Lyle Lovett John Hiatt Coming to Breckenridge June 2011

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt will be gracing Breckenridge with an incredible acoustic show on June 16, 2011 at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, CO!  These all-time great American singer/songwriters will take the stage together to create this unique performance.  The incredible talent of Lovett and Hiatt up-close and personal is an experience not to miss! Doors open at 7pm and performance is at 8pm!

One of the most distinctive songwriters to come out of Nashville, four-time Grammy Award-winner Lyle Lovett is equally comfortable in pop, rock, blues and country. Eleven-time Grammy nominee John Hiatt melds rock, acoustic, folk, new wave and Mississippi Delta blues into songs recorded by some three dozen artists over the last three decades from Three Dog Night to Eric Clapton.

Get your tickets now! Tickets go on sale April 16th at 10am.  Your can get tickets from the Riverwalk Center with pricing starting at $25-$75 for a $2 dollar charge fee. Get them online or call 970-547-3100.   Tickermaster.com also sells these but charge a much higher fee.

Get your Lodging! Stay with ResortQuest Breckenridge and stay just steps away from the concert venue, downtown Breckenridge, restaurants, shopping and the late night after concert scene!  Get your 3rd night free is our current lodging deal!


2010/11 Ski Season Closing and Epic Mix Numbers- Good bye winter, hello summer!

Breckenridge is calling this 2010/2011 ski season a wrap with an incredible winter season!  Overall the Breckenridge Ski Resort saw huge snow totals that kept the ski resort in near perfect conditions until closing day April 24, 2011 with a 101 inch base!   This was not only a big year for all the powder hounds but also for all the skiers/ boarders who love social media and their smartphones! 

Breckenridge was part of the Vail Resorts who launched the brand new EpicMix pass this season.  Epicmix announced their final numbers a few days ago and they are quite impressive! Of all the Vail Resorts using the EpicMix pass Nearly 100,000  guests activated EpicMix accounts this season, generating over 35 million social impressions and racking up over 55 billion vertical feet of skiing and snowboarding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Heavenly, CA.  EpicMix passes not only tracks all your vertical feet but it combines technology to digitally capture your ski and ride experience and share it with friends and family via facebook and foursquare like “buttons”.  Learn more about the EpicMix Pass.

Nearly 100,000 Vail Resorts guests activated EpicMix accounts this season which roughly accounts for an almost 15-percent adoption rate by eligible guests. Also, almost 40,000 guests downloaded the EpicMix application to their mobile phone.  

So overall, not only are people loving the Breckenridge, Keystone and other Vail Resorts mountains but they are loving being social about it too!  This pass tracked your vertical feet, ski runs and rewarded "buttons" (in true foursquare style only cooler names and achievements) and combined it all to be shared or bragged about with your buddies via facebook, twitter and you could manage your account on-line.

Us at ResortQuest Breckenridge & Keystone want to say thanks to all our loyal skiing and lodging customers! So with an incredible ski season that ULLR blessed and an extra fun ski pass that made all the big talkers back it up with stats from EpicMix, the 2010/2011 ski season was one of the best! 

Get to Breckenridge for the best lodging deals all summer and if you book early for winter you will ensure you get the perfect ski in ski out condo! Good bye winter, hellloooo summer!


Closing Weekend & Easter In Breckenridge: Kids and Parents Paradise!

Closing weekend is almost upon us here in Breckenridge and not only did we have a killer 2010/2011 season that left us with powder perma-grins but Breck  also cured us of any Spring Fever with the incredible events that are taking place all this April.  Spring Fever is going out with a bang for closing weekend that is also family friendly, sun lover friendly and snow lover friendly-

Get to Breckenridge for closing weekend and get in your Spring Fever Events! Save on lodging with Buy One Get One Free all through April! Book Today!

Here are Highlights of the closing weekend festivities not to miss- See the Full Schedule

  • 5:30pm: Final Breck Ascent Series race, up Claimjumper run
  • 2-5pm: Final “5 ‘til 5” Terrain Park Happy Hour (5 Chair runs 1 hour later to 5pm)
  • 11am -1pm: Final Fever Poker Run, starting at Peak 8 Guest Services hut
  • 4pm –6pm: Final Friday EpicMixer in the TBar
  • 2-day long Easter egg hunt: Great Egg Scramble at Breck Rec Center
  • Ripperoo’s Mini-World Cup, Swinger Run, Peak 8
  • Mountain Top Children’s Museum free kids Easter activities at Peak 8
  • Spring Fever Mascot Olympics, Peak 8 base
  • 2-day long Easter egg hunt: “Hoppy Hour” adult Easter egg hunt, participating bars in town
Sunday, April 24  Easter Sunday & Closing Day!  See Full Schedule-  Start out with a beautiful sunrise service and play all day till the closing day Luau! 
  • Sunrise Easter Service on the mountain, Quicksilver lift
  • 2-day long Easter egg hunt: egg hunt on the slopes, various runs
  • Closing Day Luau & Pig Roast on the TBar patio 
  • Mountain Top Childrens’ Museum kids Easter activities at Peak 8 
Get to Breckenridge for the closing weekend and save big on lodging with our Buy One Night Get One Free Lodging Deal! 


Why Choose Breckenridge for Your Mountain Wedding?

There are many mountain towns in Colorado that offer a serene wedding backdrop, however Breckenridge offers more than just location.  This small lively town of Breckenridge comes packed with history, amazing & unique restaurants, galleries, shops & museums, activities for all ages, strong community and of course incredible views.

Why Breckenridge for the Perfect Mountain Wedding? 
  • The history behind Breckenridge goes back to the late 1800’s when mining was the main interest in Breckenridge.  Much of downtown Breckenridge is part of a historical site with the effort to maintain the original feel of those old cute Victorian style mining buildings.  This gives Breckenridge such a classic and quaint feel. The look of downtown is quite unique to many of Colorado’s newer mountain towns that lack the color of Breckenridge.
  • Downtown hosts over 60 restaurants- every one of your wedding guests will find the tastes that satisfy their cravings!  Unique boutique shopping is all around and bigger names like Patagonia are here too for the ladies and the gents of your wedding party.  If you have some art lovers, they will be thrilled with the art district that hosts a wide array of different artists from glass blowing, western style to modern art forms.  And the nightlife is one you have to explore- with classy bars or laid back taverns you will find what fits your wedding party the best!
  • Spas and Spas! Don’t fret that your spa stylist will be outdated and give you a dated “small town look” for your wedding.  The spas in Breckenridge have trained stylists that carry top of the line products, have trained cosmologists and the number of professionals you need to make your bridal party feel pampered and look amazing for your special day!

  • Summer Views and Activities.  A local saying goes “People move to Breckenridge for the winter but stay for the summer!” The views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains are breathtaking with the spectacular green of summer and the blue bird skies above.  The outdoor activities are abundant! Enjoy horseback riding, rafting, golf, hiking and biking and list goes on.

  • Best Lodging in Breckenridge.   You want your lodging and accommodations to match your elegant wedding!  Our properties at ResortQuest Breckenridge will not only impress your guests, provide comfort but will also be the perfect location for your Breckenridge wedding.  Whether you would like your wedding outside or staged in a beautiful ballroom we have these accommodations!
Click here to start planning your wedding accommodations with us! Our professional Groups Sales staff are ready to answer your questions and start a quote for your wedding date!


Insider Tips for Spring Skiing in Keystone, CO

Insider Tips are written by the expert team at our ResortQuest Ski and Sport shops! Thanks Frank E.!

The last 7 days in March brought 50, YES, 50 INCHES, of fresh new snow to the
Breckenridge area and 48 INCHES to Keystone!!! And with the latest storm that has rolled through Spring skiing in Breck and Keystone is more like mid-winter conditions! Keystone
received 11" since yesterday (April 3) and over 39" inches in the past 7 days! Shout out for Spring Powder Days!

And with the end of the season approaching ResortQuest is offering some incredible lodging deals including the Spring Fever Buy One Get One promotion.  Stay two nights, pay for just one night, stay three nights, pay just two nights, and so on.

So where are the best runs right now at Breckenridge and Keystone Ski Resorts?
Learn more about the Breckenridge Ski Resort including maps and descriptions and learn more
  • BeginnersBreckenridge - Check out the Silverthorne run.  This casual green cruiser on Peak 9 can be accessed from the Quicksilver lift.  It is perfect for skiers and riders that are looking to take it easy and not have to worry about ending up on a more advanced trail.  It goes to the base of Peak 9 where you can stop in to the Quandary Grill on the Main Street Station plaza for a quick bite to eat before heading back onto the slopes. See lodging next to Quicksilver KeystoneGet on Schoolmarm.  This is a very long green run that winds its way across Keystone Mountain and will give you a sweet, easy way to get down the hill.
  • IntermediateBreckenridge - Loaded with nothing but mellow blue runs, lower Peak 7 is the perfect place for intermediate skiers, or as a warm up for advanced and expert snow riders before getting on the black and double-black runs.  For the wider, easier blue runs try Wirepatch and Lincoln Meadows.  If you want something a bit more challenging we recommend Northstar, Claimjumper or PioneerKeystone – When you are ready to step it up a notch give Wild Irishman a go.  With the option of hitting bumps on one side of the trail and groomers on the other, the choice is yours as to how aggressive you want to be. 
  • AdvancedBreckenridge - For snow riders that want to challenge themselves without going overboard we recommend checking out Chair 6.  Lines can be a bit long right after the opening bell, but it is worth the wait.  There is a broad expanse of single-black runs that will keep you on your toes without getting too hairy for most people.  When you get off the chair head hard left and go to Way Out.  This run skirts the ski area boundary and is frequently un-tracked.  Steep and fun!  Keystone – Head back to the North Peak and hit Cat Dancer.  With lots of bumps your legs will burn, but in a satisfying way.  
  • Expert Breckenridge - For those that are ready for the ultimate Breckenridge challenge head up the Imperial lift and head over to Upper Peak 7.  This stout traverse weeds out all but the most die-hard skiers and boarders, but is absolutely worth the effort.  This terrain provides nothing but double-black terrain and will open your eyes to the joys of serious snow riding.  As you get farther over you will hit Whales Tale, which takes you right down the guts of the bowl.  You might have to go back to lower Peak 7 for a well deserved break. Keystone – One of the best parts of Keystone Resort is its fabulous tree skiing.  They pulled out all of the stops when it came to creating beautiful gladed runs that go on forever.  Some of the best of these are in the Black Forest on The Outback.  Runs include Bushwhacker, Badger and The Grizz.  These are for experts only, but if you qualify, definitely check these out.  WEAR A HELMET!
Need some great skis for a great price?  Check out our ResortQuest Ski and Sport Shop- We have great gear at great prices with experts fitting you for your day of skiing! Get to Breckenridge and Keystone for Epic Spring Skiing!


Spring Breckenridge Beer Festival- Brews, Bands, Lodging and Spring Fever

Karin B. is ResortQuest's event planner and true Breck local- she loves to ensure all our guests enjoy themselves so check out her insider knowledge!

One of the best things to do during Spring Fever in Breckenridge will be the Breckenridge Beer Festival April 9th at Main Street Station.   You really need to spend the entire weekend in Breck, check out the nightlife the night before and of course spend the night of the beer fest – because with 24 brewers sampling their specialty brews, you'll want a comfy bed to return to!

This year the Breck Beer Fest will feature three bands.  Openers the Holden Young Trio and Something Underground set the stage for headliner Elliott Brood and are all sure to keep your feet moving with their grooving music!!!  By buying a $65 VIP (presale) beer mug, you can begin your unlimited beer sampling one hour earlier ( noon – 5pm ) and will gain you access into a VIP lounge for a nice lunch catered by Harvest Catering.  A unlimited tasting regular mug price will run you $25 ( presale) and will get you sampling at 1pm – 5pm.  Entry into the event for music is FREE.

Book with ResortQuest Breckenridge and get discounted lodging plus discounted beer mugs and VIP tickets!  Book now!

So now where to stay?  They say that location is everything, so let’s start with the closest lodging to the event.  The Breck Beer Fest is located a Main Street Station in the plaza at the center of the complex.  I would say that to be right in the mix, staying at Main Street Station in one of the rooms overlooking the plaza would be ideal.  You would be able to watch the live music right from your balcony and venture down to sample the brews as you wish.  Book This Property Now!

If you are looking for a little more peace and quiet, but still want fabulous luxury, the next building over is Water House on Main Street.  It is new, incredibly decorated and the end units have spectacular views of Peak 9 and Maggie Pond.  The night before the event take advantage of  the amenities Water House has to offer, fitness center, swimming pool, hot tubs and eucalyptus steam rooms. After the event is over, you can walk to the many restaurants on Main Street as Water House is located on Main on the south side of town. Book This Property Now!

For a more economical lodging choice for Beer Fest weekend, try River Mountain Lodge.  It is clean, comfortable and located one block from all of the action of Main Street, Breckenridge in the center of town.  It, too, has a fitness room, swimming pool, hot tubs (some units have their own private hot tub) and bar lounge. A short 5 minute walk will bring you to the Festival.  Book This Property Now!

Of course, I  truly recommend staying anywhere within walking distance, because between the 24 brews being served, and the 10,000 feet above sea level, you surely will not want to drive.  There is a wide a range of lodging options located all within a five minute walk to the Beer Fest – view our list of properties with video and photos of every unit so you can pick out the perfect condo for your weekend!

Enjoy everything Spring Fever and the Breckenridge Beer Festivals have to offer and stay safe and comfortable after all the fun in one of our condos!  See the deal and discounted mugs for the beer festivals! Book now before they rooms are gone!

Best Apres Drink Spots- Cool Off That Spring Fever with an Apres Afternoon

Karin B. is a Breck local and our events diva! She loves to ensure our guests have the very best time with her insider tips... 

You should see spring time in Breckenridge.  Sunny, warm, and fabulous! We want every one to experience this kind of spring! That's why the newest Breckenridge event, Spring Fever is here to celebrate spring and everything good about it including the best place to cool a fever with some après drinks!  

  1. One cure for your après affliction after the last chair at 4:00 is right in downtown Breck!  Simply taking the Four O’Clock Run to the very bottom of the ski resort, walk across the street to the River Mountain Lodge and the Fireside Lounge.  This cozy hotel bar, decorated “moosey bear” complete with antler chandeliers, will be the perfect place for your après ski remedy.   Bubba is one of Breckenridge’s most loved bartenders, and will prescribe cold frosty libations with daily specials.
  2. If you want to stay up on the hill, head to the T-Bar for your après ski therapy.  One of North America’s highest après ski bars, and the largest bar at Breckenridge Ski Resort, the T-Bar seats 150 people and is located slope-side at the base of Peak 8 inside One Ski Hill Place.  Enjoy your favorite tonic while taking in the incredible views.  Friday nights in April  are “EpicMixer” events, when you can share your accomplishments on EpicMix in group therapy and get rewarded with  awesome specials.  The BreckConnect Gondola is located conveniently right outside the T-Bar, so stay until last call and get a free ride down to town!
  3. Addicted to the terrain park? Thursday nights in April are "5 til 5" Terrain Park Happy Hours and just what the doctor ordered. Breckenridge Ski Resort will run the “5” Chair Lift one hour later on Thursday nights in April. Join the other addicts in Park Lane for Thursday Park Happy Hours featuring DJs spinning tunes, food and drinks, prizes and competitions! Plus you get to be out on the mountain 1 hour later and it’s FREE!  Sick Tricks… Thursdays April 7 – April 21.
  4. One of the largest après ski cures in Breckenridge will be the April 9th Beer Festival at Main Street Station from 1-5pm.  Featuring over 20 Breweries from around the country, plus live music, the annual Beer Fest is one of Spring’s infectious events!
  5. Still in pain? A nice dose of sunshine on the many decks in Breck will restore your health.  Some of Breckenridge's best outdoor decks are at the Kenosha Steakhouse, the 2nd floor at Relish or  the outdoor wooden deck at Fatty’s, fabulously  surrounded by John Daisy’s famous botanicals. Try Quandary Grille’s sunny deck overlooking Peak 9 and the Maggie Pond. Or a “wee bit o sunshine” on the Burke and Riley’s Irish Bar deck and patio.    

With over 70 bars and restaurants in Breck, finding a place to heal your Spring Fever Apres Ski craving,  will be painless!  Get to Breckenridge for Spring Fever and the best Spring Apres scene!  View the best lodging deals and stay right in downtown Breckenridge!


Breckenridge Named Best Getaway by New York Times

Breckenridge is the perfect mountain town to get away for a quick weekend or an extended trip and the New York Times thinks so too with their article about “14 Easy Weekend Getaways” and Breckenridge is first on the list. (read the full article)
The New York Times is raving about Breckenridge!  They report that anyone from major airport hubs around the country can easily get to Breckenridge’s slopes for the sunny spring that is already starting to appear in Breckenridge!  New York Times highlights our record snowfall (over 29 feet so far!!!) and our incredible events like the Spring Beer Festival and Spring Fever events like the Bite of Breck! 

So where to stay while you are on your getaway that won’t break the bank?  The Times featured our River Mountain Lodge property as a great place to stay! During Spring break find prices starting at $140 a night, but as soon as April 1, 2011 rolls around see prices drop and you can save up to 40% off lodging! 

River Mountain Lodge is centrally located just one block of main street and just a short walk to the ski lifts! Choose a hotel room, studio, or 1-, 2-, 3- or 4-bedroom condominium with the option of a loft, private hot tub, fireplace or private balcony. Complimentary wireless Internet access is provided (bring your laptop!) Enjoy 24-hour bell and front desk service, an outdoor heated pool, hot tubs and a fitness center. ResortQuest Ski and Sport is on site to take care of all your ski, snowboard and biking needs!

Stay anytime between April 1 and April 30, 2011 and rates start as low as $104 for a hotel room in River Mountain Lodge!  Search for your perfect River Mountain Lodge condo and get to Breckenridge for Spring Fever!  See our other spring lodging and find your perfect condo in Breckenridge!

Spring Fever in Breckenridge- Free Music, Restaurant Deals, Park Jams, & Lodging Deals

Spring Fever- it's that restless feeling you get around March and April when the sun is shining brighter longer and the days are getting warmer.  With the melting snow comes a need for change and any thing fun is fair game.  It involves long days of spring skiing, après beers on your favorite patio, basking in the sun and a secret longing for your love, summer, to arrive (you don't want to make winter jealous.)

But the actual term Spring Fever is recognized by science as a biological change that occurs in humans as the seasons switch from winter to spring. Wikipedia defines Spring Fever as: “A term applied to several sets of physical and psychological symptoms associated with the arrival of Spring. It refers to an increase in energy and vitality, often particularly strong in those experiencing lows during the winter months.”  Its like we are coming out of our winter hibernation and we're ready to play!

So Breckenridge has fully embraced this Spring Fever condition and to help relieve all those antsy, fun seeking spring chicks they have made April a month of pure Spring Fever Fun!!!  Save up to 40% on Spring Fever lodging. Come on get to Breckenridge- don't deny the urge to break free from winter and have some spring fun!

From live music from major headline bands like the Flobots, The Wailers, Devotchka and more to incredible restaurant deals, apres deals, extended ski hours to shopping deals to an entire beer festival, the entire town of Breckenridge is setting up the fun for all of April! 

Highlights of Spring Fever Events - Don't Miss these!  See entire calendar of Events
  • All of April: “Breck 1859” Restaurant Special
    All throughout the month of April, restaurants all over town will participate in “Breck 1859”, featuring special menu items for only $18.59, in celebration of the year of the town’s founding!
  • Fridays April 1-Fri. April 22: Epic Mixer
    Free “EpicMixer” events in the TBar, the hottest après-ski scene in Breck! Come share your accomplishments on EpicMix with other guests, get rewarded with specials, and mix and mingle as our Mixologists dish out great mixed drinks and Breck’s hottest DJ’s mix it up on the turntables!
  • The Flobots- Breck Spring Fever Free Concerts 3-5pm Peak 8 Stage
    The Flobots are an American rock and hip hop musical group from Denver, Colorado, formed in 2000 by Jamie Laurie. Flobots found mainstream success with their major label debut Fight with Tools (2007), featuring the single "Handlebars", which became a popular hit on Modern Rock radio in April 2008.
  • "5 til 5" Terrain Park Happy Hours
    For all you terrain park hounds, Thursday nights in April are for you! The 5 Chair Lift will run one hour later on Thursday nights in April and are keeping our parks open late! In Park Lane, the Thursday Park Happy Hours featuring DJs spinning tunes, food and drinks, prizes and competitions will be underway!
  • April 9: Breckenridge Beer Festival
    The Breckenridge Beer Festival presented by KSMT, The Mountain radio station, is the kick-off party to Spring Massive. Expect to see over 20 different breweries, dance to live music and see our awesome lodging deals- we are an official lodging partner.
  • April 9: The Wailers - Breck Spring Fever Free Concerts 3-5pm Peak 8 Stage
    Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica's reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable other tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe.
  • April 16: moe. - Breck Spring Fever Free Concerts 3-5pm Peak 8 Stage
    From modest beginnings in a Buffalo basement over two decades ago to today’s multifaceted success, the members of moe. have never lost sight of the earnest, elemental goals that they aspired to from their very first show: to deliver honest, heartfelt music and to ensure the audience has a good time.
  • April 17: Devotchka - Breck Spring Fever Free Concerts 3-5pm Peak 8 Stage
    DeVotchKa is a four piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble that fuses Romani, Greek, Slavic, and Bolero, music with American punk and folk roots. They are Colorado natives with their own unique Gypsy style, providing live multi-instrumental performances like no other.
  • Sat. April 23 and Sun. April 24: Weekend-Long Easter Egg Hunt: Peak 8
    Grab the Kids and head to one of the largest Easter Egg Hunts anywhere, as this free 2-day egg-stravaganza will give kids and adults alike the chance to hunt for prize filled eggs both on the mountain and at various locations around town! 

Get to Breckenridge for your Spring Fever Relievers and save on lodging too!  We have special Spring Fever Deals running so you can get to Breckenridge for cheap! Save up to 40%! View the deal and book online now to secure these Spring prices!


St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Breckenridge- Kiss Me, I'm Irish!

Blog written by Breck Local Karin Bearnarth who has a special place in her heart for all those Irish- even just a wee-bit! 

Breckenridge celebrates St. Patrick’s Day, just a wee bit this March 17, 2011!  Whether you are born and raised in Ireland or have a touch of Irish in you, celebrating St. Patrick’s day in the high country will have you saying “Tabhair pog dom taim Eireannach” (Kiss me! I’m Irish)  before the end of the evening!

Start your day off at Burke and Riley’s which will open at 7am with a giant Irish buffet breakfast.  Mark Burke, one of the owners, says he will be serving up a traditional Irish breakfast, the most important meal of your day!  Later in the day, enjoy the sounds of the old country with bagpipers from Denver’s Emerald Society.  Burke and Riley’s will also have live Irish music, a DJ and Celtic dancers throughout the afternoon and evening.  A small cover charge will get your first  “beor ghlas” (green beer) and a collector’s Burke and Riley’s t-shirt.  Of course there will be Guinness on tap as well.

Head over to Fatty’s Pizzeria, a local’s tradition for St Patrick’s Day lunch.  The corned beef simply falls apart because they braise it and then slow cook if for eight hours.  It is served with cabbage and other vegetables that have been slow cooked as well. They open at 11 and serve at least 100 pounds of corned beef that afternoon!  Yum! 

Napper Tandy’s owner Anthony Bulfin, born and raised in County Tipperary Ireland,  and rumored to be  a direct descendant of St Patrick, hosts another gigantic celebration beginning with a true Irish buffet with corned beef and cabbage with soda crackers and Guinness on tap.  The buffet opens at 11am - 4pm.  Live Celtic music will begin at 12pm – close.  The decks at Napper Tandys will be filled with revelry and have nice views of the mountains.  At 5pm, be dazzled by Breckenridge’s own Celtic Steps dancers – ages 5 – 15, which have been professionally trained by members of the cast of Lord of the Dance, and will perform traditional Irish dances until 6pm.  Impress Anthony by saying “Pionta Guinness le do thoil” which means “ A pint of Guinness , please!”

New this year will be an upscale St Patrick’s Day party at Blue River Bistro, from 4 – 7pm.  Their new chef will prepare traditional Irish fare including corned beef and cabbage, but with an avant-garde twist.  Jay Beckerman, owner, says he is introducing a new St Patrick’s Day martini to go along with the fabulous appetizers.  Larry Copeland will be performing his outstanding jazz but promises it will have an Irish twist, as he and his crew have been working on U2 covers! Getting green at the blue will certainly have you saying “Eirinn go Brach”  ( Ireland forever) for the rest of the night!

Get to Breckenridge to celebrate St. Patty's day or anytime this spring and save up to 40% on lodging through March- or experience Spring Fever in a different light all April! Save up to 40% on Spring Fever Lodging and cure that need for spring skiing, apres and all those awesome events!
We look forward to seeing you this St Patrick’s Day! Slainte!


Breckenridge Florists- Who's the Best for Your Wedding?

Petal and Bean photo
Flowers can be a large part of many weddings- they can be an essential decor piece for a wedding or just a perfect highlight.  Whether your wedding budget includes transforming your wedding space into a jungle of flower arrangements or if you simply plan to have beautiful bouquets, there are plenty of Breckenridge florists to help you achieve the perfect look.  

Florists can be a hard pick however our Group and Wedding Sales Manager Brigitte (contact her today) suggests to start by looking at the florist's portfolio- you want to ensure they can physically create the look you are going for with your flower elements. Second check their pricing to ensure they can fit your budget, and thirdly check to see their full range of services. Sometimes its easier to know that fewer companies are taking care of multiple aspects of your wedding.  Contact Brigitte today to discuss your Breckenridge wedding!

Brigitte has put together her top picks of Breckenridge Florists for your Wedding Day in Breckenridge! 

Petal and Bean
Petal and Bean
This is a one stop shopping destination - Petal and Bean is not just a floral shop- they are event planners, florist and can arrange for linens, glassware, decorations and create invitations.  Petal & Beans can make your wedding planning as easy as it can get.  They are highlighted over different years of Rocky Mountain Bride issues, The Knot and other various mentions! See their website.

You will get the best service and quality possible when using Bloom as your florist.  They have been voted “Best of Summit” since 2003. Bloom also has been recognized in the Knot – Best of Wedding Magazine” and has been featured in the Rocky Mountain Bridal Magazine. See their website.

Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden
Garden of Eden specializes in fresh flower arrangements and silk flower arrangements.  They also offer unique home accessories.  With 28 years of experience, you will be in good hands for all your wedding flower arrangements. See their website.

If you are still planning your perfect Breckenridge wedding don't miss the beautiful wedding accommodations and wedding spaces we have at our different properties with ResortQuest Breckenridge.  When you book with us you will also receive a newly wed gift - free night in one of our beautiful wedding suites!  Contact Brigitte today to discuss your perfect wedding.

Keystone’s Winter Culinary Festival 2011- Extravagance on Ice!

The annual Keystone Winter Culinary Festival March 4-6, 2011 is absolutely packed with fabulous events, tastings, demonstrations and the Grand Tasting of them all!  This years culinary feast is presented by 5280 Magazine and Stella Artois.

Get to Keystone and walk away with delighted taste buds, new found culinary enlightenment and the perfect Keystone lodging to be the icing on the foodie weekend.   View our Keystone Lodging Deals.

The events begin with a bang from the Chocolate Demo to Friday nights Welcome Wine Dinner. Saturday enjoy a full day of culinary techniques and classes that will prepare you for the Grand Tasting. And Sunday wind down with the Champagne brunch and bring the kids to the kids cooking class. All of these events require reservations which can be made by calling 800-354-4386.

Highlight of Events- Don’t Miss These Tasty Events!
See full schedule.

Friday March 4, 2011
  • Chocolate Demo – 2pm
    Executive Pastry Chef Ned Archibald shares his talent with you during this Chocolate Demo Class. This class can accommodate up to 25 people for a 2 hour long demonstration.  Watch Ned demonstrate how to make various desserts. Location: Keystone Conference Center. Cost: $15 per person. Reservations Required. 
  • Unique Red Varietals and Blends – 3:30pm
    This wine tasting at the Ski Tip Lodge, featuring unique red varietals and blends, will be hosted by resident sommelier Megan Morgan.  Megan will share her knowledge about new and interesting wines, many from unexpected regions or an unusual grape varietals.  Location: Ski Tip Lodge Cost: $15 Reservations Required. Duration: 2 hours Seating: 30  
  • Welcome Wine Dinner Event: World Celebration of Wine Dinner – 6pm
    Join Chef Kevin McCombs and Sommelier Megan Morgan for a tour around the globe, as we explore the viticulture and culinary arts of the seven continents of the world.  With seven courses and six wines, your experience will span the world. No luggage needed! Location: Ski Tip Lodge Cost: $100 Reservations Required. Duration: 3 hrs Seating: 50ppl
Saturday March 5, 2011
  • Farm to Table Seminar - 1pm
    From community gardens to backyard chickens, come learn how we’re taking back our local food system by bringing the farm closer to the table. Jennifer Santry, Executive Director of the High Country Conservation Center and Co-Chair of the Summit County Food Policy Council, and Kevin Cannel, Farmer and Ranch Manager of Our Sustainable Village in Leadville, will present ongoing efforts to bring locally based agriculture via food policy and education to our schools, restaurants, and families.
    Seating: 50 ppl Location: Warren Station Duration: 2 hours Cost: $15
  • Champagne Seminar – 3pm
    Learn from our expert about champagne with this informative seminar at the Ranch. A complimentary cheese plate will also be available. Location: The Ranch Cost: $15 Reservations Required. Duration: 2 hours Seating: 40 ppl *Free Shuttle provided from Keystone Lodge at 2:30pm to the Ranch and back after the seminar
  • Grand Tasting Lodge presented by 5280 Magazine & Stella Artois  5:30 – 9pm
    Come experience a sampling of local specialties from Keystone's award-winning restaurants including the Keystone Ranch, Ski Tip Lodge, Alpenglow Stube, Bighorn and more! The Outpost, located atop Keystone's North Peak will be transformed into a tasting lodge for guests to pamper their palates and delight their taste buds. Includes wine and beer pairings with each tasting. Chefs will be serving sustainable and organic ingredients in several dishes. Location: Outpost Pricing: $100 per person. Total Attendees: 300. Reservations Required. * Travel time to Outpost is 30 mins via 2 gondola rides. Please wear warm winter clothes for your travels!
Sunday March 6, 2011
  • Champagne Brunch at 11,444ft - Starts at 10:30am.
    Ranked as one of the best on-mountain restaurants in the country, Alpenglow Stube is described by Zagat Survey as "Fabulous old-world food and service and the best setting in the state."  Head to the top of North Peak at 11,444 ft , where your boots are exchanged for warm, fuzzy slippers. This unique menu includes a Mimosa, your choice of soup du jour, selection of entrée and an array of magnificent desserts.  Don't miss this ski in/ski out lunch at the highest AAA four Diamond restaurant in North America. Pricing: $47 per person. Reservations Required. 
  • Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Class – 1pm
    Calling All Kid Chefs! Mixing and Measuring and Knife Skills, Oh My! In our one hour class, we’ll celebrate all the fresh tastes that spring has to offer.  Our  wonderful teachers will incorporate nutrition, food history, math skills and jokes for an hour of fun!  All chefs will enjoy eating the 'fruits' of their labors at the end of class. Location: Warren Station Cost: $15 Reservations Required. Duration: 1 hour Seating: 30 ppl

Get to Keystone for the Winter Culinary Festival - you won't want to miss it.  They will satisfy your taste buds and we'll satisfy your lodging wants and needs! View our Keystone Lodging Deals and get perfect accommodations close to all the food and wine action!


Best Sleigh Rides in Breckenridge- Top Picks For the Perfect Dinner Sleigh Ride

“Just hear those sleigh bells ring-a-ling ding-a-ling-a-ling too…come on it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you…”
Nothing says “Colorado” better than an unbelievable sleigh ride outdoors in Summit County.  Whether you are taking a brisk ride during the day through the picturesque national forests here in the high country, or bundling up in the evening, watching falling stars on a dinner sleigh ride, you surely will be making a marvelous memory.

Top Picks for the Best Sleigh Rides:

Two Below Sleigh Rides
Two Below Zero Dinner Sleigh Ride:  Two Below took us out for an old fashioned journey through breath-taking mountain views at 9,000 feet. The trip departed from the Frisco Nordic Center and travelled through the Peninsula Recreation Area down scenic trails.  At night, the open space of the Peninsula afforded us amazing, unobstructed views of the constellations, as well as slow moving satellites and a falling star! The ride ended in a warm dinner cabin where live music was performed and a fabulous dinner was served.  The musician did a great job of playing songs we could all sing along to.  Two Below allows you to bring your own bottle of wine or liquor and bring some to share! (We brought peppermint schnapps and added it to our endless cup of hot chocolate the folks over at the sleigh ride made!) Two Below website

Nordic Dinner Sleigh Rides
Nordic Dinner Sleigh Rides: The Nordic rides are a bit different and just as enjoyable.  They are located deep in the national forest about 6 miles behind the Breckenridge Golf Course.  The drive at night was fun for the family as we had never been back in the forest that far before.  Once we arrived at the center, Al, the owner greeted us and handed us a warm blanket.  The ride through the forest at night was fantastic. In the distance we could hear the howls of the coyotes, which disturbed the sled dogs housed on site.  Lots of howling made for an even more fun journey.   The sleigh traversed in and out of tree lined paths until we came upon our dinner cabin.  Dinner is homemade on site, we especially enjoyed the outstanding steaks they served.  The dinner was – delicious!  We were entertained, before dinner was served, by Mountain Man, who told stories about the old days of Breckenridge.  If you decide to go to the late show, be sure to eat something small before your journey as it is a while before dinner is served.  AND bring you own bottle!    

Breckenridge Stables Sleigh Rides
Breckenridge Stables also offers an incredible sleigh ride with colorful custom built sleighs drawn by a team of Belgian, Clydesdale or Percheron draft horses.  Inside the sleigh, wrapped in a warm blanket we could hear the sleigh bells in the crisp mountain air.  The horses take you up through the paths of the National Forest of Peak Nine in Breckenridge, a picturesque journey.  Halfway through our sleigh ride, we were dropped off mid mountain in a yurt to dine, listen to great music, and enjoy the beautiful view extending from downtown Breckenridge to the Continental Divide.  The yurt is a permanent, heated building decorated in twinkling lights and western decor — the restrooms were heated, too!  The dinner is buffet style and delicious.  Once again, bring your own bottle! Website.

All of the sleigh rides offer menu choices, which you pick when you reserve your trip. Sleigh Ride Tips:  dress warmly – although they all give you warm woolen blankets, you are outdoors at night in the forest – it is a bit nippy!  And bring your camera. All of the rides let you take pictures with these fabulous and gentle animals – we especially enjoyed meeting the Clydesdales and were fascinated by their size.   Contact our concierge who is happy to book the perfect sleigh ride for you! Also ask about the RSVP free coupons you receive when you book your stay with ResortQuest Breckenridge! See our lodging Deals!

Blog written by Karin B. one of our ResortQuest specialists! Contact us today!


Keystone Mardi Gras Celebrations- Get Fat Tuesday in Keystone 2011

Celebrate Mardi Gras Keystone Style! From a whole day of skiing to a free concert, gumbo tastings and after parties you'll see Mardi Gras in a whole new light on March 8th, 2011!

Head to River Run Village after your day of skiing to start off Fat Tuesday with the Gumbo Tasting competition.  From 3-6pm a $10 dollar wrist band will get you entry to the unlimited tasting. Drinks are sold separately.

After you have eaten all the Gumbo you can get, dance it off with the Free River Run Rocks Concert- Mardi Gras style featuring the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Beverages, alcohol and food sold á la carte, along with a kids play area to keep the little ones celebrating Mardi Gras too! 
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine, whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. They have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world, progressing from local parties, clubs, baseball games and festivals in their early years to touring nearly constantly in the U.S. and in over 30 other countries on five continents. The Dirty Dozen have been featured guests on albums by artists including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John and the Black Crowes.

Then really get the Party started with the After Party at Warren Station with the Otones Brass Band!  The concert is at Warren Station. Doors open at 8:30, show begins at 9pm. Tickets available at the door. The Otones original compositions are full of happy, high energy joy...You'll be smilin' when you hear them! “High energy dance happiness” describes the Otones Brass Band! Where else can you hear original Funk, Latin, and Soul, mixed with a serious helping of New Orleans groove, ALL IN ONE BAND?!?!

Get to Keystone for Mardi Gras to ensure you have a unique and fun Mardi Gras celebrationBook now and save on lodging plus stay right at the center of all the fun in Keystone's River Run lodging!

Mardi Gras at High Altitude in Breckenridge, CO 2011 Celebrations

Get to Breckenridge to celebrate your Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras debauchery!  Breckenridge may be no New Orleans but  Breckenridge hosts a killer 3 days of Mardi Gras fun!   Breckenridge Mardi Gras adds some mountain flavor to southern traditions- you can't ski and celebrate Mardi Gras down south!
Book today and get to celebrate Mardi Gras Mountain style and save on your lodging!

So what are all these fabulous Mardi Gras events?
  • March 5, 2011: Breckenridge Bacchus Ball:
    Grab your masks for a New Orleans style masquerade ball at 9,600 feet. Enjoy delicious Cajun food and drink, live music by Hazel Miller, dancing and the crowning of Breckenridge’s Mardi Gras Rex and Queen. All are encouraged to participate in the fun with masks and costumes but, if you did’t pack your masquerade outfit, boas, beads and masks will be sold at the event. Contact our concierge to buy your tickets!  See location and time.
  • March 7, 2011: Free Lundi Gras Concert: Riverwalk Center 6:00pm
    This Monday night concert keeps the carnival spirit alive with a free performance by Beau Soleil avec Michael Doucet. Since their inception in 1975, the Louisiana-based musicians have blazed trails to become one of the most well-known Cajun bands around. Read more...
  • Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Celebration: March 8, 2011: Main Street n, Breckenridge 4:30 pm participation is Free!
    Watch out Main Street, here comes Bourbon Street! Join us for an awesome parade through Main Street with festive floats, traditional costumes and lots and lots of beads! Prizes this year include cash prizes: 1st $500, 2nd $300, and 3rd $200. Head to the local bars and restaurants for post procession parties with drink specials, music and more. Kick off the night with Breckenridge’s Mountain Mardi Gras style. 
Get to Breckenridge for your Mardi Gras adventure and stay right where all the action is in Main Street Station or close by at any of our other Breckenridge lodgingBook now and save money on your reservation!- that means more money to play!


Top 3 Breckenridge Wedding Photographers

Every bride and groom wants the moments from their wedding day captured perfectly in photos for a life time of reflection and memories of that very special day.  Wedding Photographers are abundant all with different pricing, photo packages and talents.  So how do you pick?  Our group sales manager Brigitte has put together her top 3 picks of Breckenridge Wedding Photographers to help you narrow your search.  View our wedding venues and lodging deals for your wedding!

Best Breckenridge Wedding Photographers
Timothy Faust photography
  1. Timothy Faust Photography: Timothy is a longtime local and knows Summit County really well – he always has great ideas as to where to take clients to get the best backdrop for awesome pictures. He is a top award winning member of Wedding & Portrait Photographers International. He is also featured in National Geographic Adventure, Outdoor Magazine and contributing editor of the Rocky Mountain Magazine.  He also offers great workshops. Get a sample of his amazing work at www.timothyfaust.com

  2. Studio Kiva Photography:  Have a true professional take pictures of the most important day of your life.  Katie Girtman is a truly gifted photographer who is able to capture your true emotions.  Kiva Photography can create life long memories that you will cherish forever. Check out the portfolios at www.studiokivawedding.com

  3. Studio Kiva Photography
  4.  Story Lens Photo: Lisa is a native Coloradoan with a huge passion for the outdoors and photography.  Story Lens Photo is a premier wedding and portrait photography company, specializing in lifestyle portraits and wedding photography.  Lisa only commits to a select number of events each year to ensure commitment and quality.  You can look at Lisa’s work at www.storylesic.com
 ResortQuest Breckenridge is proud to host a beautiful array of wedding venues and lodging that will be perfect for your special day! We also offer great wedding deals along with a free honeymoon suite for the bride and groom.  View our wedding venues and contact our group sales manager Brigitte to help you with your wedding planning and accommodations!

Best Breckenridge Lodging for Large Groups- Save Money and Fit Under One Roof

Group Ski Trips or Group winter vacations host a ton of fun being with all your favorite friends and family,  but it can also be difficult planning for so many people.  At ResortQuest Breckenridge we are happy to help you plan for your large group accommodations and have incredible lodging that will make every one of your group members happy campers or happy skiers to be exact!

Here are some suggestions for ResortQuest lodging for large groups! These homes will ensure all your buddies or co-workers are under the same roof.  If you have groups larger than 20 people, contact Brigitte, our group sales manager, to help you with any questions you may have.

Private Riverwood Home:  This beautiful private home is spacious and perfect for two or three families to stay together or a small business group or a large group of powder hounds!  With 6395 square feet, five bedrooms and 5 ½ baths – this fabulous home can sleep 16 people!   Enjoy spacious rooms with beautiful custom woodwork, vaulted ceilings and multiple balconies and decks hosting amazing scenery. The five fireplaces throughout the home offer both comfort and ambiance. With flat-screen TV’s in every bedroom, no luxury is forgotten in this home.  For some good together time, watch your favorite family movie in the home theatre. Or enjoy some adult time with a game of poker at the poker table in the spacious living room while the kids go downstairs in the game room to play Foosball or air hockey.  Later, step outside to enjoy the private hot tub and fire pit to keep you warm during late night star gazing – make sure you look for the satellites and shooting stars!
Westridge Lodge: Another choice for traveling groups to stay under one roof would be the absolutely amazing Westridge Lodge at 5,044 square feet.  With 6 bedrooms and 6 1/5 baths – you can sleep 20 people comfortably.  A large mud room off of the garage has plenty of space for storing all of you ski equipment and gear.  There is a spectacular great room with a huge fireplace and stone hearth, two large couches perfectly situated right in front of the fireplace and the new large flat screen TV, along with other cozy nooks for relaxing and enjoying the views.  The custom kitchen with stainless steel appliances is a treat for the gourmet cook or cooks – (but don’t put too many in the kitchen!)  There are two large dining room tables both seating ten as well as extra seating at the kitchen bar top - plenty of room for a feast.  Step out onto the back patio leading to an eight-person hot tub, or fire up the outdoor grill off the front patio overlooking town.  If you decide to have some fun without going into town, there is a recreation area located on the lowest floor with a pool table, large flat screen TV and a mini bar!

There are many other luxury homes for rent in Breckenridge, like the Lodgepole at Boulder Ridge, 4 bedroom 3 bath, gorgeous log home in the forest but close to everything – complete with a jukebox!  Or Snowflake Chalet, 4 bedrooms 4 baths which can sleep 12 people and has views of the ski run.

Not all groups want to be with each other 24/7 so simply stay next door to one another.   The Saddlewood Townhomes are perfect for just this! You can rent the units side by side, each have three bedrooms and each can sleep up to 11 people.  They are located right on the Snowflake Run, so they are truly ski in and ski out.  They are large, bright and spacious, have outdoor decks and private hot tubs.  And, at the end of the evening, everyone has their own unit to relax and spread out. 

The snowfall in Breckenridge has been epic.  We already have more snow now than we usually get in an entire year!  See our lodging deals and book your perfect unit online- Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are not finding what you need! Have fun traveling with your family and friends and we look forward to seeing you this winter!

Blog written by Karin B. one of our ResortQuest specialists! Contact us today!