Colorado in May
Weather was cold and sloppy when we visited Breckenridge, last May.
Briar Rose Chophouse and Saloon
Don and I arrived on May 25, a day before our kids met up with us. It was the only day of the week, with sunshine predicted.
When we arrived at 7, the place was packed. It was good we had reservations. Although we could have killed some time in the saloon, had we needed to wait. There was a happy crowd back there, hanging around the oak bar, beneath some deer heads.
Breckenridge is full of tourists, so I'm not sure why I was so shy about pulling out the camera. I snapped a couple low pics with the old cell phone.
Our dining room felt both homey and elegant. I was happy to see tablecloths and wine glasses and candles. I was happy with the noise level... festive chatter, but easy to converse.
After a sip of wine I was brave enough to ask our server to take our photo. It was all good from there. Rosemary sourdough bread, spinach salad with egg and bacon, two filet mignons and cheese cake for dessert! No food pics, but all good!
Happy Hour Dinners at Twist
"Comfort Food Redefined" That's the claim of the second Dining House, we enjoyed.
The first time we visited Twist, we sat upstairs with Heidi and Jamie. The upper level was much quieter than below. The second story gave us a great view of the snowy mountains.
The Happy Hour menu offered 6-dollar glasses of wine and 5, 6, 7 and 9-dollar, plate options. A very happy hour!
We came another evening, 10 minutes before Happy Hour ended. The prize window table downstairs, had just vacated. Our wonderful waiter worked with us... taking our orders at 6, but delivering as needed! Another incredible dinner off the Happy Hour menu!
Coziest of All - Hearthstone
The big, blue house on the hill welcomed us with glowing widows, on our last night all together. It was chilly and damp and we needed a warm, comfy place.
The Kaiser's House
Back in the 1880's, the Kaiser family built their home up on the hill. They owned the Kaiser Market, just down the street.
No bold blue paint or modernized roof and windows. No stonework and no trees!
There were lots of inviting dining spaces, upstairs and down.
I was glad when our hostess took us up the stairs, since there was still enough light to enjoy a view.
We lucked out with a window table in the front of the house. The wind and drizzle outside, made the Victorian decor extra warm and comfy.
The weather altered our view of the mountains, but we got to look down on some curious giant circular art, that was being installed.
We could have done some people watching if the deck had been in use. I'm sure there were people sitting out at those tables enjoying the mountain view, the day after we left town.
We have no photos of our whole group and no photos of our wonderful server, Shorty. But I do have a pic of these happy (and full) diners after their meal.
Shorty was pretty delightful with our group and she was especially kind when I suddenly realized I'd left our "coupon passport booklets" at the condo. She quietly whispered that she would honor them anyway. My Harris Ranch Beef Filet suddenly tasted twice as good. And now I'm dreaming about the Garlic Sauteed Spinach and the Gruyere Rosti Potatoes!
The place was surprisingly quiet by 8:30. We lingered a bit before bundling up, for the cold walk back.
I peeked around at some of the old photos, near the bar. The bartender talked a little about the history of the house. She mentioned something about it once being a brothel. I looked that up later and learned that a restaurant in 1970's, had a bit of a bordello theme. Hmm?
We had some good meals in cozy places, during our stay. We did end up seeing the sun a couple times. And we burned off some calories, pumping the bar in the circular artwork.
But we didn't work hard enough to make the neon face smile!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.