Summit Sometimes: The Barlows
Patty and Bryan Barlow first fell in love with Colorado 20 years ago, when the couple was first married and Bryan was covering a sales territory in the Centennial State.”I’d fly out and hang out for the weekends, and we just stumbled on Summit County,” Patty recalled. “We’d always stay in Denver for a night, and we wanted to explore the mountains.”In Texas, everyone talks about Colorado.”Their first love was Breckenridge, although they found Keystone to be the perfect place for a second home and made a purchase six years ago.Since then, they’ve upgraded to a larger house thanks to an unlikely motivating factor.”(Our old neighbor’s) dog is the biggest reason why we moved,” she said. “They’ve got a great golden retriever.”When their neighbors announced they were building a home in Elk Run, the Barlows thought about purchasing the vacant house for more room, but decided it would cost the same amount of money to move to Elk Run as well.
Now, they have enough room for family friends to visit at the same time.Why did you choose Keystone?The Barlows found out about Keystone from friends and instantly loved the mountain community.”We fell in love with the family friendliness. It just seemed like such a family friendly little place.”Although they loved visiting, the thought of buying a home never really entered Patty’s mind.”I remember thinking it was too expensive.”After some initial hesitation on how wise her spouse was in purchasing a second home, Patty now says “I have the smartest husband in the world.”
“We know every hiking trail. I know all the good kid ones, the ones for grown kids, the ones for couples. The hiking is the best.”The bike trails around Keystone and from Frisco to Copper are also a popular way for the Barlows to spend a summer day.”There’s such a variety, you can be in Montezuma one day and doing Buffalo Mountain the next.”During the winter, it’s all about skiing at Keystone.
Because all their kids are in school, the Barlows usually visit during school holidays – Christmas, spring break, and two or three weeks in the summer.Patty and Bryan usually sneak in one long weekend getaway every year for just the two of them and Patty tries to have a girls weekend once a year in Keystone.Favorite season?Growing up in Ohio and living in Texas, Patty and Bryan Barlow don’t consider themselves snow people. “We really bought for the summers, not the winters.”While, they’ve grown to enjoy winter sports, Patty prefers summer.”It’s just not that much work,” she said. “I love the beauty of the winter… But what you can’t do in Dallas is eat dinner and go to the park because it’s too hot.”
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