The town of Breckenridge, Colorado, is a stone’s throw away from one of the most popular ski resorts in the United States. While Breckenridge is indeed a mecca for skiing and snowboarding, that makes up only a small fraction of what this magical place nestled in the Rocky Mountains has to offer groups. Discover what makes Breckenridge a first-rate destination for your meeting or conference. Here are five ways that Breckenridge is more than just a ski town.
The Town Stands on Its Own
Breckenridge is an authentic mountain town with a rich heritage and history dating back to the gold rush of the mid-1800s. The energetic and picturesque Main Street is fun for attendees to explore year-round, with its extensive variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment. At night, Main Street sparkles with colorful lights and an upbeat vibe.
If you’re a history buff, Breckenridge is home to more than 10 local museums and historic sites, which serve as a window into the area's deep gold-mining past. While on a private walking tour, you’ll meet Colorado’s original naturalist, an escaped slave turned prominent businessman, and the townsfolk who haunt some of Breckenridge’s oldest saloons.
Get Creative in the Arts District
The Arts District truly separates Breckenridge from many of its ski town contemporaries. Breckenridge Creative Arts, lovingly dubbed “BreckCreate,” was developed throughout Breckenridge. It offers a continuous and abundant slate of art workshops, classes, studio time, theater shows, walking tours, and musical events. Groups have the opportunity to work with artists-in-residence, catch a performance by the award-winning theater company, or make their own art.
Tie Your Meeting Into An Event
When planning a meeting in Breckenridge, there’s no better way to showcase local culture than by incorporating one of the town's signature summer events. Festivals and events punctuate its calendar throughout the year and give your attendees many reasons to celebrate the dynamic community, endless creativity, local libations, and so much more. This mountain community is known for its festival vibe, and the year-long calendar offers diverse animation for planners and attendees. Summer festival season kicks off in June with great values; themes range from arts and cycling to the rich mining history.
Is a deep breath of pure, refreshing Rocky Mountain air an activity? We think so. Taking in the view and summer’s cool mountain breezes is an activity in itself. Most likely, though, you’ll be too tempted by the endless amounts of nearby adventure to sit still for too long. There are a plethora of possibilities for fun in Breckenridge, from exploring the hiking and biking trails to hitting the greens at our 27-hole Jack Nicklaus signature course to walking above the trees and taking in the Rocky Mountain views as part of the Epic Discovery. It’s easy to incorporate classic Colorado adventures into your meeting schedule. If you need more than directions, plenty of expert guides call Breckenridge home and are happy to take you out for an excursion — think about running the rapids, going on guided fishing trips, exploring mountain-biking trails, or taking leisurely kayaking sessions or stand-up paddleboard yoga classes. For more structured team-building, challenge your group with a custom-designed activity.
Sip, Savor, and Celebrate
There are a countless number of incredible restaurants in Breckenridge. With a world-class destination comes a world-class culinary experience. A few highlights include Modis, which serves contemporary cuisine; BoLD, offering Mediterranean-style cuisine at 9,600 feet; Giampetros, which has been creating legendary Italian food for generations; and the Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant, where you can experience the harmony of locally and seasonally inspired cuisine paired with hand-crafted cocktails. In addition to Breckenridge’s scores of great restaurants, groups can get their hands dirty in a hands-on cooking class at the local Colorado Mountain College or stroll over to check out the local wineries and distillery for tasting events.