at the Grand Timber Lodge
Plan a year ahead and you should
be able to book enough condos to accommodate your family at the Grand Timber
Lodge. Summer prices are reasonable,
with one, two or three bedroom units available for rent. All are well equipped and spacious,
complete with fireplaces and balconies.
The setting just above the village of Breckenridge is convenient
walking into town, or the Lodge offers a complimentary on-call shuttle. Kids
will enjoy the multiple swimming pools, hot tubs, or game room, while adults
can take advantage of the Victorian Day Spa, or sample some of local brew at
the Lodgepole Bar and Grill.
Ride from Vail Pass to Frisco
Both Mountain Wave and Alpine Sports, along with several other
companies in town, offer bike rental and shuttle transportation to the top of
Vail Pass. It’s an easy ride down for all ages, and was definitely a highlight
for twenty-three family members at our recent reunion! The good news for the
seniors in the group is that you don't have to pedal that much. You mostly coast along the twelve miles of paved
trail, winding past bubbling creeks, through stands of Aspen, to the town of
Frisco, located on scenic Lake Dillon.
Be sure to bring your camera, as there are spectacular
opportunities all along the way!
on Lake Dillon
Combine your Vail Pass to Frisco
bike ride with lunch at the Backcountry Brewery, and then take a sail on scenic
Lake Dillon to complete your day.
Spanning 3300 acres, and boasting twenty-five miles of
lake is surrounded by majestic peaks!
Visit the Frisco Bay Marina where you can rent anything
from a canoe or
kayak, to a pontoon or powerboat, to a twenty-two foot sailboat.
Breckenridge Stables offers a
variety of equestrian options, including a breakfast ride, as well as an hour
and a half trail ride on the range between Peaks 9 and 10 above town. The wranglers
will pick out just the
right horse for you according to your size, age and riding ability. Sitting
high in the saddle, you’ll enjoy sweeping panoramic views before turning into
the woods for a beautiful ride. up and down hills, across rivers and through
meadows dotted with wildflowers.
Breckenridge boasts the only
public Jack Nicklaus designed 27-hole golf course in the world. The recipient
of many prestigious
awards, the Breckenridge Golf Club will surely please the most discriminating
golfers in the family.
situated at 9,324 feet, your golf ball will fly further that at lower
elevations, giving you great bragging rights! Make
your tee times early, so as not to be
disappointed. Looking for another
alternative, try the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks in nearby Silverthorne.
Visit one of the local angling
shops in downtown Breckenridge to hire a guide, or just head out on your own to
wet your line in one of the five nearby rivers known for great fishing…. the
Blue, Eagle, Colorado, Arkansas or South Platte. You’ll
be inspired by the serenity and beauty that surrounds
you, and you may even catch a big brown trout or two while you are at it! New to fly
fishing, with no experience,
but you’ve always wanted to try?
In our family, Grandpa had the pleasure of spending the
morning on the
river with the younger members of the family, teaching them how to cast…. but
you will find that lessons and rental equipment are readily available through
many of the local outfitters.
Trails Chuckwagon Dinner
Looking for evening entertainment
that the whole family will enjoy?
Well, you are out west in Colorado after all, so why not
play that theme
and attend the Happy Trails Chuckwagon Dinner? Arrive
early for a wagon ride, or try your hand at roping or
horse shoes, When the dinner bell
rings, hit the chow line for steak or chicken hot off the grill, along with
their signature beans and fixins’, cowboy coffee and tenderfoot lemonade. Then
settle in for a real cowboy show,
including the music and humor of Duke Davis and the Buckshot Band.
in the Village
Approaching its 150th
anniversary, Breckenridge is known as “the perfect mountain town.” With its
lovely Victorian architecture, and its Main Street lined with quaint shops and
a wide variety of restaurants, it is fun to stroll through the village and while
away an afternoon.
Festival at the Riverfront Center
Located in the center of town
directly on the Blue River, is the award winning new Riverwalk Center
amphitheater. It is the home of
the Breckenridge Music Festival, and offers a wonderful series of concerts throughout
the summer. Our family enjoyed an
evening with the music of John Williams, performed by the Breckenridge Music
- Dinner at Breckenridge
Colorado is known for its numerous
microbreweries, and one of the best is located in Breckenridge. Opened in 1990,
Brewery and Pub is a great place to gather the family. Whether it’s a handcrafted small
beer for Uncle Hans, or a tasty root beer for one of the grandkids,
Breckenridge Brewery offers reasonable prices and a family friendly
NOTE: While still beautiful, the Summit
County area is suffering from the Mountain Pine Beetle Disease.