Looking for vacation ideas to spark up your 4th of July celebrations? Why not take the family barbecue to the BIG backyard this year, with a long weekend in Winter Park, Colorado?
Located just 70 miles west of Denver, Winter Park is the perfect mountain escape from the city – and one of the few mountain towns that still offers great lodging and activities at family friendly rates.
This year, the 4th of July lands on a Wednesday, making it the perfect opportunity to take a few extra days for mid-summer getaway? So what’s going on in Winter Park this 4th of July? Step aside Seth Meyers, it’s time for a closer look…
What? Live music by Ashton Lee.
Where? At the Gazebo By The Pond at Winter Park Resort
When? 4 PM – 6 PM
How Much? FREE
What? Live mix of rock, Americana and blues music by Sam Osborne & Gary Key.
Where? Cooper Creek Square in Downtown Winter Park
When? 6 PM – 8 PM
How Much? FREE
What? Outdoor Movie Showing of ‘The Lion King’. Bring a picnic and blanket.
Where? On the Great Lawn at Winter Park Resort.
When? 7 PM – 9 PM
How Much? FREE
What? Scenic 5 mile run/walk from Winter Park Resort to Rendezvous after race celebration in Fraser.
Where? Begins at The Vintage Hotel at Winter Park Resort and follows the Fraser River Trail.
When? 7 AM TO 8:30 AM packet pick up, Race starts at 9 AM
How Much? $35
What? Live music by Steve Skinner
Where? Cooper Creek Square in Downtown Winter Park
When? 4 PM – 6 PM
How Much? FREE
What? Head to the Fraser fishing ponds for the annual Kid’s Fishing Derby. Lots of prizes for young anglers!
Where? The Fraser fishing ponds (next to safeway).
When? 9 AM -Noon
How Much? FREE
What? Free outdoor fitness class of yoga, pilates, zumba or similar. Check back for details.
Where? Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park, Pilates at Rendezvous Event Center
When? 9 AM – 10 AM, Yoga. 10:15AM- 11:15am, Pilates
How Much? FREE
What? Meet Winter Park sled dogs in their new dog park and optional dog sledding craft afterwards
Where? Snow Mountain Ranch – YMCA of the Rockies
When? 10 AM -11 AM
How Much? Day pass at Snow Mountain Ranch 9includes a full day of various activities at the ranch: $20 for adults 13 years old and up, $10 for children 6-12 years old and free for children 5 and under
Use this day to try something new, or go with a tried and tested family favorite. Winter Park is a playground for all ages with amazing mountain biking and hiking trails, western horseback riding, white water rafting and a ton of family friendly activities on offer at Winter Park Resort (mini-golf, alpine slide, climbing wall and more!).
To see our complete list of summer activities, CLICK HERE.
What? Hunker Down performs live for this weeks installment of Fraser Picnic in the Park
Where? Old Schoolhouse Park, 153 Fraser Ave Fraser, CO
When? 6pm – 8pm.
How Much? Free
What? Live music, magic shows and fireworks with spark up the sky at the annual Lance Gutersohn’s 4th of July celebration in Downtown Winter Park.
Where? Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park
When? 6 PM – 10 PM
How much? FREE
Debs Bridge June 25th, 2018
Looking to have a family retreat on the skiing hills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains? Well, we think the perfect place to give thanks for all that is good in our lives is here in wonderful Winter Park, Colorado.
Never been to the ski resorts of Colorado Thanksgiving time?- You are missing our. Take a look at the picture to the left and you can see how amazing Winter Park Resort is around turkey time. Picture, by Scott Hefel, was taken last year over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
For those wanting to celebrate with a large family we have just the accommodations. Check out our four bedroom and larger WInter Park vacation rentals. And those that would like to eat, sleep and ski on the slopes of Winter Park and Mary Jane there is an exceptional Thanksgiving dinner at the mid-mountain Sun Spot Eatery and Winter Park Lodging Company has a wide selection of ski in and out Winter Park Resort Properties.
To top it all off Winter Park Lodging Company has done the research and found discount flights from across the whole USA to Denver International Airport to get you to WP on the cheap. Winter Park Resort lift tickets are also on special and you will not find a better deal than buying lift tickets now through Winter Park Lodging Company.
So if you are looking for a wonderful special Thanksgiving experience with some skiing and time with loved ones Winter Park, Colorado is the place to be.
Sarah October 1st, 2012
Labor Day brings about a lot of transition here in Winter Park. It is also a great weekend to celebrate the end of summer or as has been the usual case the middle of fall.
Labor Day is September 5th this year and there has already been some clumps of aspen turning yellow as of the second week of August so expect the colors to be blazing around Labor Day in Winter Park. As the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end,” and the phenomenal summer season we’ve been having up at Winter Park Resort is no exception. Labor Day marks the end of summer weekday operations at the resort. Trestle Bike Park and the other base attraction will be open on weekends through September 25th.
The weather here in Winter Park has not turned yet but there is definitely a fall feel in the air each morning. It is perfect weather in my opinion with the days in the 70’s a night time is cool enough for a fleece or light jacket. This is the best time of the year for mountain biking in Winter Par and the trail are in terrific shape.
There are also a lots to do other than the Winter Park Resort activities. Check out Devils Thumb Ranch Labor Day celebration:
$29 All-You-Can-Eat Chef Prepared BBQ
Kids (12 & under) Half-Price
$3 Trinity Oaks Wines
$3 House-made Infusion Martinis
Enjoy yard games, an animal petting zoo, live music by Rob Drabkin.
Choose from two-for-one activities such as guided hikes, a mountain bike ride, fly casting lessons, archery, or Cowpoke Camp for the kids.
Get your Winter Park Resort lodging with Winter Park Lodging Company and get the best deal and the best customer service in WP, CO.
Sarah August 17th, 2011
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides Winter Park, CO
Looking for some fun for the kids and the whole family? Devil’s Thumb Ranch is offering guests of Winter Park Lodging Company a 10% discount on their interactive feed sleigh rides at their Cabin Creek Stables.
The feed sleigh rides are offered at 10:30 am and 3 pm daily. Reservations are required, as space limited on these popular rides.
The feed sleigh ride heads out into the nearby meadow where a herd of 50+ hungry horses eagerly await their breakfast or dinner. Guests are encouraged to help the wranglers throw the hay off the back of the sleigh as they learn some of the stories of the horses, along with some interesting facts on keeping a herd in our cold climate. When the hay as been fed out to all the animals, the sleigh will come to a rest, and guests can have an opportunity to pet on all the friendly critters as they come up to the sleigh to say ‘hi’. The sleigh will then take a short ride around the scenic trails overlooking the Fraser Valley, before returning back to the barn for some well deserved hot chocolate and smores.
To book a sleigh ride at Cabin Creek Stables, call 970-726-5632.
For more details on Cabin Creek Stables, and the many other activities on offer at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, click here.
Dinner at either The Ranch House Restaurant or Heck’s Tavern is some of the best eatin’ you will find here in Winter Park or the whole Fraser Valley. If you have never been out to Devil’s Thumb you are missing one of the top destinations in Grand County and Colorado for that matter.
So if your heading up to Winter Park let us here at the Winter Park Lodging Company set you up with the best deals and most fun activities that be had on your Winter PArk winter vacation. Check out all the special deals WPLCo has to offer guests of the Grand County and the Fraser Valley.
Come on up and get to horsin’ around and have a grand time in Grand County, Colorado.
Sarah February 14th, 2011
New Years Eve shall be here shortly, where are you going to celebrate the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011? Lots of activities to do up here in Winter Park, CO even after the lifts stop running. And this year New Year’s Eve is on Friday night (that gives you two days to sleep off the celebrating).
So here is what is happening for New Year’s Eve this year:
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce New Years Celebration in Hideaway Park.
This family friendly celebration starts at 7PM and goes ’till 10PM. This New Year’s Eve Celebration is a community event that draws over 500 guests. The event has many facets that appeal to all ages. From late afternoon until evening, Hideaway Park bustles with family fun: free sledding, kid’s rails, music and hot chocolate to keep warm. A spectacular fireworks display add to the festivities.
New Year’s Eve at the Lodge at Sunspot
This special New Year’s Eve experience is the only dining experience of its kind in Winter Park, offering fine dining on-mountain at an elevation of 10,700 feet above sea level. The Lodge at Sunspot specializes in authentic Colorado cuisine paired with an extensive wine list.
Two options of unique dining are available, a buffet and a five course meal.
Buffet Menu ($59.95 Adults / $29.95 Children 10 and under):
Price includes gondola ride, buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, & dessert. Sales tax and gratuity will be added. Alcohol and specialty beverages are additional. Dinners at The Lodge at Sunspot are sell-out events, and reservations are required. Make your reservation early by calling 970.726.1446. Note: There is no midnight celebration at this event.
New Years Eve at Solvista Basin
The grand finale to the weeklong Solvista holiday celebration will be fireworks over Granby Ranch at dusk on New Year’s Eve. Cost for night skiing is $10/person; tubing is $11/person; or combo ticket is $18/person. Come ring in the New Year as well with the grand finale to the weeklong celebration of Winter Wonderland with a synchronized torchlight ski down and spectacular fireworks over Granby Ranch.
Winter Park Restaurant Celebrations
Deno’s Mountain Bistro – Now taking reservations for New Years and the Christmas holidays. Check out the band Roots and Rythm for New Years, it’s going to be a PARTY!
Tabernash Tavern – Great food and great atmosphere in beautiful downtown Tabernash
Winter Park Sushi Bar & Steakhouse – Sushi is good in a party atmosphere with great bartenders and waitstaff. Shouls be a great time on New Year’s Eve.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch – Two great restaurants and one of the most beautiful place to visit in Grand County. Will be a great place for and extra special meal on New Years.
So there is so much to do her in Winter Park for New Year’s Eve. Do remember tough no drinking and driving! Leave the driving up to up to the Valley Taxi guys.
Sarah December 17th, 2010
Christmas Celebration at Winter Park Resort
The holidays are here and it is time to decide what are you going to do on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Well if you are lucky enough to be up here in Winter Park, Colorado you are sure to have a great Christmas celebration.
To start your Christmas eve off there is the torchlight parade down the ski hill that is pictured to the left. At the bottom the word “Noel” is spelled out in flame. The event begins with Christmas carols around the bonfire at the base of Winter Park Resort, next to the Zephyr Lift at 4pm. At 5:30pm, a procession of torch-bearing skiers head down Lower Hughes trail, followed by Santa Claus and the elves. Then a spectacular fireworks display and snowcats adorned with Christmas colors light up the slopes in a Christmas tree formation to conclude the festivities. Immediately following the show at 6:00pm, guests are welcome to attend Christmas Eve interdenominational services located in the lower level of the Balcony House and Catholic Church services located in West Portal Level 4. Services are scheduled to last about an hour.
If you are heading out to the torchlight ski down plan to get there early as the base is jumping with people and holiday spirit. Follow the Christmas service with a bite to eat at the Cheeky Monk, Deno’s or the new Pizza Pedel’r.
What to do after all the Christmas Presents are opened? Ski, of course! There is no better way than spend the Christmas Day than on the slopes of Winter Park and Mary Jane. The skiers are few (especially if you head over to the East side of Mary Jane) and the way the snow has been this year you will probably be skiing some fresh powder. To spend the day outside on Christmas is dreamy. You can even sit by the fire up at Sunspot Lodge and enjoy a hot toddy or, heck it’s Christmas, a beer and a shot.
To spend Christmas in Winter Park, CO is a dream and blessing. Get outside and celebrate.
Sarah December 14th, 2010
Thanksgiving Dinner at Bistro 28 at Pole Creek 2011
Coming up to Winter Park for Thanksgiving weekend and not sure where to get your Turkey Day feast? Well, Bistro 28 at Pole Creek Golf Club is fixing up some fine turkey eats. If you have not been out to eat at Bistro 28 you are missing some great food and some of the best views of Winter Park and the surrounding areas.
Here is what the Bistro is cooking up:
Bistro 28 is pleased to offer a full Thanksgiving dinner. Take the hassle out of the holiday and have us prepare a gorgeous four course meal for your family and friends.
Caesar or house salad with selection of fresh breads and butter
Butternut squash soup
Roast turkey breast with thyme, rosemary and garlic pan gravy
Maple glazed ham with pineapple honey sauce
Homemade mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, cornbread, sausage stuffing, cranberry relish, and candied sweet potatoes.
Homemade Pumpkin pie with a generous serve of homemade whipped cream
Tea and coffee included.
$34.99 per person
Glass of Italian sparkling wine with first course
Glass of Meridian Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay wine
with main course
$8.00 per person
Great specials on wines by the bottle!
Make sure to call ahead for reservations:
970 887 9797
PO Box 3348,Winter Park, CO 80482
Head out Tabernash way and let someone else do the cooking and clean up. Enjoy your Thanksgiving on the slopes of Winter Park and Mary Jane or on the couch watching football. Then head out and have feast fit for a Pilgrim.
Sarah November 22nd, 2010
Thanksgiving Dinner at Devil’s Thumb Ranch 2011
Thanksgiving is coming upon us fast and it is time to decide what you are going to do for the turkey day celebration of thanks. Most of the restaurants will be offering Thanksgiving dinner up here in Winter Park but if you are wanting the best of the best head out to Devil’s Thumb Ranch.
Two Devil’s Thumb Ranch restaurants will be serving up turkey, stuffing, mashed ‘tatters, cranberry sauce and more. Both Heck’s Tavern and the Ranch House Restaurant will be offering up some traditional and Rocky Mountain themed Thanksgiving dinners in the finest setting in this part of Colorado. If you have not visited Devil’s Thumb Ranch you are missing out on a treat. So if you are looking for food options in Winter Park, CO on Thanksgiving you can not go wrong at either Heck’s or the Ranch House. Both of these Thanksgiving meals are daytime meals so if you re looking for a Thanksgiving dinner head to Winter Park Resort’s Thanksgiving dinner at The Lodge at Sunspot.
Here are the Devil’s Thumb Ranch Restaurant Thanksgiving meal menus:
The Ranch House Restaurant will be serving a delicious Colorado Rocky Mountain interpretation of a Thanksgiving feast
Seatings at 2PM and 5PM.
$45 per person, wine pairings an additional $30. Reservations are required.
Candied Shallot Crusted Diver Sea Scallop with Sweet Potato Puree & Fennel Leek Cream, or Roasted Butternut Squash & Ancho Chili Soup with Crispy Pork Belly & Smoked Gouda Crouton
Giblet Stuffed Turkey leg with Peppery Greens & Cranberry Vinaigrette
“Schmaltz” Rubbed Free Ranch Turkey with Carmelized Onion & Potato Gratin, Green Bean & Mushroom Casserole, Balsalmic Glazed Cippolinni Onions, Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Apple & Onion Gravy.
A Selection of Stuffings – Traditional Bread, Sausage Cornbread & Roastic Garlic Grit Spoonbread
Trio of Thanksgiving Desserts – Pumpkin Cheesecake, Port Wine Poached Pear drizzled with Chocolate, Pecan Pie with Bourbon Ice Cream
Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet at Heck’s
Choose the traditional buffet style dinner at Heck’s for $30 per person (kids 5-12 just $15, kids 4 and under are free.)
Offered from Noon – 6 pm.
Roasted Free Range Turkey
Rosemary & Garlic Rubbed Prime Rib
Traditional Bread, Cornbread and Pear Stuffing
Green Bean Casserole with Fried Onions
Root Roasted Vegetables – Parsnips, Turnips, Carrots
Sweet & Sour Collard Greens
Roasted Sweet Potato Casserole
Scallion Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
Field Green Salad with Sweet Onion Vinaigrette
And desserts! Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Cream, Cornmeal Pound Cake, White Chocolate Bread Pudding
Get out of the house on Thanksgiving and head out to Devil’s Thumb and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal that you will remember for a lifetime.
Sarah November 10th, 2010
Christmas Trees Winter Park, Colorado
Looking to get a Christmas tree? How about get a tree and give to charity at the same time? Well, the Winter Park Festival of the trees is a great way to get a tree and donate to charity. Get out of the house with the kids and bid on a Christmas Tree.
Location: Beaver Village Lodge
This event benefits over 20+ Grand County Charitable Foundations and it’s FREE! It is a display and silent auction of Trees and Wreaths along with a specialty Dessert Auction. There will be food and refreshments, and Santa will be there for the kids along with a Christmas song sing-along.
Christmas is coming so you will need a tree. Why not get it at the silent auction and help out one of Grand Counties charitable foundations.
Sarah November 9th, 2010
Have you ever had dinner up at Sunspot at Winter Park? What a great evening, take a gondola ride up the zephyr lift, looking over the snow and moon drenched Rockies and then head to dinner in the rustic luxury of The Lodge at Sunspot.
Want to have a Thanksgiving experience that you will never forget. Plan Thanksgiving dinner this year up on top of the slopes of Winter Park and Mary Jane.
Dinner seatings start at 4PM and goes until 10PM. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner buffet is being served and it is a spectacular sounding menu.
Salad Station – chef tossed to order Caesar and/or field green salad with champagne vinaigrette and ranch dressing. Served with fresh bread & butter.
Chef carved turkey and prime rib with a jus and horseradish sauce.
Mashed potatoes with giblet gravy and sweet potatoes.
Soup du jour.
Sautéed baby carrots and green beans.
Desert Bar – pumpkin pie, apple pie, chocolate trilogy and assorted mousses.
Thanksgiving Buffet- $49.95 Adults / $19.95 Children 10 and under (Buffet Only)
For reservations call 970.726.1446
Price includes gondola ride, buffet, non-alcoholic beverages, & dessert. Sales tax and gratuity will be added. Alcohol and specialty beverages are additional.
What a feast and there is no turkey shopping, cooking or cleanup. You could ski all day or sit in the bar at The Club Car at Mary Jane and watchsome NFL football all day. Then the whole family could head over for your spectacular Thanksgiving meal.
Make it a perfect Thanksgiving weekend and ski eat and hot tub and not even have to get into your car. Check out the Winter Park Lodging Company’s ski in and out lodging at the base of Winter Park Resort.
Come on up and enjoy a Thanksgiving at the one and only Winter Park/Mary Jane Resort.
Sarah October 29th, 2010