VISITOR’S GUIDE: WHY VISIT BRECK DURING THE SPRING

Weather

March-May brings enough snippets of warmer weather to make the trek to Breckenridge worth it. Averaging a high of 40 degrees and averaging about 2 feet of fresh snow, you’re bound to catch your spring skiing or your well-deserved powder day; probably both!

Places

Events

Typically deemed the month for Spring Fever, Breck has put a different twist on what that means this year. The town will be buzzing with activities and things-to-do. Great dining deals, dog sledding tours, wine blending and live music. Plus, don’t forget to check out what’s happening at Breck Create.

Great lodging deals

Ah, the part you have been waiting for. Where should you stay in Breck while you are here? We recommend checking out the new Grand Colorado on Peak 8 (Tip: Sign up for a 2hr preview tour and you can get an even BETTER deal).

Also – keep your eye out for great deals happening at Grand Timber Lodge. Offering ski-in/ski-out lodging, great amenities package and typically up to 55% off rooms!

Tips

Weekends get busy. A lot of places in town around this time will offer deals for coming during the weekday. Surprise a loved one with a mid-week trip to Breck (couples massage at Inifinty Spa, anyone?) If you can take the time off during the week, we say do it!

Breckenridge is now paid parking! Download the Passport app to make sure you don’t get a ticket. You can add time right from your mobile device.

No car? No problem. Take a bus or shuttle. This option is totally free to you (even better, right?).

We look forward to seeing you in March!

 

A Wine Tasting Tour of Breckenridge

When you’re at nearly 10,000 feet in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, wine may not be exactly what comes to mind. In this small mountain town, you’ll be surprised to find a wide selection of wines sourced from the western slope of Colorado and all the way across the world. Wine aficionados, rejoice! We took ourselves on a wine tasting tour of Breckenridge so you can follow along and choose your perfect pour.  

Menus and wine glasses at Carboy Winery

Carboy Winery

103 S. Main Street | Hours: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Carboy Winery was the first stop on our wine tour of Breckenridge. Located in the historic Gold Pan Saloon, Carboy features an inviting tasting room with classic tin-plated ceilings and wine barrel walls.  

Beneath Carboy, you’ll find a Barrel Room where tanks of wine are connected to the taps in the tasting room upstairs. While most of the wine is produced at their Littleton location, Carboy in Breckenridge does produce ciders on site! 

Choose from wine flights, full pours or even their Cold Vines Wine Seltzer and pair it all with specialty made charcuterie boards and shareable snacks.  

What we tried:  

We opted for the featured wine flight to sample a variety of wines all out of Grand Valley, Colorado. 

Blan.Co White Blend
Rosè of Tempranillo
Cabernet Franc 

Bonus tip: Ask your server about the Barrel Room downstairs, you may be able to score an exclusive tour! Alternatively, you can schedule a private tour with a wine specialist ahead of your visit and be treated to a tasting of five select Carboy wines.  

Ridge Street Wine Sign

Ridge Street Wine

304 S. Main Street | Hours: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 

Tucked in a charming alley off Main Street, Ridge Street Wine is a cozy gathering place that provides wines from around the globe. Open for over 20 years, this locally owned establishment hand-selects the wines they serve and sell.  

Stop next door at Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate, owned by the same purveyors, to buy a bottle, a farm cheese or small batch chocolates. 

What we tried:  

Commuter Cuvee Pinot Noir
Allen Scott Sauvignon Blanc 

Bonus tip: On Wednesday nights enjoy a wine and cheese pairing or start your weekend with a flight of three half glasses of wine on Friday nights.  

Try Colorado Wine Sign and Wine Glasses/Bottle on table

Continental Divide Winery

505 S. Main Street | Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 

The last stop on our wine tour of Breckenridge had to be Continental Divide Winery. This winery holds the title of the world’s highest altitude winery with all their wines being produced at 10,361 feet in Fairplay, Colorado. Making wine at such an altitude results in a slower and gentler fermentation process creating truly unique flavor profiles.  

This warm and inviting tasting room is within walking distance of the Quicksilver Chairlift on Peak 9 so you can go from the slopes to après ski in no time.  

What we tried: 

We had to try the Special Limited Release Flight featuring wines made from grapes in both Colorado and California.  

Blanc de Blancs (Methode Champenoise)
Riverside Cabernet Sauvignon (Grand Valley, Colorado)
Colorado Storm (Cabernet Sauvignon/Petite Sirah/Cab Franc)
Dillinger’s Ridge Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Bonus tip: The Cheese Shop is located right across from Continental Divide Winery. When you’re ready to head home, purchase a cheese box to pair with your new favorite wine.   

Table at Mimo Fancy Tapas

The Top 6 Romantic Restaurants in Breckenridge

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and there is no shortage of romance to be found in Breckenridge. This cozy mountain town has stunning views and historic buildings that truly make you feel the love. We’re sharing our top six most romantic restaurants in Breckenridge so you and your sweetheart can enjoy a romantic evening on the town. 

Wine glasses toasting on the patio of Hearthstone Restaurant

Outdoor Patio at Hearthstone

1. Hearthstone Restaurant 

If you’re looking for an intimate setting, Hearthstone offers rich Victorian-era décor and one of the best views in Breckenridge. This historic restaurant is located in a 125-year-old building with stunning views of Breckenridge Ski Resort–at night, spot the lights from the snowcats grooming the ski runs on the mountain. Choose from wild, elevated dishes like Blackberry Elk and Alaskan Black Cod. 

Rootstalk

2. Rootstalk  

This sophisticated restaurant provides a seasonally curated menu made with care and consideration. Share a cheese and charcuterie board or, if you can’t choose from their mouth-watering options, try a five or seven-course tasting menu with a wine pairing.  

3. Briar Rose Chophouse 

Briar Rose is a classic chophouse that gives you a timeless and elegant dining experience. Aged beef and fresh wild game plates are a nod to the western heritage that can still be seen in Breckenridge. Take a step back in time and enjoy a candlelit dinner in this historic saloon.   

Mimo Fancy Tapas Entrance

Mimo Fancy Tapas

4. Mimo Fancy Tapas  

For a lively and romantic experience, head to Mimo Fancy Tapas. This unique restaurant, located below Breck’s Main Street, will have you feeling like you’re dining in speakeasy lounge. This fun and vibrant Spanish-style tapas and unique cocktails make for a fun date night atmosphere. Be adventurous and sip the Ticket to the American Dream, made with bourbon, onion syrup, cheddar cheese cream, barbeque sauce and topped with popcorn–trust us, it’s worth a try! 

Alpenglobes at Ember

Alpenglobes at Ember

5. Ember 

Ember oozes romantic vibes with their dimly lit atmosphere and creative dishes. Your taste buds will be surprised with bites like lamb cheek tacos and quail with chorizo stuffing. Bonus for an extra intimate evening–book one of the outdoor Alpenglobes in the winter for a snow globe dining experience.

6. Modis 

Most of the buildings in Breckenridge are historic and impressive, but Modis features a grand staircase that truly stuns. This stately two-story restaurant has brick walls and large windows facing Main Street that are sure to stir up romance. The menu at Modis features hearty, savory dishes that warm you up on a cold evening. 

Looking for a romantic stay to go along with your date night? The luxurious Grand Colorado on Peak 8 features slopeside hot tubs, Infinity Spa, adult-only grotto, and more for an intimate and relaxing experience. 

Chicken and Waffles Benedict at BoLD

The Best Brunch Spots in Breckenridge

An adventure-packed day in the mountains can’t start without breakfast. For the true aficionados of brunch and breakfast fare, we’ve rounded up the best brunch spots in Breckenridge. Whether you’re an early bird hitting the slopes or a late riser that loves a noon brunch, Breck has it all! Coffee and corned beef or a bloody and benedict are sure to satisfy your morning cravings. 

Red Chilaqules at Blue River Bistro

1. Blue River Bistro | Website 

Blue River Bistro is best known for their 2-for-1 martini happy hour, but this gem is also a great brunch pick on weekends. If you’re here for a weekend trip you’re in luck–you’ll find a brunch menu along with some of the signature drinks served during happy hour. 

What To Order: We love the Red Chilaquiles and a Spicy Maria for a south of the border experience. 

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday  

Hangover Burrito at Columbine Cafe

2. Columbine Café | Website 

Ask any local and they’ll say Columbine Café is their favorite spot for brunch. Columbine is not in an obvious spot–tucked between buildings off Main Street–but once you find it, you’ll want to keep going back. This no-nonsense haunt has breakfast dishes hearty enough to fuel you for the entire day. 

What To Order: The Hangover Burrito is made for those with a big appetite or hangover like the name suggests. This breakfast staple is stuffed with house smoked chunky corn beef hash and smothered with pork green chili.  

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily 

Brunch at BoLD

3. BoLD | Website 

If you’re looking for a true brunch spot that serves up Beermosas and DIY mimosas, BoLD is your spot. This Mediterranean-inspired restaurant is nestled at the south end of Breckenridge just steps from the Quicksilver Chairlift and endless shopping options.  

What To Order: For a spicy breakfast, try the Moroccan Baked Eggs. The perfect blend of sweet and savory does exist with the Chicken and Waffles Benedict with a bourbon cayenne maple hollandaise.  

Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily 

4. Blue Moose | Website 

This family-run restaurant has a casual and friendly atmosphere that welcomes you in and gives you a warm hug. Blue Moose offers a slew of morning cocktails and home cooked breakfast options. As a bonus they have a dog-friendly patio so you can bring your furry friend on a warm day! 

What To Order: We love a classic breakfast here. Opt for the Two Biscuits & Sausage Gravy served with home fries or grits paired with a cup of organic coffee from Breck Coffee Roasters. 

Hours: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily 

Breakfast Plates at Cabin Juice

Photo Courtesy of Cabin Juice & Gravity Haus

5. Cabin Juice | Website 

Do not leave this brunch spot off your list. Cabin Juice is an elevated eatery that utilizes ingredients from small, local farms around Colorado. They offer a chic, cabin atmosphere with savory and healthy brunch options.  

What To Order: Satisfy your sweet tooth and order the Brioche French Toast, served with lemon yogurt, whipped butter and Vermont maple syrup. They also feature a biscuit board–need we say more? 

Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 

 

Spring Skiing Vacation Packing Guide

Spring in the mountains is such a majestic time! There are endless bluebird days, longer days in the sunshine and warmer spring skiing weather! Don’t get caught being unprepared! When planning for a spectacular ski vacation to Breckenridge, excitement is going to snowstorm your mind when it comes to thinking of everything you need to pack. Don’t fret; we have put together the perfect ski vacation packing guide for you!

   

Gear

  • Base Layers – If you hate being cold and having shivers, make sure you don’t cheap out on thermals. If you are in the market for new thermals or didn’t pack the best ones, make sure you stop by Mountain Outfitters, North Face, or REI. Base layers could possibly make or break your ski vacation, so make sure you get good ones!
  • Socks – Cold feet — one of the worst things to endeavor while spending the day on the mountain. Avoid cold feet and make sure to pack extra warm socks. If you forgot to pack those fuzzy warm socks, stop in Joy of Sox on Main Street! They will hook you up with warm and fashionable socks of all different sizes.
  • Outerwear – You are going to want to pack your warmest winter jacket and ski pants. The weather in the mountains is very unpredictable, you may have a bluebird day, or you may be in a winter snowglobe! Make sure you are prepared for all weather by packing your best winter jacket and ski pants.
  • Goggles – By far, the most critical factor on the mountain is your ability to see. Goggles will protect your eyes from the sun’s glare on the snow but also protect your eye while zooming down the mountain in a winter wonderland.
  • Ski Pass/Tickets – Want first chair and fresh tracks? That powder isn’t going to last forever. To avoid the ticket office lines and the stress, ensure that you have your lift tickets or season pass.

On the Mountain

  • Skis, ski poles, snowboard – These may be the most important things to remember. As your mind is in a whirlwind, it might slip your mind. Avoid the hassles and headaches of dealing with the airlines and simplify the way you travel! Ship Skis can arrange door-to-door transportation of your ski gear and luggage from anywhere in the world in just minutes.
  • Boots – Don’t ruin that perfect day on the mountain by forgetting your boots. Pro Tip: keep your boots next to the heater or fireplace so they’re nice and toasty when you put them on.
  • Helmet – Protect your noggin! If you find yourself forgetting your helmet, stop by Craniologie in Breckenridge to pick up a helmet. They also offer goggles if you are looking for the entire setup!

Wanting to try skiing or snowboarding for the first time and don’t have your own equipment, or don’t want the hassle of packing your own equipment. Don’t worry — here are a few places that rent everything you need to make the most memorable ski vacation!

Things you may Overlook

  • Bathing Suit – After you just got done spending the best day shredding on the mountain, soaking in the hot tub to let your muscles relax sounds GREAT! There is no better feeling than sitting in the hot tub with the cold crisp air hitting your shoulders while the rest of your body soaks! While running through all the things you have to pack, make sure your bathing suit is not one of the things that slip your mind.

Uh-oh! It slipped your mind and you left your swimsuit sitting on top of your dresser. A stop by Patagonia or Marmot is now on your itinerary. 

  • Sunscreen – Breckenridge is located at 9,600 feet, making the sun nearly 40 times stronger than sea level. There is no bigger bummer than getting a ski sunburn on a winter vacation. It could really put a damper on your skiing experience. Make sure you pack eye protection with UVB protection and sunscreen.

Forget your sunscreen? Swing by your resort spa or market to pick some up! If you find yourself in need of some new sunnies, Sun Logic on Main Street is a great place to pick some new ones up!

  • Chapstick – No one enjoys having cracked, dry or bleeding lips. You can never have enough chapstick, so be sure to pack a few!

If you find yourself having cracked, dry or bleeding lips, stop by our local City Market and pick up a few. They have a variety of scents and brands to choose from!

  • Reusable Water Bottle – Breckenridge is located at a high altitude, and it is essential to stay hydrated! Staying hydrated will help keep altitude sickness at bay and ensure the best ski vacation. Bringing your reusable water bottle helps protect our fragile mountain environment to enjoy for years to come.

Snowmobiling in the Rockies

Are you feeling adventurous and looking to try something new? Come to Breckenridge and try one of the many snowmobiling tours that will get your adrenaline pumping! Get out in the mountains, enjoy the thrill of snowmobiling and take in the beautiful mountain views — you won’t want to skip out on this adventure.

Good Times Adventures

Snowmobiling is one of the most popular activities in the winter, Good Times Adventures is located just minutes away from Breckenridge which makes for easy accessibility. Good Times is the perfect adventure for individuals and families. Their guides are very experienced and knowledgeable in the backcountry of Breckenridge.

Equipped with top-of-the-line snowmobiles, Good Times Adventures offers a two-hour trip that starts with a short snowmobiling instruction with your guide, then you will hit the trails. Once on the trails, you will be presented with some of the incredible scenery. You will take a few stops along the way to take it all in. To end this adventure, you will venture up Georgia Pass ending at the top of the Continental Divide at 11,585 feet above sea level!

Nova Guides Snowmobiling

For the ultimate snowmobile experience, Nova Guides offers half-day and full-day trips in the Rockies! Enjoy their Camp Hale location, which provides a variety of snowmobile tours for everyone! The most popular tour, Top of the Rockies, includes endless miles of open meadows and fabulous panoramic views of four surrounding mountain ranges, including the Continental Divide. Nova operates tours in the White River National Forest on the largest commercial snowmobile trail system in the Vail and Beaver Creek areas, reaching elevations of 12,500 feet.

All guided snowmobile tours include door-to-door transportation, a professional guide, a new model Ski-Doo snowmobile, snowsuit, boots and helmet. The morning half-day tour and full-day snowmobile tours include lunch.

White Mountain Snowmobiling

White Mountain Snowmobile Tours offers a prospector tour and a high-performance tour. If you’re looking for something family-friendly or are a snowmobile beginner, the prospector tour is for you! Guides will take you on a scenic ride through groomed trails with amazing mountain vistas.

For a more adventurous experience, try the performance tour. This two-hour trip will take you on a faster, adrenaline-boosting trip, that reaches altitudes between 10,000 and 12,600 feet.

So, whether you’d like a family-friendly scenic ride or a heart-pounding adventure, White Mountain Snowmobile Tours has you covered.

Helmets are provided and mandatory. Complimentary overalls and boots are available but be sure to wear warm layers. Guests must bring goggles or sunglasses as eye protection is not provided.