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

Best Leaf-peeping Hikes in Colorado

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

Kenosha Pass

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

Best Leaf-peeping Trails in ColoradoBoreas Pass

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

Independence Pass

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

Best Leaf-peeping Trails in ColoradoTrail Ridge Road

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

Plan Accordingly

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


Oktoberfest
Posted by toby | Friday, August 25, 2017

Oktoberfer 2017 in Breckenridge CO

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

Oktober Fest 2017 Breck

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.

Brewmaster Dinner

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.

Trail Run

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.

Oktoberfest 2017 Breckenridge COBrunch 

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.

Get Away

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


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

Family Activities in Breckenridge

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

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

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

1. Sledding at Carter Park

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

Family Friendly Activities in Breckenridge

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

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

3. Visiting the Mountain Top Children’s Museum

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

4. Spending an entire day at the Breckenridge Recreation Center

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

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

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

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


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

Ski In Ski Out Rentals in Breckenridge

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

Ski In Ski Out Rentals in Breck

1. Trails End

455 Village Road / Breckenridge, CO

1-bedroom condo, starting at $109/night

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

2. Tyra Summit

800 Four O’Clock Road / Breckenridge, CO

2-bedroom condo, starting at $139/night

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

Breckenridge Ski In Ski Out Rentals

3. Crystal Peak Lodge

1891 Ski Hill Rd / Breckenridge, CO

4-bedroom condo, starting at $425/night

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

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


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

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

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

1. Shopping on Main Street

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

2. Snowshoeing

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

3. Ice Skating

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

4. Sledding

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

5. Touring a Distillery

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

6. Attending a Concert

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

7. Get Pampered 

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

8. Sleigh Ride and Dinner Theater

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

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

The possibilities are endless!

 


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

 

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

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

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

1. Eaglesmere Lake

7 miles round-trip / Intermediate

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

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

2. Peaks Trail

15.5 miles one way / Beginner–Intermediate

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

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

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

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

3. Lower Cataract Lake Loop Trail

2.25 miles round-trip / Beginner-Intermediate

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

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

4. Boreas Pass/Aspen Alley Trail

1 mile round-trip / Beginner

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

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

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


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

Family Friendly Restaurants in Breckenridge

 

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

 

1. Blue Moose Restaurant 

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

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

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

3. Empire Burger

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

4. Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

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

Restaurants for Families in Breckenridge5. The Crown

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


What's the Best Place to Stay in Breckenridge?
Posted by toby | Saturday, July 23, 2016

Best Place to Stay in Breckenridge

When it comes to choosing the best place to stay in Breckenridge, there are no wrong answers. From secluded mountain homes, quaint Victorian style homes to ski-in/ski-out condos, Breck has something to offer for every type of vacationer. Nonetheless, choosing the right neighborhood can be daunting if you've never explored Breckenridge.

To help you figure out the best area for you and your family, we put together a list of the Breckenridge neighborhoods and the attributes of each.

The Peaks / 4 o’clock Rd

Most people stay around the Peaks or on 4 o’clock Rd for the access to the resort. This is the biggest selling point for this area. It has close proximity to several chair lifts and borders the trail 4 o’clock. You can ski within a few feet of your front door and many vacationers come back for lunch mid-day.

The downside to this is that town can be a good walk or a bus ride away. Since you are paying for the location, you can sacrifice space, luxury and the rustic atmosphere. Nonetheless, if you are looking for the traditional ski-cation, this is the perfect place to stay in Breck.

(Click here to see all our ski in/ski-out properties.)

Breck Historic District

The town of Breckenridge has an adorable historic district with heaps of atmosphere. The houses are in the traditional Victorian style and the main strip features quality restaurants, shopping and nightlife. The gondola is on one edge of town, a beginner’s chairlift on the other and both a relatively easy walk for most, so access to skiing isn’t a chore. If you are looking for a well rounded vacation experience, with options for even the non-skier in the family, Breck’s historical district is your best bet.

Where to Stay in Breckenridge

Warriors Mark

Many prefer the quiet of a neighborhood. Warrior’s Mark is located on the south edge of Breckenridge and is set back from the main street. One one side, it borders Peak 9 and the Village, so ski access is nearby. It is also bordered by National Forest, giving access to the backcountry and great hiking.

This area is a quieter, more traditional mountain feel and just removed from the thick of things. You’ll likely want to take advantage of Breck’s transit, Summit Stage to get to and from the restaurants, shopping and nightlife. The buses stop between 12-1am so if nightlife is your priority, this area may not be your top pick. It is perfect for families looking for proximity, but a quieter experience.

(Ski within 1.5 blocks of your house at this vacation rental in Warrior’s Mark.)

Blue River

Blue River is the perfect place to stay for the nature lover. This area sports the traditional rustic mountain experience. You are likely to see moose, elk, deer and even bear running through your backyard in this neighborhood! The houses tend to be more “retreat-style” and are nestled in the forest, with lots of space inside and out.

This neighborhood has the Goose Pasture Tarn and a stream for fishing, kayaking and other waterfront activities. You'll want to have your own car in this area, as it is located a few miles outside town.

(See one of our favorites in Blue River.)

Baldy Mountain

Best Neighborhood to Stay in Breckenridge Baldy Mountain is located on the hill opposite the ski resort. This area is popular with the local community for its amazing views and quieter atmosphere. We have several houses up here that are the quintessential snowy mountain retreat, with all the luxuries and comforts you could ever want.

The majority of the houses are above 10,000 feet, so you will want to be aware of the high altitude conditions. The buses run regularly up here, so access to town and the gondola is simple. This area is perfect for large groups, who want luxury at a decent price and need to appeal to a variety of guests.

Check out one of our houses on Baldy.


Breckenridge Ski Season 2012- Fresh and fun
Posted by toby | Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Just. Can't. Wait. Breckenridge ski season 2012 is about to kick off!  November 9th 2012 marks the opening day of Breckenridge ski area, and your first oppurtunity to experience the fresh and fun season in the rockies. If you need to know what opening day has to offer, check out the top 5 things to experience on Breckenridge opening day, then do them! Just 9 short days away...

Frisco Lodging- why choose lodging in Frisco?
Posted by toby | Thursday, October 1, 2009

Frisco Lodging - A great way to experience more of Colorado on a smaller budget


Do you want to come to Colorado this year and ski, but your budget seems too small to saty for several days? Can't afford $500 a night in Aspen or $400 a night in Vail? Come and vacation in our Frisco Lodging!


Frisco Lodging is affordable, usually 30-50 percent cheaper than in the actual ski area properties, as well as convinent to multiple ski areas.


Copper Mountain- 7 miles

Breckenridge- 8 miles

Keystone- 9 miles

Arapahoe Basin- 12 miles

Vail- 26 miles


So, looking for a Colorado ski vacation on a budget, Frisco lodging is your answer!


Visit us online for a selection of Breckenridge and Frisco Lodging- http://www.breckenridgeresortmanagers.com/blog//

Breckenridge lodging, do you know where to stay in Breckenridge?
Posted by toby | Friday, June 5, 2009

Recently I was doing research for an article on vacation destinations and came to the realization that "fiddler's knee is a great place to vacation" did not tell me anything about Fiddler's knee. Some sites would go beyond that, "Fiddler's knee is a great place to vacation during the summer, it is warm and you can do stuff". Many of the places I found did not give me a tangible idea of where I could be going or what it had to offer if I did. How confusing for those travellers looking to vacation in a new area, off putting is more like it.




Many of you out there researching your vacation and what sort of Breckenridge lodging you would like to stay in may find yourself in a similar mindset to the one I just described. "Breckenridge is a great ski town, bring your jacket", may not cut it for you and leave you with a sense of anxiety about what Breckenridge Lodging you would like to book.




Because I manage Brecknridge lodging and want you to stay in Breckenridge rather that the place you went last year, I thought it wise to describe the Breckenridge lodging segments and the regions they are in. Hopefully it will be a useful tool for any of you out there who are looking for a specific sort of Breckenridge lodging in a specific area.




As I see it, Breckenridge is made up of six distinct regions, North, South, Central, West, East, and Blue River. I will try to explain the benefits and drawbacks of Breckenridge lodging in each. I will also attempt to explain what you can expect from your vacation while staying in each region.




North Breckenridge-Out of town, Mainly homes, some on bus route, some car required, luxury homes, close to amenities, low to high price range


This area includes the Highlands (by the golf course, great for luxurious summer vacations), silver shekel, fairmont residences, kingdom park townhomes, claimjumper, and a few others. This are includes the rec center (pools, fields, parks, courts, gym) the golf course, City Market (our largest grocery store) and the new gondola. Most of the places in this are are single family as opposed to condos and a good amount are long term occupied.


The west side of this area is closest to the stores and gondola, and has the lower end of nightly rates due to most of the homes being older. This area is on the bus route (free) and is within walking distance to many things as well.


The east side is comprised of mainly newer, luxury, single family homes as well as the golf course. These homes will have higher rates, but most of them are very large (sleep 12 or more) and much newer. This is a great place to stay if you don't want to be right in town and need some room (large family vacation). The access to the ski area, dining, and shopping is mainly drive to.




South Breckenridge-Close to town, slopes, Mix of condos and homes, on bus route, walk, variety of places to stay, mid to high price range.


This area of Breckenridge Lodging consists of a wide variety of condos (Mountainwood, Columbine, Powderhorn, Lift, Mariott, Tannenbaum, Corral, Mother Lode), townhomes(village point), And single Family homes (Warriors Mark). Most of the condos are the closest to the ski area, some are even walk to the lifts. As you move south, away from the ski area, you will find more rental homes. The prices are the lowest in the condos and highest on the single family homes.




Central Breckenridge- In town, mainly condos, walk to everything, on bus route, mid to high price range


The central area consists of mainly condos, but there is a wide variety of styles( Village, River Mountain Lodge, Park Place, One Breck Place, Der Steiermark, Sawmill Creek, Tyra, Pine Ridge, Blue Sky, Los Pinos, Pines, mountain thunder lodge). This is a great area if you can handle the action, very busy, especially during the ski season. Rates will vary from low to high depending on where you stay. Condos go from hotel rooms to 4 bedrooms, so you have plenty of choices. You probably won;t need a car if you stay here as you can walk to most anything, or take the free bus. There are a few ski in and out options in this area.




West Breckenridge- Made up of the base mountain lodges and homes at peak 9 and 8, ski in/out, walk to lift, on bus route, Higher end homes for rent, low to high end condos priced accordingly


The west area consists of the base areas of peaks 9 and 8. The base of 8 consists of more luxury homes and the base of 9 consists of mainly condos (Beaver Run). Most of this area is on the bus route, but walking is not a great option, so a car may be a good idea. It is a quieter area as it is not directly in town, and it is as close as you can get to the ski area.




East Breckenridge- Mostly rental homes, some in town, some further out, High price range


This area is made up of historic Breckenridge and many newer homes. There are very few condos in this area. Some of this area is on the bus route, but most of it is not, and most of it is too far to walk. Great views of the ten mile range (which includes our ski area) from the east side of breck.




Blue River- 3-7 miles south of Breckenridge, drive to location, mostly rental homes, low to high end homes, good variety, rural woodsy feel, peace and quiet, reasonable rates


We have several rental homes in this area. Appeals to mid to large size families or groups looking for a reasonable nightly rate without a drop in the quality of the accommodation. 3-7 miles south of the ski area, 5 minute drive. You will see wildlife and snow you will not experience in town.




Hope this helps with you Breckenridge Lodging selection. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions you have. Visit our site http://www.breckenridgeresortmanagers.com/blog// for a selection of lodging.

Great places to vacation in the southeast- Florida, Texas, Alabama vacation rentals
Posted by toby | Friday, May 8, 2009
These are some sample seasons and rates for a 2br unit, beachfront, in the southeast region. Region- Southeast- Includes Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The southeast vacation region offers overall warm weather during their summer or “peak “season, which usually lasts from mid April to early September. Most, if not all, vacations in this region are beach and ocean related (excluding Disneyworld). The closer to the mouth of the Mississippi River you get (between TX and LA), the less clear the water becomes. Summer in the sand would define this area the best. The beaches from Orange Beach, AL to the panhandle of FL have warm and clear water and seem to be the most affordable. However, watch out for jellyfish.

South Padre,TX


SPRING 2009 (Mar 01-Mar 28) .. $300/nt
LATE SPRING 2009 (Mar 29-May 21) .. $200/nt
SUMMER 2009 (May 22-Sep 07) .. $300/nt
FALL 2009 (Sep 08-Oct 31) .. $150/nt
WINTER 2009 (Nov 01-Feb 28) .. $125/nt



Orange beach,AL

Spring:.......... Mar 15-Apr 18 .. $250/nt
Late Spring: ..... Apr 19-May 18 .. $180/nt
Summer: .......... May 19-Aug 10 .. $325/nt
July 4th Week .....Jun 28-Jul 06 .. $2520/wk
Early Fall: .......Aug 10-Aug 28 .. $209/nt
Labor Day: ....... Aug 29-Sep 06 .. $213/nt
Fall/Winter: ..... Sep 06-Mar 14 .. $130/nt


Ft. Meyers, FL


Season ......Dec 01-Apr 30 ... $1100/wk
Off Season .. May 01-Nov 30 ... $ 650/wk
Christmas & New Years Weeks ... $1300/wk
Thanksgiving .................. $1200/wk


Miami beach, FL


$ 1295 nt -Dec 1 to Mar 31 - HIGH SEASON
$ 1095 nt - Apr 1 to May 31 - MID SEASON
$ 895 nt - Jun 1 to Sep 30 - LOW SEASON
$ 1095 nt - Oct 1 to Nov 30 - MID SEASON



Daytona beach, FL


February 6 -April 25, 2009 $2295/2wks
April 25 - June 13, 2009 $1995/2wks
June 13 - August 15, 2009 $2395/2wks
August 15 - December 19, 2009 $1995/2wks



Myrtle beach,SC


Jan 01-Mar 05 .................. $ 80/nt
Mar 06-Mar 27 & Oct 01-Dec 31 .. $105/nt
March 27-Apr 29, 2006 ...........$150/nt
Apr 30-May 20 .. $155/nt
May 21-May 31.. $185/nt
Week Starting Jun 7, 14, 21 $1400/wk
June 28 .... $1800/wk
Wk Starting Jul 5, 12, 19, 26 .. $1800/wk
Starting Aug 2, 9 .. $1650/wk
Week Starting Aug 16 & 23 .. $1400/wk
Week Starting Aug 30...... $1100/wk
Sep 6-Sep 30 ................... $135/nt



Emerald isle,NC


Spring 2009: Mar 28-May 15 .. $ 600/wk
Mid Spring: May 16-Jun 05 .. $ 750/wk
Early Summer: Jun 06-Jun 19 .. $ 950/wk
Prime Season: Jun 20-Aug 07 .. $1150/wk
Late Summer: Aug 08-Aug 14 .. $ 950/wk
Mid Fall: Aug 15-Sep 04 .. $ 750/wk
Fall: Sep 05-Nov 06 .. $ 600/wk
Off Season: Nov 07-Mar 26 .. $ 500/wk





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Great places to vacation on the East Coast- Virginia, Vermont, New Jersey vacation rentals
Posted by toby | Friday, May 8, 2009
These are some sample seasons and rates for a 2br unit, beachfront or ski in and out. Region- East Coast- Included in this region are Virginia, New Jersey, Vermont, and Maine. The beach areas from Virginia to Maine all have the same summer season, lasting from June until August. “The Shore” as it is called in some areas, has cooler water and darker beaches than the southeastern region. There are several ski areas concentrated in this region as well in Vermont. The ski season lasts from early December to mid April.

Virginia beach, VA

9/6 -5/15, 9/19-12/31 $175
5/16 -6/12, 8/22-9/18 $250
6/13 - 8/21 $400



Long beach,NJ


Summer $2200/wk
May-Mid-June .............. $1600/wk
Mid-September-October $1500/wk


ME

Early Season: Memorial Day Weekend & Jun .. $ 950/wk
High Season: Jul-Labor Day Week ........... $1200/wk
Fall Foliage Season: Sep 10-Oct 31 ........ $ 950/wk
Off season weekends .. $140/nt

Stratton mtn, VT


Dec 01-Apr 15 $300 weekday..$1100/weekend $2000/wk (Non-Holiday)
May 01-Sep 30 .. $175/night $ 750-$1000/wk (Golf Season)
Oct 01-Nov 15 .. $175/night $ 750-$1000/wk (Fall Foliage)
Holiday Weeks .. $550-$750/night $4000-$5000/wk

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Great places to vacation in Colorado- Breckenridge, Vail, Taos, Utah vacation rentals
Posted by toby | Friday, May 8, 2009

These are some sample seasons and rates for a 2br unit, ski in and out. Region- Rocky Mountains- This area is made up of, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Idaho. All of these states have major ski areas that provide skiing and scenery. The typical ski season begins in November and ends in late April. Most mountain regions have two separate seasons. The summer season, between June and August, offers rafting, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and other activities that provide a great mountain vacation.


Breckenridge, CO


Pre-Holiday (Dec 18-Dec 25) .............. $350/nt
Holiday (Dec 26-Jan 03) .................. $600/nt
Regular (Feb 13-Apr 11................... $425/nt
Value (Jan 04-Feb 12) .................... $350/nt
Super Value (Nov 07-Dec 17 & Apr 13-18) .. $255/nt
Summer (Apr 19-Nov 06) ................... $165/nt


Vail, CO


Early Season ........ Nov 01-Dec 18 .. $275/nt
Holiday Season ........ Dec 19-Jan 04 .. $695/nt
Value Season ........ Jan 05-Feb 09 .. $375/nt
Regular Season ........ Feb 10-Mar 31 .. $475/nt
Value Season ...... Apr 01-May 21 .. $250/nt
Summer/Fall Season ... May 22-Oct 31 .. $175/nt


Steamboat Springs, CO


Early/Late Season Nov 26-Dec 12, Mar 29-Apr 12 $165/nt
Early Holiday Season I Dec 13-Dec 19 ........ $205/nt
Holiday Season I ......Dec 20-Jan 02 .......... $445/nt
Powder Season ...Jan 03-Feb 12, Feb 21-Mar 06 ..$205/nt
Holiday Season II Feb 13-Feb 20, Mar 07-Mar 13 $250/nt
Spring Season .. Mar 14-Mar 28 ................ $290/nt
Value Season (2008)....Apr 07-Nov 25 .......... $140/nt


Taos, NM


SKI SEASON - Opening, Nov-Closing, Apr 2009 .. $250/nt
Holiday Week Christmas Eve-Jan 02, 2009 ...... $350/nt
Apr-Oct 2009 ................................. $175/nt
Jun-Aug 2009 ................................. $125/nt


brains head, UT


Summer ........... May 01-Oct 31 .. $ 75/nt
Winter Weekends .. Nov 01-Apr 30 .. $250/nt
Winter Sun-Thu ... Nov 01-Apr 30 .. $200/nt
Holidays .......................... $275/nt


Eden, UT


Jun 01-Nov 31 ....................... $200/nt
Dec 01-May 31 except Dec 17-Jan 03 .. $250/nt
Dec 17-Jan 03 ....................... $300/nt
Jun 01-Oct 31 ....................... $1250/mo
Nov 01-May 31 ....................... $1700/mo


Schweitzer, ID


Nov 27-Dec 11 .. $240/nt
Dec 12-Dec 18 .. $295/nt
Dec 19-Jan 01 .. $345/nt
Jan 02-Feb 12 .. $295/nt
Feb 13-Feb 15 .. $345/nt
Feb 16-Mar 28 .. $295/nt
Mar 29-Apr 11 .. $240/nt
Apr 13-Nov 21 .. $150/nt

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Great places to vacation in The northwest- Washington and Oregon vacation rentals
Posted by toby | Friday, May 8, 2009
These are some sample seasons and rates for a 2br unit, ski in and out or waterfront. Region- Northwest- Washington and Oregon are included in this area. These states are have costal areas as well as ski areas. The costal areas summer season goes from May to September. Summer activities include fishing, hiking, biking, camping, and boating. The ski areas are mainly concentrated in the central/eastern areas season goes from November to March.


Puget sound,WA- Bainbridge island

Sep 15-May 15 - $200/nt
May 16-Sep 14 - $245/nt


Puget sound,WA- Camano island

Oct. 15-May 14 $175/nt
May 15-Oct. 14 $200/nt


long beach, WA

Winter rates (Oct 01-May 14) - $175/nt
Summer rates (May 15-Sep 30) - $200/nt


Mt. Baker,WA



Apr 01-Nov 20 - $125/nt
Nov 21-Mar 30 - $140/nt
Dec 19-Jan 03 - $220/nt


Crystal mountain, WA


Dec-March $300/nt
April-Nov $200/nt
Christmas $350/nt
Thxgiving $300/nt



Mt. Hood, OR

Apr-Oct -$140/night
Nov-Mar -$160/night
Christmas -$300/nt


Sun River,OR


$119/nt. 10/1 – 12/19; 4/1 – 5/31
$149/nt. 12/20 – 3/31
$179/nt. 6/1 – 9/30



Lincoln, OR

Jun-Sep - $229/nt
Jun-Sep - $1250/wk
Oct-MAY - $149/nt
Oct-MAY - $800/wk
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Great places to vacation on the West coast- California vacation rentals
Posted by toby | Friday, May 8, 2009
These are some sample seasons and rates for a 2br unit, beachfront. Region- West Coast- California makes up this entire area. The water and temperature both get warmer going south down the coast. The summer seasonis between June and September.


Stinson beach, CA

Jun-Sep -$2400/wk
Oct-May -$2100/wk
Holidays-$2700/wk


Santa Cruz,CA

Sep-Apr - $285/nt
May-Aug - $385/nt


Malibu, CA

Oct-May - $2,500/wk
Jun-Sep - $5,000/wk
Holidays- $3,500/wk


Santa Barbara, CA

Jan-Mar - $2600/wk
Apr-May - $2800/wk
Jun-Aug - $3200/wk
Sep-Oct - $2800/wk
Nov-Dec - $2600/wk

Holidays- $3200/wk


Venice Beach,CA

Oct-May - $275/nt
June-Sept - $325/nt


Laguna beach,CA

June 14 -Sept 4 .........$3500/wk
September 5 - March 30 ..$2200/wk
April 1 - June 13 - $2300/wk
Sept 5th - May 30th - $365/nt


Mission beach, CA

Dec 13,'08-Jan 3,'09-$325/nt
Jan 3-Apr 3,'09 -$300/nt
Apr 3-Apr 19,'09 -$350/nt
Apr 19-May 9,'09 -$300/nt
May 9-30,'09 -$375/nt
May 30-Aug 22,'09-$500/nt
Aug 22-Sep 26,'09-$375/nt
Sep 26-Dec.12,'09-$300/nt
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Great places to vacation in the Smokey Mountains- Tennessee vacation rentals
Posted by toby | Friday, May 8, 2009
These are some sample seasons and rates for a 2br unit. Region- Smokey Mountains- Tennessee is home the Smokies, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge. You can find the most beautiful surroundings, but you are also close to the tourist towns. The peak season runs from April through December.


Gatlinburg,TN

Peak Season 5/24-8/31, 10/1-11/15.$120/nt
Low Season $60/nt
Holiday periods: $130/nt


Pigeon Forge,TN

Jan-March - $135/night
April-Dec - $150/night
June-Oct - $175/night
Holidays - $195/night

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