This past weekend, Jimmy and I packed up our bags and headed to Colorado to meet up with friends and family.
Where did we go? To beautiful Breckenridge, CO.
I'd never been to Breckenridge, so I was excited. Beautiful, white snow. Escaping the 75 degree Texas "winter." And boy was I pleasantly surprised. Breckenridge is beyond gorgeous.
If you're planning to make a trip, or even thinking about Breck, I wanted to give you some ideas for what to do and/or where to eat!
Friday, Jimmy and I met up with my brother, Caleb, and the three of us went to Breckenridge Brewery, where we had good food and some good beers. This brewery is set up more like a restaurant where you have a waiter and a full menu. It is located on Main Street in downtown Breckenridge. We decided to keep with the brewery theme and try out Broken Compass Brewing next. Also great beers, and more set up like the traditional breweries we all know and love. Picnic tables, games, beer.
The rest of our friends were all getting into town Friday night, so we headed to our rental house. Wooo-Weee! This place was amazeballs. If you have a large group, I recommend this house. It was nestled on a hill, surrounded by trees. It was warm and homey, with a pool table and jacuzzi downstairs. Thanks Coop for finding such a great place!
Saturday, we all split up into groups of who was skiing/snowboarding and who wasn't. I will admit, I'm not a skier. I think one day I'd like to be, but it kind of scares me, and my clumsiness knows no bounds. So, off up the mountain a group went, while the rest of us decided to hit up town, some shops, and get some drinks.
We first stopped off at a crepe place called Crepes A La Carte. Holy-friggin-moly, so damn tasty. I heard that they were, but the line-up in the snow convinced me further. They have a huge menu of both savory and sweet crepes. This place is a MUST if you're in Breckenridge. Nom, nom, nom.
Breckenridge has a perfect little Main Street. All sort of different shops, boutiques, bakeries, and more. We walked around for awhile, bought a snowball maker, and enjoyed the snowy afternoon. Until, someone suggested the gondola ride! WOOT!
Right in town you can take a free gondola ride up the mountain. We got off at Peak 7, and enjoyed some beers and cocktails in the snow. It was such a blast sitting there, snow falling all around, and watching the skiers fly down the mountain. I definitely recommend it.
We followed that up with attempting to find a fire pit to sit by and getting lucky at the Blue Stag Saloon. Great little bar, drinking a beer by the fire outside. Nothing could be better!
The night ended out with dinner at Empire Burger. Again, nom, nom. If you're looking for good burgers, this is the place to go! Located on Main Street.
**This is where I don't mention my Saturday night depression over the Texans getting walloped. Le sigh.**
Sunday, Jimmy and I got up earrrllyyy to meet up with Caleb and his crew to go snowmobiling in Leadville. This experience was a mixture between a little fear and a crap-ton of fun! It was pretty cold, but we had a great time. I'd never been before, and I love trying new things. While on the trail, I was overwhelmed by the beauty surrounding me. I'm all for "Texas Forever" and all that, but Dallas is pretty ugly. The world is a magnificent place, and I love finding all of its corners.
After snowmobiling, we were pretty chilly, and Caleb recommended a restaurant back on Main Street in Breckenridge called The Lost Cajun. Their gumbo warmed us all right up! I loooooove me some cajun food, and this place was legit.
Sunday afternoon means football, and the big game for all of these native Dallas-ites was starting. Cowboys vs. Packers was one of the best playoff games I've seen in a long time. Sorry, boys. Throw down the X.
For dinner Sunday night, we searched high and low for a place that would seat 12 of us (all of the restaurants are pretty small. It is a nice, intimate feel, but big groups can make eating difficult). We waited at an old bar called the Gold Pan Saloon (neat place), until our table was ready at an Italian restaurant across the street called Giampietros. Yummmmyy... and so, so stuffed. They had some delicious food!
That pretty much completed our weekend! We white-knuckled it the next day driving back to Denver in a snow storm, but we made it! Breckenridge is a special town. Beautiful, intimate, and most importantly, fun.
What are your travel plans this year? Anywhere exciting you are headed?
Until next time,