The new Il Rifugio Italian Bistro is located on the Continental Divide atop the Arapahoe Basin summit, in the Snowplume building. Sitting at 12,456 vertical feet, this new restaurant takes the cake as the highest restaurant in the United States. Telluride’s Alpino Vino had previously held the title.
Visitors of this new European-style bistro are rewarded with breathtaking 360 degree views of the mountains. This restaurant is only accessible via skiing or riding – you have to take the chairlift to get up and either ski or ride back down the mountain. The new restaurant is open 7 days a week from 10:30 am – 2pm. They are focused on quality food and continuing to practice environmentally friendly operations, meaning minimal snowcat runs of about twice a week for supplies. They also use reusable dishes, cups and cutlery, which get loaded onto the Lenawee for washing at the lower elevation, Black Mountain Lodge. This results in less paper and plastic waste. This building works without running water, and it uses solar panels and composting toilets.
The menu is reasonably priced considering the location and they serve up items like hearty meat and cheese charcuterie plates, soups, salads, flatbreads, espresso and desserts. Alcohol is expected to soon be on the menu as well, with an impressive wine list. This small restaurant isn’t the only new feature of the mountain, the new Beavers Chair Lift and an additional 468 acres of terrain, opened earlier this ski season.
Keystone Resort also boasts some high-altitude restaurants, including the Alpenglow Stube and Der Fondue Chessel, which both sit at 11,444, but not quite as high, clocking in 1,012 feet less elevation than the new Il Rifugio. Knock high altitude dining off your bucket less on your next Keystone Vacation!
During our recent stay at the Gateway Lodge, we had breakfast at the Haywood Cafe, for almost every day of our stay! Since we had just booked a small studio ski condo, there wasn’t a full kitchen to cook meals, so having the Haywood Cafe just downstairs was wonderful, we could pop in there as soon as we got up and still be on the mountain quickly! They are located right next door to the SummitCove Lodging check-in office. We loved the food and prices at Haywood. They serve breakfast and lunch and the portions are large. My husband ordered the BBQ Pulled Pork Bennie, which was one of many delicious breakfast benedicts to choose from. Other breakfast options included the Crabby Bennie, Corned Beef Hash, Greek Omelet, or the Swiss Baked Eggs, which were my personal favorite. You can’t have a vacation breakfast without ordering one of their famous bacon bloody marys either… because, you are on vacation! They are made with house-infused bacon vodka and a huge piece of bacon – practically a meal in itself!
The Haywood has a great kids menu, too and the casual atmosphere makes it the perfect place to pop in for a quick breakfast, or to watch Sunday morning football with a cocktail or enjoy a hearty lunch after an awesome day out on the mountain. If the powder is calling your name and you don’t have time to sit down to eat, you can even order your breakfast and coffee to go – we recommend the breakfast burrito for that! SummitCove Lodging even had a coupon for us to use that included free coffees with our breakfast! We loved our stay at The Gateway Lodge and having the convenience of the Haywood Cafe just downstairs. We highly recommend staying here for your stay in Keystone! We will definitely be back to Keystone, staying with SummitCove Lodging and eating at the Haywood!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Keystone is one of the most romantic places to be with that special someone or your loved ones. Wondering where to book a dinner reservation? Here are 4 (of many!) of our top choices to spend a romantic evening on your Keystone Ski Vacation.
Ski Tip Lodge
This is definately one of the most romantic spots in all of Keystone! You’ll be treated with top notch service as you dine in a very intimate dining room at what was once an old 1800’s stage coach stop, today a cozy bed & breakfast and incredible restaurant and even a wedding venue in the summer months. The chef prepares a weekly-rotating four course menu for guests, including the 4th dessert course which you eat near the blazing fireplace! This is a must-do dining experience at least once in your life, but beware, reservations are required and fill up very quickly!
Another one of Keystone’s fine dining experiences, but this one involves taking two gondola rides to get there! The Alpenglow Stube is located atop of North Peak at 11,666 feet and is the definition of a classic on mountain restaurant. Take in the mountain views by the oversized grand fireplace to enjoy shareable European inspired plates prepared on a wood-fired open grill. In 2017, the Stube was named one of OpenTable.com’s Top 100 Scenic Restaurants in America, and is also the recipient of a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Seasonal and locally sourced ingredients are often used to prepare some of the best dishes in all of Colorado!
They are also offering a special family style Valentine’s Day Lunch, on February 14 from 11 am – 1:30 pm! Ripperoo will be on hand, helping to serve up the fantastic shareable lunch menu! Kids will have a chance to decorate their very own hot cocoa mug to take home as a souvenir! To make your reservation call 970-496-4386.
Snake River Saloon
White tablecloths and an intimate dining room make the Snake River Saloon perfect for a night out with your honey. Delicious steaks and seafood and an extensive wine list are all on the menu at this long time favorite restaurant in Keystone. Stay late after dinner to enjoy a nightcap and live music in the saloon on the weekends, typically Thursdays – Saturdays.
A slightly more casual evening, but the food is just as incredible. The modern mountain setting is cozy and fun and the food is high quality and fresh. Start off with appetizers such as oysters or their to-die for goat cheese brussel sprouts and then order entrees like the pan-seared salmon, the jam burger or short ribs. After dinner, walk it off with a stroll around the village under the stars or a warm up next to the outdoor firepit in the main plaza.
We love taking care of our guests during (and before!) on their vacations in Keystone! Read what William recently had to say about his stay with SummitCove Lodging at the private home, Mossy Rock Lodge #127 in North Keystone.
“From searching for accommodations, to coordinating logistics for equipment, all the way to checking out, we couldn’t have dealt with a better company. The property was outstanding, and just walking distance to rental shops, restaurants, and market place. The hot tub was a significant tool (especially for this out of shape reviewer). The only thing better than the breathtaking views and conditions, was the overall atmosphere provided by an amazing community. Smiles greeted you everywhere, and everyone was willing to help. We can’t wait to return!”
There’s nothing like fabulous mexican food, great margaritas and cold beers after a long day of skiing! Dos Locos Mexican Restaurant and Cantina has become our favorite Mexican restaurant in Keystone. The fajitas I had were delicious and my husband loved his tacos! I was also very happy that they offer a gluten free menu. They also have all sorts of traditional Mexican fare, as well as wings, burgers, sandwiches and salads, as well as a kids menu. There is something for everyone! When you stay with SummitCove Lodging, you’ll receive a coupon for a free margarita with entree purchase in their Key to Keystone coupon book, you really can’t pass it up!
Also you can not beat the happy hour menu, which runs from 2:30 until 6 on weekdays and 2:30 – 5:30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Happy hour features cheap and yummy tacos, wings and of course the unlimited chips and salsa! You can get Colorado craft beer or your favorite Mexican Lager. They also have $5 house margs during happy hour! This is definitely a locals hang out and we felt right at home! Dos Locos has friendly staff, pool tables and TV’s showing sports. It is a very fun atmosphere for happy hour at the downstairs bar or to enjoy a nice family dinner upstairs in the restaurant. They typically open at 2:30 pm and stay open with food until at least 9m. We will be back on our next visit to Keystone!
If you are looking for convenience, great amenities, ski slope views and an awesome pool area, The Springs is the perfect building for you in Keystone! If are you looking for a three bedroom condo that sleeps up to 9 with all of these great amenities, modern decor and comfortable living, Springs #8866 is the perfect vacation rental!
Springs 8866 is a 3-bedroom, 3-bath condo located on the 3rd floor. The first thing you’ll notice when walking in is the modern kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. The spacious living room features a large sectional sofa that your whole family will be able to hang out on! There is a large dining table to have a nice family meal after a day out on the ski slopes!
Out on the balcony, take in views of the River Run ski slopes, as well as the awesome pool down on the main deck. This pool even has a kids area and waterslide! There are also 2 hot tubs, one is adults only, as well as industrial grills for a barbecue on a sunny spring day. You also have a private barbecue grill on your balcony if you’d rather eat at the condo.
Other great features of this unique rental property are the gas fireplace and hardwood floors. Head to the master suite, which features a king bed, private balcony and on-suite bathroom. There is a second ‘master’ suite as well, that also has balcony access and a private bathroom. The third bedroom is perfect for the kids, with a bunk bed set, full on the bottom and single on the top.
While staying here, don’t forget to take advantage of all of the great building amenities! There is a ‘movie theatre’ room which you can enjoy a movie together on the ‘big screen’ in plush oversized arm chairs. Or, challenge your family to a round of pool. A kids playroom with a playhouse and plenty of toys is located in the same area. Don’t miss your workout schedule either, there is a fitness center as well as steam room to soak in after you sweat! Curl up with a good book on the comfy couches in the lobby as you listen to the soothing sounds of the running waterfall and stream that flows through this room. You’ll love it here!
This property is starting to fill up for the remainder of ski season, but still has President’s Day Weekend dates open. Book this condo today and nail down the ultimate vacation condo for your upcoming Keystone ski vacation!
Summit County has been seeing great snow to kick off 2019, with Keystone snow totaling 41 inches in the month as of 1/25/19 and 51 inches at nearby Breckenridge Ski Resort. The snow has been so good that Breckenridge recently announced they will be extending their season and staying open until Memorial Day weekend, if weather conditions allow! Skiing is expected to be open on Peak 7 for the whole time and portions of Peak 8 while the weather allows for spring skiing in Summit County.
Parent Company Vail Resorts also announced its plans to extend Keystone’s season in the future, by shooting to be one of the first Colorado ski resorts to open. Historically Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Resorts have been the main mountains in the race to be the first mountain open for ski season. Late last year, a capital improvement proposal was submitted to upgrade snowmaking capabilities at Keystone, which will improve their early season snow even more. Together, Keystone and Breckenridge combined will offer one of the longest ski seasons in the country. Look for SummitCove’s early season lodging deals and come out for opening day 2019!
Great snow paired with awesome Bluegrass music? Find it next weekend in Keystone at the 9th Annual Winter Bluegrass Weekend! Big name bluegrass bands will be headed to Warren Station on February 1 and 2, 2019 for a weekend of live music and fun! Attend one or both nights to catch some of the best Bluegrass Bands in Colorado!
Friday night, Buffalo Commons out of Steamboat Springs kicks things off at 7pm. Timber! hits the stage at 8:15 and headliner The Railsplitters kicks up at 9:30 pm. The Railsplitters have roots in traditional Bluegrass but mix with all sorts of musical influences for a one of a kind sound. They’ve taken home multiple awards including 1st place at ‘ROCKYGRASS’ in 2013. Their most recent album was released in late 2017, titled, ‘Jump In’.
Saturday, catch the Pine Beatles, a community band who come right from Summit County at 7pm, followed by Whitewater Ramble at 8:15 pm, who will surely get your feet moving. Headliner Rapidgrass comes on to finish out the weekend, starting at 9:30 pm. This band has played all across the world and were the winners of the ‘ROCKYGRASS’ band contest in 2015 and has a new recent album that they will be sharing.
Tickets are $15 per night or just $25 to attend both evenings. Same day tickets will be $20 at the door, if still available. Spend the days skiing or snowboarding at Keystone Resort and the nights getting down to some of the best Bluegrass in Colorado! Check out available River Run Rental lodging to be close to the event!
Check out the great events that are happening at Keystone Resort this weekend!
Friday, January 25: Warren Station Winter Comedy Series Finale Head to Warren Station tonight for the final night of the Winter Comedy Series! Adam Cayton-Holland will be headlining the night, with Christie Buchele opening the night. Adam has toured nationally, recently named one of 25 “comics to watch” by Esquire Magazine. He has appeared on shows like ‘Those Who Can’t’, ‘Conan’ , ‘The Late Late Show’, and more. Opener Christie Buchele is from Denver, CO and performs on the heart-wrenching and hilarious realities of being a woman with a disability. Don’t miss this fun night out at Keystone! Buy tickets today for $17. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30 tonight, Friday, January 25.
Live Music After the comedy show, head over to the Snake River Saloon in Mountain House to catch some live music! The Tyler Glaskow Band will be playing! Expect a small cover charge to enter.
Saturday, January 26: Mountainfilm on Tour: Inspiring Mountain Adventure Short Documentaries Ready to be inspired? The Mountainfilm on Tour is visiting Keystone this weekend, showing inspiring films that were handpicked from the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. These adventure-packed short documentary style films use the power of their art to inspire audiences to create a better world. A presenter will guide the audience through the programming to provide additional insight. There will be two showings at Warren Station, at 3 pm and 7pm, with doors opening 30 minutes prior to showtimes. Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under.
Kidtopia Fireworks Don’t miss the weekly River Run fireworks show at Keystone! Look up to the sky over River Run on the mountain and watch the Kidtopia fireworks, beginning at 7pm.
Live Music After the comedy show, head over to the Snake River Saloon in Mountain House to catch some live music! JL Universe will be playing! Expect a small cover charge to enter.
Gateway Grocery and Liquor may be a small store, but they have everything you need for a quick getaway weekend at Keystone Ski Resort! From toiletries to speciality salad dressings, they have it all. They carry everything including milk, eggs, lunch meat, frozen pizzas and tons of snacks. They have a great selection of wine from all over the world and a large selection of Colorado craft beers. You can get your food and alcohol all in one place, and even better, they are located just down the way from SummitCove’s check-in office at The Gateway Lodge on Highway 6!
They are conveniently located next to SummitCove’s check in desk, so if you forgot your toothbrush or need a snack before you head to the condo, you can do it all in one stop. They are typically open from 9am-8pm, but their hours do vary. Gateway Grocery also offers grocery and liquor delivery. They will stock your refrigerator before you arrive to your condo! We plan on using this service on our next trip to Keystone. If you don’t want to make a big grocery store trip, we highly recommend just heading to Gateway Grocery to stock up on groceries for your vacation. All SummitCove guests will receive a coupon for discounted groceries in the Key to Keystone coupon book. Save money and time and head to Gateway Grocery!