What to Look for in Property Management Company
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| Friday, November 30, 2018
When you set out to buy a vacation rental property it can be an exciting journey. If you live at any distance from your vacation home, something you need to consider during that journey is hiring a property management company based in Breckenridge. More and more people are renting vacation homes, but along with their growing popularity comes higher expectations for quality service. No one wants their vacation ruined by a poorly managed home. One or two negative reviews can ruin your chances of regularly renting your home. When you are ready to hire a property management company, there are a few things you should look for to be sure you are getting the service you need.
Many property management companies advertise a low figure for caring for your property, but then they tack on extra fees for services you are likely to need. These extra services are where they make up for the low rate being offered. Ask about additional fees and add up what you will need. It may be that a property management company with a higher rate is better deal because of the services included in the rate.
Some large property management companies hire out local employees, but don’t oversee the operations themselves. This situation might work well if you only want a cleaning service. However, if you want assistance with managing emergencies, helping with check-in or check-out, or troubleshooting unexpected problems, a locally based company can be much more helpful.
Make sure your property management company knows how to handle repairs and routine maintenance. Some needs may be handled by the management company itself, but most jobs are likely to be referred to other contractors. Make sure your property management company has connections with reputable contractors. Ask if they are willing to check in on the work as it progresses. These local connections to dependable and reasonably priced contractors can be invaluable. Make sure the property management company also routinely checks major appliances, such as the heater, water heater, hot tubs, and kitchen appliances. Then, you can stay ahead of major repairs and make necessary repairs before something happens while you are hosting guests.
A lot of your business will depend on your vacation rental being visible on most rental sites and repeat business. Many vacationers come back year after year if they had a good experience. Ask your local property management company how they advertise your property and how they encourage loyalty and repeat renters. A property management company that works to keep your rental booked is worth the investment. You lose money when your home sits empty, and a good property management company will work hard to keep your property occupied with paying renters.
As you search for a property management company for your Breckenridge vacation rental, make a list of criteria that is important to you. Think about items such as marketing, emergency care, cleaning, and screening renters. Be sure that the company you hire offers all of the services you want and the you know how much their services will cost. Don’t be afraid to ask for references. You want to be sure your investment is in the right hands. Contact Breckenridge Resort Managers
to see if our approach to property management is the right one for your vacation rental.
The Holidays in Breckenridge
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| Friday, November 23, 2018
The holidays in Breckenridge are always a wonderful experience! They bring the nostalgia of the small town holiday that you’ve always wanted to experience. The dark nights are lit up with festive, twinkling lights; everyone celebrates and enjoys snow; and friends and neighbors gather to enjoy the season together. Snow doesn’t just bring world class skiing to Breckenridge, it also brings magic. Don’t miss these amazing events in Breckenridge during the holidays!
Race of the Santas
The season kicks off with the Lighting of Breckenridge. Main Street comes alive with thousands of lights and festive decorations. This festival is always celebrated during the first full weekend in December. The 2018/19 season will be celebrated the weekend of December 8th. On Saturday afternoon, the Santas will take over Main Street and run six blocks for the Race of the Santas. You can dress in your favorite Santa suit and join the race, or you can watch the fun. Register online to run in the race by Friday, December 7th.
Lighting of Breckenridge
After the race, at 5:00, Santa himself will flip the switch in Blue River Plaza to light up Breckenridge. Enjoy cookies with neighbors and friends as you take in the glow of the lights. The cookies are provided by the Breckenridge Tourism Office.
From 5:30-7:00 check out the historic Barney Ford House all decked out for the season. Your little ones can visit Santa, tell him their Christmas wishes, and you can get your traditional holiday picture.
Holiday Dog Parade
If you want to enjoy the festivities with your four legged friend, sign up for the Holiday Dog Parade. This takes place before the Santa run at 3:45. Register from 3:00-3:30. Dress up with your dogs in your most festive costumes. The parade will start at Main Street Station and end at Blue River Plaza.
BreckCreate will be hosting holiday karaoke after the lighting of Breckenridge at the Old Masonic Lodge. This event is free and a cash bar will be available.
For a full schedule of the Lighting of Breckenridge events and registration for the Race of the Santas go to Go Breck
Holiday Shopping All Season
All season long, the lights are bright, and the shops are warm. Find unique gifts for loved ones at the independent shops along Main Street. You can also find plenty of ski and snowboarding gear for the outdoor person in your life. Close out your day with fine dining and locally crafted spirits. Relax and enjoy your holiday shopping this year in Breckenridge’s small town atmosphere.
If you plan to spend your Christmas vacation in Breckenridge, you are sure to have a memorable time with your family. Breckenridge can be very busy during this season so be sure to plan ahead. Rent a vacation home so that you can cook homey meals together. If you plan to go out on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Years Eve be sure to make advance reservations. The hottest spots will fill up fast.
Breckenridge is the idyllic mountain town all through December. Take a trip to the mountains to enjoy excellent skiing and holiday spirit like you won’t experience anywhere else.
Photo: By Carol Scofield courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Photo: By Louie Traub courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Why Ski In / Ski Out Properties in Breckenridge Are Worth It
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| Wednesday, October 24, 2018
As you are planning your ski vacation, you may notice that ski-in/ski-out vacation condos in Breckenridge are quite a bit more expensive than other properties in or around town. While, you might be tempted to save a little, there are some great reasons to go ahead and splurge on the convenience of ski-in/ski/out.
Ideal for Families
If you have had the whole family along on your ski vacation, you know about the endless amounts of stuff that needs to be hauled to the ski hill and home again at the end of the day. It can be hard for younger kids to manage their skis and gear and you are left trying to balance everything and get everyone on the mountain. If you are staying at a ski-in/ski-out condo in Breckenriddge, you simply put on your skis and get on the lift. The snacks, sunscreen, and other essentials can stay at home and you can pop in and grab it when you need it. There is also no need to carry skis for long distances. Your teens can stay out longer when the rest of the crew is ready to come home. You can stop in for lunch or breaks and still have plenty of time to get back on the slopes. When you are moving around a group of people, a ski-in/ski-out vacation rental will give you the most time together to do the thing you came to do.
More Time for Other Activities
Often, the hardest part of vacations are travel time between activities. Everyone is cold and tired and just wants to be home. Being able to ski straight back to your property cuts out the time needed on other transportation getting home. There is no lag between getting off the ski hill and taking off your boots. Simply ski to your place and start relaxing and enjoying the evening. You will have plenty of time to grab a drink or go out for a nice meal.
Ski-in/ski-out lodging has great views and atmosphere! You get to enjoy all of the ambience you imagine when dreaming about a ski vacation. Some of the most beautiful views around Breckenridge are found on the mountain.
Distance to Town
At many ski resorts, ski-in/ski-out property can mean remote and hard to get to. Because Main Street in downtown Breckenridge is so close to the resort, it is easy to get into town. The gondola and an extensive free bus and shuttle system make getting off and on the mountain simple. So, while you will get mountain access convenience, you will also have easy access to all you favorite aprés ski activities.
Make sure you know what type of terrain you will have access to at your ski-in/ski-out property. For example the Warrior’s Mark neighborhood offers easy access to a lift, but that lift only services advanced terrain. You wouldn’t want to be a beginner staying in this location and expect to ski-in/ski-out. Know all the details about your location so that you can find a place that meets your hopes and needs. Check with Breckenridge Resort Managers to find the ideal ski in/ski out property for you.
Photo by Bob Winsett courtesy of the Breckenridge Department of Tourism
Photo Courtesy of the Breckenridge Department of Tourism
Off-Hill Family Friendly Activities for your Ski Vacation
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| Thursday, October 11, 2018
Even the most adventurous kids and families can get worn out when skiing several days in a row. If you are looking for some family fun that doesn’t include the ski slopes, Breckenridge still has some great options for you! There are plenty of fun activities in the town of Breck that the whole family can do together.
Mountain Top Children’s Museum
Mountain Top Children’s Museum
is a great place to take younger children when it is too cold to be outside any longer. At this museum, kids can explore with free play, trying out different experiments, building, making crafts, or trying on costumes to put on a show! This museum will keep the kids entertained and learning for hours. It is conveniently located on South Park St. near The Village at Peak 9.
Take the whole family skating at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. This ice skating rink offers public skating times every day October through April. You can pay a single admission for your whole family and rent skates for everyone. Whether you are just learning, or are a pro on skates, this is a fun sport for the family to do together.
Sledding at Carter Park or Hoosier Pass
When you want your kids to experience outdoor fun in the snow, but they aren’t quite ready for the slopes, there are a few great places to go sledding. Carter Park offers a variety of hills so you can find the right thrill level for your crew. If you want a more adventurous sledding experience, head up Highway 9 to Hoosier Pass. Park in the lot on the west side and take a short hike into the woods. The path will be obvious. You will come to a steep, mostly clear slope, this is a great spot for sledding. You will wear out the kids as they run up and down the slope enjoying exhilarating rides. You can pick up a sled to use at the local City Market.
Breckenridge Rec Center
The pool at the rec center will keep your family happy for hours. The kids will love the lazy river and the two story waterslide. While the kids are enjoy the pool, the adults can enjoy the sauna, steam room, or hot tub. The rec center also has climbing walls for a whole day of fun. You can buy daily passes, a punch pack, or a family pack for a discounted rate.
Activities For The Whole Family
Breckenridge has much more to offer than just skiing. There are plenty of fun activities for your whole family to do whether you want to spend your days on the slopes or come inside to warm up.
Rec Center Photo Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office
Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival
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| Wednesday, September 26, 2018
October is the perfect time to warm up with some delicious spirits, come together with neighbors and friends, and enjoy Breckenridge’s rich (and sometimes spooky) history. The Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival celebrates local distilleries with tastings, classes and parties, and offers family events such as hikes and walking tours. Set aside October 19-21st to enjoy craft spirits in Breckenridge.
Still on the Hill
The main event of the weekend is the Still on the Hill tasting event. This event is only for those 21 and up, so you may need to hire a babysitter. It kicks off at 4:00 at the Riverwalk Center. It will feature tastings, craft cocktails, appetizers, and live music. If you want to try a little of everything, this is the place to experience all of the spirits Breckenridge has to offer. Tickets are limited and will be available the day of the event if there are any left. We recommend you go ahead and buy yours in advance.
Some of the buildings in Breckenridge that host bars and restaurants now were saloons back during the mining boom. If you are over 21, you can take a guided tour of these historic saloons, and learn some of the less savory history of Breckenridge. If you want an activity for the whole family, try a historic walking tour, or go on a longer guided hike to an old mining camp and ghost town. Sunday evening offers a twilight tombstone tour in Breckenridge’s historic cemetery. Learn about some of the notable figures buried there. You can register for many of the hikes and tours online to secure your spot. Some tours require preregistration, and others take walk-ups.
On Saturday you can take a course on how to start your distillery, learn about mixology, or how to cook with spirits. Take your love of craft spirits to a new level, sign up for a class and go a little deeper. The cooking course at Colorado Mountain College even includes a three course lunch. Sign up ahead of time to ensue your place in the class and enjoy learning from experienced locals.
Where to Buy Tickets
There will be plenty of other activities around town throughout the weekend. Breck Create will be hosting Día De Los Muertos activities. The Breckenridge Visitor’s Center will have dining passports that will include discounts and specials that local restaurants are offering throughout the weekend. Several bars will be hosting after parties that will take the festivities late into the evening. For a full schedule of events and to buy tickets or make reservations go to the Still on thehttps://www.breckenridgecraftspiritsfestival.com/
Hill website. Plan your fall getaway now so that you don’t miss this fun event.
Photos By Art Baluff courtesy of The Breckenridge Tourism Office
Best Places to Stay in Breckenridge
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| Monday, September 24, 2018
Are you looking for the best place to stay for your Breckenridge vacation? Look no further. Any place you stay in Breckenridge will offer easy access to skiing, hiking trails, mountain biking, dining, and shopping. However, each neighborhood in Breckenridge has its own feel and offers unique amenities. Whether you want a secluded getaway or an action filled ski vacation, the below post will help you find the perfect neighborhood for your Breckenridge vacation.
Warrior’s Mark is on the Southwest edge of town, not far from the historic district. It backs up to Peak 10 and The Falcon SuperChair is accessible from this neighborhood. Peak 10 boasts some of the most difficult terrain in Breckenridge, so if you are looking for ski-in/ski-out convenience, this neighborhood is ideal for very skilled skiers. It also has access to hiking and biking trails along the Blue River, making it ideal for summer getaways or a fall leaf-peeping trip.
The Peak 9 area hosts a variety of condos that are ideal for a ski-in/ski-out vacation, particularly families or new skiiers. You can access the ski area via the QuickSilver SuperChair, which gives access to some of Breckenridge’s easiest terrain. Secondly, Peak 9 is a short distance from aprés ski. Some of the best bars are within the Peak 9 neighborhood and as well as many fine dining restaurants.
Peak 7, which has several lodges, offers access to the Breck Connect gondola, making it easy to get on the slopes or take the gondola into town. Many of the condos available in the lodges near Peak 7 have excellent amenities including game rooms, pools, ski storage, and spas. If you want the idillic ski vacation that has fun for the whole family, Peak 7 delivers.
The Highlands area is on the north side of town near the Tiger Run Golf Course. Homes in this area are picturesque and luxurious. Many of these homes are situated on large lots offering quiet seclusion. The Highlands area offers the ideal place to truly get away from it all. The large homes also offer space for multi-family gatherings. Proximity to an open space provides plenty of room to roam and explore. While a bit further from the slopes, quick access is still available via the expansive bus system that runs throughout Breckenridge.
Ski Hill Road
Ski Hill Road winds up to the base of the ski slopes on the west side of town. The Breckenridge Nordic Center is also along this road and offers miles of cross-country trails. Large, luxury homes have stunning views and quick access to the mountain and to town.
The Historic District
The Historic District is also referred to as downtown Breckenridge. Just off of Main Street, to the east, are historic Victorian homes. These homes have been beautifully updated and include modern amenities. In addition, there are smaller condos tucked in this neighborhood. You can experience the quaint small town feel throughout the historic district. If you want to be within easy walking distance from shops, entertainment, the BreckConnect Gondola, and dining, the historic district is the right place to stay.
The Ideal Location
Families, couples, thrill seekers and ski buddies can all find the perfect place for their vacation. Decide whether you want plenty of quiet space, access to easy transportation, a quick trip to the mountain bike trailhead, or ski-in/ski-out convenience. Then, you can look for the neighborhood of your vacation dreams through Breckenridge Resort Managers.
Photo By Alex Neuschaefer Courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
Renovating Your Vacation Rental in Breck? 5 Design Trends to Avoid
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| Friday, August 31, 2018
When you are renovating your vacation home it can be tempting to follow all of the latest design trends. While you may end up with a beautiful home, it might not be the most practical space to share with a lot of people. Here are some trends to avoid if you want to keep your home simple and functional.
1) Open shelving
Open shelving shows up in a lot of photos of designer kitchens lately. While it looks nice in pictures, an article from Good Housekeeping points out that it is not a very efficient use of space. Rather than looking neat and tidy, renters are likely to stack up all kinds of this and that on the shelves and soon you will have a cluttered mess. The cluttered mess will collect dust if the items aren’t used regularly. Instead of open shelving, have nice, practical cabinets that conceal all of your necessary cooking items. Light cabinets keep everything feeling open and airy without having open shelves.
Many interiors include white carpet or furniture. While this creates a clean and bright look, it maynot last in a vacation home. If a vacation home experiences a lot of traffic, your whites will beginto look dingy from use. Instead, choose off-white, neutral colors. Beiges, tans, and browns will look fresh without looking dated and hide the wear and tear that comes with time.
3) Tiled Backsplash
Tiled backsplashes are very popular in kitchens. The patterns and colors add visual interest to the kitchen. However, tiled backsplashes can be very challenging to clean. Grout is always difficult to keep looking fresh and new, and backsplashes are prone to catching grease and other splatters. Choose an easy to clean paint instead. You can add a pop of color.
4) Artisan Fixtures
An article from the Huffington Post suggests that artisan or vintage lighting are popular this year.Unusual or statement lighting can date your home quickly. If you intend for the lighting to be timeless, choose classic fixtures. You also want to choose fixtures that won’t show off dust or collect dirt.
Bright florals are expected to be big according to the Washington Post. While bright patterns canbe fun and exciting, they are not likely to add to a relaxing vacation feel. They are also likely to loose their appeal quickly. Neutral wall colors will be more relaxing to the senses and are a timeless option. Design GoalsUltimately, your design goals for your vacation home should be to make an inviting space that iseasy to care for. Think neutral colors, plenty of storage and hiding places, and easy to clean surfaces and furniture. When there are people coming in and out of your home things will show wear and tear, by choosing enduring designs that will mask dirt you will spend less time cleaning and replacing items.