The Summit County Top 5: Kid-friendly Complexes

Summit County 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 Summit County.

The Summit County 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!

Quality Service: Housekeeping

Providing quality service for our clients and guests is one of our highest priorities. And to help us consistently achieve this goal on a daily basis, we moved our housekeeping and laundry services in-house in 2011 and 2015, respectively. Although this was a huge undertaking that involved hiring more staff and acquiring more real estate, it allowed us direct control in maintaining our standards.

We hope that all of our clients and guests walk into vacation rentals that are welcoming, cozy and clean. And our housekeeping teams even show that same hope in their work. Yes, all of us at SCMR, are here to serve you.

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Opening Day 2019

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

Keystone Resort

Saturday, October 12, 2019 (their earliest opening in 20 years!)

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Thursday, October 11, 2019


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Copper Mountain Resort

Friday, November 8, 2019


Friday, November 8, 2019


Friday, November 15, 2019

For a complete list visit On The Snow.

Linens and Comforters and Pillows, Oh my!

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. That said, many of our homeowners opt for one or both of our linen upgrades: the Ultra-Premium Linen Package and the Ivory White Bedding Program. Below we have details on each of these upgrades.

The Ultra-Premium Linen Package

Our Ultra-Premium Linen program features linens that rival those of The Four Seasons. The package includes 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 every guest stay and replaced with a freshly laundered duvet cover. This program also includes high quality pillows. The entire bed will be made with fresh white linens for each new arrival. This is an uncompromising and industry leading standard of cleanliness.

Vacation Rentals Featuring Bedding Upgrades

We have many vacation rentals enrolled in one or both of our linen programs. Want to book one? After clicking the button below, input your dates of stay and then click “amenities”. Select either linen program or select both to see only rentals with both linen upgrades.


How to Get the Best Value During Winter

Lone Eagle #3050 master bedroom with slope views through window.

We all know the mountains are a prime winter destination. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating–there’s just so much to do and it’s all so much fun. This also means that winter is when vacation rental nightly rates are at their highest. But if you read on, we have some inside information on how you can score the best value when booking winter stays. (Want tips on value for booking year-round? Check out our market-driven pricing infographic.)

Consider Weekdays

Across the board, weekdays are always priced lower than weekends. At Summit County Mountain Retreats, if your stay includes Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, you’re going to save some dough. The only exception is when a holiday falls on a weekday. A good example, is that in 2019, Christmas falls on a Wednesday. So, if you have the flexibility to travel during during the week instead of the weekend, we highly recommend it.

Avoid Holidays

Speaking of Christmas, you probably know it’s one of the most in-demand timeframes. Christmas, MLK Weekend, President’s Day Weekend and Spring Break are the most popular times for booking mountain vacations. If you’re looking for value, it’s a good idea to try and book outside of those timeframes. And specifically, booking a stay after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend through the first week of December is a surefire way to get some great value. Where the Christmas holiday sees occupancy rates near 100%, the first week of December is closer to 50%. And what happens when demand is low? Nightly rates drop. Or at least they do at Summit County Mountain Retreats (we can’t speak for the competition).

Book Last Minute

Our last recommendation for how to get the best value on a winter getaway to the mountains is for those willing to take a risk. If you don’t need to plan in advance, booking a last minute stay can be a great way to score a really good deal. As time passes, there are often days in between other bookings that are left open. It’s common for these days to be less desirable in some ways (maybe it’s a weekday or it’s before or after a popular holiday), and to encourage bookings the nightly rates are often dropped. For those that are flexible it’s a great way to save money. And if you want to book a same-day reservation? Just call or email! Online platforms don’t allow same-day bookings due to difficulties it may cause with getting housekeeping assigned, but if you contact us directly we can reroute housekeeping when your reservation is confirmed.

So there you have it! Surefire ways to save on a winter vacation in the mountains. Score even more value if you qualify for our Guest Loyalty Program. There are tiered discounts for guests that stay with us more than once from November 1st through October 31st. Stack that discount on top of a first week in December stay and you may end up bragging to your friends and family about your great deal!

Save on Your Fall Stay!

Image of Main Street in Frisco, Colorado.

Fall is a time of change, and that change often brings travelers some of the best value. Locals often say Fall is their favorite time of year, with the golden Aspens and an opportunity to enjoy the mountains 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 FALL19. Through Monday, August 19th you can save 10% on any nights of stay from September 2nd through November 7th. With discounted nightly rates starting at $50 this deal is too good to pass up! Choose your dates, choose your vacation rental, and then enter in the promo code to get your savings. We hope to see you soon!




Save 10% on any nights of stay from September 2-November 7.

Promo code is valid through Monday, August 19.

Any nights of stay before September 2 or after November 7 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.

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.

On this edition of the Summit County Top 5 we’re giving you our list of what we consider the top five pools. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments!

#1 The Springs

Springs Pool

First 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 play area. We have several vacation rentals in this building, but the star of summer of is #8811 with its poolside patio.

#2 Dakota Lodge

Dakota Pool and Hot Tub

Taking the second spot 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 feature Keystone Mountain. And if you stay at Dakota, you can snag one of our vacation rentals that overlook the pool so you can watch family and friends from the balcony (or see when the hot tubs are empty!). Bonus, guests of the following complexes all have access to the Dakota Lodge pool and hot tubs: The Alders, Arapahoe Lodge, Black Bear Lodge, Buffalo Lodge, River Run Townhomes, Silver Mill and Trapper’s Crossing.

#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 the 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 Buffalo Ridge

A photo of the indoor pool at Buffalo Ridge in Silverthorne, Colorado.

Coming in at No. 5 is Buffalo Ridge in Silverthorne. This sprawling complex has a wide variety of amenities including three indoor pools. There are several hot tubs in each building plus game rooms and lounge areas. There’s also a racquetball court, tennis court and frisbee golf. Throw in nearby hiking and biking trails and the beaver ponds, you might need to extend your stay just to take advantage.

Honorable Mention: East Lake Pool

East Lake Pool has a clubhouse that 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! The following complexes allow access to East Lake: Decatur, Lakeshore, Willows.

Cirque Series 2019: Arapahoe Basin

Photo credit: Cirque Series website

Cirque Series takes place across the United States and Saturday, August 10th 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 five 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 9 through August 11. Just enter promo code CIRQUE19 when booking on our website.



Promo code is valid through August 11.

Any nights of stay before August 9 or after August 11 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.

Celebrate 4th of July 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: Thursday, July 4th through Sunday, July 7th

  • Celebrate our nation’s independence with four days of family fun! Enjoy bounce houses, face painting, an outdoor BBQ, live music and activities on Keystone Lake.
  • for up to date details visit the Keystone Resort website


DATE: Thursday, July 4th

  • If you are looking for an Independence Day celebration in a quintessential small mountain town, then Frisco’s Fabulous 4th of July will fit the bill. Frisco knows how to throw a party filled with activities for the whole family on Frisco’s charming Main Street and at the beautiful Frisco Bay Marina.
  • for up to date details visit the Town of Frisco website

LOCATION: Breckenridge

DATE: Thursday, July 4th

  • The Breckenridge 4th of July party kicks off with a 10K trail run, followed by the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race and the Main Street parade. Family activities, live music, and a performance by the National Repertory Orchestra are not to be missed! Check out Breckenridge Creative Arts’ “Street Arts: Spangled,” which celebrates street, pavement and graffiti arts with outdoor murals, installations, workshops and pop-up art.
  • for up to date details visit the Go Breck 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. As of this post, nightly rates start at $98. 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 you can walk downstairs and grab a spot along the parade route. As of this post, nightly rates start at $80.

This area is set off away from the main festivities in Keystone but is just a short walk or bike ride from Keystone Lake. As of this post, nightly rates start at $77.

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.

Golf in Summit County

Golf enthusiasts have several options when choosing where to hit the links in Summit County. Tee off while enjoying stunning mountainscapes, tall lodgepole pines or stunning lake views. And with elevations over 8,000 feet everyone enjoys standing back and watching their drives go further. Below are the top five courses in Summit County.


There are two golf courses in Keystone, The River Course and the Keystone Ranch Course.

The River Course is in West Keystone just off of Highway 6 and is open for breakfast, lunch and golf après, and there’s a bar. Serving a wide variety of fare including burgers, sandwiches and salads, as well as offering indoor and outdoor seating, this restaurant is sure to appeal to many travelers. The first nine holes wind around Snake River, while the last nine holes journey through a beautiful lodgepole pine forest. The 71-par course also features water hazards, various bunkers, and jaw-dropping elevation changes, with each hole having five tees to suit golfers of different abilities.

Opening day is currently scheduled on May 17, 2019. Check their website for updated information and to book a tee time.

The Keystone Ranch Course is further south and features an authentic steakhouse set in a 1930s homestead. Serving separate menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant serves high quality cuisine in an atmosphere of rustic elegance. If you’re looking for a traditional Scottish course, Keystone Ranch Course is steeped in traditional features. The 72-par course is surrounded by breathtaking peaks and meanders its way around a lake and through a mountain valley. It also features plenty of bunkers and some slight elevation changes.

Opening day is currently scheduled on May 24, 2019. Check their website for updated information and to book a tee time.


The Raven Golf Club is often hailed as one of the best in the country. It’s just off of I-70 and is designed to offer a number of challenges but is instantly playable for a range of golfers. Along the course you’ll find trout lakes, picturesque creeks, aspen and pine forests, impeccable greens, and rolling fairways. All of this is framed by the 13,000 foot snow-capped peaks in the background.

Opening day is currently scheduled on May 10, 2019. Check their website for updated information and to book a tee time.

Copper Mountain

The Copper Creek Golf Course is perfect for amateurs and professionals alike. The course has 18 holes with 70 par. Not only will you tee off with the 10 Mile Range as your backdrop, but you’ll also experience the highest teeing off box in North America. At a whopping 9,863 feet, you might worry that you’ll lose your nerve, but don’t, because at a higher altitude your ball will travel further than usual!

Opening day is currently scheduled on June 7, 2019. Check their website for updated information and to book a tee time.


The Breckenridge Golf Course features three championship nine-hole golf courses and is the only place in the world where golfers can enjoy a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed course. The original nine is the Bear, which was opened in 1985, closely followed by the Beaver in 1987. The 27-hole course was then completed in 2001 when the Elk opened, a course which offers the most elevation change of all the courses. At 9,300+ elevation, the course boasts 360-degree views of the Colorado Rockies, as well as dense woodlands, wetlands, and grassland.

Opening day is in late May. Check their website to see when the exact date is posted and to book a tee time.

Wherever you choose to golf, we have a vacation rental perfect for your stay. And with market driven pricing, we offer the best rates around. Plan your trip, then book your stay!