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Area Activities: Take a breather

tab2Everyone knows that Breckenridge is a mecca of outdoor activity, but for those who would like a breather from fishing, hiking, rafting and snow fun, here's a look "inside" the less strenuous list. Take look at museums with loads of rich Colorado history, revel in a balloon ride over the Rockies of just slip into a cushy robe and enjoy a spa pampering. Ahhh.

 

 

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A Mountain Sanctuary Day Spa

  • In a new, expanded location, Mountain Sanctuary offers "skin food" therapies such as pineapple-papaya delight, cranberry hydration and pumpkin anti-aging facials; fantasy tanning; the full gamut of relaxing massages and packages like the lunchtime peel or the mini-me for kids.
  • 100 N. Main St. Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Year Round
  • 970-547-1610
A Mountain Sanctuary Day Spa
In a new, expanded location, Mountain Sanctuary offers "skin food" therapies such as pineapple-papaya delight, cranberry hydration and pumpkin anti-aging facials; fantasy tanning; the full gamut of relaxing massages and packages like the lunchtime peel or the mini-me for kids.
100 N. Main St. Breckenridge, CO 80424
Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Year Round
970-547-1610

Alpine Spa and Salon

  • Breckenridge's only full service spa & salon features body treatments for tired muscles; hot stone, couples and deep tissue massages; waxing; nail care; professional hair stylists and aromatherapies from Fall River Blending Co.
  • 500 S. Main St., Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • Year Round
  • 970-453-2044

Blue Sage Spa

  • The Blue Sage Spa is known for skilled, experienced massage therapists who offer specialty massages, facials, body treatments (think chocolate therapy), manicures, pedicures, waxing and makeup application.
  • 224 S. Main St., Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Year Round
  • 970-453-7676

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Edwin Carter Museum

  • The Edwin Carter Museum is in a historic 1875 building that honors a Gold Rush prospector who recognized the harm caused to the environment and wildlife from mining. A taxidermist, Carter collected thousands of Rocky Mountain animals in his home, which is now a museum. It has interactive displays and exhibits. Admission is free.
  • 111 N. Ridge St., Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Year Round
  • 970-453-4481

Mountain Top Children's Museum

  • Here, children can slip on scrubs and examine X-rays and bones, make and identify animal tracks, enter a "bear cave," play around in the Wonder Lab mixing colors in a test tube or just get creative with construction and artwork. There's also a summer day camp for those who want to stay longer.
  • 605 S. Park Ave., Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Year Round
  • (970) 453-7878

Red, White and Blue Fire Museum

  • Although the name is patriotic, Red, White and Blue originates from three different fire companies that were organized in 1882 to protect the mining district of Breckenridge after three large fires almost destroyed the town.  The Fire House Museum is housed in an historical two-story residence with its original stainglass windows featuring authentic fire-fighting equipment. Free admission, $5 suggested donation.
  • 308 North Main Street, next to the current fire station
  • Saturdays: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Summer Season
  • (800) 980-1859

Breckenridge Hertiage Alliance

  • Information on several historic tours and sites
  • (800) 980-1859

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Colorado Hot Air Balloon Rides

  • A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the hot air balloon rides take you through the Colorado Rockies where the flight includes music, champagne and breakfast.
  • 557 Deer Path Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • May 1-September 30
  • 970-468-9280

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Stephen C. West Ice Arena (skating)

  • With two NHL-sized rinks, West Arena is open year-round for public skating, hockey and figure skating. Included are summer skating programs and camps. Skate rental, skate sharpening and four changing rooms are provided.
  • 189 Boreas Pass Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Year Round
  • 970-547-9974

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Ready, Paint, Fire - Ceramics Studio

  • Pottery painting is all the rage, and this studio offers an indoor activity filled with ideas, samples, glazes and experienced staff to get you going on a great piece of pottery that you create, be it a small figurine or giant serving dish.
  • 323 N. Main St., Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
  • Year Round
  • 970-453-5765

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Guest memories

"We had an AWESOME time in this house. There are a lot of animals running around."

- Ireland, Baylor, Lezlie, Valorie, Brad, Michele and Bryan

 

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