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Mom’s Favorite Activities in Breckenridge, Colorado

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One thing I aspire to do on every vacation is find some solo time. Acquiring “Mommy time” isn’t always easy. The destination isn’t always conducive and the children certainly aren’t always cooperative, but it’s a fantasy that starts as soon as we begin making our travel plans.

I discovered on our recent visit that Breckenridge, Colorado has all the essential elements I need for a Mom’s Day Away: spas, places to relax with Mom friends and a drink, sweet things to eat, and of course, shopping! If those fall on your own list, have a look at some of the places in Breckenridge that are perfect for Mom’s Day Away. Valdoro Mountain Lodge by Hilton Grand Vacations Suites is conveniently located to the center of town and is an easy walk or sleigh ride to many of the listed establishments.

Spa Time

For such a small ski town, there is quite a selection of day spas from which to choose. The effects of the high altitude (9,600 feet!) might have something to do with that, as it is a formidable condition with which to contend here. Many of the day spas offer High Altitude Relief massages, along with a full selection of skin care and typical spa services.

My Mom’s Day was thwarted by a stomach virus, but my mom friend, Michelle, carried on without me (such a martyr)! While I was stuck in bed, she tried out localspa, a cozy day spa tucked into one of downtown’s mini-courtyards. She found exactly what she had been looking for: a no-nonsense spa whose professionally trained masseuse/owner offers a full range of massages, facials, skin care and hair styling.

Michelle enjoyed a ½ hour facial and a ½ hour massage while taking in the spa’s peaceful ambiance and fabulous mountain views. She appreciated the spa’s tastefully rustic décor, and that its focus is on body work, not pushing products. There are several other spas in the downtown area that looked worthy of us, but this was the one our group tried.

What’s your elixir of choice — Coffee, Tea, Microbrew?

Breckenridge has plenty of choices of cafés, restaurants or bars offering the fare and ambiance you seek. Hot and cold drinks — both with and without alcohol — seem to be available everywhere. We visited the Breckenridge Brewery which has an extensive food menu and house-made microbrews to sample.

If coffee is your thing, there are many cafés and a Starbucks, which pleased my husband. If you seek a more local feel, we enjoyed some of the specialty hot drinks available at Kava right on Main Street.

My Mom's Day Away in Breckenridge, Colorado included coffee!

We were lured in by the offer of hot donuts and unique flavors of hot chocolates and coffee.

Shopping!

I was under the false impression that Breckenridge would only have high-end boutiques selling overpriced ski-ware, which does not appeal to my bargain-hunting nature. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was quite a selection of stores and boutiques selling everything from the typical souvenirs and ski gear to specialized olive oils (yum) and cozy winter accessories. There was even a consignment shop!

One of my favorite stops was Goods which had clothing for adults and kids, accessories, handbags, ski attire AND house wares. I was able to find some reasonably priced hostess gifts, and they even gave me a coupon for their sister outlet store located just across the street.

Indulgent Sweets

I have a fierce sweet tooth, so chocolate plays a major part in every one of my Mom’s Day Away. Luckily, Breckenridge has ample opportunities to indulge a sweet tooth. There’s frozen yogurt (Cherry Berry), crepes (Crèpes á la Cart), and my pick, La Française Bakery, a little hidden gem right in the center of town. Their pastries, specifically the “palmiers” are among the best I’ve ever tasted, and their Triple Chocolate Tart is what dreams are made of. If you prefer American pastries, Daylight Donuts has a delicious selection of fresh yeast and cake donuts, which we tasted on a frosty morning while they were still warm.

I hope you find these suggestions inspiring in creating your own Mom’s Day Away, in Breckenridge or in any destination. And if you do try some of these places, please let me know how you like them. I’d love to hear from you.

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Erin is a native Floridian who has resided in Atlanta since 1995. Her husband Mike and she have two funny, smart, active girls and two cats.

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