The rodeo is coming to town in Breckenridge!

Lady grazing her horse in the MountainsThe Breckenridge Pro Rodeo will be in town this August and September. This will be the first year that Breckenridge has had a rodeo and excitement is high for this event. The Breckenridge Rodeo will take place over 10 weekend nights and will provide exciting family entertainment.

The rodeo, fully sanctioned by the sport’s governing body, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), will take place in Breckenridge every Saturday and Sunday from August 4th -September 2nd, 2012 in a specially-constructed arena in the Airport Road parking lot on the north side of town.

Each nightly rodeo will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the professional events will include Saddle Bronc, Bareback Riding, Bull Riding, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Roping, Barrel Racing, and 1-2 clown acts. There will also be kids’ events that are open to public participation such as Mutton Busting and Calf Scrambles.

Venue doors will open at 4:30 p.m. each day, and will feature a family-friendly festival atmosphere leading up to the start of the event, including an all you can eat BBQ Cowboy Dinner, cotton candy, snow cones, alcohol, retail vendors, rodeo clowns, mechanical bulls, live music and so much more. At 5:00 p.m. there will be a free behind the chutes tour provided by the rodeo clown.

“We are extremely excited to be able to bring the 2012 Breckenridge PRCA ProRodeo to town this summer,” said the event’s promoter, Brad Bays. “We have had a great groundswell support from the public letting us know that they are eager to see this new addition to Breck’s great lineup of summer activities, and we know we can offer a great family-friendly event that will help bring spectators to town and will fit in perfectly with the lineup of other great signature events that Breck is able to offer this summer.”

Tickets go on sale to the public June 1st, and will cost $20 for adults, $15 for children ages 7-15, and free for kids 6 & under. VIP tickets are also available for $40 each adult, $30 for children age 7-15, and children 6 and under are free. This will include exclusive private seating, private restroom facilities and a server. In addition, Breck Rodeo season tickets will also be for sale, priced at $80 for adults and $60 for children, and will include access for all 10 performances this summer (that a 60% savings).

Call (970) 389-1701 to buy advanced tickets or get them at the event venue, Breckenridge Stables, Breckenridge Resort Chamber, or at the Breckenridge Welcome Center. Credit cards are accepted.

For full details of the 2012 Breckenridge PRCA ProRodeo, please visit the event’s official website, www.BreckenridgePRCAProRodeo.com.

For the best deals on Breckenridge lodging visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com

Off-Season Fun

Mountains in BreckenridgeMy husband and I went to Grand Timber Lodge for a week in mid-May, and since we do not ski, this was the perfect time for us to go! As Floridians, we were ga-ga over the scenery, enjoyed a little snowstorm upon arrival, a “pet” fox visiting our patio and NO crowds! Wonderful location for walking around town, and the hiking trailhead was right outside our unit. All staff members were helpful and courteous. Kudos to Andrew on the concierge staff for his tips and information when I telephoned before our trip. Also to Annetta for an amazing massage, which I enjoyed free of charge due to touring Peak 7. Breck Rocks!

Name: Cherry Skarpalezos
City: Fernandina Beach
State: Florida

5 Favorite Restaurants in Breckenridge

Guests enjoy dinner on patio in BreckenridgeSpring is the time of year in Breckenridge when locals pause to take a breath. Everything is a little quieter and less crowded during the spring months in Breckenridge. The ski season is over and this time is the calm before the busy summer season that heats up around the 4th of July. One of the best aspects of the spring shoulder season (this year’s weather has been the best ever!) are the deals one can find out at restaurants, shops and on lodging in Breckenridge as well as around Summit County.  We took a poll here in our office and asked our coworkers what their favorite restaurants are here in Breckenridge so we could offer a few suggestions for those coming to Breckenridge.

Hearthstone Restaurant (130 S. Ridge Street, 970-453-1148) is the favorite in our office and has been a local’s choice for years. Located in the historic, 125 year-old Kaiser House, The Hearthstone is known for hand cut steaks, game and fresh seafood using locally farmed seasonal products. This richly decorated Victorian-era home offers beautiful views of town, the Breckenridge Ski Resort and the Ten Mile Range. Our favorite dish is the elk steak and the Colorado lamb. The seating is comfy and they have one of the best happy hours in Breckenridge.

Steak and Rib (208 N. Main Street, 970 453-0063) quite possibly has the best steak one can find anywhere in Breckenridge. Following the history theme the building that houses Steak and Rib is known to be a miner’s cabin that dates back to at least 1868. One of the quirky things is the way the floor seems to move with the natural contour of the ground it was built on. Being in such an old structure it not surprising that the dining room is filled with so much character. Although known for it’s steak they also have fantastic ribs, game and seafood. Our favorite dish is the Crab Stuffed Filet Mignon. You can’t beat it!

Mi Casa (600 S. Park Ave 970-453-2071) is somewhat less expensive than the first two restaurants MI Casa’s food is no less impressive. Founded in 1981 Mi Casa offers Mexican food and prides itself on using only the freshest ingredients right down to hand cut heated nachos they offer to every guest dining. The mild salsa that goes with the chips is a fresh and flavorful salsa with a hint of sweetness that is perhaps the best mild salsa there is. Mi Casa offers many traditional dishes but the one that everybody here loves is found on the appetizer menu but don’t be afraid to order it for dinner! Duck Quesada’s are one of the signature dishes offered by Mi Casa and is so good it has even won numerous awards. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy this dish and remember to wash it down with a tasty Marg.

Southridge Seafood Company (215 South Ridge Street, 970-547-0063) like its name offers fresh seafood daily as well as other wonderful culinary creations. Opened in 1998 Southridge is the only high end seafood restaurant in Breckenridge. Food choices include fresh seafood, shellfish, pasta, steaks and lamb. Southridge also has the only raw bar in Summit County and has killer happy hour deals. The staff’s favorite dish is the oysters Rockefeller.

Kenosha Steakhouse (301 South Main Street, 970-453-7313) is called a steakhouse but is really known for two things. First the most popular menu items are by far the BBQ plates the offer and second any local will tell you that Kenosha has one of the best decks to sit outside on anywhere in Summit County. Perfect sun all day and uninterrupted views of Breckenridge ski resort and the Ten Mile Range make this large deck the local’s favorite. Foodwise Kenosha offers great steaks and burgers not to mention their award winning BBQ. The favorite dish in this office is the Beef Brisket Platter. Mmmmmmm.

If you are planning a spring or early summer trip to Breckenridge consider one of our favorite restaurants and don’t forget to check the Best of Breckenridge Blog (right here!) for  weekly 2 for 1’s and restaurant deals.

If you are looking for the best deals on Breckenridge Lodging visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com

2 for 1’s and Restaurant Deals for the Week of May 13th

Couple enjoying dinner in BreckenridgeThe warm and sunny May weather in Breckenridge is starting to turn everybody’s thoughts to summer. Summer in Breckenridge is a time of endless possibility with so many activities to choose from it is hard to pick which ones to do! May in Breckenridge means no crowds anywhere and this year with the early spring there are many activities you can already enjoy. The bike shops are open and renting. Many of the trails around Breckenridge are dry and ready for hiking, The Frisco Peninsula is open, fly fishing is the best now and rafting season is here just to mention a few activities.

Take advantage of the great weather and early season savings that is May in Breckenridge. Here are this week’s 2 for 1’s and food specials from the Summit Daily News which is a free newspaper and you can find it anywhere in Summit County in the blue boxes. Just down the road from Breckenridge, Frisco has the majority of this week’s deals.

Blue River Bistro, 305 N. Main Street, 970-453-6974, page 3: ½ price bottles of wine all day every day.

Hearthstone, 130 Ridge Street, 970-453-1148, page 5: 2 for 1 entrees (dining passport required).

Kemosabe Sushi Bar, 605 Main Street Frisco, 970-668-2100, page 7: 2 for 1 rolls and 25% off sake.\

Silverheels, 603 Main Street Frisco, 970-668-0345, page 7: 2 for 1 dinner entrees.\

Tuscato, 311 E. Main St Frisco, 970-668-3644, page 27: 2 for 1 entrees.

Fiesta Jalisco, 224 S. Main Street, 970-547-3836, page 27: 2 for 1 margs and beer, buy 1 entrée and get the second one ½ price.

Nozawa, Dillon Ridge Marketplace, Dillon, 970-262-6600, Page 27, 50% off all sushi rolls, 30% off  and dinner entrees.

For the best rates on Breckenridge Lodging visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com

Winter Skiing in Breckenridge

Breckenridge Resort and GondolaWe took our two teenage sons to Breckenridge for their first “out west” skiing experience. They fell in love instantly and now wish to go back year after year. This is the biggest reason we became owners, so that they can enjoy winters and summers in Breckenridge for years and years to come!

Name: Lisa Cable
City: Mount Pleasant
State: SC