Travel Guide: Breckenridge, Colorado
For Kyle's 30th birthday, I knew a travel adventure would be the perfect way to celebrate. I had a lot of ideas for a long weekend escape filled with his favorite things - the great outdoors, great craft beer, and inspiring rustic modern design. I found a great deal for tickets to Denver and knew a trip to the Rockies would be an amazing place to mark a new decade.
As always, we wanted to share our unique twist on a travel guide. We'll be sharing places with amazing interiors, local food & drinks, and natural surroundings! If you're looking for all of our favorite design inspo in one place check out this post, and this post for our packing list!
We'll share throughout the next few weeks, but wanted to start with our first stop in Breckenridge!
We packed a ton into 5 days - from the laid back ski town of Breckenridge to hip downtown Denver, to adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park and a concert at the famous Red Rocks amphitheater. We also experienced 25 degree swings in temperatures from one place to another and picked up some travel tips along the way!
We're going to start out our travel guide series with highlights from the town of Breckenridge, sitting at 9600 feet elevation! In the winter it's a major ski area and in the off-season its charming downtown and scenic mountain landscapes are worth the journey.
TRAVEL GUIDE TO: BRECKENRIDGE
WHERE TO STAY:
- Residence Inn Breckenridge: This new hotel right on Main Street in Breckenridge was not only an amazing location but had a gorgeous rustic modern interior design. Check out this post for a peek at the cozy reclaimed wood lobby with mountain views.
- Airbnb: We had some hotel points for this trip, but Airbnb has a ton of affordable off-season options and mountain lodges to share if you're traveling with a family or large group.
There are so many adorably curated shops on Main Street Breckenridge, but these had us wanting to buy #allthethings.
- Marigolds Farmhouse Funk & Junk: Imagine our surprise to find a shop full of farmhouse finds and handmade goods in Colorado. We ended up picking up a "Let the Journey Begin" Art print home with us as a souvenir as well as some mountain sage to burn when our house build is finished!
- Vintage Sweet & Chic Boutique: This shop is right next to Marigolds and stocked with southwestern style displays, accessories, home goods, and trendy apparel.
- Magical Scraps: This shop had lots of mountain & adventure inspired gifts from art prints to candles. In writing this recap I just found out they have an etsy shop too. Now I can pick up the patterned throw pillow I had my eye on!
FOOD | COFFEE | COCKTAILS:
- The Crown: This is coffee shop on Main Street is incredibly cozy and super hip. Grab a latte in the morning or stop by in the evening to enjoy a boozy coffee beverage and slice of cake by the fireplace. The decor is incredibly inspiring.
- Crepes a la Cart: This wildly popular food cart serves up savory & sweet crepes all day long. We warmed up with a late night crepe and can confirm it was completely worth the wait!
- Breckenridge Brewery: We stopped in for lunch and a cold local beer. This was our favorite beer of the entire trip. I had the summery Apricot Lager & Kyle enjoyed a Mango Mosaic IPA.
- Dancing Pines Distillery: We didn't have time to stop there in our short time, but this rustic space was amazing! Stop in for a flight of locally distilled spirits with epic mountain views
- Kava Cafe: You can literally smell the aroma of these hot mini doughnuts wafting down Main Street. We picked up a dozen (half maple sugar / half cinnamon sugar) for our drive back to Denver and they were heavenly.
Truth be told, we didn't have an actual meal that we were in LOVE with. Guess we need to go back and do some more adventuring, hm?
Note: One thing we were warned about was that alcohol affects you very differently at the altitudes in Breckenridge. Be mindful while traveling throughout Colorado!
- Free Gondola Ride: This free (!!) cable car ride takes you high into the mountains (nearly 13,000 feet), passing over hiking trails, ski resorts, and offering expansive views of Breckenridge. At the top there's a resort with more activities & places to grab a bite.
- Main Street: This historic main street is an experience in itself. Dotted with shops, restaurants, and original buildings, we spent hours wandering and exploring this area.
- Arts District: Right off of Main Street sits an Arts District where local artisans & artists in residence do everything from metalsmithing to ceramics. They also offer classes and drop-in observation.
- Hiking: We wish we had more time to hike around, but we did have a couple hours to take a hike the morning we left. Other than gorgeous views of downtown the one we took wasn't amazing, but it felt great to get outside in the mountain air.
SCENIC STOPS: BRECKENRIDGE TO DENVER
If like us, you are driving from Breckenridge to Denver (or vice versa), we want to recommend a couple of great stops to break-up the drive away and take in some amazing scenery .
The adorable mountain town of Georgetown! It had the most adorable downtown, an amazing lake with gorgeous scenery, and we stumbled upon a great local brewery, Guanella Pass Brewery with an open-air design and affordable flights.
- Frisco was a big part of the mining boom in the 1800's, now it's a charming little town just outside of Breckenridge. We toured the well-maintained historical park in their downtown area and enjoyed reading up about the history of the region.
Lookout Mountain / Buffalo Bill's Gravesite
- When our GPS connection went out, we thought for sure we weren't going to find our way to this spot, but we made it! It was one of the most jaw-dropping views I've ever seen in my entire life. Buffalo Bill thought the same and that's why he requested to be buried in that very spot.
Stay tuned for our next installment and our favorite spots around Denver and recap of our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park!