2021 Getaway Guide: Colorado

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Getting the Grand Tour | Grand County

Welcome to the capital of sweet second homes and first-rate fun.

Grand Elk Golf Club


Denver real-estate titan Buz Koelbel has had a lifelong love of Grand County, where he learned to ski and fly-fish as a boy. As a resident of Koelbel & Company’s 520-acre Grand Elk second-home community in Granby, you can pursue those activities, plus golf on the Craig Stadler-designed Grand Elk Golf Club, biking and hiking on miles of trails, boating on Grand Lake and Lake Granby and much more—all within minutes of your doorstep. Spacious ranch-style and main floor master villas along the course start in the $700s, while the new Village at Arrowhead features 32 grand one- and two-story designs on sizable golf course sites. koelbelatgrandelk.com


The rustically elegant clubhouse at Grand Elk Golf Club provides Grand Elk residents with tee times and lessons, as well as access to a spa, outdoor pool and the Grand Elk Grille, where lunch and dinner choices range from burgers and tacos to garlic seared halibut and maple- chipotle pork shoulder. grandelk.com


Grand County is home to Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake, and 7,000-acre Lake Granby, a reservoir that’s the state’s third-largest body of water. The former attracts sailboaters and kayakers with its views of Rocky Mountain National Park and the moose in the shallows. The latter appeals to jet-skiers and all forms of boaters, as well as fishermen casting for mackinaw and kokanee salmon. Both offer swimming spots, as well as marinas for watercraft and SUP rentals. The shores of both lakes feature campsites, in addition to abundant dining and lodging options. visitgrandcounty.com


Watch for big changes and upgrades at Granby Ranch. On May 5, the entire ski and golf property sold for $29 million to Missouri-based GR Terra, which “will commit to investing the time and resources for Granby Ranch to realize its full potential,” according to a press release. Touchstone Golf should continue to run the golf course as improvements in lodging and hospitality take place. granbyranch.com


Why not get some culture while exercising in the great outdoors? The Winter Park Art Trail is a free art trail along the
scenic Fraser River Trail between Winter Park Resort and the Headwaters Center. Walkers, runners, and bikers can enjoy this display from July 2nd through Labor Day and vote via QR Code for their favorite work, making the winning artist $1,500 richer. playwinterpark.com/art-trail

Granby Ranch Golf Course


Situated across U.S. 40 from Grand Elk, the 7,123-yard, par 72 Granby Ranch Golf Course opened all 18 holes 20 years ago with a layout by Seattle-based architect Mike Asmundson, who passed away last June. Renovations by Nicklaus Design followed. The nines could not be more different: The front navigates through native grasses and wetlands along the meandering Fraser River, while the back tightropes the ridgeline of the property’s ski resort, featuring precipitous elevation changes and views of mountains and wildlife. golfgranbyranch.com


Teeming with wild trout, the Fraser River beckons fly fishers. Access the currents on foot or mountain bike via the Fraser River Trail, USFS campgrounds or road turnoffs. Outfitters include Grand County Fishing Company, Winter Park Flyfisher and Mo Henry’s Trout Shop. After a day on the river (or the golf course), have a cold one at Never Summer Brewing in Granby or Winter Park’s Hideaway Park. For more golf, go to Pole Creek (Tabernash) or Grand Lake Golf Course. Dining options abound. visitgrandcounty.com


After a year of not being able to experience live music, aficionados get to welcome back the 38th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival July 17-18 at the Rendezvous Event Center in downtown Winter Park. This year’s lineup is still taking shape, but it already features Bel Biv Devoe, Peter White, Julian Vaughn, Avery Sunshine and Elan Trotman’s Marvin Gaye Tribute (pictured). playwinterpark.com/jazzfest

Getaways | Steamboat Springs


A latticework of trails of varying difficulty make Steamboat a hiker’s paradise. Try Fish Creek Falls, a 7.6-mile hike straight from town that rewards you with views of 280-foot waterfalls along the way. Another heart-racing option is Thunderhead, which climbs nearly four miles to the top of the gondola. simplysteamboat.com


Catamount Ranch Golf Club may be private, but its restaurant, The Periodic Table, isn’t. It changes culinary themes every summer and winter, spanning the globe. The current cuisine theme? European Riviera. periodicsteamboat.com



Set on 233 acres in the lush Yampa Valley, Haymaker Golf Course opened in 1997 and remains one of the state’s best public courses. This challenging 7,308-yard Keith Foster layout features wide fairways, native grasses, wetlands, rock walls, deep bunkers, fiddly greens and stunning views of Mount Werner and the Flat Top Range. You’ll spot elk, eagles and blue herons, but no on-course real estate. haymakergolf.com


Opened in 1974 as the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club, Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club treats golfers to views of the Yampa Valley and Flat Tops Wilderness and challenges them with slick greens that break away from Mount Werner. Fish Creek snakes through seven holes, while lakes appear on two others. Mature pines and aspens frame every fairway on this Troon Golf- managed course. rollingstoneranchgolf.com


If you think boarders only come to Steamboat in the winter, think again. Devoted to introducing and advancing the sport of wake surfing, WAKE uses the most advanced boat technology to create a man-made wave large enough to catch and ride. WAKE operates out of Stagecoach Reservoir Marina and schedules two-hour sessions for all levels of riders. The company also welcomes wakeboarders and wake skaters. Hang ten 20 minutes from downtown Steamboat, eh brah! wakews.com

Second to None | Colorado Springs


Perched 3,000 feet above The Broadmoor on the site of founder Spencer Penrose’s Cheyenne Lodge, Cloud Camp delivers 360-degree views from its main lodge and dinner for up to 32 guests who can stay in one of seven lodge rooms, 11 cabins or a glamping suite with hot tub. Arrive by Escalade, mule or foot. broadmoor.com


A private, five-mile stretch of the famed Tarryall River located 75 minutes west of the resort serves as home to The Broadmoor Fly Fishing Camp. Expert guides, comfortable lodging, stellar cuisine and wilderness hikes enhance the angling experience. broadmoor.com

The Broadmoor

It doesn’t get any better than The Broadmoor. Since opening in 1918, the resort has continued to set an international standard for impeccable service, unparalleled luxury and unique guest experiences that range from golf on two championship courses to playing tennis and pickleball, a choice of 12 restaurants, indulging in spa treatments, ziplining through canyons, fly- fishing, hiking, mountain biking, bowling, and falconry. broadmoor.com


After shutting down in 2018, The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway, which first summited “America’s Mountain” in 1891, is back on track with new tracks, new trains, a new depot and new cog. The train made its first official climb May 27, and The Broadmoor, which spent an estimated $100 million on the project, is offering Ride & Stay packages through October 31. The three-hour round trip includes time at the new Pikes Peak Summit House. Bike rentals are available for a self-powered descent. cograilway.com


June 27 marks the 99th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb—a 12.42-mile race of 156 turns and 4,720 feet of elevation gain that France’s Romain Dumas covered in less than eight minutes in 2018. View the race’s colorful history at The Broadmoor’s Penrose Heritage Museum. ppihc.com; elpomar.org



Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, Garden of the Gods Resort and Club has aged with extraordinary grace. Its 27-hole Kissing Camels Golf Club remains an exquisite amenity for guests, who can hoof it with a hands-free ClubCar Tempo Walk and enjoy post-round beverages and stellar views of the club’s namesake red rock formation from the clubhouse’s refurbished grille. More glorious eyefuls await at the 90,000-square-foot main lodge’s Grand View Restaurant and Rocks Dining Room, Lounge and patio—all of which serve sublime fare from locally sourced ingredients. gardenofthegodsresort.com


Every one of the Garden of the Gods Resort and Club’s 56 guest rooms and suites faces the red rocks, with a walk-out terrace or patio to bring them even closer. You can also make yourself at home in one of the plush cottages, casitas or villas that comprise the resort’s new Vermilion community. gardenofthegodsresort.com


In the eight years since local business leaders Judy Mackey and Brenda Smith bought the Garden of the Gods Resort and Club, they’ve made good on their commitment to becoming a state-of-the-art wellness destination. The impressive, 31,000-square-foot STRATA Wellness Center features more than 20 physicians, therapists and clinicians who collaborate on personalized, holistic, well-being programs for each client in a calm Zen-like ambiance that suggests a spa, not a clinic. gardenofthegodsresort.com/wellness

The North Star | Northern Colorado


Developed by Ray Stenzel with a course designed by fellow Colorado Golf Hall of Famer John Cochran, The Golf Club at Fox Acres encompasses more than 450 acres in Red Feather Lakes, a 75-minute drive northwest from Fort Collins. You’ll find the 6,500-yard course, which sits 3,000 feet above Denver, a blissfully hermetic experience. It threads through the pine forests and around many of the property’s 15 fishing lakes. Grab a bite at the Fox Grille, bed down in one of 16 Stay & Play club rooms, and then take an early-morning hike through a flowering meadow where deer graze. Consider catch-and-releasing trout on-property or simply bask in the idyllic splendors of nature. golfclubatfoxacres.com


Rising among wooded hillsides, the 108-foot-tall Great Stupa of Dharmakaya crowns a meadow at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes. COVID still prevented entry at press time, but even the view from outside is worth the trip. shambhalamountain.org


Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forest and its Cache de Poudre Wilderness boast some of the most scenic and accessible hiking trails in the area. Roosevelt favorites include Dowdy Lake (2.3 miles), Blue Lake (10.3), and North Lone Pine (8.9). Mt. Margaret (7.2) tops the list of Cache de Poudre trails, followed by Lady Moon and Molly Moon (6.5). fs.usda.gov


Get a taste of “authentic Colorado” at Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch. Stay in
a cottage, cabin or condo, ride horses, play disc-golf, hike, mountain-bike and eat around a campfire or in a cool 1940s log cabin with rib-sticking good food. beavermeadows.com

This Getaways article was also featured in the June issue of Colorado AvidGolfer.

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