It’s November here in Summit County, Colorado. The aspen leaves have already fallen off the trees, but the snow has not begun to accumulate. There are still a few people strolling up and down Frisco Main Street, but overall the town is pretty quiet.
For locals, this is a time to take a breath, catch up on projects, or even take a much-needed vacation. But it can also be an excellent time for visitors to come and enjoy the quieter, more peaceful version of the area.
With each passing year, Summit County gets busier with more visitors, more seasonal and full time residents, and more businesses. The off season seems to get shorter each year. The first half of November is one of the few times when you can come here and feel like you have Main Street or a bike path all to yourself. You can be the only boat out on the lake, or the only hiker for miles on a trail in the woods.
If you’re planning to visit Summit County in November, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Dress in layers. Mornings are cold, but if the sun is out and you’re doing anything active, before long you’ll likely be too hot in your heavy coat, hat and mittens. So be prepared to peel off layers as you warm up. Also, the instant the sun goes down the temperature seems to drop 20 degrees. (And this time of year, the sun drops behind the mountains awfully early here in Frisco!)
Drink your water. This is important advice any time of year at this high elevation, but it can sometimes be harder to remember when the temperature starts to drop. No matter what you’re doing, stay hydrated!
Carry lip balm and hand lotion. Speaking of hydration, the air is dry here, and your skin will feel that dryness even more as the colder weather sets in. (If you’re in need, we do sell wonderful lotions and lip balms at our shop, including some made right here in Colorado—and they work great!)
Know that not every business will be open. The good news is, you get the place practically to yourself. The bad news is, with so few tourists and a smaller workforce, it’s impossible for every business to stay open. Restaurants, especially, often cannot financially justify staying open every single day of the off season. Some places stay open year round (like us), but you might have to be flexible about where you grab a meal or go shopping. The Visitor Information centers in Frisco and Breckenridge can be a helpful resource to find out who is open for business.
Embrace the slow pace. If you often spend time in Summit County during the busy tourist seasons, be aware that the vibe is a little different this time of year. Hang out at a coffee shop and chat with some locals. Go grocery shopping without waiting in a line behind five other people. Linger over a meal, walk instead of driving, or take the time to wander through that museum you always meant to check out.
Frisco, Colorado in November is a lovely place to spend a day or two. Come enjoy the slower pace and quiet streets before the busy holiday season begins!