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Summit County — Lodging

Frisco:

This is our first choice for a home base for several reasons. It’s the closest town to Breckenridge and Copper Mountain and Keystone isn’t far away. The downtown area along Main Street has lots of cool shops and restaurants, perfect for a late afternoon or evening stroll. The mountain inns are super friendly and we found some good ones.

The Galena Street Inn (800-248-9138; 970-668-3224; $$–$$$), First Avenue and Galena Street (one block off Main Street), has a light and airy feel. Its 14 rooms have private baths, TVs and phones and all are nicely furnished. A hot tub and sauna are among the amenities. A full breakfast with hot entree is included, as are apres-ski refreshments and home-baked treats. No smoking or pets.

Hotel Frisco (800-262-1002; 970-668-5009; $–$$$) was completely remodeled a few years ago. The cozy ski lodge, at 308 Main St., has 16 lovely rooms, a huge river-rock fireplace in the lobby and an outdoor hot tub. Guests can access the Internet free via high-speed modems.

Frisco Lodge (800-279-6000; 970-668-5000; $$) at Fourth & Main has been hosting people since the 1800s when Frisco was a stagecoach stop. The staff members are long-time residents with insiders’ knowledge of the area. If you’re looking for super-budget lodging, try Just Bunks (668-4757; $), a “home-style hostel” at 208 Teller St. that is drug-, alcohol- and smoke-free.

Cross Creek Resort (800-748-1849; 970-468-6291; $$-$$$) has 17 condos perched streamside on Ten Mile Creek on the western edge of town. The resort, which is on the shuttle bus route, also has a clubhouse and conference center.

Chain hotels include Best Western Lake Dillon Lodge (800-727-0607; $$), Holiday Inn (800-782-7669; $$) and Ramada (668-87830), all clustered around Summit Boulevard.

The budget motel Alpine Inn (800-314-3122; $) with continental breakfast sits behind the Best Western on the shuttle route.

 

Dillon/Silverthorne:

Lodging here consists mainly of chain hotels and motels, plus many condos and chalets. The Best Western Ptarmigan Lodge (800-842-5939; 970-468-2341; $$–$$$) in the Dillon town center is one of the best bargains, particularly during the early and late seasons and in January. Another moderately priced motel is the Dillon Inn (800-262-0801; 970-262-0801; $$–$$$) which has an indoor pool. The Lodge at Carolina in the Pines (970-262-7500; $$–$$$$; left) is a B&B with a serene setting that overlooks Lake Dillon.

Off the interstate in Silverthorne are side-by-side chain hotels: La Quinta (800-321-3509; 970-468-6200; $$–$$$) and Days Inn (800-329-7466; 970-468-8661; $$–$$$). The Summit Stage stops at their doors. They are all convenient to the Silverthorne and Dillon Outlet Stores (see Other Activities). Comfort Suites (513-0300; 276 Dillon Ridge Road; $$) is in the same vicinity off highway 9 in Dillon.

 

Budget travelers might want to try the Super 8 (800-800-8000; 970-468-8888; $$–$$$) in Dillon, across from the Summit Place Shopping Center. Three of the best low-cost restaurants are in this center. Or try the Alpen Hutte Lodge (970-468-6336; $–$$), 471 Rainbow Dr. Both the Greyhound bus from Denver and the Summit County shuttle buses stop there. About $27 will get you a bed in an eight-person dorm room. There are also private rooms that sleep two and private family rooms that sleep four. The lodge has a nice kitchen, is clean and walking distance from restaurants (especially the brewery) and shopping.

 

The towns have many more B&Bs, chain hotels, private homes and condos. For reservations, call Summit County Central Reservations, (800) 365-6365, or Reservations for the Summit at (800) 999-9510, or the Summit County Chamber, (800) 530-3099 or locally, 970-668-2051.


Accommodations Legend: (double room) $$$$–$200+; $$$–$141–$200; $$–$81–$140; $–$80 and less.