Ask The Expert: Top Ways To Prepare For A Spring Break Staycation In Colorado

February 23, 2013 6:00 AM




Forget the airfare with several opportunities to enjoy Spring Break in the Centennial State. Without having to pay for airfare, you can splurge on your break with local destinations that feel a world away. From mountain getaways only hours from the city to metropolitan fun, we asked Julie Dunn, local travel expert and owner of Dunn Communications, for her top suggestions for Spring Break staycations.

Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain
126 Riverfront Lane
Avon, CO 81620
(970) 790-6000

“I think that a lot of people don’t realize how family friendly Beaver Creek is,” says Dunn, “Beaver Creek has an amazing ski and snowboard school for little ones called The Ranch, plus awesome tubing on Haymaker Hill and ice skating in the Village.” Beaver Creek also offers several free family events weekly, including a guided family snowshoe at the Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center on Tuesday evenings, a torchlight parade and fireworks show every Thursday evening and a Family FunFest every Saturday afternoon. A stay at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa is a perfect spring break staycation, affording condos with custom kitchens, a great outdoor pool and award-winning spa all within the resort.

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The Embassy Suites Denver
1420 Stout St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 592-1000

For a downtown stay, Embassy Suites offers rooms that easily accommodate families. The indoor pool and large atrium lounge spaces and adjoining restaurant are steps to away from many popular attractions, restaurants and spring break destinations in downtown Denver. “There is always a ton to do in downtown Denver” beams Dunn, “New attractions this year include the very cool History Colorado (opened late April 2012) and the ‘Georgia O’Keefe in New Mexico’ exhibit at the Denver Art Museum (Feb. 10 – April 28).”

The Sheraton Steamboat Resort
2200 Village Inn Court
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
(970) 879-2220

For a mountain getaway, Steamboat Springs is an easy three-hour drive through scenic overlooks and mountain passes. “Steamboat is an authentic Colorado mountain town that is far enough off the I-70 corridor to keep the huge crowds away,” Dunn explains. “The Steamboat Ski Resort is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a packed schedule of on-mountain activities. I personally love skiing Steamboat’s world-famous Champagne Powder, exploring the shops on Lincoln Avenue and soaking at Strawberry Park Hot Springs.”

Westin Westminster
10600 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CO 80020
(303) 410-5000

Nicely located between Denver and Boulder, another staycation hotspot is Westminster. “The Westminster Promenade is ideal for an easy, budget friendly staycation. Visitors can enjoy the Ice Centre, a three-rink ice arena offering public skating daily, bowling and games at Fat Cats and the AMC 24-screen movie theatre, plus several casual dining options,” says Dunn. “Westminster is also home to the world-renowned Butterfly Pavilion, where you can hold Rosie the tarantula, pet sea stars and enjoy the cool tropical conservatory which features more than 1,200 butterflies from rainforests around the world!” The Westin Westminster’s Kachina Southwestern Grill is not to be missed with a unique Native American-inspired menu selection and large tequila assortment offered for spring breakers of age or mom and dad.

The Broadmoor Hotel & Resort
1 Lake Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 634-7711

An hour south of Denver, Colorado Springs has much to offer for staycationers as well. “Feeding the giraffes at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a must-do for all Coloradans, along with the Mountaineer Sky Ride to check out the views from the top of Cheyenne Mountain,” advises Dunn. “Kids love the The Shongololo Choo Choo tot train and pony rides.” Spring Breakers can also hike at Garden of the Gods, which is a registered National Natural Landmark, or tour the Air Force Academy. The Broadmoor Hotel & Resort is a luxury vacation destination in and of itself, with several kid friendly programs, adult-oriented relaxation packages and something for everyone on the beautiful Colorado property.

Related: Spring Break Stay-cation in Denver

Our Expert: Julie Dunn
Dunn Communications
(303) 522-2659

Julie Dunn is the owner of Dunn Communications, a boutique Denver public relations firm. Dunn is a former newspaper journalist having worked for publications such as The New York Times and The Denver Post. Making her home in Denver with husband and two kids, her company is known for placing clients in the nation’s top outlets and publications. She is an expert of all Colorado has to offer.

Chad Chisholm is an avid globetrotter and brings the best of travel secrets and expert insights to his readership. A Denver-based travel writer and photographer, Chad’s travels have taken him to five of the seven continents in a passionate love affair with the world of travel and the outdoors. His work can be found at