March Madness in Breckenridge

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Although our Basketball courts are filled with snow in March, March Madness fever is still prevalent here in Breckenridge. As Spring Breakers come and fill the town, many people come from all over the country rooting for their favorite College Basketball team, myself included, GO ZAGS!

Play along with the locals as they cheer on their favorite teams and try to win some extra cash. Here in Breckenridge, many local restaurants have March Madness square boards where you have the chance to win money on every game that is played during the tournament. Check out these hot spots in town where you can purchase a square and join in on the fun!

Mi Casa

Purchase a March Madness square for only $20. Each round and each game pay out money, so you’ll have multiple opportunities to win some cash. As the rounds go on, the payout for winning the square for that game goes up. If you want more information, contact Mi Casa at (970) 453 2071.

Fatty’s Pizzeria

Fatty’s is a bit more select with a local’s-only board. The buy in for a team is $50 and is a double-blind draw. If you have more questions, contact Fatty’s at (970) 453 9802.

Breckenridge Brewery

Breckenridge Brewery has a buy in of $20 and like Fatty’s, is a double-blind draw. For more information and specials during March Madness, contact the Brewery at (970) 543 1550.

Photo Credit: Fatty's Pizzeria

The Bar at Fatty’s

If putting money down on a Basketball game isn’t really your style, stop by one of the local bars to catch a game or two. Most places you can catch Happy Hour all while watching some fast-paced tournament College Basketball, eating some grub and having a few drinks. Get in the spirit, rep your favorite team and have a grand time watching March Madness here in Breckenridge!

Get Your Pride On!

Breck Pride

It’s time for the second Annual Breck Pride Week March 7-11! Come join in the party as our little mountain town celebrates our LGBTQ community. It all kicks off with a party to celebrate our High-Country LGBTQ locals at the Dredge Bar where you can get late night happy hour, play pool or shoot some darts.

Thursday evening come join in Gay Trivia at Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub at 7 pm, then make your way down main street to one of best steakhouses in the area, Kenosha, for Drag Bingo and other special performances, hosted by Dixie Krystals and Shirley Delta Blow. If that doesn’t interest you, head to Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU) and learn to press a ski while drinking beer or wine with other Pride-goers.

Kick off Friday morning with Breck Pride First Tracks and get exclusive access to the resort for a few runs before the public gains access. When you’ve finished skiing, head to the bottom of Beaver Run to enjoy a cocktail or two before starting Karaoke where you can sing your heart out or check out one of the many other events that day.

Saturday will be another full day of Pride events including a color run that starts at the top of Peak 9 and ends at the Maggie. Throughout the afternoon, stop in at the Pride Festival at the Village Plaza for live music, colorful vendors, games and the ultimate dance party. Don’t forget your drink at the Bud Light Beer Garden! End the night with Breck Pride’s Closing Party at the Riverwalk Center featuring DJ Rockstar Aaron.

End the weekend with Regg-Gay Sunday Brunch at the Blue River Bistro with $15 Bottomless Mimosas. Who doesn’t love mimosas?!
For more information and a complete schedule of events for Breck Pride click here.

These Winter Boots are Made for Hiking

Need a break from the ski hill but still want to enjoy the outdoors? Breckenridge has trails for every season! You can expect to find a variety of routes, inclines, traffic and all of the above. So bust out the winter boots and check out our list of go-to trails to hike this winter.


Carter Park

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Incline: High

Carter Park is a hit all year long. The famous tubing hill is located at the park as well as the dog park. However, just beyond the tubing hill is a great hiking trail for you and even your furry ones! Normally known for its downhill biking, this trail transforms into the perfect hiking trail in the winter. Take the ridge back for a more mild incline or brave the steps directly to the top of the hill and continue on the venture to one of these connecting trails!

a.) Moonstone Trail

Traffic Rating: Minimal

Incline: low

This trail has a steady, very mild incline throughout the path and is about 2 miles long. The full hike takes a round trip of about an hour. This trail is very packed out so any warm snow shoe will do!

b.) Hermit Placer Trail

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Incline: low

From the top of Carter Park take Hermit Placer trail for a shorter less intense, second half of a hike. This trail is flat and connects to Jacks Cruel Joke.

c.) Jacks Cruel Joke

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Incline: High

Connect to Jacks Cruel Joke from Hermit Placer for a longer trail. This trail has a harsh grade so make sure you have good traction on your winter boots.


Blue River Bike Way

Traffic Rating: Moderate

Incline: low

This path is most known in the summer for an easy biking trail for the entire family. Nonetheless, in the winter the trail is free of bikers and stands as a great, easy trail to walk in the winter. Go as far as Frisco if you are feeling adventurous or stroll down the path parallel to the Blue River for a tranquil hike. A great place to start this trail is to park on main street and walk along the trail to as far you would like to go.


Illinois Creek Trail

Traffic Rating: minimal

Incline: moderate

This hidden trail starts at the bottom of the Ice skating Rink parking lot (on the far end). This is a great scenic trail through the trees. There are parts of incline however, this trail is ranked as a moderate incline trail. Make sure to dress warm, this trail is hidden in the shade for the most part. Take the trail all the way to Aspen Alley and overlook the mountain scenery from the top!


Boreas Pass

Traffic Rating: High

Incline: low

The trail to the top! Boreas Pass is a great hike to explore in the winter. This trails hikes all the way up the peaks on the other side of town. As stated in the name, Boreas Pass is also a road during the summer which makes a great packed out trail to hike in the winter. The endless valleys and mountains surrounding this hike offer an endless array of scenery.

Whether you are taking a day off the ski hill, looking for a new adventure, or are just aching to get outside, these popular Breckenridge hikes are sure to get your legs moving.

Breckenridge Date Ideas: A Local’s Guide

Choosing what to do or where to go on a date can sometimes be a little overwhelming. But hey, don’t sweat it – we’ve got you covered. Want to do something adrenaline-inducing? Got it. A fun night filled with drinks and music? You betcha. Something totally unique? Check. The Best of Breck team wants to share the love with you! Check out our top picks for an unforgettable time, night or day.


  • Uphill Skiing at Breckenridge Ski Resort: No ski pass? No problem. You don’t need a pass to skin; just follow the designated routes up the mountain and enjoy fresh tracks on the way down! (Remember, safety first!)
  • Snowmobile Tours: For the ultimate snowmobile experience, sign up for a half-day or full-day excursion and get ready for an unforgettable date.
Snowmobiling on a date!

Snowmobiling on a date!

  • Dog Sledding: Looking for something that’s not so extreme? Mush a team of adorable huskies in the Rockies with your loved one! Enjoy the views, make new furry friends, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Snow Coach Tours: A heated snow coach is perfect for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the Rockies in style!
  • Hut Trip: Feeling bold? Get a unique backcountry experience and skin/split-board to your destination hut!


  • Take a tour of Breckenridge Distillery. It includes a tasting of their award-winning bourbon, classic vodka, and gin, so this one is kind of a no-brainer!
  • Grab 2 for 1 martinis at Cecilia’s Cocktail Bar & Nightclub! In addition to Breck’s longest happy hour (from 2 – 9 pm!), they also sport a full cigar room, and an impressive selection of over 60 different single malt scotches to beat the cold if martinis aren’t your thing! Garrett is our favorite bartender and makes a mean “Satan’s Soul Patch.” It’s a must-try (if you like bourbon).
Pouring a "Satan's Soul Patch" at Cecilia's

Garrett pouring a “Satan’s Soul Patch” at Cecilia’s

  • Grab a brew. Head over to Broken Compass Brewing and try the legendary Coconut Porter or the refreshing Ginger Pale Ale.
  • Hit the club. Dance the night away to the DJ’s tune at Cecilia’s or Liquid Lounge.
  • Listen to live music (with a drink in hand, of course) at places like The Historic Brown, Motherloaded Tavern, Rocky Mountain Underground and The Riverwalk Center.


  • Ski (or Snowboard), Duh! The ski resort boasts an endless variety of runs to accommodate every level of skier. From well-groomed greens to epic double-black diamond playgrounds, Breckenridge Ski Resort has a lot to love.
  • Ridden Fat Bike and Brewery Tour: This is the perfect date idea for the adventurous couple! Get on a fat bike (any time of year!) and ride through town. Wake up those muscles, enjoy the cool mountain air, and end the day with a drink at Broken Compass Brewing or the Breckenridge Distillery.
Fat Biking!

Fat Biking!


Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride


International Snow Sculpture Championships

International Snow Sculpture Championships

Ready for an awesome date? Grab your loved one, get out there, and have FUN!

If you have little ones with you and are looking for a sitter while you go out on a date, click here for affordable child care options in Breckenridge.

"Satan's Soul Patch"



Give the Gift of Breckenridge

Our little mountain town is chock-full with local “mom & pop” shops, creative minds, and some very talented individuals, which makes it easy to find a plethora of unique gifts for your loved ones this holiday season. Treat your family and friends to a one-of-a-kind gift that they won’t be able to find anywhere else! Check out all of these awesome and different gift ideas made right here in Breckenridge by local companies.

Breckenridge Distillery


This is the highest distillery in the WORLD! Pretty sweet, huh? Get your boozy buddies a bottle of their award-winning Bourbon Whiskey, unique bar knick-knacks, glassware, apparel or wooden signs. They have so many gifts to choose from! Plus, while you are shopping for your friends you can treat yourself to a sip (or two) of their award-winning hooch at the bar. Have your cake and eat it too!

Swing by 1925 Airport Road to pick out something special or order it online.

Flask from Breckenridge Distillery

Flask from Breckenridge Distillery

Fresh Soap Company


These guys have it all: cold process soaps, glycerin soaps, soaks & scrubs, lotions & balms, and pre-made gift packs! They hand-craft all of their products from scratch so only the best ingredients are used. All soaps are vegetable-based so they are vegan-friendly!

Check out their retail store on 411 S Main St and take a look around or buy something online (they ship every day!).

Fresh Soap Company

“Peppermint Park” Cold Process Soap from Fresh Soap Company

Global Candle Gallery


Every candle in this store is hand-carved and custom made! Their unique designs offer anything from creative geometrical designs to mountains and everything in between.

Swing by 326 S Main St., and pick up one of these exclusive candles to give to friends or family this holiday season or order one online.

The Candle Gallery

The Candle Gallery

The Glass Art Company


These custom etched gifts are perfect for every occasion! They use a sandblasting technique to engrave the glass that results in a permanent satin finish that will never fade or come off. Everything is made-to-order in their studio and they will happily mail their products anywhere in the United States!

Check them out at 411 S Main St, unit #16 or call them at (970) 232-0720 for more details.

The Glass Art Company

The Glass Art Company. Photo courtesy of Travel With Kat

The Wild Balance


This cute little boutique sells “simple lightweight jewelry for a life lived in constant motion.” All jewelry is hand-made and each item is unique. You can even get something custom-made!

Swing by the Fuqua Livery Stable on 110 E. Washington Ave to check out their creations or get something online.

Earrings from the Wild Balance

Tourquoise & Brass Leaf Earrings from The Wild Balance

There are so many more shops in Breckenridge where you can find that perfect gift for that special someone. All you have to do is take a stroll down Historic Main Street and check out all of the boutiques, retail and novelty shops, galleries, and jewelers where you can find something truly special.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

Now that you’ve done all of your holiday shopping for your loved ones, give yourself a gift! Save up to 30% on lodging when you stay with us in Breckenridge! Click on the banner below for more information.

Give Yourself a Gift