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The scenario: You’re in need of a long weekend in the high country for some quality time with your sweet new powder skis. But, drat—you have a conference call on Friday afternoon and a pesky deadline looming. What’s a work-hard-play-hard Coloradan to do?
Breckenridge’s newest hotel, Gravity Haus, aims to solve this dilemma. Opened in December, the hub for outdoor enthusiasts is a one-stop shop for wellness, work space, and high-end amenities—plus access to the trails, river, and slopes right out the back door at the base of Breck’s Peak 9. “It’s a social house for the modern adventurer; a manifestation of our Colorado lifestyle,” says CEO and co-founder Jim Deters, who launched the hotel with his wife, Alicia Pokoik Deters. Here, you can lap the hill all morning, scoot into the gorgeous co-working space for an afternoon call, and finish that report in time for après in the on-site eatery and bar. If you can squeeze in a recovery sesh in the Japanese-inspired onsen (a bathhouse with hot tubs, a cold tub, and a sauna), even better.
Gravity Haus’ modern mountain-inspired interiors—within a 1980s-era property that Jim and Alicia purchased in spring of 2019—are courtesy of Golden-based architecture firm Studio Lemonade, which helped blend the Deters’ vision for an “active community campus” with the mining-turned-ski-town essence of Breckenridge. “It’s a little bit of vintage, a little bit of modern, and a little bit of eclectic ‘found’—with artwork portray ing the adventure lifestyle,” says Studio Lemonade founder Grady Huff.
All this translates to a new take on the classic mountain aesthetic: an airy, open-concept lobby that pays homage to the log-cabin vibe with reclaimed wood floors and warm wood walls finished with the traditional Japanese shou sugi ban technique of preserving wood with flame. The 60 guest rooms, with names including “The Trekker” and “The Powder Hound,” come in configurations ranging from king-bed options for two to eight-person suites. Carefully chosen design elements placed throughout the rest of the property— including chairlifts repurposed as lounge seating and a large, halved pine tree that serves as the bar—lend a sense of local identity to Gravity Haus. Design and adventure? That’s our kind of getaway.