Even with all this snow, (195 inches and counting!) I bet you’re still dreaming of warm, sunny days of the slopes with bluebird skies and freshly groomed trails. If this is you, you’re in luck! Winter Park Resort announced this week they are bringing back the Triple Play Pass this April.
For a limited time, purchase a 3 day Triple Play Pass and ski any 3 days in April. There are no blackouts on this pass either, so anytime in April is available for amazing Spring skiing. The Triple Pass Play is just $139 (less than $50 per day!) for all ages, 5 and up.
Get full details about the Triple Play Pass at Winter Park Resort HERE.
Lee Sims February 14th, 2019
Fresh fish in Colorado? I’m sure you think that’s an oxymoron, but not at Sushi Nama inside Cooper Creek Square in downtown Winter Park. Sushi Nama is Winter Park’s newest restaurant delivering fresh, simple and innovative Asian inspired sushi, small bites, and entrees. Sushi Nama showcases an intimate renovated space for you to enjoy incredible fresh food in Winter Park. You can build your own custom hand roll or choose from the multiple Nigiri, Sashimi, Omakase and Hosomaki to entice your palette or if you’re not a fish lover, check out the noodle bowls, short ribs or the interesting Nama Pickle Board with seasoned vegetables, whipped tofu and popcorn quinoa. If you’re chilled to the bone from a full day in the great outdoors, we suggest a warm, savory ramen bowl. Finish your dinner with their selection of Mochi Ice Cream, a Japanese dessert tradition. Sushi Nama is open at 4:00 p.m. every day and can be found on the second level of Cooper Creek Square in downtown Winter Park.
If you’re looking for craft cocktails and smoky meat & cheese plates, the brand new Fraser Valley Distilling is the place to wet your whistle. Fraser Valley Distilling features their own award-winning spirits including Gin, Rye Whiskey, Colorado Single Malt Whiskey, and Vodka. Award-winning spirits infused with local Colorado products are just the beginning as our crew sampled their incredible food as well. The meat and cheese boards feature local Colorado cheeses along with an array of meats and snacks to fill your stomach after a long day of activities. Looking for more substantial food, check out their full menu including sandwiches, salads and desserts. Happy hour is every day from 4:00 until 6:00 if you’re in town on Sunday, the Sunday Bruch from 12:30 until 5:00 is not to be missed. Make sure to grab a bottle when you’re headed to the condo to enjoy in the hot tub or take home as a souvenir. Fraser Valley Distilling is located at 410 Zerex St in Fraser (5 minutes from downtown Winter Park).
Ready to spice up your appetite during your vacation? Paella’s Bakery & Restaurant is another Cooper Creek Square new addition and brings a touch of Latin flavor to Winter Park. Flavors from South America, Mexico and Spain will entice your taste buds with local dishes like Pinchos, Tortas and of course Paella! The restaurant is small and intimate but the servings are huge and you’ll have some to take home to share. If you’re not ready for a full meal, check out their on-site bakery with handfuls of tasty treats baked fresh every day including Conchas, Marranitos, Caracoles and Churros. Make sure to get their early for the best selection of bakery items as some will sell out throughout the day. Paella’s Bakery & Restaurant is located at the east end of Cooper Creek Square in the small white cabin.
Lee Sims February 1st, 2019
Posted In: Dining & Restaurants
Andy Radzavich August 6th, 2018
Posted In: Winter Park Jazz Festival
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
Spring is in the air and things are happening in and around Winter Park. Rivers and lakes are opening up to raft, fish, and paddle board, the mountain bike trails are drying out, the restaurants are re-opening from their off-season hiatus, and locals are returning from their desert/beach getaways excited and eager to get back to working and playing in Winter Park.
Although not every trail and restaurant are open in Winter Park during the Spring months, there is plenty to do and see while you are here (and usually it’s cheaper and less crowded, too). Follow our guide below to turn your spring trip into an annual vacation!
Just a 30 minute drive from Winter Park and on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, local Paddle Boarding Company Rocky Mountain SUP is open for business offering SUP rentals and lessons, SUP Yoga, and even Kayak rentals.
Winter Park Adventure Quest aerial adventure park sprang up last summer and is a hit with families. Take your shot at the 24 separate challenge elements of the Aerial Adventure Park or sign up for their off-site rock climbing tour. Winter Park Lodging Company guests save 10% on their next climbing adventure.
The water is running hard from late May through early June and this is the time when white water rafting offers the most thrills, although tame trips are still available. Click here to find out what whitewater trip is right for you and save 10% with MAD adventures.
Dry trails await down the Fraser Valley towards Tabernash and Granby and even some in the Winter Park area.
The perfect trail to breathe the fresh spring air, take in the sights and get your legs warmed up for the biking season. The Fraser river trail is a five-mile paved trail that gains 772 gradual feet in elevation and winds along the rushing Fraser river from Fraser to Winter Park Resort. This trail is also popular with walkers and rollerbladers.
Located west of Fraser and offers single track and dirt road riding all with Grand County’s highest peak in plain view, Byers Peak. For a family friendly 7.5 mile ride, click here. Creekside, Zoom, Flume, and Chainsaw are all trails that will get the heart going and the smiles growing. See the trail map here.
Opens May 25th for lift access downhill biking offering trails from beginner to expert. Granby Ranch also offers 20+ miles of single track trails through sun-soaked hillsides. Ride Vista Ridge to the top for incredible views overlooking the Fraser Canyon. Other local pics: Cabin Trail for the intermediate rider and Sidewinder/Out of Gas for the aggressive rider. See the full trail map here
Mountain Biking can be intimidating, read our two-part series on Mountain Biking in Winter Park to gain a little knowledge and confidence to try it out. It’s fun! Mountain Biking Tips From Winter Park, Colorado:
It’s time to cash in those burned calories and fill your bellies on the town. Most restaurants will be back open for memorial day weekend.
-Rest your bones on the deck and grab a locally brewed beer at Hideaway Park Brewery. They have a constantly rotating tap system so you are guaranteed something new and fresh.
-Hit Deno’s Happy Hour from 3-6 and try their legendary pork slider appetizer.
-Settle into Pepe Osaka’s Fish Tacos and Tequila Bar for an unforgettable Latian Asian fusion dining experience. We strongly recommend the ahi poke ceviche tacos.
For more Winter park Dining info Check out our Belly Stuffer awards.
Andy Radzavich May 16th, 2018
James and Parry’s: In Winter Park Resort Village, this trendy retail shop offers clothes for warmth, ensembles for fashion, unique gift selections, and memorable additions to home décor. Right across from our friendly polar bear, you’ll see this brick corner shop beckoning you in. Serious shoppers or casual walk-throughs will enjoy the stylish merchandise. This is a great shop for finding Winter Park logo wear to take home a memento of great times in the mountains. Open daily 8a.m. to 8p.m.
Super Gauge Digital Screen Pilot Program: A revolutionary pilot program is happening right here at Mary Jane. We’re raising the bar, as you lower the restraining bars! Five chairs on Mary Jane’s Super Gauge will delight their riders with these newly installed digital screens that are a first in the ski industry. These handy screens will provide resort area pertinent information: such as real-time terrain openings, upcoming resort events, weather updates, and even CDOT info on I-70 traffic conditions. For this nation-wide digital debut, five lucky chairs are equipped with this slick technology from the Centennial start-up, Alpine Media Technology. Give chair 86 a go! On that seven-minute ride to the top, users can access the bright and visible screens to
Sober Englishman: Crossing the top of the renowned “Drunken Frenchman,” this improved and renamed trail allows easier access from the top of Winter Park over to the Mary Jane trail. Past visitors may remember this as the exciting, but daunting “Do or Die” trail. This now Intermediate trail is a half-mile long, 20-feet wide run, that is snowcat maintained. Follow it from The Lodge at Sunspot, through the trees, to the top of the Mary Jane. Your post-ski boasts will include talk of disembarking the Zephyr, meeting up with a Sober Englishman, crossing paths with a Drunken Frenchman, gamboling briefly with a Gandy Dancer, and meeting up with the Grande dame, Mary Jane!
Waffle Cabin: This fueling station has been practicing the art of “Waffleology” at their spot in the Village central for quite some time. Now, these yummy liege style, warm waffles are being served up fresh on the slopes. If your hungry friends or famished kids have not already pointed the new locale out to you, the newest Winter Park Waffle Cabin can be found by the Looking Glass and Olympia lifts. Follow the scrumptious smells! Pick up an Original or add to perfection by asking for Belgian chocolate drizzle. Hot and cold beverages are also available. What a wonderful way to warm up and treat the family, and yourself, while up on the mountain. You can still find the original Winter Park Waffle Cabin in the Village at 15 Parry Peak Way. Another site is open at the base, on weekends, near Gemini Express. With three locations serving it up, it would be truly awful to leave without a waffle!
At Winter Park and Mary Jane, the legendary trails await, and the Village continues to make available the foods and drinks that delight their guests. Add to your list of favorite stops, or be one of the first to claim a brand new favored gem!
Anne-Marie Larry February 9th, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
1-31-2018—by Anne-Marie & Larry
Anne-Marie Larry February 5th, 2018