When the snow falls on the roofs of Crested Butte lodging, a visitor to Crested Butte may believe they've walked into a Norman Rockwell painting. The Victorian architecture of Crested Butte and the welcoming, warm attitude of the locals have Crested Butte lodging visitors feeling comfortable and right at home.
Guests of Crested Butte vacation rentals may have heard that Crested Butte is "The Last Great Colorado Ski Town" and rightly flock there for the slopes. However, as Crested Butte lodging visitors have learned, this old mining town lingers with Old West atmosphere and offers more attractions than just skiing. From wildflower hikes to horseback riding and fishing, guests of Crested Butte homes rentals will find themselves immersed in the hospitality and charm of Crested Butte.Crested Butte Geographic Information
Crested Butte, the Wildflower Capital of Colorado, is located in Gunnison County, and has a total area of .7 miles. Crested Butte home rentals are 8,885 feet above sea level and the population of this big ski town is a modest 1,500. The town resides near Mount Crested Butte, which rises 12,162 feet above sea level. Guests of Crested Butte vacation rentals will see that 448 acres of the 1,058 acres to ski are double black runs and perfect for the extreme skier of Crested Butte lodging facilities to test their skills. Many guests of Crested Butte home rentals have already witnessed the US Extreme Skiing Championships and the X Games at Mount Crested Butte.
Crested Butte is three miles from the ski area, and guests of Crested Butte home rentals can take advantage of the local shuttle system to get there and almost everywhere within town -- it's so convenient and practical that Crested Butte lodging guests will have no need for a car of their own in Crested Butte.Crested Butte Weather Overview
During Crested Butte's summers and winters, guests of Crested Butte vacation rentals can expect very clement weather of low humidity, moderate temperatures and lots of beautiful sunshine. However, Crested Butte is at such a high altitude, so guests of Crested Butte home rentals should be prepared all year round for varying temperatures. In July the temperatures have been known to get as warm at 85 degrees one day and drop the next to 37 degrees.
Fall may be the most beautiful time to visit, as Crested Butte lodging visitors have discovered. Crested Butte's fall shows off a variety of different colors in the plant life, with gold predominate in the tall aspens. The Crested Butte fall sky shows off its brightest blue while the first fresh snows begin to touch down. The weather is clean, crisp, and perfect for bundling up and getting that fireplace roaring.Crested Butte Home Rentals and Crested Butte Vacation Rentals
Guests of Crested Butte lodging have a couple options available when determining location. Guests of Crested Butte homes rentals can either stay in the town of Crested Butte, or at Mount Crested Butte. Both have their advantages and offer beautiful Crested Butte home rentals.
Ski enthusiasts know that Crested Butte vacation rentals at Mount Crested Butte is the best option for them. Take a short walk from Crested Butte home rentals, and Crested Butte visitors will find themselves swooshing down the slopes in no time. The options are wide open for guests of Crested Butte vacation rentals. From lodges to houses, to cabins and condominiums, guests of Crested Butte lodging at Mount Crested Butte are sure to be treated with kindness and professional courtesy.
For the shopping and dining enthusiast, guests of Crested Butte home rentals tend to find that staying in the town of Crested Butte is the most convenient. Guests of Crested Butte will find all the stores and restaurants within walking distance and all the amenities of home in Crested Butte lodging.
It's easy to see the options are endless for guests of Crested Butte vacation rentals -- the choices are plentiful so it's all a matter of personal preference.Local Events in Crested Butte
Crested Butte is proud of the title "Wildflower Capital of Colorado," and guests can appreciate it for themselves by taking part in the annual Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. Guests of Crested Butte vacation rentals visiting in the summer can take hikes through the mountain meadows with the whole family, or traverse a national forest to witness a breathtaking display of natural wildflowers. During this weeklong festival, guests of Crested Butte home rentals can learn to identify, draw, paint and photograph the myriad of wildflowers Crested Butte produces. Guests of Crested Butte lodging can also learn which wildflowers can heal and which are good to eat. Guests of Crested Butte vacation rentals love to get involved in the splendor of nature, and the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival offers nothing less.
Crested Butte's natural beauty is obvious to guests of Crested Butte home rentals, but it's the culture of Crested Butte that keeps visitors coming back. In August guests of Crested Butte lodging should participate in the annual Crested Butte Reel Fest. This seven-year running festival offers a little bit of everything for movie buffs. Guests of Crested Butte vacation rentals not only watch cutting-edge independent films, they can also take part in video production and animation workshops. Kids and college students get in for half price.Crested Butte Dining and Nightlife
Skiing, hiking, nature walks and festivals can work up the appetite of guests of Crested Butte home rentals. Fortunately for the guests of Crested Butte lodging, Crested Butte has more gourmet restaurants than any other Colorado town its size.
Guests of Crested Butte lodging should check out the Timberline Restaurant if they haven't decided what they'd like to eat. A formal gallery dining area serving New American cuisine is on the second floor. Crested Butte vacation rentals guests interested in an upscale western Bistro will find everything they need on the first floor. The food is for the more casual palate, and the prices are suited to a Crested Butte home rentals guest on a budget.
After a fine dining experience, guests of Crested Butte home rentals can visit The Eldo, Crested Butte's newest microbrewery. The Eldo has a generous happy hour (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.), and offers a large sunny deck where guests of Crested Butte lodging can take in the plentiful scenery. The Eldo offers nine beers on tap and over 40 bottled beers.Attractions in Crested Butte
Crested Butte, known as "The Last Great Colorado Ski Town," comes with another tagline: Outdoor Adventure, Inner Well-Being. There's a reason the Crested Butte locals are so warm and friendly -- and it's not that they get to ski Mount Crested Butte any time they like. A positive outlook and serenity is important to the character of Crested Butte. Every September, guests of Crested Butte vacation rentals can join in the Crested Butte Spirit, Mind & Body Splendor series of workshops, events and ongoing classes. Guests of Crested Butte home rentals can take a "Meditation and Discussion" workshop, or learn about bikram yoga. As well, guests of Crested Butte vacation rentals can visit the mini Psychic Fair, and learn Shamanic ways of healing.
A growing and ever-present art culture is alive and well in Crested Butte. Guests of Crested Butte lodging should look into the Crested Butte Center for the Arts. The Crested Butte Center for the Arts produces a number of lively and entertaining events from theatre to music. Their art shows feature local as well as international artists. It's an enriching experience for all families of Crested Butte home rentals.Activities in Crested Butte
Before leaving Crested Butte, guests of Crested Butte vacation rentals should take advantage of Crested Butte's famous mountain bike trails. Crested Butte is believed to be (especially by the locals) the birthplace of mountain biking. The trails around Crested Butte are a wonderful and unique way to take in the majestic scenery surrounding Mount Crested Butte. Guests of Crested Butte lodging looking to take it all in will find mountain biking one of the fastest ways to traverse the trails. Organized rides range from the long and epic, to short and easy jaunts into the woods. It all depends on the experience of the Crested Butte lodging guests.
Crested Butte has everything a ski town could offer a guest of Crested Butte home rentals. Mount Crested Butte offers challenges for the experienced skier, as well as ski runs for guests of Crested Butte lodging just starting out. Festivals and art are plentiful and visible all throughout the town, and the locals of Crested Butte welcome visitors with genuine hospitality.