Breck’s Hidden Gems
You might think that when it comes to Breck, you’ve seen and done it all. But that might not be true. Whether you’re a long-time visitor, a first-timer, or a seasoned local, Breck’s got a few secrets tucked away, just waiting for you to discover. Check out these hidden gems the next time you’re in town, and we’ll leave it up to you to decide if you’ll share this insider information with your family and friends.
Everyone loves a great deck in the summer, and Breck’s got some pretty amazing choices for drinks with a view. What you might not know, however, is that Modis has a spectacular deck, too. Nestled high above Main Street, it can be easy to miss, but the view is expansive and so is the drink menu. With pages of unique cocktails – some recipes taken from the Prohibition era – and delicious happy hour food, the Modis deck might be hidden from sight, but it should definitely not be hidden from your itinerary.
When you’re out late and in desperate need of food, head to Above the Blue. Breck’s latest night food joint is open until 3 AM, and after several hours of too much fun, Red knows just the kind of sustenance you’re looking for – from gyros and meatball subs to falafel and baked mac and cheese. Red has been cooking for over 20 years. He’s even done a few stints at four star restaurants, so he knows his way around a kitchen. His food hits the spot for late night partiers and restaurant staff getting off work. Getting hungry? Look for this food stand next to the bridge over the Blue River on Park Avenue.
When your kids are begging to go swimming, take them to the Rec Center. The kid-friendly leisure pool has a maximum depth of three-and-a-half feet, and has tons of added fun features like a vortex pool and a slide. Yep, you read that right: water slide! Once you’ve had too much fun, head over to one of the hot tubs for a little relaxation. The Rec Center is open every day, and daily admission is available. The pools close earlier than the rest of the Rec Center, so be sure to check the hours before you go.
If you’ve ever taken the gondola up to the base of Peak 8, you’ve whisked over Cucumber Gulch, but you might not have known how special the area is. Cucumber Gulch was designated a wildlife preserve by the Breckenridge Town Council, and the area provides habitat for elk, moose, beavers, mountain lions, several species of birds, and even the endangered boreal toad. Because the area is a wildlife preserve, there are special rules in place that govern its management. Each year, Cucumber Gulch is closed between the ski area’s closing day and the first Monday after the Fourth of July, and dogs aren’t allowed in the this preserve. When it reopens, check out the trails that wind through the Gulch, and keep your eyes open for wildlife!
These are just a few of our favorite hidden treasures in Breckenridge – share yours in the comments below!