This Mountain Town is Affordable and Close to it All

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    Frisco: A Hidden Gem

    Scenic View Of Silhouetted Mountains At Dusk
    ••• Adrien Patan / EyeEm / Getty Images

    Frisco isn’t one of Colorado’s most famous mountain towns. This small, 2,800-resident town is often thought of as the place you have to drive through to get from I-70 to Breckenridge.

    But the next time you are driving through or past Frisco, take the time to get out and explore. It’s one of Summit County’s shiniest hidden gems. In fact, we think Frisco is a travel destination, in and of itself.

    Here’s why.

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  • 02 of 06

    The Value

    Frisco, Colorado
    ••• Frisco is one of the least expensive towns in Summit County. Todd Powell Photography

    Locals joke that if you’re headed up I-70,  you better stop in Silverthorne to fill up your belly and tank, because the prices go up the farther west you go.

    You’ll be surprised to find that Frisco debunks that reputation.

    Frisco is one of the cheapest places to visit  in Summit County. From the lodging to the restaurants and the shopping, you can actually experience a mountain town environment, without the price tag attached. Most lodging here runs around $200 a night or less.  

    Book a private, full condo — complete with a fully stocked kitchen, loft, fireplace, balcony and more —through Bighorn Rentals. 

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    The Location

    Tiger Run Resort
    ••• A chalet at the Tiger Run Resort near Breckenridge and Frisco. Aimee Heckel

     Frisco is ideally located within 30 minutes from six different ski resorts — and a mere 10-minute free shuttle ride to Copper Mountain. It’s just 15 minutes to Breckenridge.

    The Summit Stage shuttle brings Frisco visitors to Copper or Breck, which is especially convenient, as Breck does not have the best reputation of plentiful, free parking. During the annual Breckenridge Beer Fest, there’s no better way to participate. Book a room at the Tiger Run Resort, a luxurious RV park with dozens of cabins and riverside chalets, located right between Frisco and Breckenridge. The shuttle picks and drops off immediately outside the resorts’ gates.

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    The Food

    Bread + Salt
    ••• Breakfast at Brad + Salt in Frisco. Aimee Heckel

    Frisco is a foodie paradise. Visit a charming, tiny German Biergarten, Prost, connected to a market. Prost serves legitimately authentic German sausages (smother them with kraut and dip in the variety of mustards) and pretzels, as well as a good beer selection. Dine in community-style wooden tables — Euro style.

    Bread + Salt is one of Frisco’s newest restaurants for breakfast and lunch. Everything here is made from scratch. Try the butternut benedict and beet hash.

    For dinner, unwind by a fire (indoors in winter, outdoors on the patio in summer) at Tavern West, which serves comfort food with fun twists, such as truffled tater tots or a burger made with local lamb and fermented garlic aioli.

    Then there is Food Hedz, run by Zagat No. 1-rated chef David Welch, where you can find tempura salmon salad and a banana bread sundae.  

    Q-4-U    BBQ is the best place for ribs. In fact, Frisco is known for its BBQ. Every June, it hosts the annual Colorado BBQ Challenge, a qualifying competition for...MORE the American Royal (that’s the biggest BBQ contest out there).

    Frisco foodies will also be pleased by the Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters, which roasts its own beans — making this coffeehouse one of the highest-altitude, small-batch roasters you can find. 

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    The Adventure Park

    Frisco Adventure Park
    ••• The tubing hill at Frisco Adventure Park. Todd Powell Photography

    Frisco may not have its own ski resort, but it has the wildly fun Frisco Adventure Park, where you can tube down 1,200-foot lanes of snow in the winter, go cross-country skiing or take relaxed ski lessons. In the summer, the park’s bike park and skatepark heat up, or you can play disc golf for free.

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    The Nature

    Lake Dillon in Frisco
    ••• Sailing on Lake Dillon. Todd Powell Photography

    Frisco is bordered on three sides by open space. It is also home to Lake Dillon and the Frisco Bay Marina — making Frisco one of the rare high-elevation towns that also offers water activities. Here, you can go boating, sailing, rafting, stand-up paddleboarding, or fish Lake Dillon. 

    Frisco is also extremely bike- and pet-friendly. You can learn how to go cross-country skiing, pulled by your dog, during the winter. Take bikes around the lake or along the many bike trails in this area. If you’ve got the energy, there are exciting paths to take you to area ski towns.