Bring your date into the great outdoors with a nighttime ski or snowshoe trip in Breckenridge.

Romance in Breck: Dates that don’t require reservations

No matter the time of year, Breckenridge is the perfect town to spark a romantic spirit. Try one of these five itineraries for a couple’s night out in Breckenridge, no reservations required.

The Adventurer
If you’re the type to place exploration ahead of indulgence, set out with your sweetie on a nighttime ski or snowshoe up Boreas Pass Road. There’s not much moon to speak of this Valentine’s Day but, less light means better conditions for stargazing. Stop by The Crown (215 S. Main St. #L, 970-453-6022) to fill your thermos with hot cocoa and grab a cookie for your ski break. (You are planning on a stop to snuggle, aren’t you?)

The gentle, out-and-back climb lets you head for the top of the pass (about 13 miles roundtrip), or just turn around when you’re ready. Got a smartphone? Download the SkyView Free app. It’ll help you spot constellations while you sip cocoa together.

Breckenridge Stables offers carriage rides daily, no reservations required. Photo by Jessie Unruh

Breckenridge Stables offers carriage rides daily, no reservations required. Photo by Jessie Unruh

The Romantic
Breckenridge Stables offers carriage rides daily, no reservations required – simply wait for the next carriage at Main Street and Washington Avenue in downtown Breckenridge. You likely won’t have the entire carriage to yourselves, but you’ll still get to cuddle underneath cozy blankets. Choose a night ride to see the twinkling lights of this Victorian town.

Next, head to La Francaise Bakery (411 S. Main St. #3, 970-547-7173). With a breadth of classic French pastries – cinnamon beignets, almond croissants and fresh meringue – arranged beautifully behind clear glass, your eyes won’t need to wander up to the full menu. Settle in at the quaint café tables for dessert and lattes.

Finish up with a stop at Beehive Breckenridge for soaps, candles and bath treats, or visit B Boutique for lotions, skin care and cosmetics.

The Artist
Head to Ready, Paint, Fire in downtown Breckenridge. The open studio hours include paint your own pottery, canvas painting or mosaic work. We suggest the pottery; try his and hers mugs, perhaps two sets so you’ll have one at home and in the office.

Then stroll down Main Street and check out the town”s art galleries. Breckenridge”s galleries run the gamut from Art on a Whim, which offers fun — and often humorous — art pieces, to Breckenridge Gallery, which has been selling renowned pieces for over 30 years. Both galleries are family owned and run.

Treat each other to a gift of choice – it ensures you’ll get what you want. Photo by Liam Doran

Strolling along Breckenridge Main Street offers plenty of options, from shopping to dining. Photo by Liam Doran

The Do-It-Yourselfer
For people who prefer to create their own casual Breckenridge itinerary, start with the Stephen C. West Ice Arena and lace up skates for a spin on the ice with your special someone.

Window shop as you make your way to Crepes a la Cart. Go savory, sweet or try one of each, and kick back by the outdoor fire pit.

The Foodie
Pre-packaged gift bags may save time, but the fun here is in the journey: Think Euro-style picnic and stroll (or bike) through town to pick up all you really need for a picnic. Begin at La Francaise (411 S. Main St. #3, 970-547-7173) and grab a baguette (though it may be tough to resist a pastry to fuel your journey). Next, head northward to Breckenridge Cheese and Chocolate, a name indicative of the selection — plus the shop sells wine. The helpful staff can suggest pairings to suit your taste.

Continue to Olive Fusion, where you can taste specialty oils and balsamics before you buy. Settle on your favorite, or try a flight and pick a few of each. Finish up at The Local Market for fruit and miscellaneous tapas, as well as dairy and gluten-free items, much of them organic and Colorado-made.

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