October 17, 2017

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Breckenridge, Colorado

SnowCOLORADO’S LARGEST HISTORICAL DISTRICT. Before it was a ski resort, Breckenridge was an old mining town.  Around 1860 the town was established with the discovery of the largest gold nugget in Colorado.  The 24 pound chunk of gold was later nicknamed “Tom’s Baby. “

Upon this incredible discovery hundreds flocked to this small town in hopes of finding their fortune. 100 years later in 1960, another type of gold was discovered and it’s known today as “white gold”.  The first ski runs on Peak 8 were established and today Breckenridge is one of the most popular ski resorts in the world. Located 100 miles from Denver International Airport, Breckenridge is an easy drive on a four lane motor way/interstate.   

Dining In Breckenridge

Sushi, salads, burgers, elk tenderloin, fresh fish and Colorado beef, Breckenridge’s dining options are unique and authentic.  Depending on what your taste buds are craving, Breckenridge’s dinning scene can satisfy your desires.  The fares are creative as those that live here with tastes and cultures from all over the world.  Looking for a quick bite, enjoy après on a sunny deck looking up at the mountains and fill up with affordable appetizers.  With more than 70 restaurants and bars to choose from, the choices for dining in Breckenridge are extensive.

HISTORICAL: start with the Gold Pan Saloon. Established in 1878, it is the oldest, continually operating saloon west of the Mississippi River. The ambiance here is authentic so don’t let the older exterior intimidate you. Located on Main Street just north of the stoplight, stop in for a drink and get to feel the history of the town. The town’s favorite restaurant, The Hearthstone, is located in an old Victorian era house on Ridge Street with great views of Peaks 7, 8 and 9. Serving hand cut steaks, game and fresh seafood this restored 125 year old house (The Kaiser House) is a must see. The Briar Rose Chophouse and Saloon was a boarding house and dining hall in the gold rush days and the current restaurant began operations there in 1964. Located on Lincoln Ave. a couple of doors up from the stop light on Main Street. The Historic Brown Hotel, even the most avid historians can’t decipher just when “The Brown” was built, although its place in the history of Breckenridge is quite significant. Built in the 1860’s as a private dwelling, it was operated as a school by Union Captian George L. Ryan and his wife during the 1880’s, and later as a hotel by Tom and Maude Brown. This is a local’s retreat at 208 N. Ridge St. and offers the requiste local flavor to go with it. The stuffed shrimp are the specialty.

BREWPUB: The Breckenridge Brewery on South Main Street is a town institution and if you are lucky be there during an Avalanche Warning and order the Avalanche Ale. This place will be electric. At other times it offers a community atomsphere with burgers and sandwiches to go with it’s full menu of beers.

SEAFOOD: South Ridge Seafood Grill is the place on Ridge Street. Take time to look over the historic bar. Steak and Rib is another good choice located on North Main Street.

SUSHI/JAPANESE: Mountain Flying Fish in the La Cima Mall/South Main St. is the bomb. Chef Tetsuo Shimoda has 20 years experience in New York and Breckenridge. Wasabi Japanese restaurant is good, Hiro-san has been in Breck 21 years and does a fantastic job!

MEXICAN: Mi Casa would get the vote here and Snow Country magazine voted it one of the Top 10 Ski Country restaurants when it was in print.

ITALIAN: Blue River Bistro offers great food and an extensive wine list at 305 South Main, Michael’s Italian restaurant 326 South Main, is good as well as it’s prices, Giampietros Pasta and Pizza on the northeast corner of Lincoln and Main features East Coast selections as well as nightly specials. and Fattys Pizza is an institution as the oldest pizzeria in Breckenridge, so there’s something going off there.

SWISS: Nothing like a nice fondue or raclette and a bottle of Fendant after a great day in the mountains. The camraderie and ambiance that these meals provide cannot be beat. The Swiss Haven has an authentic atmosphere and offers traditional plated entrees as well. 325 South Main St.

FRENCH: Make sure to check our friends in La Francaise French Bakery. They have the real deal here. Fresh baguettes, pastries, (pain au chocolat is just like back in the home country), fruit tarts, crepes and paninis. Have a Cafe Lavazza, espresso, cappuccino. This is apres ski before the beer! Open 8 to 8 at 411 South Main Street down the stairs. Magnifique! Le Petit Paris, A charming, intimate French dining experience with an extensive wine list.  Entrees include: Bouillabaise, Chicken Roti and Steak Frites.  Finish your meal with a French dessert including Creme Brulee, Profiteroles or Sabayon. 161 Adams Ave. Crepes a la Carte, just like the ones I used to have on the street in Tignes. Have the Monty Christo as seen on the Food Network, or one of the sweet ones for a dessert. Look for the cart at 307 S Main Street.

AMERICAN: Steak and Rib, good value, long history and done right. 208 North Main St., Salt Creek Steakhouse, good BBQ too! 110 E Lincoln Ave. Relish, 137 South Main, haven’t tried it but hear good things. Fresh American cuisine with a Colorado flavor. Modis, 113 S Main, heard good things and it’s new to us. 

BREAKFAST: If you are like us at AMH we want that big brecky so we can eat light at lunch and stay light on our feet. Here are our choices: Blue Moose Restaurant, 540 S Main.  Colombine Cafe: Breakfast all day! 109 S Main St. Daylight Donuts; more than donuts (although they are very tasty here and hard to stay away from!) Breakfast cooked to order and a local favorite. 305 North Main. 

Shopping

More than we can list in this town. Here are some unique ones, specialty sport shops we like and anything we think might help you during your stay. The ones that pertain to our outdoor activities are listed first. 

Mountain Outfitters: telemark, randonee, back country skiing equipment, clothing and full mountaineering shop. Hiking equipment and maps and local advice. 112 S Ridge St.

Norway Haus: Full ski shop operating for 45 years. Top notch service.

Mountain Angler: 29 years in business. Complete fly fishing shop. Open year around. 

Goods: clothing. 105 South Main St.

Amazing Grace Natural Foods: 213 Lincoln St.

Designs for Time: Watch repair, jewelry

Events

 Participate in one of the signature events and celebrations that make up the character and tradition of Breckenridge.  January you can join in the streets to celebrate a week-long festival of snow at Ullr Fest or admire the International Snow Sculpture Championships where 20-ton blocks of snow become beautiful art pieces. 

  •  The Bacchus Ball kicks off at Mardi Gras and Spring Massive ends the ski season with entertainment and competitions.  
  • The Breckenridge Film Festival takes place in June along with a celebration of Breckenridge’s heritage with the annual Kingdom Days. 
  •  Breck Bike Week and Gold Panning championships take place in July. 
  • Oktoberfest brings Bavarian food, German brews in September and then Winter activities kick off with the Lighting of Breckenridge and New Years Eve fireworks.  
  • The National Repertory Orchestra and Breckenridge Music Festival bring music and concerts in the summer and the Breckenridge Ski Resort hosts numerous ski and snowboard competitions in the winter. 

Any time of the year, Breckenridge is filled with fun things to do.   

Take a step back in time to 1859 where a small group of prospectors found gold in the hills of Breckenridge.  Settlers came in droves seeking their fortune and Breckenridge was discovered.  Breckenridge is the largest historical district in Colorado where many of the shops and restaurants are located in the Victorian-era buildings. 

Stop in one of the museums or take a guided historical walk. Gold mine tours take you deep into the mountain to learn about the tough life of a miner.  Remnants of an early era can be seen throughout the town of Breckenridge. 

Participate in one of the signature events and celebrations that make up the character and tradition of Breckenridge.  January you can join in the streets to celebrate a week-long festival of snow at Ullr Fest or admire the International Snow Sculpture Championships where 20-ton blocks of snow become beautiful art pieces.  The Bacchus Ball kicks off at Mardi Gras and Spring Massive ends the ski season with entertainment and competitions. 

The Breckenridge Film Festival takes place in June along with a celebration of Breckenridge’s heritage with the annual Kingdom Days.  Breck Bike Week and Gold Panning championships take place in July.  Oktoberfest brings Bavarian food, German brews in September and then Winter activities kick off with the Lighting of Breckenridge and New Years Eve fireworks. 

The National Repertory Orchestra and Breckenridge Music Festival bring music and concerts in the summer and the Breckenridge Ski Resort hosts numerous ski and snowboard competitions in the winter.  Any time of the year, Breckenridge is filled with fun things to do.