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Family Travel: Colorado’s Top Five Lodging Suggestions for Summer 2020

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This could be the longest EVER summer for Mile High Mamas and shall never be forgotten, nor should it. Please stay safe, healthy and adventurous Mamas.

We checked with the Colorado Tourism Board on May 21, 2020. This is the most up-to-date information we can provide to families about our favorite destinations throughout the State. Today we’re featuring our top five hotels/resorts to book this summer. Tomorrow look for updated information on towns and destinations. And then we’ll feature our favorite outdoor summer activities and more updates about Colorado summer.

Here’s to one, crazy, long summer.

-Julie!

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Message from the Colorado Tourism Board

“As Colorado continues to take positive steps toward reactivating our economy, the health and safety of both residents and visitors remain our highest priority. We encourage locals and travelers alike to embrace our new interpretation of responsible tourism — showing care not only for our destinations but for the people who call Colorado home–by adopting our new Care for Coloradans principles.”

Our Top Five Lodging Suggestions for Summer 2020

Aspen Meadows, Aspen

https://www.aspenmeadows.com/

Aspen Meadows plans to open their doors on June 1. Summer rates starting at $179. But if you’re a Colorado resident, book their Local’s package for up to 40 percent off with rates from $107/night. There is a new 24/hour cancellation policy for room-only rates. It’s a Bauhaus / art lover’s dream, built by visionary Herbert Bayer in the 1950s. And this kind of lodging lends itself well to traveling during Covid – 19. There are no interior hallways or elevators. There are also lots of clean lines and little clutter in the room (fewer surfaces to worry about). Plus, the rooms have ample room for in-room dining if you’re not comfortable dining in a restaurant just yet. Self-parking and free parking are included in the resort fee. The pool is scheduled to be open for social distance swims, barring updates from the Governor regarding hotel pools. Families can grab some food and picnic on the 40-acre hotel campus, or enjoy a self-guided art tour of all the amazing sculptural work on campus/learn something while getting fresh air.

P.S.  TIP!  The hotel is usually booked solid with Aspen Institute programming and events (all canceled this year), so it’s a nice time for leisure travelers to check out the property in the summer. 

River Run Resort, Granby

https://www.sunrvresorts.com/river-run/

New this year to River Run: Kayaking and standup paddleboarding at their on-site lake, construction is completed, and four types of glamping will be introduced including Airstream trailers, Conestoga wagons, yurts and adventure tents. The resort will offer drive-thru check-in for all lodging and enhanced safety and cleaning measures.

Opening: Per Grand County regulations, River Run is set to reopen to on May 22.

Continuing: They continue to offer oversized full-hook-up RV sites and three styles of pet-friendly vacation rentals. The resort’s amenities include pool, hot tubs, two restaurants, dog park, golf cart rentals, mini-bowing, putting green, bocce ball, lawn games, arcade, playground, jump pad, fitness center, yoga lawn and more. River Run continues to offer easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park, three nearby lakes, and lots of hiking, biking and boating on public land all less than 20 minutes away. The Colorado River runs through the property for guest’s enjoyment.

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon

www.westinriverfront.com

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is welcoming guests back this summer to a refreshed lobby experience, including new modern furniture & décor and expanded dining and cocktail menus from The Lookout Lobby Bar. Summer packages include a Family Camp Experience complete with s’mores kits, games and plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the fresh mountain air – including hiking, biking, horseback riding, golf and fly fishing.

In response to COVID-19, The Westin Riverfront has implemented a wide variety of safety and social distancing procedures, including an ongoing schedule of outdoor group exercise classes for this summer, including Vinyasa yoga, Flow & Restore yoga, HIIT, Interval Weight Training and Total Body Conditioning. Led by the professional trainers from the Athletic Club at The Westin, the classes will take place on the resort’s 4,000 square foot Wedding Lawn, which will give practitioners plenty of room to spread out while also enjoying the sounds of the Eagle River running below and the resort’s stunning views of Beaver Creek Mountain. 

Starting at $289 per night, The Westin Riverfront is also offering its 2 for 1 deal this summer, which is an upgrade to a spacious two-bedroom suite at one-bedroom pricing. The Westin Riverfront’s 2 for 1 offer is available until Dec. 17, 2020. 

YMCA of the Rockies and Snow Mountain Ranch reopen May 22!

YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch look forward to reopening their wide-open spaces, mountain views and fresh air with guests on May 22.

The popular family vacation destination has reorganized and reprioritized how they operate their facilities, services, and programs to provide a safe, affordable getaway for guests this summer. Popular activities that will be open to guests include:

  • Miniature golf and disc golf
  • Tennis
  • Outdoor volleyball
  • Hiking and biking trails
  • Horseback riding
  • Fly fishing
  • Dog park
  • Roller skating
  • New to-go kits from the craft center

Estes Park Center will also launch a new activity – Axe Throwing – where families can learn how to throw a two-pound hatchet at a target and get it to stick while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors in the cool shade of towering Ponderosa Pines. 

Curbside check-ins will be provided for guest arrivals and self-check-outs will be conducted via email, and although the dining halls and restaurants will be closed to seating and in-person dining, a variety of options will be available to guests such as grocery delivery to cabins, take out family pick-up meal options, and to-go items from on-site dining facilities and local restaurants. 

All activities will be operated in a safe and healthy manner in alignment with public health ordinances from county and state officials. For more information about YMCA of the Rockies’ practices and procedures, please visit https://blog.ymcarockies.org/covid-19-preparations/.

Reservations are available online or by calling 888-613-9622. To support healthcare professionals and first responders, YMCA of the Rockies is offering a Rest + Renew​ package featuring 50% discount on current lodging fees for healthcare workers and emergency first responders up to four nights valid June 1 – November 30, 2020. 

The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

https://www.broadmoor.com/special-packages/

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs will reopen its doors on June 28, ushering in a new age of socially distant travel at the 102-year-old resort. 

Social distancing is not difficult when a resort features 5,000 acres of land, a private lake, river, gorge with seven waterfalls, an entire mountain top, two championship golf courses, five tennis courts and three pickleball courts, as well as a zip line, hiking and biking trails, and activities such as fly fishing, tomahawk throwing, and falconry. There is also plenty of outdoor dining.

In addition to the tremendous acreage/space in which to spread out, there are also a range of cloistered accommodation options such as villas and brownstones at the resort proper, as well as individual luxury cabins in the clouds, a luxury ranch in the Colorado wilderness, and a private fly fishing retreat – all part of the wilderness property offerings. It is possible for guests to rent out entire accommodations, cabins, and camps for an entire month.

“The initial response to our reopening has been positive, humbling, and optimistic,” said Jack Damioli, President and CEO of The Broadmoor. “People who have done their civic duty to self-quarantine are now ready for the great escape, as long as it’s in touch and following the guidelines of the CDC, State of Colorado, and pure common sense.”

While initial offerings may be somewhat limited as the resort awakens and families, friends, and vacationers step back out into summer (please check the website for updates, information and news), initially The Broadmoor will offer two packages for families and friends as well as golfers anxious to hit the greens.

The Welcome Back Family Package includes:

  • Classic accommodations (upgrade options available)
  • Kids Eat Free
  • Kids Play Twilight Golf Free
  • 15% discount on Zip Line Soaring Adventures
  • Discount on the adult ticket price at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Suites available at 25% off of published rates
  • Select dates through August 31st 
  • Rates begin at $350 per night

The Welcome Back Golf Package features:

  • Classic accommodations (upgrade options available)
  • Unlimited Golf including cart (weather permitting)
  • Personal locker, club storage and range balls
  • Suites available at 25% off of published rates
  • Select dates through October 31st
  • Rates starting at $595/night.

Stay tuned all week for more updates on planning your family’s summer vacation in Colorado. 

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Julie Bielenberg
Author: Julie Bielenberg

Julie is a mama of three who travels in search of fields, farms, families and more. Sometimes . . . she finds herself in often uncovered, or understated locales, which has since become her niche.

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