Friday, April 6, 2012

The Town of Breckenridge

Ask, Lindsay, and ye shall receive

During the winter, Breckenridge is all about the skiing, but that doesn't mean there aren't a whole lot of other things to do if (a) you don't ski or (b) you want to do something else. I spent quite a bit of time wandering the streets of Breckenridge and discovered some fun things to do.

First off, if you don't feel like walking, hop on the Free Ride, a shuttle service that will get you to basically anyplace you want to get to in the town of Breckenridge. Driving? Take advantage of free on street or lot parking sprinkled through the town.

First, start your outing with some coffee, baked goods, breakfast or what have you at Amazing Grace, a funky little natural foods place off the main strip but well-worth seeking out. I enjoyed a soy latte and some of a peach scone - only some because Little Worker grabbed most of it for himself. Nice to find a place dedicated to healthier options.

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You could spend days alone just wandering the stores, with everything from Patagonia to North Face to local establishments selling everything from kitschy souvenirs to furniture to the ski condo you are going to want to buy.

One thing I appreciated about Breckenridge is that, while there is a lot of new construction happening, for the most part it blends in with the funky old buildings that still appear throughout the the town - nice mix and the feeling was never jarring, as sometimes happens when new and old meet.

In town, apart from the shops, restaurants, and bars, you can get daily passes to the Breckenridge Rec Center for swimming, working out, indoor rock-climbing or relaxing in the sauna. There are plenty of Historical Tours and Museums, including the Children's Museum, Barney Ford Museum, Edwin Carter Museum and others.

If you don't want to shop, eat, or just hang out in the town, you can snowshoe, Nordic ski, rent a snowmobile, ice skate, enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides or take a free shuttle to one of the other resort towns to see what they have to offer.

Breckenridge also offers special events throughout the year.

We're planning on making it back one year during summer. Imagine hiking, biking, fishing, golf, skateboarding, kayaking, rock climbing, and rafting as some of the options. Total family fun!

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  1. Looks like my kind of town! But i think most of the towns in Colorado would fit that bill.

  2. For something different, Country Boy Mine has has nice tours and the kids can pan for gold too.

  3. Really sounds like a great place to visit!

  4. Wait, did you just get back from Colorado?

  5. i keep telling hubs that a trip to CO in the summer would totally be our thing. will have to show him this!

  6. Thank you! Definitely sounds more than worthwhile. I'm not much of a skier or snow boarder so I've always wondered if there'd be enough "other" stuff to do than sit around in a lodge and sip hot chocolate. Now if only flight prices could go down a little... :)

  7. LOVE Breck - we do a lot of hiking and fishing up there!


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