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The Best Happy Hours in Breck: A Local’s Guide

After a long day of skiing, nothing sounds better than to sit back, relax, kick off your boots, and enjoy a cold one (or two). So where are the best places in Breckenridge to go for happy hour? Who has the best deals?

Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.

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Here’s the inside scoop on the hot spots in Breckenridge. We asked some locals about their favorite happy hours in Breck. Here’s what they had to say…

Aurum Food & Wine | 209 S Ridge St

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: Considered the best happy hour spot in Breck right now. 4-6 pm daily.
The Deals: Half-priced apps, half-priced wines by the glass, $3 draft beer and $7 classic cocktails!
The Cherry on Top: The food is to-die-for, the atmosphere is lovely, and the bartenders/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 wetting 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.)

Modis | 113 S Main St

Price: $$$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: Modis has TWO daily happy hours as well! From 3-6 pm & 10-midnight daily.
The Deals: Appetizers for under $10, reduced price on cocktails, and wine pours.
The Cherry on Top: One of the original owners Eric, was feeding his son dinner one night. His son kept saying, “mo dis” (as in, I want “more of this”)… and that is how the name “Modis” was born.
Local’s Guide: Try “The Implication” if you’re a bourbon lover, or the “Powder-Hound Sour” if you want to try something truly unique and delicious.

The Blue River Bistro | 305 N Main St

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: The Blue River actually has TWO happy hours every day! From 3-6 pm & 9-midnight daily.
The Deals: Two-for-one appetizer menu, two-for-one martinis and $2 off drafts.
The Cherry on Top: Live music to groove to from 5-10 pm.
Local’s Guide: Try a martini! They have an extensive and diverse list of different types of martinis. Check out the “Paloma Martini” with Espolon tequila, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Cappelletti Aperitivo, ruby red grapefruit, and muddled cucumber.

Ember | 106 E Adams Ave

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: Scratch that. At Ember, it’s called Euphoric 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 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 for the prices. Try the “Sexy Woman” with jalapeño infused vodka, passion fruit, and lime.

Motherloaded Tavern | 103 S Main St

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily.
The Deals: $1 off beer and wine, $2 off house infusions (shots, mixed drinks, mason jar cocktails, and hot drinks), and $5 food specials.
The Cherry on Top: Live music every Friday and Saturday. Football specials on Sunday and Monday night. Trivia Tuesdays:  9-midnight. Whiskey Wednesdays: $3 whiskey drinks. Thirsty Thursdays: happy hour drinks all day and night! There is always something going on here!
Local’s Guide: Motherloaded has a laidback vibe, with friendly and attentive staff. Everything they make is from scratch; try their infused vodka, the Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls, Disco Tots, or the Sweet Pepper Applewood Bacon (candied magical bacon deliciousness) and then toast marshmallows right at your own table!

Mi Casa | 600 S Park Ave

Price: $
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily.
The Deals: Enjoy great drink specials, discounted tacos, and wings.
The Cherry on Top: Mi Casa has been a locals’ choice for après ski since 1981, so why not check it out for yourself? They have an impressive selection of Mexican cervezas and the largest tequila list in Summit County with over 100 selections!
Local’s Guide: There are also free chips and salsa and FREE NACHOS during happy hour! Check out their Specialty Margaritas with freshly squeezed lime juice and your choice of tequila!

Hearthstone | 130 S Ridge St

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: 4-6 pm daily.
The Deals: $5 small plates, $2.50-3.50 beers, $6 house-crafted cocktails, and $5 wine by the glass.
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 “Moscow Mule.”

Cheers!

 

Five Reasons to Come to Breckenridge on Weekdays

LBreckenridge by nightess Traffic. Peaceful town. Bigger smiles. Let’s face it, weekends can get pretty crowded in the high country. Visit Breckenridge during the week and have more fun! Still need more convincing? Book your Breckenridge getaway on weekdays and save. If you can swing it, it’s even worth taking a day or two off to manage it. If you are wondering why you should take days off to ski Breckenridge on weekdays here are five reasons:

  • Save time – Last Saturday I was riding the lift and talking to a couple that had just arrived from the Front Range. It was noon and they were telling me about how this lift ride was their first run. They had waited until 8 a.m. to leave and it took them 4 hours to get to this lift. The next week I was talking to a friend from Lakewood and he said he leaves by 6 a.m. on Saturday. If he waits any later he will be in bumper to bumper traffic the whole way up. Weekend traffic has been getting worse for years and even with improvements like the new toll lane, things will still be pretty rough for the foreseeable future. Try driving up on a weekday- there is never any significant traffic. It is about an hour and a half flat to Breck from Denver on a weekday.
  • Stay better – Coming on weekday’s means you have options especially if you are trying to set up a close in trip. Breckenridge lodging is built on condo style accommodations and has only a few hotels. If you like to stay in nice large places close to the lifts be prepared to shell out a pretty penny on weekends. But on weekday’s room rates tend to come back down out of the stratosphere and you can book a much nicer room, closer to when you are coming then you ever could on a weekend.
  • Live large – Make sure one of the first things you do when you come up to Breckenridge on a weekday is to grab a Summit Daily. You won’t miss the distinctive blue boxes that are ubiquitous around Summit County. Inside lies the free daily newspaper and all of the happy hours, food deals and sales going on in Breckenridge and Summit County. Since the weekdays are less crowded, there is less demand for food, drinks and cheap stuff. We all know the Law of Supply and Demand that says the smaller the demand, the smaller the price. So live large and go out when you come. Your wallet will thank you for it.
  • Own the mountain – When surveyed, 9.99 out of 10 respondents said they prefer short lift lines and uncrowded slopes. That 1/100th of a person is not thinking clearly. Having the mountain all to yourself sounds way cooler than sharing it with thousands of your closest friends (remember? You met them on I-70 on the way up). Also, it has been proven in countless experiments that you have a greater chance of actually skiing powder on a powder day if that day is a weekday.
  • Save your sanity – Breckenridge is awesome on the weekend. Town is vibrant and full and life. There is no shortage of fun activities to try and plenty of people to enjoy it with. But if you are looking for something a little quieter, a little less expensive or a little less crowded on slopes, come up on weekdays. If you are looking to avoid the frustrations of traffic and crowds that sometime occur than heed this advice and come up to Breckenridge on a weekday.

 

Washing Away Myths: Why You Should Visit Breck this Mud Season

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Scared mud season is just too muddy? Don’t worry!  Despite its dingy reputation, there are many surprising reasons that locals consider May through June to be one of their favorite times of year here. Ever visited Breckenridge during the holidays or Fourth of July? If so, you already know just how mobbed this small town gets. Breckenridge is 7 miles long and includes one of the world’s best ski resorts, which brings a lot of tourism. Although there are significant peak seasons that bring people from all over the world, there is also a “mud” season in between winter and summer that offers a great alternative to enjoying a Breckenridge vacation!

1.) SAVE big during May and June

During peak seasons it can be almost impossible to find lodging in Breckenridge unless you plan far in advance. Not only can it be hard to find a place to stay, the prices during May are super affordable and the variety of options are abundant. Since there is also a lag of tourism in Breck during this time, most restaurants offer great deals. Top restaurants offer 2 for 1 deals and some even ½ off deals. Eat at some of the finest restaurants and save BIG!

2.) Quiet town – no crowds and lots of PARKING!

If you have ever experienced Breckenridge, you will know that there is a shortage of parking in the area. The town has a three hour parking limit to try and alleviate some of congestion and frustration of finding a place to park. During the peak seasons you can spend 30 minutes or more just finding a place to park. Come visit during May and early June and you will not have an issue. There are more than enough spots to park and you can easily maneuver through town. It is a local’s favorite time of year because of the peace and quit. The town turns in sanctuary that brings a new appreciation for the surrounding Rocky Mountains. One of the greatest perks of vacationing in Breck during mud season is the absence of traffic on I – 70. This major highway is jam packed all winter and over peak summer seasons. What would usually take an hour of travel from Denver can take up to five hours! Visiting during mud season keeps you out of the car and exploring more of this historic town!

3.) Activities

Although the ski resort is closed during most of these months, there are tons of other activities to explore during mud season in Breck. The number one activity to do during the “run off” season is rafting. White water rafting down the Colorado River during the mud season is a must do. The rapids are large and the scenery of the Colorado River and surrounding area will have you in awe. If you want to explore the beauty of the mountains, this is the way to do it. If you still want to experience the snow, try snowshoeing! There is typically still snow melting this time of year which makes it possible to snow shoe at high elevations. If you are ready to get out hiking, there are still hikes you can explore, but make sure to bring some hiking boots as there will be some mud. Another fun activity to try is fishing! This popular Colorado sport is great family fun activity. The rivers and lakes in the high country are filled with natural trout!

Mud season in Breckenridge has some mud of course, but not enough to ruin your adventure in the high country. Take a local’s advice; visit Breckenridge during mud season and take advantage of all the perks during this time of year! Your wallet and your sanity will thank you!

 

Wax Your Skis in 9 Easy Steps

 

There is nothing like freshly waxed skis for the first day on the mountain. However, taking your board/skis into a shop every time the weather changes can become tedious. Learn how to wax your own skis or snowboard with this easy to follow instructional video from Best of Breck!