Silverton, Dillon, or Frisco

Old Jun 19th, 2010, 11:53 AM
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Silverton, Dillon, or Frisco

If we just need a motel for one night on I-70 before we head to Aspen, which town would be a better stopover for dinner/accomodation/atmosphere--Silverton, Dillon, or Frisco?
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Old Jun 19th, 2010, 01:41 PM
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Silverton is nowhere near I70.
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Old Jun 19th, 2010, 02:19 PM
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You must be thinking of Silverthorne as Silverton is north of Durango. Of the three, I'd choose Frisco. Silverthorne is little more than a collection of strip malls. Dillon is better, but , IMO, in the last ten years has suffered from too much commercialism. Frisco still has a bit of a small town feel and a much better atmosphere. Be sure and get off at the second exit and head down Main Street. There are several B&B's as well as a few motels and several decent restaurants. I'd avoid the north side of Frisco (first Frisco exit if heading west). It has a number of motels, but this area too is a bit blighted from tourist traps, strip malls and traffic. Breckenbridge is only a few miles further down the road (Highway 9) and would provide a plethora of places to stay and plenty of restaurant choices.
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Old Jun 19th, 2010, 02:37 PM
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Oh yes....I meant Silverthorne!
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Or you could get out of condo-land by going 35 minutes down the road to Leadville.
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Sorry - I mean about 30 miles from I-70 to Leadville IF you want soemthing a little more historic, and (to me) funky. It would certainly give you a contrast to Aspen!
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Old Jun 19th, 2010, 05:00 PM
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Are you coming from Denver? It is only a 4 hour drive to Aspen. If you are just looking for a place to stop, just 'stop" when you are ready
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Old Jun 19th, 2010, 10:48 PM
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We can't leave Denver until after 5 pm on a Friday--so we only want to go part of the way. Checked with a motel in Leadville--already full. Some places have 2 night minimums. We'll probably just stay in Frisco.
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Look at Silverthorne. Lots of motels, and about an hour and a half.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2010, 08:41 AM
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Frisco for sure. It isn't someplace I'd make a destination out of unless I was skiing, but it has some character and a good variety of motels and restaurants. Silverthorne is best known for its outlet mall, which says everything, and Dillion (like Silverthorne) IMO is a sprawling, unattractive place.
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Another suggestion would be Georgetown. It's a little east of your other choices so if you got a late start from Denver, you'd get to your hotel in a reasonable time.

Georgetown is an old mining time with Victorian charm and was the first capitol of Colorado. They have both modern motels and Victorian hotels from which to choose. I enjoy walking the streets of Georgetown more than I would in any of the three other towns you mentioned.

If you're a railroad buff, the Georgetown Loop mining train operates during the summer.
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Christy, they're looking for a motel not a destination. I'd agree on Georgetown or Idaho Springs even if they get caught and just want to stop.
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Frisco is about five minutes up the road from Silverthorne so what wouldn't someone choose it over Silverthorne? Georgetown is also a possibility. Even if it's not a destination stop, I think most people ( I know I would ) prefer a bit of ambience and a choice of good restaurants if such an alternative is available.
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