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Keystone has morphed in a top-notch destination with a bevy of adult festivals, activities each day for children, and then activities the whole family can do together. The opportunity for boredom went out the window with the base altitude of 9,000 feet. At 80 miles west of Denver, this is either an easy destination or not too far out of the way if connected with other Rocky Mountain adventures.

During the summer, Keystone hosts numerous festivals, most of which have an adult theme, but still, have activities for the kids. Most are at the base of the mountain, so ample opportunity to take a chairlift or gondola ride sometime in the middle of your summer adventure. Kidtopia, which is Keystone’s no-charge kids’ program, has free adventure activities offered every day from June 8-Sept. 1.


Two of the most popular are Friday’s ‘Face Painting and Craft-er-noon’ and Sunday’s ‘Meet the Rescue Dog.’ These are held at Kidtopia Headquarters in River Run Village.

Not the best known, yet with enthusiastic attendees is the Wine & Jazz Festival in July. Two days of unlimited pours with top jazz entertainment on the village stage, and you have a recipe for expanding your musical and libation appreciation. Carefully spaced in the village streets are various food vendors so you won’t go hungry with everything from Asian BBQ to charred ribs with grits.

Keystone has their own stable and riding program, so there is usually some type of wagon ride with dinner on the edges of Keystone proper in the White River National Forest. For the Wine & Jazz Festival, that wagon ride gets you to the original cabins where each holds a special dish in the five-course meal, with a wine pairing. Strolling to the original cabins from 1850 with new friends and live mountain music make this a special evening. Not all festivals have their own wagon ride and dinner, but those are offered weekly both in summers as wagon/dinner rides and in winter as sleigh/dinner adventure.

The most unique culinary experience lets you dine at the highest four-star restaurant in North America, the Alpenglow Stube, and a short gondola ride to the top of the mountain at 11,666 feet. Romantic dinners plus an award-winning brunch menu with such items as ricotta-infused French toast and braised pork hash with spinach and sweet potatoes are examples of their creative, high-country cuisine.

Lodging is really anything you want, as Keystone either owns or manages a majority of the base real estate in the village. So, from traditional hotel rooms to ski condos, you can choose, and the only real consideration is where your activity base will be. If you book through Keystone (probably the best way for you to tune into various lodging options), you receive a Play for Free package. This includes scenic lift rides for the kids, golf on arrival day, a guided hike, a yoga class and one hour of tennis.

Recently renovated, The Spa at the Keystone Lodge and Spa is way above what is the norm at a ski area. The treatment rooms are spacious, well decorated and the options reflect the high-country environment. For adults, the Altitude Massage combines a head to toe treatment with O2 to really get those muscles and joints up to high country function. In the spirit of getting the kids involved, finally a spa with limited-attention offerings for kids. The most fun is the Chocolate Mousse Facial. It might be edible, but it does work on pre-teen complexion issues. For even more fun, do the strawberry and chocolate mix, like a perfect Sunday for the face!

Golf does not play second fiddle at Keystone with two exceptional links options. The Ranch Course winds through the original ranch land with slight ups and downs in a mountain-links design. Great views of the valley with the meandering holes where you do get away from it all. The River Course is diversity at its’ best with water features, ups and downs (like a 194 foot elevation drop on hole 16), and holes in and out of the lodge pole pine forest.

After Butch Cassidy robbed the bank here, Telluride eventually turned into a ski and resort town. The TWF has an innovative program that is smaller than similar wine festivals in attendance, yet exceptional in food and pairings. The Patron program features vintner seminars, winemaker food events, special seating, sommelier education and of course, stunning mountain views. As this is small event, there are no lines for any events.

Top Taco is THE EVENT if you want to taste never-made before creations paired with lively libations, all with chefs trying to win the big prize and bragging rights. The location is the Stanley Marketplace, just east of Downtown, a blend of indoor and outdoor restaurants in a park setting. The VIP pass is the ticket to extra tastings so you can sample all the tacos and the 40 various tequilas. This experience provides a VIP tent complete with more unique tacos, it’s own bar and entertainment action. Just about every taco imaginable means every taste preference has plenty of options.

The wines produced for this festival come from the highest elevation in North America on the Western Slope of Colorado. So, a little different taste twist from this climate and soil. The two day event combines farmers, cheese makers, brewers, chefs, brewers and chefs in the multi-day event. Some great picnics and tours, but the real attraction is the intimate interaction with the purveyors and community. Like Wine Festival meets county fair!

This is a festival where you can pick different events to attend on the five-day schedule. How about a cinema series with libations and the foods featured in the film? The ultimate dinner experience is a five-course dinner from famous chefs on a railroad bridge under the stars. The Grand Tasting features over 700 wines and spirits combined with tasty bites from over 40 select restaurants. The cocktail “mixologist” of renown is crowned during The Shakedown competition which also features local restaurants making bites to match the creativity of the cocktail.

Keystone is about 80 miles west of Denver, and for the summer and this festival, the base area gets converted into a stage with jazz, wine varieties, seminars, and of course, really good food. Here you can pick which seminars and tastings fit your schedule so you can pursue activities like mountain bike rides, golf or fly fishing. The festival kick-starts with free gondola rides to the top of the mountain for great views of the valley. Keystone may be the most family-friendly ski resort in Colorado, as they provide numerous options in KidTopia.

The Colorado home of world famous peaches and cantaloupes is also the hub of the Colorado Mountain Wine Festival. Start off with with painting and wine and see if the combo gives you the eye of a Master! As the vineyards are spread a bit, use the special bus tour to get around easily while you sample.The Grape Stomp at the Festival in The Park as a smashing selfie-station.