Before you hit the ski hill, or for a nice midday lift, stop in at one of Breckenridge’s coffee shops to rest and relax. These coffee shops offer astonishingly good coffee, excellent baked treats, and breakfast menus. Stop in and enjoy a warm and welcoming atmosphere, which is especially inviting on a cold Breckenridge day.
Amazing Grace is located in a historic home, which gives off a cozy and welcoming vibe. They offer delicious baked goods and healthy options for breakfast, including gluten free, vegetarian and health conscious options. Settle in with a cup of coffee for nice morning of relaxation. Head in early though, because Amazing Grace closes at 3:00, before the slopes do.
When you crave an excellent cup of coffee, head to Cuppa Joe. Slightly off the beaten path on Ridge St., the extra effort to get there is well worth it. A local favorite, this coffee shop was voted Best Coffee Shop in Summit County by the Summit Daily News. Relax and enjoy a finely crafted latte or pour over coffee. You can come in early, before you set out on your adventures; the shop opens at 6:00 in the morning. You’ll need to get there before 3:00 if you need an afternoon pick-me-up.
Step in after a day of skiing to refresh and rejuvenate at this conveniently located coffee shop on Main Street. You can get a great cup of coffee at The Crown, or a cocktail and appetizer if you prefer. A warm atmosphere with wooden accents and a fireplace makes The Crown the perfect place to linger. They also have a charming patio with views of the ski runs. It is open until 6:00 in the evening on weeknights and 8:00 on the weekends, so head in for a quick energy boost after the slopes, so you can take on the night. Or, relax a little longer over breakfast or lunch.
For a sweet treat try the Chocolate Cherry Mocha at Cool River Coffee. On a warm day, cool off with the Dream Orange milkshake. Cool River Coffee has a lunch and breakfast menu, and offers sweet baked treats. They even have gluten free and vegan options. This coffee shop is located on the south end of Main St., behind Swiss Haven. Relax and enjoy a decadent treat or drink at this inviting coffee shop.
Aside from skiing and boarding, one of the best parts about Breckenridge is the people. At these coffee shops, you will encounter warm welcomes and passionate people. Relax and enjoy a cup of coffee, and the spirit of Breckenridge, in these charming coffee shops.
It’s the season of gift giving and it can be hard to find that perfect item that’s easy to give while you are traveling. Instead of giving a thing, try giving an experience. The gift of a massage gives the opportunity for your significant other to relax and rejuvenate. Here are five massage gifts you should consider giving this year:
Give the gift of relaxation! A massage can rejuvenate the muscles as well as the spirit and gifting a massage can be a great way to support your loved one. Purchase a gift card here.
2) Body Treatment
A full body treatment is a luxurious gift that will pamper your friend or significant other. Massage combined with aromatherapy and skin treatments will help your loved one look and feel radiant. A body treatment will help combat the dry winter weather and restore moisture to the skin.
3) Hot Stone Therapy
This ancient Native American practice is still incredibly useful for relieving stress and tension. A treatment that uses hot and cool stones combined with massage will leave your SO feeling loose and deeply relaxed. This calming and restorative massage is exactly what the doctor ordered to eliminate post holiday stress and tension.
4) Mountain Recovery
Do you love to ski with your significant other? Have you been hitting the slopes hard everyday of your Christmas vacation? Your bodies’ may be paying the price of reveling in fresh powder and mountain air. A mountain recovery massage can help combat the wear and tear on muscles that comes with skiing or boarding. Relieve aches and pains and prevent injury with this massage that focuses on restoring over-worked muscles. Your SO will thank you and be ready to get back on the lift after this revitalizing massage.
Aromatherapy combines massage with essential oils to treat specific ailments or emotional needs. Aromatherapy can relieve pain, restore energy, or eliminate tension. Your SO will work with a massage therapist to discover the ideal oils for their specific needs and these oils will be incorporated with the massage.
For an extra special gift, tack on a head, foot, or hand massage. Your significant other will be grateful for this thoughtful and generous gift. At Spa at Breckenridge, you can purchase gift cards online. Your SO can use our ski-in/ski-out location conveniently while you enjoying your vacation, and you won’t have to find room in your luggage for gifts.
Here at the Spa at Breckenridge, we believe your massage should be relaxing, relieve pain and release tension. Not all massage is equal, and to experience the best massage, you need a great professional massage therapist. Here are a few of the qualities and qualifications we believe are important when choosing your massage therapist.
First you need to determine what your goals are for your massage. Do you just want to relax and relieve tensions? Or, do you have a specific region of pain that is bothering you? Once you have your goals in mind, you have a better idea of what type of massage you need and how to approach your massage therapist.
Where to Start
A great place to start finding a massage therapist is to check out reviews on the internet. Yelp and TripAdvisor offer many reviews. Look for a well-reviewed spa or massage therapist that offers the amenities you a looking for. Once you have discovered a few good ideas it is time to make some phone calls and talk directly with massage therapists.
A Phone Call
The receptionist will answer any preliminary questions you might have. Some questions you may choose to ask include:
- What are your certifications or qualifications?
- Do you specialize in a particular style of massage?
- Do you have experience working with …injury, arthritis, pregnancy, neck pain, or other particular circumstance…?
- What should I expect during a massage?
A massage therapist should be willing to talk with you about your concerns and desires. If a massage therapist is unwilling to listen, they may be unreceptive to your wants and needs during the massage. A massage therapist should encourage you to communicate during your session. They should be willing to hear what feels good or what might be painful so they can adjust accordingly.
Everyone is Different
Every massage therapist is different. Even very qualified massage therapists are not always the right fit for your particular needs. One of the best ways to know whether or not a particular massage therapist is a good fit is to try a session with them.
Many spas specialize in less expensive, generic massage and give the same massage to every patient. We believe that to get the best experience, your massage should be unique to you and be tailored to your unique needs.
Ultimately, you should look for a well-qualified, professional massage therapist that has experience with your particular needs, and has a willingness to communicate openly. You should feel comfortable and relaxed around your massage therapist rather than nervous or tense. Put some time into find the ideal massage therapist for you so that you can feel relaxed and restored after a massage session.
At over 9,000 feet, air that is already dry year round becomes even drier in the winter. The harsh climate, lack of humidity, and exposure to sun can wreak havoc on your skin. What can you do to protect your skin during the winter?
Sunscreen is vital to healthy skin. Snow reflecting UV rays along with the already thin atmosphere can heighten your risk of sun damage. The only way to avoid this damage is to cover as much skin as possible and apply sunscreen to any exposed areas. In the winter, it is often your nose, cheeks, lips, and neck that receive the most exposure. Wear goggles or sunglasses to keep the sun off the sensitive area around your eyes. Protecting your skin from the sun will help it stay healthy and younger.
Moisturizers are also an important part of your skin care routine in the winter. Applying moisturizer while your skin is still damp can seal in moisture and help your skin feel supple longer. Choose thick creams to apply at night and lighter lotions for daytime use. WebMD suggests oil based lotions rather than water based for extra protection.
Water loss is constant during the winter. Whether you are out on the slopes or relaxing by the fire it is important to stay hydrated. The easiest way to hydrate is to drink water instead of other drinks. Avoid caffeinated, sugary drinks and alcohol. These drinks can leave you feeling parched. If you do want to splurge on a special drink, make a habit of drinking a glass of water before and after. Try adding lemon, lime, or cucumber to your water for a touch of flavor. While extra water won’t cure inflamed or itchy skin, it will keep you feeling healthy and well, and will combat moisture loss.
It is often thought that it is the cold, harsh air of winter that causes dry skin problems. However, Today points out that it is actually the artificial heat that dries skin. Central heat, wood-burning stoves, a space heater, it doesn’t matter what type of heat, it will cause the air to become dry. Plug in a few humidifiers around your home to keep moisture in the air during the most frigid days.
You don’t want to overdo it with products during the winter, especially cleansers and astringents that contain alcohol. You can, however, get a facial or body treatment to revive your skin. Exfoliating your skin and treating it with natural oils and moisturizers will help fight off dry patches and keep your skin feeling soft and supple, even during the winter.
Stop at the Spa at Breckenridge for a facial or body treatment to rejuvenate your skin after exposure to the harsh winter climate. Our skin care professionals can also help you develop a skin care routine that will help you feel soft and smooth all winter long.