Brush up on Breck: What’s New in Colorado’s Playground

If you’ve been to Breckenridge, you already know that this one-of-a-kind mountain town has A LOT of fun to offer, both on and off its world-renowned ski hill. But, are you in the loop on the latest and greatest ways to enjoy Breck?

 

Robbie’s Tavern at the Bergenhof, 1627 Ski Hill Road: Located at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8, this new hot spot on the hill is named after the late BGV Owner/Developer, Rob Millisor, and pays tribute to the historical Bergenhof restaurant which once stood on this parcel of land. Robbie’s offers American comfort food, world-class wines, a robust beer selection and unparalleled slopeside dining.

The Downtown Trolley, 105 Watson Avenue: After a nine-year hiatus, Breck’s beloved and charming trolley has returned! Enjoy this free and unique way to explore historic downtown Breckenridge. Hop on at any Breck Free Ride orange stop, which runs the entire length of Main Street, from Breck Station to Blue River Plaza and down to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena.

 

Bangkok Happy Bowl Thai Bistro and Bar, 103 N. Main Street: New in January 2017, this authentic Thai joint offers a robust menu featuring curry dishes, hand-rolled sushi, a full bar (with warm sake!) and is a definite crowd pleaser. Don’t forget to try their Thai iced coffee; it’s a game-changer.

 

Cucumber Creek Boutique, 201 S. Ridge Street: New to Breck this winter, Cucumber Creek has been elevating the mountain style of women in Colorado at their original store in Avon since 2004. Stocked with unique accessories, bags, footwear, gifts, housewares, jewelry and outerwear, this shop gives Rocky Mountain chic a southwestern twist that you won’t find anywhere else.

 

Continental Divide Winery, 505 S. Main Street: Located at Main Street Station, this family owned winegrower offers a one-of-a-kind Wine Blending Experience in addition to a diverse selection of fine wines made with grapes from Colorado and California. Their vino is perfected at 10,361 feet above sea level in the neighboring Town of Fairplay, making it the highest altitude winery in the WORLD.

 

Zip Car: Don’t have a car? No problem! Check out Zip Car, an economical alternative to traditional rentals. Strategically parked cars around town can be reserved by members on an hourly or daily basis. Check out their site to sign up and get free rewards like tickets to the ice arena and gift cards to local businesses!

 

Recently Remodeled – Giampietro Pasta & Pizzeria, 100 N. Main Street # 212: Known for the BEST pizza in town and making everything from their sauce to their delicious vinaigrette in-house, Giam’s now has a sizable bar area and private space for large parties! We recommend grabbing a couple of slices and enjoying a crafty cocktail in their chic and lavishly outfitted bar.

 

Over the past few months, at least a dozen more enhancements have been made to Breck’s shopping, dining, and activity scenes, but you’ll have to experience them for yourself! Reserve your stay today at breckdiscountlodging.com and come fall in love with Breckenridge all over again. It’s even better every time, for reasons new and old!

Weekend Events 2.3.17

Come see the snow sculptures in Breckenridge! They will be up until this Sunday (weather permitting). Check out everything else going on this weekend!

Friday, 2.3.17

  • International Snow Sculpture Championships | All Day | Riverwalk Center
  • Historic Tours & Free Museums | All Day | Breckenridge Welcome Center
  • Fences | All Day | Speakeasy Movie Theater | Visit speakeasymovies.com for showtimes and more information

Saturday, 2.4.17

  • International Snow Sculpture Championships | All Day | Riverwalk Center
  • Canvas Painting Party | 7 – 10 pm | Ready Pain Fire! | 323 N Main St | $35
  • Line Dancing with Christine Armitage | 6:15 – 7:15 pm | Old Masonic Hall, Upper Level Studio | $10

Sunday, 2.5.17

  • International Snow Sculpture Championships | All Day until 7 pm | Riverwalk Center
  • Breckenridge Heritage Alliance: Historic Walking Tour | 11 am & 1:30 pm | Visit Breckenridge Welcome Center

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Share the Love: Valentine’s Day in Breck

Traditionally thought of as a day for lovers, Valentine’s Day doesn’t always seem like it’s a day for all. Here in Breck, we celebrate love of everything and everyone on Valentine’s Day! So, whether you’re giving it, receiving it, chasing it or wrapped up in it, love is something to celebrate. What do we love? Well, snowy Breckenridge, of course!! Check out the best ways to spend your Valentine’s Day in Breck this February.

Sleigh Rides with Breckenridge Stables: Experience amazing views of Breck and the Ten Mile Range like never before and cozy up in your sleigh as it glides through the ski slopes.

Massages and Spa Day at Soothe Spa: Treat yourself and your honey to a couples’ massage at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7! Don’t forget to enjoy the day in the luxurious grotto before and after.

Dinner Date in Town: Treat your loved one(s) to wine, cheese and chocolate at Ridge Street Wine. For a more traditional and equally delicious dinner, head to Relish, Twist, Sevens, Hearthstone or Briar Rose Chophouse!

Arts & Crafts at Ready, Paint, Fire!: Get crafty with the one you love and check out this Valentine’s Day Special for couples – $30 total to paint a heart shaped bowl or dish together. Includes a complimentary glass of champagne for each of you. Studio fees are waived which saves you $20! Bring your own snacks and call ahead for reservations.

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at the Breckenridge Nordic Center: Want to surprise your loved ones? Pack a picnic to enjoy while taking in Cucumber Gulch’s stunning views.

Hire a Private Chef: Local Chef, Ian Buchanan has been treating the taste buds of guests internationally for two decades and will come to where you’re staying to make your Love Day one you won’t forget!

Ski Date: Hit the slopes with the ones you love and make some memories that will last at Breckenridge Resort. It also happens to be Women’s Ski Week, a celebration of women who love skiing and riding.

Now that you’ve got the scoop on how to have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day in Breck, all you need to do is book your stay with Breckenridge Discount Lodging, grab your loved ones and gear, and get up to the mountains!

Mardi Gras in Breckenridge!

Mardi Gras Parade

Photo Credit: GoBreck

Get your beads, masks, dancing shoes and king cakes and get ready to celebrate. Fat Tuesday is February 28th and Breckenridge will be celebrating Mardi Gras in style. Once again the town will be filled with Mardi Gras lovers from all over the country for a Carnival throw down New Orleans style right on Main Street. The fun starts off with a gumbo cook off at Main Street Station at 3 p.m. Then head over to Main Street for the annual Mardi Gras Parade and cap it off with a free concert at the Riverwalk Center featuring the Lowdown Brass Band.

3 p.m. at Main Street Station (505 S. main Street) – Start the party with some partying, hurricanes and a gumbo cook-off prepared by local restaurants.

4:30 p.m. starting at Watson and Main Streets and continuing on to South Park Avenue – Share in the Fat Tuesday Celebration with friends, neighbors and visitors! Gather along the fenced parade route and the floats and zany antics of our locals. Don’t’ forget to watch out for incoming beads and candy!

Breckenridge Mardi Gras

Photo Credit: GoBreck

5 p.m. at the Riverwalk Center – Head on over to the Riverwalk Center a

nd don’t miss the free concert featuring the Lowdown Brass Band featuring dynamic vocalists, hip hop MC’s and body movements guaranteed to get anyone up on their feet dancing.

 

 

Don’t miss this timeless celebration. Visit www.gobreck.com for more information.

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Just in: Mid-Season Update in Breckenridge

Can you believe we are already in the heart of ski season? After “snow-mageddon” landed in Breckenridge, all we can think of is powder! If you’re curious about what has been going on in Breck lately, we’re here to keep you up-to-date!

1.) Snow

We couldn’t start this blog off without talking about all the fresh snow Breckenridge has received! As of now, Breckenridge is around 153% for snowfall for this time of year. It’s impressive! Over 4” of snow has fallen in the past month and the terrain is in pristine conditions. It has also been reported that Summit County is on pace to break the record for the most snowfall we’ve received in over 100 years! If you love skiing, winter, and of course, snow, NOW is the best time to visit Breckenridge. Catch some powder and celebrate the snow!

2.) New Restaurant & Bar at the Base of Peak 8!

There is a new restaurant at the base of Peak 8 – now open! From their extensive menu selection to their patio overlooking the Rocky Mountain and Colorado SuperChairs, Robbie’s Tavern is the best spot to stop grab a drink, a bite to eat and rest your legs. -their prices aren’t too steep either! Make sure to try the Philly steak or French dip for a treat that your taste buds will not regret! For more information on their menu, location, and pricing, visit their website here!

3.) New Resort at the base of Peak 8!

In conjunction with the new restaurant at the base of Peak 8, there is also a new resort, Grand Colorado on Peak 8! This luxurious resort features slope-side convenience, unbeatable patios with infinity pools, fire places, and top-of-line rooms! If Breckenridge is your go-to vacation town, this is a resort to visit! Click here to learn more!

4.) Pass Holder Appreciation

Got a Vail Resorts pass? Well you’re in luck! From January 17th to February 10th pass holders can take advantage of some cool benefits. During this event, pass holders can take advantage of perks like demos, complimentary racing, early lift access, food/beverage discounts and more! There’s tons to take advantage of during pass holder appreciation.

The heart of ski season is here and we are enjoying all the blue skies, snowfall and the maximum resort access during this time of year. Come to Breckenridge and celebrate an epic winter with us and make sure to book your lodging with Breckenridge discount lodging for the best lodging deals in town!

Weekend Events 1.27.17

It’s “Sculpting Week” for the International Snow Sculpture Championships (ISSC). Swing by the Riverwalk Center and watch the artists at work! The Fire Arts Festival is also going on this weekend! There will be everything from fire sculptures to fire performances and DJ sets. Don’t miss out!

Tuesday-Saturday (January 24-28, 2017): Sculpting Week ISSC

  • Sculpting begins on Tuesday, January 24 @ 11 am and ends Saturday, January 28 at 9 am
  • Click here for more info on ISSC

Thursday-Sunday (January 26-29, 2017): Fire Arts Festival

  • Multi-day exhibition with burning sculptures, fiery performances, DJ sets, workshops and more!
  • Located throughout the Breckenridge Arts District
  • Presented in conjunction with the ISSC
  • Click here for the full schedule

Saturday, January 28, 2017: Junior Snow Sculpture

  • Aged 9+ are welcome to learn how to sculpt snow!
  • Instruction will be led by one of Breckenridge’s own artists and sculpting extraordinaire, Mauricio Meneses
  • 11 am – 2 pm @ Main Street Station Plaza, 505 S Main St
  • Click here to sign your little ones up!

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The Best Mac & Cheese: A Local’s Guide

When you think of comfort food, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For us, it’s Mac & Cheese. Baked noodles with a rich and creamy sauce, cheese, cheese, and more cheese! How could you not fall in love? We asked some locals around town what their favorite spot in Breck was to satisfy that ooey gooey craving. Here’s the list of restaurants that we came up with…

The Canteen Tap House and Tavern

The Mac & Cheese at The Canteen was mentioned by locals most frequently. After going there to do some “research” of our own, we can see why! Big shells topped with four different kinds of cheese and baked to cheesy perfection: mild cheddar, jack, extra sharp cheddar, and gruyere. The best part? They crumble Cheez-Its on top! You can also add a bunch of different toppings on there for a few bucks extra if you’re feeling adventurous. We took the bartender’s advice and got BBQ pulled pork on top. We were not disappointed.

Mac & Cheese with Pulled Pork from The Canteen

Mac & Cheese with Pulled Pork from The Canteen

Briar Rose Chop House & Saloon

The Briar came in a close second as the local’s favorite. The Chop House has an upscale ambiance and a buzzy and social happy hour scene. Getting the Mac n’ Cheese during happy hour is definitely a good way to go if you are looking to save some cash since dinner can add up. According to locals and Mac & Cheese enthusiasts, Lauren Garver and Jessica Schumacher, “The Briar Rose Chop House has our favorite by far!  It has layers of flavor (maybe because there’s 5-7 different types of cheese in it) and it’s that superb balance of a thick creamy cheese sauce with a perfectly toasted crust on top!” *Drooool*

Ollie’s Pub & Grub

Build Your Own Mac N’ Cheese. Breck local, Michael Doyal (also known as Patch) says, “You can customize it just like you customize a pizza and it’s delicious!” Start with their house pasta in a 3-cheese sauce, then choose any two toppings for no additional charge! Taking cheesy matters into your own hands.

Motherloaded Tavern

First of all, they have Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls. Yeah. Let that sink in for a second. Second of all, their Homemade Mac & Cheese is creamy and velvety with elbow pasta, Ritz Crackers on top and shaved parmesan. The sauce is a little thinner on this dish as it is not baked and is oh, so good.

Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls from Motherloaded Tavern

Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls from Motherloaded Tavern

 

Red’s/Above the Blue

Red’s is that cute little place at the south end of town with a walk-up window and outdoor seating. They serve lunch and dinner until 2 am so you can satisfy that late-night craving. The Mac and Cheese there is so good and totally customizable. They have everything from Sriracha to meatballs to pile on top. It’s thick and savory made with a sharper cheese which makes it rich and delicious. Something you will definitely want to go back for.

Robbie’s Tavern

Robbie’s has a prime location, right at the base of Peak 8. Talk about good people watching. Walk in after shredding some powder and order the Mac N Cheese, complete with Cavatappi noodles, house made cheese sauce and topped with a cheesy goldfish crunch! You can also add pulled pork, chicken or bacon. Yum!

Twist

They have a Green Chile Mac-n-Cheese that you can get at happy hour or as a side dish. The cheese they use is rich and creamy, and “so dang good!” according to Breck local, Rob Wilson.

Breckenridge Brewery

The Breck Brewery offers Mac & Cheese with a “grown-up” twist: Mac & Four Cheese, complete with spinach, broccoli, pancetta, bowtie pasta, and breadcrumbs. SO GOOD.

Dillon Dam Brewery (Dillon)

If you find yourself over in Dillon, still with a hankering for mac & cheese, stop by the Dillon Dam Brewery for some Mountain Man Mac & Cheese. Cavatappi spiral pasta with a creamy cheese sauce, flavored with a touch of Dam Straight Lager, chopped bacon and green chilies. Local Dave Reinwand says about the mac, “Get Blackened Chicken or Buffalo Sausage on it and then you can wash it down with a Dam Beer!” Sounds like a Dam good time (sorry we had to).

Greco’s Pastaria (Frisco)

Frisco local, Sierra Altman says thatGreco’s in Frisco has the BEST mac and cheese, [called Gavin’s Mac n Cheese] they use their homemade cheese sauce but there is also goat cheese in it which I love, it makes it so creamy! You have the option to add a few things to the mac and cheese, and I usually go with bacon, which I highly recommend. They also have fried Mac n Cheese Bites which are equally amazing!” You had us at mac and cheese.

Well, there you have it.

There’s obviously more places in Summit County that have Mac & Cheese, but these were the restaurants that were mentioned by everyone we interviewed. So next time you’re up here, take a stroll down Main St, check out one (or all) of these spots, satisfy that cheesy craving, and then… well let’s be honest; you’ll probably want to nap. Food coma commence.

 

Weekend Events 1.20.17

Snow, snow and more SNOW! Breckenridge is at 153% of snowfall for this time of year and there is plenty of powder for all! Come to Breckenridge this weekend, enjoy the winter wonderland and check out all the activities and events going on this weekend!

Friday, January 20th  

Photo Credit: Jeff Andrews

  • Ice Skating | 1:15 -3:00 & 7:30-9:00 pm | Stephen C West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Rd. Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • Speakeasy movie – Hell or High Water | 3, 5:20 & 7:30 pm | 103 S. Harris St. Breckenridge CO 80424 | $7-10 tickets | call 970-453-9021 or go online purchase tickets
  • Red – live play | 7:30 pm | Breckenridge Backstage Theatre | 120 S Ridge St. Breckenridge CO 80424 |
  • Saloon Historic Tour | 5:00 pm | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance | 309 N. Main Street, Breckenridge CO | *call in advance for times and prices of tours
  • Live music – Jublingo | 9:00 pm | The Historic Brown | 206 N. Ridge St. Breckenridge CO 80424 |

Saturday, January 21st

  • Ice Skating | 1:15 -3:00 & 6:30-3:00 pm | Stephen C West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Rd. Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • Speakeasy movie – Hell or High Water | 3, 5:20 & 7:30 pm | 103 S. Harris St. Breckenridge CO Historic Tours | 10 am – 7:30 pm | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance | 309 N. Main Street, Breckenridge CO
  • Red – live play | 7:30 pm | Breckenridge Backstage Theatre | 120 S Ridge St. Breckenridge CO 80424 |
  • Guided hike – French Gulch Hike | 10:00 am -12:00 pm | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance | 309 N. Main Street, Breckenridge CO | *call in advance for times and prices of tours
  • Haunted Tour | 7:30 pm | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance | 309 N. Main Street, Breckenridge CO |*call in advance for times and prices of tours
  • Live music – 40 oz to Freedom | 9:00 pm | The Historic Brown | 206 N. Ridge St. Breckenridge CO 80424 |$15 tickets

Sunday, January 22nd

  • Ice Skating | 1:15 -3:00 & 6:30-3:00 pm | Stephen C West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Rd. Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • Speakeasy movie – Hell or High Water | 3, 5:20 & 7:30 pm | 103 S. Harris St. Breckenridge CO Historic Tours | 10 am – 7:30 pm | Breckenridge Heritage Alliance | 309 N. Main Street, Breckenridge CO
  • Red – live play | 7:30 pm | Breckenridge Backstage Theatre | 120 S Ridge St. Breckenridge CO 80424 |

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