Breckenridge offers a unique blend of relaxing and energizing activities, making it the perfect location to enjoy a “DIY Mini Rejuvenation Retreat.”
Moving beyond its claim to fame as an historic ski town known for its world-class skiing and mountain biking, Breckenridge is rapidly becoming a wellness and cultural mecca for a variety of palettes. In this quaint town of 3,500 residents you can find everything from day spas, yoga and pilates studios, rolfers, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, reiki practitioner and energy healers, Ayurvedic services, Thai massage, cranial sacral and hot stone therapy, hydro tubs, oxygen bars, vegan and gluten-free friendly eateries, a state-of-the-art Cycling Lab and Fitness Center and art, music, healthy cooking classes, in addition to outdoor recreation options and incredible views.
Plan your trip around one of the many arts and cultural festivals hosted by the Breckenridge Tourism Office, the Town of Breckenridge and/or Breckenridge Creative Arts. Leave your car at home to enhance your stress-free vacation. Everything is centrally located for you to enjoy free public transport around town
Here are my recommendations for a mini-wellness retreat in Breck. Use this as a starting point to create your own.
Start your day off right with an hour of mindful movement to get the blood flowing, adjust to the altitude and kick-start your retreat. Grab your water bottle and roll out your yoga mat at Meta Yoga Studios for Mindful Morning Flow or sleep in and catch an outdoor yoga class on the Arts District Lawn in the summer months.
Refreshed from yoga, grab an organic brewed cup of eco friendly coffee next door from Cuppa Joe or head to Lolo in the Main Street Station for the What’s Up Doc fresh juice combo or try the Emerald for a heartier breakfast smoothie. Look for the sign on the door “Nutrition for the Gnarr”. For a sit-down coffee, the The Crown on Main Street offers a variety of breakfast options in addition to a large selection of gourmet teas or coffee drinks. Order the Power Toast or Peerless Breakfast Burrito and their friendly staff will deliver it to you at the window seat or on their patio in warmer months.
After your recharge, grab a Summit Daily, the free local paper for what’s happening in town from arts classes, live music and sports to community events and fundraisers. Casually stroll along the water by the Blue River Plaza to find a spot to soak in views of the Ten Mile Range and the fresh mountain air. Explore the colorfully landscaped paths created by the local Garden Club with a couple secluded benches for some time to reflect.
Balance out your relaxing morning with some mid-day recreation. Stop by Mountain Outfitters on Ridge Street to grab a local trails map and any gear you need for your excursion. The Burro Trail accessed across from Beaver Run Hotel parking lot offers hiking, running, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country trails easily accessible to town. For more views and vistas overlooking town, grab the free local bus up to Baldy Road and take the trail out to explore the high alpine terrain and historic mining sites.
Relax and start to wind down before your Blissful Body Spa Treatment at Blue Sage Spa, with a healthy cup of tea at the Breckenridge Spice Merchant. Sample their unique dip mixes and grab some spices to take home. After your massage, indulge with a glass of champagne while you soak in the hydro tub. For a more traditional spa experience from India, Ambika Herbals and Massage offers Abhyanga, Traditional Oil/Massage Therapies that help to move lymphatic fluid and clear blocked energy leaving you feeling balanced and relaxed.
Top off your rejuvenating day of pampering yourself with a visit to the Breckenridge Creative Arts Campus off Main & Ridge Street. Check to see if they’re offering the Crafting Herbal Elixirs Workshop and learn to make your own Mocktails – non alcoholic-herbal infusion- drinks with locally sourced herbs and essential oils. Instructor and Local Herbalist and Massage Therapist Erica Ragusa offers locally made oils, teas and salves created to support healing and overall health and wellness. Or find another Breck Create class to get your creative juices flowing. Round out your day at Relish, with food made with love, serving farm-to-table Colorado Inspired Cuisine by Chef Matt Fackler and his team.
Rise and shine on day two of your retreat with a morning mediation class back at Meta or, in the summer, with Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga on Maggie Pond. For homemade baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and a conscious coffee, sit on the patio at Amazing Grace, Natural Eatery. Gluten Free sweets are in demand down the street at Clint’s Bakery.
Carve out time in the morning for a Wellness Consult with Lynne Drakos, Summit County’s Longest Practicing Holistic Practitioner and Acupuncturist. Her services treat the whole person and not just the symptoms including: fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, joint pain/arthritis, cancer, skin conditions, auto-immune disorders, asthma and other breathing problems, anxiety and depression, insomnia, and allergies.
For your mid morning vitamin D, the signed trails around French Gulch offer the perfect escape to the woods without having to venture too far from Main Street. Before you go, grab a “Tom’s Baby” sandwich from Breck Market with the freshly squeezed “Heart Beet” juice. Or skip the sack lunch and head to Park and Main after your hike. Try my favorite – the Vietamese Banh Mi on a bed of arugula.
After lunch, stop by the Fresh Soap Company for locally made soaps and scrubs. Grab a free sniff or two with Breckenridge Candle Cabin for relaxing locally made soy based candles and pick up a few made-in-Breck gifts to keep your vacation vibe once back at home.
For an afternoon stretch relax and restore your muscles from the hike, roll out your mat for a Yin Class, Restorative or Yoga Nidra. These classes can help improve sleep at night and a clear energized mind and body during the day.
Continue the relaxing path at the Olive Fusion tea lounge before your Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage and aromatherapy at Harmony Health Massage and wellness spa. For more pampering, add on the Bliss Facial and Harmonic Sound healing to help balance your energy centers.
No Vacation is complete without some chocolate. Top off your nourishing weekend with weekly live acoustic guitar while sampling of gourmet cheese, chocolate and wines at Ridge Street Wines and Breckenridge Cheese and Chocolate
Pick up your ticket for a performance at the Riverwalk Center or Backstage Theatre. Check the schedule to see what entertainment is happening from comedy to orchestra performances to plays. For a quieter evening, the Speakeasy, in the historic District, offers nightly current movies. Before calling it a night, enjoy the roasted beet salad and coconut curry soup at Modis.
Come for the clean mountain air, but stay for the variety of nourishing healthy pampering health and wellness services, friendly hospitality and one stop shop to re-kindle your spirit, support a healthy lifestyle and refuel your tank. Not only will you leave rejuvenated and refreshed, but you might even learn a little about your overall health and keeping that balance going throughout the year.