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Breckenridge offers more than skiing to visitors

Breckenridge at night
Breckenridge at night

The cold weather and promise of more snow means just one thing—it’s time to hit the mountains! So you aren’t a skier? No worries, Breckenridge has much more to offer than fresh powder and ski lifts.

Where to Stay

On the high end, the newly-finished Hyatt Main Street Station is a time share resort that is open to non-owners. At $499/night, a two-bedroom/ two-bath sleeps six and offers a kitchen and living room.
Marriott’s Mountain Valley Lodge  is located near Maggie’s Pond a short walk from the lifts and offers standard rooms from $230/night.

There are over two dozen lodges and condominium accommodations within walking distance of the lifts. A gondola runs from the parking lot in the center of town to take skiers up to Peak 7, and a free bus picks up at stops throughout the town. Take the bus to the City Market, then to a local restaurant for happy hour, and then home when you’re ready to cash it in for the night!

Where to Eat

Stay close to the ski crowds and enjoy the barbeque and beer at the Coppertop Bar at the Beaver Run Resort. Grills light up at 11 AM with brats, burgers and hot dogs. You can usually count on some good music and conversation while you enjoy the lunch. Indoor seating is available upstairs at the bar. Get happy hour fare where the ski trainers eat—Taddeo’s Italian Restaurant on Main Street near Maggie’s Pond. You know that if they are eating and drinking there, then it is good food at a good price.
Fatty’s Pizzeria has happy hour prices on drinks, great soups, and is known for its pizza.

If you are looking for a higher end dinner, the Hearthstone Restaurant offers an excellent menu including Colorado lamb, blackberry elk and Idaho trout, as well as a gluten-free menu.

If you like being downtown, the Blue River Bistro is the place to be for happy hour twice a day! 2-for-1 Martinis and appetizers from 3-6 PM and again from 9 PM –Close. What a deal! Enjoy the Kobe beef sliders and the spinach and artichoke dip—2 of the local favorites. And speaking of favorites, check out the local musicians playing at the Bistro just about every night.

Who can visit Breck without visiting the Crepe Cart? Or Crepes ala Cart on South Main Street. This cash-only crepery which always seems to have line on its porch! It’s open for breakfast with egg, ham and cheese crepes, or try a spinach, chicken and feta cheese crepe for lunch! Or you can sample a smores dessert at any time of day.

What to do if you don’t Ski

There is so much more to do than just ski in Breckenridge, but this year it is even easier to find fun activities.

The arts come alive in January with series called “Art on a Whim” and “Arts Alive”, which brings local artists to the public for instruction and information.

The ever popular week-long celebration, Ullr (OO-ler) Fest, includes a skating party, The Dating Game with radio station KSMT, the Ullympics, Ullr Comedy night and the Ullr Parade. Most of the Ullr events occur at night so that skiers can also take part in the fun!

By day, sledding on the big hill near the high school, swimming at the recreation center, or visiting the Nordic center for cross-country skiing and dog-sledding activities is always a big hit with the kids. Snowmobiles may also be rented and there is an ice skating rink on the west side of town.

Spas and Shopping

If all of this sounds too energetic, Breckenridge boasts nearly a dozen spas where you can enjoy a massage, a facial, or both! The Alpine Spa and Salon has made its home in Breckenridge for the last 15 years and is a favorite for visitors. Nearby is A Mountain Sanctuary Spa which offers a 10% web discount. And don't forget the shopping! Tiny storefronts offer art, jewelry, ski wear, and other soft goods. There are always lots of bargains, so prowl the shops and have fun!

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  • J Nelson 5 years ago

    Ohhhh...the longing for brisk mountain air, fresh powder, incredible edibles and potent potables...Breckenridge, Colorado at its best!

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