This winter has been somewhat of a whirlwind with all of our travels. While I dream of an island escape by the end of winter, I definitely enjoy cozy sweaters, dirty chais, and some après tacos washed down with a snake bite (half Guinness/half cider). Trust me, Breckinridge checked off all the boxes, plus a killer Sangria.

After a short flight to Denver (thanks to Scott with Have Boards Will Travel for the cheap flight suggestions), we hopped into an Audi A4 (through silvercar) headed for Breckenridge with hopes of great snowboarding conditions and what I look forward to most: good eats. Here's a list of the best places to visit during a trip to Breckenridge, Colorado.

Best Things to do in Breckenridge in Winter:

Drive Silvercar: Since Breck is a bit of a drive from Denver, and you want a car that can handle snow, Silvercar is the way to go. It ended up being cheaper than renting something like a Rav4 (and might I say, much sweeter of a ride). Bonus: use code CHOFKNRS to get $25 off your first rental.

Stay at Trail's End Ski-in, Ski-out Condo: I will 100% admit that I'm spoiled when it comes to traveling. I prefer to stay in Ski-in, Ski-out, and if there's a condo with a kitchen, that's always a bonus because you can certainly save by cooking some of your meals in. This gem is close to the Quicksilver chair (probably one of the closest ski-in, ski-out spots that I've stayed in), just a ride up, and you're a hop, skip, and jump away from tons of Blue trails. Plus, you're within walking distance to most of my top food picks listed below. Mi Casa is across the street.

Après Tacos at Mi Casa: After a day of snowboarding, 3 tacos for $5 and a $6 margarita means I'm walking out the door with my belly happy for under $15. Plus, there's a chips and salsa bar to die for. Get there early, we learned this the first day, because the secret is out, and the bar area fills up quick. I literally went everyday.

Dirty Chai at The Crown : I'm an avid researcher before I go on any trip, and I found this gem after seeing someone on Instagram do her engagement photos there (the power of insta creeping).

The chai is so kick ass that I risked almost missing my flight to pick one up before the airport, but don't get them spicy. They actually put cayenne pepper in it, which I found out after I started sweating drinking my first cup.

More Eats at Crepes Ala Cart: No, that's not a typo. This is actually a crepe food truck.

Explore Loveland Pass: Stop and take in the view. It speaks for itself.

While I spent most of my time snowboarding, there are amazing shops, snowshoeing, and dog sledding options for those that aren't ski bums like myself. See you on the slopes or in the coffee shops!

Gabrielle-Rose