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Breckenridge is a place best shared with friends and family. With an abundance of outdoor activities for every age and interest, this friendly mountain town will make you feel right at home from the moment you arrive. And if you’re bringing a big group, Mont Vista Chateau is the vacation rental in Breckenridge, Colorado for you!
I rented Mont Vista Chateau to host a retreat for eight female entrepreneurs, and the house had plenty of room for us all to feel like we had private space to retire to after a long day of workshops. The living room and dining area were large enough for us to spread out and work together, and the private chef we hired to make us dinner one evening said the kitchen was a chef’s dream.
The eight bedrooms in this 7,500-square-foot luxury
One of the bedrooms is part of its own apartment over the garage, which was nice for our retreat because I was able to stay there and have some privacy away from the rest of my group in the house. The apartment over the garage has a king bed, its own bathroom, kitchen and living area and is of the same quality as the rest of the home.
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Two Gourmet Kitchens
Mont Vista Chateau features two gourmet kitchens, one in the main house and another in the garage apartment. This open, expansive kitchen was large enough to accommodate all of our crew gathering at once to make breakfast or grab lunch off the buffet we set up on the kitchen island.
If you’d like to hire a private chef to pamper you one evening, I highly recommend Jenny Levasseur of The Happy Cuisinière. She accommodated a long list of allergies and diet preferences to create a fabulous meal for us.
While Jenny got situated in our kitchen, she put out some amazing queso dip for us to nibble on while she worked on the rest. Our starter was a beautiful watermelon, red onion, cucumber, tequila ceviche, then we moved on to a peach salad and an apple, carrot and sweet potato soup. Our main course was two different kinds of enchiladas: one with brussels sprouts and kale served with a mole sauce, and the other a beef and green chili with ranchero sauce. Rice, beans, guacamole, cheese and cilantro lime cream accompanied our entrees. Although we were stuffed, no one could resist the baked apples with regular or dairy-free ice cream to complete our evening.
Jenny also now does local wine pairings from Carboy Winery, which is one of my favorite spots in town (I love the Viognier and Albarino, but all their wines are excellent).
The Living Area
Our crew of 10 easily gathered in the living and dining area for workshops we held throughout our stay. There was plenty of room for the eight guests, myself and an employee.
We loved how open and light the living and dining area was and the fantastic views toward
Movie Room, Hot Tub and Other Amenities
What I loved about this house is that it’s big enough to gather with a large group of friends or family comfortably. You won’t ever feel like you’re all on top of each other.
On the lower level of the house, there’s a pool table and movie room with a 65″ television and large sectional sofa. Outside you’ll find a huge deck with expansive mountain views and a large hot tub for eight.
Parking and Getting Around
Mont Vista Chateau allows for five vehicles, but with a stop for the free shuttle just 150 yards away, you may find you don’t need a vehicle in
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What to Pack for Breckenridge
You can find all the essentials I take on every trip here, from my favorite toiletry bag and travel purse to the best power bank I’ve found to keep my phone taking great photos all day long.
Here are some specific favorites I always pack for Breckenridge:
☆ Merrell women’s waterproof hiking boots — Waterproof and lightweight.
☆ Osprey Dry Stuff Pack — I love this because it packs down into its own pocket and is great for outdoor activities.
☆ 3-in-1 Jacket — This is a great lightweight waterproof rain jacket plus a puffer for warmth, which can all be worn together or each piece separate. Perfect for the variable weather you can get throughout the day/night in Breck in the spring or fall. Check out this one if you prefer a fleece to a puffer.
☆ LL Bean Winter Jacket — This is my non-ski winter jacket. It’s warmer than the one listed above that I use in spring/fall. I’ve used it on countless winter trips in temperatures down to the teens. Would buy it again!
☆ Columbia ski pants — I have these in two colors, and they’re my favorite ski pants I’ve ever owned. They’re warm in the winter but don’t keep you too warm for spring skiing.
☆ Columbia midweight baselayer — This is a great baselayer in the winter and plenty warm enough for early or late season skiing without anything but a jacket on top.
☆ Columbia Omni-Heat baselayer — This is the baselayer you want when it’s really cold out.
☆ Smartwool full cushion ski socks — My favorite ski socks. They’re comfy in my boots and keep my feet warm without making me sweat.
☆ Revo x Bode Miller Ski Goggles — I got these ski goggles a couple of seasons ago, and they’re by far the best ski goggles I’ve ever had. They work in low light, sunlight and everything in between. Plus, they look great on!
☆ Winter pompom hat — I have this hat in two colors because it’s so warm, comfy and stylish.
☆ Ski strap and pole carrier — Even if you only have a short walk with your skis, you’ll thank yourself for buying this great over-the-shoulder carrier. Worth every penny!
☆ Power bank — This can recharge my Google Pixel 6 Pro more than three times on a single charge so I can take photos and videos all day.
☆ GorillaPod mini-tripod — Wrap the flexible arms of this around a tree branch, fence, sign…anything. Great for taking shots of you or the whole group with the gorgeous Breckenridge scenery.