A rubber duck toy used for the Rubber Duck EventLabor Day Weekend in Breckenridge, CO is always a fun time! You will enjoy cool summer temperatures and exciting Breckenridge events like the Summit Foundation’s Great Rubber Duck Races, Sidewalk Sales on Main Street, the Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival, a Wine Festival, the Breck Crest Trail Marathon and much more! Here is the schedule of events for this fun-filled weekend:

Saturday, 9/3

  • 10am – 6pm – 36th Annual Great Divide Art Festival
  • 11am – 5pm – Wine Tasting
  • 1pm – Kids Duck Dash
  • 2pm – Business Battle Duck Race
  • 3pm – Great Rubber Duck Race

Sunday, 9/4

  • 7:30am – Breck Crest Marathon and Half Marathon
  • 10am – 6pm – 36th Annual Great Divide Art Festival

Monday, 9/5

  • 10am – 4pm – 36th Annual Great Divide Art Festival

Great Rubber Duck Races – For the 24th year, The Summit Foundation will drop some 10,000 rubber ducks into the Blue River for a fundraiser race that includes a variety of duck categories. Prizes include a one-week vacation, pontoon boat rentals on Lake Dillon, kids’ season ski pass and more.

Breckenridge Wine Festival – The Breckenridge Wine Festival combines vino from around the world with live music and food, all served up at the starting area for the duck races. Tickets cost $20 and include entry, commemorative wine glass, 10 tasting tickets and one duck in the races, which start at Main Street Station.

36th Annual Gathering at the Great Divide Art Festival – A nationally-ranked art show, the Gathering at the Great Divide features over 100 artists showcasing a variety of media including photography, wood, glass, ceramics and more. The three-day show takes place in the Wellington Lot, located at the intersection of Main Street and Wellington Road.

Breckenridge Merchants’ Sidewalk Sale Days – Breckenridge stores open their doors for a four-day sidewalk sale. Stock up in preparation for snow or scout for deals on summer wares. Over 150 shopping options give guests and locals plenty of retail choices.

Breck Crest trail races – Marathon and half-marathon courses top out above tree line, and the five mile course offers a shorter option. All routes feature stunning views from the peaks of the Tenmile Range. Aside from the start/finish sections, courses are on soft surface trails and service roads.

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Historic building in Breckenridge Just like anywhere, the Breckenridge weather forecast can occasionally call for some rain showers. If you are on vacation in Breck and experience a passing shower or thunderstorm, don’t let the weather get in your way of fun!  There are plenty of things to do in Breckenridge while you wait for the sun to shine again. Here are some ideas:

  • Give your body the vacation it deserves and visit a day spa.
  • Take a tour at the Country Boy Mine and find some gold!
  • Spend some quality time with the kiddos and check out the Mountain Top Children’s Museum.
  • Go shopping on Main Street and treat yourself to something that will always remind you of Breckenridge.
  • Paint your own pottery at Ready, Paint, Fire!
  • Get a nice work out while ice skating at the Steven C. West Ice Arena.
  • Take advantage of the Breckenridge Recreation Center, which offers a selection of various classes for fitness and fun as well as an indoor pool area with slides and more!
  • Go for a stroll through the historic Breckenridge sites and museums, including the Alice G. Milne Memorial Park, Barney Ford House Museum, Briggle House, Edwin Carter 1875 Museum, Iowa Hill Hydraulic Mine, Rotary Snowplow Park, or the Red, White and Blue Fire Museum.
  • Visit all of the art galleries on Main Street, such as the Arts Alive Gallery, Teal and the Hibberd McGrath Gallery.

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge so that you can enjoy some of these fun activities, call Breckenridge Discount Lodging at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit breckenridgediscountlodging.com.


Family walking in Downtown BreckenridgeWe asked some of our employees what their favorite store in Breckenridge is, and here’s what they had to say:

Brad Beverlin, Director of Loan Servicing:  My favorite store in Breckenridge is Mountain Outfitters on Ridge Street. They have a wonderful variety of gear/clothing, and their exceptional customer service is what keeps me going back.

Dale Holland, Director of Maintenance:  My favorite Breckenridge shopping experience is at Space Cowboy!

Sarah Lavicka, Front Desk Manager at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7:  Magical Scraps on Main Street offers a very unique selection of handmade gifts from recycled fabrics. They also have super cute hats for children!

Josie Hedderman, Reservations Manager:  My favorite store is the Breckenridge Hat Company.  They have useful skiwear items and winter hats, in addition to fun hats, wigs, and costume accessories.  They carry clothing by the brand Life is Good© and they have plenty of costume jewelry and small gifts.  I am glad we have this store in Breckenridge.

Mike Millisor, President:  I shop at Goods.  They have endured the test of time with great clothing and footwear.  I have shopped there for 20 years.

Olena Brack, In-house Sales Administrative Manager:  When I need to buy souvenirs for my friends or family, I always go to Mountain Style on Main Street. They always have good prices, great selection, and a friendly staff.

Tobias Bruning, Laundry Manager: There are a lot of really different and enticing Breckenridge stores, but my favorite is City Market, because it has all the food I like to eat!

Ryan Huff, Direct Marketing Manager:  My favorite store in Breckenridge is Columbia on Main Street.  I wish they had not put one right next to our office, that’s trouble for me!  I also like the Billabong store, as they seem to have pretty good sales a lot of the time.

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People enjoying horseback ride in Breckenridge COLooking for things to do in Breckenridge, CO? Channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl and ride a horse through the High Country on your next visit to the mountains! Platte Ranch/Double B Riding Stables offers a horseback riding experience that everyone can enjoy.  You will enjoy truly open ranch riding with the most breathtaking views – perhaps your horseback ride will be the most rewarding experience of your Breckenridge vacation! Platte Ranch/Double B Riding Stables offers year round riding, so you can head out onto the 8,000+ acre ranch in summer or winter.


On your horseback ride, you will travel over the South Platte River before winding your way through the trees up a mountainside. When you reach the top, the panoramic view of six mountain ranges is spectacular! You will be able to ride side-by-side and even get the horses into a cantor!

If you would like to make plan your next trip to Breckenridge and find out more about horseback riding through Platte Ranch/Double B Riding Stables, call Breckenridge Discount Lodging at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

A view from Mohawk LakeThere are plenty of things to do in Breckenridge, CO before the summer comes to an end, and we recommend taking a hike!  While many of the Breckenridge hiking options range in difficulty, there are plenty of beginner and intermediate trails that typically satisfy the average hiker.  One such hike is the popular Mohawk Lakes, as it is an intermediate level hike that sums up everything magnificent about the beautiful landscape that our mountain town has to offer.  A hike to Mohawk Lakes offers the opportunity to experience sweeping vistas, historic ruins and ore cars to waterfalls and close-up views of massive, rugged peaks.   Here’s a quick summary of the Mohawk Lakes Trail:

Open:   July through September
Elevation:  12,100 feet
Time:  2-3 hours roundtrip
Distance:   1.2 miles or 2.8 miles
Directions: Drive south out of Breckenridge on Highway 9. At about 2.4 miles from the last traffic light as you leave Breckenridge, turn right on Spruce Creek Road and proceed for about 1.2 miles to a well marked parking area and trailhead.

Whenever you are venturing into the great outdoors, please remember to bring snacks, sunscreen and plenty of water.  It’s also important to check the Breckenridge weather forecast before you begin your hike as the weather can change quickly. Be sure to let someone know where you are going and most of all, have fun!

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, call Breckenridge Discount Lodging at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

We asked some longtime Breckenridge, CO locals what their favorite outdoor activity in Breckenridge is, and here’s what they had to say:

“Breckenridge rafting. No, wait, Breckenridge skiing. Actually, it’s probably Breckenridge biking. Or just sitting on a sunny deck and drinking margaritas!” – Mike M.

“I really enjoy going for a hike in the mountains. You can hike to the top of North Star Mountain and look south, where you can see for at least a hundred miles… all the way to Colorado Springs, which is pretty amazing. I also love to jump on the Harley and riding through some great scenery and on some curvy Breckenridge mountain roads!” – Dale H.

“Mountain biking, of course.” – Kelley J.

“As simple as it is, my favorite outdoor activity in Breckenridge is walking with my dogs.” – Brad B.

“I actually just really enjoy strolling through downtown Breckenridge, sitting on a sunny deck or enjoying the array of different events hosted all year long.” – Heather O.

“Waterfall hunting!” – Laura A.

“Just being outside in the summer is nice enough, like reading a book down by the Blue River or simply walking around town. During the winter, I must say it is, of course, the skiing.” – Josh S.

“In the summer, I love to go to the Breckenridge Farmer’s Market in Main Street StGroup of Golfers playing a round in Breckenridgeation and I also like to check out all of the outdoor art shows. In the winter, I like to get a hot chocolate and just go for a walk down Main Street.” – Kit A.

“Cross country skiing in the winter is so much fun!” – Erin G.

“Playing 18 holes of golf in Breckenridge is something I look forward to all winter long.” – Rob M.

If there’s an outdoor activity in Breckenridge that you want to experience, call Breckenridge Discount Lodging at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

034-USAPCCCompetitor waving to crowd as he crossed the finish line in BreckenridgeSummer in Breckenridge is in full swing and there are lots of exciting events taking place in our mountain community. We are especially pleased to announce that the town of Breckenridge will be part of a new event this summer – the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. More than 125 professional cyclists will sprint to the Stage 5 finish on the streets of historic downtown Breck on Saturday, August 27th. There will be parties, giveaways, restaurant specials, kids’ events and free live music including Big Head Todd and The Monsters!

Here is the schedule of events for this inaugural Breckenridge biking experience:

Friday, 8/26:

Grab your bike and hit the trails, streets and bike paths dur034-USAPCCing the day! Local bars and restaurants will open their doors with drink specials and live race coverage on Versus in the afternoon.
3:00pm – Viewing party begins at Ollie’s Pub and Grub in Breckenridge
3:30pm – Viewing party begins at Fatty’s Pizzeria
4:00pm – Viewing party begins at Twist

Saturday, 8/27:
11am-4pm – USA Pro Cycling Expo and Beer Garden opens in the Sawmill Lot at the finish at Wellington and North Main Street
11am-1:30pm – Bring your bike and show off your sprint legs: Citizen Street Sprints at French and North Main. Day-of registration only, all types of bikes welcome!
11:30am-2pm – The Pine Beatles perform on the Expo Stage
11:30am and 1pm – RipStoke Mountain Bike Show at Blue River Plaza
1:30pm – Breck Cruiser ride down Main Street
3:30pm-4pm – Approximate race finish with awards immediately following
5:00pm – Doors open at the Riverwalk Center
5:30pm – Big Head Todd and The Monsters perform a FREE live show

Sunday, 8/28:
Grab your bike and hit the trails, streets and bike paths during the day! Afterwards, relax in the Blue River Plaza and watch the finish on the jumbo screen.
2:00pm – Live race coverage on NBC begins in the Blue River Plaza.
2:00pm –Local bars and restaurants will open their doors with drink specials and live race coverage on NBC. Viewing party locations include Fatty’s Pizzeria, Twist and Ollie’s Pub and Grub.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is expected to be a popular event and lodging accommodations in Breckenridge are filling up quickly! If you want to experience the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Breckenridge, call Breckenridge Discount Lodging at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

A map of the Location of Breckenridge and surrounding summit county areaWhile only 80 miles from downtown Denver, the beautiful mountain town of Breckenridge, CO feels a world away!  Known as the Mile High City, Denver sits at 5,280 feet in elevation. In comparison, Breckenridge’s historic downtown district is at almost 10,000 feet in elevation.

Getting to Breckenridge is easy. If you are flying, there are two major airports that most visitors use to get to Breckenridge. Denver International Airport (DEN) is just 77 miles from Breckenridge and most major airlines fly in and out of Denver. Denver International Airport also offers a variety of rental car options including Enterprise, Hertz and Budget. If you prefer to take a shuttle, Colorado Mountain Express offers door-to-door service from the airport to your Breckenridge accommodations. Another major airport is Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), which offers domestic flights from Gypsum, Colorado and is just 48 miles from Breckenridge.

If you are driving to Breckenridge, you will appreciate that Breckenridge is just 9 miles off of Interstate 70. The town of Breckenridge is also just 106 miles from Colorado Springs and 184 miles from Grand Junction.

Along with its convenient accessibility, did you know that Breckenridge offers year-round adventure for everyone? In the winter, you can step out your door and ski to the lifts of Breckenridge Ski Resort. In the summer, you can enjoy an afternoon hike or a walk down Breckenridge’s Main Street. If you’ve been thinking about a trip to Breckenridge, start planning your vacation today! Call Breckenridge Discount Lodging at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

summer_alpineslide_funpark_gibsonIf you are looking for things to do in Breckenridge, CO, the Breckenridge Peak 8 Fun Park at Breckenridge Ski Resort has even bigger and better attractions this summer with activities for all ages.  Take a ride on the Gold Runner Coaster, or the famous Alpine Slide!  Park for free in the Gondola Lot in downtown Breckenridge, and take the free shuttle bus up to Peak 8 or enjoy the scenic gondola ride.  Other Breckenridge activities at the Peak 8 Fun Park include mountain biking, chairlift rides, gold panning, bungee jumping, pony rides, bounce house, mini-golf and much more!  The Peak 8 Fun Park is open every day from 10am – 6pm until September 4th. From September 9th – 18th, the Breckenridge Peak 8 Fun Park will be open on weekends only.

In addition to all of these exciting Breckenridge activities, our friends at the Peak 8 Fun Park have also started offering BreckTreks Guided Hikes this summer. Each hike includes an experienced guide, water, and a granola bar, use of a day pack, hiking poles, and rain poncho. Hikes are on Breckenridge Mountain and you can learn about Breckenridge’s history, wildflowers and wildlife, all while experiencing amazing views! Hike options include Tiger Edge Nature Hike and Horseshoe Bowl Nature Hike.

Another activity in Breckenridge being offered through the Peak 8 Fun Park is the all-new Breck 4×4 Off Road Tours. You can experience the thrill of riding in an open-air 4×4 vehicle that goes up Peaks 7 & 8. Along the way, you will learn about Breckenridge’s history from your driver, who will also point out local wildlife, natural features, and interesting landmarks that are off the beaten track! Your driver will also stop along the way so you can hike around and take photos in the beautiful alpine setting.

For more information about these activities and to start planning your Breckenridge vacation, please call Breckenridge Discount Lodging at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

Grazing Moose in BreckenridgeI’ve seen plenty of moose by the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 in Breckenridge, CO but the moose in these photographs was special. When I got home from work last Friday, I was outside watching my son play while talking with my neighbors. It was a typical Breckenridge summer evening, complete with perfect Breckenridge weather.  All of a sudden, a couple of kids came running up and they were shouting “Look at the big deer!” My neighbors and I turned to see a huge bull moose leisurely making his way through the field about 50 yards from our house. It was once in a lifetime wildlife sighting, as the moose easily weighed more than 1,000 pounds!

As you enjoy various outdoor Breckenridge recreation activities such as hiking or biking, you may also encounter some wildlife. You could even spot some wildlife while strolling down Breckenridge’s Main Street! In the fall, Breckenridge’s wildlife activity is especially heightened. Here are a few tips to remember if you encounter wildlife during your Breckenridge vacation:

  • Keep your distance – I’m always surprised by how many times I have seen someone standing within a few feet of a large animal and taking its picture as if it was a puppy. Of course, animals of all sizes can be dangerous and unpredictable. In addition, do not approach animals that behave unexpectedly or aggressively. They may be ill, injured, or have young nearby.
  • Do not feed the wildlife – Wild animals view handouts as easy food and they will come to expect to be fed on a regular basis. This will cause them to become dependent on handouts and they can lose their ability to find food in the wild.
  • Avoid sudden movement – If you encounter a wild animal, remain calm and move slowly and deliberately. Animals can interpret sudden movement as aggression or a threat
  • Do not chase or harass wildlife – This advice should be obvious, as chasing or harassing wildlife is both illegal and dangerous.
  • Allow animals to stay at rest – Try not to startle wildlife into movement if they are resting.

If you are going to seek out wildlife, please remember to leave your family pets at home. It’s also important to respect private property  and ask for permission to access private lands. And of course, you should respect others who are viewing the same animals.

If a wildlife adventure sounds like something you want to experience, visit breckenridgediscountlodging.com for great deals on getaways to Breckenridge!