Weekend Events 12.04.15

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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3 Holiday Meals to cook in your studio Kitchenette

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 Saturday 2015

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!










Weekend Events 11.26.15

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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Don’t Get Left Out in the Cold – Use this Winter Packing Guide


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 Colorado on Peak 8 – Breck’s most luxurious and newest slopeside lodge. The best access you can ask for with hot tubs, grills and the Elev8 lounge that all overlook the mountain.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Thanksgiving in Breckenridge – Start the Holiday Season on the Slopes!

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.