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Breckenridge Breakfast Restaurants

If there's anything worse than a hangover, it's a Colorado high-altitude hangover. What was grogginess and regret at sea level becomes head-exploding misery at 9, 600 feet.

Cameron Diaz once said: "grease is the only cure for a hangover." We'll re-phrase that slightly: The best form of recovery for a high-altitude hangover is a solid country-style breakfast. In other words, the diet starts tomorrow.

How could this headache been prevented, other than skipping out on the night's festivities? Water, water, water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Staying hydrated can help you avoid the pounding next-day headache. A good rule when enjoying high-altitude libations; alternate with water and life will seem a little less blurry and more enjoyable the next day.

If it's too late this time, here are five great breakfast restaurants where those who live large in the Colorado mountains, specifically Summit County, Colorado, can get back on their feet after a night on the town.

Water, water, water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Staying hydrated can help you avoid the pounding next-day headache.

626 Lake Dillon Drive/970-468-0873

Recent winner of the Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour, the A-Café is a local favorite for hearty country cooking. Tuck into an order of eggs benedict featuring poached eggs Canadian bacon, English muffin, hollandaise, and home fries; or try huevos burritos including tortilla-wrapped scrambled eggs, chorizo, beans and chilies. Biscuits and gravy and a cup of Joe will also do the trick nicely. Open from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Columbine Café – Breckenridge, CO

109 South Main Street/970-547-4474

At the top of the list for breakfast in Breckenridge, the Columbine Café is known for its home-cooked breakfasts at a reasonable price. Add a side order of Columbine's famous corn beef hash to an order of golden waffles or tasty eggs & grits. Top it off with fresh juice and strong coffee. Feeling like some brisk mountain air will help clear the cobwebs? Take a seat at one of Columbine's outdoor tables during the summer months. Open 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Haywood – Keystone, CO

231110 Hwy 6/970-262-9300

Located just down the road from the Keystone Resort, this local sports bar serves up a great hangover recovery breakfast that will get you ready for another day of high country adventure. Country fried steak & eggs with cheesy grits will definitely settle the stomach — or try a biscuit topped with sausage and scrambled eggs, and then covered with gravy and melted cheese. Feeling better now? Haywood is also known for its "Bacon Bloody Marys." Just sayin' …. Summer hours: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.; fall season: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; ski season: 7 a.m – 9 p.m.

Log Cabin – Frisco, CO

121 Main Street/970-668-3947

The Log Cabin Café serves hearty American and Mexican food in a rustic setting right on Main Street in downtown Frisco. Did you get out of bed this morning in need of some extra-comfort food? Try the chocolate chip pancakes or a hearty bowl of oatmeal. Huevos rancheros are another menu favorite that will make everything seem right with the world again. Wash it all down with a strong cup of fresh, hot coffee. Outdoor seating available in summer. Open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Mountain Lyon Café – Silverthorne, CO

381 Blue River Parkway/970-262-6229

A classic, old-style diner with stick-to-your-ribs home-cooked meals. The Mountain Lyon gets busy early, but friendly staff will always find room for you. The "Ultimate Skillet" is the way to go for hangover recovery, featuring an iron skillet loaded with home-fried potatoes, three eggs any way you like them, tomatoes, green bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, bacon, ham, sausage and more. Add a fluffy buttermilk biscuit and you'll be feeling better before you know it. Open 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. M-F; 7 a.m – 2 p.m. Sat-Sun.

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