When the surrounding slopes of Breckenridge swap snow for wildflowers, the town comes alive in unexpected ways. From its charming and historic Main Street and thriving arts district to 250 miles of trails for mountain biking and hiking, Breckenridge is a summer destination for visitors to thrive. New for summer 2020, guests can experience world-renowned art installation, fresh festivals, 310 rooms between three new experiential lodging properties and new ways to explore the rich history of this historic mining town.
While COVID-19 has impacted travel right now, below is what to look forward to in Breckenridge.
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Rise of Adventure Lodging: Breckenridge’s new accommodations put a twist on under-one-roof amenities. Gravity Haus debuted in December 2019 and is a boutique property designed to activate a community of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts year-round. Also opened in December 2019, The Ranahan by Welk Resorts is a ranch-inspired resort set on six acres with a lively pool and outdoor adventure offerings perfect for multigenerational travel. This winter, Breck’s Peak 8 base area was transformed and includes Breckenridge Grand Vacations’ third and final building of the Grand Colorado on Peak 8 complete with a rooftop terrace, a 15-person private movie theater, an escape room and more.
Mountains of Creativity: This May, Breckenridge welcomes famed Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles installation consisting of 1,254 bicycles on display. In June and August, the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA) Trail Mix connects art and music to the natural environment through trailside concerts and art installations in Breckenridge’s outdoor landscape. Travelers leave Breckenridge with new skills learned from local makers in the town’s award-winning arts district in hands-on workshops like metalsmithing, welding or jewelry making.
Experiencing History in Unexpected Ways: In the 1800s, prospectors flooded Breckenridge with the hopes of striking gold. Today, travelers are hungry to experience history in unexpected ways. New for summer 2020, the historic Country Boy Mine will offer the Gold Rush Experience allowing guests to travel back in time and venture into a mountain to meet some of the characters of Breckenridge’s mining past. Tour ghost towns, tombstones at twilight and go behind the swinging saloon doors in one of the largest historic districts in Colorado, an authentic way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Prohibition. The Breckenridge Welcome Center Museum re-opens with three new exhibits designed to make town’s rich history interactive and user-driven through a state-of-the-art movie theater, 12-foot long timeline screen experience and virtual reality offerings.
Surprising Outdoor Adventures: The hundreds of miles of trails in the White River National Forest in Colorado’s iconic Rocky Mountains are a part of Breckenridge’s DNA. Rocky Mountain Safari meets Arctic exploration in the midst of wildflower season with a Newsummer dog sledding experience. Breckenridge’s Epic Discovery transforms the ski resort into a summer playground with zip lines, obstacle courses and alpine mountain slides. Wellness vacationers can become more mindful during the Breckenridge Yoga Festival over Labor Day weekend.
Sustainability Is Everything: This September, Breckenridge will host the Mountain Towns 2030 Summit to gather like-minded mountain destinations from across the nation with the unified goal of being net-zero by 2030. The Town of Breckenridge has invested over $22 million in protecting land from development since the inception Open Space and Trails program, $4.5 million toward its free public transportation system in 2018 alone, and is currently working toward a lofty goal for new buildings to be net-zero energy ready by 2021.
Culinary is King: Breckenridge’s culinary scene is rich with more than 100 restaurants and pubs offering everything from plant-based pizza to award-winning whiskey from the highest distillery in the world. The town offers truly unique experiences like themed cooking classes, the enjoyment of an award-winningonly-found-in-Breckenridge craft beer aboard the newly opened highest floating restaurant in the world, and constructing your own custom red wine blend for the perfect Breckenridge souvenir.
Fall is for Festivals and Earliest Viewing of Fall Colors in North America: Thanks to a high elevation of 9,600 ft. above sea level, Breckenridge is one of the first destinations in the country to spot the famed golden leaves in mid-September to mid-October. Fall is also festival season in Breckenridge: Breckenridge Yoga Festival (Sept. 4-6), Breckenridge Oktoberfest (Sept. 11-13), 40th Anniversary of the Breck Film Fest (Sept. 17-20) and Craft Spirits Festival (Oct. 9-11).
About Breckenridge – In the 1800s, prospectors flooded what was to become Breckenridge, Colorado with the hopes of striking gold (and they found it). Today, travelers discover an adventurous mountain community that feels historic yet timeless. Breckenridge is where old-school charm and new-school modern amenities merge with close to 200 shops, restaurants and tap houses showcasing endless character. As one of the nation’s premier year-round destinations, Breckenridge visitors feel welcome and, when here, feel local.