Breckenridge Holiday Shopping Guide

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over but that doesn’t mean you still can’t find great gifts for everyone on your list. Instead of shopping online, find local, handcrafted gifts on Breckenridge’s Main Street.

The Best Coffee Shops in Breckenridge

To celebrate National Espresso Day, we’ve caffeinated up and rounded up the best coffee shops in Breckenridge. Read on to get your caffeine fix. 

Ullr Café | 1627 Ski Hill Rd. 

Located at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 and just steps from the lifts, Ullr Café is your go-to spot for an après warmup. Choose from a variety of coffee drinks and cocktails and then head outside to watch skiers traverse the mountain or sit fireside at the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 Ice Rink 

Our Favorite Drink: Peppermint Mocha – made with milk, Ghirardelli milk chocolate, peppermint syrup and topped with house-made whipped cream. 

Hours: Open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

 

Cuppa Joe | 118 S Ridge St. 

Away from the hustle and bustle of Main Street, Cuppa Joe serves up local coffee and friendly service. Order a coffee and explore the one-acre Breckenridge Arts District, filled resorted historic structures that now serve as creative spaces. 

Our Favorite Drink: A regular cup of coffee! Cuppa Joe sells Breckenridge Coffee Roasters coffee, which is roasted with care here in Breckenridge with 100% compostable packaging and minimal waste generation. 

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Friday to Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

 The Crown | 215 S Main St. 

The Crown is best known for its ambiance. Order a beverage and grab a spot by the fire or in one of the cozy window seats. With many coffee, cocktail and food options you can spend the afternoon warming up in this local favorite spot. 

Our Favorite Drink: Breckenridge Coffee – made with americano, hazelnut coffee, Irish cream liqueur and topped with whipped cream.  

Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

 

Clint’s Bakery & Coffeehouse | 130 S Main St. 

In addition to their delicious coffee concoctions, Clint’s creates breakfast sandwiches and freshly made baked goods galore. Clint’s is centrally located on Main Street, so you can grab a sandwich and coffee before shopping to your heart’s desire. 

Our Favorite Drink: Almond Joy Mocha – made with almond syrup and coconut syrup in a mocha.

Hours: Open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 

 Cool River Coffee House | 325 S Main St.  

For views and food head to Cool River Coffee House. Conveniently tucked away behind Main Street along the Blue River you’ll find mountain views and a warm atmosphere. Pick from one of their many caffeinated drinks, but don’t forget to grab something out of their homemade bakery case.  

Our Favorite Drink: Any flavored latte! Try from favorites like the Nuttin’ Honey to the Cinnamon Roll Latte. 

Hours: Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. 

 

 

Your Guide to Sustainable Travel in Breckenridge

If you’re planning a trip to Breckenridge, consider adding a sustainable travel plan to your checklist. Earlier this year Breckenridge became the second town in the world to be certified as a Mountain IDEAL sustainable destination. What does that mean? Breckenridge has put time and energy into creating a plan for a sustainable future including a carbon-neutral goal of being powered by 100% renewable energy by 2035. With more than one million visitors annually, your travel habits can make a difference in our mountain community. 

Travel to Breckenridge Sustainably 

Denver International Airport (DIA) is the closest airport to Breckenridge, so travelers can expect at least a two hour drive to arrive in mountain paradise. Instead of renting a car, beat the congestion and traffic of I-70 and opt for a discounted shared shuttle from the airport to your lodging.  

Once you’re here, the Breck Free Ride bus system provides free public transportation throughout Breckenridge. With several color-coded routes and an interactive schedule, it takes the headache out of navigating. An added sustainable bonus — the Free Ride fleet includes two all-electric buses! 

For travelers arriving via electric car, Breckenridge has 22 public electric vehicle charging ports at conveniently located around town 

Sustainable Lodging Options in Breckenridge 

Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV), a developer and manager of three properties in Breckenridge, is committed to sustainable efforts through responsible business practices that ensure minimal impact on the mountain environment. Thirty-nine percent of waste created at BGV’s resorts or corporate offices is diverted through recycling and compost efforts. Plus, 100% of the electricity consumed at the company’s corporate offices is offset by solar panels.  

As of April 2022, BGV has signed a 4.9 megawatt community solar subscription with Pivot Energy. This is one of the largest community solar subscriptions in the history of the hospitality sector and a vital component of BGV’s sustainability initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030.

Guests of Grand Timber Lodge, the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 will find they too can contribute to BGV’s sustainable efforts. Each property offers a complimentary shuttle service to transport guests around town and also provides electric vehicle charging stations in their heated garages.

Guests are encouraged to help in sustainable efforts by utilizing on-property water bottle refilling stations, setting their thermostat at or below 68 degrees, reusing their towels and turning off lights and televisions when not in use. In addition, guests have access to recycling throughout the properties and can make use of countertop compost pails available at the Front Desks. 

Gear Rentals

If you’re new to skiing and snowboarding and are in need of some gear for your trip, you’re not alone! There’s no need to buy a whole set up with a plethora of thrift stores and rentals available in Breckenridge.  

Consider renting your skis, helmets and boots through companies like Ski Butlers, Breck Sports and Alpine Sports. Many companies are located on properties or will deliver to you no matter where you are staying! For ski pants and jackets, visit Ridden in Breckenridge. The shop offers consignment items along with outerwear rentals and even sled rentals for the nearby sledding hill at Carter Park 

Reduce Waste 

Be sure to add your reusable bags and water bottles to your packing list.  

In an effort to discourage the use of plastic bags, Breckenridge passed a plastic bag ban this year which means only paper bags are available at stores for a 10 cent fee. Practice BYO BAG to avoid fees at checkout. No bag? No problem! Ask the property’s Front Desk or a local retailer about the reusable bags that the Town of Breckenridge provides. 

The Town of Breckenridge has a goal to reduce waste headed to the landfill by 40%. Help reach this goal, and enjoy fresh mountain water, by bringing your reusable water bottle and refilling at one of the water fill stations around town. 

Sustainable Activities in Breckenridge 

Skiing is the ultimate outdoor winter activity and Breckenridge Ski Resort is known for its world class skiing and riding. Vail Resorts’ comprehensive sustainability commitment, Epic Promise For A Zero Footprint, aims to achieve zero waste to landfill, zero net emissions and zero net operating impacts to forests and habitat all by 2030. While you’re on the slopes, take a look around you. Breckenridge Ski Resort has installed lower energy chairlifts that use 30% less electricity along with low energy snowmaking guns that use more than 50% less compressed air than traditional snowmaking guns. 

Bonus sustainable activities for the non-skiers include cross country skiing and snowshoeing at the Breckenridge Nordic Center. Here you can rent the gear you need and explore over 2,000 acres of beautiful high alpine forest. 

Bottom line whatever vacation activity you choose you can take steps to leave Breckenridge better than you found it.  

Skiing Uphill – It’s a Thing. And Here’s Why You Should Try It.

Why do I like to ski uphill? The feeling of crisp, fresh air on my face as the sun rises and I begin my trek up the slopes. The overwhelming gratitude I am filled with to have such a beautiful experience in nature.

Breckenridge Date Ideas: A Local’s Guide

Choosing what to do or where to go on a date can sometimes be a little overwhelming. But hey, don’t sweat it – we’ve got you covered. Want to do something adrenaline-inducing? Got it. A fun night filled with drinks and music? You betcha. Something totally unique? Check. The Best of Breck team wants to share the love with you! Check out our top picks for an unforgettable time, night or day.

BE ADVENTUROUS 🌄

  • Uphill Skiing at Breckenridge Ski Resort: No ski pass? No problem. You don’t need a pass to skin; just follow the designated routes up the mountain and enjoy fresh tracks on the way down! (Remember, safety first!)
  • Snowmobile Tours: For the ultimate snowmobile experience, sign up for a half-day or full-day excursion and get ready for an unforgettable date.
Snowmobiling on a date!

Snowmobiling on a date!

  • Dog Sledding: Looking for something that’s not so extreme? Mush a team of adorable huskies in the Rockies with your loved one! Enjoy the views, make new furry friends, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Snow Coach Tours: A heated snow coach is perfect for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the Rockies in style!
  • Hut Trip: Feeling bold? Get a unique backcountry experience and skin/split-board to your destination hut!

ADD BOOZE 🍻

  • Take a tour of Breckenridge Distillery. It includes a tasting of their award-winning bourbon, classic vodka, and gin, so this one is kind of a no-brainer!
  • Grab 2 for 1 martinis at Cecilia’s Cocktail Bar & Nightclub! In addition to Breck’s longest happy hour (from 3 – 8 pm!), they also sport a full cigar room, and an impressive selection of over 60 different single malt scotches to beat the cold if martinis aren’t your thing! Garrett is our favorite bartender and makes a mean “Satan’s Soul Patch.” It’s a must-try (if you like bourbon).
Pouring a "Satan's Soul Patch" at Cecilia's

Garrett pouring a “Satan’s Soul Patch” at Cecilia’s

  • Grab a brew. Head over to Broken Compass Brewing and try the legendary Coconut Porter or the refreshing Ginger Pale Ale.
  • Hit the club. Dance the night away to the DJ’s tune at Cecilia’s or Liquid Lounge.
  • Listen to live music (with a drink in hand, of course) at places like The Historic Brown, Motherloaded Tavern, Rocky Mountain Underground and The Riverwalk Center.

GET ACTIVE 🎿

  • Ski (or Snowboard), Duh! The ski resort boasts an endless variety of runs to accommodate every level of skier. From well-groomed greens to epic double-black diamond playgrounds, Breckenridge Ski Resort has a lot to love.
  • Ridden Fat Bike and Brewery Tour: This is the perfect date idea for the adventurous couple! Get on a fat bike (any time of year!) and ride through town. Wake up those muscles, enjoy the cool mountain air, and end the day with a drink at Broken Compass Brewing or the Breckenridge Distillery.
Fat Biking!

Fat Biking!

BE ROMANTIC 💕

Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride

GET ARTSY 🎨

International Snow Sculpture Championships

International Snow Sculpture Championships

Ready for an awesome date? Grab your loved one, get out there, and have FUN!

If you have little ones with you and are looking for a sitter while you go out on a date, click here for affordable child care options in Breckenridge.

"Satan's Soul Patch"

Cheers!

 

 

Ullr Fest Parade Breckenridge

Top Winter Events in Breckenridge

Buzz is building for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. Although summers in Breckenridge are truly amazing, Summit County and its four world-class ski areas really come to life in the winter. Here are the top major events to get excited about this season!