Four Perfect Days: Singles Vacations

Hiking in Breckenridge

Skiing 400 acres of famed expert and advanced intermediate terrain previously only accessible by a long hike. Breathtaking views of the Rockies from a snowmobile tour. And bar hopping on Breck‚Äôs historic Main Street. With so many things to do, we thought you might need a little help planning the perfect singles vacation.

Grab a chocolate chip muffin and latte from Clint's Bakery on Main Street to get your motor running your first day in Breckenridge. Pick up your gear from a number of Breckenridge Sports locations then take a few cruisers to get your snow legs warmed up. Get to know the more than 2300 acres of terrain with a free mountain tour, starting at 10:00 AM from the Beaver Run SuperChair on Peak 9 or the Colorado SuperChair at the Peak 8 base area.

An active morning in the high country leads to one thing; a good appetite! So make some turns and make your way to Vista Haus, at the top of the Colorado SuperChair. Here you'll find food-court style lunches and fantastic views of the Continental Divide. Novice or expert, journey into the heart and soul of skiing and snowboarding with Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard School. Once you've perfected your skills, hit the bumps on the south side of Peak 10, the steeps and deeps off T-Bar.

If there's one restaurant you have to hit while you're here, its Downstairs at Eric’s, on Main Street. Chances are you've already heard about it from your ski or snowboard instructor. Quite possibly Breckenridge's best pizza, burgers & rotisserie chicken—they've got it all, not to mention 120 beers, 25 of those on tap. Get there early as it tends to draw a crowd, but there's an arcade to entertain while you wait! Or, hold out for pizza-by-the-slice (served after 9:00 PM) to satisfy your late night cravings. Breckenridge’s most intriguing nightspot is a certifiably haunted renovated "hotel" a block off Main Street, home to a long bar that seems straight out of “The Shining,” plus a full pool and shuffleboard room. The friendly flow of liquor and the opportunity to explore some slightly spooky surroundings upstairs make for a cool evening at The Brown.

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. Get back out on the slopes for another morning in our winter wonderland. Be sure to catch a ride on the highest chairlift in North America! The new Imperial Express SuperChair reaches 12,840 feet and accesses 400 acres of famed expert and advanced intermediate terrain previously only accessible by a long hike.

Now that you're feeling on top of the world, take on a new snowsport. Give snowboarding or telemarking a go at Breckenridge Ski and Ride School. The Quicksilver Super6 chairlift on Peak 9 services excellent learning terrain, as does Chair 7 on Peak 8. Check out Ten Mile Station for the perfect lunch spot on the hill, located at the top of the Quicksilver Super6 chairlift. Here you'll find buffalo stew, brisket and fish and chips.

Breckenridge Brewery , at the south end of Main Street, is one of the local's favorite spots. Watch as award-winning beers are handcrafted by the brewers or dine on excellent pub fare at reasonable prices. After dinner, live it up a little and head a few doors down to Burke & Riley's for a true-poured Guinness. It's one of the most down-to-earth, friendly watering holes around. Whether sitting outside huddled around the fire pit or stewing among the warm, rich mahogany of the interior, you're sure to meet a few locals, or perhaps even the owners!

Jump start your day by having your fill at Daylight Donuts, located at the north end of Main Street. It's your typical no-frills mountain breakfast—just basic eggs, hash browns and breakfast meats in a laid-back atmosphere. Then, ride to the Continental Divide on your snowmobile to experience breathtaking panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. Tours include experienced guides, snowmobiles with hand warmers, easy operation instruction and plenty of playtime in mountain meadows.

Swing into Giampietros, on the corner of Lincoln & Main for New York-style pizza by the slice, or for a healthier alternative, stop by Euro Deli just a few doors down on Lincoln Avenue. Spend the afternoon perusing the streets of Victorian Main Street for fabulous shopping. Stop by Milagros of Colorado for heavenly handmade soaps, Canary in a Clothesmine for funky women’s fashions and Art on a Whim for laugh-out-loud and local artwork. Or, head over to Sacred Tree on Ridge Street, where a deep-tissue massage is on the menu after an exhilarating morning of snowmobiling.

Kudos are in order for Empire Burger, Breck's first "real" burger joint, which is located at the south end of Main Street in La Cima Mall. Aside from the obvious, this trendy eatery features handcut fries, oh-so-tasty onion rings and chocolate malts that might as well be dessert. It's quick, easy, and just upstairs from where the party really gets started. Albeit small, Liquid Lounge is now Breck's premier night club and draws quite the weekend crowd, complete with DJ Crisp on Saturday nights.

After a hearty breakfast at the Blue Moose, as painful as it might be, hop on the lifts early so you can ski or ride all your favorite trails one more time. 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. Or, test your skills in one of our five terrain parks or two half pipes.

Have lunch at the inexpensive Rasta Pasta for a little Jamaican zest and then try something different—go dogsledding! Mush your team of Siberian Huskies on a thrilling ride through the Arapahoe National Forest or just snuggle back under the blankets and leave the driving to the pros. Or, if you'd rather not brave the elements, try the fitness equipment, indoor climbing walls, indoor pool, and indoor track at the Breckenridge Recreation Center, located just north of Main Street.

Hungry, but don't want to go out? Have Gourmet Cabby deliver fare directly to your door. After you've had your fix, finish off your Breckenridge experience with live music at three20south, located on Main Street. 


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