Beaver Creek, Colorado Travel Guide: What to Do, Where to Stay and Where to Eat

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With East Coast temperatures recently at an all-time high, I desperately needed a change of scenery, so I escaped to Beaver Creek, Colorado: a ski resort about a three-hour drive from Denver. I’m not much of a domestic traveler, but I knew I had to visit the Colorado Rockies one day. Think: vast, lush greens, fresh air and a relaxing atmosphere. My friend and I decided to stay at the Osprey. We wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and let the view and the breeze calm our busy souls. Also, we were curious about what a ski resort could offer in the summer and we were not disappointed. If you’re planning on heading to Beaver Creek during the warmer months, find some ideas for where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in this town nestled on the edge of the mountains.

Where to stay

The osprey

Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts

Nestled in the heart of the Beaver Creek Resort, this intimate hotel is perfect for everything from family trips to weekend getaways with friends. The location borders a ski lift that takes you straight into the mountains, perfect for a first downhill ski in high season. It’s quaint and cozy, and only a short walk from the bustling village full of shops and restaurants.

RESERVE

What to do

Take a 4×4 tour

Photos: Courtesy of Katie Mok

This resort-offered 4×4 tour explores the grounds of Beaver Creek, showing off the natural beauty of the mountains. The tour takes you 11,440 feet above, where you’ll overlook several ski runs, nearby mountains, and layers of towering trees.

Horseback riding

Photos: Courtesy of Katie Mok

As someone who is fairly wary of animals, I like to think I did pretty good first-time horseback riding. Hosted by Beaver Creek Stables, the company offers different options to choose from, suitable for all ages. My faithful companion, Lobo, and I trekked for an hour through some of the lushest green valleys and a roaring river. We became best friends the second we met, especially since we were oddly matched from head to toe.

Drive the scenic routes

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Remembering that the elevation is much higher than we are used to, my friend and I opted for the Spruce Saddle Loop, an easy one-mile loop in the mountains right next to the Centennial Express lift. Our hike was filled with scenic views where the mountains met the clouds in the sky. Remember to bring extra water and light outerwear as the temperature can change in an instant. You can head to the Summer Adventure Center for more trail options and lift tickets depending on what time of year you visit.

Book a massage

Photos: Courtesy of Katie Mok

Getting to the Exhale spa at the Park Hyatt hotel was unbelievable. Experiencing a full body massage in this beautiful space with their Aquas Sanitas Roman Baths felt like I was walking on clouds afterwards!

Where to eat

Citrus

Photos: Courtesy of Katie Mok

Our first stop was in Citrea, which set the tone for the rest of the trip. As the restaurant is located in the heart of the village, we chose to sit outside to people watch and enjoy the nice breeze. Combining Mediterranean cuisine with a modern twist on your favorite dishes, Citrea was a great first impression of Beaver Creek!

Beano’s Hut

Photos: Courtesy of Katie Mok

Beano’s was the place that had it all: atmosphere, food and music. It was undoubtedly an amazing experience. I arrived at the restaurant on horseback, walking closer and closer with my new best friend Lobo. I’m not going to lie, I was definitely overwhelmed as soon as I opened the menu, but as soon as I saw the waiter coming I went with my instincts. This five course meal (yes, five!) was the best decision I have ever made. I went the seafood route and still think about it today. Beano’s menu is seasonal, has lots of fresh ingredients, and is high on my list of favorites.

Hung

Photos: Courtesy of Katie Mok

I never imagined seeing so much raw seafood in the Colorado Rockies, but alas, I was wrong. Hooked is located near the main village lawn. At dinner time, enjoy your meal with live music. My friend and I had tasty oysters, followed by an omakase platter accompanied by local draft beer. I’m a sashimi fanatic, but there were some amazing cooked dishes too.

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