Colorado is dotted with lovely towns from which to take in the splendor of the Rocky Mountains. Though each season brings with it different sources of wonder and memorable activities, the high country is an excellent destination year-round. And when it comes to beauty and fun, few places match the quiet town of Crested Butte.
Skiers love the Butte for its excellent snow and dearth of crowds (because it’s much further from the state’s population centers, much fewer people make it up). However you feel about skiing, you’ll enjoy the small resort town charm, luxurious spas, decadent restaurants, and wealth of things to do. Summer visitors will appreciate the miles upon miles of hiking and cycling trails (which are often the site of wondrous wildflower explosions), fishing, and a regular stream of festivals and events. In autumn, the mountains are seemingly set ablaze as yellow Aspen leaves glimmer in the sun (an underappreciated example of fall foliage seen only in the West).
And that leads back to winter and spring where the glorious snow speaks for itself.
To discover why knowledgeable skiers and those seeking quieter mountain scenery choose Crested Butte, book your trip today. What follows is a list of 10 Vrbo rentals in Crested Butte to help you find your way to a perfect holiday.
An extraordinary home in an equally remarkable location, this large home — known by some as “The Ashram” — is a recipe for delight. Though a walk to town will take up merely 5 minutes of your time, the home feels like a world to itself. The 35-acre property includes a small-level clearing surrounded by steep mountain slopes. About 10 minutes from the ski area, the home also offers easy access to hundreds of miles of hiking trails. On top of that, summer visitors will enjoy angling for rainbow trout in the backyard pond. Even without speaking of the home’s interiors (they’re gorgeous), it should already be clear that this home is your ticket to an unforgettable mountain vacation.
Privacy, beauty, and luxury are the stuff that dream vacations are made of. All are to be found in generous portions at this magnificent home near Crested Butte. Walk around the property and you will find that the views range from grand to jaw-dropping. Given the exquisite furnishings, this is almost as true inside the home as it is without. The home’s decor is distinctly antique but by no means unfashionable. Beyond the usual mountain home accouterments, the house has a fabulous home theater, an arcade room, a telescope, and a notable collection of artwork. The town of Crested Butte is about 10 minutes down the road, the ski area a little further distant.
There is sufficient reason to propose this luxurious Crested Butte rental be used as a demonstration of how a mountain home ought to be. It has the right look (with unvarnished timber frames, wooden fixtures, big leather sofas), the right amenities (sauna, tubs in each full bathroom, a wood-burning fireplace), and, best of all, it’s in the right location (there are mountain views, you can ski to the front door, and the Goldlink lift is 200 yards away). The two king bedrooms are very well separated from the two queen rooms, so there is plenty of privacy. On top of all that, the home has two living rooms and even an office for those who need to get some work done in the fresh mountain air.
Be it winter or summer, this fine log cabin is ready to accommodate groups yearning for a spell in the mountains. Winter visitors will appreciate the convenience of walking to the lifts (the distance is short and takes between 5 and 10 minutes, depending on your speed), as well as the hot tub, and steam room. Summertime travelers will love the outdoor spaces and proximity to both the town and trails. Everyone will revel in the rustic design and elegant furnishings which make this home the very picture of romantic mountain living.
Whether you’re out for winter fun or summer sun, this home above the trails is an excellent way to get the most out of Crested Butte’s natural treasures. It is a 10-minute drive from the ski area, sitting just above Meridian Lake, a curious relic of the glacial age and a great place to hike. The trailhead for the scenic route up Snodgrass Mountain likewise begins at your doorstep. Inside, the home is spacious and the area quiet (though probably less so if you plan to fill the bunk room with four young ones). The house has two queen bedrooms with deck access and a lovely master suite with a Jacuzzi bath and king-sized bed.
Whether seen from the chairlift, the bike trail, or the vaulted great room of this wonderful home, the mountains around Crested Butte are a moving sight. Of course, the possibilities extend far beyond simply seeing the mountains when you stay at this home. Tackle them in the way that suits you then return home to the comforts afforded by a hot tub, two beautiful living areas, and a home-cooked meal enjoyed in the spacious kitchen. The bedrooms (there are five of them) are spacious as well, something everyone in a large family will appreciate.
Another grand ski-in/ski-out property served by the Gold Link lift, this 5,000-square-foot home is an outdoorsman’s dream. Though the master suite is certainly the most extravagant bedroom, the three queen rooms are not without charm, filled with decor reminiscent of a grand old hotel and amenities such as steam showers. With so many games and places to play both indoors and out, children will surely not mind staying in the humbler bunk or double twin rooms (the latter of which can be converted into a king).
Everyone joining you on your Crested Butte trip will doubtless thank you for the invite, but few people will ever be as grateful as your dogs should you stay at this large home near the base. It’s a 2-minute drive from the base of the ski area, but your dog will surely appreciate walking down when you visit one of the town’s many dog-friendly restaurants. Given its size, the house is great for large groups. Up to 14 people can spread out across five bedrooms. Also notable is the large deck which comes with a grill as well as stunning mountain views.
Downtown Crested Butte is full of spas, restaurants, shops, and venues, so it’s no surprise that many people prefer to stay in the heart of town rather than at the base of the ski lift or surrounding mountains. This family home just off Elk Street is the best way to explore the town. Every establishment on Crested Butte’s main drag is just a short walk away and the bus to the ski area stops right across the street. Smartly furnished and built for skiers, the home can comfortably host 14 guests across seven bedrooms.
The rustic nature of this cabin above Meridian Lake is one reason it earned its name. But grandpa settled here for good reason. This out-of-the-way corner of Crested Butte was an excellent place to make a home and remains a great spot to take your trip. Single-track bike trails, hiking routes, and epic four-wheel-drive roads abound in the immediate vicinity. Adventure awaits down both paths of every fork in every trail. Not the home for those looking for a modern experience, it is nonetheless charming. There are three queen bedrooms and a loft with six beds. Be sure to invite the whole family.
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