Updated: July 10, 2017
Looking for the perfect mix of fall foliage, outdoor activities, and small town fall? We’ve set up the perfect fall itinerary to hit the best of Breckenridge on any weekend this fall.
Your first day is going to be filled with fun so it’s important to fuel up. We are sending you to a local hotspot, Cuppa Joe. The shop pours some of the best coffee in town. Ordering a latte? Expect some amazing latte art to accompany; the original owner won latte art competitions and passed the tradition to the staff and new owners. We suggest combining your beverage with a delicious breakfast burrito (try the sweet potato burrito — and expect leftovers). Take a seat outside or near a window to take in the views of Breckenridge Ski Resort with every savory bite.
The goal is to take it easy on your first day but enjoy every minute. Start with a scenic drive over Boreas Pass Road, which ascends from downtown Breckenridge to over 11,400 feet. The fall foliage will tower over the road, as if you are driving through a golden tunnel. Not only will you be surrounded by vibrant fall colors, you will be able to take in the views of downtown, the ski resort and other peaks surrounding Breckenridge. You can drive up Boreas Pass and back again, or take the entire 17 mile trip to Como, and take a right on Highway 285 to Fairplay, and come back to Breck on Highway 9 over Hoosier pass–it’s a great loop drive.
Fill your afternoon exploring all that downtown Breckenridge has to offer. With over 160 shops and boutiques to choose from, you shouldn’t head home empty handed. Breckenridge prides itself on unique made-in-Breck goodies. We are talking about hand-made soaps, candles, skis, spirits and brews, jewelry, and more. Not to mention that a lot of the shops in downtown will have some killer fall sales, perfect timing for early bird Christmas shopping.
After a long day of cruising the back-roads and shopping, it’s time to enjoy some Colorado cuisine. Here are a few options:
Casual dining: Head over to the Breckenridge Brewery, now one of the nation’s top craft brewers. This is the pub’s original location and to this day, it still brews their beer in house. Sample the goods with a flight or settle in with a favorite style of brew. The Breckenridge Amber Avalanche is one of our favs. Pair that with a juicy burger and you’re in business.
Fine dining: Have a refined dining experience while taking in a rich part of Breckenridge history. The Hearthstone Restaurant resides in the Kaiser House, a Victorian building constructed in the early 1880’s. This romantic house has views of the Breckenridge Ski Resort and the Breckenridge Arts District. The Hearthstone features naturally raised beef and game, Colorado produce and sustainably caught seafood. And let’s not forget that they feature over 220 wines representing every major world wine region.
Start your morning off right. Amazing Grace has all natural menu options and delicious freshly baked goodies. The Grace, as the locals call it, is housed in a historic building and owned by local extreme athlete, Monique Merrill. Before you head out to start the day, fill up your water bottle. You’ve got a big day ahead!
Now you’re energized and ready to take on the day. Hike or bike the trails that wind in and out of Breck’s backcountry, while still viewing the spectacular fall colors. The French Gulch area passes through some of Breckenridge’s richest mining regions. You will pass dozens of old mine remnants. One of our favorite old mines is the Reiling Gold Dredge. While you are in that area, check out the B&B Trail, Minnie Mine or X10U8 Trail.
If you plan to pedal your way through the trails, check out Breck Bike Guides. Their tours head out on some of the best single track in town and include a few tips to improve your riding technique.
Starving? How does a warm crepe sound? Grab a light handheld bite at the original Crepes a la Carte in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. Their “secret recipe” in their home-made crepes will leave you saying…it was worth the wait. Warm up next to the fire pit, people-watch and save room for a sweet treat. Head down a couple blocks to Mary’s Mountain Cookies, another local favorite. You can smell the freshly baked cookies from a mile away.
Maybe it’s time for a little R&R. After a long day of outdoor play, recharge the body and the spirit with a recovery massage or relaxation treatment. The spa scene in Breckenridge is blossoming – this small mountain town is home to more than 13 spas and wellness centers – and it goes far beyond massage: think acupuncture, oriental herbal medicine, yoga, all-inclusive relaxation packages and treatments to combat the thin, dry air and intense sun of this high-altitude environment.
Wine and dine your night away. There are more than 75 options to choose from, but here are some suggestions:
Causal dining: Empire Burger. Need we say more? They offer some amazing burgers, hand cut fries and homemade sauces. Our favorite sauces are the Jalapeno Ranch or the Sweet Mango Chutney. Belly up to the bar to catch the game, enjoy an ice cold brew and fill up on a 1/3 lb. burger. Another good spot for the entire family, Downstairs at Eric’s, has 14 TV’s, 20 beers on tap, 100 beers by the bottle, a full arcade and a pizza called the GIGANTOR…enough said. Be sure to order the Baked Wings.
Fine dining: Relish offers Colorado inspired cuisine, using locally raised and grown products. Matt Fackler, chef and owner, searches for the freshest ingredients, changing the menu seasonally. Relish is in the heart of downtown Breckenridge, with views of the Breckenridge Ski Resort and Main Street.
Did we mention that fall is festival season? From Oktoberfest to the Film Festival, the inaugural Wine Classic to the Craft Spirits Fest, let’s just say that the fall colors are not the only thing popping in Breck. Plan your vacation around one of these fall festivities and you’ll be sure to leave with more than one reason to come back.
There are plenty of locations in Breckenridge to capture the fall colors. If you are looking for more inspiration while visiting Breckenridge, check out our Pinterest pages: 24 hours in Breckenridge and Fall Colors in Breckenridge.