Happy Monday, folks! I’m excited to continue my journey of Colorado with you today and talk about my time in Breckenridge. Did you catch my review of Boulder from last week? On our second day in Colorado we set off early to get to Breckenridge in time for a mid-afternoon hike. The drive between the two cities is around 2 1/2 hours because of all the mountains that you have to pass through. But it is absolutely beautiful.
Where to Stay
You’ll want to find something that is directly on the Main street or right off of it for the best location. We booked our night at the Residence Inn Breckenridge which was located on the far north end of Main street. The hotel seemed brand new, or newly renovated, and had spacious rooms. I was impressed with the hotel because the price was rather affordable but that may vary throughout the year. They had a pool and hot tub that offered a great view of the mountains and free breakfast in the morning!
Where to Eat
Since we didn’t have much time in Breckenridge we only made it to a lunch spot and a dinner spot. For lunch we grabbed a burger at Empire Burger located right on Main street. The service seemed a little chaotic but I was really impressed by their burgers. I was also really impressed by the quantity of food that they serve! If you’re looking for a lighter lunch I would recommend splitting a burger and trying their amazing onion rings. Again, go with the small portion unless you’re feeding a table of four!
For dinner we grabbed a last-minute reservation at The Canteen on Main street. I definitely recommend getting a reservation in advance because this is definitely one of the hot spots for dinner! I had seen it pop up on a lot of the ‘best of Breckenridge’ lists and definitely wanted to try it out. They offer a variety of unique beers on tap and some fun house cocktails served in canteen cups. They also have a variety of flavors on their menu from classic pork green chili, the Chupacabra burger and an Ahi poke salad. I tried the chili, which was delicious, and settled on the BBQ Korean Pork Street Tacos as my entree. The flavors were delicious and I definitely recommend trying out The Canteen while you’re in town!
Take a Hike
One of the main reasons for my trip to Colorado was to be able to enjoy some outdoor time and get in a few hikes. Wisconsin is a rather flat state so we don’t have the opportunity to hike as often as I’d like. I did a lot of research on hikes around the Breckenridge area and not more than 15 minutes past our hotel there seemed to be a good one complete with beautiful lakes and waterfalls. The Spruce Creek Trail is pretty moderate but I would be prepared for some rough terrain and climbing some slightly dangerous rocks to get to Mohawk Lake at the end. We wore regular tennis shoes, which were fine, but hiking boots would probably allow for better traction during certain portions of the hike. You’ll also need to watch your step throughout most of the hike for mud, brush and tree roots.
If you take the train to Mohawk Lake and back it will be around 7 miles with an elevation of about 12,000 feet. Towards the top I had some issues with breathing and had to take more frequent stops but it was totally worth it for the views! During your hike at lower elevations you’ll notice a few waterfalls that seem rather far away. Fortunately you’ll end up passing those waterfalls during your hike if you can make it that far! Overall it was a beautiful and slightly strenuous hike but I would definitely recommend it if you have 3-4 hours.
Other Things to do in Breckenridge
Skiing / Cross Country Skiing – If you’re in Breckenridge during the winter months you’ll want to take advantage of their beautiful ski hills that surround the quaint little town. You can do a quick search for the best ski resort and hill guides if that’s your cup of tea.
Shop the boutiques on Main street – Main street is definitely the hub of fun boutique shops to browse in the afternoon or after dinner. You’ll find everything from Christmas shops, sporting goods and plenty of art galleries.
Breckenridge Distillery – Take a tour of the world’s highest distillery and for only $10 you can taste 9 different products produced by the Breckenridge Distillery.
Stay tuned for more details of my recent trip to Colorado and get the details of my time in Boulder here.