So, you’re planning your summer trip to Breckenridge. Good choice, by the way. Now it’s time to pick the perfect place to stay.
The challenge? Breck has thousands of perfect places. The trick is finding your perfect place. Start with identifying your budgets and needs.
What’s your budget?
Are you looking for the crème de la crème? Or, on a tighter budget and seeking out a hostel?
Figure out your range of price points, that’ll help start you down a path vs. getting overwhelmed by all of the choices.
How many people?
Are you looking for an intimate get-away with your sweetie in a B&B? Or, bringing the whole family, plus another family, plus cousins and friends? Start by deciding if you’re looking for a large private house or several condos or if you’re on the other side of spectrum and want more cozy accommodations like a plush hotel room.
What style of lodging?
Do you want a condo, townhome, hostel, luxury private home, full-service resort, B&B, a chain hotel or even a boutique hotel? Breck has it all.
Just a heads up: Breck only has a few chain hotels in town. Most of the lodging consists of privately owned condos, townhomes, B&Bs, resorts and private homes.
Location, location, location?
Breck has several neighborhoods and areas. If you’re not familiar with Breck, take a look at this map to get acquainted. Peaks 10, 9, 8, 7 and 6 refer to the Breckenridge Ski Resort peaks on the Ten Mile Range. Sometimes condos, resorts or properties will refer to these Peaks.
Peak 9 and 8 have the biggest base areas. Also, pay attention to in-town or downtown locations. These are highly desirable (read: more expensive) but offer the convenience of a quick walk into town or to shops and restaurants.
Mountain View Properties/ Hike-in/Hike-Out Experience: Obviously, the most popular among visitors – winter or summer. One Ski Hill Place (Peak 8), Crystal Peak Lodge (Peak 7) and Grand Lodge (Peak 7) are all situated right at the lifts for easy access to mountain biking or hiking on the mountain. These are located approximately two miles from Main Street, so think about getting a car or plan on taking the Breck Free Ride (town shuttle) that runs every half an hour. Most resorts offer a free shuttle service, as well.
Mountain + Town Experience / Peak 9 neighborhood gives you the best of both worlds, close to the slopes and town. With most of the lodging around 50 to 100 yards to the hiking and biking trails, these are some great choices. Locals Tip: Take a look at Cedars Townhomes and make sure to book a front row townhome. Another awesome choice is to book a unit in building 4 at Beaver Run Resort. In addition, keep your eyes out for condos, townhomes and even private homes located along the Four O’Clock ski run (but pay attention to the proximity to town). Also, check out some of the amazing private homes, but hurry they book up fast.
Walk to Town Experience: With over 200 shops and 75 restaurant and bars in Breckenridge, why not stay within walking distance to Main Street. There’s so much to explore day and night. If you don’t mind a little walk to town or the slopes, you tend to get some great deals with little compromise. The Columbine neighborhood is located just south of town. This consists of several condos situated walking distance to the Quicksilver lift on Peak 9 and to Main Street! Locals Tip: The Historical District which sits just east of town consisting of private homes, a few condos and cozy B&Bs are all walking distance to Main Street and close to the Arts District. Another popular neighborhood to check out is the Four O’Clock neighborhood. All condos/townhomes sit along Four O’Clock Rd. If you stay in this area you will be no more than 6 blocks from Main Street. However, the free town shuttle does stop in this area. Are you seeing a trend? Don’t feel like walking? No worries jump on the Breckenridge Free Ride!
Out of Town Experience: If you prefer to be away from the hustle and bustle of town surrounded by the peacefulness of the mountains, out of town might be just what you are searching for. Away from town, you’re close to world-class biking and hiking trails depending n where you stay. Blue River is an area located two to six miles south of Breck with a variety of homes. Locals Tip: If you do not feel like hitting the local grocery store, contact one of the local Grocery Deliver services! They will stock your fridge and cabinets with everything you need including alcohol. Do not feel like cooking or going out one night? Hire a private chef to come to your house to cook! You do not even have to get out of your PJs. Boreas Pass/Baldy Rd. This area sits 2 to 3 miles up from town with amazing views of Breckenridge. The Summit Stage has several stops in this area and even runs until 1am! Although Boreas Pass consists of mostly private homes and some condos/townhomes, there is one hotel/Lodge in this area. Sitting on the shuttle route, this 45 room hotel was recently remodeled and added a brand new restaurant! The Lodge at Breckenridge is the perfect spot to get away from it all and enjoy the amazing views.
Resort Experience: Looking for a no-fuss vacation then a resort might be just what you are looking for. A full-service resort allows you to check in and never have to leave. Most are either hike in/hike out and provide private shuttle service for their guests, so no need to even rent a car. Locals Tip: Onsite you will find pools, hot tubs, restaurants, bars, ski rental shops and more. Beaver Run Resort (Peak 9) has a huge game room to entertain the kids, while the adults can enjoy the daily Après at the Coppertop Bar. Main Street Station (Peak 9) has a 20 person movie theater that can be rented out and One Ski Hill Place (Peak 8) has a two lane bowling alley you can rent by the hour. The Grand Lodge (Peak 7) has amazing pools and hot tubs.
Also check out:
- Breckenridge Resorts: The Village at Breckenridge;
- Main Street Station;
- Beaver Run Resort;
- BlueSky Lodge;
- Grand Timber Lodge;
- One Ski Hill Place;
- Grand Lodge on Peak 7; and
- The DoubleTree by Hilton.
Budget Traveler: Check out the new hostel in town – The Bivvi. It’s more than just a place to lay your head, but a hip spot to hang out and meet other travelers. Not only do they serve a complimentary breakfast every morning, have a small bar that serves beer and wine from 4pm to 8pm making for the perfect Après spot and has a communal hot tub with gorgeous views. The Bivvi is located right on the shuttle route with easy access to town and biking/hiking, so save some money and grab one of the local shuttles from DIA. If you would like a more traditional B&B, Fireside Inn has dorm style accommodation along with private rooms located in the Historic district and on the shuttle route. If sharing is not your thing, check out Park Meadows Lodge for an affordable option. These small studios with kitchenettes, queen beds and queen sleeper sofas sit right on the Four O’Clock ski run and two blocks from town! Talk about the best of all worlds! Locals Tip: If you have a group of friends or family, most times it is cheaper to get a condo or townhome together rather than individual units/hotel rooms.