When you think of Breckenridge, mountain sports are usually the first thing that come to mind. There are all types of activities here in the heart of the Rockies, such as skiing, riding, biking, snowshoeing, hiking, dogsledding, rock climbing, snowmobiling, camping, tubing, skating and….shopping. Yes, shopping!
Since mountain towns are often associated with rugged landscapes and harsh conditions, the world-class retail therapy opportunities here are often overlooked. But, today’s your lucky day. We have compiled the ultimate Breckenridge shopping guide to satisfy every consumer’s palate. With over 200 stores in town, you’ll be sure to find something to write home about.
Now that you know what your options are, you should know when is best to buy. If you’re not a skier or rider, we recommend shopping while others are skiing. The shops will be less crowded and you’ll be able to visit more stores quicker between the hours of 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Otherwise, happy hour is always a good time to get the stores to yourself and enjoy some libations in between transactions.
If you’re shopping for winter gear, the biggest sales happen at the end of the season, so plan to purchase in April, May or June to get the biggest bang for your buck. The same goes for off-season gear and apparel—shop at the end of the summer season and you will find great deals on spring and summer clothing and equipment. Regardless of when you come, the shopping options and fun to be had while browsing are endless.
Bloody Mary’s: the glorious hair-of-the-dog libation that helps get you goin’ in the morning. After a late night out on the town, a Bloody Mary might be exactly what you need to kick-start your day. The Best of Breck Team ventured around the county and did some “research” on where to get the best hangover cure in a glass in Breckenridge. We turned to our own taste buds and reached out to locals so we could give you the inside scoop. Here’s who made the cut (not in any particular order):
GC8 Bloody – Three Olives Vodka with pickle, pepperoncini, olive and bacon skewer – $12
Robbie’s is a brand new, locally owned slopeside bistro with unparalleled views. Located right at the base of Peak 8 within the Grand Colorado on Peak 8, Robbie’s is the new hot spot to grab a drink après skiing. We checked out their bloody as advised by some locals, and were blown away. It was seriously good; the perfect mix of vodka and tomato juice, perfect spice, and topped with BACON. Yeah, bacon.
Garden Bloody Mary – Three Olives Vodka and a spicy tomato juice with what really seems like the whole garden. – $12.50
The Canteen is a local’s favorite with a HUGE Bloody Mary served in a literal canteen cup. Make sure you carve out some time to drink this whole canteen. Just when you think it can’t get any better, it tastes almost better than it looks. Also, don’t forget to order a mini Coors Sidecar for only $1.75 extra!
Ullr Bloody Mary – Elevate Vodka, house-made Bloody Mary mix, pickle, olives, pepperoncini, lime, slice of bacon and a sausage roll. – $14
This Bloody Mary is no joke. Come hungry and thirsty and leave full with this boozy breakfast in a cup. It doesn’t stop there, though… the views make this journey up to Peak 8 all worth it. Enjoy your Bloody Mary outside on their patio looking at all the skiers coming down Peak 8 and hopping on the Colorado and Rocky Mountain SuperChairs.
The Usual Suspects – Pick your house infused vodka: pickle or jalapeno. Then pick your mix: Zing Zang or Motherlode Provisions. Served with a surprise garnish! -$12
The Ultimate Bloody Mary – 32oz of the Usual Suspect with an extra gluttonous garnish of fun! -$20
MLT is known for their house infused booze, so of course, you get an infused vodka with your bloody. They garnish the Usual Suspect with a strip of bacon, olives, pepperoncini and olives. The Ultimate Bloody gets a little crazy. First of all, 32oz of booze. 32. OUNCES. Sign us up. Second of all, they garnish that baby with peppered bacon, a spam fry, and an entire chicken tender! Really reinforcing the whole ‘meal in a glass’ concept.
Bloody Mary – Breckenridge Vodka or Breckenridge Vodka Chili Chile, with pickle, celery, jalapeno, pepperoncini, olive, lemon, and lime. Served in a mason jar. -$9
If you’ve never been to the Crown, definitely check it out. It’s a cute little coffee shop right in the heart of Breck that has delicious breakfast, lunch, coffee and BOOZE! You can get all these delicious boozy breakfast drinks early in the morning because it’s a coffee shop so they’re open earlier than most places. They keep it local and use vodka from Breckenridge Distillery as well as 9600 Bloody Mary Mix. Then they basically top it off with a salad. Sold.
So next time you’re in Breck and stay out a little too late, head to one of these spots in Summit County for a delicious hangover cure. Remember, you can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning!
After a long day of skiing or hiking, there’s nothing better than sitting back, kicking off your boots and enjoying a cold one (or two). Here are the best places in Breckenridge to go for happy hour deals.
We asked locals about their favorite happy hours in Breckenridge. Here’s what they had to say.
Price: $$ Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available Happy Hour: One of the best happy hour spots in Breck. 4-6 pm daily The Deals: Half-priced apps, half-priced wines by the glass, half-priced draft beer and $7 classic cocktails The Cherry on Top: The food is to-die-for, the atmosphere is lovely, and the servers are super friendly and accommodating Local’s Guide: Since this place is so awesome, you will most likely be battling for a seat at the bar. Get there early! Also, we recommend whetting your whistle with the “Corpse Reviver” or the “Bees Knees.” Then top it off with the signature House Rolls and the French Onion Burger (the best burger in Breckenridge, in our humble opinion).
Price: $$ Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available Happy Hour: 2-5 pm daily The Deals: Two-for-one appetizer menu, two-for-one martinis The Cherry on Top: Live music to groove to Mondays and Tuesdays, 5-10 pm Local’s Guide: Try a martini! They have an extensive and diverse list. Check out the “Paloma Martini” with Espolon tequila, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Cappelletti Aperitivo, ruby red grapefruit, and muddled cucumber.
Price: $$ Gluten-Free Menu: Yes Happy Hour:Scratch that. At Ember, it’s calledEuphoric Hour!From 4-6 pm daily The Deals: Reduced drink prices, great wines for $5/pour and $5 appetizers The Cherry on Top: This place has a great artistic atmosphere, everyone is friendly and the bar is curved which makes it easy to chat with your neighbor Local’s Guide: The selection of appetizers is the best part, and the quality of the food is fantastic. Try the “Sexy Woman” martini with jalapeño-infused vodka, passion fruit and lime.
Price: $$ Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily The Deals: $1 beer, wine and shots; $2 off house infusion cocktails and discounted appetizers The Cherry on Top: Live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Football specials on Sunday and Monday night. Check the events calendar for karaoke, trivia nights and late-night music. There is always something going on here! Local’s Guide: Motherloaded has a laid-back vibe with friendly and attentive staff. Everything they make is from scratch. Try the Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls, Disco Tots or the Sweet Pepper Applewood Bacon (candied magical bacon deliciousness) and then toast marshmallows right at your table.
Price: $ Gluten-Free Menu: Yes Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily The Deals: Enjoy great drink specials, 3 tacos for $5 and $5 wings The Cherry on Top: Mi Casa has been a locals’ top choice for après ski since 1981. They have an impressive selection of Mexican cervezas and the largest tequila list in Summit County with over 100 offerings. Local’s Guide: There are also free chips and salsa during happy hour. Check out the specialty margaritas made with freshly squeezed lime juice and your choice of tequila.
Price: $$ Gluten-Free Menu: Yes Happy Hour: 4-6 pm daily in the lounge or on the patio in the summer The Deals: Discounted appetizers and cocktails, $6 wines by the glass, $3 microbrews and domestic beers The Cherry on Top: The Hearthstone is the perfect destination for a romantic date night Local’s Guide: Head upstairs for a small, secluded bar with phenomenal views of the town and mountains. Try the “Strawberry Serrano Martini” or the “Gingered Gimlet.”
Price: $$ Gluten-Free Menu: No, gluten-free options available Happy Hour: 3-8 pm daily The Deals: 2-for-1 martinis, $3.50 empanadas and more The Cherry on Top: Cecilia’s transforms into an incredible nightclub once the sun goes down. The dance floor is a riot and the cocktails are even better Local’s Guide: Ask for the “Satan’s Soul Patch” cocktail. You won’t be disappointed! It’ll set your taste buds ablaze…literally.
Tip: Head to the Breck Deals page to find the best lodging in town!
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Visiting Breckenridge during the week allows you to pack in more activities and save big on lodging too! Whether you are looking to escape the 9 to 5 for a while or work remotely and experience a different kind of “board meeting”, visiting the high country Sundays through Thursdays offers a lot of advantages!
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If you have ever been to Breckenridge, you know just how many outdoor activities are going on all summer long. If your looking to spend time with the family and get outside, try a family friendly hike in town and use this guide to help you plan for every level of hiker in your family!
4 O’clock Run (1-2 1/2 hours round trip)
Known as a popular ski run in the winter, this run turns into a great hike in the summer! This trial can be accessed right off of Main Street in Breckenridge and offers some great views! (go as far or short, as you like). This trail has moments of flats as well as some steep inclines so make sure to bring a pair of tennis shoes or hiking boots! The mid-way point leads you to the Breckenridge maintenance shack . From here, you can see the mountaintops without looking up or enjoy a bird’s eye view of town. It typically takes a round trip of 1 hour for this route. Need more exercise? Continue to take the tail to the top of ogf the ski resort by follow the chair lift.
Carter Park (1 – 2 Hours round trip)
Brining your dog for the family adventure? Carter Park is a great place to bring the dogs and kids! This recreational park offers plenty of activity for the whole family. Check out the Dog Park or head up the “Breck Steps” for a great hike. Be cautious! These steps are steep and a high incline- but don’t fret! Though these steps can be steep as soon as you get to the top, take in the mountain views and scenery! From here you can see all of Breckenridge ski resort and the 4 peaks it spans across. Continue on Moonstone trail for a mellow hike to the top.
Cucumber Gulch (1 – 3 hours)
Among one of the more popular trails in Breckenridge this hit trail offers some great wildlife and scenery. This trail follows the Gondola to Breckenridge ski resort. This trail has times of incline but is relatively mellow hike fit for the whole family! This trail sits in the valley below Breckenridge Ski Resort and is nestled in trees for great shade coverage as well as true mountain scenery. Before heading to this trail make sure it is open and if your thinking of bringing the furry one, watch out – locals refer to this spot as “Moose Country”!
There is a hiking trail in Breckenridge for everyone. If you are looking to get out spend some time with the family while also enjoying the outdoors try one of these trails in Breckenridge!
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