As the rest of the country swelters in the summertime scorch, folks in the High Country are comfortably basking in Breck’s inviting warm rays and cool mountain breezes while enjoying activities on the slopes… or, while relaxing on a deck soaking in the views of the slopes…. with a refreshing mixy in hand. Why do these ten short weeks cause Breckenridge-lovers to fall even harder for these perfect peaks? Mother Nature serves up summer in Summit on a silver platter of ideal weather for all who enjoy having fun in the sun (which means there’s no need to roast in unbearable heat or lock yourself away in an air-conditioned basement). Because you guys rock, the BOB staff scrupulously scoured local watering holes and lapped up countless cocktails in the name of research, enabling us to confidently bring you the best of Breck’s summertime bevvys. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it, and we would never let you down.
- MODIS: Known for being one of the swankier places on Main Street, Modis has one of our favorite roof decks in town. Lounge on one of their comfy couches while you take in the uninhibited views of the mountains. We give their happy hour an A+!
- Staff Favorites: Butcher Block appetizer and a French 75 cocktail.
- SOUTHRIDGE SEAFOOD: Now located in La Cima mall, Southridge is still serving up Breck’s finest seafood, but now boasts one of Breck’s best decks for dining (and drinking). With the only raw bar in Summit County and some of the best happy hour deals, you will want to make sure to stop in.
- Staff Favorites: P.E.I. Mussels (their signature dish) and a Watermelon Marg (or three).
- BURKE & RILEY’S: Enjoy traditional Irish fare, generously made libations and a second story deck in the heart of town. Burk’s is open late, making it a prime spot for nighttime munchies. This restaurant serves some authentic Irish foods like fish and chips as well as Shepard pie. They hae a large patio with some of the most amazing views of Breckenridge as well. If you’re looking for a great place to eat and mountains scenery, this place is the place to go!
- Staff Favorites: Irish Stew entrée and a traditional Moscow Mule.
- NAPPER TANDY’S: Warm up by the fireplace, play some pool, get a game of darts going or try to beat our high scores at Big Buck Hunter while enjoying one of town’s most popular spots. Napper’s has one of the tallest, most spacious decks in Breck and is a great spot to catch the sunset. Make sure to check out their sister restaurant downstairs, Salt Creek, for yummy breakfast and classic Irish meals.
- Staff Favorites: Chicken Finger Basket and a Green Tea Shot.
- BANGKOK HAPPY BOWL: It’s hard not to be happy when you’re admiring mountain views while munching on a plethora of authentic Thai dishes including curry, sushi and wontons. We also enjoy their happy hour pricing and occasional live music.
- Staff Favorites: Pad Thai and Purple Haze Sake.
- BLUE STAG: This local hotspot offers both a back deck to view the sunset on and a front deck with a fire pit, where you can choose to eat or warm up by the fire pit. The Stag is one of the prime places to grab a wood-fired pizza, which is served until midnight. Play a game of stump out front if you’re feeling rowdy!
- Staff Favorites: N.Y. Buffalo Wings and a nice tall B.Y.O.-LD Fashioned.
- FLIPSIDE: Boasting the best burgers in town and three floors of seating plus a full bar and outdoor patio, Breck’s new burger joint is as tasty as they come. The coolest part (pun intended) about Flipside is that they make MILKSHAKES. And, yes, you can get them with booze. As a matter of fact, they list suggested liquor pairings alongside their unrivaled shakes.
- Staff Favorites: Blueberry Pie Shake (with Huckleberry Vodka) and the Flipside Burger.
- RMU TAVERN: Rocky Mountain Underground is definitely Breck’s most popular up and coming bar. Featuring a huge deck with tons of seating in the front and an entire yard to play in with another FULL bar, hammocks, lounge chairs, regular live music, and cornhole out back, you’ll never want to leave. Shop while you sip and enjoy the truly unique ambiance of RMU. Charlie is our favorite bartender and serves tasty drinks!
- Staff Favorites: BYOF (grab a pizza from Giam’s) and the Ginger Spice cocktail.
- ROBBIE’S TAVERN: Nestled on the slopes in the Grand Colorado Resort on Peak 8, Robbies is quickly becoming Breck’s top ski bar and restaurant. Owned by locals who know their stuff, this spot comes complete with a huge deck lined by fireplaces. If you’re grabbing lunch while enjoying Epic Discovery or you’re hitting the bar after a long hike, Robbie’s is the place to go!
- Staff Favorites: Mac N Cheese (with pulled pork) and their famous Bloody Mary.
- KENOSHA: This spot rocks one of the best and biggest decks in town with plenty of seating and Breck’s only horseshoe pits. Bring the whole family down for some fun in the sun while you enjoy their amazing happy hour deals and famous steak.
- Staff Favorites: Brewhouse pretzels and the Dry Dock Apricot Blonde Ale.
Whether you’re outdoorsy in the sense that you like drinking on patios, or you’re an enthusiastic mountaineering activity junky, the decks of Breck have just the thing to quench any thirst you might work up as you celebrate the locals’ favorite season. This is REALLY good news for those of us who like to keep it cool while sipping on scrumptious seasonal fusions without a care in the world (well, maybe one: reapplying sunscreen after activities… or, in between rounds). It’s time to grab your drinking shoes and maybe even pack some biking, climbing, hiking or water shoes, too. The best time of year in Breck is upon us, and anyone who doesn’t get up here will be thirsty (and sweaty) until those flakes start hitting the ground.
Mountain towns aren’t usually known for the best ethnic cuisine, but Breckenridge is changing that misconception! With more than a dozen restaurants serving international cuisine, it can be a challenge to choose where to mow down. We’ve handpicked our top ethnic food joints in town, along with the local lowdown on their best dishes.
♦ Asobi Teppanyaki & Sushi, 110 S. Park Ave., Phone (970)547-2862: Asobi is Breck’s only restaurant featuring Hibachi grilles and Malaysian Curry dishes. This is the perfect spot for any sort of celebration. Their lunch menu is amazing, too!
♦ Bangkok Happy Bowl, 103.5 N. Main St., Phone (970)547-9998: Serving some of the best Thai cuisine and fresh sushi in town, this new establishment is known for their curry, Thai iced tea, sushi hand rolls and delicious sake.
♦ Pho Real, 301-2 N. Main St., Phone: (970) 423-6732: Breck’s only pho joint, this new favorite features Vietnamese dishes with a twist. Our favorite treat here is the pho-rrito! Their spring rolls are scrumptious as well.
♦ Lost Cajun, 411 S. Main St., Phone (970)547-8330: Bringing tasty Louisiana flavors and southern hospitality like no other place in town, the Cajun is known for some of the most epic gumbo which is sure to please all palates!
♦ Swiss Haven Restaurant, 325 S. Main St., Phone (970)453-6969: The Haven offers authentic Swiss cuisine and tasty European fare with an atmosphere inspired by the Swiss Alps. Recently remodeled and under new ownership, many say this spot offers some of the best fondue in the country.
♦ Crepes ala Cart, 307 S. Main St., Phone (970)453-4022: The crepes cart is Breckenridge’s most popular food stand, having served over 1.5 million crepes to date. The line for this coveted cuisine can get lengthy, so we suggest hitting it earlier in the morning to avoid the crowds.
♦ Belle V, 500 S. Main St. in La Cima Mall (ground level), Phone (970)771-3456: This new restaurant serves French-inspired plates crafted by Chef Stephane Ohayon. Enjoy a glass of fine wine while enjoying recipes straight from France that have spanned centuries.
♦ Le Petit Paris, 161 E. Adams Ave., Phone (970)547-5335: Le Petit Paris has been bringing some of the finest French cuisine to Breckenridge for decades. Their extensive wine list will not disappoint, and neither will their Steak Frites and Crème Brulee!
♦ Burke & Riley’s Pub, 520 S. Main St. (La Cima Mall 3rd Level), Phone (970)547-2782: With a roof deck known for having some of the best views of Breck, Burke and Riley’s offers traditional Irish cuisine and libations in the heart of town.
♦ Napper Tandy’s, 110 E. Lincoln Ave., Phone (970) 453-4949: Serving up Irish fare in their downstairs restaurant known as Salt Creek, Napper’s also has some of the best nightlife in town at their upstairs pub. Make sure to check out their enormous deck and fire pit while you’re there.
♦ Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 600 S. Main Street, Phone (970)453-2071: Mi Casa sports some of the best Mexican food and most delicious margaritas in the county. Enjoy a meal on their patio which overlooks the Dredge and Blue River with one of the best mountain views in town.
♦ Rita’s Margs & Taco Bar, 301 S. Main St., Phone (970)453-7313: Rita’s has been a local favorite for years and serves some of town’s tastiest tacos (the hippie taco is amazing), salsa, and pleasantly potent margs. We highly recommend heading there on a Thursday for trivia night, but get there early so you can claim a seat! The games start at 8 p.m.
With so much variety, there is something on this list for all to enjoy. Next time you’re visiting your home away from home in Breckenridge, pop by one of the above establishments for an experience that your taste buds will not soon forget. For the best lodging deals in town, make sure you book your stay with breckenridgediscountlodging.com today!!
Mud season is upon us in Breckenridge! The slopes are taking a rest from skiers and riders until the fall, but the fun in town is far from over. This slower season in Breck brings some great deals along with less crowds and unbelievable sales. End of season deals span everything from gear to lodging and shopping to dining.
What else is going on in Breck that makes visiting this spring so special? In this mountain town, there are activities and events to partake in every day. Check out what’s happening in town and start planning your stay with great lodging deals found here.
What’s so great about the Dining Passport? The Breckenridge Restaurant Association’s Dining Passport enables you to take advantage of extremely discounted and half priced fine dining experiences throughout town until June 15th. Each passport is good for up to two people and only costs $10, which benefits the Breckenridge Restaurant Association scholarship fund for local students who are employed by or interested in career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Passports can be purchased at participating restaurants as well as the Breck Welcome Center on Main Street.
For your convenience, we’ve included a list of the deals with restaurants that are participating in the Dining Passport below:
Après Handcrafted Libations: April 17 – June 15- $10 Passport Beer Flight or $10 Passport Whiskey Flight Flights are pre-chosen. Some restrictions may apply. Not valid with any other offer. Happy hour- 4-6pm and 9-Close Closed April 24-27.
Bangkok Happy Bowl (new!): Located at 103.5 N. Main Street and featuring $8 classic sushi rolls. Free Appetizer with purchase of 2 Thai Dinners Sunday through Thursday 5 – close Not valid with any other offers. Happy hour daily 4-6 pm, two for one on select Thai apps, $8 classic sushi rolls, $1 off drafts, wines and wells. Daily cocktail and beer specials.
Breckenridge Tap House (new!): Located at 105 N. Main Street and open from April 17-23 and May 22-June 15, featuring 50% off your check. Not valid during Happy Hours. Closed April 24- May 21.
Briar Rose Chophouse: Deals are valid from April 17- May 20 for a two-course seasonal prix fixe meal for $38. Wine or cocktail pairing available. Also, from May 21- June 15, Briar is offering passport holders 2-for-1 entrées with the purchase of a bottle of wine or an appetizer or a dessert. The promotions will be available in the saloon or dining room. Reservations for the dining room highly recommended.
Burke & Riley’s Irish Pub: From April 17- June 15, passport holders receive 10% off their entire bill. From May 1- 31, locals will receive 50% off alcohol/drinks and 30% off food menu items (be prepared to show local ID).
The Canteen: From April 17- June 15 passport holders will receive a free Queso Fundido with the purchase of two meals.
C.B. & Potts Restaurant and Taproom: From April 17- June 15, passport holders who buy one entrée, will receive $10 off the second entrée.
Crêpes a la Cart: From April 17- May 25, passport holders who buy one crêpe, will get the second one 50% off. From May 26- June 15, the Dining Passport gets you 20% off a crêpe with the purchase of a beverage.
Crêpe Kitchen (new!): Located under the post office at 309 B South Ridge Street, passport holders who buy one crepe will get the second crepe at 50% off from April 17- May 25 and from May 26- June 15, passport holders receive 20% off a crêpe with purchase of a beverage. Call in your order for pick-up.
Downstairs at Eric’s: From April 17- June 15, passport holders can take advantage of “Kids Eat Free” …. with the purchase of one adult entrée per kid’s entrée. Some restrictions apply.
Fatty’s Pizzeria: From May 10- June 15-Sunday- Thursday, 4-10 pm only, two for one entrées. Dine- in only. Pizza, Sandwiches and Clam Bakes excluded. Closed April 24- May 9.
Giampietro: From April 17- June 15, passport holders receive the three-course menu for $27. Specially selected wine-pairing list also available. Peroni & Negroni Happy Hour 9 – 11 pm, also offering Late Night Food.
Hearthstone: From May 12- June 15, Thursday- Sunday, Dining Passports get you three-course dinners for $35 and two for one entrées Monday- Wednesday. Closed April 17 – May 11.
La Francaise Bakery: From April 17- June 15, the Dining Passport gets you two for one sandwiches, omelets and crêpes with purchase of drink or pastry with each sandwich, omelet or crêpe.
LoLo Juice: From April 17- June 15, passport holders receive $1 off any large smoothie; $3 off any 2 large smoothies! Open 8 am- 4 pm daily.
Mi Casa: From April 17 – May 4 and May 25 – June 15, Sunday- Wednesday, passport holders receive two for one entrées. Thursday – Saturday: Date Night Menu- 3-course dinner for $30 per couple. Both promotions available after 3:30. Closed May 6 – May 24.
Michael’s Italian Restaurant: From May 19- June 15, passport holders can get two for one dinner entrées. Closed April 23- May 18.
Modis: From April 17- June 15, passport holders receive 3 Courses for $33. ½ Priced Select Bottles of Wine. Some restrictions apply, please ask server for details. Happy Hour starts at 3pm. Dinner Service starts at 5 pm Wednesday – Sunday. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays from April 24-June 13.
Motherloaded Tavern: From April 17- June 15, passport holders receive 2 for 1 Entrées from 11:30 am- 1:30 pm and 5-7 pm every day. Gratuity may be included on total before discount. DINE- IN ONLY.
Ollie’s Pub and Grub: From April 17- June 15, Monday – Thursday, open – close, the Dining Passport gets you the following: Choose any two food items for $15. Excludes large wing order and certain other items. Does not include sales tax. Not valid with other discounts or promotions. Any substitutions/ modifications will be charged accordingly. DINE- IN ONLY. Late Night Happy Hour runs Sunday-Thursday from 10pm- Midnight. Closed May 7-9.
Park & Main: From April 17- June 15 after 5pm only, passport holders who buy one entrée will receive a second entrée or sandwich of equal or lesser value for free (with the purchase of a bottle of wine or an appetizer or a dessert). Happy Hour is from 3-6pm daily with 50% off bottles of wine and infusions.
Pho Real (new!): Located at 301 N. Main St., passport holders can take advantage of the following deals from April 17- June 15: Combo Special: (1) Banh Mi, Vermicelli Bowl or Small Pho and side Spring Roll + a Drink (excludes Beer/Wine) for $10. Closed May 1-May 15.
Relish: From April 17- June 15, passport holders can get two courses for $30 per person. Choose an entrée paired with a selected item for $30 per person. Closed April 30- May 25.
Robbie’s Tavern (new!): Located in the Grand Colorado Resort on Peak 8 at 1627 Ski Hill Road, passport holders can enjoy a free order of pretzel knots with the purchase of two alcoholic beverages from April 17- June 15. Closed Monday- Wednesday during May.
Subway (Breckenridge location only): From April 17- June 15, passport holders can enjoy a free 6-inch sub when they buy any 6” sub and any drink to get a regular 6” sub of equal or lesser price Free!
The Lost Cajun: From April 17- April 22 and May 22- June 15, passport holders will receive a free order of beignets with any purchase. Breckenridge location only. Closed April 23- May 21
Traverse Restaurant & Bar (in The Lodge at Breckenridge): April 17- June 15- 2 for 1 Entrées with purchase of an Appetizer or Bottle of Wine. Certain exclusions may apply, may not be combined with any other offers. 20% gratuity added to all discounted checks. Happy Hour every day from 4-6pm. $3 off appetizers, $4 house wines, $5 well drinks, $2 select drafts.
Twist: From April 17- June 15, passport holders will receive two courses for $25 per person. You can also choose an entrée paired with a selected item for $25 per person. Closed April 30- May 25.
It’s time to start packing up the car and your loved ones! The staff at BOB can’t wait to see you in Breck this spring for some fun in the High Country with the entire family. Don’t forget to use #bestofbreck when you are in town to be showcased on our Instagram!
Bloody Mary’s; the glorious hair-of-the-dog libation that helps get you goin’ in the morning. After a late night out on the town, a Bloody Mary might be exactly what you need to kick-start your day. The Best of Breck Team ventured around the county and did some “research” on where to get the best hangover cure in a glass in Summit County. We turned to our own taste buds and reached out to locals so we could give you the inside scoop. Here’s who made the cut (not in any particular order):
GC8 Bloody – Three Olives Vodka with pickle, pepperoncini, olive and bacon skewer – $10
Robbie’s is a brand new, locally owned slopeside bistro, with unparalleled views. Located right at the base of Peak 8 within the Grand Colorado, Robbie’s is the new hot spot to grab a drink après skiing. We checked out their bloody as advised by some locals, and were blown away. It was seriously good; the perfect mix of vodka and tomato juice, perfect spice, and topped with BACON. Yeah, bacon.
Bacon Bloody – Bacon infused vodka, topped with a spear pickle, pepperoncini, olive and a strip of bacon – $10
The Bacon Bloody at 6th Alley has been named the “Best Bloody Mary in Summit County, Colorado”. When you try it, you’ll see why. Not only does it come with a delicious strip of bacon on top, but they also use bacon-infused vodka! Bacon makes everything better. They are so good, that Abasin even has a lift ticket deal that includes a voucher for their famous bloody. Now that’s something we can get behind.
Bloody Mary – Vodka and a house-made bloody mix, with olives, bacon, pickle, celery, okra, green onion, jalapenos, tomato, banana peppers, onion ring or chicken wing, and a little green army man. -$12
Angel’s Hollow is a local’s favorite and has a Bloody Mary that challenges them all. This drink is seriously stacked. There’s pretty much everything except the kitchen sink in this drink. It has to be seen to be believed. Watch out; this one is SPICY!
The Usual Suspects – Pick your house infused vodka: pickle or jalapeno. Then pick your mix: Zing Zang or Motherlode Provisions. Served with a surprise garnish! -$12
The Ultimate Bloody Mary – 32oz of the Usual Suspect with an extra gluttonous garnish of fun! -$20
MLT is known for their house infused booze, so of course, you get an infused vodka with your bloody. They garnish the Usual Suspect with a strip of bacon, olives, pepperoncini and olives. The Ultimate Bloody gets a little crazy. First of all, 32oz of booze. 32. OUNCES. Sign us up. Second of all, they garnish that baby with peppered bacon, a spam fry, and an entire chicken tender! Really reinforcing the whole ‘meal in a glass’ concept.
Bloody Mary – Breckenridge Vodka or Breckenridge Vodka Chili Chile, with pickle, celery, jalapeno, pepperoncini, olive, lemon, and lime. Served in a mason jar. -$9
If you’ve never been to the Crown, definitely check it out. It’s a cute little coffee shop right in the heart of Breck that has delicious breakfast, lunch, coffee and BOOZE! You can get all these delicious boozy breakfast drinks early in the morning because it’s a coffee shop so they’re open earlier than most places. They keep it local and use vodka from Breckenridge Distillery as well as 9600 Bloody Mary Mix. Then they basically top it off with a salad. Sold.
So next time you’re in Breck and stay out a little too late, head to one of these spots in Summit County for a delicious hangover cure. Remember, you can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning!
Scared mud season is just too muddy? Don’t worry! Despite its dingy reputation, there are many surprising reasons that locals consider May through June to be one of their favorite times of year here. Ever visited Breckenridge during the holidays or Fourth of July? If so, you already know just how mobbed this small town gets. Breckenridge is 7 miles long and includes one of the world’s best ski resorts, which brings a lot of tourism. Although there are significant peak seasons that bring people from all over the world, there is also a “mud” season in between winter and summer that offers a great alternative to enjoying a Breckenridge vacation!
1.) SAVE big during May and June
During peak seasons it can be almost impossible to find lodging in Breckenridge unless you plan far in advance. Not only can it be hard to find a place to stay, the prices during May are super affordable and the variety of options are abundant. Since there is also a lag of tourism in Breck during this time, most restaurants offer great deals. Top restaurants offer 2 for 1 deals and some even ½ off deals. Eat at some of the finest restaurants and save BIG!
2.) Quiet town – no crowds and lots of PARKING!
If you have ever experienced Breckenridge, you will know that there is a shortage of parking in the area. The town has a three hour parking limit to try and alleviate some of congestion and frustration of finding a place to park. During the peak seasons you can spend 30 minutes or more just finding a place to park. Come visit during May and early June and you will not have an issue. There are more than enough spots to park and you can easily maneuver through town. It is a local’s favorite time of year because of the peace and quit. The town turns in sanctuary that brings a new appreciation for the surrounding Rocky Mountains. One of the greatest perks of vacationing in Breck during mud season is the absence of traffic on I – 70. This major highway is jam packed all winter and over peak summer seasons. What would usually take an hour of travel from Denver can take up to five hours! Visiting during mud season keeps you out of the car and exploring more of this historic town!
Although the ski resort is closed during most of these months, there are tons of other activities to explore during mud season in Breck. The number one activity to do during the “run off” season is rafting. White water rafting down the Colorado River during the mud season is a must do. The rapids are large and the scenery of the Colorado River and surrounding area will have you in awe. If you want to explore the beauty of the mountains, this is the way to do it. If you still want to experience the snow, try snowshoeing! There is typically still snow melting this time of year which makes it possible to snow shoe at high elevations. If you are ready to get out hiking, there are still hikes you can explore, but make sure to bring some hiking boots as there will be some mud. Another fun activity to try is fishing! This popular Colorado sport is great family fun activity. The rivers and lakes in the high country are filled with natural trout!
Mud season in Breckenridge has some mud of course, but not enough to ruin your adventure in the high country. Take a local’s advice; visit Breckenridge during mud season and take advantage of all the perks during this time of year! Your wallet and your sanity will thank you!