6 Reasons to Explore Winter Park, Colorado
See why we picked this Colorado mountain town for the location of HGTV Dream Home 2007.
1. It's a Skier's Paradise
"We typically get between 300 to 400 inches of snow a year," says Dennis R. Saffell, owner of New Frontier Construction. The Bridger's Cache development where HGTV Dream Home 2007 is located is at the base of the Mary Jane / Winter Park / Vasquez ski mountain, at about 9,100 feet above sea level. Dennis says residents of the 20-unit community can literally strap on their skis and head out their front door, catch a lift to the top of the slopes and then ski back to the house when they're done.
2. There's Much More Than Skiing
The Winter Park area offers year-round outdoor activities. "There's more than snow," Dennis says. "In the summer we're the mountain bike capitol of the United States, with over 600 miles of designated trails. It's a great summer resort." He says the area is home to several mountain bike races, including the King of the Rockies event held each August.
There's also more water than in any other county in Colorado. Three major lakes form the headwaters of several rivers, including the Colorado River. "And we're the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, the 'Southern Yellowstone,'" Dennis says.
And of course there's golf, with four courses located in the Winter Park area.
3. Get Away From It All
"We're surrounded by over a million acres of the Arapaho National Forest," says Dennis. "The Fraser River Valley is isolated and protected on two sides by the Continental Divide."
4. But Not That Far Away
Sure you're isolated, but also within a short drive to the 20th largest metropolitan area in America. Dennis says Winter Park is the closest major ski resort to Denver. "It's just 68 miles to Denver, but in its own protected world. It's close to a major metropolitan area, but very secluded."
5. Enjoy Breathtaking Views
The front rooms of HGTV's Dream Home 2007 all feature views of the Berthoud Pass on the Continental Divide. Also known as the Great Divide, it's a range of mountains running from Seward Peninsula in Alaska, through the Rocky Mountains and Mexico's Sierra Madra Oriental all the way to the tip of South America. The divide separates the watersheds of the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Oceans. Rain falling east of the Great Divide eventually winds up in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Oceans. Rain falling on the other side runs into the Pacific.
Berthoud Pass is an 11,315-foot mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains named for Edward L. Berthoud, a railroad surveyor who mapped the pass in the 1870s. Berthoud was accompanied by famed explorer Jim Bridger, and the Bridger's Cache development where the HGTV Dream Home is located got its name from the fact Bridger would store supplies in the area. Today Berthoud's Pass is a popular destination for backcountry skiers because of it's abundance of challenging terrain and plentiful snowfall.
6. It's Family Friendly
Dennis says the Winter Park area is a favorite destination for Colorado families and offers a more down-to-earth atmosphere than some other celebrity filled ski spots. "There's no place to buy a fur coat in Winter Park."
HGTV Dream Home 2007: Winter Park, CO
Smell the fresh mountain air and gaze out at surrounding mountains from lodge-inspired HGTV Dream Home 2007 in Winter Park, Colorado.
First Look at HGTV Dream Home 2006
The 2006 Dream Home will be a stunning estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
HGTV Dream Home 2005: Landscape Design
For this lakeside home, the landscape architect turned the property into an outdoor oasis.
Dream Landscape 2009
HGTV's Dream Home 2009 is a beautiful Victorian-style farmhouse in the Sonoma Valley, and its landscape is the perfect complement.
HGTV Dream Home 2007: Landscape Design
Tucked high in the majestic Rocky Mountains, HGTV Dream Home 2007 boasts rugged landscaping.
HGTV Dream Home 2004: Landscape Design
What else would you expect from HGTV Dream Home than a perfect landscape? This landscape has the perfect view of the Georgia salt marshes and consists of many plantings.
HGTV Dream Home 1999: Rosemary Beach
HGTV Dream Home 1999, a glorious tropical retreat in Rosemary Beach, FL, is a dream come true in architecture and decor.
HGTV Dream Home 2004: St. Marys, GA
Standing on stilts above the coastal marsh, HGTV Dream Home 2004, located in St. Marys, Georgia, is a coastal retreat inspired by Victorian architecture.
HGTV Dream Home 2008: Islamorada, FL
Unwind and get a taste of paradise from tropical HGTV Dream Home 2008 in Islamorada, Florida.
HGTV Dream Home 1997: Jackson Hole, WY
HGTV Dream Home 1997 marked the start of an exciting annual project. Take a trip to Jackson Hole, WY, and discover the rustic charm that made HGTV's first Dream Home a warm and cozy success.
Tour HGTV Dream Home 2015
HGTV Dream Home 2015 Winner Announced!
HGTV Dreams Happen: Sweepstakes Blog » HGTV Dream Home Mar 31, 2015 by Virginia Moon
The Sweepstakes Entry Period Is Over
HGTV Dreams Happen: Sweepstakes Blog » HGTV Dream Home Feb 17, 2015 by Virginia Moon
Last Chance to Enter!
HGTV Dreams Happen: Sweepstakes Blog » HGTV Dream Home Feb 16, 2015 by Virginia Moon
Plan a Martha’s Vineyard-Inspired Picnic
HGTV Dreams Happen: Sweepstakes Blog » HGTV Dream Home Feb 11, 2015 by Dana Dalrymple
Seeing the Light at HGTV Dream Home 2015
HGTV Dreams Happen: Sweepstakes Blog » HGTV Dream Home Feb 9, 2015 by Carley Knobloch
Grow a Martha’s Vineyard-Inspired Garden
HGTV Dreams Happen: Sweepstakes Blog » HGTV Dream Home Feb 6, 2015 by Melissa Caughey
The Mysterious Off-Season on Martha’s Vineyard
HGTV Dreams Happen: Sweepstakes Blog » HGTV Dream Home Feb 5, 2015 by Dana Dalrymple
HGTV Dream Home 2015: Decorating With Seafoam Tones
HGTV Dreams Happen: Sweepstakes Blog » HGTV Dream Home Feb 2, 2015 by Brian Patrick Flynn
The Ultimate Viewing Party for Super Bowl Sunday
HGTV Dreams Happen: Sweepstakes Blog » HGTV Dream Home Feb 1, 2015 by Virginia Moon
These pictures have made quite a splash see what everyone's talking about!