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What to do in Breckenridge During the Christmas Season
Posted by | Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Activities in Breckenridge

 

We love Christmas in Breckenridge! It is an amazing place to be during the holiday season. The whole town is decked out with lights and holiday décor. Even mother nature will help with the decorations and adorn the town with a snowy white blanket. It’s absolutely stunning. Breckenridge has something to do for the whole family. Here are a few of our favorite events during this holiday season.

Skate with Santa

On Christmas Eve you can treat your kids to the magical adventure of skating with Santa. The Stephen C. West Ice Arena is open to the public for Skate with Santa from 9:00-3:00. There is a designated outdoor skate from 11:15-1:00. You can rent skates for the whole family or bring your own.

A Rocky Mountain Christmas

The Backstage Theatre is hosting a production of A Rocky Mountain Christmas. This holiday musical features a Christmas celebration that takes place in historic 1880s Breckenridge. A family must stick together during a surprise snowstorm. Your whole family will be entertained by this charming holiday production. The show runs December 14th-29th you can purchase tickets online at BreckCreate.org.

Yonder Mountain String Band

On December 30th, catch this band live at the Riverwalk Center. The band features a sound that fuses bluegrass with rock and other influences. The Riverwalk Center offers a great environment for enjoying music. The intimate theatre feels up close and personal. A concession stand offers high quality food, beer and wine. You will enjoy an evening out with the thoroughly unique and entertaining Yonder Mountain String Band.

 

What to do in Breckenridge during Christmas Season

Church Services

You can attend a wonder-filled and awe inspiring Christmas Eve service at one of Breckenridge’s historic churches. Father Dyer Methodist Church offers a family service at 3:00 and four candlelight services throughout the evening. St. John’s Episcopal Church offers a family service at 4:00 pm and three candlelight services throughout the evening, as well as a 10:30 am Christmas Day service. The Catholic church will be hosting mass at 4:00 and 6:00pm at the Riverwalk Center. St. Mary’s will host a mass at 9:00pm.

 

Christmas Activities in Breckenridge CO

 

The Lighting of Breckenridge

The formal Lighting of Breckenridge took place on Dec. 2nd. It was celebrated with a Santa run, and Christmas celebrations in the local shops and business. While the official lighting has already taken place, the lights throughout the city are stunning. Walk on Main St. after dark to enjoy the beauty, color, and warmth of the lights on a cold night.

Eating Out

Skip the meal prep so you can enjoy more family time or more time on the slopes this year. Many restaurants are open, but very busy on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Be sure to make a reservation as soon as you know where you want to eat, so that you won’t have to wait hours for your meal.

A Magical Christmas

Christmas is magical in the mountains. Whether you spend all of your time on the slopes, or take in some of the events around town, you are a sure to have a special holiday. With bright lights and white snow, you can have a memorable Christmas!

 

Photo Credit: Carl Scofeild / Breckenridge Tourism Office


How to Pamper Yourself on Your Breck Vacation
Posted by toby | Monday, November 27, 2017

Pamper Yourself on Your Vacation Breckenridge

Vacation is the perfect time to relax and rejuvenate. It is the ideal opportunity to pamper yourself so that you feel great when you return home. While Breckenridge is known for its skiing and snowboarding, it also offers many ways to pamper yourself on your vacation!

Get the Massage and the Facial

If you are out on the slopes or hiking miles on the trail, your body and mental state will benefit from the outdoor exposure, but your muscles may feel sore. Before you head home, schedule a massage. A massage will leave you feeling loose and relaxed. While you are at the spa, go above and beyond for yourself and add on a facial or body treatment. It is not very often that you have time to take care of your body, both inside and out. Take full advantage of this opportunity to go back to the daily grind refreshed and rejuvenated.

Massage on your Vacation in Breckenridge

 

Eat Well

Breckenridge has numerous restaurants featuring all kinds of cuisine. You can enjoy comfort food, international food, cuisine with modern flair, or food served with a view. Try out new restaurants, new dishes, and splurge on eating well. In Breckenridge you can even eat well with out indulging on calories with all of the healthy options available.

Drink Well

Summit County offers breweries, wineries, distilleries and more. No matter what type of drink you enjoy, you can find some truly distinct beverages that are unique to this particular region. Check out the region’s breweries on Colorado Brewery List. Taste wines at The Continental Divide Winery on Main Street. Try decadent whiskeys and other spirits at the Breckenridge Distillery.

What to do on your Breckenridge Vacation

Book a Unique Excursion

In Summit County there are exciting adventures that you can rarely encounter anywhere else. You can go on a dog sled tour and enjoy the winter scenery in a way that is entirely unique. Or, you can book a snowmobile tour for a high adrenaline adventure through magnificent scenery. Check out Good Times Adventures for their various tours. Take a magical sleigh ride pulled by stunning draft horses. Sip hot cocoa as you enjoy the quiet scenery of the mountains or book a sleigh ride to a cozy, hearty dinner and show.

Whether you love fine food and drinks, or the adventure of a unique excursion, there are plenty of ways to pamper yourself in Breckenridge. Invest in a massage, bring back some local spirits, and relax and drift off beside the fire. You deserve a fantastic vacation, so plan ahead so that you can make the most of it!

For a full list of local companies we recommend, visit our concierge page!


Dew Tour and Other Sports Events for the Whole Family on your Breck vacation
Posted by | Monday, November 13, 2017

Are you looking for a fun and free event that will entertain the whole family on your Breck vacation? The Dew Tour brings extreme skiing and snowboarding to Breckenridge. This five day event begins on Wednesday, Dec. 14th and concludes on Sunday, Dec. 17th. The event features individual events in ski and snowboard slopestyle and superpipe. Qualifiers take place on Wednesday and Thursday and finals happen on Friday and Saturday. Sunday features a special team competition.

All of the competitive events are free to spectators. You can watch some of the world’s top ranking skiers and snowboarders tackle challenging terrain and attempt gravity defying tricks and jumps. The whole family is welcome to enjoy this thrilling event.

Evening Events

In the evenings there are a variety of events at the Riverwalk Center. The Powder Awards by Powder Magazine take place on Thursday night. The Transworld Snowboarding RIDERS POLL AWARDS will happen on Friday night. Catch the Floozies in concert on Saturday night. All of the Riverwalk Center events require tickets and they can be purchased in advance on the Dew Tour website.

In-Town Events

In addition to the events on the slopes, the town will feature a festival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from 2-6 pm on the Blue River Plaza and on Main Street. Friday will also include a streetstyle competition on Main Street. Click here for a map of all of the Dew Tour events.

More Sporting Events

If you are looking for more sporting events check out the holiday ice skating show. This show features students and teachers at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. The event showcases skills and routines developed over the course of the year. The performance will be on Dec. 8th. Tickets are $6.50 and kids under three get in free! On Saturday, Dec. 2nd your family can run or watch as hundreds of Santas make their way down Main Street during the annual Santa Run.

Register to run together for this .75 mile race or watch the fun for free. Following the race, the awe-inspiring lighting of Breckenridge kicks off the magical holiday season.

Quality Time

Enjoy the slopes together and then take in some of these fun events as a family. The Dew Tour will be sure to enthrall everyone in the family as professionals showcase their impressive skills. Other fun events around Breckenridge will keep your whole family entertained. Cherish quality time on your family vacation during the exciting winter season in Breckenridge.

Photo Credit: Breckenridge Tourism Office


Shopping in Breckenridge
Posted by | Monday, October 30, 2017

Shopping in Breckenridge CO

When you want to take a break from the slopes you can enjoy meandering on Main Street in Breckenridge. Historic Main Street offers blocks of traditional downtown shopping. Whether you are looking for gear, one-of-a-kind boutique clothing, or souvenirs to remember your trip, Breckenridge has something for everyone.

Gear

If you are into gear, there are shops that carry specific name brand gear such as Patagonia, North Face and Columbia. Other shops offer a broad range of outdoor brands and equipment. Many shop owners and employees are outdoor enthusiasts themselves and are very knowledgeable about the best kinds of gear for your outdoor adventures. Check out Mountain Outfitters on Ridge St. for helpful staff and a collection of backcountry equipment you won’t find anywhere else.

Shopping in Breckenridge CO

Boutiques

Not into gear? Main Street boasts a variety of boutique clothing shops. At one of these fun and funky shops you can find the perfect, unique clothing piece that no else has. Pop into Vintage Sweet and Chic or Moxie to grab a new look.

Galleries

Breckenridge also has a rich arts culture and various galleries feature many local artists, both from Breckenridge and around Colorado. Breckenridge Gallery is on Main Street and displays a variety of artists from around Colorado featuring dreamlike landscapes, whimsical sculptures, stunning portraits, and more. Raitman Art Galleries describes their gallery by stating, “Art should be unique. Art should be uplifting. Art should be fun. Above all, the art we collect should make us smile.” The striking art displayed in their gallery is also by a wide variety of Colorado artists.

Shopping in Breckenridge CO

Around Town

Main Street is charming. It evokes the feeling of shopping in a small, quaint town, but the shops offer current and contemporary art, clothing, and top of the line gear. You can even get a commemorative Christmas ornament at the Christmas Shop! Nothing is quite as inviting as the warm glow of the lights through the shop windows just after sunset on Main Street. While you can find just about everything you need and want right on Main Street, don’t forget to get off the beaten path and check out the shops and galleries on Ridge St., French St. and the gear shops on N. Park Avenue. When you are not enjoying all of the outdoor activity Breckenridge has to offer, take time to stroll around town and enjoy the shops. For a full directory of shops in Breckenridge check out GoBreck.

 

Photos: Breckenridge Tourism Office


Prepping Your Vacation Rental in Breckenridge For Winter
Posted by admin | Friday, September 29, 2017

Breckenridge Vacation Rental Maintenance TipsWe love winter in Breckenridge! While all the seasons hold their charm, winter is the main reason people flock to Breckenridge. Since your rental property will be bustling throughout the winter, it’s important to prep it now for the upcoming busy season. The last thing you want is an emergency repair during Christmas week.

Here’s a few shoulder season prep items we recommend for every vacation rental in Breckenridge.

Make sure your furnace and all appliances are in great condition.

Breckenridge Vacation Rental Maintenance Tips Have a technician to check the heating system, replace any filters and ensure that it is in working order for the busy season. Check all appliances for wear and tear. If any are starting to show their age, consider replacing now so you aren’t surprised with a repair at an inopportune moment. A major disaster could ruin someone’s vacation, equal income loss or poor reviews during a busy weekend.

Consider investing in a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat that you can control from your phone. Turning down the heat while you property is unoccupied will save a lot on utilities.

Clean and Inspect the Fireplace, Wood Burning Stove

If your property has a fireplace or a wood burning stove, have the chimney cleaned and inspected. Make sure the flue is in proper working order. Split and stack wood in accessible locations. A warm fire on a cold night is a big draw for many visitors. If you don’t have a fireplace or stove, you may want to install one to attract more renters. Also be sure to include thorough written instructions for use to avoid any mishaps and to make this amenity simple and easy to use.

Inspect the Roof

You should inspect your roof for any damage. Clean out gutters and remove debris. If you see any shingles that need repair, flashing that doesn’t look right, or damage to chimneys or vents, call a contractor to make the needed repairs. By taking care of your roof you will extend its life. Clean gutters and proper insulation can prevent problems caused by ice dams which are formed when heat from the house causes snow to melt. The melted snow then refreezes to make an ice dam. Water can back up behind an ice dam and seep into your home, causing damage to both your roof and your interior. Signs of water damage in the interior may indicate you have a problem with insulation or with your roof.

 Vacation Rental Maintenance TipsHire a Snow Removal Contractor

If you’ve been through a winter here, you know you need a plan for snow removal. If you choose to hire a contractor, be sure to know what their rules are regarding parking during or after a big snowfall. Clean sidewalks and driveways will make your property pleasant for guests. However, guests whose vehicles are in the way can prohibit your contractor from doing their job. Make sure you and your guests have a clear understanding of how snow removal will work.

Winter in Breckenridge is magical. Don’t let a vacation rental that is not prepared for big snows and cold temperature hinder guests from experiencing the magic. Performing minor repairs and preparing your home for winter can save major headaches and expenses later in the year.


Colorado's Best Leaf-peeping Hikes and Drives
Posted by toby | Monday, September 18, 2017

Best Leaf-peeping Hikes in Colorado

September is Colorado’s golden month. The weather is cool, but sunny and inviting. The aspen put on a spectacular display before the winter. It is the perfect time to head out for a drive and enjoy the high country. Keep in mind that the aspen in the high country change much sooner than those on the front range. You will have to catch these brief blazes of glory by mid-September if you want the best show. The Smokey Mountains offers a fun interactive leaf prediction map for the entire country during the fall of 2017. You can watch the map predict when the leaves will be at their peak where you are. If you plan to head into the mountains, here are three drives that will not disappoint.

Kenosha Pass

An easy loop that will take you from Denver and back again starts on Hwy 285. From C-470 take this highway south towards Fairplay. You will pass through the stunning display while the South Platte River flows down the mountains alongside the highway. The summit of Kenosha Pass offers spectacular views, access to the Colorado Trail, and a comfortable picnic area. Descending the pass into South Park, you will have an exquisite vista of this high mountain plain. Take a right at Hwy 9 in Fairplay to summit Hoosier Pass and drop into Breckenridge. Stop here and enjoy the foliage along the Blue River. Then continue on Hwy 9 to Frisco. Instead of taking I-70 from Frisco, take a right on Dillon Dam Road and savor the scenic views along Lake Dillon. From the Dillon/Silverthorne area you can get back on I-70 and return to Denver. This entire route is paved and is easy for any vehicle to manage.

Best Leaf-peeping Trails in ColoradoBoreas Pass

If you are feeling adventurous, Boreas Pass offers an alternative to Hwy 9 and Hoosier Pass. Take Hwy 285 as you would toward Fairplay. After Kenosha Pass, take a right in Como (before Fairplay) off of Hwy 285 and follow Boreas Pass into Breckenridge. This pass is unpaved for the majority of the route, but is passable for most vehicles. At the top of the pass stop to take a hike on the well-developed Black Powder Pass trail. The aspen and views along this pass are magical. Boreas Pass is closed in the winter, so be sure to go before the snow flies. If you stay in Breckenridge for a day or two, hike McCullough Gulch or take the Gondola to the top of Peak 8 for even more golden vistas.

Independence Pass

Aspen is named for the trees that are so irresistible in September. There are several enticing leaf peeping drives in this area and getting there can be another adventure! To take the long way, drive Hwy 285 South all the way to Buena Vista. Go north on Hwy 24 through Buena Vista. The Arkansas River rolls along this road and there are beautiful cliffs and canyons to take in. At In-dependence Pass or Hwy 82, head towards Aspen. This will bring you along Twin Lakes and to the summit for high alpine views of fall foliage. Once in Aspen, The Aspen Chamber suggests driving Maroon Creek Drive and Castle Creek Road. See the famously photographed Maroon Bells in person. Take I-70 home and stop in Glenwood Spring for a soak in the hot springs, or hike the spectacular Hanging Lakes Trail.

Best Leaf-peeping Trails in ColoradoTrail Ridge Road

Rocky Mountain National Park is right in Denver’s backyard. For one of the most scenic loops through the park and back, take Hwy 6 through Golden, head north on Hwy 119 towards Black Hawk. Stay on Hwy 72 to Estes Park. Enter the park on the east side and drive the famous Trail Ridge Road across the top of the park. Exit through Grand Lake on the west side. Go south on HWY 40, through the Winter Park area, taking Berthoud Pass back to I-70. Rocky Mountain National Park is extremely busy on the weekends during peak leaf season, so plan to visit during the week, or start out early in the morning to avoid long lines. Remember that entrance to the park will require a fee.

Plan Accordingly

These three leaf peeping trips will inspire awe and wonder as you experience the most stunning views Colorado has to offer. As you head out, keep in mind that early in the morning is often the best time for views. Afternoon thunderstorms can obscures views at high altitudes. Also, be pre-pared for cooler temperatures and intense sun. High altitudes are often much chillier than weather on the Front Range. Don’t forget sunscreen. Even a few minutes of exposure at high altitudes can cause skin damage. With a little planning you can spend a day or weekend enjoying one of Colorado’s most glorious seasons.


5 Must Have Amenities for your Rental Property
Posted by admin | Friday, July 28, 2017

Must Have amenities for short term rental in Breckenridge CO

Are you thinking about renting your investment property in Breckenridge? Wondering how to make your property stand out from the many other properties in Breckenridge?

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your short term rental desirable. But there are a few easy things that you can do to make your vacation rental inviting and entice guests to come back, year after year. A return guest and positive referrals can significantly increase the amount of days your property is rented.

Here’s a few amenities that will make your renter’s stay unique and memorable, ensuring guest satisfaction, positive reviews and repeat visitors. 

Fast WiFi

Tripping cites a survey that found wifi and internet was the most important amenity to travelers surveyed. Many vacationers won’t even consider a place that doesn’t have wifi available. People work on the go and almost everybody connects with friends to share their adventures. Staying connected is significant to your guests, so make sure your internet connection is fast and easy to use.

Must Have amenities for short term property rental in Breckenridge COFully Stocked Kitchen

Vacation rentals offer the advantage of being able to cook meals - something a standard hotel room cannot offer. Make your kitchen convenient by stocking items that most people wouldn’t want to buy for a weekend of meal prep. Basic spices are important, but also consider items like sugar, flour and cooking oil. Keep cereal, tea, hot cocoa, and coffee on hand. Storage containers are also a convenient touch. Small appliances, such as a slow cooker, blender, and mixer also make the kitchen easy to use for meal prep.

Outdoor Fire Pit

Everyone enjoys lounging under a starry sky around a warm bonfire. Create an inviting space with seating provided. Make sure your permits are clearly posted, as well as any important regulations such as fire regulations. If a fire pit isn’t a possibility for your location, any kind of deck or outdoor seating will be attractive. Hammocks, rocking chairs, or a porch swing also make a positive impression.

Laundry

Adventuring can be messy. A great amenity to have on hand is in-unit laundry, at no additional cost. Families in particular appreciate this amenity. Go above and beyond and provide laundry soap to truly make your guests feel cared for.

Games, Sleds and Insider Info

And lastly, it’s important to do what you can to make your guests have a memorable and fun-filled vacation. Stock the house with board games and playing cards, sleds for family winter activities, brochures about various activities or recommended restaurants. Anything you can do to make your guests feel more at home in a new place and help them create memories. Some owners even choose to have a Netflix or Hulu account attached to the TV and ready for use by the guests. 

The Small Touches

It is often the smaller, thoughtful touches that make the biggest impressions on guests. These six amenities will help your guests’ trips go smoothly and allow them to thoroughly enjoy your vacation rental. When you need help managing your vacation rental don’t hesitate to contact Breckenridge's professional property managers, Breckenridge Resort Managers to find out how we can help you offer the best possible stay for your guests.


Beginner Mountain Biking Trails in Breckenridge CO
Posted by toby | Thursday, July 20, 2017

Beginner Mountain Bike Trails in Breckenridge CO

Mountain biking is a thrilling way to experience the beautiful views, stunning wildflowers, and wildlife that Breckenridge has to offer. However, if you are new to the sport, it can be a bit intimidating. Breckenridge offers a wide variety of trails ranging from easy to very difficult. Many of them can be accessed from town so there is no need to load up your bike and drive.

Etiquette Tips

As you bike, keep biking etiquette in mind. Most trails are open to hikers and horseback riders. Some trails even have off road vehicles. Mountain bikers should keep an eye out for and yield to hikers and horses. Bikers going uphill also always have the right of way. If you are unsure about what to do, just stop for a moment and say hello.

What to Consider

When you are looking for trails to ride be sure to consider the elevation gain, type of trail, whether it is road, dirt road or single track, distance, and if it is a loop or an out and back trail. This information will help you decide whether or not a trail fits your comfort level. For tips, recommendations, and even rentals you can always stop into one of the many bike shops in town. They can alert you to any unfavorable trail conditions and let you know what the best trail for your skill level would be.

Three Trails to Try

Beginner Mountain Bike Trails Breckenridge These three trails are great trails for beginners to get started in mountain biking. Don’t forget to bring water, a snack, a pump, and an extra tube. You never know what might happen out on a ride and it is important to be prepared.

Blair Witch

This is a four mile loop of single track. You can get to the trail from a parking lot off of Tiger Rd. You can access trails to Keystone off of this loop if you are looking for a longer ride. To stay on the loop keep to the left at the intersections. Bikenridge offers more explicit trail instructions.

Blue River Trail

This trail is a simple out and back trail covering about three miles. You can look for it on the first big curve on Boreas Pass Road or you can find it from the Little Mountain Trails near the ice arena. The trail is primarily single track, but there are two short stretches of paved road. It includes a few short climbs, however, the trail only climbs 320 ft. total. This is a very comfortable and rewarding trail that is accessible from town. More detailed directions, pictures, and information are available from MTB Project.

Sallie Barber Trail

Beginner Mountain Bike Trails Breckenridge This trail will take you past some historic mine sites, alongside streams and through aspen groves. You can ride to this trail from town. It includes paved road, dirt road and single track. The route is about 12 miles long. Go east up Wellington Rd. until it turns into French Gulch Rd. At about 6.7 miles up French Gulch Rd. look for Sallie Barber Rd. that curves to the right. You will look for the single track Barney Ford Trail, follow signs toward Moonstone Tr. and finally take Carter Park Trail back into town. For more detailed instructions see this article from Summit Daily.

Get Started!

Whether you have an hour or a whole day, you can find a trail near Breckenridge that can suit your abilities and time constraints. If you are concerned about starting out on your own, there are also several guided rides and courses offered throughout the summer to learn basic mountain biking skills. Get started biking today!

 


Best Decks in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Best Outdoor Decks in Breckenridge

In the summer, the weather is unbelievably perfect in Breckenridge. Dry air and mild temperatures make outdoor dining comfortable and pleasant. In addition, there are very few mosquitos and other bugs that tend to make eating outside at lower altitudes less enjoyable. And if you are wondering what are the best places for outside dining in Breckenridge, we’ve got you covered.

Kenosha Steak House

This steak house offers a homey deck to relax and enjoy a beer as well as a gorgeous view of Breckenridge Ski Resort. Choose from thirty-one beers on tap and soak in a sunny view. This easy-to-access deck is right off of Main Street so you won’t have to travel far. They even have horseshoes in the back garden.

Traverse

For some of the most stunning views in Breckenridge, head to the Traverse. This restaurant is located in the Lodge at Breckenridge and involves a short trek up Boreas Pass Rd. The travel time is worth the vistas. You won’t find this view anywhere else. 

The Motherloaded Tavern

If you are looking for something a little more lively, head on down to The Motherloaded Tavern. This tavern’s menu is full of rich comfort food with unique flair. The Motherloaded Tavern is known for having local artists perform and even open mic nights.

Mi Casa

Relax on the water on Mi Casa’s casual patio. This inviting deck offers a view of the dredge pond and the surrounding mountains. There no better place in Breckenridge to sit back and enjoy a margarita while the sun slips down behind the mountains.

Fatty’s Pizzeria

For family friendly outdoor dining, try Fatty’s Pizzeria one block from Main Street Breck. With a menu sure to please everyone in the family, this restaurant offers generous portions, housemade pizza, sandwiches and salads.

Sevens

When you want to eat above 10,000 feet, take the gondola to Sevens. Sevens is located in the Grand Lodge at Peak 7. The large patio at Sevens opens up to the grassy hills on Peak 7. You can join friends in a game of corn hole and dogs are allowed on the patio. This is the ideal place to relax with family or refuel after your mountain bike ride.

The Quandary Grille

The Quandary Grille can be found on the south end of Main Street, inside Main Street Station. The large patio offers a view of Maggie Pond and Peaks 9 and 10. Enjoy a steak or burger on this inviting patio. Main Street Station also offers two hours of convenient parking, free in their underground lot.

The Crown

If you want to enjoy your coffee outdoors, stop into The Crown. The Crown offers excellent breakfast dishes until 11:30 and then serves a lunch menu. 

The Crown is located right on Main Street, so you won’t have to travel far to find it. If it is too late in the day for coffee, you can enjoy a drink from the bar. The Crown closes at 8:00 pm so it is best to enjoy their patio earlier in the day.

Enjoying the outdoors doesn’t have to stop after your hike or mountain bike ride. Relax and take in an outdoor meal at one of Breckenridge’s many excellent and welcoming restaurants.

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5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Investment Property
Posted by toby | Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Investing in Rental Properties in Breckenridge

Owning a rental property is profitable and can offer high returns. It can be a great way to fund a vacation property that you use occasionally or even to earn extra income. Nonetheless, it can also be complex. Here are five tips that will help you get the most out of your investment property.

1) Book Return Renters

One of the best ways to ensure a continual revenue stream is to keep it regularly booked. Satisfied renters like to take the guess work out of planning and will return to your property year after year. Going above and beyond to help you clients have a comfortable, fun and worry-free stay will encourage your guests to book their next trip as soon as possible. When your property is in high demand it sends a signal to other potential renters that your property is high quality and trustworthy. 

Rental Property Investment in Summit County CO

Here at Breckenridge Resort Managers, client satisfaction and return customers are at the very core of how we work. 

2) Know Your Tax Deductions

Did you know you can receive tax deductions on rental properties for renovations or repairs? However, claiming a vacation home as a rental property has some very specific rules attached. For example, you cannot use the home for more than 14 days of personal use or you must figure taxes using percentages of your time staying in the home. The more you know about the tax laws, the more potential you have to keep your profits. If you are not familiar with tax code, it will be worth your money to hire a professional to make sure you are getting the most out of your property.

3) Know Your Renters

Some vacationers want an affordable place to sleep but plan to spend the majority of their time on other adventures. Other vacationers want an attractive and luxurious place to stay with all of the bells and whistles. It’s important to know which clientele best suits your property.

If most of your renters are only looking at the price point, don’t spend extra money on fancy upgrades or expensive amenities. Keep the rental price low to attract a steady flow of adventurers. If your renters tend to be the latter, you will want to make sure your property is up to par. Comfortable furniture, a well stocked kitchen, a game room, a fireplace or fire pit, and a hot tub are all amenities that will that many vacationers will splurge for and will make your property stand out.

4) Excellent Customer Service

Renters want to feel like they are a priority. Consistent communication, a quick response to complaints, and a property that is easy to use will help your renters feel more at home. It’s crucial that quick and professional communication be the norm with clients, no matter the request. (Did we mention we have a 24 hour answering service for guests?)

5) Property Management Service

RealEstate.com reports that a property management service will help improve your returns, save you time and headaches, as well as increasing your profits.

Rental Property Investment in Summit County CO

It can be hard to offer excellent customer service, make repairs and ensure client satisfaction and loyalty when you live far away from your rental property, or even when you have a full time job that demands your attention. While a property management service costs a percentage of your rental value, the benefits outweigh the costs. A property management service like Breckenridge Resort Managers is crucial for getting the most profit from your investment property. We will ensure that your clients stay happy, are cared for and look forward to returning.

If you are considering a rental property or are already invested in one, seek out financial and property management professionals to help you determine how to get the most out of your investment property.

 


What To Do In Breck During The Summer
Posted by toby | Friday, June 2, 2017

Summer Family Activities in Breckenridge

Breckenridge has tons of summer activities for the whole family. If the cool, fresh mountain air, spectacular views and fields of wild alpine flowers are not enough to draw you into the mountains, there are plenty of events and activities to enjoy with your friends and family. Here are a few of our favorites.

Tours with Breckenridge Heritage Alliance

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance offers a broad range of walking tours guided by local experts. You can take a leisurely stroll through the historic district in downtown, join friends for a Victorian Tea in a historic home, or take a Twilight Tombstone Tour. They also offer hikes to historic mining ghost towns and other places of interest near Breckenridge.

Family Summer Activities in Breckenridge

Country Boy Mine 

Located just two miles from downtown Breckenridge, the Country Boy Mine is the perfect place to learn about the area’s rich mining history. Once an active gold mine, you can now take a mine tour and see what it was like working underground. This isn’t just a museum; you can also try panning for gold yourself or slide down the 55 ft. ore shoot. The Country Boy Mine is a great attraction for the whole family.

Festivals

There are festivals and events most weekends throughout the summer. Plan your trip around an event that piques your interest, such as the WAVE: Light + Water event, Breckenridge Beer Fest, or The International Festival of Arts. Take in exhibits and events throughout the festivals while enjoying all the shops and dining in downtown Breckenridge.

Events at the Riverwalk Center

The Riverwalk is a venue that offers concerts and events ranging from free late night movies to classical performances to folk concerts. Check out their schedule and enjoy your favorite artists in this stunning venue.

Hike a 14er

Colorado is proud of its many peaks over 14,000 feet, lovingly called 14ers. There is no shortage of 14ers near Breckenridge. Mt. Quandary is one of the most commonly ascended peaks. The trailhead is easy to access, located off of Highway 9 going south toward Hoosier Pass. Start early in the morning to avoid dangerous afternoon thunderstorms. If your family is not up to a 14er, there are many easier hikes that allow you to enjoy beautiful scenery at a comfortable pace. See our past post about best hikes to view the wildflowers.

Local Hiking Trails

If a 14er isn’t in the schedule for you, try one from Breckenridge’s extensive trail system with hiking trails for all skill levels. Beginners, kids and families will enjoy Boreas Pass Rd which has great views, but is relatively flat and wide. More advanced hikers will enjoy Boreas Pass mountain trail or Baker’s Tank Trail which is littered with wild roses and other wildflowers. (Learn more about our local wildflowers here.) There are many options for trails of all lengths, which you can learn about here: http://www.breckenridgerecreation.com/fun-things-to-do-/open-space-trails/trail-maps

Epic Discovery

Take the Gondola up the mountain and experience Epic Discovery. An all day pass will get you access to the alpine slide, alpine coaster, ziplines, climbing walls, a bungee trampoline, mini golf and so much more. Epic Discovery provides a full day of activity for everyone in the family. Some of the activities have age and height requirements, so check to make sure your family can enjoy the activities they were looking forward to. Epic Discovery also offers off-road jeep tours, guided hikes, and guided mountain bike rides.Summer Family Activities in Breckenridge

Get Away

Summer is the ideal time to plan a getaway to the mountains. Leave the business and heat of the city behind. Enjoy quality time with your family at the many family friendly attractions. Find adventure on a hike or mountain bike ride. Enjoy miles of paved trails for road biking, play a round of golf and check out your favorite artists all within the vicinity of this relaxing mountain town. Book the perfect home base for your summer adventure with Breckenridge Resort Managers.

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Photo: "Old Gold Mine Near Breckenridge" by Lars Plougmann

Photo: "Blue Colombine on Boreas Pass" by Colorado's Wildflowers


Best Happy Hour in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Best Happy Hours in Breckenridge

One of the best ways to unwind after a day of tearing it up on the ski hill is to enjoy a drink with friends. Breckenridge has a wealth of unique restaurants and bars that cater to après ski. Here are some of the best places to find good happy hour specials.

The Motherloaded TavernBest Happy Hours in Breckenridge

The Motherloaded Tavern is the perfect stop for a cold evening. From 3-6 pm you can get $6 dollar hot drinks or mason jar cocktails that include house infusions such as maple walnut bourbon or cran-orange clove rum. Their happy hour specials also include $1 off beers with a selection of Colorado beers on tap and $3 cocktails and infusion shots. Toast a marshmallow at your table or enjoy disco tots with cheese and gravy to warm up. 

Hearthstone

If you want to enjoy a quiet glass of wine to wind down, Hearthstone offers an intimate and charming atmosphere set in a Victorian house with views of the ski resort. From 4-6 pm you can indulge in sophisticated small plates like wild caught red snapper or Colorado lamb meatballs. Choose from an extensive wine list for $6 or $8 dollar glasses. Their martinis are also one of a kind.

Kenosha Steak House

When you want a Colorado craft beer head to Kenosha Steak House. This happy hour gets started early running from 2-5 pm every afternoon. They offer $2 off their beer and wine. Choose from 31 different beers on tap.

Mi Casa

Happy hours in Breckenridge

Mi Casa is known for their margaritas. Choose from their vast selection of tequilas or one of their many Mexican beers. Nothing quenches a hunger and thirst quite like tacos and margaritas. They also offer free chips and a few different salsas in the bar area. The bar area is packed most days during happy hour, so get there early!

Modis

Modis offers two happy hours, 3-6 pm and 10-12 pm. They have an extensive list of creative and vintage cocktails that you won’t find anywhere else. They also have an expansive collection of wine. Enjoy the contemporary atmosphere and artful food at this modern bar and restaurant.

Gold Pan Saloon

Experience a piece of history while you enjoy your drink and a burger. Established in 1879, the Gold Pan Saloon holds the longest continuous liquor license west of the Mississippi. With remnants of the gold mining era everywhere you look, the Gold Pan Saloon offers a relaxed and historic atmosphere.

Ease out of the day and trade stories of epic runs at these quintessential Breckenridge happy hours.

Sources

“The Best Happy Hours in Breck: A Locals Guide” Best of Breckenridge

“Best Happy Hour in Breck” Breck


2017 Breckenridge International Snow Sculptures Championships
Posted by toby | Thursday, February 2, 2017

This is one of our favorite events of the year. It truly is spectacular. If you have never been, you must experience this one of a kind event. Teams from around the world come to Breckenridge to carve snow sculptures from a ten foot block of snow. Sculpting with snow has its own set of complications. Not only do teams compete against each other, they also must work against weather conditions and time. Too much sun will cause the fragile sculptures to melt. Too much snow can add extra weight or obscure detail on the structure. They have 65 hours to complete their sculpture and many carve throughout the night. Teams are only allowed to use rudimentary tools - no power tools. You’ll see pick axes, wire brushes, chisels and even a garden ho or two. Here are some of our favorite sculptures.

 

Sweden’s “4(ever) Wheels Reflection”

This sculpture is meant to reflect on the duality of our relationship with vehicles in modern society. Note the impressive detail and structure of this sculpture. It looks as if this car could drive right off its snow mound and speed off!

 

China’s “Mermaid”

This sculpture just drew me in. The expression and soul in the mermaids was striking. They seemed to move and shift with the light around it.

 

Team Turkey’s “Wormholes of the Universe”

Every year we get one or two sculptures that seem to defy gravity. This year’s “Wormholes of the Universe” and Team Vermont’s “(What’s Your) Sine Wave” do just that. This year’s sculptures were finished on Saturday am and will be open for viewing throughout this upcoming week. We encourage you to check out this one of a kind event. The forecast for this week predicts some sun and warmth, so these masterpieces will not last long! See you there.


5 Activities for the Whole Family on Your Breckenridge Vacation
Posted by toby | Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Family Activities in Breckenridge

In Breckenridge, you will find so much more than skiing and shopping.

In fact, you can find activities for everyone of all ages and interests. If you’re looking to spend some quality time with your entire family, Breckenridge is the place to visit because it has plenty of amazing family-friendly adventures to offer.

Round up your loved ones and try one, a few, or even all of the following winter activities in Breckenridge:

1. Sledding at Carter Park

The sledding hill at Carter Park is bigger than most at 300 feet in length, and it has a few bumps to give the daredevil in your family an adrenaline rush. The hill is so big and fun that your family can easily spend a few hours sledding there. An added bonus is the dog park right next to it, where your family can hang out with the dogs whenever someone needs to catch a breather from trekking up and down the hill.

Family Friendly Activities in Breckenridge

2. Ice skating at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena

At $8 per person and $4 per skate rental, your family can spend hours in the rink on a budget. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a fun event like Ullr Skate or Disco Ball Skate Night!

3. Visiting the Mountain Top Children’s Museum

This museum, which is located at the south end of Main Street, offers fascinating exhibits, creation stations, and activities for children ages 10 and under. The museum’s mission is to encourage imagination, creativity, and curiosity in children by exposing them to all kinds of fun subjects, including (but not limited to) animals, ski patrolling, outer space, color experimentation, arts and crafts, recycling, construction, dressing up, and more.

4. Spending an entire day at the Breckenridge Recreation Center

Fork over $15 per adult, $7.50 per child, $12 per senior citizen, or $38 for the whole family and enjoy 69,000 square feet of pure fun. The Breckenridge Recreation Center, which is found on Airport Road, has a gymnasium, indoor tennis courts, pools, a water slide, a racquetball court, basketball courts, a sauna, spas, a pro shop, an indoor rock climbing wall, and a child care center.

5. Hanging out at Downstairs at Eric’s Activities for the whole family in Breckenridge

This place has it all. Children and teenagers will find delight in the many arcade games around the restaurant. Parents and grandparents will jump at the chance to sit at the bar and throw back a few beers while watching the game on one of the few TVs behind the bar. The entire family will enjoy the extensive menu that includes burgers, pizza, gyros, sandwiches, salads, and more. An evening at Downstairs at Eric’s is time well spent.

In addition to the above activities, there are many more family-fun winter activities in Breckenridge. You can look into taking an art class with your children in the Breckenridge Art District, snowshoeing, visiting the Henry Ford Museum, or exploring at the Edwin Carter Discovery Center. There is something for everyone in your family!


Celebrate Winter with Ullr Fest 2017!
Posted by toby | Friday, December 16, 2016

Breckenridge winter family activities

 

Every January, locals and tourists gather for Ullr Fest to celebrate the reason we are all brought together – a passion for snow and winter!

This annual festival in Breckenridge takes place every January.  It is a weekend long festival with events for the whole family - a parade, an attempt at a world record, ice skating and more. You will find something for everyone is your family!

Before we get into the specifics, let’s get into a little history. Ullr is the Norse god of winter. He is known for traveling the countryside on skis or skates and being a lover of snow and winter. He is also known to love a good party, be handsome, strong with a bit of a rowdy streak. (Can you see why locals love him?) To locals, he brings snow and optimal winter conditions to worthy skiers and snowboarders.

This festival is our time to celebrate winter and blow off a little steam. Consider it a weekend long party or snow dance.

The festival kicks off with a parade and a world record.

Ullr 2017 Breckenridge winter activitiesParticipants over 21 years of age are invited to join in breaking the world record for the World’s Longest Shot-ski. If you have never seen a shot ski before, it is a ski with shot glasses attached. The shot takers line up, lift the ski and take the shot together. In this case, a quarter mile worth of skis are attached. Last year, we had 831 participants!

Immediately after the shot-ski, we have the parade. Locals do enjoy getting dressed up in their Viking costumes, so expect to see some characters - on and off the floats. Local businesses pull out all the stops for their floats. Past years have had floats towing skiers, hot tubs complete with crazy locals in bikinis, giant snow globes and all manner of rowdy locals.

If you are looking for a more family friendly activity, there will be a hockey game at the ice rink. Steven C. West Ice Arena will also have public ice skating and Ullr helmet decorating for the kids in your family.

Breckenridge winter family activitiesFamily Snow Day, at Carter Park, will have snowman contests, sledding and other games for the whole family.

Lastly, what winter celebration is complete without an ice plunge? Watch over 200 people prove their bravery by jumping into Maggie Pond in the dead of winter.

To see photos of past years, as well as a full schedule, visit GoBreck.com. See you out there! Pray for Snow!!


Our Favorite December Holiday Events in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Monday, November 28, 2016

Breckenridge Holiday Activities If there’s a town in Colorado that’s really bustling in the month of December, it’s Breckenridge. The quaint town of Breckenridge is renowned for its ski resort and holiday festivities that look and feel like they came straight out of a postcard. In addition to the cozy and welcoming Christmas lights lining Main Street, Victorian-style architecture from the 1800s, fresh white powdery snow, and horse carriage rides, Breckenridge boasts a handful of holiday events that significantly add to the winter wonderland experience the town has to offer. We decided to feature the following three Breckenridge holiday events as our favorites simply because these events are truly memorable and cannot be missed.

Our Favorite Breckenridge Holiday Activities

1. Race of the Santas

December 3, 2016. This is one of the yearly events in Summit County much anticipated by the locals. It takes place on the first weekend in December every year. This year, it will benefit a local charity called Adopt an Angel. You will see over 400 participants, all of whom are adults donning Santa suits, maneuvering through a course stretched out for six blocks. There is a cookie and milk station along the way, and the top winners of the race will be crowned with Ullr helmets and given other prizes. Both locals and visitors can participate and/or help a participant raise money for the charity. This race has raised at least $8,000 for various charities since the tradition began. You can register here.

2. Lighting of Breckenridge

Our Favorite Breckenridge Holiday Activities

December 3, 2016. Nothing shows off Breckenridge’s small town charm than the Lighting of Breckenridge. Locals and visitors alike gather together right after sunset to watch the massive Christmas tree next to the Breckenridge Welcome Center light up for the season. It’s a great way to top off a day full of festive events like the Race of the Santas, dance shows, holiday carols, and the Bernese Mountain Dog Parade. Be sure to head over to the Blue River Plaza for some free hot cocoa and cookies at 4:30!

3. Torchlight Parade

December 31, 2016 (New Years Eve). Head over to town to watch the folks from the Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard School glide down from the top of Peak 9 while carrying torches. Watching them illuminate the entire mountain after dark is really something to write home about. Even better, stick around until 9:00 PM and you will get to enjoy the fireworks, too!

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Our Favorite Vacation Ski In/Ski Out Rentals in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Ski In Ski Out Rentals in Breckenridge

Breckenridge is truly a winter wonderland that has the potential to give you a magical once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience. The absolute best way to make the most out of your Breckenridge vacation is to relax at a nice, comfortable, and cozy ski in/ski out rental property after a long day of playing in the snow. The place you choose to rent can make or break your vacation. That’s why we put together a list of three of the very best ski in/ski out properties in Breckenridge. Even our budget friendly ski in/ski out properties offer an optimal lodging experience with a fireplace, full kitchen and a top-notch location. Our most high end property is incredibly luxurious and offers more than you could have imagined.

Ski In Ski Out Rentals in Breck

1. Trails End

455 Village Road / Breckenridge, CO

1-bedroom condo, starting at $109/night

Why we love this property: Even though the unit at Trails End is ridiculously affordable, it still offers more bang for the buck than usual. For only $109 - $239 a night (depending on the time of the year), you get enough bedding for 4, a full kitchen, a fireplace, a private deck, and access to indoor and outdoor hot tubs. Did we mention that the unit is only a block from Main Street and the Quicksilver chair lift is right in its backyard? Click here to book this rental property.

2. Tyra Summit

800 Four O’Clock Road / Breckenridge, CO

2-bedroom condo, starting at $139/night

Why we love this ski-in/ski-out property: A walking distance from the Snowflake chair lift and downtown Breckenridge, the 1124 square-foot unit at Tyra Summit boasts an oversized foyer for degearing (an absolute must, given how wet and dirty skiing gear can get), comfortable leather couches, a full updated kitchen, a laundry room, and a large rear deck. On the premises you can find underground parking, an indoor pool, hot tubs, and a clubhouse. Click here to book this rental property.

Breckenridge Ski In Ski Out Rentals

3. Crystal Peak Lodge

1891 Ski Hill Rd / Breckenridge, CO

4-bedroom condo, starting at $425/night

Why we love this property: If you’re going all out on your vacation, we highly recommend this luxurious 2060 square-foot unit. It comes with all the bells and whistles, including (but definitely not limited to) a full high-end kitchen with all the appliances and supplies, windows with majestic views, the richest linens, and plenty of plush oversized seating. Not only that, but also the complex is located right next to the Independence chair lift at the base of Peak 7. It’s also next to the Breck Connect Gondola, which will take you right downtown in a matter of 10 minutes. The unit is luxurious and high-end, but it doesn’t stop there. The complex, which is just as luxurious, also has plenty to offer, including onsite hot tubs, a bowling alley, a movie theater, a steam room, a fitness center, fire pits, and various recreation areas. Click here to book this rental property.

See more of our fantastic ski in- ski out properties in Breckenridge here.


What to do in Breck for the Non-Skiier
Posted by toby | Saturday, October 22, 2016

Breckenridge may be a ski wonderland, but it’s still a worthwhile visit for non-skiers. The quaint town is chock full of amazing restaurants and lively bars that can keep you occupied during the entire duration of your vacation.

However, if you’re looking to add a little “oomph” to your trip, check out the following Breck activities you can enjoy without having to hit the slopes.

1. Shopping on Main Street

Breckenridge has its share of souvenir shops, but what makes the town truly exceptional is the fact that it’s also peppered with old buildings and houses converted into locally-owned shops selling handmade goods by local artists. Such items include soap, chainsaw wood carvings, chocolates, ornaments, paintings, Native American jewelry, art pieces, and many more. Even if you don’t intend to purchase anything, it’s still fun to stroll up and down Main Street and soak in all its shops have to offer.

2. Snowshoeing

If you’ve always wanted to check out the hiking trails in Breckenridge, you’re in luck. The trails may be blanketed in snow, but a pair of wool socks and snowshoes make it possible for you to navigate the paths less traveled in the winter. Did you know that Breckenridge has at least 30 miles of snowshoeing trails? Head over to the Breckenridge Nordic Center and rent a pair of snowshoes for only 20 bucks!

3. Ice Skating

The Stephen C. West Ice Arena located right off the south end of Main Street boasts an indoor ice rink and an outdoor ice rink. Admission is $8, and you can rent a pair of figure or hockey skates for $4. Twelve bucks for a full day’s fun? Count us in!

4. Sledding

Bust out your winter gear, grab a snow tube or sled at the Walmart in Frisco, head over to Carter Park, and get to sleddin’. The sledding hill at Carter Park is something to write home about, as it is pretty high and about 300 feet in length. You can walk down to Main Street after you’ve had your fill of sledding and enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa at Clint’s Bakery & Coffee House.

5. Touring a Distillery

The award-winning Breckenridge Distillery, also known as the world’s highest distillery, offers free tours with complimentary tastings of their spirits every day between 11am to 6pm. You can also splurge on an after hours VIP tour, which offers a more comprehensive overview of the art of distilling alcohol and the chance to sample any new flavor they may be working on at the moment.

6. Attending a Concert

Breckenridge is actually quite cultured with its Riverwalk Center just a block over from Main Street. The beautiful venue hosts many different concerts on a regular basis. Maybe there’s one right up your alley when you’re in town.

7. Get Pampered 

Many folks love a good old fashioned pampering while on vacation. Get a massage, facial or manicure at one of our many top rated salons.

8. Sleigh Ride and Dinner Theater

Take a ride on a horse drawn sleigh through the beautiful snowy forests. Your ride will finish at a historic mining camp where you’ll meet some of Breckenridge’s most infamous characters. This dinner theater is something the whole family will enjoy!

You can also attend a festival, take a cooking class, play board games at The Crown, go snowmobiling, or pretty much anything else.  While Breckenridge is most known for the adventure, that is far from all it has to offer.

The possibilities are endless!

 


The 4 Best Hikes to Experience the Aspens in Summit County
Posted by toby | Sunday, October 9, 2016

 

Autumn has arrived, and what better way to soak it all in than to go on a hike in the midst of a sea of Aspen trees?

Every year, autumn brings us a spectacular opportunity to watch the leaves of our Aspen trees turn from a vibrant green to stunning shades of red, yellow, gold, and orange against the clear blue sky.

You don’t have to stray very far from Summit County in order to enjoy the beautiful change of color. In fact, you can stay right here. Grab your best camera and embark on a hike on one of the following 4 hiking trails that are abundant with color-changing Aspen trees.

1. Eaglesmere Lake

7 miles round-trip / Intermediate

Located on the very north side of Summit County, this trail is nestled in the middle of a thick aspen forest and boasts wildflowers, fewer than 2,000 feet of elevation gain, and backcountry camping sites. The trail leads you to Eaglesmere Lake and offers stunning views over Lower Cataract Lake and Cataract Falls.

Directions to trailhead: Drive 16 miles north of Silverthorne. Turn left onto Heeney Road. Continue for approximately 5¼ miles to County Road 1725. Turn left at the juncture and then continue for 2 miles. The parking lot is located at the right fork.

2. Peaks Trail

15.5 miles one way / Beginner–Intermediate

The fall foliage is strong with this one. If you’re looking for an easy hike, start at the Breckenridge trailhead, as the trail goes downhill from there. If you’re looking for a more challenging hike, the Frisco trailhead is the place to start, because you’ll be going uphill most of the time.

The trail stretches between Breckenridge and Frisco, and it provides majestic scenery over Summit County, as well as plenty of aspen trees changing colors at the onset of autumn. The trail also passes by Rainbow Lake in Frisco, where you can take great photos of the fall foliage against the vibrant blue sky and the lake.

Directions to Breckenridge trailhead: Take Highway 9 to Breckenridge, and then make a right onto Ski Hill Road. Continue on Ski Hill Road to the top. Make a right at the Peak 8 base area and drive past the Grand Timber Lodge. The trailhead parking lot is ahead.

Directions to Frisco trailhead: Drive west on Frisco’s Main Street and then make a left onto 2nd Avenue. Drive to the end of the street and then park. Walk over the paved bike path and then you’ll see the trailhead.

3. Lower Cataract Lake Loop Trail

2.25 miles round-trip / Beginner-Intermediate

This trail has a waterfall, a creek, a bridge, a lake, and plenty of aspen trees that add a lot of color to the scenery. It goes around the Lower Cataract Lake, so there are plenty of photo ops along the way.  

Directions to trailhead: Drive 16 miles north of Silverthorne. Turn left onto Heeney Road. Continue about 5.6 miles to Cataract Creek Road, and make a sharp left turn there. Drive to the end of the road, where the trailhead is.

4. Boreas Pass/Aspen Alley Trail

1 mile round-trip / Beginner

What better way to experience the Aspen fall foliage than to hike a trail named after Aspen trees? This short hike is a great way to soak in the fall scenery without too much planning, driving, and walking. There are so many Aspen groves along this trail that it is practically shaded the entire way. There is also an old mine dump you can explore. Not only that, but if you’re up for a scenic drive, you can drive up

Boreas Pass Road to the very top, where the fall foliage is stunning.

Directions to trailhead: Drive south on Main Street in Breckenridge. Take a left at Boreas Pass Road and then take the road all the way up the mountain. It will turn into a dirt road. When that happens, keep your eyes peeled for the trailhead parking lot on the left side less than half a mile up the dirt road.


The Top 5 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Family Friendly Restaurants in Breckenridge

 

Eating out with kids in a new town can be a challenge. Not every restaurant offers an comprehensive menu for adults in addition to a selection of pizza, grilled cheese, and chicken nuggets for the pint-sized.It may be difficult to find such a restaurant that not only offers such an accommodating menu, but also serves amazing food worthy of a four- or five-star review. Luckily, Breckenridge has a lot to offer in the way of family friendly restaurants.  After dining at one (or two, or all) of the restaurants listed below, the entire family’s going to want to come back for more.

 

1. Blue Moose Restaurant 

Mom and Dad can enjoy some wake-me-up mimosas, Irish cream coffee, or Bloody Marys at this breakfast joint while the kiddos have tasty pancakes, French toast, omelets, oatmeal from the kid’s menu, and other breakfast classics to choose from.

2. Downstairs at Eric’s Family Friendly Restaurants in Breck

Arcade games, wings, beer, pizza, and flat-screen HDTVs: this restaurant has it all.  Kids, teenagers, college students, parents, and even grandparents would enjoy this place with its incredibly large menu that includes burgers, gyros, Philly cheesesteaks, sandwiches, salads, and more. Kids can find hot dogs, mac and cheese and pizza for lunch or dinner -  if you can drag them away from the arcade games long enough to eat!

3. Empire Burger

With the incredibly fresh and juicy burgers, outta-this-world hand cut fries, full children’s menu, and outdoor area where families can hang out, you can’t beat Empire Burger for a family burger outing in Breckenridge. It also sports a gorgeous view of the mountain from its deck.

4. Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

Parents love the mango duck quesadillas, avocado fritos, and habanero bacon wrapped shrimp. Kids love the chicken quesadillas, nachos, and cheeseburgers. And then we have the delicious Mexican pastries, tres leches cake, Mexican chocolate-plantain bread pudding, and deep-fried ice cream. What more does a hungry family need?

Restaurants for Families in Breckenridge5. The Crown

The Crown offers a diverse menu for adults and children, as well a fun night out for the whole family. In addition to their delicious breakfast and lunch menus, they offer coffee, ice cream, booze, free wi-fi, and board games. Stop by for an after dinner treat and a game of Jenga with the family.


2016 Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts
Posted by toby | Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Good Family Activity in Breck

BreckCreate, the town of Breck’s organization to promote the arts, culture and creativity, is putting on the second Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts (BIFA) this August 12-21. This event will be 9 days long, jam packed with creative performances such as circus and acrobat performances, installation arts and workshops for adults and kids and film. There will be something for every member of the family at this festival! This year’s theme is Adventure + Play + Creativity.

Here’s a few highlights of what to expect.

Dance, Circus and Acrobatics

fun activity for kids in Breckenridge

STREB Extreme Action Company combines extreme sports, dance and circus acrobatics in one gravity defying performance. In their performance, they do acrobatics with a 21 foot ladder while it rotates. I, for one, had to watch the video to understand this as words cannot do this performance justice! You just have to see it. See the video here.

There will also be a one man circus by Swiss performer, David Dimitri. His performance includes a high wire, a human cannon ball, music and dance.

Musical Performances

Sila: The Breath of the World is an experimental form of music where each individual musician plays a tone at his or her own tempo. The only condition is that the tone they play must be played for the length of one full exhalation of breathe. The musicians are dispersed throughout an area and spectators can wander about to enjoy one artist or the combination of all playing together. It promises to be unique, haunting, intriguing and like nothing you have ever heard before.

There will also be 24 pop-up performances throughout the festival, called the Trail Mix Concerts. In short, artists will have concerts on the hiking and biking trails of Breck, allowing you to experience the music in an entirely different setting.

If you prefer the more traditional musical arts, there are also performances by an internationally renown cellist, violinist and an alt-country band with a Spanish flair called Calexico.

Workshops

Get your creative juices flowing by participating! STREB Extreme Action Company will be hosting a workshop for kids, ages 5 and up, to learn about stunts and acrobatics. Installation artist, Tasha Lewis is also hosting a workshop to create and install her art installation, Swarm, consisting of fabric butterflies. Read more about Swarm here.

Performance

Breck Festival of Arts - Kids Activity

This street theater group is sure to be a favorite with the kids. Actors on stilts will don 19 foot dinosaur costumes and perform throughout the streets of Breck. On alternating days, the company will also do a choreographed drumming performance on stilts.

Installation Art

Check out installation arts at your own schedule. Tasha Lewis will have 2 installations, Herd and Swarm, with sculptures of her animals and butterflies in motion. Artists Andrew Dentate and Robert Wertz will also have installations. Most installations will be at the Old Masonic Hall, and will be available for viewing through the festival.

The Breckenridge International Festival of Arts has something for the whole family and is sure to be an experience to remember. Most events are free, but be sure to check the schedule and individual events for more details.

View the full schedule here.

All Photos: Courtesy Breckenridge Creative Arts.


Goodbye Breckenridge Ski Season 2013-2014
Posted by toby | Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This is it, Breckenridge ski season 13/14 is coming to a close this weekend, and we watch it go with both the sadness of packing up our sticks, and the excitement of breaking out the shorts.  Spring in Breckenridge is an interesting mix of warm sunny days, and wet heavy snow storms.  Every spring brings the mystery of what type summer we will get.  Will it snow until June, and create a short summer; or will the skies offer a heaping portion of sunny blues, and create a never ending summer playground? 

All we know for sure is that come Sunday, when the last run has been skied, we will all be looking for the mystery to unfold, and the clouds to roll back, opening up permission to wear flip flops, and eat an ice cream by the river. 

The snow that will create that river is now melting, running down and through the bedrock of this fantastic town.  By the numbers of our winter snow totals below, water levels should be consistent and full this summer, bringing to life the abundant nature and activities that we all look forward to enjoying.

NEW SNOW

Last 24 hrs:          0 "

Overnight*         0 "

Last 48 hrs:          0 "

Last 7 days:         5 "

 

SNOW CONDITIONS

Spring Conditions

Base Depth         86 "

Season Total      439 "

3 things to know as winter leaves, and summer comes home-

  1. Sure, May and early June are muddy, but they are six of the most relaxing weeks in Breckenridge.  Visitors can really relax, and locals are able to take a breath, and enjoy the town we call home.
  2. Wildlife come to life in May- creatures great and small, along with their human counterparts, begin to creep out into the forest, and frolic in the summery climate.  Be careful of bears!
  3. Breckenridge is known for our ski area, but summer is when you need to be here.  Forget the beach, come rafting, hiking, camping, wheeling, riding, and biking in our never ending playground this summer.

Breckenridge rafting and Breckenridge summer activities
Posted by toby | Wednesday, June 16, 2010

BReckenridge Rafting

Breckenridge Rafting, bike rentals, fishing guides, horseback riding, and a ton of information on Breckenridge summer activities from Resort Managers summer activity partner, Colorado Adventure Center.  

If you have already booked your summer lodging with us (if you have not, do it now!) the next thing you need to be looking for is an awesome activity, like Breckenridge rafting, to add a little more spice to your vacation.  Good times rafting and high side adventure tours are run out of the Colorado Adventure Center, 210 N. Main st, and will offer a perfect compliment to your vacation.  Good times rafting offers several Breckenridge Rafting options down 4 rivers- Colorado, Blue, Clear Creek, and the Arkansas.  You can choose your length, difficulty, and location from several different combinations.  If you are not ready for your first Breckenridge Rafting adventure, then stop on in to the Colorado Adventure Center anyway for a Vail pass shuttle bike trip (12 miles of downhill through the most beautiful country on earth), a guided fly fishing trip, a horseback adventure, or for some knowledgeable information on what else there is to do in Breck. Please visit our Breckenridge Rafting page to submit an inquiry, or contact them directly- Highside Adventure Tours Good Times Rafting
210 N.Main st.
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Toll free #  800-808-0357
Local # 970-453-5559
www.raftingcolorado.com
info@raftingcolorado.com

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