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Summit County Events in September 2021

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Arts at Altitude Art Show

September 10-11th

The art show will take place at the Frisco Historic Park and on Main Street Frisco in front of the Historic Park (between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue) on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11. The show will feature primarily Colorado artists with many local Summit County artists and will feature jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, and other fine arts. There will be live acoustic music in the Historic Park Gazebo on Friday and Saturday. Learn more here.

 

Breckenridge Wine Classic

September 16-19th

The Classic’s Grand Tasting features an impressive selection of hundreds of domestic and international wines, plus premium craft beer and spirits. in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado prepare for a unique sensory immersion. Buy tickets here.

2021 Grand Tasting Sessions:

·       Friday, Sept. 17, 1:30pm

·       Friday, Sept. 17, 5:00pm

·       Saturday, Sept. 18, 1:30pm

·       Saturday, Sept. 18 5:00pm

 

Breckenridge Film Festival

September 16-19th

Come celebrate its 40th Anniversary at the Fall Film Festival this year. Film-lovers gather for unprecedented access to independent films, special screenings and premieres exclusive to Breckenridge - and the film-makers behind them! Buy tickets here.

 

BrecktOktoberfest

September 24-26th

Mimicking a full-blown Munich celebration with live music The Polkanauts, enough fall-themed beer and cuisine to put anyone in the “Prost!” spirit, and fall colors providing the ultimate backdrop. Buy tickets here.

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    Locals' Favorites: Fall Foliage Hikes, Bikes and Drives

     

    Fall is one of my favorite times of year in Summit County. The aspens turn a stunning golden color and light up all of the trails and streets. And, we are often blessed with an “indian summer” where we can enjoy sunshine filled days and outdoor summer activities well into October. Yes, we might see our first snowfall mid-September, but typically it comes and goes and we keep playing. If it doesn’t, we just break out the skis and snowboards early! Here are a few of my favorite hikes, bike rides and scenic drives not to miss in Summit County this fall:

     

    Trails/Roads for fall foliage:

    • Aspen Alley

      • Skill Level: Intermediate

      • Distance: 1.3 miles one way or 2.6 round trip

      • Elevation gain: 519’

      • Terrain: Single Track

      • Accessible for: Hiking, Mountain Biking

     

    • Frisco Peninsula Lakeshore Loop

      • Skill Level: Intermediate

      • Distance: 6.1 miles

      • Elevation gain: 217’

      • Terrain: 95% Single Track

      • Accessible for: Hiking, Mountain Biking

     

    • Boreas Pass Road & Optional Baker’s Tank Single Track

      • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate if you take the single track back

      • Distance: 6 miles

      • Elevation gain 617’

      • Terrain: 0-50% single track - you can walk, ride or drive out and back on the road or ride/walk out on the road and then take the single track back

      • Accessible for: Hiking, Mountain Biking or Driving (stay on road please)

     

    • Lily Pad Lake Trail

      • Skill Level: Beginner

      • Distance: 3.3 miles

      • Elevation Gain: 396’

      • Accessible for: Hiking

     

    Remember, our fall weather will change quickly so always be prepared with plenty of layers, a rain jacket and sunscreen. As always, if you have any questions on any trails or need a hiking or biking buddy, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

     

    Happy Trails!

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      Summit County Events in August

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      Looking for things to do during your stay in Summit County throughout the month of August? Check out some awesome events below! 

      Breckenridge Music Festival

      Every summer mid-July through mid-August, the Festival features a resident ensemble of 45 professional musicians led by Artistic Director & conductor Steven Schick. Performances range from traditional to contemporary classical and includes multidisciplinary arts collaborations with local and regional arts organizations. Intimate chamber music experiences are also presented in private homes and public locations throughout Summit County. 

      Check out some of the events below: 

      • 08/05 - Festival Opening Night: Awakening
      • 08/07 - First Light
      • 08/10 - Tiny Porch Series
      • 08/11 - Tiny Porch Series
      • 08/12 - Tiny Porch Series
      • 08/12 - The Play of Light and Shadow
      • 08/14 - Nightfall

      In addition Join Breckenridge Music Festival every morning at 8am on the Riverwalk lawn for outdoor yoga, music, nature and wellness. Read more here about all the events taking place. 

      Keystone’s Bluegrass & Beer Festival

      When: August 7-8th

      Where: Keystone, CO

      Keystone brings back their 24th year of string bands, craft beer pours, mountain merch and melt-in-your-mouth morsels. Come join the fun with Free live music all weekend long from The People’s Key, The Pine Beatles, Local Fold, Tara Rose and the REal Deal, Many Mountains and More! Check out the schedule and buy tickets here

       

      Run in the Rockies Trail 10K & Half Marathon

      When: August 14th

      Where: Frisco Adventure Park 

      Come run along the Frisco Peninsula trails with breathtaking views of Lake Dillon and the Ten Mile Range for a 10K or half marathon. This is a great course for first time runners that offers single track and dirt road trails. Learn more and register here!

       

      SmashFest Golf Tournament: Hosted by 10 Barrel Brewing CO

      When: August 28th

      Where: Copper Creek

      Come enjoy a day of drinking beer outside and playing golf. Hosted at America’s highest golf course, Copper Creek. The tournament registration includes two 9 hole rounds with cart, refreshing beer, lunch and awesome 10 Barrel swag, prizes and more. Learn more here

       

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        Be Prepared for Colorado Wildfire Season

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        There’s no denying Colorado summers are breathtakingly beautiful. From outdoor activities, to wandering around Mountain communities, Colorado’s dry climate and warm temperatures attract thousands of visitors every year. Although this makes for the perfect atmosphere to explore our state, it also makes our environment susceptible to wildfires. Whether you are a resident or visitor, it is extremely important to be aware of fire conditions across the state. 

        The Colorado Division of Emergency Management is your resource for up to date information on location and status of fires in Colorado. You can find out current fire restrictions by county here. As we navigate through wildfire season in Colorado, we want to make sure all Colorado residents and visitors have the resources and knowledge they need to be proactive, aware and safe. 

         

        Below are Tips and Resources from the US Forest Service for Colorado Residents and Travelers to Help Prevent Wildfires: 

        1. Use an existing fire ring, don't create a new one. When not in a designated campground, build your fire within a ring of rocks.

        2. Clear all vegetation away from the fire ring (remove all flammable materials such as needles, leaves, sticks, etc.)

        3. Select an open level spot away from trees, logs, stumps, overhanging branches, dense dry grass, and forest litter.

        4. Keep your campfire small.

        5. Keep plenty of water and a shovel nearby for throwing dirt on the fire if it gets out of control.

        6. Never leave a campfire unattended! Even a small breeze could quickly cause the fire to spread. Make sure a responsible adult is always in attendance.

         

        Extinguish Your Campfire Properly by Following These Steps From the US Forest Service: 

        1. First, drown the campfire with water!

        2. Next, mix the ashes and embers with soil. Scrape all partially-burned sticks and logs to make sure all the hot embers are off them.

        3. Stir the embers after they are covered with water and make sure that everything is wet.

        4. Feel the coals, embers, and any partially-burned wood with your hands. Everything (including the rock fire ring) should be cool to the touch. Feel under the rocks to make sure no embers underneath.

        5. When you think you are done, take an extra minute and add more water.

        6. Finally, check the entire campsite for possible sparks or embers, because it only takes one to start a forest fire.

        7. Remember…if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.

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          Locals' Favorites: Lake Dillon Activities

           

          Ever wonder how Lake Dillon got its name? The Town of Dillon was established in 1881 where the lake currently sits. The town has since been relocated twice, in 1963 a dam was constructed and Lake Dillon was created to supply the City of Denver’s water. Not only does Lake Dillon supply most of the water for Denver, it also spans across three Summit County towns offering endless fun activities on the water. Here are my 4 favorite activities on Lake Dillon:

          1. Stand Up Paddleboard, Kayak or Canoe

          Bring your own vessel or rent one from the Frisco or Dillon Marina. There are several entry points which you can “put in” on the Lake and paddle around to explore the many islands while enjoying 360 views in the sunshine. Local tip: bring a cooler and have a picnic on one of the shores or islands that you have to paddle to!

          • Rent a boat

            1. Both Frisco and Dillon marinas offer boat rentals of different types: fishing boats, pontoon boats or sail boats. Depending on what your in the mood for, a boat rental is a great way to cover lots of distance on the lake and enjoy it with friends.

          1. Enjoy Waterfront Happy Hour 

            1. Transport yourself to a tropical paradise with a beachy beverage from either the Tiki Bar at the Dillon Marina or the Island Grill at the Frisco Marina. Both have beautiful water and mountain views and delicious island cocktails!

          2. Go Fishing

            1. You can bring your own gear and access the lake from any of the shore locations around the lake. Or you can book a fishing boat charter with Alpine Fishing Adventures if you prefer a guided adventure.

           

          I highly recommend getting on or close to the water of Lake Dillon while you’re in Summit County. It is an incredible experience to be surrounded by majestic mountain views while floating on beautiful serene water. With so many ways to enjoy the Lake, there is certainly something for everyone. If you check it out, make sure to let me know how it was and share your photos!

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            Locals' Favorites: Summer Hikes

            There is a popular saying among locals in Summit County, "We came for the winters, but stayed for the summers." This sentiment is shared almost unanimously by year round Summit County residents and it does not take long to understand why. Summer in the mountains offers a variety of outdoor activities and perfect weather to enjoy them. One of the easiest, most accessible activities is hiking. Whether going for an easy stroll with the family or a multiple hour adventure to the summit, there are hikes of all shapes and sizes all over Summit County. Here we'll share a few of our favorite hikes. Choose your adventure level, grab your sunscreen and start walking. Have any questions, need more recommendations or a hiking buddy? Please reach out, we'd be happy to help or join you!

            Wellington Trail

            Trail Name: Wellington Trail

            Location: Breckenridge

            Difficulty: Easy

            Length: 2.7 miles

            Elevation Gain: 236 feet

            Description: Easy to access out and back trail that longs along a river in Breckenridge. You'll alternate between single and double track, pass by old mining sites and enjoy shaded walking through the forest. 

             

            Trail Name: Bald Mountain

            Location: Breckenridge

            Difficulty: Moderate

            Length: 10.3 miles

            Elevation Gain: 3,123 feet

            Description: This trail is easily accessible at the end of Baldy Road. It is a nice option because you are able to drive more than half of it (with a truck or SUV) and then hike the remaining to the top. It is an easy hike up a dirt road with beautiful views of Breckenridge and littered with wildflowers.

            Trail Name: Peaks Trail

            Location: Frisco to Breckenridge

            Difficulty: Hard

            Length: 15.3 miles

            Elevation Gain: 1,735 feet

            Description: This challenging hike winds through the woods between Frisco and Breckenridge. With a variety of terrain from bridge crossings, to stepping stones, there is no shortage of excitement on this trail. It is an out and back trail, but another nice option is to leave a car at one end and hike it in one direction.

             

            Happy Trails to you!

             

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              Celebrate 4th of July in Summit County

              As the world begins to normalize, we are all looking forward to celebrating the birth of our great nation this 4th of July. There are plenty of events to choose from across all of Summit County! Take a look at the various schedules for each town below and join us for a long over due celebration in the mountains! Make sure to let us know your plans so we can meet up for a "cheers"!

              4th of July Parade in Breckenridge

              Breckenridge:

              July 4th

              • 7:00am - 11:00am – Independence Day 10k

              • 9:30am – Firecracker 50

              • 10:00am - 11:30am – Independence Day Parade

              • 11:00am - 4:00pm – Chalk Art on Washington Street

              • 11:00am - 6:00pm – Live Music @ AirStage

              • 6:00pm - 8:00pm – NRO Concert

               

              Frisco:

              July 4th

              • Early Morning – Chalk artists on Main Street

              • 10:00am – Frisco 4th of July “Bikes and Barks” Parade on Main Street from Historic Park to 5th Avenue

              • 11:00am – 5:00pm – Free balloon art

              • 11:00am – 5:00pm – Free caricature art

              • 11:30am – 12:00pm – Gora Gora Marching Band

              • 12:45pm – 1:15pm – Gora Gora Marching Band

              • 1:30pm – 5:00pm – Aerial acrobats

              • 2:00pm – 2:30pm – Gora Gora Marching Band

               

              Silverthorne:

              • July 4  National Repertory Orchestra Patriotic Salute  Rainbow Park

              • July 5-6 – Art on the Blue Art Festival – Silverthorne Performing Arts Center

               

              Dillon:

              • July 4  4:00pm – Independence Day with your Colorado Symphony  Dillon Amphitheater

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                Colorado Craft Helps Developer Realize 30-Year Dream in Fort Lupton

                After nearly 3 years under contract, Colorado Craft Brokers helped Arbor Capital Group close on 150 acres of land in Fort Lupton, CO. The fully entitled project, named Cottonwood Greens, will bring nearly 350 single family homes and 150 townhomes to the town that is quickly growing as home buyers are priced out of the Denver market. The development is helping Fort Lupton realize a 30-year dream to bring more homes into the community that are priced for first time home buyers. LGI Homes is building the first few phases. Read more in the Fort Lupton Press here

                 

                 

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