Early Spring Horseback Riding at the Platte Ranch

Platte_FIWhen the calendar turns to May, thoughts of hitting the slopes at the Breckenridge Ski Area are a fading memory. And while some summer activities like white water rafting, golf, and mountain biking are dependent on the whims of Mother Nature horseback riding is not! Early spring is the perfect time for riding with the wranglers at the Platte Ranch Riding Stables!

Situated forty-five minutes away, just outside the historic town of Fairplay, the Platte Ranch is the only horse operation in the area that operates year-round.  Plus, it’s not a nose-to-tail ride, which means you will have more space to enjoy the spectacular Colorado scenery.  The 8,000+ acre ranch offers expansive mountain views spanning the Mosquito Range to Pikes Peak and features varying terrain including aspen grove forests and a serene river.

The ranch specializes in small groups catering to a maximum of eight riders and all riding abilities. Youngsters four to six can even ride double with a grown-up! Peaceful and private, the Platte Ranch allows riders to explore at their own pace.

Throughout May the Platte Ranch will be offering a daily two-hour ride at 11 a.m. Twenty-four hour notice is needed for all reservations and all rides are subject to weather conditions. Call or visit the Activities Desk to book your next ride!


Owner Tip

There are a variety of ways to accrue Reward Dollars in your owner account. Some of these include, taking update tours, having friends take tours, participating in the Owners Only Monthly Giveaways, and our social media contests. But do you know all the ways that you can use Reward Dollars?

While it is commonly known that Reward Dollars can be applied to your HOAs and used towards reservations there are many other great uses for them!

  • Use them at Refresh Spa or Soothe Spa*
  • Use them at the Lodgepole or Sevens*
  • Use them toward an on or off property activity booked through our Activities Department*
  • Use them for Interval International Exchanges
  • Use them at the Grand Essentials or the Lodgepole General store*
  • Use them for the DVD Now movie rentals*
  • Use them towards Points Stay or Partial Stay fees

Pay attention to the contests, take your upgrade tours and treat yourself to free pampering and adventurous activities!

*Please note that these options are only available while staying on property.

HOA Notice

When mailing in your HOA or mortgage payment please remember to include the account number with your payment.  The account number is important to ensure that your payment is applied to the correct account.

Grand Timber Lodge Activities Calendar

Activities Calendar for the week of  May 1, 2015 – May 10, 2015. For more information about resort activities or to RSVP please contact the Grand Timber Lodge Activities Department at ActivitiesGTL@grandtimber.com or 970-547-3610.





Earth Day Green Tips

  • EarthDayDo you really need that gas or ATM receipt?  By choosing “no” when prompted by the machine, you’ll not only save paper, but you’ll also save yourself exposure to the petroleum product- BPA, which is present in the thermal paper. BPA has been linked to numerous health problems, including cancer, heart disease and reproductive issues. And besides, what do you do with all those pesky little pieces of paper anyway?
  • Is a stop at the local coffee shop part of your morning routine? Take along your favorite mug instead of using the shop’s paper cups every day. You may even get a discount on that cup of joe!
  • The next time you are sitting in that automated car wash, water spraying and splashing about you everywhere, ask yourself:  How much of this water might I save if I just washed my car at home in my driveway?  The answer will surprise you.  Hand washing your car actually uses 2-3 times more water than a commercial car wash does.*  And the water drained by commercial car washes is required by federal law to go into sewers, where it will receive some treatment, rather than carrying detergents and waxes into the ground. Source: thedailygreen.com
  • Old electronics don’t belong in the landfill!  Take your old computer, DVD player or other electronics to an electronics recycling center. Materials like copper, gold and others can be reused, saving natural resources and reducing mining and processing for new materials. Recycling electronic items also helps avoid land, air and water pollution by preventing hazardous substances such as lead or chromium from leaking out of items. A simple online search will provide a list of electronic recycling centers in your area.
  • The more sun that beats down on your house, the harder your air conditioner has to work to keep living spaces cool.  Big leafy deciduous trees strategically placed can give your air conditioner a break.  Trees placed on the east side will shade your home in the morning, and trees on the west side help keep your home cool during the afternoon and evening.  And in the winter, the bare branches will let that sunshine through to help warm your home.
  • Put more green in your picnic than the grass you’re sitting on. Old-style picnic baskets with reusable cups, tableware, plates and cloth napkins are not only green, but add a touch of class to your outing.  Instead of lots of cans and bottles of soda, make a jar of sun tea to share all around.
  • Dusting off the golf clubs? As you head out to the links this spring, green up your favorite hobby.
    • Walk the course instead of using a golf cart.
    • Be sure to carry trash with you and recycle as much of it as you can.
    • Suggest changes if any management or maintenance practices are not “green”.
    • If your course doesn’t seem to be committed to environmental sustainability, find another course!


  • Kids will soon be out of school, and summer is a great time to help grow their appreciation and respect for our planet and its resources.  Outdoor activities are good for adults and children alike, and many don’t cost a cent.  Find a nearby hiking trail or city park trail and head out on foot, paying attention to the surroundings as you go.  Pitch a tent in the backyard for a night and let star-gazing be your entertainment.  Find a lake or river and canoe or raft down the stream with nature as your propeller.  If you really can’t get outdoors, read nature stories together.  Any of these can evoke a sense of wonder at the variety and fragility of our precious resources.

Spring 2015 Breckenridge Dining Passport

PassportThe slopes may be closed, but that just leaves more time to enjoy all of the amazing Breckenridge Spring 2015 Dining Passport deals! Starting April 19 – June 11, 2015 you can join in on the dining deals by making a small $10 donation at the Breckenridge Welcome Center or a participating restaurant. All proceeds will provide scholarships to students who work or are dependents of those working in the local restaurant and hospitality industry. Each passport is valid for two individuals.

Check out the list of over 20 participating restaurants and their dining deals:

  • Après Handcrafted Libations: April 20- May 3 and May 15- 31 (Closed May 4 – 14): $1.00 off selected pints.
  • Briar Rose Chophouse: April 19- May 17- Two Course Menu for $35
    May 18- June 11: 2-for-1 entrées with the purchase of a bottle of wine or an appetizer or a dessert. (The promotion will be available in the saloon or dining room.)
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Company: Two for $28! Includes 1 appetizer, 2 entrées, 2 desserts. Happy Hour everyday from 3- 6pm with select 2 for 1 Appetizers.
  • Burke & Riley’s Irish Pub: April 19- June 11: 10% off entire bill with your passport.
  • Crêpes a la Cart: April 19- April 29: 20% off a crêpe with purchase of a beverage. April 30- June 11: Buy 1 crêpe, get one 50% off.
  • Downstairs at Eric’s: Kids Eat Free with the purchase of one adult entrée per kid’s entrée.
  • Fatty’s Pizzeria: May 7- June 11-Sunday- Thursday, 4-10 pm only (Closed April 20- May 6): 2 for 1 entrées.
  • Giampietro’s: April 19- June 11: 3-course menu for $25.
  • Hearthstone: May 7- June 11, Thursday- Sunday (Closed April 19 – May 6): Best of Season Menu- 3 course dinner for $30.00. Monday- Wednesday: 2 for 1 entrées.
  • Jake’s: April 19- June 11: Buy 1, get 1 free on your first drink.
  • Kenosha Steakhouse: May 9- June 11 (Closed April 20 – May 8): BBQ platters- Buy one full price and receive second at 50% off.
    La Francaise Bakery: April 19- June 11 (Closed April 21- 23 and April 28-30): 2 for 1 sandwiches, omelets and crêpes.
  • Mi Casa: April 19 – May 4 and May 21 – June 11 (Closed May 6 – May 20),
    Sunday- Wednesday: 2 for 1 entrées after 3:30.
    Thursday – Saturday: Date Night Menu- 3 course dinner for $30.00 per couple.
  • Michael’s Italian Restaurant: May 15- June 11 (Closed April 19- May 14.): 2 for 1 dinner entrées.
  • Modis: April 19- May 10 and May 28- June 11 (Closed Mondays. Closed May 11- May 27): 3 Courses for $33 and 1/2 price on select bottles of wine.
  • Motherloaded Tavern: April 19- June 11: 2 for 1’s 11:30- 1:30 and 5-7 every day with the passport.
  • Mountain Flying Fish: April 19- June 11: 30 % off all rolls.
  • Ollie’s Pub and Grub: April 19- June 11 : $15 choose any two food items Monday thru Friday 11am-11pm.
  • Park & Main: April 19- June 11, After 5pm: Buy one entrée, get one entrée or sandwich of equal or lesser value with purchase of a bottle of wine or an appetizer or a dessert.
  • Relish: April 19- April 25: Entrée paired with a selected item for $27 a person. Selected wine list under $35.
    (Closed April 26- May 21.) May 22- June 11: Entrée paired with a selected item for $27 a person. Selected wine list under $35.
  • Sevens: Free appetizer or dessert with purchase of an entrée.
  • Subway- Breckenridge: Free 6 inch sub- Buy any 6” sub and any drink and get a regular 6” sub of equal/lesser value.
  • Traverse Restaurant & Bar: April 19- April 26 and May 2- June 11: Selection of 3 courses for two people from our Tapas and Dessert Menus – $39 per couple without wine, $49 per couple with BOTTLE of house wine. Exact closure dates TBD, please call for updated restaurants times & closures.
  • Twist: April 19- April 25: Entrée paired with a selected item for $22 per person. Selected wine list under $35.
    (Closed April 26- May 21) May 22- June 11: Entrée paired with a selected item for $22 per person. Selected wine list under $35.

For more information about the Dining Passport visit The Breckenridge Dining Guide or the Breckenridge Welcome center at 203 S. Main Street.