What to Do When You’re Not Hitting the Slopes in Breckenridge…

I love to ski and snowboard, but every great winter vacation deserves some off-time from the slopes. My ski adventures go down like this… full-day lift tickets for about 3 out of 5 days. Maybe another half-day. A few spills along the way. Bruised knees from boarding, likely a sore tailbone. I get worn out and want a day to sleep in longer than the 7 o’clock-ish alarm I set to be one of the first people up the mountain.

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It’s okay to trek all the way out to a ski destination and take a day off. See the town… think outside the box… I bet you’ll find many little adventures that add up to a big random day of fun. Maybe give yourself a challenge: do it all for under $10.



In Breckenridge, just walking along through downtown, I discovered a little place called D’Vine Wine. You’ll find the boutique winery at 211 South Main Street. The guy behind the bar is a riot and so are the bottles of Wild Women Wine. Pull up a chair and try them. $5 will buy you three tastings. $10 will buy you seven. It’s a small price to pay for some entertainment. Just walk in.


While there, I came across a guy willing to wear the grape suit that was hanging on the wall. Not bad for a weekday!

You can pop in for some piano entertainment every Friday and Saturday night, courtesy of Pete Baldwin (aka Naked Pete). Sing along with Pete from 6 – 9 pm.

D’Vine Wine Breckenridge is open noon – 6 on Sunday, noon – 7 Monday through Thursday and noon – 9 on Friday and Saturday. Call 970-453-3991.

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Courtesy: Breckenridge Distillery

Courtesy: Breckenridge Distillery


Breck is home to a 4,000 square foot distillery at 1925 Airport Road. That’s where they make small batch Bourbon, Whiskey and Vodka. The company uses traditional open-top Scottish style fermenters and distills in a 700 Gallon Vendome custom copper combination pot still.  The distillery offers FREE drop-in tours so you can see the mashing, fermenting and distilling process.

Distillery Hours
11am – 6pm (Tues-Sun)
Tours on the hour and half hour
(Last tour at 5:30pm)

Courtesy: Breckenridge Distillery

Courtesy: Breckenridge Distillery

There’s also a tasting room in the heart of downtown. The tasting bar and the gift shop are located across from the Breckenridge Visitor’s Center, 137 S Main Street. You can stop in anytime during normal hours to try out the Bourbon and Vodka. Believe me, they’re not stingy on the samples… and yes, they’re FREE!

Tasting Room Hours
11am – 8pm (Mon/Wed/Thurs)
11am – 9pm (Fri/Sat)
11am – 7pm (Sun)