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Plan a Serene Wellness Weekend in Breckenridge

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Breckenridge may be best known for its rad skiing and snowboarding in the winter (and its exhilarating mountain biking and hiking in the summer). But this historic mining town is also a growing wellness destination, giving travelers an opportunity to focus on their health and well-being while on vacation.

 

Breck’s abundant natural beauty makes it easy to press pause on daily life, take a deep breath and find your center. But wellness goes even deeper than that in Breckenridge. It’s home to several delicious (and innovative) eateries serving up an abundance of healthy, plant-forward meals, as well as arts and culture programming that can help you nurture your creativity.
 
Yoga studios, spas, a dedicated wellness center and more await in Breckenridge—so, if you could benefit from a few days focused on healing and rejuvenation, it’s time to start planning a trip.

 

Where to Eat

 

Who says you have to throw your nutrition goals out the window when you go on vacation? Of course it can be fun to indulge while you’re traveling, but you likely still want to refuel with nourishing, nutrient-rich foods and drinks that will help support your health and wellness goals.

 

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Make Semplice Cafe your first stop in town. This charming little eatery on Main Street specializes in vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes that are hearty enough to power you through the day’s adventures (and, don’t worry, for the meat-eaters in your crew, there are still plenty of options). If you’re an early riser, go for the Can’t Even Vegan breakfast burrito, made with tofu, sweet potatoes, spinach, quinoa, black beans, sriracha and maple syrup. Later in the day, consider the Green Olivia panini, which features spinach, tomato, avocado, red onion, sprouts, carrots, havarti cheese and dijon mustard. Yum! Round out your meal with a refreshing smoothie, like the Malibu Ron, which includes mango, banana, pineapple, flax seeds, chia seeds, agave and almond milk.
 
Another great option is Lolo Juice, also located right downtown on Main Street. Here, you’ll find a wide selection of organic, cold-pressed juices—like the Alpenglow, made with carrot, pineapple, orange, lemon and ginger—as well as smoothies, energy balls, quinoa, mixed greens, acai bowls and various avocado toasts.
 
For dinner, make a reservation at either Rootstalk or Radicato, depending on what you’re craving. These two restaurants are run by chef-owner Matt Vawter, who recently won the James Beard Award for best chef in the mountain region. Rootstalk’s menu is full of contemporary American dishes (like pan-roasted duck breast and Alaskan halibut) while Radicato serves decadent Italian cuisine (including house-made pasta). Both eateries have great vegetarian options, like the chermoula roasted mokum carrots (with tabbouleh, favetta, sheep’s milk feta, sunflower and pumpkin seed dukkah) at Rootstalk and the grilled asparagus (with hazelnut red pepper butter, panisse, spiced ricotta salad and pickled ramps) at Radicato. For a truly special evening, book the seven-course, chef’s seasonal tasting menu with optional wine pairings at Rootstalk.
 
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Where to Play

 
Center yourself by booking a class at Meta Yoga Studios, which offers a wide array of classes and welcomes out-of-towners with open arms. And, depending on the timing of your visit, you might be able to participate in outdoor yoga—either on a grassy lawn or on a standup paddleboard on Maggie Pond—so be sure to bookmark the studio’s calendar. The Breckenridge Recreation Center and the Breckenridge Library also offer drop-in yoga classes, too.
 
Take in the stunning scenery—and soak up some of the healing power of nature—by taking a guided hike with a naturalist. In the summer, the Town of Breckenridge offers several options—and they’re all completely free. Choose between several different routes, including Illinois Creek, Iowa Hill or Cucumber Gulch Preserve. Along the way, you’ll learn about the plants, animals and history of Breck’s wild spaces. And if the timing doesn’t line up, you can take yourself on a self-guided hike. I recommend a jaunt along one of Breck’s historic routes, where you can see the remnants of old mining gear.
 

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After spending the day on your feet, treat yourself to a massage at Soothe Spa, located at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7. Their mountain recovery sports massage is ideal for stretching and soothing your sore muscles after a day on the trail. Before or after your treatment, be sure to spend some time relaxing in The Grotto, an adults-only retreat with a steam room, a sauna, a hot tub and a waterfall that’s open to guests on the day of their spa or salon service.
 
No matter where you’re at on your wellness journey, the team at Clairvergence Wellness Center can help you achieve your goals. The center offers a wide array of holistic services, from reiki and ear acupuncture to sound baths and tarot card readings. This is another wellness hub that’s super welcoming to visitors (there’s even a section on the Clairvergence website specifically for travelers.) You can book individual appointments for any of Clairvergence’s offerings, but if your schedule allows, I recommend doing one of their customizable, three-hour mini retreats. These are the perfect opportunity to put down your devices, recharge your personal batteries and focus on what really matters—and, if you’re traveling with friends or family members, they can be an especially meaningful way to bond and reconnect with one another.
 
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Creativity can be a big part of emotional and spiritual wellness—and Breck offers lots of opportunities to tap into your artistic side. You can learn a new medium—like ceramics, jewelry-making, sculpture and metal-smithing—by taking a workshop at BreckCreate, a local arts nonprofit. (On your way to or from your class, also be sure to poke your head into the Old Masonic Hall, a historic, 1892 building that now serves as an art gallery with rotating exhibitions.) Take a short walk to see Isak Heartstone, the famed wooden troll created by Danish artist Thomas Dambo, and be sure to keep an eye out for the other public art installations located all over town.
 
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Where to Stay

 
You’ll feel right at home when you book one of the four cozy rooms at The Carlin, a new spot that opened right on Main Street last summer. This isn’t your average hotel: It’s a “restaurant with rooms,” inspired by the inns of the European Alps.
 

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On the ground floor, you’ll find a chic, modern restaurant serving up American coastal cuisine, like Colorado hybrid striped bass with fingerling potatoes, sauce meunière, nicoise aioli, green beans and a cured egg, as well as charred scallion and jalapeno crab cakes with roasted artichoke, fennel and orange coriander whipped ricotta. Downstairs, you’ll find a moody tavern with craft cocktails and elevated bar food, like steak frites and buffalo chicken dip.
 
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On the top floor, you’ll find the guest rooms, which include homey accommodations like bench seats by the window and a small wet bar. If you’re traveling with a group, book the Royal Tiger room, which has a nook with two bunk beds and lots of room to spread out. If you’re with a smaller crew, go for the Lomax, which has a balcony overlooking Main Street.
 
Another great option is Gravity Haus Breckenridge, a combination hotel, gym, restaurant, spa and coworking space located mere steps from both downtown and Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Peak 9. While staying here, you can recharge in the Japanese-inspired onsen, which includes a dry sauna, as well as hot and cold tubs. Or, take a group exercise or yoga class at Dryland Fitness, the on-site gym.
 
 

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