Surprise, surprise – Breckenridge takes top honors, again. This time, vacation home rental website VRBO.com revealed Breckenridge as the most popular ski season destination for the 2018-19 ski season. While exciting, this isn’t exactly breaking news to anyone who lives in Summit County. Breckenridge has one of the longest ski seasons in the U.S., boasting world-class terrain and an average of 350+ inches of snow each year. Our slice of the Rockies is also home to the highest lift in North America, offering sweeping views that can’t be beat. But, that’s not all we have to offer.
While we’re happy to be known as the top place for skiing and snowboarding, there’s a lot more to do in Breckenridge than fly down the mountain on two feet. Whether you’re looking to unwind after a rough day on Peak 9, recovering from an injury, or not into skiing at all, here are the best things to do in Breckenridge off the mountain.
Things to Do in Breckenridge Other than Skiing
Snowshoe up to Sallie Barber Mine
History buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike will enjoy the 3-mile out-and-back snowshoe excursion to Sallie Barber Mine. The mine was established back in 1880 and operated until 1909; producing rich zinc ore in its heyday. A lot of the original mining equipment still sits on display, offering a glimpse into Summit County’s past.
Browse the shops on Main Street
In our opinion, perusing the shops on Main Street can be just as fun as a day on the mountain. This walkable stretch of downtown Breckenridge is home to a number of coffee shops (we love The Crown), restaurants, bars, and stores. Beloved Boutique is our favorite for clothes!
Grab dinner at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse
Everyone should drive over to Leadville and go to the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse for dinner at least once. This off-the-grid restaurant requires diners to hike or ski a mile to reach their destination. The Cookhouse is heated by woodstove and lighted by candles and lanterns – it’s such a cool experience! Reservations are required.
Pamper yourself with a spa treatment
After an active day on the mountain, indulge in a relaxing treatment at Soothe Spa, located inside the Grand Lodge on Peak 7. We love unwinding with a massage and pedicure, but the spa has a full menu of luxurious options to choose from. Soothe offers facials, salt scrubs, manicures, and waxing, and even has an adults-only grotto with a hot tub, waterfall, and steam room.
Go ice skating in Breckenridge
When’s the last time you laced up a pair of skates? Pack up the whole family and head over to the Stephen C. West Ice Arena to show off your Olympic-worthy moves. Or, if you’re like us, try not to fall. The rink hosts public ice skating sessions daily at either the indoor or outdoor rink (October – April). Be sure to check the schedule before you go.
Treat yourself to a luxurious meal
No matter what the day’s activities entailed, end it on a high note with a fancy dinner at Belle V. This is our favorite restaurant in town. We love indulging in a lamb burger and a glass of wine, though you really can’t go wrong ordering anything on the menu at this French-inspired bistro.
Thinking about extending your stay in Breckenridge?
We had a feeling that might happen. Between the winter sports, shopping, dining, and spa treatments, there’s something for everyone in Breckenridge. It’s impossible to experience the best of what Summit County has to offer in just a few days! If you’re thinking about buying a home in Breckenridge so you can come back next weekend (and the weekend after that), give us a call. At Dwell Summit, we’re not only Breckenridge real estate agents – we’re longtime residents who are passionate about sharing the Summit County lifestyle. Contact us to start your search for a Breckenridge ski house and make your mountain dreams come true.