TRIPLE PLAY PASS NOW AVAILABLE AT WINTER PARK RESORT

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.

February 14th, 2019

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Check Out These New Winter Park Restaurants

Sushi Nama

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.

 

Fraser Valley Distilling

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).

Paella’s Bakery & Restaurant

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.

February 1st, 2019

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2018 Winter Park Jazz Fest was FABULOUS!

 

Red Carpet Winter Park Jazz fest

 

August 6th, 2018

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Winter Park Vacation Rental

Perched above Winter Park is the coveted Rendezvous Neighborhood

When you visit Winter Park, one of the best ways to enjoy our beautiful area is to stay near the trails. With that, you still want the convenience of modern amenities and access to shopping and night life.

Rendezvous is one of Winter Park’s most exclusive addresses, which boasts trail-side forest living and lots of activities year-round.  This hidden gem of a neighborhood is only a short drive to restaurants and Winter Park Resort, with shuttle service available in the winter.

Rendezvous Winter Park offers large, open spaces with plenty of room to accommodate large families. Each home is its own unique take on mountain living with beautiful stone and handcrafted wood accents.

Private balconies and garages throughout the neighborhood and several homes include private hot tubs and large porches, perfect for a night of relaxed stargazing.

All of the three-and-four-bedroom homes in Winter Park’s Rendezvous can sleep eight or more people and are beautifully decorated with lots of comfortable seating, and lots of windows and outdoor seating to enjoy the stunning mountain and forest views.

 

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Guests can stay in these properties year round, and the prime location makes these homes fantastic places for summer or winter activities.

These are spacious and comfortable getaways- you and your family will want to make these homes part of your vacation traditions!

On the hillside between Fraser and Winter Park, Rendezvous is a perfect choice for active families who want to explore Rocky Mountain National forest, and Grand County’s amazing trail systems.

Just steps away from the Fraser River Trail, runners, bikers and cross-country skiers can enjoy quick access to a beautiful trail alongside the river and Colorado wildlife.

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Private Hot Tubs

 

The views are incredible from this area, and miles of trails run throughout the neighborhood.Visitors can also enjoy Mary’s Pond, a beautiful retreat named for Mary Cozens, the wife of Winter Park’s Rendezvous developer Billy Cozens.

 

Families staying at Rendezvous near Winter Park can enjoy the finest in mountain living, with spacious homes designed for relaxation and comfort, but also quick access to outdoor activities.

 

Picnic and play at the playground at the Fraser River trailhead, with beautiful mountain views for your family vacation memories.

Winter Park Playground

Playground and Picnic Area on Fraser River Trail

 

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June 27th, 2018

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4th of July Celebrations In Winter Park, Colorado

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…

 


WINTER PARK’S 4TH OF JULY EVENTS 2018

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Friday Music Series

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


Free entertainment at winter park resort

 

Music On The Square

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


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Coca-Cola Family Movie Night

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


Free activities at winter park resort

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Run For Independence

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


Winter Park 4th Of July Events

 

Live music at Cooper Creek Square

What?     Live music by Steve Skinner

Where?   Cooper Creek Square in Downtown Winter Park

When?    4 PM – 6 PM

How Much?  FREE


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Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Annual Kids Fishing Derby

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


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Fitness In The Park

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


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Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Hanging with The Huskies

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


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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Go Wild In Winter Park

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.

Fraser Picnic in the Park

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


Bike trails for beginners and children in Winter Park

 

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Winter Park 4th Of July Celebration

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


Winter Park Fireworks

 

 

 

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June 25th, 2018

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Meadow Meg

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!

Activities:

Spend the afternoon at Grand Lake

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.

Take on the Aerial Adventure Park

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.

White Water Rafting

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.

Mountain Bike Trails:

Dry trails await down the Fraser Valley towards Tabernash and Granby and even some in the Winter Park area.

Granby Ranch Summit

Popping Wheelies at Granby Ranch

Fraser River Trail:

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.

Deadhorse/Saint Louis Creek:

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.

Granby Ranch:

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:

Part One, Gear up

Part Two, Building Your Skills

Dining:

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.

Local Spring Hot Spots

-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.

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May 16th, 2018

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New features, shops, and trails for the Winter Park 2017/2018 Ski Season

New in The Village at Winter Park

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.

 

Coming soon: Crazy Mountain Brewery is opening a new taproom right here at the Winter Park Resort Village, 120 Parry Peak Way, between the Village Cabriolet and Zephyr Express lift.  A new venture from the Edwards-born Crazy Mountain Brewery, they will now bring their series of craft beers and gourmet sausages to the Village. This Edwards, Colorado-based brewery is bringing their unique ales and lagers to our ski village. Look for the opening this ski season, then, schuss on in for a flawless brew after a picture-perfect day on the slopes!

 

New on the Slopes of Winter Park

 

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 

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plan a route, avoid the busiest lift lines, and arrange an après ski date.  Powered up on each pass on the bull-wheel, these digital screens may very well make your day on the mountain easier and fuller than ever before.

 

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!

Winter Park Waffles

 

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!

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February 9th, 2018

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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: 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.

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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.

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: 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.

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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February 5th, 2018

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Book Direct with a local company, they are the area experts and can frequently bundle your savings with connections to other local deals.

Lodging: Book Direct, book early and book local.  Local lodging companies know the territory! If you book directly with a local lodging company, you will avoid third-party fees, while working with people that are members of the community and are best able to accommodate particulars in regards to budget, property specifics, and connections to local specials, in-house and reciprocal discount packages, and current events. Quality lodging companies are expert at taking care of details. At the time of booking your lodging, always ask about any reciprocal deals that they may be able to set up for you concerning the other provisions for your upcoming vacation: lift tickets, equipment rentals, event discounts, etc. Lower rates on lodging are most obtainable during mid-week, non-holiday periods. Consider booking a vacation rental right at the resort.  Though it would seem that ski-in/ski-out properties would be more costly, there are great savings to be had when you have easy access to food and drink at your place of lodging.    

Make advanced bookings—for every component:  from lodging to car rentals, to lift tickets, to gear packages.

Lift Tickets—the reason you’re headed up to Winter Park Resort and Mary Jane during the snow season is to spend some prime time on those legendary ski trails.  When planning ahead, there are methods to save more and ski more.  The two best means of ski vacation savings are to utilize advance online purchasing and to ski multiple days.  Walk-up window rates can cost up to $159 for a day on the slopes.  However, when you make your plans more than a week in advance, you can save up to $35.00 a day, by going to the Winter Park Resort site and purchasing your lift tickets on-line.  Additionally, when you are skiing more than a single day, and who isn’t, your savings are even higher: at least seven days in advance, buy a QuickTrax Card online. Click below for more info on how we can help with lift tickets.  

Gear-up: Snow and recreation in the snow requires lots of equipment.  If you already own all of your own equipment and are coming from out-of-state, check into the possibility of pre-shipping some of your gear to your destination ahead of time.  This is often more cost-effective than the airline over-size bagging fees. Plus, it relieves some of the hassles of travel days, you just need to get yourselves to the land of snow. When renting, online advance equipment and clothing rental is going to save you time, money and stress.  The cost savings could be up to 40%! See below in the “partner company reciprocal budget deals” section
for ways to save up to 25% on ski rentals through Winter Park Lodging Company.  Another popular option for budget-savvy travelers are consignment shops and other used-clothing retailers.

Invest in trip insurance.
You are booking early; life is full of surprises.  Insurance can save you thousands of dollars.  Should illness, an accident, or a host other unexpected misfortune come your way, good travel insurance can help one calamity not erupt into a financial disaster, as well.  Click below to learn more about trip insurance.

Always ask about age-related, job-related, and military discounts that may apply.

Ski resorts often offer college, military, and senior discounts.  Generally, all you need is documentation of your status and you receive a nice discount on lift passes.  If you work in a related industry it could be worth calling ahead and stating your name and business.  They might just offer you a special discount.  If you have a large group, call group sales at any resort and most of the time they will negotiate a price that is fair to you and them.

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Local lodging companies will do the same if you book direct with them.  Click below to see what we offer at Winter Park Lodging Company.

Ask about partner company reciprocal budget deals—for lessons, equipment, car rental, etc.

Not only will a local lodging company have the insider information on what the best thing happening is at the time, they will also have connections with other local businesses and provide reciprocating discounts with them. For example, if it’s rafting season, we provide 10% off with the local whitewater rafting outfit.  We provide discounts on everything ranging from outdoor experiences to retail savings in Winter Park and even car rentals!

 

 

Take advantage of multi-day lift tickets or passes.

Lift ticket deals exist all the time.

Multi-day pass—flexibility to choose a 2-out-of 3-days pass, or better, ski 7-out-of-10 days pass.  Savings vary and there is a limited inventory of these specially priced tickets.  Winter Park Resort offers discounts to seniors (70 years plus), children, students, and Military.  Notice, those little guys (kids 5 and under) can ski for $10, what a great ski deal!  Also, be on the lookout for “first-timers” deals.  You can often get lessons and learners slopes’ access for reduced pricing.

Passesextended vacations. You have the time, you have the desire—you are ready to spend more than seven days on the slopes.  A season pass is the way to go, even when buying midseason!  Take a look at the Winter Park Resort online site for unlimited lift passes, such as The Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus (also includes six days at Steamboat) or all Winter Park/Mary Jane Pass for unlimited skiing for the rest of the season. There is a variety of ski options available, some which incorporate lift tickets for other resort areas; and other choices that are spring skiing specific.  For truly savvy savers, look at the upcoming year’s ski season pass in April or May: you will surprise yourself with how budget-friendly a ski pass can be!

Public transportation is most often the lowest cost, or even free.

Amtrak Winter Park Express: this unique experience train ride to Winter Park Resort is available January through March, on weekends.  Tickets range between $39 and $59; though, there are a limited number of early booking discount tickets avail for as low as $29. www.amtrak.com

Home James Transportation: Denver to Winter Park shuttle company.  Two hour trip in well-equipped shuttle vans.  $70-$100 per adult ticket.  Adjust pricing for groups. Half-price for children.  Deals and specials are often available online. 

Once you are up in Winter Park, the free, fun, and convenient shuttle service at your disposal is The Lift.  This public transportation will get you all around the resort, and the towns of Winter Park and Fraser, with multiple stops and extended hours.  Download the RideHop app.  Use access code: lift.

Stay during mid-week, non-holiday periods.
If you have the luxury of being able to get away during the week you will not only deal with a lower number of people on the slopes and on the roads, you will find lower prices on lodging, activities, and dining.  Most businesses offer great mid-week deals and specials.  At Winter Park Lodging Company our prices average $50-$100 less per night from Sunday through Wednesday.
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Mid Week Ski Slopes

Groceries and DIY meals and snack are the cheapest way to go.

Food: For cheap eats, the same tricks apply when on vacation that you practice at home.  Groceries always cost less than restaurants. If you’re coming up from Denver, pick up your food-stuff in the city, it is more economical than in the mountains.  Though, there are several moderately priced grocery stores in town, too.  Liquor stores are going to be significantly cheaper than bar service.  So, stock your vacation kitchen with convenient food and beverage supplies, and have greater control over the budget. There is even a local company, the Grocery Guys, that will shop for you if you’re wanting groceries waiting at your property.  You can still choose those times for indulging in culinary splurges.  Another tip for less money, additional fun, is to ‘pocket pack.’  Whether you put a backpack to work or use your parka’s pockets, there is a lot of portable nourishment that can keep you on the slopes while others are spending prime time and a chunk of change on the slope-side fare. Make it a meal on the go, and you’ll be in the dough!

Check out the free events calendars, before you go and upon arrival.

Activities & Events: Ski towns are vacation towns—they know how to radiate hospitality.  Free events and activities abound: concerts, classes, recreation, and discovery are the standard inviting happenings in Winter Park.  Once you know your travel dates, get online to access the resort, the town, and the Chamber of Commerce’s calendar of events. Check out the Winter Park Resort site for upcoming events on the mountain; and, for the town of Winter Park: http://www.playwinterpark.com/ .  Your vacation stay may need to be prolonged just to attend the fun and free specials!

Get Creative.

Another popular option for budget-savvy travelers are consignment shops and other used-clothing retailers.  Ski towns generally have great selections of gently used clothing and equipment available in these shops.  For kids that are quickly out-growing their garb, this is an especially appealing option. This last budget-smart option may present major savings but is relationship specific. Should you have friends or family living in Colorado, have a look at end-of-season bargains on equipment at the rental shops.  Pick up a pair of skis, boots, a snowboard, at incredible mark-down prices.Then, have your friend or family member store that equipment for your yearly trip.  A fun possibility–you and the friend go in together on a high-end pair of skis, and the friend can ski on them during times when you’re not using them.  We have a few friend groups for which this has actually been a wise financial success.  It saves the vacationers money and rental worries, and the keeper of the goods gets some time on shared equipment that may offer different thrills than their primary equipment.  The idea has been tested— it is worth consideration.

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January 29th, 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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