Keystone Destination Wedding Activity Ideas for Guests

If you’re hosting your wedding in Keystone, Colorado your guests are most likely from out of town, and it’s probably fair to call your  wedding a “destination wedding.”  That being said, there are endless activities in Keystone for your guests to enjoy during their stay.  The more they get to experience Keystone in their short stay, the more memorable their experience will be.  We recommend picking out a few activities and invite your guests to do them with you!  Create an itinerary ahead of time and e-mail it out to your guests.  Provide them with all the details, including the meeting time, costs, and where they should make a reservation if applicable.

We’ve compiled 2 Top Ten lists of must-do activities for guests at your Keystone destination wedding, based on the seasons:

Summer

1. Let the River Run Gondola take you up 11,640 feet and take in beautiful panoramic views of Lake Dillon, Breckenridge Ski Resort, and surrounding mountains, for free during the Friday Afternoon Club.

2. Explore the expansive Lake Dillon and rent a pontoon boat or kayak at the Dillon or Frisco Marinas.

3. Hike the backcountry areas in Montezuma to experience old mines, ghost towns, wildlife sightings and spectacular views.

4. See live music at one of the many summer concerts and festivals, like the River Run Rocks Concert Series, the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, or the Bluegrass and Beer Festival.

5. Get wet and go whitewater rafting down the Arkansas River, through Brown’s Canyon.

6. Rent a bicycle from Mountain View Sports and take a trip down Vail Pass, with unparalleled views and scenery.

7. Drink the famous and delicious blended Rum Runner on the shores of Lake Dillon at the Tiki Bar.

8. Have a picnic and take in the views at Keystone Lake.

9. Visit one of four local breweries in Summit County, including the Dillon Dam and Pug Ryan’s.

10. Play a round of golf on one of the two world renowned golf courses in Keystone.

Winter

1. Enjoy a fine dining experience at altitude by taking a gondola to dinner at either of the on-mountain gourmet restaurants, Der Fondue Chessel or Alpenglow Stube.

2. Experience snow-tubing with friends at Adventure Point.

3. Go ice-skating at the largest, Zamboni maintained ice rink at Keystone Lake.

4. Strap on some snowshoes and explore some of the beautiful Colorado Wilderness on foot.

5. Visit the Silverthorne Outlets to do some serious shopping at great prices.

6. Marvel in chocolate heaven and check out the Chocolate Village at the Keystone Lodge and Spa.

7. Enjoy a beer or hot chocolate in an Adirondack Chair with views at the Summit House or LaBonte’s Cabin.

8. Bring out the kid in you and have a snowball fight at the larger than life Snow Fort on Dercum Mountain.

9.  See some live music at the Snake River Saloon, The Goat, or Warren Station.

10. Try winter zip-lining, snowmobiling or dogsledding for a fun adventure.

We think these lists are a good start for first timers visiting Keystone. Use this to put together a Keystone activities itinerary for your guests.  SummitCove is always glad to assist you and your guests during both the planning stages and once you arrive in Keystone.  We can even create a custom landing page for your Keystone Wedding that includes photos, activity ideas, and itineraries when you sign up for our Wedding Gifts Program.  The program offers you and your guests with discounted lodging, unlimited customer service and cash back for the bride and groom.

 

CampExperience Coming to Keystone Resort

Need a little inspiration in your life?  CampExperience inspires education, provides unbelievable networking and was created for women interested in building their lives, careers and connections.  Attendees are a mix of business owners, entrepreneurs, business leaders, corporate women and active moms that that are looking for community connections and personal growth.

This 3 day women’s “camp” is held every October in Keystone, Colorado and is not exactly roughing it.  Yoga and zumba classes in the morning, delicious catered meals throughout the day, keynote speakers, professional development workshops, crafts and other fun activities and networking events are all part of the amazing CampExperience.  You can also stay with SummitCove at one of our properties near the conference center for the best lodging deal in Keystone – check out available properties here!

CampExperience motto is we are “women who have, helping women who need.”  Every year CampExperience chooses charity partners that split 100% of their on-site charity “Bow-tique” shopping and personal services donations as well as generation donations and money.  They believe that each of us have the ability to make a difference for others, and that this positive impact is multiplied as we work together with other women.

Betsy Wiersma is the founder of CampExperience which has been running since 2006.  Betsy is an award-winning special event producer, international speaker and serial entrepreneur specializing in WOW!  She is a social entrepreneur who invented CampExperience to bring together amazing women and support homeless women and children.  Betsy will be the keynote dinner speaker on Saturday from 6:30 – 8:00pm.

So if you are looking for a little inspiration, networking, or education CampExperience is the place to be!  Check out their website at www.campexperience.com

Zip Lining is the Best Way to See the Fall Colors!

Zip lining over the train!

If you’ve never been zip lining, its something you must try, whether you are a local or visitor in the Summit County Area. It’s exciting, adventurous, and one of the best ways to enjoy the spectacular Colorado scenery! You will fly with the birds, taking in the spectacular views of Mt. Arkansas, plus three of the famous ‘Fourteeners’, the highest peaks in Colorado, Mt. Massive, Mt. Elbert and Mt. Democrat. Top of the Rockies Zip Lining is owned and operated by our winter snowmobiling tour partners, White Mountain Snowmobile Tours. Their private 2,000 acre property includes more than fifty old patented gold mines including the Golden Treasure, the Colorado Belle Placer, the General Grant and the Emerald mine.  These mines are not operating gold mines, but several of the mine shafts will be visible as guests tour this unspoiled historic area.   You also have a great chance to see wildlife, as the area supports abundant wildlife including herds of elk and deer!  Enjoy the spectacular views from the deck before take-off.  Fall is one of the best times for zip lining, as the leaves are changing colors and the best vantage point is up high in the sky!  Guests will soar over Big English Creek, vast canyons, waterfalls, alpine meadows dressed in wild flowers, groves of elegant aspens and pine forests. One of the lines even goes over the historic Leadville Railroad!

The first take-off platform is at 11,000 feet of altitude and the entire course is all above 10,000 feet.  Guests will travel to “The Top of the World” surrounded by true Rocky Mountain back country splendor and views.  Take a deep breath of the crisp clean mountain air and just go for it! Step off the platform and glide effortlessly into the adventure of a lifetime. The attraction features the latest and safest technology including double cables for safety, faster zips with the latest hands free “zip stop” technology and several long runs traveling anywhere from 400 to 850 feet. Friendly certified guides are there to make sure your tour is safe, enjoyable and informative.

Top of the Rockies Zip Line  is located Halfway between Copper Mountain Resort and Historic Leadville, Colorado.  It is the closest zip line operation to Summit County and only about 35 minutes from Keystone Resort! To get there from Keystone, head west on Hwy-6 to Silverthorne where you will hop on I-70 west. Drive about 8 miles to Exit 195 (Copper Mountain/Leadville). From the Exit, go south on Highway 91. Pass the Climax Mine at the top of Freemont Pass at about 10 miles, then continue downhill for about 5 miles. Slow down when you see the green MILE MARKER 7 sign on the left. The entrance to our Base Camp is just south of that sign. Watch for oncoming traffic, then turn left into our driveway.

Visit the Top of The Rockies website today to make your zip line reservation!  There’s even a coupon to download to save $5 on your adventure! 

Photo credit: Top of the Rockies Zip Line

Volunteer for Homestead Trail Restoration Project in Keystone

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado will be hosting a weekend-long trail project at the Keystone Homestead on September 15 & 16.  Volunteers of the project will be working to help alleviate drainage issues at the historic Keystone Homestead, which is currently used by Keystone Resort for its dinner sleigh and wagon rides, along with other recreational activities such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding.  The weekend includes fun and rewarding trail work, youth activities, live music, free camping and meals, along with the chance to meet other locals and volunteers.

Keystone’s trail system, with views of the Continental Divide and Ten Mile Range, is described by hikers and mountain bikers as “world class.” The popular trails typically have more than 100 daily visitors during the summer months. High traffic and water have caused significant damage to several trails. The weekend project will focus on restoring damaged trails that originate at the historic Keystone Homestead and continue onto National Forest land.   If you have ever used the trails in Summit County, this is a great way to give back and show your support for our great trail system.

Volunteers are invited to join one or both days of this service weekend. 100 volunteers are needed each day.  Free camping will be available at Keystone Homestead on Friday and Saturday nights and free meals will be provided for registered volunteers starting at breakfast Saturday morning through Sunday lunch. Local musician, Randall McKinnon, will be performing live on Saturday evening.  While adults 13 and older work on the Tower Trail, younger children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in the Young Stewards Program, which will include environmental education, outdoor games, and age-appropriate stewardship activities and work on their own trail project.

If you are interested in volunteering, you must pre-register for one or both days in order for the organizers to plan for necessary tools, supplies, and food. Register via Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado’s Project Calendar at www.voc.org, or by calling 303-715-1010. The minimum age to participate in the project is 6. Don’t miss out on your chance to volunteer and give back during this fun weekend in Keystone!

 

 

Foodies Find the Best Eats at Keystone Culinary Festival Tomorrow

Piggybacking off of the popular ‘Taste of Colorado’ Festival in Denver, The Taste of Keystone has become a well-known and long standing tradition in Keystone and is sure to impress any ‘foodie’.  This year the event is in it’s 24th year and is taking place tomorrow, September 2nd in Keystone’s Lakeside Village. The Labor Day Weekend event features live music and amazing food tastings from some of the best restaurants in the country, all based right here in Keystone Resort Colorado. Participating food vendors include Bighorn Steakhouse, Alpenglow Stube, Black Bear Grill, Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone Ranch, Keystone Summit House, pastry chef Ned Archibald, Edgewater Café, Pizza on the Plaza, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Keystone Adventure Center, and Dos Locos.  You can expect a nice variety of scrumptious tastings all afternoon at the event.  Tickets are just a dollar each and the dishes typically range from just two to five tickets.  Examples of the cuisine include the Ski Tip’s char-grilled tiger shrimp with avocado, Olathe corn salsa, cherry tomato and crème fraiche. There’s no better way to grab a taste of the good life!

There will also be a silent auction going on throughout the day, concluding at 2:30 p.m. with the winners announced at 3pm. Proceeds from the auction go to help support Summit County’s Mountain Mentors Program (www.summitcares.org).  Tastings and live music, featuring the ever-popular WhiteWater Ramble, begin at 11 a.m on Sunday and run until 3pm. The event is billed as zero waste, meaning all plates, cups and utensils are biodegradable and recycling containers will be available throughout the venue.

Other activities happening in Keystone this weekend include the River Run Merchant’s Tent Sale, featuring huge discounts on both summer and winter items from retailers such as Gorsuch, Christy Sports, Keystone Sports, Kidz Cabin and more.  Other resort activities include hiking, mountain biking, paddle boating, stand-up paddleboarding, and golf.

Be sure to check out some of our vacation rental properties in Lakeside Village for your next Keystone Vacation.  The views can’t be beat and the location is central to shops and restaurants, activities on the Lake, the paved rec path and the Keystone Conference Center.

Spectacular Views at Lake Shore Condos!

Tomorrow is Your Last Day to Save Big on Ski Season!

Take Advantage of the Free, Professional Epic Mix Photos When You Visit Keystone!

Tomorrow is the FINAL DAY of our Snowcapped Early Booking Sale! 15% Off Ski Season Stays of 3 Nights or More*

This winter has been predicted to be an above average snowfall year and we are prepping for an outrageously awesome season here in Keystone!  Keystone Resort is set to open on November 2nd, leaving roughly just 2 months until ski season starts.  Prime dates and properties are filling up fast, so it’s a good idea to book now, not only for the best selection but for the best prices!  Book your 2012/2013 winter season stay of 3+ nights and lock in last season’s rates, plus take an additional 15% off!*

Why Choose Keystone?

Keystone features world class terrain with something for every skiing or riding level, whether you are just learning or are a black diamond, powder-seeking  pro!  Just 90 minutes from the Denver International Airport and smack dab in the center of a cluster of other ski resorts, such as Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Copper and Vail; Keystone offers a central location with convenience that can’t be beat.  Keystone is also one of the few resorts in Colorado that hosts night skiing, meaning you get more bang for your buck.  There are also plenty of lodging options in Keystone, whether you want to ski-in, ski-out at Lone Eagle, enjoy private bubbly hot tubs and slope views like those at Chateaux DuMont or just have the convenience of walking to shops, restaurants, and the slopes like you’ll have when you stay in River Run Village.  Keystone is also known to be one of the most family friendly resorts, offering activities designed just for kids, such as Kidtopia Kidsfest, the Snow Fort at the top of Dercum Mountain, and every day fun with activities like ice skating, tubing, sledding, sleigh rides and more!  You’ll also have access to Keystone’s Epic Mix, which allows users to track their days, vertical feet, earn pins and even have free professional photos taken on the mountain to record EPIC experiences! Keystone really has something for everyone! Call one of our Vacation Planners today and have them help you find the perfect property for your next Keystone Colorado vacation!

*Please refer to the Snowcapped Booking page for all of the details.

Keystone Gondola Last chance for free rides!

Friday Afternoon Club (FAC): [Fried-eh afternoon kluhb] 

1. An exclusive club for Keystone Resort Visitors, offering exclusive member-only perks such as free scenic gondola rides, free breathtaking views, free access to live concerts, free yard game rentals including, but not limited to; horseshoes, ladder golf, and bocce ball and exclusive food and drink deals.

This Friday, August 31st is the last day to see what the Friday Afternoon Club is all about!  Enjoy free gondola rides all afternoon from 3 – 7pm and take in the breathtaking views atop Dercum Mountain at Keystone Resort.  While at the top, enjoy a free live concert from the Luv Brothers while taking advantage of some great food and drink specials at Summit House.  Enjoy a beer with a view while relaxing in an Adirondack chair or take the kids a scenic nature hike.  Free lawn game rentals will be available, so challenge your friends or family to a game of ladder golf or horse shoes.  After a great Friday afternoon at Keystone, spend the night in one of our River Run Condos! Don’t miss your last chance to be a part of the summer Friday Afternoon Club, happening tomorrow afternoon in Keystone!

 
Friday Afternoon Club Means Free Gondola Rides!

Today is the Last Day to Register for Wounded Warriers & KAC Golf Scramble

The Keystone Adaptive Center and Scotty McFadden Foundation have teamed up to put on the ‘Tee It Up for Wounded Warriors & KAC’ Event at the Keystone Ranch Golf Course, raising funds for the Keystone Adaptive Center and Wounded Warriors Fund. Cost is $100 per golfer or $400 for a team.  Fees include use of the practice range, 18 holes of golf with a cart, contests and some awesome door prizes.  Today is the last day to register for the event that is being held on Monday, August 27th.  This is the perfect chance to have some fun out on the golf course, meet some new people and support a great cause at the same time. For more information or to register for the event, call Marci Sloan at 970 453-6422 or email marci@boec.org

Schedule of Events
9:30 am – Registration & Practice Range
10:30 am – Shotgun Start, Scramble
4:00 pm – Door Prizes & Winner Announcements

 

 

Summit County Homeowners and Locals Get Great Golf Rates

The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks in Silverthorne is considered one of the top golf courses in the country and is one of five golf courses in Summit County, making it a golfer’s dream destination!  The Raven course features lush rolling fairways and immaculately maintained greens surrounded by trees, snow capped mountain peaks, bubbling creeks and small lakes. The Raven is a true mountain course that offers a challenge for golfers of all skill levels.  The course is located just a mere 10 minutes from Keystone, making it easily accessible to all SummitCove guests and Keystone golfers who are looking to try out some new terrain.  The Raven is also equipped with a driving range and PGA staff available for lessons. Currently the Raven is offering a late season range pass at half off regular prices. 

We all know golf can be an expensive sport, but Summit County Homeowners and local residents can rest assured, as the Raven Golf Club offers 20% off normal rates during select times for locals. Book a tee time Sundays through Thursdays, after 11am and pay just $70 to play and if you wait until after 2pm the rates drop to $55.  These special rates include your cart rental, range, and GPS.  You can book your tee times online or by calling 970.262.3636.

The course also features weekly ‘Ladies and Men’s’ Days, tournaments, and other special events throughout the season. This Friday, August 24, visit them for their ‘9 & Dine’ Event; golf begins at 4:30 pm followed by a 3 course meal in the dining room.  Summit County Homeowners receive 20% off this special event. 

If you are looking for an amazing selection of golf courses that feature challenging terrain and unbelievable mountain scenery, Summit County is the place to visit this summer or fall! 

Golfing at the Raven at Three Peaks in Silverthorne, CO

Show Off Your Artistic Side at Canvas and Cocktails This Saturday!

Canvas and Cocktails

Saturday, August 25, 2012
Are you looking for a way to explore your artistic side but don’t know where to start? Want a fun night out that is new and exciting? Canvas and Cocktails is an upbeat creative class for both the artistic and not so artistic. This event is perfect for a unique date night, team building with co-workers or just a fun night with your friends! At the end of the night you will go home feeling great with a painting you can call “uniquely yours” and hopefully with a new found talent you’ll want to explore further.

Come learn the basics of acrylic painting while enjoying the company of friends. Not artistic or feeling a little nervous? Don’t worry- no experience is necessary, an instructor will guide you through step by step recreating the featured night’s painting. It’s easy, fun, and totally stress free. By the end of the night you will be amazed at the artwork you have created!   Drinks are not included in ticket price but drink specials will be available! Items included for the night are the instruction, canvas, brushes and paint. Bring your friends and try out something new this Saturday evening in Keystone!

Time:
Doors and cocktails begin at 6 PM, Painting begins at 7 PM
Location: Warren Station, River Run at Keystone, Colorado
Costs: $41.99 in advance, $45.00 at the door
Buy tickets here: www.augustcanvasandcocktails.eventbrite.com

Photo Credit: CanvasandCocktails.com