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Favorite Hiking Trails – Team Edition

The snow is melting and the mountain air is at a perfect temperature to be outside! The Best of Breckenridge team loves to enjoy their spare time outside wandering the trails in and around and in Breckenridge. So, we did our research in the office and asked everyone to share their favorites. Here’s what we found… the office really knows how to adventure out into the wilderness.

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

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.

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We asked locals about their favorite happy hours in Breckenridge. Here’s what they had to say.

Aurum Food & Wine | 209 S Ridge St

(970) 771-3943

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).

Modis | 113 S Main St

(970) 453-4330

Price: $$$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily
The Deals: Appetizers under $10, reduced prices 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

(970) 453-6974

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.

Ember | 106 E Adams Ave

(970) 547-9595

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 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.

Motherloaded Tavern | 103 S Main St

(970) 453-2572

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 $5 food specials
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.

Mi Casa | 600 S Park Ave

(970) 453-2071

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.

Hearthstone | 130 S Ridge St

(970) 453-1148

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.”

Cecilia’s Cocktail Bar & Nightclub | 520 S Main St

(970) 453-2243

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.

Cheers!

 

Tip: For lodging within walking distance of these Breckenridge happy hour hot spots, visit Grand Timber Lodge.

hike a 14er in breckenridge

Hike a 14er in Breck

In Breckenridge, you can summit a 14er called Quandary Peak. Before you head out on your hiking adventure, review this checklist.

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.

 

Summer drinks in Breck

BEAT THE HEAT: BRECK’S SUMMER HOT SPOTS

As the rest of the country swelters in the summertime scorch, folks in the High Country are comfortably basking in Breck’s inviting warm rays and cool mountain breezes while enjoying activities on the slopes… or, while relaxing on a deck soaking in the views of the slopes…. with a refreshing mixy in hand. Why do these ten short weeks cause Breckenridge-lovers to fall even harder for these perfect peaks? Mother Nature serves up summer in Summit on a silver platter of ideal weather for all who enjoy having fun in the sun (which means there’s no need to roast in unbearable heat or lock yourself away in an air-conditioned basement). Because you guys rock, the BOB staff scrupulously scoured local watering holes and lapped up countless cocktails in the name of research, enabling us to confidently bring you the best of Breck’s summertime bevvys. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it, and we would never let you down.

  1. MODIS: Known for being one of the swankier places on Main Street, Modis has one of our favorite roof decks in town. Lounge on one of their comfy couches while you take in the uninhibited views of the mountains. We give their happy hour an A+!
    • Staff Favorites: Butcher Block appetizer and a French 75 cocktail.
  2. SOUTHRIDGE SEAFOOD: Now located in La Cima mall, Southridge is still serving up Breck’s finest seafood, but now boasts one of Breck’s best decks for dining (and drinking). With the only raw bar in Summit County and some of the best happy hour deals, you will want to make sure to stop in. 
    • Staff Favorites: P.E.I. Mussels (their signature dish) and a Watermelon Marg (or three).
  3. BURKE & RILEY’S: Enjoy traditional Irish fare, generously made libations and a second story deck in the heart of town. Burk’s is open late, making it a prime spot for nighttime munchies. This restaurant serves some authentic Irish foods like fish and chips as well as Shepard pie. They hae a large patio with some of the most amazing views of Breckenridge as well. If you’re looking for a great place to eat and mountains scenery, this place is the place to go! 
    • Staff Favorites: Irish Stew entrée and a traditional Moscow Mule.
  4. NAPPER TANDY’S: Warm up by the fireplace, play some pool, get a game of darts going or try to beat our high scores at Big Buck Hunter while enjoying one of town’s most popular spots. Napper’s has one of the tallest, most spacious decks in Breck and is a great spot to catch the sunset. Make sure to check out their sister restaurant downstairs, Salt Creek, for yummy breakfast and classic Irish meals. 
    • Staff Favorites: Chicken Finger Basket and a Green Tea Shot.
  5. BANGKOK HAPPY BOWL: It’s hard not to be happy when you’re admiring mountain views while munching on a plethora of authentic Thai dishes including curry, sushi and wontons. We also enjoy their happy hour pricing and occasional live music.
    • Staff Favorites: Pad Thai and Purple Haze Sake.
  6. BLUE STAG: This local hotspot offers both a back deck to view the sunset on and a front deck with a fire pit, where you can choose to eat or warm up by the fire pit. The Stag is one of the prime places to grab a wood-fired pizza, which is served until midnight. Play a game of stump out front if you’re feeling rowdy!
    • Staff Favorites: N.Y. Buffalo Wings and a nice tall B.Y.O.-LD Fashioned.
  7. FLIPSIDE: Boasting the best burgers in town and three floors of seating plus a full bar and outdoor patio, Breck’s new burger joint is as tasty as they come. The coolest part (pun intended) about Flipside is that they make MILKSHAKES. And, yes, you can get them with booze. As a matter of fact, they list suggested liquor pairings alongside their unrivaled shakes.
    • Staff Favorites: Blueberry Pie Shake (with Huckleberry Vodka) and the Flipside Burger.
  8. RMU TAVERN: Rocky Mountain Underground is definitely Breck’s most popular up and coming bar. Featuring a huge deck with tons of seating in the front and an entire yard to play in with another FULL bar, hammocks, lounge chairs, regular live music, and cornhole out back, you’ll never want to leave. Shop while you sip and enjoy the truly unique ambiance of RMU. Charlie is our favorite bartender and serves tasty drinks!
    • Staff Favorites: BYOF (grab a pizza from Giam’s) and the Ginger Spice cocktail.
  9. ROBBIE’S TAVERN: Nestled on the slopes in the Grand Colorado Resort on Peak 8, Robbies is quickly becoming Breck’s top ski bar and restaurant. Owned by locals who know their stuff, this spot comes complete with a huge deck lined by fireplaces. If you’re grabbing lunch while enjoying Epic Discovery or you’re hitting the bar after a long hike, Robbie’s is the place to go!
    • Staff Favorites: Mac N Cheese (with pulled pork) and their famous Bloody Mary.
  10. KENOSHA: This spot rocks one of the best and biggest decks in town with plenty of seating and Breck’s only horseshoe pits. Bring the whole family down for some fun in the sun while you enjoy their amazing happy hour deals and famous steak.
    • Staff Favorites: Brewhouse pretzels and the Dry Dock Apricot Blonde Ale.

Whether you’re outdoorsy in the sense that you like drinking on patios, or you’re an enthusiastic mountaineering activity junky, the decks of Breck have just the thing to quench any thirst you might work up as you celebrate the locals’ favorite season. This is REALLY good news for those of us who like to keep it cool while sipping on scrumptious seasonal fusions without a care in the world (well, maybe one: reapplying sunscreen after activities… or, in between rounds). It’s time to grab your drinking shoes and maybe even pack some biking, climbing, hiking or water shoes, too. The best time of year in Breck is upon us, and anyone who doesn’t get up here will be thirsty (and sweaty) until those flakes start hitting the ground.

Asobi Teppanyaki & Sushi.

TASTES OF BRECKENRIDGE: TOWN’S BEST ETHNIC EATS

Mountain towns aren’t usually known for the best ethnic cuisine, but Breckenridge is changing that misconception! With more than a dozen restaurants serving international cuisine, it can be a challenge to choose where to mow down. We’ve handpicked our top ethnic food joints in town, along with the local lowdown on their best dishes.

 

ASIAN FARE

♦  Asobi Teppanyaki & Sushi, 110 S. Park Ave., Phone (970)547-2862: Asobi is Breck’s only restaurant featuring Hibachi grilles and Malaysian Curry dishes. This is the perfect spot for any sort of celebration. Their lunch menu is amazing, too!

♦  Bangkok Happy Bowl, 103.5 N. Main St., Phone (970)547-9998: Serving some of the best Thai cuisine and fresh sushi in town, this new establishment is known for their curry, Thai iced tea, sushi hand rolls and delicious sake.

♦  Pho Real, 301-2 N. Main St., Phone: (970) 423-6732: Breck’s only pho joint, this new favorite features Vietnamese dishes with a twist. Our favorite treat here is the pho-rrito! Their spring rolls are scrumptious as well.

CAJUN CUISINE

♦  Lost Cajun, 411 S. Main St., Phone (970)547-8330: Bringing tasty Louisiana flavors and southern hospitality like no other place in town, the Cajun is known for some of the most epic gumbo which is sure to please all palates!

EUROPEAN EATS

♦  Swiss Haven Restaurant, 325 S. Main St., Phone (970)453-6969: The Haven offers authentic Swiss cuisine and tasty European fare with an atmosphere inspired by the Swiss Alps. Recently remodeled and under new ownership, many say this spot offers some of the best fondue in the country.

♦  Crepes ala Cart, 307 S. Main St., Phone (970)453-4022: The crepes cart is Breckenridge’s most popular food stand, having served over 1.5 million crepes to date. The line for this coveted cuisine can get lengthy, so we suggest hitting it earlier in the morning to avoid the crowds.

 FRENCH DISHES

♦   Belle V, 500 S. Main St. in La Cima Mall (ground level), Phone (970)771-3456: This new restaurant serves French-inspired plates crafted by Chef Stephane Ohayon. Enjoy a glass of fine wine while enjoying recipes straight from France that have spanned centuries.

♦   Le Petit Paris, 161 E. Adams Ave., Phone (970)547-5335: Le Petit Paris has been bringing some of the finest French cuisine to Breckenridge for decades. Their extensive wine list will not disappoint, and neither will their Steak Frites and Crème Brulee!

IRISH MEALS

♦   Burke & Riley’s Pub, 520 S. Main St. (La Cima Mall 3rd Level), Phone (970)547-2782: With a roof deck known for having some of the best views of Breck, Burke and Riley’s offers traditional Irish cuisine and libations in the heart of town.

♦  Napper Tandy’s, 110 E. Lincoln Ave., Phone (970) 453-4949: Serving up Irish fare in their downstairs restaurant known as Salt Creek, Napper’s also has some of the best nightlife in town at their upstairs pub. Make sure to check out their enormous deck and fire pit while you’re there.

 MEXICAN FOOD

♦   Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 600 S. Main Street, Phone (970)453-2071: Mi Casa sports some of the best Mexican food and most delicious margaritas in the county. Enjoy a meal on their patio which overlooks the Dredge and Blue River with one of the best mountain views in town.

♦   Rita’s Margs & Taco Bar, 301 S. Main St., Phone (970)453-7313: Rita’s has been a local favorite for years and serves some of town’s tastiest tacos (the hippie taco is amazing), salsa, and pleasantly potent margs. We highly recommend heading there on a Thursday for trivia night, but get there early so you can claim a seat! The games start at 8 p.m.

 

With so much variety, there is something on this list for all to enjoy. Next time you’re visiting your home away from home in Breckenridge, pop by one of the above establishments for an experience that your taste buds will not soon forget. For the best lodging deals in town, make sure you book your stay with breckenridgediscountlodging.com today!!