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Vacation Rentals in Breckenridge: Glimpse Colorado's Mining Heritage

If you are interested in mining history, Breckenridge, Colorado is not to be missed. This small town situated high in the mountains is more than a ski resort, it's also home to several museums including the Edwin Carter Museum. Open every day of the week from 11am to 4pm, this museum does not merely contain history, it is a part of history since it is located in a log cabin that dates from 1875.

Built by Edwin Carter, an early settler in Breckenridge, the museum holds his collection of local wildlife. Carter preserved them himself after he gave up mining and became a taxidermist. His motivation was concern that the mining industry would damage the local habitats beyond repair. Other exhibits in the museum aim to teach visitors about the process and technology of mining as it was practiced in the late 1800s and early 1900s in Colorado. Perhaps best of all, the Edwin Carter museum is free of charge.

Another fascinating museum is operated by the Summit Historical Society. This organization also allows visitors to get a close-up look at authentic history. They provide guided tours through two abandoned gold mines and have arranged a walking tour of the town's historic district. Special tours are available on request, but the organization also plans events throughout the year. To see the sights here in Colorado, guests should arrange Breckenridge vacation rentals and plan to stay for a while.

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More than a Resort: Breckenridge, Colorado - Full of Vacation Rental Fun!

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008
By Rachel Barbara

In 1859, fortune-seekers uncovered gold in Breckenridge, Colorado. Today, visitors will discover their own jackpot in this Victorian mining town. From outdoor adventures that satisfy any wild streak to fine dining and family fun, Breckenridge is far more than a resort. It’s a real mountain community. Breckenridge vacation rentals are a popular item as many times they offer better rates, fewer taxes and a more private setting than many of the large Breckenridge ski resorts.

In winter, hit the slopes early for fresh tracks with the locals. The resort offers great package deals on lessons and rentals; book ahead and save more. When you’re ready to buy, downtown Breck is home to plenty of locally-owned gear shops. Try Colorado Freeride or Lone Star Sports.

Families may want to indulge in free ice skating on Maggie Pond. Skate rentals are available in the Village Plaza. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are great ways to experience Colorado’s blue-sky winters without lift lines or crowds. Get trail and avalanche info before heading into the backcountry, or tour nature trails with guides at the Frisco Nordic Center.

When snowmelt gives way to wildflower-covered meadows, nearby rivers will be rushing. Whitewater rafting tours with Good Times or Breckenridge Whitewater are available as early as May. Spring is also a great time to take advantage of low-season deals on lodging, dining and spa services.

As summer days grow longer, head into hills for fishing on high-mountain lakes, bring the kids for hikes along rocky ridgelines or browse Main Street shops and linger over a late lunch with the girls. Breckenridge Resort offers summer gondola rides, mountain biking, hiking and a wide variety of family activities, all within walking distance from town.

Fall may be the best time to explore Breckenridge’s easily-accessed hiking trails. Grab a cozy sweater and walk beneath canopies of golden aspen. The New Summit Hiker details 50 trails in area and is available at many local shops.

Outdoor adventure builds healthy appetites, and the restaurants in town are sure to deliver. Throw back brews and burgers with the locals at the family-friendly Downstairs at Eric’s. The Breckenridge Brewery offers classic brew-house fare, and the pint glasses and six-packs make great gifts for friends. The Cellar, Breck’s modern, neighborhood wine bar, features tasting menus, a la carte entrees and over 20 wines by the glass. For a romantic evening with stunning sunset views and the best outdoor dining in town, visit relish, a Main Street spot offering “Colorado inspired cuisine.”

And one of the best things about Breckenridge: the Summit Stage. This free bus runs year-round and is the easiest way to get around Breck and the surrounding towns and resorts. With family, friends or the perfect date, this mountain community is one you’ll want to keep exploring.