A First-Timer’s Guide to Breckenridge
January 19th, 2017
Planning your first trip to the beautiful mountain town of Breckenridge? Located just 2 hours west of Denver, Breckenridge is the mountain town located at the base of the Ten Mile Range. This historic town was founded after a discovery of gold along the Blue River led to the establishment of a base camp in the summer of 1859. With a permanent population of less than 4,000, Breck still maintains its mountain charm.
Where to Eat
Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon
Looking for one of the best steaks in Breckenridge? Look no further than the Briar Rose! Make a reservation for the dining room, or head over early (it fills up quickly!) for a spot in the saloon and enjoy the bar menu (1/2 price at happy hour!). We recommend the BBQ Egg Rolls and Bleu Cheese Potato Chips. Top it off with a glass of wine (2-for-1 at happy hour), the most generous pour I’ve ever experienced, or a delicious cocktail.
This is a local favorite, and you will frequently see a line out the door around lunchtime. Soupz On is comfort food at its finest! Choose from their incredible soups, salads, sandwiches and breads. My must-haves are the Jalapeno Cheddar Focaccia, the Caesar Salad and the Tomato Risotto soup. With that being said, it’s always a tough choice at Soupz On!
The Breckenridge Distillery has been around for years, but just recently they expanded their offerings to a full-service restaurant run by Chef Daniel O’Brien, who appeared on a season of “Top Chef”. Choose from family-style offerings to entree dishes and appetizers, and definitely don’t forget to try a craft cocktail! Don’t skip out on the Hasselback Poutine, the Charcuterie Board offerings and any of the noodles.
Where to Drink
Modis, located right on Main Street, is known for its fantastic wine selection, amazing craft cocktails and incredible happy hour deals. Keep it classic with a flawless Old Fashion, or mix it up and give the Monkey Gland, complete with gin, fresh orange, house made grenadine and absinthe, a try! No matter what you order, you will be impressed by the talented bartenders of Modis. The Breck 84 and the Mexican Firing Squad are personal favorites!
RMU Tavern & Retail
Rocky Mountain Underground, best known for their high-quality and local ski gear, recently opened a new shop and tavern in the heart of Breckenridge. Breck’s first ski shop and bar, the RMU Tavern features 12 rotating craft beers and Summit County’s only Beer Engine, a traditional and historic way of serving cask fermented ales, also known as “Firkins”.
Blue River Bistro
Blue River Bistro is known for having some of the best martinis, as well as the best happy hour deals, in town. Located on the north end of Main Street, the Blue River Bistro is home of the 2-for-1 martini happy hour from 3pm – 6pm and 9pm – 12am. Don’t forget that Breck sits at 9,600 feet above sea level and alcohol will have a stronger affect on you, so grab some 2-for-1 appetizers to snack on while you sip your craft martinis.
Best Coffee Shops
Clint’s Bakery & Deli
Packed with delicious baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, ice cream and coffee, Clint’s is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. The Snickerdoodle coffee brew is a tough one to say no to, but the talented barista staff will have you craving espresso. And how do you decide between the sweet flavors of the Blueberry Muffin or a savory bagel sandwich? The only solution is to check out the offerings at Clint’s at least twice.
Tucked away on the upper floor of a Ridge Street shop, Cuppa Joe is one of our favorite hidden gems. Between their amazing Chai Tea Lattes and authentic Flat Whites, Cuppa Joe will keep you coming back for more! Don’t skip out on the food, however, as they are home to one of the biggest and best Breakfast Burritos in town. Trust us, you’re going to need both hands for this breakfast.
Known as Breck’s boozy coffee shop, The Crown is a must when you are in Breckenridge. Whether you are looking for a classic cup of coffee or cappuccino, or something with a little more kick, The Crown will surely impress! Stop on by for lunch as well and give one of the amazing paninis a try. I’m a big fan of The Wellington and The Lincoln, but you really can’t go wrong with anything at The Crown.
Belvidere & Hern
Belvidere & Hern, tucked away in a charming alley-way off Main Street, is easily my favorite shop in Breckenridge. The owners are friendly and the products are high-quality and unique. Offering quality leather products, cowhide rugs, unique gifts and more, Belvidere & Hern definitely has something for everyone. Don’t forget to check out their new sister shop, Lucille’s Boutique, just across the alley-way!
Marigold’s Farmhouse Funk & Junk
Marigold’s is one of Breck’s best shops for home decor, jewelry, unique clothing and fun oddities. Everywhere you turn there is something unique and enticing in this charming Main Street shop.
Base Mountain Sports
Whether you need to rent skis, rent a bike, find new gear or get your gear tuned, Base Mountain Sports is your go-to for any outdoor need. Whether it be winter, spring, summer or fall, this shop will have something you didn’t even know you needed.
Best for Late Night Entertainment
Gold Pan Saloon
This Breckenridge staple is as historic as they come around here. “The oldest operating bar in Summit County”, Gold Pan first opened its doors in 1879 to local miners. Stop on by for a drink after hitting the mountain or biking trails, or head over late night for one of the most popular late night watering holes in town.
Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub
If you hear the windows shaking when you walk by Napper Tandy’s, chances are one of Breck’s favorite local bands is playing. Head on in to Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub on Lincoln Avenue for your late night entertainment.
Cecilia’s Martini Bar
Looking for something a little more upscale? Head on down to the south side for an evening at Cecilia’s Martini Bar. With live DJs spinning nightly and tasty beverages, Cecilia’s is a must if you are looking to have a fancy night on the town.
Things to do
Breckenridge is home to world-renown alpine skiing and snowboarding. With over 2,900 acres of skiable terrain, a peak elevation of almost 13,000 feet and a total of 32 total lifts, Breckenridge Ski Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in the county. Breck is also home to North America’s highest operating chair lift, the Imperial Express SuperChair.
One of the best things about Breckenridge in the summer is that you are only an hour away from each of our outposts! The Colorado River outpost in Kremmling offers scenic float trips, good for kids as young as 2 years old! Head south to the Arkansas River outpost in Granite/Buena Vista for an incredible trip through Browns Canyon National Monument. Feeling the Blue? Head to Silverthorne, just about 20 minutes from Breckenridge, for a trip down the Blue River. Finally, our Clear Creek outpost in historic Idaho Springs takes you on an adventure through this old mining town. Memories will be made wherever you turn!
Touch down on two wheels in Breck! From thrilling mountain biking to the incredible bike path, Breckenridge is a great place to for a little pedaling. Conquer the Vail Pass Summit, elevation 10,662 ft, on the rec path, or head to the base of Peak 8 to catch the chair up to mountain bike down. The options are endless!
Your first trip to Breckenridge, CO should be one to remember. Whether you choose to summit a 14er like Quandary or hit the snow-covered slopes of Peak 6, your time in Breck with be adventure packed. If you would like information on rafting near Breckenridge, give our trip specialists a call at 877-723-8464. Don’t forget to hydrate before your trip!