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Sweet Summertime Festivals in Keystone, Colorado

Keystone, Colorado

Keystone, Colorado

Want an outdoor summertime experience not to be missed? Want some bacon sprinkled caramel apples to go with your wine and jazz too? Then check out the high-country of Keystone, Colorado as they roll out the red carpet for visitors and locals with some of the coolest events yet.  From the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour (snort, snort!), to the country chic Wine and Jazz Festival, you can even get your bluegrass on with the Bluegrass and Beer Festival this season. Not only will you be able to sample great food and drink and enjoy live music and mountain entertainment, but you’ll also enjoy it all in Keystone’s cool mountain climate, a great way to beat the heat and enjoy plenty of friend or family fun this summer.

Bacon Caramel Apples? That's right!

Bacon Caramel Apples? That’s right!

Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, 1pm-6pm, June 23-24, River Run Village
For the second year in a row Keystone Resort will play host to the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, June 23-24 in River Run Village. This pork-tastic event will feature over 2,000 lbs of bacon, including fried, salted, dried and smoked verities. Bacon-inspired dishes and beverages (bacon bloody mary, anyone?) will be served by Keystone’s excellent restaurants and participating bacon purveyors, many from the local Colorado area, will include well-known names such as Tender Belly, Eden Farms and Daly’s. Chefs will dream up wild bacon-infused treats while competing in both savory and sweet cook-off competition. If the plethora of available outdoor activities including hiking and biking are more than your bacon-filled belly can handle, you can still work on lowering that cholesterol with some foot stomping in the Keystone Village. Live musical guests will include Better than Bacon, Hells Belle’s, Universally Famous Rocket Surgeons and more. All concerts are FREE throughout the weekend, and for those wishing to partake in the bacon extravaganza, festival admittance is affordable with one-day tickets from $30 and weekend packages beginning at $50. For those bringing little ones, children’s programming will be available throughout the village, including a children’s craft arena. Lodging and festival packages start as low as $80 and are available online.

Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, 1pm-5pm, July 13-15, River Run Village
The Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, July 13-15 in River Run Village, caters to every palette with a weekend-long event featuring unique mountain offerings including a VIP mountaintop wine tasting, educational wine seminars, live jazz performances at the base of the mountain, and of course,  remarkable food and over 300 wines to sample. The Festival kicks off Friday, July 13 with the NEW VIP Mountain Top Reserve Wine Tasting taking place atop Dercum Mountain at the picturesque Keytop Deck. Priced at $100 per person, which includes a gondola ticket, this event will allow you to sample some of the best wines available; all priced at over $100 a bottle.Early bird pricing, available through June 4, offers discounted event passes providing unlimited Saturday and Sunday sampling for $55 for a one-day wine pass and $95 for a weekend wine pass, including unique souvenir sampling glass. But food and wine aren’t complete without music accompaniment, and Keystone will offer plenty of that with live concerns from the Village stage. Admission is FREE to all concerts, no sampling ticket necessary, and the line-up will include big names such as Salsa Con Jazz, Elan Trotman & Lin Rountree, Dotsero and Hazel Miller. For those wishing to delve deeper into the world of wines, specialty seminars will be held at Warren Station Center for the Arts, conveniently located in River Run Village. Each seminar is $20 per person and comprises of fun topics such as “Bubbles Everyday on Any Budget” and “Jelly Belly Wine Bar Experience.” For those looking for a casual weekend with the family, children’s activities, including a KidZone, will be available throughout the weekend. Lodging packages are available and tickets may be purchased online.

The Bluegrass and Beer Festival

The Bluegrass and Beer Festival

Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival, 12pm-5pm, August 4-5, River Run Village
The spirit of Colorado and summertime come together during Keystone’s 16th Annual Bluegrass and Beer Festival. This summer staple, which will offer tasty sampling from up to 30 breweries, is one of the largest Beer Festivals in the state. The River Run Village will come alive, August 4-5, and attendees will not only be able to enjoy world-class Bluegrass performers, they can learn how to become one. Unique to Keystone’s Bluegrass and Beer Festival, special bluegrass seminars will be offered at Warren Station Center for the Arts, including banjo instruction from Jesse Langlais (Town Mountain), fiddle instruction with Casey Driessen, singing instruction with Tim O’Brien and songwriting instruction with Darrell Scott. Seminars are only $10 or FREE to Keystone lodging guests. This year’s music line-up will be presented across three stages with performances by Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Head for the Hills and Jeff Scroggins & Colorado. Admission to all concerts is FREE and a kid’s craft area will be available for children. Unlimited beer sampling is available with early bird pricing from $35 for a one-day pass and $70 for a weekend pass, including keepsake sampling glass. Lodging packages and event tickets may be purchased online.

Keystone Resort Event Lodging Deals
So, we say… enjoy great festival entertainment, mountain activities, a variety of shopping and dining activities and plenty of fun for the whole family. Spend the weekend in Keystone’s cool mountain atmosphere with great Festival Lodging Packages below!


Colorado is Callin’: Don’t Fence Me In

Eyes like a morning star, cheeks like a rose… Tall, snowy peaks and outdoorsy men with good teeth. Okay, not exactly the lyrics of the Colorado Trail, but close. Yes, I hear the men are smokin’ (and I don’t mean Marlboro reds). Athletic, free-spirited, down-to-earth goodness. Nature at it’s best. Don’t worry, boys. The women are equally fresh-faced, fit, and full of fun. Imagine a place with clean air and enough outdoor activities, fine food, and shopping to keep you occupied for months. The people, and the place, will make you damn proud to be an American.

So ride your way to Rockies.

Jaunt picked some highlights which we thought were a good start. Remember, Colorado is broken up into the following seven regions:

Northwest: Aspen, Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Grand Junction
Noteable attractions: Skiing, of course, Dustin Hoffman’s Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp, Fremont Indian rock art at Canyon Pintado, the hot springs of Glenwood Springs, rock formations and vistas of Colorado National Monument

Front Range: Boulder, Ft. Collins
Notable attractions: The summer long Colorado Music Festival, the gold and silver rushes evident in the small mountain towns, granite canyons of Poudre Canyon, the Peak-to-Peak highway with stunning sunsets, shopping Pearl Street Mall in Boulder

Once a frontier town, this young city is now home to a thriving arts scene full of restaurants, fine art, and museums.
Notable attractions: The Black American West Museum and the quaint Five Points Neighborhood

Considered the Colorado outback, this area is full of wheat and grassland. Talk about frontier… from the early pioneers to Native Americans and soldiers, the Pony Express came through here.
Notable attractions: From April- October, there are over 150 fairs, rodeos, and tournaments where locals and guests revel in their mountain men gunfightin’ roots.

Durango, Telluride… in this region, white rapids and grassy meadows are joined with ghost towns and the high flats of the Colorado Plateau.
Notable attractions: In Durango and Telluride, beauty meets culture. In the summertime, there’s the Jazz and Bluegrass Festivals of Telluride. For those who love a good remnant of the past, ancient Anasazi ruins speak to the mystique and centuries of American Indian culture while the skiing, rafting, and hiking can’t be beat.

South Central
Valleys, wildflowers, peaks and a town that boasts itself as the highest city in America. Leadville is literally tucked amid clouds. South Central includes Colorado Springs, a quaint hippie town that still calls almost 1/2 million among its’ residents.
Notable attractions: Rafters, kayakers and fishermen flock to Royal Gorge and the Arkansas River to try their hands and paddles at the river. High art meets mining in a place where the plains meet the Rockies.

You’ve read about Native American gems and beautiful scenery, this area is known for it’s wide open spaces.
Notable Attractions: The Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place in the lower Arkansas Valley every November. There’s also Bent’s Old Fort and the Santa Fe Trail or Comanche National Grasslands, over 400,000 acres of sprawling land where you can bring your own horses and ride (but Jaunt recommends going City Slicker and visiting a Dude Ranch where they do it all for you – see below).

Boulder, CO

St Julien Hotel & Spa – this super swanky property on Walnut Street is the first hotel to be built in downtown Boulder in 100 years. Their spa, and attention to detail and service, is some of the best in the city.

The Boulderado – – With a view of the snow capped mountains, this property calls itself ‘The first luxury hotel.’ A member of the Historic Hotels of America, it’s Victorian design and happening Corner Bar, is a place to rest, have a mango barbeque shrimp salad, and chill. 4-6pm Happy Hour or 12-2pm weekend brunch anyone??

Jill’s Restaurant – – a modern bistro offering Metro American fare with Mediterranean influences by award-winning Executive Chef Jason Rogers. The menu at Jill’s is light and full of flavor, utilizing a wide variety of locally grown, organic, and free-range ingredients

The Kitchen Café – – a laid back local spot for fresh, affordable fare

Shopping on Pearl Street Mall – just 1 short block from St Julien Hotel & Spa, this pedestrian mall is loaded with amazing boutiques. Highlights include: Chelsea Boutique – started by a group of sorority sisters from Colorado University, this shop is loaded with unique gems and favorites from Marc Jacobs, Theory, Tory Burch, and more – or

Rocky Mountain National Park
Boulder Beer Company Brewery & Pub
Boulder Creek Path – walk, bike, or in-line skate along this local, scenic path running parallel to Boulder Creek
2 hour Love Olive Me! Treatment at the Spa at St Julien

Vail, CO
Sonnenalp Resort – – this sprawling resort property is nestled right in the center of Vail

Vail Mountain Lodge and Spa –

FYI…Vail is undergoing a “billion dollar renewal” and renovation over the course of 9-10 years or so with a new Ritz-Carlton residences opening in Vail village just steps from Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa

Restaurant Kelly Liken – – Innovative seasonal American cuisine, inspired by local ingredients indigenous to the Rocky Mountain region. The menu changes frequently to showcase the market-driven produce and organic ingredients available with each season.

La Bottega – a local favorite for affordable Italian fare.

From snow skiing, mountain biking, fly-fishing, hiking, river rafting and, of course, private cooking classes by celebrated local Chef Kelly Liken, activities abound.

Taste of Vail is coming in early April which is a huge draw for epicureans and surrounding areas interested in the culinary offerings of Vail.

Colorado Springs

The Broadmoor

Summit Restaurant, American Brasserie –
Penrose Room – Colorado’s ONLY AAA 5-Diamond restaurant –

For fun – try the authentic 1920’s Penny Arcade, the US’ steepest and oldest Cog Railway up Pike’s Peak
Shopping- BEST SHOES, Yardis –
New Colorado Springs Fine Art Center –

For all the horse lovers out there, might we recommend a good Dude Ranch?

For general info and good way to decide where you want to begin your trip try:

Sing along…
Give me land lots of land and the starry skies above…

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