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Best of Summit County 2008

BEST SNOWBOARDING MOUNTAIN1. Copper MountainA laid back vibe along with sick terrain parks keep Copper as the favoritemountain for snowboarders for another year. Dig into the bowls on a powderday, rip it up in the trees or show off in the terrain park. If youre not ready togo in the big park, Copper provides a beginner track with mini kickers and smallrails. Once youve mastered the basics, Catalyst park features a 430-foot longSuperpipe with 18-foot walls set on a 16-degree pitch. Known for its consistentconditions, even in the early season, its one of the best maintained pipes in the state.2. Breckenridge3. KeystoneBEST SKIING MOUNTAIN1. BreckenridgeBreckenridge is the perfect skiing mountain, with something to satisfyeveryone, whether they are complete beginners or experienced skiers.Midday grooming allows you the opportunity to make first tracks, evenif you only got up at lunchtime and there is a large selection of runs,varying in steepness for different abilities. Fancy more of a challenge? Goto the top of the mountain and try out some of the bowls or the mogulfields on peak 10. Oh, and theres no need to worry about taking thatT-bar: Breckenridges Imperial lift is the highest in North America andwill take you right to the top (barring the 150 ft hike you can do to reallyfeel like youre standing on top of the world). Throw in terrain parks ofvarying sizes for freestyle skiers, including the biggest jumps in the USA,cafes on the mountain and the new gondola to get you up and startedand youve got some great days to look forward to during the ski season.2. Copper Mountain3. Arapahoe BasinBEST PLACE TO PICNIC1. Sapphire PointThere is nothing more relaxing than looking out over the Dillon Reservoir with afew good friends and a picnic basket, so it comes as no surprised that 199 peoplevoted Sapphire Point the best place to have a picnic in Summit County. Locatedoff Swan Mountain Road in Dillon, Sapphire Point offers plenty of picnic tables and panoramic views that are hard to beat.2. Shores of Lake Dillon3. Dillon Marina ParkBEST PLACE TO CROSS COUNTRY SKI1. Frisco Nordic CenterWhether you enjoy cruising on a groomed track or skating for a good cardioworkout, Frisco Nordic Center offers more that 40 kilometers of beginner andexpert terrain- groomed daily. Plus, it provides 13 kilometers of snowshoe trails, which traverse the peninsula of Dillon Reservoir.2. Breckenridge Nordic Center3. MontezumaBEST HIKING TRAIL1. Mohawk Lakes TrailJust south of Breckenridge off of Highway 9, hikers can find one of the bestday hikes in Summit County on the Mohawk Lakes Trail. The 7-mile loop trailmeanders through an old mining ruin before climbing to the Continental Fallsand Mohwak Lake, which offers incredible views of Breckenridge to the north.2. McCullough Gulch3. Lily Pad LakeBEST DAY ROAD TRIP1. Glenwood SpringsFor those looking to get out of Summit County for a day, GlenwoodSprings offers a plethora of year-round activities that appeal to visitors ofall ages. In addition to bike paths, rafting trips, and canyon hiking trails,Glenwood Springs boasts walking tours of historic caves and cavernswhich date back some five million years ago.2. Buena Vista3. Independence PassBEST PARK1. Carter ParkLocated at the south end of High Street in Breckenridge, Carter Park is aparadise for locals and canines alike. As one of the few dog parks in SummitCounty, Carter Park boasts a large fenced in area where dogs of all shapes andsizes can romp around together. The park also features a playground, soccerfield, tennis and volleyball courts, and several covered picnic tables.2. Dillon Marina3. Walter ByronBEST PLACE TO PEOPLE WATCH1. Breck Main StreetYou never know who you will run into on Main St. in Breckenridge, so that mustbe why 236 people voted it the best place to people watch in the county. You canalways plan on seeing a diverse mix of people on Main St., from world-renownpro skiers to retired couples from Florida. But remember, its not very polite tostare so try to keep the gawking to a minimum.2. Riverwalk Center3. Frisco Main StreetBEST GOLF COURSE1. Breckenridge Golf CourseNestled at 9,324 feet above sea level, the Breckenridge Golf Club can boast that itis only municipality in the world to own a Jack Nicklaus designed, 27-hole course.The club, which is owned by the town of Breckenridge, has three 18-hole courses,and was named Toughest Mountain Course by Colorado Golfer magazine.2. Keystone Ranch3. Raven at Three Peaks Golf ClubBEST DECK1. Tiki BarA Tiki Bar at 9,000 ft? You better believe it. This deck offers some of the best viewsin Summit County, and when you kick back with one of the bars famous RumRunners, its easy to get swept away in the tropical atmosphere. What better wayto unwind after a hard day at work than to take in the mountain scenery andcatch up with friends during happy hour.2. Kenosha Steakhouse3. Island GrillBEST PLACE TO GO FISHING1. Not telling. Its a secret.Any experienced angler will tell you that a secret fishing spot is something yourarely reveal. But luckily in Summit County, the Blue River, Colorado River andGore Creek offer Gold Medal waters packed with brown, brook and rainbowtrout. So grab your waders and head for the closest river, because the next bestfishing spot is just waiting to be discovered.2. Blue River3. Lake Dillon3. Lower BlueBEST BIKING TRAIL1. Ten Mile (Frisco-Copper)Nestled between the massive walls of Ten Mile canyon, the 7-mile bike path fromFrisco to Copper is a relaxing ride that the whole family can enjoy together. Theroute offers scenic views of Tenmile Creek and the surrounding mountain rangesand, if youre feeling motivated, the path continues all the way up Vail Pass.2. Peaks Trail3. Colorado Trail

BEST PLACE TO PROPOSE1. Sapphire PointAs the sunset coalesces in an array of pink, orange, yellow and blues, reflectingoff the water, people cant help but feel a bit romantic. So if youre looking forone of the most beautiful places to commit to a lifetime of dreams together, parkat the turnoff at Swan Mountain Road, take a short hand-in-hand stroll and popthe question at the overlook. Perched high above the lake, it offers a differentperspective on the splendor of Summit County. But make sure no romantics areahead of you; Sapphire Point received 139 votes as the Best Place to Propose.2. Alpenglow Stube2. Ski Tip Lodge3. Keystone RanchBEST ROMANTIC DATE1. Ski Tip LodgeWhat could be more romantic that a former 1860s stage coach transformedinto a cozy bed and breakfast and gourmet restaurant? Our voters couldntthink of anything. The Ski Tip Lodge, tucked among the wetlands of the SnakeRiver, offers a four-course dinner menu created by chefs that rotate daily.It consistently receives high reviews for its innovative entrees and stellarservice. Plus, its charming and elegant fireplace is the perfect place to snuggleup with your loved one and enjoy the famous desserts, a drink or coffee.2. Hearthstone3. Alpenglow StubeBEST ENTERTAINER/LOCAL BAND1. Arnie J. GreenArnie Green doesnt like to put himself in a musically category, and the greatthing is he really doesnt have to because listeners are always delighted to hearanything he chooses to play. Arnie has released two albums, Shades of Greenand River of Ice, and he can be found playing at numerous Summit County venues throughout the year.2. Mystery Achievement3. Doo Wop DennyBEST PLACE TO FIND A DATE1. On the MountainYou never know who you will meet cruising down the slopes at many of the localski resorts, so its no wonder that many in Summit County voted on the mountainas one of the best places to meet a potential suitor. Cold weather gear leavesmuch to the imagination, and that masked snowboarder ripping though the halfpipemay be a Harvard-educated stockbroker, you just never know.There is no where else that people go to more often than the slopes!2. Chair Lift3. Grocery StoreBEST ARTIST1. Ann T. WeaverHaving painted the mountain scenery and historic towns of the Colorado Rockiesfor many years, Ann Weavers original watercolor paintings can be found innumerous galleries throughout Summit County. Her paintings have appeared asbook and magazine covers, and she was even commissioned by theBreckenridge library to paint a mural on local history.1. Bonnie Norling-WakemanFor the past 15 years, Bonnie Norling-Wakeman has been painting murals inhomes and businesses throughout Summit and Eagle counties. Bonnie paintedthe back drop portrait murals for the Lutheran Synod conference in 2003, andwas even invited to hand some of her pieces at a peace conference in Italy in 2004.2. Connie Johnson3. Lana MaclearyBEST APRS SKI1. Mi CasaLooking for a place to wind down after a hard days play in the snow? Located atthe base of the ski area in Breckenridge, Mi Casa is a great place to stumble inoff the mountain. Popular due to the value and loyalty of their customers, thiscantina is always busy during happy hour, and along with great Mexican food, ithas become a locals favorite spot.The margaritas and tequila selection are both excellent2. Dillon Dam Brewery3. Moose JawBEST PLACE TO SEE A SHOW1. Dillon AmphitheaterThe Dillon Amphitheater a unique outdoor venue that really heats up in thesummer time. Free acts range from funk and old-school rock, to country andmellow jazz, and the tunes will have concert-goers of all ages dancing in theaisles. The nearby lake and surrounding mountain ranges also provide a scenicback drop that is pretty hard to beat.2. Riverwalk3. Speakeasy Movie TheatreBEST RADIO PERSONALITY1. Steve Burell KSMTSteve Burell is no stranger to our Best Of Summit list, and this year 102 peoplevoted him the best voice on the airwaves.Of course, everyone likes me, he said. Except for the criminally insanepeople.So we guess it just makes sense that he was voted the cream of the crop, youd really have to be insane not to.2. Tom Fricke3. D.C.BEST LIVE MUSIC/DANCING VENUE1. Snake River SaloonIn Summit County its easy to find great bars and restaurants, but Snake River Saloonoffers an evening in a league of its own. In combining dining, dancing and live music, the Snake River Saloon is a unique place where you can do everything under one roof. The owner and manager, Jim Shields, has booked live entertainment there on the weekends for the last 33 years and employees and customers alike remain proud of the quality of live entertainers, not to mention the great dance floor gets people up on their feet. The Saloon has always been a spot for the locals of Keystone and gets repeat business from people traveling to Summit County during the ski season.2. Sherpa & Yettis3. Cecilias

BEST STYLIST/BARBER1. James Rode, A Colour of Harmony Salon & SpaAfter spending 12 years working in construction, James Rode decided it wastime for a change. He took a cue from his wife Lisa, a licensed cosmetologist, andbecame an apprenticed hair stylist under her tutelage.It was a pretty big shift from cabinetry work, but I really enjoy working with myhands, James said. I love making my clients happy and leaving them looking good.James works with his wife at A Colour of Harmony Salon & Spa in Dillon, and last year the salon was voted Summit Countys best new business.BEST BARBER SHOP1. Gentlemens BarberThe Gentlemens Barber is an authentic, yet modern barbershopexperience. I have taken the best of the traditional barbershop (includingshaves) and have combined it with modern touches says owner, RyanCastline. This exclusively mens barber, was started in 2007 by Castline,who used to cut hair in college before coming back to it full-time a fewyears ago, provides a traditional service and reasonable prices.2. Breck Hair Company3. Ol Timer Barber ShopBEST PHOTOGRAPHER1. Mark FoxMark Fox has been shooting pictures in Summit County for more than adecade. After a two-year stint in Aspen, the Frisco resident rejoined the SummitDaily News in 2006 as its chief photographer, and has won dozens of awards for his work.2. Dave Pfau3. Todd PowellBEST RAFTING COMPANY1. Arkansas Valley AdventuresSlow week? How does rafting sound to put a little adventure back into your life?Nowhere does rafting like Arkansas Valley Adventures, based in Main St. Station,Breckenridge. Over 10 years in the business, this company is full of well trainedand knowledgeable staff who will ensure you get a truly exhilarating experience.It doesnt just have to be local rafting either- Arkansas Valley Adventures covers awide area including Clear Creek and Arkansas and, as part of the Global Descents company, it offers rafting opportunities all over the world.2. Performance Tours3. KodiBEST OPTOMETRIST1. Dr. Daniel GiovagnoliOptometrist Dr. G has been keepin it real at Eyes on Breckenridge since hestarted the practice back in 2001, and says the success of his business is largelydue to the experience of his friendly staff.We may be the most experienced eye care team in Colorado, Dr. G, who hasbeen practicing for over 18 years, said. Were one big team, and if mystaff wasnt any good people probably wouldnt like me either.2. Dr. Christena Ward3. Dr. BarryBEST DAY CARE1. Little Red School HouseWhat makes Little Red the best is the amazing teachers and the great familiesthat are part of the daycare center . At the schoolhouse kids come first and thatattitude makes them the best.Wonderful staff and sense of community- what living in a small town is all about - Sara Chapman2. Carriage House3. Lake Dillon PreschoolBEST BANK1. First BankSavvy customers stop by 1st Bank on Saturday mornings for the doughnuts,coffee and orange juice. Opened in 1963, its the largest Colorado-owned bank.With locations in Frisco, Silverthorne and Breckenridge, the Colorado bank foryou ranks top notch for taking everything into account, including communityevents support, affordable housing programs and loan and credit concerns.Easy communication and a local family-orientated business - Cammie Freed2. Wells Fargo3. Alpine BankBEST MORTGAGE COMPANY1. Wells FargoWells Fargo Home Mortgage is the nations No. 1 retail mortgage lender andservicer of home mortgages, according to Inside Mortgage Finance 2006 annualrankings. They serves the needs of Realtors with an industry exclusive closingguarantee, and offers builder and new construction programs that include longterminterest rate locks. Also, it is active with the Summit CountyHousing Authority and continues to serve the first-time homebuyer with conventional and government products.2. First Bank3. Mountain Resort MortgageBEST DOCTOR1. Dr. Randy Nations, High Country Health CareDr. Randy Nations grew up always wanting to be a doctor and, immediately afterfinishing his residency, he joined High Country Health Care in Breckenridge andhe isnt planning on leaving any time soon.I cant imagine being anywhere else, he said. I have the best staff and thebest patients, life is pretty good.I can think of patients I take care of from every continent all over the world, he said. Not many doctors can say that.2. Dr. Morano3. Dr. PJ, Craig PerrinjaquetBEST DENTIST1. Dr. John WarnerDr. John Warner is having quite the year. Not only was the doc named bestdentist in Summit County, he also earned top honors from Denver-basedmagazine 5280 as one of the top 100 dentists in the entire state of Colorado.John has been practicing dentistry for 27 years in Breckenridge, and his friendlydemeanor keeps patients coming back year after year.2. Dr. Nary3. Dr. Miles MillerBEST CHIROPRACTOR1. Dr. Ivo Waerlop, DillonDr. Ivo Waerlop truly believes in the healing power of chiropractics. Growing upwith asthma, Ivo turned to the help of a chiropractor after traditional medicineno longer helped. Ivo has been a practicing chiropractic doctor for 21 years,and currently co-owns Summit Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in Dillon. Ivo haspublished two books, several DVDs, and teaches at chiropractic colleges all overthe country. In addition to chiropractics, Summit Chiropractic & Rehabilitation specializes in gait analysis, acupuncture, and foot orthotics.2. Dr. Jeff B. Auth3. Dr. Steve HebertBEST MASSAGE THERAPIST1. Fiona Nolan, Serenity Day SpaFiona Nolan has been a practicing massage therapist for over 8 years, and hasbeen a mainstay at Serenity Day Spa in Keystone since they opened four yearsago. Fiona, a transplanted Londoner now living in Breckenridge, has alwaysbeen interested in alternative health practices, and developed an affinitytoward massage therapy early on.Its the one on one personal treatment that appealed to me, she said.Here at the spa we are very friendly and add personal touches which keeps clients coming back.2. Rayleen Geiger Barson3. Ann AronsonBEST VETERINARIAN1. Dr. Denisa CourtDr. Denisa Court has been a practicing veterinarian since 1998, and when shemoved to Summit County with her husband in 2001 she fell in love with themountain lifestyle. Denisa joined the Frisco Animal Hospital full time in 2003 andnow enjoys a healthy balance of work and play.I wanted to be a vet since I was 8-years old, Denisa said. I never wanted to be anything else.2. Dr. Mark Cowan3. Dr. Ed HastainBEST REAL ESTATE AGENT1. Kelli BennettAlthough she is a little shy to admit it, Kelli Bennett got into real estate because herfather thought she would be good at it, and it looks like he was right.The great thing about real estate is that every client and transaction is different,Kelli said.Kelli has been with ReMax in Breckenridge since 1997, and is very happy to callSummit County her permanent home.For me, this is it, she said. I couldnt imagine doing this job anywhere else.2. Andy Clapp3. Anne Marie OhlyBEST REAL ESTATE COMPANY1. RE/MAX Properties of the SummitRE/MAX Properties of the Summit has been serving the real estate needs forbuyers and sellers in Summit County for over 20 years, and have offices inBreckenridge, Frisco, Keystone and Silverthorne. The real estate firm has beenvoted best in Summit for many years due to the fact that they continue to put their clients first.2. Breckenridge Associates3. Omni Real EstateBEST SCHOOL TEACHER1. Heidi Avery, Summit Middle SchoolHeidi Avery has been teaching 8th grade math at Summit Middle School for over 10years. A graduate of Summit High School herself, Heidi knows that math isnt theeasiest subject and she goes out of her way to make sure that students are learningthe concepts and feel prepared when it comes time to enter the high school.The students really like and respect her, principal Mrs. Katz-Hesse said. Shedeeply cares about the success of her students, and she spends a lot of time working with them.2. Mrs. Linda Uhle3. Mrs. Dossett, Summit CoveBEST ELECTRICIAN1. All ElectricAll Electric understands whats truly important in their line of work, and that its a business of customer service. A lot of people dont recognize theyre in the service business, owner Bill Tinker said. They think theyre electricians. All Electric has been in business for 35 years in Summit County- a record that attests to its strength. Customer satisfaction is the only thing that keeps you in business. Bad news travels fast- to 1000 people- whereas good news barely travels next door. (Still), Ill go out of my way for customer service. Clearly, this attitude towards customer care is working as All Electric have been voted No. 1 for another year running.2. Triangle Electric3. Alpha Omega Electric Co.BEST CELLULAR SERVICE1. Avalanche CommunicationsKnown for their policy of taking care of customers and continually helping theirclients, this family owned Dillon business offers whatever youre looking forin cellular communication. Ranging from Verizon, Nextel and Sprint to VirginMobile and Helio the variety of cellular companies means that it wont be hardto find something that suits your needs. Whether you are looking for service foryour personal phone or business, Avalanche Communications can help you to find what you need.2. Summit Cellular3. Breckenridge WirelessBEST LANDSCAPER1. Summit Landscaping and Gardening CenterThis center brings plants from Minnesota and North Dakota to their customersSummit County in order to provide the best, long lasting plants. In business since1981, the staff is composed of friendly, hardworking, long-term employees whoare happy to help with any questions you have about landscaping. Whats more,if there are any problems, Summit Landscaping and Gardening Center are very fair about replacing plants.2. Neils Lunceford3. Alpine GardensBEST CARPET CLEANER1. A Kinder CarpetA Kinder Carpet is the biggest and best water damage restoration companyin Summit County. It doles out the best quality cleaning at a kinder price, andhas since 1991. It offers carpet cleaning and repair, upholstery cleaning, waterdamage and fire restoration, tile and grout cleaning and pet odor treatment,all from experienced and professional staff. They work on both residential and commercial properties.2. High Country Cleaner3. Mountain PrideBEST COMPUTER SERVICE1. Rocky Mountain Computer CableIf you are looking for a computer company that will always get the job done andstrives to make computers work for the needs of each individual client, then RockyMountain Computer & Cable in downtown Frisco is the place to go. Workingwith PC, Mac and many specialized networks, it is clear that computing expertiseare not in short supply. Combined with their high level of customer support it isno wonder that Rocky Mountain Computer & Cable have been voted the best in Summit County. We pride ourselves on being computer gurus2. Computer Troubleshooters3. Andersons Up & RunningBEST PLUMBING1. Mid CountyMid County has been serving home owners in Summit County since 1989,and with a loyal customer following it is safe to say the business will continueto thrive for years to come. Located in Silverthorne, Mid County specializesin plumbing and heating, and with some 20 employees, help is just a quick phone call away.2. Wieronski3. Dillon PlumbingBEST DAY SPA1. Serenity Spa & SalonFor as long as Serenity Spa & Salon has been open (a little more than 4 years), it has swept the Best Of categories for spa and salon treatments. Located in Keystone, the spa is the only one in the county to use Aveda products, know for their high quality, environmentally friendly, natural ingredients. Just as Aveda has set the bar for excellence, so too has Serenity for their customer care. The spa provides a modern and sophisticated atmosphere, and entering the treatment area- complete with a fireside relaxation room- makes you feel like youre walking into a sanctuary.2. Blue Sage3. A Colour of HarmonyBEST HAIR SALON1. Serenity Spa and SalonSerenity Spa & Salon has captured the Best of Summit Salon category for fouryears running. Its staff truly believes in its motto of experience the differenceand follows it from the moment clients walk in to the door. The spa specializesin Aveda products, which caters to any hair type, making it suitable for everyone.Moreover, the spa supports the local community through charity days, giving back to Summit County.2. A Colour of Harmony3. Southern ExposureBEST CAR MECHANIC1. Steve Marsh, High Country Auto repairHe looks like Sting! Aside from his rock-star looks, Steve Marsh of HighCountry Auto Repair has a great reputation in car mechanics to go with his name.He is an ASE Master Technician, who will trace any problem to its source, tacklingit with a fair and honest attitude in relation to the customers. He takes his timeto get it right first time.2. Tim Powers @ High Country3. Jim NeaveBEST BIKE MECHANIC1. Kris Carlsted, Colorado FreerideKris has been doing a little bit of everything since he started working atColorado Freeride over 9 years ago, but his talents as a bike mechanic arewhat makes him stand out to customers who stroll in looking for a repair.Im a mechanically minded guy and I like tinkering on stuff, Kris said.Ive been working on my own bikes for years, so when I moved toSummit County to be a ski bum it seemed like a good fit.2. John Brubaker @ WildernessSports3. Gary Lunsky the Bike DoctorBEST CUSTOMER SERVICE1. Eyes on BreckenridgeThe very personalized service here is emphasized by the extra time the stafftake in order to build a relationship with their patient. Eyes on Breckenridge, which has been in business for 7 years, has a very friendly attitude, focussed on listening to their customers. Although locals may know it better, the office also welcomespatients from outside the county.2. Serenity Spa3. Complete Family Eye CareBEST MANICURIST1. Kim Pytel, Southern Exposure Tanning & Nail SalonKim Pytel came to Summit County almost a decade ago as a semi-retired volunteer ski patroller, but all that changed when she began working the receptiondesk at Southern Exposure Tanning & Nail Salon in Dillon. Kim enjoys a solid client base at the salon, and says the variety of clients keeps the job interesting.2. Wendy Snapp3. Heather La RueBEST LAWYER1. Todd BarsonTodd Barson came to Summit County to be a ski bum, but when his law practice began to take off he found he was spending more time behind thedesk than on the mountain. Todd deals mainly with criminal and personal injury cases and is currently the acting Blue River municipal court judge. I enjoy helping people, he said. So working in Summit County is great because I mostly deal withgood people who just need a little help and guidance.2. Jeff Ryan3. Mark Thompson

BEST GARDEN SUPPLY1. Alpine GardenJon Harrington and his wife Sherie Sobke have been running Alpine Gardensfor over 25 years, and the long-time owners pride themselves on providing thehighest quality plants from growers on the front range. Another feature that setsthis garden supply store apart is its living roof which is adorned with pansiesand Icelandic poppies.We always get people stopping by and taking pictures, Jon said.We cant really blame them either, the twig sculpture perched atop the garden roof is pretty hard to ignore.2. Neils Lunceford3. Summit LandscapingBEST MENS WEAR1. GoodsGoods is the only mens fashion store in Breckenridge, and from A Kurtzto Robert Graham, Goods stocks it all. Store buyers stay on top of thetrends, so men can find an outfit for pretty much any occasion. The storecaters to everyone- from kids to grandpas- and the wide price range caters to a variety of budgets.2. Wilderness Sports3. J. HenrysBEST WOMENS WEAR1. Rivers Clothing Co.Womens fashion for locals centers around casual comfortable clothing, andRivers Clothing Co. have succeeded in focusing on that market. Catered towardslocal clientele with functional clothes for everyday needs, it is no wonder thatthis Frisco Main Street store has become the favorite in Summit County. Inaddition to the popular stock, this 5 year old business has a fun and friendly shopping environment.2. Goods3. Big City BluesBEST JEWELRY1. KristinasFor excellent quality jewelry Kristinas on Main Street in Breckenridge sparklesabove the rest. The aspect that makes this store different from other jewelryretailers is that it is run by goldsmiths, meaning all of the employees are veryknowledgeable about the materials used. Add the fact that the business will havebeen running for 20 years this November and Kristinas has to be considered theplace to go for advice on jewelry and the purchase of that next item. Thanks toJason and Corey for helping to make Kristinas the Best Jewelry Store2. Summit Gold3. Two Wild SistersBEST PLACE TO PURCHASE A VEHICLE1. Vista Auto GroupVista Auto is a family-owned group of dealerships located in Silverthorne andGlenwood Springs. Silverthornes dealership specializes in Subaru, Jeep, Chryslerand Dodge brands, but what sets this dealership apart is its unmatched dedicationto an exceptional customer experience. The group is also highly involved in thecommunity, sponsoring the Great Duck Race and using money from purchasesto fund educational programs. Vista is constantly seeking new ways tocreate customers for life and now, not only is there a Vista Auto in town,but their website also makes it easy to check out cars and deals online.2. Jim Hudson Chevrolet3. Summit FordBEST PLACE TO PURCHASE FURNITURE1. Mountain Comfort FurnishingsVoted Best of Summit for years thanks to their experienced interior designersand custom pieces of furniture, Mountain Comfort lives up to its name of cozygoods. Locals have been buying furniture here for about 25 years to add thatextra bit of style to their mountain homes. The type of furniture they stock isperfect for mountain homes, as they offer Western and log-style designs that willaccentuate the ambiance of any room.2. Kaceys Fine Furniture3. Brooks FurnitureBEST OFFICE SUPPLY1. Office MaxBigger is apparently better when it comes to office supply stores, because OfficeMax keeps rising to the top of the pile in our Best of Summit contest. From postitsto computers and office furniture, the big store is still the best place to get agood deal on business and school supplies. Some locals have even scored nearlyfree recordable CDs after rebates and teachers get a break on school supplies.2. Balance Sheet3. TargetBEST BIKE SHOP1. Mountain Sports OutletMountain Sports Outlet has to be considered the Best Bike Shop due tothe sheer enthusiasm each employee has for cycling. Whats more, theyshow their passion without pressuring customers into purchasing items,realizing that clients may just be in the shop to look around. In doing so,they create customers for life. The outlet has been running for 10 yearsand can be found next to Arbys in Silverthorne.2. Wilderness Sports3. Colorado Free RideBEST CAR REPAIR1. High Country Auto RepairWe treat customers how we would like to be treated. This locally owned andoperated company is run by a husband and wife team in Frisco. Kerri and SteveMarsh have owned the company since 1998 and have made High Country AutoRepair a favorite because of their dedication to cater to their clients, takinginto account their customers wants and needs, and then delivering.They have a straightforward, honest approach to doing business andare fair with their pricing.1. Mikes Mtn. MotorsMikes Mountain Motors in Frisco has been servicing vehicles in SummitCounty for 26 years, and current owner Jim Neave says that experiencedmechanics help create repeat customer.2. Airport Road Auto3. Breckenridge AutoBEST SPORTING GOODS1. Wilderness SportsOne of the big things that sets Wilderness Sports apart from the othersis not only its customer service, and the passion employees have for thegear they sell. Everybody who works here- were all involved in what wesell self-proclaimed shop monkey Drew Gibson said. Were passionateabout being up on the rock, skiing or being in the woods, and a lotcomes across with how were passionate.2. Sports Authority3. Mountain OutfittersBEST SHOE STORE1. GoodsGoods has the largest selection of shoes, from Crocs to Uggs. The shoedepartment is the busiest department in the whole store, but that doesnt keepthe knowledgeable staff from providing excellent service. The store has helpedlocals step out in style for more than 30 years.2. Wilderness Sports3. Nine West OutletBEST TOY STORE1. Peak-A-BooPeak-A-Boo, we see you- netted 215 votes to be named the top toy store in SummitCounty. The Breckenridge store sprung out of its jack-in-the-box about five yearsago, and since then, its selection of stuffed animals, puzzles, outdoor toys, artsupplies and games for both children and adults has made it the No. 1 place toplay. Though its easy to get overwhelmed in the store, sales representative LeeLockwood said friendly employees are right there to help you out. Its like goingto the most friendly, best-stocked playground in town. Thats our kind of place.2. Stork & Bear3. TargetBEST FLORIST1. Little Flower ShopAlthough it may be called The Little Flower Shop, there is nothing small about itssuccess: This florist is constantly busy. The current owner has had the shop forthe last four years, but history of the building does back even further- in fact, itwas one of the first businesses in Dillon. The employees are often told that thequality is excellent, and the flowers last for a long time, an aspect which makesthe clients extremely loyal.2. Bloom Florists3. Petal & BeanBEST GIFT SHOP1. High AltitudeTheres lots of stuff in there. For more than a decade, High Altitude has cometo the rescue of many a bachelor and bachelorette party. If its quirky and fun,chances are High Altitude has it. It carries items from all over the world, fromtame trinkets like candles, incense, tie-dyes and stickers to jewelry and afew unmentionables.2. Milagros3. Space CowboyBEST ARTS & CRAFTS1. Cross Country CraftsCross Country Crafts has been offering a wide selection of home gifts and scrapbooking materials for over 24 years, and owner Heather Willit says its the repeatcustomers that makes her business unique.Its been an amazing 24 years, Heather said. Ive always loved doing crafts andrunning the business has been a great experience.Heather says she never even told people to vote when she found out herbusiness was up for Best Of Summit, but 227 craft enthusiast went out oftheir way to make sure her business was voted the best of the best.2. Balance Sheet3. Wal-MartBEST BOOKSTORE1. BordersIts every bibliophiles dream: Aisles and aisles of books, magazines and CDs, plus a Seattles Best coffee shop. With a vast supply of books and a enough caffeine to keep your eyes open, Borders is the place to bury yourself in a story. It has nearly every genre you can think of, and if you cant find it on the shelves, employees can order it. From magazines to music you can sample, this store makes you hope for a rainy day, so you can curl up with a great read.2. Hamlets3. The Next PageBEST INTERIOR DESIGNER1. Alpen Haus DesignKarla Lowery Balzer is a certified interior decorator with a special eye forremodeling mountain homes. She has done excellent work on the selectionof all the interior finish work, furniture, wall and floor coverings and appliancesin our homes, client Jenny Elma said. We trust Karla to design and managecomfortable high quality projects.2. Kim Fancher Design3. Finley, Jones and HarrisBEST HEALTH CLUB1. Breckenridge Rec. CenterSince 1991, locals and visitors alike have flocked to the Breckenridge Rec Center.More than just your typical gym, the Rec Center boasts lap pools, weightmachines, rock climbing walls, a skateboard park and an indoor water slide. With69,000 square feet of enclosed facilities there is no shortage of activities for thewhole family to enjoy.2. Silverthorne Rec. Center3. Elevation FitnessBEST HARDWARE1. Bighorn Ace and Bighorn Materials Inc.Its clear that locals know Bighorn as the place to shop for hardware needs, as thisstore has been voted Best Hardware and Building Supply for another year running.With their main store in Silverthorne, Bighorn has expanded to incorporate twopaint stores, Smith and Hawken, Bighorn Interiors and EcOasis. Bighorn has beenexceeding customers expectations for years and whether youre trying to finally finish that weekend project (which somehow seemed to have lasted quite a few weekends) or youre a contractor looking for the best prices and supplies, Bighorn has become the preferred store in Summit County.2. Breck Building Center3. Sanders True ValueBEST COPY STORE1. CopyCopyIts redundant, we know; CopyCopy in Frisco has won the Best Copy Store everyyear since 2003. The friendly folks at the store will help you with your businesscards, brochures- even architectural plans. Copy that.2. Laser Graphics3. KinkosBEST DOG KENNEL1. The Dog DenThe Dog Den in Dillon is a haven for Summit County canines who dont likebeing left in a cage when their owners head out of town. In addition to being acage-free doggy day care, The Dog Den offers training and grooming facilitieswith an experience staff who are always looking forward to meeting newfury friends.2. DNR Kennel3. The Dog HouseBEST FLOORING STORE1. All Flooring DesignAll Flooring Design offers the highest quality and widest selection for flooring in thecounty, distributed with honest, reliable customer service. Their policy is, we arehere to meet and exceed our customers needs, which illustrates their dedication toproviding their clients with the best care. All flooring design, as the name suggests, can cover all of your flooring desires: unique hardwoods, laminates, ceramic and porcelain tiles, natural stones, vinyl and custom area rugs. They remain on the cutting edge with their latest styles and stay in close contact with their vendors in order to ensure complete satisfaction for their clients.2. Between the Peaks Floorin3. CapcoBEST LODGING1. Hotel FriscoOnce again, Hotel Frisco has been voted best lodging in Summit County. Locatedright on Friscos historic Main St., Hotel Frisco provides the finest amenitiesfor those looking to explore the Rocky Mountains. The hotel also offers a freeshuttle service which is perfect for getting to all areas of the county including skiresorts, lakes, hiking and biking trails.2. Copper Mountain3. Keystone LodgeBEST PET SUPPLY1. The BarnyardWhether its for your dog, cat, hamster or any other animal you might be keepingat home, The Barnyard will have whatever you need. Based in Frisco, they have avery wide selection of pet supplies with friendly and helpful service.2. Paws and Claws3. Elk Mtn. Trading CompanyBEST LIQUOR STORE1. Dillon Ridge LiquorsWe can sum this business up in just three words: Selection, price and service.Thats really why locals love Dillon Ridge Liquors. It has the largest wine andbeer selection in the county, as well as some of the best prices. Combined withfriendly employees, it makes Dillon Ridge a multi-year Best of Summit winner.2. Antlers Discount Liquor3. City LiquorsBEST SKI/SNOWBOARD SHOP1. Colorado FreerideThe employees of Colorado Freeride work with the simple aim of providing thebest products and the best service. Their knowledgeable staff can help withany queries you may have in purchasing ski or snowboard items and make surethat you get the best product to suit you. Formerly know as A Racers Edge, thisBreckenridge based company has been running since 1972.2. Mountain Sports Outlet3. Virgin Island Ski RentalsBEST NEW BUSINESS1. DVine WineDVine Wine is quickly asserting itself as one of the most unique business inSummit County. Here customers can make their own batch of customized wine,complete with person labels that print in just ten minutes. Located next to theSilverthorne Pavilion, DVine Wine offers daily wine tastings and live acousticmusic every Friday night.2. Himalayan Cuisine3. Malbec

BEST BREAKFAST1. Mountain Lyon CafeBased in Silverthorne for the last 15 years, Mountain Lyon Cafe became a favoritedue to the very quick service and home-made food. All of the dishes are servedin large portions, which is a great way to start the day if you plan to tackle theoutlets shops or the mountain. The amount of regulars that flood the cafe everymorning is a true testament to the variety of the menu.2. Sunshine Cafe3. Columbine CafeBEST BRUNCH1. Butterhorn BakeryFor a great tasting, fast, healthy brunch, there is nowhere better than theButterhorn. The quality of food is always consistent, as the current owner hasemployed the same staff for 5 years. The extensive menu including sandwicheson special home-made breads, like multi-grain and jalapeo cheddar baguettes,wraps, soups and bakery treats, which can be eaten in or taken to go.Service is always great and the food is fabulous- Jolene Lehman2. Boatyard3. SpencersBEST BAR1. Tiki BarThe Tiki Bar at the Dillon Marina has been a locals favorite for years, and its nottoo hard to figure out why. I mean how often do you find Tiki Bars in the RockyMountains? Voters continually said the panoramic views are what makes this barthe best. The terrace restaurant also has a great lunch menu and the potent rumdrinks will make you feel like youre on an exotic island vacation.2. Moose Jaw3. Dillon Dam BreweryBEST LUNCH1. Jersey BoysServing light dishes like salads and their Papa Tonys Tomato Alfredo, along withfull meals including pizzas, pastas and hugh hot sandwiches, whatever youre inthe mood for can be found at Jersey Boys. Plus, they can deliver at lunchtime, soyou can great excellent fresh food straight to your door.Great food and service - Robin Albert2. Mi Zuppa3. JJ Chinese CuisineBEST BLOODY MARY1. Dillon Dam BreweryLast years runner up has officially moved to the No. 1 spot to sip a Bloody Mary. The pub also has a large menu, including organic food which is bought locally too. Served with a small beer chaser on the side, the zip in this bad boy will definitely wake you up in the morning.2. Boatyard3. Kenosha SteakhouseBEST BAKERY1. Butterhorn BakeryThe bakers at Butterhorn here continually strive for excellence and are determined to always produce the best. Stroll into the store, conveniently locatedright off Main Street in Frisco, and youll find a variety of treats, baked fresh every day. The cafe offers huge cinnamon rolls, soft cookies, chocolate clairs, brownies, soups and sandwiches to name a few.2. Blue Moon Bakery3. ClintsBEST BARTENDER1. Darryl, South Ridge SeafoodDarryl has been behind the bar at South Ridge Seafood is Breckenridge for over eight years, and the New Jersey transplant says he couldnt ask for abetter job. Its a spoiled life, and its great to work at a placewhere we see a lot of locals, Darryl said. Darryl impresses both visitors and tourists alike with his skills as a mixologist, and two years ago a barpatron surprised him with a $5,000 tip. It has kind of become an urban legend around here, Darryl said. I went out an bought a snowmobile right away.2. Mike Anderson, Pug Ryans3. Jimmy Jacox, Moose JawBEST BREW PUB1. Dillon Dam BreweryGet your own dam beer- because its so good, according to 276 of our voters.Dillon Dam Brewery has a huge range of beers from light to stout and keepstheir prices average so its affordable for everyone. There may be a wait, as theplace is so popular, but it is worth it and in the meanwhile you can check outthe birds eye view of the brewery process from the second floor. The consistency of beer and food keeps people coming back (that and the fact that the bar has wi-fi and the T-shirt slogans are so cool that we ripped it off to write our first sentence). Its quite probable that you will find the brewmasters sitting at the bar, ready to tell all and as they put it, Its just the love and care that goes into our beer thatmakes it so great.2. Breckenridge Brewery3. Burke & Rileys Irish Pub3. Pug RyansBEST DESSERT1. Blue Moon BakeryFresh fruit tarts, chocolate mousse torte, bread pudding and cream pies are allmade from scratch in this family-owned bakery. This locals spot has even earnedthe bragging rights for winning Best Desert every year since it opened, four yearsago. With their breakfast and lunch menu of muffins, scones, croissants and hotsandwiches, mainly geared to go, its a perfect place to grab some tastyfresh-baked food. Plus, the bakery specializes in cakes which you cancustom order for special occasions.2. The Crown3. Cafe AlpineBEST SANDWICH1. Jersey BoysCraig Sikorsky import his bread from Jersey, then sandwich in top-quality meats,including Boars Head cold cuts. He has been in Dillon for almost 4 years, but hehasnt lost any of his taste for the good old days of Jersey- he serves it up freshand daily. Sandwiches are available in half or whole sizes in a variety of breads.2. The Smiling Moose3. DuggansBEST HEALTH FOOD1. Vitamin CottageVitamin Cottage started as a company in the 1950s but unfortunately it didntreach Dillon until a year and a half ago. Now that patrons have it in SummitCounty though, it seems to have gone straight to the top of the list. As a smallfamily-owned business focussed on customer service, this is a great place to gofor all your health food needs.2. Alpine Market3. Amazing GraceBEST SUSHI1. Mountain Flying FishMountain Flying Fish has deservedly won Best Sushi for another year. This MainSt. Breckenridge company offers some of the finest sushi set in a comfortableenvironment. The experienced owner, Tetsuo Shimoda worked as a sushi chefin Japan and New York city for 24 years before coming to Summit County. Its thefreshest fish and the best customer service.2. Nozawas3. WasabisBEST STEAK1. Steak and RibSteak and Rib in Breckenridge has been voted Best Steak in Summit County since 2000 andis considered by locals and guests alike as one of the towns finest dining establishments. The restaurant has perfected the art of cooking a steak to everyones tastes and is famous for their ribs but if you want something a little different there is plenty more to choose from: why not try the Crab Stuffed Fillet Mignon, Chipotle shrimp, Trout Macadamia or Escargots? Couple that with some top-notch bartenders, ready to serve you a mud-slide or pour you a glass of wine and a huge deck, filled with flowers in the summer and its easy to understand why the people of Summit County like to dine here.2. Pug Ryans3. Farleys ChophouseBEST COFFEE HOUSE1. Abbeys CoffeeIts locally owned, offers free wireless and has great coffee and teas to satisfyeven the most specific of tastes. Also, Abbeys is located right on Main Street inFrisco so its easy to pop in for a quick break. More importantly, it has a temptingselection of ice cream and baked treats to keep you happy when youre not in themood for coffee.2. Clints3. Steaming BeanBEST MARTINIS1. Blue River BistroThe Blue River Bistro, on Main Street in Breckenridge, has kept Summit Countyon the cutting edge of cocktails, specializing in mixing fresh ingredients in veryfresh ways. Elderflower-Pear Martini anyone? For a truly stirring experience, sipyour drink as you tap your feet to the live jazz.2. Cecilias3. Blue Spruce InnBEST MARGARITA1. Hacienda RealAlso voted the Best Mexican Restaurant, Hacienda Real serves great margaritas athappy hour. They have 15 flavors of margarita and for good pretty prices between3-6 p.m. daily. With top quality food, its not unusual to let happy hour run intodinner when you are out on their deck in Frisco.2. Mi Casa3. Fiesta JaliscoBEST CATERER1. HearthstoneHearthstone Restaurant and Caterings staff and entrees are what set it apart.Whether its goats cheese lollipops, bacon wrapped scallops, unique wraps orgourmet boxed lunches, Hearthstone continues to update its menu so its repeatbusiness is always satisfied. And the staff all has a lot of fun; its a great team thatworks really hard, said Jen Cawley, managing partner of Hearthstone.2. Gilchrist3. Arapahoe CafeBEST ASIAN RESTAURANT1. Bamboo GardenBamboo Garden offers the perfect mix of quality food and a comfortableatmosphere. Situated in Silverthorne for 11 years, this restaurant remains popularas a result of their good service and friendly ambiance. With picturesque views ofBuffalo Mountain, Bamboo Gardens seamlessly intertwines both East andWest cuisine.2. My Thai3. China GourmetBEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT1. Jersey BoysVoted Best Pizza again as well, Jersey Boys is a clear winner for the Best ItalianRestaurant category. With house favorites like Ravioli Marinara, EggplantRollentini, Fettucine Alfredo and sides such as the Stuffed Cherry Peppers andBruschetta, you cant go wrong with a meal here. Take into account that JerseyBoys serves some uniquely delicious pizzas as well, and theres just no need tojustify why this place is the best.2. Tuscatos3. GiampietrosBEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT1. Hacienda RealWith 248 votes, Hacienda Real has won best Mexican restaurant yet again.This Frisco restaurant calls itself the finest in authentic Mexican cuisine and itseems that locals cant help but agree. The restaurant offers great lunch specialsfor relatively low prices and popular meals include their supreme burrito,fajitas and seafood dishes.2. Fiesta Jalisco3. Mi CasaBEST RESTAURANT IN SUMMIT1. HearthstoneWith Best Breckenridge Restaurant, Best Caterer and Best Restaurant Service totheir name in this year alone, Hearthstone Casual Dining and Catering deservesto win the overall Best Summit Restaurant. Their appetizers always leave youwanting more, and the superb quality of their entrees is enough to make youcome back again and again. Moreover, their delicious desserts such as the richchocolate mousse and crme brle fall short by no account. All of this set in aquaint, Victorian environment with a relaxing atmosphere. The Hearthstone hasalso been awarded the Wine Spectacular Award of Excellence since 1997 and theZugat Survey of Recognition since 1999.2. Ski Tip Lodge3. Dillon Dam BreweryBEST COPPER RESTAURANT1. JJs Rocky Mountain TavernThree things are important to JJs tavern: Great food, great service and areasonable price. From the salmon and New York fillet dinners to ham andcheese sandwiches and pizza for lunch, JJs delivers the best Copper experience.During the ski season, Moe Dixon- who has been performing at Copper forabout 25 years- draws guests and local groupies in with his aprs skicover songs and sing-alongs.2. Endos Adrenaline Cafe3. InclineBEST DILLON RESTAURANT1. Jersey BoysThe food is great and the people are nice. What more could you want from arestaurant? Well, it doesnt matter what youre looking for- this place seems todo it all. From pizzas and calzones to pastas and sandwiches to cheesesteaks andsalads, everyone can find something to order (or more likely, wish that they couldmanage 10 meals!) With great service and happy hour specials too, Jersey Boys isdefinitely worth a visit.2. Arapahoe Cafe3. Pug RyansBEST FRISCO RESTAURANT1. The Boatyard Pizzeria and GrillCreative combinations and a fabulous deck sums up why The Boatyard has beenvoted Best Frisco Restaurant yet again. The variety of food is enormous, ranging from shrimp cocktail and sesame crusted salmon to home-made lasagna, French onion soup and a selection of pizzas. With this amount of choice, you can come in every day of the week and always order something different. The large portions make this restaurant good value for your money and, with local workers serving local clients, there is a strong sense of community as soon as you walk through the door.2. Blue Spruce Inn3. Food Hedz World CafeBEST KEYSTONE RESTAURANT1. Ski Tip LodgeThis restaurant was started by Max and Edna Dercum, founders of ArapahoeBasin Ski Area. Now a bed and breakfast, it was operated as a ski lodge from thelate 1940s and was the first official ski lodge in Colorado. The Lodge now offersa four-course meal, with desserts eaten by the fireplace in their cozy living roomor lounge. Chef Brian Baker, a graduate from Colorado Mountain College, keepsproducing great food and this restaurant has a fantastic ambiance its no wonderSki Tip Lodge was also voted this years Best Romantic Date.2. Keystone Ranch3. Snake River SaloonBEST BRECKENRIDGE RESTAURANT1. HearthstoneIf youre looking for a quaint, Victorian restaurant away from the hustle andbustle of Main Street, step into Hearthstone Casual Dining and Catering. Themulti-level restaurant offers a cosy, rustic atmosphere. Locals and visitors alikehave come to rely on the restaurant for consistently succulent hand-cut steaks,seafood favorites and the supreme service that comes with everything.2. Cafe Alpine3. South Ridge SeafoodBEST RESTAURANT SERVICE1. HearthstoneAt the Hearthstone in Breckenridge, the employees of the restaurant takecare in everything they do: be it cooking your food to perfection, serving yournext course or pouring your wine. The waiters are always attentive and workefficiently.2. Cafe Alpine3. Ski Tip LodgeBEST BURGER1. Empire BurgerAlthough the restaurant has only been open for two and a halfyears, Empire Burger has become an instant favorite. The quality andconsistency of the burgers repeatedly leave their customers satisfied andwanting to go back for more the very next day.2. Moose Jaw3. Dillon Dam BreweryBEST PIZZA1. Jersey BoysNever mind about Chicago-style pizza: the boys from Jersey know how to get itdone. Owners Craig and Russ Sikorsky have only been in Dillon for about 4 years,but they bring generations of traditional Italian cooking to the mountains. Itsyour home-style, back-East style cooking, Craig Sikorsky said. And it includesspeciality pizzas like Shrimp Parmesan, Penne Vodka and Away from the Norm,which is just the way their mom Norma makes it, prepared in a square pan withthe cheese under the sauce and topped with fresh basil leaves.2. Fattys Pizza3. GiampietrosBEST SILVERTHORNE RESTAURANT1. Mountain Lyon CafeBased in Silverthorne for the last 15 years, Mountain Lyon Cafe became a favoritedue to their friendly service and delicious home-made food. All of the dishes areserved in large portions, with a smile. The amount of regulars that this cafe reallyattests to the variety on the menu.2. Sunshine Cafe3. JJ Chinese Cuisine


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