Dillon Travel Guide

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Dillon Highlights

  • Pro
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     Walking around the lake! 

  • Con
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     Getting very crowded. 

  • In a nutshell
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     I had a great time in the Rockies without snow 

Dillon Things to Do

  • Go For A Beer!

    Pug Ryan's Steakhouse and Brewery sort of transcends the "Things to Do", "Restaurants" and "Nightlife" tip catagories, being all three simultaneously (in the evening anyway!). Perhaps VT should introduce a "Pubs and Bars" tip category: that would make my life so much simpler!The brewery itself produces a range of excellent beers, including its...

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  • Loveland Pass

    About 11 miles east of Dillon, Loveland Pass is a mountain pass at over 11,000 feet at the continental divide. This is all the water draining to the Atlantic Ocean is divided from the water draining to the Pacific Ocean. There is a parking area on US6 (just off the interstate - exit 216) from which you get great views of the area around. There are...

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  • Ski or Boarding

    This town is for skiers or boarders. Bring lots of money because lift tickets are expensive. You can get discounted tickets on ebay or if you know someone that works on the mountain. Also, beer will get you far. You can get discounts on ski rental equipment. The beer bartering system is prevalent at ski resorts. Beer=good.

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  • Dillon Marina

    The Dillon Marina has a variety of boats for rent as well as sailing adventures you can take with others.

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  • Bike Riding through Dillon

    Dillon is connected to all of Summit county by a network of wonderful bike paths. Paths go completely around the lake. While there are some very steep climbs, there are miles and miles of flat and rolling terrain, suitable for any level rider.

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  • Lake Dillon Regattas

    On many summer weekends there are sailing regattas on Lake Dillon. Hundreds of sailboats participate, creating a colorful spectacle on the lake.

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Dillon Restaurants

  • Been Here Before!

    I know I have already given Pug's a mention in "Things to Do" but I do think it should get a second mention here in "Restaurants" given its deserved popularity as a restaurant as well as a brewpub.I haven't actually eaten here in the evening, though perhaps on my last visit I should have: HIC! But judging on its busyness this seems to be the place...

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  • way better than they said

    This restaurant is fantastic and has a wide variety of food. Though for some you must have a distinguished pallet to fully enjoy some entrees with a pub feel. Fish and crab are amazing and potatoes are steam baked. I recommend the crab stuffed fillet. it is perfect!!!! thai shrimp or crab stuffed fillet

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  • Waiting out the Storm

    This morning we drove to Frisco to pick Lorna up at the Transfer Station and the weather was TERRIBLE. The Dam Road was closed, due to blowing snow and Highway 70 was slippy and slidey. Jill did a fabulous job of driving but the rental car kept trying to take the navigation out of her hand. We got behind a semi doing one inch per minute and idiots...

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  • Moved: Lock, Stock and Barrel.

    On a visit to Dillon, without foreknowledge, it comes as some surprise to find that the town is virtually totally modern (That'll be VT modern then!). If you have been through my Dillon intro then you will know why; if not then I suggest that you go there!The Arapahoe is a Dillon original, having been moved, Lego-style, from the old town when the...

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  • Al Fresco Dining at the Lake

    I wrote about the Arapahoe Cafe a couple of years ago and it's due for an update. After spending five consecutive months in Summmit County, the A Cafe has become one of my favorite places to eat breakfast or lunch, and I am starting to be recognized as a "regular".With indoor and outdoor dining, this place does a bristling breakfast and brunch...

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  • Brew pub and great eats

    On a Friday or Saturday night Pug Ryan's is one noisey place. But it's noisey because it's filled with people having fun and eating great food. Pug's has a wall full of medals and awards for their home brewed ales.You can eat in the bar, or enjoy the atmosphere of a ski country dining room. The extensive menu offers, steaks, prime rib, seafood,...

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  • Not your usual "Mexican" restaurant

    It's been three years in the making and not at all what I expected to find, but Mexico has brought something incredibly new and fresh to Dillon. For a county 9,000 plus feet elevation and tucked away in the Rockies, there is no scarcity of great food. Mexico brings yet another interesting batch of flavors to the area.I've been passing this building...

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  • Good eats for breakfast

    This cafe was moved from its original location (in what's now Lake Dillon) to its present position a couple of blocks from the lake. It has outdoor and indoor seating and is open from 7/8 am. The cafe is very cabin-like and warmly rustic. It's not very big, maybe seating inside for 60. I ate there twice for breakfast and was at a dinner catered by...

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  • The Highest Tiki Bar in the World

    If you're in the mood for a tropical experience, stop by the Tiki Bar at the Lake Dillon Marina. Billed as the highest Tiki Bar in the world (9,000 ft. elevation), the terrace restaurant serves BBQ and potent rum drinks. Caution, the weather changes fast on Lake Dillon. You can be sitting in sunshine when you order, but be in the midst of a...

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Dillon Transportation

  • Ride to/from DEN to area

    If you are like most people, you will have a car and therefore can drive yourself up to (or back from) the mountain resorts. However, if you find yourself in the situation where you either do not need a car once you arrive, or do not have access to one, you can still arrive to Vail, Frisco, Dillon, Snowmass... just about anywhere in between.Prices...

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  • Summit Stage

    Dillon is on the Summit Stage line. You can take a bus to and from Dillon from virtually anywhere in Summit County; Copper Mountain, Keystone, Silverthorne, Frisco, and Breckenridge. The buses run every half hour and are free of charge.

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Dillon Local Customs

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    Off comes the lid

    by Callavetta Written May 11, 2005

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    Every spring the lid comes off the "glory hole" of Dillon Reservoir, with hopes that the lake will fill enough from melt off to overflow the dam. In 2004 the water came within 1 inch.

    In Autumn the lid is placed back on the glory hole for the winter and the lake freezes over.

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Dillon Off The Beaten Path

  • Continental Divide

    Take the Highway 9 loop, past Dillon and through Keystone up toward Araphoe Basin and over Loveland Pass. The 11,990 foot summit marks the Continental Divide. All watershed on the West runs to the Pacific and the East runs to the Atlantic. The view from the top is spectacular. If you want to go higher, there are several trailheads here.

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  • Loveland Pass

    Take the Highway 9 loop through Dillon and up over the Loveland Pass for spectacular views. The trip takes about 45 minutes and bypasses the Eisenhower Tunnel (beware: large trucks carrying flamable loads use this route) and goes from about 9,000 feet to nearly 12,000 feet.

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    by Callavetta Written Apr 15, 2006

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    Favorite thing: OK, technically it went on in Montana, and while I hoped it might be something that, like in the manual says "will go out on it's own after three cycles", it didn't. Where to take my car?

    Finding a decent mechanic in a new place is an intimidating process. I started calling around and found that just not everyone in Summit County works on Mercedes. So after a couple of referrals, I ended up at Ski Country Shell, just off the Dam Road in Frisco. I made an appointment for 9 am and dropped it off, leaving the keys with the service dept. Then I went over to the Holiday Inn, across the parking lot to await a call to see what the verdict was.

    Within 7 minutes I got a call reporting what the computer code was and telling me they needed to dig a little deeper. 2 hours later I got a call saying it was finished and ready to go. All it needed was new spark plugs and I was set. $200 (you can hardly get someone to open the hood for $200 in California) later, I was on my way with my car running great.

    Holly, the service dept. manager, was intelligent, helpful and wrote down the computer code for if it happened again. She also told me what to watch out for in the future.

    I was impressed and pleased.

    Fondest memory: Ski Country Shell
    Auto & Truck Repair/Foreign and Domestic
    1125 N. Summit Blvd.
    Frisco, CO 80443
    970/668-3093

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