Cirque Series: Arapahoe Basin

Photo credit: Cirque Series website

Cirque Series takes place across the United States and Saturday, August 18th it is right here in Summit County at Arapahoe Basin. The premier mountain running series garners runners of all types, casual and professional, and takes them on a unique journey up and down a mountain.

Competitors can enter into one of three categories: Sport, Expert and Pro, with the latter being for professional runners. There’s prize money for top finishers and sponsored award packs for unique categories like “middle of the pack”.

From their website,

The Cirque Series is redefining what mountain running is all about. Starting from the base of a world-famous ski resort, you’ll rally up windswept ridges and glacial cirques to towering peaks, power down a quad-burning descent, and break the tape into a festival of live music, food, drink, and vendor tents. The elevation is serious but the mileage is management, and the race is as hardcore as you want it to be–beat the pros down to earn legend status and cash prizes, or enjoy the views and let the challenge be its own reward.

For more information about how register, visit their website.

Arapahoe Basin doesn’t offer lodging on-site but Keystone is just ten miles away. We offer a variety of vacation rentals in Keystone, from cozy studios to spacious condos, townhomes and stand-alone mountain homes. So, whether you’re racing or coming to support a runner, don’t forget to book your stay. And, to show our encouragement for the competitors, we’re offering a 10% discount on the nightly rates from August 17 through August 19. Just enter promo code CIRQUE18 when booking on our website.

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FINE PRINT

Promo code is valid through August 19.

Any nights of stay before August 17 or after August 19 are not included.

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.

Keystone Summer Festival Lineup

Keystone has a festival for everyone this summer: bacon lovers, wine connoisseurs, and art aficionados. Choose your festival, book your stay, and then plan your weekend, or week-long, getaway this summer in Keystone. Summer activities abound, with choices that include biking, fishing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or even flying along a zipline. See you soon!

Bacon & Bourbon Festival

June 23-24, 2018

Wine & Jazz Festival

July 14-15, 2018

River Run Village Art Festival

July 28-29, 2018

Bluegrass & Beer Festival

August 4-5, 2018

Mountain Town Music Festival

August 18, 2018

Oktoberfest

September 1, 2018

The Summit County Top 5: Pools

There are lots of reasons to come to Summit County in the summer: festivals, whitewater rafting, biking, canoeing, fishing, the list goes on! But sometimes you just want to kick back in a great pool and enjoy the mountain views.

We’ve expanded our Keystone Top 5 to the Summit County Top 5, and this year we have some new arrivals on our list.

#1 Dakota Lodge

Dakota Pool and Hot Tub

Taking the top spot yet again is Dakota Lodge. It’s in the heart of River Run Village and features the largest, year-round heated outdoor pool in the entire resort. Not to mention, there are also two oversized hot tubs. The icing on the cake? The spectacular slope views featuring Keystone Mountain. And if you stay at Dakota, you can snag one of our properties that overlook the pool so you can watch family and friends from the balcony (or see when the hot tubs are empty!).

#2 The Springs

Springs Pool

Second on the list is The Springs. When it comes to being kid-friendly, this complex has truly outdone itself. Not only is there an outdoor heated pool with a waterfall and slide, there’s wading pool with sprayers, fire pit and shared grill area. On top of all that, there’s also a hot tub that is perfect for adults while the kids splash around in the pool. And indoors is a media room and indoor play area. We have several properties in this building, but the star of summer of is #8811 with its poolside patio.

#3 Water House



No. 3 on the list is Water House in Breckenridge. Located just off of Main Street this swim-in/swim-out pool features wide views and sits on Maggie Pond. It has swimming lanes and a spacious patio with plenty of seating. There are also six outdoor hot tubs spread around the complex for guests to enjoy. This is truly an oasis for guests all summer long.

#4 Settler’s Creek

Settlers Creek Pool

And at the 4th spot is Settler’s Creek in East Keystone. The clubhouse, also known as Minnie’s Cabin, puts all their amenities in a centralized location. The beautiful heated pool features a spacious deck with lots of seating, and there are two hot tubs. Next to the pool is Minnie’s Cabin featuring a pool table, a wet bar for entertaining, a large flat screen TV and shower and restroom facilities. The shared grill area is right outside with extra seating. With everything you need within a few feet of each other, it’s no wonder this one made our list.

#5 Red Hawk Lodge

Red Hawk Lodge Pool

Coming in at No. 5 is Red Hawk Lodge. The outdoor pool features beautiful ski slope views. Plus, there are two hot tubs, a fire pit and an outdoor grill area with seating. And those slope views mean you’re a very short walk from the high-speed gondola and then it’s just a few minutes more to the heart of River Run Village. Inside you’ll find fitness facilities, a steam room and a lobby with a pool table.

Honorable Mention: East Lake Pool



This year, East Lake Pool makes an appearance on our list. The clubhouse houses the indoor pool and hot tub with a wall of windows. There’s also a sauna and a large deck on the water with a grill and plenty of seating. Nearby is a picnic area and playground. But there’s more! Located in Lakeside Village, you have access to all the lake activities plus the shops and restaurants nearby. With this much fun to be had you’ll have a hard time making it back to your vacation rental! (Please note that the following complexes allow access to East Lake: Decatur, Lakeshore, Willows.)

So, what’s your favorite pool? There was a lot of deliberation, and many that could have made the list. Share your thoughts on our rankings!

Independence Day in Summit County



Come to Summit County and celebrate Independence Day while taking in some of the nation’s most beautiful sites. Surely when “purple mountain majesties” was written in 1913 it was referencing our very own majestic Rockies. Between the views and the weather, Summit County is the place to be in July.

And speaking of where you should be, we’ve got all the details on where to see firework displays and local celebrations. We even figured out the best complexes and vacation rentals for those that want to be close to all the festivities. But, you’ve got to book early if you want to to be sure to get your spot…

LOCATION: Keystone

DATE: Tuesday, July 3rd

  • Celebrate our nation’s independence with a day of family fun! Enjoy bounce houses, face painting, an outdoor BBQ, live music and activities on Keystone Lake. End the day with a traditional fireworks display from Decatur Field (next to Keystone Lake).
  • 11 a.m.-9 p.m.: Lakeside Village BBQ available. Live music will be at the Lakeside Gazebo.
  • Noon-6 p.m.: Join in the fun with Kidtopia! Face painting, Balloon Artist, Kite Decorating, Bounce Houses. (Decatur Field, Lakeside Village)
  • 9:30 p.m.: Fireworks!
  • for up to date details visit the Keystone Resort website

LOCATION: Frisco

DATE: Wednesday, July 4th

  • 7-11 a.m.: Team Summit Pancake Breakfast ($10 for adults, $5 for kids under 8 years)
  • 8-10 a.m.: Kids Fishing Derby is a free event open to children ages 15 and younger. Must bring your own rod, bait and flies. Register on-site.(Meadow Creek Park)
  • 11-Noon: Free Concert (Frisco Historic Park Gazebo)
  • 12:30 p.m.: Fabulous Fourth of July Parade on Main Street includes wacky floats, beautiful horses, classic cars and more. Children 12 and under are also invited to participate by bringing their decorated bikes to follow the parade down Main Street. Registration is required and prizes will be awarded for the best decorated bikes.
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Free Concert (location TBD)
  • 3:30-5 p.m.: Interactive Drum Circle with Peak Rhythm at Main Street and 3rd Avenue
  • 7:15-9:15 p.m.: Free Concert (location TBD)
  • 9:30 p.m.: Fireworks over the Dillon Reservoir (best viewing at the Frisco Bay Marina)
  • for up to date details visit the Town of Frisco website

LOCATION: Breckenridge

DATE: Wednesday, July 4th

  • Independence Day 10K Trail Run (start/finish at Carter Park, contact resort for time)
  • 9:30 a.m.: The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race (starts at Main Street, details)
  • Fourth of July Garden Party at the Barney Ford House Museum; watch the parade while enjoying coffee, mimosas and a breakfast spread (contact resort for cost)
  • 10 a.m.: Main Street Parade begins with the Color Guard and ends with the reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Blue River Plaza
  • Viper Car Show & Shine on Main Street (immediately following the parade)
  • Interactive Drum Circle
  • Kids’ Water Fight with the Red, White and Blue Fire Department (Main Street)
  • Free Pony Rides! (Blue River Plaza)
  • Street Arts Festival
  • 4th of July Patriotic Concert with the National Repertory Orchestra at the River Walk Center (get tickets at the box office)
  • Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. (launched near the Gondola lots and will be visible from all over Breckenridge)
  • for up to date details visit the Breckenridge Resort website

Fourth of July Lodging

Want to get a great vacation rental near all the festivities? Or maybe you want to be close but also a little more secluded? We have lodging recommendations below, but also be sure to check out our interactive map so you can see where complexes and vacation rentals are located in relation to Keystone Lake, Lake Dillon and Breckenridge.

You can’t beat this location for the 4th of July! Step outside and you’re standing next to Keystone Lake. Nightly rates start at just $107. These rentals get booked really fast, so you can also consider booking in what is considered North Keystone where you can walk to this area in just a few minutes via the pedestrian walkways that run under Highway 6.

Many of our vacation rentals offer village views so you can take in the parade from the comfort of your own private balcony! Or just walk downstairs and grab a spot along the parade route. Nightly rates start at just $91.

This area is set off away from the main festivities in Keystone but is just a short walk or bike ride from Keystone Lake. Nightly rates start at just $73.

Grab a rental right on Main Street where you can be right in the middle of all the festivities. Or book a rental in Blue River, just south of Breckenridge. You can drive into Breckenridge or use public transportation.

Parking & Transportation in Summit County

Summit County is a fantastic vacation destination year-round, but like most vacation spots getting around while you’re here can be tricky to figure out.

Your options for transportation vary depending on the season, and should be a part of your vacation planning. And, don’t forget, Summit Express offers our guests discounts on their shuttle services. Just refer to the email you receive after booking or contact us for more information.

WINTER

Ski season offers the widest variety of transportation options. Both shuttle transports and in-resort shuttles are running frequently and on a regular schedule. Conversely, due to demand, your parking options will be limited and parking restrictions are strictly enforced.

We find that for most guests, taking advantage of an airport shuttle and using in-resort public transportation is a great choice. You’ll avoid driving in hazardous conditions and you don’t have to worry about parking at all. If your vacation rental is centrally located in one of the area resorts, then this option is even better as you can easily walk to shops, restaurants and the lifts. If your vacation rental is set off away from the center of the resort, then the in-resort shuttle can get you anywhere in the resort in just a few minutes. And in Keystone, you can even take advantage of their free on-call service. Call 970-496-4200 at least 30 minutes before you’d like to leave and the bus will pick you up and drop you off at your desired Keystone destination.

For those staying in Keystone that need to pick up keycards before heading to their vacation rental, we can even offer a step-by-step guide of how this might work:

  1. Schedule your Summit Express airport shuttle to drop off at our office.
  2. Pick up your keycards via our No-Hassle, 24/7 check-in.
  3. Head next door to Mountain View Sports to get your ski gear (our guests get a discount!).
  4. Head over to the Keystone shuttle stop located at the corner of the plaza parking lot.
  5. Hop on the shuttle and get off at your vacation rental!

That said, you may have or want a car during your stay. Some guests have a car because they’re driving from their homes, while others might want to visit more than one ski area, check out tourist attractions across the county or just want the freedom of driving somewhere immediately rather than waiting on a shuttle. If you’re driving your own car, you should take into consideration the cost of fuel and wear and tear on your vehicle. If you’re renting, then you should consider the cost of a rental car and the time needed to pick up and return the rental. In both cases, you need to determine how prepared you are to drive in difficult weather conditions. Aside from that, the most important consideration is parking. Most vacation rentals are managed by HOAs that govern the parking for the entire complex, and most of these HOAs allow one parking space. If you have one vehicle, then you’re all set! If your party has more than one vehicle you’ll need to figure out parking for those additional vehicles. You can park additional vehicles at an overflow lot that allows overnight parking. To access these additional vehicles during your stay, you’ll need to use the in-resort shuttle or come up with a car-pooling system (e.g., drive to the overflow lot to drop off the driver of the additional vehicle, and then both of you drive back to the vacation rental to pick up others in your party). Keystone offers free overnight parking at the Keystone Lodge lot (in North Keystone off of Highway 6) and Breckenridge offers overnight parking for a small fee at the Satellite lot (north of the center of Breckenridge just as you enter into town). Both lots are first-come, first served.

Unfortunately, we don’t manage any parking in Summit County. We do our best to communicate all parking options as well as restrictions to help guests avoid fines and tows. If you need help figuring out parking for an upcoming stay, feel free to contact us!

SPRING, SUMMER, FALL

If you’re traveling to Summit County during the spring or fall, taking advantage of those off season lodging rates, you’ll have to take into consideration that shuttle transportation to and from the airport will be limited and at times unavailable. Summit Express has a schedule on their website detailing when they offer shared shuttles and when they offer only private charters. Additionally, in-resort shuttles also have a limited schedule, combine routes or don’t run during low seasons and summer. On the flip side, parking is more plentiful, more lots are free and some restrictions are lifted.

Another consideration to make during the spring and fall is that some businesses will close down as well. For example, most of the shops and restaurants in Keystone Resort are owned by the resort. This means they close down during “mud” season (spring and fall). The benefit of this is that the resort is really quiet and guests get a chance to live like a local, taking a ten-minute drive into the nearby towns for restaurants and other activities. But this also means, you’ll need a vehicle.

However you come to Summit County, our goal is to help you have a great stay. This post is an effort to do just that. We believe informed guests are happy guests, so we try to share our knowledge of Summit County as much as we can. If you have any questions about parking and transportation, please let us know!

Memorial Day

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.

MTTS 2018

Photo credit: MTTS Facebook page

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.

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The SCMR Wedding Discount

Omer Davidian Photography


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.
  • Celebrate!

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 in Summit County



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.

Keystone

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.

Arapahoe Basin

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.

Frisco

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.

Breckenridge

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.

Copper Mountain

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.

Loveland

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.

Catholic Parish in Summit County: Keystone Conference Center, Sunday: 9 a.m.

Our Lady of Peace: Silverthorne, Saturday: 8 p.m., Sunday: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., Noon (Spanish)

St. Mary: Breckenridge, Saturday: 8 p.m., Sunday: 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m.

Copper Mountain Chapel: Copper Mountain, Sunday: 5:15 p.m.

St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church: (between Keystone and Dillon), 10 a.m.

Dillon Community Church: Dillon, 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m.

Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church: Dillon, Sunday: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. (Easter egg hunt at 10:15)

Christ Lutheran Church: Frisco, Sunday: 9:30 a.m.

Agape Outpost Church: Breckenridge, Sunday: 6:15 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m.

Father Dyer Methodist Church: Breckenridge, Sunday: 9 a.m.

St. John the Baptist Episcopal: Breckenridge, Sunday: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m.

Book your stay and then plan your Easter fun!

Vacation Rentals vs. Hotels

Is there a difference?

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!