A Day on the Water in Frisco Colorado

Posted by: admin May 14th, 2015

When one thinks of visiting the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, I highly doubt the first thing that comes to one’s mind is spending a day on the water. Hiking and biking sure, but in a landlocked state with such rugged terrain, water activities are typically an afterthought. Well, think again. Did you know that Colorado is home to more than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs? And one of them just so happens to be located down the street and within walking distance from our Frisco bed & breakfast … Lake Dillon and the Frisco Bay Marina.

If you’re the adventurous type, the Frisco Bay Marina offers up all sorts of water recreation, including boat rentals, canoe and kayak rentals, Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) rentals, sailboat rentals and lessons, fishing pole rentals, and classic boat tours. If you’re the more passive type, there are 25 miles of shoreline to explore or just sit back and relax. But, I suggest another way of making a day of it with the Lake Dillon Water Taxi.

Make a Day of It

Frisco-Lodge-BreakfastThe first thing I would suggest upon waking is to grab your breakfast at the Frisco Lodge’s community dining table, private table, or in the courtyard to get your day started right. Each morning you can have a “made to order” espresso, Belgian waffles, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, fresh bread and pastries, yogurt, toast, and a selection of beverages. You can also choose from a variety of gourmet dishes, including soufflés, egg and meat dishes, pancakes, and French toast just to name few.

Once your bellies are full and you’ve had a chance to digest, take a late-morning walk to the Frisco Bay Marina. Just head out the front doors of our Frisco hotel and head east for approximately a quarter mile until you find yourself at the Marina (you will have to cross over a heavily traveled Summit Boulevard). The first thing I would suggest doing is taking a pit stop at The Island Grill. With its top-notch location on the shores of Lake Dillon, you can just relax on one of the open-air decks with magnificent mountain views or grab a snack/lunch of island-style fare. If you are still full from breakfast, grab some chips & salsa, coconut shrimp, veggie spring rolls, or some spicy seared Ahi served over wonton crisps. If you got a late start, why not try some lunch that includes fresh salads, fish sandwiches and tacos, burgers, chicken sandwiches, and bratwursts to name a few. Now that you are fully satiated it’s time to embark on the next leg of your journey.

island-grill-FriscoHead on down to the marina’s “A” dock – just steps away from the Island Grill – and board the Lake Dillon Water Taxi for your journey to the other side of the lake and the Dillon Marina. Operating seven days a week, the water taxi not only takes you to our other destination – Pug Ryan’s Lakeside Tiki Bar – but this highest water taxi in the country offers breathtaking views of Summit County and the Rocky Mountains along the way. Passengers can even look for eagles and osprey as they learn about the history of the reservoir. Just look for the white pontoon boat with a blue canopy and remember to bring cash to pay directly to the captain, as there are no ATMs at either marina (Adults 12+: $10 one way, $19 round-trip, Children 3-11: $8 one way, $16 round-trip).

“It’s a totally unique perspective when you’re on the lake.” Says owner Mike Russo. “There’s a spot on the lake where you can see the majority of the Gore Range and the Ten Mile Range. There’s not a bad view anywhere.”

Pug-Ryans-Lakeside-Tiki-BarAfter your enjoyable ride, you will land at the Dillon Marina, the next destination of our day. Head on up the hill from the dock and take a seat at the Tiki Bar. This lakeside hot spot serves a full menu of items such as appetizers, burgers, salads and more, but you might still be stuffed from your breakfast and lunch. Luckily for you, the Tiki Bar has a large deck right on the lake with a fun atmosphere and spectacular views … a great chance to kick back and grab a locally-brewed beer, cocktail or a famous Rum Runner. Add in the occasional live music and one of Colorado’s infamous sunny bluebird days and you are primed for an afternoon of relaxation and fun.

The last water taxi leaves the Dillon Marina at 5pm on weekdays and 6pm on weekends, so make sure not to lose track of time if you purchased a round-trip ticket. But, you are going to want to leave a bit earlier than that to get back to Frisco to partake in Happy Hour from 4-7pm daily back at The Island Grill. Grab some island cocktails, margaritas, beers, or a glass of soothing wine while enjoying some free live music on Fridays.

Now that the sun will be setting, you will want to make your way back to Main Street Frisco. With a plethora of dining and shopping options adorning Main Street your day does not have to be over at this point. But, you could always retreat back to the Frisco Lodge for wine and hors d’oeuvres (5:30-7pm) or back to your room for a refreshing nap before you begin the evening’s festivities.

Sounds like the perfect day, doesn’t it? Who would’ve ever thought that this kind of excursion could be found in the heart of the Rocky Mountains?