Breckenridge Journals

Breckenridge: A Skiing Town with a Parking Problem

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A February 2003 trip to Breckenridge by Ellum Enopee

View from the Slopes Photo, Breckenridge, Colorado More Photos
Quote: On a long weekend in Breckenridge, we found lots to do for everyone in the family, but nowhere to park!

Brekenridge Brewery

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Restaurant | "The Pub so nice, we dined there twice"

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If you can find a place to park, I heartily recommend the Breckenridge Brewery & Pub for a lunch in or out of ski clothes. Its fun, noisy, crowded atmosphere is perfect for après-ski partying, but equally appropriate for a family lunch between runs. Our family took advantage of their lunchtime hospitality not once but twice during our four-day visit. Just be sure to go before noon if possible, because the lunchtime crowd can be thick around 12:30pm. Ski boots are tolerated, if not encouraged, as space is limited and the tables are packed in like sardines. The food is classic brewery eats: simple fare made with high-quality ingredients, like sides of mashed potatoes with the skins still on,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 22, 2003

Brekenridge Brewery
600 South Main Street
Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
(970) 453-1550

Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Mi Casa Su Casa - Kind of."

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Our guidebook assured us that there was something special about Mi Casa – something that set it apart from the zillions of other Mexican restaurants in Breckenridge. I assumed they were talking about the food, which was rumored to have been updated, gentrified, and otherwise elevated to "the next level" of Mexican cuisine. But perhaps it was the lines they were referencing. Mi Casa, much like my own casa, does not take reservations. Which means you can spend quite a while languishing in their bar drinking margaritas and gazing longingly at the dinners of others. We only had to wait 10 minutes or so, but when our table did materialize, we were annoyed to learn that our tab had to be paid and another ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2003

Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant
600 South Park Avenue
Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
(970) 453-2071

Hearthstone Casual Dining

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A big part of our annual President’s Day Weekend ski trip is the "fancy night out" for dinner. It’s hard to remember to pack suits, ties, heels, and jewelry among the Polartec and goggles, but somehow we always remember, and it’s a fun change of pace to dress up for our big night out. This year, our upscale dinner of choice took place at the Hearthstone, an excellent restaurant situated in a historic (1886) Victorian two-story building that was once someone’s home. The exterior has barely been altered, so upon arriving, you get the slightly uncomfortable feeling that you’re walking uninvited into a dinner party in a stranger’s house. That impression is swiftly put aside along with checked coat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2003

Hearthstone Casual Dining
130 South Ridge Road
Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
(970) 453-1148

A Short History of Breckenridge

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View from the Slopes Photo, Breckenridge, Colorado
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Founded in 1859, Breckenridge dates from a time when skis were made of wood and gondolas were unimaginable. Now skis are parabolic and the lines for the gondolas are unimaginable – so while some things have changed, others have not. This is reflected in the delightful architecture of the town. As the town grew, the essence of Breckenridge stayed the same, and original Victorian townhouses sit side-by-side with careful reconstructions. It’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. I had visited Breckenridge as a child and found it much expanded since the 1970s, but essentially looking the same. Development continues at a rapid clip – our spotless, welcoming condominium rental at the ...Read More
Practicing our Moves Photo, Breckenridge, Colorado
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My half-sister-in-law Meredith is 16, and was just shy of earning her driver's license when we met up in Breckenridge for a long weekend of skiing and snowboarding. So it should come as no surprise that she showed little interest in her former favorite sport of snowboarding, and instead spent several days singing the praises of the only snowmobiling tour in Breckenridge that would let her drive her own snowmobile. Eventually she wore us down, and so off we went to an afternoon rendezvous with White Mountain Snowmobile. The Company We were picked up at our hotel, and driven about an hour out of town to a high-altitude headquarters of rambling trailers and sheds, perched on the border of ...Read More