Winter Park-Fraser Valley

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Day 1

Morning:

Drive to Winter Park-Fraser Valley, located just 65 miles from Denver over scenic Berthoud Pass.

Lunch:

Lunch on the sunny deck overlooking Vasquez Creek at Gasthaus Eichler’s in Winter Park. Award-winning house specialties include Jaegerschnitzel, Wienerschnitzel, Steak Diane, hot apple strudel and black forest torte. In addition to a full wine bar, the restaurant has Warsteiner Pilsner, Dunkel and Paulaner Hefeweizen on tap.

Afternoon:

Hit some of the 600 miles of trails to mountain bike in Winter Park-Fraser Valley, a.k.a. Mountain Bike Capital USATM.

  • Beginners: Northwest Passage Trail to Flume, which starts just outside the town of Fraser, offers a very gradual uphill climb. This ride has a really nice singletrack with only a little rock and root.
  • Intermediate: Middle-of-the-road riders should hit Blue Sky, a trail that takes riders to D-4, D-2 and into Elk Meadow. This is a nice, wide singletrack with some rocks and a little climb.
  • Advanced: For those who want to feel a serious burn, take on Tipperary to Spruce Creek, which features a long, demanding climb and a high-speed descent on singletrack.
Dinner:

Dinner at Fontenots Fresh Seafood & Grill in Winter Park. Since 1990, Fontenot’s has been a leading restaurant in Winter Park. Fontenot’s has built a reputation for high quality seafood, steaks, and original dishes that bring a taste of The Big Easy to Winter Park. The chefs use the freshest and highest quality ingredients to create original dishes and local favorites, like chicken roulade, steak and frites, Southern chicken fried steak, and the signature gumbo.


Day 2

Breakfast:

Grab breakfast to go! The Back Bowl Soup Company at The Village at Winter Park has great breakfast burritos.

Morning:

Half Day Rafting Trip with Red Tail Rafting in Fraser. A float trip down the Colorado River is one way to experience the scenery – up close and personal – with mostly peaceful floats interrupted by a few exciting stretches of exciting whitewater.  Be sure to pack a change of clothes and a towel for after the trip – you will get wet!

Lunch:

Late lunch at Rudi’s Deli in downtown Winter Park (970) 726-8955. Rudi’s Deli has been a local favorite in the Winter Park area for more than two decades. Rudi’s is best known for serving fresh baked bread, creative sandwiches and yummy soups.

Afternoon:

Take a hike! Discover Trail is located across from Winter Park Resort at the Bonfils Station Outdoor Center. This 1.6 mile hike follows the boardwalk to the right through the forest and past a number of picnic areas. Marshy areas provide great wildlife opportunities and beautiful views of the Continental Divide.

After your hike take time to explore Winter Park Resort. Summer offerings include the Alpine Slide, a human maze, scenic chairlift rides and mini golf. Afterward, take time to shop, relax and enjoy Winter Park. Downtown Winter Park is the hub for an eclectic mix of restaurants, shopping centers, mountain bike outfitters, and a town park. Lots of centers to hit up: Cooper Creek Square, Kings Crossing, Park Plaza, Village Center and Winter Park Station. Top off the afternoon at Winter Park Resort’s

Dinner:

Dinner at Hernando’s in downtown Winter Park. Hernando’s Pizza Pub has been a long-standing tradition to people who visit Winter Park from all over the world since 1967. Jeff and Kimber Davidson, the present owners, have done their best to carry on that tradition since 1989.


Day 3

Breakfast:

Breakfast at The Mountain Rose Café in Winter Park. Breakfasts at Mountain Rose are warm, cozy and delicious. Everything served is homemade – from the whole grain, white, sourdough and rye toasts to salsa, green chile and corned beef hash. Daily fresh baked specials, and a full bar with beer, wine and specialty mountain drinks.

Morning:

Horseback Riding with Fossil Ridge Horses in Winter Park. Enjoy the exhilarating rush of being on a horse in the national forest, view the Rockies and ride with real cowboys. You’ll get to live your dream of being a cowboy or cowgirl for the day…bring your hat, and join in on this adventure ANY rider with ANY experience can enjoy!

Lunch:

Lunch at Randi’s Irish Grill & Pub in Winter Park. This authentic Irish Pub offers an extensive beer and wine list, as well as Irish specialties with great American classics.

Afternoon:

Check out SolVista Bike Park at Granby Ranch. This park was created to provide an incredible outdoor experience in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Skilled riders and beginners alike will find trails and amenities to make their two-wheeled adventures safe, fun and unforgettable on double and single-track trails.

Dinner:

Dinner on the patio at Seven Trails Grille at Granby Ranch. Located on the ground level of Base Camp Lodge at Granby Ranch, Seven Trails Grille offers a casual yet elegant dining experience, complimented by a full bar, local and imported microbrews on tap, and a refined wine list. The seasonal menu features authentic ingredients hand-chosen by our Chefs, reflecting the timeless classics of Italy.


Photos courtesy of Colorado Tourism