Booking a condo or home with a kitchen or even a kitchenette in Breckenridge can go a long way in not just saving money, but also in creating great memories.

Local Produce and Liquor Shed offers a selection of natural foods for great home-cooked meals.

Local Market and Liquor Shed offers a selection of natural foods for great home-cooked meals.

With our fast-paced lives, sometimes we don’t always find quality time around the dinner table, but on ski vacations, cooking and eating together can be an opportunity to relive moments on the mountain and plan for the days ahead. And many Breckenridge rentals are so cozy and relaxing, you’ll want to enjoy meals “at home.” (Here’s a link to some great recipes.)

Plus, by preparing a few do-it-yourself meals, you can save enough money to splurge a little when you do go out; that way, you’re not just grabbing a fast burger, but you’re enjoying the best of what Breckenridge restaurants have to offer — historical dining like the Hearthstone or Briar Rose; memory-makers like sleigh rides; or other fine dining, like Le Petit Paris or Modis. All it takes is a little planning, because, let’s face it, you’re going to end up at the grocery store to pick up a few staple items, so why not spend a bit more time buying ingredients for a few dinners?

 

Where to shop in Breckenridge

Bring your reusable bags when you shop, or you can buy them there, or pay 10 cents for each plastic bag.

Bring your reusable bags when you shop, or you can buy them there, or pay 10 cents for each plastic bag.

Breckenridge has two small to medium grocery stores in town, and one large chain grocer on the north end of town right past the traffic circle. Breck Grocery Store Map

Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your time and money: Bring reusable bags whenever you shop Breckenridge, because in 2013, the Town of Breckenridge passed an ordinance requiring a disposable bag fee. If you don’t have bags, you’ll pay 10 cents per plastic bag. Reusable bags are available for purchase, but sometimes they cost about $3 each.

 

 

 

City Market

400 N. Parkway, Breckenridge 970-453-0818

This big-box option offers the widest selection in town, usually with the best prices. It’s like any other grocery store you’re accustomed to at home — with the possible exception of crowds on holidays and busy times. If you can, avoid hitting it after skiing; that’s when a lot of visitors roam the aisles in packs, slowing the flow and causing long check-out lines. Bonus: It has a Redbox, if you want to rent a DVD.

Price: $-$$$

Convenience: On the bus route, large parking lot, but located on the north side of town.

Selection: Excellent, for all the basics (see below for more specialty items)

 

Breckenridge Market and Liquor (formerly Food Kingdom)

311 S. Ridge St., Breckenridge 970-453-2398

Food Kingdom is in town and has a great selection of organic and natural food, as well as the basics.

Food Kingdom is in town and has a great selection of organic and natural food, as well as the basics.

For a “small-town” grocery store, Food Kingdom truly is like walking into a gem. You may pay a bit more for most items, but the convenience, with its in-town location, is worth it.

The grocery store offers an amazing selection of organic produce and specialty items like goat cheese and hormone-free meats, as well as a full deli, a dedicated grab-and-go refrigerated section (with large pizzas for $10), and a DVD machine to rent movies for after-dinner entertainment. Plus, there’s an attached liquor store.

Price: $$-$$$

Convenience: On the bus route, right in town, large parking lot.

Selection: Very good

 

Local Market and Liquor Shed

Don't miss the historic walls at Local Market.

Don’t miss the historic walls at Local Market.

116 N. Main St., Breckenridge 970-453-3091

This small market specializes in natural foods, products made in Colorado, quick “must haves” like toiletries, candy bars, and drugstore items, and take-and-bake meals, like lasagna and enchiladas. It has a small produce section and a small natural, hormone-free, meat section as well. Perhaps one of the coolest elements of the store lies in its historic value; the building originates in the 1880s, and the attached liquor store used to be a shed. The hallway between the two showcases original wood and newspapers (used for insulation), brought by settlers from Boston, New York, and other parts of the country.

Price: $$-$$$

Convenience: On the north end of Main Street, in town, parking is limited to only several cars behind the store.

Selection: Fair

 

 

With a little planning, cooking at your Breckenridge condo or home can be a tasty, affordable way to share family and friend time in a quiet, relaxing environment.

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Kimberly Nicoletti always knew she was meant to escape gray Chicago winters and spend her days skiing the Colorado Rockies. So, two months after she turned 18, she moved to Breckenridge to be a ski bum "for a season," assuring her parent's she'd return to Illinois to finish college. But, the ski bum life stuck. After three years of full-time skiing in Summit County, she decided to finish her degree at CU-Boulder in Creative Writing (granted, she took a semester off to ski). Once free of classes, she took yet another year off to ski in Summit (do you see a pattern here?). Then, she moved back to Boulder to earn her master's degree in Somatic Psychology/Dance Therapy. Upon graduation, she spent a winter teaching skiing at Mammoth Mountain. (Surely you see the pattern now.) In 2002, she moved back to Summit full time, to work at the Summit Daily as the arts and entertainment editor. She stayed with the company for 10 years, enjoying Summit's great events and later working as the managing editor of magazines covering the High Country. She still revolves her life around adventure and creativity, taking time to travel, ski, paddleboard, dance, ice skate, play with her dogs, learn new things and generally enjoy life. She's highly addicted to powder skiing and keeps her winter mornings commitment-free so she can indulge in "deep play" when Mother Nature cooperates. Off the mountain, she's a freelance writer and editor and teaches fitness and mind/body classes throughout Summit County.

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