Summer is full of fun community events in Breckenridge. You can gather with locals and tourists to celebrate art, music, acts of physical endurance, and great food and drink. The following is a list of our favorite summer events, but there are certainly more throughout the summer. What will you celebrate in Breck this summer?
This event kicks off the summer. Be entranced by this magical festival that happens in June. WAVE focuses specifically on sound, water, and light. Huge, interactive installations invite the onlooker to participate in the art. The best time to view these displays is after sunset when the light and color vividly come to life against the dark mountain sky. Check out workshops, live music, kids activities, and more, during this weekend of wonder from May 30th to June 2nd.
4th of July
Celebrate Independence Day with the whole family. Start the day off with a parade, check out art installations or enjoy the sunshine along the river. If you are feeling competitive, you can participate in the 10K trail run or 50 mile bike race. The quaint Main Street in Breckenridge is the idyllic place to enjoy this summer holiday. Get out of the heat and relax in the mountains for Independence Day. Be aware that dry conditions can exist and fireworks displays can be and are often cancelled due to fire danger.
Summer Beer Festival
Who can wait until Oktoberfest to enjoy all of the great beers Colorado has to offer? The Summer Beer Festival is scheduled for July 13th, 2019. Vendors from craft breweries all over Colorado and even as far as Montana will be bringing their best brews for you to taste. Enjoy sunshine, live music, food vendors, and beer tasting all at the Beaver Run Resort area. Kids are welcome at the event, but kids 12 and older will need to purchase a general admission ticket. When you buy your tickets online
, you can get into the event an hour earlier than if you purchase them at the gate.
Breckenridge International Festival of Arts
This ten-day festival features artists from all over the world. The festival includes live music performances, outdoor installations, dance, film, and other outdoor activities. This year Thomas Dumbo will create a new wooden troll. The dance troop BANDALOOP will perform vertical dance in various locations, including a dance on a 14,000 foot mountain. This year the event will run from August 9th-18th. Schedule quality time with your family before the kids head back to school and enjoy this truly distinct art festival. Look for the full schedule of events on the BreckCreate website
Labor Day Weekend
Come back to the mountains for one last hurrah before the snow starts to fly. Don’t miss the annual Duck Race put on by the Summit Foundation. Each Labor Day the Blue River is filled with bright rubber ducks swimming the current to the finish line. This event includes fun for the whole family with a bounce house, toddler zone, and other fun activities. Take advantage of discounts at the annual sidewalk sale. Breckenridge’s unique shops and boutiques, take their wares outside and offer deep discounts. Whether you are looking for new gear, charming home decor, or a chic outfit, this is one of the best opportunities to explore Breck’s one-of-a-kind shopping scene.
Plan Your Vacation
Take time to plan a vacation and enjoy some of Breckenridge’s best festivals this summer. There is something happening almost every weekend throughout the summer to keep everyone entertained. Rent a condo or home through Breckenridge Resort Managers
so that you can stay in the middle of all the action.
Photos Courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
Important Renovations and Maintenance for Your Vacation Rental
Because Breckenridge is a seasonal town, it’s easy to forget the value of an off-season. We get so busy during high season, that we tend to just shut off when things slow down. There’s real value in downtime. We understand that. Nonetheless, we can also learn how to make the mud season work for you.
Here are a few ways that you can make the most out of your vacation rental’s downtime and maximize profits during the high season.
Routine Maintenance for Your Vacation Rentals
Routine maintenance is not an impressive renovation, but mud season is the ideal time to complete it. Have your furnace and water heater checked, get your hot tub serviced, and check the roof for any damage. The last thing you want is a broken water heater in the dead of winter, during prime time rental season. If it can ward off any major malfunction during peak season, these routine checks are worth it.
Now’s the time to go over the numbers. What time period yielded the highest revenue, and what time period yielded the lowest? Why was the lowest time period different than other weeks?
Secondly, read over your and highlight any area you can improve. A little introspection will go a long way in increasing your profits.
Ask yourself the important questions with an open mind and plan out how you can improve the following year.
Now that you’ve had some visitors to your vacation rental, you know what can be improved on, to make your rental unit stand out. Here’s a few renovations that we know work.
Add Luxury to Your Bathroom
When vacationers are on a getaway, they are hoping to relax. A lavish and inviting bathroom can help renters feel like their stay was everything they were hoping for. Considering adding a Jacuzzi tub, or even just a rainfall shower head. A little bit of luxury can go a long way.
An Outdoor Room
Update your outdoor space to get ready for the summer. Create an inviting outdoor room. This could mean putting up a pergola for some shade, adding seating and a gas fireplace, or even putting in an outdoor kitchen. Summer vacationers look forward to spending time outside and cherish the gorgeous Breckenridge sunshine. When you have a space that is comfortable, inviting, and easy to use, you will stand out to potential renters.
A quick coat of fresh paint on the walls, especially in the highest traffic areas can bring a new, clean look to your vacation rental. With a lot of people moving through your home, it can easily show wear and tear. Painting is a simple, do-it-yourself project that can quickly and affordably make your home look like new.
Carpet can be really hard to take care of. It can attract stains and dirt and after a short period of time can begin to look dingy. Consider adding wood, tile, or an alternative such as laminate in places where it is appropriate. This is much easier to clean after guests leave. If you are a pet friendly vacation home, this can be even more helpful as carpet tends to collect dust and fur. After the carpet is gone, add rugs that are easy to clean. This will keep your home feeling warm and comfortable even if there isn’t much carpet.
Try to knock out a few renovations this mud season so that you can attract even more renters in the peak summer and winter seasons. As you renovate, choose styles and pieces that are timeless, cozy, inviting, and fit with the feel of your location. These renovations will endure throughout the years so that you won’t need to constantly changing your rental home.
Connect with Your Property Manager
Reach out to your property manager and discuss the past high season. Your property management company will be intimately knowledgeable about your renters’ experiences and can provide valuable feedback. Make use of that knowledge!
Here at Breckenridge Resort Managers, we value our owners and the relationships we build with them. We look forward to hearing from them!
Reach out to discuss your vacation rental, or becoming one of our valued property owners.