A Beginner's Guide to Breckenridge, Colorado: Blogger Edition (Not Based Around Skiing)

Thursday, April 15, 2021

I've taken two trips so far in 2021 — which a summer trip to Florida coming up — and crowd sourcing recommendations has been one of my favorite things! My Insta-friends and co-workers have been incredible assets when looking for places to eat and stay, and what to do.


My latest trip was to Breckenridge, CO and all the recommendations were on point. This list includes the top recommendations I received plus the places I found while exploring.



Breckenridge is a quaint ski town and the whole town functions around that. Every place around town is very casual and everyone goes to restaurants and shops in their ski gear most days but people do get dressed up at night to go out-out.


One thing to note is that almost no places along Main Street have wifi available so if plan to go out around time to work, make sure you have your own hotspot. I was actually shocked by this. When I asked waiters and bartenders why that was, one sassy response was "we encourage people to be social and talk to each other" and the other one was "we just never have." So... There you go.


Breckenridge is very string on masks — don't forget yours!



Where to Stay 

Twin Elks Lodge in Breckenridge

I can't speak on behalf of the entire town in regards to the best places to stay but we stayed in the Twin Elks Lodge and we booked through VRBO.


It was a perfect location. Props to my mom for scouring the web looking for a cute place in a prime location!


It was within walking distance of Main Street (the hot spot of the town — you need to stay close to this) and a short bus ride to the ski slopes. I am directionally challenged and after a day or two of navigating around, I could get everywhere on my own.


Breckenridge has a lot of free transportation and helpful maps to help you get around, so you'll be saving money if you are able to walk to take the bus to the strip on Main Street.



Where to Eat

I hate long, drawn-out food reviews so here's a short and sweet list of places to eat and what you can expect:

  • Fatty’s for pizza and Italian — they have gluten free!
  • The Cookie Shop — delicious, super sweet, humongous cookies. There's always a line out the door and they sell out early in the day, so catch them when you can. They're yummy to warm up later!
  • Downstairs at Eric’s for pizza, burgers and beer — it’s a divey tavern inside an arcade, which is cool and fun for a night out.
  • The Blue Stag Saloon — great for drinks after the slopes or a day of work and coffee. It was mostly younger, party people there and very lively.
  • Crepes A La Cart — we didn't get a chance to go to this spot but it was always busy and a recommendation from a local friend of mine.
  • The Gold Pan Saloon — cute bar and restaurant with a lively crowd. The food was decent and the hot toddy's are strong. 
**Side note: no places take reservations, you just have to get on the wait list. In my experience, it was best to put your name down around 4pm and do an early dinner while you're there. If you wait until later in the night (like past 6pm) you will have slim pickings of places to eat in-person but most places do take out so you won't starve.

If you have a horrible memory (like me) save this post on Instagram to check out later or when you need it!



What to Do

Besides skiing/snowboarding, the only other attraction I found to do was visit the Breckenridge Troll.


This is a must-do in my opinion. It was the most gorgeous walk and scenery I've ever seen.


Again, you can take the Breckenridge bus system to the Troll stop and it's about a 5-ish minute walk to find the troll. If these videos and photos don't convince you to head there, you have no soul.

Breckenridge Troll



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