Summit Sometimes: John and Penny Albertine
When Penny Albertine retired from the Department of Defense last year after nearly 37 years of service, she and her husband, John, who had already retired, suddenly had a lot of free time on their hands.They had spent a week during the previous winter slopeside in Breckenridge and decided a bigger chunk of time in the mountains would suit them well.”I told John, ‘I need more of this!'” Penny recalled.So, they placed an advertisement in the Summit Daily News searching for a long-term rental for a retired couple, just to see if they would get any responses.Everything worked out and they rung in the new year at a cozy, historic home with a spectacular view of Breckenridge.”It’s worked out beautifully for us,” Penny said. “It’s a neat home.”
The couple plans to stay until mid-March, when they’ll return to Maryland to begin sprucing up their boat in preparation for summer on the Chesapeake Bay.In the meantime, they’ve dove head on into the Summit County winter.”We both enjoy the outdoors,” John said. “At home winter is bad weather, and people hunker down until it’s over, but here, people celebrate.” When did you first discover Summit County?Summit County first captured the Albertines’ hearts about 10 years ago when John attended a conference in Keystone.
“We decided we really liked it and would bring the kids here or to Steamboat one week out of the year to ski,” John said. “They always seemed to be available when we invited them to go skiing!”What activities do you enjoy?”We ski, walk and explore the neighborhood,” Penny said. “We’re trying to sample as many of the restaurants as we can.”Although John works with his consulting business in the morning, the couple makes sure they spend as much time on the slopes as possible and sometimes ski with Breckenridge’s Over the Hill Gang.The Albertines also do a lot of entertaining, with family members and friends all visiting to glean a taste of the good life.
Did you look at any other towns before settling on Breckenridge?John said they thought about Steamboat, having spent time in Routt County in the past, but decided Breckenridge’s perfect combination of town and ski resort couldn’t be matched.”We walk everywhere and love that feature,” Penny said.Think you’ll come back?”As March 15 approaches, the more we think about it,” Penny said.
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