While many think of Breckenridge, Colo., as a ski resort town, there’s plenty to do year-round. If you’re looking for a day trip from the Denver area, here are my suggestions for spending one perfect day in Breckenridge.
8:00 am: Start your day at The Bond at Breck with a jolt of coffee and a warm breakfast burrito or bakery item.
8:30 am: Head to Good Times Adventures for an exciting 6-mile dog sledding tour through beautiful terrain. Everyone gets a chance to mush and ride in the dog sled! Snowmobile rides are also available. In the summer, check out Snow Caps Sled Dogs to tour a working sled dog kennel and ride their summer dog carts or dog-powered scooters!
11:30 am: Have lunch at Downstairs at Eric’s. Part restaurant, part sports bar, part arcade… all fun. You’ll get less of the “sports bar” crowd at lunch time and the kids will love the arcade games!
1:00 pm: Ride the gondola up to the mountain. Enjoy the view. In the winter, ride the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster, a low-thrill ride through the trees where you control the speed. Woo hoo! During the summer, spend a couple hours at the Breck Summer Fun Park! Ride the Gold Runner Coaster, the Alpine Super Slide, or play mini-golf.
3:30 pm: Ride the gondola back down to town. Stop at Crepes a la Cart on Main Street for a light, crispy crepe. Or try Mary’s Mountain Cookies. Or both. Crepes a la Cart almost always has a line because they’re worth waiting for. The soft, warm crepes are made fresh to order and have tons of sweet and savory filling options. Mary’s has incredible cookies – I recommend the ones filled with frosting! Get some to go, you’ll thank me later.
4:00 pm: Walk down Main Street. Do some shopping. Buy a souvenir. Take a horse-drawn carriage tour. Visit the Breckenridge Arts District. See if they have open studio time and maybe make a ceramic project. Or walk around town and check out the Public Art Program. The Breckenridge Arts District was recently approved for a build-out that includes rehabs of four historic structures and three new spaces. Once complete in Fall 2014, the Quandry Antiques Cabin will become a dedicated workshop space for children.
7:30 pm: Have dinner at Empire Burger. I recommend the Guacamole Bacon Burger. And try as many of the dipping sauces as you can. With options like Red Wine Vinaigrette, Jalapeno Ketchup, Parmesan Peppercorn, and Sweet Mango Chutney, your fries and onion rings will thank you and your kids will love all the dipping fun!
9:30 pm: Collapse into bed satisfied in the knowledge that you made the most of your one perfect day in Breck!
Shannon Entin is a family travel writer and homeschooling mom who loves the challenge of combining travel with education and personal growth. Passionate about road trips, her goal is to drive through all 50 states in America, chronicling her adventures at 100 Routes Across America.