Lunch Rock At Mary Jane

New Restaurant On The Slopes Of Mary Jane

Lunch Rock Restaurant, winter park resortExciting news for the upcoming 2014/15 season at Winter Park Resort: a brand new Lunch Rock will be opening it’s doors at the summit of Mary Jane.

Out with the old and in with the new, was definitely the theme of this exciting new development at Winter Park Resort.  

In a nutshell, the characterful but outdated (and outgrown!) Lunch Rock Cafe is no more…and the new and improved 16,000 ft Lunch Rock Restaurant is currently under construction.  

As more and more skiers flock to the Jane Side to access Parsenn Bowl, Vasquez Ridge, The Cirque, Eagle Wind and the bumps of Mary Jane, it became clear to the management at Winter Park Resort, that skiers really needed a better equipped meeting and eating spot on the Jane Side.   The new Lunch Rock Restaurant will feature an expansive 150 seat sun deck, and 250 seat indoor restaurant and bar, set inside a stunning structure that reflects the mountain elements and history of Winter Park.  Constructed of steel, wood & stone, the restaurant design will feature beetle kill pine, and energy saving strategies that support the resort’s eco-friendly policies.

In the words of Gary DeFrange, President & COO of Winter Park Resort:

“We wanted a bigger facility,” says Gary DeFrange, President and COO of Winter Park Resort. “But as we thought about what this facility should be, we wanted to make sure we stayed with the tradition, so the building needed to look like it belonged and it needed to look like it was really something we would build at Mary Jane. As you look at the architecture, you’ll see that.”

Although most visitors will enjoy the Lunch Rock Restaurant during a well deserved mid day break from skiing, the facility will also be available for weddings, retreats and corporate events.

See the whole story, and view a short film of the conceptualization and construction of the Lunch Rock Restaurant at www.lunchrock.co

 

Picking The Right Vacation Rental

New Intereactive Floorplans Make Choosing The Right Vacation Rental Even Easier

Winter Park VacationsWe understand that planning a vacation can be a tricky business: there’s activities to plan, transportation to arrange, equipment to rent, and finding the right vacation rental for all your family’s needs.

At Winter Park Lodging Company, we’re always trying to make the booking process easier, so that you can spend less time trawling through endless websites, and more time planning the fun stuff.

One of the big reasons our guests love to chat with our reservation team during the booking process, is so that they can ask specific questions about the layout of the property.

We understand that most families or groups are going to have specific needs when it comes to sleeping arrangements.  For example, parents are going to want to know the proximity of their room to the kids’ room, guests with mobility challenges are going to want to know how many flights of stairs there are in the property, and multi-family groups are going to be looking for at least two living spaces with entertainment outlets for the children.

Long story short, we recognized the need for floor plans in our property listings.  And not just any old floor plan, we wanted a plan that would take our guests on a virtual tour of our vacation homes, with a birds eye view of the floor plan for each level of the home, plus full color photos.

Partnering with cutting edge floor plan provider TruPlace, we are excited to announce that we have completed floor plans for 30% of our properties currently feature an interactive floor plan, and we intend to have the remaining 70% completed by the end of September.
Vacation rentals with floorplans

How do they work?  Simply click on the floor plan button on our property listing and a complete plan of the home will appear on your screen.

An image is shown in the center of the screen, with the floor plan on the right side of the screen.  Now, hover your mouse pointer on different rooms on the floor plan, and you will see the image change to a view of each of the areas you hover on.  You can even see key views from some of the rooms or decks by pausing your mouse on each of the dots.

Notice also, the tabs at the top of the floor plan.  Click on each of the levels (Main, Upper, Lower, All) to see the specific layout of each floor.

Or, perhaps you would prefer to see a complete gallery of all of the images, including exterior shots, garages, and shared amenities?   Click on the tabs above the main image to view a more traditional view of the full gallery, slideshow and a mapped location of the property.

Initial feedback from our guests has been extremely positive, with many saying they’ve never felt more confident in booking a vacation rental.    Additionally, many of our property owners have shared that they love looking through some of the other properties in our program, to get inspiration for interior design ideas and furnishing updates.

Take a look for yourself.   We’ve offered a quick selection of some of our vacation homes with floor plans below.   Click on the links below to open the listing, then click the FLOOR PLAN TOUR button to open up the interactive floor plan and gallery portal.

High end vacation rentals in winter park

Base Camp 456

4 bedroom loft at winter park resort

Base VIllage Loft 101

modern condos in winter park

Trailhead Lodges 723

Modern Townhome on free shuttle

Elk Trail Townhouse

Music On The Mall at Winter Park

Things to do in winter park coloradoGet A Taste For Cooper Creek Square This Summer

Many of you will be familiar with quality shops and restuarants in Downtown Winter Park’s Cooper Creek Square.

For those who have yet to discover its charms, you’ll find a great mix of artisan crafts, souveniers, coffee shops and fine dining options, plus a selection of free events throughout the year.

Regular Events At Cooper Creek Square

Music On The Mall…And A Little Something On The Side
Every Friday (through August 29th), 6pm – 8pm

New this year, Cooper Creek Square is offering a tasty addition its Music On The Mall free music series: free courtyard table service from any Cooper Creek Square restaurant!   Simply grab a table around the stage & fountain, and an onsite server will offer you a special Music on the Mall menu with tasty offerings from Casa Mexico, DaVinci, New Hong Kong, Mountain Grind, Smokin’ Moes, Star of India & The Sushi Bar.

We LOVE this concept, because each table of diners can order from multiple retaurants at once, avoiding the ‘where shall we go’ discussion.   Add some cracking live music, and we have ourselves a winner!

Live Music, Face Painting, Bouncy House & Balloons
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Every Saturday (through August 9th), 1pm – 4pm

 A little something for all the family; enjoy an afternoon of live music, face painting, crafts, a bouncy house, kids play area and a balloon artist.

Free Carriage Rides
Every Saturday (through September 13th), 3pm – 7pm

Clippety-clop, take a ride round the block!  A free horse-drawn carraige ride is the perfect accompaniment to dinner on ‘Restaurant Row’.

 

Looking for more ways to have fun on your family vacation to Winter Park? 

CLICK HERE to check out our Winter Park Resort summer activity guide.

CLICK HERE for our latest lodging deals in Winter Park, Colorado.

 

Winter 2015 Predictions

El Nino Planning A Visit?

Best skiing in americaI know, I know,its July.  Like everybody else in the nation, I am fully in the throws of BBQs, Biking and Boating…and yet, when i’m standing in line at the check out, I inadvertantly find myself scanning the shelves for the 2015 Farmers Almanac.

Nope, I’m not turning to turning to potato farming, but I am hoping to cultivate a few powder turns this winter, and the Almanca is my little teaser of what mother nature might throw our way.

Technically, the Alamanac doesn’t go on sale until late August; but the good folks at www.adventure-journal.com have been chatting with NOAA to bring us a little teaser of what may be in store this 2015 Ski Season.

One little disclaimer, we are still 6 months out from winter, and weather patterns can change, so consider this a tentative forecast.   But if there’s a glimmer of truth to it…we could be in for an EPIC season!

Winter 2015 snow forecast“Based on the latest temperature readings from the Pacific the scientist at NOAA believe that the 2014-2015 winter season will be heavily effected by an El Niño. It is still unclear how strong of an El Niño we should expect but it may be the strongest we have seen since the 1997-98 event.

So what does this mean for us skiers?

Colorado: Interesting news for Front Range powder-hounds: According to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, 20-inch snowstorms are almost twice as likely to occur during El Niño years as neutral years. Most monster storms, though, hit during spring and fall, while mid-winters are relatively dry. Bust your skis out early and don’t get discouraged by a snow-free January – a late-season blizzard could be just around the corner.

- Quoted from AdventureJournal.com.   For the full article, click here to visit www.adventure-journal.com

We’ll update you with additional snow forecasts as they begin taking shape; but if you are feeling excited about the prospect of a big early season entrance, take a peek at our early bird ski special:

Stay Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve for FREE!

Visit Winter Park This July 4th

Fireworks For The Fourth

Celebrate Independence Day At Winter Park

Bring the family to the mountains of Winter Park, Colorado, this July 4th, and enjoy a jam packed weekend of free entertainment and events.

Start the celebrations of by joining the Winter Park locals this Independence Day, at Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July Celebration at the Fraser Ball fields.   Sit back and relax as the kids tire themselves out running & playing on the huge grassy fields, bouncing around on giant inflatables and dancing the day away to live music (act TBA).   Then, as the night draws close, wrap the little ones up in a blanket and get ready for the ‘oooooohhhhs & aaaaahhhhhs!’ as the sky explodes into color at the annual fireworks display.

Other events happening on July 4th include:

Music On The Mall with Andrew Duhon  Head to the Cooper Creek Square courtyard to enjoy free  live music between 6 pm – 8 pm.  If you’re hungry, but don’t want to miss the show, order a meal from any of the Cooper Creek Square restaurants, and they’ll deliver it right to your table in the courtyard.

Friday Music Series with The Raygunomics  Winter Park Resort also gets in on the Independence Day action with a free live show at the Village Gazebo, between 4 pm – 6 pm,  by The Raygunomics (rock).

solshine_med_rectAnd the weekend of family fun doesn’t need to stop there.   Wander through the Village at Winter Park Resort on July 5th to witness the artisan melting pot that is The Village Uncorked!  Or put a little wild in your western weekend and get your hands dirty at the High Country Stampede Rodeo.

And don’t miss out on Winter Park’s signature event, SOLSHINE MUSIC FESTIVAL.   G-LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE, will take to the stage at Hideaway Park at 6pm on July 5th, for this epic FREE event.  

Round off the weekend, with a trip to Winter Park Resort  to watch some of the thrills & spills of the Trestle Gravity Games mountain bike competition, or take the kids to the Lions Club Ponds (next to Safeway), to enjoy the free annual fishing derby from 12 noon.

Whatever your pleasure, Winter Park has something in store for everyone this 4th of July, 2014.

Still looking for lodging?  Check out our properties here, and take advantage of our 3RD NIGHT FREE LODGING SPECIAL.

Winter Park Resort Opens For Summer 2014


Winter Park Resort & Trestle Bike Park will open for the summer season on Saturday, June 14th, 2014.  
Join in the fun as the Village comes alive, with a full line up of events and activities throughout the summer.

WP Chocolate FestivalFirst to kick off the season (and sweeten the deal), is the Winter Park Chocolate Festival, held in the Village on June 14th, from 10 am – 4 pm.   Stroll through booths of sheer chocolatey decadence, and purchase a $10 taste ticket to sample the wares.    Live music by top Celtic band, Skean Dubh, will provide a foot tapping backdrop to the many events going on throughout the day, including a chocolate pudding eating contest, chocolate & beer pairing demo, truffle competition & chocolate making demo with chef Paxton Gross.

Other FREE weekly events in the Village at Winter Park include Coca-Cola Family Movies Night, Friday Music Series, S’mores By The Fire & Intro To Geocaching.  For further details on any of these free events, call one of our friendly reservation team at the number on the left; or check out our Winter Park Resort activity guide here.

Trestle Bike Park

Freeride-friday-Trestle-bike-park-300x169Trestle Bike Park, at Winter Park Resort, also begins full operations on June 14th.   Offering 3 lifts, to more than 40 miles of nerve tingling downhill trails, Trestle Bike Park is becoming the hot topic in the downhill mountain biking community.    

Want to join in the fun?  For those with a little experience under their belt, a Full Day Adult Pass to Trestle Bike Park is available for $39/day, or a Half Day for $29.   If you’d like a tune up, or some tips & skills training before you go it alone, we’d highly recommend signing up for one of the Trestle Freeride 1 Day Camps (June 29 & August 10).  These 6 hour workshops use video analysis, and top training methods to elevate your downhill riding to the next level.   A full day camp with lift ticket & full rental (downhill bike, full face helmet, leg & arm protection) will set you back $159.99, and in our book, is worth every penny of it.  Click here for further info on this, and other mountain bike camps at Winter Park Resort.

Trestle Bike Park will play host to many competitive bike events throughout the summer months.   Big bike events scheduled for summer at Winter Park Resort are:

Epic Singletrack Series
Hailed as the largest cross-country series in Colorado, the Epic Singletrack Series attracts both novices and top athletes from around the country. 

Race 1: Saturday, June 14 – Excel Roofing Hill Climb Kick Off
Race 2: Saturday, June 28 – X Country
Race 3: Saturday, July 12 – Race Rendezvous
Race 4: Saturday, July 26 – Colorado Epic XC at Colorado Freeride
Race 5: Saturday, August 9 – Point to Point
Race 6: Saturday, August 23 – Excel Roofing King of the Rockies

Trestle Gravity Series
6 downhill races over 3 weekends with race categories from Pro To 14 & Under.

Weekend 1: July 5 & 6 
Weekend 2: July 20
Weekend 3: August 30, 31 & September 1

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The cream of the crop from all over the world, head to Winter Park to battle it out on Slopestyle, Enduro & More.

July 23: Training (slopestyle only)
July 24: Air Downhill, Slopestyle Training, Family Bike Fest In The Village
July 25: Specialized Enduro stages 1&2, Slopestyle training & qualifications, Family Bike Fest In The Village
July 26: Epic Singletrack XC, Specialized Enduro stags 3 & 4, FMB Gold Slopestyle Finals, Intergalactic Pond Crossing, Family Bike Fest.
July 27: Specialized Enduro final stage

For all other events at Winter Park Resort & surrounding areas, check out our event listings here. 

Stay & Save With Winter Park Lodging Company

If you book a mid-week stay this summer, make sure you ask for a $10 OFF Winter Park Resort Activity Voucher.   These vouchers are valid Monday through Friday, for $10 off a full 1-day Adventure Pass, or a full 1-day Trestle Bike Park pass for up to 4 people.*  

*All 1-day passes must be used on same day and must be purchased in-person and on-site at Winter Park Resort, in one transaction with one form of payment.  Valid Monday through Friday only. Adventure Pass and Coca-Cola® Family Four Pack valid through September 1, 2014; Trestle Bike Park pass valid through September 26, 2014. 1 voucher per lodging reservation.

CHECK OUT OUR GREAT LODGING DEALS HERE.

 

Mountain Bike Capital USA

Winter Park Chamber Launches New Mountain Bike Website 

Bike Trails In Winter ParkWinter Park, Colorado, has the official title of ‘Mountain Bike Capital USA‘.

Last month our local chamber of commerce solidified the area’s reputation by launching a new website (www.MTBcapitalUSA.com) that highlights the vast scope of trails & facilities available to all kinds of biker in the Winter Park & Fraser Valley.

We can’t get enough of this engaging and easy to navigate website, and highly recommend that both new & experienced bikers take a look at it before thier next summer vacation in the Winter Park area.

Top features on the site include Trail Descriptions, Race & Event Listings, Bike Park Overviews, and Rental Shop/Service Provider Listings.  We had some of our staff  take a closer look at some of these features, and give us their thoughts below:


Trail Descriptions

Mountain Bike Trail Descriptions‘I have to admit that I’m a bit of planner when it comes to mountain bike trips.  I like to get a feel for the type of terrain I’m likely to encounter, and look for forum discussions on specific trails and challenges that each trail may offer up.  The trail descriptions on www.MTBcapitalUSA.com do all of this, and a whole lot more.   Comprehensive trail directions are combined with total distance, difficulty rating,  vertical gain/drop & estimated ride time, along with an elevation profile that really spells out the different sections of the ride.    There’s an area for posting ‘Top tips, loves, or complaints‘ about the trail, plus YouTube videos and images that are submitted by past riders.  Finally, and most importantly for me, there is the ability to download the trail to GPX.   The site is clearly in it’s infancy, as there aren’t many comments posted just yet, but I’m looking forward to watching this develop, and will no doubt have a few tips to add there too.’

Chris Bradford, Owner, Winter Park Lodging Company

Downhill Mountain Biking In Winter ParkRace & Event Listings

‘I love the simplicity of the Bike Race & Event calendar listings on this site.  No more sifting through lots of different community events…just straight up bike time.  Granby Ranch events are clearly defined by their logo, which is a nice touch, and makes the initial filtering even easier.’

Ali Dubois, Front Desk Supervisor, Winter Park Lodging Company

Bike Park Overviews

‘There are two AMAZING bike parks in our area: Granby Ranch & Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park Resort.    The Trestle Bike Park page is very user friendly, with an interactive trail map that gives you difficulty rating & short description, plus YouTube videos of runs as you hover over the trails. ‘

Zack Berkowitz, Maintenance, Winter Park Lodging Company

 

So there you have it.  Whether you want to cruise the Fraser River Trail, get away from it all on some epic singletrack, or let gravity take its course on a perfectly bermed downhill trail, www.MTBcapitalUSA.com is your #1 resource for biking fun in the Winter Park & Fraser Valley.  Check it out today!

 

Summer Festival Deals In Winter Park, Colorado

Eventful Savings With Winter Park Lodging Company

Winter Park will be abuzz this summer, with multiple music festivals & special events filling the calendar.  Come on up to the mountains during one of our special event weekends, and we’ll give you your 3rd Night Free, or 20% Off a shorter stay!

Here’s just a little of what’s in store this summer in Winter Park, Colorado.

Festival lodging dealsJune 27-29, 2014
Blues From The Top

See top blues acts from the around the world this June at Winter Park’s annual Blues From The Top Festival.   Big name acts will be on the stage at Hideaway Park from noon – 7 pm, followed by after show parties at Smokin’ Moes.

**HOT DEAL** 20% OFF TWO NIGHT STAYS AT BLUES FEST + FREE TICKETS TO SHOW!

 

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July 5, 2014
Winter Park SolShine Music Festival

G-Love & Special Sauce will be the headline act at this year’s SolShine Music Festival in Winter Park, Colorado.  This FREE event will take place at Hideaway Park, from 6 pm – 9 pm, on Saturday July 5th.   Looking for fireworks?  Check out Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July celebration on Friday, 4th.

**HOT DEAL**3RD NIGHT FREE 

 

July 11-13, 2014
Rock ‘n’ Ride

New this year!  Rock ‘n’ Ride is a celebration of summer, Winter Park style.  Discover the best mountain trails around with one of many guided rides on offer, then dance the night away with Leftover Salmon & friends Hideaway Park & the Winter Park Pub.  More details and a schedule of events coming soon!

**HOT DEAL**3RD NIGHT FREE 

Summer Festivals In The MountainsJuly 19-20, 2014
Winter Park Jazz Festival

Brian McKnight headlines a jam packed weekend of entertainment during the annual Winter Park Jazz Festival.   Expect two days of fantastic performances at Hideaway Park this July 19th & 20th.   While in town, be sure to check out the Winter Park Art Affair street fair, where top artisans showcase and sell their work.

**HOT DEAL**20% OFF ALL JAZZ FEST STAYS 

July 24-27, 2014
Colorado Freeride Festival

The nation’s top mountain bikers will be headed to Winter Park to battle it out at the Colorado Freeride Festival.  This four day event at Winter Park Resort brings thrills and spills to the slopes in Slopeside, Enduro World Series more.

                                                       **HOT DEAL**3RD NIGHT FREE

wp music festivalAugust 2, 2014
Winter Park Music Festival

ROCK ON!  Eddie Money headlines this year’s Winter Park Music Festival on August 2nd, and a Gamblin  Man would put money on it being an epic event.  This FREE show will be held from 12 noon – 5 pm, with opening acts Rick Derringer & Groove Hawgs as supporting acts.  

**HOT DEAL**3RD NIGHT FREE

Winter Park Beer Festival

 

August 9, 2014

Winter Park Beer Festival

Sample the very best in brews, views and entertainment at this popular annual Winter Park event.   Hosted by local radio hosts NRC365, Lift 106 & KRKY “Colorado Country”, a $40 entry fee will get you unlimited tasting, plus live performances by The Samples, Missed The Boat & Whitewater Ramble.

**HOT DEAL**3RD NIGHT FREE

 

 

There are many more summer events and activities on offer in Winter Park.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL WINTER PARK SUMMER EVENT LISTINGS.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR WINTER PARK SUMMER ACTIVITY GUIDE.

Still looking for lodging?  Winter Park Lodging Company is ready to help you plan your perfect summer vacation in Winter Park, Colorado.  Click here to SEARCH RENTAL PROPERTIES IN WINTER PARK.

 

 

Winter Park’s Blues From The Top

Open Air Concerts In Winter ParkWinter Park Blues Festival Rocks The Stage

The Grand County Blues Society has pulled out all the stops again for its 12th Annual Blues From The Top Festival, this June 27th – 29th, 2014.  

Featuring more than 20 top class blues acts, from seven different countries, this event is a must for Blues fans, and a guaranteed revelation for anybody new to the scene.

Spanning over two long days & nights, the festival will keep the stage burning at Hideaway Park from 9.30am – 7pm, then move to favorite night spot Smokin’ Moes for lates shows beginning at 8pm.  

Big draw acts include Ana Popovic, Jimmy Carpenter, The Healers, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Ori Naftaly…and the list goes on!

Day time tickets are currently on sale for $20/day, or go with a weekend pass for a bargain $35/2 days.

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS

Blues From The Top Schedule – Hideaway Park

Saturday June 26th:
Ana Popovic, Larry McCray, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Boogie Boys, Austin Young, Ori Naftaly Band, Sad Sam Blues.

Sunday June 27th:
The Healers, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Kara Grainger, Moneyjunk, Dustin Pittsley, Gospel with Tyree Morris & Hearts Of Worship.

Lodging For Blues From The Top
If you’re still looking for lodging for Blues From The Top, search for
vacation rentals in Downtown Winter Park.    There are a lot of lodging options throughout the Winter Park and Fraser Valley, so we’ve broken it down a bit for you to get a better idea of the area that might best suit your needs.

If you want to be close to the action, the condo complexes closest to Hideaway Park are Trailhead Lodges, Sawmill Station, River Walk & Red Quill Village.  

For condos within easy walking distance, but in a quieter location, check out Hi Country Haus and Telemark; and if you want to enjoy a little more privacy after the stage lights dim, take a peek at Lakota, Rendezvous, Fraser, Winter Park Resort & Old Town and the larger stand alone homes that overlook downtown Winter Park.

Top 5 Summer Day Trips From Winter Park

Driving around Winter Park is the summer months is a breeze, and a wonderful way to take in the scenery, while exploring more of the local area.

Although there are more than enough activities and events to keep you occupied in the central Winter Park area, if you are keen to take a day trip to some of the regions other highlights, we’d highly recommend you check out following Top 5 Day Trips from Winter Park.

  1. Rocky Mountain National ParkGrand Lake & Rocky Mountain National Park
    Grand Lake & the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park lies approximately 35 miles north west of Winter Park, and a scenic 45 minute drive away.   The town of Grand Lake is a thriving resort community during the summer season, with many on & off water activities on offer, and a good selection of restaurants and shops around to keep you well fed and pick up some good Colorado momentos.    Rocky Mountain National Park is a stunning example of America’s mountain wilderness with endless hiking opportunities, a full program of ranger led talks and activities, and an unbelievably scenic, high alpine drive that offers endless photo opportunities.
  2. The Upper Colorado River & Hot Sulphur Springs
    If you would like to experience the rugged canyons of Colorado, we’d highly recommend you try a half day raft trip on the Upper Colorado River, and then stop off at the Hot Sulphur Springs Resort on the way home.   Rafting the upper Colorado River is a peaceful ride through high desert terrain that contrasts nicely with the high alpine terrain you have been enjoying in Winter Park.   Most raft companies are based in Kremmling (approximately 45 niles/ 1 hour from Winter Park) and shuttle their guests from town, down to the flowing waters of the Colorado River.    Break up the drive back to Winter Park, with a stop at the Hot Sulphur Springs Resort & Spa, that  sits above Byers Canyon (approximately 30 miles from Winter Park).    This historic resort was first enjoyed by the Ute Tribe who referred to the springs as “magic waters” and frequented the area regularly during the winter months.  In 1840, William Byers became the first white man to see the value in the area, and acquired the land to begin the resort as a commercial entity.  Hot Sulphur Springs now offers more than 20 bathing pools, a summer outdoor pool and a full menu of massage therapies.
  3. Take the kids on a train ride from winter parkGeorgetown Loop Railroad
    If you have some young (and old) train buffs in your party, a summer ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad is well worth a short drive.   Georgetown is located 10 miles west of the Winter Park exit on I-70, and about a 45 minute drive from Winter Park via Berthoud Pass.    This historic town was built during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush era and was nick-named the ‘Silver Queen of Colorado’ thanks to its good fortune in mining.   The town itself offers a pleasant stroll through history with the acclaimed ‘Hotel de Paris museum, and self guided walking tours through the towns 19th centuary architecture .      The Georgetown Loop Railroad, takes families on a step back in time during a 1 hour roundtrip aboard an old time locomotive on railroad that was built in 1884.   The loop takes you from Georgetown to Silver Plume, just 3.1 miles west, but up 640 ft and across 2 bridges on a 3 foot narrow gauge railroad.  Top Tip: get your camera at the ready for massive Devil’s Gate High Bridge where you’ll see stunning views of clear creek canyon below.
  4. Idaho Springs Gold Mine Tours
    Similar to Georgetown, Idaho Springs was founded in 1859 during the early days of the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush.   Prized with being the site of the first substantial gold discovery in Colorado, the town Idaho Springs grew rapidly  as opportunists flocked to the location.   The Argo Gold Mine was the largest mine in the area and is now a historic site that offers tours though Argo & Double Eagle gold mine where you will see live demonstrations of the crushing, millings & rock drilling process and a walk through the mill to view the historic equipment and tools used by minors in the 1800′s.  At the end of the tour, there is an opportunity to try a little gold panning for yourself , and keep anything you find!  If you want to visit a gold mine that is still operating today, check out the Phoenix Mine (also in Idaho Springs), which is operated by the oldest, continuous gold mining family in Colorado.
  5. Steamboat Springs
    Winter Park Vacation PlanningSteamboat Springs is approximately 100 miles north west of Winter Park, but a beautiful drive and well worth a visit if you would like to check out another mountain resort during your Winter Park vacation.   Although widely regarded as winter destination, Steamboat Springs was originally founded as a summer resort thanks to its many natural hot springs,  rich ranching and rodeo history, and plentiful fishing and hunting.  Nowadays, a day trip to steamboat spells a chance to visit some of the best hot springs in Colorado (our favorite is Strawberry Park Hot Springs),  a little tubing the Yampa River which flows right through town, and some great shopping at the many high end shops and restaurants of Old Town.   If you want to stay a little later into the night, stopping by the Pro-Rodeo on a Friday or Saturday night will show you exactly why Steamboat Springs is the Cowboy Capital of Colorado.

 

For more information about local activities and lodging options, visit WinterParkLodgingCompany.com