by Ellum Enopee
New York, New York
November 22, 2003
That impression is swiftly put aside along with checked coats and hats once you get inside. Breckenridge is a casual place, so even a chi-chi eatery like Hearthstone is a bit on the informal side. Despite the stern Victorian bones of the building’s architecture, the interior is at once formal and rustic – kind of a business casual or a shabby chic kind of look. Lace curtains in the windows, solicitous staff – I felt a little bit like I was in the formal dining room of a particularly dressy maiden aunt. It’s only been in business since 1989, but it feels like it’s been there forever.
I suspect the folks at Wine Spectator like to ski, because it seems to me they’re always doling out awards in ski towns out West. Breckenridge is no exception; Hearthstone has the Wine Spectator seal of approval, so you’ll find a selection of high-quality wines to go with your haute cuisine. Although Hearthstone specializes in serving denizens of the animal kingdom, vegetarians will be treated well. The chef even made me a special entrée the night we dined there. Meat eaters have their choice of wild game, hand-cut steaks, seafood, and their famous slow-roasted prime rib. Many ribs were consumed that night along with my veggie plate, believe me!
So if you’re dying to try an elk chop, hankering for seafood in the middle of the country, or just want to sit at a window table and enjoy the scenery, Hearthstone is a great place to splurge. (On a budget? Stop by Hearthstone’s Victorian Lounge Happy Hour, from 4-6pm daily, and enjoy discounted drinks and snacky food.)
Hours: Daily 5:30-10pm
From journal Breckenridge: A Skiing Town with a Parking Problem