AOS Travel Guide: Breckenridge, CO
Date: February 11, 2016 | Location: Breckenridge, Colorado
Last weekend, my husband and I traveled to Breckenridge, Colorado for a ski trip with some of our closest friends. Breckenridge is the most charming ski resort town that I've been to thus far. It used to be an old mining town and the downtown historic district consisting of colorful shops and restaurants built in the 1880s and 1890s has been well preserved. It truly reminds me of something out of a storybook! Each time I've visited (this trip made 2), I've taken a day off skiing to do some exploring and enjoy all that the lovely alpine village has to offer - besides the incredible TenMile Range. So here you have it, a closer look at Breckenridge - through the icicles:
E A T and D R I N K.
Park & Main - A full service breakfast, lunch & dinner restaurant, Park & Main is located right off Main Street in downtown Breckenridge (thus the name, Park & MAIN). We went there for brunch on our last day in town and it did not disappoint. I highly recommend their blueberry, gluten-free pancakes and blood orange mimosas.
The Canteen Tap House and Tavern - Downtown dining at the right price. The Canteen was able to handle our large group of nine without any hiccups. Their friendly staff and cozy atmosphere put us at ease and we quickly ordered from a robust list of wines and craft beers. I had a burger that was out of this world, topped with their homemade honey mustard sauce. Have I ever mentioned that honey mustard is the way to my heart? (ha!)
T-Bar - Located at the base of Peak 8, T-Bar is the perfect place for après ski drinks and replenishment. We were able to get a drink quickly, a must after a long day of skiing. They even had Omission Pale Ale for this gluten-free girl.
S E E.
Snow Sculptures - Each year, Budweiser holds their Annual Snow Sculpture Championship in downtown Breck. They bring together 16 teams representing 12 countries throughout the world to construct beautiful works of art out of huge blocks of snow. It is certainly a sight worth seeing!
Starlight Dinners at TenMile Station - We didn't do this during our trip this year, but last time we were in Breckenridge, we got engaged after a Starlight Dinner at TenMile Station. The experience begins with a sleigh ride to the top of the mountain, boasting warm, wool blankets made for cozying up with that special someone. Once you arrive at TenMile Station, your four course dining experience begins, complete with live music. It makes for a magical night!
Side note: After we got engaged, I called TenMile Station looking to buy one of the blankets they gave us for the sleigh ride as a memento of the special occasion. A worker told me the blankets were unfortunately not for sale, but that she would speak to the manager about it. The manager ended up sending us a blanket - free of charge - along with a card congratulating us and maps and magazines from Breckenridge. Now THAT's customer service, my friends!
Peak 6 and Peak 9 - The whole resort offers opportune skiing, but Peak 6 and Peak 9 are my absolute favorites. I'm a sucker for a good blue run, and there is no shortage on these two. Peak 6 opened in 2013 and holds the title of 'the biggest ski resort expansion in North America in the last decade'. My favorite thing about it is that it overlooks Lake Dillon, making it one of the most stunning views in the resort. Peak 9 is full of fun blues and offers some good options for whipping through quick, easy tree runs.
If you're looking to go skiing out West, or just for a winter getaway, Breckenridge should definitely be on your radar. I could go back every year and never tire of it. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I've included pictures of our mountain home rental, which was our best lodging in Breckenridge or Keystone so far!