With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching (I’m already finding candy hearts and cards in City Market) it only seems fitting that our second Town Trappings will be for one of the most romantic restaurants in town: The Hearthstone.

 

My wife and I visited the Hearthstone on New Year’s Eve, after reading and hearing incredible reviews, and we were not disappointed. For 22 years, the historic, 125- year-old Kaiser House, has been a local’s favorite for hand cut steaks, game and fresh seafood. On New Year’s we not only enjoyed the picturesque Victorian-era home with beautiful views, but also the wonderful Colorado food.

 

When trying to choose an appetizer, we couldn’t decide (With prosciutto wrapped scallops, baked brie, and beef wellington as options, who could make a single decision!?). So, we each chose one: the crispy lobster and the duck confit ravioli. Although the fried lobster with wasabi aioli was marvelous, it was far outshined (in our opinions) by the ravioli with foie gras sauce.

 

We struggled as much with our entree selection as with the starters, eventually settling on the Blackberry Elk and Filet Mignon. Let me start by saying that this was not just a meal, it was an experience. The sweet marion blackberry demi-glaze on the succulent elk was “literally to die for”. As the filet mignon melted in my mouth, the balsalmic shallots and garlic spinach popped, creating a symphony of mellow and savory in my mouth. We finished the night with the crème brulle– and it was the crème brulee of crème brulees.

 

In closing, I would recommend the Hearthstone to all of our guests. It is perfect for special occasions: New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, birthday, or romantic night out. You can find the Hearthstone at 130 South Ridge Street, only 3 blocks away from Pine Ridge Condominiums. (I would recommend calling ahead for reservations, or visiting their website http://hearthstonerestaurant.biz )

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Breckenridge Ski Resort Opens Upper Mountain Lifts, Adding Additional 250 Acres of Terrain

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BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. Jan 20, 2011 – Today Breckenridge Ski Resort opened upper mountain lifts the T-Bar and 6 Chair, making local powder dreams come true just in time for this weekend. Thanks to a remarkable effort by the Breckenridge Ski Patrol, 250 new acres of advance terrain served by these lifts is now open. In addition to the recently opened E-Chair, Breck skiers and riders can enjoy this rapid-fire increase of terrain openings in recent days, as Mother Nature has supplied Breck with 14 inches of snow in the last 7 days.

National Weather Service forecasts up to 10 new inches to fall over the weekend at Breckenridge Ski Resort. A chance of snow continues into next week with a low pressure system moving through Colorado.
Saturday
Jan 21, 2012

Partly to mostly cloudy in the morning with lowering and increasing clouds expected. Cloudy by afternoon with snow developing, and continuing through overnight. Snow is expected to be heavy at times mainly into the evening hours (best snowfall occurs after resort closing). Very strong and gusty winds are expected, especially on the upper ridges, with large areas of blowing and drifting snow and low visibility at times.

Hi 33°f / 20°f (base/top)
Lo 18°f / 12°f (base/top)

Sky Condition:
Partly to mostly cloudy in the morning with lowering and increasing clouds expected. Cloudy by afternoon with snow developing, and continuing through overnight. Snow is expected to be heavy at times mainly into the evening hours (best snowfall occurs after resort closing). Very strong and gusty winds are expected, especially on the upper ridges, with large areas of blowing and drifting snow and low visibility at times. 

Precipitation:
Snow definite.

Snow Potential
9 to 13 inches of snowfall.

Wind:
Increasing to SW at 20-30 gusts to 50mph. Above timberline; Increasing to SW at 40-60 gusts to 80+mph. (winds become W/ NW after sunset)

Pine Ridger’s, welcome to our first installment of Town Trappings, where we give you a taste of some of our local flavor (because who knows Breckenridge better than a local?).

 

Let me introduce you to Mimi’s Fried Pies, a small, family owned restaurant on Main Street in Breckenridge. Everything on their menu is deliciously fresh and fried. My favorite item on the menu is the Fried Sloppy Joe, as messy as it is tasty. My wife, on the other hand, is a Southerner through and through. She can’t help herself when it comes to the chicken pot pie (reminds her of home). But, we find common ground by splitting the Banana’s Foster dessert pie.

 

In my humble opinion, this is the best location to get a quick meal or treat in Breckenridge. Obviously I’m not the only one, as Mimi’s Fried Pies is ranked #1 on TripAdvisor. So if you’re in the mood for a taste of Americana, head down to Mimi’s at 411 South Main Street (walking dis;tance from Pine Ridge Condos) or check out their website for yourself at www.mimisfriedpies.com

Pine Ridge has put together a schedule of events to make your Ullr Fest experience unforgettable!

Monday, January 9th- Ullr King and Queen Coronation (4:30-7:00pm)

Located in Main St. Station and Ullr’s Bar and Grill. The royal crowning of the 2012 King and Queen at 6:00 pm and music provided by DC the DJ. Bud Light beer specials available at Ullr’s Bar and Grill.

 

Tuesday, January 10th – Ullympics (6:00-8:00pm)

The Ullympics features co-ed teams of four competing like crazy for fun and prizes in whacky events at the Riverwalk Center lawn. This is a perfect event for the light-hearted quasi-athlete who can easily laugh at themselves. Get ready for some action. Teams interested in signing up should email the Breckenridge Resort Chamber at hdewitt@gobreck.com. Participation is FREE.

 

Wednesday, January 11th – The KSMT Dating Game (8:00 pm)

Breckenridge’s version of the Dating Game is hosted by the local radio station KSMT “The Mountain” at 8 p.m. at Cecelia’s. Adults over the age of 21 are welcome to attend. For information on how to apply to be a bachelor/bachelorette, call 970-453-2234 ext. 20 or www.ksmtradio.com

 

Thursday, January 12th – Ullr Parade (4:30 pm)

The infamous and zany Ullr parade kicks-off on North Main Street and moseys south through the heart of Breckenridge. In its 49th year, this is the ultimate in Ullr Fest fun. This is one you cannot miss! Participation is free, register your float or parade entry by emailing hdewitt@gobreck.com.

 

Thursday, January 12th – Ullr Bonfire (5:00- 7:00 pm)

The bonfire is back in town. After the parade, enjoy the bonfire in the South Gondola lot.

 

Friday, January 13th- Comedy Night (7:00 pm)

Laugh the night away featuring Phil Palisoul with Eugen Kenny! Cocktails start at 7p.m. with the show starting at 8p.m. at the Beaver Run Resort. Enjoy light appetizers, good friends, and more good times. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. For more information, call 970-453-6423.

 

Saturday, January 14th – Chilly Chili Cook Off Event – January 15 (3:00 – 7:00pm)

Join us for the Breckenridge Mountain Rotary Club Chilly Chili Cook Off Event at the Riverwalk Center. Enjoy samplings from local and world famous chili chefs, plus fun activities for the whole family. Tickets for Chilly Chili Cook Off: $15 pre-sales: $20 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.BreckChillyChili.com

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Living Breckenridge, there is a high level of athleticism displayed by its inhabitants.  The mountains afford opportunities to participate in myriad of activities like mountain biking, trail running, and white-water rafting in the summer; and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.   While it is healthy to be active and fit, the importance of proper relaxation cannot be overlooked.  Think of relaxation as the yin to the yang of activity.  Yoga teaches us that there are five points to a healthy lifestyle:  proper diet, proper excercise, proper breathing, positive thinking and meditation, and proper relaxation.

The hatha yoga classes taught by Breckenridge massage therapist and yoga instructor Erica Ragusa are designed to give us the proper levels of movement, breathing, and relaxation to contribute to our health and well-being.  The classes are one-hour long and start out in savasana, or corpse pose, to bring the participant into the present moment and leave behind the stresses of the day.  Then, there is instruction in pranayama, or breathing techniques to increase our vitality.  It is said that when we breathe deep, we live deeply; when we breathe shallow, we live shallow.  Deep breathing techniques are taught along with exercises to improve lung capacity.  Then, the part of the practice that is most associated with “yoga,” the asana practice, is started.  We move into a series of poses while keeping an awareness of our breath, trying to synchronize our movements with our breath.

The pace of the class is slow, giving us time to really feel the movements and deepen our stretches.  Participants have said that the class has allowed them the opportunity to really stretch, lengthen, and open their joints.  The class concludes with a guided relaxation to facilitate total calmness and comfort.  The savasana at the end is important, as it allows our bodies time to process the asanas and integrate them into our structure.  Erica teaches yoga Wednesdays at 5:45pm at Carter Park, Saturdays at 9:45pm at the Rec Center, and volunteers with the BOEC as a gentle yoga instructor and massage therapist for MS, ALS, and TBI groups.  Visit her Breckenridge Massage Therapy website for more information.