March 22, 2020
There’s no avoiding the fact that the coronavirus has plunged the world into a lot of uncertainty. It has affected virtually everything, including what we’re able to do when we’re travelling. Whereas in the past we might check out the local restaurants and events, in reality they will likely be closed for a short period while we get the virus under control. That doesn’t, however, mean that it’s not possible to have fun: you can, and especially when you’re visiting Winter Park. In this blog, we’ll take a look at a few activities that won’t be affected by the pandemic.
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Get on a bike
The idea behind social distancing is that you shouldn’t come into contact with other people. That’s hard to do in the city, but pretty straight forward when you’re out in the great outdoors. Rent a bike, and you can explore the many cycling trails that Winter Park has to offer.
Walking shoes on
But what if you like your activities to be a little more slower paced? In that case, there’s the perfect solution: hiking (or snowshoeing when there’s snow on the ground). Find a good trail, pack a lunch, and get out into the fresh air for a few hours of fun.
Fun at the hotel
You might prefer to check out the local restaurants in the evening, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Pack some games and a deck of cards, and you can spend hours having fun in your hotel room, or you can browse the television channels and find something good.
Whenever you’re visiting Winter Park, it’s always wise to stay in the best hotel that it has to offer. At the Best Western Alpenglo Lodge, you’ll receive access to a whole host of amenities, including a deluxe breakfast, free wifi, and comfortable accommodations.
December 27, 2019
Everybody might be excited for 2020, but we’re not yet done with 2019. Take the time to enjoy the final moments of this year and carry on the celebrations once midnight strikes. If you’re visiting Winter Park for New Year’s Eve, you'll enjoy exhilarating winter activities during the day, but you’ll have a selection of exciting parties to choose from in the evening. Check out these three fabulous events to usher in a new year and decade below.
A classy evening
Are you looking for a sophisticated yet fun way to ring in the new year? Look no further than the New Year's celebration at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre featuring Sarah Bockel, theatre alumna and star of "Beautiful, the Carole King Musical". She will be performing a one-night-only show and will delight and win you over with her unique voice while you sip on champagne. Once the clock strikes twelve, the festivities continue with a spectacular fireworks display to usher in 2020.
Are you looking for a New Year's Eve party that offers fun and entertainment for all members of the family? The Rendezvous Event Center is throwing a family-friendly shindig from 7 - 10 pm to bid adieu to the year that was and to celebrate the year to come. Start the party off with a sip of steaming hot chocolate, then join in a traditional winter sport, sledding and try out your fabulous dance moves in a silent disco. To top off this lively evening, a fantastic fireworks show will welcome in 2020!
Would you prefer to ring in the new year with rock and roll coursing through your veins? The Honey Island Swamp Band will be playing their unique brand of country-tinged rock and roll mixed in with New Orleans funk and blues at the Headwaters Center. A song-driven band that incorporates interesting sounds such as the mandolin, the Hammond organ and 4-part vocal harmonies, they will help kick off your new year with great music and good times. At midnight, join together with fellow rock and rollers in a champagne toast.
Start off the new year with lively music and dance. Then find a warm and supremely comfortable room to recuperate from the dawn to dusk celebrations. The Best Western Alpenglo Lodge in Winter Park is your best choice for spacious accommodations and impressive amenities such as high definition LED TVs, premium bedding and linens, in-room climate controls, free high speed Wi-Fi, hot tub for 14 guests and so much more. Book your stay with us today!
September 19, 2019
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Planning on heading to Colorado this fall? Make sure you stop by Winter Park to try some delicious cuisine offerings. There are plenty of options from unique desserts to Japanese-inspired Mexican food. There is sure to be something there for the pickiest of eaters but also there's special and unique fare for those of you who love to step out of your comfort zone.
Rollin' Street Bakery
First up, Rollin’ Street Bakery. This bakery offers chimney cakes in a variety of different flavours and styles. The bakery’s mission is not only to bring a taste of Prague to Colorado but what makes their chimney cakes unique is that they use a secret recipe from their great-grandpa Bambula’s recipe book. Our favourite is the cinnamon sugar with apple butter, but if you are in the mood for something a little bit more savoury, we recommend the cheddar herb mix with roasted bell peppers.
Deno’s Mountain Bistro
Locals love Deno’s Mountain Bistro for their variety of options and great tasting food. They have all of your favourite classics but also unique offerings with a twist. For an appetizer try their gorgonzola fondue or their French onion soup. If you are looking for a great burger give their borracho burger a try.
Pepe Osaka’s Fishtaco
Are you a big fan of Mexican food, especially fish tacos? Make sure you try out Pepe Osaka’s Fishtaco Tequila Bar and Grill while you're here in Winter Park. They offer delicious Mexican food with a Japanese fusion twist. They offer a variety of fish taco options. Our favourites are the Baja style fish tacos and the ahi poke ceviche tacos. We are a big fan of their spicy tuna nachos because they come with their signature yum-yum sauce. Tacos aren't all that they offer. Make sure to try and check out other special items on their menu.
If you are visiting Winter Park this fall and are thinking about where to stay, look no further than Best Western Alpenglo Lodge for comfortable home away from home accommodations. We are located just minutes away from Winter Park Resort, Rocky Mountain National Park and the Arapaho National Recreation Area.
June 23, 2019
It’s always enjoyable to take a trip to Winter Park during the summer months. With the snow and ice long melted, the area transforms into a lush outdoor playground. And it’s not just all the hiking, cycling, and other activities on offer, either -- there are a whole host of events and festivals taking place, too. Coming up in July we have art shows, musical performances, and a special mountain bike competition. Check out all the information below, and begin looking forward to your trip.
Arts and crafts
An area that’s as beautiful as Winter Park will always inspire artists! On July 13 and 14, you’ll have a chance to check out some of the work that local artists have produced by attending the Winter Park Alpine Artaffair. Now in its 46th year, it’ll feature works in a variety of mediums. The event will be taking place downtown.
Jazz in the outdoors
Jazz music on a summer’s afternoon? Yupp, that’ll always be good, and especially so in Winter Park! The 37th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival will be taking place on July 20 - 21 at the Rendezvous Event Center, and will feature performances from internationally acclaimed jazz musicians from a number of countries.
Mountain bike competition
Love mountain biking? Then you won’t want to miss the 2019 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships, which will be taking place on July 23. If you’re feeling competitive, you can take part yourself -- or you can simply head down to watch some of the best riders in the country doing their thing.
To make the most of your trip, make sure you’re staying at the best hotel in Winter Park. At the Best Western Alpenglo Lodge, you’ll enjoy comfortable, spacious accommodations, as well as amenities that include a complimentary hot breakfast, hot tub, and free high-speed wifi.
March 19, 2019
From March 30 to April 21, Winter Park resort will be celebrating the end of an awesome season on the mountain with the annual Spring Bash + Splash! Every weekend in April will feature special events, live music, and of course spring skiing to get just a few last runs down the slopes. Check out what’s in the books for each weekend:
Weekend 1: March 30 & 31
Spring Bash + Splash kicks off with TheBigWonderful Beerfest! This one is for the beer-lovers, with unlimited samples and a local vendor market, all set to live bluegrass music. Be sure to buy a ticket in advance! If you’re looking for a more family-friendly event, check out the Uphill Battle race at 7 am, where you can catch the sunrise as you snowshoe or skin up the mountain. This race has sold out in previous years, so be sure to register in advance to secure your spots!
Weekend 2: April 6 & 7
The first weekend of April is Beach Weekend at Winter Park! There will be games of spikeball in the snow, a luau with tropical drinks, and, of course, Jimmy Buffet covers. Come dressed in your warmest beachwear!
Weekend 3: April 13-14
The next theme at Spring Bash + Splash is Wild Wild West! That means cornhole, line dancing, and plenty of country tunes. Be sure to check out the synchronized snowboarding competition from noon to 3 pm, or try your luck (and balance!) on the mechanical bull.
Weekend 4: April 20-21
Finishing off with a bang, the last weekend of Spring Bash + Splash will be one to remember. Saturday April 20th is ‘80s Day, which will feature an arcade, aerobics workouts, and some great ‘80s tunes. There will also be a costume contest, so don’t put away those leg warmers and sweatbands away quite yet. On the last day of the festival, Sunday April 21st, catch the beloved tradition of Spring Splash! From noon to 3 pm, watch skiers and riders navigate obstacles down the Larry Sale Trail Race Course and skim across an icy pond to the finish line.
Celebrating the end of ski and board season is bittersweet, but we love that we can cheers to a great season with Spring Bash + Splash each year! Best Western Winter Park is conveniently located right in the hubbub of the Winter Park resort, so you can check out events all day long, all weekend long, and all month long (and maybe sneak in a nap in between).
December 19, 2018
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The main part of celebrations in January is quite obviously the new year. With a newness and celebrations inevitably comes fun and games. There are numerous ways to celebrate, but sometimes it is hard to find ways to enjoy in large groups. The Winter Park area of Colorado has two idea-generating solutions for you.
3rd Annual MLK Play in the Snow Day
“Play” is a word that needs no explanation. Play is something we’ve known to do since before we could truly communicate. Play is something most adults have forgotten to do. And most importantly, playing in the outdoors has been forgotten by most. Always Choose Adventures presents the 3rd Annual MLK Play in the Snow Day. This event happens on Monday, January 21, 2019, and admission is free-- but don’t forget to register! Also note that parking is $5 per vehicle, so don’t forget to carpool! This group will head to St. Mary’s Glacier for an approximate total distance of three miles all the way around. What other way to celebrate the midpoint of Winter by getting out there and enjoying all the snow?!
Warren Station Winter Comedy Series Finale
Okay, so maybe there are not amount of clothing layers that could convince you to stand the cold for a few hours-- we get it! Stay warm at the Warren Station at Keystone Colorado on Friday January 25, 2019, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. On this night, it is the Warren Station Comedy Series Finale-- this means it is bound to be a show to remember. The abdominal workout you’ll receive from this evening should be enough to keep you warm throughout the night! Tickets are $17 and you must be 18 or older to attend.
The Alpenglo Lodge in Winter Park, Colorado is sure to provide you with the perfect accommodations. Whether you want to warm up from the fun in the snow, or stay warm after returning from the comedy show, our hot breakfast, and hot tub will be sure to keep you satisfied. Not to mention, we’ve got the best location at the best price.
September 23, 2018
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Colorado, the sportsman’s (or sportswoman’s) paradise! Home to beautiful mountains, an abundance of wildlife, and incredible adventures, Winter Park, Colorado, is a quaint little ski town you won’t want to miss. With a base elevation of 9000 feet, the crisp mountain air feels surreal and refreshing, and puts you in the mood for exploring hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback riding, and of course, snow activities! It also helps that Winter Park boasts scenic views on the drive in, and all throughout the area, highlighting all the fall colours aglow. Whether you are here for the first time or the fifth, we promise this alpine adventurer’s paradise will have you coming back for more!
14th Annual Business Expo
If you are into mountain life, outdoor adventures, and bringing the best quality products to a like-minded audience, then Winter Park and Fraser Chamber’s 14th Annual Business Expo is the trade show of the season for you! This year, they have moved to a new, convenient location - Headwaters Central, right off Main St! This whirlwind event will be happening from 4:00 until 6:30 pm on October 17th so hurry and get your membership!
Grand Nordic Swap Event
To prepare for the coming ski season, The Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa, located just 15 minutes from our hotel, is hosting their Grand Nordic Swap event, happening on October 26th. If you find yourself wanting new ski gear, but on a budget, bring in the old and come out with new (to you) gear! There’s free admission too, so make sure to leave lots of room in the car for new goodies!
Hot Air Ballooning
If you’re in the mood for a thrill that’s easy on your sore muscles from the day’s activities, you’ll definitely want to hop onto a Hot Air Balloon! Grand Adventure offers amazing morning ballooning adventures, with up-close-and-personal views of the Rocky Mountains and wildlife, a complimentary champagne toast, launch photo, and more - a perfect way to make any day special. It’s also rated as one of the top ten ballooning adventures in the US according to Fodors, and with a perfect safety record too! Definitely an unforgettable experience!
To wrap up the adventure, we highly suggest taking a relaxing soak in our luxury hot tub, planning your next day with our onsite ski and bike rental shop, and catching up on your social channels with our complimentary wifi. We are also proud to say we are ADA-compliant, to provide reliable and accessible services and guest rooms for our differently-abled clients. We hope you choose the best option money can buy at Best Western Alpenglo.
June 27, 2018
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If you love art and you love the outdoors then the Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair is for you. Coming July 14 & 15 to Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park, the 45th annual Alpine ArtAffair is sure to be a spectacular show.
This juried art show is a not-for-profit event. It’s run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers who love bringing art to the community. Admission to the weekend long event is free and all ages are welcome. No matter what your art preferences, you’re sure to find something of interest here. The show will feature artists who work in a wide range of mediums including, photography, jewelry, metalwork, painting, glass, wood, and mixed media.
Also at the event will be Hawk Quest Birds of Prey, a number of community organizations, music, food, and children’s activities. Booth and artist application fees for the event go towards supporting scholarships for local students and towards local schools and the arts community.
The window for applications to be an artist at this year’s Alpine ArtAffair has closed, but you can still come out and support this incredible event by being in attendance. The show runs from 9am to 5pm on the Saturday and 9am to 4pm on the Sunday. Come down early and make a day of it. You don’t even have to grab breakfast before heading out, as the Lions Club is putting on a pancake breakfast on both days.
If you’re planning on being in the area and are looking for affordable accommodation in Winter Park, Colorado, then you should definitely have a look at the Best Western Alpenglo Lodge. Our downtown location will have you close to all the ArtAffair action and since we’re right on the Winter Park Resort shuttle route you can catch a free ride up the hill for some outdoor adventures too.
June 18, 2018
The sun is out and temperatures are warming up, but that doesn’t mean the season is over! Spring skiing is the perfect way to roll all your favourite activities into one: shredding down the mountain, après ski, hanging out on patios, live music, and so much more. Winter Park Resort presents Spring Bash + Splash in April with a ton of events to make the end of the ski season magical.
March 31-April 1 is for the kids! All day Saturday and Sunday kids can join the fun on the Duel Obstacle Course or try their best at the 5k Hippity Hops snow race. On Sunday, be on the hunt for Easter eggs and check out the Golden Bunny Kids’ Race.
On the first full weekend of April (April 7-8), be sure to check out TheBigWonderful weekend, a festival featuring beer, live bluegrass music, and a one of a kind market. The base of the resort will be full of fun activities, vendors, and beer samples all weekend long. There will also be family-friendly activities available so everyone can join in on the fun!
The second weekend of April is Beach Weekend, 2 tropical themed days of fruity drinks, ukeleles, and maybe a pool floatie or two! Catch the High Noon Duel with skiers and riders performing their best tricks in their craziest Hawaiian shirts, and then make it down to the base for another live concert to cap off the day.
April 21-22 is Throwback Day, so dig up your wackiest 80s clothes or coolest 90s outfit and hit the slopes looking like something out of a time capsule! Saturday will feature a scavenger hunt, bounce castle, and face painter, plus another live concert to keep the good times going. Sunday is the annual Spring Splash presented by Monster Energy, where from 12-3pm you can watch skiers and riders whip over and around obstacles on the Larry Sale trail race course and then attempt to skim across an icy pond to the finish line. Quite a splash indeed!
Like we said, there are so many incredible events at Winter Park this April, so even if you can only make it for a short while, you can still experience the awesome fun of Spring Bash + Splash! Best Western Alepnglo Lodge is conveniently located at the resort base so you can easily check out all that this month long event has to offer. See you there!
June 18, 2018
WINTER IS COMING. In Game of Thrones, that sounded threatening. In Winter Park, Colorado, that sentence is SO EXCITING. One of Colorado’s premier ski locations, Winter Park is fun the whole year around, but we wouldn’t be called WINTER PARK if we weren’t looking forward to snow! Get ready to come on up and get your ski or board on!
SKI AND BOARD SWAP
Like the calm before the storm, the moment of anticipation before everything changes, the Winter Park Ski and Board Swap is the best way to get set up for the winter. Returning to Winter Park for its 33rd year, the Ski and Board Swap is the ideal way to get kitted out for the upcoming season. Come on October 13 for a special “Sneak Peak” night for only $5, or come for free on October 14! Either way, this your chance to get started with skiing or snowboarding, or upgrade your gear, for cheap. Bring the whole family, try on some winter jackets, and enjoy a hot cider!
Nov. 15 is when the slopes open! OMG OMG we can’t wait! Don’t miss out!
A relatively new tradition in Winter Park, the Holiday Market is two days that will fill you with holiday spirit! Taking place on November 25 and 26, Winter Park resort fills with vendors selling goods and holiday treats that will warm your hands and belly, this is the perfect complement to a day on the slopes! Even better, come on the 25th for the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree.
When you visit Winter Park, stay in affordable luxury by booking a room at the Best Western Alpenglo Lodge. Featuring unbeatable prices in a central location, you can also enjoy our 14 person hot tub after a long day of shredding powder! Reserve your room today!