Summit of Bluegrass & Brews 2012: Colorado Beer Tasting & Free Live Music On June 23

Back for another year, the Summit of Bluegrass and Brews will return to Marina Park in Dillon, Colorado on June 23, 2012 with over 25 Colorado breweries. During the beer tasting event from 1:00-5:00, visitors can enjoy live music by Marty Jones and the Great Unknowns. Tickets to the unlimited beer tasting cost only $30 and benefit the Colorado Brewers’ Guild and the Dillon Business Association. Food vendors will be on site with lots of tasty options.

Following the beer tasting, move down to the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre for a great, FREE concert with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience! David Grisman has played with Jerry Garcia, Peter Rowan, Bonnie Raitt, Doc Watson, and other renowned artists. His music is a mix of bluegrass, folk, jazz, and international sounds – this is definitely a show you don’t want to miss!

Both the beer tasting and the concerts are outdoors with beautiful views of Lake Dillon and the mountains. Great beer, live music, and beautiful Dillon, Colorado – what more could you ask for?

2012 Summit of Bluegrass and Brews Schedule of Events

Saturday, June 23, 2012

1:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m  Brewfest, Savory food vendors  $30 per person, must be 21 years of age or older — Marina Park  160 Lodgepole, Dillon, Colorado

5:00p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Free bluegrass concert – Missed the Boat — Dillon Amphitheater

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free bluegrass concert -David Grisman Bluegrass Experience — Dillon Amphitheater

9:30 p.m. – ? Official After Party at Pug Ryan’s – John Truscelli Band — Pug Ryan’s Brewery and Steakhouse — 104 Village Place, Dillon

SummitCove Partners with Lake Dillon Water Taxi, Offering Guests a Unique Way to Experience Lake Dillon

Images Above: Top Left, Waiting at the Dock for the Water Taxi as a Speed Boat leaves the Marina.  Top Right: The Dillon Marina Boat Launch.  Bottom Left: Views of Lake Dillon.  Bottom Right: Bikers coming off the water taxi.

The Lake Dillon Water Taxi is now open for the 2012 summer season and is running shuttles daily between the Frisco and Dillon Marinas.  The water taxi runs across Lake Dillon, offering guests not only a ride, but a beautiful scenic tour across Lake Dillon. The ride offers up breathtaking views and is a great way to experience the lake from a whole new perspective, without the hassle or expense of renting and/or driving an unfamiliar boat.  This weekend I had the pleasure of my first water taxi ride.  After the quick boarding at the Dillon Marina, we set sail for our 25 minute ride across the lake in the pontoon boat that is decked out with comfortable chairs, an optional sunshade and of course the 360 degree panoramic views. Along the way, our ‘captain’ and owner of the company, Mike Russo, gave us some brief history of the area and pointed out some of the beautiful landmarks and sights, including the Gore Range, 10-Mile Range, an old mining town, and even a glimpse of Keystone’s Dercum Mountain.   Sailboats, speed boats, and even some kayakers were also out enjoying the lake this weekend.  At 3,300 acres and with 24 miles of shoreline, Lake Dillon is the summertime gem of Summit County.

SummitCove and the Lake Dillon Water Taxi have partnered together for the 2012 Summer Season, with all SummitCove guests receiving  a discount on water taxi rides with their coupon in the Summer Edition of the Key to Keystone Coupon Book. Visitors can choose to start from either side of the lake at the Dillon or Frisco Marinas and choose from a round trip ride or shuttle one-way.  The boat allows bikes, baby shuttles, and even dogs on board.  Make an afternoon of it by riding your bike or driving down to the Marina, ride the taxi across the lake, stop for lunch or a drink at the Island Grill at the Frisco Marina, do some shopping on Frisco’s Main Street, and then head back on the water taxi whenever you are ready.  The taxi phone is (970) 486-0250 and although there is no set schedule other than the daily start and stop times, you are welcome to call the taxi line at any time and they will be able to give you a rough estimate of the next departure time, average time between marinas is 30-45 minutes.  The Lake Dillon Water Taxi boarding information and pickup locations can be found here.

In addition to its taxi service, the company offers private charter services 7 days a week for groups who want the luxury of having a vessel for their own private use. Over the years they have accommodated many family reunions, wedding groups and corporate outings. While they do not serve food and drink, you are welcome to bring your own on-board. All private charter prices include a captain who will take care of the driving while your group relaxes and takes in the scenery.  Try this service for a beautiful sunset cruise or just a fun afternoon with friends or family!

If you are looking for that one summer activity where all the members of your group, no matter how young or old, can be together, this is one activity that is sure to please them all.  Don’t forget to wear sunscreen when playing outdoors and bring a light jacket on the boat, as there may be a breeze out on the lake.  The taxi will run rain or shine unless lightening is spotted, and rain jackets are available to wear during the ride if necessary.   The taxi services typically run from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends.  Be sure to bring your camera, as the views are spectacular! The Lake Dillon Water Taxi is definitely a must-do while visiting Summit County!

Images Above: Top Left, Views while heading towards Frisco.  Top Right: Mother and Daughter enjoying a day on the lake.  Bottom Left: Captain Mike entertains throughout the ride.  Bottom Right: Kayakers paddling near the Frisco Marina.

Visit the Dillon Marina and Pug Ryan’s Tiki Bar to Celebrate Opening Weekend!

Pug Ryan’s Lakeside Tiki Bar is opening today in celebration of the season opening of the Dillon Marina, and then the Frisco Marina following with an opening this weekend!  The deck is one of our personal favorite spots to enjoy the scenery between now and mid-September (weather permitting, of course).

Pug Ryan’s Tiki Bar will serve its famous beer, cocktails and Rum Runners.   You can also purchase appetizers, burgers, salads, and much more from the grill.  Enjoy the large, sunny deck, the covered tent, or rent a space for a private party to celebrate with a group! From the Tiki Bar, you can rent a  boat from the Dillon Marina, take a ride on the Water Taxi, which runs between the Dillon and Frisco Bay Marinas.  The bar is also located near the Summit County bike and recreation path, so it’s a great destination to end a tour of the area.

Pug Ryan’s will also be participating in the coming May 30th Festival of the BrewPubs at nearby Arapahoe Basin from noon to 4pm, as well as the Summit of Bluegrass and Brews at the Dillon Amphitheater on June 23rd,  so be sure to take the opportunity to sample some of their creations when you plan your trip to Summit County this summer!

Frisco Bay Marina and Dillon Marina to Open Boating Season in Summit County!

Every summer, boaters head to Summit County to enjoy some time on the waters of Lake Dillon, accessible from marinas in both Frisco and Dillon, Colorado.  Both towns are located just a few miles from Keystone Resort, and offer some great options for summer activities for the entire family.

Lake Dillon is the largest lake in Summit County.  With beautiful views surrounding the lake, you can enjoy plenty of recreational opportunities along its 25 miles of shoreline and 3,300 acres.  Typically, the boating season runs from early June to mid-September, depending upon the weather.

In Dillon, Colorado, the full service Marina and launch ramp opened as of Saturday, April 21st, 2012.  Boat rentals will be available starting Saturday, May 12th beginning at 9am.  Several regattas and boating events are scheduled throughout the summer.   Sailing lessons will also be available this summer.

The Frisco Bay Marina season opener is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, 2012.  Celebrate the season opener and the upcoming boating season with food and drink specials at the Island Grill and outdoor live music in the Marina’s Waterfront Park.  This event is weather-dependent, so stay tuned as this event gets closer, we’ll be sure to update you with more information.  The full service marina offers canoe and kayak rentals, powerboat rentals, sailboat lessons, a water taxi, and more.

Contact us today for details on our summer lodging specials when you head up to enjoy Lake Dillon!

Sailing on Lake Dillon

Sailing on Lake Dillon brings summer fun for the whole family! The Dillon Marina, on Lake Dillon, is a full-service marina that has access to Lake Dillon and world class sailing in Colorado. Lake Dillon is a reservoir that has three rivers that empty into the lake consisting of the Blue River, Ten Mile Creek and the Snake River. Lake Dillon has been mentioned many times as one of the places you must sail in the entire world.

The Dillon Marina offers boat rentals, sailing instruction, regattas and is also home to the highest yacht club in North America, at over 9,000 feet in elevation.

The season for Lake Dillon opens on May 28th, 2010, and don’t miss the Lake Dillon 4th of July Parade of Boats, or the Dillon Open (Regatta) July 30th – August 1st, 2010.

There are also plenty of parks around Lake Dillon, offering plenty to do for the entire family. Find out more information on Dillon Parks by visiting the Town of Dillon website.