Four Perfect Days: Vacations for Seniors

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From laying fresh tracks in our legendary Colorado powder to taking in a live show at the Backstage Theatre, let our Four Perfect Days itinerary be your guide to fun-filled vacations for seniors.

Stroll down to Main Street and grab an espresso and raspberry muffin at Clint's Coffee House before making your way to one of Breckenridge Sports' convenient slopeside locations to pick up your gear. To save time and money, be sure to get your rentals lined up in advance. Get acquainted with the mountain and take a free mountain tour. Tours are open to intermediate skiers and above and depart daily at 10:00 AM from the Beaver Run and Peak 8 base areas.

After enjoying lunch on the heated deck at Ten Mile Station, explore the mountain on your own. Take advantage of the cruisers on Peaks 8 & 9 or if you're feeling adventurous, try the steeps and bumps on the south side of Peak 10. Advanced skiers should check out The Burn for legendary tree skiing. Or, journey into the heart and soul of skiing with Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard School. Private lessons offer one-on-one ski & ride instruction customized to meet your needs.

Bundle up and take an early evening carriage ride through town and end up at the Hearthstone, a 120-year old Victorian home located on Ridge Street, in the heart of Breckenridge. A local's favorite since 1989, the Hearthstone features wild game, fresh seafood, and hand-cut steaks all creatively prepared by their talented culinary team. Feeling sluggish? The O2 Lounge in La Cima Mall can help rejuvenate the body before revving up for another day in the high country.

Sleep in and let your muscles recover from your first day in Breckenridge. High altitude can make you dehydrated so don't forget to drink plenty of water. A hearty dose of carbohydrates is also a good prescription for making the most out of a vacation at 9600 feet. Stop by Columbine Cafe, where breakfast is served all day and you can order an over-the-top cinnamon roll or pancake as big as your head! Then, wear a hard hat and hear the drills as you venture 1,000 feet into a century old, authentic gold mine—the Country Boy Mine. Tours are approximately 45 minutes long every hour on the hour. Be sure to meet one of the friendly burros that roam the mine site.

Spend the afternoon checking out the Breckenridge Nordic Center. Venture into 32Km of cross country ski trails through spruce forest and open meadows and 16Km of snowshoeing on scenic nature trails. Breckenridge has a new skier bridge and two nordic skier tunnels for a continuous looped trail system with no road crossings. Or perhaps you'd rather not brave the elements. What's a trip to Breckenridge without a souvenir? Paint a mountain memory on the pottery of your choice atReady, Paint, Fire at the north end of Main Street. You pick your colors and then paint, splash, doogle, dab, stamp, dribble, stencil, or dot your design on your piece!

Dash through a winter wonderland in the majestic Rocky Mountains on a handcrafted red sleigh drawn by powerful Draft horses for your dinner sleigh ride. After hearing the jingle bells and gliding through open meadows beneath towering mountains outlined by a starlit sky, enjoy a delicious and elegant dinner at Briar Rose.

After a hearty breakfast at the Blue Moose, dig into the town's history as you take a self-guided historical walking tour through Victorian Breckenridge. Be sure to visit the recently restored Barney Ford Museum, on Washington Avenue, or the 1875 Edwin Carter Museum, the state's second oldest museum!

Have a light lunch at Crepes a la Carte on Main Street, serving up freshly made crepes before spending an afternoon at the spa. Visit Sacred Tree on Ridge Street, where guests can indulge in an array of massages, try alternative forms of therapy or take part in a workshop or class.

Get started early with South Ridge Seafood Grill's raw bar and happy hour every day from 4:00-6:00 PM. Stick around Breck's favorite seafood establishment for teriyaki glazed Ahi or spice crusted flat iron steak for a dining experience you won't soon forget. Then, make your way a few doors down on Ridge Street for an evening of LIVE theatre. With more than 32 years of award-winning performances, from Shakespeare to today's most well-known playwrights, the Backstage Theatre offers shows designed for all ages and interests. After the theatre, stop by The Crown on Main Street for a relaxing nightcap featuring the Ghiradelli Martini.

Get up early and grab a pastry and coffee from Cool River Coffee House to get your motor running your last day in Breckenridge. It's located on Main Street, but 'hidden' behind the Swiss Haven along the riverwalk. After your early rise, hit the slopes and make fresh tracks in our legendary Colorado powder. Be sure to check out the new Peak 7; six intermediate cruisers, the Peak 7 glades, and a high-speed six-passenger superchair are just a few of the hidden treasures.

An active morning in the high country leads to one thing; a good appetite! Serving a variety of healthy soups and fresh baked bread and cookies, Soupz On, located in the City Market shopping center is sure to hit the spot for lunch. What's a vacation without a souvenir? Shirt Off My Back on Main Street quite possibly has the best selection of silk-screened and embroidered t-shirts, sweatshirts, garments and goods anywhere in Breckenridge, so make sure that's on your agenda for the day.

Top off your last night in Breckenridge at The Cellar. In the main room, a small plate sharing concept is great for introducing you to a remarkable range of tastes, while the upstairs dining room is home to individual menu extravagances such as butter-poached monkfish accompanied by chunk of soy-marinated watermelon. Catch the latest indy film at the Speakeasy, Breckenridge's only movie theatre, now open seven days a week! Up for an evening cocktail your last night in town? Stop byBlue River Bistro for an unmatched premium martini menu featuring 75 original martinis.


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