Posted on 7/25/2019 by Alyssa Hubbard
7 Ways to Unplug This Summer in Keystone, Colorado
As convenient and amazing as technology is, it is often hard to peel yourself away from the daily grind of screen time and social media life. The mountains offer a chance to escape the daily 'plug-in' and find real life beyond the phones, tablets and social media. We invite you to visit Keystone this summer and truly unplug for a few days for a real Rocky Mountain getaway! Here are 7 technology alternatives to consider for your Keystone vacation. Stop and Smell the Wildflowers! Wildflowers grow like crazy in the Colorado mountains! Take a hike through a wildflower meadow and enjoy nature's beauty. Bring along a guidebook and see how many different varieties you can find! Take your colored pencils and sketchbook and get inspired! Get Out on the Lake Keystone Lake in Keystone is ground zero for fun summertime lake activities such as kayaking, paddle boating, fishing and stand-up paddle boarding. Head to the Adventure Center to rent your gear and get out on the lake for some much needed 'reflection' time! [caption id="attachment_29925" align="alignnone" width="600"] Stand-UP Paddle Boarders Exploring Keystone Lake on a Sunny Day[/caption] Act Like a Kid Again Keystone is the number one resort for kids in every season and summer is no different with daily Kidtopia programming. Most activities are free and offer kids AND adults a chance to release their inhibitions and be free to act like a kid! Daily Kidtopia Summer activities include events like movie matinees, kid-friendly yoga, family golfing, kite flying, wildflower crafts, camp nights and more! Head to the Hills Whether you head up the gondola to the top of Dercum Mountain, head west towards Keystone Gulch or east into the hills near Montezuma and Peru Creek, there are tons of hiking and biking trails located in Keystone. Choose a mellow waterfall hike or tackle some nearby fourteeners such as Grays & Torreys or Quandary Peaks! You might even get to spot some wildlife! Permission granted to take that selfie at the top - but don't post it until you get home from your trip. [caption id="attachment_29927" align="alignnone" width="600"] A Mountain Goat Sits Near the Top of Quandary Peak[/caption] Dance Like There's No Tomorrow Keystone is known for their incredible summer festivals and although each festival has a different focus, almost all of them feature live music from some of the best touring acts in the nation. Stomp your feet at the Bluegrass and Beer Festival or get down to the live music at Mountain Town Music. Is polka dancing more up your alley? Then you must attend Keystone Oktoberfest! Dance away the stress of your everyday life and come back feeling relaxed and reconnected. Take Time to Enjoy Your Food In addition to the amazing food you'll find at any summer festival, you'll want to try one of the award winning restaurants in Keystone as well! The Alpenglow Stube is situated atop North Peak, with incredible views and even more incredible dishes. Try Keystone Ranch for locally sourced, sustainable authentic Colorado cuisine. Or head to the Ski Tip Lodge for an intimate meal at an historic 1800's stage coach stop that serves a rotating 4 course menu and extensive wine selections. Quit rushing and take some time to savor a wonderful meal. Run a 5K What better way to break free than to start running! Annually over Labor Day weekend, locals and visitors tie up their shoelaces and earn their brats and beers at the Das Bier Burner 5K. This family friendly fun run starts and finishes in the scenic River Run Village at Keystone and offers finishers a free brat and a beer after the run at Keystone Oktoberfest! [caption id="attachment_29923" align="alignnone" width="600"] Festive Runners Finishing the Annual Das Bier Burner 5K in Keystone[/caption] Ditch your phones and computers for a week or two this summer and take in the beauty of your surroundings. Focus on the present and enjoying the time you spend with your loved ones. Make memories together that will last a lifetime. Unplug, disconnect, and discover your newest passion at Keystone Resort this summer.