Hello, Breckenridge experts! Like everyone else, I’m hoping to tap your insights with a few questions, most importantly about lodging, since the volume of quality accommodations is overwhelming. (I can offer some NYC advice in return!)
The top rated places (BlueSky, One Ski Hill, Water House on Main Street, etc) look divine, but there is no or limited availability for 1 bedrooms, and for what there is, the price is a bit high for me, esp. since I suspect other lower price options could work just as well for us. Crystal Peak Lodge is less expensive, but can you confirm it’s not really walkable to “town”? They boast a shuttle, but it’s unclear to me how that works, especially in summertime when the demand for that service may not be as high. I read somewhere the “gondola” closes early in summer, maybe that’s true for buses and shuttles as well? For a mid August stay, does using a resort shuttle mean waiting around a lot and not being able to go to dinner too late?
What I’m hoping to find is a quiet 1 bedroom around $200/night (of course less would be great) somewhere that is walkable to town/dining and is clean, well-furnished and as updated as possible, with parking for our car rental, great views (if not from the bedroom, from common sitting areas), hopefully with a heated pool and hot tub on the property. Extra points for: a good coffee shop (for espresso drinks) on the premises or around the corner, lots of windows (since I shouldn’t expect AC, right?) and easy access to hiking. Except for the walkable part, Crystal Peak might be the most obvious choice. We’re in NYC and accustomed to/enjoy walking, so I don’t need it to be a 2-3 minute walk, but 2 miles might be a hassle trying to make dinner.
Given all that, do you recommend Crystal Peak? The options on VRBO, Flipkey, etc are a bit overwhelming. If I manage to find something affordable for the types of places named above (I’ve seen one or two options, but already some owners have not answered my inquiries), do I get access to all the property amenities that I would if I had rented directly from the official site/property manager?
How dated do places like Trails End, Columbine, The Lift feel? Are the views mostly of other buildings and parking lots? Some of these properties seem do-able, but risky in that I may not see pictures of the exact unit (if not renting directly from owner). I really don’t want to book and then be disappointed on arrival with, for example, very old furniture.
If you have comments on Crystal Peak and other options that might fit the bill, I’d be grateful! I also am going to start planning for hiking and activities, so I may have ?s and impose further!
Thanks in advance!