With one of the largest historic districts in Colorado, the Town of Breckenridge is not just a quaint town with colorful Victorian buildings and mining-town relics but a lively community with history lurking in every nook and notched-wood cranny. While you’re enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, make sure to spend some time getting acquainted with Breck’s storied past.
Here’s our take on the best way to explore Breck’s history in 24 hours:
Morning: Enjoy a freshly baked pastry, quiche, croissant or crepe with your espresso at La Francais French Bakery on Main Street.
Then start out the day by getting a taste of Breckenridge’s rich history at the Breckenridge Welcome Center. History literally comes to life in the recently renovated Breckenridge Welcome Center in the middle of town on Main Street. The town wanted to find a way to centralize information about the history of Breckenridge and the wide variety of year-round events and activities the town offers. The Welcome Center is a place where guests can obtain information about Breckenridge and explore interactive exhibits that teach visitors about the town’s rich mining history and environmental accomplishments.
From the Welcome Center, depart on a historic walking tour of Breckenridge. Led by a Victorian costumed tour guide from the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, tour goers will travel back in time to the mining days of Breckenridge.
Lunch: Enjoy a casual lunch at Fatty’s Pizzeria in Breckenridge. A great way to get a taste of Breckenridge’s history is to dine at some of its historic sites. Fatty’s Pizzeria is the oldest pizza joint in town, but the building’s history goes far beyond tossing pies. What might not be as obvious to Fatty’s diners is that the building was originally established as a boarding house for miners called the Colorado House in the late 1800s.
Afternoon: Take a tour of the historic Country Boy Mine on French Gulch Road. The authentic gold mine lets you explore the original workings of the mine as you feel, hear and smell what it was like to be a Breckenridge hard rock gold miner more than 100 years ago. Walk more than 1,000 feet in to the century old, authentic gold mine. Wear a hard hat, hear the drills and learn about Colorado’s mining history. Visitors can examine original mining equipment, old photos and fun exhibits to revisit the past. They can also pan for gold. Breckenridge’s history began with gold and silver mining, and signs of its rich mining history are all over the town.
Dinner: Indulge in a classy dinner at The Hearthstone Restaurant, which 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 games, Colorado produce and sustainably caught seafood. Hearthstone features over 220 wines representing every major world wine regions.