the living legends of jazz in an intimate venue surrounded by the natural beauty of Vail, Colorado. With twenty-five hours of performances throughout the weekend (morning, noon and night), the audience and musicians are connected in a manner that consistently inspires great performances. The festival culminates in a unique mix of world-class musicians in a one-of-a-kind format that has lived up to its title … “THE Labor Day Weekend Party!”
  • Gourmet On Gore (Friday-Monday, August 29-September 1): The 9th Annual Gourmet on Gore unique culinary festival offers an open-air tasting with world-class wine, beer and spirits with culinary delights from Vail’s top restaurants. With FREE admission and a variety of additional pairing events and Tasting Tour, this is one event not to be missed. Bring the kids too … Saturday & Sunday from 12-5pm the Kid’s Culinary Corner will be featured for those “chefs in the making.”

As you may or may not know, Labor Day weekend signifies the unofficial end to summer. Well, up here in the high country, this sentiment actually rings true as cooler weather arrives sooner than later. Now is the time to book your Summit County lodging with the Frisco Lodge and experience all that the Rocky Mountains have to offer before its too late!

Just Minutes From Our Summit County Lodging

Copper Country Festival, Copper Mountain

Fall Foliage Drives in and around Our Bed and Breakfast in Frisco CO

If you are like me and are diligent about making travel plans well in advance, you are in luck if you are reading this now as September and early October can be one of the best times to secure your spot at a bed and breakfast in Frisco CO. Why? Well, there are a multitude of reasons: less tourism traffic, beautiful weather and a plethora of fall activities to sink your teeth into. But, one of the most magnificent and jaw-dropping things to see during the fall in Summit County is the fall foliage – when the Colorado Rocky Mountains dress up for the formal dance!

As I write this article just two weeks into August, I am already starting to notice the Aspen trees that surround us beginning to glimmer. This activity signifies the launch of a brilliant change to the foliage throughout the state, and the high country in particular. Pretty soon, colorful alpine shrubs will turn to crimson and burnt orange, while cottonwoods and aspens start to shimmer like gold in the passing breeze. Who needs anything else when the Rocky Mountains provide a natural spectacle free of charge right before your eyes?

As I have stated multiple times, Frisco is situated in the perfect location to get out and enjoy the multitude of fall foliage scenes in our area. A stay at our bed and breakfast in Frisco CO will set you up perfectly for your next fall spectacular. Below are some of the more popular “color touring” ventures in and around Summit County.

bed and breakfast in Frisco COBoreas Pass

From the Frisco Lodge, take Highway 9 through Breckenridge and make a left turn onto Boreas Pass Road on the very south side of Breckenridge. After approximately 3.5 miles, the pavement will turn to dirt as you continue another 11 miles to the town of Como. Boreas Pass Road will take you above treeline (11,481 feet) while following an abandoned railroad grade, which was the original route of the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad. Incredible views of the Continental Divide are included at no extra charge.

If you continue to the other side of the pass, you can loop around the town of Fairplay and return to Frisco via Hoosier Pass. This makes one big loop of high altitude fall colors and all-around spectacular views.

bed and breakfast in Frisco COTennessee Pass

From our bed and breakfast in Frisco CO, take I-70 west to Vail and exit onto US 24 east to Leadville. Following the Arkansas River and the Rio Grande Railroad, Tennessee Pass also lends a piece of history as it was the original Native American trail across the mountains.

bed and breakfast in Frisco COIndependence Pass

To get to Independence Pass take I-70 west just past Vail to exit 171 and pick up US 24 west. This will take you to Twin Lakes, where you pick up Highway 82 towards Aspen. Driving through the San Isabel National Forest provides picturesque views of the Sawatch Range, home to several of Colorado’s infamous 14ers (peaks over 14,000 feet high).

Of course these are just 3 of the many places that you can view the fall spectacular by car. If you are more adventure-minded, you can reach some more secluded spots by hiking and biking up the hills in and around Summit County. But remember, the first snowfall of the season will cause most of the leaves to dry up, so don’t wait on booking your stay at our bed and breakfast in Frisco CO. Leaf peeping during the early Fall months can (and will) end unexpectedly.

Can You Feel It: Fall Is in the Air at Our Frisco Bed and Breakfast

Frisco bed and breakfast

Photo by the Powell Gallery located 211 Main St in Frisco

There are many signs that summer is quickly coming to an end up here in the Colorado high country – sometimes causing what we call the “summer time blues.” Our summer season is so very short, but don’t fret, because we, here at our Frisco bed and breakfast, can assure you that a crisp, refreshing fall season is ahead of us.

So, what are the signs of summer coming to an end? Have you experienced ice on your windshield in the morning, or frost on your plants? What about the prospect of kids going back to school soon? Have you found yourself digging through the closet for those “mid-layers?” Are you experiencing panic that you haven’t completed your summer bucket list? Well, the panic might be setting in that there are no more holidays to celebrate, but Labor Day (which signifies the end of summer, by the way) is just around the corner and comes equipped with its own unique set of activities.

One of the most beautiful times of year in Summit County is from mid-August to mid-September. The weather typically stays pretty temperate, leaves begin to change and the monsoon season is finally over. Time to get out and enjoy the weather before the snow starts to fall. So, you may be asking, with some cooler temperatures inevitable, what can I do while staying at your Frisco bed and breakfast? The following is a partial list of activities to partake in during your stay in Frisco, Colorado.

  • Frisco bed and breakfastFrisco’s Art on Main Art Festival: (August 9-10; 10am-5pm; Free Admission) – The rugged landscape that surrounds downtown Frisco makes this two-day art festival the ideal setting for art enthusiasts and novices alike. With art-loving locals and tourists frequenting this show for the past 7 years, Art on Main is a very high quality show with great support from the local community. This two-day festival is right outside the front door of our Frisco bed and breakfast, conveniently located on Main Street.
  • Frisco bed and breakfastFree Family Fun Fair: (August 16; 10am-3pm; Free Admission) – This one-day event offers free fun for families at the Frisco Peninsula Recreation Area – just a short walk from our Frisco bed and breakfast. Families will enjoy free activities such as the giant climbing wall, quad bungee jumper, bouncy castle, inflatable slide, rolling zorb balls, balloon animals, face painting, live music on the stage and much, much more!
  • Frisco bed and breakfastFall Fest: (September 6; 10am-6pm; Free Admission) – New this year to Fall Fest is the Flavors of Frisco! Focusing on art, music and the tasty offerings of our local restaurants, there will be several establishments selling tastings from their menus, take-away art projects, music from Lez Zeppelin and a ton of local art to immerse yourself in. For the adventurer in you, try your hand at the 3rd Annual Mt. Royal Hillclimb, which presents runners with a 1,500-foot challenge. Once again, our Frisco bed and breakfast is perfectly situated adjacent to all of the Fall Fest activities.

If any of the above activities interest you, go ahead and make your reservation with the Frisco Lodge now. The fall season in the high country can be one of the most rewarding times to visit Summit County, and our Frisco bed and breakfast is smack dab in the middle of it all. You won’t be disappointed at your “Home Away From Home!”

Summit County Lodging For The Road Warrior In You!

Summit County LodgingFrisco, Colorado is truly the “Main Street to the Rockies.” When booking your Summit County lodging at the Frisco Lodge, you will be set up perfectly for any number of scenic drives in the Colorado high country. Our convenient location, just minutes from Interstate-70 (I-70) on Main Street Frisco, provides our guests with unfettered access to a multitude of 2WD scenic rides in the majestic Rocky Mountain region. In particular, as fall approaches, some of these excursions will provide the patient passenger with spectacular views of the colorful fall foliage.

Call our Summit County lodging home base and depart Frisco for your scenic drive, all the while knowing that you will return to our Frisco bed and breakfast just in time for our complimentary afternoon wine and hors d’ouvres or a relaxing soak in our hot tub. The following is a brief list of some of the more popular scenic drives, but before attempting any of these drives in winter weather, please check for closures or adverse conditions before you depart.

Scenic Drives Within Close Proximity To Our Summit County Lodging

  • Boreas Pass Road: With scenic views, access to mining and railroad ruins (Baker’s Tank), plus aspen tree viewing in the fall, Boreas Pass Road is suitable for passenger vehicles, although it is unpaved and frequently potholed. Approximately a 25-minute drive from our Summit County lodging, head south on Highway 9, pass through Breckenridge and turn left (east) on Boreas Pass Road.
  • Fremont Pass: This popular drive crosses over the Continental Divide, and is one of the highest mountain passes in the state of Colorado that forms the border between Lake County and Summit County. Traversing State Highway 91, Fremont Pass takes you past the Climax Mine to the historic mining town of Leadville. The Arkansas River’s headwaters are at the bottom of the valley. Take exit #195 at Copper Mountain Resort from I-70.
  • Hoosier Pass: Approximately a 35-minute drive from our Summit County lodging, Hoosier Pass is one of the easier drives to access in Summit County. This pass straddles the Continental Divide at the northern end of the Mosquito Range. The Blue River, a tributary of the mighty Colorado, runs beside the road for most of the way.
  • Summit County lodgingLoveland Pass: This pass, which bypasses the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70, is the highest mountain pass in the world that regularly stays open in the winter. Spectacular views highlight this trip, with three ski areas flanking the route, as well as frequent mountain goat spottings. This high alpine environment includes a twisty road that can be treacherous during the winter months. Just minutes from our Frisco bed & breakfast, Loveland Pass is a magnificent drive during the summer months.
  • Shrine Pass Road: An unpaved 4WD trail; sturdy 2WD vehicles and light trucks in good weather can travel Shrine Pass Road. It winds through a beautiful valley with aspen and pine forests and wildflower meadows, offering views of Mount of the Holy Cross to the southwest.  Exit #190 at Vail Pass from I-70 into the parking area. Turn right, heading west, onto the Shrine Pass dirt road.
  • Ute Pass Road: Looking for a piece of history? Located in the Williams Fork Range, Ute Pass Road is exactly what the Ute Indians used in their travels through Colorado. This scenic drive offers exquisite views of the Gore Range and the Blue River Valley below. In addition, one of the most impressive views of the Eagles Nest Wilderness is from the top of Ute Pass. Travel north on Highway 9 through Silverthorne for approximately 10 miles. Turn east on County Road 15 (Ute Pass Road).

In our opinion, the fact that our Summit County lodging is within driving distance from these spectacular scenic drives sets us apart from most of the bed and breakfasts in the high country. In fact, with free, on-site guest parking, you and your vehicle are in for the drive of a lifetime!

Spend A Dog Day’s Night At Our Frisco Bed And Breakfast

Frisco bed and breakfast

Summit County is literally a dog’s paradise. From streams and trails to run through, to dog parks, dog-friendly boutiques, dog competitions and more, Summit County is truly a pups’ heaven. In that vein, did you know that our Frisco bed and breakfast offers a pet-friendly cottage for those that just refuse to leave their furry companions at home?

Wherever you may roam throughout Frisco and all of Summit County, I challenge you to go more than a few minutes without seeing a canine confidant and its human counterpart strolling down the street. But, you will be surprised to learn that not all of these dogs belong to local residents – visitors also love to bring Fido to the high country so they too can enjoy all that we have to offer. But, you and your friend need a place to stay too!

Frisco bed and breakfastWell, you are in luck with the Frisco Lodge as our Summit County bed and breakfast comes equipped with a pet-friendly cottage. This property, located just to the north of our North Lodge, is the original homestead property for the Frisco Lodge. In fact, the original cabin that was homesteaded in the 1860s, still resides on the southwest corner of the yard.

This chalet is a one-bedroom space (but can sleep up to 4-5 people) with a Great Room featuring a warm and sunny exposure to relish in the 300+ days of Colorado sunshine. Add a full kitchen, living and dining rooms, a sofa sleeper bed and a full bath, and your stay at our Frisco bed and breakfast can be just what the doctor ordered. Oh yeah, and it is pet-friendly … our cottage also includes a large private yard for your companion to roam in. But, you may be asking what am I to do with my dog now that I am staying at the Frisco Lodge?

Well, as I mentioned above, there are a multitude of things to do with your four-legged friends, but because of the miles of hiking, plenty of fresh water available and cool mountain temperatures, hiking seems to be a favorite activity. Just remember, though, that if you are going to hike in to wilderness areas, your dog will need to be on a leash. In National Forest areas, dogs must be under voice control. So, what good would this blog be if I didn’t offer you some suggestions on where to take your friend. Here are some tail wag approved trails for your convenience:

  • Rainbow Lake: Numerous water crossings (bridges for humans) with the ultimate destination being the lake where dogs can swim until their hearts’ content.
  • Mayflower Gulch: Not exactly in Frisco per se, but close enough to mention as it is a great hike and dogs love it! There is plenty of water along the way, but be aware of summer afternoon thunderstorms and start your hike in the morning or early afternoon.
  • Recreation Peninsula: This is a high use area so dogs must be on leash or under voice control. There is not swimming allowed for people (as the water is very cold), but your pooch will love the opportunity to cool off.

Of course, this is a very small sampling of what Summit County has to offer, as there are countless areas for dogs to explore. Stop by the Dillon Ranger District in Silverthorne for free maps and regulations on trails in the area while the Bureau of Land Management has numerous hiking opportunities as well.

Whatever you decide to do, just know that our Frisco bed and breakfast is happy to accommodate you and your pooch in our pet-friendly cottage. With your favorite pal by your side, a BBQ grill, three TV’s, free Wi-Fi and private parking, you will definitely feel like the Frisco Lodge is your home away from home!

Don’t Let the Rains Get You Down!

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Photo Courtesy of Summit County Citizens Voice

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.

Frisco bed & breakfastWorld-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.

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