It’s no secret that locals live up in Breckenridge and Summit County because we love to be outdoors as much as possible. We all subscribe to a daily dose of nature worship and start to feel withdrawal symptoms if we don’t get an outdoor fix. Last week we asked our employees what their favorite fall activities were and not surprisingly most of the answers involved an outdoor activity. Fall in Breckenridge is a “secret season” when things slow down a little, restaurants offer the best deals and everybody starts dreaming of all the snow to come. The anticipation of winter is palpable but that doesn’t stop people from getting outside and doing what they love …. Playing in nature!Friday, September 30, 2011 by Mark Grattan

See below for some thoughts on what Breckenridge Grand Vacations employees love doing with their Breckenridge, falls.

“I love a drive over Boreas pass into Como and back over Hoosier Pass into Breckenridge.  There are lots of aspen trees with great colors.  I try and plan the drive so that I can stop for lunch in Fairplay.  The Fairplay Hotel has a nice lunch and great pies!  There is also a nice place for lunch or a drink in Como called the Depot.  Definitely stop there if it is open. ”
Mike Millisor – President

Hiking and riding my horses and seeing all the beautiful fall colors while searching for the most perfectly colored ones and putting them in laminating paper to make book marks. “
Kit Armor – General Manager

“My favorite fall activity is hiking with my family.  Breckenridge is truly beautiful this time of year.“
AuBree Wagner – Marketing Coordinator

“I enjoy spending time outside before the snow falls! Hiking with my dog allows me to take in the fall colors. “
Melany Arnot – Marketing Guest Services Manager

“My favorite activity any time of year, but up here in the fall especially is mountain biking.  Love to ride through the changing aspens and breathe the aromas of the fall time.”
Kelly Jensen, Director of Guest Services

“Today I rode my bike over Monarch Pass from Gunnison to Montrose and then south to Telluride. It is all about being outside with all the colors riding over 4 mountain passes on a nice all day ride with friends. Man o man life is grand indeed! Nothing cooler this time of year whether you are on a motor bike or mountain bike get outside enjoy Colorado Gold.”
Dale Holland, Director of Maintenance

Off Season 2 for 1 deals in Summit County. Yah!!!!!”
Josh Stuhr, Breck Inn General Manager

“I love riding my bike.  The cooler weather and the fall colors make for great riding whether it is on the trail or on the road.”
Amy Hoffmann, Manager of Owner Accounting

Frisbee Golf!”
Tobias Bruning, Laundry Manager

“I find that during fall in Breckenridge I continue to enjoy many of the activities that I enjoy in the summertime.  How I prioritize which activity I enjoy definitely does change based on the cooler weather and shorter days.  Hiking with my dogs becomes the first activity of the day.  Golfing moves to later in the morning on a weekend.  Mountain biking is something that I enjoy no matter the time of day, though as I mentioned-the days are shorter, so I am careful to change the length of the rides accordingly so as to not get caught out in the dark.  No matter what season, it is great to be outside in the Breckenridge area.”
Bradford Beverlin, Director of Loan Servicing

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit

Washington Gold & Silver Mine Tour
1 pm & 2:30 pm
From the Breckenridge Welcome Center head south on Main St. and turn left on Boreas Pass Rd. Stay on Boreas Pass Rd. for 1 mile, and then turn right on Illinois Gulch Rd. for .3 miles.

Open Studio at the Quandary Antiques CabinTour guide posses by the Ski Museum sign in Breckenridge Colorado
11 a.m.
Quandary Antiques Cabin
131 South Ridge Street

DJ Jeff Cox & DJ Burt Reynolds at Cecilia’s!
520 South Main Street

Saloon Tour & Distillery Tasting
5 p.m.
Meet at the Breckenridge Welcome Center
203 S. Main St. in Breckenridge

Parent’s Night Out (Ages 5-12)
5 p.m.
Breckenridge Recreation Center
880 Airport Road

Haunted Tour of Breckenridge
7 p.m.
Meet at the Breckenridge Welcome Center
203 S. Main St. in Breckenridge

Live Music at the Motherloaded Tavern
9 p.m.
103 South Main Street

Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Museums & Tours
Meet at Breckenridge Welcome Center

Washington Gold & Silver Mine Tour
1 pm & 2:30 pm
From the Breckenridge Welcome Center head south on Main St. and turn left on Boreas Pass Rd. Stay on Boreas Pass Rd. for 1 mile, and then turn right on Illunois Gulch Rd. for .3 miles.

Sunday Specials at Cecilia’s
2 p.m.
520 South Main Street, Breckenridge

50/50 Dinner Special at Spencer’s Restaurant
5:30 p.m.
Spencer’s Restaurant at Beaver Run Resort
620 Village Rd., Breckenridge

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit

Aspen trees changing colors in the Fall in BreckenridgeThis weekend is going to be a beautiful weekend in Breckenridge and Summit County. The weather alone is reason to consider a last minute trip up the hill. According to Saturday and Sunday both promise to be sunny with temperatures reaching the upper 60’s. Fall colors are getting ready to peak and the forests surrounding Breckenridge are a tapestry of yellows, oranges and reds. If you are into shopping and dining, the shops and restaurants in Breckenridge always offer their best deals of the year in the fall and many restaurants offer big discounts and even 2 for 1 dinners! Don’t forget to grab a Summit Daily Newspaper (the free newspaper in the blue boxes all around town) to get the latest in what is happening and where the best deals are.

If you are on the fence about whether to make the drive this weekend, jump off!! Soon the snow is going to fly and ski season will be here (which so many of us can’t wait for). If you are planning one last chance to get out of the city before winter this weekend is prime time to get a move on.

IWednesday, September 21, 2011 by Mark Grattan_2t might still be warm and feel like summer in most parts of the country but here in Breckenridge and Colorado’s High Country fall is in the air. Each morning as I walk my dog I have felt frost crunching under my foot and a few times even had to scrape ice off of my car’s windshield! While mornings have been a little chilly recently by mid day the weather has been beautiful with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the mid 60’s.

Fall is the season locals relish the most and not just because it reminds us that winter is coming. Fall in Breckenridge is the driest season of the year with monthly rainfall totals less than one inch. Breckenridge restaurants and shops are all open and generally offer the best deals of the year. Breckenridge slows down but local businesses staff up for the winter so service levels are excellent. Most of all the aspen and willow trees change color from green to yellow and red creating the most beautiful fall scenery in the Rocky Mountains. The trees have not peaked yet and there are a few good weeks left to get in some leaf peeping. Below are some of the best local drives for seeing fall colors around Breckenridge as contributed by Joell Folger, Activities Coordinator at Grand Timber Lodge.

Boreas Pass between Como and Breckenridge: From Main Street, Breckenridge, head south to the light of Boreas Pass Road (TIP: Look for ice rink signs). Turn Left onto Boreas Pass road and follow into Como; then turn Right onto Hwy 285 into Fairplay; at the light in Fairplay, turn Right onto Hwy 9. This will bring you back into Breckenridge.

Buena Vista through Leadville: Head South on Main St./Highway 9 through town, Blue River and over Hoosier Pass/the Continental Divide, through Alma and into Fairplay. At the “T” intersection after the town of Fairplay {junction of Hwy 285 & Hwy 9}, turn Right onto Hwy 285 & Hwy 9. Continue on Hwy 285 to Johnson Village. Go through Johnson Village to the “T” intersection of Hwy 285 and Hwy 24. Turn Right onto Hwy 24, towards Buena Vista. Stay on Highway 24 into Leadville. As you are leaving Leadville, take Highway 91 North to Copper Mountain and I-70 East home to the Frisco/Highway 9 Exit.

Guanella Pass, Georgetown to Grant: Take I-70 East to Georgetown, Exit #228. Turn right onto 15th St; Take the 1st right onto Argentine St/Co Rd 306; Take the 1st left onto 11th St; Take the 1st right onto Rose St;   Turn left onto 2nd St/Co Rd 381-this is Guanella Pass and this will take you to the town of Grant. In Grant take Hwy 285 south towards Fairplay. In Fairplay turn right at the light onto Hwy 9 to bring you back to Breckenridge.

Trail Ridge Road (US 34) through Rocky Mountain National Park: Take Main Street/Hwy 9 to I-70 East, exit at Silverthorne/hwy 9 North into the town of Kremmling. Take a right onto Hwy 40 East to Granby, in Granby take Hwy 34 towards Grand Lake and the West entrance into Rocky Mountain National Park. Trail Ridge Road goes through the park to Estes Park. From Estes Park take Hwy 7/72 to Central City and Hwy 119. Hwy 119 takes you to I-70 West to Frisco/ Hwy 9.

Independence Pass, Colorado 82, Between Twin Lakes and Aspen: Take I-70 to exit 195-Copper Mountain/Highway 91. You want to take Highway 91 towards Leadville. Hwy 91 merges with Hwy 24, stay on Hwy 24, this will take you to Twin Lakes, where you pick up Independence Pass/Highway 82 toward Aspen. This beautiful drive through the San Isabel National Forest will afford picturesque views of the Sawatch Range, which is home to several of Colorado’s 14ers. From Aspen you can continue on Highway 82 to Glenwood Springs where you will meet back up with I-70 East to the Frisco exit.

Maroon Bells Near Aspen: Take I-70 west to Glenwood Springs to Highway 82 east. Follow 82 to the Aspen Roundabout where you will pick up the Maroon Creek Road exit. A parking lot off the roundabout offers shuttle service to Maroon Bells Road. Nestled in the Gunnison and White River National Forests, this area varies from 7,500 to over 14,000 feet! (Or access from the Independence Pass trip.)

Take Highway 285 south to Buena Vista where you will meet up with Highway 306 at the only traffic light in BV. Head west/left over Cottonwood Pass. West of the pass you will go through Taylor Park and by the Taylor Park Reservoir on your way to Almont. Once in Almont, take Highway 135 south to Gunnison where Highway 50 east will bring you back to Highway 285 Salida.

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit

Peaks Trail head sign in Breckenridge ColoradoAs some of our readers may already know, our company has “adopted” the popular and conveniently located Peaks Trail for the past few years.  Some of you have even volunteered your time to work alongside our employees and the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District on repairing the trail for the past few summers.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this highly regarded trail, the Peaks Trail is popular amongst hikers, mountain bikers, and snowshoers.

The trailhead begins slightly past the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 on Ski Hill Road in beautiful Breckenridge, CO.  The trail reaches an elevation of about 10,500 feet and then descends down to 9,000 feet, where it comes to an end in Frisco, CO.  The Peaks Trail cuts north across the lower flanks of the Ten Mile Range, crossing from Peak 7 all the way to Peak 1.  Signs along the trail inform hikers of mileage as they traverse along and across the peaks.  At the 6 mile mark, the trail passes the Gold Hill Trail and the Colorado Trail and eventually leads to the final descent where it joins Miner’s Creek in Frisco.  During the fall season, this hike is especially breathtaking as the changing aspen leaves are truly a sight to see.

Don’t forget to pack a lunch and bring a camera! We also recommend checking the weather before you start your hike, and please remember to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. We hope you’ll enjoy this scenic hike with your friends or family!

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge so that you can hike the Peaks Trail this fall, please contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit

2009 Octoberfest-333A polka Band playing at the annual Oktoberfest in BreckenridgeHappy Oktoberfest! In celebration of this popular Breckenridge festival, we asked some of our employees to tell us what their favorite Breckenridge event is, and here’s what they had to say:

Rick Tramontana, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Interval International Support Dept Manager:  While Breckenridge hosts many great events throughout the year, I would say that the annual Oktoberfest is the best. This event is held on Main Street and offers great beer and food along with other various vendors who are in town. Due to the event usually being the third week in September each year, the weather is almost always perfect.  It’s a great time to get out and celebrate this wonderful event with visitors and locals alike!

Dale Holland, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Director of Maintenance: I love the Corvette show. It is a real kick to see all the Vettes and talk to the car owners. If you’re a car nut, this is really fun stuff!

Steve Wilson, Grand Timber Lodge Maintenance Manager:  Without a doubt, Oktoberfest!

Mike Millisor, President of Breckenridge Grand Vacations:  No question about it, Ullr Fest.  There are many great events such as the Snow Sculptures, the Great Rubber Duck Race, the Summit Foundation Golf Tournament, Fatty’s Golf Tournament and many more. Ullr Fest, however, is uniquely Breckenridge.  I have watched the event change over the past 28 years, yet it is still the same.  Not always the most family friendly event, but certainly Breckenridge’s own!

Ginny Vietti, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Director of Marketing: Oktoberfest!  There is nothing like watching grown men in lederhosen try to polka without spilling their stein. Oompah bands, sausage and kraut – my belly takes days to recover but it is so fun at the time. It’s also bittersweet though, because it signifies the official end of summer.  It’s great when we get the 70 degree days but we can just as easily have snow (or both in one weekend like 2008 and 2009).

AuBree Wagner, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Marketing Coordinator: I like the snow sculpting.  It is truly amazing what talented folks can do with a huge block of snow.

Josh Stuhr, General Manager of the Breck Inn:  I particularly enjoy being a little curmudgeon during most of the Breckenridge events, but come out of hiding for Oktoberfest. Not for the beer, but for the food. The Oktoberfest celebration brings out a slew of traditional German food vendors that create some true, authentic German fare. The schnitzel and brats cannot be beat and are worth fighting the crowds.

Brad Beverlin, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Director of Loan Servicing:  I enjoy Oktoberfest in Breckenridge.  I feel that the ability to enjoy downtown Breck when Main Street is closed is wonderful.  There is a real spirit of celebration in the air and it serves notice to all that winter will be here soon!

Josie Hedderman, Breckenridge Grand Vacations Reservations Manager: OKTOBERF2009 Octoberfest-333EST!!  It’s the one major annual fundraiser for our resort chamber, it’s a beautiful time of year, and it’s FUN!

So, it looks like Oktoberfest is the favorite for most of these Breckenridge locals. If you’d like to join in the fun this weekend, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging, your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge events. Give us a call at toll free 1-866-476-2311 or visit

Fall trees in Breckenridge ColoradoSummer is waning and most of the country is currently enjoying pretty fabulous weather right now. Breckenridge is cooling down nicely right now and people are starting to look forward to the winter to come.

Fall in Breckenridge is a favorite among locals. Fall in Breckenridge means warm, sunny days and cool nights with lots of fantastic deals on activities, shopping and dining. There are no crowds and just about everything is still open.

Be on the lookout for 2-for-1 deals at many of the restaurants in town and big sales up and down Main Street. Right now Breckenridge Discount Lodging is offering an amazing fall deal. This fall you can stay in select properties and get 2 for 1 rates that start as low as $99 total. Why not sneak away for a couple days of beautiful fall colors and weather.

Oktober Fest Performers dancing to Polka Music in Breckenridge Breckenridge’s 17th Annual Oktoberfest will take place on September 16-18, 2011 and includes a fun-filled weekend of fall foliage, great parties, Paulaner bier, genuine German cuisine, collectible steins and live music. Don’t miss the largest Oktoberfest in the Rocky Mountains! Oktoberfest in Breckenridge kicks off on Friday evening with the Brewmaster’s Dinner at the Salt Creek Saloon starting at 6p.m. This dinner is a multi-course meal elegantly paired with European biers and wines. The Main Street celebration takes place on Saturday from 11am-6pm and on Sunday from 11am-5pm. In addition to beer and more than two dozen food vendors, there is Oompah and polka music, lots of dancing, a 5K run, traditional Oktoberfest costumes, Bavarian dancers and family friendly activities.


Oktoberfest Pricing:
½ litre stein: $25
½ litre stein with 2 drink tickets: $30
1 litre stein: $30
1 litre stein with 2 drink tickets: $35
Brewmaster’s Dinner: $75 per person (space is limited)

So grab your lederhosen and join us for this popular Breckenridge event, full of fall traditions and lots of fun! Contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging, your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge events. Give us a call at toll free 1-866-476-2311 or visit

A guest enjoying a glass of wine at dinner in BreckenridgeThis week Breckenridge had its first dusting of snow on the mountains and the temperature dropped significantly. Fall is in the air and local talk is turning towards the upcoming ski season. Are you looking forward to your next winter vacation and chance to ski Breckenridge or are you in anguish at the thought of having to leave your wonderful warm indoor climate and be dragged by your snow loving family on another trip to the Breckenridge Ski Resort? Have no fear! There are lots of fun activities to do in Breckenridge if you are not a snow loving winter person. While your family is busy booking their Breckenridge lodging and praying for plenty of white, dry snow take this time to plan a little “Stay out of the cold” winter vacation of your own. Turn your Breckenridge ski vacation into a warm, luxurious, entertaining, vacation of your very own.

The proper way to start any Breckenridge “Stay out of the cold” winter vacation after sending the family off to the ski slopes is with a massage and spa treatment at Soothe Day Spa or the Grand Victorian Day Spa. From deep tissue massages to manicures and pedicures to facials and body scrubs of all sorts a good spa treatment will put you in the right mindset to enjoy the rest of your time in this winter Wonderland. Relax and unwind at Soothe or the Grand Victorian Day Spa in Breckenridge, Colorado

The next step is to set your appetite in order. Sneak into Eric’s or Empire Burger for their $7 lunch special or try something a little more gourmet like Sevens or Relish with their amazing.

Now that your stomach is happy and you have been mended you will be ready to enjoy all of the activities that Breckenridge had to offer. Start on Main Street. With hundreds of shops, boutiques and art galleries to browse and shop in. You could literally spend days and not see everything. Local and international artists display and sell their beautiful works of art from art galleries that dot Main Street from end to end. Clothing and jewelry boutiques, outdoor outfitters, gift shops, candy and other specialty stores make up the balance of what you will find in the Breckenridge Shopping District. If you enjoy history, Breckenridge has one of the largest historic districts in the Rocky Mountains. Start at the Breckenridge Welcome Center and enjoy the 2 story free museum of Breckenridge. Arrange for a walking tour of town with a local historian or visit one of the museums in town such as the Barney Ford House or the Edwin Carter Museum.

If you are looking for activity and adventure – just not the skiing and snowboarding type Breckenridge has you covered. Start at the Breckenridge Recreation Center where you can swim in the heated pool, hot tubs, sauna or steam room, Try the indoor rock climbing wall, Play indoor tennis or just work out. Head over to the indoor ice rink to get the feel of a winter activity without having to feel the biting cold of winter. Go for a short trip to Idaho Springs or Glenwood to enjoy a soak in the outdoor hot springs. Consistent, warm pools of calming peaceful spring water await. Nothing is more enjoyable then soaking in a hot spring warm and content during a winter snow storm. Want to get in touch with winter even a little more than this? A Dinner Sleigh Ride offers the chance to take a romantic sleigh ride on a cold winter’s evening behind giant draft horses and stay warm with piles of blankets and hot chocolate.

End the evening with a gourmet dinner and a trip to the Backstage or Speakeasy Theaters, offering plays and musicals year round the Backstage Theatre is open seven days a week offering matinees and evening show. For cinema try the Speak Easy Theater which shows recent Hollywood movies and indie flicks every night in the old Colorado Mountain Collage Building.

So remember is you are coming to Breckenridge for your winter vacation but don’t love the thought of having to do winter activities. There are more than enough activities to keep you excited and warm away from the cold, cold ski slopes!

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free1-866-476-2311 or visit

Downtown Main Street BreckenridgeLooking for fun indoor activities in Breckenridge? Look no further! Ready, Paint, Fire! is a “paint your own” ceramics, canvas and mosaic studio which is fun for all ages. They offer a large selection of ceramics, pottery samples, hundreds of paints and specialty glazes, and a knowledgeable staff to help you get started. The studio at Ready, Paint, Fire! is 100% lead free and all fired pieces are completely food and dishwasher safe.

Pottery prices range from under $5 for a small figurine to approximately $40 for a large serving bowl or platter.  Their selection of ceramics includes items such as: coin banks, keepsake boxes, figurines, picture frames, vases, and pet dishes, to useable items such as mugs, plates, and bowls. Ready, Paint, Fire! also has holiday items available year round. The studio fee is $10 per painter for up to three pieces of pottery. Each additional piece costs an additional $2 studio fee.  The studio fee includes all paints, tools, techniques, stencils, stamps, stickers, staff assistance, and the glazing and firing of your piece! Please allow 2 – 5 days for your painted pottery to be glazed, fired, and ready for pick-up. If you are unable to pick up your pottery, shipping is available via UPS within the continental United States.

In addition, the Ready, Paint, Fire! studio is available for a variety of special occasions including birthday parties, bridal and baby showers and corporate events/team building sessions.

Ready, Paint, Fire! also offers Canvas Painting Parties, where you can paint under the guidance of an instructor. The cost to paint your own canvas is $35 which includes canvases, paints, and brushes.

At Ready, Paint, Fire! you are always welcome to bring your own food and drinks. Reservations are recommended for groups of 6 or more. Please call 970-453-5765 for more information and pricing or visit

If you would like to plan a trip to Breckenridge, contact Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We are your source for Breckenridge deals, Breckenridge discounts and Breckenridge recreation. Give us a call at toll free at 1-866-476-2311 or visit