We know how to describe Summit County filled with ski resorts in the winter. But in summer?
“It’s like summer paradise to me,” one Breckenridge resident tells us. “It is magic.”
So how do you score a perfect visit? We asked three locals for tips.
KELLY HEPBURN – real estate agent, Breckenridge
• Where to start: I go down to Mom’s Baking Co. in downtown Breckenridge, having a burrito and coffee to go. I just had a stand up paddle board so I’m bringing this back to Dillon Lake near Frisco Bay Marina. How crazy we are here, after my paddle board and my picnic, I’ll go for a mountain bike ride. Visitors love the Frisco Peninsula, but my favorite trail is Nightmare on Baldy (to Breck).
• For happy hour: I stand in line at Aurum to get a seat at the bar. They have an onion burger which is phenomenal, and it’s half discounted during happy hour.
• Shopping in Breck: Beloved: It’s a local girl who just has a nice shop; people are looking for gifts or the big trends of the season. And then I also like Farmhouse Funk and Junk Marigolds.
• What else: I like HelloFis lying at Copper Mountain.
SHERI PAUL – owner of Digital 970, Silverthorne
• For breakfast: Butterhorn Bakery in Frisco. I usually make egg bread. It’s basically French toast with fruit on top.
• Where to hike: there is everything Dilemma like fourteen years old at the The Eccles passes area, or something sweet, which is the way to Water lily lake. It’s beautiful when the lilies bloom.
• For happy hour: Get off at Tiki Bar, one of my favorite places. Is the Dillon Marina. I would definitely go with the rum runner. And possibly rent a kayak or a pontoon boat and get out on the water.
• For craft beer: In Frisco, Outer Range Brewery. It’s a really fun environment, and often they have live music. Angry james in Silverthorne they have a patio with a fire.
• For dinner: I love it Arapahoe Coffee. Depending on the day, they have a simply awesome barbecue.
• What else: if there is a concert in Dillon Amphitheater, this is the place to go. And renting bikes and touring the reservoir – that’s really what makes Summit so special.
ERICA COLOMBE – artist, Dillon
• For breakfast: Haywood Cafe in Keystone is our favorite. The vegetarian Benedictine is so good.
• Where to hike: Mont Royal in Frisco is easy if you want something quick and sweet. Another just off the Copper Road is Wheeler Lakes.
• Shopping in Breck: my friend just opened a store called DonLo. She has great stuff; it is more of fine artisanal jewelry. Everything is handmade. Portfolio gallery: It’s more affordable and the concept is really cool.
• Mark your calendar: I like it Keystone celebrations. One is the art festival, and there are artisans from all over the country. Another is the Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival.
• What else: I would definitely recommend the cycle path in Silverthorne. They do artistic walks of the first Friday, where a group of artists and artisans set up tents with their belongings along the trail. They will have live music at the performing arts center, and sometimes you can get free food and beer.