After a month in Breckenridge, we still didn’t see or do it all. It is an impressively busy town! We did our best though and now have some ideas for your next visit.
Main Street – The main activity of Breckenridge is conveniently on Main Street and it is a great place to just roam and kill a few hours. At night, it is lovely with all the lights. During the day, it is much less crowded and warmer! You can find lots of cute shops including Breck’s Books, a new book store, Gary Soles Photography Gallery which has lovely area pictures, and lots of choices to eat. My favorite store is Creatures Great and Small, which if filled to the brim with Santas, nativity scenes, decorations and wooden signs.
Best dessert spot – Clint’s Bakery & Deli is a great spot on Main Street with several chai tea selections (and coffee choices if you prefer it) and fantastic desserts – large tasty biscotti, yummy pies by the slice and cookies. I also had lunch at the sandwich shop in the back and worked with their free wifi.
Best Coffee (Tea) – I honestly cannot vouch for the coffee, but the chai was delicious and the owner was delightful at Cuppa Joe. Based on the other clients and her business of shipping out coffee, I have to believe the coffee was good too.
Best Happy Hour – Aurum is a restaurant on the road parallel to Main Street. It has a good bar and from 4 until 6 p.m., you get half off on drinks and on a limited menu. We each had a drink and split three dishes for a great dinner for less than $40. And if you eat out in Breck much, you know that is a great deal.
Best Bookstore – While I liked the new store on Main Street, our favorite is Next Page in Frisco, just 20 minutes down the road. This small shop has a coffee and sandwich store within in, holds book events and usually had a local favorite playing guitar and singing when we visited.
Favorite Spot – Breckenridge Distillery and Restaurant includes a shop with products, tastings, and a fun atmosphere. They have a full drink menu with fantastic drinks. Ask for Jolene, a fantastic waitress who made our night. And sit at the chef’s bar so you can watch the action and enjoy yourself. My favorite drink is called Winter Bliss, and it was yummy!
Local Wine – Carboy is on Main Street and a great place for a wine tasting. Attached to the historic Golden Pan Saloon, the flights are tasty as is the food.
Best activity – Ski, of course! Breckenridge is a great place to ski with plenty of lifts and runs. And if you get bored, Keystone, my sons’ go to mountain, is just half hour away. Of course, we also enjoyed snowmobiling and snowshoeing.
- We encourage you to plan a trip in January to visit the great festivals that Breck puts on like the Ullr Festival and International Snow Sculpture Championship that we previously blogged on.
- There is always a line outside the Crepe a la Cart. And it is good, but I am not into standing in line in the snow. The same group has an indoor crepe place behind the post office, just as good and indoors! Also called Crepe a la Cart but on Ridge Alley.
- There is a group that produces the Ice Castle in Dillon as well as several other spots around the US. The pictures looked fantastic so we went out to see this man-made creation of ice. Jason was with us so we had good family fun, but I cannot say it was worth the cost or forty minute drive.