Ultimate Pairings for a Summer in Breckenridge

The perfect combination can elevate any experience. Peanut butter and chocolate? Easily one of the best mashups of salty and sweet! Popcorn and butter? Each is fairly boring when separated, but together, create a classic favorite. It’s common to think about different food and beverages that go hand-in-hand, but let’s not forget that food, combined with activity, can enhance any adventure.

This summer, elevate your experience in Breckenridge, Colorado and treat yourself to our ultimate pairings of the season. (Need a place to stay? Check out our luxury rentals here.)

Explore gorgeous Lake Dillon on kayak for a unique view.

Cuppa Joe is just right for waking up in the mornings.

Kayaking and Coffee

Imagine a pristine, blue bird sky morning while gently floating down the river. The sun is starting to peek over the horizon and you have a fresh cup of coffee to enjoy while you take a break to admire the scenery. Start your day off on the right foot by grabbing a cup of coffee before taking to the waters for a perfect morning.

Where to Kayak | Lake Dillon

Enjoy daybreak from the gentle waters of Lake Dillon. Admire stunning views of Swan Mountain and be sure to keep your eyes out for wildlife. Perfect for all skill levels, Lake Dillon provides over 26 miles of shoreline with opportunities to push out at multiple points. Rent equipment from one of the many marinas along the reservoir and start your day in Breckenridge on a high note.

Where to Get Coffee | Cuppa Joe

A local favorite, Cuppa Joe offers a full menu of breakfast items and plenty of caffeinated beverages to kickstart your day. Replete with house-made syrups and milk alternatives, Cuppa Joe is sure to enhance your morning on the water. Feeling fancy? Try the Oatmeal Latte!

There's no place on earth like Breck for perfect mountain biking terrain!

Share pizza with families and friends at Giampietro.

Mountain Biking and Pizza

Mountain biking is one of our favorite ways to experience the beauty of Colorado and a perfect activity to work up a good sweat. Regardless of your mountain biking experience, Breckenridge has plenty of trails and routes to explore, but it’s important to refuel after a long stint of peddling. Our recommendation? Treat yourself to a hot slice (or two, or three..) of pizza—trust us, you’ve earned it.

Where to Mountain Bike | B & B Trail

Strap on your helmet, grab your bike, and start your adventure at the B & B Mines Trailhead. This trail leans more towards a beginner level, but offers plenty of beautiful sights that will get your heart rate up. For those that are up for a challenge, there is an opportunity to peel off at Turk’s Trail for more advanced terrain. But don’t worry, it will connect back with the B & B Trail!

Where to Get Pizza | Giampietro Pasta & Pizzeria

Considered a true Breckenridge favorite, Giampietro Pasta & Pizzeria offers a multitude of different pastas and pizzas—all made in-house. This local staple provides pizza by the slice so you can try a variety of different toppings to ensure you make the most of your experience!

Crêpes à la Cart is a hot spot for sweet treats!

Don't forget to stop and smell the wildflowers while vacationing Breck.

Wildflowers and Crepes

Make your day in Breckenridge romantic, by enjoying a dreamy morning among the wildflowers with a fresh crepe. Plan to take your crepe to-go and find a quiet spot amid the colorful flowers to indulge and savor the moment. This is a pairing we highly recommend while you’re in Breckenridge!

Where to Find the Wildflowers | Everywhere

June is considered the beginning of wildflower season in Colorado, and you can start to find gorgeous blooms just about everywhere. Whether on the trails or walking in town, Mother Nature’s beauties start to emerge in full force. For a true floral show, mid-July is peak wildflower season where you can enjoy stunning hues in their prime.

Where to Get a Crepe | Crêpes à la Cart

Nothing is more delicious than a warm, fluffy crepe to start your morning. Locals and visitors alike agree that Crêpes à la Cart have a delicious variety of sweet and savory selections to choose from. Don’t see anything you like on the menu? You can build your own crêpe and choose all of your toppings! Our recommendation? For a match made in heaven, enjoy the Strawberry Shortcake crêpe while admiring the wildflowers.

Whether you're indoors or outdoors, rocking climbing is an exciting challenge.

Sip bourbon after you've seen the sights in Breckenridge as a way to cool down.

Rock Climbing and Bourbon

Colorado is famous for its stunning rock formations and impressive mountain ranges—so it’s only natural that rock climbing is on our list of activities! Rope in and test your skills to see how you stack up against the red rocks. After an afternoon of climbing, keep your adventurous streak going with some bourbon (if you’re over 21). Not a big drinker? Stick with us on this, it’s not exactly what you think.

Where to Rock Climb | Royal Flush

Just outside of town, Royal Flush is an epic climbing spot that offers stunning views. From novice to experienced, Royal Flush is a great opportunity for all skill levels to test their climbing and push beyond their comfort zone. Beginning climbers should organize their climbing excursion with a local outfitter to ensure proper safety and technique. If you have a guide, take advantage of their expertise and use their knowledge to help you with more difficult runs.

Where to Get Bourbon | the Breckenridge Distillery

We told you to trust us on this one, we wouldn’t send you to just drink Bourbon on the rocks. When you’ve wrapped up your climbing adventure, the Breckenridge Distillery awaits, where you can enjoy a Bourbon Float. Considered a sweet treat, a Bourbon Float is created with Mexican Coca-Cola, vanilla ice cream, cherry syrup, and Breckenridge Bourbon. It’s recommended for those that have a sweet tooth, but are willing to expand their palate with a kick!

The mountains of Breckenridge are calling you this summer! When you head to Colorado and try one of our ultimate pairings, be sure to tag us on social media @naturalretreats and use the #openthedoortomore so we can follow along.