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Even More “Spooktacular” Halloween Events in Summit County

Experience Halloween with our Frisco bed & breakfast.Summit County is extremely family-friendly as it is, so in keeping with last week’s post, here is another list of some other haunted Halloween activities near our Frisco bed & breakfast for you and the family to get into the spirit of the holiday.


Paranormal Investigation (Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, October 24, 6-8pm)

Join the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance in documenting that the consciousness survives after the body passes from this world with a paranormal investigation of one of the oldest homes in Breckenridge. Over the years, many guides and visitors have experienced paranormal activities in this historic home, and this time, a former Stanley Hotel investigator will attempt to communicate with the home’s earliest occupants.

Tickets are $15 per person (must be 15 or older) and can be reserved up until 4pm on October 24th by visiting http://breckheritage.com or calling (970) 453-9767, extension. 2.

Breckenridge Halloween Haunted Tour (Breckenridge Welcome Center, October 31, 7:30-9pm)

Once again join the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, but this time for a haunted late-evening stroll through Breckenridge’s haunted Historic District. Guides will offer up the eerie and unexplained stories from the town’s uncertain past. The tour will include a visit to the restored William H. Briggle Victorian home among others.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 12. Reservations are required by 5pm on October 31st, and may be obtained by visiting http://breckheritage.com or by calling (970) 453-9767, extension 2.

All Hallow’s Eve Tombstone Tales at Twilight Tour (Valley Brook Cemetery, Breckenridge, October 31, 4:30-6pm)

Spook yourself with tales of Breckenridge’s past by taking a stroll through Valley Brook Cemetery and viewing the ornate, hand-carved tombstones that represent some of Breckenridge’s earliest art and written history. See some of the final resting places of some of the town’s earliest inhabitants while learning the details of their lives and ultimate demise.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 4 to 12. Reservations are required by 3:30pm on October 31st, and may be obtained by visiting http://breckheritage.com or by calling (970) 453-9767, extension 2.

Haunted Halloween at the Brown (Historic Brown Hotel, Breckenridge, October 31, 5pm)

This second annual event will offer paranormal tours of the Historic Brown Hotel. Paranormal investigators will introduce you to the 1880s characters of Breckenridge, who will tell their stories.

Call (970) 453-0084 or visit www.historicbrown.com for more information.


Opening Day & Halloween Party (Copper Mountain Resort, October 31, 8:30am)

Opening day and Halloween all wrapped into one as Copper Mountain celebrates with a Halloween party. Festivities begin with DJ Landry in Center Village and continue throughout the day with a costume contest, complimentary lift and tubing tickets and other fabulous prizes and events.

Visit www.coppercolorado.com for more information.


Halloween Carnival (Dillon Valley Elementary, October 26, 12-3pm)

Bring the kids for a haunted house, games in the gymnasium, pictures in the photo booth and face painting. This event is geared towards children ages preschool through elementary and into middle school.

For more information, email Karen Miller at dve@summit.k12.co.us.


Haunted House (Frisco Community Center, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 6-10pm)

The Frisco Community Center gets transformed into a haunted mansion by the Town of Frisco and the Mountain Mentors Teen Program, Activities Run By Youth (ARBY). This annual haunted house is imagined, created and staffed by local youth who gain some valuable entrepreneurial skills with this project.

Admission is $7 per person, $5 for students or $20 for a family four-pack. For more information, visit www.townoffrisco.com.


Halloween Opening Day (Keystone Resort, Oct. 31 – Nov. 1)

Lots of Halloween activities to partake in, as well as opening day! A few activities to note are complimentary hot chocolate and donuts (8-10am), giveaways, costume contests, a Haunted Ski Trail and children’s Trick-or-Treat trail, Children’s Parade of Costumes through River Run Village and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” movie showing at Kidtopia Headquarters in River Run Village.

Opening Day also marks the return of Keystone’s Kids Ski Free offer, where children 12 and  younger receive free lift tickets with a two-night stay or longer in any of Keystone’s owned or operated lodging units. Visit www.keystoneresort.com for more information.


Trick-or-Treat Off the Street (The Outlets at Silverthorne, October 26, 1-4pm)

Participating locations throughout The Outlets at Silverthorne (Red, Green and Blue Villages) will be providing treats, stickers and more as a safe trick-or-treating alternative.

For more information, and a list of participating stores, call (970) 468-5780 or visit www.outletsatsilverthorne.com.

While staying at the Frisco Lodge over Halloween, as you can see there are not only a variety of family-friendly activities to enjoy, but a ton of stuff to do within 15 minutes from our Frisco bed & breakfast. Hope you enjoy!

“Spooktacular” Halloween Events in Summit County

Summit County is a wonderful place for the entire family to enjoy, so why should Halloween be any different? If you are planning a trip to the high country over Halloween weekend and are looking for some family-friendly activities near the Frisco Lodge, we’ve got you covered with a list of some of Summit County’s most popular Halloween events.

Halloween Skate Party (Stephen C. West Ice Arena, Breckenridge)

Ghost Hunt near our Frisco bed & breakfastOn Friday, October 31st, from 7:30 to 9:00pm, the Town of Breckenridge will be holding its Halloween Skate Party at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. Grab the entire family and kick off your Halloween with a spooky skate party. Show off your Halloween costume and you may skate away with a “spooktacular” prize! Admission to the event is $4 for adults and $3 for youth for valid costumer-wearers only.

Ghostly Tales Ghost Hunt (Breckenridge)

For the “not so faint of heart,” the “Ghostly Tales” walking tour (Ghost Hunt of Breckenridge) will explore the darker side of Breckenridge with paranormal devices. Running Mondays through Saturdays at 7pm, the price of admission is $10 for children and $15 for adults.

Trick or Trails (South Gondola Lot, Breckenridge)

On Friday, October 31st, come experience some of Breckenridge’s finest trails and get your “spook” on with either a 10K or 5K trail race, or a kid’s 1K costume run with Trick or Trails. Run through the Troll Forest, down Pence Miller and weave through the spookiest trick-or-treated out single track around. Costumes are allowed and encouraged, but wearing a trail running costume will benefit you. Registration fees are $35 for the 5K, $45 for the 10K and $15 for the 1K kid’s costume run.

Nightmare at the Museum (Summit County Library, Frisco)

Taking place at the Summit County Library Thursday, October 30th from 4 to 5pm, experience ghastly tales and chilling poems of Victorian Gothic literature with selections from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and Edgar Allan Poe, including “The Raven.”

A reception at the Frisco Historic Park & Museum will follow the readings. Explore the Historic Park by lantern, enjoy a macabre evening at the Museum and revisit some horror classics. Gothic and Victorian attire are encouraged and light treats and refreshments will be provided.

Trick-or-Treat on Main Street (Main Street, Frisco)

Right outside the front door of our Frisco bed & breakfast, trick-or-treaters will be able to help themselves to all the sweets they can handle from business up and down historic Main Street and Frisco Historic Park from 6 to 8pm on Halloween night. Simply look for the bright, orange jack-o-lanterns hanging outside Main Street businesses that are participating. For the young ones that might need a break, cartoons will be playing in the Historic Park Log Chapel.

Haunted House (Frisco)

Haunted House just steps from the Frisco Lodge.Again, just minutes from the Frisco Lodge, this creepy haunted house is built and operated by local youth as a learning opportunity through Activities Run By Youth and Mountain Mentors. Visit Frisco’s Haunted House from October 30th through November 1st if you dare. The haunted house will be open from 6 to 10pm those days, with ticket prices at $5 for students, $7 for adults and $20 for a family four-pack.

So, do yourself (and the kiddos) a favor. While staying at our Frisco bed and breakfast over Halloween, why not imbibe in a little tomfoolery with some or all of these events?

Your Complete Guide to Summit County Skiing

4 world-class resorts near our Summit County lodging.With summer now over, and fall winding down in the high country, it is time to dust off the skis and boards and stretch out those quads, as ski season is rapidly approaching in Summit County. The Frisco Lodge, Summit County’s premier lodging, just so happens to be located within easy driving distance from a multitude of world-class ski resorts. So, rather than putting miles on the car, head to Summit County, book you stay with us and have unfettered access to hundreds of miles of pure white gold. The county straddles the Continental Divide along the I-70 corridor with four world-renowned ski resorts within a snowball’s throw of each other.

The following list will help you get started in planning your day trips from our Summit County lodging:

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (28194 US Hwy 6, Keystone, CO 80435, 888-272-7246, Google Map):

25 Minutes from our Summit County lodging.Do you want to head to extreme terrain with the most snow of the four Summit County resorts? Arapahoe Basin – referred to as A-Basin by locals – may just be the place for you. Approximately a 25-minute drive from our Summit County lodging, A-Basin is the smallest of the four resorts, but its lifts will take you up 2,270 vertical feet to the highest Colorado ski resort.

Popular runs for powder are the East Wall and Zuma Cornice, but Palavicinni takes A-Basin into the record books as the state’s longest and steepest run. The recently added Montezuma Bowl upped the number of beginner and intermediate runs, as well as opening new chutes, glades and cornices for the advanced skiers.

A-Basin offers its “Elevation 4-Pass” for 4 days of skiing/riding the 2014-15 season with no blackout dates ($129 for a limited time), the “Transferable 4-Pack,” which includes 4 lift ticket vouchers good for anyone, any day on the hill during the 2014-15 season ($149 for a limited time) and the 2014-15 A-Basin Season Passes which includes unlimited skiing/riding for the entire season with no blackout dates ($289 for a limited time).

Breckenridge Ski Resort (1599 CO Road 3, Breckenridge, CO 80424, 970-453-5000, Google Map):

Located just minutes from our Summit County Lodging.Set to open its doors on November 7th, Breckenridge Ski Resort is the most popular of the four resorts and has topped the list for annual number of skiers with over 1.6 million visits. With a base elevation of 9,600 feet, summit elevation of 12,998 feet and a 3,398-foot vertical rise, Breckenridge has a little something for everyone.

Located just a 15-minute drive from the Frisco Lodge, its five huge peaks span 2,908 acres and include North America’s highest chairlift (Imperial Express), 1,061 acres within its 11 bowls, 25 acres within its 4 terrain parks, a 22-foot Superpipe, 187 trails and 34 chair lifts. Breckenridge’s terrain is comprised of 58% expert/advanced trails, 31% intermediate and 11% beginner trails.

The five interconnected peaks (Peaks 6-10) offer amazing variety for every skill level. Peak 10 offers steep runs and challenging moguls with its mostly expert-only terrain. Peak 9 is the best for those beginners, with wide-open avenues and groomed trails. Situated in the heart of the resort, Peak 8 offers trails for all levels and includes three terrain parks and even an alpine coaster. Intermediate skiers will feel most at home on Peak 7’s blue runs, while those seeking an above-treeline experience will get their thrills on the resorts’ newest peak – Peak 6.

The resort offers 5 different passes for the budget conscious … the “Epic Pass,” “Epic Local Pass,” “Summit Value Pass,” “Epic 7-Day” and “Epic 4-Day.” Single day and half day tickets are also available at the ticket offices located on Peaks 7, 8 & 9.

Copper Mountain Resort (Copper Circle, Copper Mountain, CO 80443, 970-968-2318, Google Map):

Closest Mtn to our Summit County lodging.One of the closet resorts to our Summit County lodging, just a 10-minute drive, is Copper Mountain Resort. Typically where the locals go, Copper spans 3 peaks, which naturally break into beginner, intermediate and expert zones – each with their own base, but interconnected via upper mountain lifts. One of the largest and least crowded resorts in Summit County, Copper averages 306 inches of annual snowfall to ensure optimal conditions throughout the winter season.

Opening October 31st, Copper’s beginner green runs depart from Union Peak, the intermediate blue runs lead up from Center Village and flank Copper Peak, while the expert terrain is easiest accessed from the East Village. Copper also includes the Catalyst Terrain Park off of the American Flyer lift for the freeskiers and boarders looking for giant tabletops, rails and a quarter-pipe.

Copper Mountain offers over 140 trails, 23 lifts, 2,465 acres of terrain, a 12,313-foot peak height and a 2,601-foot vertical drop. 2014-15 season passes are available now, as well as the “Four Pack,” the brand new “Copper Secret Season Pass,” the “Rocky Mountain Superpass” and the “Rocky Mountain Super Pass+.”

Keystone Resort (100 Dercum Square, Keystone, CO 80435, 800-354-4386, Google Map):

Just 15 minutes from our Summit County Lodging.Opening October 31st, and a little over 9 miles from the Frisco Lodge’s Summit County lodging, is Keystone Resort. If you are looking for the biggest terrain in Summit County, then Keystone is the place to be. The resort sprawls over 3,000 acres across 3 mountains – Dercum, North Peak and The Outback.

Those looking for the A51 Terrain Park, tubing and long blue and green groomers such as the 3.5-mile Schoolmarm, head to Dercum Mountain. Those who are looking for knee-pounding mogul runs, head to the top of North Peak. And, those experts searching for tree skiing, The Outback offers some of the best tree skiing in Colorado. For the more adventurous type, take a snow cat guided tour in the expert terrain in the Independence, Bergman and Erikson Bowls.

Keystone Resort, with a base elevation of 9,280 feet and summit elevation of 12,408 feet, offers 3,148 skiable acres within its 131 trails, 3,128-feet of vertical, 20 lifts and two gondolas, all nestled at the foot of 2 unique villages. In terms of degree of difficulty, there is something for every level of skier/rider with 57% expert terrain, 29% intermediate and 14% beginner.

In addition to the typical full day or half-day lift tickets, Keystone offers 5 unique season pass options. One can choose from the “Epic Pass,” “Epic Local Pass,” “Summit Value Pass,” Keystone A-Basin Pass” and the “Epic 7-Day Pass.”

Though your stay at the Frisco Lodge offers easy access to all 4 resorts, it is just as easy to hop on one of the free local shuttles from Main Street Frisco, just outside our front door. Book your stay at the Frisco Lodge now, and see why Summit County’s reputation for epic snow is no fluke. Summit County is indeed the crown of Colorado skiing.

Let’s Go “Antiquing” during Your Stay at Our Frisco Bed and Breakfast

Frisco bed and breakfast

For those for whom “antique” has become a verb (antiquing), the quaint, pedestrian-friendly streets of Frisco are the perfect destination. Anchored by the Frisco Emporium, just a short walk from our Frisco bed and breakfast on the north side of Main Street, Frisco just might be the perfect spot to find that hidden gem that you’ve been looking for. The following is a short list of some of the more popular antique establishments near the Frisco Lodge.

The Frisco Emporium – Frisco CO

Antiques near our Frisco bed and breakfast.The Frisco Emporium includes a wonderful collection of 20 stores, all under one roof. The avid “antiquer” will find themselves at home with an amalgamation of antiques, art, clothing, furniture, gifts, jewelry and much, much more. This three-level vintage ski lodge establishment is also adjoined by Prost, a quaint little beer hall serving up the best beers and sausages around.

The Old Saddle – Frisco CO

Also just a few blocks from our Frisco bed and breakfast sits The Old Saddle. Mostly a furniture and décor store that specializes in rustic furniture pieces, The Old Saddle also offers hundreds of antiques, art, statues and signs. From an antique 3-legged milking stool to an antique oak wall telephone, the avid antique enthusiast might just find that needle in a haystack. As an added bonus, The Old Saddle also occupies a 40×10 foot space on the east end of the second floor of the Frisco Emporium.

A short drive from our Frisco bed and breakfast.

Ophelia’s Antique Gallery – Georgetown CO

If you are up for the short drive, or considering a stop on your way to our Frisco bed and breakfast, take a peek at Ophelia’s Antique Gallery in historic Georgetown. Located across from the beautiful Hotel de Paris, Ophelia’s features a fine, juried collection of distinctive antiques in a gallery setting. Everything, from the milkmaids yoke to an elegant lady’s cameo brooch … from a woodworkers’ plough plane to a gentleman’s meerschaum pipe, or a farmwife’s harvest table to an ornate walnut center table, can be found here.

Silver Plume Antique Shop – Silver Plume CO

Can’t find what you’re looking for at Ophelia’s? While you’re in the neighborhood, why not stroll down the highway to the Silver Plume Antique Shop in the National Historic District of Silver Plume? Doubling as a tea room/tea company, this shop is housed in what was originally a mercantile and later called “The Miner’s Saloon.” Built in 1889, the interior captures the original atmosphere and the Old West ambiance of the past. The antique shop has been in operation since 1959, but in 1984 the tearoom was added as a place for patrons to enjoy a quality breakfast, pastry, and of course, an afternoon tea menu.

Colorado, and the town of Frisco in particular, is deeply immersed in the history of the American West. So, naturally, antiquing is one way of making that connection with the region’s history. There are literally hundreds of antique stores across the Centennial state, but as you can see, within walking/driving distance from our Frisco bed and breakfast lays a world of opportunities to find that elusive treasure from our nation’s past.

Thanksgiving in Summit County: What to Eat, Where to Go and What to do

Are you like me and feel the need to make your Thanksgiving plans early? Well, if so, you might want to book your Summit County lodging now with the Frisco Lodge, as places to stay can be hard to find during this busy time of year in the Colorado high country.

The Frisco Lodge, the premier Summit County bed and breakfast, is conveniently located within minutes from Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, making it the perfect place to stay in the middle of everything! Thanksgiving might be a few months away, but we urge you start making your plans now. In that vein, here are a few of the places to take the family for a traditional Thanksgiving meal and some other popular things to do while you are staying with us at the Frisco Lodge.

Frisco, Colorado

Summit County lodgingBesides all of the wonderful Thanksgiving Day dining options within walking distance from the Frisco Lodge’s Summit County lodging (Bagalis Restaurant, The Lost Cajun), why not start a new family tradition with the 2nd Annual Turkey Day 5k? Open to all ages, this event takes place on the Summit County recreation Path and the Town of Frisco side streets.

Also, one of the premiere attractions in Frisco during the winter season is the Frisco Adventure Park, opening Thanksgiving weekend. The adventure park includes a tubing hill, beginner ski & ride hill, ski/snowboard lessons and the Nordic Center with its 45km of Nordic and snowshoe trails.

Keystone, Colorado

Just a short drive from our Summit County lodging, Keystone Resort opens its slopes on October 31, so why not take the family for a great day of skiing? But, if you are planning on staying through Thanksgiving weekend, you might as well grab the kids and head out to Keystone’s Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 29. Ring in the holiday season with Santa Claus, holiday music, freshly baked holiday cookies, hot chocolate and giveaways for the kids.

Dillon, Colorado

Pug Ryan’s Brewing Company will be open for Thanksgiving, serving its regular menu, plus special Thanksgiving dinner starting at 3pm. The all-inclusive dinner typically includes roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans and yams, plus pumpkin pie. Reservations are strongly encouraged, but not required.

Breckenridge, Colorado

Summit County bed & breakfastSki season kicks off early at Breckenridge Ski Resort (November 7) and lift tickets are considerably less expensive in November than they are later in the season, making Thanksgiving a great time to hit the slopes. An added bonus, ski on Thanksgiving Day to earn the Snow Turkey pin before diving into a traditional feast at one of the several restaurants around town, including Blue River Bistro, Spencer’s Restaurant, Hearthstone, the Motherloaded Tavern, Modis and Sevens at Grand Lodge on Peak 7.

Off the slopes, you can zip line, go underground on a gold mine tour, or take a carriage ride through historic downtown Breckenridge.

As you can see, there are plenty of places to grab a traditional Thanksgiving meal and partake in family-friendly activities within minutes from our Summit County lodging. But, the time to act is now, as reservations fill up fast during this high-traffic holiday time in the Rockies. Visit our website, book a room now and acquire that peace of mind. Hope to see you this Thanksgiving weekend!

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

Photo courtesy of GoBreck.com

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!

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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

Photo courtesy of worldgolf.com

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

Photo courtesy of denverpost.com

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

Photo courtesy of golfweek.com

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!

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Copper Country Festival, Copper Mountain

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