The Top 5 Things to Do in Colorado in 5 Days
1. Breckenridge's Guided Ski & Snowboard Tours
Breck's "Explore" Guided Tour: Learn the mountain like a local. With five mountains, Breckenridge is wide open for exploration. My friend and I learned how and where to ski on this tour. An added bonus was the avalanche education we received from our guide, Kevin Eddy. At Breck, they're making sure everyone has safe ski conditions, and that includes the constant surveillance of the mountains and weather and how snow reacts to climate changes over time.
Lodging: Want to save money and looking for a no-frills lodge that's one block away from the Snowflake chair lift? Give Wedgewood Lodge a try. I stayed in a room with a two queen beds, a full kitchen, and a balcony. Staying there saved me about $150 a night. I also was able to walk to Main Street in under 10 minutes.
2. Breckenridge's Food & Nightlife
Downstairs at Eric's: Established in 1989, this family establishment is a perfect combination of a sports bar and arcade. The whole family will enjoy this spot! I highly recommend getting Eric's Famous Baked Wings and any of their pizzas (both perfect indulgences after a long day on the slopes).
The Columbine Cafe: This unique breakfast and lunch spot in Breckenridge serves hearty and nutritious homestyle entrees. They're known for their house-made corned beef hash. I got the CBH Scramble and a pancake stuffed with sliced strawberries. This delicious spread was the best breakfast I've had in some time.
3. Boulder's Mount Sanitas Trail
This moderate to difficult trail offers spectacular views and even better photo opportunities of the surrounding mountains and downtown Boulder. With a round trip time of two hours, there's no reason not to squeeze this into your visit. Sanitas, meaning "health," is a great way to start your morning. Get up to the top before sunrise and see the whole valley light up as the sun peeks over the mountaintops. I chose to bring my Atlas camera backpack because I can safely store my DSLR Nikon d750 with lenses and batteries, leaving a few compartments open to store food, water, extra clothes, and gear all within the same bag. Be on the lookout for mountain lions who do inhabit this area, but you'll most likely see coyotes, foxes, mule deer, and raptors.
4. Boulder's Food
OAK at Fourteenth: We stumbled upon this happy hour and struck gold. OAK at Fourteenth melds elements of Colorado’s rustic backdrop with Boulder’s hip and contemporary dining scene, featuring local and seasonal New American cuisine in a friendly atmosphere.
River and Woods: In the cutest little house, you’ll find the most honest, locally-sourced ingredients out there. With that being said, I went straight for the molten cinnamon churros y chocolate to start, and then I got serious and ordered the gold miner’s breakfast. I sure did have an appetite after that Sanitas Trail hike!
5. Denver's Food & Nightlife
Avanti Food & Beverage: I could mention Red Rocks and other things Denver has to offer, but what stood out to me was Denver's culinary options. Avanti offers seven different restaurant choices, twenty draft beers, classic cocktails, and a variety of wines. Grab a seat in the lounge, dining area, or rooftop deck (my favorite).
Just BE Kitchen: Denver's new Paleo restaurant offering 100 percent gluten-, grain- and refined sugar-free foods. An added bonus is that this is just around the corner from REI, where we stopped to pick up some extra items we didn't take with us from Austin.