9 Unique Things to do in Breckenridge in May
Posted by Shannon Sinnard | Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Spring has finally arrived! And with it comes May and some of our favorite local events & activities! From incredible dining specials (enjoyed with the Dining Passport) to the kick off of the one of a kind WAVE Festival. Even better, Spring in Breckenridge not only means fantastic dining and drink specials at local restaurants & bars but also some unbeatable sales and discounts at local shops! Whatever your Spring plans may entail, we encourage you to check out this roundup of events in Breckenridge this month! Interested in a May Breckenridge trip?
Spring Dining Passports
Your ticket to dining specials! Purchase your Breckenridge Spring Dining Passport, a unique fundraising and information-packed pamphlet, and enjoy discounts, special deals and fun promotions at participating restaurants. Valid April 16th – June 7th, passports are available for purchase at participating restaurants and the Breckenridge Welcome Center & are valid for two people.
Harry Potter Live Action Clue
Something at Hogwarts is amiss! Teens from 6th-12th grade are invited to dress in their wizarding finest to help Dumbledore restore order in the castle!
Opening Reception : Cloud Of Wonder
An exhibition co-curated by Summit County students and Breckenridge Creative Arts. Artwork in this show explores dreams, imagination, unanswered questions, inner fears, fantasy, and outer space. It is the students’ hope that visitors feel empowered, inspired, and connected to other humans after experiencing this exhibition.
35th Annual Cinco de May Celebration
Starting with a Silent Auction at 5 p.m. and several delicious food stations including Lobster & Shrimp Ceviche, Steak Chimichurri Tacos, Mango Braised Duck Tacos, Pork Belly Tacos, Taco Salad, Tres Leches along with much more, this is one event you won't want to miss! Enjoy giveaways throughout the evening and Live music from Lealtad de Oaxaca starting at 8:00 p.m.
Fashion For A Future : Benefit Fashion Show
This free event benefiting the Women's Resource Center will feature local clothing boutiques, live music, light appetizers and a silent auction. Mix and mingle with others in the community as you learn about and get a chance to support our mission of offering compassion, care, and hope to those in Summit County who are facing complex pregnancy decisions.
Bow Wow Film Festival
A traveling film festival, Bow Wow celebrates, educates and inspires all things doggie (with or without their human) through the art of short film. Featuring some of the year's' best pooch themed short films, come laugh and cheer and maybe even tear up a bit as we marvel in all the ways these beloved furry creatures touch our lives! All proceeds benefit Summit County Animal Shelter
Broken Compass 4th Anniversary Party
Toasting to Broken Compass's birthday with specialty beer tappings all day long, FREE live music, a FREE pig roast, cornhole tournaments, beer contests, face painting and much, much more!
Date Night : Turning Up The Heat Candle Making Class
Come mingle with other singles and couples while you create your own candle with Breckenridge Candle Company. Tickets include 1 beer or wine, additional drinks will be available for purchase. (participants must be 21+ to attend)
WAVE : Light + Water + Sound
A four-day festival featuring interactive artworks, temporary installations and musical performances in and around the Blue River Plaza, transforming the river, bridges and waterfront area into outdoor canvasses and exhibition spaces.
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Valentines Day Ideas in Breckenridge
Posted by Shannon Sinnard | Thursday, February 8, 2018
Often referred to as a 'snow globe' in Winter, there's no denying the romantic atmosphere that Breckenridge presents with its twinkly lights adorning the cute, Victorian style snow-covered buildings along Main Street. So it's a no brainer that Breckenridge is the perfect place to spend with your sweetie over Valentines Day, but what should you do? Fear not! At Ski Country Resorts, not only do we have discount lodging for your Valentine's Day stay but we've compiled a list of Valentines Day date ideas for every type of couple!
For The 'Theater Geeks'
♦ Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits | go.skicountry.com/forbidden-broadway
- Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, 121 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
- 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
This special Valentines Day performance will include complimentary champagne and chocolate in addition to a night of guaranteed uproarious laughter! In this best-of compilation from the long-running Off-Broadway hit musical revue, a talented cast parodies selections from ANNIE, WICKED, LES MISERABLES, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and CATS.
♦ Mining Camp Dinner Theater & Sleigh Ride | go.skicountry.com/theater-sleigh-ride
- Nordic Sleigh Rides, 6061 Tiger Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424
- 5:30 PM (February 15th)
The perfect gift for you and your Valentine to enjoy the day after Valentine’s Day. Take a romantic sleigh ride through wintery mountain trails that ends at a recreated 1860s mining camp dining hall where you and yours will enjoy an evening of theater, history and a delicious menu crafted from with authentic antique wooden stoves. Also offering Private Sleigh Rides & Scenic Sleigh Rides on Valentines Day.
► Also try Two Below Sleigh Rides in Frisco, offering Dinner & Scenic Sleigh Rides in Frisco
For The 'Adventurers'
♦ Ice Skating | go.skicountry.com/breck-ice-skating
- Stephen C Ice Arena, 189 Boreas Pass Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424
- 9 AM – 11 AM
This Valentines Day, how about ‘chilling’ in a much more fun and unique way than ‘Netflix & Chill’. It does go without saying that holding hands with your sweetheart while gliding along the ice is a scene right out of one of those classic RomComs on Netflix! The Stephen C Ice Area in Breckenridge is open for public skating at both their indoor & outdoor rinks on Valentines Day from 9a-11a and offers affordable skate rentals. Want to surprise your honey with an ‘ice skating’ themed gift? Check out this idea! https://www.thegunnysack.com/ice-skating-date-in-jar-diy-valentines/Stephen C Ice Arena, 189 Boreas Pass Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424
What more delightful way to spend some alone time with your loved on than meandering through acres of snow covered trails while enjoying majestic views; it’s truly a breathtaking experience. And, fitting to the holiday, Breckenridge even offers a trail called ‘The Romance Hike!’
- Directions to The Romance Hike
- Snowshoe Rentals
- Pack a Picnic! | Ridge Street Wine has the perfect assortment of wine, cheese and chocolate to craft the perfect picnic platter.
► Are you and your better half a couple of bonified powder hounds? After a day of navigating Breckenridge’s five peaks of 2900+ acres ski/rideable terrain, why not head over to Keystone for some night skiing? Bring your Breckenridge Lift Ticket in exchange for a $10 Night Skiing Pass.
For The 'Artists'
♦ Painting and Metal Stamping | go.skicountry.com/valentines-day-craft-specials
- Ready Paint Fire!, 323 N Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424
- 11 AM - 9 PM
Surprise your loved one with a creative date together painting and/or molding ceramic or glass! On Valentines Day, Ready Paint Fire will be waiving all studio fees – so enjoy a day canvas painting a 2 canvas, Valentines Day theme painting or creating the perfect heart shaped platter, bowl, mirror or plaque. The possibilities are endless!Ready Paint Fire!, 323 N Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424
For The 'Foodies'
♦ V-Day Chocolate & Spirits Pairing | go.skicountry.com/vday-spirits-pairing
- Breckenridge Distillery, 1925 Airport Rd, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
- 5 PM - 6:30 PM
Let the experts at Breckenridge Distillery guide you through a decadent experience of pairing five of their award-winning Breckenridge crafted spirits with artisanal chocolates from around the world ($75 per couple). Afterwards, stick around for a special V-Day dinner at the Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant! Need a ride? Give the Distillery Shuttle a call (at least 1h before the start of the event) : 970-445-8613.
♦ Relish | go.skicountry.com/relish-restaurant
- 137 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424 | 4 PM – 9 PM
- Book A Table : (970) 453-0989
Offering Colorado-inspired cuisine, with a seasonally appropriate menu that takes advantage of the freshest Colorado-grown produce, this Breckenridge favorite will be offering a $65/pp three course prixe-fixe men this Valentines Day.
► Looking for something a little more casual but don’t want to sacrifice quality? Try Relish’s sister restaurant Twist!
♦ Ember | go.skicountry.com/ember-restaurant
- 106 E Adams Ave, Breckenridge, CO 80424 | 4 PM – 9 PM
- Book A Table : (970) 547-9595
This upscale restaurant offering a warmly decorated setting is the perfect place to enjoy a decadent meal (and bottle of wine) to celebrate the Holiday. Owner and chef, Scotty, is promising a prixe-fixe menu sure to please and delight the senses this Valentines Day!
♦ Hearthstone Restaurant | go.skicountry.com/hearthstone-restaurant
- 130 S Ridge St, Breckenridge, CO 80424 | 4 PM – 9:30 PM
- Book a Table : (970) 453-1148
A quick Google search will _ that this Breckenridge dining staple (located inside a historic house with classy décor) is commonly voted one of the most romantic restaurants in town. Offering elevated cuisine & breathtaking mountain views turned luxe eatery with elevated American cuisine.
♦ Briar Rose Chophouse | go.skicountry.com/briar-rose-restaurant
- 109 Lincoln Ave, Breckenridge, CO 80424 | 4 PM – 10 PM
- Book a Table : (970) 453-9948
Serving the finest aged beef and fresh wild game in Breckenridge for decades, you're sure to experience some of the best of American beef and meats and this renowned Breckenridge steakhouse.
♦ Swiss Haven | go.skicountry.com/swiss-haven-restarant
- 325 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424 | 4 PM – Close
- Book a Table : (970) 453-6969
More than just delicious melted cheese, fondue offers the intoxicating aroma of wine and kirsch and the intimate experience of literally sharing a meal. To really knock the socks off of your 'other' Valentines Day, take a few cues from the way the Swiss do fondue.
►If you’re up for the adventure, Der Fondue Chessel in Keystone (literally situated on a mountaintop) offers all of the fondue decadence PLUS a romantic enclosed ride up the mountain via not one, but two gondola’s! Or, try Keystone’s Alpenglow Stube (located in the same establishment) – a can’t miss AAA four-diamond culinary destination that is not soon to be forgotten.
►Another Keystone staple, Ski Tip Lodge, is a great option for those willing to wander outside of Breckenridge’s city limits. Once an 1800's stage coach stop (and then the family home of Keystone Resort's founder) today the Lodge is home to one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the country.
Other Breckenridge Restaurant ‘Honorable Mentions’ :
…Blue River Bistro - Upscale bistro dishing up rustic American classics & artisanal cocktails with live jazz & blues.
…The Traverse - Enjoy breathtaking mountain views & spectacular romantic sunsets while dining on mouthwatering dishes.
…Le Petite Paris – Refined French plates served in a petite, rose-tinted space with Parisian murals & low lighting.
…Modis - New American dishes with a Colorado touch in a refined bi-level space with brick walls & a skylight.
For The 'Yogis'
♦ Conscious + Peaceful Relationships (by Meta Yoga) | go.skicountry.com/valentines-day-yoga
- Old Masonic Hall Breckenridge, 136 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424
- 6 PM - 8 PM
Work together towards a more peaceful and conscious individual life with the power of yoga. This workshop will introduce participants to the psychological dynamics operating within committed relationships utilizing primarily the theory and practice of Imago Relationship Therapy. $20 Per Person
For The 'Singles Wanting to Mingle'
♦ Lonely Hearts Happy Hour | go.skicountry.com/apres-libations
- Après Handcrafted Libations, 130 S Main St, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
- 9 PM - 12 AM
V isn't actually for valentine... V is for VODKA! Join other solo-ing folks from 9pm onward on Valentines Day for a special late night happy hour for singles at Après Handcrafted Libations! $2 off all drafts and wine, $4 specialty shot, $9 Black heart cocktail.
Need A Few Last Minute Gift Ideas?
Here’s a compilation of some of our favorite shops in Breck to find the perfect something for your honey :
…Ridge Street Wine - Artisan Cheeses & Chocolates...crackers, jams, salami & tapenades.
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New Years Eve in Breckenridge
Posted by Shannon Sinnard | Thursday, December 21, 2017
What better way to start working on that New Year’s resolution of living life to the fullest than spending New Year's Eve in Breckenridge? Known as laid-back & friendly, Breckenridge is the perfect place to ring in the New Year! Whether you're looking for fireworks, dancing, romance or a midnight kiss with a stranger you’ve come to the right place! Here's your 2017 guide to starting off 2018 in the most enjoyable way possible!
► Glow Worm Parade | 5.45p | Peak 9 Breckenridge
What could be better for the kiddos than the chance to be in a parade?? How about a parade on SKIS, at NIGHT with GLOWSTICKS!? Enter, the Glow Worm Parade. All confident ski & riders ages 5-13 are welcome to participate in this one of a kind, annual New Years Eve event in Breckenridge. Watch as these little powder hounds, donning glowsticks while careening down green terrain on Peak 9, give off the appearance of a New Year’s glow warm.
Registration for the parade starts at 5 pm and is located at the Beaver Run Ski and Ride School. Parade starts at 5.45p immediately followed by the Torchlight Parade at 6p. Glow Worm participants must be able to stop and turn on green terrain. Weather permitting.
► Torchlight Parade | 6 pm | Peak 9 Breckenridge
A long-standing tradition in Breckenridge, watch as the pros of the Breckenridge Ski & Ride School take the hill and carry torches from the top of Peak 9 down to the base area. The red glow flowing down the mountain is truly a sight to see. Although visible from almost anywhere in town, we recommend grabbing a warm cocktail on the expansive decks of either the Maggie or Coppertop Bar for optimal viewing. Weather permitting.
► Fireworks | 9pm
Later in the evening enjoy an electrifying display of fireworks against our beautiful Rocky Mountain backdrop, worthy of ooohs and ahhhs. On a clear night, this colorful show can be seen from pretty much anywhere in Downtown Breckenridge but for the best views in town make your way to the Riverwalk Center in Downtown Breckenridge. Weather permitting.
|New Years Eve Dinner Suggestions|
► Modis | 113 S Main St | www.modisbreck.com
One of many options for a fabulous New Year's Eve dinner (and exceptional cocktail..or two), enjoy a holiday themed menu in this unique restaurant featuring a grandiose staircase and loft seating under a majestic clerestory style window.
• Reservations : Online | (970) 453-4330
► Salt Creek Steakhouse | 110 Lincoln Ave | www.saltcreekbreck.com
Indulge in a 4 course prix fixe menu at one of Breckenridge’s oldest and most established Steakhouses. And when you’re finished, why not head upstairs to their sister establishment, Napper Tandy’s, for a little more rowdy entertainment? Menu
• Reservations : Online | (970) 453-4949
► Blue River Bistro | 305 N Main St | www.blueriverbistro.com
Another long-standing local institution, Blue River Bistro will be preparing a four-course meal this New Year’s Eve to be offered up while you enjoy the serenading of LC's Latin Groove from 5-10pm.
• Reservations : Online | (970) 453-6974
► Breck Distillery Restaurant | 1925 Airport Rd | www.breckenridgedistillery.com
Although one of Breckenridge’s newer restaurants, this dining establishment connected to the infamous Breckenridge Distillery is quickly becoming a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. This New Years Eve, treat yourself to a 5 course chef tasting menu while sipping on a complimentary glass of Breckenridge Bourbon – made in-house. BONUS : free shuttle service is offered by the Breckenridge Distillery to get to and from the restaurant/distillery safely.
• Reservations : Online | (970) 771-3251
► Relish | 137 S Main St | www.relishbreckenridge.com
Your New Year’s Resolution doesn’t start until the clock strikes midnight, so why not enjoy one last deliciously indulgent meal? This New Year’s, Relish will be preparing a decadent 4 course menu including delicacies such as foie gras bratwurst with black mission fig spread and cabernet braise beef short ribs with bone marrow mashed potatoes.
• Reservations : (970) 453-0989
► Briar Rose | 109 Lincoln Ave | www.briarrosechophouse.com
If wild game is a little more your style, a must-hit location in Breck is the Briar Rose Chophouse. Enjoy family style dinning and one of the most impressive wine lists in town. Our suggestion? Try the cervena elk medallions with wild mushroom demiglace – and, whatever you do, don’t pass on the homemade mac ‘n cheese!
• Reservations : Online | (970) 453-9948
► Ember | 106 E Adams Ave | www.emberbreck.com
You really can’t go wrong with a restaurant who’s owner/chef is confident enough to serve up quail with foie gras stuffing on their nightly menu.. So we’re pretty confident that Ember’s New Year’s Eve three-course meal offering will be one not soon to forget!
• Reservations : Online | (970) 547-9595
► Hearthstone | 130 S Ridge St | www.hearthstonebreck.com
Among the most picturesque spots for a sumptuous dinner in Breck, this time-tested fine dining favorite is perhaps one of the most popular holiday dinning spots in town. Charming and always delicious, The Hearthstone Restaurant allows one of the best views in town from their upstairs dining room with crackling fireplace and many Christmas trees.
• Reservations : Online | (970) 453-1148
► Legends | 215 S Ridge St | www.legendsbreckenridge.com
The ‘new kid in town’ Legends Steak & Italian Restaurant not only offers delicious food & wine parings but also a unique and romantic atmosphere in its historic Ridge Street residence tucked just off of the hustle and bustle of Main Street. Specializing in premium steaks and authentic Italian, a holiday dinner enjoyed here is sure to be (dare we say it?) legendary.
• Reservations : Online | (970) 423-6913
*Legends is currently full for all holidays. If you would like to get on a waitlist, or inquire about availability other nights, please call the number above.
► Traverse | 112 Overlook Dr
For hands down the best views in Breckenridge, pay a visit to the Traverse restaurant located at the Lodge at Breckenridge. Soak in a bird’s eye panorama of the town and ski area while gobbling up their New Year’s Eve feast - a four-course dinner served up with stunning Rocky Mountain scenery and a complimentary glass of prosecco. $100 per person.
• Reservations : Online | (970) 453-9300
► Spencers | 620 Village Rd, #1
Located at Beaver Run Resort, Spencer’s will be hosting a prime rib buffet dinner this New Year’s Eve. Afterward, get your VIP on at Breckenridge’s one and only multi-venue NYE party with live music and dancing starting at 10:30p.
• Reservations : Online | (970) 453-6000
★ BONUS : Dinner Sleigh Ride
There is also the unbeatably romantic option of a dinner sleigh ride. Kids love these, too, especially the Dinner Theater Sleigh Rides. Here are a couple of our favorites :
|New Years Eve Nightlife Options|
Although most bars throughout town will celebrate with drink or shot specials and a champagne toast, here are a couple of our suggestions to Ring In The New Year.
► Beaver Run | 620 Village Rd
Although the Base 9 bar (located at the ground level of Beaver Run Resort) will be open to the public with DJ and drink specials, Beaver Run is also offering several tiered VIP packages for their all out New Year’s Eve bash, starting at $49/person. For access to the exclusive party at Coppertop Bar (including Dancing and DJ) upgrade your experience to the Silver package. Want more? Add on another bar, Imperial Room, along third DJ & food buffet by upgrading to the Gold package. Or, send off 2017 in style by treating yourself to the Platinum package granting access to the VIP ICE bar along with VIP table & personal bottle of champagne. At the stroke of midnight, ring in 2018 with noisemakers and party favors abound along with a free champagne toast. Purchase Tickets
► Ceclia's | 520 S Main St | www.ceilias.tv
Ranked Among The 10 Hottest Dance Clubs in Colorado by Best Things CO, Cecelia’s is one of Summit County’s liveliest dance clubs where the party goes well into the wee hours on New Year’s Day. Toast to 2018 with a glass of champagne in one hand and the bar’s stripper pole in the other. Wanna cut out the line and wait for drinks? Cecelia’s is one of the only venues in Breckenridge offering bottle service.
► Liquid Lounge | 520 S Main St #2
Another good option for those looking to get rowdy with perhaps a bit of debauchery. This lively venue promised a lively night out with DJs and dancing.
► Blue Stag | 323 S Main St | www.bluestagsaloon.com
Celebrate New Year's Eve at Blue Stag Saloon with DJ What's His Face taking the stage at 10pm, dishing up just what you need to dance your way into a new year. And when the ball drops at midnight, enjoy a free will a champagne toast! **NO COVER**
► MotherLoaded Tavern | 103 S Main St | www.motherloadedtavern.com
For a more casual atmosphere that still holds plenty of fun, visit the Motherloaded Tavern. This year, El Passo Laso will be playing covers from the 80s, 90s and today from 10p-1a. Small cover…BIG party!
► The Historic Brown | 206 N Ridge St | www.historicbrown.com
For another live music option, head over to the recently remodeled Historic Brown to catch Tnertle w/ TruFeelz. Toast the locals at midnight with free champagne while enjoying a night spent dancing and singing cover free! But, get here early – The Historic Brown reached full capacity last year at 9pm!
► Apres Handcrafted Libations | 130 S Main St | www.apreslibations.com
Back for the 4th year in a row, the Bubbles and Beer NYE Party at Apres is a favorite amongst locals. Order one of the original champagne cocktails from the special NYE menu or choose from one of their 70+ craft beers on tap with the money that you’ll save not paying a cover here!
► Broken Compass | 68 Continental Ct | www.brokencompassbrewing.com
If there's one thing the Broken Compass has learned over almost four years of existence, it's how to throw a rockin party. For the fourth year, they will be hosting the Sequins and Sorels New Year's Eve bash. Welcoming Chicago-based band Sneezy to the taproom to throw down a concert that will rock your socks off with funky jams all night long. Admission is FREE and, in true brewery form, a we're specialty New Year's beer will be tapped at midnight. BONUS : free shuttle service is offered by Broken Compass to get to and from the brewery safely!
|New Years Day|
Skiing/Riding : Believe it or not, this is arguably one of the best days of the year to catch first chair and early morning tracks. Due to the nature of most New Year’s Eve celebrations, the mountain remains fairly quiet the morning of January 1st.
Resolution Run : Ready to kick start that New Year’s Resolution? This 5k snow run (or snowshoe) is a great way to start the new year off on the right foot followed by a post-race party, finisher gifts and prizes round out the event. Click Here for registration and details.
A Word From Ski Country : At Ski Country, we never encourage drinking and driving! Which is why we offer our unique and personalized Shuttle Service to all guests (extended hours on New Year Eve). We encourage all guests to utilize this free service (tips appreciated) when staying with Ski Country Resorts. Although we do try our best to maintain a prompt & reliable service, during busy times & holidays our service may be a bit delayed. Other options available are Uber (recently debuted in Breckenridge) as well as the local free bus (oftentimes the most reliable source of transportation – other than your own two feet). On New Years Eve The Breckenridge Free Ride offers special late-night service (until 2:15 a.m.)
➔ Looking for a babysitter this New Years Eve? Here a couple of Ski Country suggestions :
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