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Thanksgiving Day Part One: Where to Go and What to Do

Written by: Kelly Gitre

Thanksgiving is the time of year when family and friends come together to celebrate the holidays, swap stories and stuff themselves silly. Breckenridge offers many different options to enjoy the holiday festivities. From dining out to staying in, we have the scoop on where to go and what to do on Thanksgiving.

Breckenridge Restaurants:

Blue River Bistro
Blue River Bistro is offering their full dinner menu plus a traditional Thanksgiving three-course dinner special starting out with a pear and roasted chestnut bisque. Next on the menu is garlic and thyme roasted turkey, roasted onion and fontina mashed Yukon potatoes, apple and walnut stuffing, bourbon and brown sugar spiced yams, and cinnamon-cider cranberry sauce. Make sure to leave room for desert! They are serving pumpkin cheesecake with a maple chocolate sauce. Yum!
Reservations are recommended: (970) 453-6974.

Spencer’s Restaurant
If you are looking for more choices in your Thanksgiving meal, Spencer’s Restaurant at Beaver Run has a buffet-style spread with lots of choices. From the traditional oven roasted turkey to a pan fried salmon filet, everyone in your group will find something to enjoy.
Adults: $44.00 Children (12 & under) $24.00
Reservations are recommended: (760) 327-3446

Motherloaded Tavern
At 11:30 a.m., Motherloaded Tavern is opening their doors to serve a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal. With full Thanksgiving plates for adults and a “Mom, I Don’t Like All That Other Stuff” plate for kids, the whole family will be happy.
Thanksgiving plate: $10.95. Kids Plate: $5.95. Pumpkin pie: $6.95.
They are not taking reservations, so make sure to get there early to guarantee a table.

Salt Creek Steakhouse
Salt Creek Steakhouse is serving a traditional three course turkey dinner. To mix things up a bit, they are offering tender oven roasted turkey or southern smoked turkey as an entrée.
Adults: $27.95. Children (10 & under): $14.95
Reservations are recommended: (970) 453-4949.

Other restaurants with Thanksgiving plates include Quandary Grille at the base of Peak 9, Hearthstone, Blue Stag and The Dredge. Just remember to call and book a reservation first!

Catering:

Black Diamond Catering
Black Diamond Catering is open for delivering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to your vacation rental. They have everything from a stuffed rosemary turkey to sweet potato pie. Call to book your catering service today!
Call to book: (970) 468-9999.

Ridge Street Kitchen
Ridge Street Kitchen is offering a plethora of menu ideas to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast. With many different kinds of soups, starches, vegetables, breads and desserts everyone in your group will enjoy Ridge Street Kitchen’s holiday meal. They ask for 24-48 hours advance notice.
Call (970) 453-2187 for more details.

Thanksgiving Dinner Pick-Ups:

Lost Cajun
Lost Cajun is offering a Cajun twist to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with Cajun turkey. You can order just the turkey or they will create a whole meal including gumbo, crawfish etouffee, lobster bisque or red beans and rice, potato salad or coleslaw, and French bread.
10-12lb turkey: $55. Full Meal: $98.
Call (970) 547-8330 or stop in the store to place your order.

City Market
City Market offers many different types of cold holiday dinners. With a variety of turkey dinners to choose from, they also offer ham, prime rib and gluten-free options. Dinners range from $44.99-$89.99. Call (877) 894-3707 or order online.

Local Events:

Frisco Adventure Park Opens
Frisco Adventure Park has lots of activities for families to enjoy. The 1,200-ft. tubing hill is the main attraction of the Adventure Park; it’s open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tubing hill hourly rate: $25. Additional Hour: $10
Call to register: (970) 668-2558. Walk-ins accepted when space is available.

Frisco Turkey Day 5K
The Frisco Turkey Day 5K will start from the old Community Center (110 3rd Ave) at 9:30 a.m. and will finish in the Peak One Neighborhood. All participants will receive a custom Turkey Day 5K Polar Water Bottle. Pre-registration is now open. All proceeds will benefit Frisco Elementary’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program.
http://www.activityreg.com/selectactivity_t1.wcs?leaguesid=1020









Oktoberfest: Breckenridge’s Biggest Party of the Year!

Written by Jessica Hoover

The days are shorter and the morning air is noticeably crisper — it’s September in the High Country, and that means that Breckenridge’s annual Oktoberfest festival is right around the corner! Although Breckenridge is hosting its 20th Oktoberfest this September 12th – 14th, the Oktoberfest tradition began over 200 years ago in Germany. On October 12, 1810, to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony, the Bavarian royalty threw a huge party and invited all the citizens of Munich to attend. That first year, the big draw of the festival was a horse race — you got that right, no brewskis! Lack of beer notwithstanding, the newlyweds had so much fun that the celebration became a yearly event, and beer soon became a staple of the festival. By 1819, Oktoberfest became so large that the city of Munich took over organization of the event. Over the next few decades the festival grew —attendees could visit carnival booths, enjoy food, contests and of course, beer stands!

Photo credit: http://www.oktoberfest.net

 

A testament to just how much Germans love their beer, the tradition carries on today, two centuries later! Beginning in mid-September and lasting nearly two weeks until early October, Oktoberfest is now one of the world’s largest festivals. The small beer stands of yore have been replaced by huge beer tents capable of holding upwards of 8,000 happy drinkers. Rules dictate that beer served at Oktoberfest must conform to traditional Purity Laws which govern how beer can be made. The beer also has to come from local Munich breweries. Each year, the current mayor of Munich has the honor of tapping the first keg, and with a shout of “O’Zapft is!” (Bavarian for “Time to party!”), Oktoberfest officially begins.

In 2013, 6.4 million people attended Oktoberfest in Munich, and collectively they drank 6.7 million liters of beer. Although our Oktoberfest isn’t quite as big, we in Breckenridge still love an excuse to drink beer all afternoon! On average, attendees of Breck’s Oktoberfest drink about 8,000 gallons of beer – that’s roughly 30,300 liters. Not quite as much as the beer consumption in Munich, but no one’s ever complained of not having enough beer here in Breck! With an oom-pah band, traditional dancers, and plenty of soft pretzels to go around, Oktoberfest is a Breckenridge tradition not to miss. Dirndls (tradition German dresses) and lederhosen are not required, but always encouraged!

Photo credit: Robin Johnson, http://www.blog.gobreck.com

Of course, enjoy Oktoberfest responsibly. Grab a bus schedule and take advantage of our free public transportation system. And if you find yourself a bit too sauced to drive home, you can leave your car parked on the town streets Friday and Saturday nights. You won’t be towed; just find a designated driver (or bus) to take you home.

For a full schedule of events and information about how to pre-purchase your 2014 Oktoberfest beer stein, please visit the Go Breck Insider’s Guide. Prost!

For lodging options in Breckenridge, check out our website at www.summitrentals.com.









US Pro Cycling Challenge … Why the Heck Not?

Written by Jamie Goswick

 

Imagine the Tour de France … in America. That’s pretty much what the US Pro Cycling Challenge is, and it will be making its way through Summit County once again this year. On Friday, August 22, Breckenridge will play host to the end of Stage 5. The riders will start about 80 miles away in Woodland Park, head toward Fairlplay, climb over 11,542-foot Hoosier Pass and 11,481-foot Boreas Pass, then end on Main Street. The race will include some of the biggest names in the sport of cycling. Intimidating, huh? Don’t worry, you can leave the hardcore stuff to the professionals and come cheer them on!

Even if you’re not that into cycling, it’s still a pretty cool event. Our friends at the Breckenridge Resort Chamber made sure of that! Make sure you check out Festival Village, where there will be demos, free live music, food and even a massive Jumbotron so you can watch the cyclists’ trek from Woodland Park to Breck. The town will be full of bicycle enthusiasts. In fact, you’ll see a lot more spandex than you ever imagined. If you want to wear yours, go ahead. If not, then feel free to leave them at home.

Here’s a look at Friday’s events:

Friday, August 22

12 – 6 p.m.                 Festival Village Open – Tiger Dredge/Riverwalk Parking Lot

12 p.m.                      Strider Challenge – Main Street

1 p.m.                        Breck Outdoor Ed Adaptive Ride – Main Street

1:30 p.m.                    Funkadelic Pond Crossing – Dredge Pond at The Dredge

3:45 p.m.                    Pro Cycling Challenge Finish – Main Street

4 p.m.                        Awards Ceremony – Festival Village

7:30 p.m.                    Free Concert-Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Riverwalk Center

Breckenridge Bike week will also being going on, August 20 – 24. It will include high-end bike demos, led group rides, trail building, lectures, clinics, free bike tunes, kids’ races and more! To see the entire schedule, click here.

For lodging options, visit www.summitrentals.com.

Here are a few pictures I took last year during the Pro Cycling Challenge.

       

To read more about the US Pro Cycling Challenge, click here.

 

 

 

 









First Snow in Breckenridge! – September 17, 2012

A view of Breckenridge Mountain from Boreas Pass

Clouds clearing off, showing some of the white stuff left behind

A view during the storm from the top of Breckenridge's Peak 8

A view from Breckenridge's Horseshoe Bowl during the storm

That's about an inch at Breckenridge's Peak 7 Warming Hut

Snow at Keystone Ski Resort

Snow at Loveland Ski Area

Snow at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Snow at Copper Mountain Resort

Snow on top of the Ten Mile Range









The Honey Hole

Summit County Beauty

Everyone has a place they go to unwind, and mine, currently, is a spot on the Blue River that I have dubbed the “Honey Hole.” The name comes from a place that I once visited with my father when I was extremely young. So young, in fact, that it is one of those memories that is barely a memory at all; not much more than a couple of mental snapshots hanging on the edge of the abyss of forgetfulness. This memory is so blurred that I might even need to double check with my father at some point to confirm that it even happened. In any event, my memory of the honey hole comes from Missouri where I spent the first few years of my young life. It was a wooded area, there were old, rustic cabins scattered about, and most importantly, there was a creek. Within this creek, there was a deep hole where many fish, their type unbeknownst to me, gathered. I recall using small pieces of pink bait, shaped something like an oversized fish egg, and that’s about it. I do not know how long I was there, or whether or not my father and I even caught any fish, but I do know that this place was the honey hole, named as such for the abundance of easily landed fish.

My present honey hole is much more memorable.

Blue River Trout

The Blue River, stemming from the Blue Lakes, runs right through the heart of Breckenridge. At its source, it’s nothing more than a creek, tumbling over rocks, weaving through fields of willows, wildflowers, and tall grasses, and at one point taking a brief hiatus in a large pond. By the time it reaches town just 9 or 10 miles later, it’s a full sized stream, finding its way around mountain homes and businesses. At the north end of town, the Blue slows down a touch and meanders through a long stretch of completely restored trout habitat. Shallow pools, each roughly a long cast in length, are connected by short waterfalls.

Halfway through this restored habitat, there is an area where the stream splits. It is not, however, a noticeable fork in the stream. From one of the deeper pools, water percolates through porous gravel and pops out again, like a spring, a short ways off course from the main flow. It reminds me of the “Business Loop” one might see branching off of a major interstate. This side creek is much smaller in volume than the main stream. It, too, babbles through a series of much smaller steps and pools, crashing through dense stands of willows and shrubs. The vegetation in most parts of this side stream is so impenetrable that fishing is largely impossible, unless you think you have the wits to grab a trout with your bare hands. At the very end of this detour, the water picks up speed and tumbles through an even thicker stand of vegetation. The willows form a sort of tunnel over the stream where little light penetrates, and the water runs black. Many insects buzz around the tangled branches, and many of them end up being swept down stream.

Then, as quickly as the new creek started, it flows from the dark tunnel and dumps into a small, sunlit pool. This is the honey hole. The water slows rapidly to a crawl and widens to about 15 feet. At it’s center, the honey hole is maybe knee deep. Fry, the tiniest of trout, dart in and out of small rocks in the shallows, while smaller adults swim lazily near the rear of the pool. Moving upstream from one end of the pool to another (a total of roughly 50 feet), the fish get bigger and bigger. On occasion, I have snagged my fly rig on willow branches near the mouth of the pool where the water rushes from the tunnel, turning from black to crystal clear again. Wading cautiously towards that transitionary spot to remove the fly from the tree, I have seen several monstrous trout hunkered down under low hanging branches, in the dark, preying on insects that get trapped in the current further upstream. Most nights that I visit the honey hole, I spot many fish, though most of them are quite small.

Not once have I approached this spot to find another fisherman already taking up the space. It’s a small haven on a heavily fished section of water.

Caught with a midge!

For a time, the honey hole got on my nerves. When I first started fly fishing and discovered the spot, I had no waders. I would timidly waltz into the hole, positioning myself to cast upstream towards the far end, while my feet quickly turned numb and took on a mild blue hue. To further aggravate the situation, I was nowhere near talented enough to avoid getting snagged on the willows that closely hugged the water. Each trip somehow ended in mild bursts of frustration, even if I caught a couple of trout. Eventually I mastered casting through the small trees. I usually stand near the center of the honey hole with about twenty feet of line extending from the tip of my rod. Lifting my arm sends the line soaring backwards up over my head. For what feels like an extended second, the line continues to float away from me, downstream. When I feel it go taught, a quick flick of the wrist brings everything whizzing forward, cutting through the air next to my ear. The line forms a tight loop, and my fly floats through the air, just above the water and just barely below the scraggly branches, before plopping effortlessly at the head of the honey hole and floating slowly, naturally, back towards me. Sometimes the process is repeated a seemingly indefinite number of times before I might eventually feel a trout on the end of my line.

Regardless of how long it might take to land one, if at all, the honey hole always makes me feel refreshed. And even though I don’t always catch one of the numerous fish, the picture is always the same: the sun sets over the 10 Mile Range to the west, and cold, crystal clear water curves around my calves while beautiful trout coast slowly by.

My Honey Hole on a typical Breckenridge Evening!









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