Happily Ever After: Breck Wedding Finale

Breckenridge BrideWelcome back, lovebirds! If you enjoyed the first and second part of this series, you’re in for a treat because we saved the best for last. Not only are we going to ensure that your day is perfect, but we’ll guarantee you an unforgettable bachelor/bachelorette party, too. You might want to grab your best man and/or maid of honor for this one…

Event Suppliers: No one’s going to rain on your parade, not even Mother Nature! Outdoor ceremonies call for dependable tents, and every wedding could use some event help:

  • Tents & Events: They’ve got everything covered, from event planning and layout to custom linen design, this vendor has more to offer than their awesome tents! Locally owned and operated in Silverthorne, they offer budget friendly, creative services.
  • Alpine Party Rentals: In addition to delivery and pickup assistance, Alpine Party’s services span tents, staging, lighting equipment, tables, chairs, custom linens, glassware, heating, dance floors and much more. Visit their page above to book a consultation or stop by their showroom in Gypsum.

Food & Beverage: The quality of the food and service at your wedding is one of the most crucial components of your celebration. According to local input and customer reviews, these exceptional caterers are sure to satisfy every guest’s palate:

  • Kolton’s Katering: Tried and true, this vendor has always exceeded our expectations (for both quality, pricing and how much we can eat in one sitting). Offering much more than traditional catering services, Kolton will work with you to create custom menus using fresh, locally sourced food that’ll have your mouths watering.
  • Ridge St. Kitchen: This power-couple, composed of chefs Kelly and Paul Brenholt, is known for serving up local favorites with their catering services and two restaurants, Ridge St. Kitchen and South Ridge Seafood. They offer delivery and custom menus.
  • All Events & Catering: This vendor has thought of everything! Their staff will provide specialty linens, china, glassware and equipment along with their full service catering, private chefs and bartenders.

Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties: Aside from your wedding, your bachelor/bachelorette party should be the (second) best bash of your life. Our wonderful little mountain town is known for its big assortment of festivities:

  • Spa Day: Head to Refresh Spa and mention the Girlfriends’ Getaway for an extra 10% off for groups of five or more. Get treated to the Blushing Bride Package while your besties are pampered with the Bridesmaid Bliss. Enjoy some laughs and champagne while receiving services such as manicures, pedicures, massages, waxing, facials and body wraps. Why stop there? Relax in the indoor/outdoor pools and hot tubs, detox in the luxurious steam room and/or soak up some rays and gorgeous mountain views on the deck at the Grand Timber Lodge.
  • Snowmobiling/Dogsledding: If you’re looking to get your adrenaline surging, Good Times Adventures is the place to go. Gather your gang, hop on a sled and saddle up for an unforgettable snowmobiling adventure. For an even bigger thrill, grab the reigns on an exhilarating dogsledding journey. That should get your blood pumping and warm up any cold feet you might’ve been having. Local’s Tip: Wes is their best guide, so we always request him ahead of time.
  • Whitewater Rafting: If you’re here in the spring, summer or early fall, there’s no reason you should miss out on rafting and/or zip lining in the Rockies. Breckenridge Whitewater Rafting will take you and your friends on the ride of your life down the Arkansas River, Clear Creek, Colorado River, Blue River or Dolores River. Significant discounts can be had by booking ahead of time.
  • Hot Springs: Only 90 minutes from Breck, Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is the ultimate in relaxation and fun. Celebrate your last single days sipping cocktails or hand-squeezed juices while lounging in creekside hot springs with stunning views. Indulge with your pals in a day full of fine dining, soaking in the springs, spa treatments, splashing down the 400’ waterslide, yoga classes, dipping in the ice plunge and lazy river floats. Call ahead to rent an adorable overnight cabin.
  • Hike a 14er: Climbing a mountain with an elevation of 14,000’ or taller is quite the accomplishment. Since there are 53 of these peaks in Colorado, climbing 14ers is a popular and rewarding activity. The closest 14er to Breck is Quandary Peak, located a few minutes away in Blue River. Other nearby 14ers include Grays Peak and Torreys Peak, which you can knock out in one day if you start early. Make sure to research safety tips before going. Happy trails to you!
  • Bar Crawl: Although a bit traditional for a bachelor party, Breckenridge’s nightlife won’t disappoint. Follow-up a ski day with some après action at Sevens or happy hour in town. Then, head to Main Street and pop by the Breckenridge Brewery before meandering over to the Tasting Room for free samplings. After that, venture down to Napper Tandy’s for fireside drinks and a game of Big Buck Hunter. Keep the fun going at the Blue Stag, where you can enjoy a Moscow Mule and play some Stump (Hammerschlagen) by the fire. As is custom when partying hard in Breck, wander to the south end of town, known for its shenanigans. Play pool at Brooklyn’s, dance the night away at Liquid Lounge and mow down at Above the Blue on your walk home. Drink lots of water and pop a multivitamin before bed. No one wants to be hungover at their own wedding.

Well, friends, that’s a wrap! We’ve been honored to travel the bridal planning path with you and hope that your road ahead is full of love (and a flawless wedding). Don’t worry, you won’t have to miss us too much… We’ll return soon with more inside information about beautiful Breckenridge. Cheers!

Spring Fever Concerts

Spring Fever in Breckenridge is here and you know what that means… free concerts! To make the deal even sweeter, the concerts are held at an outdoor stage at the base of Peak 8 on the Breckenridge Ski Resort. So ride that spring champagne powder all day and then unwind with free music on the mountain! This year has a stacked line-up; check out these three awesome performers:

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Michael Franti & Spearhead | Saturday, April 9th – 3PM

What can we say about Michael Franti & Spearhead? It is impossible to not have a smile stretched across your face when their music is playing. The positive energy emanating from Franti’s stage presence is absolutely contagious and everyone in the crowd will be overflowing with happiness. You can really feel the love at his shows. Their unique blend of R&B, hip hop, reggae, and poetry resonates deeply with the audience. Franti’s music exudes positivity and is drenched in rays of sunshine. Franti is an extremely charismatic performer, so rest assured you will not be bored at one of his shows- it’s a very interactive experience. He bounces around the stage with the endless energy of a toddler and continuously keeps the audience on their toes, getting them to yell and sing along at the top of their lungs. Franti makes you feel like a part of the show.

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real | Saturday, April 16th – 3PM

Lukas Nelson is the son of country music legend, Willie Nelson. He had an upbringing that focused heavily on music; Lukas picked up the guitar at age 11 and never looked back. He used to play along to songs by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix. That underlying love for classic rock n roll shines through in his music. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real are an American rock group that combines gritty sounds of rock n roll, a little country twang, and a laid-back beach reggae vibe. Or in their own words, “Cowboy Hippie Surf Rock.” I’d say that pretty much sums it up. One thing is for sure; they can jam. All of these sounds combined together makes for an infectious set that is sure to win the crowd over.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue | Sunday, April 17th – 3PM

In the words of Parliament“We want the funk, give up the funk!” Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue bring that funk along with an electric energy that radiates endless good vibes. Shorty’s trombone solos will melt your face and touch your soul, leaving you bewildered at the sheer raw talent these guys bring to the table. He does this thing called circular breathing that is totally mind-blowing (if you don’t know what that is, look it up.) But seriously, how do they do that?! Their upbeat and energetic performance will have you moovin’ and groovin’ like its 1975. It’s a new age funk feel that combines old school sound with new school funk, rock n roll, hip hop beats, and improvisation following in the footsteps of traditional jazz. Trombone Shorty also has the voice of an angel that will sweep you off your feet. They’ve got all the bases covered. If you are a fan of funky music or love to dance, this is a performance you do not want to miss. It’s going to be a party! Can you dig it? (Yes, you can!)

So get your boogie shoes on, and get ready to get down at Spring Fever this year. It’s going to be a party!

In the wise words of the Grateful Dead“The music never stopped!”

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Breckenridge Beer Festival

Breckenridge Beer FestivalSpring in Breckenridge is one of the best times to visit. There is plenty of snow, sunshine and of course the annual Spring Beer Festival! The Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival hits Breckenridge Saturday, April 9th. Here’s all you need to know for this event!

  • Time and place

The festival is held at 100 & 200 Blocks of Ridge Street in Breckenridge (right off of Main Street). The Doors open at 12pm. Make sure to buy your tickets online as the first hour of this event is only for pre – purchased tickets. You may buy your tickets at the festival starting at 1pm on the corner of Ridge and Lincoln Street. The event will end at 5pm.

  • Tickets – $27.50

New this year, breweries will be bringing out special brews the first hour of this event for exclusive pre – purchased ticket holders. Get your tickets online, this event WILL sell out! Each ticket holder will also receive a collector’s cup which can be picked up at Alpine Sport Park Ave (435 Park Ave). You may also purchase day – of tickets there (if they are not sold out). *Please be aware there are no refunds. Click here to purchase today!

  • VIP – $70

Spend the extra cash and get exclusive access! The VIP tickets grant you to specific VIP entrance lines so there is no waiting around to try that special beer! You will also receive a collector’s mug and full size tasting! Worried about food? Don’t worry, with the VIP access you will also get access to the VIP tent that includes catered lunch, snacks, heaters, view of stage and private bathrooms!

  • 80’s Theme

For the 10th anniversary of the festival, they’re celebrating 80’s style. Make sure to wear your costumes and sign up for the costume contest for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

  • Live Music

Get your groove on and meet us on the dance floor! Going along with the theme, live 80’s music will also be incorporated!

  • What to bring

This event doesn’t allow pets so keep the furry ones at home! Bring the kiddos if you would like, however be cautious, this is a beer tasting festival. Keep the bags to a minimum if possible, no camel backs will be permitted. Make sure to bring a water bottle as well and stay hydrated after all the beer!

  • After Party

Still want to dance and drink after the event? There will be an official after party held at The Hungry Dog (505 S. Main Street) following immediately after the festival. Join the party for food and drink specials as well as BBQ and live music!

Still want more information on this event? Click here to learn more!

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Imperial Challenge – Heralding the Change of Seasons

imperial logoApril 23rd, 2016. Mark your calendars.

As April approaches, another ski season is almost in the books. To some, that means preparing for a spring climb the trumps most others. We’re talking about the Imperial Challenge; a rite of spring if you will. This year, the Imperial Challenge is gaining a few new rules and bringing some more fun back to the competition. There will no longer be a short course offered in this challenge. Every competitor must “take the challenge” to reach to the of Peak 8. Stop us here. What IS the Imperial Challenge you ask?

Well, according to the directors:

The Imperial Challenge is a pseudo triathlon.
The Imperial Challenge is a rite of spring.
The Imperial Challenge is a party.
The Imperial Challenge is what you make of it.

The Imperial Challenge is fun!

There are 3 sections to the challenge: Gear Drop-OffThe Ride/The Run and The Ascent and Descent. Essentially, there is 3523’ of climbing to get to the very top of Peak 8. This includes biking or running to the base of Peak 8 and then transitioning to your climbing gear. This year, you can register in the Retro Division where you will be running or biking with all of your gear with no drop off! (OG style!) The run/bike starts from the Breckenridge Recreation Center on Airport Road to the Breckenridge Ski Resort by County Road 3. It is 6.2 miles and mostly dirt road. The elevation gain for your first section totals 950’. More details and directions, including specific mapping is listed here. Next comes the uphill portion. Special note: there is a 12:30 p.m. cut off time at the T Bar. Whatever your choice of gear, you probably won’t be alone. You’ll see: ultralight skimo gear, tele mark gear, traditional AT gear, splits boards and snowshoes. As long as your uphill gear has metal edges for your descent, you’re good to go! (Running cleats, sleds, skate/classic nordic skis not allowed).

Updates for the 2016 Race:

  • No more Short Course option.
  • Category for Heavy Metal/Rec Open for Men & Women. This is for those who don’t want to worry about making the cut-off time, have a super heavy setup or are just out there to have a good time!
  • Retro Open Category. Doing it the old school way, you must carry all of your gear during the bike portion instead of dropping your gear off at the base of peak 8. You are NOT required to pedal in your ski boots.

One of the main and most important aspects of this race is to make it a tough honest challenge with a low-key community vibe. This year welcomes the Imperial Challenge’s 25th year, so you can see that this has been a race within our community for quite some time.

So, are you looking to challenge yourself? Looking to have some fun with friends? Whatever your motive, you are welcome to participate in the Imperial Challenge and do what works for you!

Thank you to Maverick Sports for providing information on this race. Check out photos from past races on Climbbetty!

 

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Weekend Events 4.1.16

Three storms in three weeks! Spring skiing in Breckenridge has been great this year. If you need a day of the hill, check out these activities going on in town!
Friday, April 1st
• Ice Skating | 1 – 3 pm | Stephen C. West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Rd Breckenridge CO | $8 tickets
• Summit Hockey Classic | 6 – 8pm | Stephen C. West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Rd Breckenridge CO | $8 tickets
• Ghostly Tales walking tour | 2 pm & 7pm | The Dredge Restaurant | 180 Jefferson Ave Breckenridge CO | $15
• The Rocky Horror Picture Show | 7pm | Riverwalk Center | 150 West Adams Avenue Breckenridge CO|
Saturday, April 2nd
• Ice Skating | 9 – 11 pm & 1 – 3 pm| Stephen C. West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Rd Breckenridge CO | $8 tickets
• Summit Hockey Classic: Championship Game | 7:30 pm | Stephen C. West Ice Arena | 189 Boreas Pass Rd Breckenridge CO | $8 tickets
• Ghostly Tales walking tour | 2 pm & 7pm | The Dredge Restaurant | 180 Jefferson Ave Breckenridge CO | $15
• Canvas Painting Night | 7-10 pm | Ready Paint Fire! | 323 N Main street Breckenridge CO | $35
Sunday, April 3rd
• Ghostly Tales walking tour | 2 pm & 7pm | The Dredge Restaurant | 180 Jefferson Ave Breckenridge CO | $15
• Movie night: Zootopia | 3pm & 5:30 & 8pm | Speakeasy Movie Theater | 103 S Harris St Breckenridge CO | $10
There are tons of fun activities going on Breckenridge. Click here for more information on all these festive activities and more!

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Hunt for Eggs, Not Activities: A Guide to Easter in Breck


Easter in BreckenridgeEaster Weekend marks the onset of spring, which might make you think that ski season’s end is near. But, as we type this, one of the biggest blizzards of the season is thumping down on the Town of Breck, and we can’t wait to hop around in some POW. Celebrating Easter in Breckenridge might just be the most egg-cellent decision you make this year. The family can still enjoy traditions such as decorating eggs, eating delicious candy and filling bouquets with lilies while forming new customs like skiing under blue bird skies, slopeside egg hunting and joining in Breck’s
Spring Fever festival.

FRIDAY, MARCH 25TH

  • Ski with a Ranger at Breckenridge: Treat yourself and/or your family to an hour long lesson from a Volunteer Ranger on Peak 7 at the top of the Independence SuperChair at 11am. All you need is your lift ticket and intermediate skiing abilities. The US Forest Service, Friends of Dillon Ranger District and Breckenridge Ski Resort put this on free of charge!
  • Cupcakes & Canvases: At the River Run Village in Keystone, an après party featuring an hour of cupcakes, canvases, art supplies and creative coaching will result in a happy family from 5pm to 6pm.
  • Live Music at The Motherloaded Tavern: Thump your foot to the hippity hoppity beats of John Woodall and the Hollywood Farmers at MLT in Breckenridge. The festivities start at 5pm and run until 8pm. We recommend ordering some magic bacon and tots while you jam.

SATURDAY, MARCH 26TH

  • Free Watercolor Fiesta: Local artists are offering free workshops in the Breckenridge Arts District from 4pm – 7pm, featuring tutorials on creating mini-watercolor paintings. For more details on this cultural workshop that is fun for the whole family, email Mauricio.
  • The Jerseys Sing the Four Seasons and more: From 7pm to 9pm at the Riverwalk Center in Breck, The Jerseys will be serenading spectators with familiar tunes that’ll have the whole family dancing.

SUNDAY, MARCH 27TH

  • Sunrise On-Mountain Easter Service: Hop on over to the Quicksilver SuperChair at the base of Peak 9 for a free ride up the mountain to rejoice in a breathtaking sunrise service like you’ve never experienced before. The lift loads at 6am and service runs at Ten Mile Station from 6:30am to 7:15am.
  • On Mountain Kids’ Easter Egg Hunt: Taking place on both Peak 8 and Peak 9 at 9:30am, children ages 10 and younger get their shot at finding as many hidden eggs as they can. For the even littler ones, at 10am kiddos ages 3 and under can also hunt for the Easter Bunny’s hidden eggs in a fenced in area near Chair 5. Don’t forget to find the Easter Bunny and take pictures with him!

Feeling egg-cited? You should be! Duck out of your usual Easter routine; hunt down your peeps, find some pastel baskets and come find your sweet spot in Breck. The best lodging deals in town can be found at Breckenridge Discount Lodging. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Breckenridge for a hoppy Easter holiday!