Isak Heartstone Finds A New Home!

The giant wooden troll that was beloved by many was a victim of his own popularity last year. Isak was so impressive that people from all over Colorado came to see him in person. The original site of the troll was not meant for that many people, so the town decided to remove him from the area. If you missed your chance to see this incredible piece of art in person, don’t worry! Isak Heartstone lives on in a new, better location for all to enjoy!

The new location will be easily accessible, away from residential areas, and will have plenty of parking.  The Town of Breckenridge is building a new trail leading to the troll that can be accessed via parking at the Steven C. West Ice Arena. For more thorough directions, ask the friendly staff at Alpine Meadows Property Management. The troll/trail will be open by mid-June.

About the Artist: Danish artist Thomas Dambo has created nearly 50 wooden trolls around the world. They are built from recycled materials as he is trying to bring awareness to “reusing everything we can”. If you visit Isak Heartstone this summer, make sure you are respecting nature, the troll’s surroundings, and don’t litter – or else “the troll will eat you!” – Thomas Dambo joking of course.

 

 

Summer Is Almost Here!

Although the snow is still flying, it is time to start thinking about your summer trip to Breckenridge and all of the activities this mountain playground has to offer. By the way, if you are not quite ready for summer, Breckenridge Ski Resort is still open and we have now received over 430 inches of snow for the season – crazy! The ski area will be open until the end of May.

When the mountain closes, the summer activities begin! We have hiking, golf, festivals, shopping and more! But some of the most exhilarating activities include whitewater rafting, biking and SUP (stand-up paddle boarding). If you would like to try any of these activities, we have the inside scoop on the best places to go.

For whitewater rafting, we recommend Adventure Central. They can take you on a wild ride in the rivers throughout Colorado or on a mild and scenic ride. It is totally up to you! They also take rafters through Brown’s Canyon, a local’s favorite and one of the most rafted rivers in the world. To book, follow this link.

For bike and SUP rentals, we recommend Charter Sports. They are a locally owned and operated company who pride themselves on great service. For more information, follow this link.

See you this summer in Breckenridge!

Featured Property

French Ridge D1

Charming townhome located in the Historic Victorian District, one block from Main Street Breckenridge, just steps away from shopping and restaurants. Each unit has a washer/dryer. The free bus shuttle stops near the property every 20 minutes. The townhomes were recently renovated with new furniture, carpets, tile floors, kitchen counter tops, flat screen TVs and new bedding.

Oktoberfest and Fall Colors

The leaves are changing and we have already had a dusting of snow on the peaks. That could only mean one thing – Breckenridge Oktoberfest is here!
Come join us for the largest street party in the Rocky Mountains this weekend (Sept. 7th – 9th). This year’s Oktoberfest, as it always does, will feature more than three-dozen genuine German cuisine and brew vendors, German-themed games including Hammerschlagan, Bavarian lederhosen, Oompah and polka dancing. For more information, visit GoBreck.
Can’t make it up for Oktoberfest? No worries – there is still plenty to do and see in Breckenridge this fall! The leaves are changing a little earlier this year making sightseeing and hiking spectacular. Also, The Breckenridge Golf Club does not close until October 7th.

A Few of Our Favorite Spots to View Fall Colors

The leaves are changing early this year – don’t miss out!

Boreas Pass Road:

This historic route starts at the south end of Breckenridge. Turn left onto Boreas Pass Road and drive about 4 miles – from there, you can take in amazing vistas of Breckenridge and the surrounding peaks. You will also be engulfed in some of the most beautiful aspen groves in the state.


Hoosier Pass/Mt. Quandary:

Drive south of Breckenridge on Hwy 9 through Blue River. From there, it will be hard to miss the huge aspen covered hillsides and 14,000 ft peaks.
If you are lucky, there will be a dusting of snow high to create an amazing backdrop for the fall foliage. There are also numerous trailheads in the area where you can take a quick hike for better vantage points.

Featured Properties

Four O Clock Lodge B14

Relax and feel comfortable in this 650 square foot 1 bedroom / 1 bath unit located at The Four O’clock Lodge on Four O’clock Road. This nicely decorated condominium is just a brief walk to Main Street in the heart of downtown Breckenridge features convenient ski-in/almost ski-out access (Snowflake lift 100 yards away).

Four O Clock Lodge B 05

This studio is not only great for skiing but all year-round, when the snow melts and you can see and hear the Ten Mile Creek right outside your front door. A beautiful get-a-way great for hiking and biking on hundred of miles of trails or just walk into town for the many Spring, Summer or Fall festivals that Breckenridge hosts.

The Wildflowers are in Full Bloom!

Summer is in full swing in Breckenridge and now is the time to go to your favorite hiking/biking trails to see the spectacular wildflowers. Whether you are a hiker or a biker, there is no shortage of amazing trails around Breckenridge in which to take in the beautiful colors, as well as get a little exercise. If you are planning on biking, don’t forget to rent your bike through our partners at Charter Sports or call (970) 453-4494.

A Few of Our Favorite Trails

McCullough Gulch Trail (Hiking):

This is a moderately challenging trail just south of Breckenridge meandering through the valley near the 14,000ft Mt. Quandary. It offers incredible views of Breckenridge’s surrounding peaks, high alpine lakes, waterfalls and, of course, fields of wildflowers. It can get a little crowded on the weekends so start your day early. Most people hike up to the waterfalls and then head down. If you feel up to the challenge, we recommend continuing on to the lake directly beneath the summit of Pacific Peak – the crowds thin and you can sometimes have the high alpine vistas all to yourself!

Directions:

From Breckenridge head south on route 9 for 7.6 miles to Blue Lakes Drive (CR #850). Turn right onto Blue Lakes drive and continue for about 100 yards to McCullough Gulch Rd.(#851). Turn right and continue for 2.2 miles, staying left at the y-junction, to the parking area at the trailhead.


Lower Flume Trail (Biking):

The Lower Flume Trail is a great introduction trail to mountain biking in Breckenridge. It also offers some of the best views around while biking through fields of tall wildflowers. If you are unfamiliar with mountain biking in Breckenridge, ask our friends at Charter Sports about where to go and proper protocol.

Directions:

The Trailhead is located at the Summit County Road facility just past the recycling center on the north side of SCR 450 (Huron Road) approximately 1/4 mile from the 7-Eleven.

There is no parking at the trailhead. Park at the Breckenridge Recreation Center, or somewhere else in Town.

The trail initially climbs steeply from the road grade to the flume, then flattens for a cruisy, fun singletrack. At mile 0.7, the trail crosses Highlands Drive and continues directly across the road. At mile 1.2 trail again comes to Highlands Drive. Continue north (downhill) on Highlands Drive approximately 400′ and look for the trail on the right. The Mike’s Trail intersection will be on the right, the Lower Flume Trail crosses Highlands Drive again and continues north another 1/4 mile to the terminus in Silver Shekel Subdivision.*
*Information from https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/5466559/lower-flume-trail

Featured Properties

Breckenridge Home Rental

Saddlewood, Bluff 78

This home has it all! Enjoy mountain views and cozy evenings with the family by the fireplace in the very nicely appointed Saddlewwod #78 town home.

With easy access to the Snowflake chairlift, the 3bed/3bath + private hot tub and garage parking make the property an inviting family-friendly retreat year-round!

100 Crown Drive

This is a perfect home for your next family trip to Breckenridge weather in the winter for skiing and snowboarding or in the summer for hiking and rafting!
Located approx. 1 mile south of downtown Breckenridge. The home is tucked back in the woods of Blue River, you can sit on the large deck and enjoy the views of Baldy Mountain and the forest is just steps away.