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A Local’s Guide: the Highest Distillery in the World

Sitting at 9600′, Breckenridge Distillery is the highest distillery in the WORLD. With over 20 distilled products distributed globally, and a world-renowned Chef, this distillery is one you cannot miss!

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 

 

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