BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — Colorado’s Rocky Mountain towns are prominent ski destinations and popular summer vacation spots for outdoor activities and adventure sports.
In Breckenridge, Colo., the scenic hiking trails, diverse culinary scene and fall festival lineup makes this mountain town a nearly year-round travel destination.
Year-round hiking attracts active travelers
Hiking is one of the most popular activities among Breckenridge visitors throughout the year, said Rachel Zerowin, director of public relations for the Breckenridge Resort Chamber.
Seven trailheads are located within a mile of downtown Breckenridge, and there are trails for every activity level from paved paths along the picturesque Blue River to intense hikes above the trees on the area’s highest mountains.
Festivals fill fall itineraries
In addition to scenic hikes past golden aspens, fall travelers visit Breckenridge for film, art, family fun and craft spirit festivals.
The Craft Spirits Festival, slated for Oct. 24-26, is the first of its kind in Colorado and celebrates the growing craft distilling industry both nationwide and locally. This year’s festival features an open house at Breckenridge Distillery, a local distillery creating whiskey, vodka, bitters and other seasonal liquors.
New to the festival this year is a cocktail contest highlighting the creativity of Breckenridge’s mixoligists. Other events include creating shot glass art, a cooking with spirits class, craft-spirit tastings and discounts at local restaurants throughout the weekend.
Culinary scene to build a trip around
Other than in the spring, when some of the restaurants close, Breckenridge is a foodie destination where travelers with well-honed taste buds could build a trip itinerary around the more than 75 restaurants and bars in town. The diverse dining selection includes classic steakhouses, pizza and Italian, seafood, sushi, gourmet burgers and artisanal Colorado cuisine.
Breckenridge is also home to the original Breckenridge Brewery, the third brewery to open in Colorado. A mainstay on Main Street since 1990, the brewpub is a favorite among locals and visitors for its craft beers and hearty brewhouse fare like the elk meatloaf and “duckadilla,” made with duck confit and brie.
Shopping and spa visits for a girls’ weekend away
Breckenridge also has all the makings for a fantastic girls’ trip — shopping, spas, dining and nightlife.
The charming downtown has enough boutiques, art galleries and restaurants to keep visitors busy from breakfast to dinnertime, and a girls’ weekend could easily be a relaxing and luxurious retreat with more than 15 spas in town.
Of course, the perfect end to a girls’ night out is a well-mixed cocktail. At Modis, the bartenders mix quality, hand-crafted cocktails with a Prohibition-era influence. Late night happy hour runs from 9 p.m. until close and features a cheese and charcuterie plate ideal for sharing among friends.
Variety of lodging suits parties of all sizes
Whether traveling as a group, family, couple or solo traveler, visitors will find a mix of accommodations to suit their needs. Breckenridge has cozy bed and breakfast establishments, mountainside lodges and vacation rentals that could sleep six or more.
At Tannhauser, under new management this year by Range View Rentals, cozy vacation rentals include one- and two-bedroom units conveniently located within steps of downtown Breckenridge’s shopping, dining and ski lifts.