Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announces 10 Things Under $20 to Do This Summer

Biking is just one way to channel a childlike spirit in Winter Park.

Biking is just one way to channel a childlike spirit in Winter Park.

Winter Park & Fraser Chamber helps families save, without skimping on the fun

 Winter Park, Colo. – The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber knows it is important for families to stick to a budget when traveling. That’s why the chamber has collected this list of 10 things to do for under $20 this summer in Winter Park. In fact many of these activities are free!

For more on planning a trip to Winter Park or to learn about lodging deals visit www.playwinterpark.com.

  1. Ride or hike the 600 miles of trails around Winter Park that make the area Mountain Bike Capital USA™. It’s free, as long as you have your own bike. Affordable rentals are available at numerous bike shops around town. At Granby Ranch you can even ride the chair lift for free Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. from May 22 (weather permitting) through September 27.
  2. SolShine Music Festival

    SolShine Music Festival

    Winter Park hosts affordable festivals and events nearly every weekend in the summer, including Fraser Tuesdays Picnic in the Park (June-August/free), High-Note Thursdays (June-August/free), Mountain Bike Capital USA™ Weekend concerts (July 11-12/free), Blues from the Top (June 27-28/$20 for one day admission), SolShine (Aug. 1/free), and Winter Park Music Festival (Aug. 15/free).

  3. Ride Colorado’s longest Alpine Slide at Winter Park Resort. Cost is $15 for adults, $6 for kids 5 and under.
  4. Play, even if you don’t stay, at YMCA of the Rockies/Snow Mountain Ranch. Day passes for visitors are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12 (kids under 6 get in free). Activities include disc golf, pool, basketball/volleyball courts, craft shop, playgrounds and hiking, among others.
  5. Fishing in the Lion’s Club ponds is free for kids under 18. Inexpensive rod rentals are available across the street at the fly shop, or you can bring your own gear for free.
  6. Cooper Creek Square in the center of Winter Park has free family fun throughout the summer with ice cream socials, juggling, comedy and magic stage shows, street performers, face painting and crafts and more!
  7. At the hip new Foundry Cinema & Bowl in Winter Park, movies are $10, bowling is $12/person/hour (or only $9/person/hour from 4-6 p.m.!), and food starts at only $6.50.
  8. Mountain Moon Yoga offers a variety of yoga classes for all skill levels throughout the week for just $15 per class, while Elevate Pilates & Physical Therapy has group Pilates classes for $20 each. Free Fitness in the Park classes are offered every Sunday, June 14-Aug. 30, in downtown Winter Park.
  9. Take a brewery tour or do a wine tasting at the Hideaway Park Brewery, Moffat Station Brewery, The Library and Winter Park Winery. There are also happy hours at various locations around town. Check with the staff at the Winter Park Information Center (78841 US Highway 40) for tour and tasting details, and a weekly list of happy hour specials.
  10. Brush up on the history of the area by visiting one of the fascinating museums in the area. Cozens Ranch Museum is the site of the first ranch and stage stop in the Fraser Valley. Admission is $5/adults, $4/seniors (62 and older), $3/students and free for children under six. The Kauffman House Museum, which costs just $5 for adults and is free for kids 12 and under, is the last of the early Grand Lake log hotels in existence. At Pioneer Village Museum in nearby Hot Sulphur Springs tools, clothing and artifacts from the old West live on. Admission is $5/adults, $4/seniors (60 and older), $3/students and free for children under five.

To learn more about planning a vacation to Winter Park visit www.playwinterpark.com. Or, check out the Winter Park Deals page for lodging packages.

About Winter Park & Fraser Chamber (www.PlayWinterPark.com)

The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber is a non-profit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park & Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.

Contacts
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970-531-2336, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Diane Ehlert, Winter Park &Fraser Chamber, 970-283-3548, dehlert@playwinterpark.com
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Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism Offers 5 Road Trip Survival Tips

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Make a pit stop in Sweetwater County during a summer road trip to the national parks of the west.

-Sweetwater County is a convenient, undiscovered pit stop for road trips to West’s most notable national parks-

 

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – With the open highway, endless blue skies and abundant wildlife, a family road trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is among the most quintessential of American summer vacations. For many road trippers, a drive to these parks goes right through a beautiful – yet often undiscovered – corner of Wyoming, Sweetwater County. Located in the southwest part of the state, Sweetwater County is conveniently located at the junction of Interstate 80 and Highway 191.
Here are some jaw-dropping, must-see natural and historic attractions of Sweetwater County, as well as 5 road trip survival tips from Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism.

 
What to See on the Way to Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

  • Lake Flaming Gorge
    The canyons of the Green River have long enthralled explorers ranging from John Wesley Powell to modern-day outdoor adventurers. One of the most accessible and majestic stretches of this river can be found entering Lake Flaming Gorge, a massive reservoir that straddles the Utah-Wyoming border. Here, red-colored buttes and sage-dotted hills line a crystalline lake that delights boaters, anglers and campers year-round. With zero light pollution the area is also a haven for stargazers.

 

  • Historic Pioneer Trails
    No other place in the United States has more miles of still-visible pioneer trails than Sweetwater County. While a pilgrimage West may be of a very different nature these days, one glance at the Oregon, Overland or Pony Express Trails will leave an indelible mark on the journey.

 

  • Wildlife Viewing
    The wildlife viewing in Yellowstone National Park is pretty spectacular, but Sweetwater County has some pretty cool critters of its own. The Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge houses trumpeter swan, prairie falcon, greater sage grouse and antelope. Between Rock Springs and Green River there are thundering herds of wild horses on the range, which are reminiscent of the romance of the Wild West.

 

5 Road Trip Survival Tips

  1. Prep the Car
    Take the vehicle in for a maintenance check-up before hitting the road to make sure the oil has been changed, tires rotated, wiper blades switched out, and that all fluids are at the appropriate levels. Also, make sure the spare tire is in good working order.
  2. Entertain the Kids
    Ensure the DVD player and/or tablet devices are fully charged and loaded with games, books and apps to help keep family members occupied during the drive. Also, don’t forget the old-fashioned classics that are still good time-passers, like a game of “I Spy,” the license plate game or name that tune.
  3. Pack Smart
    When it comes to packing, less is more. (Remember, many hotels have a washer/dryer and/or laundry service to clean dirty clothes!) Stick to one bag per person and opt for soft-sided bags over hard ones, which don’t pack as well in the trunk. Bring layers to stay comfy during the sometimes shifting summer weather (it can be very warm during the day, but chilly at night). A rain jacket is a good idea, as well. Sunscreen, bug spray, a hat and sunglasses are a few other “must-haves.”
  4. Bring Snacks
    Convenience store food can get expensive quickly (not to mention it’s not the best choice, health-wise), so offset the costs by packing a cooler with fun treats for the whole family. Bottled water, juice boxes, hard-boiled eggs, cheese sticks, veggies, fruit and trail mix are just a few ideas. Keep the food cooler close to make satisfying a snack attack easier!
  5. Charge On
    Mobile phones, tablets, headsets and portable DVD players are only as good as their battery life. Be sure to pack the automobile chargers for all of the electronic devices. Don’t have one you need? Purchase it before you go.
     

For more information about planning a trip to Sweetwater County visit www.tourwyoming.com.

 

Logo(1)About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.

 

Contacts:
Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.531.2336, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com

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Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism Announces Top 5 Ways to Keep Kids Learning on Summer Vacation

petroglyphs Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Research shows that all young people experience learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Education, most students score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they did at the beginning of the break. Continue reading

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Granby Ranch Announces Summer Golf Event Calendar

Golf_105-Golf Granby Ranch rounds up summer fun and competition on its beautiful mountain course

Granby, Colo. – Granby Ranch, the four-season mountain getaway located 90 minutes from Denver, today released its summer line-up of golf events. Golf Granby Ranch boasts one of the most beautiful mountain golf courses in Colorado as well as a friendly atmosphere for golfers of all levels and affordable green fees. Competitive tournaments and championships, family-friendly playtime and youth camps assure summertime fun on the Golf Granby Ranch greens that won’t be subpar.

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Five Unexpected Takes on Classic Grand Junction Adventures

GJ logoGRAND JUNCTION, Colo. April 7, 2015 – Located in Colorado’s Wine Country, just a few hours west of Denver, Grand Junction sits amid one of the most beautiful outdoor playgrounds in the country. In a landscape dramatically different from anywhere else in Colorado, surrounded by rivers, canyons, mesas and mountains to explore, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy, including rafting the Colorado River, hiking Colorado National Monument, mountain biking, and so much more. Below are five ideas for those looking to get off the beaten path, and experience a one-of-a-kind Grand Junction, Colorado adventure.

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Winter Park & Fraser Chamber Announces 33rd Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival, July 18-19

– Lineup in Colorado’s Favorite PlaygroundTM includes Baby Face, Morris Day & The Time, tickets go on sale April 1 –

Jazz Festival 2(2)Winter Park, Colo. – Today, the Winter Park & Fraser Chamber announced the dates, lineup and ticket sales information for the 33rd Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival, part of the Odell Brewing Concert Series, presented by Colorado Access and Real Estate of Winter Park, to be held in Hideaway Park, located in downtown Winter Park, on July 18-19.

The headliner for the Saturday, July 18 performance is an 11-time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums of his own – Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. In modern pop music history few creative forces have been more seminal or impacted the contemporary pop/urban genres as much as Edmonds. In a relatively short time he has reached icon status as a poignant tune smith, prolific hit maker/producer, superstar recording artist, and revolutionary label owner.

The Sunday, July 19 headliner is Morris Day & The Time. Morris Day burst onto the public scene with the group’s self-titled album, The Time, which included “Get It Up,” “Cool,” and “Girl.” Soon after the world was introduced to the former Prince band member and music marvel, the group went on to record three more albums, including What Time Is It? and Ice Cream Castle. The later album, the group’s most popular, is best remembered for the infectious singles “Jungle Love” and the Rufus Thomas-influenced, “The Bird.” With their palpable pop energy and catchy choruses, the songs were hits on both urban and pop radio.

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Travelers Find Mountains of Summer Activities, Attractions and Fun in Grand County, Colorado

RANGER HIKE webFrom family dude ranch vacations and authentic outdoor adventures to water sport retreats and romantic respites, Grand County offers the perfect Colorado escape.

Grand County, Colo. (summer 2015) – Travelers looking for an unforgettable, affordable summer vacation in one of Colorado’s most scenic destinations should look no farther than Grand County. Located 67 miles northwest of Denver, on the western side of Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand County is dotted with authentic western towns such as Winter Park, Grand Lake, Granby, Hot Sulpur Springs and Kremmling. Surrounded by wide open spaces and National Forests, these gems offer spectacular mountain vistas, including the Continental Divide. Home to Colorado’s largest natural lake, Grand Lake, and the headwaters of the Colorado River, Grand County offers the most accessible water for recreation in the state. It is also a top destination for mountain biking, fly fishing, and dude and guest ranch experiences. With unique and affordable accommodation options, Grand County offers a truly memorable Colorado retreat. Below is a sample of what’s making news Continue reading

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Mountain Lodge Sponsors Telluride Mountainfilm Film Festival, May 22-25

-Upscale Telluride resort offers special discount for festival attendees-

 Telluride, Colo. – The upscale resort Mountain Lodge Telluride announced today its role as premier sponsor of the annual Telluride Mountainfilm film festival, May 22-25. Ideally situated midway up Telluride Mountain with panoramic views of the majestic San Juan Mountains, Mountain Lodge will host some of the festival’s events in its comfortably rustic lodge. The resort makes trip planning easy for festival attendees, offering a 25 percent discount with the promo code FILM.

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Mountain Lodge at Telluride Introduces New Director of Food & Beverage

- New chef elevates experience at The View Bar & Grill at upscale Telluride, Colo., resort -

Chef Bud sitting by the fireplace1Telluride, Colo. – The Mountain Lodge Telluride, has hired a new Director of Food and Beverage, Chef Bud Thomas, for its onsite restaurant, The View Bar & Grill. Chef Bud, as he likes to be called, comes to the upscale Telluride resort by way of Restaurant Rev in Telluride, which earned a 4-star rating from Forbes Travel Guide and four-diamond ratings from AAA over the two years that he was at the helm. Continue reading

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Sweetwater County, Wyo., Announces Dates, Details for Summer Events

- Southwest Wyoming hosts runs, rodeos and more-

sweetwater_logoSweetwater County, Wyo.Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism in southwest Wyoming today announced the dates of its signature summer events. From family-friendly to zany here’s what’s in store this summer in Sweetwater County. For a complete line-up check out the Sweetwater County Events Calendar. Continue reading

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