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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

Support a Worthy Cause:

Volunteer with or donate to Walking Mountain Science Center in Vail, which provides opportunities for locals and visitors to explore nature and learn about the many wonders of our mountain environment through natural science and sustainability programs.

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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.
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

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.

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Prime Photo Op:

Check out SO Cafe on the rooftop of the Aspen Art Museum for a view of Aspen Mountain.

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

The Crepe Shack By Mawa's Kitchen

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Swing by and try popular sweet and savory crepes, including favorites like the Mawa’s Greens with spinach, avocado and broccoli pesto, will make an appearance on the menu, alongside comfort foods... Read More
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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.
Lunch

Elk Camp Restaurant

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Elk Camp is Snowmass' signature restaurant, located on-mountain at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola, serving breakfast, lunch and après ski. Read More
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See the Maroon Bells

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The iconic Maroon Bells, often referred to as the most-photographed peaks in North America, are a not-to-be-missed destination. The best way to see the Maroon Bells is via the bus tour from Aspen Highlands.

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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

Viceroy Snowmass

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Viceroy Snowmass, where luxury meets convenience at this chic mountain side resort tucked into Snowmass Base Village, 7 miles from Aspen.  Offering unrivaled ski-in-ski out access to the slopes... Read More

Day 3

Insider's Tip

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

Daily Bread

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Eggs 'n' stuff, breakfast combos, skillets, pancakes and more. Read More
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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.

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Get Your Permit:

The Hanging Lake permit and shuttle system is in place to protect the fragile ecosystem and provide visitors with insightful experiences through education and interpretation at the Hanging Lake Welcome Center and along the trail. Find out how to get one >>

Lunch

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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Green Elephant Juicery

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Grab’n’go healthy, organic juice, meals, desserts and snacks. Read More

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Horsin' Around: The area's scenery is even more stunning on horseback. Opt for an excursion with Piney River Ranch.
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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

Lunch

Stick Around for Lunch at the Ranch

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

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Venture North: Drive 16 miles to Vail, where you'll spend the rest of the day.
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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.
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Swiss Chalet at Sonnenalp Hotel

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Traditional European cuisine. Authentic regional hearty favorites such as Schnitzel and delicious fondues make the Swiss Chalet a delectable dining experience rich in flavor and aroma. Read More

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Try the Bully Ranch Mudslide: The Sonnenalp's famed Bully Ranch Mudslide (for adults only) is a must-try when dining in Vail.
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Explore Piney River Ranch

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Get on the water to fish, stand-up paddleboard or canoe at Piney's lovely lake. There's also hiking trails and horseback riding to top off the day's activities.
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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Scoot to Breckenridge:

Drive to Breckenridge for artsy activities, outdoor fun and more. We recommend leaving your car put while you are in Breckenridge. Take advantage of your own two legs: ride the Breck Free Ride or take shuttles from your lodge. If you are staying in Breckenridge just for the day, nearby parking is located in F-Lot or the Stephen C. Ice Rink — be sure to download the parking app if you come with a car.

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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Alpine Camp at Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Epic Discovery

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Experience the resort’s high alpine environment in summer by taking a ride up the Colorado SuperChair to Epic Discovery’s Alpine Camp. This hub of high alpine adventure and activity offers breathtaking scenery paired with family-friendly hikes and an observation tower, as well as activities designed to challenge and thrill with zip lines, a ropes course and climbing wall.
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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Head Next Door for a Drink: 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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Breckenridge Arts District

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Voted in recent years as one of the nation's top arts destinations, the Breckenridge Art District is full of local makers and visitors can find only-made-in-Breckenridge treasures or make their... Read More

Dinner

Breckenridge Distillery

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Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant brings unique flavors from Chef David Burke and good company together in a relaxed... Read More

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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. The distillery also offers a free shuttle that will pick your group up anywhere in town. Make it an afternoon and visit Broken Compass Brewing next door for a fresh brew and sunshine. 

Activity

Explore the Breckenridge Historic District

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Stroll one of the largest historic districts in Colorado and take the Ghostly Tales Tour with Breckenridge Tours.
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

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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Drive to Copper Mountain: The ski resort is the last stop on your high-alpine tour.
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Copper Mountain Spa

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Come pamper yourself with a rejuvenating facial and relaxing massage at the Copper Mountain Spa & Athletic Club. Facials are designed for the high altitude and the stress of the climate. Read More
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