Breckenridge Brewery, Colorado

Travel Inspiration: Escape to the Rockies

Editor’s Note: Growing up in Northern California, Lake Tahoe was the most common weekend getaway for us. We headed to the slopes in the winter for skiing and sledding, and made our way there in the summer months for laid back lakeside beach escapes. When we begin planning trips that take us away from our home on the beach in Anguilla, I can’t help but think about those mountain escapes with total fondness. The mountains are always shortlisted for a getaway, and a trip to the Colorado Rockies has always intrigued me for a luxe mountain vacay. Today, our guest blogger is sharing tips for a getaway to the mountain town of Breckenridge, a picturesque destination tucked into the base of the Rockies. Inspiration accepted. 

The charming town of Breckenridge is a mountainous and historical district in Colorado that’s popular with skiers and snowboarders during the winter months. Despite being known for its ski resort, it’s more than just a place to hit the slopes. From eclectic boutiques to dining and a range of vibrant seasonal events, there’s a variety of activities to keep any visitor engaged. The town is easy to reach for those flying into Denver, and there are loads of Breckenridge vacation rentals to choose from for the discerning traveler. This makes it a great destination for a winter trip that brings vibrant winter offerings to the traditional skiing and snowboarding scene. Here are some great experiences to add to your list for a trip to Breckenridge:

Go on a Walking Tour

One of the elements that makes Breckenridge standout amongst mountain resorts is the town’s rich past. Whether you’re a newbie to the scene or a veteran visitor, there are plenty of sights to see and stories to hear aligned with the town’s gold rush history. The best way to see and learn about the unique history of this town is to join a walking tour. Experienced guides will take the reins and show you the more interesting attractions in the town, sharing stories about the town’s rich past.

Go Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding in Quebec

Yes, seriously – you can go dog sledding in Breckenridge. The tour takes you on a six-mile trail through the snowy woods and valleys for a stunning journey. This is an incredible experience for visitors of all ages, and families with children will love this unique experience for created some extra special shared memories. Expect to be with the guide for around an hour, with each person having an opportunity at handling the reigns. For many visitors to Breckenridge, it’s one of the highlights of the trip.

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot Air Balloon, Breckenridge

A hot air balloon ride is a bucket list experience for many people around the globe, and there’s hardly a better place to take flight than being surrounded by the beautiful backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. You can take a balloon ride at Breckenridge at any time in the year with prices being slightly lower during the summer months. When the balloon starts to rise up, you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree views of the breathtaking mountains and valleys below.

Experience an Abandoned Gold Mine

Breckenridge was once a gold mining town in a bygone era and the legacy of this remains today. The mountains are dotted with mines and you can take a guided tour into one of them when you visit the town. You’ll go through tunnels that are more than 1,000 feet into the earth and will learn about how this industry began and ended. The guides are knowledgeable and you’re almost certain to walk away with a fresh perspective on this old profession.

Some of the tours also offer the opportunity to have a go at panning for gold yourself; another fun option for families taking in a dose of history during they’re stay in Breckenridge. The tour is available at select times throughout the year and reservations are required.

Relax at the Spa

Spa lovers will be happy to know that the spa scene is alive and well in Breckenridge with plenty of opportunities for some serious R&R. There are a range of facilities offering everything from basic massages to aromatherapies and daylong packages for the ultimate in pampering. Naturally, the costs vary considerably depending on your facility of choice, but there are opportunities for budget-friendly or uber-luxe indulgences for all visitors.

Get Out of the Escape Room

Escape rooms are gaining popularity around the world, with facilities in many major cities throughout the United States. The basic gist? Enter a room with your group, and solve a puzzle to escape in your allotted amount of time. If you’re looking for something unique to fill an afternoon, it’s worth a look for a memorable few hours!

Have a Drink at the Breckenridge Brewery

Breckenridge Brewery, Colorado
Breckenridge Brewery, courtesy of Creative Commons

Beer aficionados will love this little brewery on Main Street. There are several beers on tap that you can sample while winding down after a day exploring the region. Colorado has a vibrant craft beer scene, and this presents a great opportunity to taste test several craft beers unique to the region. Bonus: with a fun atmosphere and restaurant available, even non-beer lovers will find a few hours at the brewery a fun stop!

For those that prefer a winter escape that doesn’t involve hitting the slopes, Breckenridge has plenty to offer for everyone from history buffs to outdoor enthusiasts. And for those that do want a dose of fresh powder during their stay (we can’t blame you)? Having one of the U.S.’ most visited ski resorts at your fingertips gives you plenty of options for a perfect wintry getaway. ❄️

More about Shannon Kircher

Shannon Kircher is the founder and editor of The Wanderlust Effect. Founded in 2009, she has continued to document her international escapes as an expat in Europe and the Caribbean. Additionally, Shannon is the founder of Compass & Vine, a luxury boutique travel design firm, and is the Director of Marketing for the Frangipani Beach Resort. Shannon holds an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and is a current candidate for WSET Level 3 in Wines & Spirits.