Best of Summit County

Book review: 'The Indifferent Starts Above,' by Daniel James Brown

August 28, 2016 — 

Daniel James Brown, the author who brought history alive in the bestselling saga, “The Boys In The Boat” — the captivating chronicle of a group of young American rowers who competed in Hitler’s Olympics — has done it again, extracting another episode from history that has floated in and out of our collective, cultural periphery vision, bringing it front and center in gripping detail. When one considers famous tragic survival stories that have involved the taboo of cannibalism, there are several that come to mind, but often only glancingly and without any true awareness of what led to the terrible choices that were made. Due to it being more recent and better documented, and as some of the survivors are still alive, perhaps the most remembered incidence of cannibalism is the 1972 Andes disaster documented in the book, “Alive.”

But, in his recent book, “The Indifferent Stars Above; The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party,” Brown chooses to look back further in time, to the mid-19th century, when scores of exceedingly brave and strong individuals opted to leave the relative comforts of their homes in the settled regions of the United States and head west, trusting in their faith and the rumors of abundant acres of fertile land, ready for the taking. Some only went as far as the ready expanses of the plains, eager to put plow to soil. For countless others, though, their gazes drifted further, all the way to the honeyed shores of California.

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Hey, Spike! welcomes Summit High grads back to town

August 27, 2016 — 

“It was 20 years ago ...” — now 40 — the Summit High School Class of 1976 gathered for a reunion.

Today, over at Foote’s Rest Sweet Shoppe on Frisco’s redone Main Street, the classmates will get together again, starting at 11 a.m., and going to at least 4 p.m., says the still-around Jackie Skaro McPheeters.

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Just the Facts column: Hidden in plain sight: Colorado's prairie

August 24, 2016 — 

The majority of Coloradans depend on the prairie — and don’t even know it. It’s much more than a flat carpet of tumbleweed-infested dirt clods. It’s an economic catalyst. Covering about 40 percent of the state, it impacts mountain towns and underlies the Mile High City.

A prairie is an ecosystem or habitat. Here in Colorado, it exists east of the Rocky Mountain foothills, on a rolling landscape that’s part of North America’s Great Plains.

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Book review: 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,' by J.K. Rowling

August 20, 2016 — 

If there exists a contemporary author who does not need introduction, it is Harry Potter creator, J.K. Rowling, who rose from the troubled ashes of her life like Fawkes the Phoenix from her stories.

Through her own remaking, she transformed the literary world and, as a result, turned reluctant readers of the digital generation into dedicated bibliophiles with the wave of her wand-shaped pen. Rowling’s fame has reached such levels that her tweets and utterances are followed as closely as those of many influential politicians, and any rumors of details from the shadows of her Harry Potter world are treated with reverence and snatched up by her adoring fans as tantalizing morsels of her beloved magical realm.

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Hey, Spike! takes a shine to classic wooden speedboats

August 20, 2016 — 

A walk and ride through time is possible today down at Dillon Reservoir’s Frisco Bay Marina, which is hosting the annual Rendezvous on the Rockies classic wooden boat show.

Staged by the Rocky Mountain Classics Chapter of the international Antique and Classic Boating Society, the event showcases these wooden beauties, bringing back memories for many, as they recall personal experiences — riding in or skiing behind — brand names like Chris Craft, Century and Correct Craft.

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Best Of Summit Voting is Now Open!

July 22, 2016 — 

It’s that time again to vote for the Best Of Summit County! We rely on you, who know Summit County best, to vote for the best local businesses and crown this year’s 2016 Best Of Summit!

VOTE NOW!

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2015 Best of Summit Results

September 14, 2015 — 

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Best Restaurants in Summit County, CO Voted by Locals

September 29, 2015 — 

In July, more than 3,745 people cast their votes to select Summit County’s best in 88 categories, from brewpub to hiking trail in 2015 Best of Summit contest. The people have spoken on their favorites; consider this your recommendation for the best restaurants and food in the area. For a full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Best Asian Restaurant

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Top shops not to miss in Summit County, CO

October 7, 2015 — 

Where skiing and snowboarding only happen in the winter months, shopping is a year-round activty in Summit County, CO. Local give the inside scoop on the best local shops. For a full list of the best across all categories, check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Best Clothing Store - Rivers Clothing Company

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Top veterinarian and pet supply stores in Summit County, CO

October 7, 2015 — 

The residents of Summit County, Colorado are serious about their pets. Don’t choose just any local pet supply store or veterinarian, choose the ones top voted by locals. For a full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

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Top Adult Recreation: Best Liqour Store and Marijuana Dispensary in Summit County, Colorado

October 7, 2015 — 

Plan partaking in some adult recreation while visiting Summit County, Colorado? Below are the top rated liqour store and marijuana dispensaries. For a full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Best Liquor Store - Dillon Ridge Liquors

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Top health and wellness doctors, dentist and spas in Summit County, Colorado

October 7, 2015 — 

No matter if you are visiting Summit County, CO or just moved to Breckenridge or Frisco and in need of care or a treat, below are the top voted health and wellness professionals. For full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

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Best Nightlife and Entertainment in Summit County, Colorado

October 7, 2015 — 

Best apres ski, best entertainment venue, best entertainer/local band and best night night scene throughout Summit Counties ski resort communities. The people have spoken on their favorites; consider this your recommendation for the top nightlife, entertainment venues and entertainers close to the ski slopes of Summit County, Colorado. For a full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Best Après Ski - Dillon Dam Brewery

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Top Lodging in Summit County, CO

October 6, 2015 — 

The people have spoken on their favorites; consider the following reccomendation the best lodging spots in Summit County, Colorado voted by those who know it best. For a full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Best Lodging - Grand Lodge on Peak 7, Breckenridge, CO

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Best Skiing and Snowboarding Mountains in Summit County, Colorado

October 6, 2015 — 

In July, more than 3,745 people cast their vote to select Summit County’s best in 88 categories, from brewpub to hiking trail in 2015 Best of Summit contest. The people have spoken on their favorites; consider the following your outdoor winter skiing and snowboarding recommendations throughout Summit County, Colorado. For a full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Best Place to People Watch - Breckenridge Main Street

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Top real estate agents and property mangement firms in Summit County, CO

October 8, 2015 — 

Real estate in Colorado is booming - make sure to choose the best of the best in Summit County when looking for property management and rental services, real estate agents and real estate firms. For full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Best Property Management/Rentals - Summit Mountain Rentals

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Colorado summer must dos in Summit County, CO

October 8, 2015 — 

The secret is out, traveling to Colorado during the summer is one of the best vacations state-side. Summit County, CO is full of adventure and has a handful of must-sees on the trail, bike or the golf course. Don’t miss these top voted summer outdoor activities. For full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Best Biking Trail - Recpath around Lake Dillon

Following a combination of paved trails and roads, the Lake Dillon scenic bike route runs along shorelines, through towns and past marinas on the north end of the lake before taking riders on a challenging trip up Swan Mountain Road. Riders can select dozens of options, but one thing’s for sure: You don’t often come across a cruiser-ready rec path with a demanding (yet far from impossible) mountain climb smack in the middle. At 18 miles from start to finish, there’s a little something for everyone out there.

Honorable Mention - Peaks Trail, Colorado Trail

Best Golf Course - Breckenridge Golf Course

The only public, 27-hole, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in the world, Breckenridge Golf Course provides a test for every level of golfer.Nestled at 9,324 feet above sea level, the course has been named the toughest mountain course by “Colorado Golfer” magazine, and its pro shop has earned a spot in “America’s 100 Best” by Golf Shop Operations. From the rolling greens to the variety of wildlife seen about the course, Breckenridge Golf Club has everything a golfer could want, including the Clubhouse Restaurant, which offers appetizers, meals and cocktails on a spacious deck.

Honorable Mention - Keystone Ranch Golf Course, The Raven at Three Peaks Golf Course

Best Hiking Trail - Mohawk Lakes

Just south of Breckenridge and a short jaunt off Highway 9, adventurous hikers can find one of the best intermediate day hikes in the county on the Mohawk Lakes Trail. The 7-mile loop meanders through historic mining ruins replete with abandoned ore cars before rewarding your climb upward with scenic waterfalls made by the Continental Falls spilling out into Lower Mohawk Lake. Continue onward to enjoy a victorious lunch accompanied by glorious views.

Honorable Mention - Lily Pad Lake, Buffalo Mountain

Best Park - Dillon Marina Park

Located on the idyllic Dillon Reservoir, Marina Park promises fun for all ages. Swings, slides and spinners are just part of what makes it a terrific play land. Bring lunch, and enjoy one of the many picnic areas or the Marina Park Pavilion, which can be rented for private functions. A stone’s throw from the Dillon Amphitheatre, Marina Park offers plenty of parking, in addition to restroom facilities. Nearby, the marina offers boat and stand-up paddleboard rentals, a restaurant, sailing lessons and more. If the roundabout spinner doesn’t make you dizzy, the views most certainly will.

Honorable Mention - Rainbow Park, Carter Park

Best Place to Fish - It’s a Secret

Where’s the best fishing hole? That’s a silly question. Unless you’re paying the big bucks for a guide, any true angler will tell you that a secret fishing spot is something one rarely reveals. But luckily in Summit County, the Blue River, Colorado River and Ten Mile Creek offer gold-medal waters packed with brown, brook and rainbow trout. So grab your waders and head to the closest river, and you might just find that special spot. And if not, you’ll still enjoy the scenery.

Honorable Mention - Blue River, Lower Blue River

Best Place to People Watch - Breckenridge Main Street

From extravagant furs to funky footwear, you never know what kind of fashions you’ll see on Main Street in Breckenridge. The town’s zany Ullr Fest parade in winter and its Fourth of July parade are must-see events. Whether it’s a pro snowboarder or retired couples from Florida, you’ll see a diverse mix of locals and visitors. Our voters agree it’s the best people-watching place in the county. Just remember, it’s not very polite to stare, so try to keep the gawking to a minimum.

Honorable Mention - The Beach at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Frisco Main Street

Best Playground - Rainbow Park

Rainbow Park is a seven-acre park on Rainbow Drive containing a skateboard park, multi-purpose field, tennis courts, basketball court, sand volleyball courts, picnic shelters and public restrooms. Its bowl-shaped field, which lies slightly below the rest of the park, also serves as an amphitheater for spectator events and community festivals. But you can’t miss the playground, which has been voted Summit County’s best. It has lots of cool things to climb on and enjoy. Little ones will find things to do, as well as the older kids. It’s right next to a soccer field, so there is a lot of space to run around.

Honorable Mention - Marina Park Playgrounds, Carter Park

Every July, more than 3,745 people cast their votes to select Summit County’s best in 88 categories, from brewpub to hiking trail in 2015 Best of Summit contest.For a full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Top Voted Summit County, CO Businesses

October 7, 2015 — 

These top businesses have one the hearts of locals in Summit County, CO. For a full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Best Bank - 1st Bank

Customers in the know stop by 1st Bank on Saturday mornings for the doughnuts, coffee and orange juice, but they trust their money to this Colorado bank every day. Opened in 1963, and with convenient locations in Frisco, Breckenridge and Silverthorne, 1st Bank is the largest Colorado-based bank. 1st Bank provides savings and checking accounts, credit and loan products, online banking, business services and more, all with friendly service. To top it off, 1st Bank is heavily involved in the community, supporting local nonprofits and affordable-housing programs.

Honorable Mention - Alpine Bank, Wells Fargo

Best Day Care - Little Red Schoolhouse

Little Red Schoolhouse is a 33-year-old Montessori-based preschool and learning center that strives to create the feeling of a home environment at school. Acting in some ways very much like parents, teachers observe each individual child and infant, making sure his or her needs are met and that each child’s natural potential is stimulated. The teachers educate while providing a loving, caring and nurturing environment that allows children to grow and learn at their own pace.

Honorable Mention - Lake Dillon Preschool, Keystone’s Children Center

Best Florist - Bloom Flower Shop

“I must have flowers, always and always,” famous painter Claude Monet said. If you feel the same way, then Bloom is the shop for you. Bloom Flower Shop in Breckenridge offers a wide variety of fresh flowers for daily orders, and they specialize in weddings and events. They accommodate all styles, from rustic and traditional to modern and funky. If you need flowers to brighten up an event, Bloom is always a good bet.

Honorable Mention - City Market, Little Flower Shop

In July every year, more than 3,745 people cast their votes to select Summit County’s best in 88 categories, from brewpub to hiking trail in 2015 Best of Summit contest.For a full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Colorado summer must dos in Summit County, CO

October 8, 2015 — 

The secret is out, traveling to Colorado during the summer is one of the best vacations state-side. Summit County, CO is full of adventure and has a handful of must-sees on the trail, bike or the golf course. Don’t miss these top voted summer outdoor activities. For full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Best Biking Trail - Recpath around Lake Dillon

Following a combination of paved trails and roads, the Lake Dillon scenic bike route runs along shorelines, through towns and past marinas on the north end of the lake before taking riders on a challenging trip up Swan Mountain Road. Riders can select dozens of options, but one thing’s for sure: You don’t often come across a cruiser-ready rec path with a demanding (yet far from impossible) mountain climb smack in the middle. At 18 miles from start to finish, there’s a little something for everyone out there.

Honorable Mention - Peaks Trail, Colorado Trail

Best Golf Course - Breckenridge Golf Course

The only public, 27-hole, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in the world, Breckenridge Golf Course provides a test for every level of golfer.Nestled at 9,324 feet above sea level, the course has been named the toughest mountain course by “Colorado Golfer” magazine, and its pro shop has earned a spot in “America’s 100 Best” by Golf Shop Operations. From the rolling greens to the variety of wildlife seen about the course, Breckenridge Golf Club has everything a golfer could want, including the Clubhouse Restaurant, which offers appetizers, meals and cocktails on a spacious deck.

Honorable Mention - Keystone Ranch Golf Course, The Raven at Three Peaks Golf Course

Best Hiking Trail - Mohawk Lakes

Just south of Breckenridge and a short jaunt off Highway 9, adventurous hikers can find one of the best intermediate day hikes in the county on the Mohawk Lakes Trail. The 7-mile loop meanders through historic mining ruins replete with abandoned ore cars before rewarding your climb upward with scenic waterfalls made by the Continental Falls spilling out into Lower Mohawk Lake. Continue onward to enjoy a victorious lunch accompanied by glorious views.

Honorable Mention - Lily Pad Lake, Buffalo Mountain

Best Park - Dillon Marina Park

Located on the idyllic Dillon Reservoir, Marina Park promises fun for all ages. Swings, slides and spinners are just part of what makes it a terrific play land. Bring lunch, and enjoy one of the many picnic areas or the Marina Park Pavilion, which can be rented for private functions. A stone’s throw from the Dillon Amphitheatre, Marina Park offers plenty of parking, in addition to restroom facilities. Nearby, the marina offers boat and stand-up paddleboard rentals, a restaurant, sailing lessons and more. If the roundabout spinner doesn’t make you dizzy, the views most certainly will.

Honorable Mention - Rainbow Park, Carter Park

Best Place to Fish - It’s a Secret

Where’s the best fishing hole? That’s a silly question. Unless you’re paying the big bucks for a guide, any true angler will tell you that a secret fishing spot is something one rarely reveals. But luckily in Summit County, the Blue River, Colorado River and Ten Mile Creek offer gold-medal waters packed with brown, brook and rainbow trout. So grab your waders and head to the closest river, and you might just find that special spot. And if not, you’ll still enjoy the scenery.

Honorable Mention - Blue River, Lower Blue River

Best Place to People Watch - Breckenridge Main Street

From extravagant furs to funky footwear, you never know what kind of fashions you’ll see on Main Street in Breckenridge. The town’s zany Ullr Fest parade in winter and its Fourth of July parade are must-see events. Whether it’s a pro snowboarder or retired couples from Florida, you’ll see a diverse mix of locals and visitors. Our voters agree it’s the best people-watching place in the county. Just remember, it’s not very polite to stare, so try to keep the gawking to a minimum.

Honorable Mention - The Beach at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Frisco Main Street

Best Playground - Rainbow Park

Rainbow Park is a seven-acre park on Rainbow Drive containing a skateboard park, multi-purpose field, tennis courts, basketball court, sand volleyball courts, picnic shelters and public restrooms. Its bowl-shaped field, which lies slightly below the rest of the park, also serves as an amphitheater for spectator events and community festivals. But you can’t miss the playground, which has been voted Summit County’s best. It has lots of cool things to climb on and enjoy. Little ones will find things to do, as well as the older kids. It’s right next to a soccer field, so there is a lot of space to run around.

Honorable Mention - Marina Park Playgrounds, Carter Park

Every July, more than 3,745 people cast their votes to select Summit County’s best in 88 categories, from brewpub to hiking trail in 2015 Best of Summit contest.For a full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Top year-round outdoor gear and ski shops in Summit County, CO

October 8, 2015 — 

Dont’t get caught on the slopes or the trail with the wrong gear, locals voted on their favorite ski, snowboard and gear shops in Summit County, CO to ensure your always prepared. For full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Best Mountain/Outdoor Outfitter - Wilderness Sports

Wilderness Sports has certainly established itself as Summit County’s top outdoor sports destinations. Start at Wilderness for your backcountry adventure needs, from telemark, alpine touring and cross-country skis to technical climbing, camping and cycling gear. Located in Dillon at 701 East Anemone trail. Their employees are eager to help outdoor enthusiasts get into the gear they need. Have trail questions? Ask the knowledgeable staff where to go for your next adventure.

Honorable Mention - Mountain Outfitters, Christy Sports

Best Ski/Snowboard Shop - Christy Sports

Christy Sports has been serving Summit County for more than 40 years, and are excited to continue that tradition. They have had the privilege of helping generations of locals with all of their ski and snowboard needs, and are proud to be considered the premier full service ski and snowboard shop. Whether they are setting up rentals for a toddlers’ first ski day, repairing a core shot on your favorite old pair of skis, or helping you find that perfect new snowboard, they are happy to provide the best service and products in the county.

Honorable Mention - Mountain Sports Outlet, Mountain Wave

Best Bike Shop - Wilderness Sports

There’s a reason Wilderness Sports has been voted Summit County’s best bike shop year after year. With products and services ranging from a full-line retail shop, rentals and demos to certified bike fitting and the best mechanics, Wilderness helps not only first-time cyclists but also advanced riders with anything from purchasing a new bike to knowledge on local bike trails, races and events. “The thing that makes us stand out is our service,” said Clay Schwarck, store manager and BG Fit technician. “Our staff has been doing this a long time, and they ride bikes a lot.”

Honorable Mention - Mountain Sports Outlet, Breck Bike Guides

Best Fly-Fishing Outfitter - Cutthroat Anglers

Itching to wet a line but unsure if conditions are ripe for nymphing, dries or a hopper-dropper combo? With 20 professional guides on staff, Cutthroat Anglers, 400 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne, has earned a reputation as the source for serious fly-fishing knowledge to ensure everyone from the novice angler to the seasoned trout slayer has a successful day on the water. “We pride ourselves on the customer service of our guides,” said Sean Dailey, general manager. “They’ll do anything to make sure people have a successful day — even if they don’t buy anything from us — and they have more collective knowledge than any other shop in the county.”

Honorable Mention - Colorado Angler, The Mountain Angler

Best Rafting Company - Kodi Rafting

Stroll down Main Street in Frisco and check out the KODI Rafting shop, located inside Rivers Clothing Company, at the corner of 5th & Main. KODI holds permits on all the nearby stretches of whitewater, from the adrenaline-pumping rapids of Clear Creek and the Arkansas River to lazy family floats on the Upper Colorado, and even the best of both worlds on the Blue River. There is an activity for everyone, including guided Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) trips on the Upper Colorado as well as SUP rentals from their Frisco location. A unique offering of this locally owned Summit County company is the two-hour happy hour on Ten Mile Creek. No other outfitter offers a wet and wild trip through the heart of Frisco, that emerges into Dillon Reservoir and wraps up over Happy Hour treats at a local Frisco Restaurant. Led by professionally trained guides, KODI’s family friendly full-day, half-day and overnight trips will satisfy your thirst for Colorado adventure.

Honorable Mention - Performance Tours Rafting, Arkansas Valley Adventures

Every July, more than 3,745 people cast their votes to select Summit County’s best in 88 categories, from brewpub to hiking trail in 2015 Best of Summit contest.For a full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Best car repair, dealership and shuttle services in Summit County, CO

October 8, 2015 — 

The Colorado mountains and long winters are rough on all cars in Summit County, CO. Locals voted on the top shops for car repair, car purchase and shuttle service in the 2015 Best Of - you should listen. For full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

Best Car Repair - High Country Auto Specialists

Locals know that High Country Auto Specialists is the place to take your car when it’s not working the way it should. Their focus is quality and customer service, and you can expect a fair assessment of your vehicular situation. The experts at High Country Auto Specialists know what they’re doing and charge a fair price for services rendered.

Honorable Mention - JH Mountain Auto Services, Mike’s Mountain Motors

Best Place to Buy a Vehicle - Vista Auto Group

For the eighth year in a row, the family-owned Vista Auto Group has been recognized for superior selection and customer service. The dealership focuses on providing exceptional service throughout the car-buying and ownership experience and takes pride in being “a locally spirited dealership whose community involvement supports our mountain towns and the people that live and work here.” Vista sells and services Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and Subaru vehicles for Summit County and the larger Colorado Rocky Mountain region.

Honorable Mention - Summit Ford, Jim Hudson

Best Shuttle Service - Colorado Mountain Express (CME)

In operation for 33 years, Colorado Mountain Express is committed to the highest standards in driver training and offers the newest equipment and technology. CME’s fleet of 275 vehicles transports thousands of passengers each year and features 70 Mercedes Benz® Sprinter vans, representing the largest Sprinter van passenger fleet in the state of Colorado. “Colorado Mountain Express is honored to have been selected by Summit Daily readers as Summit County’s Best Shuttle Company for the fourth consecutive year. We’re thrilled to be recognized by Summit County locals and second homeowners, many of whom are our most frequent riders,” said Robert C. Tschupp, vice president and general manager. “CME continues to focus on delivering the best possible year-round experience to our guests and the community’s recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the entire Summit County operations team.”

Honorable Mention - Summit Express, Peak One Express

Every July, more than 3,745 people cast their votes to select Summit County’s best in 88 categories, from brewpub to hiking trail in 2015 Best of Summit contest.For a full list of the best across all categories check out the 2015 Best Of Magazine.

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