BRECKfast Joints

Columbine Cafe

Columbine Cafe: Eggs Benedict
Photo Courtesy of: Family Vacation Critic

Ahh, breakfast, the most important meal of the day (and also the most delicious). There are so many options; sweet or savory, sit down or to go, and coffee or booze. We laid it all out for you to make your decision an easy one. These are the eight best breakfast joints in Breckenridge according to the locals we asked:

  • Columbine Café | 109 S Main St, Breckenridge CO

Price: $$
Server or Cashier: Sit down with server
Hours: 7:30am – 3pm | Breakfast served all day | Lunch served from 11am – 3pm
Pick-Me-Up: Coffee-Yes, Booze-Yes
Claim to Fame: The Applewood Smoked Bacon- they smoke it themselves! Best Eggs Benedict in town, corn beef hash made from scratch, and pancakes and waffles are to die for.

  • Salt Creek Steakhouse | 110 Lincoln Ave, Breckenridge CO

Price: $$
Server or Cashier: Sit down with server
Hours: Breakfast served from 8am – 12pm, Sundays until 1pm | Open for lunch and dinner as well
Pick-Me-Up: Coffee-Yes, Booze-Yes
Claim to Fame: Salt Creek is a hidden gem here in Breckenridge! Try the Irish Eggs Benedict! In the summer you can sit on the upstairs deck, it’s one of the best views in town.

  • Clint’s Bakery & Deli | 131 S Main St, Breckenridge CO

Price: $
Server or Cashier: Cashier, take it to go or stay for a while
Hours: Breakfast: 7am – 3pm | Coffee & Dessert: Until 8pm
Pick-Me-Up: Coffee-Yes, Booze-No
Claim to Fame: Their breakfast bagel sandwiches are the best! Try the “Rainbow Lake” or the “Wheeler.” They also have an assortment of pastries, cookies, and ice cream!

  • Park & Main | La Cima Mall, 500 S Main St, Breckenridge CO

Price: $
Server or Cashier: Sit down with server
Hours: Breakfast served from 7:30 – 11am, Saturday & Sunday until Noon | Open for lunch and dinner as well
Pick-Me-Up: Coffee-Yes, Booze-Yes
Claim to Fame: The place has a modern feel and everything tastes super fresh! Try the “Pecan Wood Smoked Bacon, Egg & Cheese Sandwich.”

  • Cuppa Joe | 118 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO

Price: $
Server or Cashier: Cashier, take it to go or stay for a while
Hours: 6am – 3pm
Pick-Me-Up: Coffee-Yes, Booze-No
Claim to Fame: They have great coffee and the best breakfast burrito in town!

  • La Francaise French Bakery | 411 S Main St, Breckenridge CO

Price: $
Server or Cashier: Cashier, take it to go or stay for a while
Hours: 8am – 8pm
Pick-Me-Up: Coffee-Yes, Booze-No
Claim to Fame: It is a MUST to get an Almond or Chocolate Croissant! Delicious crepes and the chocolate eclairs just melt in your mouth!

  • Euro Deli | 100 Main St, Breckenridge CO

Price: $
Server or Cashier: Cashier, take it to go or stay for a while
Hours: 8am – 5 pm
Pick-Me-Up: Coffee-Yes, Booze-Yes (mimosas and wine)
Claim to Fame: The owner, Aldona is a sweetheart and all the employees are super friendly. Try one of the breakfast crepes!

  • Poached | 505 S Main St, Breckenridge CO

Price: $$
Server or Cashier:  Sit down with a server
Hours: 7:30am – 9pm
Pick-Me-Up: Coffee-Yes, Booze-Yes
Claim to Fame: Try the Bruschetta Benny and a Bloody Mary!



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!



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

Click below for the best lodging deals in Breckenridge over the Holidays!



Staff Favorites

Wine and Cheese – A Few of My Favorite Things! by Kimberly Tramontana

Ridge Street Wine/Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate at 304 S. Main is one of my favorite places in Breck! Upstairs from the shops is an intimate setting with seating for only about 20 people, where you can order half or full glasses of some really amazing wine, as well as gourmet cheeses, olives, almonds, etc. They also feature my all-time favorite chocolatier, Christopher Elbow. On some nights they feature live music, and on your way out you can purchase wine, cheese, chocolate and much more to take home. Also check out their “Wine & Cheese Wednesdays” and “Friday Night Flights.” This place is great for a Girls Night Out, and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about their offerings!

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.




Brewing Outside the Box: The Best Breweries in Summit County

Dog at Broken Compass

My friend’s gremlin/dog, Stash

Colorado is home to almost 300 craft breweries, and up in Summit we are lucky enough to have some of the best. After visiting all of the breweries in Summit County and taste-testing all of the beer, I have compiled a list of my favorites. I just have to say, I really enjoyed doing all of this research.

Broken Compass | Breckenridge, CO

This place is awesome; delicious beer, a chill ski-town vibe, good people, and you can even bring your pup! The Broken Compass has only been open for 16 months, but they are crushing it! They usually have around 12 different beers on tap, rotating a few seasonal beers around. I ordered a “flight” of seven different beers, which means I got seven small beer glasses so that I could sample the different beers they offer. In the picture featured above from left to right we have: Hefeweizen, Pumpkin Pie Stout, Coconut Porter, IPA, Double IPA, Ginger Pale Ale, and Chili Pepper Pale Ale.

Here are my thoughts on my two favorites…

Coconut Porter: This one was seriously amazing, which was unexpected because I usually don’t like coconut or porters. I felt transported to a tropical island; it was bliss. This beer tasted like liquid creamy Almond Joy deliciousness in my mouth. I could have drank a whole gallon.

Ginger Pale Ale: Perfect harmonious notes of spicy ginger (not overwhelming, but it’s there on the back of your throat) and also a tart edge. Yum.

The only downside to this place is that there is no food. But in my opinion, that’s not a deal-breaker because their beer makes up for it. If you live in Breckenridge, visiting here, or just passing through, “get lost” and stop by Broken Compass for a few brews and good times.

The Bakers’ Brewery | Silverthorne, CO

Bakers’ is also really new to town. They opened in March of 2015, so it’s been about eight months of business and they are dialed in! The beer is spectacular and the food is amazing (they are even open for breakfast). Seriously this is the place to be. They are also a bakery, (hence the name Bakers’) and create all of the baked goods that you will see on their menu. They usually have around eight beers on tap with a few rotating and seasonal beers. Right now they have Barkin’ Dog Brown Ale, Cotton-Mouth Killer Session IPA, Buzz-Bird Belgian Honey-Wheat, French Silk Stout, Fall Saison, Intense Bike Rider Imperial Belgian Red, Rye’d Open, and Cory’s Crazy Infusion Confusion. Brewmaster, and (probably) genius, Cory, is constantly pushing the limits with creativity and “brewing” outside the box. The Infusion Confusion is his own unique small batch (5 gallons) of madness. In the past, he’s done beer with Tequila soaked black cherry wood chips, pickled jalapeños, rose buds, tart cherries, crushed blueberries, and more. Once the batch is gone, it’s onto the next creation! I ordered a flight of the Cotton-Mouth Killer Session IPA, Rye’d Open, Fall Saison, and the Infusion Confusion which was an Apple Pie Rum Barrel Brown.

Here are my thoughts on my two favorites…

Cotton-Mouth Killer Session IPA: This IPA was light on the hops, and gentle on the palate. A smooth, easy drinker that balanced the bold citrus and herbal flavors perfectly.

Apple Pie Rum Barrel Brown: This was the current Infusion Confusion on tap, and I think it might have been the best beer I’ve ever had. Cory took apple wood chips and soaked them in Captain Morgan, giving this beer multiple dimensions and deep, rich flavors. It was impressive.

This place is super chill, friendly and attentive staff, and the beer and food is on point! Definitely make a stop here if you are up in the Summit County area.

Bakers' Brewery

Bakers’ Brewery

Breckenridge Brewery & Pub | Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge Brewery is Summit County’s oldest brewpub, opening its doors back in 1990.  It is the perfect destination if you want hand-crafted beer, good food, and an unbeatable ambiance. It’s a great location right in town with a lot of room inside! This isn’t your typical bar food either, they step the elegance factor up a bit in this category. Breck Brewery usually has eight beers on tap at a time. When I went there, they had Kensho Kölsh, Agave Wheat, Pineapple Gose, Belgian Pale Ale, Avalanche Amber Ale, Lucky U-IPA, Vanilla Porter, and Uncle John’s Chili Autumn. I got a flight of all eight… and I approve of all eight. I can’t get enough of that Agave Wheat.

Breckenridge Brewery

Breckenridge Brewery

Dillon Dam Brewery | Dillon, CO

The Dillon Dam Brewery has about 10 beers on tap at a time with some rotating seasonal brews. I have to say, they have some Dam good beer! (Sorry, I had to.) They brew about 1,700 barrels per year making them one of the largest independent brewpubs in the nation! Their food is also on point with a pretty extensive menu. Throughout the week, they have killer good deals on beer and apps making it the place to go if you don’t want to spend a fortune on good craft beer. Dillon Dam also has live music going on every Thursday night which I’m a huge fan of. Thursday night is also ladies night… free half pints and $3 pints, Fireball, and Jagermeister for everyone. Free music AND free brews? Count me in.

Backcountry Brewery | Frisco, CO

Backcountry Brewery has been doing its thing since 1996 and is a well-established brewery and restaurant here in Summit County. There is a section of the restaurant with super comfortable couches and a cozy fireplace. Perfect place to kick your boots off, relax, get some food, and drink award-winning craft beer after a full day of skiing. This brewery has won countless awards over the years in all sorts of beer competitions. To name a few, the Great American Beer Festival, Colorado State Fair, and the North American Brewers Association. They also pair every item on the menu with the type of beer that would go best with that specific dish, which gets a big thumbs up from me.

Pug Ryan’s | Dillon, CO

Pug Ryan’s has also been around for a while, starting up in 1997 and still going strong to this day. They also have many award winning beers including their Peacemaker Pilsner, the Scottish Ale, and their seasonal Helles Bock. They also have another location, which is a part of their restaurant (but with a different menu) called the Tiki Bar which is located at the Lake Dillon Marina! It is an awesome spot with unparalleled views, especially if you get there around dinner time to watch the sun set behind the mountains.


I bet you really want a cold one now… I know I do!

Is it happy hour yet?




Brewmaster Cory and myself at Bakers’ Brewery