What's new in Breckenridge - Winter 2018Prospectors 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.
Culinary Craze Shines Bright on Breckenridge Main Street
The world’s an international (tasting) stage in Breckenridge. Opened in time for the winter season, Legends Steaks and Italian located at 215 S. Ridge Street, claims some of the best USDA Prime beef and the finest Italian dishes from Chef Jeremy Caprari. Also, Artisan 206 located at 206 N. Main Street, is a rustic montage of globally-inspired family-style dishes prepared by Chef Samir Mohammad, Denver Westword’s Best Rising Chef in 2012. Doma 1898 located at 207 S. Main Street, open for breakfast and dinner is quickly becoming known for their large portions of game inspired entrees.
Also new this year, Gnarly Shawarma at 327. N. Main Street, which nabbed one of only four food cart licenses in the town. The stationary food cart sells shawarma sandwiches, plates, meat on a stick, hummus and other authentic Lebanese baked delicacies. Speaking of Breckenridge food carts, the ever-popular Crepes a la Cart serving sweet and savory treats for dinner and dessert expanded to a brick-and-mortar location just south at 500 S. Main Street.
Other recent additions to the world-inspired cuisine of Breck’s restaurant scene includes Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant, a modern farm-to-table experience with Chef Daniel (the Top Chef behind Washington D.C.’s Seasonal Pantry); Piantè Pizzeria, local, family-owned, plant-based, wood-fired, gourmet New York-style inspired specialty pizza in an incredibly cozy atmosphere; French-inspired bistro Belle V., which opened in December 2016 with family recipes from southern France; Mom’s Baking Co. a European breakfast and lunch café with a focus on homemade pastries; Pho Real, which opened in 2016 and offers a simple, satisfying menu of Vietnamese classics sourced from family recipes including pho, banh mi, vermicelli rice noodles and spring rolls, and Colorado-chain Bangkok Happy Bowl, which brings Thai food back to Breckenridge.
Sustainable Tourism: Breckenridge Works Hard at Innovating Green Initiatives
At the core of Breckenridge is an ethic of sustainability and innovation, from our pioneering days to the modern-day capital projects going on across town. Breckenridge’s 5,000 residents work hard to welcome in all in a streamlined and sustainable way. Breckenridge imparts that ethic with all guests as they enjoy the beautiful scenery and want to protect it too.
One Million Free Rides: As the population of Colorado grows, Breckenridge strives to be a leading force in getting people off the roads and exploring the historic streets. Our Free Ride Transit system serviced one million rides in 2017. In the past three years, Breckenridge has put a heavy focus on “green commutes” and encouraging both locals and visitors to use the complementary transit system. By doubling the transit budget, Breckenridge encourages sustainable tourism by making getting from point A to point B easier and comfier than ever before.
Transit Technology: In 2017, Town Council voted to spend $500,000 on transit technology update to make the bus system even easier to ride. The new “My Free Ride” app is free to download, shows real-time location of each bus, maps your route, and can get you from DIA to Breckenridge completely car-free.
The “Breck Bag:” Take home Breckenridge sustainable goals with you as a souvenir. The new Breck Reusable bag is designed by local artists and is a colorful way to save money and the environment by reducing the use of plastic bags. Take yours as an emblem of Breckenridge and a reminder to bring your own bag.
Out of Cars and On the Streets: The best way to enjoy Breckenridge is to walk around and see our Main Street for yourself. No need to sit in a car from place to place, we’ve worked hard to create an enticing walking experience on the local streets. The Breckenridge Sidewalk Masterplan has redesigned pathways, installed brighter LED lights, and added more heated walkways so guests feel comfortable using a more sustainable method of travel: their feet.
Wellness is the Breckenridge Way of Life
With more than 50 miles included in Breckenridge’s interconnected trail system for year-round adventures, a newly-renovated recreation center and world-class ski resort in our backyard Breckenridge takes wellness seriously.
- Breckenridge’s newest – and highly anticipated – Yoga & Wellness Destination
- Breckenridge Recreation Center Million-Dollar Revamp
- Peak 10’s Falcon SuperChair gets an upgrade
- Colorado Adventure Guides: cross-country skiing, peak ascents and local education
Craft beer and spirits, the made-in-Breckenridge trend, began in ‘90s with the Breckenridge Brewery. Today, that’s expanded to include bourbon, vodka, rum and bitters at Breckenridge Distillery, the world’s highest distillery, more than 12 taps at the award-winning Broken Compass Brewery and wine- blending classes at the Continental Divide Winery. Craft tradition runs through Breckenridge with Breckenridge Creative Arts and Breckenridge’s rich historic roots.
- BreckCreate Creates Memories
- Breckenridge miners, the original craft story tellers
Breckenridge Mountain-preneurs – The New Iteration of the Traditional Ski Bum
The entrepreneurial energy is sweeping Breckenridge with the next generation of ski bums who are starting up businesses in the places they want to live – and ski and hike and bike.
- Rocky Mountain Underground – handcrafted skis and cocktails
- No pain, no gain. Breck local makes a living out of saying, “shut up and train.”
- ELEVATE Breck brings Breckenridge’s first coworking space to Main Street
- Caffeinated inspiration on Main Street
- Wild Balance, Breckenridge-born jewelry, hits the big stage in Whole Foods stores statewide
Grand Colorado on Peak 8 True Elevates Ski-In/Ski-Out - photos
This winter Breckenridge Grand Vacations unveiled its fourth resort, the Grand Colorado on Peak 8. Located at the Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 8 Base Area, the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 offers an iconic ski-in/ski-out location and a “Mountain Modern” feel with the best amenities in Breckenridge.The Grand Colorado on Peak 8 also offers a luxurious collection of thoughtfully created resort amenities, including ski-in/ski-out access, Robbie’s Tavern, two bars, indoor/outdoor pools and hot tubs, private movie theaters, the world class Infinity Spa, and more. This level of luxury and location has never been seen before in Breckenridge, and will go a long way towards completing the vision laid out by the Master Plan for the Peak 8 Base Area.
Lighting of Breckenridge, Race of the Santas kicks off holiday season in Breckenridge
Town “officially” transforms into a holiday scene on Dec. 2 with the Lighting of Breckenridge and Race of the Santas, when runners and walkers don Santa suits to benefit a new local non-profit each year. The Holiday cheer continues all month with Santa visits and a major New Year’s Eve celebration.
Dew Tour Celebrates 10 Years at Breck as an Olympic Qualifier December 14-17, 2017
Back for its tenth season at Breck, this year’s Dew Tour takes place December 14-17, 2017 (presented by Mountain Dew® and TEN: The Enthusiast Network) and will bring out the best athletes as they compete not only to be crowned Dew Tour Champions but also to represent in PyeongChang, South Korea, for the 2018 Olympic Games.
With all the events riders and fans have come to expect and enjoy at the Dew Tour, including the Team Challenge, the Dew Tour Experience village, The Powder Awards, and the Transworld Snowboarding Rider’s Poll Awards, this is an event not to miss. Start booking your trip to Breck today. More details to come at Breckenridge.com.
Ullr Fest rocks Breckenridge Jan. 10-13, 2018
For over 50 years, the Breckenridge community has paid tribute to Ullr (rhymes with cooler), the Norse god of snow. Grab a Viking helmet and join the town-wide snow dance which includes the iconic Main Street parade, Ullr Ice Plunge, (unofficial) world’s longest shot ski attempt and more.
Family tip: Plan for the Saturday family party, which offers free ice skating, sledding, hot chocolate and helmet decorating.
Outdoor Art Gallery: 28th Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships begin Jan. 25, 2018
Snow carving in Breckenridge began as a local pastime; today, decorated snow artists from across the globe transform 25-ton blocks of snow into an outdoor art gallery. The Breckenridge Fire Arts Festival runs the same weekend as a fiery contrast. Expect burning sculptures, pyrotechnical effects and other spark-filled attractions throughout the Arts District. Watch blocks being built and teams sculpting Jan. 16 – 29. Viewing weekend is Jan. 25 – 29.
Locals’ tip: Catch the light show, with the unveiling of colored lights, on Saturday, Jan. 25.
By the numbers: Teams of four artists are allowed 65 hours to sculpt across five days of competition. Only 16 teams are selected from the pool of 250 that are invited to compete each year. The competition requires more than 400 tons of snow, all made by the Breckenridge Ski Resort to create the perfect sculpting medium.
Breck Pride Returns for Second Year
Back for a second year in March 2018, and growing, Breck Pride is offering live music, daily aprés, a Color Run in costumes down the mountain, and much more fun and entertainment. A First Tracks event allows guests on the mountain an hour early to experience the fresh corduroy and early morning light. This week is for everyone – LGBT, straight, skiers, snowboarders, beginners, experts, supporters – come one, come all.
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