Major ski town, Breckenridge, CO, is a year round destination for hiking, biking, fly fishing and all things snow sports.
Breckenridge is a vibrant and active mountain town full of history and character with a laid-back charm that makes you feel like one of the locals. From dining, shopping and nightlife, Breckenridge has something for whatever mood you're in. Take a stroll down historic Main Street to shop eclectic boutiques, join in après-ski, or relax fireside in a cozy café. There’s lots of fun to be had in the Rocky Mountain ski town. Whether it’s the joy of falling into a blanket of deep powder, or the intoxicating hum of a parade, Breckenridge will put a smile on your face.
In addition to skiing, Breckenridge is known for its festivals. Throw on your Santa suit and run down Main Street at Race for the Santas, which supports Adopt an Angel, the city’s local charity. While you’re participating in the 6-block course, kiddos are welcome to join in the Kids Reindeer Run.
For snow lovers, Breckenridge invites all ages to join in the local tradition of Ullr Fest. In Norse mythology, Ullr was the winter god. During the festival, you’ll find the biggest bonfire in town. Ullr enthusiasts don horned Viking hats and flood the streets for the Ullr Parade, which encompasses crazy floats with participants skiing off jumps on Main Street or gliding down town in a hot tub. So whether you’re running with the Santas or embracing the winter god, you’re sure to find an event that suits everyone in the family.
Head for the slopes in one of the city’s many ski resorts with peaks ranging from relaxed, beginner runs to double black diamonds for the more advanced skiers.
After a day on the slopes, head to some favorite local restaurants, including Breckenridge Distillery, maker of Breck Bourbon. Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant focuses on small plates and family-style meals, all designed for sharing and rooted in traditional cuisine. One "must try" is their signature porchetta, a slow cooked pork belly seasoned with sage, rosemary and garlic, accompanied by world class Bourbon plum jam. When you dine at Breckenridge Distillery, you will experience the harmony of locally and seasonally inspired cuisine, paired with hand crafted cocktails from Liquid Chef, Billie Keithley.
For a more intimate dinner, enjoy a glass of wine and fine French fare at Belle V. The owners, husband and wife duo, introduce you to fine French fare without the fuss, tantalizing your taste buds with an eclectic mix of small plates, so you can sample and share a variety of cuisine in one sitting.
As for lodging during your stay, AirBnB offers vast, 9,000 square-foot estates to small condos right in the heart of town. Breck lodging properties are within walking distance of Main Street, spanning eight blocks, and with the BreckConnect Gondola, you can go from skiing and riding euphoria to après-ski bliss in a matter of minutes.
In downtown, you will find architecture of restored Victorian homes, similar to the old mining days of the Gold Rush. The town’s historical society maintains the integrity of the buildings. On the mountain, the trend is moving towards modern mountain contemporary. You'll find lots of windows, rustic beams, wide plank hardwood floors, vast stone fireplaces and chef kitchens – yours to purchase for $1.2M (on average).
- Breckenridge, CO, USA