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.

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Winter Fun in Breckenridge: No Skis, No Snowboards, No Problem!

Dining in BreckenridgeWe all have that friend (or, maybe a few of them). You know; the one who has absolutely no interest in visiting the mountains. If you’ve been lucky enough to experience the unbelievable beauty of the Rockies, you’re probably wondering how anyone could feel this way. Well, most of these summer-loving folks avoid winter at all costs because they don’t ski or ride, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy that they just don’t do snow. We are calling their bluff!!

Contrary to popular belief, skiing and snowboarding aren’t the only ways to enjoy winter in Breckenridge; there’s actually a lot more snowy fun to be had here than most imagine. Although there are dozens of activities we could list, that would take all day. So, we’ve decided to give you the low-down on our four favorite winter activities in Breckenridge that don’t require a ski pass. Warning: by the time you’re done reading this, you might need to revise any existing plans for your next day off (and pretty much every winter weekend thereafter).

Snowmobiling and Dog sled Rides

The ultimate in winter fun parks, Good Times Adventures gets the obvious number one spot on our list! Located only a few miles from downtown Breckenridge, Good Times Adventures has been helping families and friends create life-long memories since 1986. Choose from over 100 state of the art snowmobiles to take out on a guided cruise through miles of scenic pathways that overlook the Ten Mile Range; you won’t be disappointed. If you’re looking for an unforgettable thrill, grab up to six friends and head out on a guided dog sledding trip that might just change your life. Zooming around six miles of breathtaking trails on a two-person sled or alongside in the passenger sled with a team of Siberian huskies leading you will be an experience that will stay with you forever. Make sure to tip your guide for the breathtaking journey!

Spa Day

If you’re more interested in relaxing than getting your adrenaline pumping, don’t worry; you’re still in the perfect place to do so. Breckenridge is internationally known for its ski resort AND for the luxurious spa services offered throughout town, bringing us to the second spot on our list. Our favorites include: Soothe Spa at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and Refresh Spa at the Grand Timber Lodge, but we can’t wait to check out the upcoming Infinity Spa when the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 opens! Treat yourself to Colorado’s finest in lavish massages, facials or body treatments for a fraction of what most other five star resorts charge. Reinvigorate your mind and body with a day of lounging in the grotto and sauna as you sip on some cucumber water (or some champagne, if that’s more your style).

Museums, Tours, and Sleigh Rides

Not only is Breckenridge’s beauty second to none, but the preservation of the town’s origins makes it one of the most fun and historical settlements this side of the Mississippi, earning the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance a number three seat on our list. Visit the Welcome Center to get more information on this mining town’s beginnings and enjoy one of their many guided tours or scavenger hunts. While you’re at it, check out some of the intriguing museums, such as the Barney Ford Victorian Home and the Edwin Carter Discovery Center. If you’re bringing some little ones along, they will love the Mountaintop Children’s Museum. Horse-drawn sleigh and carriage rides throughout town and overlooking the Ten Mile Range offer unparalleled views and old-fashioned fun with custom add-ons like dinner and other options with Breckenridge Stables. Not only are these excursions a blast; educating yourself about Breckenridge will only help you appreciate the astounding amount of character that this town emanates.

Local Dining

We think that the allure of downtown Breckenridge is a huge contributing factor to why it was named the most visited mountain resort town in North America. If you enjoy dining, drinking, gaming, having fun and meeting cool new people, you’re in luck. Savor some tasty burgers at the Breckenridge Brewery, where you can wet your pallet with some of the best brews in Summit County. After some libations, walk across the street and two blocks north into the Breckenridge Tasting Room for FREE samples of their delectable hand-crafted spirits. Once you’ve had your fill, continue north on Main Street to the appropriately-named Gold Pan Saloon, Breckenridge’s oldest bar that offers delicious food and beverage options for the whole family. Try your luck at a free drink by partaking in their 136 year old tradition of hooking the chain in the middle of the bar; it’s easier than it sounds, so don’t poke someone’s eye out! Now that we’ve got you in game-mode, backtrack one block to Downstairs at Eric’s, a local favorite. Here, you can enjoy a plethora of arcade games while watching your favorite sports teams; they have everything from Skeeball to Big Buck Hunter, along with over a dozen flat screens. Maybe you’ll even step away from the hoops to grab some of their famous pizza while the kids try their hand at Shootout. When your stash of quarters is depleted, you should stroll two blocks south to the recently remodeled Blue Stag. Warm up by the fire pit, munch on some wings and shrimp, view a fiery sunset on the back porch, chug a Moscow mule (or three) and cowboy up with a game of Stump; just keep your hands out of the hammer’s way! We could easily carry on, given that Main Street in Breckenridge boasts over 30 bars and eateries; but we want to leave some of the exploring to you!

Now that you’ve read this, there’s absolutely no excuse to miss out on experiencing the ultimate mountain town. Don’t let your snow-fearing friends finagle their way out of a good time, either. Not only will they be thanking you as soon as you arrive; they’ll undoubtedly be itching to come back as soon as you leave. Don’t bother bringing skis or a board; you clearly don’t need them! Before you hit the road, remember to secure your stay with Breckenridge Discount Lodging, the leading choice for enormous savings and quality lodging

 

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Weekend Events 10/29 – 11/01

Halloween Fatty's PizzaHalloween is finally upon us! We have everything from ghost tours, to haunted houses, to family fun trick or treating. Check out all these spooky activities and events to do while you’re up here!

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, Oct 29th:

  • Ghost Tour: Strange But True | 2 pm | Two Wild Sisters Jewelry Store | 100 N Main St, Breckenridge CO | $15-Adult, $10-Child
  • Frisco’s Haunted House | 6 – 10 pm | Frisco Community Center | 110 3rd Ave, Frisco CO | $5-Student, $7-Adult, $20-Family 4 pack

Friday, Oct 30th:

  • Halloween Dodgeball Tournament | All Day | Breckenridge Recreation Center | 880 Airport Rd, Breckenridge CO | $110 per team
  • Nightmare at the Museum | 5 – 8 pm | Frisco Historic Park & Museum | 120 Main St, Frisco
  • Frisco’s Haunted House | 6 – 10 pm | Frisco Community Center | 110 3rd Ave, Frisco CO | $5-Student, $7-Adult, $20-Family 4 pack
  • Ghost Tour: Ghostly Tales | 7 – 9 pm | The Bridge at the Dredge Restaurant | 100 W Jefferson Ave, Breckenrdge CO | $18-Adult, $10-Child

Saturday, Oct 31st:

  • Met Opera: Wagner’s Tannhäuser | 10 – 2 pm | Colorado Mountain College | 107 Denison Placer Rd, Breckenridge CO | $20-Adult, $10-Child
  • Arapahoe Basin Concert – The Goonies (80’s cover band) | 1 – 4 pm | Base Area Plaza | Arapahoe Basin
  • Trick or Treating: Breckenridge | 5 pm | Harris & High Street, Breckenridge CO
  • Trick or Treating: Frisco | 6 – 8:30 pm | Main St, Frisco CO
  • Frisco’s Haunted House | 6 – 10 pm | Frisco Community Center | 110 3rd Ave, Frisco CO | $5-Student, $7-Adult, $20-Family 4 pack
  • Haunted Tour | 7:30 – 9 pm | Breckenridge Welcome Center | 203 S Main St, Breckenridge CO | $15-Adult, $10-Child

Sunday, Nov 1st:

  • Edwin Carter Museum | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm | Edwin Carter Discovery Center | 111 N Ridge St, Breckenridge CO
  • Barney Ford Victorian Home Museum | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm | Barney Ford Victorian Home | 111 E Washington Ave, Breckenridge CO

Click below for the best deals on lodging over the Halloween weekend!

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Missing Halloween 2015 in the High Country Will Haunt You

Halloween in Breckenridge“Halloween in Summit County is going to be the best!” said no one, ever. Let’s be honest; Summit County isn’t exactly known for throwing the greatest celebration on All Hallows Eve. There are probably a few reasons behind this lack of enthusiasm over the spookiest day of the year, but it really comes down to a terrifying lack of awareness. We might not be Salem, MA, but we actually do know how to do Halloween right, here in Summit County. Surprisingly, the area offers countless festive events, one of the world’s most beautiful fall seasons and you can even ski or ride on Halloween. Fear not, this isn’t a trick; who needs a hay ride when you can ride down the mountain on your skis or board?! Check out our list of the ten sweetest ways to treat yourself in the high country during this ghastly holiday.

  1. Pumpkinfest: The Silverthorne Recreation Center is hosting the town’s annual Pumpkinfest and has moved the event to take place on Sunday, Oct. 11th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. This otherworldly event unearths a “pumpkin patch” for children to pick out their free pumpkin for the holiday. After claiming your pumpkin, creep over to the petting zoo, play some wicked games, decorate some magical goodies, and horrify yourself in the scary bounce house. For more information, visit silverthorne.org.
  2. Murder Mystery Dinner: On Saturday, Oct. 31st at 6:30 pm, The Ski Tip is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner with a four-course meal. The Murder Mystery theme will terrify guests and includes the dinner guests in solving the mystery of “Whodunit.” For more information, call (970) 496-4950 or visit keystoneresort.com.
  3. Haunted Tours in Breck: Petrify yourself while masquerading around town on one of Breck’s infamous haunted tours! The historical society offers spine-chilling paranormal and haunted tours daily, and extra grim ones at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Halloween! For other tour times or dates, check out http://www.breckghosttours.com/.
  4. Halloween Dodgeball Tournament: You read that correctly! Dawn your scariest costume and show off your dodgeball skills while shocking fellow goblins and ghouls with your wizardry. The 7th Annual Halloween Dodgeball Tournament is guaranteed to be a howl. A minimum of six players per team is required with at least two females. All teams must register by 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 29th. Click here for more details.
  5. Trick or Treat in Breckenridge: Don’t forget to give some extra treats to our Police Department, Public Works Department and various volunteers for transforming downtown Breck into a supernatural world of dreadful fun when High Street and Harris Street turn into a Trick or Treaters’ delight!  Officers also participate in Trick or Treating activities in the Wellington Neighborhood. Bring the family down for a safe and enjoyable night of hocus pocus festivities and tasty treats! Contact the Police Department at 970-453-2941 shortly before Halloween to learn more about street closure times and alternate routes, or check out this site.
  6. Met Opera Live in HD: Want to switch up your evening and get out of the morbid moonlight? On October 31st at 10:55 am, The National Repertory Orchestra presents the live broadcast of Wagner’s Tannhäuser from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. This is a one of a kind opportunity to enchant your ears with a hair-raising performance by the Met! For more details and ticketing information, click here.
  7. Arapahoe Basin Fall Concert Series (AND SKIING/ RIDING!): What is the most devilish way to get your Halloween on? Well, in Summit County, that would be SKIING, of course! On Saturday, October 31st, rock out under the spell of an 80’s themed concert in the Plaza. This autumn party is far from a nightmare, bewitching guests with live music, magical food and devilishly delicious drinks in the Base Area Plaza from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Don’t forget to masquerade around in your favorite 80’s gear! Keep checking back here for more details!
  8. Frisco’s Haunted House: On Oct. 29th – 31st at 6:00 pm, trick yourself into braving it through the dreadful haunted house in Frisco. This eerie ghostly estate is constructed and run by local youth as a learning opportunity through Activities run by youth and Mountain Mentors. If you dare, visit Frisco’s Haunted House on October 29th, 30th, and 31st. It will be open from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm and tickets are sold at the door. Tickets prices are $5-student, $7-adult and $20-family four pack. More information can be found here.
  9. Nightmare at the Museum: On Oct. 30th at 5:00 pm, taunt your friends and family into a visit at the museum and creep yourselves out over some ghastly tales and scary poems of Victorian Gothic literature from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. At the Historic Park & Museum, remind yourselves that the gruesome tales and poems are just make-believe. Rock your favorite costume, or show up in your best Gothic and Victorian attire– light refreshments and treats provided. More details here.
  10. Trick or Treat on Main St. in Frisco: On 31st at 6:00 pm, creep on over to Main Street in Frisco for a hauntingly sweet time. All trick-or-treaters are welcome to have their fill of goodies from the spooky shops in town and at the Frisco Historic Park. The Historic Park Log Chapel will be playing cartoons for tired little ghouls. Participating businesses will dawn an orange jack-o-lantern hanging outside from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Halloween night. All ghosts, witches and warlocks report to downtown Frisco to collect tricks or treats spanning Main Street from Madison Avenue to Seventh Avenue. Further information is available here.

So, now that all of the mystery around Halloween in Summit County has been uncovered, you had better clear your schedule and prepare yourselves for a wicked good time. Just don’t forget your skis or board, and a terrifyingly awesome costume! We can’t wait to see you.

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Fireworks over Breckenridge

Ten Activities to Make Your Breckenridge 4th of July Weekend Perfect

Monday, June 30, 2014 by Mark Grattan_1It’s hard to believe that it’s almost the 4th of July already but that is the nature of Breckenridge in the summer. The perfect balance that exists between warm sunshine and cool air is fleeting in the high country of Breckenridge. This summer we have been blessed with exceptionally good weather.;arge american flag displayed during the 4th of July parade in Breckenridge, Colorado

With Friday being the 4th of July this year, Breckenridge will be hopping and full of energy next weekend. Breckenridge always pulls out all the stops for the 4th but this year will prove to be more exciting with a true three day weekend. There will be more to do and enjoy in Breckenridge this 4th of July weekend then mere mortals will be able to fit into 3 days. If you are planning on a trip to Breckenridge this 4th, here are ten ideas for things to do to help you dial in your schedule of fun for the weekend.

Don’t miss the Main Street parade – Time honored family entertainment! Starting with the Firecracker 50 and the Red White and Blue Color Guard, the parade starts at 10 a.m. and proceeds down Main Street with colorful floats and celebration all the way!

Rafting is awesome this summer! – Rafting is awesome any summer but this summer the rivers have been raging. Although flows are coming down rafting conditions are the most perfect they have been in a long time this late into the season. There are many outfitters that offer full and half day trips that leave from Breckenridge.

Rev it up with a 10K – get out and get your exercise before you hit your big BBQ in the afternoon. The Independence Day 10k Trail Run is a scenic 10k trail race offering some of the best views in the Breckenridge area. The race starts at 7 a.m. Register at www.BreckenridgeRecreation.com or call 970.453.1734 for more info.

Hike or Bike –Take some time to commune with nature by getting in it. There are miles of Backcountry all around Breckenridge and Summit County that offer a spectacular diversity of trails for any level of hiker and rider. Visit the Breckenridge Welcome Center and check out the hiking info book they keep at the main desk.

Find your Groove at the Riverwalk Center – come out to the Riverwalk Center at 2 p.m. on the 4th and check out Dumpstaphunk for Free! Led by Ivan Neville, Dumpstaphunk serves up a colossal low end and filthy grooves.

Get festive with art – The Breckenridge July Art Festival features over 100 artists presenting ceramics, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, painting, wood, glass, sculpture and much more! The festival takes place in the Wellington Lot area in the Watson Street Alley Friday to Sunday July 4th – 6th.

Have kids? Have fun! – take the kids for the time of their lives in Breckenridge and find yourself having just as much fun. Go to the Peak 8 Fun Park! Try the human maze, of bungee trampoline, Take a scenic chairlift or 4×4 tour across the mountain. But for the most fun try the Alpine Slide, Gold Runner Coaster or the new Ten Mile Zipline.

Watch out for Vipers – Dodge Vipers from all over will be displayed all along Main Street on Friday the 4th from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

More free music! Come to the annual NRO 4th of July concert – For almost 20 years, the Town of Breckenridge and National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) have collaborated to present a Patriotic Concert at the Riverwalk Center! Lawn seating is Free! The event starts at 8:30 on Friday the 4th but get there early for the best spots on the lawn. The box office will be selling tickets for inside on Friday.

Last winter’s epic snow means Fireworks!!! – All of our snow from winter means conditions are perfect for Fireworks. Celebrate the 4th on Friday at 9:45 p.m. the fireworks will be set off between Peaks 8 and 9 and will be able to be seen from all over town.

Breckenridge is so much fun on the 4th of July and this year with Friday being the 4th there will be an extra charge in the air. There is so much to do that you will never be able to do it all so choose wisely!

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Lighting of Breckenridge this Saturday

Come take part in a classic Breckenridge holiday tradition tomorrow at the annual Lighting of Breckenridge and the Race of the Santas/ Race of the Reindeer. Part of Breckenridge’s Winter Holidays, The Lighting of Breckenridge is the anchor to the first weekend of holiday festivities in December. Come help Santa celebrate the lighting of the Town Tree in the Blue River Plaza. Join the procession as it moves down Main Street escorting Santa’s sleigh.

The Lighting of Breckenridge events start at 1:45 p.m. and include family art, holiday carolers, dance performance, free hot cocoa and more. The Race for the Santas is a six block foot race on Main Street where everybody must be dressed as Santa and the top finishers win prizes including Ullr helmets. The Race of the Reindeer is the kid’s version of the race and anyone over 12 is encouraged to participate. All kids will get reindeer antlers to wear. The Racing commences at 4:15 p.m. so come to run or come to watch but don’t be late. Click here for more information and to register for the race.

The Lighting procession starts at 5 p.m. in front of the Red White and Blue Firehouse. Santa will arrive in his horse drawn carriage. Join in the procession as it works its way down Main Street towards the Blue River Plaza where Santa will preside over the lighting of the Town Tree. After the lighting kids can visit with Santa at the Barney Ford Museum and get a photo as well. For more information on tomorrow’s Lighting of Breckenridge festivities click here.

Next up in Breckenridge’s Winter Holidays is the Dew Tour. The Dew Tour is an amazing event that brings together the best skiers and snowboarders in the world to compete in superpipe, big air and slopestyle. This year the stakes are even higher as the Dew Tour will be a 2014 Winter Olympic qualifying event for the US Ski and Snowboard Team.