Recently Engaged? Plan Your Dream Wedding in Keystone!

Did he or she finally pop the question? Are you recently engaged or hoping you will be soon?  Start planning your dream wedding today in the scenic Colorado Rockies at Keystone Resort.


SummitCove Lodging can help you make that dream wedding more affordable with our Wedding Gifts Program!  We’ll leave it up to you to find that perfect wedding venue, whether it’s the homey Ski Tip Lodge, the gorgeous Quaking Aspen Amphitheater or up on top of the mountain at Timber Ridge.  Once your venue is decided, leave the accommodations to us! We have over 300 vacation rental properties in Keystone to host your guests.  Some of our most popular buildings for wedding parties include The Springs, Red Hawk and Silver Mill Lodges.


A perfect wintery, white wedding at Keystone’s Quaking Aspen Amphitheatre in River Run Village, photo courtesy of and


When you sign up for our Wedding Gifts Program, we’ll create a custom discount code and webpage for your wedding, offering 10% off lodging for all of your guests. We make it easy for them to book online and find the perfect property that works for them based on photos, video tours and of course other guests’ reviews.  If 10 or more reservations get booked with your discount code, we’ll throw in some bonus perks for you including a $200 wedding night lodging credit for the bride and groom.  We will also give you 5% cash back of the total revenue of all of the reservations that were booked in your group in the form of a check after the wedding is over.  Yes – that’s right – we will mail you a check after your wedding just for telling your guests to stay with us.


So go ahead, plan that dream wedding – destination Keystone Resort, Colorado. Your guests will thank you for allowing them to visit such a ridiculously awesome place, an excuse for that family vacation or romantic getaway that they wouldn’t have made time for otherwise.  Many of our wedding guests stay for a few nights up to a whole week to really make the most of their visit to the mountains. If you are hosting a summer wedding, guests can enjoy activities such as hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, biking, scenic gondola rides and more.  Keystone is home to some world-class dining with mountain cuisine that will knock your socks off. The weather couldn’t be more perfect, with average summer temps in the 70’s, making it a perfect retreat coming from hotter or more humid climates.


For winter weddings, there are just as many activities that guests will enjoy.  In addition to the obvious skiing or snowboarding, there is tubing, ice skating, snow shoeing, snow mobiling, zip lining and more.  Of course there are always the pools and hot tubs, live music scene and great restaurants to visit as well.  It is also just 90 minutes West of the Denver International Airport, making it easy to get to and an easy travel day.


Congratulations again on your recent engagement!  Give one of our Wedding Gifts Planners a call today at (970) 368-7023 to find out how we can help you plan your big day and best of all, earn cash back to spend on your new life!  You can buy those gifts that are still left on the registry or better yet, plan your anniversary trip to Keystone for next year!

The Das Bier Burner 5K & Keystone Oktoberfest Today in Keystone

Looking for something to do today? Head to Keystone today to watch or run in the Das Bier Burner 5K, followed by Keystone Oktoberfest.


Same-day registration for the race will be going on in River Run Village this morning from 8:15 am until 11:15 am, with the race starting at noon.  Your entry will get you an event t-shirt, goody bag filled with all sorts of fun schwag as well as a complimentary brat and beer after the race.  A portion of the proceeds of this event supports the SOS Outreach of Summit County.  The course is fairly flat and follows the paved Keystone bike path for most of the route, heading towards East Keystone, through Settler’s Creek and back towards the village along the Snake River.  The atmosphere is FUN and all ages and abilities are welcome! Enjoy checking out the great costumes and vote for your favorite to win the best costume prize! Prizes include Freshies Gourmet Cocktail Drink Baskets, free stay vouchers with SummitCove Lodging, beer- themed items such as event beer steins and more!


The SummitCove Yetis getting their polka dancing in!


Not planning on running?  Head to the village anyways and grab a cowbell to cheer on the runners starting around 12:15.  At 1pm, Keystone Oktoberfest kicks off in the village with Oktoberfest beer tasting, food vendors and live music from the local favorite Those Austrian Guys and polka dancing!  There will also be plenty of kids activities taking place and this event is free to attend, with the option to purchase food and drink.


Don’t miss Keystone’s last summer festival as we send away summer in the sunshine!  Spend the whole weekend in Keystone by booking a condo with us at a discounted summer rate.


Spend Labor Day Weekend in Keystone

Labor Day Weekend in Keystone is jam packed with fun activities to enjoy with your friends or family. Book a condo and head out for a fun weekend in the mountains!


Head up to Keystone on Friday and take advantage of free scenic gondola rides and the Friday Afternoon Club.  Relax with a beer on an adirondack chair as you take in the spectacular 360 views and listen to the band play.  Challenge your friends to a game of cornhole or ladder golf or even head on an easy hike around the top of the mountain.  Friday evening enjoy a horse carriage ride out to the Soda Creek Homestead for ‘Brats, Belgians and Brews’ dinner, complete with a cowboy entertainer and campfire!


On Saturday, kick off the day with the Das Bier Burner 5K fun run starting at noon.  This event is one of Colorado’s favorite 5K’s – a great value and a ton of fun.  Every runner gets a commemorative event t-shirt and goody bag with their registration, as well as a complimentary brat and beer (for those 21+) after the race at Keystone Oktoberfest! The race starts and finishes at the entrance of River Run Village.  The course mostly follows the Keystone bike path, circling out to East Keystone along Montezuma Road, through Settler’s Creek and The Adlers, around Red Hawk Townhomes, past the Snake River and on the outskirts of the village.  The final yards push through the heart of the village as onlookers cheer you on with cowbells! Costumes are encouraged and there are plenty of prizes awarded at this event. Register today at


Participants at the Das Bier Burner 5K in Keystone


After the race, head right into Keystone Oktoberfest in the River Run Plaza from 1 – 6 pm. Enjoy plenty of Oktoberfest Beers and German themed- cuisines as you participate in polka dancing and PROST-ing all afternoon long!  Live music starts with the Summit Concert Band and then rolls into Those Austrian Guys as the highlight of the day! This is a family-friendly event and there will be plenty of kids activities available as well, such as face painting and a bounce castle! Purchase an Oktoberfest beer stein for $35 and get 3 free fill ups!



Finally on Sunday, top off the weekend at A Taste of Keystone.  This foodie event happens around the lake in Lakeside Village, offering food samples from some of Keystone’s best chefs and restaurants.  Tasting tickets are just a dollar each, so each lunch in the form of tastings! Live music will be on site along with paddle board rentals if you want to get out on the water. Stroll around the lake and take in the great views as you fill up  your belly on great food!

Paddle Boating on Keystone Lake



In between all of these fun weekend events, be sure to make time for a nice hike or bike ride.  Mountain View Sports offers all of our summer guests discounted bike rentals and there is a wonderful paved bike path that runs all the way through Keystone into Dillon or around the lake.  There are also countless hiking trails in and around the Keystone Resort area.  Try the Keystone Aqueduct Trail for an easy going hike with a view!


Take advantage of some of the last days of summer! Book a condo with SummitCove Lodging and take 25% off summer stays through the end of September at select properties when you book with the promotional code ‘BUCKETLIST’.


4th of July Activities in Keystone and Summit County, Colorado

Keystone Fourth of July Events
Celebrate independance day nestled in the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by fireworks, delicious food and spectacular kid’s entertainment all weekend long in Keystone.  Keystone’s Fourth of July is a children’s 4th of July haven.  Kickoff the weekend at the Friday Afternoon Club, with free gondola rides, yard games, drink specials and live music from JB West Trio from 4 – 7 pm on Keystone’s Dercum Mountain.  On Saturday the kids can participate at Kidtopia Super Snake River Science, a free event put on by the Keystone Science School that allows kids to explore and learn about the Snake River.  Sunday morning, Strider Bike Races start at 10am, for young kids ages 2 – 5.  Then the whole family can get together and enjoy a Mountaintop History Walk, an easy family hike with a guide who will share fun stories about Keystone’s transformation from a mining town into the world class ski resort that we know and love today.


On Monday, relax, take in the mountain views and enjoy the day. Over in River Run, the family can enjoy a ton of kid-friendly events at Kidtopia until 3pm. These events include: a petting zoo, train rides, a live kids show, face painting, caricature drawings, a bounce house, and plenty more.  Grab a late lunch at the Lakeside Village BBQ and gear up for the Lakeside Fireworks at 9:30 pm.  Spend the afternoon paddle boarding on the lake or flying kite, where you can build and decorate your own kite and set it sail into the wind.

Independance day kicks off in Keystone with their Free Kids Fishing Derby at Lakeside Village.  Registration for this event starts at 8 am, and the event starts at 9 am.  Bring your own gear to this, kids. 13 years of age  or younger event.  The Kids Fishing Derby will also have raffle prizes, BBQ and live music included in this event.  After this event, you can take the kiddos to a bike or wagon decorating event in River Run.   The decorating starts right at 10:30am, the kids are given one bag of decorations per child.  The line for the parade starts at 11am.  This is just a sampling of all the events and activities slated for long holiday weekend.  Book your family 4th of July vacation today and get your 4th night of lodging free when you stay with SummitCove Vacation Rentals!

4th of July Bike Parade in Keystone

Breckenridge Fourth of July Events
Breckenridge is known for packing on the Independance Day fun! The day starts off with an Independence Day 10k trail run which starts at 7 am at Carter Park and and ends at  Carter Park.  Promptly After the start of the 10k, will mark the start of the Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race which is also the start of the 4th of July Parade at 9:30am.  The floats and colorguard actually follow the mountain bikers down mainstreet!  Walk around main street after the parade and experience the entertainment.  There are plenty more events and entertainment to see after the parade!  There is a drum circle taking place on main street from 1 pm – 3 pm,  Free pony rides  in the Blue River Plaza from 1 pm – 3 pm, The National Repertory Orchestra is playing at 8:00pm at the Riverwalk Center, Funkiphino is playing a concert from 2 pm – 4 pm at the Riverwalk Center, plus so much more!  Come see why Breckenridge is a go-to destination for Independance day fun!


Copper and Frisco Fourth of July Events
Copper and Frisco have one of the most action-packed fourth of July schedules in the entire county! There’s music, fireworks, food and fun.  Kid-friendly events such as the Kids Fishing Derby are bound to get the whole family excited.  All the action starts on July 3rd in Copper!  At 1 pm on the 3rd, Three Dog Night will play a funky free concert at Copper mountain!   On the 4th, you can start your day with the annual Team Summit Pancake Breakfast at the old Community Center between the hours of 7 am – 11 am.  Take a break from your pancakes to watch the Fishing Derby!!  This will take place in Frisco, behind the Walmart in the Meadow Creek Park.  This event is for kids 15 years or younger, supplies not included, so bring your own poles. Watch your kids race to catch the biggest fish! After the Derby, walk over to Frisco Main street and enjoy the parade.  Kids can ride their decorated bikes in the parade!  The little bikers are set to meet at the west side of Town Hall at 11:45 am.  They can show off their bikes and there will even be a contest for the best decorated bike in the parade!  Kids have to be 12 years or younger to participate.  After the parade, you and your family can go to Main street to enjoy free concerts and interactive events that go from 1:30 to 9:15. Finish off your evening right by going to the Marina to watch the fireworks over Lake Dillon!  

There are so many great events happening here in Summit County to celebrate the 4th of July holiday.  When you book a stay with SummitCove, get your 4th night of lodging free over the holiday weekend.  Book your family mountain vacation today!







Frisco, Colorado Barbecue Challenge This Weekend

The Frisco Barbecue Challenge is a local favorite Colorado street festival starring finger lickin BBQ’,  rockin’ jams and  fun events!  Enjoy the mountain sunshine and kick off the summer in the Rockies with this popular event.  This event takes place on Frisco Main Street. It is free to attend and starts on Thursday, June 17th at 8pm, kicking off with a Herbie Hancock tribute band featuring members of the Motet. Hogback points are used to fund all your extra fun at this event.  One Hogback point will equal $1 and can be used for any food vendor, drink vendor and non profit organization at the fest.  Have Hogback points left over?  Select local Frisco shops will be accepting hogbacks until Sunday evening, so your money does not have to go to waste if your eyes are bigger than your stomach and you have tickets leftover. They will start serving alcohol at 8pm on Thursday, however, the BBQ food doesn’t start until on Friday at 11am.  Beat the lines and purchase your Hogbacks here.  Pick up your pre-purchased Hogbacks at will-call.


Looking for some VIP action?  Breckenridge Distillery and the Town of Frisco is putting on an exclusive whisky tasting with some behind the scenes looks of all the barbecue competitors.  You’ll even get some tastings of barbecue after your whisky tasting!  Click the link for more details on the ‘Rub it, Smoke it, Sip it Barbecue tour’!  Free music and entertainment will also be supplied throughout the entire duration of this fest, all along Main Street Frisco.  Some of the fun events include pig races, live music, demonstrations and more.  Worried about parking at this event?  Fret not!  There is free parking at the Summit Middle school lot with free shuttle service in and out the event.  Patrons can also park on the surrounding streets in frisco until 2pm.  However, there is no overnight parking on the side streets of Frisco.  


There are also bicycle racks supplied at the fest for all the patrons wanting to roll into town.  Supply your own lock and park your bike for free!  Frisco is a great place to visit from Keystone on your bikes with a scenic ride on the bike path the entire trip. Follow the paved bike path along the Snake River as you head West out of Keystone, towards Lake Dillon. The scenic path weaves around the lake, then in and out of the woods and finally into Frisco. Book a condo in Keystone and make a weekend out of it.  On Friday in Keystone, enjoy free gondola rides at the Friday Afternoon Club from 1 pm – dusk.  The popular Summit County band, Frisco Funk Collective will be playing from 4 – 7pm while you enjoy free yard games, drink specials and more! 




Wine In The Pines October 21 & 22







Do you enjoy wine, food, music and supporting a great course? If yes, you should be attending the Wine in the Pines event this weekend. There will be almost 500 different wines to choose from! Wine in the Pines is a yearly event that has taken place for the last 25 years. The owners of Dillon Ridge Liquors in Summit County put on the event every year. This event is to create recognition for October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).


A pair of wine glasses in seen with red wine in the foreground with Mt Hood at sunset with an alpine glow in the background near Hood River, OR.


The weekend is broken up into two different event days. Friday, October 21st, 2016 you can attend a dinner that includes a five course meal professional executed by the Keystone Ranch’s chef, Steve Vlass. He will be creating a food menu that pairs beautifully with the wine selections offered. The theme for Friday night is a denim and diamond theme with a denim dress code.


Saturday night you will enjoy a fun and eccentric 70’s disco theme. The dress code for Saturday nights festivities will be a very formal attire, black tie. There will be tons of great music and yummy wine tasting. Live and silent auctions will also be taking place Saturday night, followed by scrumptious desserts.


The location of Wine in the Pines will be at the Keystone Conference Center starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance online here. Tickets cannot be purchased for Friday only.


Need lodging for after the events? Do not worry SummitCove Lodging in Keystone has plenty of lodging options for you. Last minute plans? No problem, we can help you select and book a room, hassle free. So you put your boogie shoes on and support a great cause as you sip some great wine!

Events in Keystone and Summit County This Weekend

Fall is the perfect opportunity to take a weekend vacation up to the mountains! The Aspen leaves are beginning to change, the crowds are diminishing and there are plenty of events to take advantage of in the high country. If you’re headed to Keystone this weekend, here are a few things that you can check out in Summit County while enjoying the fall weather!
Starting this Friday, September 9th, Keystone’s Restaurant Week begins! Enjoy delicious eats at a great price. Throughout River Run Village, restaurants will be featuring specials as well as live music. Keystone’s Restaurant week goes through September 9th – 18th.

Music Schedule for Keystone Restaurant Week 

 Date Feature Restaurant Local Musician Time
Friday, Sept. 9 Spoon Café Randall McKinnon 4pm – 6pm
Saturday, Sept. 10 Café FreshLuigi’s Pasta House Randall McKinnonRandall McKinnon 12pm to 2pm4pm to 6pm
Sunday, Sept. 11 New Moon Café Drew Andrew Reges 12pm to 2pm
Monday, Sept. 12 Kickapoo Tavern Beau Thomas 4pm to 6pm
Tuesday, Sept. 13 Pizza on the Run Beau Thomas 4pm to 6pm
Wednesday, Sept. 14 Zuma Roadhouse John Truscelli 4pm to 6pm
Thursday, Sept. 15 9280’ Tap House Jess Moidel 4pm to 6pm
Friday, Sept. 16 Kickapoo Tavern John Truscelli 4pm to 6pm
Saturday, Sept. 17 New Moon CaféPizza on the Run Randall McKinnonRandall McKinnon 12pm to 2pm4pm to 6pm
Sunday, Sept 18 Inxpot Drew Andrew Reges 12pm to 2pm

Food Specials
Luigi’s Pasta House
2 for 1 all entrees: 
September 9, 10 and 11th only.  Restaurant closes September 12th.
Feature Spotlight: Sat Sept 19th with Randall McKinnon 4-6pm

Kickapoo Tavern
All 10 days:  2 for 1 Burgers.
Feature Spotlight special: Surf & Turf- 10 ox Aspen Ridge Ribeye with a Jumbo Shrimp Skewer w/ 2 sides $29.99
Feature Spotlight:   Mon Sept 12 with Beau Thomas 4 – 6pm  & Fri Sept 16 with John Truscelli 4 – 6pm

Zuma Roadhouse
40% off all entrees and burgers.
Feature Spotlight:   Wed Sept 14 with John Truscelli 4 – 6pm

Spoon Café
$3 Beer specials, $5 mojitos, Buy one sandwich or salad get second one half off. Sept 9 & 10th only.  Restaurant closes September 11th.
Feature Spotlight:   Friday September 9th with Randall McKinnon 4 – 6pm.

New Moon Café
Feature Spotlight Special:  $3 all beer all day.  $2 off all Panini all day.
Feature Spotlight:  Sun Sept 11 with Drew Andrew Reges 12 – 2pm & Sat Sept 17 with Randall McKinnon 12 – 2pm

Pizza on the Run
$3 Drafts all 10 days.
Featured Spotlight Specials 9/13 & 9/17: 
 ½ price pizzas all day!  Food Specials Daily!
Feature Spotlight:  Sat Sept 17 with Randall McKinnon 4 – 6pm & Tues Sept 13 with Beau Thomas 4 – 6pm

Café Fresh
Feature Spotlight Special:  $4 Seasoned Beef Fajitas w/ grilled onions & yellow/ green peppers. Sides: cheddar cheese, corn & flour tortillas, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, black beans.
Feature Spotlight:  Sat Sept 10 Patio Party in Buffalo Courtyard with Randall McKinnon 12 – 2pm

10 Day Special:  10% off sushi Friday and Saturday night, $4 Sapporo on sushi nights
$8 Lunch special every day, $5 Breakfast Burrito every day, $1 off Nitro Cold Brew, Buy one get one half off Pastries by Pauli, 15% off all fall latte flavors (pumpkin, maple and butter pecan).
Feature Spotlight:  Sun Sept 18th with Drew Andrew Reges 12-2pm
Feature Spotlight Special:  $5 Blackberry mimosa, $5 Bacon bloody Mary, ½ off Biscuits and Gravy

9280’ Tap House
10 Day Special:  Tap House Tacos and side with a beer or soft drink for $10  (Choices include Cod, Tempura Shrimp, Pork or Chicken).
Feature Spotlight:  Thurs Sept 15 with Jess Moidel  4 – 6pm

Dillon / Keystone
On Saturday, Summit County will be hosting it’s first triathlon, 106 West Tri, which also boasts being the ‘highest’ triathlon in the world at 10,291 feet.  The race starts with a 1.2 mile swim in Lake Dillon (a new privilege that has never been allowed before), a 56 mile cycle race that will pass right through Keystone and up Montezuma road and finishing with 13.1 mile run around part of the Lake.  Book discounted event lodging with SummitCove here.  This event will be a blast to watch, and you may even be able to see the bikers from your Keystone condo!

Head over to Lake Dillon Drive between 9am and 2pm to check out the Dillon Farmer’s Market this Friday! Grab lunch and catch the live music while you browse the local food and crafts for sale.
And you won’t want to miss the last summer concert at the Dillon Amphitheater, The John Truscelli Band. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the sunset at this gorgeous outdoor venue. Show starts at 7pm.

Arapahoe Basin 

Arapahoe Basin is hosting their final summer event on September 11th, a Clam Bake and Oyster Boil! Head over to the base of the mountain for live music and an open bar from 3pm-6pm. Buy an adult ticket for $42 or a child ticket for $15, to enjoy a picnic style meal on the deck. To check availability and make a reservation, call A-Basin Guest Services at 888-272-7246.
Check out local artists from all over Colorado this Saturday and Sunday at Frisco Fall Fest. Meet the artists, and maybe find something to take back home from 10am – 5pm each day. There will also be a beer and margarita garden open daily to suit everyone’s taste!  Saturday features free live music from Caribou Mountain Collective from 12 – 2pm, and Page 6ix from 3 – 5pm.
And if you want to make it a long weekend, head into town Thursday night to catch a free show at the Barkley Ballroom by Northern Strangers – a psychedelic folk rock band, joined, and Float like a Buffalo – a folk, funk, rock influenced group.
If you missed Keystone’s Oktoberfest last weekend, you still have a chance to “Prost!” with your friends at the Breckenridge Oktoberfest this weekend! Grab a Paulaner Beir and german cuisine on Friday from 2 – 6pm, Saturday 11 – 6pm and Sunday11 – 5pm, on Breckenridge Main Street.

Copper Mountain
This weekend Copper Mountain is hosting the Dirty Girls Mud Run! Start the weekend off by heading to C. B. Grill at 7pm to enjoy Wine Night benefiting Bright Pink, a non profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer. Saturday morning, the 3.1 mile (5K) obstacle course starts at 10am, and is followed by a costume contest and live music in the village. Finish the weekend out strong with Sunrise Yoga at 7am, followed by Bennies and Bubbly Brunch at JJ’s Tavern. And for those of you with energy left after all of that – sign up for the Golf Tournament at Copper Creek Golf Course! Tee-time is 11am.  Event tickets are available individually, as well as in a combined package.
This is a great weekend to visit Keystone and Summit County and enjoy one last summer mountain getaway before the snow starts to fly.  Take 30% off end of summer stays in Keystone with SummitCove Keystone Lodging. 

We’re Still Skiing in Colorado!

Although Keystone Resort officially closed a month ago, Arapahoe Basin remains open as long as they can.  Their current projected closing date is June 5, 2016, but they could extend the closing date if the snow keeps up.  The resort has received 11 inches of fresh snow in the last 3 days and 5 feet of snow since the closing of Keystone Resort in early April.  Spring skiing in Colorado can range from fresh powder turns on a chilly day to slushy runs in the sunshine. It’s not unusual to see skiers and riders wearing swimsuits, shorts, t-shirts, and other fun attire on a warm Spring day, stopping at ‘The Beach’ every few runs to enjoy some barbecue or a cold beverage.  Get there early to secure a free spot, or you also have the option to reserve one in advance for a small fee. Some people hang out at The Beach all day and never actually even hit the slopes!  A-Basin’s Spring calendar definately doesn’t disappoint, offering live music every Saturday with their Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series and other fun events like the Festival of Brewpubs and their newest event, the Swimwear Parade on Skis.  This fun event is completely free! Registration takes place in the Base Area from 9 am – 12 pm on Saturday, May 21. At 1 pm, watch Colorado’s Largest Swimwear Parade as skiers and riders strut their stuff down Sundance in nothing but their swimsuits! 
Colorado skiers enjoying A-Basin in their swimsuits on a warm ski day

Spend your Memorial Day Weekend in the mountains this year!  Saturday will feature live music from 80’s Rock New Sensation and on Sunday, attend the 15th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs while you check out the Spring Rail Jam.  The beer festival will feature music from Jakarta and beer from 13 different breweries. Purchase a mug for just $30 to get unlimited beer tasting from 12 pm – 4 pm. Stay the weekend in Keystone with SummitCove Vacation Lodging and take advantage of the free Summit Stage bus that will take you up to the Basin. Sunday will be the last day of the season that the Summit Stage bus will be running from Keystone to A-Basin. The free bus will leave River Run in Keystone at :55 after the hour until 4:55pm. The last bus will leave A-Basin at 5:10pm to go back down the hill to Keystone. After the festivities, take advantage of a nice soak in the hot tub at your River Run vacation condo! Nothing beats Spring skiing at Arapahoe Basin!  

Written By: Alyssa Hubbard

10 Reasons It’s Time to Lock Down Your Keystone Summer Getaway

Once the snow melts, Keystone turns into the ultimate outdoor playground.  There are hundreds of trails to explore, a fun lake, incredible scenery, two golf courses, a killer bike park and tons of fun activities to try. There are so many great summer events including two Keystone Restaurant Weeks, six unique summer festivals, bike races, Kidtopia Kidzfest, Frontier Day, Chalk Art & Chocolate Day and lots of weekly family events such as Kids Discovery Days, Wild West Nights and more. Keystone is the place to spend your summer family vacation or to enjoy a mountain getaway weekend. Check out our top 10 reasons to start planning your Keystone Summer Getaway!

1. Scenery Like No Other
Head up to the top of Dercum Mountain via the River Run Gondola or Summit Express chair lift and you will be amazed at the scenery once you arrive at the top. At 12,408 feet, the incredible views of Lake Dillon, North Peak, Buffalo Mountain, Breckenridge, and the Continental Divide will take your breath away.  There are tons of hiking trails to explore at the top and you can also choose to hike back down to the bottom.

2. One of the Best Bike Parks in the Country
Keystone is known for it’s downhilling and with everything from greens to blues to blacks, there is a trail for every rider and ability level. There are also more than 100 miles of single track at Keystone so you’ll never get bored with the same trail! Not into the dirt? Check out the paved bike path for a smoother, more predictable ride. The path runs through every town in Summit County, so let your pedals take you on an adventure!

3. Festivals & Events for Every Personality
Keystone is home to 6 unique summer festivals that really do have something for everyone. From bacon to wine to beer to music to Colorado cuisine, there is surely a festival designed just for you!  All summer festivals are family friendly with just as many activities slated for the kids as the adults. Don’t miss the 20th Anniversary of the Bluegrass & Beer Festival this August!

4. The Most Kid-Friendly Resort Around
Keystone is home to Kidtopia, which is a season long festival for kids.  Daily activities such as Wild West Nights, Kite Flying, Gold Panning, Face Painting, Discovery Days and more will keep the kids busy and having the time of their lives!

5. Summer Savings
When you stay with SummitCove Vacation Lodging, you’ll receive exclusive guest discounts on all sorts of summer activities including whitewater rafting, bike rentals, summer tours, fishing, golfing and more!  Lock in the savings and enjoy a summer vacation that won’t break the bank.

6. Big Fun at the Adventure Center
One of the best spots to be in Keystone during the summertime is at the Lake! Rent paddleboats, stand up paddle boards and kayaks and cruise around the lake, or feed the huge fish! Checkout their ‘Sunday Funday’ with happy hour specials on rentals from 2 pm – 5 pm on Sundays.  

7. Great Places to Eat
Whether you are looking for a fun summer patio for lunch or happy hour or a fancier evening dining experience, Keystone has an array of amazing restaurants to choose from. Some of our favorites include the Snake River Saloon, the New Moon Cafe, Zuma Roadhouse and the Bighorn Bistro. Come in early June and be apart of ‘Keystone Restaurant Week’ which offers tons of great deals, culinary specials, wine pairings and more at restaurants all over Keystone to kickoff the summer season.

8. Dillon Summer Concerts are Just 10 Minutes Away
Free live music every Friday and Saturday night all summer long at one of the most beautiful venues in Colorado, the Dillon Amphitheatre!  Enjoy a show parked on a blanket under the stars as you overlook the Lake Dillon Reservoir with the beautiful Rocky Mountains in the backdrop.  Stop at the Arapahoe Cafe for dinner and a cold one before the show!

9. Hundreds of Miles of Trails to Explore By Foot or Bike
There are endless choices for trails in Keystone and Summit County.  Walk to waterfalls, mining ruins, mountain vistas, along rivers… the possibilities are endless!  Many condos in Keystone have trails right outside the back door!

10. Friday Afternoon Club
There’s no better way to spend a Friday Afternoon than in Keystone.  Enjoy FREE gondola rides to the top of Dercum Mountain and then enjoy live music, food and drink specials and tons of fun yard games like cornhole, slacklining and horseshoes.  Stay for sunset or go on an afternoon hike.  Did we mention it’s FREE!?

Written By: Alyssa Hubbard

Wassail Days in Frisco CO

Take a walk down Frisco’s Main Street this December to experience Wassail Days. All participating shops will be serving their own version of Wassail (and in some cases delicious sweet treats) from December 4th through 13th, during business hours. In addition to the free samples to warm you up, there will be daily winter activities to accompany Frisco’s welcoming of winter!

Frisco Wassail Days
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What is Wassail you ask? It is a hot spiced drink served over the holidays. It this case, it will be variations of hot cider. Wassail is also known as the tradition of going from house to house singing carols. Partake in this traditional holiday event by going to business to business trying out their different recipes (singing is optional)! Before you start, pick up a “12 Sips of Wassail” card from the Frisco Visitors center for an opportunity to receive a commemorative Frisco Wassail mug when you visit every stop.  There are some fun events scheduled including an ‘Ugly Sweater Challenge’ and the ‘Soup Cup Classic’ at the Frisco Adventure Center featuring unlimited soup tasting and tubing!

Frisco is just a few miles from Keystone and is a fun place to spend an afternoon.  Take your family snow-tubing at the Frisco Adventure Center and then warm up with your free cup of Wassail!  Be sure to take advantage of your Key to Keystone coupon for discounted tubing for your family.  For more information or to view a full schedule of events for Frisco’s Wassail Days, click here. 

Written By: Lauren Smith