Our Colorado mountain hamlet is graced with 300 days of glorious mood-boosting sunshine a year. And if there’s anything Breckenridge locals love more than playing hard, it’s logging solid lounge time on a sun-soaked patio or deck.
Here’s where to enjoy bluebird views and amazing food and drink in Breckenridge.
The 31 beers on tap (20 are Colorado craft brews), saucy smoky barbecue and the daily 3 to 6 p.m. happy hour draw folks in to this laid-back Main Street spot. But it’s the spacious back patio and its wide-eyed views of Breckenridge Ski Resort that make it impossible not to stay for “just one more.” Nosh pulled pork sliders, sip frosty pints and toss horseshoes. Snag a table early afternoon—the patio fills up fast.
301 S. Main St., 970-453-7313, kenoshasteakhouse.com
Head to this Ridge Street cottage and cozy up among fresh flowers, strung bistro lights and shade trees hugging a picket fence. Sounds like postcard-perfect mountain dining, right? It is. The seasonal menu is built around Colorado comfort food with upscale spins (or twists, if you will). A daily 4 to 6 p.m. happy hour reveals wine and cocktail deals, along with sharable plates of poutine, street tacos and a raved-about mac-n-cheese mini skillet.
200 S. Ridge St., 970-547-7100, twistbreck.com
Part sports bar, part family pizza joint, Fatty’s is casual, fun and famous for generous portions and a mean housemade pizza crust. The owner is a Chicago native with a passion for Chi-Town sports and an impressive green thumb. His oversized flower baskets dress up the former 19th-century boardinghouse and line the garden-like side patio and the upstairs deck.
106 S. Ridge St., 970-453-9802, fattyspizzeria.com
Perched above Main Street and facing the ski resort mountains, Southridge Seafood’s new and improved second-level location in La Cima Mall is prime for sipping and sunning. Try their oysters on a half shell, seared sea scallops and the legendary house smoked trout dip. Not into fish? That’s alright. They offer an incredible American Kobe burger and Colorado lamb meatball with grilled cheese polenta.
500 S. Main St., 970-547-0063, southridgeseafoodgrill.com
It’s four seasons of fabulous people-watching at the T-Bar. Ride the free gondola from town to Peak 8 and join the party on this 150-seat slopeside patio. When the snow falls, bundle up and sip hot cocktails while watching skiers and boarders rip down the front side of the ski resort. During warmer months, flip-flops and Colorado beers are in play and snow sports swap out for mini golf and an alpine slide.
1521 Ski Hill Rd., 970-547-8837, breckenridge.com
Wedding planners swoon. Locals escape and exhale. And hotel guests can’t get enough. The all-weather deck that wraps around the Traverse restaurant is a breathtaking 10,200-foot sight straddling a forested cliff at the rustic mountain-luxe Lodge at Breckenridge. A quick drive or bus ride up Boreas Pass aligns you with panoramic views of Baldy Mountain, town, Breckenridge Ski Resort and the Ten Mile Range. Take in golden fall foliage with a glass of pinot or sip a Moscow Mule under summer skies.
112 Overlook Dr., 970-453-9300, thelodgeatbreckenridge.com
Home of the locally loved porch party, the Motherloaded is a spirited, funky come-as-you-are charmer. The tavern specializes in indulgent home cookin’—think chicken and buttermilk waffles with candied pecans and homemade vanilla bourbon syrup. Grab a table on the back porch for happy hour drink specials, live music and a game of cornhole (beanbag toss).
103 S. Main St., 970-453-2572, motherloadedtavern.com
What better setting to savor fresh, Colorado-inspired flavors than riverside al fresco? The slim balcony deck at Relish overlooks the Riverwalk in the middle of town. The river flows, acoustic guitar players strum, kids play, dogs and babies walk their parents. It’s an all around Breck happy place. Relish’s menu is updated with the seasons, calling on Colorado-grown whenever possible. Ask about the day’s baked escargot and salad selections. Or go big with the grass-fed Wagyu ribeye.
137 S. Main St., 970-453-0989, relishbreckenridge.com