Dining Passports are BACK!

Spring 2016 cover-694x1122It’s that time of year! Breckenridge Ski Resort has closed for the season but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. This time of year, typically referred to as “mud season”, may be deemed a slower time of year, but with that comes great deals. End of season deals include: gear, lodging, shopping and DINING. For a full compilation of Steals & Deals Breckenridge offers this time of year, click here! Although most restaurants shut down for a few weeks at a time to do some obligatory spring cleaning, most participate in the Breckenridge Restaurant Association’s Dining Passport. Enjoy fine dining at a fraction of the price during this time of year. Pair that with a killer lodging deal and you’re vacationing in Breckenridge on a shoestring.

Wondering what to do outside of your awesomely discounted lodging and half price meals? Don’t fret – Breckenridge has plenty to offer during this mud season. Click here for events going on around Breckenridge this spring!

So what is the dining passport and how do you get one? The dining passport is put on by the Breckenridge Restaurant Association scholarship fund, which provides scholarships to local students who work in the restaurant and hospitality industry as well as those interested in careers within the restaurant industry. They are valid April 18th through June 9th.

Passports will be available for purchase at participating restaurants and the Breckenridge Welcome Center. Each passport is valid for two people.

Après Handcrafted Libations April 25 – May 25- $10 Passport Beer Flight; $10 Passport Whiskey Flight Flights are pre-chosen. Some restrictions may apply. Not valid with any other offer. Also join us for our daily 2x happy hour- 4-6pm and 9-Close

Briar Rose Chophouse April 18- May 14- 2-course seasonal prix fixe meal for $38. Wine pairing available. May 15- June 9- 2-for-1 entrées with the purchase of a bottle of wine or an appetizer or a dessert. The promotion will be available in the saloon or dining room. Reservations for the dining room highly recommended.

Burke & Riley’s Irish Pub April 18- June 9- 10% off entire bill with your passport. May 1- 31- For locals only: 50% off alcohol/drinks and $7.95 or less for food (be prepared to show local ID). Closed May 2-6.

The Canteen April 19- June 9- free Queso Fundido with the purchase of 2 meals

CB. & Potts Restaurant and Taproom (new!) April 18- June 9- Buy one entrée, receive $10 off the other. Also includes choice of either key lime pie or peanut butter pie to share.

Crêpes a la Cart April 18- April 30- 20% off a crêpe with purchase of a beverage. May 1- June 9- Buy 1 crêpe, get one 50% off.

Downstairs at Eric’s April 18- June 9- Kids Eat Free….with the purchase of one adult entrée per kid’s entrée. Some restrictions apply.

The Dredge Restaurant May 26- June 9- Valid Sunday- Thursday- 2 for 1 dinners (with the purchase of a bottle of wine or an appetizer, dessert or alcoholic beverage each). Certain exclusions apply. May not be combined with other offers. Gratuity may be added to original amount. Join us for Happy Hour in the Bar 4-6pm and 9-11pm. Closed April 17- May 25. Opening Memorial Day Weekend. Weekend lunches starting soon!

Fatty’s Pizzeria May 6- June 9-Sunday- Thursday, 4-10 pm only. 2 for 1 entrées. Dine- in only. Pizza and Sandwiches are excluded. Clam Bakes are back! Just like the beach: clams, lobster, shrimp, corn, potatoes. Fridays from 6pm until they’re gone. May 13, May 20, May 27, June 3. Closed April 18- May 5.

Giampietro’s April 18- June 9-Giampietro’s is closed for renovation. Giampietro’s will reopen in early June— more spacious and beautiful than ever–still serving the best pizza and Italian food in Breckenridge. We suggest that you enjoy the special offers in this Dining Passport from our sister restaurants: Park & Main Quality Food and Briar Rose Chophouse. Please “Like” our Facebook page to be among the first to know when we reopen. Thank you for making us so popular that we need more space! We look forward to serving you again soon.

Hearthstone May 6- June 9- Thursday- Sunday: 3 course dinner for $35. Monday- Wednesday: 2 for 1 entrées. Closed April 17 – May 5 Jake’s April 18- June 9- Buy 1, get 1 free on your first drink. Bar open 2pm Monday-Thursday, open at noon Friday-Sunday. Kitchen closed for spring. Some restrictions apply.

Kenosha Steakhouse April 19- June 9- 2 for 1 CRAFT BEERS every day (two beers per person-not a shared discount). Open daily at 11:30 am.

La Francaise Bakery April 18- June 9- 2 for 1 sandwiches, omelets and crêpes (with purchase of drink or pastry with each sandwich, omelet or crêpe).

Lost Cajun April 18- April 24 and May 26- June 9 – free order of beignets with any purchase. Breckenridge location only. Closed April 25- May 25.

Mi Casa April 18 – May 4 and May 26 – June 9- Sunday- Wednesday: 2 for 1 entrées. Thursday – Saturday: Date Night Menu- 3 course dinner for $30.00 per couple. Both promotions available after 3:30. Closed May 6 – May 25.

Michael’s Italian Restaurant May 16- June 9- 2 for 1 dinner entrées. Closed April 17- May 15.

Modis April 18- May 15 and May 26- June 9 – Come try our Colorado Contemporary Cuisine! Nightly $15 Dinner Special. Add on: Select glasses of wine, cocktails, appetizers, or desserts for $5. ½ price on select bottles of wine. (Limit 2 add ons per dinner special. Some restrictions apply, please ask server for details.) Happy Hour Drink Prices All Night in the Bar- open at 3pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Closed May 16- May 25.

Motherloaded Tavern April 18- June 9 – 2 for 1’s 11:30- 1:30 and 5-7 every day with the passport. Gratuity may be included on total before discount.

Mountain Flying Fish April 18- June 9- 20 % off all rolls. Dine- in only. Some restrictions apply. Call for closed dates.

Mugshot Café (new!) 435 N. Park Ave. (in Alpine Sports Bldg.) 970-453-9623 April 18- June 9. Free Medium Drip Coffee with the purchase of a Breakfast Sandwich. Open 7am- 2pm.

Ollie’s Pub and Grub April 18- June 9 – Choose any two food items for $16. Monday thru Thursday, open-close. (Excludes large wing order.) Does not include sales tax. Dine- in only. Not valid with any other discounts or promotions.

Park & Main April 18- June 9- After 5pm only: 2 for 1 Entrée or Sandwich with the purchase of a bottle of wine or an appetizer or a dessert. Happy Hour 3-6pm daily- 1/2 off bottles of wine and infusions

Relish April 18- April 23- 2 Courses for $29 a person- Entrée paired with an appetizer. Closed April 24- May 19. May 20- June 9- 2 Courses for $29 a person- Entrée paired with an appetizer.

Subway – Breckenridge April 18- June 9- Free 6 inch sub- Buy any 6” sub and any drink and get a regular 6” sub of equal or lesser price Free!

Traverse Restaurant & Bar (in The Lodge at Breckenridge) April 18- June 9- Free bottle of wine ($50 or less) with purchase of 2 Entrées Happy Hour Every Day, 4-6 pm- $3 off Appetizers and Drinks Certain exclusions may apply, may not be combined with any other offers.

Twist April 18- April 23- 2 Courses for $25 a person- Entrée paired with an appetizer. Closed April 24- May 19. May 20- June 9- 2 Courses for $25 a person- Entrée paired with an appetizer.

There you have it! Enjoy mud season in Breckenridge with the whole family. There is sure to be a place on this list that fancies the whole group! Use #bestofbreck when you are out and about to be featured on our Instagram!

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Mud Season Shopping Guide

shopping in Breckenridge!It’s that time of year again in Summit County… The ski slopes are closed (except a couple at Arapahoe Basin), the snow is melting and you’d better make sure you’re wearing some rain boots for the next couple weeks. Despite the negative reputation that it’s gained, mud season can actually be one of the most enjoyable times of year here.

Spring in Breck is characterized by crazy weather that can quickly go from sunny in the high 50s to freezing rain, which makes shopping an ideal activity to enjoy, especially since this time of year is way less crowded and there are many deals to be had. Stores are trying to get rid of old inventory and make room for new merchandise.

Some of our favorite stores in Breckenridge are having unreal deals that you shouldn’t miss out on. Sun logic is offering up to 40% off of a ton of their inventory, as well as two-for-one beanies. Mountain Angler is also selling off their winter inventory at 40% off while supplies last. Beloved Boutique runs weekly specials that vary, with 15% off storewide currently. Shirt Off My Back is a great spot to get souvenirs and Breckenridge gear, and they are currently running 50% off of some of their inventory. For more details on the best shops in town and a complete shopping guide to Breck, please see this blog.

On top of the awesome shopping deals, dining out in Breck is an equally awesome mud season pastime, due to two-for-one dinner specials. The Breckenridge Spring 2016 Dining Passport runs from April 18 through June 9. It costs $10, which is put towards a scholarship fund and you will quickly make that money back with all of the deals and information that can be found inside the passport. Some of our favorites include Hearthstone Restaurant’s two-for-one dinner entrées, Downstairs at Eric’s kids eat for free deals and Briar Rose’s two-for-one entrees when you purchase a bottle of wine. Make sure to call ahead, as many businesses do close for a couple of days during this period of time.

To all of the naysayers out there who think that mud season is a less than ideal time of year to be in Breck, we hope you will reconsider after reading this blog. Aside from the awesome shopping and remarkable dining deals, there’s still a ton of fun things to do outside, too. Check out this blog for more details on mud season activities! As always the best deals on lodging in town can be found at www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.
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Weekend Events 4.29.16

snow mobilingBreckenridge Ski Resort might be closed, but there are still some great activities to do in the mountains! If you are planning a getaway to Breckenridge this week, check out these activities going on around town!

Friday, April 29th 

  • Ice Skating | 1 – 3 pm , 7:30 – 9:00 pm | Stephen C. West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Rd Breckenridge CO | $8 tickets
  • Ghostly Tales walking tour | 2 pm & 7 pm | The Dredge Restaurant | 180 Jefferson Ave Breckenridge CO | $15
  • Historic Tour walking tour | 11 am & 1:30 pm | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance | 309 N. Main Street, Breckenridge CO
  • Saloon Tour walking tour | 5 pm | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance | 309 N. Main Street, Breckenridge CO
  • The Little Mermaid Jr. movie night | 7 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 West Adams Avenue Breckenridge CO| $12 tickets
  • Canvas Painting Night | 7 – 10 pm | Ready Paint Fire! | 323 N Main street Breckenridge CO | $35

Saturday, April 30th

  • Ice Skating | 1 – 3 pm| Stephen C. West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Rd Breckenridge CO | $8 tickets
  • Coral Creek – live music | Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort | 28194 US -6, Keystone CO 80435 |
  • Ghostly Tales walking tour | 2 pm & 7 pm | The Dredge Restaurant | 180 Jefferson Ave Breckenridge CO | $15
  • Historic Tour walking tour | 11 am & 1:30 pm | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance | 309 N. Main Street, Breckenridge CO
  • The Little Mermaid Jr. movie night | 7 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 West Adams Avenue Breckenridge CO| $12 tickets

Sunday, May 1st 

  • Historic Tour walking tour | 11 am & 1:30 pm | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance | 309 N. Main Street, Breckenridge CO
  • The Little Mermaid Jr. movie night | 2 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 West Adams Avenue Breckenridge CO| $12 tickets
  • Snowmobiling Adventure snowmobiling adventure | 9 am – 4 pm | Breckenridge Snowmobiling Tours & Rentals | 100 N Main St. Breckenridge, CO 80424

There are tons of fun activities going on Breckenridge. Click here for more information on all these activities and more!

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Weekend Events 4.22.16

End the season with a bang! There will be a closing day Cowboy BBQ at the Ski Hill Grill this Sunday- it’s going to be a party! While you’re up here take advantage of the Sidewalk Sales going on all weekend, or for the thrill seekers out there, put your fitness level to the test and check out the Imperial Challenge:

Friday, April 22nd:

  • Breckenridge Sidewalk Sale | All Day April 22-24th | Various Locations in Downtown Breckenridge | Visit breckheritage.com or the Welcome Center at 203 S. Main Street for more details
  • Historic Breckenridge: Tours | Various Times Throughout the Day | http://www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com/discover-breck/events/

Saturday, April 23rd:

  • Imperial Challenge | All Day | Breckenridge Ski Area | $50
  • Ghostly Tales | All Day | Dredge Restaurant | 180 Jefferson Ave, Breckenridge CO | $15

Sunday, April 24th:

  • Historic Breckenridge: Museums | 11 am – 3 pm | Barney Ford Victorian Home – Edwin Carter Discovery Center – Summit Ski Exhibit | Visit breckheritage.com or the Welcome Center at 203 S. Main Street for more details
  • Breckenridge Ski Resort Closing Day Cowboy BBQ | 11 am – 2 pm | The Ski Hill Grill on Peak 8 | $14.50

Get the best deals on lodging! Check out the Early Bird Summer Special below and receive lodging and golf up to 40% off!

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Weekend Events 4.15.16

The warm weather and spring skiing has arrived! If you’re looking for activities to indulge in after a day on the slopes, check out what’s going on in Breckenridge this weekend!

Friday, April 15st

  • Ice Skating | 1–3 pm & 6:30-8pm| Stephen C. West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Rd Breckenridge CO | $8 tickets
  • Breckenridge Sidewalk Sale | 10 am | Main Street Breckenridge, CO |
  • Ghostly Tales walking tour | 2 pm & 7pm | The Dredge Restaurant | 180 Jefferson Ave Breckenridge CO | $15

Saturday, April 16nd

  • Ice Skating | 1–3 pm & 6:30-8pm| Stephen C. West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Rd Breckenridge CO | $8 tickets
  • Ghostly Tales walking tour | 2 pm & 7pm | The Dredge Restaurant | 180 Jefferson Ave Breckenridge CO | $15
  • Canvas Painting Night | 7-10 pm | Ready Paint Fire! | 323 N Main street Breckenridge CO | $35
  • Met Opera live in HD | 10:55 am | 107 Denison Placer Rd Breckenridge CO |

Sunday, April 17rd

  • Ghostly Tales walking tour | 2 pm & 7pm | The Dredge Restaurant | 180 Jefferson Ave Breckenridge CO | $15
  • Breckenridge Sidewalk Sale | 10 am | Main Street Breckenridge, CO |
  • Ice Skating | 9–11 am & 1:15-3pm| Stephen C. West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Rd Breckenridge CO | $8 tickets

There are tons of fun activities going on Breckenridge. Click here for more information on all these festive activities and more!

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It’s Almost Rafting Season in Breckenridge!

People rafting on the Colorado RiverOn my way to work this morning I was thinking about the crazy spring weather we have had these last few weeks. I really enjoyed my drive because we have finally turned the corner on the snowy spring weather and are looking at high temperatures in the 60’s and sun every day in the ten day forecast. I was thinking about how the season change from winter/spring to summer is so sudden. One day it’s snowing and everything is frozen and then the next it’s 60, the trees are budding, the snow is gone and the lake is getting ready to melt. This is the week that the snow melt and spring runoff starts in earnest.

Spring runoff means rafting season is almost here. The rivers will start swelling and the flows will grow steadily as they get to their prime flows in the next few weeks. Spring is the best season for rafting and Colorado’s High Country around Breckenridge is full of some of the best rafting in the state. There are many professional, reputable companies located in Breckenridge that offer full and half day rafting trips to many rivers all around. Here is the lowdown on the best rafting spots around Breckenridge and Summit County.

Upper Colorado River:

The Colorado River is the only river in the area that is navigable year-round. A friend of mine actually uses a raft to go goose hunting in the dead of winter. It sounds crazy but he bags a lot of geese. Fortunately the spring is here and the Upper Colorado is flowing. The Upper Colorado consists of about 17 miles of mostly slow-flowing water punctuated by gentle rapids that runs through beautiful canyons flanked by the a Union Pacific rail route.  Commonly referred to as “The Upper C,” the northern portion of the Colorado River is frequented by an abundance of wildlife including bald eagles, elk and bighorn sheep. The rapids are considered class II – III. Depending on the flows, the Upper Colorado is the most family-friendly stretch of water in the area and is great fun.

It is worth mentioning that there is one section called Gore Canyon that is anything but family-friendly. Gore Canyon is a class V section of the river that includes a mandatory ten-foot drop to get through. Commercial rafting companies offer trips though Gore Canyon, but you have to be qualified which includes passing a test to be allowed to go. It is considered by many to be the wildest section of river in all of Colorado.

Arkansas River

The Arkansas River is a widely-popular stretch of river and home to some of the most exhilarating and enjoyable whitewater in the area. The Arkansas has easier stretches that offer class II – III rapids but is best known for Brown’s Canyon which is considered class III – IV. The best rapid on Brown’s Canyon is Big Drop, which in high water sends’s you over a six-foot wave directly into a huge hole that you have to power through to avoid getting sucked out of the raft. It is hair-raising when it is at its high levels.  Brown’s Canyon and the Numbers are perfect for those who have some rafting experience. But experience is not necessary to go on a trip, so if you are looking for an adrenaline rush and a relatively safe trip, these areas are perfect.

Not to be outdone by Gore Canyon, further down the Arkansas below the Numbers is the Royal Gorge. Slightly less dangerous than Gore Canyon, Royal Gorge is a class IV – V experience that will offer a high level of excitement.

Blue River

Located just north of Silverthorne the Blue River is the closest rafting to Breckenridge. The Blue is only navigable for a short time in the spring and early summer but offers a wonderful class III experience that is a perfect family option. If you are visiting while the flows on the Blue are up consider this trip as it is close and the mountain views of the Gore and Williams Fork ranges are impressive.

Clear Creek

The Clear Creek is a fun and challenging stretch of river that runs right next to Interstate 70 out of the Georgetown area. Like the Blue River, the Clear Creek runs best in the spring and early summer and is hard to navigate later in the year. Clear Creek is considered class III-IV and has some pretty tight sections. It is a little more than beginner, but is reasonably easy and commercial companies offer trips to anyone. A neat twist on the traditional rafting trip is offered on the Clear Creek. A couple of years ago Clear Creek built a series of zip line towers and offers a combo rafting/zip line trip where you raft and stop to fly over the river on the zip lines. This is a fantastic alternative to just rafting.

Spring has finally arrived in Breckenridge and with it so has rafting season! Get out there and experience Colorado in new way. If you are planning a trip to Breckenridge this spring or early summer, try a half or full day rafting trip. You will not be disappointed.

For the best deals on early summer Breckenridge lodging check out www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com.

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Weekend Events 4.8.16

bbfspringSpring Fever is in full swing! The Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival along with a free concert with Michael Franti & Spearhead are happening this weekend! Don’t miss it!

 

Thursday, April 7th:

  • Concert: Ozomatli | 7:30 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | $25-30

Friday, April 8th:

  • Nat Geo Live: Chasing Rivers | 7:30 pm | Riverwalk Center |150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | $25-35
  • Historic Breckenridge: Tours | Times Vary | Breckenridge Welcome Center | 203 S Main St, Breckenridge CO

Saturday, April 9th:

Looking for discounted lodging for your ski trip? Look no further. Click here for the best deals in town! Check out our end of season blowout and save up to 40% on lodging and lift tickets!

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