Beaver Creek, Colorado

Beaver Creek is a resort town located in the Colorado high country that is a perfect place to visit regardless of the time of year. During the winter, it has wonderful skiing and snow boarding as well as an ice-skating rink in the center of the village. In summer, you can find golf, biking, and hiking for those who enjoy outdoor activities. We have been to Beaver Creek several times and have never had a bad experience. It can be a little bit more expensive than some other resort towns in Colorado, but for the extra cost you get the benefit of reduced crowds.

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Outdoor Eating
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Hiking in the High Country of Colorado
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Walking Through the Village

The village of Beaver Creek has an old-world charm that is very welcoming and creates a relaxing atmosphere. Our favorite time of year to visit Beaver Creek is actually in autumn when the leaves are changing and the town is quiet. There is a lull in the mountains of Colorado during the fall as people recoup from a busy summer season and prepare for the crucial winter ski season that usually kicks off in late November. The weather in the mountains is also wonderful as it usually cool, but there is also the possibility of an early snow storm.

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Gondola to Take You and Your Bicycle to the Top of the Mountain
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Mountain Lodges
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Old-World Feel

There are certainly plenty of restaurants in town and if you want something different, you can get out of the resort village and head into Avon, which sits below the resort village. One of our favorite restaurants is the Dusty Boot Roadhouse, which is a steakhouse and saloon that is in the heart of the village. One of the things that we like about it is that visitors can purchase beers for local resort workers and have them added to a tab that is tracked on a blackboard (at least the last time we were there). That way they can come in whenever they want and redeem a few beers from their tab without it costing them any cash.

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Looking Down at the Village in Late Spring
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Deer Near a Trail
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Quaint Village Buildings

We have hiked and biked all around Beaver Creek and it is certainly beautiful. We have also been fortunate to see deer and other wildlife on many occasions while we were there. We have also seen hummingbird feeders in the village with many of the fascinating birds flitting around for your entertainment while stopping for a glass of wine and sitting at one of the outdoor tables. There are also several places with firepits where you can sit outside, even on a cold night, and enjoy a beautiful sunset. And if you are in the mood for shopping, there are plenty of locally owned shops to buy Colorado specialties.

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One of the Lodges Where We’ve Stayed
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Rambling Stream
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Hotel Balconies and Colorful Mountains

Regardless of the time of year, we love Beaver Creek. There are many choices for lodging in the village area as well as a couple of mainstream hotels, but these aren’t going to be massive buildings as the resort tries to keep a small village feel. We definitely look forward to our next visit to this beautiful town nestled at the base of the mountain.

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Near the Skating Ring
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View of the Village in Autumn
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Scenic Hike

 

There’s Gold in Them There Hills

Fall 2007
Fall 2007

Even though we’re still in the heat of August right now, there is a sense in the air that fall is right around the corner.  Living in Colorado, it isn’t a surprise that we’re avid hikers and there isn’t a more picturesque time of year to be in the mountains than during the fall when the leaves are changing and temperatures are falling.  Although the weekends can be crowded as people from the cities head into the mountains for a day to view the Aspens as they turn to gold, it is actually off season in the resort towns and a perfect time to spend a few days surrounded by some the most beautiful scenery in the country.  Each town or resort provides its own unique opportunity to view the natural beauty of forests as the leaves change as well as places to stay and restaurants to eat.

Fall 2012
Fall 2012
Fall 2010
Fall 2010

One of our first memories of getting into the mountains during the fall was when we went to Estes Park and stayed at the Stanley Hotel.  Estes Park is a beautiful little town that is right outside of Rocky National Park, which is the Yellowstone of Colorado.  At the time, the Stanley Hotel was a five star hotel that was proud of its heritage of having hosted many presidents, including Teddy Roosevelt, and of its original owner who was the inventor of the Stanley Steamer.  Nowadays, after appearing on an episode of Ghost Hunters, they are all about the Shining and the ghosts that may inhabit the property.  Oddly enough, we actually stayed in the same room that Stephen King stayed in when he wrote the Shining, which made our stay even more special.

Stanley Hotel
Stanley Hotel
Stanley Steamer
Stanley Steamer

We’ve also stayed in Breckenridge and Vail during the fall and they are both wonderful places to stay, but our favorite place to go is to Beaver Creek.  Beaver Creek has a feel of exclusivity without being pricey.  The center of the resort has an ice skating rink with shops and restaurants all around.  There a plenty of places to sit outside and watch the sun set over the mountains, all with fire pits or heaters to keep you warm as it can get fairly cold at night.  Hiking up the mountain can be quite strenuous, but the views that you are rewarded with are well worth the effort.

Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek
View from Beaver Creek Trail
View from Beaver Creek Trail

In addition to hiking, there a lots of small little towns with plenty of history.  Towns such as Minturn, Georgetown, or Leadville make for perfect excursions from wherever you’re staying.  We have fond memories of going to Minturn and having lunch in a saloon that boasts that Jesse James used to frequent the place.  In addition to the historic towns, there are also a few ghost towns in Colorado, such as the ones near Cripple Creek and Leadville.

Fall 2010
Fall 2010
Silver Dollar Saloon in Minturn
Silver Dollar Saloon in Minturn

Regardless of where you stay, getting into the mountains of Colorado during the fall will leave you with images that will last a lifetime.  Whether going to Aspen and hiking the Maroon Bells, going to Winter Park where the college students love to frequent, or going to a resort such as Beaver Creek, you will enjoy getting away from the crowds while the locals prepare for the oncoming ski season.  As with any time travelling into the mountains, there can be a chance of snow, but generally speaking the chance of perfect weather far outweighs the chance for inclement weather.  Even if it does snow, it will just add to the beauty of the mountains.  So, despite the lack of proper grammar, the old mining saying is still true that “there is gold in them there hills”.

Vail 2006
Vail 2006
Fall 2012
Fall 2012