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What's new in Breckenridge - Summer 2017

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Prospectors discovered gold when they founded Breckenridge in 1859. Today, this historic mining town is fostering a whole new set of riches: an international arts festival, an expanding backcountry trail network, events all summer and plenty of ways to unwind. Visit BreckConnection.com for local insight.

(New) Residence Inn Breckenridge – new hotel – now open
Opened in December, the Residence Inn Breckenridge sits within easy walking distance of both hiking trails and the heart of historic downtown. The brand-new construction features 129 suites, ranging from studios to two-bedrooms, that all offer a full kitchen and sofa bed. A year-round outdoor pool and hot tub with sweeping views of Quandary Peak is complemented by the lobby bar, which features daily-made creations such as homemade apple cider. Complimentary hot breakfast, wi-fi, shuttle service and parking are included in the room rate. Photos

(New) Breckenridge Ski Resort introduces Epic Discovery
Epic Discovery arrives in Breckenridge in summer 2017 with interactive exploration zones, story stakes, animal ability experiences, climbing wall, Expedition Zip Line Tour, Alpineer Challenge Course, zip lines and more. The summer expansion, combined with existing activities including the Gold Runner Coaster and alpine slide, connect all ages with the national forests in an active, fun and engaging way. Photos (credit Breckenridge Ski Resort)

(New) Photo workshop and walking tour
At Your Pace Freestyle Cycling Adventures this summer introduces a photography workshop and walking tour with internationally published photographer Louie Traub. Participants will explore Breckenridge’s nationally-recognized historic district (the largest in Colorado) and learn camera settings for eye-catching photos, visual storytelling through creative composition, lighting, timing and post-production techniques. Keep an eye out for fall foliage and other photo tours added throughout summer.

(New) Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant opens
Chef Daniel O’Brien (the Top Chef behind Washington D.C.’s Seasonal Pantry) is leading the way on the intimate and modern farm-to-table experience at the Breckenridge Distillery. The kitchen features an open chef’s tasting bar and they’re dedicated to a whole animal process. Expect bold flavors paired with spirit flights and, of course, a killer cocktail menu. The 8,000-square-foot expansion also includes a large barrel house and event space. New (2016 release) products include gin, pear flavored vodka and espresso flavored vodka. Photos 

(New) Food/drink news: International flavors on Main Street
Just open in February, Piantè Pizzeria graced Breckenridge Main Street with local, family-owned, plant-based wood-fired gourmet New York City-inspired specialty pizza in an incredibly cozy atmosphere. A healthier and more sustainable approach to dining, Piantè prides itself on delicious food, fulfilling libations and shared intention of all being happy and free.  French-inspired bistro Belle V. opened in December 2016 with family recipes from southern France. Small plates and a casual atmosphere let diners taste a variety of dishes. That same month, the former pastry chef at Modis opened Mom’s Baking Co, a European breakfast and lunch café with a focus on homemade pastries – $4 surprise bags let deal-seekers taste the goods after 3:30 p.m. daily. Opened in fall 2016, Pho Real offers a simple, satisfying menu of Vietnamese classics sourced from family recipes including pho, banh mi, vermicelli rice noodles and spring rolls. Colorado chain Bangkok Happy Bowl will bring Thai food to Breckenridge—the location alone, a historic remodel on Main Street by local architect Janet Sutterley, makes this a must-visit.

(New) Ski maker Rocky Mountain Underground opens combined tap house and showroom
Founded in a Breckenridge basement in 2008 and now expanded throughout the world, RMU opened a 1,000-square-foot showroom on Main Street in late fall 2016. But it’s not “just” their award-winning skis and outdoor gear/apparel—the location includes a ski press (for public pressing clinics) and a full-service tap house featuring 14 brews on tap from New Belgium, Broken Compass and others. Wines and cocktails inspired by snowy destinations around the globe will round out the drink menu; it’s their way of bringing company culture to their customers. Watch out for a dog-friendly, backyard beer garden coming in summer 2017. Photos (Credit Liam Doran/Rocky Mountain Underground)

Colorado Adventure Guides: hiking, biking and local education
Recently expanded, Colorado Adventure Guides is Breckenridge’s best resource for outdoor adventures ranging from sightseeing hikes to peak ascents and multi-day backpacking trips. Summer activities also include climbing, mountain biking and education programs such as overnight backpacking skills. This outfitter and their team of international guides goes beyond basic instruction to higher-level on education and showing guests how to be stewards of the environment and our public lands.

Born in Breckenridge: PEAK 10 SKIN elevates skin health and hydration
“Skin care is health care,” says PEAK 10 SKIN founder Connie Elder. She should know—Elder spent 20 years in the medical field. Today she resides in Breckenridge, where she developed PEAK 10 SKIN which includes everything from high end moisture creams to an oxygen infusing mask. The Black Diamond line, available in local spas and online, offers products designed for Breckenridge’s dry alpine environment.

(New) Eco-friendly clothing store and women’s boutique open in Breckenridge
Like many, the mountains called Todd Wroblewski and Ciara de los Reyes—late in 2016, they realized their dream with the opening of Outsider, an outdoor lifestyle shop focused on eco-minded clothing and accessories. As advocates for a cleaner environment, the couple carries products made of recycled polyester, organic cotton, sustainably-sourced textiles and ethically-raised wool. Further north on Ridge Street, mother-daughter team Marilynn (Berge) Nicola and Rondi Berge opened Cucumber Creek Boutique, which features ladies’ clothing and housewares. The family is no stranger to the retail scene in Breckenridge—after all, Marilynn opened Breckenridge’s first ski shop, The Norway House, in the 1960s when her then-husband Trygve was busy founding Breckenridge Ski Area. 

Continental Divide Winery offers tasting room, blending classes at Main Street Station
Continental Divide’s new tasting room, opened December 2016 in Breckenridge, will showcase the best wines created from both Colorado and California grapes, including their own estate vineyard. In addition to wine, accessories and apparel, expect regular blending classes and wine education opportunities. It’s a hands-on opportunity with no right or wrong blend—rather, guests go through trial and error to figure out what blend they like best. Take home a single bottle as a souvenir or make a case to give as gifts. Photos

ELEVATE Breck brings Breckenridge’s first coworking space to Main Street
Thanks to the new space, which offers conference rooms and a variety of desk spaces, entrepreneurs and digital nomads can now easily call Breckenridge home for a week, a season or longer. A regular schedule of meetups, workshops and idea sharing sessions helps foster the community’s economic diversity, while the mountain lifestyle draws entrepreneurs from afar.

ANNUAL EVENTS


WAVE: Light + Water + Sound returns June 1-4, 2017
Breckenridge Creative Arts brings back this four-day event featuring interactive artworks, temporary installations and musical performances in and around the Blue River Plaza, transforming the river, bridges and waterfront area into outdoor canvasses and exhibition spaces. Art revelers can also a variety of pop-up concerts, performances, artist talks, workshops and late-night experiments.

Breck Bike Week(end) highlights top trails and bike rides June 21-25, 2017
Kick off summer with time in the saddle. Breckenridge is packing the community’s favorite cycling activities into a weekend of fun. Highlights include women’s mountain bike skills clinics, the campfire ride (bring a headlamp!) and bike-in movie night in the Breckenridge Arts District. Photos

July 4: Sidewalk chalk rules Breckenridge on Independence Day weekend
This Independence Day, Breckenridge Creative Arts’ Street Arts Festival celebrates street, pavement and graffiti arts with outdoor murals, installations, workshops and pop-up art. On July 4, the party kicks off with a 10K trail run, followed by the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race and the Main Street parade. Don't miss out on the free concert, hosted by BreckCreate, by the local Colorado band, Funkpino. Family activities, live music, a performance by the National Repertory Orchestra and an extraordinary fireworks display close out the night. Photos
Family tip: Bring a swimsuit! Kids’ water fights are tradition, and you’ll have dry clothes for later.’

Road and mountain bike gods flock to Breck: Colorado Classic, Aug. 11  and Breck Epic, Aug. 13 – 17
Men and women from the top WorldTour squads will wind through Breckenridge in the inaugural Colorado Classic, a UCI 2.HC race — the highest category for a UCI America Tour race. As a 5-year former USA Pro Cycling Challenge host city, Breckenridge is geared up and ready to throw a bike-themed blow out. But wait, there’s more, the Breck Epic, basically the biggest and baddest 6-day, 240-mile, roughly 40,000 feet of vertical gain mountain bike race hits Breckenridge’s sprawling trail network and highlights Breck as a top biking destination. Between Colorado Classic and the Breck Epic, the world’s best trail and road riders will transform Breckenridge into the epicenter of two-wheel gladiators. Photos

Breckenridge International Festival of Arts rolls Aug. 11-20, 2017
Inspired by themes of environment and mountain culture, this 10-day festival brings together a variety of performances, installations, exhibitions, screenings, workshops, talks, and surprise collaborations, with an eclectic mix of music, theater, film, visual and street arts, and family entertainment. Featuring "Monuments" by Craig Walsh (Australia; US premiere); "Los Trompos" by Héctor Esrawe & Ignacio Cadena (Mexico; CO premiere);  "ANTS" by Polyglot Theater (Australia; CO premiere);  "Birdmen & PerQ" by Close-Act Theatre (Netherlands; CO premiere); "Driftwood" by Casus Circus (Australia; US premiere), and more. Photos

Prost! to Breckenridge Oktoberfest Sept. 8-10, 2017
Going strong for more than twenty years, Breck’s Oktoberfest brings a weekend of parties, German cuisine and plenty of Paulaner beer.  It’s one of the largest Oktoberfests in the Rocky Mountain region and offers collectible steins imported from Germany. The weekend mixes traditional (Munich’s Paulaner, one of the six breweries who provide beer for the German festival) with local flavor (from Breck Brewery). Photos
          Insider tip: Book the Brewmaster’s Dinner early, it will sell out. Families should take a cue from the locals and head out on Sunday when the crowds are smaller.

Breckenridge Wine Classic returns Sept. 14-17, 2017
Master sommeliers, chefs and winemakers invite the public to play, wine and dine during the height of Breckenridge’s fall colors. The event combines a grand tasting in the historic Arts District, seminars and demos with town’s outdoor adventures to create a weekend of fine food and foliage. Photos

Breckenridge Festival of Film: Sept. 21-24, 2017
The Breckenridge Festival of Film highlights the art and craft of filmmaking. In addition to dramas, documentaries, indies and comedies, the fest recently introduced the Adventure Reel, featuring outdoor-inspired films. Discussions, filmmaker forums and student programming round out the lineup.
          Family tip: Check out the Saturday morning Children’s Program.

Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival: Oct. 20 - 22, 2017
Craft distillers each year gather in Breckenridge for the Craft Spirits Festival, which features a grand tasting, cooking demos, restaurant specials, a downtown pub crawl, historic saloon tours and more. Born of Colorado’s – and the nation’s – rapidly-growing artisan spirits industry, the Breckenridge fest is the first of its kind in Colorado. Photos 
          Insider tip: Craft Spirits Fest isn’t a family event, but it’s a great opportunity to get away with the girls, the guys, or as a couple. 

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