You will want to kiss yourself for coming upon this vacation treasure! It is all about location, location, location! Cozens Pointe is a vacation condo destination that has the good fortune to be in the right place for complete retreat perfection. Views and access are what make these luxury condos such a draw for visitors to the Fraser Valley area.
With so many vacation home options, why consider Cozens Pointe? Here are it’s stand-out features.
Views. First, there are the views of the “purple mountain majesty” on display from most any window. Sunrises, sunsets, and times in-between, each holds its own special magic. Take in the views from the deck or living room, while toasting your good times. Byers Peak will provide the backdrop for those memories.
Comfort and integrity are the motivating factors in the design and construction of these newly crafted homes in the heart of Grand Park. While your eyes will immediately appreciate the coziness of the inviting interiors, the attention to the invisible elements of air quality, heat retention, and sound reduction will silently, but assuredly, make your stay more comfortable. This is the setting for families to be together for conversation, meals, and fun. Each unit has the feel of home with well-equipped kitchens, washer and dryer, free Wi-Fi, quality beds, and spaces to gather.
Access. Of course skiers and boarders just love that Winter Park Resort is an easy 5-mile drive or free shuttle ride away. The Lift (has a stop at Murdoch Center–.5 mile down the hill). Check the route and stops: http://www.wpgov.com/264/Routes
Yet these centrally located condominium complexes have so much more to experience in the nearby environs. Within a ten-mile radius you can build vacation memories to last a lifetime. Here we present a sampling of places to go, things to do, and establishments to enjoy. And from Cozens Pointe they are easy to get to with your warm and cozy rental home waiting for your return.
Recreation. Anglers and cyclists, runners and ramblers, swimmers, snowmobilers, and tubers, all have the necessary provisions in close proximity.
Cross-country ski trails surround and abound. The 11-mile Fraser River trail is about a mile away and the “Lunch Loop” trail behind Cozens Ranch Open Space and Ponds offers groomed tracks for classic Nordic skiing, a trail for runners, walkers, and snow-shoeing. http://www.playwinterpark.com/winter-park-fraser-xc-trails For other back-country ski options, check out: http://skigrandnordic.org/backcountry-xc-skiing/ and, https://www.visitgrandcounty.com/stories/where-to-cross-country-ski-top-trails/
Fishing–Fraser River, the first main tributary of the Colorado River, has accessible small to medium-sized stream fishing at a variety of sites. Lion’s Club Fishing Ponds—just south of the Fraser Safeway– stocks two ponds. One pond is reserved for kids (14 and under) and the disabled. In the same vicinity are the Cozen’s Ranch Open Space Ponds with brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout.
Bicycling—paths snake their way throughout Grand Valley. Even in winter you can take a spin on the paved path along the Fraser River Trail. Have a go on those super fat-tired bikes: rentals are available at Beaver Sports Shop, in Winter Park—reserve at 970-726-5988.
Runners and Walkers—just across the entrance into Cozens Pointe on Old Victory Road, you can link up to the maintained Fraser River Trail. Turn right when you get to US Hwy 40, and it is only a mile to the Grand Park Community Recreation Center (1 Main Street, phone 970-726-8968). This deluxe center has a full gymnasium, weight room, workout classes, and daycare.
Swimmers—the recreation center is also home to an indoor aquatic center: 20-foot loop slide, lap pool, lazy river, diving board and whirlpool.
Tubers—Family fun on nearby tubing hills is a true vacation adventure. Historic Fraser Tubing Hill (455 County Road 72, phone: 970-726-5954) is open 10 am to 10 pm, seven days a week. Right next door is The Colorado Adventure Park, phone: 970-726-5779.
Snowmobilers. With over 1,000 miles of snowmobiling trails throughout Grand County, “Snowmobile Capital of Colorado” ™, has terrain for all levels of thrill-seekers. Bring your own machines or rent at one of the local outfitters—Grand Adventures has three locations. The online site will hook you up: www.grandadventures.com
Dining and Sipping. With Fraser only a half mile away, Tabernash less than five miles to the west, and the town of Winter Park just two miles heading back to the east on Hwy 40, there is a treasure trove of dining options.
Fraser has been growing their restaurant scene through the years. For casual pizzeria dining, try Elevation Pizza, at 551 Zerex Street. They have been serving up Italian-style pizza for the past seven years. There are a couple of solid choices for those craving south-of-the-border fares: Azteca Mexican Restaurant (5 County Road 72) and Julio’s Mexican Grill (745 Zerex) serve the standards and some nice surprises. Azteca’s Arroz con Pollo is especially tasty, and Julio was spot on in recommending their creamy flan. Sharkey’s Eatery (221 Doc Susie Avenue) is an American café known for their breakfasts and burgers. They will gladly take to-go orders, too: 970-726-TOGO. Sports Bar and mountain dining room all under one roof can be found at Crooked Creek Saloon (401 Zerex Avenue). They also have great soups-of-the day and a salad bar.
Tabernash is the destination of choice for some fine culinary treasures. Award-winning Tabernash Tavern’s Chef Alberto Sapien cuisine incorporates fresh, seasonal, natural ingredients into meals that are a feast for both eye and mouth. The rustic building at 72287 US Hwy 40 will delight you with the refined food and wine inside. Just up the road, in the Devil’s Thumb Ranch complex (3530 County Road 83) there are two other solid choices, Ranch House Restaurant & Saloon and Heck’s Saloon, both serve up meat, fish, and vegetarian options in elegant lodge settings.
Winter Park, town. Only two miles away from your stay at Cozens Pointe, every corner, each building level, and any appealing nook will hold some type of fare that is worthy of trying. There are far too many selections to list here, and several prime choices are covered in our other blogs. However, from the grand-daddies, Hernando’s Pizza Pub (78199 US Hwy 40) and Deno’s Mountain Bistro (78911 US Hwy 40) to the fresh upstart Pepe Osaka’s Fish Tacos (78707 US Hwy 40) or The Ditch (78941 US Hwy 40), there are options at any price range, fast or leisurely, with a plethora ethnic dishes, sprinkled throughout this fun walk-about town.
Sipping Sites. Also nearby, are several establishments dedicated to the art of fine drinking. Right along Hwy 40, in downtown Fraser, is our very own Winter Park Winery. Their beautiful bottles alone are worth the visit. Then you can savor some sips of wine or whiskey at Grapes & Grains in Cooper Creek Square. Also in town, there is Idlewild Spirits and Distillery, holding forth with mellow spirits and creative cocktails in the first Distillery Pub in the U.S.
Again, there is so much more to experience in the forests, towns, and waterways of the Grand Valley, Winter Park areas of Colorado. This smattering of activities are available right in your Cozens Pointe backyard, venture a bit further, and you will quickly come upon even more possibilities. Granby, Grand Lake, and Hot Sulphur Springs are wonderful half-day excursions from your Cozens Pointe stay. Take advantage of the central location and fill your days with adventure or still yourself in the beauty.
Cozens Pointe—enter for the ease, exit for the excitement!
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1-31-2018—by Anne-Marie & Larry