Resorts try to drive locals with discounts near home

Music in Elks Park on Main Street in downtown Telluride



Last year it was the staycation. This year it’s the cheapcation.

Hotels in resort, mountain and tourist towns within driving distance of Grand Junction are offering discounts, free nights and golf and spa packages. Each town offers hiking, spectacular views, spots for weddings, biking, and often golf and concerts all summer long.

While some venues and hotels are offering deals on their own, others are participating in a town-wide discount program. The town of Vail and various lodging companies have partnered to offer Vail All The Love, which offers discounts at 50 participating companies.

The goal of Vail All the Love is to acknowledge the recession and attempt to bring in tourists during the slow summer season, said Cindy Spence of Vail Resorts marketing. Spence said she expects the discount program plus the growing trend of traveling closer to home to help the town break even, as it usually does, this summer.

“More people are getting in the car and driving to the mountains. We’re hoping to really get people to do that more with Vail All the Love,” she said.
Breckenridge Resort is offering a four-night stay and four activities for four people for $256.

The package, combined with low-cost options for activities in the town have Breckenridge marketing associate Scott Allen hoping for a good summer turnout.

“With so many things to do for free and under $25 in town, there’s plenty to do this summer,” Allen said.

The Aspen Chamber of Commerce recruited restaurants, hotels, shops, spas, a golf course and a bus tour company to offer 50 percent discounts every Wednesday this summer.

Ouray’s Chamber Resort Association offers coupons for hotels on its Web site, along with coupons for fishing, groceries, massages, rafting, shops and off-roading.

For more deals and activities by town, check the information that follows:

POWDERHORN RESORT

Distance from Grand Junction: 40 miles.
Summer activities: Powderhorn has an 18-hole disk golf course and biking and hiking trails. The Alpine Trader & Cafe is open Friday through Sunday in Powderhorn’s Day Lodge. Fishing and camping are also available on Grand Mesa.
Deals: Summer rates at the Inn at Wildewood range from $79 for a mini suite that sleeps two to a condo for up to 11 people for $329 a night.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS

Distance from Grand Junction: 88 miles.
Summer activities: Glenwood Springs offers hot springs, caves and caverns, hiking, shopping, spas, paragliding, wagon and tram rides, kayaking, rafting, fishing, biking, horseback riding, hunting, golf and mini golf, camping, Segway tours and a “swing shot” that bounces passengers back and forth over Glenwood Canyon.
Deals: Rates vary across the town’s hotels, but according to http://www.discovercolorado.com, the Cedar Lodge Motel is offering $10 off the regular room rate, and rates are reduced up to 25 percent for at least a three-night stay at First Choice Properties & Management hotels.

OURAY

Distance: 100 miles from Grand Junction.
Summer activities: Ouray offers ATV riding, rafting, a county museum, mine tours, hiking, golf, horseback riding, bird watching, fishing, carriage rides, hot springs, biking, rock climbing, races, Jeep tours and hot-air-balloon rides.
Deals: Coupons available for printing at http://www.ouraycolorado.com offer deals at four hotels: Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs, Hot Springs Inn, Ouray Chalet Inn, and Ouray Victorian Inn. Offers include 10 percent off, 30 percent off mid-week, 50 percent off for staying three nights or more, a package deal with a Jeep tour, 20 percent off two nights or more, and a June offer to get a sixth consecutive night’s stay free. Deals vary by hotel.

MOAB, UTAH

Distance: 112 miles from Grand Junction.
Summer activities: Moab is home to Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Dead Horse Point and offers hiking; biking tours; Jeep, ATV and Hummer rentals for off-roading; rafting; shopping, horseback riding; a museum; Indian rock art; a winery; and camping.
Deals: Get 20 percent discounts on golf or a free rafting trip when you book three nights or more at Accommodations Unlimited of Moab or get 10 percent off for two nights or more at Castle Valley Inn Bed & Breakfast.

TELLURIDE

Distance: 125 miles from Grand Junction.
Summer activities: Telluride offers fly fishing, free gondola rides to Mountain Village, mountain biking, hiking, golf, festivals, the Bluegrass Festival, shopping, a free Sunset Concert Series every Wednesday, a nature center and climbing.
Deals: Stay at Telluride Resort for $59 per person per night during the Bluegrass Festival or $49 per person per night with the fourth night free anytime before or after that this summer. It’s $86 per person per night for three nights lodging and four Golden Door Spa passes, or $158 per person per night for three nights lodging and four rounds of golf. Capellas is offering $150 in resort credit to its guests, and Mountain Lodge is offering up to a 40 percent discount when you stay four or more days.

ASPEN

Distance: 128 miles from Grand Junction.
Summer activities: Aspen hosts bluegrass concerts every Sunday, triathlons, races, biking, hiking, a jazz festival, food and wine events, a comedy festival, the national mountain-boarding championships, art, music, shopping, theater, opera, ballet and dance performances, climbing, fishing, gondola and tram rides, golf, ice skating, hunting, Jeep tours, paragliding and rafting. Visit http://www.aspenchamber.org to find out where to get 50 percent off activities, food or shopping on Wednesdays.
Deals: Half-price Wednesday deals apply to lodging with at least a two-night stay at 21 participating hotels in Aspen and nine lodging companies in Snowmass. The same hotels also offer a fourth night free when people book a three-night stay.

VAIL

Distance: 147 miles from Grand Junction.
Summer activities: Vail has gondola rides, hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking, concerts, a farmers market, climbing, spas, hunting, golf, Jeep and sight-seeing tours, shopping, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, a ski museum, and festivals featuring international music, dance and jazz.
Deals: Anyone staying at a hotel will get a “Vail All The Love” card that offers savings. The card offers room rates for as low as $69 a night. Check http://www.summer.vail.com for a full list.

CRESTED BUTTE

Distance: 155 miles from Grand Junction.
Summer activities: Crested Butte has hiking, golf, camping, shopping, mountain biking, ice skating, Jeep tours, hayrides, horseback riding, hot-air-balloon rides, kayaking, cooking, climbing, skateboarding, a music festival and wildflowers.
Deals: During the summer, visitors can receive the fourth night free or 10 percent off a reservation on Mount Crested Butte or stay in a hotel for as low as $79.

BRECKENRIDGE

Distance: 183 miles from Grand Junction.
Summer activities: Breckenridge has a fun park for kids with activities ranging from a no-ice slalom track and a climbing wall to miniature golf and a maze. For adults and families, there’s golf, ice skating, horseback riding, museums, concerts, spas, theater, cooking classes, fly fishing, hiking, rafting, camping, skateboarding, ATV/Hummer/Jeep tours, festivals, hot-air-balloon rides, historical tours, a recreation center and paddle boats.
Deals: Book four nights and get the fifth night free, save up to 33 percent on condos through Oct. 11, or book a Sunday for $79 at five Breckenridge Hospitality hotels. Summer rates are $89 at Great Divide Lodge. Breckenridge offers a golf package for four rounds of golf and three nights of lodging, as well as other package deals.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

Distance: 194 miles from Grand Junction.
Summer activities: Steamboat offers fly fishing, biking, hiking, golf, horseback riding, spas, hot springs, tennis, tubing, rodeo, music events, gondola rides, miniature golf, ice skating, llamas, hot-air-balloon rides, jewelry making, a pioneer museum and helicopter rides and tours.
Deals: Offers include 15 percent off on two nights lodging and two gondola tickets; buy two nights of lodging and get the third night free. Also, at ResortQuest, get every third night free, a $50 gift certificate for referring friends, or two free Grand Tasting tickets worth $130, plus 20 percent off when visitors stay during the wine festival July 30 through Aug. 2.


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