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Best Hikes to see the Wildflowers around Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Thursday, June 20, 2019
Best Wildflower Hikes in Breckenridge 2019
This winter had some incredibly extreme snowfall. As all that snow melts and moves down the mountain it encourages stunning, well-watered wildflowers. The more moisture the mountains get, the more magnificent the wildflowers are. This year is sure to be spectacular. You can discover wildflowers on any hike in the area, but these five hikes offer particularly beautiful displays of the mountain’s finest. 

Black Powder Pass

Black Powder Pass trail is accessible from Boreas Pass Road. From Breckenridge, take Boreas Pass all the way to the top. The trail begins at the section house. It is a 3.4 mile out and back trail. It climbs through an open meadow and offers amazing views in all directions. In July and August, the meadow features all of Colorado’s best wildflowers. The road to access the trail is closed during the winter. Because of the high amount of snowfall this year it may be closed later than usual. You may want to save this trail for later in the summer.

Cucumber Gulch

This trail is accessed off of Ski Hill Road. During the winter it serves as cross country ski and snowshoe trails for the Breckenridge Nordic Center. The trail meanders through meadows, by streams and ponds, and through forest offering a range of wildflower habitats. There is little elevation gain over 2.9 miles making it an excellent beginner hike or first day at elevation hike. You are also likely to see moose and other wildlife along the way. The trail is closed until July 9th for wildlife conservation.

Sawmill Creek

This short, 1.5 mile hike is ideal for families. You can access the trail from town, so you don’t need a car to get there. Look for the trailhead near the Snowflake Lift. This trail winds back and forth across the creek with the help of charming wooden bridges. It is forested, so you can see all of the wildflowers that enjoy the shade offered by tree cover.

Guided hike on the Horseshoe Bowl Hiking Loop

One of the best ways to see high alpine flowers is to take a chair lift. You can take the Colorado SuperChair to Alpine Camp. Every day at 11:45 there is a free ranger guided hike through this area. Learn all about the landscape as you hike this high alpine terrain. You can learn more about the area and how to get lift tickets at breckenridge.com.

Emma Lake

You will have to drive a bit to get here, but it is worth the distance. Emma Lake can be found outside of Alma, a small mountain town just on the north side of Hoosier Pass. Take the road to the Kite Lake day use area. This is a popular jumping off point for several fourteeners. There is a small fee to park here. The trail wanders through open meadows and climbs to a stunning high alpine lake. The wildflowers are dense and brilliant, especially along the stream that flows through the meadow. The road to Kite Lake can be difficult to navigate. It is best to take this trail later in the summer when the roads are dry.

Best Wildflower Hikes in Breckenridge 2019Hike Smart

Remember, as you hike that the same conditions that make wildflowers so abundant can also make the trails difficult. Roads may be wetter than usual and even impassible. Wear sturdy hiking boots and wool socks so that your feet will stay comfortable even if they get wet. There may still be snowfields to cross even late into summer. If you are headed to high alpine terrain, do it early in the morning to avoid being caught in a dangerous afternoon thunderstorm. Whether you trek to a high alpine lake or hike forested trails near town, any trail is sure to offer bountiful mountain wildflowers. 
 
Photos by Louie Traub courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
 

Mud Season Deals to Look For
Posted by admin | Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Mud season is changing around Breckenridge. It used to begin in late April, when the ski resort closed. It would stretch through May, as late season snows kept trails muddy and sometimes impassible. Many restaurants, shops, and lodges offered deep discounts during this time. Mud season is different this year because the ski resort will be opened through May 27th, weather permitting. Not only will there be great mud season discounts, but also skiing! Come enjoy spring time in Breckenridge, take advantage of great deals, and the last few weeks of skiing.

Off Season Deals in Breck 2019Spring Dining Passport 

Get your spring dining passport at the Breckenridge Welcome Center or any of the participating restaurants. For a $10 donation you can take advantage of two-for-one deals at many restaurants, as well as other discounts and specials. The Breckenridge Restaurant Association invests the donations back into the community. In the past, it has been used to offer scholarships to local students. These dining passports are good for use from April 22nd to June 6th.

Spring Finale 

Breckenridge is putting on its spring finale. Some terrain will be open until May 27th this year. You can get a lift ticket for as little as $99 when you buy it in advance. During the weekends there will be outdoor music and activities, such as snow volleyball. Get out on the mountain and enjoy some extra runs this mud season. Keep in mind that not all of the terrain will be accessible, and some lodging will no longer be ski-in/ski-out. For more information, visit breckenridge.com.

Gear Deals

As gear shops wind down their rental season and make space for the newest models, they tend to clear out their old merchandise. You can find deeply discounted jackets, helmets, ski socks, and snow pants. You can also usually find deals on used rental skis and boards. Mud season is the ideal opportunity to update your gear.

Mud Season Deals in Breckenridge 2019

Lodging

Lodging can also become more affordable during mud season. Many vacation rentals and lodges are available at a lower price than during peak season. Breckenridge Resort Managers offers a last minute booking deal. If you book within 14 days of your vacation, you can get up to 25% off of your stay. When you need a quick getaway to recharge in the mountains, Breckenridge can be the ideal place in the spring,

Find the Best Deals

Just about everywhere you look during mud season you can find discounted prices.  Check out your favorite restaurants, boutiques, and gear shops to find the best deals around Summit county. Keep in mind that some of your favorite places may be closed or offer reduced hours during the mud season. If you are looking for a more relaxed vacation, with fewer people, and time and space to explore, mud season is the perfect time to vacation in Breckenridge.
 
Photos courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office

Our Favorite Summer Events in Breck
Posted by admin | Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Summer Activities in Breckenridge 2019
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?

WAVE

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 2019 Summer Activities in Breckenridge

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 in May.

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

5 Things to Make your Vacation Rental Stand out from the Crowd
Posted by admin | Sunday, March 31, 2019
Vacation rental amenities
There are so many options for choosing a vacation rental. Between hotels, hostels and the myriad of AirBnBs – all that compete for loyal vacationers – how do you stand out in a crowd? Luckily in our years of experience, we have learned a few things that will help your vacation rental shine and be noticed. Here five things that can set you apart from other rental properties.

1) Unique Amenities

Hot tubs are always desirable, but many vacation rentals have them. There are other amenities that renters enjoy that can be even easier than hot tubs. Think about local activities and equipment that might help your renters enjoy their destination. Kayaks, bikes, snowshoes, sleds, and fishing gear are a few examples of things that might be fun for a renter to use.
amenities vacationers want

2) Kid Friendly

Many families prefer vacation rentals to hotels because they can put young children to sleep and still stay awake, or they can have separate spaces for kids and adults. Lower-level game rooms are a big draw for families with teens. Bunk rooms for multiple kids to sleep together are also an amenity that families value. If you really want to appeal to families, you may also want to consider some outdoor play equipment, or toys and games to play with indoors.

3) Outdoor Spaces

An inviting outdoor space can attract nature lovers. Hammocks, cozy fire pits with chairs, grills, Adirondack chairs, and porch swings can create an ideal place to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

4) Easy, Flexible Check-in/out

Make check-in and check-out as smooth and easy as possible. If your renter has special requests, such as an early arrival or late departure, do your best to accommodate them. Many vacation rentals have strict rules about this due to cleaning needs and quick turnover. When you are able to be more flexible, it will help you stand out as unique. People with special check-in and check-out requirements will be more likely to book your property.

5) Local Connections

People love to experience the local Breckenridge scene when they are on vacation. They like to feel that they have the inside scoop on their beloved vacation spot. Make a book with your “best of Breck” tips that include restaurants, bars, boutiques, and other off the beaten path places. If you know of any local parties or events that may not be widely advertised, be sure to invite your guests. These kinds of connections are what encourage renters to return year after year.

Stand Out

A cozy, inviting home is always the goal for a vacation rental in Breckenridge. What will make you stand out above the crowd is helping your renter have a distinct experience. Consider your location and the amenities that will help your renters connect with their destination. Whether it is a local party, sporting equipment, a warm fire pit with all the makings for s’mores, or a headache free check out, giving your renter the ideal experience will make them want to return and tell their friends about what a great time they had.
 

Best Cross Country Skiing Trails in Breck
Posted by admin | Tuesday, March 26, 2019
cross country ski trails in breck
 
Most visitors to Breck are used to sliding down the slopes at top speeds, carving per-fect turns, and enjoying the thrill of a day on the slopes. However, there are other types of skis that are just as fun. Cross country skiing offers a whole new way to experience the mountains. This sport offers a quieter way to get deep into the mountain terrain and experience views and maybe even wildlife like you have never seen it before. This ski vacation consider heading out on one of Breck’s excellent cross country ski trails.

Breckenridge Nordic Center

If you are a beginner, the Breckenridge Nordic Center is the ideal place to start. It has miles of groomed trails that make cross country skiing more accessible to the beginner. You can also rent equipment and schedule a lesson with their friendly staff. There are also advanced trails that stretch into the Cucumber Gulch area that can challenge even advanced skiers. In addition, there is a cozy lodge where you can relax with a glass of wine and an appetizer by the fireplace after you ski.

best nordic trails in breck

Bemrose Ski Circus

When you want to head out on your own, the Bemrose Ski Circus is an ideal loop to try. It is easily accessible from Highway 9. Go south on Highway 9 and park at the top of Hoosier Pass. Carefully cross the highway on foot and you will see a trail marker just up from the embankment. The snow is nearly always ideal in this area and the views are spectacular from anywhere on the trail. There are several loops to choose from so you can make a longer or shorter trip.

Boreas Pass

Boreas Pass is usually known for its fall foliage in September. However, when winter hits, this road is closed to car traffic and is an excellent cross country ski trail. There is a steady incline, so be prepared to put in some effort to get to the top of the pass. It is a little over six miles to the top of the pass. Then, you can glide back down. Or, you can rent a hut at the top and stay the night. If you prefer not to go all the way up, you can turn at Banker’s Tank and take a loop back to the trailhead.

Gold Hill Trail

The parking lot and trailhead for Gold Hill Trail can be found on the left side of Highway 9 when going north out of Breckenridge. This is a relatively straight trail that climbs about 700 feet over three miles. The trail intersects with the Peak Trail if you want to go further, or you can head back down to the parking lot.

A Sport for Everyone

Cross country skiing is a sport that anybody can try and enjoy. While it comes naturally to many people, a lesson can really help beginners navigate the more challenging ter-rain that is common to the Breckenridge area. Once you are confident on your skis, you can see so much more of the beauty that Breckenridge has to offer. Try something new on your ski vacation this year! 
 
Photo by Liam Dorian courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
Photo by Scofield courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism
 

What First Time Visitors Need to Know about High Altitude Climates
Posted by admin | Tuesday, January 29, 2019
travel at high altitude
Aside from the usual challenges of altitude sickness, Breck’s high altitude climate can pose other challenges that can catch first time vacationers unprepared. A first-time visit to the mountains can be magical, as long as you are ready for everything a high-altitude climate has to offer.

Protection from the Sun

The sun is intense any time of year. With a thinner atmosphere at high altitudes there is very little between your skin and the UV rays of the sun. According to Healthy Travel, “If you are hiking at 8,500 feet, you are exposed to almost 60% more sun than you would be at the beach." You should plan to wear protective clothing. Lightweight, long sleeves and a wide brim hat are great tools to keep the sun off in the summer. In the winter, be sure to wear goggles or sunglasses. In any season, you should apply sunscreen to exposed skin. Reapply after a few hours, or if you have been sweating.

Hydrate

The air is also very dry in high altitudes. Water evaporates quickly. This means you can dehydrated quickly. Drink plenty of water, starting the day before you arrive. You will also benefit from lotion and chapstick. It can be challenging for your body to adjust to such a dry environment, so always keep a water bottle with you. If you are hiking, skiing, or participating in another adventure, plan to bring more water than you would normally need. Headaches often associated with high altitude can also be a result of dehydration. To avoid feeling groggy, limit your alcohol intake as well.

vacation at high altitude

Quickly Changing Weather

The weather can change very quickly at high altitudes. On a sunny day, passing cloud cover can lower the temperature significantly. In the summer, it is wise to carry a sweatshirt or jacket with you. In the winter, snowy weather can move in swiftly. Always dress in layers. One of the most important things to remember is that summer thunderstorms are common in the afternoon. It can be very dangerous to be caught on an exposed mountainside during a thunderstorm. When you are planning a long hike to a high elevation (especially above tree-line), plan to leave early in the morning. Then, you can reach the summit and be on your way down before there is any chance of lightning. In addition, always carry rain gear with you to stay warm and dry.

Cold Nights

The intensity of the sun results in warm days, but as the sun goes down, the atmosphere doesn’t hold in the heat. The nights can become very cold any time of year. In the summer, you may want to have a light hat, gloves, and a warm jacket if you plan to be out after dark. In the winter, put on an extra layer and plan for it to be much colder than it was during the day.

Stay Prepared

Cool, sunny days in the summer and comfortable snowy days on the slopes make the mountains an ideal year-round destination. A little preparation for the unique high-altitude climate will help you feel safe and comfortable. 
 
Photos courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
 

International Snow Sculptures
Posted by admin | Monday, January 14, 2019
breck international snow sculptures 2019
 
The 29th International Snow Sculpting Championships held in Breckenridge are coming up!
 
Close out January with this enchanting event. The event begins with the creation of the snow blocks during the week of January 15th. During this week, the organizers will be creating the canvas for the sculptures, huge blocks of snow. Carving starts January 21st and will be complete by 9:00 am Friday, January 25th. Viewing continues throughout the weekend and end the evening of Wednesday, January 30th. The event is free and open to the public during the entire process. For the best experience, visit as they are carving the sculptures and after they are finished, so you can see the whole process.
 
The snow sculptures are subject to changes in weather, so if the sun is out and temperatures are higher, you may want to view them earlier in the weekend. It also gets very crowded Friday evening, so plan accordingly. 

Volunteering 

snow sculptures 2019

If you want to be part of the action, you can volunteer to help make the snow blocks. The snow blocks pack together 20tons of snow to make a 12 foot block. They are crafted with heavy equipment and human power. One volunteer job is to dance on top of the snow as it is being packed into the mold. This takes place January 15-18th so that the blocks have time to settle and compact, making them ideal for carving. Visit GoBreck.com to sign up to be a volunteer.

Carving Week

Then, on January 21st, 16 teams from around the world gather to begin carving. The teams this year include Ecuador, two from China, France, 2 from Germany, Great Britain, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Turkey and 3 from the USA. The teams are only allowed to use hand tools for carving. They work all week to create intricate and delicate forms. The sculpting closes at 9:00 on Friday morning. Often, the sculptors stay up all night on Thursday to put the finishing touches on their sculptures. The sculptures are then judged and the awards are presented at the Riverwalk Center on Friday night at 6:00. You can even vote for your favorite sculpture in the people’s choice awards.

Viewing 

snow sculptures 2019 breck

After dark is the best time for viewing the sculptures. Each one is illuminated with colorful lights creating a magical effect. On Saturday night the light show is augmented with a fireworks display. A concert by the local band, El Passo Lasso, will end the evening. Plan to dress warm when attending this event at night. The temperature drops significantly after dark. It can also have icy terrain, so be sure to wear sturdy boots.

Parking 

There will be a free shuttle to the event from the Colorado Mountain College parking lot on Airport Road. You can also access the event from Breckenridge’s free ride public transportation. The stop at the F-Lot is the closest to the event.

The Best of Breckenridge

Stay for the week and enjoy world class skiing and remarkable snow sculptures. This week in January is one of the best times all year to enjoy Breckenridge. For all the details and a full schedule of events go to GoBreck.com. Find an ideal place to stay, close to all of the action with Breckenridge Resort Managers.
 
Photos Courtesy of Breckenridge Office of Tourism

Best Family Friendly Ski Runs in Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Saturday, December 15, 2018
family friendly ski runs
One of the best things about skiing is that the whole family can enjoy it. Even four and five year olds can ride a lift and get down a hill with some practice. Teens love the thrill and adventure of the sport. At Breckenridge you can find a slope that will be satisfying for everyone in your crew. If you want to stick together and check out the slopes, here are a few that are ideal for bigger groups and a wide range of skill levels.

Peak 9

If you are staying in town, Peak 9 is a great place to start out. You can jump on the Quicksilver SuperChair and have access to a variety of green runs. Everyone can pick their own path and easily meet up again at the lift. You can also access two kids Adventure Zones, Haunted Forest and Ripperoo’s Forest. These are like mini-terrain parks that offer challenges that kids can tackle to build their skills and confidence. For a warm-up, start on Frontier or Lower Lehman, but take care because these can be high traffic runs.

Family Zones

Try a family zone to find a place where everyone can move a little slower and take time building their skills without people flying around them. Breckenridge has four designated family zones, two green runs, and two blue runs. Springmeier and Powerline can be accessed from the 5 Chair on Peak 8. When you are ready to challenge the family a little more, Cashier and Bonanza can be accessed on Peak 9. Take advantage of these spaces where skiers will take more care and caution, looking out for one another. This is especially helpful if you have small children with you.

breckenridge ski runs for families

Advanced Family Skiers

For the more advanced family with a few thrill seekers, head over to Peak 6. The Kenosha SuperChair will take you to both blue and black runs. The more confident skiers can try their luck on Intuition or Wonderland, while those who are little more cautious can work down Daydream.

SuperChairs

The Quicksilver SuperChair, Kenosha SuperChair and Independence SuperChair, can all carry up to six people to the top. It is likely that your whole family can fit on one lift and ride together. SuperChairs are great meeting spots, as most runs will lead to one. Even if you take different routes down, you can go up together.

Build Confidence

Remember that it is so important to learn to ski in control. You should always accommodate the lowest skill level in your family and never push someone into terrain they are uncomfortable with. Skiing is more fun for everyone when skiers feel confident and in control. Helping the youngest and least experienced members of your family will set them up to have a lifetime of family skiing fun. Don’t forget that you can also sign up to take a lesson together as a family. This is highly recommended for a family of brand new beginners. With a little planning your family can make unforgettable memories on the ski slope.
 
Photos by Liam Doran courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office

The Holidays in Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Friday, November 23, 2018
christmas in breckenridge
 
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.

Holidays in Breck

Visit Santa

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.

Holiday Karaoke

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.

Christmas Plans

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.

Holiday Spirit

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
Posted by admin | Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Ski-in ski-out condo in breck
 
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.

Ambience 

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.

vacation rental ski-in/ski-out in Breck

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.

A Caution

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
Posted by admin | Thursday, October 11, 2018
Family friendly activity in breckenridge
 
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.

Ice Skating

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.
 

Off-slope family activity in breck

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

Best Places to Stay in Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Monday, September 24, 2018
best place to stay in breckenridge co
 
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

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.

Peak 9

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

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

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
 

Breckenridge Hogfest Bacon & Bourbon
Posted by admin | Sunday, August 12, 2018
August Event In Breckenridge CO
Close out your summer with the exquisite pairing of bacon and bourbon. From August 24th-26th Breckenridge will be offering the finest pairings of pork and whiskies. Indulge in supreme meats and tantalizing spirits with neighbors and friends.
The event will take place at Main Street Station and stretch into the Village at Peak 9. There will be a number of vendors that will have pork dishes, whiskies, bourbons, and mixed drinks to sample. In addition to the fair, with a variety of food available for purchase al a carte, there are several ticketed events. Most of these events require advance purchase of tickets. Get ready for the weekend by buying your tickets online at Rocky Mountain Events.

Four Course Dinner

The weekend kicks off with a four course dinner. Each course features a pork inspired dish and will be paired with a bourbon. While you enjoy your meal, a bourbon specialist will share the unique histories of the various bourbons. The featured chef will discuss the particular flavor pairings. This event will begin at 6:30 on Friday night at Sauce on the Maggie.

The Grand Tasting

The Grand Tasting begins at 2:00 on Saturday. A ticket buys you access to five pork dishes, bacon samplings, and fourteen bourbon samples, as well as a commemorative glass. There will be live music for entertainment. A VIP pass will get you into a tasting seminar at 12:30. It will also give you access to the VIP lounge in Sauce on the Maggie, and unlimited pork dishes. If you want to experience this festival to the fullest, consider the VIP pass.

Brunch

If you still have a taste for bacon on Sunday, Wheatly Vodka will be hosting a brunch at Sauce on the Maggie. Enjoy a spread of breakfast foods and sparkling drinks such as mimosas. The meal will begin at 10:00 on Sunday morning and conclude at 1:00.

Designated Drivers

To honor their significant role, designated drivers will get high class treatment during this event. If you come with your friends to help them return safely, you get free access to all the great food and music without the bourbon!  

Sustainability

Breckenridge Hogfest is happy to partner Tender Belly. Tender Belly promotes sustainable and humane practices as they process their meat. The ingredients are thoughtfully chosen to be environmentally friendly, as well as good for your body. Because of their diligence and care, you can enjoy your food with confidence. 

Savoring

Savor the last days of summer with unmatched bourbon and delicious bacon in the fresh mountain air. Get up to Breckenridge to enjoy this flavorful festival.
 

Summer Activities the Whole Family Will Love
Posted by admin | Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Summer Family Activities Breckenridge CO
 
Summer in Breckenridge is the perfect time to enjoy quality time with your whole family. You can find a range of activities that will satisfy all ages in your family. Whether you are looking for high adventure to thrill your teenagers, or ways to keep your toddler entertained, there is something for every member of the family in Breckenridge.

On the Mountain

The Epic Discovery Center is full of mountain activities for the whole family. You can take the free gondola to the base of Peak 8. Younger kids will love a mini-zipline, maze, and bounce house. The whole family can enjoy the alpine slides, alpine coasters, guided interpretive hikes, mini golf, and a climbing wall. For more high adventure for older kids, check out the new Alipineer Challenge Course and the Zipline Tour. You can make reservations, buy tickets, and plan ahead on breckenridge.com.

Mountain Top Children’s Museum

If you are looking for indoor fun, the Mountain Top Children’s Museum offers hours of creative, interactive play. Kids can build and create, put on costumes and perform, or experiment with fun STEM activities. In addition to drop-in fun for the family to enjoy together, there are also drop-off summer camp programs, and kids night out programs that provide supervised fun while adults enjoy more grown-up activities. Visit their website for a full schedule of events and pricing information.

Breck Colorado Family Activities

Trail Rides

A great way to experience the trails around Breckenridge is on horseback. There are a variety of trail riding outfits in and around Breckenridge. You can find a group trail ride or private, wrangler led trail rides. Breckenridge Stables offers trail rides for all abilities and ages. Small children up to three years old can ride with an adult. Older kids can manage their own horse with the help of a wrangler. Give your family an authentic old west experience with a trail ride.

Mining Tours

Mining was an essential part of Breckenridge’s rich history. There are several mines in the area that offer exciting mine tours that the whole family will enjoy. Go underground and learn how mines used to operate. Most mine tours also offer an opportunity to pan for your own gold. Learn history through experience with a mining tour. The Country Boy mine offers guided tours, a chance to slide down a 55 ft. ore chute, and time to pet the burros.

Sled Dogs

Sled Dogs aren’t just for the winter. You can get a sled dog experience with a cart tour in the summer. The dogs pull a cart and you can enjoy the scenery and the adventure of riding with dog power. This tour is available to kids and adults ages three and up. It also includes a tour of the dog yard. For a high adventure experience with your teens, you can ride a dog-pulled scooter. This tour is for adults ages 16 and up. It requires some physical ability, so be sure to call ahead to ensure your whole group is up to the challenge.

Family Summer Activities Breck Colorado

Making Memories

Breckenridge is the perfect place for families to make memories together. There are activities to thrill teenagers and engage younger children. Enjoy the mountains together during the glorious summer months. For a condo or vacation home that can meet your family’s needs, check out Breckenridge Resort Managers.
 
Photo 1: Courtesy of Breckenridge Ski Resort
Photo 2: Courtesy of Vail Resorts and Breckenridge Office of Tourism

Why Locals Love Summer in Breck
Posted by admin | Thursday, May 24, 2018

World class skiing is what comes to mind first when you think of Breckenridge. However, this charming mountain town isn’t just for winter sports. Locals in Breck have a saying: “Come for winter, stay for summer.” There is so much to do and see that you can stay just as busy in Breckenridge in July as you can in January.

Ideal Weather

While temperatures soar all over the country during the hottest summer months, Breckenridge holds steady at a comfortable 70-80. The high altitude and dry air keep temperatures pleasant even during the longest days of summer. At night, the air cools down and offers the perfect temperature for a bonfire. Forget heat and humidity, Breck offers sunny days and relaxing, cool nights.

Summer activities in Breckenridge CO

Outdoor Sports

Even though the ski slopes have thawed out, there are still plenty of outdoor sports to do in Breckenridge. The abundance of trails make hiking and mountain biking the two most popular outdoor sports. Trails can be accessed right in town, so you can be out in the wilderness in minutes. In addition to biking and hiking, fishing is also popular in the high country. Catch a trout in one of the pristine, high alpine lakes around town. If you are up for even more adventure, try a scooter tour with the sled dogs at Snow Caps

Motor Sports

There is no shortage of jeep, ATV and dirt bike trails to explore when you want to go a little further than your feet can take you. Some amazing mountain passes can only be summited with a high clearance, 4x4 vehicle. You can download White River National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps with this link. For trail opening dates and conditions contact the Dillon Ranger Station. As you take off in your motorized vehicle, be sure to respect forest service postings and rules about what is allowed on roads and trails. The high alpine environment can be fragile; take care to follow the rules so that you and everyone else can enjoy it for years to come.
What to do in Summer in Breckenridge

Dining and Shopping

When you are done adventuring, Breckenridge offers excellent dining and shopping. Take advantage of the many porches and patios throughout town to enjoy an al fresco meal in the fresh mountain air.

What to do in Breckenridge in SummerFestivals

In addition to all of the great amenities that can be enjoyed every day, Breck locals also love all of the festivals that happen over the summer. It is the perfect opportunity to get out, mingle with your neighbors and meet new friends. Outdoor concerts, art festivals, Fourth of July celebrations and more draw a diverse crowd of locals and visitors. There is always something to do in Breck, whether it is an outdoor movie, an art class, a science workshop for the kids, or a bike parade. When you are not enjoying the wild, mountainous surroundings, you can find entertainment and activity in town. Locals love Breck for the sense of community that they find there all year long. Come, check out Breckenridge Resort Managers for a cozy and comfortable condo or vacation home, and find out what you love about Breck in the summer!
 
Photo “FlyFishing2” by Liam Doran, courtesy of the Breckenridge Tourism Office
Photo Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office
Infographic Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office
 

Our Favorite Hiking Trails in Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Tuesday, May 15, 2018
What to do in Breckenridge
 
Summer is a glorious time to wander through the woods, slopes, peaks, and brooks that surround Breckenridge on all sides. Whether you are a family looking for a hike all ages will enjoy, or you are out to conquer a fourteener, Breckenridge trails have something to offer for everyone.
 
When you set out, aim to hit the trail early in the morning. Afternoon thunderstorms roll in almost daily and getting caught in the lightening at high elevations can be very dangerous. Pack snacks and water. You need to stay hydrated even on a short hike, and you never know when you might encounter a problem that could delay you. Having a granola bar handy can stave off emergencies. Bring layers. A brisk morning can become very warm in full sun, or a single cloud can dramatically drop the temperature. Rain or even snow can come up in the blink of an eye. Stay prepared with light and easy layers and don’t forget a hat, gloves, and sunscreen. Now that you know the basics, you are ready to head out.

What hiking trails to do in Breckenridge

McCullough Gulch

McCullough Gulch is an extremely popular hike, for good reasons. The terrain is interesting, the end destination is a stunning waterfall, it is easy to access, and short enough to accomplish in a few hours. It is an in and back trail that is 1.3 miles, one way. Some of the terrain requires a bit of hiking up and over rocks and around wet, muddy patches. This is a great trail for families that have done a bit of hiking before, but aren’t quite ready to log long miles. This is also an ideal trail when you are headed out alone, because there is a steady stream of fellow hikers. There is no danger of getting lost or stranded on this trail. 
 
Access McCullough Gulch off of Highway 9. Head toward Hoosier Pass from Breckenridge and turn right on Blue Lakes Road or Forest Road 850, take another quick right on Forest Road 851 and follow it to the gate. Park here and follow the well marked trail.

Peaks Trail

The Peaks Trail is about nine miles one way. It runs from Breckenridge to Frisco. It meanders through forests, along streams and through clearcuts. You are sure to catch spectacular glimpses of the Tenmile Range all along the trail. Stunning wildflowers are also an added bonus. The Peaks Trail can be accessed from the base area of Peak 7 and drops out at the Rainbow Park Trailhead in Frisco. This hike is ideal if you don’t want to use a car. You can easily start on the Gondola to Peak 7 and then take the Summit Stage from Frisco back to Breckenridge. This hike is also a popular mountain bike trail, so expect some bike traffic and be courteous to one another. 
 

What to do in Breckenridge Hiking

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office

Quandary Peak

No list of hikes in Breckenridge would be complete without including Quandary Peak. Quandary is one of Colorado’s famed peaks above 14,000 feet. The trail is only 3.1 miles to the summit, but it includes a challenging 3,330 feet of elevation gain. It is imperative to start this hike early in the morning to avoid getting caught above timberline in a dangerous thunderstorm. While Quandary Peak is challenging, most avid hikers can complete this trail to the summit without complication. It does not require any technical or mountaineering skills. It is a very popular trail, so you are sure to meet some new hiking buddies along the way. The trailhead is visible from Highway 9 and can be accessed from Blue Lakes Road.

Detailed Trail Information

For detailed information about all of the trails in the area, including topographical maps go to the unofficial Dillon Ranger District webpage. You can enjoy Breckenridge in a whole new way when you take to the trails in the summer. Try one of these three trails on your next visit. 

Our Favorite Tree Runs in Breck
Posted by admin | Friday, March 30, 2018

Best Tree Runs in Brek

Trees are a great way to get out of the crowds, find fresh powder long after a snowfall, and challenge your skills. Keep in mind that there are risks when you ski into the trees. Go with a friend, or tell a friend where to look for you at the end of the run. And, always wear a helmet. That said, here are the best places to tear it up in the trees.

Ore Bucket

Ore bucket is a great place to hone your tree skills. Only blue and black terrain can be accessed from this area, so you are sure to be skiing with other similarly skilled skiers. Take a right off the Independence SuperChair. Head towards Monte Cristo, then go towards your left where you can drop into the trees at Ore Bucket. The hill isn’t too steep through Ore Bucket allowing you to take some more generous turns around the trees. You can finish up with Monte Cristo all the way back to the Independence SuperChair or take the Zendo Chair over to Peak 6.

The Burn

The Burn is spread out, offering plenty of lines to maneuver through. If you want to try out a tree run, The Burn is a great place to start. Take the Falcon SuperChair and make a hard right when you unload. Follow Crystal under the lift. You can take a left into the trees. You will come out on Upper Lehman, so keep an eye out for other skiers on this popular run.

Best Tree Skiing in Breckenridge

Needle’s Eye

Rightfully named, this tight tree run is for the experts. If you are starting from the bottom, take the BeaverRun SuperChair and unload to the right. Head past The Overlook and follow Volunteer to the left of the C-Chair. A little more than halfway down Volunteer you can drop into the dense trees though a gate on the left. Needle’s Eye can be closed from time to time, so don’t cross any gates or rope lines.

Best Tree Ski Runs in Breckenridge

Haunted Forest

If your skiing with the kids and want to give them a chance for adventure, check out the Haunted Forest or Ripperoo’s Forest. Both of these tree runs are designed for kids to try out some new skills, while parents can still keep a watchful eye. These runs are perfect for family adventure, and will set your kids up to know how to navigate tree runs in the future. Both runs can be accessed from the Quicksilver SuperChair.

Breckenridge has so much terrain to offer. Don’t hesitate to try something new and head into the trees. There are tree runs for advanced and intermediate skiers, and even kids!

Photos By Breckenridge Tourism Office


Our Favorite Historical Tours in Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Breckenridge Historic Mining ToursA 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.

Family Activity in BreckenridgeWashington 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's Historic ToursBreckenridge 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.

Book Online

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.

 

Photos: 

Colorado Historic Society / Breckenridge Tourism Office

Colorado Historic Society / Breckenridge Tourism Office

Liam Doran / Breckenridge Tourism Office

Daniel Dunn / Breckenridge Tourism
Office

 


Best Places to Ski with Kids
Posted by toby | Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Best resorts for families and kids summit county CO Family ski vacations are some of the most treasured memories that families make. As a parent it brings great joy to teach a sport that you love to your children, and kids can start learning to ski at a very young age. It is truly a winter sport the whole family can enjoy together. However, skiing with kids can also pose challenges. Skiing with your kids means you may have to sacrifice time on the trails to teaching, when you could be enjoying more challenging runs. The best places to ski with kids offers a happy medium with plenty of family runs as well as more challenging runs, childcare options, lessons, and family-appropriate après ski. This will make your family ski vacation enjoyable for all members of the family.

Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breckenridge 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

Best resort for kids to learn to skiKeystone 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.

Family Ski Vacations in Summit County CO

Beaver Creek

Beaver 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!

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





Categories: Places To Vacation

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

Categories: Places To Vacation

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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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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