Holiday Shopping in Breckenridge

Start Holiday Shopping Early!

Staying in Breckenridge for the holidays? We’ve got a wild abundance of local shopping experiences, with over 200 stores and boutiques to choose from. With art galleries and outdoor equipment rental shops sharing the streets with clothing retailers, specialty food & spirits stores, and toy & gift shops, nearly any desire is covered!

 Unique Breckenridge Shopping

Holiday Shopping in BreckenridgeThe holiday shopping  in Breckenridge comprises of a mosaic of varied shops and special interests. We’d like to share a few specific examples: Little Earth Art Studio offers ceramic workshops for all ages. Peek-A-Boo Toys holds a large indoor play area for the cold winter days, in addition to its vast selection of quality toys. You can get your Neapolitan, locally sourced pizza fix at The Flatbread Pizza Co. or try gourmet sandwiches and soups at the Ridge Street Kitchen.

For the gift minded, we’ve got a variety of fun-filled shops, including Shirt Off My Back, Joy Of Sox & Excessories, and The Shirt Mine. Finally, for those looking for the sort of adventure that only the mountains of Colorado offer, Breckenridge sports a number of sports equipment rental shops, including Black Tie Ski Rentals, Alpine Sports, Elevation Ski and Bike, and Carvers Ski, Board & Sport Shop.

Great Western Lodging offers a fantastic selection of exclusive Breckenridge, Colorado lodging and vacation rentals. Our private homes, townhomes, and condominiums are a wonderful place to stay around the holidays, with close proximity to the ski mountains & town amenities, such as our beautiful shopping district.

We hope to see you soon, for skiing, vacationing or enjoying the local shopping!

Silverthorne Shopping Extravaganza… This Weekend!

Shop the Extravaganza in Silverthorne

This weekend, you have the chance to participate in the Outlets at Silverthorne Shopping Extravaganza, running Saturday, November 15, from 9am until 5pm. Stores remain open until 8pm, and tickets are going for $20. All proceeds benefit the National Repertory Orchestra, a local fellowship program that enhances the lives of young musicians, Colorado residents, and visitors alike.

Lady with Shopping Bag

The Extravaganza includes exclusive shopping discounts and giveaways, free continental breakfast, free lunch, beer, wine, and cordial tastings, live entertainment, goody bags, and can be reached via free shuttle service! Hourly prize drawings will be held, for the chance to win over $25,000 in giveaways. This is a great opportunity to score unique gifts, experience the local Breckenridge scene with friends, and help a worthy cause.

Great Western Lodging hosts a grand selection of exclusive Breckenridge, Colorado lodging and vacation rentals. Our private homes, townhomes, and condominiums are close to the ski mountain (which opens tomorrow!) & town amenities, including the diverse shopping district and the nearby Silverthorne Outlet Malls.

We hope to see you soon, skiing and enjoying the local attractions!

Breckenridge Opening Day Postponed

Warm Weather Forces Breckenridge to Postpone Opening Day

Breckenridge resort has announced its need to postpone Opening Day on the ski slopes, which was scheduled for today. The resort has indicated it will have a new date selected next week. As soon as we know the new planned opening for the season, we will be sure to share it. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Opening Day At Breckenridge

Ski Opening Day – Breckenridge Ski Area

We are pleased to announce that Breckenridge Ski Area is opening for the 2014/15 Winter
Ski Season on Friday, November 7, 2014.  Get your lift tickets or season passes early for the guaranteed lowest price. The Gondola Season Pass office is open Thursday through Monday, from 10am to 4pm, for all lift ticket and season pass sales.

In operation since 1961, Breckenridge stands apart from Colorado’s legendary ski country in a big way. Its peaks boast over 25 feet of snowfall yearly, and with 34 lifts crossing a vertical rise of 3,398 feet, the mountain can have you gliding through the powder in no time. From the top of the Imperial Lift, many of the 14,000-foot peaks in the heart of the Rockies are visible, including Mt. Massive, Mountain of the Holy Cross, and even Pike’s Peak in the distance. The towering peaks surrounding Breckenridge ensure a constant supply of fresh snow at the ski resort.

Breckenridge covers a total ski terrain area of 2,908 acres, crisscrossed by 187 varied trails. To ensure optimal enjoyment, the expert weather observing ski patrol measures snowfall each morning before 5 am. The specific process for measuring snowfall aims to give you the most accurate snow report possible. You can check snowfall conditions directly, with the snow stake located in the back bowls on Peak 8, near the bottom of 6 Chair. You can also watch a 24-hour time-lapse camera recording snowfall online. Before you head out for the day you can check out everything you would ever want to know about the snow!

With snow conditions perfect for skiers of every level, Breckenridge spans a range of peaks and elevation levels, offering a variety of terrain and opportunities for making fresh tracks. Soft groomers abound for both beginner and intermediate carvers, while experts and the truly adventurous can experience deep powder in the bowls and glades.

Residing on mountains made for creating perfect snow conditions, with a professional staff dedicated to providing you with the most accurate daily snow reports possible, Breckenridge has optimal conditions for your next ski vacation. We hope to see you here, beginning Friday, November 7th!

Excited for the new ski season? Come stay in Breckenridge during early season and get great deals on vacation rentals with Great Western Lodging.

Early Winter
Nov 1, 2014 – Dec 25, 2014

  • 3 Night Stay = 15% off Rack
  • 4 to 7 Night Stays = 25% off Rack
  • 8 to 9 Night Stays = 30% off Rack
  • 10+ Night Stays = 35% off Rack
Enjoy the 2014/15 Ski Season at Breckenridge Ski Area!

It’s time to dust off your Winter Gear!

The air has become more brisk and the temperatures are steadily lowering. Here in Breckenridge this is a good sign that Winter is just around the corner. This is the time of year when locals start diving into their ski and snowboard gear, trying things on and tuning things up. Making sure that their last year’s jacket still fits and wondering whether their favorite gloves are going to hold up for one more year. Winter in Breck tends to come a bit earlier and stay a bit longer than in other parts of Colorado and we like it that way. And even if you’re not from Colorado we think you should still make sure your gear is in good Skiing in Breckenridge Coshape and that you’ve got something to help ease the anxiety caused by cabin fever. That’s why here in Breckenridge we invite you to come visit and step outside. Take a look at the list of winter activities you can enjoy with hats and boots on: sleigh rides, dog sledding, snow tubing, even fly fishing! There’s something for everyone in every age group! If you want to make the most out of this winter season, dust off that winter gear and make plans to head into Breckenridge, Colorado. Browse our lodging options today and don’t forget to check out our online specials and deals. Time is slipping by don’t let this winter ski season slip by too!

Enjoying Fall Colors Near Breckenridge

The Breckenridge, Colorado area offers several options for beautiful fall color sightseeing for all modes of transportation – by car, on foot, by bicycle, or even on horseback. Whatever your preferred method of travel, Breckenridge provides a host of ways to experience the gorgeous colors of the changing aspen forests! Here are two of our favorites:

Fall Colors in Breckenridge
Boreas Pass

Boreas Pass Road, between Como and Breckenridge, is a wonderful sightseeing route for both cars and bicycles. Rising up to over 11,400 feet, the road provides views down into the Town of Breckenridge and throughout the surrounding mountains. Trails also parallel the upper portion of the road for scenic bike riding. Boreas Pass Road is reachable by US Highway 285 in Park County, and by Colorado Highway 9 on the south side of Breckenridge.

French Gulch TrailsBreckenridge Fall Colors

Best suited for bike riding or hiking, this network of trails winds through old mining country just two miles east of town. Not only do these trails provide beautiful nature walks through the changing aspen forest, it’s also a peek into the history of the mining industry that gave birth to Breckenridge. The trails can be accessed by way of the B&B Mines Trailhead, about a mile uphill from the intersection of Wellington and French Gulch Road.

 For people spending time in Breckenridge vacation rentals this fall, this is one of the best ways to soak in the beauty this area has to offer. Hope to see you on the trails!

Our Office Rafting Experiences

Kodi/Blue River: With the opening of the Blue River for the first time in 3 years and Kodi’s outpost being close to the drop in site, it made for a perfect Summit County experience! The outpost is located in Frisco and in front of Walmart, which makes it extremely easy to find. After you get geared up in their cozy and accommodating outfitting post, they have a large van-style shuttle that picks you up. Most companies use school buses so this was quite a surprise. Our guide for the day made sure we were completely comfortable and aware of what to do on our first rafting trip of the summer. Although the fast rapids made for a quick (and very exciting) trip, the team effort that comes out in everyone, the knowledgeable guide and the beautiful surroundings, all made for a successful adventure.


The Adventure Company/Brown’s Canyon: The shuttle pick-up at Carver’s on Main Street made for an easy, no hassle trip to Buena Vista. The best part is you get to enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the way without worrying about any driving! The outpost is conveniently at the entrance of Buena Vista. Upon arrival, we signed our waivers and headed towards our on-site lunch buffet (perfect for a longer rafting trip). They have outdoor gear stations and changing rooms located nearby. After we bussed over to the drop-in site and loaded into the rafts, the sun started to peek out of the clouds turning our gloomy day into a gorgeous, bluebird day. The river was flowing very high, so we were all expecting a splashy and exciting trip. Let’s just say an hour and a half will fly by when you are having that much fun!


AVA/Clear Creek: Idaho Springs is the site of the first significant discovery of the Colorado gold rush. This is a very small town packed with adventures. Clear Creek is running at flooding levels and we couldn’t wait to take on the challenge. Prior to our rafting trip, we experienced the cliff side zip lining, which had more than just your typical zip lining. They also had a swinging log bridge, “surf zip”, jungle swing, pivot log cross, and a dual race line. These features were very unique and I had never seen anything like them before! After our thrilling trip along the cliffs, we made our way to gear up for rafting and bussed over to the nearby drop-in site. As soon as you drop in, the adventure begins immediately. I say this because normally you are slightly eased into the river with calming waters but this was full of large rapids right from the start. When the water levels are this high, expect large waves to overcome the raft and no one to stay dry. This is definitely a trip for the courageous and fearless. As the class 4 rapids took over parts of the river, the paddling got harder and the experience got more intense making for a one-of-a-kind trip.

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Great Spring Hiking and Biking Trails

It’s time to start storing the ski gear and breaking out the hiking boots and bikes. With the snow starting to melt away, we see a lot of trails opening up for some of the lower elevation trails. If you’re in the area, we highly suggest you check out a few of the trails listed below and let us know what you think!

  • River Trail
  • Lower Flume
  • Betty’s
  • X10U8
  • Minnie Mine
  • Side Door
  • Frisco Peninsula  
Frisco Peninsula Taken by one of our own employees

Frisco Peninsula
Courtesy of a Great Western Lodging employee

Hidden Gems of Mudseason

Town has begun to enter a lull at this time of year and the weather has started to warm up. While we see some restaurants closing for a seasonal break, there are still many that are open and happy to accommodate customers during the mudseason. So, to keep you all from wandering around town in a hunger-driven scavenger hunt, we’ve compiled a list of some featured restaurants that we enjoy visiting during this time of year. Feel free to click the name to view their website.

  • Crepes a la Carte – a delicious selection of lunch/dinner and dessert crepes!
  • Park & Main – A fairly new American and International restaurant including an all natural breakfast menu and espresso machine.
  • Briar Rose – An upscale chophouse with an excellent wine selection.
  • Blue River Bistro – An American Italian restaurant with a great atmosphere and two happy hours every day.
  • Rita’s – A tasty Mexican restaurant to grab tacos and margaritas.
  • Giampietro Pasta and Pizzeria - A classic Italian restaurant with a great selection of pizzas.
  • Empire Burger - A great burger joint that is open late. They have great dipping sauces as well!
  • Kenosha – A steakhouse with good BBQ and a great deck to take in the mountain views.

Rita’s Interior
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