Yes, I am a fan of Dr. Seuss but this review has nothing to do with the famous author. While this is a review about Beaver Creek Lodge (and Resort), I will come back to that in a moment. If you are into grilling, serious grilling, then you need a Big Green Egg (www.biggreenegg.com). The company sponsored this year's "Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival" held near BC Lodge and held a competition whereby 15 teams grilled up some of the most amazing chicken dishes (all contestants were given the same ingredients and had to cook them all on a BGE). The meats were all so juicy and tender, the veggies were crispy and delightfully smoked. Other award-winning chefs dished up bacon-wrapped, asparagus-stuffed pork chops. Highly recommended! And, no, I am not on their payroll...
Now, for what you really came to read. This the 8th or 9th year that my wife and I have stayed at BCL. It feels like a second home to us and we will be back again. The Lodge is cozy and intimate. If you need or want swank, posh and ritzy, this may not be the best place for you. BCL has all of this but on a personal level rather than an in-your-face affront to your senses. We have always stayed in a creek-side room as we enjoy the roar of the creek flowing by; the bed is very comfortable with a pillow-top mattress; the bathroom is roomy (I believe there are ADA rooms available); the gas log fireplace adds ambiance and there is a small kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave, enough for a quick breakfast or lunch. There is a nice indoor/outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna and workout room. Finally, there is a restaurant (Rocks) in the hotel for those rainy nights when you don't want to go out, plus a few gift shops. The only reason I give BCL a 4-star rating instead of 5-stars is that I have had some minor problems which maintenance or housekeeping quickly resolved but the property would be better served with more proactive maintenance and an eye to detail.
The best time of the year to go depends on what you want to do. If you want to do adventurous, outdoor activities, then May-July will be great as the nearby rivers are raging with the melting snow, perfect for white-water rafting. The aspens were just coming into full bloom while we there over Memorial Day weekend. There are also ATV rides, jeep tours, horseback rides, hiking trails and zip lining in the summer and, of course, skiing, horse-drawn sleds, and snowmobiles in the winter (we have yet to stay in the winter months as the rates rise very dramatically during this peak season.) The best time to watch leaves change is around mid-September to the end of the month, perhaps early October. Any time outside of the Memorial Day-to-Labor Day window is off-season with some restaurants and shops in the Resort village closed for the shoulder season, but if you want to be alone or with your loved one, this is a great time to come.
One more place to mention is the Northside Kitchen, located just north of I-70 on exit 167 in Avon. They place has some of the best food at the best prices in the area. The bake their own pastries in the morning and serve seafood pot pie, heavenly salmon that is cooked perfectly (for us, at least) and some of the best filets anywhere.
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