UPDATED: Feb. 16, 2016
While our world-renowned winters and ideal summertime temps garner most of the acclaim, spring is as good a time as any to visit Breck. Some locals even say it’s the best time. For starters, March is the peak of spring break. In April, there are less crowds on the slopes and May is definitely a quieter time. Look for value lodging rates starting in April, plus a slew of dining specials and gear sales as the winter season winds down.
Regardless of what your day or days ahead will bring, start your stay off right with breakfast at the La Cima Mall eatery Park & Main Quality Food. This little nook hasn’t been open for too long but it definitely has the goods — no matter what time of day you visit. You can’t miss with the ‘Make Your Own’ breakfast sandwich or any of their breakfast burritos. Be sure to snack on some of their scrumptious mini cinnamon muffins while you wait for your order. Park & Main opens daily at 7:30 a.m. and is located at 500 South Main St.
After filling up at breakfast, it’s time to pick your first adventure. If it’s one of our signature bluebird days grab your gear and hit up the BreckConnect Gondola (closing day is usually mid April) for a free lift up to the base of Peak 8 for a mid-morning session on the slopes. Depending on your aptitude and attitude, tackle the terrain parks, cruise some corduroy over on Peak 7 or just kick back and bask in the Summit County sunshine. There’s perhaps no finer spot in town to soak up the mountain views while enjoying brews than the T-Bar patio.
If the weather doesn’t cooperate and the morning is better spent indoors, spend a few hours hanging around on the 1,400-square-foot climbing wall at the Breckenridge Recreation Center. The wall has areas for bouldering, 3 top ropes and 10 lead climbing lines. A rental package, which includes shoes, harness, chalk bag and a belay, costs $6. Wall hours are Monday – Friday from noon to 8 p.m. through April 30. The rec center is located at 880 Airport Road. The yellow route of Breck Free Ride will get you there free and easy.
No trip to Breck would be complete without window shopping the heart and soul of our little mountain town — Main Street. Browse the unique and bountiful boutiques that line the street. Grab a gift for yourself or your significant other or snag a souvenir for that family member that couldn’t make it. Mountain Vibe, located at 221 South Main just steps down from Clint’s Bakery, has everything you’re looking for and more — an assortment of cool and colorful kicks and the latest in outdoor apparel.
Shopping on Main can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, go recharge your batteries over at Duggan’s Deli. This sweet little basement spot at 111 Ski Hill Road serves up some of the best sandwiches in town. The French dip, hot pastrami or the triple decker club are all solid choices and will fill you up for the afternoon.
From Duggan’s, take a relaxing and scenic stroll along the Blue River toward the Blue River Plaza. Once there, duck into the Breckenridge Distillery tasting room where they’ll be happy to serve you up some complimentary samples of all their award-winning spirits.
Have the kids in tow? Head up Ski Hill Road (you can use the Free Ride bus black route) to the Breckenridge Nordic Center. Guided snowshoe adventures cover plants, animal tracks and local history, including a tale of the miner who built his bride a cabin that’s today used as a warming hut. Ask about s’mores after your tour, or indulge in delicious, homemade soups for just a few bucks per bowl. (Check out this post for more spring activities with kids.)
Breck also boasts plenty of places to enjoy a good ol’ happy hour. The Blue River Bistro, located at 305 North Main, has something for everyone, featuring twice-a-day drink specials and 2-for-1 appetizers. The bistro specializes in cocktails and has mountains of martinis to choose from. Sip on a Breckenridge Sidecar (Breck Distillery whiskey, Cointreau, fresh lemon, sugar rim) while enjoying pork, meatball or mahi mahi sliders.
If you’re visiting over the weekend, mosey on over to the historic Briar Rose Chophouse and Saloon at 109 Lincoln Ave., where tasty treats such as curry parmesan popcorn, Cajun beef filet tips and others are half-priced from 4-6 on Friday and Saturday.
Breckenridge does fine dining too. Relish and Modis are both located along Main Street in historic downtown and both serve up creative Colorado-inspired cuisine. Relish, situated upstairs at 137 South Main, serves up a seasonally-changing menu. Call 970-453-0989 for dinner reservations. You’ll need them!
Modis, a contemporary dining establishment located just doors down from Relish at 103 South Main, features such items as a warm kale and arugula salad, lamb shepherd’s pie and pork porterhouse on its eclectic menu. It also offers a daily double dose of happy hour (3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight.) Dinner service begins at 5 p.m. daily and reservations are recommended. For more information, call 970-0453-4330.
Visit GoBreck.com to see the full lineup of spring events and activities.