3 Dec 2018
A recent guest wrote this piece to describe their stay at Summit at Shockhill and we thought it was too good not to share.
When planning a girls weekend in Breckenridge, you look for certain amenities in a house. Location, comfort, a hot tub of course, and a few other things. Then there are the other bonuses you didn’t know you needed until you have to leave and go back to your own home.
For example… A theatre, an elevator, fire pits, surround sound throughout the entire house, a steam shower, and a large copper tub with a killer view. On our checkout day from the best vacation rental we had ever stayed in, it began to snow. We wondered if the few flakes in the air were enough of an excuse to call the wonderful ladies at Paragon Lodging and tell them it was not safe for us to drive and we would be staying forever. In our defense, it did start snowing heavily but probably not enough to try and claim squatters’ rights.
Let’s start from the beginning…
We drove up to this majestic beauty with the intention of dropping off our bags and heading back into Breckenridge to grab a snack. We did not leave for the rest of the night. So as a side-note, if you are staying at Summit at Shockhill, be sure to come fully prepared with snacks and beverages!
You walk in on the bottom level to find a theatre. Not just a big screen with some comfy chairs but literally a room with theatre seating and a projection screen that will bring tears to your eyes and individual blankets on every seat. Every single item in this house is so thoroughly thought out... And no need to worry about renting a movie, because the system is preloaded with hundreds of amazing movies from all genres.
Next, we decided we’d better take the elevator up to the top floor. We could walk but, honestly, why walk when there is a perfectly good elevator right there and you’ve got a case of champagne to get into the fridge.
On the top floor is the Kitchen, a living room, one of the Master Suites, another sitting room, and the Library. The kitchen is so well-designed and equipped with top of the line appliances that I’m pretty sure guests who didn’t know how to cook would automatically think they were part of Top Chef.
Realizing we were parched from our elevator ride and the thrill of the movie theatre, we opened a bottle of champagne and toasted in front of the fireplace. We found the iPad that controls most of the house and put on some music for the rest of our weekend.
We missed an entire floor on our trip up. The mid-level is where all your inner child dreams come true. Two rooms with wall to wall built-in bunk beds, a pool table, and an amazing hot tub. Seriously, if I could go back in time and tell my parents to choose this place for our family ski vacations, I definitely would. Oh, and as I said earlier about everything in this house being well thought out, by the pool table they have custom made vintage ski poster signs for the house. Something about this really makes you understand how much time and thought the owners put into designing this incredible house.
It’s not just the owners who have gone the extra mile. Paragon Lodging has taken the time to provide special amenities as well. The soaps throughout the house are made locally by the Breckenridge Soap Company, and they smell amazing. So amazing that we may have ordered some full-size soaps for ourselves when we got home!
So what does a girls’ weekend in the Summit At Shockhill look like? See below for our Itinerary:
5 pm - Arrival
5:30 pm - Champagne
6 pm – Kitchen Dance Party
6:15 pm – Hot Tub
6:45 pm – Steam Shower
7 pm – Grill steaks and make dinner
8 pm – Bring snack trays, Costco-sized bags of popcorn and wine down the elevator to the theatre.
8:15 pm – 11 pm – Watch a ridiculous romantic comedy
11 pm – Sleep in the sleep number king bed of your choice.
- Or if you are a late night person, take a bath in your giant tub and then go to sleep
8 am - Coffee in the hot tub
9 am - Get dressed and force yourself to leave the home against your will because you forgot to bring breakfast food.
10 am - Head to town: This would be the perfect opportunity to explore Breckenridge, which is such a great town. This was not our first trip to Breck, so we wanted to make sure you all know that you should actually leave the house and do other things too.
12 pm – Get back to the house for some relaxation. Some of our activities included a bath, reading, watching a movie in bed, a nap, etc…
2 pm – In-home massages
- In true Luxury form, we had the massage therapist, Gretta, come to us from Sol Impressions Massage Studio. The massages were wonderful and the middle floor provided the perfect relaxing atmosphere with the fireplace and the tranquil music being played throughout.
4 pm – Hot tub and steam shower
5 pm – Make dinner
6:30 pm – Head back down to the theatre for the evening
Coffee in the bathtub and brainstorm excuses for why you can’t check-out today
10 am – Head home
The Rest of Your Life:
Wondering why you always have to walk up the stairs instead of taking an elevator, feeling like you should be in some sort of warm water source, and regretting not building that fort in the bunk bedroom that you kept telling yourself you were too mature to do.
In all seriousness though, we could not have asked for a better home or a better rental company for our girls’ weekend trip to Breckenridge. Next time we visit, and there will be a next time, we will have to take advantage of all the other things we didn’t do on this trip. Like making the short trip down the road to the gondola to ski, or taking the complimentary Winter Shuttle to one of Breck’s amazing restaurants. Do yourselves a favor and stay longer than a weekend, it’s not enough time for this oasis.