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Silver Lining of Rich Roots: The Town of Breckenridge, Colorado

Travel Expert
To me, Breckenridge is a magical place blending outdoor adventure with small town flair and a rich past. Whether you want an adrenaline rush or want to unwind in a picturesque setting, welcome to this mountain paradise.
You’ll be surprised at the culinary scene, the shopping finds, and the outdoor adventures that go beyond taking turns on the hill.
While the powder is paradise, the town is winter nirvana.
As you stroll Main Street in Breckenridge, you quickly pick up on two things—a laid-back vibe and the town’s deep connection to its mining past revealed through the architecture of the buildings.

Up and at 'em with a Cuppa Joe

Early bird catches the worm, right?

If you’re an early riser and love a great cup of coffee, then Cuppa Joe is your spot since they open daily at 6 a.m. I actually like to wander around town as the world is waking up. Catching sunrise alpenglow is mystical, and for a moment in the winter stillness, you feel like you have the entire town and mountain to yourself, especially from Cuppa Joe’s second story location with a phenomenal view of the slopes.

Don’t worry if you want to sleep in.

I get it—you’re on vacation or it’s the weekend. Cuppa Joe is open until 3 p.m. The coffee and teas run the gamut.

For food, they have everything from burritos to breakfast sandwiches to fresh baked muffins and scones. This almond latte kind of girl found her eye-opening treat to be perfection on a glorious winter morning. My fuel to start the day was the Basic Burrito with potatoes, eggs, and cheese with a gluten-free tortilla on the side. I’ll call it a deconstructed Basic Burrito. It’s hearty, filling, and got me ready for adventure.

Globally inspired comfort food

Shop till you drop

OK, I’ll admit it. This outdoorsy girl has a shopping problem.
I love taking a leisurely afternoon stroll popping in and out of some of the more than 200 shops in Breck. This mountain town turns me in to a shopaholic every time I visit. As I peruse along Main Street, the chic boutiques call out my name.
What I love are the fashionista finds I seem to get only in Breck. From sweaters to tanks, sister stores Valleygirl and Ruby Jane always have the hottest trends at affordable prices. Don’t miss the sale racks to find some real gems at a steal!
In Ruby Jane, you’ll also find home décor and an incredible selection of kids items. After snagging some great finds at Valleygirl, I promptly marched down the street to make sure I didn’t miss anything at Ruby Jane. Plus, the adorable red cottage is just so darn inviting!
Two of my other favorite chic boutiques are Beloved and Big City Blues.
Make sure to look for the orange goat to find my favorite shop for the outdoor enthusiast. From outerwear to ski clothes to mountain lifestyle duds, Mountain Goat Clothing Company has something for every outdoor lover. Check out their awesome selection of hats. I almost walked out with one of those, too.
As you peruse the clothes, you’ll find every layer option you’ll need in the mountains.

Spirits and Top Chef

We decided to take our culinary adventure to the distillery and headed over to the highest one in the world, sitting at 9,600 feet. Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant (BDR) is known for fantastic spirits and with a Top Chef at the helm in the restaurant, my expectations were high.
Chef Daniel O’Brien was described as a quirky and hugely creative chef on Bravo’s Top Chef. At BDR they specialize in small plates and shared plates. The craft cocktail list is extensive. Being named Jennifer, I had to go for the Jenever Juice. It’s a Breckenridge Gin cocktail with hints of rosemary and lemon. It’s refreshingly fabulous.
They also have classic cocktails so I tried a Prohibition Era cocktail called Bee’s Knees made with Breckenridge Gin, lemon, honey, and orange bitters. With every sip, I felt like I was transported to a speakeasy in the 1920s. 
The food in BDR will wow you just as much as the cocktails. We split the tasting menu and added a side of Brussels sprouts.
The three-course tasting menu was a fabulous introduction to BDR. While all was delicious, my favorite was the Brussels sprouts.
Probably the best I’ve ever had. The sprouts still had a good crunch to them and mixed with apple, hazelnuts, and maple, they had this savory and sweet combo that will send your taste buds into ecstasy.

Wine time

Grab a cold one

Spice up dinner

When we got to Bangkok Happy Bowl Thai Bistro and Bar, it was packed. So we put our name down and kept an eye out on the bar.
A few minutes later, we got lucky and snagged seats. Tim, the bartender, spent a little time with us to make sure we ordered what suited our level of hotness. Three of us ordered the Rolling Stone Roll, Green Curry Chicken, Pad KaPow with beef, and Bangkok Bowl with chicken.
There is plenty to take home for a late night snack or leftovers for the next day.
I’m not gonna lie, after all that, I was in a food coma and it was time to drift off to sleep dreaming of my winter nirvana named Breckenridge.
From skiing or riding the slopes to strolling the streets, the adventures are endless in Breckenridge—especially when food, libations, shopping, and enjoying the outdoors are involved. Breckenridge is still a mining town rich with treasures.
It’s the liquid gold of brews and spirits, the gems you find in the many eclectic shops, and of course, the white gold, otherwise known as snow, that turn Breck into a winter nirvana.

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