November 10, 2020

Ski season is right around the corner! Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek and Keystone favs

This is the slowest, quickest year ever, right?! How can ski season already be here?! My husband LOVES ski season. And while I've decided to retire from skiing (I mean, it's best know when you are never ever going to get any better, right?), I still love weekends in the mountains. My husband and son both have Epic passes, which means a whole lot of Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek for us. Skiing is great at each, but I love all the details... where to stay, great restaurants, and equally as important, après ski places!

In Breckenridge you'll find a lively Main Street that is absolutely adorable. There are endless restaurant, bar and shopping options. It is definitely my favorite winter town.

Our Breckenridge favs:

Where to Stay: 
We love staying in the Main Street Station condos or condos slightly south of there, off Columbine Road. These are both a super easy walk to Peak 9 base and all the restaurant and shopping options.

Where to Eat: 
Downstairs at Erics is a great place for families. There is a good size arcade room connected to their restaurant which serves casual pizza and american fare. Kids can easily play in the arcade while the parents wait for the table/food.

Blue Stag Saloon is great for a nicer dinner option. Fantastic food and cozy environment. 
{arcade fun at Erics}

Where to have Cocktails after Skiing:
Après is a wonderful, laid back place for a craft cocktail or beer right in the center of town. They also have a selection of board games to keep everyone entertained.

We also love the Quandary Grille. Super convenient to Peak 9 Base and always fantastic service.

{ice skating in Vail}

If you are looking for upscale, Vail is the place to be. There's too many nice restaurants to count and a darling ice rink in Lionshead village. And if you want a fancy hotel, Vail has so many good options!

Our Vail Favs:

Where to Stay: 
Four Seasons will wow you in every way. The service, the rooms, the gorgeous bar area, the pool and multiple hot tubs. It's just fantastic.

Austria Haus is an absolutely adorable boutique hotel with European flair and is so quaint. The location is also fantastic for skiing the Vail Village side. They also do free continental breakfast!
{kiddos get tents at the Four Seasons Vail - the only camping I'm okay with}

Where to Eat: 
El Segundo in Vail has the most incredible, unique tacos and fabulous margaritas. We visited this summer and can't wait to go again!

Flame is Four Season's fine dining restaurant and it is fantastic in every way!

Blue Moose pizza is one of my favs for a casual, yummy pizza lunch. 

For the best breakfast, go the The Little Diner. Get there early because it's super popular. And definitely order a Pannekoeken to share!

Where to have Cocktails after Skiing:
Garfkinkels patio is always fun and has great views!

Red Lion has live music, and is right in the center of Vail Village, with a good amount of seating so it's fairly easy to get a table here. 

Los Amigos at the base of the Lionshead Village Lifts (Gondola One) has fantastic margaritas and great specials. 
{Vail's adorable ice rink in Lions Head and notice no snow on the sidewalks - they are heated!}

Beaver Creek
The perfect place for families that want all the fancy feels and super happy children. They deliver FRESH, FREE cookies EVERY day at 3pm at the base. They just walk around with chocolate chip cookies piled high on platters.  They also have "Candy Cabin" at the top of Strawberry Express Park Lift which your kids will love. I also love the large moose topiaries all over town! Plus, because it's slightly further than the other 3 ski resorts, it's never quite as crowded. 

{It's 3:00 which means cookie time at Beaver Creek!}

Our Beaver Creek favs

Where to Stay: 
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is a great hotel. The convenience is fantastic. The lobby is beautiful. And there's even a family arcade room nestled off to the side. The only downside is the rooms are a bit dated for what you pay.

Hyatt Residence is our favorite in Beaver Creek. The rooms are perfectly laid out and updated. There is a movie room near the lobby. And a quick lobby continental breakfast is free each morning. We definitely fell in love with this hotel and prefer it to the Park Hyatt.
{The topiary moose of Beaver Creek are all over the town}

Where to Eat: 
In general, Beaver Creek does not have nearly the dining options of Breckenridge or Vail. 
For breakfast, the buffet at Park Hyatt is one of the best I've ever seen.

Dusty Boot is a yummy, casual place for dinner. 

Where to have Cocktails after Skiing:
Golden Eagle Inn has a cozy bar area and great cocktails.

Once again, you can't go wrong with the Park Hyatt. Their Brass Bear Bar is gorgeous!

{Beaver Creek's Candy Cabin is a kiddo fav!}

The main base of keystone (River Run Village) is pretty small and super easy to navigate. And they have shareable red wagons everywhere that parents will love for transporting their kiddos and gear. Keystone also has fireworks every  Friday night, which is a fun treat. There's also tubing which is a great break from skiing and totally exhilarating, (book early!) and the massive snowfort which younger kids will love (at the top of Dercum Mountain). Super family friendly!
{Little kids? Keystone's red wagons will be one of your favorite things!}

{Also the massive kidtopia ice fort with slides for littles}

Our Keystone favs:

Where to Stay: 
Any condos near the main base (River Run Village) are going to be a fantastic location.

We've also stayed several times at Hyatt Place because you can stay with credit card points which is an outstanding value. Here's a tip if you stay there... grab the bus behind the hotel by Mountain House Lodge. It's a straight shot to River Run Village and very quick. 

Where to Eat: 
Montezuma Roadhouse is our absolute favorite. Fantastic food and a little game room (do you notice we LOVE game rooms! haha)

The Crepe Stand is a must. For Crepes ;) 

Pizza on the run has delicious pizza and super casual environment.

Where to have Cocktails after Skiing:
Kickapoo Tavern. Lively, crowded, fun. Great patio if it's not freezing outside. :)

9280 Taphouse. TVs, great service. What's not to love. 

{Crepes and fireworks! Doesn't get better than that!}

I mean really, you can't go wrong with any of these ski towns. We are gearing up for our first trip of the season in a couple weeks and really looking forward to our family time in the mountains! 
And I'm super excited to give snowshoeing and cross country skiing a try since I've given up the treacherous downhill ;)

What are your favs? What new places should we try this year?!

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