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Where to Stay, Eat and Visit in Breckenridge, Colorado

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If you’re looking for that “I’m sitting on top of the world” feeling, I know where you can go: Breckenridge, Colorado. I was just there with my blogging retreat and it was stunning!

Looking at the photographs and eating a big bowl of Breckenridge Mac and Cheese is making me nostalgic. I’m betting you’ll want to add Breckenridge to your bucket list.

A great big thank-you to GoBreck, Mediavine, and Pinnacle Lodging for making our trip possible.
Where to stay and what to do in breckenridge colorado

The Breckenridge elevation at the base of the Rocky Mountain is just under 10,000 feet and the view is spectacular!

Average temperatures of 70-degree days and 50-degree nights in summer and 28-degree days and 15-degree nights in winter make it a perfect year-round destination.

Breckenridge Colorado

Just that would make Breckenridge a welcome haven, but there is so much more.

Breckenridge was founded in 1859 during the Gold Rush and it is home to the largest historic district in Colorado.

That means the community is charming and history buffs will appreciate the architecture of more than 200 structures on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The downtown area was quant and wonderful, filled with so many shops and restaurants, I didn’t even get to see them all. In fact, with over 75 restaurants and bars to choose from, foodies will rejoice, and no one will go hungry!

One night we ate at Canteen and the food was fabulous—their mac and cheese is outstanding.

I’ve tried to recreate their creamy, full-of-flavor recipe and I think my recipe for Crockpot Mac and Cheese is close (see below).

Crockpot Mac and Cheese

If you’re a snow bunny, for sure Breckenridge will entice you. The area is well-known for 300 annual inches of perfect powdery snow and 300 days a year of sunshine. What a combo!

There is downhill skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sledding, skating, snowmobile tours, a dogsled tour, and a starlit dinner sleigh ride.

But fun times aren’t limited to snow days. Try ziplining, golf, tennis, hiking, or (four seasons of) fly fishing. There’s a whitewater kayak park and there are hot air balloon tours.

Spa services are sure to make you feel pampered. Catch an award-winning theater performance or work with artists-in-residence. Go shopping! Plus there are over ten museums to peruse.

And this is not an exhaustive list.

While we were there, Pinnacle Lodging and GoBreck helped with
our lodging. Mediavine — they provide ads on my site and they’re the most amazing partner—kept us fed. Thank you! Thank you!

Breckenridge has all sorts of great lodging deals—condos, hotels, bed and breakfasts, vacation homes. This is what we called home while we were there: The Outlook.

It was the most incredible house I have ever been in; a true luxury home where every amenity was well-thought out.

Great room in The Overlook Breckenridge

High ceilings, gorgeous wood and stone finishes, and window walls made every room a visual delight (the view of the town was breath-taking, too, day and night).

Best Breckenridge Rental

And the house was immaculate.

There are six bedrooms (and six and a half baths) which includes two master suites, two master bedrooms, a bunkroom (kids would have the time of their lives!), and a twin bedroom.

That’s enough space to sleep 22! Think family holidays, girl-friend get-togethers, group vacation.

The Outlook Breckenridge Colorado

All the bedrooms have flat-screen TVs and their own baths.

The upstairs Master Suite (where I got to sleep!!!) also has a walk-in steam shower and a jetted tub, a private deck, and a gas fireplace.

Great Room

The living and family rooms also have gas fireplaces and flat-screen TVs plus the family-rec room offers reclining sofas, a pool table, game arcades, a wet bar, and a wine fridge.

And then you get to the amazing gourmet kitchen. The Wolff range and granite counter tops really impress and there were two of everything—dishwashers, sinks, disposals.

There’s even another wine fridge.

Breckenridge The Outlook Kitchen

You can imagine what fun nine bloggers had cooking in that kitchen! One night we had a personal chef come in and prepare dinner for us, too. I am still dreaming of his Coconut Panna Cotta.

Patio doors off the great room lead to a deck with an outdoor fireplace and an overlook view of Breckenridge.

In the backyard, there’s also a gas grill, an outdoor firepit, and a hot tub—everything necessary for kick-back, vacation nirvana.

And for the necessity of reality, there are convenient dual laundry facilities on the main and lower levels. If you go during ski season, you’ll appreciate the mudroom entry with the boot/glove dryer.

See why I think you’ll want to add Breckenridge to your bucket list? Talk about Rocky Mountain High…!

Crockpot Mac and Cheese

And if you can’t get to Breckenridge this year, at least have a taste of it with my Mac and Cheese recipe while you plan a future trip.

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Crockpot Mac & Cheese


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Ingredients

  • 1 16-ounce box elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 8-ounce block of extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8-10 ounces extra-sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • 4-ounce room-temp cream cheese
  • 8-ounce container sour cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard

Note: Extra sharp cheese off the block is the way to go if
you want mac and cheese full of flavor!


Instructions

1. Fill a large pot half way up with water and bring to a boil.

2. Once the water has

started to boil, pour in a little bit of olive oil and the box of

macaroni.  Cook for 2-3 minutes and then drain.

3. Add the macaroni to a slow cooker and add milk, shredded cheddar cheeses, parmesan, and seasonings.

4. Turn slow cooker on low and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

5. Cut the cream cheese into cubes.

6. Stir in the cream cheese and the sour cream until cream cheese starts to melt.

7. Cook on low for an additional 20-30 minutes until hot and creamy.

8. Serve as is or with bacon on top.

 

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.