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Friday 2-6PM Saturday & Sunday 11-6PM Main Street Breckenridge

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Featuring more than three-dozen genuine German cuisine and brew vendors, excessive Bavarian lederhosen dancing and a weekend packed full of sunshine and fun for all ages. Prepare yourself for the famed historic Main Street to be flowing with Paulaner Bier, Oompah dancers, schnitzel and sausage while traditional polka music fills the air fresh mountain air.


This is the BEST place in the country for beautiful warm days on the river, golf course, mountains, riding bikes & celebrating the 4th of July.  Here is a run down on the fun in which ever fun and funky mountain town you find yourself this holiday weekend.


7/4 10AM-12 Noon. The National Repertory Orchestra takes the Dillon Amphitheater stage for a special Independance Day celebration unlike any other concert in Colorado. The beautiful mountain and lake backdrop frames this free concert starting at 10 AM and featuring the Lake Dillon Theatre Company Summer Musical Theatre performers. Show up early to reserve a prime seat on the lawn.

 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Cost: Free

Location: Dillon Amphitheatre

Forever In Blue Jeans
Forever In Blue Jeans creates for the audience an authentic Neil Diamond experience that’s sure to please. Featuring some of the best musicians in Colorado, this tribute band plays all the hits and truly delivers!  Town of Dillion

Frisco: The small town of Frisco will open up again in 2015 for a fun weekend of patriotic activities beginning on Saturday, July 4, 2015.  There will be a pancake breakfast, an authentic small town parade, and much more! Join us for a great music line-up and concerts that will have you dancing in the streets in the afternoon and into the evening!

Frisco 4th

Frisco’s Fabulous Fourth of July

8:00am – Team Summit Pancake Breakfast (110 3rd Ave.)

9:00am  – Kids Fishing Derby (Meadow Creek)

10:00am – 11:00am – Summit Concert Band (Historic Park Gazebo)

12:30pm – Fabulous Fourth of July Parade (Main Street from Madison Ave. to 6th Ave.)

1:30pm – Guild of Ages (Historic Park Gazebo)

3:30pm – 5:00pm – Interactive Drum Circle with Peak Rhythm  (Main Street from 3rd Ave. to 4th Ave.)

7:15pm – 9:15pm – The Long Run– Eagles Tribute band (Marina)

9:30pm – Fireworks over the Marina



Celebrate Independence Day with lively entertainment, free activities and dynamic family fun. Breck’s Independence Day celebration kicks off with a 10K trail run and continues throughout the day with the Firecracker 50 bike race leading the vibrant Fourth of July Parade on historic Main Street, July Arts Festival, live music, kids’ activities, concerts and so much more. End the night with the National Repertory Orchestra performing a patriotic concert at the Riverwalk Center followed by fireworks at 9:45pm.  Click here for Details

Breck fireworks 4th


Copper Mountain:  Every Saturday night roast s’mores at the Copper Campfire and watch the fireworks at West Lake in Center Village at dusk (weather permitting).  Copper’s activities let you enjoy the mountain and the Village at Copper with the entire family.  Race on Summit County’s only go kart track, conquer the climbing wall or see who gets the first hole-in-one at Copper’s mini golf course.  Summer Details Here


Winter Park:  The Village Uncorked! Wine, Art, and Cheese Festival returns to The Village at Winter Park Resort for the 5th year on July 4th from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Come celebrate our nation’s birthday and step up your wine game by sampling regional wines and cheeses, which will also be available for sale. Watch, listen and learn in our hands-on interactive “Learning Tents,” which will feature demonstrations, cheese workshops, and a wine and cheese pairing course. Purchase one-of-a-kind photography, stained glass, jewelry and more.

Event Schedule:
12 p.m. – Village Uncorked opens to the public
12 p.m.-4 p.m. – Gazebo Band: James and the Devil
12 p.m.-4 p.m. – PLC Plaza: DJ Keith
12 p.m.-4 p.m. – Mixology sessions all day in PLC Plaza
1 p.m. – Cheeses 101
2 p.m. – Wine & Cheese Pairing
3 p.m. – Cheesemaking
4 p.m. – Festival closes

Admission is FREE.

It’s a $25 dollar ticket for a custom wine glass and unlimited ‘taste’ samples – Details Here

Vail Fourth 4th of July Parade 2012
Vail Fourth 4th of July Parade 2012

Vail:  The parade will begin at Golden Peak at 10:00 a.m. on July 4 and will wind its way through the villages, ending in Lionshead. Vail’s parade is one of the most popular events during the Independence Day holiday. This year’s parade theme is Celebrate the USA! Great Moments in American History.

Bravo Vail Patriotic concert (free) 2PM Ford Amphitheater

FIREWORKS Gold Peak 9:30PM

Vail Details Here


Minturn 4th of julyMinturn Details Here



Avon 4th

photo credit: Jon Sheppard

The 29th annual FirstBank Salute to the USA presented by Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa” in Harry A. Nottingham Park takes place on Friday, July 3 starting at 5:00 p.m.

Take part in all the family friendly festivities going on throughout the park with face painters, fire jugglers, stilt walkers, balloon sculptors, magicians, and so much more!  Bring your blanket and enjoy festival style food favorites from fresh squeezed lemonade and funnel cakes to mini-donuts and roasted ears of corn.  Relax and get ready for the most amazing fireworks display the State of Colorado has to offer – 10,000 shells explode in a pyrotechnic extravaganza of dazzling color and sound.  You won’t want to miss this hallmark event – Salute to the USA will quickly become a tradition in your family!

  • Date: July 3, 2015
  • Day: Friday
  • Times:  5:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: Harry A. Nottingham Park
  • Fee: FREE
  • New this year!
    • Expanded venue featuring beer and wine sales on the north side of the park (beach/sand volleyball side)
    • Portions of the park will be closed starting at 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to accommodate set-up of the event
  • Tips:
    • Parking is extremely limited and we encourage you to walk, ride your bike or take public transportation
    • Bags and coolers will be checked at all festival entry points for alcohol (no outside alcohol allowed)
    • Plan ahead – due to the high volume of vehicular traffic at the conclusion of the fireworks display and in an effort to get you to your destination as quickly as possible, all vehicles traveling south on W. Beaver Creek Blvd. – towards Avon Elementary – will be directed westbound on Highway 6.  All vehicles traveling south on Avon Road – towards Beaver Creek – will be directed eastbound on Highway 6.  We thank you in advance for your patience!
    • Leave pets at home – large crowds and fireworks can easily scare pets (no pets allowed)
    • Please read the Special Event Notice for additional information regarding event impacts to traffic, Nottingham Park, etc.
    • Please drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive – Eagle River Youth Coalition provides safe transportation options  Details HERE


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Beaver Creek Join Jeffrey Cash in Beaver Creek July 4th. concerts begin at 2pm

Beaver Creek Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate our nation under the blue skies of Beaver Creek this summer on Saturday, July 4th. Spend the day strolling and exploring unique shops and art galleries, hiking through the aspen glades or enjoying a gourmet lunch on a picturesque patio all within Beaver Creek. After lunch, enjoy free outdoor family activities including multiple slides and bounce houses from noon to 5 p.m. at Stars, Stripes and Slides. During the afternoon and evening you won’t want to miss the Beaver Creek Independence Day celebration for all ages with food, drinks and free live music followed by fireworks!

12:00PM – 5:00PM
Stars, Stripes and Slides! – Bring the family to Beaver Creek this Independence Day and enjoy free slides, bounce houses, games and more before the concert and fireworks!
2:00PM Concert gates, food vendors and bar opens
Live Music from Rob Drabkin 
4:00PM Live Music by Crow Moses
5:00PM – 7:00PM
Evening kids’ fun zone activities open
Live Music by Sunny Sweeney
Live Music by Charlie Worsham 
Fireworks Begin!

Guests are politely reminded that no outside alcohol is allowed and dogs should remain at home during this event. 


Glenwood Springs

Time: 8:00 AM

Two Rivers Park
Devereux Road
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601


Event Description: 4K run/walk. Fun events for entire family. Second Annual. Sponsored by Glenwood Springs Lions Club. early registration: $20 adults, $10 17 yrs & under.
Two Rivers Park Glenwood Springs, CO

By Deb Stanley, 

There are lots of historic trails in the Breckenridge area and the trek to the Sallie Barber Mine may be one of the easiest. The hike is 1.4 miles each way with just 400 feet of elevation gain. While it’s not “easy” for some people, it is easy compared to most trails in the Colorado high country.

The trek starts on French Gulch Road, just 3.8 miles from Highway 9 (see directions below). The trailhead has a sign with a map and space for about 15 vehicles.

Walk up French Gulch Road about 0.1 miles to a trailsplit. Turn right onto another wide road, #2651. There’s a slight drop down, then the trail begins climbing up. As you’re hiking here, enjoy the mountain vistas and the sunlight, because after 0.25 miles, the road travels into the forest and the shade.

The next 1.15 miles or so are a peaceful trek in the morning before the crowds arrive. The road/trail is wide enough for 2 to 3 people to walk side-by-side and talk. Just step out of the way of any cross-county skiers coming downhill. The elevation gain is slight, but it can take your breath away because the trail starts at 10,335 feet.

After 1.4 miles, the trail comes to the top of small hill and you see it — the ore bin, loading shaft and headframe of the Sallie Barber Mine. Signs at the site explain that the mine opened in 1880. Miners found lead carbonate and sulfide ore with zinc. The zinc sulfide was too expensive to mine so the mine was abandoned. Two years later, another group of miners stuck galena and carbonates that had lead and silver. By 1899, the mine had made $1,000 and was getting larger. The mine was abandoned in 1911, but restarted for a short time during World War I to mine zinc.

While the mining structure is impressive, imagine what’s underground. Miners worked on four levels — the lowest is 365 feet below the surface. Even in the snow, you should be able to spot the machinery from the steam plant, including the boiler and the hoist. There are three informational signs around the mine. From the sign on the backside of the mining building, you may spot Keystone Ski Resort in the distance. Look below the sign, and you may see an old abandoned car.

After you explore, it’s time to decide if you want to turn around or go further. There’s a 7.5 mile loop in the area called the Nightmare on Baldy Mine tour. If that’s too much, how about the extra mile (each way) to the True Romance Mine?

As you came up the trail to the Sallie Barber, there was another trail to the left behind the informational sign. You may spot an old cabin here under the snow.

A very small sign on this trail says, “Nightmare on Baldy.” This is the trail to the True Romance Mine.

As you hike up the hill, you may come across several trails, don’t turn off. You need to climb pretty much straight up the hillside about a third of a mile and 300 feet in elevation. There, the uphill trail stops at a trail that goes right and left. Go left.

It’s about two-thirds of a mile on this old road to an open area with a single pole that says “True Romance.” This is the site of the old mine. On the right side of the trail, you may spot the opening of an old mine shaft — it just depends on how much snow has fallen.

When you’re done enjoying the views, return the way you came.

Details: The hike to the Sallie Barber Mine is 2.8 miles with 400 feet of elevation gain. The hike to the Sallie Barber and True Romance mines is 4.8 miles with about 800 feet of elevation gain.

Directions: From Interstate 70, take Highway 9 toward Breckenridge. Near town, turn left on Huron Road/CR 450. (There was a popular 7-Eleven there in 2013.) Take Huron Road about 0.4 miles to Reiling Road and turn right. Drive 0.7 miles and turn left on Franch Gulch Road. Take French Gulch Road 2.7 miles to the trailhead.

By Josh Cooley, 

In Breckenridge, Colo., Aspens, Cottonwoods and a smattering of other deciduous trees are fully ablaze in hues of gold, yellow, red and orange.

Fall colors peak earlier here due to colder temperatures at higher elevations. With an elevation of 9,600′, Breckenridge generally sees leaves start transitioning by mid-Aug. and peak by the end of Sept.

Now’s the perfect time to explore some classic trails in and around Breckenridge to experience the full glory of fall foliage in the high country.  But hurry, it’ll go fast.  Colors are peaking in stages depending on the area and elevation during the next 10 days or so.  Many trees have already lost their leaves.

Following are five great areas to explore in and near Breckenridge on foot or mountain bike to see vibrant fall colors:

  1. French Gulch – two miles East of Breckenridge, this area has a network of mellow trails with spectacular fall colors amongst remnants of mines and views of the Breckenridge Ski Resort
  2. Boreas Pass – one of the area’s most popular destinations for viewing fall foliage with great views of the Tenmile Range
  3. Breckenridge Ski Resort – the ski area has some nice stands of Aspens on the lower sections of the mountain with mellow easy to moderate hiking trails
  4. McCullough Gulch – the trail is located seven miles south of Breckenridge off Hwy 9 and is one of the areas most scenic hikes
  5. Placer Valley/Alma, Colo. – The area from the top of Hoosier Pass on the Continental Divide to the Town of Alma is ripe with gorgeous stands of Aspens and mountain scenery.

Pick up a trail map in Breckenridge at a shop like Carvers or Christy Sports for detailed directions to trails.

By Deb Stanley, 

Breckenridge has so many beautiful places to hike – Mohawk Lakes/Continental Falls, McCullough Gulch, Quandary Peak, etc… When you’re ready for something new, consider Crystal Lakes.

Crystal Lakes share the same trailhead with Mohawk Lakes (directions below). Instead of hiking into the forest on the Spruce Creek Trail, hike up Spruce Creek Road about 0.2 miles to where the road splits. Take the right fork, go around the gate and you’ll be on Crystal Creek Road #803. Yes, this is a road. While the gate was locked when we hiked here, it is possible you may be sharing the road/trail with vehicles. Because the trail is a road, it is wide enough to hike side-by-side with your friends.

Just a short distance past the gate, you’ll cross the marked Burro Trail. This trail goes north to the Peak 9 area in Breckenridge. After a quick stop to look at the trail and catch our breath, it was time to keep climbing. The road/trail here is very rocky and steep. Watch your footing and enjoy the peace and quiet. While the trail to Mohawk Lakes is often very busy, we saw only a couple other people on the trail to Crystal Lakes in the middle of the day on a weekend.

About 1.25 miles from the trail head, we came to a road split with a sign warning drivers to stay on roads with an arrow. While the main trail continues straight ahead, we took a short side trip on the road to the left. It goes to a small cascade and a diversion dam. After a quick picture stop, we were back on the main road and hiking up hill again. A short distance away is the turnoff for Francie’s Cabin. The 10th Mountain Division Cabin is a 6-bedroom cabin built in 1994. The cabin is close by, but signs ask visitors to stay away unless they are a paying guest.

Continue up the road to another trail split — this time for the Wheeler Trail. The Wheeler National Recreation Trail runs from Copper to McCullough Gulch. But again, we continued straight ahead, where finally the trail began to flatten out a bit with amazing views of the peaks up ahead.

Enjoy the scenery as your cross the valley to Crystal Lake at the foot of Crystal Peak – a mountain that’s just 148 feet short of being a 14er. Just before you arrive at the lake, there’s an old broken down cabin to explore. Go inside and use the empty window frame to frame a nice shot of the lake and the nearby peak. Then it’s time to visit the lake. Crystal Lake is nice, but it’s the cirque around the lake that make this a beautiful destination. There are three 13,000-foot tall peaks in this cirque.

After a photo stop, it’s time to decide if you want to continue on. The trail goes around the north side of the lake and climbs the side of Peak 10 another 1.9 miles and 900 feet in elevation gain to Upper Crystal Lake. Or return the way you came.


Details for Crystal Lake: The hike to Lower Crystal Lake and back is about 5 miles RT with 1,600 feet of elevation gain. Hikers going to Upper Crystal Lake should expect about 8.8 miles with 2,500 feet of elevation gain.

Directions: Drive south out of Breckenridge on Highway 9. About 2.3 miles from the last stoplight in Breck, turn right on Spruce Creek Road. Follow the round, dirt road as it winds subdivision about 1.2 miles to the trailhead.

By Jennifer Baldwin,

Summer is here. That  means exploring and learning about historic Breckenridge and Summit County.

Take advantage of the slow season and take an adventure with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. They offer guided hikes of French Gulch and Iowa Hill twice a week, as well as walking tours of historic downtown, saloons and the Breckenridge Haunted Tour.

Museums are open, too. Popular museums include the Barney Ford House Museum; Edwin Carter Museum; Red, White and Blue Museum; and the Summit Ski Museum.

One of the facets of this organization that makes it stand out is the passionate staff involved in ensuring that each visitor has a unique and entertaining experience. Their joy in what they do is apparent in every activity.

Visit their website to learn more,, or contact them at 970-453-9767, [email protected] If you are in town, be sure to stop by the Information Center on Main Street to discuss how you can experience the history of Breckenridge.

By Theresa Smith,

Breckenridge culture revolves around mountain snow sports, but if tackling the slopes is not for you, there are some equally thrilling alternatives. In the way of daytime activities, Breckenridge is home to several companies that offer snowmobile and dog sled tours, as well as sleigh rides. In the warmer months these are often replaced with four wheelers and horse drawn carriage rides. Snowmobilers and four wheelers can explore hidden paths as they ascend the mountain. One can trail blaze at high speed or if he prefers, take it slowly. No matter one’s taste, tour guides will wait at impasses so no one ever gets lost. Moreover, on a clear day the views from atop the mountain are breathtaking.  Even if this is not your cup of tea, the photos from the top make the experience well worth it. Though I have never personally taken a dog sled tour, I am sure they must be equally exciting and take patrons to the same spectacular views.

Few things say holiday and winter wonderland more definitively than a sleigh ride. There are private rides where families can enjoy the nighttime hills with one another, guided by beautiful Clydesdale horses. However, my favorite has been the Two Below Zero dinner rides. Patrons come together on an extra large sleigh and ride through until they reach a large heated barn, where they enjoy a delicious country dinner. Generally, I would not hope for high quality foods at something such as this, but I was pleasantly surprised. Patrons are greeted with hot cocoa and crème de menthe to warm themselves from the ride, followed by a savory southwestern style soup. The traditional steak and chicken dinner accompanied by mixed vegetables and baked potato was delicious, as well. Once inside the barn, patrons are entertained by a guitar-wielding country singer and though it may sound a bit kitschy, it was quite fun!

Another alternative to mountain sports is a visit to the town center. Breckenridge is home to some very tranquil day spas, many of which offer oxygen-based treatments, meant to help visitors adjust to the higher altitudes.  If you are suffering from a bout of altitude sickness, check out one of Breckenridge’s oxygen bars, such as the O2 Lounge. Patrons enjoy oxygen therapies, breathing concentrated levels of oxygen, infused with aromatherapy scents. Even if you are not feeling the effects of the altitude, the oxygen treatments can be a fun treat to reinvigorate from a rough day on the mountain. For those who do hit the mountain, a day off, enjoying a deep tissue massage may be in order, to aid inevitable aching muscles. 

I also suggest taking some time to explore the array of Colorado influenced art galleries in the town center. Moreover, one can find some fabulous shopping in the town center from souvenir shops to a North Face store to mountain-inspired jewelers. In fact, with so many things to do there, why not start the day early in the town center and enjoy one of the many breakfast bars?  There are quite a few of these fun, casual eateries but I enjoy the breakfast burrito at Daylight Donuts.

In regard to evening drinking and dining, Breckenridge has no shortage of choices both casual and formal.  At least one evening of a vacation must be spent at the Breckenridge Brewery.  At this laid-back yet trendy gastropub, guests can sip on house-brewed beers that are distributed domestically throughout the country. The atmosphere is young and hip and the food is delicious, offering everything from hamburgers to Ahi tuna to buffalo short ribs. For something a bit more formal, try Blue River Bistro. This intimate restaurant offers an array of seafood, steaks, pastas and salads, paired with seasonal cocktails and a fair selection of wines. After dinner, be sure to visit some of the Breckenridge bars that stay open late, where you can mingle with locals and visitors alike and make some new friends. 


By Jennifer Baldwin,

If you’ve walked down Main Street in Breckenridge, Colorado in the past four years then you’ve walked right by the Welcome Center. A wonderful resource for tourists and locals alike. The staff at the front counter is full of helpful information, and can point you to numerous resources, including maps, brochures, dining guides and more.

Did you stop, though, to look in the back? A museum hides in the building, rarely visited by residents, and is one of Main Street’s true hidden gems.

Once known as the “Bailey Building” during renovation to make it what it is today, construction crews found an old cabin, and walls from the 19th century are now visible and part of the structure – and atmosphere – of the museum.

Providing a general overview of the town’s history, the museum is home to several wonderful collections, including the horseshoes of blacksmith William “Billy” Boyd, the books of “The Ladies of French Street” and pieces from the original railroad into Breckenridge, over Boreas Pass from Como.

The children’s loft on the second floor will keep the little ones busy while you explore dredge boat mining history, the story of the ski resort, and even read about the current-day community. The theater plays several films continuously, including personal interviews and an overview of the cemetery, Valley Brook. Don’t miss the information in the far corner showing the restoration of the Blue River!

Also inside the space is an information counter for the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, which is staffed five days a week, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by knowledgeable representatives in period costume.

You can access the site at 203 S Main Street. The building is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

By Sue Gabel,

Colorado is one of the most popular winter destinations so it’s no wonder this state would have five of the best ski resorts in the country. Skiing enthusiasts can score phenomenal all-inclusive deals, tons of fresh dry powder on the slopes and find a variety of events, activities, restaurants and nightlife.

Vail, ColoradoWhen most people think of skiing in Colorado, Vail is one of the first locations that comes to mind. Vail Mountain is an enormous winter hub for skiers, snowboarders, sledding, snowshoeing and anyone who is seeking the best of the best in resort form. Enjoy seven miles of sloping fun on both sides of the mountain. The resort itself encompasses more than 5,000 acres. It’s not only a favored family resort, but a singles resort too. Vail Mountain also offers skiing lessons at their ski school for both adults and children.

Aspen, Colorado. Another popular and talked about ski destination in Colorado is Aspen. Aspen’s resort town is a favorite with the rich and famous and other well-to-do individuals, but there are vacation packages available for various budgets. The Aspen ski and resort area features over 3,000 acres and its main mountain has a vertical drop of almost 4,500 feet. Aspen offers ski trails for everyone whether you’re a novice or intermediate skier. As one of the five best ski resorts in Colorado, Aspen is hard to beat with its variety of terrain parks, four on-site restaurants, retail and rental shops and comfortable accommodations.

Breckenridge, Colorado. With a base elevation of 9,600 feet, a vertical rise of almost 3,400 feet, 30 ski lifts and approximately 2,500 acres of ski terrain, Breckenridge is undoubtedly one of the five best ski resorts in Colorado. Open since 1961, Breckenridge has been providing winter sports enthusiasts’ hours of slope time for almost 50 years. Breckenridge has about 155 skiing and snowboarding trails available, and its longest trail called the “Four O’Clock” is 3.5 miles long.

Telluride, Colorado. For its unmatched beauty, hideaway location and friendly town, Telluride, Colorado, is not a well-known area, but is considered one of the five best ski resorts in Colorado. Telluride is actually located amongst 13,000 and 14,000-foot Rocky Mountain peaks, offering a unique ski-in, ski-out type of resort town. The resort has become so popular over the last few ski seasons, it has expanded another 400 acres. The Telluride Ski Resort area also features some of the best restaurants, hotels, shops and spas.

Crested Butte, Colorado. Rounding off the list of top five ski resorts in Colorado is Crested Butte. This historic mining town turned ski resort is nestled among beautiful snow covered mountain peaks. Known as “the perfect mountain” by the locals, Crested Butte offers slopes and trails for all levels of skiing experience. The slopes are wide and don’t get easily crowded which is an advantage to everyone. The mountain also features extreme skiing locations on the North Face and the Head Wall. As of 2010, the newly expanded Teocalli Bowl area now adds to the extreme skiing location of the mountain.


By Billie Frank,

Family dining should be a good experience for all involved. In our family we look for a casual place with good food and a decent kids menu. Favorites of the younger generation include chicken fingers, mac and cheese, pizza and quesadillas. We look for a place where the noise-level is high enough that we don’t have to worry about interfering with people’s dinner enjoyment if we get loud. It’s sometimes challenging going into a new town where you don’t know the ropes. How do you find the places that fit the bill? We did very well in Breckenridge armed with restaurant recommendations from a few locals who knew the dining scene.

By the time we arrived in town our first night it was late, we were all starved and a bit cranky. After choosing the wrong restaurant (it was not on the list of family dining recommendations) we split up. Steve and I ended up at Bubba Gumps, a Cajun restaurant, part of a chain we’d never heard of. Not fans of chains we would have steered clear and missed a good meal. Besides Bubba’s, there are only a few other chains in Breck. The ubiquitous Starbucks, Daylight Donuts, Subway and the popular ice cream chain, Cold Stone Creamery; a refreshing change. We shared peel ‘em and eat ‘em shrimp and a tasty order of ribs. They hit the spot. The kids (that loving nickname encompasses two generations) found Downstairs at Eric’s, a casual place with an arcade. The casual menu offering soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers pizza and more had something for everyone. The adults could enjoy a relaxing drink while the kids played games.

We also tried these recommended places with good results.


The Blue Moose, serving breakfast all day is a fun choice. Popular with both locals and visitors, they are known for their pancakes, omelets and breakfast burritos. Unless you like washing dishes, bring cash. They don’t take plastic. Open weekdays from 7am to noon and 7am to 1pm Saturdays and Sundays. They are at 540 S. Main St Breckenridge.

Columbine Café is another venue popular with locals. Tucked in the back of a building on Main Street, it is easy to miss if you are not looking for it. They have an extensive breakfast menu, including pancakes, waffles omelets and Eggs Benedict. For warm-weather dining there is a great outdoor patio if you don’t mind waiting. Actually, you have to wait for indoor seating at peak dining times. They also serve lunch. Breakfast is served from 7:00 am to closing (1:30pm), lunch begins at 11am. They are located at 109 S. Main Street (on top of Downstairs at Eric’s).

Daylight Donuts, a locally owned franchise of the 900-store chain is a busy place at breakfast time. The kids ate there twice, we tried on out last day, but there was a 40-minute wait, so we tried a few donuts and their famous sausage rolls. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves in the packed place and it recommended by a few locals. They serve breakfast from 6am to noon and close at 12:30pm. You can find them at 305 N. Main Street.

Lunch and dinner:

The great thing about casual, family restaurants is you can usually rely on them for lunch or dinner (and often breakfast). Often the menu is the same for both meals.

The local outpost of Breckenridge Brewery, a small Colorado chain of brewpubs, is a great choice for lunch or dinner. The children’s menu pleased our two and the adults were able to sample the local micro-brews. Choose from Agave Wheat, Oatmeal Stout, Avalanche Ale and more. The beer experts in the family pronounced it good brew; the guys left with Tee shirts as souvenirs. The pub-style food was good.

Giampietro Pasta and Pizza scored big with the whole family. Everything we tried in this tiny eatery was delicious. From bruschetta (the deal of the day, you can make a meal out of it) to thin crust pizzas to pasta, sandwiches, meat dishes and specials; it’s all good Our daughter-in-law enjoyed the cauliflower soup special so much she went back and had it again. Not only was it tasty, the garnished bowl was lovely to look at. A local told us she buys Giampietro’s  pizza dough (a deal at $3 for a large pizza) and makes her own. The lunch menu is available from 11am to 4pm daily and the dinner menu from 4 to 9:30. The pizza menu and the specials are available all day.

Those same savvy folks who own Giampietro’s also run the popular and packed Empire Burger. Specializing in 100% natural Harris Ranch choice Black Angus beef ground daily, they also offer turkey, buffalo and Boca burgers. The menu offers a selection of starters, sandwiches and salads. Want a late-night snack? Empire is open daily from 11am to 1am.

We had dinner without the rest of the family a few nights.

Mountain Flying Fish offering fresh sushi attracts both locals and visitors. We ran into the one person we had met in Break there. The sushi was delicious. We tried a wide assortment and enjoyed it all. Located on the top floor of 500 South Main Street, they are open daily from 5pm to 10pm.

Mi Casa serves its own take on Mexican food in several large dining rooms overlooking the Blue River. I wasn’t very hungry and ordered the delectable-sounding Avocado Frito, a batter-dipped and fried whole avocado “stuffed” with chicken or spiced shrimp. The avocado was incredible; anything battered and fried pretty much is a slam-dunk. Steve ordered the Chile and Nut Crusted Ruby Trout, he loved it.

Our one big dining regret; we didn’t get to is the Crepes a la Cart stand making lunch, dinner and dessert crepes on the west-side of South Main Street. This popular street-food vendor was busy every time we drove by. There are other places on the list that we didn’t get to either, but there’s always next time.

Author’s note: In some cases The Santa Fe Insider Travel Examiner has been provided with complimentary accommodations, meals, admissions etc. while traveling. This has not influenced this article in any way.



By Stacy Sanchez,

Want to know what the best eight wildflower hikes near Breckenridge are?  Click here and read my latest article on the blog from the Breckenridge Ski Resort!

The cliché is true. You come for the winters, and stay for the summers. It’s not only the epic skiing but when you experience summer in the high country, you want to stay for a long time. The warm sun and cool air are really hard to beat. Throw in the wildflowers and it’s why I’ve called Breck home since 1996.

Summer fun in Breckenridge (Credit, Stacy Sanchez)

By Stacy Sanchez,

Wondering when the best summer events are in Breck?  Well, here’s a link to a post that I was asked to write for the ski area’s blog, which is new this year. Click this link to see the full list:

I included some of the classics like 4th of July and Labor Day, but Kingdom Days are a lot of fun. There are some tasty libations that are the center of attention a few times as well.

Credit: Dan Bayer

By Julian Gothard,

The attractive alpine town of Breckenridge was founded by General George E. Spencer and populated by pioneers and prospectors during the 1859 Pike’s Peak gold rush in the Blue River Valley. The town has grown from a small 320-acre mining base camp, consisting of a handful of stores, notorious saloons like the “Gold Pan,” seedy brothels and hotels; to the current 5.3-square mile, modern resort town. Today, it is an immensely popular destination for hikers, cyclists, golfers and fishermen; as well as being one of the premier ski resorts in the Unites States.

Breck, A Ski Town 

Skiing came to Breckenridge in the early 1960s and the resort presently attracts in excess of 1.6 million skiers and snowboarders every season. It incorporates four ski areas and a number of terrain parks on Peaks 7 through 10. Peak 8, at a height of 12,998 feet, boasts the ski slope at the highest elevation, though in actuality Peaks 9 and 10 are higher. Most of the two diamond “expert” pistes can be found on Peaks 7 and 8. Snowfall in Breckenridge averages 168 inches per year – though there was a record high of 404 inches in 1893. The resort is at its coldest in January and warmest in July. Sleigh rides, Snow Cat tours, dog sledding and snow shoe walking round-off the winter entertainment.

Summertime Fun

The town is also a fashionable summer destination for hikers and mountain bikers as both activities enable visitors to take-in the breathtaking scenery and stunning mountain vistas. There are a number of paved and dirt mountain bike trails, of varying distances, in and around Breckenridge. Peaks 8 and 9 offer a number of testing bike trails including the Game Trail, Pioneer Trail, Frosty’s Challenge and the Wagon Trail. The popularity of cycling in the area has spawned events like the “Breckenridge 100,” an epic backcountry challenge that has been held annually since 2005. In addition, Summit County provides an abundance of easy to strenuous hikes including treks at Loveland Pass (3.0 miles round-trip), Mohawk Lake (7.0 miles round-trip) and McCullough Gulch (2.8 miles round-trip).

The “Summer Trails” trailheads all originate from within Breckenridge and nearly all trails, with the exception of Cucumber Gulch, are dog friendly. The scenic Lily Pad Lakes Trail (3.0 miles round-trip) with its moderate grades is an especially good hike for our four-legged friends. This trail, like many trails in the area, is at approximately 10,000 feet, so unless you are acclimated to the elevation, walking may prove very taxing. Closer to town you can take the dog friendly three mile Morning Thunder loop trail or, four blocks from Main Street, you can visit Carter Park Dog Park.

Fly-fishing for Rainbow and Brown Trout in the Blue River is also a popular recreation activity as is whitewater rafting, horseback riding and off-roading in your own or a hired 4×4 whether crossing the Georgia Pass, tooling around Camp Hale, or exploring the surrounding mountains.  Getting around town and the ski area is facilitated by the free shuttle bus service that operates daily from 6:15 am to 11:45 pm.

RV at Tiger Run Resort

RV’ers should definitely consider staying at the Tiger Run Resort in Breckenridge. This is a superb vacation resort located just above Dillon Reservoir and resting beneath the Ten Mile-Mosquito mountain range close to the 723,000 acre Arapaho National Forest. The resort offers an eclectic mix of modern log cabins ($77-$172) and paved RV back-in and pull-through sites, full hook-ups including Wi-Fi and cable. RV sites are located adjacent to the Swan River and the Blue River (36’ or longer) both of which run through the resort. There are also RV sites outside the Lodge. At the center of the resort you will find the 12,000-foot recreation center with an indoor pool and spa, game room, TV room and 24-hour laundry and shower facilities. Outside they have tennis, volleyball and basketball courts.

Tiger Run Resort
85 Tiger Run Road
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 453-9690
[email protected]

Check in: 1:00pm Check out: 11:00am | Clubhouse hours: 10am-10pm | Restrictions: No tent trailers, pop-ups or truck campers. RV length 20’ minimum |

Pets: Pets are welcome but are not permitted in the clubhouse or cabins |