As all brides-to-be know, planning a wedding comes with an onslaught of decisions to make. From choosing the venue and the cake to trying on dress after dress, the process can weigh on the bride and bridesmaids.
One part of the journey to the altar that should be more fun than stressful is the bachelorette party. No shindig is without its snags, but the bachelorette is the time for the bride and her ‘maids to unwind and relax. Or, “unwindulax,” if you will, for 30 Rock fans out there. It’s a time for the girls to bond and blow off a little steam before the big day.
We’re now living in the age of weekend getaway bachelorette trips, and there are plenty of great places to choose from. For U.S. west coast-based brides, wine tasting and desert destinations such as Palm Springs, Las Vegas, and the Santa Ynez Valley are popular choices.
However, if you turn your gaze toward the Rocky Mountains, you’ll find an awesome option in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Breckenridge is a great bachelorette party choice for plenty of reasons: it’s easy to get around, there’s no shortage of great bars and restaurants, and it’s all nestled high in Colorado’s picturesque Rockies. Plus, flights to Denver are generally convenient and often inexpensive, particularly if you’re departing from a western U.S. city.
With its plethora of bars, restaurants, and shops, it’s easy to have a fabulous time in beautiful Breckenridge. For some added festivity, choose a weekend theme, and throw in a few games.
Here’s your guide for what to do on your bachelorette party in Breckenridge, Colorado.
When to Go to Breckenridge
There’s plenty to do in Breckenridge year-round. The time of year you choose to go will depend on what you’re interested in doing while you’re there.
In the winter, the primary focus up in Breckenridge is hitting the slopes. If your group is big on skiing and snowboarding, this is a great time of year to go. The town is bustling, the snow is lovely, and there’s plenty to keep you busy. Just keep in mind that the town will be more crowded and expensive around this time.
If skiing isn’t really your thing, opt to go in the off-season. When the weather is warmer, the town is quieter (but not boring!), the scenery is beautiful, and there’s still plenty to do. Plus, you’ve got off-season perks like fewer people and lower prices.
What To Do in Breckenridge
Drink Up and Go Dancing
Of course, as bachelorette parties generally go, alcohol will likely be a primary focus. (If not, there’s still plenty of other activity in town.)
On Main Street in Breckenridge, you’ll find a whole cluster of bars and clubs.
There’s Cecilia’s Cocktail Bar and Nightclub, a venue with multiple rooms to explore and a variety of cocktails. Cecilia’s is open daily until 2:00 a.m. and is located at 520 South Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424.
Right in the same area as Cecilia’s is the Liquid Lounge, a smaller, second floor bar with room for dancing. Liquid Lounge is open daily until 2:00 a.m. at 520 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424.
In addition to these two, there are plenty of other watering holes and dance floors in Breckenridge. Stop on by a few spots and dance the night away!
Colorado is a haven for craft beer. If you’re a fan of such beverages, make sure to stop at Breckenridge Brewery & Pub as well. They’ve got a variety of brews, plus some great pub food. Opt for a taster so you can try them all! Breckenridge Brewery & Pub is open daily until 11:00 p.m. The brewpub is located at 600 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424.
For stocking your accommodation with beverages of your own, keep in mind that in Colorado you will have to make a trip to the liquor store for your rosé and tequila. You can’t buy beverages with a higher alcohol percentage, like wine and hard alcohol, at regular grocery stores, so you’ll have to go to a liquor store. Beer, however, is available at liquor stores and grocery stores.
There’s plenty to see and explore outside in this small Colorado mountain town.
Breckenridge’s Main Street is lined with quaint buildings housing a variety of shops from trendy boutiques and souvenir stores to bakeries and coffee shops. Spend some time perusing the shops and checking out the local wares.
Breckenridge is also full of sporting activities . When it’s cold, that mostly means skiing and snowboarding on the mountain. When it’s warm, there are lots of hiking and walking trails to explore. If you’re an outdoorsy bunch, you’ll have plenty to do on the mountains in Breckenridge.
Plus, there’s also the Gold Runner Alpine Coaster, an alpine slide with a 2,500 foot long ride. The Gold Runner Alpine is located at the base of Peak 8, which you can reach by taking the gondola from Park Avenue (the gondola is free). The alpine coaster is open daily during the summer from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It can be open on weekends during the winter, but it depends on the weather. You can call 970-453-5000 to check the hours of operation.
Keep in mind, though, that Breckenridge is located at a pretty high elevation. The town is up at more than 9,000 feet. Up at this higher elevation, you might feel tired and become easily dehydrated. Just make sure to drink plenty of water and listen to your body when you’re out and about. If you have any questions or concerns about traveling at high elevations, talk to your doctor.
With all that drinking and outdoor activity, one mustn’t forget to eat. Thankfully, up in Breckenridge, finding a great meal is no trouble at all.
For a bit of a different, more interactive, dining experience, try Swiss Haven. A grill is brought to the table, along with the meat, seafood, and vegetables of your choice, and you cook it right there. The best part is it includes a little tray where you melt cheese and pour it over your meal. Swiss Haven is located at 325 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424.
Along Main Street, there is also Modis, which has great cocktails and contemporary American food. Modis is located at 113 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424.
Also on Main Street is Kenosha Steakhouse, which has a ton of beer a fantastic view from its patio. Kenosha Steakhouse is located at 301 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424.
For breakfast, don’t miss out on Columbine Cafe and their classic staples. The restaurant is located at 109 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424.
Keep in mind that since Breckenridge is a popular ski town, the hours of operation may vary from season to season. Check in with any specific spots you want to check out before you go.
Where to Stay in Breckenridge
In Breckenridge, your two main options for accommodations are hotels or home rentals. Which you choose depends on the style of party you want.
If you’re looking to be a bit more pampered, go for a hotel and spa. You can order room service, treat yourselves to some spa treatments, and have someone cleaning up after you. Plus, hotel shuttles make it even easier to get around this small town.
If you’re up for being more independent, rent a cabin on your own. This way you have the freedom to do whatever you’d like to do all in the comforts of your own home. Just choose one near Main Street so you can easily get around on foot.
Transportation: How to Get to Breckenridge and Get Around Town
Breckenridge is about 80 miles west of Denver. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ Tenmile Range, it’s about an hour and a half by car from the city up to this mountain town.
The easiest way to get to Breckenridge is to drive from Denver. There are some buses and shuttles available, but the most efficient way to get there is to drive yourself. Plus, it’s a beautiful drive, and this way you have the freedom to make any pit stops you’d like. It’s a pretty easy drive as well. From Denver, you’ll just take the I-70 west up to Breckenridge.
Keep in mind that the highway from the city to the mountains can get congested, so don’t be surprised if you hit some traffic.
Once in Breckenridge, you won’t really need the car. It’s a pretty small town, so you can walk most places you’ll want to go. However, if there’s anywhere you want to go that’s a bit too far, ride sharing apps like Lyft and Uber are available as well. Plus, if you’re staying at a hotel, they often have free shuttles to take you around town.
Bachelorette Party Tips
There are lots of things you can do to make a bachelorette weekend all the more fun.
First off, choose a theme for the weekend.
The theme can be anything you want! You can go with something that fits the town, goes with the time of year, or just something the bride enjoys. For example, you could choose a theme based on the bride’s favorite movie, or base your theme on whatever is going on that season, like Mardi Gras or Saint Patrick’s Day. Otherwise, just choose fun general theme, like wild west (like we did!), ’90s, Summer of Love, Disney, and so on!
You can also add some friendly competition to your weekend with fun games.
One great classic game is a scavenger hunt — create a list of silly things to do (for example: take a shot, find a penny with the bride’s birth year on it, get a guy’s number, etc.), split into teams, and have at it!
There are also plenty of fun games to play at home as well, like card games, drinking games, and some, um, creative versions of ring toss and pin the tail on the donkey.
Also, make sure to decorate!
Bachelorette party decorations range from slightly cheeky to outright dirty — just cater to what the bride-to-be wants and what her comfort level is. If you really want to get into it, you can even order some customized shirts or glasses for your wild weekend. Check out Etsy and Amazon for some awesome finds!
Finally, just remember this weekend is all about spending time together. Just take care of the bride-to-be, relax, and have fun!
For brides-to-be, plenty of things throughout the wedding planning journey will be stressful. The bachelorette party is simply a time for the bride and her best girls to let loose and remember that you’re there for each other in this process.
Breckenridge is a wonderful place to get away and play. It’s easy to frolic about this small mountain town: grab a drink, bust a move, have a great meal, and revel in lady time, all while surrounded by the sublime natural beauty of the Rockies. Cheers!
(Thinking about a honeymoon destination? Click here to find out where we went!)