Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival is Almost Here!

Calling all oenophiles and music lovers. It’s time for the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival!  Filled with wine tastings, educational seminars and live music from such great artists as Pg6ix, Kirby Velarde quartet, Harold Rapp, Jackiem Joyner, Stanley Jordan, and Selena Albright.  All these greats are headlined by crowd favorite Dotsero. The River Run Village Grand Tasting brings it all together. With our epic summer time days here for this fabulous festival, the mountains are calling. The festival kicks off with a reserve wine tasting this Friday, July 12th at 7:00pm and continues through the weekend.

Wine and Jazz Festival Pour

The wine seminars are an engaging and fun way to increase your wine knowledge.  Starting Saturday, July 13th at 12:00pm at Warren Station we have “Let’s talk DIRT-Y” with viticulturist Rudy Marchesi.  He was Oregon’s person of the year and is the owner of Montinore Estate in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. He is a leader in certified organic farming and the biodynamic community.  Don’t miss his story and wine tastings. Included is a 2017 Pinot Fris, NV Borealis, 2018 almost dry Riesling, 2017 Red Cap Pinot Noir, and a 2014 Grahams Block 7 Pinot Noir.

Next up at 2:00PM at Warren Station is Master Sommelier Roland Mico leading the “More than Pinot Noir” seminar.  Alternatives to Pinot Noir being served will include a Nerello Mascalese and a Beaujolais.   

Ending the day nicely we have “Let’s Talk Tequila – Shaken, Stirred, and Straight”.  This takes place at Warren Station at 4:00PM. We all have our favorite Margarita places.  Presented by Tyler Wang, you will learn history, production, and an insider’s guide to Tequila.  You will also learn about pairing ingredients and try a Paloma Cocktail. Included are samplings of El Tesoro Tequilas. Concluding this fascinating seminar will be a cocktail creation demonstration.  Take your newfound seminar knowledge and browse the wine tents in River Run Village while listening to some fantastic jazz and enjoying the wonderful summertime weather in the mountains. 

Make sure you stick around for Sunday’s festivities.  The day opens with the annual favorite seminar, ‘Prosecco and Pancakes’, running from 10:30am – 12:30pm at Warren Station.  Enjoy scrumptious Ruffino Prosecco Cocktails with an interesting mix of pancakes, toppings and classic breakfast sides, a great way to start the day!  

Finish off two days of education, memories, fun, wine, spirits and bubbles with “Name! That! Wine!” at 2:00pm at Warren Station.  The presenter is Ben Braley. You will try blind tastings and learn more about approach and flavor characteristics for many different varietals.  This will all take place in an exciting game show style format. Blind tastings are an excellent way to learn about our own palate and what you are smelling and tasting.  

We hope you can join us for this amazing weekend of Wine and Jazz.  Stay the weekend and book one of our ticket and lodging festival packages, where you can save up to 15% on your weekend. But hurry, package sales end Friday at 4 pm.  If there is a certain seminar you are interested in attending, be sure to also purchase your seminar tickets in advance, as they typically sell out! Book a River Run Condo with a festival view and you can watch the music from the balcony and you won’t have to worry about driving anywhere after wine tasting. We hope to see you this weekend! 

Keystone Wine & Jazz Festival on July 18 & 19

Keystone, Colorado is home to many popular summertime festivals and the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival has been around for almost 20 years!  On July 18 and 19, 2015, head to Keystone to see what makes this one of the most unique festivals in the mountains!

The Wine and Jazz festival features over 300 different varieties of wine, from a host of different vendors and regions. Purchase a single day or weekend sampling pass and you will receive a commemorative tasting glass that lets you sample as many kinds as you’d like.  Download the festival app to track your favorites and make sampling notes!  

Whether you are a wine connoisseur or just enjoy going for the live music, tasting and people watching, this festival is not one to miss.  Live music is free to see and feel free to bring your dancing shoes.  Check out tunes from Joey Sommerville, Dotsero, Chris Standring, Will Donato, Elan Trotman, Sheryl Renee and Selina Albright. And what’s a great glass of wine without something tasty to go along with it?  The festival features many great, local food vendors to create the perfect pairings for your palette.

In addition to the live music, food and wine tasting, sign up for one of the educational seminars to take your wine knowledge to the next level.  Seminars will be happening throughout the weekend at Warren Station various prices, “Farm to Glass: The Basics of Sustainable, Organic & Biodynamic Winemaking,” “For the Love of Chocolate and Wine,” “Cigar and Craft Distillers Seminar,” “Prosecco and Pancakes,”  and “The Blend Trend.”  Purchase single event tickets or a package to attend them all for just $95.  

Book your discounted lodging and ticket packages with SummitCove to get the best deals for the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival.  

 

 

Keystone Colorado Summer Festivals 2015

As the summer weather starts to shine here in Keystone, we know it must soon be festival season! In addition to the countless summer activities to enjoy in Keystone, there are also some fun weekend summer festivals that you should consider attending.  If you haven’t been to one yet, you should make your plans now! They are a ton of fun and a great way to escape the summer heat! There really is something for everyone, from bacon lovers to wineos, music fanatics, beer connoisseurs, foodies and more.

THE BLUE RIBBON BACON TOUR
The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour makes a stop in Keystone on June 27 & 28! From 1 – 6pm each day, come out and enjoy free live music and a variety of great eats! Have you ever had chocolate covered bacon? Try a strip of bacon on its own from the bacon purveyors or try one of the amazing bacon inspired dishes, infused with bacon, created by one of Keystone’s many restaurants. There is also a whiskey sampling tour option.  Tickets can be purchased ‘À la carte’ or as an all inclusive package. You’ll hear music from Gypsy Moon, Rob Drabkin, Josh Blackburn, Arthur Lee Land, Hell’s Belles and Zoso. There are kids ‘Piglet’ ticket packages available too. This is one festival you won’t want to miss! Save money by booking your lodging & tickets together with our Bacon Festival Packages, which all include a complimentary pair of our famous pig nose-sunglasses at check-in.

4TH OF JULY
This year you can enjoy a full day of activities and live music throughout Keystone for your 4th of July celebrations! The morning is packed full of fun events for kids with a fishing derby starting at 8am, Super Slimy Science at 9am, a bike decorating party at 10am, followed by the Children’s Bike Parade at 11am! Head over to Lakeside Village and rent a paddle boat or try stand-up paddleboarding! Check out live music from Trout Steak Revival, performing from Noon – 3pm at the Lakeside Village, while BBQ is available À la carte at Edgewater Cafe. The Boroughs will perform from 7 – 9pm followed by a grand display of fireworks over both villages at 9pm. Stay in Lakeside Village to be close to the Lake and enjoy the fireworks from your balcony!

WINE AND JAZZ FESTIVAL
The Keystone Jazz and Wine Festival returns again on July 18 – 19. Sample a variety of wines from a selection of over 300! Meanwhile you’ll be able to enjoy live jazz music from 8 different bands over the course of the weekend, like Dotsero, Will Donato, and Joey Sommerville, just to name a few. This spectacular event is held from 1 – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Entrance is free, while wine sampling tickets can be purchased for $60 a day or are included with any of our Wine and Jazz packages. And for the wine connoisseurs, educational seminars will be available throughout the weekend and special sessions, like our favorite, Prosecco and Pancakes on Sunday morning. Download the Wine and Jazz festival app and keep track of your favorite varieties that you taste throughout the weekend!

BLUEGRASS & BEER FESTIVAL
The perfect combination for a summer festival… sunshine, beer, homecookin’ and of course bluegrass! Keystone’s Beer and Bluegrass Festival will be held August 1 – 2. Bluegrass begins at noon both days, with beer sampling being held from 1 – 5pm each day. Taste delicious brews from over 25 breweries and get down to some great live bluegrass. This is one of Keystone’s most popular summer festivals and once you attend, you’ll know why! 3 different stages will host bands such as the Steep Canyon Rangers, Cornmeal, Ragged Union, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and more. New this year will be a bluegrass workshop, where you’ll be able to interact with and learn from the musicians.  You’re gonna wanna stay the night, so check out our Bluegrass and Beer lodging packages that include discounted festival tickets.

MOUNTAIN TOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL
This is one of Keystone’s newest festivals, back for its 2nd year, focusing on Indie music acts and a Colorado Peach Harvest theme. This festival is unique as it takes place on Friday night and Saturday, with a fantastic fireworks display happening on Friday night. Stroll through and shop craft, jewelry and art vendors and taste a variety of local food and beverages that focus on the Colorado peach theme. Look for tasty treats like Olathe Sweet Corn, Rocky Ford melons and elk dishes while you enjoy some spectacular music acts such as Mosey West, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, David Wax Museum, Delta Rae and more.  There are also some unique kids activities in the mix like face painting and plant your own flowerpot! We are offering some great lodging deals over the weekend, but book now before they sell out!

 

OKTOBERFEST & THE DAS BIER BURNER 5K
Taking place over Labor Day Weekend, on September 5, enjoy your beers and brats in Keystone this year at the annual Keystone Oktoberfest! Start your day on the right foot with Das Bier Burner 5K where you get to enjoy a free beer after the race! Head into River Run Village with your beer and grab some great food from Keystone’s restaurants. Entertainment includes live music and a multitude of activities for kids, as well as German inspired cuisine and polka dancers. Purchase a stein for $35 and receive 3 beer tickets and $5 refills for the rest of the day! Register for the Das Bier Burner 5K before June 30 to take advantage of early bird pricing. We offer discounted lodging to all of the Das Bier Burner 5K participants.

Keystone Resort boasts a family friendly atmosphere at all of its events and every festival is free to attend and has fun activities designed for kids, in addition to the adult events. Purchase tickets to participate in the food and drink tastings.  All festivals are pet-free, so please leave Fido at home.  Please call us today at (970) 368-7023 to book your ticket or lodging packages for any of the upcoming Keystone, Colorado Summer Festivals.

Written By: Lauren Smith

Weekend Wrapup: Triple Bypass Race, Wine and Jazz Festival, and the Breckenridge Beer Festival!

Triple-bypass bike race in Keystone CO

We are wrapping up another big weekend here in Summit County! In case you missed the festivities here are some of the details! The Double Triple Bypass Bike Race has been riding in front of our office for the last 2 days. Hundreds of cyclists took part in this year’s event which as always has seen the ride start in Evergreen, go up and over Squaw pass, down to Idaho Springs, up the frontage road through Georgetown to Bakerville, over Loveland pass, right in front of our office and continue up over Vail pass to finish the ride in Eagle County. This year for the second time, some participants went both ways conquering the Double Triple Bypass in which on Saturday they went up the original route, and Sunday they rode it backwards from Vail to finish in Evergreen.

Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival 2012

The Keystone Wine and Jazz festival wrapped up this weekend as well. Dozens of Jazz musicians participated in the festival, and hundreds of brands and styles of wine were tasted, critiqued, and enjoyed in River Run Village. The rain came hard on Saturday, but it did not dissuade anyone from having a bad time! The festival is still going on today until 5pm, so if you are in Keystone, be sure to stop by the village for a glass of wine and catch a free jazz concert! This weekend also featured the Breckenridge Beer Festival on Saturday the 14th as Musketeer Gripweed performed to a huge crowd of event goers to experience one of the biggest beer festivals in the state.

Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in another great beer festival this summer, as the Bluegrass and Beer Festival returns to Keystone’s River Run August 4th and 5th with great bands, fun and of course Beer! This is the most popular Keystone Festival and it’s sure to sell out. The weekend features music from some great bands including Head for the Hills, Oakhurst, and The Farewell Drifters, just to name a few, along with over 30 breweries from Colorado and beyond.

If you aren’t into the whole beer and music thing, and cycling is more your style, there is still time to register for the Copper Triangle, another Great Alpine classic ride. Ride from Copper mountain over Fremont Pass into Leadville, over Tennessee Pass to Minturn, and back over Vail pass to end the race at Copper Mountain. This is also your opportunity to ride with SummitCove.com staff member Wren Arbuthnot, as he will be participating in the race this year!

If you weren’t able to make it to Summit County this weekend, or just can’t wait to come back for more, there are still some great festivals scheduled this summer in Keystone, including the Bluegrass and Beer Festival, A Taste of Keystone, and multiple free River Run Rocks! concerts.   Keystone is the perfect weekend escape to beat the hot summer heat in Denver!

Enjoy a Weekend Away in Keystone This Summer!

Occasionally, couples or a groups of friends find themselves in need of some ideas for a fun weekend activity.  There are some great events in Keystone this summer, and this is a rundown of a few that you won’t want to miss!

June 24th-26th:  Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour Meat lovers will be thrilled with this brand new event in Keystone!  If bacon or bacon inspired cuisine sounds right up your alley, keep this weekend free!  For just $30, you can have unlimited samples, a free beer and a Bacon Tour event hat.

June 25th &26th Avon Walk Rocky Mountains We have touched on this event before and such an important cause bears repeating.   Take in some of the most beautiful views in Colorado, get some exercise, and aid in funding for medical care for men and women as well as research to find a cure!

July 8-10th Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival If it is a sophisticated weekend of wine tasting and music that you seek, then this is the  getaway of your dreams.  You can enjoy live jazz from well-known musicians and learn about the nuances of wine tasting in a gorgeous mountain setting.  Perfect for friends or couples!

August 6th & 7th Bluegrass and Beer Festival If you are a beer connoisseur, look no further than Bluegrass and Beer.  Microbreweries will showcase various craft beers, and you can take in the music and the sights.  This could be the perfect opportunity for your guys or girls weekend!

We’re happy to answer your questions and to get you further information on these and other activities and events.  Check back with us as we will be posting further details the closer we get to these dates!