First off, I love maps and have had an interest in geography as long as I can remember. I’m always wondering what’s around the bend.
This summer we find ourselves once again hanging in Colorado. We’ve done a bunch of serious exploring in this state over the past two summers, but I have a feeling we’ve barely touched the surface of this beautiful slice of America. Thus, yesterday I pulled out the Colorado atlas again to see what back road might pique my interest.
While scouring the map, I was met with a flood of fond memories. After all, we did call Colorado home for over twenty years. Could I pick a favorite mountain town? Could I pick a favorite scenic drive? That would be a resounding, NO! I do however have some favorites.
When we lived in Colorado Springs, we would bring the kids up to either Summit County or Grand County for winter fun. While the kids were enjoying the slopes, Al and I would stroll shops and go out to lunch in a quaint mountain town. Charm and character abound.
Summit County includes the towns of Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, Keystone, and the village of Copper Mountain, and is located about a two-hours drive from Denver’s International Airport. So it’s super easy to get to and offers plenty to see and do.
Summit County is a great place to visit any time of year, but March and April are my least favorite due to slushy conditions as the snow melts, but that never stopped our kids from enjoying spring skiing.
Now a days, hubby and I save our visits to the high country for summer. As a matter of fact, some of these mountain communities have become even more popular during the summer months than they are in the winter.
At the end of May, Al and I found ourselves once again camped at the shores of Dillon Reservoir which of course included a little shop strolling in Breckenridge. We always look forward to a treat stop at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory plus I believe someone purchased a T-shirt (or two) but I’m not telling considering there’s no more room in the RV closet. I wonder if Al has noticed that I’m encroaching on his half of the closet…. ssshhh!
As much as I enjoy Breckenridge and think that it’s a must see, I personally prefer the quaint mountain town of Frisco. Frisco is much more low-key and less touristy than Breckenridge. Thus, Frisco is our first stop on my “top 5 favorite Colorado mountain towns”.
Frisco has a population of less than 3,000, sits at over 9,000 feet in elevation, and was incorporated in 1880 during the mining boom. Today it’s a gateway to four major ski resorts. Main Street offers plenty of quaint shops, restaurants, and a historic park with museum.Al and I grabbed a couple of Lattes at a local coffee shop and strolled over to the Frisco Historic Park & Museum. This is a free, self guided museum preserving Frisco’s heritage. Toward the rear of the park was a delightful sculpture that brought a smile to our faces.
I was particularly entertained by the fashions on display as well as learning the importance of red lipstick during World War II. Hubby and I aren’t huge museum goers, but we found this historic park to be quite entertaining and worth the stop.
Frisco also offers an Adventure Park as well as a marina on Dillon Reservoir. As many times as we’ve stopped in Frisco, each visit we discover some new shop, restaurant, or hiking trail. And the scenery ain’t too bad either.
FYI…. if I’m a little quiet these days, it’s because I’m still under the weather as well as we’ve had some problems with our internet and excessive data usage which we’re trying to figure out where the problem lies. Grrr….. this isn’t the adventure I signed up for LOL.