Race of the SantasRace of the Santas & Lighting of Breckenridge is this weekend! Don your best Santa costume and race down Main Street with 100’s of other Santas. Then stick around for other activities such as caroling and the lighting of the town tree. Check out everything else going on this weekend!

Friday, Dec 4th:

  • The Hartford Ski Spectacular | 8 am – 11 pm | Beaver Run Resort
  • Handmade Holiday Market | 12 – 6 pm | The Breckenridge Arts District | Everything is priced under $50
  • Late Night at Ready Paint Fire | 7 – 10 pm | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO
  • Fade to Winter – Matchstick Productions Video Premiere | Doors at 6:30, Movie at 8 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | Cost: $15/adult, $5/child

Saturday, Dec 5th:

  • The Hartford Ski Spectacular | 9:30 am – 9 pm | Springmeier Trail (Peak 8), Beaver Run Courtyard, Colorado Ballroom
  • Handmade Holiday Market | 12 – 6 pm | The Breckenridge Arts District | Everything is priced under $50
  • Gold Run Nordic Center Open House | 9 am – 4 pm | Gold Run Nordic Center | 200 Clubhouse Dr, Breckenridge CO
  • Race of the Santas & Lighting of Breckenridge | 2 – 7 pm | Main Street and Blue River Plaza
  • Open Studio: Ceramics | 5 – 8 pm | Ceramics Studio | 125 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO | $12
  • Canvas Painting Party | 7 – 10 | Ready Paint Fire | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO | $35

Sunday, Dec 6th:

  • Handmade Holiday Market | 12 – 6 pm | The Breckenridge Arts District | Everything is priced under $50
  • Gold Run Nordic Center Open House | 9 am – 4 pm | Gold Run Nordic Center | 200 Clubhouse Dr, Breckenridge CO
  • Historic Tour of Breckenridge | 11 am – 12:30 pm | Breckenridge Welcome Center | 203 S Main St, Breckenridge CO | $10/adult, $5/child

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Watch this video to see what comes in a kitchenette at Grand Lodge on Peak 7!

Wondering how to cook a homemade meal while vacationing this holiday? There are a variety of classic holiday meals you can prepare in a small kitchenette. Although some might call for more creativity than traditional cooking, they are still delicious. We have harvested our favorite meals that can be easily made when you’re lodging with a kitchenette! Here are three tasty traditional recipes to cook in your condo:

Traditional Chili


  • Ground beef (1 lb)
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 package of shredded cheddar cheese

Directions: Dice the onion. In the skillet provided, brown beef and add onion, salt and pepper. In the saucepan provided, combined all the beans together- Let cook for 10 minutes or until warm. Place the beans in the casserole dish provided in the Kitchenette. Cook diced tomatoes, and diced bell pepper next in the saucepan. Mix sauce in with the ground beef and onion mixture. Let simmer for 20 minutes or until bell pepper and sauce and thoroughly cooked. Pour the tomato sauce in the casserole dish and microwave for 3 minutes. Garnish with cheddar cheese and Serve!

Chicken and Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce


  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 bundle of asparagus
  • 1 packet of instant hollandaise sauce
  • Butter
  • 2 lemons
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive oil

Directions: Add olive oil to skillet and filet chicken breasts over medium heat for 12 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked through. Squeeze lemon juice from lemon over each breast and add salt and pepper to taste. Cover over low heat, flip and repeat until chicken is cooked. In a casserole dish, place asparagus and drizzle with olive oil. Cover the dish and cook in the microwave for 6 minutes. (Time may vary). Follow directions on the hollandaise package and drizzle over asparagus before serving.

Spaghetti and Italian Sausage


  • 1 package of spaghetti
  • 1 jar of your favorite sauce
  • ground Italian sausage (1 lb)
  • Parmesan cheese

Directions: In the pot provided, bring water to a boil. Add spaghetti, and follow instructions on the box. Strain the pasta when cooked and place in the mixing bowl or casserole dish. In the saucepan provided, place Italian sausage over medium heat for 9 minutes or until sausage is cooked thoroughly. Place spaghetti sauce in the sauce pan and cook until the sauce is warm. Place the ground Italian sausage in the spaghetti sauce. Cook together until warm for serving and pour mixture over spaghetti. Mix together and garnish with Parmesan cheese. An easy to prepare salad mixture will also go great with the spaghetti!

There are endless possibilities of recipes to cook in your studio equipped with a kitchenette. Let the staff at #BestofBreck help you find hassle free dinners to prepare while you enjoy time with your friends and loved ones. Do you already have a kitchenette-friendly meal that you enjoy cooking? Share your recipes with us in the comments below!



Small-Business-SaturdaySupport the local shops of Breckenridge this black Friday weekend. The quaint little town of Breckenridge offers a variety of different shops including chic boutiques, ski gear, home decorations, gift shops, authentic jewelry, and much more! On Saturday, November 24, 2015 shop the streets of Main Street and enter to win free prizes! The rules are simple- go into one the participating local shops in Breckenridge. These stores will have cards that allow you to enter your information for a chance to win in one of the drawings. The more stores you visit, the more times you can enter thus increasing your chances of WINNING! Click here to see a detailed list of participating stores!










Skiing in BreckenridgeAre you heading up to Breckenridge this Thanksgiving? The slopes are open, the snow is wonderful, and the weather is beautiful. Check out these events and activities going on this Thanksgiving weekend.

Thursday, Nov 26th:

  • Thanksgiving Dinners | All Day | Various Locations | Breckenridge CO

Friday, Nov 27th:

  • Ice Skating | 1:15 – 3 pm & 4 – 6 pm | Stephen C. West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Road, Breckenridge CO
  • Late Night at Ready Paint Fire | 7 – 10 pm | Ready Paint Fire | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO
  • A Christmas Story | 7 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | Prices Vary

Saturday, Nov 28th:

  • Holiday Gift Bazaar | 12 – 4 pm | Art Supply Breckenridge |201 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO
  • Silversmithing – Mountain Pendant | 12 – 4 pm | Breckenridge Creative Arts – Hot Shop | 123 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO | $55
  • Canvas Painting Party | 7 – 10 pm | Ready Paint Fire | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO | $35
  • Under a Blood Red Sky – The U2 Tribute | 7:30 pm | Riverwalk Center |150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | $30-45

Sunday, Nov 29th:

  • Glass Fusing | Any time between 12 – 6 pm | Ready Paint Fire |323 N Main St Breckenridge CO | $35
  • Historic Tour | 1:30 – 3 pm | Breckenridge Welcome Center | 203 S Main St, Breckenridge CO | $5-10

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Wine and Cheese – A Few of My Favorite Things! by Kimberly Tramontana

Ridge Street Wine/Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate at 304 S. Main is one of my favorite places in Breck! Upstairs from the shops is an intimate setting with seating for only about 20 people, where you can order half or full glasses of some really amazing wine, as well as gourmet cheeses, olives, almonds, etc. They also feature my all-time favorite chocolatier, Christopher Elbow. On some nights they feature live music, and on your way out you can purchase wine, cheese, chocolate and much more to take home. Also check out their “Wine & Cheese Wednesdays” and “Friday Night Flights.” This place is great for a Girls Night Out, and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about their offerings!


Town WinterThere’s a lot to be thankful for in the Rocky Mountains this November. Each snowflake is a tiny precious gift from Ullr, and we can’t wait to show that Nordic ski god just how grateful we are by putting those flurries to good use… under our skis, of course! When planning a skiing or snowboarding trip, excitement will inevitably accumulate into a massive snowball of stoke that storms through your mind, clouding your judgement when it comes to packing. Don’t sweat it, the BestofBreck staff’s got your back. As seasoned veterans, we’ve compiled a list of the essentials items needed for your trip, and the most effective ways to transport them to Breck.

  1. Equipment– We’ve all had those moments. You’re headed to Peak 8 for an ideal powder day and realize that your equipment hasn’t been waxed in months. Suddenly, that powder seems more like a speed bump, right? A lot can slip your mind when you’ve got Rocky Mountain ski fever. See our comprehensive list below to guarantee a stress-free day on the slopes:
  • Boots (Extra laces for boarders)
  • Ski’s & Poles or Snowboard
  • Bindings & Screwdriver if needed
  • Boot Heaters & Charger (Stay warmer, ride longer)
  • Helmet (Because we like you)
  • Wax, Small Iron & Plastic Scraper
  • Double ski or snowboarding bag (Stuff all of your belongings in here – goodbye additional baggage fees!)

Out-of-State Travel Tip: Steer clear of the hassle caused by lugging skis across the country. Visit LuggageForward to learn about cost effective ways to ship equipment and gear. Renting is also a great option, and we recommend Christy Sports at Grand Timber Lodge.

  1. Gear– There are a couple things to consider when choosing your winter apparel. Of course, functionality and warmth should be top priorities. You’ll also want to wear something to help your friends identify you if you get separated on the mountain (such as unique gloves or a helmet). Last but not least, make sure everything you wear is comfortable to maximize your time on the hill. Similarly to shipping equipment (see link above), many are now opting to ship luggage, too. Check out a comprehensive list of the gear you will need in Breck:
  • Base Layers- Don’t go cheap on your thermals. Staying warm is priceless, so get the warmest top and bottom layers that you can find. They’ll last you years.
  • Socks- Your socks determine how long you’re able to stay out on the slopes. Allow your boots to govern the thickness. If you forget socks or aren’t comfy in yours, pop into Joy of Socks on Main Street and Annie will make sure your feet stay cozy.
  • Outerwear- Make sure to bring your warmest snow jacket and ski pants if you’re coming in peak winter. Choose water resistant attire that leaves room for layering, no matter the season. Spring skiing won’t require as much warmth, so plan accordingly.
  • Hat, Gloves & Neck Warmer- Keep these in your carry-on, as you will need them when getting off the plane. Allow the season to dictate the level of warmth, but always make sure your gloves are very waterproof! We suggest bringing spare gloves, in case you lose one, or they haven’t fully dried from the day before. Nothing is worse than wet/cold hands or feet.
  • Goggles- Your ability to see is going to be the most important factor in making it safely down the mountain. Goggles should have a wide peripheral range, little to no scratches and lenses for sunny and cloudy days. Cloudy days call for orange or yellow lenses, while sunny “blue bird” days require darker lenses. Grab a wiping cloth that won’t scratch and never apply water to your lenses, as this damages the protective layer. We rely on EK Cat Crap to stay fog-free. Snag some anti-fog (and anything else you forgot) at Christy Sports, or stock up before you’re here at Mountain Threads or GetOutfitted.
  1. Protect Yourself– In high alpine environments like Breck, the elements can take a toll on your body. Take these precautions to maximize fun and minimize discomfort:
  • Hydration- Drink plenty of water, take multivitamins and limit alcohol consumption (or increase water if that just isn’t an option). You can purchase oxygen at the grocery store if necessary.
  • Sunscreen- We recommend SPF 50 to avoid a sunburn in any season. Breckenridge is two miles closer to the sun than sea level, so reapply often (no matter the weather)!!
  • Chap Stick- Who wants cracked, dry and/or bleeding lips? NO ONE! Bring a few of these. The same goes for your skin, too. Bring lotion with aloe in it.
  1. Lodging– When coming to one of the most visited resort towns in the Rockies, securing lodging ahead of time is essential. We always applaud Breckenridge Discount Lodging for their unreal deals. Some of our favorite properties are listed below:
  • Grand Lodge on Peak 7– Ski-in/Ski-out? Check. Mountainside salt-water hot tubs? Check. Luxurious accommodations? Check! Why wouldn’t you stay here?
  • Grand Timber Lodge– A casual yet elegant slopeside favorite. Walk to town or the lifts.
  • Gold Point– With the best views of the peaks, located minutes from downtown and far enough away to get some peace and quiet, you’ll be sure to catch first chair (and Après).
  • Breck Inn– Comfortable, quaint, about a mile from the gondola and a few blocks north of Main Street. Affordable meets amazing.
  1. Documentation– No, we don’t need your papers (but you might need back-up identification with an out of state license at some bars here). If you came to Breckenridge and didn’t have one of the best times of your life, we would be shocked. So, document the fun you’re having. Share your stories, photos, blogs and videos with us (we LOVE hearing about it). Remember these, too:
  • Camera- Phones work great, but you will want to have a tough case that can withstand getting dropped in the snow, or your pictures might not make it home with you.
  • GoPro- Bring your GoPro and all of its accessories. Filming yourself slashing knee-deep powder or hitting jumps on your skis or board creates some impressive footage. We also enjoy seeing videos of everyone having a blast in town or at cool events like the Ullr Fest parade and bonfire.
  • Fitbit- Record your progress. As you adjust to altitude and become acquainted with the terrain, you might just shock yourself with how your skills and endurance improve.

Now that you’re prepared for anything the mountain could throw your way, it’s time to get on this whole packing thing. Be safe, have a blast and don’t forget to share all of your incredible memories with us!! See you on the hill, friends.


TMain Street Breckenridgehanksgiving is almost here. Have you made plans? Breckenridge is open and snow has been falling! This year we are all hoping for a fast start and the recent snowfall is an encouraging sign. Traditionally Thanksgiving is the perfect time to hone your skills and prepare for the rest of ski season. Although Breckenridge is not 100% open, the crowds are usually low and there is always a decent amount of terrain open even though it’s still pretty early in the season.

Lodging is less expensive than in the regular season as well. Thanksgiving is a great time to try something different than the usual hotel room. There are many different ways to stay in Breckenridge but Thanksgiving is the perfect time to try a condo and bring the family together for a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner in a winter wonderland. Since condos have kitchens and large dining areas, a home cooked meal on a Thanksgiving ski getaway can be a fun vacation idea.

Peaks 7 and 8 are the best areas to base yourself for a Thanksgiving vacation. Peak 8 is open and Peak 7 is usually open by then. If the weather is good (lots of snow!) then Peak 9 will be open as well. The ski area tries its hardest to get as much open as Mother Nature and modern snowmaking will allow. If you do stay in town, stay near the Breck Connect gondola for the easiest access to the slopes.

If you are not interested in a home cooked Thanksgiving meal, never fear! Breckenridge has so many restaurants it can be hard to choose where to eat. Although a few restaurants close on Thanksgiving, many more will be open and offering special Thanksgiving menus. For the most up to date information of this year’s Thanksgiving Dining offers click here.




Opening Day at Breck

Didn’t make it up here for opening weekend? Don’t worry! There are tons of activities and events going on this weekend including ski movie premiers, yoga workshops, and Thanksgiving pottery classes!

Friday, Nov 20th:

  • Tour of Historic Saloons | 5 – 6:30 pm | Breckenridge Welcome Center | 203 S Main St, Breckenridge CO | $15
  • Digital Photography Workshop | 6 – 8 pm | Randall Barn | 114 Washington Ave, Breckenridge CO | $35

Saturday, Nov 21st:

  • Yoga & Film Event: Yoga is a Transformational Journey | 9 – 11:30 am | Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center: Hopeful Discovery Room | 103 S Harris St, Breckenridge CO | $15
  • Met Opera Live in HD: Berg’s Lulu | 10:30 am | Colorado Mountain College | $20-Adult, $16-Senior, $10-Child
  • Ski Movie Premier: The Golden Age | 6:30 – 10:30 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO |$10-Advance, $15-Door
  • Ghostly Tales: Ghost Tour | 7 pm | Meet Outside the Dredge Restaurant | 180 W Jefferson Ave, Breckenridge CO | $18-Adult, $10-Child

Sunday, Nov 22nd:

  • Turkey Day Pottery Class | 3 – 6 pm | Ready, Paint, Fire! | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO | $30
  • A Christmas Story | 6 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | Prices Vary

Do you like driving on I-70 in the dark when it’s snowing? Yeah, us neither. We’ve got some awesome lodging deals so you don’t have to! Click below for the best deals on lodging!




Opening DayIt’s opening weekend!! We have tons of events and activities happening including Wake up Breck on Thursday! Check it out!

Thursday, Nov 12th:

  • Wake up Breck! | 7 am | Participating Coffee Shops | Main St, Breckenridge CO
  • Makers Fair | 6:30 – 9 pm | Breckenridge Arts District | 110 Washington Ave, Breckenridge CO

Friday, Nov 13th:

  • Breckenridge Ski Resort Opening Day | 9 am
  • Refresh Spa Day | All Day | Refresh Spa | 75 Snowflake Dr, Breckenridge CO | Prices Vary
  • Tour of Breckenridge Distillery | Any time between 11 – 5:30 pm | Tours on the hour and half hour | 1925 Airport Rd, Breckenridge CO

Saturday, Nov 14th:

  • Ice Skating | 9 – 11 am, 1:15 – 3 pm & 7:30 – 9 pm | Stephen C. West Ice Arena |189 Boreas Pass Rd, Breckenridge CO
  • Holiday Shopping Extravaganza: Shop for a Cause | 9 am – 5 pm | Outlets at Silverthorne | 246-V Rainbow Dr, Silverthorne CO | $25
  • Get Stoked Winter Film Series: The Blizzard of Aahhh’s | Two showings at 5:30 & 8 pm | Warren Station at Keystone | 164 Ida Belle Dr, Keystone CO | $8-14
  • Benefit Bash for CAIC | 5 – 10 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | $40-50

Sunday, Nov 8th:

  • Summit Ski Exhibit | 11 am – 3 pm |308-B S Main St, Breckenridge CO
  • Barney Ford Victorian House | 11- 3 pm | 111 Washington Ave, Breckenridge CO

Avoid the heavy traffic on I-70 heading back home after opening day. Find somewhere to stay, kick back, relax, and don’t worry about that long drive. Click below for the best deals on lodging!



It’s that time of year agaWakeUpBreck_eventphotoin! Don’t miss Breckenridge’s 13th annual Wake Up Breck! The yearly tradition to gain excitement for the ski season is back! Gather your friends and get out to your favorite local coffee joint! Breckenridge Ski Resort will hand out FREE commemorative coffee mugs whilst also filling that new mug with a cuppa joe.

Mugs are available while supplies last, so get to your favorite shop early. Wake Up Breck is there way of saying thanks to our amazing community for all their hospitality to guests all season long.

When: THIS THURSDAY, November 12, 2015!

Location: Breckenridge

Time: 7:00am until all coffee mugs are gone!

Participating coffee shops:


Clint’s Bakery & Coffee House

Cool River Coffee House

Daylight Donuts

The Coffee Depot at Main Street Station

Cuppa Joe’s

Kava Café

The Crown

Cabin Coffee of Breckenridge

Breckenridge would like to give big thanks to the and businesses for helping all year long!

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