5 Amazing Things to Experience This Summer in Summit County
Posted by: admin June 18th, 2015
Let me first start off by saying that if you haven’t experienced a summer in Summit County, Colorado then you are truly missing out on one of the most magnificent seasonal experiences you will every get to enjoy. Sure, Summit County – with its world-class ski resorts – is known throughout the country as a winter recreational paradise, but summer is truly its time to shine. And, our Frisco bed and breakfast is in the center of it all! If you are planning a trip here this summer, here are some memorable, fun and unique activities to plan your vacation around.
Summit County is very bike friendly. I swear sometimes it feels like there are more bikes on the road than cars during a Summit County summer. But, biking is not just limited to the roads … there is a seemingly endless amount of mountain biking trails to take advantage of too.
For those looking for a rush, try your hand at mountain biking Keystone or Copper Mountain’s downhill mountain biking trails. Both resorts are just a short drive from our Frisco hotel and will not disappoint the adventure-seeker in you. If you want to stay closer to “home,” hit up Frisco trails such as the Old Dillon Dam Reservoir trail or the BMX bike track at the Frisco Adventure Center.
For families, we recommend heading to the top of Vail Pass for a 14-mile downhill bike ride on the Ten Mile Canyon National Recreation paved trail that passes through Copper Mountain and returns you back to your home base of Frisco. Most rental companies offer a shuttle service that will drop you and your bike off at the pass. Another great option for families is take the Summit Stage free ride to Breckenridge and ride downhill 9 miles all the way back to Frisco on the Blue River Recreation Path.
If you are visiting our county from a plane ride away, and cannot bring your bike with you, don’t fret, as there are numerous mountain and road bike rental companies in the area. Outfitters that are located within proximity of our Frisco bed & breakfast are Pioneer Sports and Rebel Sports.
2. Water Sports
White water rafting, fishing, boating, kayaking, sailing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) are all popular activities to imbibe in while visiting Summit County. All of these activities can be done with the entire family, by yourself, with friends, or with your significant other.
Situated in the heart of Summit County, and just a 5-minute walk from the Frisco Lodge, is Lake Dillon reservoir – a high country playground for water enthusiasts. You have two options to choose from on Lake Dillon … the Frisco Bay Marina and the Dillon Marina, both easily accessed via the Lake Dillon Water Taxi. We recommend heading over to the Frisco Bay Marina due to its proximity to our hotel. They offer boat, kayak and SUP rentals and lessons, as well as fishing pole rentals and classic boat tours of the reservoir. Check out The Island Grill for lunch, a snack or a happy hour special if you are in the mood.
If you are the more adventurous type and want to brave one of Colorado’s infamous rivers, why not try your hand at white water rafting? The Colorado, Clear Creek and Arkansas Rivers are the best places to test your meddle. The best place to start your Colorado River trip is at the Pumphouse near Kremmling, and end at Rancho del Rio or closer to State Bridge. Another beautiful stretch to tackle is Clear Creek near Idaho Springs. It is much narrower and more technical, but closer to the Front Range for those looking for a day trip to the mountains. However, one of the best places to raft in Colorado is the Arkansas River near Buena Vista – a gorgeous 60-minute drive from our Frisco hotel – as the river varies from challenging rapids to calm stretches. Again, there are a multitude of outfitters to take you on your white water rafting experience, but some of the best are Arkansas Valley Adventures (AVA – Colorado River, Clear Creek), Clear Creek Rafting Company (Clear Creek) and American Adventure Expeditions (Arkansas River).
For a more relaxing day on the river, fishing is a very popular activity in Summit County. With an abundance of gold medal waters, why not take a guided fly fishing trip or lesson on one of the local rivers – the Blue River, Colorado River and the Ten Mile River. One of our favorite outfitters is Cutthroat Anglers in Silverthorne as they offer guided trips, lessons and a full tackle shop to get your gear in-store and online.
Golfing at some of the highest golf courses in the country surrounded by majestic mountain peaks can be exhilarating to say the least. We suggest trying your hand at Keystone’s Ranch Course or River Course, The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks in Silverthorne and the Breckenridge Golf Club.
Summit County also has some of the nicest Disc Golf courses in the state – the Frisco Adventure Park in Frisco, the Copper Mountain course and the 6-hole course for kids in Keystone.
4. Explore Summit County’s Charming Towns
Summit County consists of six primary towns that include Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Silverthorne. Though each of these towns has its own unique vibe and characteristics, they all have some things in common … shopping, restaurants and bars, and laid-back breweries all in a mountain setting. Each area also has its own summer festivals, free concerts and other events for the entire family to enjoy.
5. Try the “Whacky Weed” (for 21 years and older)
With the passing of Amendment 64 in 2012, adults 21 or older in Colorado can legally possess and consume marijuana. You don’t need to be a resident, and there isn’t any type of registration system … you just need a driver’s license or passport to prove your age. There are a plethora of stores and dispensaries throughout Summit County, but for the more daring, why not try a cannabis experience tour with one of the local companies?
We mentioned five amazing things to experience this summer in Summit County, but why limit yourself to just one or two of them? We challenge you to try all five on your next visit. We would love to hear about your experience.