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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.

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.

4th of July in Breckenridge!

Maybe we are biased, but there may not be a better place in the entire country than Breckenridge in which to celebrate The 4th of July. The crisp mountain air, the dramatic mountain backdrop, the “perfect” Main Street all come together to create an unforgettable experience. Breckenridge is quintessential Colorado, and our Independence Day celebration should not be missed! We have the inside scoop on what to do and, of course, where to stay.

Independence Day Celebration Schedule:
(information from GoBreck)

 

7:00 a.m: Independence Day 10K Trail Run

This scenic 10k trail running race offers up some of the best views in the Breckenridge area, while finishing just in time to catch the Main Street parade and other festivities. This race is limited to 400 people and usually sells out in June! Start and finish at Carter Park.

Register

9:30am Start: The Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race

This mountain bike race launches the Breckenridge 4th of July Parade in front of thousands of spectators. Come cheer on riders as they embark on a 50-mile journey on the beautiful trails in and surrounding the Breckenridge area. Race will take place on Main Street starting at 9:30am.

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9:00am: Breckenridge 4th of July Garden Party

Annual Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Garden Party at the Barney Ford House Museum. Enjoy coffee, mimosas, and breakfast spread as you watch the Breckenridge Fourth of July parade in style from the best view on Main Street. Cost Advance ticket prices – Adults $50 ($75 day of), Children 12-6 $30 and Children 5 & under $10. Call 970.453.9767 x 2 for more information.

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10:00am-around 12:00pm: Main Street Parade

The official parade will start at 10am with the Red, White and Blue Color Guard. Firecracker 50 Mountain Bike Race will lead off the parade at 9:30am & it will take 800+ riders ½ hour to get down Main Streets in waves. Reading of the Declaration of Independence by George Washington (C.J. Muller) – Following the parade in the Blue River Plaza.

12:00pm – 3:00pm: Prowlers Show and Shine

The Prowler Car Show and Shine on Adams Ave following the parade.

12:30pm-2:30pm: Drum Circle

Try out your skills at drumming. Join in on the circle to test out your musical talents. Fun for the whole family.

1:00pm-2:30pm: Kids’ Water Activities

Kids’ can join the Red, White & Blue Fire Dept. in an old-time water fight on Main Street. Free for kids to participate. A hit every year.

1:00pm-3:00pm: Free Pony Ride

Main Street in front of Blue River Plaza compliments of Farview horse rescue.

12:00pm-6:00pm: Street Arts Festival

A celebration of street, pavement and graffiti arts that will feature a weekend of 3D murals, chalk drawings, live music and hands-on workshops at the Breckenridge Arts District campus. This year, the must-see attraction is the Barder Boat on the East patio of the Old Masonic Hall.

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2:00 pm-4:00pm: Free Concert by Groovin Motion

Come enjoy this free concert at the River Walk Center!

8:00pm: National Repertory Orchestra

4th of July Patriotic Concert – For almost 20 years, the Town of Breckenridge and National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) have collaborated to present a Patriotic Concert each July 4th at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, CO. In order to prevent numerous empty seats due to unused free tickets and in order to offer tickets online at a greater convenience to all of our guests, the Riverwalk Center Box Office will sell indoor reserved seat tickets.

9:45pm: Fireworks (weather and conditions dependent)

A brilliant and dazzling fireworks display is slated to begin at 9:45pm and will be launched near the Gondola lots making them visible throughout town.

Our Favorite Spots to Watch The Fireworks (Local secrets!)

Breckenridge DeckYou cannot go wrong viewing the fireworks from any spot around town. Whether that is from your favorite deck or right from the center of Main Street. Here are a few spots you may not know about:

Boreas Pass:

From Main Street, head South to the intersection of Main Street and Boreas Pass Road. Turn left and go up the pass about 2 miles. You will see an overlook of the town on your left. This offers one of the best views of Breckenridge, including the incredible fireworks display. There is nothing quite like seeing the fireworks against the backdrop of the dramatic mountains and the ski runs.

Peak 9:

From Park Avenue, head South to Village Road up to Beaver Run Resort. If you have the appropriate vehicle, drive through the parking lot onto the dirt road that heads up the ski area. As you drive up, you will find numerous perfect vantage points in which to enjoy the fireworks. Many people choose to park in the lot and do a short hike up the mountain to their favorite view.

Featured Properties for July 4th

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!

Rockridge Townhome 55

Staying in this home is comfortable and welcoming. A beautiful and well equipped kitchen is perfect for cooking meals. The views from the living room and deck are spectacular, (best views in Breckenridge)!