As Memorial Day approaches, we wanted to take an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice many of our veterans willingly give so that we can peacefully enjoy living in this great country.
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those that have died serving in the armed forces. Men and women have given their lives so that we can live free and in peace. How do we honor such a sacrifice? Perhaps this Memorial Day, wherever you are, take some time to reflect on what has been given. Whether you’re by a pool, at the beach, flipping burgers on a grill or hiking a mountain peak in Summit County, contemplate the sacrifice so many have given so you can do these things. Then consider how we honor this sacrifice on a daily basis. Do we live out what soldiers have died for? It’s a big question, but definitely one worth considering.
Guess what is coming through Keystone the weekend of July 20th? A fleet of MINIs!
The biennial MINI Takes The States (MTTS) converges in Keystone this year. So, what is MTTS? It’s a loyalty event where owners and future owners of MINIs drive across the country having fun and building memories. This year, two routes are being offered, an East and a West, with both meeting in Keystone for a fun weekend activities, drives and unique experiences await the whole group.
Interested in joining MTTS? Check out their dedicated website here, complete with a thorough FAQ page. Or you can follow the event through their various social media outlets.
We’re excited to see the group come through in their MINIs! And, for anyone looking for sleeping accommodations, we invite you to check out our vacation rentals for the weekend of July 20th. Nightly rates start at $79/night.
Destination weddings make for fantastic memories and stunning photos. Weddings in Summit County are no exception. Whether it’s Keystone, Breckenridge or somewhere in between, all four seasons offer their own unique backdrop, and the beautiful mountains and landscape are always present.
If you’re considering Summit County for your nuptials, you may have found that some property management companies offer wedding packages. These packages range from full, all-inclusive wedding services to simply a hall for the wedding day with lodging for the wedding party. What’s not missing from these wedding packages is a high markup on the cost of these specialized services. Even if there’s a discount on the front-end, there are usually fees on the back-end. And when you do the math on the total cost you find out you paid a premium for bundling.
What SCMR Offers
On your special day we’re happy to assist by offering a 10% discount on the nightly rate for lodging for you and your wedding guests. No, we won’t be handling the entire wedding, nor can we offer a hall for the exchange of vows. But we also won’t be charging any extra fees for taking care of these things. Instead you simply get a discount!
How it Works
Contact us by phone or email to let us know the date of your wedding and the full names of the bride and groom.
We’ll create a promotional code specific to your wedding and then email you a flyer with all the details.
Simply send the flyer to your guests before they make their reservations.
You and your guests can reserve your stay online at our website and enter the promo code during booking.
Now you can rest easy knowing you and your guests have your lodging squared away for your beautiful Keystone wedding. And that may be reason enough to start some of your celebrations a little early.
We look forward to hosting you on your special day, or maybe we’ll be hosting a friend or family member. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested.
Easter comes early this year, so join in the fun as you search for colorful eggs in the snow! Several areas in Summit County will be hosting various activities to celebrate Easter.
Sunday, April 1st
Enjoy brunch at the Bighorn Bistro and Bar from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (reservations required). From 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. hop over to the Kidtopia Headquarters! There will be Easter crafts, cookie decorating and Easter movies. Click here for more information.
Saturday, March 31st
Just five miles away from Keystone, Arapahoe Basin will be hosting activities on Saturday, March 31st. There will be 5,000 eggs on the mountain, and those on foot can start their egg hunt on Molly Hogan and those on skis will to Wrangler (a beginner trail). Golden eggs with a special prize will be hiding at both locations! Click here for more information.
Sunday, April 1st
Main Street in Frisco is a fan favorite year-round, but for Easter the Historic Park and Museum is hosting an egg hunt with 5,000 eggs! The hunt begins at noon and children 8 years old and younger are invited to hunt for candy-stuff eggs throughout Frisco Historic Park and the Town Hall areas. The Easter Bunny will visit with children before and after the egg hunt on Main Street. Click here for more information.
Sunday, April 1st
Start with the 6 a.m. sunrise service at the Tenmile Station via the QuikSilver SuperChair at the base of Peak 9. Then from 9:30-11 you can meet the Easter Bunny at the base of Peak 8. Children ages 10 and under are welcome. Finally, come and enjoy some skiing and an on-mountain Easter scavenger hunt. There will be 5 big eggs scattered across the mountain from Peak 6 to Peak 9. Take your picture with each egg and the beautiful view, then come down to the base of Peak 8, show your photos and collect your prizes with the Easter Event Team. The first 10 participants to complete the challenge of finding all 5 eggs and showing their photos at the Breck tent will receive special grand prizes. Lifts for this event open at 8:30 a.m. and prize redemption is from 11-2 p.m. This event is for children ages 7-14. Click here for more information.
Sunday, April 1st
Boasting “The World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt” with over 65,000 eggs spread across 2,500 acres. There’s an egg hunt for kids of all ages, including “kids at heart”. Click here for more details. Did you know: Copper buys their eggs from Phil and Ruth Ayers and family. The Ayers family hires veterans and people with disabilities to fill their eggs, which are made in the USA.
Sunday, April 1st
The Spring Skiing Giant Easter Egg Hunt begins at 8:30 a.m. Gather at the Basin area for the first chair and keep a lookout for giant Easter eggs as you ski down the slopes, browse the Sports Shop or wander the base area. Giant eggs mean giant prizes like skis, snowboards, and more! There is a limit of one giant egg per person, but each egg is filled with lots of goodies. For the kids, there will be plenty of small eggs around the base area and off Lift 2. Click here for more information.
Area Masses & Church Services for Easter
Please check websites for the most up to date information about Easter services and events.
Booking a vacation rental is like staying at the house of a friend. In our vacation rentals you will experience significantly more space, privacy, or comforts that feel like home, including a kitchen and a location that is beyond what most hotels can offer. All this at a significantly lower cost than a hotel with comparable features. But these benefits bring different considerations than a hotel. More privacy means that most guests do not want daily housekeeping. We offer a check-out clean and, for an added fee, mid-stay cleans. We also offer a starter supply of some consumables, including coffee, paper towels, toilet paper and more, but these items are not restocked during a stay. A kitchen allows you to make home-cooked meals and guests will likely visit the store to purchase groceries.
Self-sufficiency is key to a happy stay in a vacation rental. We do provide housekeeping and 24/7 maintenance, but these are primarily for properties in between stays. Our staff services vacation rentals across several square miles, unlike a hotel that manages a single building. We have to strike a balance between cost and service, and have found that our current system has struck this balance as most of our guests are satisfied with their stays.
Why is the cleaning charge extra? Why does it seem high?
These are common questions and we have some answers. Hotels roll their housekeeping costs into their nightly rates. We choose to simply charge our guests the cost of a check-out clean regardless of the number of nights in their stay so our cleaning fee is broken out. The housekeeping staff for a hotel cleans the same type of room with limited furnishings in a single building. Dirty linens are returned to a location within the same building. Our housekeeping staff cleans homes, some with several bedrooms and bathrooms, across several square miles that are full of furnishings and extra items. Dirty linens must be returned to a centralized location within Summit County. A standard hotel room can be cleaned in fifteen minutes. A standard 2-bedroom vacation rental can take up to three hours to clean. To keep costs down and to increase efficiency, we ask guests to help our staff by loading and running the dishwasher and emptying the trash. This allows our cleaning staff to move through properties efficiently and helps to keep costs down.
Our hope is that our guests understand the difference between booking a hotel and a vacation rental. Together we can provide affordable vacation rentals and happy stays for everyone!
There are many important details when it comes to your vacation, and we believe quality linens are at the top of the list for a great stay. Our Classic linen service offers light, breathable microfiber linens that are comparable to the linens of our major competitors, however, SCMR rotates old bed linens and towels out of service on a 3-year cycle, whereas our competitors use a 5 to 6-year cycle. But many of our homeowners opt for one or both of our linen upgrades: Ultra-Premium Linen Package, Ivory White Bedding Program. Below we have details on each of these upgrades.
Ultra-Premium Linen Package
Our Ultra-Premium Linen program features linens that rival those of The Four Seasons. They’re extra soft, oversized towels and high quality bed linens with a subtle satin stripe pattern for a touch of elegance. Take advantage of this added luxury because less than one percent of properties in Keystone offer linens of this quality.
The Ivory White Bedding Program
The Ivory White Bedding program is modeled after high-end hotels and resorts and adds a sophisticated look to a property while featuring an uncompromising level of cleanliness. It showcases a soft, white-striped duvet cover with a medium thick, high quality down alternative duvet. The duvet cover is removed after each guest stay and replaced with a freshly laundered duvet cover. The entire bed will be made with fresh white linens for each new arrival. This is an uncompromising and industry leading standard of cleanliness.
Properties Featuring Ivory White Bedding
As of January 2018, we have many properties that have enrolled in one or both of our programs. For your convenience, those properties are listed below, but we hope to add more properties as time goes on so contact us directly for the most up to date list.
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 and manage vacation rentals throughout Summit County (Keystone, Dillon, Silverthorne, Breckenridge and Blue River). 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 anyone looking for a vacation rental. 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.
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 for 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 Summit County by using an OTA. Perfect. But now you wanna come back. 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.
Lake Dillon offers 25 miles of shoreline nestled within the Rocky Mountains. The deep water marina offers guests a unique attraction with lakeside dining at almost two miles above sea level, or take part in world-class sailing, fishing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Nearby you’ll find the Lake Dillon Amphitheatre that offers various activities including live music and theatrical productions. The venue can seat up to five thousand and features spectacular vistas of Lake Dillon and the Gore Mountain Range. Leave the lake and head to the town of Dillon for shopping, dining and various other attractions including a bowling alley and a movie theatre. Explore the White River National Forest and dazzling wildflowers with over 200 miles of hiking and biking trails. For those looking for a challenge, there are also over 150 miles of mountain bike trails and 100 miles of off-highway vehicle trails.
During the winter we recommend taking part in a truly unique adventure on the lake. Visit Silver Flask Fishing to schedule an ice fishing excursion with the world-renowned owner, George Peebles. And if you’re staying with us you can save up to $50.
During warmer months, try your hand, or feet, at stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). SUP is a fun way to explore Lake Dillon and we recommend visiting inflatableboarder.com for all the details, from product reviews to a full guide on paddle boarding in Colorado.
Keystone is an ideal destination for people 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 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, which 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.
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, two hot tubs, 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. And did we mention…this is a ski-in/ski-out complex so hitting the slopes is a breeze!