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Best Beer & Bike Trips - Fruita

June 26, 2017
Navigate the bizarrely named roads north out of Fruita to some of the best single-track in Colorado.  From the roundabout downtown head north on N. Mesa Street.  Turn right onto K Road and after almost a quarter mile turn left onto N. Maple Street.  Continue onto 17 1/2 Road for 3 miles.  Turn Right onto N 3/10 Road and then a half mile later take a left on 18 Road.  You'll know you're heading in the right direction if the Book Cliffs, the walls along the mesa, keep getting closer.  Pull into the 18 Road parking lot 8 miles later.  On a dry day the trails are hard, smooth and fast.  

Blast down Prime Cut or Kessle's for a luge-like ride, or straddle the skinny spines of Joe's Ridge.  And, always keep an eye on the clouds. Rain turns the desert clay into "peanut butter", and makes for Quick read more or view full article a very long day if you're on one of the outer loops - no one likes to walk a bike, especially when the wheels don't turn!  

Head Back to Fruita for a 18 Road IPA at Copper Club Brewing or an S.O.B. from Suds Brothers.  Or, enjoy a Standing Wave Pale Ale  at Kannah Creeks Edgewater Brewery-West. Read Less
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CO is home to 4 of the 15 best small vacation towns in the country!

June 26, 2017
Visitors hike in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness area near Aspen. (Christina Capasso, The Aspen Times)

If you think Colorado’s mountain towns make ideal weekend getaways, you’re in good company.

Four Colorado mountain towns made U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 15 Best Small Towns to visit in the USA. The magazine’s travel rankings are based on an analysis of expert and user opinions. Each town on the list includes information about best hotels, airfare deals and things to do.

Sonoma, in the heart of one of America’s best wine-making regions, tops the list.

Here’s how the Colorado towns ranked:

No. 2: Breckenridge. The magazine, which says the town “retains the same Victorian-era charm it had during the height of the gold rush,” also put Breckenridge at No. 6 on its list of Best Ski Destinations in the USA, No. 13 on its list of Best Places to Visit in the USA and Quick read more or view full article No. 18 on its list of the World’s Best Places to Visit. While in Breckenridge, the magazine recommends getting some exercise — whether skiing, snowshoeing or hiking — while enjoying the gorgeous surroundings.

Lower Peak 8 area, lower right, at the Breckenridge Ski Resort Saturday, February 4th, 2012.

No. 7: Steamboat Springs. The magazine says Steamboat offers “excellent ski conditions, a community of friendly locals and geothermal hot springs that are perfect after a long day spent on the slopes.”

Steamboat Springs celebrates New Year’s Eve with a torchlight parade and fireworks. (Provided by Larry Pierce, Steamboat Ski Resort)

No. 10: Aspen. Aspen makes several of the magazine’s lists including No. 3 on Best Luxury Destinations in the USA, No. 4 of Best Romantic Getaways in the USA, No. 5 on Best Ski Destinations, No. 7 on Best Winter Family Vacations, No. 8 on Best Ski Destinations in the USA and No. 13 on Best Winter Vacations. The magazine says few destinations can compare with Aspen as a winter wonderland: “This scenic mountain town is straight out of a snow globe, featuring picturesque mountain chalets hugged by the soaring Colorado Rockies.”

The magazine touts Aspen’s non-skiing attractions, including high-end shopping, museums, funky galleries and fun festivals.

Aspen Snowmass Gondola
The Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain. (Provided by Aspen Snowmass)

No. 14: Vail. Vail also ranks on several of the magazine’s lists including No. 4 on Best Ski Destinations and No. 9 on Best Family Summer Vacations. “Jagged peaks, miles of slopes and perfect powder attract thousands of visitors every year, earning Vail a noteworthy place among Colorado’s other winter heavyweights, Aspen and Telluride,” the magazine says. It also cautions that Vail “is a hard city for those on a shoestring vacation budget” and recommends a summer visit as a less expensive option.

Allison Rosenbaum of Avon, Colo., walks Bowie on the North Trail on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Vail, Colo. The trail system opened for the season; the system closes two months each spring for wildlife migration. (Chris Dillmann, provided by Vail Daily via The Associated Press)
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Best Beer & Bike Trips - Summit County

June 25, 2017
If your travels take you to Summit County in the brief mountain summer, you can take advantage of bike paths that are snow-covered half the year to hit several great breweries.  

Start in Dillon at the Dillon Dam Brewery, then ride accross the namesake dam on the Dillon Dam Recpath.  Pedal into Frisco and hit Backcountry Brewery a full-service restaurant like the other two on this ride. Once you're rested make the 9-mile ride to Breckenridge on the Frisco-Farmers Corner and Blue River recreation paths.  

Hit Breckenridge Brewery at the south end of town for dessert and a vanilla porter.  If your legs are too tired use the free Summit Stage bus service to return from whence you came. 
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