Tucked between Mount Royal and Lake Dillon sits the old mining and ski town of Frisco, Colorado. Its charming streets and quiet atmosphere give way to lively nightlife and days full of outdoor adventure. As a Summit County local, Frisco is where I head to meet up with friends for a beer and a board game and to swap stories from the weekend’s adventures. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in true local Colorado mountain town culture, it’s in Frisco that you’ll find local restaurants and a rich mountain town culture perfect for a weekend getaway.
Day 1 — Brunch, Ski, and Dance the Night Away
Start your morning with everyone’s favorite meal (brunch, duh) at Log Cabin Café. Yes, the Bloody Marys are delicious. Brunch is the time to relax and ease into the day, but if you’re ready to get out there, ask for their breakfast burritos to go. Your taste buds and stomach will thank you.
For your first winter activity, head over to the Frisco Nordic Center where you can enjoy your morning at the Peninsula Recreation Area, complete with beautiful views of Lake Dillon and surrounding peaks. The Nordic Center has 27 kilometers of ski trails ideal for all levels of skiers. If you’re a beginner or looking to improve your technique, group lessons are available every day. They also offer rentals for both skate and classic skiing as well as snowshoe rentals if you’re just not that into sliding.
Across the street from the Nordic Center is the Frisco Adventure Park, the perfect place to let your inner child play in the snow. The tubing hill has 1200-foot tracks sure to get your adrenaline pumping, and the best part is that it’s lift serviced so you won’t have to drag your tube back up the hill.
An active morning calls for a delicious lunch. Try the cozy Butterhorn Bakery & Café on Main Street; they offer soups, salads, sandwiches, and breakfast all day. I like to treat myself to a giant fresh-baked cookie for dessert.
With some good food in your belly, you can spend the afternoon strolling up and down Main Street. Lined with beautiful lights and wooden store fronts, Main Street has tons of shops to enjoy. My personal favorites are Next Page, a bookstore with great Colorado gifts and guide books, Foote’s Rest Sweet Shoppe (for…well…sweets!), and Funky Trunk Boutique for awesome second-hand clothes and accessories. Stop in at the GatherHouse to watch glass blowing demos on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. You can also sign up for a mini or full glassblowing class for an afternoon of art and ancient crafts.
So how much energy do you have left? For a lively and musical night, head down the stairs between 6th and 7th Avenue to Ollie’s Pub and Grub and the Barkley Ballroom. Ollie’s is known for their great pub food (the cheesy bacon fries are amazing), so sit down in their dining room for a bite to eat. There’s an arcade to keep the kids busy and lots of TVs to watch the big game. As it gets later, walk across the outdoor area into the Barkley Ballroom for the county’s best live music, pool, foosball, darts and a more nightclub vibe. Check the schedule for upcoming shows.
Retire for the night at the Frisco Lodge, a family owned lodge since 1885. The top-rated bed and breakfast offers full breakfast, afternoon wine, cheese, and appetizers, a hot tub and outdoor fireplace. Located right on Main Street, you can walk to and from tons of restaurants and shops.
Day 2 — Puppies, Beer, and Hot Yoga
Like all good days, Day 2 must start with coffee. Head to Rocky Mountain Roasters for a variety of fresh roasted coffee that Summit County locals love. Grab a light breakfast, baked good, or maybe just a steamy cup o’ joe or tea to get the day started.
There’s no cuter way to explore the mountains than on a dogsled. Though located in Leadville, Colorado, Alpine Adventures Dogsledding will pick you up in Frisco for a morning of puppies and pristine winter landscapes. The six-mile tours run for a blissful hour and 20 minutes during which 10-12 adorable (and strong!) dogs will pull you, a driver, and a sled over the snowy terrain. You can also reserve a kennel tour for before or after your tour to learn about the sport of dogsledding, the Husky breed, and meet the pups.
Head back to Frisco for some lunchtime fuel at Outer Range Brewing Co, Frisco’s favorite brewery. It’s a trendy spot, where I have spent many hours playing Cards Against Humanity and lots of other board games with friends. Known for their variety of IPAs and Belgians, Outer Range even sells their beer in cans, so you can take your favorite home with you. There’s a yurt out back for extra seating (it’s usually less busy). The brewery is BYOF (food), but the semi-permanent food truck Hoof, Wing, & Fin sits right outside small bites and sandwiches. You can also pop into Rio Grande next door and grab some fresh, made-from-scratch Mexican food to bring over to the brewery.
To round out your perfect weekend in Frisco, check out Summit Hot Yoga studio for a late afternoon stretch and flow session. Nothing caps off an active weekend in the cold like a hot vinyasa yoga session before a long drive home.