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Opening Day Dates for 2017



The following dates are projections and thus are subject to change. Check with each resort to the most up-to-date information.

Keystone Resort

Friday, November 10, 2017

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

OPEN!

Loveland

OPEN!

Copper Mountain Resort

Friday, November 10, 2017

Breckenridge

Friday, November 10, 2017

Vail

Friday, November 17, 2017 new date: Thanksgiving Day

For a complete list visit On The Snow.

Where to Eat in Summit County



So you’ve booked your trip to Summit County and made your travel arrangements. Now it’s time to consider how you’re going to meet one of your most basic needs in between all the fun adventures you’re going to have: Food.

Anyone that has been to Summit County can attest to the fact that it has some of the best food. Well made and good quality. It’s a special thing. And we’re here to give you the lowdown on what you can do for food while you’re in the area.

Eat In

Sure, this isn’t very flashy, but it’s a viable option for any of our guests, especially if you’re looking to save a little dough. But, enough with the puns, and let’s get on with how this works.

All of our vacation rentals offer a kitchen, and over 95% of our vacation rentals offer a full kitchen. On top of that, we also stock each kitchen with the essential cookware and tableware to make a meal away from home. Each homeowner may even add extra items like crockpots, blenders, waffle irons and more (check your vacation rentals list of amenities for details). So, you’ve got it all, except food of course, to make a great meal.

So, where can you get food? Well, the first option we present is one of convenience. Have your groceries delivered! Yes–you can have your groceries delivered to your vacation rental the day of your arrival. And if you use Summit County Colorado Vacation Grocery Delivery Service (yeah, it’s quite the long name) you can get a discount on the reservation fee. This may sound like too much luxury, but when traveling into the snow-filled mountains you may want to avoid any extra driving.

For those looking for a more traditional grocery shopping experience there are other options and for ease of reading, we’ve listed each one below along with its location. We suggest picking the grocery store that’s on the way to your vacation rental. If you’ve read your check-in instructions then you know where your vacation rental is located!

And, just to give you an idea of location, we’ve put each of the cities these stores are located in on a map along with our office. If you’re coming in from Denver, you’ll most likely be traveling on Interstate 70.

Eat Out

Summit County is chock full of all kinds of great restaurants. If you choose to eat out three times a day, you could try a new place each time. Since there’s so much to choose from, you may want to do some research online and see what other visitors say. If you search “tripadvisor where to eat in Summit County” the top search results will show you TripAdvisor lists for Keystone, Breckenridge, Frisco, Silverthorne and Dillon.

But our very own staff is full of good recommendations as well and you can see those below.

SCMR Staff Picks: Restaurants

Make sure to check each restaurant’s hours online. Some are only open for breakfast or lunch, while others are open through dinner as well.

Keystone

TOP PICK: Kickapoo Tavern

Located in Keystone in River Run Village, this restaurant is popular among locals and visitors alike. Loved for it’s great atmosphere, spacious indoor and outdoor seating and high quality cuisine.

OTHER PICKS:

Dillon

TOP PICK: Arapahoe Cafe, The Dam Brewery

We had a tie! One staff member just described Arapahoe Cafe as “Awesome.” Know for its great food, good service and beautiful patio seating. The Dam Brewery boasts a large menu full of high quality cuisine as well as wide selection of brews. There’s something here for everyone.

OTHER PICKS:

Silverthorne

TOP PICK: Sauce on the Blue

With a wide selection of Italian dishes with an old world influence, this restaurant is sure to please everyone in your party. Great food, great views and a beautiful atmosphere.

OTHER PICKS:

Breckenridge

TOP PICK: Blue River Bistro

Offers Italian-American cuisine with unique dishes as well as seasonal wine and cocktails. Guests love the happy hour. And the location right on Main Street is ideal.

OTHER PICKS:

Why You Should Book Early

The title may sound like the beginning of a sales pitch. But in all honesty, it’s really not. We believe informed guests are happy guests, and for that reason we wanted to explain why booking early is a good idea and when it’s a good idea.

First, you don’t need to book your vacation rentals early all year round in Summit County. Sure, there’s always a chance your ideal vacation rental might get taken if you don’t lock it down in advance, but for most people there’s more than one property that will meet their needs.

So, when do you not need to worry about booking early? The off season. For Summit County, and that includes Keystone, Dillon, Breckenridge and Blue River, there are two off seasons, one in the Spring and one in the Fall. In the Spring, it begins the day after a ski resort’s closing day and ends right before Memorial Day weekend. In the Fall, it begins after Labor Day and ends with the ski resort’s opening day.

The off season is when the resorts quiet down and start doing some maintenance. You’ll find great deals during the off season, but you’ll probably need a car so you can drive into town because most of the shops and restaurants owned by the resort will be closed. You also run the risk of missing out on some amenities as pool and hot tub maintenance is commonly completed during this time (although we always strive to provide alternatives when this happens). That said, if you’re looking for a quiet vacation with no crowds, the off season is a great time to visit Summit County. Plus, the Fall is absolutely gorgeous with changing colors.

So, when is the high season? There are several times throughout the year when we reach almost 100% occupancy. These are Christmas, January (especially MLK weekend), February (especially President’s Day weekend) and Spring Break (basically all of March). Coming in right behind that is the month of July, especially the 4th of July. If you want to visit Summit County during any of these timeframes, it’s imperative you book early. Case in point, for Christmas Day we’re already nearing 50% occupancy. And that’s at three months out. MLK and President’s Day weekends are ranging from 30-40% occupancy right now. If you wait too long to book, you may end up with a couple of larger condos to reserve when all you need is a studio, or vice versa. If you want choices when it comes to the size, location or amenities of a vacation rental, the sooner you book, the more choices you’ll have.

So there you have it. That’s our plea. Book early if you want to be assured you have a vacation rental during the high seasons.



Less concerned with choice and more interested in getting the lowest nightly rates? For those that don’t mind planning trips at the last minute, we’ll give you more details in an upcoming blog.

Preparing for Opening Day 2017



As we begin to make our way into Fall, many of us are already thinking about winter–daydreaming about bluebird days flying down a mountain and the frosted flurries of snow that accompany it.

When can we hit the slopes?

In truth, all opening day dates you see are just projections at this point. These unofficial dates are based on projections for weather and snowfall come October and November. There’s no guarantee these dates won’t be pushed back as we get closer to ski time.

So who are these people that show up on a projected date for a ski resort’s opening day?

In some cases, they’re risk-takers. The world is full of people with high tolerances for risk. They speed when they can’t afford a ticket, they’ll use their debit card hoping their check has already cleared and they’ll eat leftovers that have been in the fridge two weeks. These people are willing to plan their travel based on a simple projection.

The other kind of people you’ll see at opening day are those that fly by the seat of their pants. They don’t need to make plans in advance. They think of something and they do it. They decided to show up to the slopes the night before they opened. They’re last-minute travelers. They found their lodging, called into work and started making their way to Summit County.

Some people who go on opening day are cautious planners. They made their plans well in advance and chose opening day to visit because there’s a chance they’ll get to hit the slopes. And if they don’t? Well, they don’t mind because they’re perfectly happy taking advantage of the many other activities available to them in Summit County during the offseason. Sure, they paid a slight premium on lodging to be here on opening day, but that was a small risk they were willing to take because it has big rewards if it pays off.

So what kind of ski resort traveler are you? It’s important to figure that out as you mull over 2017’s opening days. But most important is to remember these dates are not official. When you plan travel around any ski resort’s opening day you need to be sure you’ll be happy at the resort whether you’re on the slopes or not.

For this year’s opening day projections, check out the website for On the Snow. We would also suggest visiting each ski resort’s website to see if they’ve made an official announcement.

The Keystone Top 5: Kid-friendly Complexes

Keystone is an ideal destination for kids of all ages. From horseback riding to biking, skiing, fishing and tubing, there’s an activity for everyone. Plus, the resort itself hosts a wide variety of activities for kids of all ages every winter and summer. And, whether you’re looking for a great pool, miniature golf or a fire pit for making s’mores, there’s a complex perfect for your family.

So, what complexes are the most kid-friendly? We’ve gathered the data, tabulated the results, and are happy to present the top five kid-friendly complexes in Keystone.

SCMR Presents…

The Keystone Top 5: Kid-friendly Complexes

Taking the top spot on the list is The Springs. When it comes to kid-friendly, this complex is a step above the competition. With amenities like a shared media room and a dedicated indoor children’s play area you won’t need to leave the building. And that’s just the inside. Outside there’s a year-round heated pool complete with a waterfall and slide, a wading pool with sprayers, a shared grill area and a fire pit for making s’mores.



Second on the list is Settler’s Creek. Not only do you have access to the extra green space you get with a townhouse, there’s also one of the nicest clubhouses in the resort. Minnie’s Cabin, as it’s affectionately known, features a large recreation room with a wet bar, a pool table, a large flat screen TV, a fireplace and plenty of seating. Just outside the clubhouse is a beautiful pool and two hot tubs. You’ll also find a shared grill area with lots of seating and there are changing rooms back inside the clubhouse. There’s something for everyone at Minnie’s Cabin.



No. 3 on the list is Dakota Lodge. Amenities and location give this complex its edge over the competition. Dakota Lodge features the largest pool in Keystone. The outdoor pool is heated year-round and features absolutely stunning views of the slopes. There are also two oversized hot tubs, perfect for resting after a long day. And, what about location? This complex is located next to Dercum Square, providing fun for adults and kids alike. During the winter it features an ice rink and during the summer converts to a miniature golf course. There’s also a playground and a fire pit. Honorable mentions include Buffalo Lodge and Expedition Station, also located next to Dercum Square.



Coming in at No. 4 is Lodgepole. The clubhouse features an indoor pool and a hot tub, as well as the convenience of changing rooms complete with a shower and restrooms. The sprawling courtyard is a favorite among families with children. The ample greenspace allows for play while there’s also a shared grill area and seating. There’s a deck with lounge chairs just outside the clubhouse offering views of trees and wildflowers during the summer.



And coming in at the fifth spot is The Timbers. This complex features high-end finishes that lend a touch of luxury. The spacious lobby features plenty of seating and tables with inlaid chessboards. There’s a long bar and a baby grand piano. Outside you have access to a hot tub with a waterfall and a year-round heated pool. The swim-in/swim-out pool allows guests to enter from inside the fitness facilities should they need to avoid any cold winds. Take advantage of the shared grill area and then head over to the fire pit to make s’mores with the whole family.

The Keystone Top 5: Ski-in/Ski-out

Thinking about booking that dream ski vacation? You know, the one where you have the perfect vacation rental in a complex with great amenities and you step right out to the slopes? We’re here to help. This edition of The Keystone Top 5 ranks the ski-in/ski-out complexes so you can make an informed decision.

But…

Before we unveil our top five, we need to share some important insider information: there are only two ski-in/ski-out complexes in Keystone! It’s true. So our Top 5 is actually a Top 2 with three complexes that are the next best thing.

So, without further ado, we present:

The Keystone Top 5: Ski-in/Ski-out Complexes



Coming in at No. 1 is Lone Eagle Above River Run. This complex is on the River Run slope and you’re about fifty yards uphill from the gondola. When you’re ready to hit the slopes, simply head outside, step into your skis, and ski down to the gondola. This convenience just can’t be beat. Lone Eagle also boasts a covered patio for all of its guests to share. It faces the slopes so you can watch family and friends come down while sitting back and enjoying a hot beverage by the fire pit. Other amenities include a pool, hot tub, fitness facilities and an owner’s club with complimentary newspapers and beverages. Plus, the heated driveway and sidewalks make for easy commutes by car or by foot. The properties in this complex feature high-end finishes and private laundry.



And in second place we have The Timbers on River Run. This is the other ski-in/ski-out complex in Keystone and it’s located next to the first one on our list, Lone Eagle. You’re a little over fifty yards uphill from the gondola so when you’re ready to hit the slopes, just step into your skis and ski down. This kind of convenience makes for a smooth vacation. The Timbers also features a swim-in/swim-out pool–enter and exit the heated pool from inside the complex instead of outside when the weather is a bit cold. There’s also a hot tub, fire pit, sauna, steam room and fitness facilities. The lobby features high-end finishes, a fireplace, a baby grand piano and game tables with inlaid chessboards. All properties in this complex feature high-end finishes and private laundry.



Keystone is home to only two true ski-in/ski-out complexes, and those got the top two spots on our list. But there are complexes that come close to being ski-in/ski-out. The Springs grabs the third spot on our list because it’s about a hundred yards from the gondola. Grab your gear, head out of the complex and in less than a minute you’re at the bottom of the River Run slope. The Springs also features great amenities for families with children: a pool with a slide and waterfall, a hot tub, a wading pool with sprayers and a fire pit for making s’mores. Inside you have an indoor children’s play area and a media room for movie watching.



And in the fourth spot we have tie between Black Bear Lodge and Jackpine. Both are about 150 yards from the gondola, and on top of that, they’re also in the heart of River Run Village. In less than a minute you can be at the bottom of the River Run slope or at shops and restaurants in the center of the village.The complexes together feature a hot tub, sauna, fitness facilities and access to the shared pool at Dakota Lodge.



And last, but certainly not least, is Chateaux DuMont. This complex is located in the Mountain House Base Area and is less than 150 yards from the Argentine lift. Many guests prefer the quiet atmosphere in this part of the resort while also getting to take advantage of being so near the slopes. The premier feature of this complex is that every property has its own private hot tub. No waiting your turn or trekking through the cold to soothe those sore muscles after a long day on the slopes. Simply change into your swimsuit and walk through your living room to the hot tub!

The Keystone Top 5: Hot Tubs

People come to Keystone for the nation’s best skiing, but a good soak in a hot tub is not far behind on their list of reasons for choosing a mountain vacation. There’s really nothing better than soaking in a hot tub after a long day of winter adventures with snowflakes falling all around.

SCMR has put in the hard work of figuring out what the best five hot tubs are in Keystone. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it.

The Keystone Top 5: Hot Tubs



No. 1 on the list is Dakota Lodge. This complex features two of the largest hot tubs in all of Keystone, not to mention the largest pool too. It’s in the heart of River Run Village so you’re steps from shopping, restaurants and local festivities, plus it’s next to Dercum Square that features an ice rink during the winter and a miniature golf course during the summer. Throw in an absolute stunning view of the slopes and you’ve got the number one hot tub in Keystone.



Second on the list is Chateaux DuMont. Each property in this French-inspired complex features its own private hot tub. Although running through the cold can be invigorating, after a long day you might want to just walk the few steps from the living room so you can soak those worn out muscles quickly. Plus, there’s no standing in a nearby lobby trying to look busy as you wait on a hot tub to clear out. Here at Chateaux DuMont your hot tub is always waiting just for you.



Coming in third we have The Springs. This hot tub made the list because of the entire set up with amenities at The Springs. Not only is there a hot tub, but there’s also a heated pool with a slide and waterfall, a splash area with water sprayers, a grill area and an outdoor fire pit for making s’mores. Sit back and soak those muscles while the rest of your party makes use of the other amenities.



Fourth on the list are the hot tubs at Red Hawk Lodge. Here you have the benefit of beautiful views of the main River Run slope and you’re on the edge of the village so you’re not in the center of the crowds. There’s also a pool, shared fitness facilities and a steam room. If you can get someone to cook and serve you a steak from the outdoor grill you’ll be all set.



And coming in at the fifth spot is the spacious hot tub for the Ski Tip Townhomes. Located centrally within the complex, this oversized hot tub has a feeling of privacy with a surrounding fence but you still have beautiful views. There are changing rooms and restrooms right next to it so no need to worry about walking around outside in wet clothes.



More Fall Savings!

Fall is up on us, and for Summit County this can mean big savings for travelers. Summer is winding down and Winter is not yet here, but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to do. Plan your getaway and enjoy beautiful weather, hiking, fishing, biking, great food and the fresh mountain air. Not to mention, nearby Arapahoe Basin’s opening day is projected to be October 20th.

We always have the best nightly rates, but now you can save even more with promo code SAVEMORE17. Through August 27th you can save 20% on any nights of stay from September 17th through November 9th. With discounted nightly rates starting at $41 this deal is too good to pass up.

FINE PRINT

SAVEMORE17

Save 20% on any nights of stay from September 17-November 9.

Promo code is valid through Sunday, August 27.

Any nights of stay before September 17 or after November 9 are not included.

Dates of discounted nights subject to change.

Discount taken from rates that are subject to change.

Applies to new reservations or reservations made on the same day this promotion was sent out.

Cannot be combined with other SCMR promotions.

*Some properties not applicable. Fees and taxes are not discounted.

Save this Fall!

save this fall

FALL SAVINGS

Fall is a time of change, and that change often brings travelers some of the best value. Area homeowners often say the Fall is their favorite time of year, with the golden Aspens and the opportunity to enjoy the resort when all is quiet.

Fall also brings some of our lowest nightly rates of the year. And now you can save even more with promo code FALL17. Through August 6th you  can save 15% on any nights of stay from September 4th through November 2nd. With discounted nightly rates starting at $46 this deal is too good to pass up. 

FINE PRINT

FALL17

Save 15% on any nights of stay from September 4-November 2.

Promo code is valid through Sunday, August 6.

Any nights of stay before September 4 or after November 2 are not included.

Dates of discounted nights subject to change.

Discount taken from rates that are subject to change.

Applies to new reservations or reservations made on the same day this promotion was sent out.

Cannot be combined with other SCMR promotions.

*Some properties not applicable. Fees and taxes are not discounted.

Save by Booking Direct

In an effort to give those seeking vacation rentals the information they want, we wanted to pass along this juicy little tidbit you might not be aware of: Booking directly on our website can get you the lowest overall booking cost.

First…a little background

We are a property management company located in Keystone, Colorado. We do not own the properties we manage, rather we serve homeowners by managing their rentals for them. For most homeowners we take care of maintenance, housekeeping, reservation management, guest communication and marketing.

When it comes to marketing, we have a lot of options at our disposal and one of those is using online travel agencies (OTAs) such as VRBO, Airbnb and others. OTAs are extremely beneficial as they connect companies like us with guests. If you’re seeking a vacation rental you want to be able to easily compare properties and their locations, amenities and, maybe most importantly, their nightly rates. Travel agents used to fill this role, but in the modern age of the Internet OTAs entered the picture. And, just like travel agents, OTAs charge for the service they provide. They can charge the property management company, the guest or both. We have found that most OTAs charge both.

The Details

As already discussed, OTAs charge for their services. What you may not know is exactly how you’re paying for this service.

First, almost all OTAs charge the guest directly. Most commonly this line item will show up as a service fee. It can be as high as 10% of the total booking amount. This one is pretty easy to find in your booking details before you actually finalize the booking, so you’ll know for sure if you’re paying this premium.

Second, you may also be paying a higher nightly rate. Anyone that has a listing hosted by an OTA, an individual homeowner or a property manager, has to pay a flat annual subscription or a percentage of each booking taken by the OTA. Property managers have a variety of ways to absorb the costs of using OTAs and one option is to raise their rates on that OTA’s site. If the cost to use the site is 5% per booking, they can raise their rates by 5% before inputting them on the site. How can you know if you’re paying a higher nightly rate? Well, you’d have to visit the website of the property manager hosting the listing you’re interested in, input the same dates and choose the same property. When you look at the booking details, how are they different from the details on the OTA?

How You Can Save

We agree that OTAs are great for the vacation rental marketplace. I mean, I know I don’t want to spend hours searching online for vacation rentals. But if cost is your primary concern when planning your vacation, you may want to consider booking directly.

Sure, you found us the first time you came to Keystone by using an OTA. Perfect. But now you wanna come back to Keystone. Why keep the middleman when you know what you want? Book directly on our user-friendly website: input your dates and then click search. Easy-peasy. All of our available vacation rentals will be pulled up and you can choose the one that suits you.

You won’t be paying a service fee charged by an OTA and you will be getting our lowest nightly rates. For those of us that want to get the best value for our money, booking directly is definitely a strong option.

Other Ways to Save

Booking directly is an easy way to save versus booking our same vacation rentals on an OTA. But we have other ways you can save too.

The SCMR Guest Loyalty Program

Our Guest Loyalty Program offers discounts to repeat renters. You can get all the details here, but basically you get an increasing discount each time you rent with us during a single year.

Guaranteed Lowest Nightly Rates or you Save 10%

One of the ways we set ourselves apart from the competition is by offering the lowest nightly rates. In fact, we guarantee we have the lowest nightly rates. And to back up our claim we offer a discount to anyone that finds a lower nightly rate with one of our competitors. If you find a lower nightly rate for a comparable property (same size, same views, same amenities) we’ll discount that rate by 10%. We see this as our way of thanking you for letting us know about the competition and rewarding you for your hard work.