Whether you visit Exit 205 for the access to the great outdoors, the shopping, the dining, or the arts, there’s one thing everyone can agree on: The scenery is simply spectacular. From affordable hotels and condos to homes that will fit a crowd, your perfect stay is right where you want to be. Wake up to mountain and water views.
By Meredith Powlison /Photos by Nick Cote
Value and Views
Summit Resort Group has been helping visitors book condo and home rentals for over 25 years, and it’s no wonder why. With most of its 80 units accommodating six or more people, the value can’t be beat. Comfortable, family-friendly units with big kitchens allow you to connect with family members or friends, and nature at the same time. Several luxury units are also available.
“We have over 40 units on or overlooking Lake Dillon with mountain ranges as the backdrop,” says Barb Richard, marketing director of Summit Resort Group. “Our goal is to allow families and friends to enjoy all the recreation that Summit County offers without breaking the bank.”
The company is known for being easy and enjoyable to work with, and their website offers online booking and live chat. summitresortgroup.com
Rentals, Big and Small
It’s not just about the view from this Timber Ridge condominium at the top of Wildernest. According to Cynthia Wilson, with Vacasa vacation rentals, “If you wanted to, you could hike to Vail from here. There’s a trail that takes off right from the end of this building.”
Even if you’re not seeking a basecamp for a backpacking adventure, Vacasa has your perfect lodging option with close to 50 short-term vacation properties in Dillon, Silverthorne, and Wildernest (the hillside right next to Silverthorne). “We manage everything from multimillion-dollar standalone homes to budget studios,” says Wilson, who moved to Summit County five years ago. “To get the most out of everything the high country has to offer, you want to stay more than one day.”
With staff at a log-home office right on Adams Avenue in Silverthorne, and Vacasa team members living less than 10 minutes from each property, you can count on that local Exit 205 touch to make sure your stay is perfect. vacasa.com
A Place for Pups: Pet-Friendly Lodging in Summit County, CO
Want to bring your four-legged friend on your next adventure to Dillon and Silverthorne? Stay at a pet-friendly hotel so you can both rest easy after a big day on the trail or around town.
At Dillon’s Best Western Ptarmigan Lodge, a limited number of pet-friendly rooms are available for an extra $10 per night. Room doors open right to the outdoors and well-lit, grassy pet areas, so it’s easy to take your pup out for a break whenever he needs it. Take your pup for a stroll on the Rec Path around Lake Dillon right across the street. bestwestern.com
In Silverthorne, pets stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites for $50 per night. Check your pup in at the front desk when you arrive; he must be under 50 lbs. During your stay, be sure to check out the nearby Blue River Rec Path for some fresh air. Your pup won’t want to leave. “We give out treats,” says Assistant Manager Ron Roman. “We have local dogs who will come in and sit right around by the counter. They’re waiting for their biscuit.” hamptoninn.com
More great pet-friendly options include: Days Inn Silverthorne, Quality Inn & Suites Summit County (Silverthorne), Super 8 (Dillon), Luxury Inn & Suites (Silverthorne), and more.
Wherever you stay, make sure to keep your pup happy by bringing along his or her kennel or dog bed, favorite toy, meals, a water bowl, and plenty of treats. Ruff!
Local Advice is Complimentary
Opened in 2016, Silverthorne’s Hampton Inn provides the modern, comfortable accommodations you expect from a Hilton hotel, with a local twist. According to Assistant General Manager Ron Roman, an Exit 205 local for the past four years, the Hampton Inn partners up with area businesses like the Lake Dillon Theatre Company at the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, Frisco Adventure Park, and Arapahoe Basin to provide one-of-a-kind packages and deals for visitors.
Pick the Shop and Drop package for free shuttle service to the Outlets at Silverthorne’s three villages and a $25 gift card to use. Stay for your next anniversary with the Romance Package, which includes a candlelit dinner at nearby Italian restaurant Sauce on the Blue. Or opt to have your wedding guests stay and connect with Roman and his staff for recommendations on everything from local caterers to flower shops and shuttle vans.
No matter how you book, be sure to stop by the front desk for recommendations. Browse the trail guides on the desk, or use the touchscreen display to find everything from events, to nearby dining options, to the weather.
“We try to give our visitors a unique Summit County experience they won’t get anywhere else,” says Roman. “We couldn’t do it without the local support.” hamptoninn.com
If you love the water, look no further than the Best Western Ptarmigan Lodge in Dillon. Just a stone’s throw from the shores of Lake Dillon, it’s also within easy walking distance to breweries, restaurants, shops and the Rec Path along the Reservoir. Amenities include cozy rooms, complimentary breakfast, and kitchenettes in some units.
A review from Bob T. on TripAdvisor says it best: “From the beautiful views of the mountains to the staff that wants to ensure your stay is worry-free, this hotel offers you a sweet retreat from the hustle and bustle of life.” ptarmiganlodge.com
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So You Want To Be a Local? Living in Summit County
You’ve stayed. You’ve played. Do you really need more convincing that the best downtown living in a mountain town is here? Read on as a few locals sound off on what it’s really like to live off Exit 205.
Scott and Cynthia Wilson moved to Silverthorne five years ago, but they’d wanted to move to Colorado 20 years earlier. “We’ve discovered a tremendous sense of community,” says Scott. “It’s a vibrant place that welcomes outsiders. There’s so much to do here, so much natural beauty, and so many great people.”
Louis Skowyra first visited as a Minnesotan kid, vacationing in Dillon and skiing at Arapahoe Basin with his family. In 2005, he got a job at A-Basin and hasn’t looked back. Now a Dillon resident and year-round A-Basin employee, Skowyra is a ski patroller in the winter and trails foreman in the summer. He even served a four-year term on the Dillon Town Council. “I think there’s a ton of opportunity for new businesses in Dillon,” says Skowyra, “for the right person, for the right idea. Dillon’s ripe for that.”
Suzanne Reed has lived in Silverthorne for 15 years. “In addition to the beauty of the outdoors we have here, we have the best people,” says Reed. “If you want to volunteer and get involved in a community of wonderful, active people, this is the place to be. There’s never a dull moment. There’s a place for you to get involved and have a positive impact in your community, no matter who you are or what your interests are.”
Development is in the works for both towns that will offer even more housing options for those looking to move to the mountains, like Silverthorne’s Fourth Street Crossing project and Dillon’s Crossroads.