Weekend Events 3.4.16

It’s beginning to look a lot like… Spring! It looks like we are going to have some nice days this week! Get some spring skiing in!

Friday, March 4th:

  • Wine & Cheese Tasting | 5 – 9 pm | Breckenridge Wine & Cheese | 304 S Main St, Breckenridge CO | Try any three ½ glasses for $15!
  • Canvas Painting Party | 7 – 10 pm | Ready, Paint, Fire! | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO | $35
  • National Geographic Live – K2: Danger and Desire on the Savage Mountain | 7:30 pm |Riverwalk Center | 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | $25-35

Saturday, March 5th:

  • Escape Room Breckenridge | Time varies depending on which game you play | 233 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO
  • Met Opera Live in HD: Manon Lescaut, Puccini | 10:55 am | Finkel Auditorium, CMC | 107 Denison Placer Rd, Breckenridge CO | $10-20
  • Breckenridge Recreation Center Activities | BMC Saturday Mini Camp, Drop in tennis clinic, Rock climbing clinics | All Day | 150 Ski Hill Rd, Breckenridge CO

Sunday, March 6th:

  • Concert: The Revivalists | 7 piece rock band from New Orleans | 7:30 pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 W Adams Ave, Breckenridge CO | $20-25
  • Historic Breckenridge: Museums | Barney Ford Victorian Home, Edwin Carter Discovery Center, & the Summit Ski Exhibit | All day 11 – 3 pm

Looking for discounted lodging for your ski trip? Look no further. Click here for the best deals in town! Check out our end of season blowout and save up to 40% on lodging and lift tickets!

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Local’s Guide: Brecks Sweetest Spots

IMG_5827 You’d be surprised how many people you see walking around with ice cream cones as the snow falls on Main Street in Breckenridge. Or, did you JUST see that person just walk by with a coffee cup topped with whip cream, caramel and chocolate chips and wonder WHERE that came from?! If you have a hankering for something sweet, savory, cold or hot, we have got the list of goods you shouldn’t pass by as you stroll along Main Street.

Mary’s Mountain Cookies

Mary’s Mountain Cookies has been serving fresh baked cookies to locals and visitors since 1998. You can’t really miss this shop, as the aroma of homemade goodies will have you following your nose directly into their kitchen. Known for their sandwich cookies (two cookies filled with creamy frosting of varying flavors), this is a quick stop you should make a priority! Other cookie options include: gluten free, dipped, regular and assorted gift crates. Looking to give your Breckenridge wedding a small taste of Breckenridge? Check out how Mary’s Mountain Cookies can be a part of your special day.  Your taste buds will thank you.

Best sellers: Famous for their sandwich cookies.

Most Popular: Vanilla Avalanche or Cookie Dough Delight

Local’s tip: Not good at baking in the high country? Pop up in Mary’s Mountain Cookies, they may have a pint or larger of pre made dough that’s ready for baking!

Oh Fudge Sweet Nuts

Sister to Mary’s Mountain Cookies and conveniently located right next door, pop in for a different kind of filling. Offering fudge, ice cream, taffy and other glorious sweets, you won’t leave empty handed. The staff is very friendly and helpful. I can attest to their coconut fudge.

Best Sellers: Of course, fudge! Alongside that comes their caramel apples and ice cream.

Most Popular: Speaking of their fudge selection, don’t miss out on their Dark Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt fudge or the Tiger Butter (vanilla fudge, peanut butter, another layer of vanilla fudge, chocolate fudge and peanut butter drizzled on top). Oh fudge, we’re getting hungry…

Local’s tip: Not sure what your taste buds are feeling? Ask for a tiny sample!

Crepes a la carte

Sweet or savory? Although this is a small standalone outdoor eatery, you won’t see a longer line anywhere in Breckenridge. To cure that grumbling belly, swing by and grab a bite to eat. Heat warmers stand outside behind the building to keep you toasty if the temperatures are chilly or it’s snowing.

Best Sellers: Crepes of course! AND if you get stuck waiting, order the Hot Chocolate Deluxe, topped with mini marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate chips and caramel.

Most Popular: Fruit & Chocolate (try strawberry & Nutella or strawberry, banana & Nutella), Monty Cristo (cheddar cheese, ham, chicken, honey Dijon & raspberry jam), Pesto Turkey (mozz, turkey, tomato, basil pesto & balsamic reduction).

Local’s Tip: The earlier you get there the better (they open at 9 am). Also, planning your crepe indulgence outside of mealtimes will cut down on your time in line.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Tucked back in a small alley off Main Street, you might not stumble upon this place unless you’re in the know, but catch it if you can. With probably one of the widest varieties of candies, you won’t leave without finding what cures YOUR sweet tooth. Caramel apples, barks, dipped items, fudge, dipped fruits, bulk chocolates and ice cream only top the list. Before you leave, purchase a box of chocolates to bring home (if you can wait that long to eat them).

Best Sellers: Truffles and toffee.

Most Popular: Macadamia Toffee and the Sea Salt Caramel Square.

Local’s Tip: Living local? Hit RMCF up for $1 local scoops –  scrumptious even on a chilly day!

Fuzziwigs Candy Factory

Yes, the name says it all. If you aren’t sure what type of sweet or sour is going to cure that hankering of yours, Fuzziwigs is probably the place to stop. Offering one of the biggest bulk candy selections in Breckenridge, your choices include (but aren’t limited to): Swedish fish, chocolate covered peanuts, jelly beans, or maybe you fancy those little caramel turtles.. You’ll be leaving with a smile and a bag of all your favorite candies.

Best Sellers: Breckencrunch (Rice Krispies, marshmallow, peanut butter, white chocolate and dark chocolate are combined to create the famous Breckencrunch).

Most Popular: Bourbon Caramel, Breckencrunch & bulk candy selection (leave with your favorites!)

Local’s Tip:  Stock up on old-school candies that are hard to come by elsewhere. Treat yourself to Mary Janes, Abba-Zabba bars, Candy Necklaces, Lemonheads, Mallo Cups, Sky Bars or Candy Buttons. They really have it all!

Is your mouth salivating? Ours are! Enjoy these local shops in Breckenridge; they appreciate it and so won’t you! Do you want more reasons to come to Breckenridge? Enter our FREE Local Love Giveaway and you could win a trip to Breckenridge on us.

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Time to Smell the Roses: Breck Wedding Part II

Wedding Table in Breckenridge ColoradoIf you haven’t already checked out the first installment of this blog series, click here for the low down on wedding coordinators, venues, officiants and entertainment. That should make it pretty simple to nail down your wedding location/date, guest list, ceremony and reception celebration details. Now that the preliminary steps to planning your Breck wedding are covered, it’s time to dive into the fun stuff! Grab a wedding organizer, your MOH/bridesmaids and let’s do this! Below, the staff at BOB has dredged up the #bestofbreck when it comes to florists, photographers, cakes and lodging for your Breck wedding:

  1. Florists: One of the most important elements of your wedding, floral arrangements set the theme for the celebration and can make or break your big day. We want to make sure you have a bouquet worth throwing, not a mismatched decaying bunch of dandelions and weeds.
    • Bloom: Winner of the “Best of Summit” for many years, this local vendor knows how to complement any theme with bouquets so gorgeous, you’ll think twice about throwing them into the crowd.
    • Petal & Bean: Mentioned in our Breck Wedding Part I for event planning, we can’t get enough of Petal & Bean’s floral services, too!
    • Little Flower Shop: Located just a few minutes down the road in Dillon, the Little Flower Shop will make sure your big day is adorned with the perfect floral arrangements, so don’t be fooled by their name.
    • Garden of Eden: With over 25 years’ experience, this florist is renowned in Summit County for “delivering smiles” and your custom wedding arrangements. That’s right- they’ll bring your buds to you. AND, they make wedding cakes, too.
  2. Photographers/Videographers: These are photos and videos that you will reflect on for probably the rest of your life. That being said, we have handpicked the top notch photographers and videographers to ensure that you’ll have shots worth watching for decades to come.
    • Tripp Faye: At the top of our list for a reason, Tripp is one of our favorite photographers in the county. With years of experience and a keen eye for detail, your wedding photos will be nothing short of perfect and Tripp’s videography skills will ensure that every moment of your special day is flawlessly captured.
    • Brandon Doza: Another local favorite, Brandon Doza has some big names gawking at his shots, including: Summit Wedding Photography, Copper Mountain, Grand Timber Lodge, Dew Tour Fashion Show, Global Lifestyle Media, Breckenridge Brewery and many more!
    • Jason & Gina: Known for incorporating their love of the outdoors with the love you’re celebrating on your wedding day, this photography team’s work has been published in over 200 wedding magazines and blogs throughout the country.
    • Matt and Jess: This married photographer team is located just outside of Red Rocks, but will travel to Breck for your big day. As newlyweds, they can relate to budgeting constraints and the importance of documenting your memories in just the right light.
    • Forget Me Not Media: Having worked with big names like Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and producers of Lord of the Rings, this videographer will be sure to bring your story to life by blending cinematics with documentary-styled production.
    • Rising Moon Films: Cinematographers with diverse talents, this team has experience in shooting weddings, commercial films, branded films and promotional production. Their videos are entertaining, stunning and personable. Don’t take my word for it, click on their link above and see for yourself!
  3. Wedding cake bakeries: The cake you choose for your wedding is often a status symbol to guests and sets the theme for your celebration. Plus, most couples save the top of the cake to eat on their one year anniversary, so quality matters. Not to mention, a party without cake is NOT a party at all… At least not one worth remembering!
    • Sugar Breck: If the critiques on this bakery featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, The Denver Post, Breckenridge Magazine, People Magazine or Mile High Bride aren’t enough to get your mouth watering, treat yourself to a gander at their portfolio. YUM!
    • Blue Moon Bakery featuring Reil Mountain Confections: Serving up delicious cakes of all sizes and flavors to satisfy everyone’s taste buds and budgets, Reil Mountain Confections offers custom cake design experiences that will leave you craving more.
    • Mountain Flour: Based out of Vail and offering cake delivery, this bakery concocts works of art that you won’t believe are edible. With more than reasonable pricing options and flavors that are sure to please the crowd, this confectioner won’t disappoint.
  4. Accommodations: Since it’s highly unlikely that you and all of your guests live within walking distance from your venue, setting up lodging options ahead of time will not only help your guests, but it can keep the fun going for days! In an effort to bring you the #bestofbreck, we have listed the ultimate options in town so you can rest easy.
    • Beaver Run Resort: With some of the most versatile lodging options in town, this resort features slopeside one and two bedroom condos, studios, traditional hotel rooms and specialty suites. While staying at the base of Peak 9, you can enjoy the convenience of walking to both town and the slopes. You’re guaranteed a good time at their on-site restaurant, the Coppertop Bar and Café- we recommend requesting Ash for your server because she is the best!
    • DoubleTree by Hilton: Should you choose to book with DoubleTree, you’ll reap the benefits of its proximity to town and the lifts. The Quicksilver chairlift on Peak 9 as well as Main Street are both a quick jaunt away from your room. Plus, DoubleTree provides their guests with ski valet services and, more importantly, s’mores!
    • River Mountain Lodge: The name says it all: RML is situated on the Blue River and offers some awesome mountain views. This accommodation is downtown, so don’t bother setting aside money for a taxi! Do yourself a favor and make sure to visit the legendary local bartender, Baba. Indulge in some of his rum pompei while you listen to his incredible (and true) stories!

Well, there you have it! This is easier than you expected, right? Now, you’re more than halfway through planning the most vital aspects of your Breck wedding. Awesome job! There’s still some important topics left to tackle, so we’ve got to get back to work. While we compile the next round of planning topics, you just focus on enjoying your engagement. Make sure to check back soon for Part III!

Weekend Events 2.19.16

02 GalleryWith 10” of new powder, NOW is the time to get up here to get some turns in! Take a look at all the activities and events that will be going on this weekend!

Friday, Feb 19th:

  • Wine & Cheese Tasting | 5 – 9 pm | Breckenridge Wine & Cheese | 304 S Main St, Breckenridge CO | Try any three ½ glasses for $15!
  • 45 Years | Show times vary | Speakeasy Movie Theater |103 S Harris St, Breckenridge CO | $7-$10
  • Movie: Paradise Waits | Colorado Mountain College | 107 Denison Placer Rd, Breckenridge CO | $10-$15

Saturday, Feb 20th:

  • Escape Room Breckenridge | Time varies depending on which game you play | 233 S Ridge St, Breckenridge CO | $28/person
  • Canvas Painting Party | 7 – 10 pm | Ready Paint Fire! | 323 N Main St, Breckenridge CO |$35

Sunday, Feb 21st:

  • Full Moon Snowshoe Hike | Gold Run Nordic Center | 200 Club House Rd, Breckenridge CO | $25
  • Historic Breckenridge: Museums | Barney Ford Victorian Home, Edwin Carter Discovery Center, Summit Ski Exhibit | Open 11 am – 3 pm

Looking for discounted lodging for your ski trip? Look no further. Click here for the best deals in town! Also, check out our Spring into Skiing special below!

 

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Fat Biking in Colorado – The New Rage!


By now they are getting a bit ubiquitous, so if you are not familiar with what a “Fat Tire” Bike here is a primer. Simply put, fat bikes are mountain bikes that have big fat tires. They are designed specifically to go over snow and other types of rough terrain. Pretty straightforward but the science behind it is pretty cool. The idea is that the big fat tires allow for stability with super low air pressure in the tire. The low air pressures allows for the fat tires to absorb soft terrain and leave the bike stable.fat bike

According to Wikipedia, fat bikes were in use as far back as the 1980’s in Alaska and New Mexico. They were developed for winter trail riding specifically to help on snow trails during the Iditarod and simultaneously in New Mexico for travel across desert conditions. As the 80’s and 90’s wore on into the new millennium small companies made bikes and they were used for various adventure trips including a trip across the Sahara Desert in 1986.

In the last few years the popularity of Fat Bikes has exploded and now fat bikes can be found anywhere bikes are sold from high end bike shops to the Walmart in Frisco. Fat Bike events and trails have begun to sprout up all across Colorado and some ski areas are starting to allow biking on designated trails and winter bike hauls. Many local bike shops are renting them here in Breckenridge as well including Avalanche Sports, Breck Bike Guides and Alpine Sports.

One nice thing is that the trails that are popular with mountain bikers in the summer are also popular with fat tire bikers in the winter. So if you want to rent and go riding, it’s easy to leave from the shop and hit miles of great trails right from there. Here are a couple of ideas for trails to ride.

One last thing to remember is to be properly prepared for your winter ride. Preparing for a winter ride is a lot like preparing for a summer ride only with more clothes. Always remember to tell someone where you are going. Have a basic repair kit, wear sunblock, take water and all of the things you would do in the summer. Also remember to keep your water from freezing. Dress in layers. This is really important as you will go from hot to cold and back again going up and down on trails. Start early. It gets dark earlier in the winter so it is good to keep that in mind and start early or make sure you have proper lighting.

Just remember to use common sense. If you take a few precautions and use common sense you are sure to have a fantastic fat tire winter experience.

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Breckenridge Valentine’s Day Ideas

12781834832021651265gif_heart_44_512x512x32 copyValentine’s Day is this Sunday and Breckenridge is the perfect place to snuggle into with your significant other. If you are like so many of us you might be saying to yourself, “Valentine’s Day? This weekend?” Why not surprise your main squeeze with a romantic getaway to Breckenridge? Here are some ideas to do Valentine’s Day in Breckenridge right.

Private Sleigh Ride: Its winter and that means it’s the perfect time to get close under blankets! How about a private sleigh ride in the heart of the Rocky Mountains? Breckenridge Sleigh Rides offers scenic rides with great views of the Ten Mile Range and the Continental Divide. If you are willing to drive a few miles down the road to Frisco, Two Below Zero offers private sleigh rides with some pretty amazing views around Lake Dillon as well.

Cross country ski or snowshoe with a picnic: If you are looking to be a little more active, then try renting cross country skis or snowshoes at the Breckenridge Nordic Center or the Gold Run Nordic Center. Both offer rentals and lessons. Before you go, stop at some of the many shops in town and pick up some cheese, wine and other delicacies for a little picnic while you are out on the trails.

Snow cat skiing: if you really want to up your game how about a seriously heavy duty powder experience consider making the trip over to Keystone. Your Breckenridge Pass is good at Keystone and you can sign up for a Snow Cat adventure. Keystone Snow Cats offer access to unparalleled powder skiing that is nearly inaccessible to most.

Flowers, wine, chocolate and jewelry: We can’t forget about the “Four Horseman of Valentine’s Day!” These are the staples of any successful Valentine’s Day! For flowers call Bloom, Petal & Bean or just swing by City Market and make your own arrangement. Add a trip to Ridge Street Wine (actually on Main Street) to pick up wine and chocolate. Take a walk down Main Street and surprise you special someone with a unique piece of Jewelry from a Breckenridge jewelry store.

Cap it off with dinner: Embrace the time honored tradition of the Valentine’s Day dinner! Breckenridge offers a fine selection of nice restaurants for all budgets. Many restaurants will be offering Valentine’s Day deals so make sure you grab a Summit Daily (free local newspaper) from one of the blue boxes all over town. There is the best source for restaurant deals. You can check a really extensive selection of local restaurants with the Breckenridge Dining Guide.

For the best deals on Breckenridge lodging for Valentine’s Day or any other time visit breckenridgedisountlodging.com.

 

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