Grand Park, Colorado

Cozens Pointe

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:

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.

Mountain Sunset

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.  For other back-country ski options, check out:  and,



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.

Bicyclingpaths 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 Walkersjust 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.

Swimmersthe recreation center is also home to an indoor aquatic center: 20-foot loop slide, lap pool, lazy river, diving board and whirlpool.

TubersFamily 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.

Colorado Tubing

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:


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.

Tabernash Dining

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.



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1-31-2018—by Anne-Marie & Larry

February 5th, 2018

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Top New Downtown Winter Park Eats & Drinks

Are you hungry?  Are you thirsty? Are the kids ready for a treat?

Here are some newly opened restaurants, cafes, a market, an ice cream stand, and even a food truck, all ready to satisfy those cravings.  Try one—or visit them all—you will not be disappointed in these delightful places that are focused on serving up what they do best!

Alley Bar, the après-ski/ evening menu side of Opa! Charlie’s Gyros
78415 US Highway 40 (next to the Conoco Gas station in Downtown Winter Park).

Phone: 970-363-7387,

Opa! Charlie’s Gyros, a favorite gathering spot for Greek cuisine, in downtown Winter Park, has recently expanded their hours to open The Alley Bar for late afternoon and evening apres bites and drinks.  The night menu boasts sliders, $3 lemon-drop shots, and other fun pub grub, to appreciate as you relax to the sounds of live music.

Opa! Charlie’s Gyros’ regular hours: Sunday to Wednesday, 11 AM to 3 PM.   The Alley Bar extended hours are offered: Thursday—11 AM to 8 PM, and Friday & Saturday—11 AM to 9 PM.   Free parking, casual, good for kids, full bar.


restaurants in winter parkDurbar Nepalese & Indian Bistro
47 Cooper Creek Way, Downtown Winter Park (second floor of Cooper Creek Square)

Phone: 970-363-7081

Known for its hospitality and lovely interior, this fine, but affordable, restaurant specializes in curry, momos, mixed grill, biryani, and other gastronomic delights from the Himalayan region. Happy hour every day, 2:30 PM to 5 PM

Open daily, 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM.   Free parking garage available.   Good for groups, family friendly, take-out available.



grocery stores winter parkFireside Market & Eatery
78337 US Highway 40, in central town of Winter Park.

Phone: 970-363-7750

With a soup bar, salad bar, fresh sushi, delicious bakery temptations, ready-to-eat Mexican grill entrees, hot pizza, ice cream counter and Stubborn Soda on tap; Fireside Market is a cut above your ordinary grocery store.

Whether you are shopping for high quality cuts of meat, crisp produce, or just want to pick up a ready-made flavorsome meal, this market is a one-stop shop for all your culinary needs.  Open daily: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.  Free underground parking plus bike parking available, kid friendly.



The perk coffee winter parkThe Perk
78977 US Highway 40, downtown Winter Park (at first traffic light entering town from the East).

Phone: 970-281-7971

This cozy coffee cottage will draw you in with its light, inviting interior and comfortable furnishings, making it an easy place to linger. Community is integral to the company’s mission, whether you are in Grand County for a day or a decade, this is great place to gather and sip—espresso, teas, or coffee drinks, while nibbling a perfect cinnamon roll.  They also serve hot chocolate, chai, and lactose-free options.

Open Sunday through Thursday 7 AM to 6 PM; Friday & Saturday 7 AM to 7 PM.  Free WiFi access with beverage purchase.  Dogs allowed, outdoor seating available, street and private lot parking.


 Charlies’ Frozen Treat Shop
78966 US Highway 40 (in the Viking Lodge and Ski Shop)

Phone: 970-531-4656, 78966

Another stop in downtown Winter Park that you really don’t want to miss!  It’s never too cold to indulge in the perfection of great ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt, and gelato.    Serving up sweet frozen treats with a wide variety of toppings four days a week.

Thursdays from 12 Noon – 8 PM, Friday & Saturday from 12 Noon – 9 PM, Sundays from 12 Noon – 8 PM.   Take-out, bike parking, private lot parking, kid-friendly, dog-friendly, free WiFi, military discount. 


Stuffed – Fraser Food Truck
76827 US Highway 40, Fraser (in the parking lot of Rocky Mountain Moonshine Liquors, or across the highway by Ski Broker)

This Fraser based food truck serves up fresh and flavorful runsas (aka German bierocks)—a savory yeast dough pocket-sandwiches with a variety of delicious fillings that are certain to satisfy a hearty appetite.

Open for breakfast and lunch from Wednesdays through Sundays, from 8 AM – 2 PM (though hours may vary).


And there you have it, our top new establishments welcoming you in the town of Winter Park—or a bit west, in Fraser, Colorado.  Tune in next week for our shiny new welcome mats in Winter Park Resort!

–January 2018—by Anne-Marie & Larry

January 18th, 2018

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With such great lodging deals in November, now is definitely the time to book your Thanksgiving getaway. So what if you don’t feel like cooking a feast during your vacation? Don’t worry, you’re not the only person who feels this way! Luckily, many local restauranteurs always come to the rescue with beautiful and tasty Thanksgiving fare throughout the day, or if Thanksgiving food isn’t your thing, you can order off their regular menus. We went ahead and compiled a list of a few of our favorite spots.

Deno’s Mountain Bistro – A longtime favorite among visitors and locals alike, Deno’s has the type of atmosphere perfect for family memories. Cozy and charming décor with expertly-crafted cocktails and a vast wine selection, plus a thoughtful and delicious menu featuring a delectable Greek Fusion theme. Check back on their facebook page for more information on their Thanksgiving specials.

DaVinci – This “Modern European” Restaurant is both chic and classic, with dishes to satisfy the traditional eater, as well as a selection of delicious treats for the foodie in your group. The atmosphere is comfortable and the staff are friendly, definitely an elegant way to spend the holiday. Check their website for more information and specials.

Hernando’s Pizza Pub – This family-friendly restaurant makes the best pies around! Try putting honey on your crusts, you’ll never go back. The atmosphere is quaint and cool, and you’ll sure grow to appreciate the American dollar in this joint! If dining out isn’t your thing, consider carry-out for a delicious night in. Check their facebook page for more information and specials. 

Tabernash Tavern – This is one of our favorite places for a date! Even more special on Thanksgiving, the high-end rustic charm of the Tavern is the perfect romantic compliment to a delicious dinner for two. A great beer selection and marvelously opulent and delicious food pairings make for an experience you will definitely crave again! Check out their facebook page for more information and specials.

Volario’s – The signature restaurant at the Vasquez Creek Inn, Volario’s is an exquisite blend of Spanish and Northern Italian fare. The fresh and vibrant atmosphere will make your group feel right at home.You’ll love the meatballs or the pizzetas, and be sure to check back on their facebook page to see what Thanksgiving offerings are in store for you!

We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving in the mountains, and if you have any other suggestions for a fabulous Turkey Day restaurant, let us know on our facebook page!


We hope to see you soon! If you are planning a Thanksgiving getaway in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park . 

August 28th, 2015

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Where to Watch the Game

Even in Colorado’s favorite playground, we know that the occasion arises where you simply need to watch the game. That time of year is certainly upon us! Maybe you’re in a fantasy league, or maybe you’re just a die-hard fan of your alma mater. Pro or college, there are several spots to watch the game in town. Here are a few of our favorites.

The Crooked Creek Saloon

With a full bar and restaurant, this Fraser spot has delicious home-cooked food and a laid-back local atmosphere, perfect for hanging out with your buddies and sharing some wings. (Website)

The Library

This space is an equal-opportunity venue, with flags from every college team decorating the walls. An fan is likely to feel right at home here, with a selection of locally-brewed beers on tap and a full menu, plus tons of televisions to make sure your team is showing. (Website)

The Winter Park Pub

Great food, great beers and a mellow atmosphere make for the ideal place to watch the game and socialize. During halftime, you can enjoy a round of skee-ball! (facebook)

The Foundry

This is a really cool way to enjoy a game and bowl a few rounds with friends. The enormous screens project the game while you (hopefully) throw a few strikes. Delicious food- trust us, you should try the drummettes! In years past they’ve allowed patrons to view the games in the movie theatre—and we sure hope they bring that back this year! (Website)


We hope you have fun this fall watching your team, and good luck!


Make sure to bring your favorite team shirt,  hope to see you soon! If you are planning your fall or winter vacation in Colorado, click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park . 

August 28th, 2015

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interiorcharliesWinter Park’s newest gyro spot, Opa! Charlie’s Gyros, is just the atmosphere and taste to leave any party satisfied. With ample indoor seating and an outdoor patio, this space can seat large groups and is family-friendly.


The new restaurant, owned by Charlie Alley and Fernan DeLeon (of Winter Park Sushi Bar and Pepe Osaka fame), has an airy and open feel and features a menu with Greek
and Mediterranean fusion. Opa! Charlie’s Gyros is open from 11AM-3PM for lunch,
with dinner hours starting tonight!

Guests can seat themselves and enjoy the abstract art and blue-and-white details
reminiscent of Greece itself. Large windows and a friendly staff make the restaurant a
bright and comfortable hangout, whether you’d like to sit at one of the three bars or
grab a table, all of which feature fresh flowers. The delicious food speaks for itself
(we tried the traditional gyro with sweet potato fries, SO good!).

We asked owner Charlie Alley for a recipe from their menu, and he was generous enough to share with us their signature watermelon salad, a perfect summer treat for
you to recreate when you’ve returned home from your vacation.

Opa! Charlie’s Watermelon Salad: 


  • Cubed Watermelon
  • Feta Crumbles
  • Sliced Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Fresh Squeezed Lemon Spritz

Simply combine the ingredients to taste, garnish with fresh
mint leaves and enjoy!



Planning your next summer trip to Colorado? click here take a peek at our 140+ modern vacation rentals in Winter Park, and a grab a delicious gyro while you’re here!

July 2nd, 2015

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Hitting ‘The Spot’

snack shops in winter parkFor all those night owls looking for some tasty sustenance in the wee small hours in Winter Park, The Spot is the place to go for a belly-full of fresh cooked yumminess.

This small, unassuming food stop serves up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and a homemade tomato bisque soup Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10 pm – 2.30 pm.

Not your ordinary greasy-spoon, The Spot uses quality ingredients like fresh basil, smoked gouda, caramelized onions and sliced apple to elevate the traditional grilled cheese sandwich to a whole other level.

Multi-tasking owner and operator, Cody Martin, saw a gap in the market for a late night snack shack when the local 24 hour convenience store closed down last year.    Without the 7-Eleven, Winter Park became a bit of a food desert after the local restaurants took their last food order, generally around 9 pm.

Gourmet grilled cheese in winter parkAs the sole food truck operator in town, The Spot has become a little beacon of light, an oasis if you will, for the hungry hoards late at night.

While Winter Park isn’t best known for a wild party scene, when bars and clubs like Ullrs and The Basement close the doors around 1 am, there’s one topic on the minds of ex-patrons ….’Time to hit The Spot’.

Located next to The Local Experience, at the west end of Downtown Winter Park, The Spot is in the perfect place to net this appreciative crowd.

The price is also right.  Winter 2015 prices range from $3 to $7, with meat additions available for a small up-charge.

For those that aren’t anticipating any late night adventures, keep your eyes open for The Spot dishing out the goods in the daylight hours this summer.

With a thriving music scene throughout the warmer months, Martin is excited by the prospect of moving his portable work place to a location closer to Hideaway Park where he is sure to find some famished families in need of a feed.

For more information on The Spot, become a Facebook friend by clicking here.

February 28th, 2015

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Winter Park has an abundance of restaurants, offering everything from sushi, to Mexican, to traditional steak house favorites.

Being a local company, our employees have sampled the menus from lots of local eateries, and were very willing to share their thoughts on their favorite filling-stations to compile our Full Belly Awards below.

WPLCO’s 2015 Full Belly Awards

Breakfast restaurant in winte rpark review for Mountain Rose Cafe

Best Sit-Down Breakfast

The Mountain Rose
Downtown Winter Park

Sharky’s Eatery

Downtown Winter Park

Best Breakfast On-The-Go
Winter Park take out breakfast review for Goody’s Creperie

Goodys Mountain Creperie
Winter Park Resort Village

Rise & Shine Bakery
Downtown Winter Park

Winter Perk Expresso
Downtown Winter Park
303- 587-1746

Best Sit-Down Lunch
Back Bowl Soup Co Review review for Back Bowl Soup & Bistro

The Back Bowl Soup & Bistro
Winter Park Resort

New Hong Kong
Downtown Winter Park

Mountain Grind Coffee & Bistro
Downtown Winter Park

Best Lunch On The Go


Rudis Deli Review review for Rudi’s Deli

Rudi’s Deli
Downtown Winter Park

Fraser Valley Hot Dog
Downtown Winter Park

casa mexico review review for Casa Mexico

Elevation Pizza

Best Sit Down Apres Nosh

Casa Mexico
Downtown Winter Park

Pepe Osakas Fish Taco
Downtown Winter Park

pizza pedalr review review for Pizza Pedal’r

Vertical Bistro & Tap
Winter Park Resort Village

Best Apres Nosh On The Go

Pizza Pedal’r
Winter Park Resort Village

hernandos pizza pub review review for Hernando’s Pizza Pub

Rudi’s Deli
Downtown Winter Park

Julio’s Mexican Grill

Best Family Dinner

Hernando’s Pizza Pub
Downtown Winter Park

Volarios review review for Volario’s

Randi’s Irish Pub
Downtown Winter Park

Deno’s Mountain Bistro
Downtown Winter Park

Best Special Occasion Dinner

Downtown Winter Park

Lodge At Sunspot
Winter Park Resort Village

winter park pub review review for the Winter Park Pub

Tabernash Tavern

Best Spot To Rub Shoulders With The Locals

Winter Park Pub
Downtown Winter Park

Deno’s Mountain Bistro
Downtown Winter Park

Crooked Creek Saloon

January 2nd, 2015

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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
family mountain vacation
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.


July 3rd, 2014

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Night Skiing & Events At Granby Ranch

night skiing at winter parkSometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to satisfy your ski addiction.   If you’ve never tried night skiing, March is the month to do it.  Warmer evening temperatures make for comfortable lift rides, and snow conditions are prime for slicing up the lit groomers.

Night skiing is offered at Granby Ranch, another local ski resort, 20 miles west of Winter Park.  Offered on Fridays & Saturdays, from 5pm-8pm, at the bargain rate of just $14 per person, night skiing is a seriously good deal and a whole lotta fun when the sun goes down.

Our thought is, if you going to head that way, why not make a night of it?  Granby Ranch is home of the The Grill, which is currently hosting a week long Tuscan cuisine series.

Celebrity Chef Tuscan Week

Tuscan Week, Grnaby RanchThis special event, March 4th through March 10th, will welcome Italian guest chef Sergio Lorenzi to take the helm of the Grill at Granby Ranch.  Internationally recognized as one of the top 50 European Master Chefs by the International Academy of Gastronomy, Sergio has shared his knowledge Italian food magazines, written a culinary book, and held a Michelin star at his restaurant, ‘SERGIO’.

Each day in the Granby Ranch Tuscan series will feature a multi-course dinner for under $45, as well as a la carte options for antipasti, primi, secondi & dolci courses.

Seating is limited, so we highly recommend reserving your table by calling 970-887-5200.

If you’d rather sample more local flavors, check out Brickhouse 40 in central downtown Granby.  Open daily, and serving up a mixed Mediterranean affair from their open kitchen, Brickhouse 40 is widely acclaimed for their Greek specialty dishes.

The Tabernash Tavern is also conveniently located by the highway in the tiny town of Tabernash (halfway between Granby & Winter Park) and is one of the areas premiere eating spots.  This little oasis of deliciousness books out in seconds, so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time (970-726-4430).

March 6th, 2014

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Ticklin’ The Taste Buds

In this month’s Ticklin’ The Taste Buds, we take a look at three new eateries opening their doors in Winter Park, Colorado.

La Collina Kitchen & Wine Bar
Call 970-726-2332 (reservations recommended)

la collinaDiscover this little treasure of a restaurant tucked away in the quiet confines of the Iron Horse Resort.  Perfectly appointed for Base Camp guests in particular, La Collina is part Italian kitchen, part wine bar, with an effortlessly cool vibe, and a menu that will keep you coming back for more.

Chef Federico Fassola and owner/sommelier John Benson, aim to provide their guests with an authentic Italian dining experience, in an unpretentious and welcoming environment.  With a priority on fresh, seasonally available ingredients, they offer a daily happy hours (4pm-6pm), followed by a full evening menu of antipasta, cicchetti (small plates), house made pastas, and gourmet entrees.

Wine and specialty beer connoisseurs will not be left disappointed either.  Nightly 3 course tasting menus are available with wine and beer pairings; and for those who prefer to make their own selections, over 25 carefully selected Italian wines are available by the glass.

Located in the Iron Horse Resort main building, La Collina is a 3 minute stroll from Winter Park Lodging Company’s Base Camp properties, and approximately 1/4 mile on the free winter shuttle route from Winter Park Resort Base Village.

To see La Collina’s menu click here.


Winter Perk Espresso

winter perkFor all of those still mourning the departure of the Winter Park Rocky Mountain Roastery, there’s a shiny new hot spot in town that will have you jumping with caffeinated joy.  Located on the main street of downtown Winter Park (where ‘The Shed’ used to be), Winter Perk has already been receiving rave reviews on their specially crafted coffees, service, and funky vibe.

Conscious of the need to accommodate ever increasing allergy restrictions and special diets, the coffee house has a ton of different blending ingredients to choose from (including coconut milk, almond milk, soy, & hemp milk), and uses quality roasted coffee from Rocky Mountain Roasters.  For the non-coffee drinkers, they offer delicious bhakti chai, assorted herbal teas, hot chocolate and caramel apple cider.  Feeling peckish?  Winter Perk has teamed up with local bakery Rise & Shine, to offer a selection of freshly made pastries and cakes, to enjoy with your brew.

There are a number of small, cozy seating areas on offer (with free wi-fi) if you want to stay a while and chill; or if you’re anxious to hit the slopes, you can grab your coffee on the fly via the drive-thru window.

Take a look at the Winter Perk Espresso menu here.


Volario – Vasquez Creek Inn – Coming Soon!

Devils THumb restaurant in winter parkDevil’s Thumb Ranch will soon be expanding its reach to downtown Winter Park, with the eagerly anticipated opening of Vasquez Creek Inn.    Located directly opposite Hideaway Park, in the fully remodeled, former Gasthaus Eichler residence, Vasquez Creek Inn will feature Volario, an Italian inspired eatery with riverside patio.

We don’t have a firm opening date as yet, but when it does, we strongly recommend you pay it a visit.  Devil’s Thumb Ranch does not do things in half measures, so we are expecting great things from this new downtown restaurant.

For updates and information, keep an eye on their Facebook page here.

March 6th, 2014

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