Posted by admin | Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Protection from the Sun
Quickly Changing Weather
International Snow Sculptures
Posted by admin | Monday, January 14, 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.
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
Best Family Friendly Ski Runs in Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Saturday, December 15, 2018
Advanced Family Skiers
The Holidays in Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Friday, November 23, 2018
Race of the Santas
Lighting of Breckenridge
Holiday Dog Parade
Holiday Shopping All Season
Why Ski In / Ski Out Properties in Breckenridge Are Worth It
Posted by admin | Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Ideal for Families
More Time for Other Activities
Distance to Town
Off-Hill Family Friendly Activities for your Ski Vacation
Posted by admin | Thursday, October 11, 2018
Mountain Top Children’s Museum
Sledding at Carter Park or Hoosier Pass
Breckenridge Rec Center
Activities For The Whole Family
Best Places to Stay in Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Monday, September 24, 2018
Ski Hill Road
The Historic District
The Ideal Location
Breckenridge Hogfest Bacon & Bourbon
Posted by admin | Sunday, August 12, 2018
Four Course Dinner
The Grand Tasting
Summer Activities the Whole Family Will Love
Posted by admin | Wednesday, July 11, 2018
On the Mountain
Mountain Top Children’s Museum
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.
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.
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.
Dining and Shopping
Our Favorite Hiking Trails in Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office
Detailed Trail Information
Our Favorite Tree Runs in Breck
Posted by admin | Friday, March 30, 2018
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 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 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.
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.
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
A Great Activity for the Whole Family.
Breckenridge is rich with history. It was a town founded in 1859 with roots deep in the mining industry. While today it is considered one of the premier ski resorts in the world, it wasn’t until 1961 when Peak 8 was opened as a ski resort. During the intermediate years, Breckenridge profited from gold and lumber. The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance preserves this storied history and provides a wealth of captivating walking tours that are led by knowledgeable locals. Here are some of our favorites, you shouldn’t miss when you’re in town.
Washington Gold Mine Tour
Learn about Breck’s history in mining from a local expert! You can explore the Washington Mine and learn about the history of this expansive gold and silver mine. You will even get to pan for gold yourself and keep your findings! This tour is highly recommended as a fun family activity in Breckenridge. As you plan, keep in mind that it is only available during the summer season, June through September.
Swinging Doors Saloon Tour
This walking tour is designed specifically for adults 21 and up. You will learn about the saloons that have been around since the 1800’s and sip some of the best drinks historic downtown Breckenridge has to offer.
Ski Through History Mountain Tour
Skiing is the heart and soul of Breckenridge in modern history. Most of Breckenridge’s visitors are drawn to the town because of the world class skiing it offers. On this skiing tour, you can learn the history of the runs, skiing, and the town as it relates to the ski resort. Intermediate skill in downhill skiing is required for this adventurous tour.
Breckenridge Haunted Tour
If you and your family love ghosts, this is the tour for you! This walking tour leads to some of Breckenridge’s oldest homes on a quest to encounter the residents that are still rumored to haunt them. Learn the history of the area with the added thrill of experiencing the supernatural. This tour is offered year round.
Victorian Tea and Tour
Learn about what life was like for a woman in the early 1900’s. Tour downtown from the view point of Katie Briggle, a socialite who dominated the culture and high society of Breckenridge. Then, tour her Victorian home, where she was known for hosting elaborate parties and events. Enjoy tea and treats as the tour concludes. This tour is only available on specific dates, so be sure to call ahead.
High Line Railroad Park
While not exactly a tour, we can’t ignore the High Line Railroad Park, located on Boreas Pass Rd. The park includes a real train engine, one of the last few remaining of its kind. There is also a caboose, rotary snowplow and flatcar. Lastly, there is a small museum. Kids and adults alike will love this close up view of the train cars and the history of the railroad. The trains are accessible every day, sunrise to sunset, but the museum has limited hours so check before you go.
You can learn more about all of the tours offered and book online through Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. While you are visiting Breckenridge, don’t miss out on experiencing its rich history on a fun tour, lead by a knowledgeable local.
Colorado Historic Society / Breckenridge Tourism Office
Colorado Historic Society / Breckenridge Tourism Office
Liam Doran / Breckenridge Tourism Office
Best Places to Ski with Kids
Posted by toby | Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Breckenridge Ski ResortBreckenridge offers a renowned ski and ride school. You can start your tiny tot in ski or board lessons as early as age three. Age groups continue from three on to adult. Groups lessons are typically full days, you can sign your child up for a single day or multiple days. Private lessons are also available for more individualized instruction. Or, you can book family lessons and all learn together. Childcare is available in three different locations (although Peak 8 is currently closed due to construction) so that you can choose a spot closest to your accommodations. You can even add on a ski school lesson, during which your child will be taken out for a ski lesson while they are at childcare. In addition to great options for kids, the town of Breckenridge features multiple parks, a fun children’s museum, and many family dining options.
Keystone has made an effort to become one of the best places to ski with kids. It provides plenty of ski-in/ski-out lodging, and parking at the base, making it easier for parents and kids to get out there faster. Complimentary red wagons take the hassle out of lugging equipment and kids to and from the car or lodging. Their signature Kidtopia offers kids and family activities everyday of the week. Most activities and events are free. Learn about critters or stars from the Keystone Science School, make crafts or watch a movie. The Kidtopia headquarters also provides toys and games everyday when your little ones need a break to warm up. Catch the parade on Saturday evenings or explore the snow fort any day of the week. In addition to the amenities that cater specifically to kids, there is great terrain for all skill levels. Everyone will find satisfying skiing at this resort.
Beaver CreekBeaver Creek ends everyday on the slopes with cookie time. They hand out free cookies at 3:00 pm. What better way to encourage your child to love skiing? In addition to cookie time, Beaver Creek offers childcare and an excellent ski school. They also feature ideal family friendly lodging. You can feed the whole family’s sweet tooth at the Candy Cabin. Grab a special treat so that you can power through the next run! This candy shop is located at the top of the Strawberry Park Express lift. There are many other resorts that offer plenty of family friendly ski vacation options. When you are planning your vacation, look for childcare options, ski school, and convenient lodging for everyone. This will make your family ski vacation memorable and enjoyable for everyone!
Colorado's Best Leaf-peeping Hikes and Drives
Posted by toby | Monday, September 18, 2017
September is Colorado’s golden month. The weather is cool, but sunny and inviting. The aspen put on a spectacular display before the winter. It is the perfect time to head out for a drive and enjoy the high country. Keep in mind that the aspen in the high country change much sooner than those on the front range. You will have to catch these brief blazes of glory by mid-September if you want the best show. The Smokey Mountains offers a fun interactive leaf prediction map for the entire country during the fall of 2017. You can watch the map predict when the leaves will be at their peak where you are. If you plan to head into the mountains, here are three drives that will not disappoint.
An easy loop that will take you from Denver and back again starts on Hwy 285. From C-470 take this highway south towards Fairplay. You will pass through the stunning display while the South Platte River flows down the mountains alongside the highway. The summit of Kenosha Pass offers spectacular views, access to the Colorado Trail, and a comfortable picnic area. Descending the pass into South Park, you will have an exquisite vista of this high mountain plain. Take a right at Hwy 9 in Fairplay to summit Hoosier Pass and drop into Breckenridge. Stop here and enjoy the foliage along the Blue River. Then continue on Hwy 9 to Frisco. Instead of taking I-70 from Frisco, take a right on Dillon Dam Road and savor the scenic views along Lake Dillon. From the Dillon/Silverthorne area you can get back on I-70 and return to Denver. This entire route is paved and is easy for any vehicle to manage.
If you are feeling adventurous, Boreas Pass offers an alternative to Hwy 9 and Hoosier Pass. Take Hwy 285 as you would toward Fairplay. After Kenosha Pass, take a right in Como (before Fairplay) off of Hwy 285 and follow Boreas Pass into Breckenridge. This pass is unpaved for the majority of the route, but is passable for most vehicles. At the top of the pass stop to take a hike on the well-developed Black Powder Pass trail. The aspen and views along this pass are magical. Boreas Pass is closed in the winter, so be sure to go before the snow flies. If you stay in Breckenridge for a day or two, hike McCullough Gulch or take the Gondola to the top of Peak 8 for even more golden vistas.
Aspen is named for the trees that are so irresistible in September. There are several enticing leaf peeping drives in this area and getting there can be another adventure! To take the long way, drive Hwy 285 South all the way to Buena Vista. Go north on Hwy 24 through Buena Vista. The Arkansas River rolls along this road and there are beautiful cliffs and canyons to take in. At In-dependence Pass or Hwy 82, head towards Aspen. This will bring you along Twin Lakes and to the summit for high alpine views of fall foliage. Once in Aspen, The Aspen Chamber suggests driving Maroon Creek Drive and Castle Creek Road. See the famously photographed Maroon Bells in person. Take I-70 home and stop in Glenwood Spring for a soak in the hot springs, or hike the spectacular Hanging Lakes Trail.
Trail Ridge Road
Rocky Mountain National Park is right in Denver’s backyard. For one of the most scenic loops through the park and back, take Hwy 6 through Golden, head north on Hwy 119 towards Black Hawk. Stay on Hwy 72 to Estes Park. Enter the park on the east side and drive the famous Trail Ridge Road across the top of the park. Exit through Grand Lake on the west side. Go south on HWY 40, through the Winter Park area, taking Berthoud Pass back to I-70. Rocky Mountain National Park is extremely busy on the weekends during peak leaf season, so plan to visit during the week, or start out early in the morning to avoid long lines. Remember that entrance to the park will require a fee.
These three leaf peeping trips will inspire awe and wonder as you experience the most stunning views Colorado has to offer. As you head out, keep in mind that early in the morning is often the best time for views. Afternoon thunderstorms can obscures views at high altitudes. Also, be pre-pared for cooler temperatures and intense sun. High altitudes are often much chillier than weather on the Front Range. Don’t forget sunscreen. Even a few minutes of exposure at high altitudes can cause skin damage. With a little planning you can spend a day or weekend enjoying one of Colorado’s most glorious seasons.
Posted by toby | Friday, August 25, 2017
Don’t miss one last opportunity to party in the streets of Breckenridge before the snow flies. Soon everyone will be looking for epic runs, but this fall you will have a chance to enjoy sunshine, food, beer and golden leaves. Oktoberfest in Breckenridge will be held September 8th-10th. While the street party will be downtown, there will be celebrations and events throughout Breckenridge.
The Street Party
The street party will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the afternoon. It will include German food vendors, beer, live entertainment, traditional costumes, and polka! Each year party goers get their commemorative stein to enjoy drinks and keep as a souvenir. You can order this year’s stein ahead of time, and you should because they often run out. While this event is centered around brews, there are also games, face-painting, and entertainment for kids.
Leave Your Pets at Home
Unlike most other events in Breckenridge, this festival doesn’t include dog friends. The abundance of food and drink makes it too challenging to create a safe environment for pets.
The Brewmaster Dinner will be held at 10 Mile Station. It will include four courses paired with carefully chosen beers. Each course will feature a traditional German dish from appetizers to dessert. Reservations are required for this decadent event.
If you would like to get a workout before splurging on sausage, spatzel, and Bavarian brews, join the 5K trail run. You can enjoy local trails and cross the finish line in time to celebrate all afternoon at the street party.
You could also start out your day on Saturday with a brunch hosted by Breckenridge Brewery. Savor local craft beers and relish creative and artistic dishes over a several course meal. This event also requires a reservation.
Check Out the Leaves
In addition to all of the festivities in town, the aspen leaves will be at their peak. Wander down trails under a thick canopy of golden leaves. Take scenic drives or go for a bike ride. This will be an ideal weekend to take in all of the best sites and spectacular views that the mountains have to offer.
Oktoberfest is the perfect opportunity to get away for the weekend. Enjoy friends, music, tradition, food, and beer. Take in stunning vistas and revel in the last golden days of the season. Check out Breckenridge Resort Managers to find a comfortable condo or house to share with friends in a convenient location for the weekend. For a full schedule of events, to order steins or make a reservation for an event go to Go Breck.
Photo Credits: Breckenridge Tourism Office
5 Activities for the Whole Family on Your Breckenridge Vacation
Posted by toby | Tuesday, January 17, 2017
In Breckenridge, you will find so much more than skiing and shopping.
In fact, you can find activities for everyone of all ages and interests. If you’re looking to spend some quality time with your entire family, Breckenridge is the place to visit because it has plenty of amazing family-friendly adventures to offer.
Round up your loved ones and try one, a few, or even all of the following winter activities in Breckenridge:
1. Sledding at Carter Park
The sledding hill at Carter Park is bigger than most at 300 feet in length, and it has a few bumps to give the daredevil in your family an adrenaline rush. The hill is so big and fun that your family can easily spend a few hours sledding there. An added bonus is the dog park right next to it, where your family can hang out with the dogs whenever someone needs to catch a breather from trekking up and down the hill.
2. Ice skating at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena
At $8 per person and $4 per skate rental, your family can spend hours in the rink on a budget. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a fun event like Ullr Skate or Disco Ball Skate Night!
3. Visiting the Mountain Top Children’s Museum
This museum, which is located at the south end of Main Street, offers fascinating exhibits, creation stations, and activities for children ages 10 and under. The museum’s mission is to encourage imagination, creativity, and curiosity in children by exposing them to all kinds of fun subjects, including (but not limited to) animals, ski patrolling, outer space, color experimentation, arts and crafts, recycling, construction, dressing up, and more.
4. Spending an entire day at the Breckenridge Recreation Center
Fork over $15 per adult, $7.50 per child, $12 per senior citizen, or $38 for the whole family and enjoy 69,000 square feet of pure fun. The Breckenridge Recreation Center, which is found on Airport Road, has a gymnasium, indoor tennis courts, pools, a water slide, a racquetball court, basketball courts, a sauna, spas, a pro shop, an indoor rock climbing wall, and a child care center.
5. Hanging out at Downstairs at Eric’s
This place has it all. Children and teenagers will find delight in the many arcade games around the restaurant. Parents and grandparents will jump at the chance to sit at the bar and throw back a few beers while watching the game on one of the few TVs behind the bar. The entire family will enjoy the extensive menu that includes burgers, pizza, gyros, sandwiches, salads, and more. An evening at Downstairs at Eric’s is time well spent.
In addition to the above activities, there are many more family-fun winter activities in Breckenridge. You can look into taking an art class with your children in the Breckenridge Art District, snowshoeing, visiting the Henry Ford Museum, or exploring at the Edwin Carter Discovery Center. There is something for everyone in your family!
Our Favorite Vacation Ski In/Ski Out Rentals in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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.
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.
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.
What to do in Breck for the Non-Skiier
Posted by toby | Saturday, October 22, 2016
Breckenridge may be a ski wonderland, but it’s still a worthwhile visit for non-skiers. The quaint town is chock full of amazing restaurants and lively bars that can keep you occupied during the entire duration of your vacation.
However, if you’re looking to add a little “oomph” to your trip, check out the following Breck activities you can enjoy without having to hit the slopes.
1. Shopping on Main Street
Breckenridge has its share of souvenir shops, but what makes the town truly exceptional is the fact that it’s also peppered with old buildings and houses converted into locally-owned shops selling handmade goods by local artists. Such items include soap, chainsaw wood carvings, chocolates, ornaments, paintings, Native American jewelry, art pieces, and many more. Even if you don’t intend to purchase anything, it’s still fun to stroll up and down Main Street and soak in all its shops have to offer.
If you’ve always wanted to check out the hiking trails in Breckenridge, you’re in luck. The trails may be blanketed in snow, but a pair of wool socks and snowshoes make it possible for you to navigate the paths less traveled in the winter. Did you know that Breckenridge has at least 30 miles of snowshoeing trails? Head over to the Breckenridge Nordic Center and rent a pair of snowshoes for only 20 bucks!
3. Ice Skating
The Stephen C. West Ice Arena located right off the south end of Main Street boasts an indoor ice rink and an outdoor ice rink. Admission is $8, and you can rent a pair of figure or hockey skates for $4. Twelve bucks for a full day’s fun? Count us in!
Bust out your winter gear, grab a snow tube or sled at the Walmart in Frisco, head over to Carter Park, and get to sleddin’. The sledding hill at Carter Park is something to write home about, as it is pretty high and about 300 feet in length. You can walk down to Main Street after you’ve had your fill of sledding and enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa at Clint’s Bakery & Coffee House.
5. Touring a Distillery
The award-winning Breckenridge Distillery, also known as the world’s highest distillery, offers free tours with complimentary tastings of their spirits every day between 11am to 6pm. You can also splurge on an after hours VIP tour, which offers a more comprehensive overview of the art of distilling alcohol and the chance to sample any new flavor they may be working on at the moment.
6. Attending a Concert
Breckenridge is actually quite cultured with its Riverwalk Center just a block over from Main Street. The beautiful venue hosts many different concerts on a regular basis. Maybe there’s one right up your alley when you’re in town.
7. Get Pampered
Many folks love a good old fashioned pampering while on vacation. Get a massage, facial or manicure at one of our many top rated salons.
8. Sleigh Ride and Dinner Theater
Take a ride on a horse drawn sleigh through the beautiful snowy forests. Your ride will finish at a historic mining camp where you’ll meet some of Breckenridge’s most infamous characters. This dinner theater is something the whole family will enjoy!
You can also attend a festival, take a cooking class, play board games at The Crown, go snowmobiling, or pretty much anything else. While Breckenridge is most known for the adventure, that is far from all it has to offer.
The possibilities are endless!
The 4 Best Hikes to Experience the Aspens in Summit County
Posted by toby | Sunday, October 9, 2016
Autumn has arrived, and what better way to soak it all in than to go on a hike in the midst of a sea of Aspen trees?
Every year, autumn brings us a spectacular opportunity to watch the leaves of our Aspen trees turn from a vibrant green to stunning shades of red, yellow, gold, and orange against the clear blue sky.
You don’t have to stray very far from Summit County in order to enjoy the beautiful change of color. In fact, you can stay right here. Grab your best camera and embark on a hike on one of the following 4 hiking trails that are abundant with color-changing Aspen trees.
1. Eaglesmere Lake
7 miles round-trip / Intermediate
Located on the very north side of Summit County, this trail is nestled in the middle of a thick aspen forest and boasts wildflowers, fewer than 2,000 feet of elevation gain, and backcountry camping sites. The trail leads you to Eaglesmere Lake and offers stunning views over Lower Cataract Lake and Cataract Falls.
Directions to trailhead: Drive 16 miles north of Silverthorne. Turn left onto Heeney Road. Continue for approximately 5¼ miles to County Road 1725. Turn left at the juncture and then continue for 2 miles. The parking lot is located at the right fork.
2. Peaks Trail
15.5 miles one way / Beginner–Intermediate
The fall foliage is strong with this one. If you’re looking for an easy hike, start at the Breckenridge trailhead, as the trail goes downhill from there. If you’re looking for a more challenging hike, the Frisco trailhead is the place to start, because you’ll be going uphill most of the time.
The trail stretches between Breckenridge and Frisco, and it provides majestic scenery over Summit County, as well as plenty of aspen trees changing colors at the onset of autumn. The trail also passes by Rainbow Lake in Frisco, where you can take great photos of the fall foliage against the vibrant blue sky and the lake.
Directions to Breckenridge trailhead: Take Highway 9 to Breckenridge, and then make a right onto Ski Hill Road. Continue on Ski Hill Road to the top. Make a right at the Peak 8 base area and drive past the Grand Timber Lodge. The trailhead parking lot is ahead.
Directions to Frisco trailhead: Drive west on Frisco’s Main Street and then make a left onto 2nd Avenue. Drive to the end of the street and then park. Walk over the paved bike path and then you’ll see the trailhead.
3. Lower Cataract Lake Loop Trail
2.25 miles round-trip / Beginner-Intermediate
This trail has a waterfall, a creek, a bridge, a lake, and plenty of aspen trees that add a lot of color to the scenery. It goes around the Lower Cataract Lake, so there are plenty of photo ops along the way.
Directions to trailhead: Drive 16 miles north of Silverthorne. Turn left onto Heeney Road. Continue about 5.6 miles to Cataract Creek Road, and make a sharp left turn there. Drive to the end of the road, where the trailhead is.
4. Boreas Pass/Aspen Alley Trail
1 mile round-trip / Beginner
What better way to experience the Aspen fall foliage than to hike a trail named after Aspen trees? This short hike is a great way to soak in the fall scenery without too much planning, driving, and walking. There are so many Aspen groves along this trail that it is practically shaded the entire way. There is also an old mine dump you can explore. Not only that, but if you’re up for a scenic drive, you can drive up
Boreas Pass Road to the very top, where the fall foliage is stunning.
Directions to trailhead: Drive south on Main Street in Breckenridge. Take a left at Boreas Pass Road and then take the road all the way up the mountain. It will turn into a dirt road. When that happens, keep your eyes peeled for the trailhead parking lot on the left side less than half a mile up the dirt road.
The Top 5 Family-Friendly Restaurants in Breckenridge
Posted by toby | Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Eating out with kids in a new town can be a challenge. Not every restaurant offers an comprehensive menu for adults in addition to a selection of pizza, grilled cheese, and chicken nuggets for the pint-sized.It may be difficult to find such a restaurant that not only offers such an accommodating menu, but also serves amazing food worthy of a four- or five-star review. Luckily, Breckenridge has a lot to offer in the way of family friendly restaurants. After dining at one (or two, or all) of the restaurants listed below, the entire family’s going to want to come back for more.
1. Blue Moose Restaurant
Mom and Dad can enjoy some wake-me-up mimosas, Irish cream coffee, or Bloody Marys at this breakfast joint while the kiddos have tasty pancakes, French toast, omelets, oatmeal from the kid’s menu, and other breakfast classics to choose from.
2. Downstairs at Eric’s
Arcade games, wings, beer, pizza, and flat-screen HDTVs: this restaurant has it all. Kids, teenagers, college students, parents, and even grandparents would enjoy this place with its incredibly large menu that includes burgers, gyros, Philly cheesesteaks, sandwiches, salads, and more. Kids can find hot dogs, mac and cheese and pizza for lunch or dinner - if you can drag them away from the arcade games long enough to eat!
3. Empire Burger
With the incredibly fresh and juicy burgers, outta-this-world hand cut fries, full children’s menu, and outdoor area where families can hang out, you can’t beat Empire Burger for a family burger outing in Breckenridge. It also sports a gorgeous view of the mountain from its deck.
4. Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Parents love the mango duck quesadillas, avocado fritos, and habanero bacon wrapped shrimp. Kids love the chicken quesadillas, nachos, and cheeseburgers. And then we have the delicious Mexican pastries, tres leches cake, Mexican chocolate-plantain bread pudding, and deep-fried ice cream. What more does a hungry family need?
5. The Crown
The Crown offers a diverse menu for adults and children, as well a fun night out for the whole family. In addition to their delicious breakfast and lunch menus, they offer coffee, ice cream, booze, free wi-fi, and board games. Stop by for an after dinner treat and a game of Jenga with the family.
What's the Best Place to Stay in Breckenridge?
Posted by toby | Saturday, July 23, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Great places to vacation in the southeast- Florida, Texas, Alabama vacation rentals
Posted by toby | Friday, May 8, 2009
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
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
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
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
Great places to vacation on the East Coast- Virginia, Vermont, New Jersey vacation rentals
Posted by toby | Friday, May 8, 2009
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
May-Mid-June .............. $1600/wk
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
Great places to vacation in Colorado- Breckenridge, Vail, Taos, Utah vacation rentals
Posted by toby | Friday, May 8, 2009
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
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
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
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
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
Great places to vacation in The northwest- Washington and Oregon vacation rentals
Posted by toby | Friday, May 8, 2009
Puget sound,WA- Bainbridge island
Sep 15-May 15 - $200/nt
May 16-Sep 14 - $245/nt
Oct. 15-May 14 $175/nt
Puget sound,WA- Camano island
May 15-Oct. 14 $200/nt
Winter rates (Oct 01-May 14) - $175/nt
long beach, WA
Summer rates (May 15-Sep 30) - $200/nt
Apr 01-Nov 20 - $125/nt
Nov 21-Mar 30 - $140/nt
Dec 19-Jan 03 - $220/nt
Crystal mountain, WA
Mt. Hood, OR
$119/nt. 10/1 – 12/19; 4/1 – 5/31
$149/nt. 12/20 – 3/31
$179/nt. 6/1 – 9/30
Jun-Sep - $229/nt
Jun-Sep - $1250/wk
Oct-MAY - $149/nt
Oct-MAY - $800/wk
Great places to vacation on the West coast- California vacation rentals
Posted by toby | Friday, May 8, 2009
Stinson beach, CA
Sep-Apr - $285/nt
May-Aug - $385/nt
Oct-May - $2,500/wk
Jun-Sep - $5,000/wk
Jan-Mar - $2600/wk
Santa Barbara, CA
Apr-May - $2800/wk
Jun-Aug - $3200/wk
Sep-Oct - $2800/wk
Nov-Dec - $2600/wk
Oct-May - $275/nt
June-Sept - $325/nt
June 14 -Sept 4 .........$3500/wk
September 5 - March 30 ..$2200/wk
April 1 - June 13 - $2300/wk
Sept 5th - May 30th - $365/nt
Dec 13,'08-Jan 3,'09-$325/nt
Mission beach, CA
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
Great places to vacation in the Smokey Mountains- Tennessee vacation rentals
Posted by toby | Friday, May 8, 2009
Peak Season 5/24-8/31, 10/1-11/15.$120/nt
Low Season $60/nt
Holiday periods: $130/nt
Jan-March - $135/night
April-Dec - $150/night
June-Oct - $175/night
Holidays - $195/night
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