Lodging business is making an overall slow recovery in Summit County

Recovery in Summit County

DILLON — Lodging is open in Summit County, but while some lodging businesses are bouncing back quickly, others are waiting on further loosening of restrictions to bring back core business.

Lodging opened across Summit County on June 1 after months of empty hotels, condos, and short-term rentals. Now nearing the end of the first month open after the shutdown, occupancy in Summit County is still low compared to typical June numbers, but it is no longer nonexistent.

“April and May were basically unoccupied due to the Summit County Public Health Order — essential workers made up what little occupancy there was in town. As of May 31, Inntopia’s Destimetrics reported that Breckenridge’s June occupancy is down 77% (year over year),”  Breckenridge Tourism Office Public Relations Director Austyn Dineen said in an email.

Breckenridge Lodging Association President Toby Babich said that while things aren’t “back to normal,” people are excited to be open in any capacity.

“People are excited to open. It’s just nice to be able to function again and actually feel like we’re back in business but in terms of the business levels, we’re not seeing any dramatic spikes in demand,” Babich said.

Babich reported DestiMetrics industry numbers for Breckenridge, which show, in addition to June occupancy being down nearly 80%, July is anticipated to be about 50% down with August down about 30%. The overall aggregate summer total is down about 50% in occupancy. Babich said that while “it’s nice to be open,” the lodging industry is still really struggling.

As for operations, Babich said he felt the governor’s order gave good guidance, but that it is open to interpretation in some areas. For example, the order says that lodging facilities should wait 24 hours after guests have left a room before cleaning, but there is no mandate. He said guests have been appreciative of the efforts being made to look out for their safety, but that more often guests aren’t as concerned with the cleaning process and are mainly asking questions about cancellation policies and if certain amenities are open.

Babich, who is also president of Breckenridge Resort Managers, said his company is performing slightly better than the DestiMetrics report as he said the company is so far down 35% year over year as an aggregate summer from June to September.

He said that while the numbers aren’t great, they will allow the company to persevere through the summer to get to winter. Babich noted that the majority of his guests are in-state visitors with over half coming from the front rang or those who can drive to the area, such as visitors from Texas and Kansas.

He said that Summit County has been a desirable place to visit as there are a lot of activities people can do while physical distancing — hiking, lake activities such as kayaking and paddleboarding, biking, etc. and that people have been especially grateful to vacation this summer.

 

“Recovery in Summit County”

Referenced from: https://www.summitdaily.com/news/lodging-business-is-making-an-overall-slow-recovery-in-summit-county/

The Dillon Nature Preserve | What to do around Dillon, CO?

The Dillon Nature Preserve | Uptown240 | What to do in Dillon, CO?

The Dillon Nature Preserve is open summer and winter for pedestrians, snowshoes and cross-country skiing. It features a large relatively-flat gravel road and two hiking trails: Meadow Trail and Ridge Trail Loop. Small footpaths descend to the Lake for fisherman and lakeshore exploration. Find beautiful mountain vistas, lake views, and wildflowers. Dogs are allowed, but bicycles are not. A very family-friendly hiking experience. The gravel road is plowed in winter.

Directions To the Nature Preserve Entrance:

From the parking area, head west to meet up with the paved recreational path. Follow the path West to the Nature Preserve Signboard and Map. A gate and bicycle rack are located at the entrance.

Nature Preserve facilities include:

  • Access to the lakeshore
  • Incredible mountain and lake views
  • Photo opportunity sites
  • Trails with benches, overlooks and interpretive signs?
  • Easy gravel road popular with families and runners
  • Footpaths to the lakeshore
  • Fishing
  • Wildflowers
  • Woods
  • Bluebird Boxes
  • Bike Rack at entrance
  • Mutt Mitt boxes
  • Trails open winter and summer
  • Plowed gravel road

Meadow Trail And Ridge Trail Loop

Both trails are peaceful forested escapes and are ideal for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Both trails offer overlooks and benches perfect for a rest and a chance to absorb the views.

Along the trails you will encounter educational signs about the history of the area, the trees, the wildlife and the native plants found throughout the Nature Preserve. The interpretive signs were designed and written by Dillon Valley Elementary School 5th Graders.

Meadow Trail

From the Nature Preserve Gate, take the dirt road for .5 miles with Lake Dillon and the Gore Range visible to the right; you will be directly across the Lake from the Dillon Marina. At this point, turn left onto a trail that winds up a hill through a meadow. Ascend to the overlook and return the same way.

Ridge Trail Loop

Begin following the Meadow Trail. At the top of the hill you can take a right onto the Ridge Trail Loop. Continue straight west as the trail rises and falls.

At the first trail fork, ascend a short distance to the overlook on your left. Peaks 1 and 2 can be seen to the south over the Snake River Arm of Lake Dillon. Mount Guyot is to the southeast.

Return from the overlook to the Ridge Loop Trail. Continue west and look for two more overlooks on the left side of the trail. Hike out of the wooded area and meet the gravel road that leads back to the Summit County Recreation Path and your car.

The trails at the Dillon Nature Preserve are considered easy hiking trails, however they do ascend and descend and have root and rock obstacles. For smooth walking, enjoy the gravel road.

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Fish Lake Dillon CO | Uptown240 | Dillon, CO

Fish Lake Dillon CO | Uptown240 | Dillon, CO

Dillon Reservoir is a prime location for summer or winter fishing. The lake is home to Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee Salmon, and Arctic Char. With 26 miles of shoreline, finding a nice secluded spot to cast is not a problem. Click here for current fishing conditions.

A brief history of fishing conditions on Dillon Reservoir
The Mysis shrimp was introduced into Dillon Reservoir in 1970 as a food source to fatten trout and salmon. But the small nocturnal crustaceans missed the trout’s daytime feeding patterns and began eating all of the zooplankton — leaving salmon and trout hungry and small.

The Arctic char was introduced to the reservoir in 1990 to see if they would feed on the shrimp — the main part of their diet. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages the fishery; Arctic char was stocked in Dillon in 1990, 1992, 1996, 1998, and 2008 to 2011. The reservoir is the only public fishery in the lower 48 states outside of Maine where anglers have a chance of landing the prized fish.

The fishing ecosystem at Dillon Reservoir has been steadily improving since the early 90’s thanks in part to the introduction of Arctic Char by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Typically found only in Arctic waters, this cold-water fish — a species of trout — has helped turn the reservoir into an angler’s paradise.

Taken from: https://www.townofdillon.com/marina/fishing-report

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Lake Dillon Adventure Public | Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center | Uptown240

Lake Dillon Adventure Public | Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center | Uptown240

On Thursday, June 18th, each BOEC Lake Dillon Adventure will start with a quick orientation before heading out on the water for a relaxing, beautiful, and fun paddle. All participants will have their own kayak equipped with outriggers to minimize the risk of flipping. Multi-seat kayaks will be available for friends that want to paddle together and, in addition to the boats, BOEC will provide PFD’s, instruction and supervision, extra hand sanitizer, a mobile hand washing station, and additional masks to all participants.

9:00am to 11:30am for 14-16-year-olds (Limit 7)
1:00pm to 3:30pm for 17-20-year-olds (Limit 7)

Advance registration and a waiver signed by an adult/legal guardian is required for all activities. Interested individuals must register through Building Hope by visiting https://buildinghopesummit.org/events.

 

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Summer is here! | Uptown240 | Lake Dillon | Dillon, CO

Summer is here! | Uptown240 | Lake Dillon | Dillon, CO

It’s a beautiful June day here at Uptown240 and the Dillon Farmer’s Market has its first day today!!

“Summer is here! | Uptown240 | Lake Dillon | Dillon, CO”

Frisco Pedestrian Promenade Shop | Local Program Launch June 12

Frisco Pedestrian Promenade & Shop | Local Program Launch June 12

On Friday, June 12, the Town of Frisco will launch a shop local program called “Love Frisco, Shop Frisco” and the Frisco Pedestrian Promenade, which answers the call of businesses who are in need of more square footage to bring their occupancy to normal levels. The shop local program will encourage over $270,000 of spending in local businesses, and the Promenade will transform three blocks of Frisco Main Street, from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue, into a pedestrian and bike-only zone with open-air dining and shopping.

Taken from: https://www.friscogov.com/homepage-news/frisco-pedestrian-promenade-shop-local-program-starts-june-12/

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Dillon Farmer’s Market Return | Uptown240 | Dillon, CO

Dillon Farmer’s Market Return | Uptown240 | Dillon, CO

“We definitely had to cut things out that would encourage people to congregate, like live music, face painting, and products like ice cream,” Anderson said. “We’re excited to have that all back in the future. But it’s tough because we value our relationships with these vendors, and they’re part of what has made us successful year after year.”

Anderson said 75% of the vendors would be offering “essential products” like fruits, vegetables, cleaning supplies, and more. The other 25% will consist of non-food vendors. Product sampling has been eliminated, and vendors are required to provide to-go offerings.

The town will be requiring visitors to wear masks, which can be picked up at the town’s tent before entering, and will be putting out signage to create a one-way circulating pedestrian flow. The town also will be capping visitor capacity to 440 individuals at a time. Anderson said the market often sees as many as 3,000 people in a day, but with visitors staggering their arrivals, the town isn’t expecting issues.

Taken from: https://www.summitdaily.com/news/dillon-farmers-market-to-open-friday-summer-concerts-at-amphitheater-canceled/

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SUP and Kayak Lake Dillon | SUP and Kayak Rentals | Lake Dillon, CO | Uptown240

SUP and Kayak Lake Dillon

With 25 miles of shoreline nestled in the Rocky Mountains, the marina offers the high country’s only lakeside dining at almost 2 miles above sea level, world-class sailing, shopping, and boating rentals we provide unforgettable moments for every occasion. We’re more than just a marina; we’re your ticket to fun both on and off the water.

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Summit County Bike Trails | Mountain Biking Summit County | Uptown240

Summit County Bike Trails | Mountain Biking Summit County | Uptown240

Summit County, Colorado is one of the best places to ride a bike in the United States. The region boasts an almost unlimited trail system that will appeal to all skill levels. Local bike shops in the area will also provide rentals for the entire family or for an expert rider looking to explore more advanced terrain.

Places to rent bikes in Summit County.

Wilderness Sports, Dillon, CO

Rebel Sports, Frisco, CO

Pioneer Sports, Breckenridge

 

 

 

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