The Weekender: A Guide to Beaver Creek, Colorado
Photo: Courtesy of Katie Mok
The Weekender

The Weekender: A Guide to Beaver Creek, Colorado

The ski town is a must-visit even during the warmer months.

Welcome to The Weekender, Coveteur’s travel series where seasoned globetrotters share their insider guides to top destinations across the world. Read on for the best spots to eat, stay, and enjoy.

With East Coast temperatures recently at an all-time high, I was desperately in need of a change of scenery, so I escaped to Beaver Creek, Colorado: a ski town about a three-hour drive from Denver. I’m not much of a domestic traveler, but I knew I had to visit the Colorado Rockies someday. Think: vast lush greens, crisp air, and a relaxing atmosphere. My friend and I decided to stay at The Osprey. We wanted to shed the hustle and bustle of the city, and let the views and breeze calm our busy souls. Plus, we were curious about what a ski resort could offer in the summer, and we were not disappointed. If you're planning to head to Beaver Creek during the warmer months, find a few ideas for where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in this nestled town by the mountains, ahead.

Where to Stay

The Osprey

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Nestled in the heart of the Beaver Creek Resort, this intimate hotel is perfect for everything from family travels to a weekend getaway with friends. The location borders a ski lift that brings you straight up the mountains—perfect for an early ski run in the peak seasons. It’s quaint and cozy, and only a short walk away from the bustling village full of shops and restaurants.

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What to Do

Take a 4x4 Tour

Photos: Courtesy of Katie Mok

This 4x4 tour offered by the resort explores Beaver Creek’s terrains, showing off the natural beauty of the mountains. The tour takes you 11,440 feet above, where you'll overlook multiple ski slopes, neighboring mountains, and layers of towering trees.

Go Horseback Riding

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As someone who is quite wary of animals, I like to think I did quite well horseback riding for the first time. Hosted by the Beaver Creek Stables, the company offers a few different options for you to choose from that's suitable for all ages. My trusty companion, Lobo, and I trekked an hour through some of the lushest green valleys and a rumbling river. We became best friends the second we met, especially since we uncannily matched from head to toe.

Hike the Scenic Routes

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Remembering that the altitude is much higher than we’re used to, my friend and I opted for the Spruce Saddle Loop—an easy one-mile loop in the mountains just off the Centennial Express Lift. Our trek was packed with scenic views where the mountains met the clouds in the sky. Remember to pack extra water and light outerwear as temperature can change in an instant. You can head to the Summer Adventure Center for more trail options and ski lift tickets depending on the time of year you're visiting.

Book a Massage

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Walking into the Exhale spa in the Park Hyatt Hotel was incredible. Experiencing a full-body massage in this stunning space along with their Aquas Sanitas Roman baths made me feel like I was walking on clouds afterwards!

Where to Eat

Citrea

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Our first stop was at Citrea, which set the tone for the rest of the trip. With the restaurant located in the heart of the village, we opted to sit outdoors to people watch and enjoy the nice breeze. Combining Mediterranean cuisine with a modern twist on your favorite dishes, Citrea was a great first impression of Beaver Creek!

Beano’s Cabin

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Beano’s was the place that had it all: ambience, food, and music. This, without fail, was an incredible experience. I arrived to the restaurant via horseback, trekking closer and closer with my new best friend Lobo. I won’t lie, I was definitely overwhelmed the second I opened the menu, but as soon as I saw the waiter make his way over, I went with my gut. This five-course meal (yes, five!) was the best decision I’ve ever made. I went the seafood route and I still think about it today. The menu at Beano's is seasonal, representing a vast amount of fresh ingredients, and is high up on my favorites list.

Hooked

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I never imagined to see so much raw seafood in the Colorado Rockies, but alas I was proven wrong. Hooked is located by the main lawn in the village. At dinner time, enjoy your meal with some live music. My friend and I had some flavorful oysters, followed by an omakase platter accompanied by local draft beer. I’m a sashimi fanatic, but there were amazing cooked options as well.

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