Recently I was doing research for an article on vacation destinations and came to the realization that "fiddler's knee is a great place to vacation" did not tell me anything about Fiddler's knee. Some sites would go beyond that, "Fiddler's knee is a great place to vacation during the summer, it is warm and you can do stuff". Many of the places I found did not give me a tangible idea of where I could be going or what it had to offer if I did. How confusing for those travellers looking to vacation in a new area, off putting is more like it.
Many of you out there researching your vacation and what sort of Breckenridge lodging you would like to stay in may find yourself in a similar mindset to the one I just described. "Breckenridge is a great ski town, bring your jacket", may not cut it for you and leave you with a sense of anxiety about what Breckenridge Lodging you would like to book.
Because I manage Brecknridge lodging and want you to stay in Breckenridge rather that the place you went last year, I thought it wise to describe the Breckenridge lodging segments and the regions they are in. Hopefully it will be a useful tool for any of you out there who are looking for a specific sort of Breckenridge lodging in a specific area.
As I see it, Breckenridge is made up of six distinct regions, North, South, Central, West, East, and Blue River. I will try to explain the benefits and drawbacks of Breckenridge lodging in each. I will also attempt to explain what you can expect from your vacation while staying in each region.
North Breckenridge-Out of town, Mainly homes, some on bus route, some car required, luxury homes, close to amenities, low to high price range
This area includes the Highlands (by the golf course, great for luxurious summer vacations), silver shekel, fairmont residences, kingdom park townhomes, claimjumper, and a few others. This are includes the rec center (pools, fields, parks, courts, gym) the golf course, City Market (our largest grocery store) and the new gondola. Most of the places in this are are single family as opposed to condos and a good amount are long term occupied.
The west side of this area is closest to the stores and gondola, and has the lower end of nightly rates due to most of the homes being older. This area is on the bus route (free) and is within walking distance to many things as well.
The east side is comprised of mainly newer, luxury, single family homes as well as the golf course. These homes will have higher rates, but most of them are very large (sleep 12 or more) and much newer. This is a great place to stay if you don't want to be right in town and need some room (large family vacation). The access to the ski area, dining, and shopping is mainly drive to.
South Breckenridge-Close to town, slopes, Mix of condos and homes, on bus route, walk, variety of places to stay, mid to high price range.
This area of Breckenridge Lodging consists of a wide variety of condos (Mountainwood, Columbine, Powderhorn, Lift, Mariott, Tannenbaum, Corral, Mother Lode), townhomes(village point), And single Family homes (Warriors Mark). Most of the condos are the closest to the ski area, some are even walk to the lifts. As you move south, away from the ski area, you will find more rental homes. The prices are the lowest in the condos and highest on the single family homes.
Central Breckenridge- In town, mainly condos, walk to everything, on bus route, mid to high price range
The central area consists of mainly condos, but there is a wide variety of styles( Village, River Mountain Lodge, Park Place, One Breck Place, Der Steiermark, Sawmill Creek, Tyra, Pine Ridge, Blue Sky, Los Pinos, Pines, mountain thunder lodge). This is a great area if you can handle the action, very busy, especially during the ski season. Rates will vary from low to high depending on where you stay. Condos go from hotel rooms to 4 bedrooms, so you have plenty of choices. You probably won;t need a car if you stay here as you can walk to most anything, or take the free bus. There are a few ski in and out options in this area.
West Breckenridge- Made up of the base mountain lodges and homes at peak 9 and 8, ski in/out, walk to lift, on bus route, Higher end homes for rent, low to high end condos priced accordingly
The west area consists of the base areas of peaks 9 and 8. The base of 8 consists of more luxury homes and the base of 9 consists of mainly condos (Beaver Run). Most of this area is on the bus route, but walking is not a great option, so a car may be a good idea. It is a quieter area as it is not directly in town, and it is as close as you can get to the ski area.
East Breckenridge- Mostly rental homes, some in town, some further out, High price range
This area is made up of historic Breckenridge and many newer homes. There are very few condos in this area. Some of this area is on the bus route, but most of it is not, and most of it is too far to walk. Great views of the ten mile range (which includes our ski area) from the east side of breck.
Blue River- 3-7 miles south of Breckenridge, drive to location, mostly rental homes, low to high end homes, good variety, rural woodsy feel, peace and quiet, reasonable rates
We have several rental homes in this area. Appeals to mid to large size families or groups looking for a reasonable nightly rate without a drop in the quality of the accommodation. 3-7 miles south of the ski area, 5 minute drive. You will see wildlife and snow you will not experience in town.
Hope this helps with you Breckenridge Lodging selection. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions you have. Visit our site http://www.breckenridgeresortmanagers.com/blog// for a selection of lodging.