5 ways to experience Dillon this summer (sponsored)
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices in Dillon — that’s if you can take your eyes off the beautiful views for long enough to think about planning your daily itinerary.
Fortunately, there aren’t any bad options. Whatever you choose to do this summer, it’s sure to be filled with adventure, fun, smiles, mountain culture and scenery.
While many of the outdoor recreation options are obvious — you could spend a week on nearby hiking and biking trails alone — we’re here to let you know about some other exciting things to do outside this summer in Dillon. Here are five of our favorites.
The marquis location for summer concerts in the High Country is back with the new and improved Dillon Amphitheatre. Don’t worry, though — the new design made sure to maintain views of Dillon’s beautiful mountain surroundings while also creating a world-class facility for more diverse programming, said Kerstin Anderson, the town of Dillon’s director of marketing and communications.
“The Dillon Amphitheater will truly be one of the best outdoor venues in the nation with a facility to match our million dollar views,” Anderson said.
With room to dance and plenty of spots for amazing views and free music, the Amphitheatre now also boasts the ability to draw more well-known acts for a reasonable price.
This year, a partnership with the Colorado Symphony will bring the performance “Wicked Divas” to the Amphitheatre on July 29. This performance takes the stage with its diva showstoppers from the world of Broadway, opera and pop, highlighted by selections from the Tony Award-winning musical “Wicked.”
Tickets for this event — conducted by Christopher Dragon and featuring vocalists Alli Mauzey and Nicole Parker — are $45 for adults and $15 for children 15 and under. Seating is general admission. Visit http://www.townofdillon.com or wikeddivasindillon.eventbrite.com for tickets or more information.
“We are thrilled to bring in partners such as the Colorado Symphony in order to wow our patrons with an elevated caliber of programming in addition to the beauty of our outdoor venue,” Anderson said.
Dillon Farmers Market
With a setting that includes Dillon Reservoir and the Dillon Amphitheatre as neighbors, the Dillon Farmers Market is just as good a destination for scenery as it is for great food and smiling faces.
From shellfish to organic pies to local cheeses to wild game meats — and that’s just some of the food offerings — the market’s variety is one-of-a-kind.
Held on Fridays, the Dillon Farmers Market is a great way to kick off the weekend, said Matt Lope, manager of the Dillon Farmers Market.
“Start the morning with yoga at Point Dillon from 9 to 10 a.m. Music starts up after at 10:30 a.m. Kids games and adult games will also be happening the entire day. There’s always lots of sunshine to charge those smiling faces walking up and down Lodgepole finding things for lunch, dinner, items for the house, a gift, catching up with friends or making new friends. Maybe you are just stopping in from the bike ride off the rec path — enjoy lunch and music at one of the picnic tables or just relax in one of the Adirondack chairs and work on that tan.”
New to Dillon in 2018 is Leslie’s Garden, the town’s first community garden. Lope said the idea started with the town’s Healthy Eating Active Living Cities Campaign — an effort to get everyone in Dillon to make healthier daily choices. Lope notes that most people already do, but the idea of a community garden sprouted from the initiative.
“We have 22 boxes and all of them are sold out,” Lope said. “We started this and we’re handing it over to the community to run it, and people are just super excited about it.”
The garden is located on the corner of Lake Dillon Drive and Tenderfoot Street, behind the firehouse, in Dillon. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for July 5 at 6 p.m.
The Dillon Marina
For water lovers in landlocked Colorado, the Dillon Marina is pure heaven. Boat rentals include family-friendly pontoons and runabouts, as well as sailboats. For those either less experienced on the water or who prefer to go along for a boat ride rather than captain it, there are plenty of options from sailing school to sailboat tours to pontoon tours — such as Women and Wine on the Water and historical boat tours. Kick back and enjoy the scenery while someone else drives the boat.
For anyone who’d like to incorporate a little more physical activity into a day on the water, stand-up paddleboards and kayaks are available to rent at the marina through Stand Up Paddle Colorado (standuppaddlecolorado.com). Fishing charters are also available through Big Ed’s Fishing (bigedsfishing.com).
Shannon Jakoby, marina manager at the Dillon Marina, said it’s wise to come prepared for a day on the lake. This means packing snacks, water, sunscreen and layers of clothing for all weather conditions.
“Lake Dillon has breathtaking 360-degree mountains views. It’s such a peaceful place to spend time with friends and loved ones. However, weather can come in quickly so people should prepare for anything,” she said. “We do also have sweatshirts, rain jackets and other gear in the marina store if needed.”
Pug Ryan’s Tiki Bar
This waterside gem is the perfect place to unwind from a day out on the water or up in the hills. With beautiful, uninterrupted views of Lake Dillon and surrounding mountains, Pug Ryan’s Tiki Bar is the place to grab an afternoon snack or cocktail while taking in the views next to the Dillon Marina.
Fresh craft beers from Pug Ryan’s Brewing Company just up the hill are available at this laid-back, friendly spot where mountain and island lifestyles collide.
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