Colorado is known for being outdoorsy and athletic and in no place is this more evident than the ski resorts. With their summer offerings of rafting, mountain bike riding, rock climbing and even such unusual sports as snow-free tubing, you definitely feel the pull of nature when you’re up there.
However, we had just returned from a crazy hectic trip back East and wanted to just relax. So, is it possible?
We have to answer enthusiastically yes!
We stayed at the River Run Condominiums at Keystone resort and my family would have been more than happy just to stay there – the rooms were large -we had a 2 bedroom condo with a generous kitchen, fireplace and much to the kids amazement a TV in every room ..no roughing it here!
Our first night we went off to a fabulous 4 course meal at the Ski Tip Lodge. We all got dressed up and the kids were excited by the fancy menu and the idea of a 4 course meal (there is an option for a 3 course meal for kids under 12).
The leisurely meal took us 2 and a half hours to complete. We ended with dessert in their reception rooms, seated in comfy couches by the fire. With the rain that evening, it was the picture of relaxing.
The Ski Tip wouldn’t be much fun with little kids, but Keystone does have options for sitters (they have a list) so it might be a fantastic date night! Or if you’re trying to teach your slightly older kids good manners – it’s fabulous!
The next day my husband and I got up and went over to the Keystone Spa for massages. The facilities are lovely, with the provided robes and slippers as well as complimentary flavored water, tea, trail mix (it is the mountains after all) and the generous use of their facilities before and after your service. We both had 50 minute massages with some add-on enhancements (like smelly massage oils) and it was fabulous and relaxing. The therapists were professional and experienced.
When we finished, we went back and got the kids (who got some time to themselves in the condo) and took the gondola ride up to the top of the mountain. There we were surrounded by mountain bike riders and hikers, but in our preferred style for the weekend, we just sat in Adirondack chairs and enjoyed the fabulous (and I mean fabulous) view.
When we got tired of the thin air, we took the fabulous ride back down and drove to Silverthorn, just up the road. We went to for burgers and then walked off our lunch at the Outlet mall.
What a wonderful way to recharge with only 24 hours away! I’d recommend it to anyone! The scenery reminded us of how luck we are to live in Colorado!
Book anytime. We saw an advertisement for their Friday Afternoon Club which includes to take a free ride on the gondola and there’s food, music (listed below) and activities at the top of the mountain from 1-7 every Friday through the summer!
8/1 Chancer’s Hooley
8/15 Lee Rogers Band
8/22 Local Folk
8/29 Randall Band & Bud Light Yeti Giveaway
Accessibility: Keystone’s Friday Afternoon Club is accessible via a FREE scenic ride on the River Run Gondola.
Activities: Horseshoes, corn hole, ladder ball, bocce ball, and more!
Mountain Town Music Festival
August 22, 2014 – August 23, 2014
A celebration of all things Colorado. Warm summer days, free live music from national acts and the harvest season for our colorful state. National acts grace the River Run Village stage and local food vendors will line the streets concocting their best peach recipes, both the sweet and the savory, for you to enjoy. Dance the day away with free live music from Fruition, Cornmeal, Pato Banton and the Now Generation, Rusted Root, Jeff Austin and Pat Green!