A Colorado Mountain Town for the Holidays

Also appearing in this year’s “Christmas in Berthoud” in the Berthoud Weekly Surveyor

If you’re considering spending the holidays away from home, there’s nothing more magical than the Colorado Rocky Mountains covered in snow. There are many beautiful mountain towns but which is right for you? It depends on who you are traveling with and your expectations for a holiday getaway.

A Colorado Mountain Town for the Holidays. Scenic Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs (Photo courtesy of Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association)
Romantic Holiday

If you plan to travel with your partner this holiday season, there’s one mountain town that leaps to mind.

Romantic Winter Getaways in Colorado. Sleigh ride in Grand Lake.
Photo courtesy of the Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

In the summer, Grand Lake is one of the best family destinations in the state, but when it is covered in snow the town quiets making it one of the best spots for a romantic getaway in the state.

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Curl up in front of a roaring fire at your Western Riviera rental property and enjoy the luxury of silence and peace. Walk hand and hand with your sweetheart over snow-covered wooden sidewalks downtown and pop into one of the town’s authentic pubs for a drink. Or, catch a show at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre. This year, “Home for the Holidays” is on stage December 15-16.

A Kid-friendly Holiday

If you are looking for that perfect spot for the kids, a ski resort is ideal. Whether it’s Keystone with their Kidtopia or Breckenridge with its many things to do with the kids, heading to a ski town is a wonderful vacation with the children.

A Colorado Mountain Town for the Holidays. Keystone. Photo credit_jack_affleck
Keystone, Colorado (Photo Credit: Jack Affleck)

Kidtopia at Keystone is a playground that your kids will love. There are events, a snow fort, cookie time and more. The village is easy to navigate with the family and, new this year, the village has installed warming sidewalks to keep the village walkways snow-free.

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A Colorado Mountain Town for the Holidays. Grand Colorado at Peak 8 pool
Grand Colorado at Peak 8 pool area. Photo courtesy of the property.

The ski area at Breckenridge is huge, making it ideal for everyone from the learner to the expert. Plus, it’s simple to find a slopeside place to stay. Grand Colorado on Peak 8 is ideal for families. Not only is it located at the base of Peak 8, but they also have some of the best amenities for families, including four theaters and an arcade.

Multi-Generational Family Fun for the Holidays

For a holiday that the entire family will remember forever, Glenwood Springs is the place to go. They have multiple hot springs venues, skiing at nearby Sunlight Mountain Resort and a restaurant scene that will have everyone from Grandma to little Sally chowing down on their favorite food.

A Colorado Mountain Town for the Holidays. Photo Credit Glenwood Hot Springs
Glenwood Hot Springs (Photo courtesy of Glenwood Hot Springs)

Colorado’s largest hot spring pool is here and families have been making memories at Glenwood Hot Springs since 1888. If you want to try something new, the newest hot springs attraction in Glenwood Springs is Iron Mountain Hot Springs. They have 16 terraced pools as well as a swimming pool perfect for the kids. They also have a cafe that serves beverages such as beer and wine.

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Restaurants to consider are Daily Bread for breakfast, Slope & Hatch for lunch and Smoke for dinner. If someone in the family is in the mood for steak, go to Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse. Glenwood Canyon Brewpub is always dependable and has a family-friendly environment.

A Colorado Mountain Town for the Holidays. The Hotel Colorado
Hotel Colorado (Photo courtesy of Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association)

Home to an award-winning brewery and the incredible Hotel Colorado, a glorious jewel in the town’s crown, it’s hard to beat taking a family holiday vacation to Glenwood Springs.

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