Courtesy Moms Baking Co.
Courtesy Moms Baking Co.

Getting Hygge in Breckenridge

Hygge (pronounced HOO-ga) is a Danish and Norwegian word for coziness and comfort, the good things in life that bring about wellness and contentment.

You’ve likely seen the buzzword blanketing books and listicles, on candles, pillows and knitted everything. This warm and fuzzy Nordic notion is about simple pleasures—from sipping tea with an old friend to connecting with your kids over a fairy-tale.

Here are the best Breckenridge shops, destinations and experiences to help you tap into hygge this season.

Breckenridge Candle Cabin specializes in Handmade Soy Candles. Made in Colorado using non-GMO, US Grown, Soy Wax and Pure Essential Oils. Photo Credit: Breckenridge Candle Cabin

Soft, glimmering lighting ushers in comfort and peace. Visit the Breckenridge Candle Cabin for handmade aromatherapy soy candles. They even have a Ullr prayer candle for honoring the Norse god of snow while illuminating your home.

Joy of Sox has sox, slippers, leggings and is home to all things cozy. Photo Credit: Joy of Sox

Wrap your family in pure cozy joy with a trip to Joy of Sox, where walls and rows of socks, slippers and hats invite oohs and ahs. Touching the incredibly soft materials and giggling at the hilarious offerings is part of the fun (bacon socks, anyone?)

Don’t miss their Famous $10 Wine Rack at Breckenridge Cheese and Chocolate

Tucked into an adorable brick alleyway off Main Street, Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate and sister shop Ridge Street Wine serve up an intimate sipping space, small-batch chocolates, jams, tapenades and acoustic live music. Feel-good vibes flow freely here.

It’s tempting to bring a lot of Breckenridge back with the selection of antiques, locally crafted jewelry and art.

When you surround yourself with nostalgia and soul-warming goodness, your home feels, well, more like home. The owners of Marigolds Farmhouse Funk & Junk curate Midwest antiques, locally crafted jewelry and art, whimsical scarves and much much more in this downtown boutique.

From the workshop behind the counter, owner MaryAnne Stecken and her creative staff create unique kids clothing, women’s accessories and home goods.

Across the street at Magical Scraps, thoughtful home goods and colorful kids clothing beckon from an inviting Victorian home. This is the perfect spot to gather attentive and charming gifts for others. Wave a thank-you to the talented staff in the workshop behind the counter.

In Breckenridge, it’s easy to find a cozy corner to watch the snow fall. Photo Credit: Mom’s Baking Company

Carve out time for a round of cards or board games by the fireplace at The Crown, Mountain View Coffee Bar or Amazing Grace. Guests at The Lodge at Breckenridge and the Breck Inn kick back on comfy leather furnishings next to floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces. For classic mountain ski lodge feels, head to weekend happy hour at the Breckenridge Nordic Center’s Black Forest Tavern and soak up pine aromas and trail views over hot toddies.  If you have a sweet tooth find the best hot chocolates in town.


La Francaise French Bakery offers traditional delicacies prepared fresh daily in-house. Photo Credit: La Francaise

Sweet, savory nourishment brings blissful moments in the form of baked oatmeal, bacon and cheese-loaded strudels and steaming lattes at Moms Baking Co. The chocolate croissants and delicate pastries at La Francaise French Bakery are coveted scratch-made treasures. For dinner, families and friends gather around comforting cauldrons of melted cheese at The Swiss Haven.


Aurum is one of the newest restaurants in town and boasts a carefully curated and delicious food menu.

Warm and welcoming ambiance pairs up with satisfying, creative dishes at Breckenridge fine dining havens like Relish, Aurum and Ember. Tuck in, enjoy great company and conversation and cherish course after course of globally inspired cuisine.

Check out 12 more delicious ways to cozy up this winter.

By Lisa Blake
The Breckenridge Tourism Office works to enhance and promote the unique character and experience of Breckenridge as a world-renowned destination resort and to represent, serve and perpetuate the common interest and character of its membership and community. Lisa Blake is a regular contributor. The Breckenridge-based freelance writer, editor and mom enjoys researching and sharing stories on health, wellness, dining and the outdoors. Find her work in Breckenridge Magazine, The Purist,, and at
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