Daytripper: Breckenridge

For a righteous start
If you’re looking for scrumptious but healthy fare to get you going, stop by Amazing Grace, a casual breakfast and lunch spot in a funky old Victorian. Founded by Monique Merrill, one of the country’s top adventure athletes, Amazing Grace is a standby for locals and visitors alike. The B.O.B. (Basic Organic Breakfast) fuels whatever adventure you have in store, and the restaurant’s addictive vegan chocolate chip cookies will put an extra zip in your step. 213 Lincoln Ave.

For lunch with a view
Day on the slopes? No need to leave the mountain for good midday eats; just glide over to Sevens, in the new Grand Lodge at the base of Peak 7. This on-mountain hotspot delivers tasty fare, and offers an expansive window (and outdoor patio) for viewing the downhill activity while you nosh.

For sweet sips
No doubt Breck has its share of brewpubs and designer beers, but two lesser-known gems offer sinful alternatives: neighboring sister boutiques Ridge Street Wine and Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate, the brilliant ideas of husband-and-wife partners Anne Dowling, a certified sommelier, and Ken Buck. Start at Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate for a diverse selection of wines by the glass, artisan cheeses and small-batch chocolates—and a convivial place to sit and swish—then head next door to Ridge Street Wine to snatch your favorite vintage for home or hotel. 304 S. Main Street.

For a cozy place to hunker down
The Speakeasy, an intimate movie theater in the basement of a 1910 schoolhouse, also boasts its claim as the highest-elevation movie cinema in North America. The venue plays first-run movies—film buffs, take note—on real 35-millimeter film. Flicks rotate each week and range from Hollywood to indie and foreign. 103 South Harris Street. (Photo by Zak Himmelman.)

For a lift to the spirit
Spring Fever, Breck’s second annual spring bacchanal, invades town from mid March to April 15th, the official end of this year’s ski season. Warm sunshine mixed with copious powder days make for a month-long party in praise of the good life. Look out for free weekend concerts at the base of Peak 8, sidewalk sales, restaurant specials and exuberant kids’ activities over Easter weekend.


STAY Just two blocks from Main Street, the Fireside Inn turns on the Victorian charm: Housed in an 1870 Victorian, furnished for comfort and run by British husband-and-wife owners Andy and Niki Harris, this four-room B&B and five-room, dormitory-style hostel is a Breck fixture.

SHOP Breckenridge has no shortage of hip boutiques filled with clothes accentuating Colorado’s slippery distinction between active wear and elegance. Especially worth checking out: The Fall Line for high-end casual, and Magical Scraps for handmade children’s clothes.,

SAVOR Relish prides itself on Colorado-inspired cuisine crafted by intrepid chef Matt Fackler, who infuses his menu with local game, produce and cheese. From the restaurant’s second-story perch, get a bird’s-eye view of town, join some of Breck’s colorful characters at the bar for a microbrew, and appreciate Fackler’s unique riff on Western standards. (Photo by Watson Photography.)

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