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Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado Rockies offers Kids Stay & Play free package for summer

May 25, 2011

The Colorado Rocky Mountains are the perfect destination during the summer months, with warm days, cool nights, lots of sunshine and plenty of adventures for the entire family. Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is the perfect jumping off point for summer family fun, thanks to family-focused lodging packages, dining options and adventures designed to maximize the travel budget while ensuring everyone has the time of their lives.

CBMR is offering a value-minded Kids Stay & Play FREE package: children under the age of 18 stay for free and all family members on the reservation receive a free single scenic lift ride ticket to experience the mountain.  The package is available at all CBMR Properties, including The Grand Lodge, the Lodge at Mountaineer Square and the Elevation Hotel & Spa, all conveniently located at the base of the mountain.

The Grand Lodge features the resort’s largest outdoor pool and hot tub, an on-site family-friendly restaurant, and the Wildflower Spa. Looking for a bit more space?  Book the Kids Stay & Play FREE package at the Elevation Hotel & Spa or the Lodge at Mountaineer Square and CBMR will sweeten the deal with 50% off lodging upgrades on selected room types.

For the past few years, CBMR has been focused on adding new summer activities to enhance the experience for the entire family. Summer activities at the resort now include the Adventure Park, featuring a climbing wall with an auto-belay system, bungee trampolines, and the Flying Gopher Miniature Golf Course – 18-holes of a true Crested Butte experience.

A new adventure added this year is the Crested Butte Zip Line Tour.  The guided tour, which debuts in June 2011, includes five zip lines, ranging from 200-380 feet, and a series of features, such as a suspension bridge, a “Burma Bridge” and a net climb. The Crested Butte Zip Line Tour is available during the summer and winter seasons; the resort will offer the only guided zip line tour at a Colorado ski resort, and one of the only winter canopy tour operations in the state.

The resort is also home to the Evolution Bike Park, which features over 25 miles of single track cross country and downhill trails designed to allow riders of all abilities to progress and improve their bike handling skills. The park experience begins at the Crested Butte Rental & Demo Center, where riders can choose from a full fleet of Specialized® rental bikes. The Crested Butte Rental & Demo Center also has pedal-less bikes made by Specialized® that are designed to teach young riders the basics of balance while learning to ride. The resort offers a variety of lesson packages, many including bike rental. Lessons are available in both two-hour and four-hour increments.

If Mom and Dad need a little time to themselves, the resort offers kids’ day camp for children ages 3 through 14. Camp CB pairs quality childcare with fun, outdoor activities allowing kids to create their own memorable summertime experiences. For older kids – tweens and teens – the Camp CB Summer Adventure program combines outdoor mountain activities, Adventure Park access and summer sports with various educational themes. For the youngest adventurers, the Camp CB Nursery is the ideal location for children ages 2 months – 3 years old.

Families also have the opportunity to explore the Trailhead Children’s Discovery Museum, located in the base area. The museum offers educational fun with exhibits such as the Dig Pit, The Trail Lab, The Pirate Ship Theater and many more.

Family fun in the mountains also includes rafting, horseback riding, The Adaptive Sports Center’s Ropes Course or hiking in some of the wilderness areas that surround Crested Butte.   The spectacular wildflowers throughout the fields, mountains, and valleys gave the area its official title of “Wildflower Capital of Colorado”. Also plan to take a stroll through downtown Crested Butte with its Victorian storefronts, old coal-mining influences, and quirky small-town character.

When it’s time to fuel up, head to the base area or to town for kid-friendly favorites. The resort offers a great family atmosphere at 9380, the restaurant located slopeside in the Elevation Hotel & Spa. Patio seating is perfect on a warm summer day and 9380 offers a variety of options suited to all tastes. Plan to experience downtown Crested Butte in the evenings, where the restaurant options are almost endless. Families love The Secret Stash, a gourmet pizza joint where kids – and adults – can sit on the floor while they enjoy out-of-this-world options. Also check out Izzy’s for breakfast or lunch, to try a homemade bagel or potato latke.  Another great place with lots of options at very reasonable prices is the Last Steep. Try the Curry Shrimp & Coconut Salad or the Fish Tacos, alfresco.

Crested Butte is a community that loves festivals, concerts, and parties.  For family focused events, visit during the Crested Butte Music Festival’s Bluegrass in Paradise weekend, July 5-10, with twelve bands performing over the weekend and an expanded Bluegrass Kids Camp for ages 7 to 17 on July 5 – 8.  For those interested in the arts, the Crested Butte Arts Festival is taking place August 6 & 7, with 175 artists of all kinds exhibiting their work.  The festival has added Art Alley, where budding artists (ages two+) are invited to participate in hands-on art activities that mimic the mediums of the exhibiting artists. All projects are free and kids can take home their own works of art.  Also, every Monday and Wednesday through the months of July and August, free concerts are held downtown at the Crested Butte Art Center and in the resort’s base area.

Summertime is the ideal time to slow down, relax and reconnect with the family in Crested Butte.  There are endless options for adventure – for young and old, a tempting variety of events (guests will find something going on nearly every weekend), and incredible value thanks to packages like CBMR’s Kids Stay & Play FREE. For information or to book this great summer package visit or call (800) 600-2803 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (800) 600-2803      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte consists of a small historic town that remains true to its heritage and radiates an unparalleled welcoming and inviting spirit that celebrates a simpler life and time, and the mountain resort. Thanks to a widely diverse landscape, whether beginner or burgeoning national champion, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find a new challenge with each visit, from world-class mountain biking, to legendary skiing and snowboarding, to a secluded fly-fishing experience.

For more information about Crested Butte’s lodging, conference, meeting facilities, and special packages, call Crested Butte Vacations, (800) 600-2803 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (800) 600-2803      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit the web site at  For information on ski area real estate opportunities call (970) 349-4999 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (970) 349-4999      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or (877) 805-6109 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            (877) 805-6109      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit the website at


April 27, 2011

Amtrak's passenger trains offer a unique travel experience; to celebrate its 40th anniveresary, Amtrak is letting kids ride for free, from May 1 - June 9 but you must book by May 6 (© 2011 Karen Rubin/

In celebration of Amtrak’s 40th anniversary on May 1, America’s Railroadsm is offering several ways the public can join in on the fun, including a special fare promotion, an anniversary website, and a commemorative book and documentary DVD. In addition, the initial schedule of the Exhibit Train is posted online so that those interested can plan a visit to experience this unique travelling display showcasing the railroad’s history.

Amtrak 40th Anniversary Kids Ride Free Fare Promotion

As part of the Amtrak 40th anniversary celebration, children, ages 2 to 15, can ride free of charge for 40 days between May 1 and June 9, when traveling on the same itinerary with an adult who purchased a regular adult rail fare.

Families must make reservations in advance between now and May 6, and a minimum of three (3) days prior to travel in order to take advantage of the Kids Ride Free promotion. This offer is valid for sleeping car accommodations upon payment of a full accommodation charge.

To make reservations, visit or call 1-800-USA-RAIL and use the discount code H859. The discount is not valid in conjunction with any other offers. Some blackout dates and seat restrictions may apply. This offer is valid on all Amtrak service except: Acela Express, Downeaster, Capitol Corridor, and Thruway bus series 7000-8999.

Amtrak 40th Anniversary Exhibit Train and Initial Schedule

The Amtrak Exhibit Train will be touring the country after making its debut at the National Train Day event in Washington, D.C., on May 7. The free exhibit showcases Amtrak

history over the decades, displaying memorabilia like vintage advertising, past menus and

dinnerware, and period uniforms. Most locations also will feature train-themed kids’ activities at Chuggington Kids Depot. In addition, commemorative 40th anniversary merchandise will be available for purchase onboard the train.

The initial three-month schedule of the Exhibit Train for May through July is as follows. Information about each stop can be found on the official website at where upcoming locations and dates also will be posted.

May 7 Washington Union Station*

May 14 – 15 Lorton Auto Train Terminal

May 21 – 22 Baltimore Penn Station

May 28 – 29 Philadelphia 30th Street Station

June 4 – 5 Perryville MARC Station

June 11 – 12 Harrisburg Amtrak Station

June 18 – 19 Strasburg Rail Road*

June 25 – 26 Strasburg Rail Road*

July 9 – 10 Springfield Amtrak Station

July 16 – 17 New Haven Union Station

July 23 – 24 New London Union Station

July 30 – 31 Providence Amtrak Station

*Chuggington Depot is not available at Washington Union Station or Strasburg Rail Road events.

Official Amtrak 40th Anniversary Website and Merchandise

The official website at provides details of the anniversary celebration and tells the Amtrak story by allowing users to explore 40 years of historic photographs and other materials in an extensive and dynamic archive. The site also hosts a blog, provides a link to an online store where a variety of 40th anniversary merchandise can be purchased, and allows individuals to sign up to receive an email alert when the Exhibit Train is coming near their town.

Official Amtrak 40th Anniversary Book and DVD

The 144-page commemorative book, Amtrak: An American Story, chronicles the history of the railroad with archival photographs, a historical timeline and personal narratives for each decade. Chapter introductions are written by former company leaders and the book contains an employee-generated photo essay of 24-hours in the life of the railroad.

The documentary DVD, Amtrak: The First 40 Years, provides an exclusive look inside America’s Railroadsm with hard-to-find photographs and video footage as well as interviews with past and present leaders who have shaped the railroad’s history. A preview of the DVD can be seen here. Both items will be available for purchase online and onboard the Exhibit Train.


Amtrak 40th Anniversary Cachet and United States Postal Service Postmark

To mark the 40th anniversary of Amtrak, a commemorative cachet (envelope) was produced featuring an Amtrak train and a silk appliqué of the Amtrak 40th logo. In addition, the envelope bears a special pictorial postmark authorized by the United States Postal Service. This pictorial postmark was created just for this historic event and can be a treasured collectible for years to come.


Amtrak Locomotives with Historic Paint Schemes

The first sign of the Amtrak 40th anniversary celebration occurred when the first of four P-42 diesel-electric locomotives with one of four historic Amtrak paint schemes entered regular revenue service in January. The four locomotives represent each of the paint schemes that were introduced in 1973, 1975, 1979 and 1993.

Each of the historically painted locomotives is now in operation helping to move passengers across the Amtrak national network. Photos of these locomotives are available on the Photos tab on the Amtrak Facebook page at

Celebrating 40 years of dedicated service as America’s Railroadsm, Amtrak is the nation’s intercity passenger rail provider and its only high-speed rail operator. A record 28.7 million passengers traveled on Amtrak in FY 2010 on more than 300 daily trains – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – that connect 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Amtrak operates trains in partnership with 15 states and four commuter rail agencies. Amtrak also is a strong financial performer achieving an 85 percent cost-recovery ratio in FY 2010. Enjoy the journeysm at or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information. Join us on and follow us at

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