My sister is getting married this year and, as her maid of honor, one of my jobs has been the bachelorette party. Neither my sister nor myself are “bachelorette party people” – our brainstorming looked a bit like “spa weekend, beach, or foodie experience.” We settled on two out of three 🙂
With the Denver International Airport, and its many direct flights, only a few hours away, Breckenridge is a convenient and central vacation spot for all of the out-of-state guests to reach. Neither my sister nor I ski, but there was still a lot to do in “Breck” over a weekend.
– Vacation Home – Finding a place to stay for 18 ladies ended up being quite easy with the help of VRBO. VRBO connects homeowners with temporary renters in cities and towns all over the US. Although most owners in Breckenridge preferred to have renters for a 4-night minimum, the fabulous couple whose home we ended up booking were completely willing to work with our 2-night stay. And what a home it was! It fit up to 22 adults, had a beautiful fireplace, amazing view, and a hot tub.
– Food – Armed with fresh pizza dough from Boulder’s Pizzeria Locale, assorted grocery items and wine from Costco (perfect for feeding large groups!), and made-fresh cupcakes from Tee & Cakes, the 18 of us spent a wonderful first night getting to know each other over a glass of wine and making personal pizzas from scratch. The next night, we all headed into “downtown” Breckenridge for some Mexican food at Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina. The staff at Mi Casa were so easy to work with to coordinate a meal for such a large group – a selection of group menus, individualized beverage tabs, gluten-free by request, and really great communication. And everyone in our group (literally!) loved the food.
– Fun – You know you’re in a high altitude when your ears pop at least half-a-dozen times driving up to the house. We were lucky that nobody in our crew had a case of full-blown altitude sickness, but everyone, including the Boulder-ites, was feeling a bit more fatigue and easily winded. Our solution? Relaxing spa services and an oxygen bar (and lots and lots of water!). Several ladies spent Saturday afternoon enjoying massages, wraps, and/or facials from the Blue Sage Spa and Mountain Sanctuary Spa. Everyone – the mommies taking a break from children all the way to those of us flying in from big cities – enjoyed the down time and pampering.
It did snow quite a bit while we were there, which was an unwelcome surprise for at least this Texan, but the biggest surprises often make the best stories…and we are all still laughing about pushing this lady out of the snow not once, but four times in one day 🙂