Dining Passports & Fall in Breckenridge Posted by Shannon Sinnard | Friday, October 4, 2019
It’s October in Breckenridge and Summer Season is winding down. The leaves are changing, the air is crisp.. And Main Street is navigable! Many may consider this time of year a less desirable time to visit but, at least in our humble opinion here at Ski Country, they would be wrong. Yes, yes. We may be a bit bias and believe that there’s really NO time of year that is undesirable to visit Breckenridge.. But Fall truly is one of our favorite times to enjoy the beautiful scenery, explore the town while it is less crowded and take advantage of the incredible DISCOUNTS! That’s right, while many may refer to this time of year as ‘Spooky Season’ the mountain town locals here in Breckenridge fondly know this season as ‘2-4-1 Season.’
Earning its nickname from restaurants offering two for the price of one entrees during off season, in the beginning ‘2-4-1 Season’ was a treat enjoyed only (or at least mainly) by locals. But, as the notion caught on and restaurants embraced the idea of the opportunity to entice more business during what was typically their slower season, the concept took off! What was once a discount given to a familiar face is now documented in a detailed pamphlet listing different deals sorted by restaurant. And this handy discount dining guide has been dubbed the ‘Breckenridge Dining Passport.’
Each Fall, beginning sometime at the end of September or beginning of October, the new Dining Passport is released in all its glory! A true foodie’s dream, the booklet offers those in its possession the opportunity to treat Breckenridge as their culinary destination. Although the deals may differ a bit from those of the past (restaurants not being constrained to the ‘two for the price of one’ discount) the savings are still considerable. This Fall Season, for example, the popular Carboy Winery is offering a four-course meal for an unbelievable price of $25!
Dining Passports can be purchased at all participating restaurants or the Breckenridge Welcome Center and are valid for two people. The cost is simply a $10 donation that benefits Summit County Cares (including the Summit Community Cares Clinic, FIRC, Advocates for Victims of Assault and Social Services). Click Here For More Info
Looking for something else to do in between meals while visiting Breckenridge this Fall? Below is a list of suggested Fall activities in Breckenridge :
Special Events :
▹Still on the Hill Oct 18-20◃
A craft spirits celebration like no other! The Still on the Hill festival brings over 40 distilleries from all over the world to Breckenridge to participate in a grand tasting event for visitors to sip product and converse with the people who made it. While the grand tasting may be the main event, the entire weekend is devoted to bar crawls, historic saloon tours, cocktail workshops and more! After all, Breckenridge is known to be a drinking town with a skiing problem.. More Info
▹Dia de los Muertos Nov 1-2◃
Otherwise commonly known as “Day of the Dead” this multi-day, traditional Mexican holiday celebrates ancestors and loved ones who’ve passed. However, this is not a day of sadness. Instead its a day where the dead are believed to come alive to celebrate with family and friends, and to come together to support one another’s spiritual journeys. In Breckenridge, the celebration will include a two-day commemoration featuring hands-on workshops, face painting, art installations and more! More Info
Ongoing Events & Activities
The perfect way to get in the Halloween Spirit, the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre will be putting on a production of “Sweeney Todd : The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” throughout the month of October. This award-winning musical follows Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, as he returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. More Info / Tickets
▸Classes & Workshops at the Breckenridge Art District◂
From oil painting, ceramics, glassblowing and even children's activities, the Breckenridge Arts District is never short of things to do! Offering at least one class or workshop almost daily throughout October, anyone looking to release their inner artist will be pleased with the array of activities that can be found here. More Info / View Schedule
▸Ready, Paint Fire◂
Need a little ‘liquid inspiration’ to release your inner artist? Ready, Paint, Fire on North Main Street in Breckenridge offers Beer and Wine with their artistic activities! The even offer a Happy Hour from 5-7 daily with drink specials and snacks. More Info
Speaking of wine.. If you want to skip the canvas all together and focus your efforts on picking up on hints of this and aromas of that, Breckenridge has two spectacular ‘urban’ wineries offering up some fantastic wines for your taste buds. First, we recommend you stop by Continental Divide Winery (location in Main Street Station) and take part in their Wine Blending Experience where you are given the opportunity to taste and craft your own custom blend of red wine and then bottle/cork it up and take it home as the perfect Breckenridge souvenir. Next, we suggest you head over to Carboy Winery (sharing a space with the Gold Pan Saloon) and reward yourself for a hard day’s work as winemaker with their $40 bottle and cheese board deal. Feeling like you’re on cloud ‘wine’ and want to keep going? Make your final stop Ridge Street Wine (hidden just between Main & Ridge Streets) for their nightly wine flights that can be paired with your choice of cheese and/or chocolates. Stop in on a Friday or Saturday and you might also catch a live music performance!
▸Old Time Photoography◂
Wine not your thing but still looking to take home the perfect Breckenridge souvenir? Why not stop by Breckenridge Old Time Photography on Main Street to capture the perfect momento of you and your group channeling the old Breckenridge Mining Days. Guaranteed to be an experience filled with fun and laughter, an old time photo is the perfect way to take a piece of Breckenridge home with you. More Info
▸Country Boy Mine◂
Speaking of the 'old mining days'.. Noted as “the best thing we did in Colorado” by a reviewer on TripAdvisor, the Country Boy Mine is a unique experience unlike any other mining tour. With themed actors giving you a taste of 1880s life in the gold mines, this 1000 foot deep tour into one of Colorado’s most famous mines, while panning for REAL gold (keep what you find) has plenty to keep the whole family entertained for hours. Not one for tours? The Country Boy Mine also offers an interactive Gold Rush Experience where you get to be a part of the action! Psst.. We also hear they have a Halloween themed experience during the month of October called ‘Horror at the Mine’ – we encourage all of those who love a good haunt to check it out! More Info
▸Mountain Time Escape Rooms◂
Looking for an interactive experience a little closer to home? Mountain Time Escape Rooms has locations all over Breckenridge and offers state of the art immersive challenges ranging from beginner to advanced. Every room is unique and provides the perfect opportunity to come together as a group to solve challenges and overcome obstacles. More Info
▸VR Arcade Breckenridge◂
Another great interactive experience! If you have not discovered the world of Virtual Realty, this is a must do! This state of the art experience is like no other, with 360 visuals that will immerse you in a new dimension. Experience hang gliding or parachuting without ever leaving the ground. Play to win with a friend in an alternate world. The possibilities are endless! And the experience is an enjoyable one for adults and children alike! More Info
Would you rather experience the world that we are living in rather than the one beyond a 3D headset? Why not try one of Breckenridge’s dozens of hikes dotted throughout town. While the weather can, admittedly, be fickle in Fall, Mother Nature does still typically offer us plenty of days we can devote to being outside before the snow takes over in the months to come. If you haven’t yet, we recommend you visit our local troll Isak Heartstone at Illinois Gulch Trail and snap a photo with him. Otherwise, there are seemingly endless possibilities when it comes to hiking in Breckenridge, from beginner to advanced.
Shop ‘til you drop! .. We thought it might be worth mentioning that not only do the bars and restaurants in Breck offer some great deals during Fall, so do the shops! And who doesn’t love a little retail therapy..?
Psycle9600 .. Listen, we’re not here to judge you. If you want to live your best life and indulge in as many food and drink specials you can cross off your Dining Passport list, YOLO! In fact, we encourage you to do so - you are on vacation after all! However, for some of you who may have a strict regime of calories in/calories out, we thought we might mention this awesome little cycle studio that has just opened in Breckenridge. The modern space has been called “a new spin lab geared up to make people spin, sweat and suffer their way to better health in Breckenridge’s high-alpine environment” by the Summit Daily and, believe us, if you want to make sure you earn those delicious Passport calories this is the place to go! More Info / Book a Class
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