Exploring Colorado: Breckenridge

Photo Courtesy of Breckenridge City
Photo Courtesy of Breckenridge City

With the holiday weekend nearly upon us, and with many of our avid readers surely packing their bags and heading to the mountains, we thought we’d taunt your adventurous side with a closer look at one of our favorite Colorado mountain towns: Breckenridge.

The National Repertory Orchestra

With the unpredictable weather, especially during this time of year, we like to plan ahead with a list of activities you can do rain or shine. The National Repertory Orchestra is one such item. Enjoy a variety of musical compilations by this world-class orchestra at one of their many monthly shows (many of which are free). This is a great activity for a romantic date night or even an afternoon with friends and family.

Photo Courtesy of Country Boy Mine
Photo Courtesy of Country Boy Mine

Country Boy Mine

Take a tour of one of Colorado’s authentic gold mines, and spend the day sifting for gold and exploring. The Country Boy mine tours will lead you over 1,000 feet into the mountain and afterwards you will be taught how to find gold of your own. Enjoy the sites and the scenery at the only authentic mine tour in Summit County. This is a perfect outing for a family, and will be entertaining for any age group.

The Gatherhouse

After enjoying dinner at one of Breckenridge’s many small town, eateries make your way to the Gatherhouse, a local artist studio, where you can watch a tutorial on glass blowing and even step away with some one of a kind art of your own. This is a great place to stop between dinner and dessert, and is a unique experience you won’t soon forget.

The Many Breckenridge Festivals

Naturally this is a seasonal experience, but Breckenridge hosts some of the best festivals in the state. With everything from a chili cook off, to Oktoberfest, to music festivals, there is an event for everyone. Be sure to check the city event calendar before your trip to see if you will be able to attend any of their many citywide festivals.

Photo Courtesy of The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge
Photo Courtesy of The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge

The Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge

Aside from being a high-end resort, the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge has everything you need for pure relaxation. With breathtaking views, luxurious amenities and spa services the hardest part about your getaway will be returning home. Enjoy the start of summer with a weekend of relaxation and high altitude fun.

Breckenridge is a sweet town, with endless entertainment for the local and visitor alike. Experience the city simply by touring their Main Street shops and local restaurants, or explore a little deeper with our list of Breckenridge musts.

The Colorado Bucket List (Sneak Preview)

As the ominous clouds that overtook the state for nearly a week finally dissipate, light is shed on the widespread destruction the floods incurred across the Front Range. We are indeed in the wake of a disaster and we must lend a hand to our neighbors and friends who have lost their homes and cars and more. Coloradans are a resilient people, often banding together in rows of support when tragedy threatens our beloved state and home. In the aftermath of the flood, there is no doubt that, once again, Coloradans across the Front Range will persevere and rebuild.

In lieu of this trying week, and in recognition of the fact that often on Friday’s what you need most is an uplifting story or perhaps a hug, we would like to share with you a few reasons why Colorado really is the best state (or why you should move here if you live somewhere else). This is a precursor to our upcoming post, The Ultimate Colorado Bucket List, but because we have all been through so much recently, we felt you deserved a sneak preview.

Here is what the Wishlist team deemed the top five things to do in Colorado:

Photo Courtesy of Red Rocks
Photo Courtesy of Red Rocks

Red Rocks Amphitheater– Red Rocks Amphitheater is nearly synonymous with Colorado. It is almost impossible to mention one without the other, so its no surprise this iconic outdoor arena snagged the number one spot on our Bucket List. Recently named the number one amphitheater in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine, Red Rocks is the crème de la crème of all concert venues. The venue itself is sandwiched by two red jagged cliff faces, giving the arena its name. From any seat in the arena you will get a sweeping view of Colorado that is sure to send a chill down your spine. Praised by artists and concertgoers alike, Red Rocks is nothing short of magical. Enjoy everything from movie nights, world-class concerts, yoga sessions and exercise classes.

Camping Amongst Quaking Aspens During Peak Foliage Season– We realize this isScreen shot 2013-09-19 at 10.59.51 PM a bit specific, but if you’ve ever experienced it, we are sure you will agree. Fall is often heralded as the loveliest time of year, and most of us at Wishlist would agree. There is something comforting in the warm hues of the changing leaves and the sweet clattering of Aspen trees in the cool fall breeze that remind us how truly wonderful life is. We are big proponents of spending your weekend camping  inside a hidden grove of Aspen trees, making this our number two bucket list item.

Photo Courtesy of the National Park Service
Photo Courtesy of the National Park Service

Sand Dunes National Park- If you think giant mounds of sand are boring, you would be wrong. The Sand Dunes provide visitors with a vast landscape of yes, you guessed it, sand. In their most basic form they are perhaps just a very large, often very hot, sandbox, but for some inexplicable reason the Sand Dunes can provide even the most cynical of visitors with hours of fun. Imagine yourself a stranded pirate weaving your way through a never ending desert, or grab a sled and some goggles and cruise down the hilled landscape. For any adventurer the Sand Dunes are something that shouldn’t be missed, making this (and rightfully so) the third activity on our Colorado Bucket List.

Photo Courtesy of Glenwood Hotsprings
Photo Courtesy of Glenwood Hotsprings

Glenwood Hot Springs- The Glenwood Hot Springs combine the sheer relaxation of a dip in the tub with the breathtaking beauty of a Colorado mountain town. It is as if you relocated your tub to the center of a mountain scene. Take in the beauty of Glenwood Springs and the therapeutic powers of the Hot Springs for an unbeatable day. A visit to the hot springs doesn’t require much convincing, making this the fourth activity on our bucket list.

A Night At The Broadmoor- At Wishlist we are all about adventures and exploring Colorado’s expansive outdoors, but that doesn’t mean we don’t crave room service and

Photo Courtesy of The Broadmoor
Photo Courtesy of The Broadmoor

spa days. The Broadmoor is a world-class hotel that provides its guests with five star amenities and easy access to some of Colorado’s best hikes. A weekend away at the Broadmoor is guaranteed to leave you relaxed and rejuvenated, making it easy to reward the fifth spot on our bucket list to this Colorado historic hotel.

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