Whatever this pocket-sized hamlet may lack in size, it more than makes up for in exciting events and entertainment. Most months out of the year, visitors are sure to find something worthwhile to experience.
The Historic District, with Main Street at its center, bursts at the seams with its abundance of historical buildings and museums. Take the Barney Ford House Museum , for example. The museum is the actual home built by runaway slave Barney Ford, a home preserved for posterity and educational value. Visitors can also head to the Carter Museum , an attraction devoted to environmentalist Edwin Carter and his many natural artifacts. The well-preserved historical building, the Summit County Courthouse , stands as a testament of times gone by. It also features a collection of indigenous minerals.
The charming Dredge Boathouse is a family-friendly restaurant housed in a replica of one of Blue River's largest dredges from the early 1900s. Also in this area is the Breckenridge Recreation Center and the Riverwalk Center , which is packed with plenty of ski shops selling gear, clothing and repair services. Some of the best shops include Lone Star Sports , Ski Country Sports , and Bahnhof Sport . Main Street is also rife with plenty of souvenir shops, most notably the chain of Shirt Off My Back stores.
This district, nestled between Peak 9 and Warriors Mark, houses the finely-appointed Marriott Mountain Valley Lodge , one of Breckinridge's premier ski resorts. At Cecilia's , martinis accompany the DJs and live music nightly until the early hours of the morning. Liquid Lounge likewise draws in the crowds eager to bust a move on the dance floor.
Peak 9 services those that take skiing seriously. Shed the frills of Breckenridge's more expensive hotels and book either the Beaver Run Resort or the Breckenridge Mountain Lodge . These digs may not be luxurious, but they offer comfortable amenities and are located right at the base of the peak, so you'll waste little time getting to the top. After a hard day of play, relax at Beaver Run's Coppertop Bar & Cafe , a sports bar fitted with large TV's, perfect for catching the game. For some hearty fare, Spencer's Steaks & Spirits dishes out slabs of steak to satisfy that slope-weary stomach.
Think of Peak 8 as an over-sized amusement park. This district specializes in children's entertainment, with Peak 8 Fun park as its main attraction. Here, the mountains come alive with the peals of children's laughter as they slide down the Zip Line and bounce on the Sky Fly Power Trampoline. The family-oriented Grand Timber Lodge goes out of its way to coddle the kids with numerous activities, including parties, rafting and camping.
Warriors Mark and Baldy Mountain
These districts, situated away from all the hubbub that surrounds Main Street, shine as Breckenridge's quieter side. Enjoy some great dining surrounded by Rocky Mountain splendor at Briar Rose , a steak and seafood joint at the top of Peak 10, near Briar Rose Silver Mine.
As you stroll among the historic buildings in beautiful Breckenridge, it is easy to see the abundance of dining options: fine dining with panoramic views, steakhouses featuring local specialties and wild game and seafood fresh off the boat will show you that this little town has just as much epicurean appeal as a big city.
The Historic District is home to a variety of palatable eateries many of which are set in buildings dating back to the pioneer days. Set in a Victorian home, Hearthstone Restaurant offers guests a taste of old fashioned Rocky Mountain living. For a unique dining experience, The Dredge Boathouse is certainly the place to be. As a floating restaurant in the Blue River, guests can dine with a majestic view, learn some local history and try the delectable steak and seafood options.
Aside from dining options whose emphasis is on the history, places like Rasta Pasta give the town an upbeat, funky vibe. Here, you can groove to some Reggae hits while eating pasta dishes with Jamaican influences. If you're looking for some live music to accompany your meal, Blue River Bistro hosts gigs with perfromances by local musicians mainly of the blues and jazz sort.
What better way to wind down after a day out on the slopes than by eating a hearty steak? Steakhouses like The Steak & Rib and The Kenosha Steak House offer mouth-watering entrees like "Colorado Lamb Chops" and smoked BBQ. Pizza parlors are also popular dining hotspots as well. Drop in Fatty's Pizzeria for pizzas with freshly-made dough, burgers, and pastas.
On top of it all, the historic area of the town is home to international fare too. Italian cuisine can be found at Taddeo's Ristorante Italiano where the "Penne Gorgonzola," and "Hazelnut Encrusted Lamb" are the thing to order. Giampietro Pasta & Pizzeria serves classic New York Style pizza as well as spaghetti and meatballs. Authentic Thai food, set in a contemporary atmosphere, can be found at My Thai . Drop into Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant for their fresh salsa and happy hour margaritas.
Get your day's energy by eating breakfast at Blue Moose Cafe . They have popular breakfast items such as pancakes and breakfast burritos. For more contemporary menu selections check out Windy City Pizza , which is located next to the City Market, and is great for families.
While in the Four Seasons region of Breckenridge, stop by Quandary Grille for not only a great meal, but also for spectacular views of Maggie Pond and Peak 9. The restaurant serves contemporary American style dishes like "Cowboy Steak," "Ruby Red Trout," and much more.
Known for its friendly bunny slopes, Peak 9 also offers some equally friendly dining spots. Coppertop Bar & Cafe serves classic American food and features big screen TVs for guests to watch all the major sports games. Escape the often harsh Peak 9 elements at Spencer's Steaks & Spirits where you can have delicious steak while checking out some live entertainment too.
Warriors Mark and Baldy Mountain
Located on the top of Peak 10, Briar Rose was once a popular spot for miner's to eat. Today, they dish up steak and seafood entrees, pastas, and have options for vegetarians.