Summer Resorts 2001- Southern Rockies, Breckenridge, Colo.

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Breckenridge in summer is like your favorite big easy-chair-so comfortable you'll never want to leave. The brightly colored Victorian town is made for casual strolls and leisurely al fresco lunches. Cobalt-blue skies and sun-splashed meadows littered with bright wildflowers invite hikers to explore. Or hitch your bike onto the Colorado SuperChair for a ride to the top of Peak 8 and a white-knuckle singletrack downhill. Wile away the afternoon browsing art galleries or zooming down one of two alpine slides at the Summer Fun Park. Located at the base of Peak 8, the park's SuperPutt miniature golf course and giant two-level maze provide hours of fun. At the end of the day, watch the sun set over the Ten Mile Range as you play a twilight round of golf at Breckenridge's municipal Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. Situated at 9,324 feet above sea level, the course plays through valleys, forests and across streams. After a round of nine, 18, or 27-another Nicklaus-designed nine are opening August 1-head into town for a concert at the Riverwalk Center. Stargazing to the classical sounds of the summer-long Music Festival guarantees sweet dreams.

DON'T MISS A day of pampering at the Lodge & Spa at Breckenridge (970-453-9300; www.thelodgeatbreck.com). After a therapeutic massage, swim a few laps in the pool, soak in a hot tub or relax on the sun deck.

BEST DEAL From May 1 to Oct. 31, pay for three nights' lodging and receive one night of lodging free when you use your American Express card. Lodging options run the gamut from B&Bs to condos. Call 888-796-2818 or 970-453-6678, or visit www.gobreck.com.