Catch Comedy Night at Warren Station on July 19

Warren Station has partnered with Comedy Works out of Denver to bring 3 unique nights of live comedy to Keystone this summer, with two upcoming shows on July 19 and August 23rd.  The upcoming July show features headliner Janae Burris with opener Zac Maas.  Janae is a comedian, writer and actor who has performed in dozens of plays and was a member of the critically acclaimed ‘City Garage Theater.’  She has been a major player in the Improv comedy scene, both performing and teaching improv and stand-up for close to a decade.  Most recently she has been performing as a regular at Comedy Works in Denver and will be debuting in Portland at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.

 

Opener Zac Maas is also a Comedy Works regular, as a 3x New Faces Finalist.  He has toured nationally with big names like Mike Birbiglia, Christopher Titus, Dana Gould and Kylee Kinane.  Zac has performed at numerous Comedy Festivals, suc as Bridgetown, High Plains, Cape Fear and Snub Fest.  He also hosts a podcast called ‘Whiskey and Cigarettes’ which won Denver Westword’s people’s choice award for best podcast 3 years in a row!

 

Tickets to this fun night of comedy are just $12 when you purchase tickets in advance, online.  You must be 18 years or older to attend this event.  Get your tickets now for this awesome event coming up this summer at Keystone’s very own Warren Station.  Book lodging in River Run Village to be able to walk to this event.

 

Weekend Forecast: Blue Skies and Bacon

If you are still looking to make plans for the upcoming weekend, look no further! Head to the hills at Keystone Resort for the Bacon & Bourbon festival, happening this Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2018.

 

If you’ve never been to this festival, you are in for a real treat.  Thousands of pounds of bacon will be on hand for tasting, prepared in a multitude of ways.  Some of the country’s best bacon purveyors will be sizzling up classic strip-style bacon for tasting.  You’ll also see Keystone & Summit County restaurant vendors getting creative, creating all sorts of bacon flavored dishes to try.  Bacon in pasta. Bacon on pizza. Bacon on top of bacon.  Gourmet bacon dishes.  Bacon street food.  Bacon desserts. Bacon beverages and more! You’ll find some of the most unique and interesting dishes, all incorporating bacon in unexpected ways at this festival, truly a bacon lovers dream!

Bacon and Bourbon Festival

There are 3 types of tickets available for the festival – a kids ‘Piglet’ ticket package, the ‘Swamplin’ Swine’ mid-level ticket package and the ‘Hungry Hog’ ticket package- for those serious bacon lovers or anyone (21+) who wants in on the bourbon tasting.  All ticket packages are good for a single day and include UNLIMITED bacon strip samples, varying numbers of the bacon ‘cuisine’ types of dishes, as well as a beverage or two and a commemorative event trucker hat.  Book your tickets and lodging together with SummitCove to save up to 20% on the weekend.  SummitCove has vacation condos located right in the heart of River Run Village, so you can walk to and from the festival.

 

Not a bacon lover? Have no fear! Skip the bacon tickets and just come to enjoy a beverage and the free live music.  You can also head to any one of the village restaurants to enjoy a meal of your choice, bacon or not, at any time!  Ticket & lodging packages will be on sale until 1 pm on Friday!  Book now! Be sure to stop by the SummitCove tent once you are at the festival to pick up your free pair of pig-nose sunglasses!

 

Distilled Spirits & Speaker Series Presents St. Pattys Day Summit Top Whiskey Cocktail

Will you be celebrating St. Patty’s Day in Keystone Colorado this year?  Head to Warren Station on Saturday, March 17 to enjoy one of their signature events, the Distilled Spirits & Speaker Series.  This night will feature a whiskey cocktail competition, with recipes created from various local establishments from Summit County.  Reap the benefits of stiff competition as you taste an array of wonderful whiskey cocktails with a St. Pattys Day whiskey theme! Live music from the Well Beings will accompany a fun afternoon of tasting.  Enjoy tasty appetizers with your samples from Black Diamond Gourmet. Guests will be asked to vote for their favorite and in return, you’ll receive a full size version of your favorite.  The vendors will be competing for two awards, ‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Experts Choice’.  The grand prize for the Expert’s Choice award winner will consist of a night out in Denver including lodging at the beautiful Maven Hotel, dinner and drinks, as well as a show. Second place will walk away with a $100 gift card, and third place will receive a bottle of premium whiskey courtesy of Jim Beam.  The doors open at 4pm, with music starting at 4:30pm.  The winners will be announced at 6:45 pm.  Tickets are just $15 when you purchase them online in advance and include samplings of each drink, a full size cocktail and appetizers.

If you aren’t familiar with the Keystone Resort area, Warren Station is located in the heart of skier village, River Run.  Lodges in the River Run area include Jack Pine, Silver Mill, The Springs, Black Bear Condos and Arapahoe Lodge. Many guests name River Run Village as their favorite place to stay with all of its great amenities and proximity to the ski slopes and gondola.  Most guests find that they don’t even need a car while they are here, as everything you need is within walking distance!

 

When you are here in Keystone for your Spring Break 2018 vacation destination, be sure to get tickets now for this great upcoming event at Warren Station!  With over 3 feet of snow far this month, the conditions at Keystone Ski Resort are amazing!

Life in the Fast Lane with Top of the Rockies Zip Line

Recently, I was lucky enough to go on a group outing with one of our favorite winter partners, Top of the Rockies Zip Lines! After a quick drive to their outpost, we arrived and headed into the lodge, gearing up for our day outside. We got fitted up with complimentary harnesses and helmets and headed outside.  It was an absolutely gorgeous spring day, the sun was shining and the temperature was a mild 35 degrees.  We were all excited for some fun!

Zip Line Tour at Top of the Rockies with Summit Cove
A group of us getting geared up for zip lining at the lodge

 

We were instructed to gear up and get into the snow cat that would take us up the mountain to the first of six zip lines to begin our tour.  Riding in the cat was a ton of fun, but be aware, it is a small space! We marveled in the views and felt like we could drive anywhere in that thing!  Once we got to the top, we went into the yurt to start our briefing where there was hot chocolate and a warm wood stove.  After a quick safety and instructional meeting and tasty drink, we were ready to start the fun!

 

Snapping into the lines is a breeze and their dual-snap in system makes it one of the safest zip lines in the world. The certified guides made us feel safe and made sure we had fun!  The fast rush of cool air against your face felt great and the rush immediately brings a smile to your face! The views were simply incredible, with mountains and snow all around.  Our group had some fun with a friendly snowball fight, incoming, incoming… launch! They teach you how to slow down before you land. You also take off at your own speed, but I recommend going as fast as you can to maximize the fun!

 

Zip Lining Leap O Faith Top of the Rockies Keystone SummitCove
The ‘Leap O’ Faith’ is worth it! Don’t be nervous- it is nothing but fun!

 

 

The whole tour lasted a little over 2 hours and was so much fun.  I would highly recommend this activity to anyone looking for a little fun and adventure on their Keystone ski vacation.  Book a tour with Top of the Rockies Zip Line today!  All SummitCove Lodging guests receive an exclusive guest discount with them! They even offer transportation options if you don’t have a vehicle during your stay, or just don’t want to drive!

 

Zip Liners at Top of the Rockies Zip Lining Near Keystone Resort CO
Having a blast flying in the sky!

 

 

PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL This Weekend At Warren Station in Keystone, CO

Want a fun mother-daughter date, father-daughter date or just a fun family night activity while you are visiting Keystone this weekend? Check out Pinkalicious The Musical in Keystone on Saturday. The musical is based on the books with a fun character named Pinkalicious,  who love cupcakes, dress up, playing princess, and all things pink. Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite all of the warnings from her parents. Her over-the top passion for pink lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – which is actually a dream come true for this pink loving girl! But when her new hue gets out of control, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.  

 

Pinkalicious at River Run Keystone Colorado

The Musical will be happening at Warren Station on Saturday, January 20th. There are two shows available, with a matinee starting at 2:30pm and the second evening show starting at 6:30pm. Doors will open 30 minutes before each showing. Get there early to grab a fun seat up close to see all the action of the musical. This musical is fun and affordable for everyone with tickets starting at $10 for 2-12 years and $15 for 12 and above. Get your tickets in advance at www.warrenstation.com.

 

Pinkalicious at Keystone Resort

 

Still need to book your weekend lodging?  SummitCove has some great last-minute deals on vacation rentals in River Run and Keystone Resort!  Call one of our vacation planners at (970) 368-7023 to book your stay now.

 

Family Events and Activities During the Holidays at Keystone

Keystone is a wonderful place to visit with your family over the holidays.  In addition to great skiing and snowboarding, there are tons of other fun family-friendly events and activities scheduled for the holiday season.  Here are just a few ideas for some fun things to do with your family during your visit.

 

Meet Santa
Santa will be around for most of December, with various appearances all over Keystone Resort. See him at the Kidtopia Headquarters, in Lakeside Village, or River Run.  Kids will love getting the chance to tell Santa what they want for Christmas!

 

Chocolate Village
This is a must-scene during your Keystone holiday visit.  Each December, the lobby at the Keystone Lodge hosts an incredible chocolate village, complete with a working gondola and running waterfalls.  Every year the scene changes and you just won’t believe that the entire village is made out of over 5,000 pounds of chocolate! Don’t miss this – it’s open 24 hours a day too!

 

Wednesday Winter Movie Matinees
Free movie matinees for the whole family start at 4pm at the Kidtopia Headquarters.  December’s lineup includes Anastasia, Elf, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frozen!

 

Ice Skating
Keystone is home to two outdoor ice skating rinks! Checkout the smaller rink at Dercum Square in River Run or head to Lakeside Village for the 5 acre, zamboni-maintained rink, complete with a lighted holiday tree in the middle.  Supports are available if you are new to the sport or a little unsure on your skates!

Ice Skating at Dercum Square

 

Snow Tubing & the Snow Fort
Atop Keystone’s Dercum Mountain is Adventure Point – Keystone’s downhill tubing zone!  Reservations are recommended. On your way, check out the world’s largest snowfort!

 

Family Game Nights on Mondays
On Monday nights, head to the Keystone Kidtopia Headquarters for family game night.  Play in group bingo, start up a board game or challenge the fam to a friendly game of foosball during family game night from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Chalk Art, Top Hogs, Model Boat Regatta and Tie-Dying T-shirts Tomorrow in Keystone!

Tomorrow in Keystone’s River Run Village will feature a free day of fun and entertainment with the ‘Chalk Art and Chocolate’ Family Festival.  A live family entertainer recently seen on America’s Got Talent, ‘Top Hogs’ will be performing from 11 – 11:45 am.  Watch trained pigs perform all sorts of amazing tricks from sports endeavors to impressions.  This will be fun for the whole family and you won’t believe what they have taught these animals to do – so impressive!

There will also be two professional chalk artists on hand, Naomi Haverland and Chris Carlson, drawing 3-D art with chalk in the village during the event.  Keep an eye on these throughout the as they use chalk to create some amazing but temporary art!  These are some incredible pieces!

Chalk art from Naomi Haverland
One of Naomi Haverland’s amazing chalk art pieces featured from her portfolio at www.naomihaverland.com.

Later in the afternoon, take your family over to Lakeside Village.  There will be a model boat regatta happening on Keystone Lake from 10 am – 4pm.  Over 30 scale ship models will be on hand to see with on-water demonstrations and the chance to navigate the ships and ask questions with the ship modelers. Then head to the Keystone Adventure Center to tie-dye t-shirts!  You and your kids can tie-dye a Keystone logoed t-shirt to bring home as a souvenir!  You bring the creativity and they’ll supply the rest! Cost is $15 for kids and $20 for adults, this event runs from 2 – 4 pm at Lakeside Village.

There are plenty of fun activities happening this weekend in Keystone! Take advantage of our Summer Bucketlist Sale, currently offering 25% off stays at select properties through the end of September.  Make the most of the end of summer and mark some things off your family bucketlist! Book a condo at Lakeside Village, Mountain House, or West Keystone for an affordable last minute family mountain getaway.  Use promo code ‘BUCKETLIST’ when booking a vacation rental online or call one of our vacation planners to make your reservation.

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

5 Family Favorite Summer Activities in Summit County

Summertime is one of the best times to visit Keystone and Summit County. I have been enjoying this area for a long time with my family and have some family favorite activities. Here are 5 of our favorite things to do in the summertime on our Keystone Vacation!

  1. Biking around Keystone
    Keystone has many biking trails for every level of ability. If you’re just looking for something easy and paved, try out the Summit County Bike Path which you can access from most of the vacation rental properties at Keystone. You can ride just around Keystone, go a little further to Dillon, or end up having lunch in Breckenridge or Copper Mountain Resorts. Mountain View Sports has a ‘Ride the Pass’ bike trip where they drop you off at the top of Vail Pass and it’s all downhill from there with incredible scenery the whole way! If the kids are older and you want to get on the dirt, try the mountain biking trails around Summit County. Our favorites include Keystone Gulch, Red Trail, and Ptarmigan. Keystone Resort also has a great downhill bike park with tons of weekly classes and clinics to get you started.  The best part about biking in Keystone? SummitCove Vacation Lodging gives you a free 2-hour bike rental with every summer reservation! 

  1. Adventure Center at Keystone Lake

    A perfect place to enjoy the afternoon with the family is The Adventure Center in Lakeside Village. Rent a standup paddleboard, canoe, kayak, or paddle boat and enjoy the 5 acre Keystone lake. Make sure to buy some fish food from the machines and feed the huge trout that are stocked in the lake. Young children love it! The Adventure Center also has fun family arcade games to play and food selections the kids will love. Go on a Sunday afternoon for their “Sunday Funday” and save some money.

  1. Hike to Lily Pad Lake
    While there are some great hiking trails right in Keystone, one of my family’s favorite is Lily Pad Lake Trail just outside of Silverthorne. This trail gives your family access into the beautiful Eagles Nest Wilderness area. It’s an easy hike so perfect for the family with young children at 3.2 miles roundtrip. The first small lily pad pond you pass is a popular place for wildlife such as deer, elk, and moose. If you do see wild animals, please watch only from afar and do not approach. You then come to the bigger mountain lake which you can continue you walk around.  This is a busy trail so try to go on “off” days or early in the day.

  1. Country Boy Mine, Breckenridge
    A fun inexpensive place I like to take my family to is Country Boy Mine which is 2 miles outside of Breckenridge. While you can pay for a fascinating tour of the mine, we just rent a couple of gold pans to share and sit along Eureka Creek hoping to find our riches, which is really just enjoying the sun, scenery, and family. The kids are always excited to see the burros which roam around the mine and love to be petted. Another fun free activity here at the mine is their 55 foot ore chute slide. The kids will do the slide over and over again!

  1. Water Taxi from Dillon to Frisco
    The Lake Dillon Water Taxi is a great way to get on Lake Dillon and take in the beautiful views surrounding the reservoir. We like to get on at the Dillon Marina (make sure you bring cash – they don’t take credit cards), enjoy the ride to Frisco watching the sailboats along the way, walk down to the shops on Frisco’s cute Main Street, get a bite to eat at Prost or the Island Grill right at the marina, and then head back on the water taxi to Dillon. You can also take your bike on a one-way trip on the water taxi and bike back on the Summit County bike path.

Summer is so much fun in the mountains! Book your Keystone vacation lodging today with SummitCove.com!

 Written By: Carrie Gustin 

Warren Station Concert Series: Keller Williams

Warren Station, Center for the Arts is a beautiful events venue located inside of The River Run Village in the heart of Keystone. Surrounded by bars, restaurants and the gondola that gives you access to our beautiful ski mountain, Warren Station is the best place to be when an event rolls through town. Warren Station hosts numerous events, weddings and activities throughout the year, including the recent The Nutcracker Suite and Holiday Showcase and the upcoming New Year’s Eve Celebration with Gypsy Moon and Trout Steak Revival.  It is one of Summit County’s premier venues for live music.

Keystone Resort has received 26 inches of fresh snow in the past week, making this one of the best early seasons in recent years.  More snow is in the forecast for this upcoming weekend, with up to 5 inches falling by Sunday evening. Spend your day cruising on the ski slopes and then head to Warren Station in the evening to see some fantastic live music! Can you think of a better way to spend your weekend?

Keller Williams concert at Warren Station
photo courtesy of www.warrenstation.com

This weekend, on December 18th & 19th, Keller Williams & His Compadres are back in Keystone for another round of fun.  Keller Williams is a highly respected guitarist that has played with just about anyone worth knowing in the the “jam band” scene amongst other great types of musicians. He is known for his extremely versatile music ranging from solo acoustic sets to bluegrass, reggae and much more. These Keystone shows have become a really fun tradition and always seem to be extra special. Each night, Williams will play a solo act to kick things off and then for the second set he invites ‘His Compadres’ to the stage and really get the crowd moving. Maybe it’s the friends that come join him on stage, seeing such an impressive concert in our snowy village or just a combination of it all, but this is a show you will never forget. His “compadres” this year include Keith Moseley and Michael Travis from The String Cheese Incident, Garrett Sayers from the Motet, Andy Hall and Chris Pandolfi from the Infamous Stringdusters, and Drew Emmitt from Leftover Salmon. With this incredible lineup, you can expect tickets to sell out soon so get your tickets now and prepare for a musical experience you won’t soon forget. Advanced ticket sales are $30 per person, per night when you buy them online.

Look for more shows coming this season at Keystone’s Warren Station including Trout Steak Revival, The Motet and The New Mastersounds! Rent a condo from SummitCove Lodging in River Run Village to be in the heart of the action and just steps from Warren Station.  Jack Pine Lodge, Silver Mill, and Buffalo Lodge are all great options for your Keystone accommodations. Check out the incredible upper deck view from this Black Bear Condo #8064.  Imagine waking up here with a cup of coffee in hand, watching the fresh snow falling and the people beginning to bustle about the village. You will love the convenience of staying in River Run, with heated parking garages, a ski locker for all of your gear, hot tubs with views of the slopes, ice skating at Dercum Square, tons of restaurants and Après ski spots and of course the easy access to the ski slopes, to make sure you get first tracks in the morning!

Written By: Patrick Foley