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The best Hotels, Restaurants, Cultural Attractions, and just plain Fun Stuff to do and see in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Stay in Victorian splendor at the restored Abbett Placer Bed and Breakfast.
Order a hot dog sandwich—chili, cheddar, and onions included—for lunch at Downstairs at Eric’s.
Chow down on a bacon cheeseburger pizza at Fatty’s Pizzeria. The building dates from the gold-rush era.
Belly up to the bar at the 1879-built Gold Pan Saloon, supposedly the oldest continuously operated bar west of the Mississippi River. Its owners refused to acknowledge Prohibition, and they’ve been pouring ever since. (970) 453-5499
Order the Rocky Mountain trout—already caught and cooked—at the Whale’s Tail.(970) 453-2221
Enjoy a plate of tasty fish and chips and an Avalanche Ale at the Breckenridge Brewery.
Dig into capellini-wrapped halibut at Relish.
Treat yourself to a gourmet truffle from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.
Swim with the fishes at Jake’s Dive Bar, a scuba diving-themed pub.
The best place to dig into Breckenridge’s mining roots is the Country Boy Mine. Established in 1887 and still operational, it has a dimly lit shaft that serves as a passage back in time. After returning from your journey to the center of the earth, do some prospecting of your own. The mine fills giant, silt-filled tubs from nearby Eureka Creek in a heated barn. Think there’s nothing interesting about a pan full of rock and dirt? You’ll think again if you spot a few tiny flecks of gold winking at you from the gravelly mix. The crew here tells the story of one visitor who became so caught up with gold fever that she spent four hours prospecting and filled half a vial with gold flakes.
FUN STUFF: BRECKENRIDGE
There’s a reason fly-fishers have voted Breckenridge Outfitters the most decorated Orvis outfitter in the country. The guides spend an average of 250 days on the water, so they know the most productive fly-fishing spots like most people know their morning commute. After a quick dry-land casting clinic to learn the basics, you’ll go to the water to pick up the finer points of reading a stream, and to perfect your roll cast, false cast, and presentation cast. A two-hour trip costs $85 per person, and the shop’s catch-and-release policy ensures that there are plenty of fish to go around.
Sign up for the Fizzing Chocolate Antioxidant Body Wrap at the Mountain Sanctuary Day Spa. Start the 90-minute treatment by lying on a heated table while a therapist exfoliates your body. A pleasing smell reminiscent of chocolate milk wafts about the room as she gently brushes an airy, vitamin-infused mixture of milk chocolate and magnesium sulfate onto your skin. Then a light tingling sensation envelops your body as she wraps you in a sheet of Mylar and the compound seeps deep into your pores. While the wrap works its magic, the therapist gives you a 20-minute head, scalp, and shoulder rub, topped off by a rubdown with aromatheraphy towels. Finish with a full body massage of chocolate-scented oils specially formulated for dry climates.
Good Times Adventures runs the only dog-sledding tours in Summit County. The company will pick up your group from anywhere in Breckenridge for an hour-long excursion. As many as six people can take turns driving the sled, riding in the basket, or following along on a snowmobile driven by a guide. Prices range from free for 3-year-olds and younger (though Good Times discourages taking toddlers on dogsleds), $40 for 4- to 8-year-olds, and $70 for everyone else.
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