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By Laurie Markus, Correspondent

About Breckenridge // Founded almost 140 years ago, the town of Breckenridge began as a mining camp filled with pioneers dreaming of the promise of gold and silver. After almost a decade of mining booms and busts, the town was revitalized by a group of investors from Wichita, Kansas. From World War II until the early 1960's, Breckenridge stood as a venerable ghost town, yet much of its charming Victorian heritage was preserved as is evident by the fact that 250 original structures serve as the towns shops, restaurants and pubs. In fact, Breckenridge is Colorado's largest National Historic District. Today, the town is a haven for skiers, hikers, bikers and nature lovers alike, a virtual playground for all.

Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center // Whatever you may need during your stay in Breckenridge, the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center will provide. Comprised of 5 separate buildings all connected by enclosed walkways, the Resort has over 550 guest rooms. The rooms range from singles to 4 bedroom suites including VIP and corporate suites. Some rooms feature fireplaces, private spa/tubs, kitchen facilities and balconies. The Beaver Run Resort offers extremely convenient ski in/ ski out access to more than 136 ski trails on Breckenridge mountain.

The Beaver Run Resort and prides itself on excellent accommodations for any type of conference or meeting experience. With spacious meeting rooms, state of the art audiovisual equipment, and a flexible full time staff, the Resort even makes getting down to business easy and pleasurable. Beaver Run Resort allows an easy transition from work to pleasure and a free town shuttle from the Resort allows guests to conveniently enjoy the town.

Activities // Aside from the amazing powder that Breckenridge offers to downhill skiers, there are many other easily accessible adrenaline-pumping sports such as dog sledding, ice-skating, cross-country skiing, and snow-shoeing In the summertime, a Jack Nicholas designed municipal golf course provides an amazing golfing experience. Others might enjoy a a thrill ride on the alpine slide at Peak 8 or a fantastic hike or bike into the mountains. The summer in Breckenridge brings festival after festival from music, to fine arts to antique extravaganzas.

Dining / Entertainment // The Beaver Run Resort boasts a slew of convenient and tasty options for dining and entertainment. They include a hearty breakfast, quick lunch bites for skiers and fine dining at Spencer1s Steaks and Spirits. After hours, guests can enjoy a nightcap at Tiff's Night Club. The town of Breckenridge provides a plethora of different tastes from fantastic informal Cajun dining at Porrier1s Cajun Cafe to Fondue at the Swiss Haven. For a traditional hearty breakfast (or light morning granola) with a breathtaking view of the mountains, we recommend the Blue Moose Restaurant. Several breweries and bars including Breckenridge Brewery, Cecilia, The Olive and The Alligator keep the evenings hopping with live bands attracting both tourists and locals alike.

Shopping // Year round, you'll find fantastic southwestern arts, crafts and jewelry in several quaint boutiques.

How to get there // From Denver: 98 miles west of Denver international Airport via I-70, exit 203 and Highway 9 to Breckenridge. From Colorado Springs: 110 miles west of Colorado Springs Airport throughout South Park and over Hoosier Pass. Or via I-25 to C-470 to I-70. The Resort also provides regularly scheduled chartered buses, vans and limousines.

Altitude Tips // As Beaver Run recommends: Above 5000 feet you may experience a faster heartbeat and an increase in your rate of breathing due to lower oxygen levels. Although his is normal, for the first two or three days you may experience dizziness, headaches, nasal congestion, fatigue nausea and sleeping difficulties. This is merely the body1s response to the altitude. Some tips: DRINK MORE WATER than usual, take it easy on physical activity for the first few days. Eat high- carbohydrate foods. Minimize your intake of alcohol, caffeine and salty foods and if possible, stay at 5000 feet for a day or two before venturing higher.

By Laurie Markus, Correspondent

The first thing to do in Breckenridge Colorado is take a deep breath of crisp mountain air and try to recall the last time you1ve enjoyed such a rich sensation. Located at 9,600 feet in the mountains of the great divide, the Rocky Mountain town of Breckenridge, Colorado will remind you that even adults need their time to relax and play. As a city girl coming from Miami, Breckenridge was a special treat. It had been a while since I1d seen a small hill, let alone mountains as imposing as the Rockies. We rented a car in Denver and took in every second of breathtaking scenery as we wound our way to the small town of Breckenridge.

The panoramic views were exhilarating and the air was cleansing, fresh and still. The town is small and beautifully quaint, but can honestly provide for any type of vacationer, whether you like to ski, hike, bike, shop or simply commune with nature.


CLOSEST MAJOR AIRPORT: Denver International Airport (DEN)
ROOMS: 550
ACTIVITIES: downhill skiing, dog sledding, ice-skating, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, Jack Nicholas designed municipal golf coursE, Hiking, biking, festivals (seasonal)