The Vue Rooftop Restaurant & Bar is pictured on November 27 on the fourth floor of the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Dillon. The new fine dining restaurant and hotel are now open.
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Summit County continues to grow, and with it new hotels are being built north of the community in Silverthorne and Dillon to prepare for increased visitor traffic. While these businesses support the county’s tourism industry, each one also has native roots that cater to locals.
Homewood Suites by Hilton
One of the newest hotels is the Homewood Suites by Hilton at 122 Lake Dillon Drive in Dillon. Many of the hotel’s amenities — like the soon-to-be-available grocery pickup service, daily hot breakfast buffet, 24-hour gym, and on-site laundry facilities — have been curated to create a hybrid experience between a traditional hotel and an Airbnb stay, but this entire project was brainstormed by a local.
Sales manager Vivian Shaw said the hotel is on the site of a former gas station owned by Danny Eilts’ family. Shaw said Eilts moved to the county in his teens and had a long-term goal of building a hotel with a rooftop bar on the site. Today, Eilts is a partner in the project and has helped bring not only Homewood Suites to life, but The Vue Rooftop & Bar.
Shaw said his vision and the hotel’s installation were a game changer for the north side of the county.
“The location itself is a prime location because of the 360 degree views. … There’s an incredible view from almost every point in this building,” Shaw said.
Not only is The Vue’s scenic views available to residents and guests, the restaurant also collaborates with local entities each month. On the first Tuesday of every month, it donates a portion of its proceeds to a local non-profit organization. Local musicians also perform on Tuesdays, and the restaurant partners with local breweries and wineries to host dinner to match.
Additionally, Shaw said the hotel has worked in a variety of ways with the City of Dillon. One was to offer discounted rates to participants in the upcoming Pabst Pond hockey tournament being held at Dillon Reservoir.
The hotel and restaurant opened on January 5th. The hotel can be reached at 970-455-1600.
The Hotel Indigo at Silverthorne is one of the newest hotels to open in northern Summit County. It officially opened on January 6th.
Hotel Indigo/Photo courtesy
Also earlier this month, Hotel Indigo debuted at 375 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne. Sales director Ashley Hoppe said the Hotel by Hilton has taken steps to honor the town of Silverthorne.
Some of these subtle nods to the city are reflected in their design. Hoppe said the building’s interior has many gold accents that pay homage to the region’s mining history. In addition, the team recruited renowned artists Simon Beck to create snow patternswhich were photographed for the guest rooms.
“In each of our rooms – we have 111 rooms – there’s a picture of him actually actively making the patterns, and if you look closely at the picture you can actually see him in the picture as this little dot that’s doing these the snow makes crazy patterns,” said Hoppe.
Artwork by Summit County artists also hangs at the hotel and is available for purchase by guests who want to take a piece of the community home with them.
However, the community connection goes further than the decor. Hoppe said the hotel has a marketplace that sells sandwiches and cookies Enza’s delicatessen and marketlocated across the street, as well as beers from Pug Ryan’s Brewery. Kucu Tequila Bistrothe latest venture from serial restaurateur Tim Applegate, also recently opened and features Angry James Brewing Co.
The final touch to the hotel’s depth in the community is its recent partnership with Summit Advocates. Hoppe said the hotel is working with the nonprofit to offer women in difficult situations a heavily discounted rate on their hotel rooms when they need emergency shelter.
Hoppe said she was excited to see what each of these new hotels and other developments would bring to the north side of the county.
“I just love that it just changes Silverthorne’s identity,” Hoppe said. “Between The Pad, Bluebird Market, Homewood Suites and ourselves, it really gives Silverthorne this heartbeat it’s never experienced before and I’m really looking forward to showing it.”
Hotel Indigo can be reached by phone at 970-485-6262.
Patrons enjoy a drink in the A-Bar at The Pad in Silverthorne for the soft opening on November 24th. The Pad is a new boutique hostel with a bar and a new brick and mortar location by Graze & Torreys.
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Likewise open for business is The Pad, a boutique hostel-hotel hybrid created by locals Lynne and Rob Baer. The hotel offers a variety of shared and private room options to meet the needs and interests of different types of travelers.
Like Homewood Suites and Hotel Indigo, The Pad has some personal touches that appeal to Summit County. These can be found in their local art installations throughout the building, a new one Restaurant called A Bar and a new showcase for the Graze & Torreys restaurant.
The pad is located at 491 Rainbow Drive in Silverthorne and can be reached at 970-445-7767.