Our Wyndham Vacation Rentals Breckenridge concierge gave us insider information about the best things to do in Colorado during the summer months from great places to eat to adventures in the mountains and more.
Here are some top Breckenridge activities for a long weekend getaway in the Colorado summer:
Just two hours west of Denver International Airport lays the historic mountain town of Breckenridge, Colorado. A mid-morning arrival in Denver will give you time to enjoy lunch on the sun-soaked patio at Blue River Bistro by noon. Take in the views of the Breckenridge Ski Resort while feasting on a delectable cup of Cream of Tomato Basil soup along with the signature Blue River Burger smothered in blue cheese and Applewood smoked bacon. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water! You are at nearly 10,000 feet, and it’s crucial to stay hydrated so you can enjoy your time in the mountains.
Start the weekend activities off with a scenic gondola ride to the Peak 8 Fun Park where you can soar down the mountain on the Alpine Slide or fly through the air on the Breck Flyer Zipline. Follow up these adrenaline packed activities with a game of mini golf, gemstone panning or make your way through the human maze before heading back to town to explore Historic Main Street.
After settling into your vacation rental and enjoying some downtime, head downtown to Twist for Breckenridge nightlife redefined! The menu changes seasonally with selections such as Duck a’ l’Orange egg roll appetizers to Tamarind Braised Colorado Lamb Shank. Top it off with one of their unique cocktails like the “Traveler” which is made up of Jalapeno, cucumbers, agave nectar triple sec, tequila and lime juice!
Start your day with a hearty breakfast burrito from the Blue Moose Restaurant before heading out to bike Vail Pass. This is a great kid-friendly activity in Colorado because it’s all smooth and downhill. Many bike shops throughout Breckenridge provide bike rentals and shuttles to the top of Vail Pass. The only thing for you to do is take in majestic mountain views while you cruise the bike path down to the Frisco Bay Marina where you can catch a late lunch before getting shuttled back to Breckenridge. If you are still feeling adventurous, head out for a hike on Boreas Pass Road. This 17.5 mile trail features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels.
After a day of strenuous physical activity, it is the perfect evening to enjoy time with your family and friends over a home cooked meal in your vacation rental kitchen.
Spend the day on one of the most popular sections of whitewater in the country! Brown’s Canyon is a section of the Arkansas River and is located in Buena Vista, Colorado, just a little over an hour from Breckenridge. You can spend a full or half day on the river with a guide who will help you maneuver through the class II and III rapids. After pulling out of the river, relax at the nearby Mt. Princeton Hot Springs (you can purchase half price tickets from your rafting company). Explore the Creekside hot spring pools which are broken down into natural individual pools or head to the upper pools and water slide. The hot springs are 100% natural and odorless!
If you’re looking for a family-friendly Breckenridge restaurant, head to Downstairs at Eric’s, “Breckenridge’s Finest Family Sports Bar and Arcade.” Sit back and relax over pizza while the kids tear it up in the arcade.
Today, you go higher by taking on 11,915-foot McCullough Gulch. Located just a few miles west of Breckenridge, this 2.7 mile round trip trail leads you up a steep mining road which rises along a creek. The trail crosses a short talus field and then splits to the White Falls Loop. After exploring the falls, get back on the main trail and continue the climb to your final destination, a beautiful alpine lake. Make sure you pack a lunch because you will want to picnic while taking in the views and watching for mountain goats.
Back in town by the mid-afternoon, hightail it to the Country Boy Mine for a tour of the gold mine along followed by gold panning. This mine was one of the largest and most famous gold mines in Breckenridge, and you get to explore over 1,000 feet of the original workings of the mine! Continue the evening with dinner at the Hearthstone Restaurant. The 1880’s home turned restaurant offers expansive views of Breckenridge and the 10 Mile Range and features naturally raised beef and game, sustainable caught seafood and great Colorado produce. One of our favorites in Breckenridge is the blackberry elk with garlic granola crust, marion blackberry demi-glaze, goat cheese farro risotto with glazed baby carrots. YUM!
Sadly, your trip must come to an end, but not before you book your return trip for a winter ski vacation!
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