Sunday, June 21, 2015

Avon Colorado - Ahhh! in the Rockies

A Perfect Summer Weekend

Views from Avon CO

Living in a place that gets uber hot in the summer keeps me searching for quick, easy summer escapes.

For me anything resembling camping no longer constitutes an "escape". Nowadays I want scenery, comfort, good food and some culture.

Usually the desire to escape the heat results in a weekend in Prescott or Flagstaff. In years past Sedona might have made the list, but nowadays it is way too crowded in summer requiring an endless, inch at a time, crawl on a 2-lane to get there (only to find a bunch of candle, macrame and crystal people when you get there). Coronado and San Diego are classic escapes, but both are also pricey and jammed in summer.

I have found that summertime to a winter ski towns frequently works well. For example Park City Utah is very nice in summer. And, flights to Salt Lake from Phoenix are typically quick and fairly inexpensive. And, once you arrive you find summer rates in Park City's magnificent 4 and 5 star resorts are frequently amazing bargains.

Denver used to be on my summer respite list, but (similar to Seattle) this years avalanche of people moving to there coupled with the influx of Cannabis Vacationers (CV's) has resulted in skyrocketing summer hotel rates. And, since CV's tend to arrive by car in order to transport their dope home, planes have lots of capacity and airfares have been competitive.

So here's Roadboy's advice:
1. Fly to Denver
2. Rent a car
3. Take I-70 West.
4. Stop in Denver for an afternoon
5. Visit LoDo and Denver's various cultural amenities.
6. Maybe have a nice meal there.
7. Then get back on I-70 and drive west (while it is still light).
8. Take in the amazing scenery along the way.
9. In just a couple of hours you'll be in the cool pines of Breckenridge, Vail or Avon.
10. Enjoy!

Since Vail and Avon have opted to prohibit sßcx allowing marijuana dispensaries in town, CV'ers pass right on by on their way to the resort destinations that feature dispensaries.

With all that inventory designed for winter, there is alot of capacity available in summer. Vail and Avon's 4-5 start resorts have been offering very attractive summer rates (especially midweek). You can enjoy clean, dry 80° air by day, and sleep to the sound of the roaring Eagle River by night.

The Eagle River

This week I stayed at Avon's luxe Sheraton for only $159/nt and I have seen summer rates there flirt with $100/nt.

My room included a full kitchen, washer dryer, Bose wave radio, a fully jetted spa tub and a balcony with a gas fired BBQ. Like most of the premium resorts it offers a great fitness area, outdoor pool and spa and a rooftop game room for kids.

I am told the nearby Westin is even a bit plusher with views directly overlooking Eagle River. From either property it was an easy walk to a Starbucks, cafes and the path that runs along the banks of Eagle River.

Part of Avon's Public Art
(Enduring Navajo by Martha Pettigrew)

The town of Avon is immaculate, filled with art and parks (even a little lake).

Avon joins my list of perfect summer getaways. Plan your trip Here.

Roadboy's Travels © 2015

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