Your Guide to Frisco, Colorado

If you follow me on Instagram and watched my stories from our recent trip to Colorado, you probably heard me say multiple times how much we love Frisco, Colorado! So much so that our little puppy girl is named after the town!

We visited Frisco on my very first trip to Colorado back in 2017 and fell in love. We stayed and skied in nearby Copper Mountain, which is a small resort, so we drove into Frisco several times for more options for food and things to do when we weren’t skiing. Since then, we’ve visited or stayed in Frisco pretty much every time we’ve been to Colorado! We actually stayed at a home in Frisco on our last ski trip and used it as home base as we skied multiple different resorts in the area.

Suffice it to say that we feel like Frisco is a home away from home. Keep reading to learn more about the places we love in Frisco, Colorado!

Where to Stay

To date, we’ve only ever stayed in places found on Airbnb and VRBO in Frisco, as there are many options to choose from in a variety of sizes and price points.

There are a few hotels in downtown Frisco on Main St. that we’d love to stay in one day, especially the adorable Frisco Lodge, which is a quaint bed and breakfast-style place in the heart of our favorite part of town! The Hotel Frisco, Alpine Inn and the Frisco Inn all also have more of a local flavor as compared to the larger chain options.

As the area has grown, so have the lodging options. There are now quite a few name-brand hotels in the area, including properties by Wyndham.

If you’re searching for something a little more traditional, check out the the Grand Hotel, part of the Ascend Hotel Collection. This option is in the more commercial part of Frisco directly off the interstate near the Whole Foods, a wide variety of shopping and dining, and more, while many of the more local options are located on or near the quaint Main St. district.

Places to Eat

If you know me, you know my travel itineraries usually start with food! One of the best things about traveling is trying all kinds of new places, and I love trying to find local spots that we can’t get back home when we’re on the road.

When we’re in Frisco, we have a few go-to options that never disappoint. But just like with the hotels, as the area grows, more and more options are available!

Breakfast
  • Butterhorn Bakery – Without a doubt, a must-have for breakfast when you’re in the area.
  • Bread + Salt – They are open for breakfast and lunch daily, but I included this in the breakfast section because their breakfast menu definitely looks the best!
  • Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters – Grab a cup of joe while you’re exploring Main Street!
  • Mountain Dweller Coffee Roasters – They serve excellent espresso and quick breakfast items and pastries ideal for when you’re on-the-go.
  • Abbey’s Coffee – Also located on Main Street, this spot has coffee, food and gift items.
  • The Breakfast Deli – Another spot on Main Street for yummy, quick breakfasts to go.
Grecos Pastaria in Frisco
Lunch/Dinner
  • Ollie’s Pub & Grub – Ollie’s has a location in both Frisco and Breckenridge (the Breckenridge location is on a boat!) but we’ve only been to the one in Frisco. We’ve always sat in the bar area and have sampled a number of items on the menu. We had BBQ nachos on our last trip, and they were piled high and tasty. They’re also known for their wings and burgers!
  • Greco’s Pastaria – A trip to Frisco isn’t complete without a stop at Greco’s for some of the best pizza and pasta options in the area! We’ve been at least once on every trip. Blake loves their pizza and spaghetti with meatballs, and I love both their pizza and their chicken alfredo!
  • Silverheel’s Bar & Grill – We’ve never been here but it has good reviews. It’s on our list of places to try at some point! They seem to have a pretty big menu, so it should be a good place for a crowd.
  • 5th Avenue Grille – We ate here on New Year’s Eve in 2018 and enjoyed our meal immensely. It’s one of the nicer restaurants in town, and they’re open for happy hour and dinner. I’m pretty sure I had steak and Blake had trout, and they were both delicious.
  • Frisco Prime – This is probably the nicest restaurant in Frisco and is your traditional steakhouse but in a cool cabin-like setting. It’s very cozy inside!
  • The Uptown on Main – This spot has some of the best views from upstairs and has cool outdoor spaces if you visit in the warmer months. The food is pretty dang good, too.
  • Peppino’s Pizza & Subs – You can’t mention restaurants in any destination and not find the best local pizza spot, and Peppino’s is it in Frisco!
  • The Lost Cajun – It may sound weird to talk about Cajun food in the Rocky Mountains, and this place looks unassuming from the outside but just trust me – you really need to visit. Yes, this is a chain, but if you don’t live anywhere near one, this is the perfect spot to try it.
  • Prosit – Stop in to visit Frisco’s only legit beer garden and try authentic German sausages while you’re at it.
  • Bagalis – Another authentic Italian option in town.
  • Tocko – This is a cute restaurant with lots of unique hangout and entertainment spaces. We watched Georgia play (and lose) in a New Year’s Day bowl game here, so my memories aren’t too fond of it for that reason – but otherwise, it’s awesome!
  • Tavern West – Another spot on our list to try, because this menu looks GOOD. Just look at it and see for yourself!
  • 720 Kitchen – If you find yourself hungry while hanging out at Highside Brewing, then you won’t be disappointed by the inhouse BBQ restaurant!
  • Bird Craft – Another restaurant located inside a brewery, Bird Craft is all things chicken with a little bit of Asian flair thrown in for good measure.

Stores to Shop

  • Whole Foods – Ok, I know Whole Foods isn’t special on its own but I think it’s cool this small mountain town has one. Plus, it’s got the best view from any Whole Foods I’ve ever been to!
  • Next Page Books and Nosh – A book store serving tea, coffee, wine and more? Sounds like heaven to me!
  • Beat Outdoor Gear – This boutique spot is full of women’s yoga and athletic wear, swimsuits and more.
  • Colisco Wearables – Voted one of the best shopping spots in all of Summit County, this spot has every kind of clothing item for men and women that you’ll need, plus gifts and accessories too!
  • Epic Mountain Gear – If you need rentals or to purchase gear or ski clothes, this is one of the top spots.
  • Funky Trunk Boutique – An upscale consignment boutique, this spot is worthy of a browse to see if you can find anything unique!
  • The Juniper Tree – This is a really cool home d├ęcor spot. Browse while you dream about owning a mountain home!
  • Rivers Clothing Co. – This is another great spot for outdoor apparel!
  • The Flying Crane Boutique – This is another really cute boutique to browse with a wide selection of items.
  • The Stork and Bear – If you’re traveling with kids or just want to take them a little something back home, check out this cute children’s store full of specialty toys.
  • Tropical Threads – This cute little shop is perfect for giftable items and they also specialize in embroidery!
  • Trouts Fly Fishing – Colorado has some great fishing and this shop will ensure you have all the gear you could possibly need.

Things to Do

  • Visit the breweries – Frisco is home to two breweries – Highside Brewing and Outer Range Brewing. Highside is at the end of Main Street across from the marina and is a super cool spot. We visited this place on our last ski trip to Colorado and Blake loved it – good beer, lively atmosphere, live music – all his favorite things! Outer Range is located on the hill near Whole Foods, and has received quite a bit of recognition already in its short history.
  • Visit Rising Sun Distillery – If you prefer liquor over beer, you can’t miss the Frisco location of Rising Sun. The tasting room has food and cocktails, as well as cocktails to go! You can also buy by the bottle to take with you.
  • Frisco Historic Park and Museum – This free educational stop is a great way to learn more about the area’s history! The museum is located in the town’s original school house, and the original jail is on the property as well. A number of log cabins dot the park too, all hearkening back to the early days when it was settled in 1875.
  • Frisco Adventure Park – If you’re in Frisco and want to stay active while having fun, this is the place to do it! The Adventure Park is located within the Peninsula Recreation Area, which has miles of summer hiking and biking trails and winter Nordic trails along the shores of Frisco Bay and Dillon Reservoir. The trails wind in and out of the White River National Forest, where you can also grab a picnic spot or reserve a campsite. The Adventure Park offers year-round activities and amenities, including snow tubing, hiking, biking, disc golf, a beginner ski and ride hill and skateboarding.
  • Frisco Bay Marina – Located on the shores of Lake Dillon, the marina is open during the summer and is a world-class sailing destination. The marina has gear and boat rentals, and also offers lessons and tours.
  • Frisco Nordic Center – The Nordic Center is also located in the Peninsula Recreation Area and offers skate-skiing, classic cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing in a pristine alpine setting. You can also rent gear and take lessons.
  • Two Below Zero Sleigh Rides – A sleigh ride through the snow is on my bucket list, and something I hope to get to do this winter! I just can’t imagine something more magical.
Lake Dillon in Colorado
Dillon Reservoir

Sights to See

  • Dillon Reservoir – AKA Lake Dillon, this beautiful body of water is stunning any time of the year. Take Swan Mountain Road toward Keystone for incredible views of the water (and be sure to stop at Sapphire Point Overlook for some awe inspiring views). Or, head toward Dillon on Dillon Dam Road and drive over the dam.

Do you have a place that feels like a home away from home when you travel? Share your favorite destination with us in the comments!

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