With us all hearing (and thinking) about the recession these days, we thought we’d spell out how inexpensive a summer vacation can be in one of the best places to BE in the summer – Winter Park, Colorado. How’s this for frugal but also very fun?
Lodging for 3 nights at the brand new Trailhead Lodges in downtown Winter Park- one bedroom that sleeps 4 = $472.82
Rent bikes ($40) and cruise the Fraser River Trail. Have a picnic along the trail ($10) and check out a moose by the river. Concert in the Park on Tuesday night (just across the road from your condo): FREE, Bring dinner to the concert ($27.18 for some good sandwiches and chips from Safeway)
Day 2: Hang out at Winter Park Resort and ride the alpine slide, play mini-golf, try the maze, and eat at Cheeky Monk in the new Village at Winter Park (get a free beer by mentioning our name!). Total: $75. Eat in at night so the worn out little ones can rest. Pop in a DVD (free!) from the condo to entertain. ($20)
Day 3: Drive to Grand Lake and walk around the town and shops (free unless you buy something you fancy!). Have a yummy shake in town ($10 for all 4 of you) or ice cream. Lunch is cheap there too. Rent paddle boats and enjoy ($20). Find a trail and go for a hike (free!). If you’re there for 4th of July, enjoy the parade!
Drive back to WP and walk to dinner at the Mirasol with our 15% off coupon: $45 (food for all, salsa bar & drinks for the ‘rents)
Day 4: Sad to go, but you had a great time and made memories for life, not to mention some holiday card contenders!
TOTAL TALLY: $720 ($30 to spare so you can go out to breakfast one morning)
Chris May 8th, 2009