Colorado. This is a state that holds a special place in my heart, and no where more so than Breckenridge. I’ve been lucky enough to visit the Centennial State nearly every year since I was 12 years old. We have family out here and then when my parents bought a vacation home here, our visits have only increased! Breckenridge is one of my favorite places to vacation because I always feel so at peace and relaxed when I’m out here. Since I’ve got years of experience exploring the mountainside town of Breckenridge, I want to share my top 10 favorite things to do in the winter!
1) Eat Crepes a la Cart
Right on Main Street, this is quite literally exactly what it sounds like. A cart that sells crepes. They have savory and sweet crepes, including Pesto Turkey Crepe (turkey, mozzarella, tomatos, pesto & balsamic), the Country Special (chevre, bacon, spinach, mushrooms) or the fruit & chocolate (your choice of fruit topped with melted chocolate). You get to watch the employees through the big windows in the cart as they roll out the crepe and throw on all your toppings. With a fire pit right next to the cart, this is my number one place to stop in town
2) Sit in the Hot Tub
After a long day skiing, your body will be tired. Like really tired. I think I nap almost every day in the mountains. My favorite way to wind down is to enjoy a relaxing sit in our outdoor hottub. The hot temperatures and massaging jets are seriously heavy on your sore muscles. Plus, with a cocktail in hand, you’re in heaven!
3) Play Board Games (and Eat Ice Cream!) at The Crown
I’m a huge fan of board games, and a sucker for any bar that stocks their shelves with good beer and good games. The Crown is one of those places, but its even better. It has ice cream too! This place is totally cozy with an amazing ambiance, and really friendly staff. Their couches and chairs are super comfortable, so you might find yourself wasting hours here over a long game of Monopoly.
4) Walk the Main Street Shops
For a tiny town, Breckenridge has some good shopping options. They’re all a little quirky, but there are some surprisingly cute finds I’ve collected over the years. Since Main Street is only a few blocks long, its easy to take an afternoon and hit up all the shops along the main drag. I usually start at the north end and work my way down, always stopping at a few of my favorites
5) Ski Peak 6 at Breckenridge
What trip to Breckenridge would be complete without skiing? For me, this is always the highlight and main reason for coming out here. Skiing in the Midwest just doesn’t compare to the Rockies. And the mountain is expanding! Opened just last year, peak 6 is the newest terrain you can ski down. There is no base or food on peak 6, so it’s still pretty empty, especially if you get there early. Enjoy the flowing blue runs and beautiful scenery!
6) Order a Pizza from Fatty’s Pizzeria
It is nothing fancy, but the portion sizes in this family style Italian eatery are huge. It serves Italian classics straight up, no frill. There is always a wait, so give them a call and pick up your favorite Italian dishes. Always start with the garlic bread. With big chunks of bread topped with garlic and cheese, we usually get at least 2 helpings. Their pizzas are a personal favorite. I love the thinly rolled crust and their specialty pizzas have funky but wholesome ingredient combinations. My favorite is either the Italian or the White Chicken.
7) Go Tubing at Copper Mountain
Ok, technically this isn’t in Breckenridge, but it’s still super fun. Especially if you’ve got people in your group who don’t like skiing/snowboarding. A short 20 minute drive away, Copper Mountain has alpine tubing available to the public. They carve out tracks of varying difficulty and then slightly ice them so can get going really fast. You can rent tubes on site so don’t worry about bringing your own gear. I think it is the most fun when you have a group of people so you can race. Or make tubing chains, where you all hold hands!
8) Refresh Yourself at the Oxygen Bar
Do you suffer from altitude sickness? Or do you feel winded after going up and down stairs at altitude? Try refreshing yourself at an oxygen bar. I’ve been to the one on Main Street in Breck town and had a really great time! It’s a strange feeling, almost like being drunk, but you’re strangely of alert. And it really does help with the symptoms of altitude sickness.
9) Drink Wine in Front of the Fire
One of the best parts about staying in the mountains is relaxing at your home or apartment. I’m lucky that I never have to stress about finding a hotel or place to stay in town, because my family has a vacation house out here. But if you’re looking for a place, I highly recommend somewhere with a fireplace. There’s nothing better than sipping on some wine with a book in hand next to the fire place. You can really soak in that mountain vibe!
10) Get a Massage for Your Sore Muscles
After a long day of skiing, your muscles will be tired. And after a long week on the slopes, you’re definitely going to need something to help your sore body. If the hot tub doesn’t cure it, I definitely recommend a massage. I’m a sucker for massages as it is, but especially on vacation. It feels so indulgent! I try and get a massage at least twice a year, but when I’m out in CO, they seem to happen more often. Plus, we just had a spa open up down the street from our house! But if you’re not near the Snowflake lift area of Breckenridge, there is a myriad of great options in downtown Breck for you to choose from!
Are you ready for a winter getaway to the mountains? Visit Vail Resorts’ website here to see the various mountains you could explore!