The Best Dining in Keystone for Valentine’s Day Romance

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!

 

Alpenglow Stube
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!

Alpenglow Stube Lunch at Keystone Resort
Views of skiers from the deck at Alpenglow Stube

 

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.

 

Zuma Roadhouse
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.

 

What is There to Do at Keystone if I Don’t Ski or Snowboard?

Summit County or the Colorado Rockies in general, is one of the most active places on the planet whether it is winter or summer. But what happens if you suddenly find yourself unable to participate (perhaps from an injury) or just don’t enjoy or aren’t good at some of its main draws, such as skiing or snowboarding?

 

The first, easiest, and in my opinion most pleasurable thing to do is explore the dining options in Summit County. Keystone Resort in particular is a leader in this category, whether it is Der Fondue Chessel or The Alpenglow Stube (The highest 4 Diamond Rated Restaurant in North America) on top of the hill, or the Ski Tip Lodge or Keystone Ranch (28 out of 30 by Zagat) you are sure to find some of the best dining options in Summit County. Nearby Frisco, Colorado is no slouch here either with the somewhat unknown Food Hedz, a restaurant started up by a former Keystone Ranch chef, so you know it’s great!

 

As for local watering holes, in Keystone you will find a great variety of bars including the infamous Kickapoo Tavern.  This place is known for their awesome apres-ski patio!  Some other options to check out in River Run Village is the 9280′ Taphouse, Zuma Roadhouse and Spoon Cafe. In Mountain House look for the Last Lift Bar, the Snake River Saloon and Dos Locos Mexican Cantina. There are also a number of local breweries in Summit County including the well-known Dam Brewery and Broken Compass.

 

For those of us who live here, we tend to forget what an inescapably beautiful location it is. As is such I got back to an old college pastime and broke out the camera and started snapping away. The constantly changing weather conditions can often change how a photo presents from moment to moment. I would imagine if I could paint, it would be quite incredible too.

 

There are plenty of options for taking specialty classes at CMC as well, such as an Asian Cuisine Cooking Course or enjoying a night of pottery painting at Ready, Paint, Fire over in Lakeside Village.

Enjoy a fun night at Ready, Paint, Fire and make your own masterpiece while you enjoy a cocktail!

 

If shopping is your thing, The Outlets in Silverthorne are a formidable opponent for even the most seasoned shopping enthusiast. There are some great deals here and name brands like American Eagle, J Crew, Crocs, Bath and Body Works, The Gap, The Colorado Store and more.  The Outlets are just about a 10 minute drive into Silverthorne from Keystone Resort. You can also head to the spa for an amazing day of relaxation and pampering.

 

One of the other things that can really captivate is the live music here in Summit County. From the Snake River Saloon in Keystone to the Motherloaded Tavern in Breckenridge to SilverHeels or the Barkley Ballroom in Frisco, live music is a staple of any small town or community and there is no short supply here.  In the summer, Keystone Resort is home to some of the best festivals in the nation that bring in huge music acts, as well as some not as well-known, up and coming acts that you will love and they are all free to attend!  There are also weekly summers at the Dillon Amphitheater and Frisco’s Historical Park with their ‘Concerts in the Park’.  The best part is that you can find FREE LIVE MUSIC almost any day of the week here in Summit County.

 

Depending upon your injury, condition, or lack of skill that is preventing you from enjoying the more ‘hardcore’ activities here, there are other options that aren’t quite as physical. Ice Fishing is a great unique activity to partake in although it is catch and release. If you are able to sustain some degree of physicality and want something a little more adventurous you can also try Dogsledding or Snowmobiling. There are even places to Zipline in the winter for the adrenaline junkies, at Top of the Rockies Zip Line.  Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are also great ways to get outside during the winter that don’t require as much skill or commitment. Snow tubing and ice skating are also very popular family activities that are right here in Keystone!

Zip Lining in the Winter with Top of the Rockies Zip Line

 

Lastly, if you arrive in one piece, but happen to be unfortunate enough to injure yourself while on vacation you can rest easy, we have some of the best Orthopaedic Surgeons and Physical Therapists in the world right here. Vail-Summit Orthopaedics and Steadman Hawkins are among the world leaders in sports medicine.

 

There are so many things to do here in Keystone in addition to skiing and snowboarding.  Plan your winter family vacation in Keystone today and you can rest assured you will have plenty of fun things to do!  You may even end up adding additional nights to your stay when you realize how many things you will want to pack into each day!

 

 

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!