Gondola in the fall

June vacation with grandkids!

Breckenridge Gondola over Aspen treesThis year we decided to use our week and have our grand kids stay with us at Grand Lodge! It was fun for all of us, two teenage girls!! Yikes, watch out for the guys, they were also on vacation and enjoying the “sights” my girls!! We met a nice family and the kids got to hang out in the game room or the pools as we supervised from a distance!! Again it was nice to have the option to cook or go out to eat or bring something back to the room. Of course the kids love Grandma’s cooking! A nice place to have a vacation and in between both our places as they live in Colorado Springs. We will have to do that again.

Name: Georgia Wilson
City: Fruita
State: CO

Breckenridge in the fall

The Golden Colors of Fall in Breckenridge

A rainbow over the town of BreckenridgeLabor Day has come and gone in Breckenridge and as if on cue the golden colors of fall have started to peek out all around Breckenridge and Summit County. Fall in Breckenridge is the perfect time for a short visit to escape the lingering heat and crowds in the city and enjoy some peace in quiet in a cool environment. Of course there is Oktoberfest weekend which is the largest street party in Summit County all year. But overall Breckenridge is pretty quiet this time of year.

Although the fall colors continue to be a draw for sightseers to Summit County, autumn in Breckenridge is generally considered off season and there are deals to be had all over town. Always make sure to check the Summit Daily News (the free newspaper in the blue boxes) for the best and most current deals on food and shopping. Many restaurants are offering 2 for 1’s and other awesome deals especially on weekdays. Shops and boutiques are slashing prices in an effort to clear out the summer’s stocks in order to make way for winter inventory so don’t miss out on the opportunity to save a little in Breckenridge.

Another wonderful aspect about Breckenridge in the autumn is the weather. A little known fact is that October is actually the driest month in Summit County. Of course by October many people are thinking of snow. Although Arapaho Basin and Loveland Ski Area perennially battle in the fall to be the first to open their slopes, they do it on the back of man-made snow. Hiking and biking as well as leaf peeping are the main activities in Breckenridge and Summit County. I you are coming up to Breckenridge to do some hiking stop by City Market or one of many shops on Main Street and pick up a Summit Hiker. The Summit Hiker is best resource on local hikes with 52 local trails described and hikes from easy to difficult.

There are many awesome trails to hike and bike in Breckenridge and Summit County that really display the fall colors. One of our favorites is the Baker’s Tank Loop which offers the perfect conditions for an autumn hike for the whole family. Baker’s Tank is one of the hikes featured in The Summit Hiker. The Trail is easy to get to and just a few miles from Main Street near the top of Boreas Pass Road. There are 2 options, a single track trail or just staying on Boreas pass road which is great for a family with a stroller. Both trails meander through beautiful golden aspen glades and offer stunning views of the entire Breckenridge Ski Area and Ten Mile Range. Baker’s Tank is classified as easy and although at a high elevation is good for all ages and abilities.

If you are looking for a break from your routine Breckenridge is the perfect location to get away to for a couple of days. Fall in Breckenridge offers warm days and cool nights, offseason deals and good times.

For the best deals on Breckenridge Lodging visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com

Grand Timber Lodge - Outdoor Pool - 967970

Vacationing in Breckenridge is the absolute BEST!

Grand Timber Lodge in Breckenridge ColoradoWe come here every summer around Labor Day. We enjoy the weather and all that Summit County has to offer. Plus, we like that most children are back in school and there is peace and quiet around the resort. The last three summers we have brought our lake kayaks with us and have been able to spend several days out paddling the area waters. We specifically enjoy paddling around Dillon Reservoir, it is different every time we go out. This year was very special as we observed several different species of wildlife around the lake. We watched two Bald Eagles flying around the lake as they searched for food in the water. We also saw the Osprey that reside on the islands in the lake. We paddled and hiked back into a little cove where a Beaver dam had been constructed several years back. This time there were no beavers, but instead we were treated to a Muskrat family eating and working on their den (the former beaver den). We also saw a deer and a hawk around the water’s edge. What a joy to see these animals in their natural habitat.

We took a day to go hiking up around Boreas Pass. What a lovely view when you finally reach the top of the trail. Had a delicious lunch at the top and watched two marmots playing. One seemed to be quite interested in me and allowed me to get within 15 feet of him to take his picture. I think he might have been posing for me.

We also attended the PRCA Rodeo on the outskirts of town. That was a fun and entertaining evening. There is never a lack of things to do in Breckenridge. The towns people are so friendly that each time we visit, it’s like coming home. We may live in Indiana, but our hearts belong to Colorado, especially, Breckenridge!

We love coming to Breckenridge for vacation, have been coming for over 15 years and never consider going anywhere else. We are looking forward to returning in January for the International Snow Sculpting Championships. Another fun week.

Name: Bev Buss
City: Wakarusa
State: IN