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Our Favorite Historical Tours in Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Wednesday, February 7, 2018
A Great Activity for the Whole Family.
Breckenridge is rich with history. It was a town founded in 1859 with roots deep in the mining industry. While today it is considered one of the premier ski resorts in the world, it wasn’t until 1961 when Peak 8 was opened as a ski resort. During the intermediate years, Breckenridge profited from gold and lumber. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance preserves this storied history and provides a wealth of captivating walking tours that are led by knowledgeable locals. Here are some of our favorites, you shouldn’t miss when you’re in town.
Washington Gold Mine Tour
Learn about Breck’s history in mining from a local expert! You can explore the Washington Mine and learn about the history of this expansive gold and silver mine. You will even get to pan for gold yourself and keep your findings! This tour is highly recommended as a fun family activity in Breckenridge. As you plan, keep in mind that it is only available during the summer season, June through September.
Swinging Doors Saloon Tour
This walking tour is designed specifically for adults 21 and up. You will learn about the saloons that have been around since the 1800’s and sip some of the best drinks historic downtown Breckenridge has to offer.
Ski Through History Mountain Tour
Skiing is the heart and soul of Breckenridge in modern history. Most of Breckenridge’s visitors are drawn to the town because of the world class skiing it offers. On this skiing tour, you can learn the history of the runs, skiing, and the town as it relates to the ski resort. Intermediate skill in downhill skiing is required for this adventurous tour.
Breckenridge Haunted Tour
If you and your family love ghosts, this is the tour for you! This walking tour leads to some of Breckenridge’s oldest homes on a quest to encounter the residents that are still rumored to haunt them. Learn the history of the area with the added thrill of experiencing the supernatural. This tour is offered year round.
Victorian Tea and Tour
Learn about what life was like for a woman in the early 1900’s. Tour downtown from the view point of Katie Briggle, a socialite who dominated the culture and high society of Breckenridge. Then, tour her Victorian home, where she was known for hosting elaborate parties and events. Enjoy tea and treats as the tour concludes. This tour is only available on specific dates, so be sure to call ahead.
High Line Railroad Park
While not exactly a tour, we can’t ignore the High Line Railroad Park, located on Boreas Pass Rd. The park includes a real train engine, one of the last few remaining of its kind. There is also a caboose, rotary snowplow and flatcar. Lastly, there is a small museum. Kids and adults alike will love this close up view of the train cars and the history of the railroad. The trains are accessible every day, sunrise to sunset, but the museum has limited hours so check before you go.
You can learn more about all of the tours offered and book online through Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. While you are visiting Breckenridge, don’t miss out on experiencing its rich history on a fun tour, lead by a knowledgeable local.
Colorado Historic Society / Breckenridge Tourism Office
Colorado Historic Society / Breckenridge Tourism Office
Liam Doran / Breckenridge Tourism Office
2018 Snow Sculptures
Posted by admin | Monday, January 8, 2018
Watch lifeless blocks of snow transform into magnificent creations at the International Snow Sculpture Competition in Breckenridge. At this unique festival, snow sculptors from all over the world gather to bring their best designs to life.
The festivities begin the week before the actual competition. January 16-21 the blocks of snow are constructed. They are given time to sit, compact, and solidify, making it easier for the sculptors to work with the snow. You can watch the process of the blocks being made or even volunteer to help. Contact information for volunteering can be found at GoBreck.com.
The sculptors begin their work on Monday, January 22nd. They have until Friday to complete their sculptures. Visitors are allowed to walk through and watch the artists dig out their masterpieces from the bare blocks of snow. All sculptures must be completed by Friday (many work into the wee hours of the night to complete) and there will be an awards ceremony Friday evening at 6:00. The sculptures are judged by a panel of judges. Bronze, silver, and gold medals are awarded. There is also a People’s Choice Award, for which any visitor can vote.
Throughout the weekend the sculptures can be viewed day or night. After dark is a magical time to experience the snow sculptures. Impressive lighting displays bring added character to these magnificent works. Be aware that snow is impacted by the weather and warm temperatures can begin to play a role in deteriorating the snow. Catch the sculptures early if you want to see them fully intact. The sculptures will be removed Monday night, January 29th and the magic is over until next year.
Kids and grown-ups alike look forward to this event. There is typically a snow sculpture that is not part of the competition that kids are invited to play on. On Saturday, the 27th, kids 9 and up are invited to participate in the junior sculpting competition. They will get to work on a sculpture using the same type of snow blocks as the competitive sculptors, and learn the craft of sculpting from Breckenridge’s own sculptor, Mauricio Meneses. This event will take place at Main Street Station and is free and open to the public.
The snow sculpture competition will take place in the area around the River Walk Center, off of West Adams Avenue. Free parking is available at the Airport Road lot with a free shuttle service. Free public transportation is also available throughout Breckenridge.
Plan Your Trip
Consider planning your ski vacation during the end of January so that you can enjoy the slopes and participate in this unique and captivating event. Contact Breckenridge Resort Managers to find a great property for your ski getaway.
Best Places to Ski with Kids
Posted by toby | Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridge offers a renowned ski and ride school. You can start your tiny tot in ski or board lessons as early as age three. Age groups continue from three on to adult. Groups lessons are typically full days, you can sign your child up for a single day or multiple days. Private lessons are also available for more individualized instruction. Or, you can book family lessons and all learn together. Childcare is available in three different locations (although Peak 8 is currently closed due to construction) so that you can choose a spot closest to your accommodations. You can even add on a ski school lesson, during which your child will be taken out for a ski lesson while they are at childcare. In addition to great options for kids, the town of Breckenridge features multiple parks, a fun children’s museum, and many family dining options.
Keystone has made an effort to become one of the best places to ski with kids. It provides plenty of ski-in/ski-out lodging, and parking at the base, making it easier for parents and kids to get out there faster. Complimentary red wagons take the hassle out of lugging equipment and kids to and from the car or lodging. Their signature Kidtopia offers kids and family activities everyday of the week. Most activities and events are free. Learn about critters or stars from the Keystone Science School, make crafts or watch a movie. The Kidtopia headquarters also provides toys and games everyday when your little ones need a break to warm up. Catch the parade on Saturday evenings or explore the snow fort any day of the week. In addition to the amenities that cater specifically to kids, there is great terrain for all skill levels. Everyone will find satisfying skiing at this resort.
Beaver CreekBeaver Creek ends everyday on the slopes with cookie time. They hand out free cookies at 3:00 pm. What better way to encourage your child to love skiing? In addition to cookie time, Beaver Creek offers childcare and an excellent ski school. They also feature ideal family friendly lodging. You can feed the whole family’s sweet tooth at the Candy Cabin. Grab a special treat so that you can power through the next run! This candy shop is located at the top of the Strawberry Park Express lift. There are many other resorts that offer plenty of family friendly ski vacation options. When you are planning your vacation, look for childcare options, ski school, and convenient lodging for everyone. This will make your family ski vacation memorable and enjoyable for everyone!
What to do in Breckenridge During the Christmas Season
Posted by | Friday, December 15, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Colorado's Best Leaf-peeping Hikes and Drives
Posted by toby | Monday, September 18, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trail 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.
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.
Posted by toby | Friday, August 25, 2017
Don’t miss one last opportunity to party in the streets of Breckenridge before the snow flies. Soon everyone will be looking for epic runs, but this fall you will have a chance to enjoy sunshine, food, beer and golden leaves. Oktoberfest in Breckenridge will be held September 8th-10th. While the street party will be downtown, there will be celebrations and events throughout Breckenridge.
The Street Party
The street party will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the afternoon. It will include German food vendors, beer, live entertainment, traditional costumes, and polka! Each year party goers get their commemorative stein to enjoy drinks and keep as a souvenir. You can order this year’s stein ahead of time, and you should because they often run out. While this event is centered around brews, there are also games, face-painting, and entertainment for kids.
Leave Your Pets at Home
Unlike most other events in Breckenridge, this festival doesn’t include dog friends. The abundance of food and drink makes it too challenging to create a safe environment for pets.
The Brewmaster Dinner will be held at 10 Mile Station. It will include four courses paired with carefully chosen beers. Each course will feature a traditional German dish from appetizers to dessert. Reservations are required for this decadent event.
If you would like to get a workout before splurging on sausage, spatzel, and Bavarian brews, join the 5K trail run. You can enjoy local trails and cross the finish line in time to celebrate all afternoon at the street party.
You could also start out your day on Saturday with a brunch hosted by Breckenridge Brewery. Savor local craft beers and relish creative and artistic dishes over a several course meal. This event also requires a reservation.
Check Out the Leaves
In addition to all of the festivities in town, the aspen leaves will be at their peak. Wander down trails under a thick canopy of golden leaves. Take scenic drives or go for a bike ride. This will be an ideal weekend to take in all of the best sites and spectacular views that the mountains have to offer.
Oktoberfest is the perfect opportunity to get away for the weekend. Enjoy friends, music, tradition, food, and beer. Take in stunning vistas and revel in the last golden days of the season. Check out Breckenridge Resort Managers to find a comfortable condo or house to share with friends in a convenient location for the weekend. For a full schedule of events, to order steins or make a reservation for an event go to Go Breck.
Photo Credits: Breckenridge Tourism Office
Beginner Mountain Biking Trails in Breckenridge CO
Posted by toby | Thursday, July 20, 2017
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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What To Do In Breck During The Summer
Posted by toby | Friday, June 2, 2017
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.
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.
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
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 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.
Photo: "Old Gold Mine Near Breckenridge" by Lars Plougmann
Photo: "Blue Colombine on Boreas Pass" by Colorado's Wildflowers
Breck Bike Week
Posted by toby | Friday, May 26, 2017
Breckenridge has more to offer for outdoor adventurers than just skiing. As soon as the snow melts and the mud dries, it is time to bike! There are amazing trails all over Summit County perfect for mountain bikers ranging in skill level from beginner to advanced. Road biking on miles of paved trails is another way to enjoy the stunning scenery throughout Summit County. Breck Bike Week offers the ideal opportunity to learn more about biking, bike trails, trail etiquette and all the latest equipment, as well as celebrate the sport with friends.
Kick Off The Week
Breck Bike Week kicks off on Wednesday, June 21st with the Summit County Bike to Work Day. Start the day biking in for a cup of coffee at Blue River Plaza and close out the day with a bike-in movie.
The week will include various clinics. Women can check out the mountain bike clinic designed specifically for women interested learning more about single track riding. There are also workshops for more advanced riders. Learn about bike maintenance in the maintenance clinic. You can even do a bike crawl exploring the best high altitude distilleries and breweries.
Friday and Saturday feature a Vendor Expo and Demo. Check out the latest bikes and even take some out for a demo ride. Get a feel for the best new components and see what’s the latest in the world of biking equipment.
The Poker Ride, a fundraiser for Summit Fat Tire to support their local trail work takes place on Saturday. Ride between all the stops, gathering a poker card at each stop. Present your hand at Napper Tandy’s during the Poker Rider Party party to compete for an awesome prize. If your hand is a dud, you will still be entered for great raffle prizes.
For some entertainment check out the Pond Crossing. If you are brave, you can join participants as they try to cross the dredge pond on a 10” plank. Dress up to match the disco theme and win a prize for best costume or most spectacular fall. You can even enter the big wheel race that circles the pond.
Both avid and casual riders will find an event they enjoy during Breck Bike Week. Many of the events throughout the week are free, however they are limited to only a few participants. Go to GoBreck.org to view all of the details for each event. The page also provides contact emails to sign up for specific events. Get to know a new side of Breckenridge through all of the events offered during Breck Bike Week. The tips and trails you can learn about during this week will help you enjoy biking all summer long.
Photo: “2010_07_Firecracker50_004” by Dave Wrigh
Best Happy Hour in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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 Tavern
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.
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 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 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.
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!
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
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.
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
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
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.
Participants 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.
Family 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
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
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
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
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?
5. 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wildflowers of Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Friday, July 15, 2016
Wildflowers are the crowning glory of Breckenridge summers. They line the roadsides and trails and color the landscape. While they hit their peak in late July, different variations can be seen throughout the spring and summer.
Wildflower hikes are a great summer activity for the whole family. Here are a few you are likely to see and where you can find them.
This flower is Colorado's state flower and pride and joy. No matter how many times you see it, its unique shape and coloring continues to impress. It grows to about 12-24 inches tall and prefers shaded areas. There is nothing more lovely than a patch of delicate columbines in the shade of an aspen grove.
In the wild, it is most commonly found in purple and white but many other colors exist in gardens and the wild alike. Coloradans love their columbines, so the best place to see them is in the gardens in town.
This flower grows almost anywhere in Breckenridge, taking over whole hillsides and cropping up along the roads. You have likely already seen it, cheerfully greeting visitors that drive into town. The tiny pea shaped flowers are actually bluish-purple but have white on the underside, giving it a silvery appearance from a distance. To see this flower in detail, hike the Dickie's Trail around Lake Dillon. This trail sports several varieties of wildflowers and is perfect for beginners.
The wild roses are much simpler than their domesticated cousins with only 5 petals. They are most commonly found in magenta, pale pink and white. They grow in scraggly bushes along the sides of the road and trails and are recognizable by their bright yellow centers. To see this flower, hike the Boreas Pass trail. A few are already beginning on Boreas Pass Road!
This bold yellow flower can be found in almost all wooded areas. You can't miss it. Look for the triangular pointed petals in the shaded forests around Breck.
Fireweed is a tall plant with magenta flowers. It gets its name from its ability to return quickly after a wildfire. This flower blooms in ditches, meadows, gardens - anywhere! It blooms a bit later than other wildflowers and is known as a herald to the coming winter.
Scarlet Gilia, Fairy Trumpet
This flower is shaped like a tiny reddish orange trumpet. At closer inspection, there is often white or yellow spotting inside the flower. You'll see it in drier areas, roadsides and open meadows. It's very tiny, so can be hard to spot.
Calypso Orchid Fairy Slipper
The Fairy Slipper Orchid is a rare occurrence and you should count yourself lucky to find it. It is found in forested, well shaded areas, and is usually in small groups of 1-5 flowers. This particular photo was taken on the Illinois Gulch trails and was the only flower of this type in the area.
Whether you are hiking or driving, wildflowers can be found in abundance in all of Breck. If hiking, don't forget to bring the necessary provisions such as water and rain gear. The high altitude climate is known to change weather with little notice, especially in the afternoons. Hike safe!
Breckenridge Spring Fever Schedule for 2016
Posted by toby | Friday, March 4, 2016
Breckenridge Spring Fever Schedule for 2016
Concert Schedule!- Just Announced!
- April 9th- Michael Franti & Spearhead
- April 16th- Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
- April 17th- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Competitions during Spring Fever 2015
- Mtn Dew Spring Open: 4/1/16
- Breck Ascent Series Final: 4/13/16
- Spring Fever Park Jam: 4/1,8,15/2016
- Fever Battle Charity Hockey Game Dates: TBD
- Imperial Challenge: 4/23/16
In town shopping and fun!
- Breckenridge Spring Fever Beer Festival: 4/9/16
- Fever Reliever Main Street Shopping Discounts
- Spring Fever Chili Cookoff Dates: April 3, 2016
- Golden Easter Egg Hunt: 3/27/16
Breckenridge International Snow Sculpting Championships 2016
Posted by toby | Thursday, December 31, 2015
Schedule for Breckenridge International Snow Sculpting Championships 2016
- January 14th – 17th, 2014- Technical week- Stomp, shape, pack, measure, layout, and planning all take place this week as the artists carefully craft their visions.
- January 21st - 25th, 2014- Sculpting week- Time for the artists to dig in, and use all the hand tools they have available to create their vision, and gently augment their snow into art.
- January 25th – February 2nd- Viewing week- Time to bask in the glory, and put their finished works on display for everyone to enjoy.
Teams Competing in the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpting Championships 2016
- Great Britain
- Germany- Agrawal
- Mongolia- Batmunkh
- Mongolia- Bayanmunkh
- Yukon- Canada
- USA- Breck!
- USA- Loveland
- USA- Vermont
- USA- Wisconsin
Blue River Sports and Mountain Wave- Partners we Love!!
Posted by toby | Friday, November 27, 2015
As a local lodging company, we have a lot of Breckenridge businesses ask us to promote their services to our guests. Generally, we like to help out, and will promote those businesses who we feel offer the best goods and services in town, specifically those that make our guests happy. I must say, this town is full of quality businesses, well versed in guest service, and deserving of our endorsement. However, every so often we run across a business, or more correctly business owners, that we like to highlight as a business we trust above others.
The folks at Blue River Sports and Mountain Wave have developed a relationship with Resort Managers dating back many years, and have become a business we reccommend to every guest who walks through our door due to their value, service, and friendly ownership and staff. Sody, Dave, and John are longtime locals that truely represent the best Breckenridge has to offer. They donate thier time and energy to many local entities, and exemplify what a true Breckenridge local business is- Friendly, Welcoming, and Fun!
I know each of these men personally, and am proud to reccommend their services to our guests. Trust me, you will be in good hands.
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Breckenridge Winter Dew Tour 2015 - Schedule of Events
Posted by toby | Tuesday, October 13, 2015
For our 8th time, Breckenridge will host the athletes of the winter Dew Tour, December 10th to 13th 2015. This is the final event in the 2015 Dew Tour Championship series, culminating in our wonderful winter town. The event will consist of freeski and snowboard events, as well as some great events, activities, and your chance to meet the athletes. The Dew Tour has one stop for its winter championships, and that s Breckenridge, so don’t miss out on your last chance to see these high flying athletes in action!
Dew Tour 2015 Events will include-
- Men’s and Women’s ski and board Slopestyle
- Men’s and Women’s ski and board Superpipe
- Men’s Snowboard Streetstyle
All event times to be announced at a later date, and updated here.
Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2015 – schedule of events
Posted by toby | Sunday, August 23, 2015
Breckenridge Oktoberfest is now in its 21st year, and we are getting better every year. More food, fun, events, activities, music, and of course the beer! Main Street in Breckenridge hosts the kickoff, Friday the 11th 2015 at 2 p.m. The party continues each day, through Sunday at 5 p.m.
Friday Oktober 11th, 2015
- 2– 6 Main Street Biergarten Party, day one!
- 6:30– 9 the euphoric Brewmaster Dinner: Delectable five course menu paired with a selection of Paulaner beers.
Saturday Oktober 12th, 2015
- 10 - 1 Breckenridge Oktoberfest 5K Trail Run
- 10 – 12:30 Enjoy the Breckenridge Brewery Oktoberfest 2015 Brunch- another multi course meal paired with select beers.
- 10 – 6 Main Street biergarten Party- Day two, pace yourself!
Sunday Oktober 13th, 2015
- 10– 5 Main Street Oktoberfest Party- This is day three, and only for the strong.
Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts (BIFA) 2015
Posted by toby | Monday, August 10, 2015
Welcome to the inaugural year of the Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts (BIFA) 2015, happening in and around Breckenridge all through August and September 2015. This year, the International Festival of Arts is a 10 day event, consisting of a multitude of artistic renditions, events, concerts, classes, performances, and entertainment. BIFA 2015 highlights a phenomenal year of arts district expansion in Breckenridge, including the new and improved Breckenridge Arts District, and the remodeled mason’s hall on Main Street.
Below is our Schedule of events for the Breckenridge International Arts Festival-
Australia’s “The Fruits”- 8/13-16 on the Breck Riverwalk Center Lawn
Trail Mix- 8/14 – 23
- “The Blue Trees” by Konstantin Dimpoilos- 8/14 – 9/14
- “Abound” by Julie Hughes- 8/14-23, 2015 at the Old Masonic Hall
- Michael Ward- Bergeman and Groanbox and BMF- 8/15 at 7:30pm in the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center. Tix $40-$25
- ETHEL’s Documerica- 8/16 at 7:30pm in the Riverwalk Center. Tix $45-$25
- “VOLO” by Diavolo- 8/18-19 at 7:30pm in the Breck Riverwalk Center. Tix $45-$25, $10 Kids
- ARTCRANK- 8/19 – 30 at the Old Masonic Hall
- The Austin Bike Zoo- 8/20-21at Breck Create Festival Square
- The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band- 8/20 at 7:30pm in Breck Create Festival Square
- Los Lobos!- 8/21 at 7:30pm on the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center Lawn
- An Evening with Ira Glass- 8/22 at 7:30pm in the Breck Riverwalk Center. Tix $70-$45
- The Triplets of Belleville Featuring Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville and composer Benoit Charest- 8/23 at 7:30pm in the Riverwalk Center. Tix $45-$25, $10 Kids
USA Pro Cycling Challenge Breckenridge 2015
Posted by toby | Thursday, July 2, 2015
USA Pro Cycling Challenge Breckenridge 2015
Breckenridge Day 1- USA Pro Challenge Stage Four is on August 20, 2015 at 10:15 AM
From Aspen to Breckenridge, over Independence Pass, Trout Creek Pass and Hoosier Pass, finishing with the awful Moonstone road climb and down Boreas Pass to the finish line.
Day 1 Activities for the USA Pro Challenge-
• Scavenger Hunt on Main Street
• Bike-themed fun at the new Breckenridge Arts District
• Stunt Show in the Village from 12-6
• The Strider Cup on Main Street at noon
• The Wish for Wheels parade at 12:30
• Street Sprints on Main Street at 1
• Music by Trout Steak Revival in the Village beginning at noon
• Music by Dave and Brad in the Village beginning at 2
• Watch the finish in town or on the big screen at the Riverwalk Center lawn at 3
• USA Pro Challenge 2015 awards ceremony beginning at 4
• More music by Trout Steak Revival in the Festival Village at 4:30
• Bike decorating and costume parade through town at 6
• Concert by The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at 7:30
Breckenridge Day 2- USA Pro Challenge Stage Five- Women’s and Men’s time trials on August 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM
This 8.5 mile time trial starts out on the flats, then a sharp climb up Moonstone road.
Day 2 Activities for the USA Pro Challenge-
• Stunt show on the Riverwalk Center lawn
• Bike-themed fun at the new Breckenridge Arts District
• Time Trials begin at 10
• USA Pro Challenge women’s awards at 12-1
• Bike Pond Crossing on the Dredge pond starting at 1
• Kids’ games and bike rodeo in the Village starting at 1:30
• Live feed of the final time trial competitors on the big screen at the Riverwalk Center lawn starting at 2
• USA Pro Challenge 2015 men’s awards at 4
• Free concert with Los Lobos at the Riverwalk Center starting at 7:30
Breckenridge 4th of July 2015 schedule of events
Posted by toby | Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Independence Day in Breckenridge is full of wonderful events, activities, and free concerts for the family. Below is our schedule of events for 4th of July 2015.
- 10K Trail Run - 7 a.m. start at Carter Park.
- Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race –Main Street starting at 9:30.
- Fourth of July Garden Party - 9 a.m. at the Barney Ford Museum
- Breckenridge 4th of July 2015 Main Street Parade –10am on Main Street
- Kids’ Water Fight – 1- 3 on Main Street
- Main Street Arts Festival – July 3rd – 5th all day
- Viper Show - 12:30 – 3:00 on Main Street
- Free concert at the Breckenridge River Walk Center – BoDeans at 2.
- National Repertory Orchestra 4th of July Concert- 8:00pm at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, Indoor tickets- $5, $10 or $15.
- Fireworks! - 9:45, can be seen from anywhere in the town core, but the Blue River Plaza and Riverwalk Center Lawn are prime spots!
- 32th Annual July Art Festival – Main Street Station July 3-5th
Schedule of Events for Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2015
Posted by toby | Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Schedule of Events for Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2015
Sunday, June 21st- 8th Annual 2015 Breckenridge Outhouse Races from 12:00 - 3:30 at the 100 block of S. Ridge St. *People's Choice Voting at 1:00
June 19th - 21st- Gold Panning Championships from 10am - 4pm at Blue River Plaza
Schedule for Museums and Historic Tours:
Barney Ford Victorian Home Tour at 111 East Washington Avenue- 11am – 4pm, Tuesday thru Sunday
Edwin Carter Discovery Center at 111 North Ridge Street- 11am – 4pm, Tuesday thru Sunday
Summit Ski Exhibit at 308-B South Main Street- 11am – 4pm, Tuesday thru Sunday
Behind Swinging Doors Saloon Tour at Breckenridge Welcome Center- 5pm, Friday and Saturday, $15/adults
Historic Walking Tour at Breckenridge Welcome Center- 11am & 1:30pm, Tuesday through Sunday
Haunted Tour of Breckenridge at Breckenridge Welcome Center- Saturday 7:30, $15/adults, $10/kids
Gold Panning at Lomax Gulch at 301 Ski Hill Road- 11am – 3pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, $10/adults, $5/kids
Gold Panning at the Blue River Plaza on Main Street- June 15th & 16th 11:00 – 5:00
Breckenridge Spring Fever Events and Activities 2015
Posted by toby | Thursday, February 12, 2015
Breckenridge Spring Fever Events and Activities 2015
Competitions during Spring Fever 2015
- Peak 6 Big Mountain Challenge Dates: 3/22/2105
- Breck Ascent Series Dates: Wednesdays throughout Spring Fever
- Throwback Throwdown snowboard Date: 3/29/2015
- Ski Area Scavenger Hunt Dates: 4/5/15
- Fever Battle Charity Hockey Game Dates: TBD
- Imperial Challenge Race Date: 4/11/15
- Throwback Throwdown halfpipe competition Date: March 28, 2015
- 5 til 5 terrain park happy hours dates: April 3, April 10, and April 17, 2015
- Epic Pro Team Big Air Showdown Dates: 4/26/15
In town shopping and fun!
- Breckenridge Spring Fever Beer Festival Dates: 4/5/15
- Fever Reliever Main Street Shopping Discounts
- Spring Fever Chili Cookoff Dates: April 3, 2015
- Closing Day Luau Dates: TBD
- Golden Easter Egg Hunt: 5/20/15
- April 11
- April 12
- April 18
- April 19 (closing day)
Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2014 - Schedule
Posted by toby | Thursday, July 17, 2014
Breckenridge Oktoberfest 2014 – schedule of events
2014 is the 20th year of our renowned Breckenridge Oktoberfest celebration, and we get better every year, offering more and better foods and beers. The party begins on Main Street in Breckenridge, Friday the 12th 2014 at 2 p.m., for those who are brave! The party continues each day, through Sunday at 5 p.m.
Friday the 12th
2– 6 First day of our Main Street Biergarten Party
6– 9 the succulent Brewmaster Dinner: Paulaner beers uniquely paired with fantastic food. This is how kings eat!
Saturday the 13th
10 - 1 Breckenridge Oktoberfest 5K Trail Run
10 – 6 Main Street biergarten Party- Save you strength!
Sunday the 14th
10– 5 Main Street Party- if you have made it this far, one more day wont hurt.
Breckenridge 4th of July 2014 schedule of events
Posted by toby | Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Breckenridge 4th of July 2014 schedule of events
7- Independence Day Trail Run – Starts at carter park
9:30- Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race –Race will start on Main Street, right before the parade!
9- BHA Fourth of July Garden Party - 9:00 a.m. on the Barney Ford museum lawn.
10- Main Street Parade (wooo!) – The parade will consists of 30+ floats of all shapes and sizes, rolling down main street, on to park avenue, and into history.
9 to 7- Budweiser Clydesdales
12:30 to 2:30- Kids’ Water Fight – right on main street, fire hoses included!
2- Free concert at the Breck River Walk Center
8:30 NRO: 4th of July Concert at the river walk center
9:45- Fireworks! These can be seen from pretty much anywhere in town.
Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2014- Schedule of Events
Posted by toby | Friday, May 30, 2014
Schedule of Events for Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2014
June 13 2014- Friday
Barney Ford, Edwin Carter Museum tours - 11– 3
Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2104 Town Party- 4 – 9
June 14 2014- Saturday
Gun Fights! Shots fired at Main Street Station- 10 to 12 and 2 to 4
Reading of the Breckenridge Kingdom Days Proclamation at the Breckenridge Welcome Center- 11
Kids' outdoor activities- 111 E. Washington Avenue from 11 – 3
Meet Red Tail, the Breckenridge mountain man at 111 N. Ridge Street from 11 – 4
Petting zoo and museum tour of the Barney Ford House at 111 E. Washington Avenue from 11– 4
Mining activities and gold panning in the Blue River Plaza on Main Street from 11 – 5
Blacksmithing Demonstrations in the Barney Ford parking lot from 12 – 4
National Repertory Orchestra concert at the Riverwalk Center starting 7:30
June 15 2014- Sunday
Breckenridge Kingdom Days 2014 Sunday Market at Main Street Station from 9– 2
Gun Fights, again! Hunker down at the Main Street Station three times throughout the day- 10, 12, 2
Breckenridge Kids Fun Area on the Riverwalk Center Lawn from 11-4
Breckenridge Outhouse Races- Main Street, 2 p.m.
Breckenridge Summer 2014- schedule of events to welcome summer
Posted by toby | Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Breckenridge Summer 2014- schedule of events to welcome summer
Yeah it is summer, and you should be excited! Breckenridge is your home for summer vacations, offering you a wide variety of activities, events, sights, and intense adventures to keep you free for the lingering reminders of work, and full of your senses experiencing our mountain paradise. Breckenridge Summer 2014 will “officially” open with our signature Breckenridge event, Kingdom Days, kicking off June 14th 2014. During Kingdom days, Breckenridge comes alive with colorful flowers, raging rivers, open trails, miles of recreation paths, and plenty of sights to see for the first time. Our summer is literally warming up in June, with the introduction of golfing, the Blue River Concert series, the gondola and fun park, and the excitement of our historic Main Street.
Here are the opening events for Breckenridge Summer 2014!
- Breckenridge Golf Course Opening- May 23rd 2014
- Breckenridge Gondola Opening- June 13th 2014
- Breck Fun Park Opening- June 13th 2014
- Breckenridge Kingdom Days- June 14th and 15th 2014
- Breckenridge Music Festival “Blue River Series”- Trombone Shorty June 20th 2014
We hope to see you soon, in June! Book your Breckenridge Vacation Rental right now.
Early Summer Special- Save in June! - 20% off any stay of 3 nights or more!
Terms, conditions, and blackouts apply. Not all units participating.
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Breckenridge Spring Lodging Deal 2014
Posted by toby | Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Summer special time is here! June is one of our favorite months in Breckenridge for many reasons. It provides the first legitimate taste of enduring summer weather, and the fear of an isolated snow storm can be surrendered. The flowers are blooming, aspen trees are leafy, and people have fully adopted a summer wardrobe. Activities are in full swing, rivers are at their peak, and the wilderness becomes a playground. The gondola opens mid-month, and Breckenridge Kingdom Days kicks off with its official welcome to the summer season.
To make this time of year even more special and enticing to our valued guests, we are offering 20% off any 3 or more might stay in June. As if you needed any more excuse to make a summer journey to Breckenridge, this great deal makes it just a little bit sweeter.
We hope to see you soon, in June! Book your Breckenridge Vacation Rentals right now.
Early Summer Special- Save in June! - 20% off any stay of 3 nights or more!
Terms, conditions, and blackouts apply. Not all units participating.
Use promo code- stayinjune20
Breckenridge Spring Vacation Rental Blowout- 25% off everything, no blackout, no restrictions!
Posted by toby | Monday, March 24, 2014
Just a few weeks left of Breckenridge ski season 13/14, and just a few more chances to catch a few last runs before it is all gone. Breckenridge Spring Fever 2014 is in full force with 40 events to close out the season, and accentuating your vacation with free concerts and warm temperatures.
Spring in Breckenridge captures both the fantastic skiing our mountain offers, as well as giving us a taste of those fantastic summer months we are all craving right now. Spring is the perfect bland of seasons, topped off with the biggest event schedule of the year, making it the right time for you to take one last break to Breck.
The three biggest surprises about Breckenridge in Spring-
- You will never be able to dress appropriately. On Friday it may be 45 and sunny, and Saturday it will be 10 and dumping snow. Make sure you pack for both!
- You can ski in a bathing suit! Actually, this has been a tradition since the 60’s, during the spring months. However, before you go parading about in front of your creator in your speedo, check the weather.
- Groomers are your friend. Almost every spring day, the hot sun gives way to a frozen evening, creating layers of ice on virtually every surface. The mountain is no different, and our runs get extremely hard and icy in April during the morning, followed up with mushy and slushy afternoons. The best skiing of the day is in the mornings, and on our endless groomed trails.
Along with the acres of melting snow, our rates are melting away at the end of the season, making a vacation in Breckenridge even more affordable! We are closing 13/14 with a fantastic Breckenridge vacation rental deal- Take 25% off any stay 3 nights or more, for the rest of the season!
Breckenridge Spring Fever 2014
Posted by | Friday, March 14, 2014
Breckenridge Spring Fever 2014- too much snow and too much fun.
Breckenridge Spring Fever is our month long celebration of both the end of winter and the ski season of 2014 and the beginning of summertime, with its warm temperatures and bountiful offering of activities. Spring in Breckenridge is the perfect blend of killer snow, awesome skiing, warm temperatures, and outdoor fun.
Schedule of events for Breckenridge Spring Fever 2014
· Performances by nationally recognized musicians form the Spring Fever concert series.
· Ripperoo’s Mini World Cup
· Ripperoo’s Winter Mascot Olympics
· Park, Pipe, and Big Mountain Camps
· The Breckenridge Spring Fever Chili Cook-off
· Easter egg hunts
· Easter service at the TenMile Station on the Breckenridge Ski Resort
· The 18th Annual Imperial Challenge- April 12
· Super G & Giant Slalom Races
· Big mountain freestyle competition on Peak 6
· Throwback Throw down superpipe/minipipe competition hucks into its third year.
· Breckenridge Ascent Series, every Wednesday
Performances during Breckenridge Spring Fever 2014
To be announced!
Four major concerts will close out the final weekends of Spring Fever and the 2014 ski season in style. Each Saturday and Sunday during the final two weekends of ski season, the base of Peak 8 will heat up with nationally touring acts, preforming live for you. Each day will bring a new act, a new flavor, and a new way to enjoy closing out the 2014 ski season.
Saturday- April 12
Sunday- April 13
Saturday- April 19
Sunday- April 20
USA Pro Cycling Challenge 2013 Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Thursday, August 8, 2013
Three years straight, the USA Pro Challenge in Breckenridge has delighted cycling fans with the best riders in the world, competing through some of the most challenging and beautiful terrain in the country. This year, 2013, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge makes Breckenridge a finish, and a start, back to back, heightening the excitement, and giving race fans two different perspectives on this amazing race. USA Pro Cycling Challenge Breckenridge 2013- route, events, and dates! Thursday, Aug. 15 – Sunday, Aug. 18- Breck bike weeks opens the festivities, bringing education, information, gear, and fun for every level of cyclist. Monday Aug. 19- 11:00- Stage 1 Race Coverage on the Jumbotron located on the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center Lawn Tuesday, Aug. 20
11:00am: Here it comes! Coverage of Stage 2 on the riverwalk Jumbotron 1:00- Line up for the finish begins at the Tiger Dredge lot (RWC parking) 1:00- Summit Mountain Challenge Junior League Street Sprints 2:00- Hand cycling race 2:00 – 5:00- Rip-Stoke Mountain Bike Show 2:00- Pine Beatles play a free concert at the Finish Festival Stage 3:30- Stage 2 Finish rolls into Breckenridge- depending on riders of course. 3:45- Awards for Stage 2 of U.S.A Pro Cycling Challenge at the Finish Festival stage 4:15- Summit Mountain Challenge #6 - Peaks Trail 5:30- Railroad Earth Concert at the Riverwalk Center 6:00- shut it down, get ready for the start!
Wednesday, Aug. 21 9:30- Festival Village comes alive in the Blue River Plaza 9:30- Autograph Alley- get you favorite racers Hancock on Main St. 9:30- Strider Challenge- little shorties sprinting for the win on Main Street 10:00 – 12:00- Rip Stoke Mountain Bike Show 11:00- Race Coverage of Stage 3 on riverwalk Jumbotron 12:10- Start time for stage 3! 1:00- Pond Crossing Challenge on the Dredge Pond Thursday, Aug. 22 11:00- Race coverage of stage 4 on the Riverwalk Jumbotron 8:00- Movie Night- Caddyshack, on the back deck of the Warming Hut Restaurant Friday, Aug. 23 11:00- Race coverage of stage 5 on the riverwalk Jumbotron 5:30- Movie Night- American Flyers, on the Riverwalk Center Lawn Saturday, Aug. 24 11:00- Race coverage of stage 6 on the riverwalk Jumbotron 5:30- Movie Night- Pee Wees Big Adventure, on the Riverwalk Center Lawn Sunday, Aug. 25 11:00- Race coverage of stage 7 on the riverwalk Jumbotron
Breckenridge Summer 2013- What to do
Posted by toby | Friday, June 7, 2013
Breckenridge Spring Fever 2013- Top 5 Reasons to be Here
Posted by toby | Friday, March 15, 2013
- FREE on mountain concert series
- Biggest spring event/activity lineup in the Rockies
- One last chance to hit the slopes before the mountain closes
- Easy to afford lodging and lift tickets
- Breckenridge wants you!
- Breck Ascent Series- uphill skin/snowshoe races
- Gondola operating hours are extended
- Ripperoo’s Winter Olympics
- Breck 5 Peaks Mountaineering Race
- Spring Fever Beer Fest
- Breckenridge Imperial Challenge bike & ski race
- Breck Chili Cook-off at Seven’s
- St. Patrick’s Day Party at Seven’s
- Extended after-hours Terrain Park events on Friday at the 5 Chair
- Breck Throwback Throwdown and Throwback Party and Concert at the Riverwalk Center
- Easter egg hunts
- Ripperoo Mini World Cup
- Fever Reliever merchant discounts
Breckenridge Ullr Fest 2013
Posted by toby | Thursday, January 10, 2013
What to do in Breckenridge, Besides Skiing, in Winter
Posted by toby | Thursday, December 13, 2012
Winter Activities in Breckenridge
Breckenridge is about much more than just skiing. If you want to experience everything, do this!
Download the PDF to take with you here!
|Haunted Tours of Breckenridge||Join the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance for an evening stroll through Breckenridge’s haunted historic district. Along the way, the eerie stories from Breckenridge’s rough and uncertain past will be told but remain unexplained. Reservations required by 5p.m. Allow 90 minutes to complete the tour. Great for adults and kids (4-12)||203 S. Main Street (Breckenridge Welcome Center and Museum)www.BreckHeritage.com 970-453-9767|
|Music on the Mountains(Kids activity) http://www.musiconthemountains.com 703.424.0337||Music on the Mountains is an early childhood music and movement center located in La Cima Mall downtown Breckenridge for children birth to five and the adults who love them. We invite families who are traveling and visiting with us here in Summit County to come join in for a magical musical experience! Please sign up on line or contact the center to confirm class day and time.||Drop in Rate: $20.00 per family (includes 5 song sample CD, egg shaker, and unlimited number of attendees at class)Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend a drop in class.|
|Mountain Top Museum(Kids activity) http://www.mtntopmuseum.org/ 605 South Park Avenue Breckenridge, CO 80424 970-453-7878||The Mountain Top Children’s Museum is an educational institution that promotes informal learning through interactive exhibits and programs, imaginative play and engagement in active experiences for children ages 10 and under and their families/caregivers.||Admission $7 per child $5 per adult. Children under 1 and Seniors FREE (Children must be accompanied by an adult.) Winter Hours (December 18 – April 19)Open everyday..10am-4:30pm|
|Ready Paint Fire(Kids activity) 323 North Main Street 970-453-5765 www.readypaintfirebreck.com||
KIDS PAINTING PARTIES!
every Sunday afternoon
ages 3-5 at 4pm - ages 6+ at 5-6:30
Drop off the kids for some creative fun and go grab a Martini or a nap ;)
|Woodward at Copper Mountain0505 Copper Road Copper Mtn (970) 968-3400 www.woodwardatcopper.com||Whether you are interested in snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, or trampoline and tumbling we have sessions waiting for you with highly trained coaches! You can meet once or sign up for a series of private sessions so you can work with the same coach each week to progress your skills even further. The sessions are fully coached and available to anyone from ages 8 to 108!|
|Tubing||Tubing (typically 36 inches or taller) is available at Copper Mountain, Frisco Adventure Center, and Keystone (must be 42”). Just like when you were a kid, only on a much bigger hill with its own tubing lift - during the day or under the lights. With a unique state-of-the-art conveyor lift, the amount of rides is up to you. Get ready to laugh until it hurts in this must-do experience for all ages.||Frisco Adventure Parkwww.friscoadventurepark.com (800) 424-1554 Copper Tubing Hill http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/plan_and_buy/tubing Call 866.416.9874 for reservations Keystone Adventure Point - Keystone 970-496-3000|
|Critterland(for small ones under 36”)||There is no reason why your little ones should miss out on a bit of snow play and that is where Critterland comes in – a place filled of magical characters and a safe, fenced-off area with things to satisfy the youngest generation. Inside Critterland, located at the bottom of the Tubing Hill in East Village, guests will find Copper’s new and exciting snow characters. Bearilla, Elkguin, Squeal, Ducktopus, Cheetaphant and the Alliroo are all anxiously awaiting your arrival.||Copper Mountain|
|French Gulch Snowshoe Tour203 S. Main Street (Breckenridge Welcome Center and Museum) www.BreckHeritage.com 970-453-9767||Join one of our experienced guides for a snowshoe tour in French Gulch. The trails of French Gulch pass through Breckenridge’s fabled Golden Horseshoe, one of Colorado’s more fertile mining regions. No experience is necessary and snowshoes are provided. Space is limited and reservations are required by 8:00p.m. Sunday. Allow 2.5 hours to complete the tour.||Call for directions to the trailhead.Mondays at 1:00p.m. Adults and Kids (4-12) $5 discount if you have your own snowshoes|
|Iowa Hill Miner’s Snowshoe Tour203 S. Main Street (Breckenridge Welcome Center and Museum) www.BreckHeritage.com 970-453-9767||Enjoy a guided snowshoe tour that goes through the historic Iowa Hill mine site. See an original minter’s boarding house and learn about Breckenridge mining era while snowshoeing. No experience is necessary and snowshoes are provided. Space is limited and reservations are required by 8:00p.m. Friday. Allow 1.5 hours to complete the tour.||Iowa Hill Trailhead off Airport RdSaturdays 10a.m. Adults and kids (4-12) $5 discount if you have your own snowshoes|
|SwimmingBreckenridge Recreation Center 880 Airport Road Breckenridge, CO 80424 (970) 453-1734||After getting off the mountain from a day of skiing, or after a strenuous hike, the pools and spas are great places to spend some time with the family. Our Leisure Pool has a large slide that both children and adults can enjoy. It also has three play features. They are operated by a hand crank allowing water to spray or dump back into the pool. A small slide keeps the little ones happy. Other amenities include a lazy river swim stream, basketball hoop and a vortex pool. In addition to four swim lanes, the Lap Pool has two basketball hoops and a rope swing.||Breckenridge Recreation Center880 Airport Road Breckenridge, CO 80424 (970) 453-1734|
|Rock ClimbingBreckenridge Recreation Center 880 Airport Road Breckenridge, CO 80424 (970) 453-1734||Belay Rides/Try-A-Climb Try rock climbing today! Let our professional staff handle the technical side while you enjoy the thrill of climbing. Ages 6 and above (including adults), are welcome. All equipment is provided. $12 for 15 minutes or $5 for 5 minutes of climbing. Space is limited, so sign up today!||Days: Every day Time: 12:00-6:00 pm Cost: $12 for 15 minutes or $5 for 5 minutes|
|Behind Swinging Doors Saloon Tour||Taste the spirits of the Breckenridge distillery and learn about the historic saloons of Breckenridge. Tour includes Distillery tasting when available. Reservations required by 4p.m. Space is limited.||203 S. Main Street (Breckenridge Welcome Center and Museum)www.BreckHeritage.com 970-453-9767|
|Zip Line Tour||See the Rocky Mountains from areas never before accessible to the public. Our spectacular 2000 acre private property has views of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, and rests on the splendid slopes of Mt. Arkansas, an almost “Fourteener” at 13,795 feet. Course has five separate zip lining sections, each with entirely different exciting elements of speed, height and terrain, with cables up to 850 feet, some more than 300 feet off the ground.||www.topoftherockieszipline.com800-247-7238 Call for details and reservations|
|Ready Paint Fire323 North Main Street 970-453-5765 www.readypaintfirebreck.com||
Canvas Painting Parties - Every Thursday and Saturday in season - 7pm to 10pm (ish) (or by appointment with 20 people)
Bring your friends, drinks and snacks and paint your own masterpiece!
Follow along step-by-step with a talented local artist NO experience necessary!
We show you what brush to use, what paint to mix and where to put it.
You can't go wrong in this stress-free party atmosphere! And we promise you'll walk out with a painting to be proud of. (Example artwork Breckenridge Skyline, Ullr, snowboarding)
|Jewelry Making||At Flourish, take home something special to remember your vacation. Simple Silver Ring – Make a simple silver band ring – this class shows you how to size and solder a sterling ring. Select from a variety of band styles. 3 hour class includes the silver.||Flourish Artisan Jewelry226 South Main Street 970-389-5301|
|Glass Art Workshop||Live flame working demonstration 2nd Saturday of December, Jan, Feb. and March 2013 December 8, 1-7pm -Demonstration by Deidre Sewell December 22, 1-7-pm. - Demonstration by Louis Spahni January 12, 2013, 1-7 pm - Demonstration by Christopher Wirth February 9, 1-7 pm - Demonstration by Brett March 9, 1-7 pm - Demonstration by Deidre SewellBreckenridge Gallery Walks Every 2nd Saturday on each month 4-8 pm||Fox Ridge Fine Art Glass GallerySouth end of Main Street above Rasta Pasta 411 S. Main Street 970-547-8192|
|Breck Arts District||The Arts District is alive year round, offering live music, performance, film and a wide variety of visual arts opportunities. Come and play with clay at the Quandary Antiques Cabin, create a hand-painted silk scarf or learn the basics of printmaking at the Fuqua Livery Stable. The creative opportunities are endless from hands on art workshops for children, teens and adults to demonstrations and cultural events. We invite you to be a part of the growing art scene.||Information: 970-453-3364Arts District Calendar: http://www.townofbreckenridge.com/index.aspx?page=539|
|Breckenridge Theater||Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Backstage Theatre has been presenting terrific live theatre in Summit County for 38 years. Great shows, great prices, always a great night out! Offer: $2 off regular ticket price (not valid with other offers)||Backstage Theaterwww.backstagetheatre.org 970.453.0199 121 S. Ridge Street|
|Snowmobiling||Explore Colorado's back-country via a guided tour. Summit County offers snowmobile tours through beautiful forest glades to the Continental Divide, atop Georgia Pass at 11,000 ft. with unparalleled panoramic views.||White Mountain Snow Mobile Tourswww.whitemountainsnowmobiletours.com 970-668-5323 Good Times Adventures www.goodtimesadventures.com 800-477-0144 email@example.com 6061 Tiger Road Breckenridge, CO 80424|
|Dog Sledding||Believe it or not, You are the Musher! We offer a 6-mile relay tour through the Middle Fork of the Swan River, which can handle up to 6 people. The tour is run as a "relay"; all guests will switch off between running the dogs, riding in the dogsled, and riding on a small passenger sleigh with the guide. The tour runs for a little more than an hour stopping along the way for everyone to trade places. This tour is a unique and interactive way to experience dog sledding and Good Times Adventures is the only local provider. Due to the nature of the sport, children under 3 years and women who are pregnant are not recommended.||Good Times Adventures www.goodtimesadventures.com 800-477-0144 firstname.lastname@example.org 6061 Tiger Road Breckenridge, CO 80424|
|Breckenridge Old Time Photo||Stake your claim in History at Breckenridge’s only Old Time Photo Shop. Historic Old west outfits and props for the entire family. 3D sets for authentic old west pictures. Remember your Breckenridge Experience with flair.||326 South Main StreetBreckenridge, Co 80424 453.4444|
|Sleigh Rides||Sleigh rides offer a five-star experience for the whole family. Evening and afternoon sleigh rides are available!You’ll love our gorgeous, Amish handcrafted sleighs pulled by powerful, draft Belgian and Percheron horses.||Gold Run Sleigh Rideswww.goldrunsleighride.com (970) 389-1701 Two Below Zero Dinner Sleigh Rides 970-453-1520 www.dinnersleighrides.com Nordic Sleigh Rides (970) 453-2005 www.nordicsleighrides.com|
|Ice Skating||The Stephen C. West Ice Arena offers ice skating and hockey the whole family can enjoy. Public skating sessions are offered daily. Group and private lessons and equipment rentals are available for all levels of skaters. Our fully-stocked pro shop and friendly staff can get you on the ice and ready to skate so you'll have a fantastic skating experience in Breckenridge! Want outdoor action? Call the Gold Run Nordic Center for outdoor Skating pond availability. It’s free with your own skates.||Stephen C. West Ice Arena(970) 547-9974 Gold Run Outdoor Natural Ice Rink (970) 547-7889|
Breckenridge Ski Season 2012- Fresh and fun
Posted by toby | Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Breckenridge USA Pro Cycling Challenge 2012
Posted by toby | Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Breckenridge Hiking Trails - Where to go
Posted by toby | Friday, July 20, 2012
Breckenridge Fourth of July 2012
Posted by toby | Friday, May 18, 2012
Breckenridge Summer Begins June 15, 2012
Posted by toby | Friday, May 18, 2012
New year's eve in Breckenridge 2011/2012- What to do
Posted by toby | Friday, December 30, 2011
New Year’s Eve in Breckenridge
- Breckenridge Torchlight parade Starts at 6p.m., look at the ski area!
- Yamn at the Riverwalk Cneter- w/ the Oak Creek Band
- $20 in Advance and $25 Day of the Show
- New Year's Eve Fireworks (the real stuff!) start at 9, look at the mountain!
- Napper Tandy’s- youngsters
- Burke & Riley’s Pub- adult
- Liquid Lounge- youngsters
- Cecilia’s- youngsters
- Beaver Run- adult
- Ollie’s- New Year’s Eve Party- adult
- Quandary Grill- adult/youngsters
- Mother Loaded Tavern- adult
- Mi Casa-adult
- Park Ave. Pub- adult
- Spencer’s- Buffet Dinner $100 per person
- Twist- 3 Course Dinner with Champaign toast for $60
- Relish- 4 Course Dinner for $90 Reservations Required
- Steak and Rib- Regular Menu and NO Reservations!!!
- Brian Rose Steakhouse-
- Salt Creek- A Special Reservations Only Dinner
- Fixed Menu Adults-$85.00 Kids-$41.00
- Ember- Special New Year’s Eve Menu Adults-$95 Places Still Available!
- Swiss Haven- Menu à la carte
Breckenridge opening Day 2011 2012 is...
Posted by toby | Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Breckenridge events 2011/2012- get ready for some excitement!
Posted by toby | Friday, August 19, 2011
Breckenridge Memorial day 2011 2012
Posted by toby | Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Breckenridge Beer Festival 2010
Posted by toby | Thursday, July 1, 2010
Breckenridge rafting and Breckenridge summer activities
Posted by toby | Wednesday, June 16, 2010
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 80424Toll free # 800-808-0357Local # 970-453-5559www.raftingcolorado.com email@example.com
Breckenridge Snowmobiling tours and Breckenridge dog sled tours
Posted by toby | Monday, March 15, 2010
-Over 40 miles of groomed trails
-Continental Divide tours to Georgia Pass at 11,585 feet
-Panoramic views of the Swan River Valley, Summit County and the White River National Forest
Not only does Good Times offer awesome Breckenridge Snowmobile tours, they also offer a one of a kind experience, Breckenridge Dog Sled Tours-
Top 19 Most Popular Reasons to Experience Breckenridge in 2010
Posted by toby | Monday, February 15, 2010
1. Ski with a Forest Ranger Tour - now through April 2nd - Each Friday at 11 am, volunteer rangers lead a small group of people down the intermediate trail on Peak 7 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort. You’ll learn about local wild life, the history of the area, avalanche awareness and local conservation programs. In order to participate, you must have a lift ticket and intermediate skiing or snowboarding abilities.
2. Breckenridge Beer Festival – April 3 - Who doesn’t like beer? The fifth year of this popular beer festival will be even bigger than ever. Located at Main Street Station, the festival brings together microbrews from breweries around the area. There’s also food, vendors and live music entertainment.
3. Spring Massive – April 1st through April 18th - Spring Massive is a yearly festival that brings diverse activities and people together. Live music, ski and snowboard competitions, food events and a beer festival are packed into the first few weeks of April. Don’t miss the Slopestyle Competition \and Superpipe Competition.
4. Thursday Wilderness Hikes – June 4th, June 11th, June 18th and June 25th - Explore the summer wilderness with four special tours during the month of June. The tours start at the Breckenridge Welcome Center and are $8 per person/$22 per family.
5. Frisco Roundup – June 5th - This is the first of the Summit Mountain Challenges that the Colorado Freeride association holds throughout the summer. Riders race in four different distances from 3 miles to 12 miles.
6. Summit Foundation Golf Tournament – June 13th and 14th - The Summit Foundation holds an annual golf tournament to raise money for a variety of local non-profit organizations. In addition to the tournament, there is live entertainment, a raffle and silent and live auctions. The cost is $75 for the welcome party on the 13th and $100 for VIPs.
7. Tour De Trash – June 12th - This unique mountain bike tour sends cyclists on a tour right by the local landfill. Once you get past the sights and smells of the landfill, there’s some beautiful mountain wilderness to behold. This tour is one of the Summit Mountain Challenges.
8. Kingdom Days– June 19th through 20th - Breckenridge was accidentally left off of the U.S. map and it came to be known as “Colorado’s Kingdom” until it was incorporate in 1936. Kingdom Days celebrates the old days of gold prospecting, mining and adventure – in some very unique ways! The centerpiece of the event is the Outhouse Races. Teams from around Colorado create portable outhouses to push or pull down the track to the finish line. The winner receives the “Gold Throne” followed by the “Silver Moon” and “Bronze Bucket” (2nd and 3rd place respectively). Other events this weekend include the Repertory Run, Kid’s Dash and a re-enactment of a Wild West gun fight. Live music and museum tours are also part of the fun.
9. Gold Rush Run– June 26th - Another event on the Summit Mountain Challenge circuit, this run features an awards dinner at the Country Boy Mine and drinks provided by the Backcountry Brewery.
10. 2010 Firecracker 50 – July 4th - The Firecracker 50 is a mountain bike racing event that will be celebrating its 9th year in 2010. There are two separate events that cyclists can compete in – the Firecracker 50 (which can be done as an individual or a team of 2) and the Sparkler (a 14 mile portion of the course). Registration opens on March 3rd and the field is limited to 750 race plates.
11. Swan River Rampage – July 17th - This Summit Mountain Challenge event includes a kid’s course, a “middle” course and a “big” course. Awards ceremonies follow the event and you can get two complimentary beers by presenting your number plate.
12. Breck Nordic Center – July 24th - This kid’s only cyclist event is put together by the Summit Mountain Challenge group. The course is a 1.85 mile loop and racers are broken up into six different age and experience groups.
13. Peaks Trail Time Trial – July 25th - This SMC event starts in Breckenridge and finished in Frisco, with 10 different age/skill groups. The total length of the raise is 7.9 miles and pre-registration is recommended. The post race party will take place at the Backcountry Brewery in Frisco.
14. Pennsylvania Gulch Grind – August 14th - This cyclist event from SMC includes a junior boys and junior girls event, as well as a 11.75 mile and 15.25 mile trail group.
15. The Breck Ball – August 21st - The last event of the season from SMC includes a kid’s course, beginner men’s and women’s and advanced men’s and women’s courses. The post race party will be held at the Quandary Grill at the Main Street Station.
16. Labor Day Weekend – September 3rd through 6th - Labor Day brings a lot of activities to the Breckenridge area. The Great Divide Art Festival is back for its 35th year. The Water House Wine Festival takes place at the Great Rubber Duck Race on September 4th, both at Main Street Station. The Wine Festival features live music and samples from over 30 Colorado Wineries. The Great Rubber Duck Race has two separate events – one for adults and one for kids. Local businesses compete to see who can sell the most ducks for participants. Finally, the Breck Crest Mountain Marathon offers three different course lengths for
runners – a 5 mile trail run, half marathon and full marathon.
17. Breckenridge Oktoberfest – September 18th through 20th - Locals and visitors alike look forward to this yearly event that brings a little bit of Germany to Breckenridge. This year will be the 16th annual Oktoberfest and features beer, Bavarian dancers, German food, polka music and a 5K run.
18. The Lighting of Breckenridge – December 4th - This old fashioned tradition brings the magic of the holidays to the Breckenridge area. A holiday craft workshop, a visit from Santa, free cocoa, cookies, caroling and tree lighting are all part of the festivities.
19. Victorian Winter Wonderland – December 4th through 31st - December is a fun filled month in the city of Breckenridge. After the Lighting of Breckenridge event on the 4th, the city is host to holiday art workshops, Main Street caroling, Winter Dew Tour, Winter Wonderettes Performances and the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
Breckenridge Oktoberfest- Oktoberfest in Breckenridge is September 18-20, 2009
Posted by toby | Thursday, July 30, 2009
Breckenridge Beer Festival in Breckenridge Colorado
Posted by toby | Friday, July 3, 2009
The 2009 Breckenridge Beer Festival will be held from 1-6 at Main Street Station at the south end of town, next to the village at Breckenridge. This is the fourth annual beer fest and they have been getting better every year. Each year more brewers come, this year 26 breweries will be represented at the beer fest, each with their own style and flavor.
To enjoy the Breckenridge Beer Festival you must purchase a mug. They come in regular for $30 for unlimited tastings, and VIP which includes a commemorative mug, lunch buffet, and VIP room access for $55. I would highly recommend the VIP package as lunch will cost you about $15-$20 anyway. Plus it is great to be able to interrupt the beer slamming with a bite to eat when you start to "feel it".
There are also three bands playing during the event- The Pimps of Joytime, Oakhurst, and the Luv Brothers. SO come, drink, eat, jam out, and have a great time in Breck.
Visit us on the web at http://www.breckenridgeresortmanagers.com/blog// and book lodging for your Breckenridge Beer Festival vacation.
Breckenridge film festival-Breckenridge festival of film
Posted by toby | Thursday, June 11, 2009
Thursday, June 11
Indie movies playing all day long from 10am-4pm
4pm at the Breckenridge Theatre-Peaks on the Past by Wendy Wolfe
7pm at the skyline theatre in Dillon- Whatever Works
9pm at River Mountain Lodge-President’s Party
Friday June 12th at the Breckenridge Film Festival
9-3 Indies at the speakeasy
3-11 Independent Films and filmmaker questions
6pm at Skyline Theatre, Dillon -answer man
9pm at the Skyline Theatre, Dillon- What Goes up
Super Saturday June 13- Breckenridge Festival of Film
9-3 Indies at the speakeasy
3-11 Independent Films
9-11 Film Studies
10-11Films from Summit High School students
3pm at the Skyline Theatre, Dillon- Race to Witch Mountain
6pm at the Skyline Theatre, Dillon- Paper Heart
9pm at the Skyline Theatre, Dillon- Hump Day
7pm Open Mic Night– Cecilia's, Breckenridge
Final day Of the Breckenridge Film Festival Sunday June 14th
10-3 Best of Fest Films at the Speakeasy
5 Breckenridge Film Festival Awards Ceremony
6 at the Skyline Theatre, Dillon- In the Loop
8:30 Breckenridge Festival of film closing Party at the Blue River Bistro
If you are looking for lodging during you film fest experience, please visit us at www.breckenridgeresortmanagers.com
4th of July in Breckenridge is on way
Posted by toby | Wednesday, June 3, 2009
- Breckenridge 4Th of July Parade
- Fireworks display over peak 8
- water fight and other activities for the kids
- mountain bike races
- free concerts at the river walk center
- food and drink
- town tours
What to do on your Breckenridge Summer Vacation
Posted by toby | Wednesday, April 22, 2009
It is late April, Breckenridge ski area is closed, time to start planning for a Breckenridge Summer Vacation. Summer Vacations in Breckenridge are arguably as fun and exciting as winter vacations in Breck. Our summer vacation season kicks off in mid June and lasts until late August. The weather during our summer is typically sunny, around 70 degrees during the day and 20 degrees at night. We do have the occasional mid afternoon rain, but it usually blows through fairly quickly. So pack shorts and a light jacket for your Breckenridge Summer Vacation and get ready to enjoy paradise in a whole different way.
So, what can you do during your Breckenridge Summer Vacation that makes it so special, and in my opinion one of the most underrated summer vacation destinations?
Here are just a few of the unique activities and events you can only experience during summer in Breckenridge-
Ø Horseback riding on one of several thousand acre cattle ranches
Ø Fly fish the Blue River, or Lake Dillon
Ø Take a sailboat or motorboat out on Lake Dillon
Ø Hike up the Breckenridge ski area
Ø Take a 4 wheeler over the acres of mountain trails
Ø Take a bike ride on the bike path that goes from Vail to over the pass
Ø Camp in one of several location around the county
Of course, this is merely a sample of what you can do on your Breckenridge Summer vacation. The town comes alive in Mid June and peaks with our Breckenridge 4th of July parade (detail on out breckenridge 4th of July events). 4th of July in Breckenridge is one of a kind. As summer fades and falll sets in, the changing leaves of our aspen trees is a picturesque sight that must be seen in person.
Biking, hiking, rafting, whatever adventure you seek, a Breckenridge Summer vacation is the ticket to paradise. Please visit http://www.rmlodging/ for a variety of Breckenridge Lodging and rental homes to host your summer trip to Breckenridge
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