Spend Memorial Day Weekend in Breckenridge

American and Colorado FlagBreckenridge Summer Biking this weekend marks the unofficial start to summer. By tomorrow, Breckenridge will be buzzing with travelers from near and far. The restaurants that have been closed for cleaning and remodeling during “mud season” will be reopening this weekend. Rafting season is roaring, golf courses are in full swing and we are ecstatic that summer is back!

Get the most out of your extended weekend by taking a trip to Breckenridge.  We’re expecting temperatures to stay around 70 degrees throughout the weekend. A world of activities will be at your fingertips. Shops have their fleets of bicycles available for rent, rafting companies have their armadas of rafts in the river and local eateries have their patio tables out for you to soak in the sunshine and of course, the spectacular views.  It’s time to escape the city, enjoy the fresh mountain air and experience the natural beauty of the outdoors.

Visit Breckenridge Memorial Day Weekend Aside from getting an extra day off of work, it is also important to recognize what Memorial Day truly means. It’s a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by American men and women who have died and of those that have served and are living. Flags across the nation will be at half-staff to commemorate the one million Americans that have given their lives in the line of service. At noon, flags will be raised to celebrate the soldiers that continue to fight for our country’s freedom and justice.

We would like to invite you to join the local Memorial Day service to honor those that have served or who are serving in the United States Military. The interdenominational service will be held at the Valley Brook Cemetery located at 1095 Airport Road just north of town on Monday, May 27 at 9:00 a.m. Parking is available at the Recreation Center parking lot.

Save camping for later this summer. There are so many lodging deals you won’t want to pass up! For $25 per night, you can stay in a 1 bedroom condo at the Grand Timber Lodge which features indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, onsite spa and restaurant!  Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/18Z8KuJ

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Need more ideas of what to do in Breckenridge? Visit some of our other blogs about Breckenridge activities:   Summer Funner! The Kick-Off to Summer is Just Around the Corner Early Summer in Breckenridge Summit Country Rafting Season is Back! Kingdom Days is Coming to Breckenridge.

Family Time

Family poses for picture in BreckenridgeGrandkids look forward to coming up to Breckenridge…

A lot to see and do like

Tubing and Sledding ,,ski, swim and relax!!!!

Name: Bonnie & Jimmy Johns
City: Englewood
State: Colorado

 

Summer Funner!

Friday, May 17, 2013 by Kelly Hepburn_2The beautiful, bright blue Breckenridge summer skies are back,

The river is flowing more powerfully than the early spring melt trickle, and flowers are budding and blooming. The summers are what make locals, well, locals. Most of us wanted to come and live in this quaint mountain town for a winter season, but claimed Breckenridge as home because of its amazing summers.

Plenty to see and plenty to do. With Kingdom Days, Fourth of July celebrations, Sunday Farmers Markets, free concerts, the PRCA Rodeo, art festivals, beer festivals, movie festivals, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, and more, Breckenridge certainly does not fall asleep when the ski season is over. The town is alive, vibrant and bustling with people from near and far.  Aside from the variety of events, there are plenty of activities including biking, hiking, rafting, kayaking, exploring and more. There is something to do for everyone.

The gondola and the Peak 8 Fun Park will be up and running on June 14th. Take the gondola up to Peak 8 from town and enjoy a fun-filled day for the entire family. Race through the trees on the Gold Runner Coaster, or for a little bit longer of a rush, make your way to the alpine slide and zoom down any of the three 2,600 foot long tracks. Prove your putting skills at quite possibly the most scenic mini golf course. The Peak 8 Fun Park also features a rock climbing wall, Mineshaft Maze, SuperBungee Trampoline, a bouncy castle and scenic chairlift rides that will take you to some awesome hiking trails. New to the park are 4×4 off-road and Segway tours! For more information, visit: http://www.breckenridge.com/info/summer.aspx#activities#Top

For thrill seekers, bring your mountain bike or rent one at the Peak 8 Base Area, and load it on the Colorado SuperChair. There are 11 blue and black mountain-bike trails to choose from and range from single track and mountain roads with banked corners, berms and bridges to challenge any rider. Chair hauls are not included in the Fun Park Pass, and are $15 for single rides or $30 for unlimited rides for the day. For the novice, Breck is now offering beginner and intermediate/advanced mountain bike lessons for ages six and up. Guides are available to take your riding to the next level, but are also available to take your family down the hill as well.

Have older kids that want to experience the park, but also have wee ones that aren’t quite big enough to participate? No problem. There is a children’s center onsite that provides childcare for $20 per hour for kiddos ages 2 months to 5 years old and are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Ticket  Prices: You can purchase a full day pass, or pay for individual activities. If it’s your first time, I would recommend purchasing the pass to get a taste of everything. Guided tours are not included in the day pass, but are definitely worth checking out!

Adult Fun Park tickets are $68 and children’s tickets (ages 3-7) are $34.

For more detailed information, visit: http://www.breckenridge.com/info/summer.aspx#summerpricing

Summer Hours of Operation:

June 14 – September 2 from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

September 6 – 15: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only

Dates & times are weather permitting

Save 40% off Lodging on Your Visit to Breckenridge This Summer! Stay for as low as $60 per night in a Grand Timber Lodge studio! Click here for more details: http://bit.ly/14dMLgy

The Kick-Off to Summer is Just Around the Corner

Friday, May 17, 2013 by Kelly Hepburn_1_funnerIt seems as though Mother Nature wants to skip over spring up here in the high country. That’s fine by us! With temperatures finally getting into the 60’s, say hello to summer!

 In less than a month, Breckenridge will welcome summer with an ode to the town’s heritage during Kingdom Days, which sprouted because the town was not included on early U.S. maps during the mid 1800s and became known as “Colorado’s Kingdom.” In 1936, the town became incorporated and held a ceremony to make it official. Nowadays, the local community celebrates Kingdom Days with three days of festivities, beginning with the town party on June 14th, free historic walking and mine tours, gold panning, burro rides, concerts and much more! Visit the event website for more detailed information:  http://www.gobreck.com/events/kingdom-days

On June 16th, the 5th Annual Outhouse races will raise quite the stink.

As the signature event of Kingdom Days, it certainly is something you won’t want to miss. Spectators can cast their votes for their favorite commodes during the People’s Choice voting on Ridge Street from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.  After that, locals will battle against “Johns” from surrounding territories to secure their seat on the golden throne. The costumes and creativity of the outhouse designs are second to none.

Watch as the teams push and pull their latrines down Ridge Street, and see who will get crowned with the Golden Toilet Seat. In between races, kids from the crowd will get called out for various mini contests and games.

The Outhouse Races just so happen to fall on Father’s Day, so make a weekend of it! In addition to the fun festivities of Kingdom Days, golf in Breckenridge is in full swing, the BreckConnect Gondola and Peak 8 Fun Park will both open for the season, local shops will be having a giant sidewalk sale and the Sunday Farmers Market begins.

Come up and enjoy the sunny blue skies, the fresh mountain air and as many fun activities as you can fit in! Hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, golfing, gold panning, horseback riding, zip lining, summer dog sledding, shopping and more… Breckenridge has it all!

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Taste Your Way Through Breckenridge

Wine tasting sign in Breckenridge ColoradoThe high country is certainly preparing for a great rafting season! Ullr decided to gift Breckenridge with 35 inches of snow this past week. It is hard to believe that this is the middle of May. Luckily, we are expecting temperatures in the 60’s this weekend, so maybe we’re just going to skip spring altogether and jump right into summer. Some of the restaurants are closed for cleaning or because all of their employees have flocked to enjoy a quick vacation before the busy summer season begins. So, what is there to do? Aside from hiking, biking or enjoying a spa day, you can taste your way through Breckenridge’s wine and spirits tasting rooms. Here are a few ideas:

D’vine Wine, Home of Wild Women Wine:

211 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO

D’vine Wine and Wild Women Winery Breckenridge Wine Tastings

Located in the heart of downtown Breckenridge, D’vine Wine offers a wide selection of their own custom wines made from imported grapes which are then handcrafted, blended and fermented right in front of you. The staff can even guide you through creating your own custom blend. Let your taste buds do the walking as you journey through a wine tasting. Tastings are offered daily and begin at $5 for three wines of your choice from the tasting menu. For $12, you can select four and your souvenir wine glass is on the house. If you truly want to get a taste of what Wild Women Wines have to offer, you can select any seven wines for $10.

You don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to enjoy your time at D’vine Wine.  If you are looking for a tasting room that is more casual and entertaining without feeling stuffy or intimidating, this is the place to visit. On Fridays and Saturdays, come in for Music, Massage and Merlot from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and enjoy $5 glasses of wine and $1 per minute chair massages. This is also when you can catch Naked Pete (don’t worry, while working, he doesn’t live up to his namesake) taking song requests and jamming on his guitar or keyboard. Although crowd participation is not mandatory, you might find yourself singing along or (depending on how many glasses you’ve had) trying on the infamous grape costume, complete with white gloves and cap. (*Insiders scoop: if you wear the suit outside and are able to coerce people to come into the tasting room, you might find yourself a free glass of wine!)

Open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Breckenridge tasting room is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more information, visit www.brecktastingroom.com/

Ridge Street Wine and Cheese, Breckenridge Cheese and Chocolate:

304 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge Ridge Street Wine and Cheese Wine Tastings

+Nestled in a walkway across from the historic Summit Ski Exhibit, Ridge Street Wine and Cheese offers a unique and affordable selection of wines from around the world. Make your way upstairs to begin your journey though a unique and affordable selection of wines from around the world. You’ll find an Enomatic Wine Preservation System, which helps preserve the integrity of the wines after they are opened, a bistro-like setting and friendly staff that will help guide you through the tasting options.

They offer a wonderful selection of meats, cheeses, olives and nuts on their cheese plates. You can even purchase the wines, meats and cheeses downstairs. Take a whirl through the delectable selection of chocolates while you’re down there too. You won’t be sorry.

Breck Wine, Cheese & Chocolate is open daily from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 9:00 p.m.

WINE & CHEESE WEDNESDAYS- 4-7 p.m. every Wednesday, choose from any three 1/2 glasses from the Enomatic + a 1 Cheese Plate of your choosing…All for $20! Fun, interesting and delicious. Budget friendly way to get out with friends, socialize and try some great new wines & cheeses.

FRIDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS- 5-9 p.m. every Friday. Choose any three 1/2 glasses from the Enomatic for $15!! A great way to try new wines side by side.

For more information, visit http://www.breckwineandcheese.com/

Breckenridge Distillery:

Distillery- 1925 Airport Road, Breckenridge, CO

Tasting Room- 137 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon and Spirits Tasting Tours

Visiting the world’s highest distillery is definitely something you should include during your next trip to Breckenridge.  With Breckenridge founded on gold, it’s no surprise that it is the home base for the gold-winning bourbon, they often refer to as “Hooch.” Their Midwest sweet corn mash, proofed with snowmelt water-based vodka doesn’t hover in the shadows. Its smooth taste has also worked its way up in the ranks and has won medals at both the International Wine and Spirits and World Spirits Competitions.

Watch how they mash, ferment and distill their products in person by touring the Distillery from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

If you are just strolling through Breckenridge, stop by their downtown tasting room. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m. and Sunday until 7 p.m.

Sign up for their mailing list to have the opportunity to help bottle their products. Although it is volunteer work, you won’t be disappointed with your prize.

For more information, visit www.breckenridgedistillery.com/

Summit County Golf Update

Golfer at Breckenridge Golf ClubMay in Breckenridge and Summit County has been a little on the wet side. But, the moisture we have received in Summit has been much needed. Currently, the snowpack is almost back to normal levels. However, this has proved to be a challenge to the golf courses’ hopes for early openings. Even though most of the golf courses will be opening later in May and early June this year, they will be opening with fantastic conditions. Never fear though, if you are planning a trip to the high country this weekend and want to get a little golf in, the Raven golf course in Silverthorne (15 miles north) is opening this Friday! The River Course in Keystone will be opening the weekend of May 17th Here is the rundown on the five Summit County golf courses.

Breckenridge Golf Club – Opening in the 3rd or 4th week of May.

Breckenridge Golf Club was just named #35 on the list of the country’s top 50 municipal golf courses by Golfweek Magazine. Breckenridge boasts the only Jack Nicklaus designed public golf course in the world. Offering 27 challenging holes, the Breckenridge Golf Course sits at an elevation of 9,324 feet. At this altitude, the golf ball flies farther and straighter than at lower elevations, as there is less air resistance.

Keystone River Course – Opening May 17th.

Step up to the first tee on the River Course and be blown away. The River Course in Keystone is a dramatic mountain course with amazing elevation changes and breathtaking scenery.  The par-35 front nine is oriented around the path of the Snake River and the par-36 back nine winds through a lodgepole pine forest. Impressive elevation changes, variable bunkers, water hazards, and five sets of tees on each hole combine to challenge golfers of all abilities.

Keystone Ranch Course – Opening May 31st.

This Robert Trent Jones Jr. course is the older (and more challenging) of the 2 golf courses in Keystone. The front nine is a traditional course with slight elevation changes while the back nine is a challenging links course that winds though Colorado sage brush and pines.

The Raven at Three Peaks Golf Club – Opening May 10th.

The Raven is the most challenging golf course in Summit County. It also traditionally opens the earliest. The Raven is located on the north end of Silverthorne, which is commonly referred to Summit County’s “Banana Belt,” as it sees less snow and warmer temps then most of the rest of the county.  The Raven has a slope rating of 146 and was ranked as the #1 golf experience in Colorado by Avid Golfer Magazine.

Copper Creek at Copper Mountain – Opening June 14th.

Located at the base of Copper Mountain Ski Resort, Copper Creek is the highest golf course in elevation and traditionally the latest to open. Designed by Pete and Perry Dye, Copper Creek accommodates the novice golfer from the forward tees while still providing a great test for the accomplished golfer at the back tees. Surrounded by amazing views of the back side of the Ten Mile Range it is a neat change from the mountain views in Breckenridge.

If you are looking for an early spring escape considers golf in the High Country this May. With Golf available starting Friday, low early season rates and small crowds. Breckenridge is a perfect choice for a weekend getaway.