We have changed the vernacular for “Anniversary” in our house – it is now called “Our Family’s Birthday”. I borrowed the idea, but I cannot remember from whom it was taken. And like the stolen tradition, we too buy a cake or cupcake to commemorate the sweet day when we became a yummy, little family.
We also play hookie!
The Venue: Ten Mile Station – Breckenridge, Colorado
No matter what day of the week it is, each year on our family’s birthday we head to our exact same wedding spot, where we prepped, promised ourselves, and partied the night away. To our good fortune, no one has been there to get married on our birthday celebration, so we have been able to have lunch and take pictures uninterrupted. In the winter, Ten Mile Station is a full-functioning restaurant and relaxing spot for skiers. It is situated in the middle of Peak 9, directly off the Quicksilver Super-Quad chairlift. But in the summer, the angelic white snow gives rise to hundreds of wildflowers and a variety of Colorado’s state flower, the Columbine. Needless to say that we didn’t have to decorate this wedding venue very much at all – we left it up to God!
Whenever we are in Breckenridge, we MUST eat at La Francaise French Bakery. In fact, sometimes I just want to make a special trip to Breck so I can eat there! We get the quiche Loraine, and a baguette with brie, salami, tomato, lettuce and olive oil – TDF! And, of course, we picked up our favorite beer from Oskar Blues – G’Knight. At 10% ABV and $ per 4 pack, it usually only graces our palettes on special occasions
It started to get gloomy and overcast, typical for the mountains above 10,000 feet, even in late summer. We were prepared for the precipitation and temperature drop, so we threw on our raincoats and an extra warm layer and walked around town. We saw the horse-drawn carriage, went to the kiddie park off Main Street...which happened to be right across the plaza from The Breckenridge Distillery Tasting Room.
The Tasting Room:
The Tasting Room offers samples of their award winning Bourbon, Vodka and Bitters. Although I stay away from hard liquor these days, these little *nips* were perfect for warming up the internals on a chilly afternoon. Even our daughter got to *cheers* with her little sample glass…of water.
As we made our way back to the public parking lot, we walked by the Riverwalk Center, a performing arts facility, and noticed a performance going on. We were welcomed in and noticed that guests were interspersed among the orchestra performers, and were lounging on blankets. It turns out that it was a community event where families were invited to get up close and personal with the musicians, while the conductor explained various aspects of classical music and how sound was created. Children gathered in the center beneath the conductor, while others casually lay at the feet of the performers like loyal pets. It was such a treat!
We feel so blessed to be surrounded by such natural beauty. Breckenridge certainly has special memories for us, but we intend to create many more. I encourage you to make a trip at any time of year, if you have never been before
The Happily Ever After: