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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 off your boots, 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’s the inside scoop on the hot spots in Breckenridge. We asked some locals about their favorite happy hours in Breck. Here’s what they had to say…

Aurum Food & Wine | 209 S Ridge St

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: Considered the best happy hour spot in Breck right now. 4-6 pm daily.
The Deals: Half-priced apps, half-priced wines by the glass, $3 draft beer and $7 classic cocktails!
The Cherry on Top: The food is to-die-for, the atmosphere is lovely, and the bartenders/servers are super friendly and accommodating!
Local’s Guide: Since this place is so awesome, you will most likely be battling for a seat at the bar. Get there early! Also, we recommend wetting your whistle with the “Corpse Reviver” or the “Bees Knees.” Then top it off with the signature House Rolls and the French Onion Burger (the best burger in Breckenridge – in our humble opinion. :))

Modis | 113 S Main St

Price: $$$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: Modis has TWO daily happy hours as well! From 3-6 pm & 10-midnight daily.
The Deals: Appetizers for under $10, reduced price on cocktails, and wine pours.
The Cherry on Top: One of the original owners Eric, was feeding his son dinner one night. His son kept saying, “mo dis” (as in, I want “more of this”)… and that is how the name “Modis” was born.
Local’s Guide: Try “The Implication” if you’re a bourbon lover, or the “Powder-Hound Sour” if you want to try something truly unique and delicious.

The Blue River Bistro | 305 N Main St

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 appetizer menu, two-for-one martinis and $2 off drafts.
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 Espolon tequila, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Cappelletti Aperitivo, ruby red grapefruit, and muddled cucumber.

Ember | 106 E Adams Ave

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: Scratch that. At Ember, it’s called Euphoric Hour! From 4-6 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 chat with your neighbor.
Local’s Guide: The selection of appetizers is the best part, and the quality of the food is fantastic for the prices. Try the “Sexy Woman” with jalapeño infused vodka, passion fruit, and lime.

Motherloaded Tavern | 103 S Main St

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily.
The Deals: $1 off beer and wine, $2 off house infusions (shots, mixed drinks, mason jar cocktails, and hot drinks), and $5 food specials.
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 laidback 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!

Mi Casa | 600 S Park Ave

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 après 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 freshly squeezed lime juice and your choice of tequila!

Hearthstone | 130 S Ridge St

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.”

Cheers!

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

3 Holiday Meals to Cook in your Breckenridge Studio

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!

 

 

Shake Up Your Winter Quiver

Quiver: A quiver refers to a skier or snowboarder’s collection of winter gear. A ski quiver can be anywhere from one to fifty or more pairs of skis or ski boots, depending on the individual’s point of view. We firmly believe in adding to your quiver instead of replacing pieces. Snow quality changes based on the day, and you’ll be happy when you have those heavy downhills to rip up the cord instead of chattering down the hill on your powder skis. However, growing your quiver doesn’t limit you to only acquiring more skis and boots. Creating a versatile quiver to ensure that you’re comfortable on the hill is the best thing you can do. Whether it be that Arc’teryx shell for when the wind is whipping, or that Armada puffy for when the temps drop below zero but there’s powder to shred, you’ll be thankful for your quiver. Do you, your significant other or children suffer from cold feet or hands? Well, continue reading to find out how to keep your digits warm this season.

The 2016-17 Breckenridge Ski Season has begun and once you see what’s out there, you’re bound to appreciate just how much the industry has picked up its game. That being said, it’s time to add these top five items to your quiver:

  1. HD Video and Camera Goggles: Are people calling you a tele tubby with that GoPro on top of your head? The “is it on?” questions can get a bit old. We realize there are plenty of options out there, but for the sleek look and price, we’ve found that the Zeal Optics HD Camera Goggle makes it happen. Capturing 1080p & 720p HD video, you won’t be disappointed with the quality. And, glove-ready buttons on the side of the frame make it easy to turn recording on or off without freezing your hands off.
  2. Hotronic FootWarm S4: We know the temperatures drop quickly here in high country. Keeping your feet and hands warm is pertinent to staying on the slopes all day. Yes, hand warmers and toe warmers are quick and easy to pick up, but they don’t last all day. If you want to get serious about keeping your feet toasty in your boots, check out the latest and greatest heated foot bed from Hotronics. You will probably benefit from a custom install, but coming from firsthand experience, it’s worth it. So, while everyone else is going inside to warm up, your cozy toesies can keep lapping that powder run.
  3. Skis or Snowboard: We firmly believe in ADDING to your quiver without removing old items. What type of ski or snowboard do you need? Powder? Rocker? All mountain? Carving? Well, if supporting local companies isn’t cool enough, you’re sure to get a cool top sheet that you probably won’t see much of. Handmade, small-batch ski and snowboard manufacturing businesses are flourishing, and these companies aren’t just making fat powder skis and boards. They adapt to all different types of conditions, just like bigger companies. Go ahead and demo a pair; you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes! Check out local ski shops like Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU)Fatypus or Icelantic. These small establishments offer competitive pricing and top of the line equipment.
  4. Touring Set Up: Face it, Breckenridge gets busy. If you’re lucky enough to be a local or get up here on the weekdays, you’re lucky enough. For all you weekend warriors, you might want to set aside some money to invest in some touring gear for next season. Now, we realize it isn’t as simple as it sounds. There is some substantial equipment you will need to purchase to make sure you stay safe. However, investing and expanding your knowledge about the backcountry only increases the places you get to see and can give you a different angle on how you look at snow conditions. As a beginner, we recommend you do your research. Evo.com has a great article on How to Get Started Backcounty Skiing and Snowboarding. This sport is becoming increasingly popular. If you do choose to come up and skin Breckenridge, start on Peak 8 or 9, and stay on designated skin paths. You can read all about the uphill access from the Ski Patrol, as well as sign up for email alerts here. The pro: Avoid lift lines while getting a workout and get the first tracks of the day. There is something very rewarding about skiing down an empty trail first thing in the morning on fresh corduroy. Since we know ski traffic is horrendous on Sunday, we suggest coming up Saturday and spend the day touring. Ski Sunday afternoon when the lines are less crowded, get a GREAT lodging rate Sunday night and drive home first thing Monday morning (you may even be able to get a skin in on Peak 7 if you stay at Grand Lodge’s Ski in Ski out Resort!)
  5. Bluetooth Wireless Helmet Audio: First off, if you aren’t wearing a helmet, get one. The benefits outweigh the drawbacks, plus it keeps your ears warm. The Chips, made by Outdoor Tech, allows you to make and take those phone calls when you lose your buddies on the first run (without fumbling to remove your mittens or retrieve your phone from your pocket). Each earpiece features a single button that you can operate from outside of your helmet. Buy. Connect. Don’t miss another call on the hill.

There you have it: the five most crucial items that you should be adding to your quiver. If you can’t make it happen this year, don’t worry. A better version will be out next year, when you’re ready to get back in the game. Have a safe and exciting ski and snowboard season in Breckenridge!

Leave a comment below and tell us: What did you add to your quiver this year? 

Weekend Events 7.15.16

The sun is out, the flowers are bloomin’ and it’s the perfect time to come visit Breckenridge! Grab your favorite hiking buddy and head on up! Check out all of these events going on this weekend:

Friday, July 15th:

  • Friday Night Flights! Wine Tasting | 5 – 9 pm | Breckenridge Wine & Cheese | 304 S Main St | $15

Saturday, July 16th:

  • Mac & Cheese Fest | All Weekend Long | Copper Mountain | 0509 Copper Road, Copper Mountain CO | Price Varies
  • Canvas Painting Party! | 7 – 10 pm | Ready Paint Fire | 323 N Main St | $35
  • Zach Balch – Live Music | 6 pm | The Historic Brown Hotel | 208 N Ridge St | Free

Sunday, July 17th:

  • The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe |1:00 pm | The Breckenridge Backstage Theater | 121 Ridge St | $15
  • Breckenridge Summer Fun Park | All Day | Base of Peak 8 | Price Varies

Looking for somewhere to stay in Breckenridge? Check out our newest lodging special and stay at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and get TWO Adventure Passes to the Breckenridge Summer Fun Park for FREE! Click below to learn more.

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4th of July Celebration

Celebrate Independence Day with us in the High Country! There will be a ton of activities going on including the Independence Day 10k Trail Run, The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race, Fourth of July Garden Party, the Main Street Parade, Kids Water Fight, the Street Arts Festival, and of course – fireworks!

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SCHEDULE:

Independence Day 10k Trail Run – 7:00 am start at Carter Park

Don’t miss this favorite kick-off to the 4th of July weekend! This scenic race provides some stellar views of the Breckenridge area. After the race, you can still join in on the Main Street parade and other festivities! Register here or call 970.453.1734

The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race – 9:30 am on Main Street

This mountain bike race launches the 4th of July Parade in Breckenridge! Cheer on riders as they embark on a 50-mile stretch through Breckenridge and surrounding areas. Or, register for the race here! This event sells out very fast so register today!

Fourth of July Garden Party – 9:00 am at the Barney Ford Museum

Join us at the Barney Ford House Museum for the Annual Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Garden Party. Enjoy coffee, mimosas, and breakfast as you check out the parade in style from the best view on Main Street. Adults – $50 ($75 day of), Children 6-12 $30, and Children 5 & under $10. Call 970.453.9767 x 2 for more information.

Main Street Parade – 10:00 am on Main Street

This kicks off with the Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race as 800+ bikers ride down Main Street. Then there will be a Red, White, and Blue Color Guard at 10 am, followed by the parade itself. Parade info. Call 970.453.5055 for more information.

Kids Water Fight – 1-3 pm on Main Street

Kids can join the Fire Department in a water fight on Main Street. This one is a hit every year – don’t miss it!

Street Arts Festival (July 1-4) – Breckenridge Art District Campus

This Street Arts Festival is going on all weekend. It is a celebration of street, pavement, and graffiti arts that feature chalk drawing, 3D murals, live music and hands-on workshops. Presented by Breckenridge Creative Arts.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band – 2pm at The Riverwalk Center

These guys are a world famous music machine. They are known for their genre-bending romps and high octane performances. The Dirty Dozen have been featured guests on albums by artists including David Bowie, Widespread Panic, Dr. John, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, Modest Mouse and the Black Crowes.

National Repertory Orchestra – 8 pm at The Riverwalk Center

For almost 20 years, the Town of Breckenridge and National Repertory Orchestra have worked together to present you with a patriotic Concert every 4th of July.

Fireworks (weather permitting) – 9:45 pm at the North Gondola Lot

The most iconic part of the 4th of July – Fireworks! They will be set off in the North Gondola Lot, but will be visible from all over town.

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33rd Annual July Art Festival (July 2-4) at Main Street Station

The 33rd Annual Breckenridge July Art Festival is ranked one of the top art shows in the United States each year. It will be located at Main Street Station which is at the corner of Main Street and South Park Avenue. For more information, please click here. Admission is free.

 

We hope you celebrate Independence Day with us in Breckenridge! Visit GoBreck for more information about the festivities! Check out this video from a few years ago to see what the parade is all about!

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