The Best Happy Hours in Breck: A Local’s Guide

Cheers!After a long day of skiing, nothing sounds better than to sit back, relax, kick your boots off, and enjoy a cold one (or two). So where are the best places in Breckenridge to go for happy hour? Who has the best deals?

Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.

Here is the inside scoop on the sweet spots in Breckenridge. We asked some locals what their favorite happy hours in Breck were. Here’s what they had to say…

The Blue River Bistro | 305 N Main St, Breckenridge CO

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: The Blue River actually has TWO happy hours every day! From 3-6 pm & 9-midnight daily.
The Deals: Two for one appetizers, two for one martinis, $3 drafts, and $3 domestic bottles.
The Cherry on Top: Live music to groove to from 5-10 pm.
Local’s Guide: Try a martini! They have an extensive and diverse list of different types of martinis. Check out the “Paloma Martini” with Expolon tequila, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Cappelletti Aperitivo, ruby red grapefruit, and muddled cucumber.

Ember | 106 E Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO

Price: $$
Gluten Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: Scratch that. At Ember, it’s called Euphoric Hour! From 4-5:30 pm daily.
The Deals: Reduced drink prices, great wines for $5/pour, and $5 appetizers.
The Cherry on Top: This place has a great atmosphere, everyone is friendly, and the bar is curved which makes it easy to talk to people.
Local’s Guide: The selection of appetizers is the best part, the quality of the food is fantastic for the prices. Try the “Sexy Woman” with jalapeño infused vodka, passion fruit, and lime.

Mi Casa | 600 S Park Ave, Breckenridge CO

Price: $
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily.
The Deals: Enjoy great drink specials, discounted tacos, and wings.
The Cherry on Top: Mi Casa has been a locals’ choice for aprés ski since 1981, so why not check it out for yourself? They have an impressive selection of Mexican cervezas and the largest tequila list in Summit County with over 100 selections!
Local’s Guide: There are also free chips and salsa and FREE NACHOS during happy hour! Check out their Specialty Margaritas with fresh squeezed lime juice and your choice of tequila!

Modis | 113 S Main St, Breckenridge CO

Price: $$$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: Modi’s has TWO daily happy hours as well! From 3-6pm & 10-midnight daily.
The Deals: Appetizers for under $10, reduced price on cocktails, and wine pours.
The Cherry on Top: One of the owners, Eric, was feeding his son dinner one night. His son kept saying, “mo dis” (as in, “more of this”)… and that is how the name “Modis” was born.
Local’s Guide: Try the “Jalapeño Mango Margarita” or the “Berries and Barbs” (a new play on the Old Fashioned).

Hearthstone | 130 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: 4-6 pm daily.
The Deals: $5 small plates, $2.50-3.50 beers, $6 house crafted cocktails, and $5 wine by the glass.
The Cherry on Top: The Hearthstone is the perfect destination for a romantic date night!
Local’s Guide: Head upstairs for a small, secluded bar with phenomenal views of the town and mountains. Try the “Strawberry Serrano Martini” or the “Moscow Mule.”

Blue Stag Saloon | 323 S Main St, Breckenridge CO

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily.
The Deals: $3 Coors, $4 domestic beers, $1 off draft beers, $4 well drinks, and $0.50 wings.
The Cherry on Top: They have two fireplaces; one inside, and one outside to keep you warm and cozy even when it’s snowing outside!
Local’s Guide: Try the “B.Y.O.-LD Fashioned” and build it yourself! They have a wide variety of whiskey, so pick your poison, then choose one of their bitters to throw in the mix, decide on sugar or agave, and drink up!

Motherloaded Tavern | 103 S Main St, Breckenridge CO

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily.
The Deals: $3 infused booze, $6 specialty infusions, and the food menu starts at $5.
The Cherry on Top: Live music every Friday and Saturday. Football specials on Sunday and Monday night. Trivia Tuesdays:  9-midnight. Whiskey Wednesdays: $3 whiskey drinks. Thirsty Thursdays: happy hour drinks all day and night! There is always something going on here!
Local’s Guide: Motherloaded has a laid back vibe, with friendly and attentive staff. Everything they make is from scratch; try their infused vodka, the Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls, Disco Tots, or the Sweet Pepper Applewood Bacon (candied magical bacon deliciousness) and then toast marshmallows right at your own table!

Cheers!

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Weekend Events 12.04.15

Race of the SantasRace of the Santas & Lighting of Breckenridge is this weekend! Don your best Santa costume and race down Main Street with 100’s of other Santas. Then stick around for other activities such as caroling and the lighting of the town tree. Check out everything else going on this weekend!

Friday, Dec 4th:

  • The Hartford Ski Spectacular | 8 am – 11 pm | Beaver Run Resort
  • Handmade Holiday Market | 12 – 6 pm | The Breckenridge Arts District | Everything is priced under $50
  • Late Night at Ready Paint Fire | 7 – 10 pm | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO
  • Fade to Winter – Matchstick Productions Video Premiere | Doors at 6:30, Movie at 8 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | Cost: $15/adult, $5/child

Saturday, Dec 5th:

  • The Hartford Ski Spectacular | 9:30 am – 9 pm | Springmeier Trail (Peak 8), Beaver Run Courtyard, Colorado Ballroom
  • Handmade Holiday Market | 12 – 6 pm | The Breckenridge Arts District | Everything is priced under $50
  • Gold Run Nordic Center Open House | 9 am – 4 pm | Gold Run Nordic Center | 200 Clubhouse Dr, Breckenridge CO
  • Race of the Santas & Lighting of Breckenridge | 2 – 7 pm | Main Street and Blue River Plaza
  • Open Studio: Ceramics | 5 – 8 pm | Ceramics Studio | 125 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO | $12
  • Canvas Painting Party | 7 – 10 | Ready Paint Fire | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO | $35

Sunday, Dec 6th:

  • Handmade Holiday Market | 12 – 6 pm | The Breckenridge Arts District | Everything is priced under $50
  • Gold Run Nordic Center Open House | 9 am – 4 pm | Gold Run Nordic Center | 200 Clubhouse Dr, Breckenridge CO
  • Historic Tour of Breckenridge | 11 am – 12:30 pm | Breckenridge Welcome Center | 203 S Main St, Breckenridge CO | $10/adult, $5/child

Click below for the best lodging deals in Breckenridge!

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3 Holiday Meals to cook in your studio Kitchenette

Watch this video to see what comes in a kitchenette at Grand Lodge on Peak 7!

Wondering how to cook a homemade meal while vacationing this holiday? There are a variety of classic holiday meals you can prepare in a small kitchenette. Although some might call for more creativity than traditional cooking, they are still delicious. We have harvested our favorite meals that can be easily made when you’re lodging with a kitchenette! Here are three tasty traditional recipes to cook in your condo:

Traditional Chili

Ingredients:

  • Ground beef (1 lb)
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 package of shredded cheddar cheese

Directions: Dice the onion. In the skillet provided, brown beef and add onion, salt and pepper. In the saucepan provided, combined all the beans together- Let cook for 10 minutes or until warm. Place the beans in the casserole dish provided in the Kitchenette. Cook diced tomatoes, and diced bell pepper next in the saucepan. Mix sauce in with the ground beef and onion mixture. Let simmer for 20 minutes or until bell pepper and sauce and thoroughly cooked. Pour the tomato sauce in the casserole dish and microwave for 3 minutes. Garnish with cheddar cheese and Serve!

Chicken and Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 bundle of asparagus
  • 1 packet of instant hollandaise sauce
  • Butter
  • 2 lemons
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive oil

Directions: Add olive oil to skillet and filet chicken breasts over medium heat for 12 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked through. Squeeze lemon juice from lemon over each breast and add salt and pepper to taste. Cover over low heat, flip and repeat until chicken is cooked. In a casserole dish, place asparagus and drizzle with olive oil. Cover the dish and cook in the microwave for 6 minutes. (Time may vary). Follow directions on the hollandaise package and drizzle over asparagus before serving.

Spaghetti and Italian Sausage

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of spaghetti
  • 1 jar of your favorite sauce
  • ground Italian sausage (1 lb)
  • Parmesan cheese

Directions: In the pot provided, bring water to a boil. Add spaghetti, and follow instructions on the box. Strain the pasta when cooked and place in the mixing bowl or casserole dish. In the saucepan provided, place Italian sausage over medium heat for 9 minutes or until sausage is cooked thoroughly. Place spaghetti sauce in the sauce pan and cook until the sauce is warm. Place the ground Italian sausage in the spaghetti sauce. Cook together until warm for serving and pour mixture over spaghetti. Mix together and garnish with Parmesan cheese. An easy to prepare salad mixture will also go great with the spaghetti!

There are endless possibilities of recipes to cook in your studio equipped with a kitchenette. Let the staff at #BestofBreck help you find hassle free dinners to prepare while you enjoy time with your friends and loved ones. Do you already have a kitchenette-friendly meal that you enjoy cooking? Share your recipes with us in the comments below!

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Small Business Saturday 2015

Small-Business-SaturdaySupport the local shops of Breckenridge this black Friday weekend. The quaint little town of Breckenridge offers a variety of different shops including chic boutiques, ski gear, home decorations, gift shops, authentic jewelry, and much more! On Saturday, November 24, 2015 shop the streets of Main Street and enter to win free prizes! The rules are simple- go into one the participating local shops in Breckenridge. These stores will have cards that allow you to enter your information for a chance to win in one of the drawings. The more stores you visit, the more times you can enter thus increasing your chances of WINNING! Click here to see a detailed list of participating stores!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Events 11.26.15

Skiing in BreckenridgeAre you heading up to Breckenridge this Thanksgiving? The slopes are open, the snow is wonderful, and the weather is beautiful. Check out these events and activities going on this Thanksgiving weekend.

Thursday, Nov 26th:

  • Thanksgiving Dinners | All Day | Various Locations | Breckenridge CO

Friday, Nov 27th:

  • Ice Skating | 1:15 – 3 pm & 4 – 6 pm | Stephen C. West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Road, Breckenridge CO
  • Late Night at Ready Paint Fire | 7 – 10 pm | Ready Paint Fire | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO
  • A Christmas Story | 7 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | Prices Vary

Saturday, Nov 28th:

  • Holiday Gift Bazaar | 12 – 4 pm | Art Supply Breckenridge |201 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO
  • Silversmithing – Mountain Pendant | 12 – 4 pm | Breckenridge Creative Arts – Hot Shop | 123 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO | $55
  • Canvas Painting Party | 7 – 10 pm | Ready Paint Fire | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO | $35
  • Under a Blood Red Sky – The U2 Tribute | 7:30 pm | Riverwalk Center |150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | $30-45

Sunday, Nov 29th:

  • Glass Fusing | Any time between 12 – 6 pm | Ready Paint Fire |323 N Main St Breckenridge CO | $35
  • Historic Tour | 1:30 – 3 pm | Breckenridge Welcome Center | 203 S Main St, Breckenridge CO | $5-10

Click below for the best lodging deals in Breckenridge over the Holidays!

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Staff Favorites

Wine and Cheese – A Few of My Favorite Things! by Kimberly Tramontana

Ridge Street Wine/Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate at 304 S. Main is one of my favorite places in Breck! Upstairs from the shops is an intimate setting with seating for only about 20 people, where you can order half or full glasses of some really amazing wine, as well as gourmet cheeses, olives, almonds, etc. They also feature my all-time favorite chocolatier, Christopher Elbow. On some nights they feature live music, and on your way out you can purchase wine, cheese, chocolate and much more to take home. Also check out their “Wine & Cheese Wednesdays” and “Friday Night Flights.” This place is great for a Girls Night Out, and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about their offerings!