Peggy Brown credits her husband Doug’s post-30s perils for her vacation home in Breckenridge.”I call it a wonderful midlife crisis. Other men get younger women and fancy cars, but we got a house in Breckenridge!”All joking aside, Peggy spoke fondly of Summit County, and Breckenridge in particular, which has been a vacation destination for the family for nearly two decades. After renting for years, they decided to invest in a condominium in Trapper Village.”We owned that condo for eight years. I absolutely loved the place,” said Peggy.But, about two years ago, the Browns decided they needed something that would suffice as they grew older, so they sold their cherished condo and upgraded to a duplex on Timber Hill Drive.
“It’s considerably larger, our children have gotten older, and we have different needs now. We’re planning on retiring there.”Why did you choose Breckenridge?”At the time we decided to buy, we had one child in high school and one in college, and we knew they would want to go party in a town, this way they wouldn’t be driving from say, Keystone to Breckenridge.”We love the skiing and love to hike. I don’t think Breck has the best of both of those, but it has a great combination of hiking, skiing and town life. It had all the components that interested us.”How did you discover Summit County?
The Browns first discovered Summit County when they were living in Denver about 20 years ago. They ended up moving to Houston and eventually back home to Pennsylvania, but have never stopped making frequent trips to Colorado.What are your favorite activities?”In the wintertime, we like to ski and snowshoe. We also like to loll around, read books and drink wine.”Peg said the summertime is reserved for fishing and hiking, as all the guys are fly-fishermen. A good fisherman never reveals the best spots, but Doug did say he enjoys the Blue River and the rivers near South Park.Peg said her favorite places to hike are Crystal Lakes and the maze of trails in the Wildernest area.
How many times a year do you visit?”We visit more than we did when we had the condo because the place is bigger and it feels more like home. I would say somebody in our family comes out every six weeks.”Peg said she was in Breckenridge twice during the summer and again at the end of October when she got a head start on Christmas decorations.What’s your favorite season?”I would have to say summer. Winter is wonderful, but people always say they move to Colorado for the winter and stay for the summer. I really enjoy skiing, but I’m not as young as I used to be!”- Nicole Formosa
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