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50 Things to do in Breckenridge This Summer

50 Things to Do in Breckenridge this Summer

Your options are endless in Breckenridge – our mountain town has something for everyone. Picture yourself hiking through the alpine, shopping on Main Street, dinner downtown, or perhaps a little relaxation at the pool? Set the stage for your best summer story yet.

First Time Ski Trip Guide to Breckenridge

With 2,908 skiable acres, 187 trails, and 235 lifts Breckenridge Ski Resort offers a variety of terrain for all levels from beginner to expert. If you’re not sure where to start, read on for a breakdown of beginner to expert hike-to terrain so you can get the most out of your days on the mountain. 

A Wine Tasting Tour of Breckenridge

When you’re at nearly 10,000 feet in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, wine may not be exactly what comes to mind. In this small mountain town, you’ll be surprised to find a wide selection of wines sourced from the western slope of Colorado and all the way across the world. Wine aficionados, rejoice! We took ourselves on a wine tasting tour of Breckenridge so you can follow along and choose your perfect pour.  

Menus and wine glasses at Carboy Winery

Carboy Winery

103 S. Main Street | Hours: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday

Carboy Winery was the first stop on our wine tour of Breckenridge. Located in the historic Gold Pan Saloon, Carboy features an inviting tasting room with classic tin-plated ceilings and wine barrel walls.  

Beneath Carboy, you’ll find a Barrel Room where tanks of wine are connected to the taps in the tasting room upstairs. While most of the wine is produced at their Littleton location, Carboy in Breckenridge does produce ciders on site! 

Choose from wine flights, full pours or even their Cold Vines Wine Seltzer and pair it all with specialty made charcuterie boards and shareable snacks.  

What we tried:  

We opted for the featured wine flight to sample a variety of wines all out of Grand Valley, Colorado. 

Blan.Co White Blend
Rosè of Tempranillo
Cabernet Franc 

Bonus tip: Ask your server about the Barrel Room downstairs, you may be able to score an exclusive tour! Alternatively, you can schedule a private tour with a wine specialist ahead of your visit and be treated to a tasting of five select Carboy wines.  

Ridge Street Wine Sign

Ridge Street Wine

304 S. Main Street | Hours: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday 

Tucked in a charming alley off Main Street, Ridge Street Wine is a cozy gathering place that provides wines from around the globe. Open for over 20 years, this locally owned establishment hand-selects the wines they serve and sell.  

Stop next door at Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate, owned by the same purveyors, to buy a bottle, a farm cheese or small batch chocolates. 

What we tried:  

Commuter Cuvee Pinot Noir
Allen Scott Sauvignon Blanc 

Bonus tip: On Wednesday nights enjoy a wine and cheese pairing or start your weekend with a flight of three half glasses of wine on Friday nights.  

Try Colorado Wine Sign and Wine Glasses/Bottle on table

Continental Divide Winery

505 S. Main Street | Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 

The last stop on our wine tour of Breckenridge had to be Continental Divide Winery. This winery holds the title of the world’s highest altitude winery with all their wines being produced at 10,361 feet in Fairplay, Colorado. Making wine at such an altitude results in a slower and gentler fermentation process creating truly unique flavor profiles.  

This warm and inviting tasting room is within walking distance of the Quicksilver Chairlift on Peak 9 so you can go from the slopes to après ski in no time.  

What we tried: 

We had to try the Special Limited Release Flight featuring wines made from grapes in both Colorado and California.  

Blanc de Blancs (Methode Champenoise)
Riverside Cabernet Sauvignon (Grand Valley, Colorado)
Colorado Storm (Cabernet Sauvignon/Petite Sirah/Cab Franc)
Dillinger’s Ridge Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Bonus tip: The Cheese Shop is located right across from Continental Divide Winery. When you’re ready to head home, purchase a cheese box to pair with your new favorite wine.   

Table at Mimo Fancy Tapas

The Top 5 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.

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 

 Local’s Tip: Check out the Breck Deals page for discounted lodging in Breckenridge!

Why Spring Break in Breck

Our Breck spring break vacation planning guide has everything you need plus locals’ tips so you can plan the ultimate sun-filled vacation.