(Last Updated On: September 20, 2014)

Looking around Breckenridge and seeing smiling faces pass me by reminds me of all that I am thankful for in a town I call home. In a place where strangers stop and chat about their adorable pets and energetic children, it is easy to see why so many people keep returning to our mountain town lucky enough to have a ski resort. We are blessed to be here, whether it’s for a vacation, weekend getaway, the season, or even year-round.

St. Mary's Church in Breckenridge- Photo Courtesy of Stacy Sanchez at Petal & Bean http://www.petalandbean.com/

St. Mary’s Church in Breckenridge- Photo Courtesy of Stacy Sanchez at Petal & Bean http://www.petalandbean.com/

Exactly like a Christmas light up village you decorate around your home for the holidays: that is what Breckenridge looks like in the winter. Homes beautifully painted in all shades of the rainbow, icicles dangling from rooftops, garlands and streams of lights decorating the town, welcoming all of those that enter. And what perfect light up village would be complete without our own Victorian homes and Churches? These are real, and what is truly amazing is that these homes, businesses and places of worship are alive and a part of present day history, and not just the past.

You don’t have to walk very far before you realize just how much we love our pets.

Man's best friend means the world to us! Photo courtesy of Stacy Sanchez at Petal & Bean http://www.petalandbean.com/

Man’s best friend means the world to us! Photo courtesy of Stacy Sanchez at Petal & Bean http://www.petalandbean.com/

Many of them even appear to “walk” us. Man’s best friend has made a huge impact on our lives and knowing that as a town we care for others outside of ourselves, even those with four feet, is something to be grateful for.

Breckenridge Main Street- Photo Courtesy of Stacy Sanchez at Petal & Bean http://www.petalandbean.com/

Breckenridge Main Street- Photo Courtesy of Stacy Sanchez at Petal & Bean http://www.petalandbean.com/

On your next stroll through downtown, I would encourage you to take an even deeper look into our many great shops both up and down Main Street and tucked away in varying corners of the town. Spend some time chatting with the owners and employees. You may be surprised to learn what first brought them to Breckenridge and what captured their hearts that has kept them here. Truth be told, they are a hearty group. Many have lived entire other lives and worked in different professions before relocating to our mountain town. Our business owners are strong and an inspiration to those around them.

Last, but certainly not least, it is the people that I am most thankful for. I have been encouraged and uplifted on my most difficult days by many of those who also share my love for Breckenridge. Visitors have become regulars and seasonals know that this is a place they can call home from wherever they are. We are a community that embraces those that come into our lives whether it is for a season, a weekend or a lifetime. Knowing that you are always welcome here is my I love #breckbecause moment.

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