Spring Break in Beaver Creek, CO!

by Marla on May 14, 2014 · 19 comments

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My kids are still talking about the amazing spring break we had last month in Beaver Creek, Colorado. The BC ski resort has become my home away from home & I was so excited to share my special place with my family!

The ski season was winding down, but that didn’t stop us from taking in every bit of winter fun!

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From the moment you enter the gates of Beaver Creek Resort you are greeted with a smile. My hubs & kids were amazed with how great we were treated no matter where we went.

Vail Resorts prides themselves on excellent customer service & they stay true to their promises.

Spring Break in Beaver Creek, Colorado | FamilyFreshCooking.com

We stayed at one of my favorite hotels in the area…

The Osprey

If you read my blog often then you have learned that I LOVE staying at The Osprey hotel. Located just steps away from the Strawberry Park chairlift, it could not be easier to get your kids suited up & out the door. The food is wonderful & the helpful staff always greets with a smile.

The rooms are spacious, modern & cozy. This boutique hotel creates a homey yet pampered vibe.

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Chef David Burton Sanchez & his team always keep us well fed.

There is a great breakfast buffet every morning & tasty menu selections as well. I stick with oatmeal, lots of fresh fruit, raisins & a big pat of butter.

Oatmeal with Berries | FamilyFreshCooking.com My son on the other hand…ha! Breakfast of champions.

Breakfast of Champions | Chocolate Chip Cookie & Bacon | FamilyFreshCooking.com Let’s zoom in on that. A chocolate chip cookie & bacon.

Breakfast of Champions | Chocolate Chip Cookie & Bacon | FamilyFreshCooking.com

On a more fine dining note, let’s look at this Colorado Trout prepared to perfection with butter, golden raisins, pine nuts & lots of fantastic flavor! The asparagus are a splendid addition.

Trout with Pine Nuts, Golden Raisins, Butter & Asparagus | Osprey Hotel, Beaver Creek CO | FamilyFreshCooking.com Back to food in a bit….

Ice skating

There is a large skating rink right in the village center. Everyone can skate or adults can enjoy the fireplace while the kids practice hockey stops and spins. My kids broke out their finest moves.

Ice Skating in Beaver Creek, Colorado | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Ice Skating in Beaver Creek, Colorado | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Ice Skating in Beaver Creek, Colorado | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Skiing

We had a blast challenging ourselves on the famous Birds of Prey ski race course. The kids made quick turns & we were so proud of them! We also skied Vail which was a blast too.

With the Epic Pass you can ski any of the Vail Resort owned properties. Not only that, but you can track where you skied, vertical feet & purchase your on mountain photos as well. This pass keeps track of you all season! They also have a super cool online Epic Life magazine for you to check out.

This is a unique ski pass ~ that makes a vacation so much easier & affordable!

Spring Break in Beaver Creek, Colorado | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Swimming

After skiing, cookies, ice skating & games at the hotel there was no stopping my kiddos. They LOVED daily swims. There were endless rounds of competitive cannonballs to see who could splash the highest. Both kids tied so there would be no fights ;)

Spring Break in Beaver Creek, Colorado | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Spring Break in Beaver Creek, Colorado | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Spring Break in Beaver Creek, Colorado | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Kids Activities

There are always fun kid specific events at the resort. The week we were there was the Beaver Creek Kids Spring Fest. There are free events scheduled through out the week to entertain the littles.

Kids Spring Fest | Beaver Creek, Colorado | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Kids Spring Fest | Beaver Creek, Colorado | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Chocolate Chip Cookies

My son could not stop talking about how excited he was for the 3:00pm cookies at the base of the Centennial lift. These warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies are unique to Beaver Creek. Everyday during the ski season you know where you need to be at 3pm sharp!

Après Ski Chocolate Chip Cookies | Beaver Creek, Colorado | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Après Ski Chocolate Chip Cookies | Beaver Creek, Colorado | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Après Ski Chocolate Chip Cookies | Beaver Creek, Colorado | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Excellent Food

Believe it or not my mind is always on the next bite. Here in Beaver Creek there are so many wonderful restaurants. Here are a few more we experienced:

Talons (on mountain dining)

Talons Restaurant in Beaver Creek, Colorado | FamilyFreshCooking.com

This spacious restaurant (500 seats) is a hot spot during ski season. They also hold events here in the summer. Talons is spacious, with indoor & outdoor dining options. The deck is a great place to party with friends or take to family, plenty of room to spread out with 6,700 feet of deck space! There is are indoor & outdoor bars as well as internationally inspired cuisine. You are sure to satisfy any craving.

This restaurant will be an amazing place to hang out & watch the 2015 World Ski Championships, hosted by Vail & Beaver Creek ski resorts. Chef Curtis Cooper had a fun time sharing some tasty bites with us.

Hellooooo pulled pork. Prepared in the outdoor smoker. Serve with a cold one….

Pulled Pork Sandwich | Talons Beaver Creek | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Stella Artois | Beaver Creek, CO | FamilyFreshCooking.com The Epic Burger is a total win!

Epic Burger | Talons, Beaver Creek | FamilyFreshCooking.com Last but not least….the Bratwurst was to die for!

Bratwurst | Talons, Beaver Creek, CO | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Toscanini

We enjoyed a few meals at Toscanini (located right near the ice skating rink in the heart of the village.) Your kids can skate while you enjoy a date night. The atmosphere though elegant, is lively & informal. There are delicious dining options for the entire family.

This restaurant features fine wines & wonderful Italian food.

Toscanini | Beaver Creek, CO | FamilyFreshCooking.com

We tried may dishes & can’t wait to go back for more! The staff was super helpful, helping us navigate the extensive wine list & pick out dinner. For the past 15 years, Toscanini has been awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for their 100% Italian wine list. That is amazing!

Hope yo see ya soon in Beaver Creek!

Spring Break in Beaver Creek, Colorado | FamilyFreshCooking.com

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Disclosure: I work with Vail Resorts to share the best of travel experiences with you. All thoughts and experiences are my own.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 kelley {mountain mama cooks} May 14, 2014 at 5:37 am

We did almost the exact same trip a week after you. The whole area is gorgeous but have to agree that BC is our favorite!

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2 Marla May 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

Hi Kelley! Isn’t it so fun there?! I’ve been having a blast getting to know the resorts better. They are each so unique. My family really enjoyed keeping the ski season alive even after T-Ride closed. My kids keep asking when they are going back :) A great sign indeed. Glad to hear you had such a wonderful trip!

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3 Maria May 14, 2014 at 5:56 am

I want to visit! Love those cookies:)

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4 Marla May 14, 2014 at 5:58 am

Yay! Those cookies are AMAZING!!

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5 Julie @ Table for Two May 14, 2014 at 5:58 am

Omg, everything there looks like so much fun!!! The food and the activities and the wonderful amenities!! That shot of the water splashing up in the pool is gorgeous! I really love it.

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6 Marla May 14, 2014 at 6:02 am

Thanks Julie! Had a blast with the kiddos. They were hilarious in the pool ;)

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7 Kevin @ Closet Cooking May 14, 2014 at 6:17 am

What a fun trip and oh yum, that pulled pork!

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8 Marla May 14, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Kevin, that pulled pork was ahhhhhmazing!

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9 Aimee @ Simple Bites May 14, 2014 at 6:21 am

This looks like a dream getaway. Seriously, snowboarding AND cookies? Heavenly.

Gorgeous shots as always!

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10 Marla May 14, 2014 at 6:23 pm

It was so dreamy. What I would do for those cookies now ;)

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11 Rosa May 14, 2014 at 6:38 am

It looks like you had lots of fun!

Cheers,

Rosa

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12 Naomi May 14, 2014 at 8:35 am

Great post, Marla! Makes me want to hop on a plane!!!!

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13 Gaby May 14, 2014 at 9:21 am

omg all the food looks epic! I miss visiting Beaver Creek – we’ll be there this summer though! So excited to see everything you mentioned!

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14 Marla May 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Hi Gaby! Oh girl will you have so much fun in BC this summer or what?!

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15 Suki F May 14, 2014 at 6:54 pm

This gave me a great idea for a winter vacation with my family. Thanks for sharing!

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16 Marla May 15, 2014 at 6:17 am

You are so welcome Suki!The folks over there make it super easy to plan vacations & their website is easy to navigate as well.

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17 Angie May 14, 2014 at 9:29 pm

I’m an Australian and before my husband I were married we lived and breathed the winter driving buses for Avon at night and skiing Beaver Creek during the day. We desperately miss our Colorado home and can’t wait to travel back there with our kids in tow. For now we settle for the Australian ski season which is only 12-15 weeks long.

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18 Marla May 15, 2014 at 6:19 am

Hi Angie! That is such a sweet story. I can totally picture it! Not sure when you guys got sleep ;) Hopefully you can make it back soon with the kiddos.

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19 Meredith May 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm

What an incredible place to visit! Your photos are stunning!

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