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A 6-Day Recess in the Rockies Playground

A 6-Day Recess in the Rockies Playground
6 days

For the country’s highest-caliber, year-round mountain resort communities, this is ground zero. Enjoy best-in-class comforts in welcoming mountain towns like Aspen, Snowmass, Glenwood Springs, Vail, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Georgetown, Idaho Springs and more.

Sustainability Activity

5 Steps to Care for Coloradans:

As Colorado continues to take steady and thoughtful steps to reopening, the health and safety of visitors remains our highest priority. Here are some ways to be conscientious and caring on your adventures, while ensuring you make the most out of every second of your vacation. Learn More >>

Insider's Tip

Wheel & Deal:

Spring is one of the best times to get incredible values throughout this region, while still having access to all of the warm-weather activities it has to offer.

Day 1
Activity

Morning Bike Ride Around Aspen

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Explore downtown and view historic buildings like Wheeler Opera House, the Elks Building and Hotel Jerome or bike along the Rio Grande Trail. Don't have a bike? Don't worry. You can reserve one from Four Mountain Sports.
Lunch

Jour De Fete

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Our name is french for holiday, because we believe every day is worth celebrating. Our menu is derived from a combination of ideas by our El Salvadorian chef and French owner; making us your ... Read More

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Bag a Big One: Book a fly-fishing excursion on the Roaring Fork River with Aspen Outfitting Company.
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Aspen Outfitting Co

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Aspen Outfitting Company has developed a reputation for providing residents and visitors with the finest outdoor experiences since 1969. We work hard to maintain this reputation by offering an... Read More

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The Reel Deal:

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing app can help you discover 1,300 fishing locations, check conditions and regulations and more. Search CPW Fishing in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

Dinner

L'Hostaria

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We set a special table for you, a table arranged with the most wonderful Italian foods made from unique ingredients and prepared with the utmost care. Read More
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Go Shopping in Downtown Aspen

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Peruse the many shops and boutiques in downtown Aspen and explore the Aspen Art Museum.
Lodging

Hotel Aspen

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Breathtaking mountain views. Four mountains for every level of skier. Superb hiking, biking, fishing and more. World-renowned boutiques, restaurants and galleries. Spacious, delightfully... Read More

Day 2
Breakfast

Fuel Cafe

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Fuel is a cozy cafe offering delicious food and beverages in a friendly atmosphere for anyone that appreciates great taste, is looking for health conscious alternatives, and even indulgences! 

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Elk Camp Gondola Ride

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The Elk Camp Gondola takes visitors up to a scenic recreation area year-round. In the summer, Elk Camp’s activities range from Eurobungy and a climbing wall to access to Snowmass’ famed hiking and mountain-biking trails — especially at the Lost Forest Bike Park. Take the Elk Camp chairlift even higher and you’ll top out at 11,325 feet.
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Venga Venga Cantina & Tequila Bar

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Chef Richard Sandoval invites guests to gather, dine and raise a glass at Venga Venga Cantina & Tequila Bar. Savor authentic Mexican cooking served alongside 120+ tequilas and mezcals. Warming... Read More

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Above It All Balloon Co., Inc.

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Unique mountain hot air balloon flights over the Snowmass/Aspen area. Nothing like it! Read More

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Maroon Bells Bus Tickets:

Between June 9 and October 8, only Roaring Fork Transportation Authority buses can enter the gates between the hours of 8am and 5pm. Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased at the Highlands Center.

Dinner

TORO Kitchen & Lounge

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Experience the rituals of Latin contemporary dining at TORO Kitchen & Lounge from acclaimed chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval.

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The Spa at Viceroy Snowmass

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Designed by Jean Michel-Gathy, the 7,000-square-foot Viceroy Snowmass spa offers a selection of holistic wellness experiences, from Ute Indian-inspired therapies to contemporary beauty rituals. Read More
Lodging

Limelight Hotel Snowmass

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We couldn't make a hotel without first making it feel like home. That means cozy rooms, every amenity you could want, and a warm gathering place around the fire at the end of the day. Read More
Day 3

Insider's Tip

Head to Glenwood Springs: Drive northwest from Aspen to Glenwood Springs — your next destination.
Breakfast

Local on Cooper

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We refuse to compromise on quality in our restaurant. We are lucky to have access to local produce, local meats and dairy as well as multiple vendors who source from around the world. Read More

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Get Your Permit:

The Hanging Lake permit system is in place to protect the fragile ecosystem. Find out how to get one >>

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Hike Hanging Lake

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Hanging Lake is a Colorado treasure and a rare example of a travertine geological formation located in the heart of Glenwood Canyon. The 1.2-mile trail is steep and rigorous but rewarding once you see the natural beauty that awaits you at the top. NOTE: Hanging Lake Trail is closed for the foreseeable future due to mudslides.
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Slope & Hatch

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Taps, tacos, dogs and more. Fresh, affordable, chef-driven cuisine. Read More
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Raft the Mighty Colorado

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Expert raft guides not only know every rapid, hole and hot spring on the waterways, their stories make excellent entertainment for visitors rafting. Glenwood Springs’ commercial rafting outfitters have decades of experience delivering whitewater excitement to people of all ages and abilities.
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Riviera Supper Club & Piano Bar

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Chef Travis Owen and Music Man Jonathan Gorst are bringing together vibrant seasonal cuisine and the piano bar experience. With live music seven days a week it's an experience not to be missed! Read More
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Iron Mountain Hot Springs

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Nestled along the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Iron Mountain Hot Springs offers incredible views of the Colorado and Roaring Fork river valleys, surrounding sandstone cliffs and beyond to... Read More

Lodging

Glenwood Hot Springs Resort

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Located between Aspen and Vail,  you will find the Glenwood Hot Springs Resort. Breathtaking mountain views surround you, while you stay in well-appointed rooms ideal for families. Just a short... Read More

Day 4

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Head to Breakfast: Drive a little over an hour to Vail to get your brunchin' on.
Breakfast

Big Bear Bistro

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We feature the BEST breakfast and Gourmet Sandwiches in the Vail Valley, we offer natural meats, fresh veggies and organic bread baked fresh daily! We also specialize in gourmet coffees, salads,... Read More

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4 Eagle Ranch

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4 Eagle Ranch offers a true Colorado experience. Activities include horseback riding, rafting, fly fishing, sleigh rides, jeep tours, 4 wheeling, and zip-lining. In addition, the Ranch has... Read More

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Stick Around for Lunch at the Ranch

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After lunch, go for a wine tasting at Vines at Vail, the ranch's modest mountain winery.
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ATV Ride

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Sage offers a unique and true Colorado backcounty experience in quintessential Western Colorado. Enjoy the mountains with expert guides on 6,000 acres of private terrain.
Dinner

Vintage in Vail

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Vintage is a romantic Brasserie-style wine lounge located in Vail Village. Also, now serving the best breakfast in Vail and dinner 7 days a week. Read More
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Try the Bully Ranch Mudslide

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The Sonnenalp's famed Bully Ranch Mudslide (for adults only) is a must-try when dining in Vail.
Lodging

Antlers at Vail

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The Antlers at Vail condominium hotel enjoys a fantastic location on Gore Creek, only 150 yards from Vail's ski lifts, gondola, shopping and dining. A spectacular pool and two hot tubs next to... Read More

Day 5

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Drive to Breckenridge: Hop on the road for a little under an hour to the adorable mountain town of Breckenridge.
Breakfast

Blue Moose Restaurant

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Blue Moose Café serves some of the best breakfast meals in town (cash only). A favorite among locals and visitors alike, the café dishes up hearty pancakes and home-style breakfast burritos.... Read More

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Ride the Alpine Slide at Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Epic Discovery

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Experience the resort’s high alpine environment in summer by taking the slide of your life at the Peak 8 Base Camp. This hub of adventure offers breathtaking scenery paired with family-friendly activities, like the curvy and rolling Alpine Slide.
Lunch

Carboy Winery

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Carboy Winery is a unique winery working hands-on with vineyards & winemakers from Colorado and other prominent wine regions around the world. We carefully select and source high-quality wine... Read More

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Visit a Historic Saloon

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The Gold Pan Saloon has stood for over 140 years playing host to gunfights, outlasting Prohibition, and boasting the longest continuous liquor license west of the Mississippi.

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Dine at the Highest Distillery in Colorado:

The Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant serves up classic American dishes that complement the establishment's spirits. Make it an afternoon and visit Broken Compass Brewing next door for a fresh brew and sunshine. 

Dinner

Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant

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We bring unique flavors from Chef David Burke and good company together in a relaxed mountain setting. The Breck Distillery offers daily free Read More

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Take a Stroll on Breck's Walkable Main Street

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Stroll the downtown's historic main drag that's been temporarily turned into an open-air pedestrian walking mall. You'll enjoy pop-up performances, art demonstration, boutique shopping and artisanal dining options as you go.
Lodging

Mountain Thunder Lodge

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Located in the heart of the Breckenridge Ski Resort in beautiful Colorado, Mountain Thunder Lodge features cosmopolitan luxury, in a rustic mountain setting. Whether you're planning a Colorado... Read More

Day 6

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Idaho Springs or Bust: Journey to Idaho Springs and Georgetown, where you'll spend the day delving into Colorado's mineral-rich history.
Breakfast

The Frothy Cup

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Here at The Frothy Cup we buy only the highest quality green coffee beans from all over the world, and then we roast them in small batches here at the shop, at 7,500 feet in elevation in the... Read More

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Argo Mill & Tunnel

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The Argo Mill, Mine and Museum tour is educational and fun for all ages!  During its heyday, the mine procesed more than one hundred million dollars of gold ore.

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Lunch

Beau Jo's Idaho Springs

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Beau Jo's pizza is legendary among Colorado outdoor enthusiasts. The original pizza restaurant, located in Idaho Springs, Colorado has been the apres ski hangout since it opened in 1973.

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Georgetown Loop Railroad

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Climb aboard one of Colorado's famous historic narrow gauge railroads. This engineering marvel takes you high over the Devil's Gate Bridge and winds you through a scenic Rocky Mountain pathway.... Read More

Insider's Tip

Head to Copper Mountain: Next up on your drive is Copper Mountain.
Dinner

C.B. Grille

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Fresh, local ingredients coupled with creativity makes for a memorable menu here which includes small plates, choice angus steaks, fresh seafood, artisan pizzas and more. Our bar is fully... Read More

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Copper Creek Golf Course

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Spellbinding views of the Ten Mile Range provide the perfect backdrop for any golf outing and Copper Creek's outstanding service is sure to impress. 

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Lodging

Copper Mountain Lodging

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Stay with Copper! All our lodging accommodations are just steps away from chairlifts, restaurants, retail shops, activities and nightlife. 
Copper Mountain offers three distinct villages with... Read More