Wonderful Outdoor Patios in Summit County Colorado
Posted by: admin February 25th, 2015
Can you feel it? Spring is in the air in Summit County Colorado. Well, not really, if this week has any say in the matter. With snowy days mixed in with relatively warm sunny days, spring in Summit County is a crapshoot to say the least. But, when the snow starts to melt, the birds start chirping, and you can smell spring in the air, locals and visitors alike take every moment they can to enjoy the outdoors.
No, I am not necessarily talking about the tons of outdoor activities to take part in – in and around Summit County – but the patios that will start to clear themselves from the massive amounts of snow and open for the spring and summer months. After a long winter in the high country, spring patios are a great alternative for sipping on drinks, chatting with friends, and simply soaking up the sun after a long day. So, here are some of the more popular patios within walking and driving distance from our Frisco hotel.
Established in 2010, and just a short stroll down Main Street from the Frisco Lodge, Prost is great for a quick lunch, a dinner with friends, or a place to relax after work and/or play. With German beers and sausages as the mainstay, Prost has a quaint patio that receives plenty of sunshine during the evening hours.
The Foote’s Rest Eatery – Frisco
The Foote’s Rest Eatery, located adjacent to the Sweet Shoppe and another short walk down Main Street Frisco from our bed and breakfast, is Frisco’s best new hangout. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, experience Colorado outdoor dining with fire pits, a full bar, a full service kitchen, a fish taco stand, horseshoes, a bean bag toss, and frequent live musical entertainment.
Pug Ryan’s Brewing Company - Dillon
With two decks to choose from, a full menu of American fare, and a wide selection of microbrews that are brewed on site, you simply cannot go wrong with Pug Ryan’s. If you choose to sit outside, both decks offer wonderful views of the Rocky Mountains and Lake Dillon.
Pug Ryan’s Lakeside Tiki Bar – Dillon
While not your typical patio, Pug Ryan’s Lakeside Tiki Bar is exactly what it sounds like … a Tiki Bar in the middle of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Situated on the shores of Lake Dillon, the Tiki Bar is only open from mid-May to September due to its outdoor nature. With spectacular views and a unique atmosphere at the center of the Dillon Marina, the bar serves Pug Ryan’s microbrews, cocktails, Rum Runners, and a full menu of offerings to suit any taste. The Tiki Bar has an on-site mobile kitchen that enables Pugs to liven up its menu with fresher ingredients and increased food production.
Moe’s Original BBQ – Breckenridge
Know by locals and visitors alike as one of the best places to get BBQ in Summit County, Moe’s offers another superlative … a west-facing patio that receives plenty of afternoon sun and spectacular views of Breckenridge Ski Resort and the entire Tenmile Range. Described as a “Southern soul food revival where great food is served in an atmosphere that is relaxed, spontaneous, yet civilized,” Moe’s is the place to go for BBQ in Breckenridge.
Kenosha Steakhouse –Breckenridge
Located on Main Street Breckenridge, Kenosha Steakhouse also has a west-facing patio (beer garden) that offers wonderful views of Breckenridge Ski Resort and the sun fading behind the Tenmile range in the afternoon. Kenosha’s menu has 30 beers on tap (20 Colorado microbrews), and a full food menu that includes the likes of burgers, sandwiches, entrees, and house-smoked BBQ.
Burke and Riley’s Irish Pub –Breckenridge
As Irish as it gets, Burke and Riley’s has a rooftop patio that is open year round. While it may be hard to take in the winter months, the patio includes a fire pit for those brave enough to endure the Breckenridge temperatures. But, in the spring and summer months, this is a great place to take some of the best views in Breckenridge. The restaurant offers multiple Irish beers on tap, a full menu of traditional American fare, and stays open late for those night owls (2am).
Kickapoo Tavern - Keystone
Located at the base of Keystone Mountain in River Run Village, the Kickapoo Tavern claims “The Best Deck in Keystone.” While typically an après ski spot, the tavern is open year round and offers make-your-own burgers, Mexican fare, steaks, sandwiches and much, much more. Come for lunch, dinner, drinks, or just to hang out with a frosty brew on one of the best decks in Summit County.
The aforementioned eight patios/decks are just one local’s choices (me), but I am sure that you can find others that will suit your liking as well. Just know that once the temperatures start to rise and the snow starts to melt, it is time to get outside and enjoy all that Summit County has to offer from a sitting on your butt and enjoying the sunshine perspective.