Seize the Season: Fall in Breckenridge
There’s a certain energy in the air when autumn comes around. Breckenridge starts buzzing with ski season’s swelling anticipation and a bittersweet happiness dings with every golden leaf that hits the ground.
But while it’s here, fall is nothing short of glorious. Here are our top tips to seize the season:
Autumn foliage around Summit County is unbelievable with Instagram-worthy vistas around every corner.
Boreas Pass Road is the quintessential autumn color extravaganza, perfect for driving, hiking or mountain biking. Head up Boreas Pass Road from the south end of Main Street in Breck to look out at 11,400 feet over town and the surrounding mountains. There’s nothing like the glow of this aspen-hugged golden tunnel.
Leaf peep by bike or foot around the French Gulch area. Marked paths like the B&B Trail and Minnie Mine afford towering panoramas. Head one mile up from the Wellington neighborhood and explore historic relics among bursting fall palettes.
Head south seven miles on Highway 9 and turn off at the Quandary sign to access the McCullough Gulch trailhead. Climb rocks and pass trickling waterfalls to look out over a county glowing in orange and gold.
Breck’s fall festival season is full and plenty. Join the Rocky Mountain’s largest street party at the 22nd annual Breckenridge Oktoberfest Sept. 9–11, where the German beer flows and schnitzel, sausage, huge pretzels and Oompah dancers are on tap.
On Sept. 15–18, the Breckenridge Wine Classic delivers master sommeliers, chefs and winemakers to thirsty vino lovers in the high country.
The ultimate cocktail party, Still on the Hill Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival (Oct. 22) is all about handcrafted spirits and creative craft cocktails from around the country. Sip, sample and mingle while you enjoy artisanal snacks and live bluegrass music.
College or NFL. Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Fall means football for pigskin fans of all walks. Hit up Fatty’s for breakfast and big screens. Their special fall menu shines with a delicious breakfast pizza and daily specials. Quandary Grille boasts tons of TVs and deals on Bloody Marys and mimosas, while Ollie’s Pub and Grub is a local sports tavern fave.
Ever heard of the phrase “If you’re lucky enough to be in the mountains, you’re lucky enough?” When the crisp autumn O2 fills your lungs, aspen light up the landscape and that giddy here-comes-winter buzz hits, you’ll feel it – it’s that singular blend of luck and bliss.