If you're like I used to be, you may only think to visit the mountains and resorts during the winter months. But, here are a few good reasons to head up to the hills for a long weekend this summer:
If you think the winter holidays like New Year's Eve or even Christmas in the mountains are a spectacle, then be sure to head up for the 4th of July. It falls on a Wednesday this year (and Bike Week continues Thursday through Saturday) which means a nice long weekend should be in your future.
With activities for kids and adults alike, and very reasonable daytime temperatures (it's nearly hit 100 degrees in Denver!), the mountains seem like the ideal place to play during the spring and summer holidays. Memorial Day is also a great time to take some extra days off and kick off a long season of hiking, biking, fishing and more.
It seems like every weekend there is a festival going on somewhere in the high country. Whether the Blues, Brews and BBQ festival in Beaver Creek, the Jazz Festival in Vail, or the Breckenridge Beer Festival. There is plenty of people watching, music, and fun to be had when the sun's out this summer.
Stop me if I'm going too fast: there is nothing you can't do in the mountains this summer and if you're looking to have a little time to yourself, how about a leisurely half-day of fly fishing in Breckenridge? Or how about a world-class Bacon tasting tour in Keystone?
This summer I'm not wanting to fly anywhere for my rest and relaxation, so I look to the playground in the Rockies. Everything from a massage, to museums, to brewery tours, to hiking and bike trails can be found in any of your favorite mountain towns. Plus, where else can you find an alpine slide at nearly 12,000 feet? Breckenridge, of course.
Like most people, I usually find my summer in town to be hot and crowded. This year, I plan to take a few extra "sick days" to visit the mountains, avoid the traffic and big crowds, and enjoy all the fun things I can do anywhere else plus all the unique things I can only do in the fun resort towns.