Category Archives: Colorado Top Destinations

Going Offbeat in Estes Park

Estes Park, in the Front Range region of Colorado, plays host to its fair share of skiers, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.  After all, this town of roughly 6,000 inhabitants is a scant 12 miles away from Rocky Mountain National Park and all that it offers.  But like the rest of Colorado, there’s a lot more going on than skiing, ice climbing, and hiking.

Staying in Estes Park can mean a hotel or bed and breakfast; for others, choosing a vacation rental in the area makes sense.  This is en especially good option for families or groups that want extra space or those looking for a bit more privacy and freedom than a hotel offers.  If you can’t find your ideal rental in Estes Park itself, Denver and Boulder are within a 60 and 90 minute drive, respectively. Continue reading

Keystone, Colorado: A Village (or Six) Built for Skiers

Keystone is tucked away in the Northwest region of Colorado.  It’s almost not really a village so much as a collection of unique villages with several different attractions.  These include ski-centric River Run, relax-ready Lakeside Village, North Keystone and West Keystone, which provide access to both the wilderness and the town, and historical East Keystone, which started life in the 1880s as a stagecoach stop. Continue reading

Durango, as Seen From a Horse

Tucked away in the southwest corner of Colorado is Durango, a town of about 14,000 inhabitants.  It’s perched 6,500 or so feet above sea level, and its vista includes the usual stunning Colorado visual fare of towering mountain peaks, clear lakes, and picturesque streams and rivers.  Planning on staying awhile?  Many visitors opt to stay at rental homes; vocational rental homes in Durango and in nearby Bayfield offer freedom and privacy that you  rarely find in a hotel – not to mention a complete kitchen if you’re tired of eating out. Continue reading

What to Eat in Crested Butte, Colorado

Sites advertising vacations in Colorado usually fixate on skiing conditions, shopping opportunities, or the rich history that’s just around the corner from the world’s best slopes / fishing / hiking.  Sure, Crested Butte has all these things, but it’s time to talk about what can make or break a vacation:  it’s time to talk about food.  Anyone can tell you the top ten attractions, or What to Do in Crested Butte; gear up your gastric juices and let’s talk about What to Eat in Crested Butte. Continue reading

Getting A Good Start in Silverthorne, Colorado

In a way, Silverthorne is right in the middle of things in Colorado; you’re near many top ski destinations, for example.  But in another sense, it’s a bit away from the bustle.  It has the almost stereotypically mountainous backdrop of northwestern Colorado, but lakes and meadows play a significant part in the scenery as well.  And not to be overlooked is the Blue River.  The river winds through the town itself, giving rise to several landmark bridges.  In the summertime, it’s a big draw for fans of fishing.  The Colorado Wildlife Commission has designated a few miles of Blue River in the Silverthorne area to be “Gold Medal” – in other words, exceptional for fishing.  For non-anglers, there’s biking, hiking along the river, and a wide selection of shops.  There’s even a Blue River Festival for the townsfolk (and any visitors) to enjoy and celebrate the waterway. Continue reading

You Should Know About Frisco

Why should you know about Frisco, Colorado?  In a word, location.  Frisco can make a great home base for outdoor adventures.  There’s Keystone and Arapahoe Basin to the east, and Breckenridge and Copper Mountain to the south; not one of these skiing hotspots is more than half an hour away in good driving conditions.  A vacation rental home in Frisco can be a more cost-effective option than staying in a lodge or resort; it also gives you more space and freedom in many cases.  If you can’t find what you are looking for, the neighboring town of Dillon can also be a good place to include in your search. Continue reading

Dillon, Colorado: A Little Town with a Lot to Offer

Why visit Dillon, a small town of about 800 residents in the Northwestern region of Colorado?  While Dillon may not have the cachet of well-known hotspots like Breckenridge, Vail, and Aspen, it still has plenty to offer visitors.

First, let’s talk about location.  Dillon is about 12 miles from Copper Mountain – a twenty-minute drive in normal conditions – 7 miles from Keystone, and 15 from Breckenridge.  This means that Dillon can be a great base for skiing vacations in the winter, especially if staying at a resort isn’t your style.  Vacation rentals in Dillon and in nearby Frisco give you a bit more privacy and room than the average hotel or lodge, and they are a great choice for families.

So let’s talk about what every traveler needs to know before choosing a vacation spot:  what to do, weather conditions, and how to get there.

What to Do in Dillon

Dillon is more than just a jumping-off spot to nearby slopes.  In the township itself you can experience dining, cultural, and historical activities.  These include the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s repertoire of plays and musicals, and free summertime concerts.  Dillon Mall can also provide a bit of retail therapy for traveling shoppers.

It’s no coincidence that Dillon shares its name with the Dillon Reservoir, a natural lake that was expanded into its present state to serve as a water reservoir for the city of Denver and its environs.  There are 26 miles of shoreline to enjoy around Dillon year-round. In the summer, this includes fishing, boating, and hiking; wintertime brings ice-fishing and snowmobiling.

And did we mention the skiing?  With proximity to four ski areas, three of which are open year-round, Dillon gives you the opportunity to sample slopes of all kinds.

Dillon’s Weather

As a state, Colorado enjoys about 300 days of sunshine per year.  For the northwest region, this translates into mild, dry summers with relatively cool evenings, thanks to the mountains.  In the winter, expect cold – and snow; it snows in this region from late September to early May.

Getting Here

Dillon is located on I-70 about an hour and a half from Denver.  Flying into Denver International Airport, renting a car, and heading more or less west should get you here within two hours in normal driving conditions.

Dillon is a combination of mountains and shoreline, warm summers and snowy winters.  Whether you’re into skiing or shopping, in this Colorado town, you’re not too far away from anything.