Guest Post By: Brandon, co-founder of Traveler’s Joy
Newlyweds looking for an unforgettable winter honeymoon should look no further than Breckenridge, Colorado. Located about 80 miles from Denver, this historic mining town offers the perfect blend of yesterday and today, from rustic saloons and mining tours to ultra-modern resorts and chic restaurants.
But perhaps it’s also the first-rate outdoor activities that make Breckenridge one of North America’s most magnificent winter destinations. Whether downhill skiing, snowmobiling, or a romantic sleigh ride is on your agenda, bank on Breckenridge for an ultimate winter getaway.
Breckenridge on Foot
Breckenridge is a terrific destination to explore on foot. In fact, the town of 4,540 features a National Historic District that includes more than 200 historic buildings, many of which date back to the late 19th century. Today, most of the structures have been turned into pleasant restaurants, shops, and museums – all of which contribute towards a perfect honeymoon day filled with new discoveries.
After visiting some of the town’s iconic structures along Main St. and Lincoln Avenue, make your next detour to the Breckenridge Arts District. Don’t miss the Riverwalk Performing Arts Center or the Backstage Theatre. Both are home to live music, performances, and a number of cultural events throughout the year.
When your feet have had enough walking for the week, head to one of the region’s notable spas for a revitalizing body treatment. Blue Sage Spa is conveniently located downtown and offers a wide variety of styles, including couples’ treatments and chocolate therapy.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
After getting familiar with downtown, move on to the region’s biggest draw – Breckenridge Ski Resort. The resort – Colorado’s third largest – is home to four mammoth peaks, 155 trails, 30 lifts, and five terrain parks, ideal for every type of skier or snowboarder. Meanwhile, Frisco Nordic Center features more than 27 miles of cross-country skiing trails that take skiers through old growth spruce forests and beside mountain streams.
Also, newlyweds in search of a different kind of rush can book dogsledding and snowmobiling tours – many of which wind through the picturesque Swan River Valley. For romantic excursions, consider embarking on a sleigh ride in the backcountry before practicing your triple axel together at an outdoor ice skating session at Stephen C. West Ice Arena.
Out and About
No matter if you’re searching for a memorable dinner to celebrate your recent nuptials, a mid-range bistro, or just a casual coffee shop, Breckenridge presents a wide range of fine dining and nightlife establishments. Cool River Coffee House is a Breckenridge staple for breakfast and coffee. Once the sun goes down, indulge at one of the town’s fine New American restaurants like Ember or Modis. If you’re still thirsty, be sure to grab a pint over at the Gold Pan Saloon or The Historic Brown Hotel for a taste of “Old Colorado.”
Make your home base at the Mountain Thunder Lodge, an elegant property complete with modern suites, fireplaces and balconies. Also, just three blocks from downtown, BlueSky Breckenridge is a terrific option for ski-in/ski-out lodging. For more intimate surroundings, the lovely Abbett Placer Inn is a national historic property and just steps from most of Breckenridge’s top attractions.
Brandon | co-founder of Traveler’s Joy
Brandon often found himself purchasing generic wedding gifts for friends and family who shared his passion for travel and preferred a once in a lifetime honeymoon experience. In 2004 he co-founded Traveler’s Joy honeymoon registry to help couples take the honeymoon of their dreams. After having his own honeymoon in northern Wisconsin and Zanzibar, he and his colleagues live vicariously through the couples that use Traveler’s Joy to have an unbelievable honeymoon. When Brandon isn’t researching new honeymoon spots, cycling, gardening, or working, you’ll likely find him on the back porch with family and friends cooking BBQ or playing with his daughter. Brandon spends his time in Wilmington, Delaware and Durham, North Carolina.