She wants to ski. They want to go rafting and cycling. You have argued (gently) about this topic since you got engaged. Then of course you had to wait for your honeymoon – because of the pandemic. That long pause just threw more fuel on the fire. All of a sudden you had way too much time to get it out. “I want snow,” she said, with that pout you can’t resist. “I need sun, thawed trails and unbridled rapids,” you replied. In the end, you never reached a compromise. Instead, you’d stop arguing and make pasta for makeup. Channeling your inner Stanley Tucci together always leads to good relationship success. Cooking will stifle any argument – for a spell.
But yesterday she came home with a beaming face. She threw off her mask and said she found the perfect solution. Breckenridge Ski Resort will remain open for skiing and horse riding until Memorial Day. Skiing or driving one day, then racing bike or river raft the next. It’s a win-win situation.
Picking up the phone to make a reservation only gets better. It turns out that United Airlines is now “flying” direct to Breckenridge. That means that a VIP vehicle picks you up on the tarmac at Denver International Airport and takes you to the hip mountain village in Summit County, not far from Vail, in a luxury car. You can easily organize this online. This former gold mining town, now a mecca for ski lovers, was already on the radar for its expanses, sporting opportunities, Victorian architecture and cool culture – a treasure trove of local businesses, breweries, bakery galleries and unique restaurants. Its five main peaks extend almost up to 13,000 feet and cover 2,908 acres with 187 differently marked trails. In the warmer months, Breckenridge’s wildflower-spotted meadows and sun-drenched mountain trails (and the surrounding area) invite hiking, biking, fly fishing, rafting, outdoor yoga, and chewing on any number of ancient rocks. In every season the mountain air promises a wellness tonic for fresh air and extreme well-being.
But where to stay Breckenridge’s laid-back vibe may not be the over-the-top honeymoon that some couples envision. But you two are doers, doers, shakers – you don’t want to lie around a pool, at least not all day. They are satisfied with the rustic, chic offers this popular ski town has to offer. You’re planning a few nights at Francie’s Cabin, four miles south of Breckenridge, in the Crystal Lakes Basin area, to get away from it all. As Colorado’s most famous hut, it is relatively easy to reach in the hinterland via all terrain levels. That’s good – a challenge, but not too much of a challenge. You love the idea of being together deep in the forest – and nobody else. Francies wood stove, fully equipped kitchen, and sauna add to the appeal. They even found a supplier ready to make a few surprises for them – like rose petals strewn across the mattress and a chilled bottle of champagne. After a few days in the middle of remote nature, plan a visit to the Lodge at Breckenridge, one of the tallest hotels in the world, perched on a wooded cliff at 10,200 feet. You book the spacious Sunlight Peak Suite for your view. Faint.
And how do you organize all of your activities? She’s already called the fine folks at Breckenridge Outfitters for fly fishing, Colorado Adventure Guides for everything from biking to ice climbing, Breckenridge Whitewater for rafting and zip lining – and Breckenridge Ski Resort’s own encyclopedic mountain guides for skiing and driving lessons are hired. Now all you have to do is wait for May.