Phyl Rubinstein

Background
Home: Downtown Breckenridge
Family: Husband Neil, sons Ari and Gabe, daughter-in-law Rachel, grandson Miles
Education: University of Montana, BA in geology; University of Georgia, master’s in social work
Why Breckenridge? Initially, to keep my honey happy. Now—have you been here?

Art
Medium: Living history
Latest project: Victorian Tea and Tour with Katie Briggle
Favorite creative space: The kitchen—I am passionate about cooking and I use Katie’s recipes for the Victorian Teas.
Source of inspiration: My family
Creativity is: Best found in the kitchen

Insights
Personal hero: My grandmother
Favorite book: Hmm, let me think about that—too many!
Favorite restaurant: Breckenridge Distillery
Song in your head right now: “Big Big Star” by The Samuel Edgar Band
Unique home or office decor: Tandem bicycle in the living room
Favorite movie: “Cabaret”
Favorite causes: Women’s issues—reproductive rights, domestic violence, sexual assault
Favorite way to spend free time: Long-distance bike touring on the tandem with my husband

Confessions
What keeps you up at night? Too much sugar
Pet peeve: People on phones or texting while driving
First job: Babysitting
First choice for a new career: This is it!
What do you do to recharge your batteries? Bike, hike, bake
Guilty pleasure: Dark chocolate


After retiring from her 35-year career as a social worker and 12-year catering business, Phyl Rubinstein, 61, moved to Breckenridge with her husband Neil in 2011. She now serves as a museum docent and leads tours—including Tombstone Tales at Twilight—for the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.

Photo: Liam Doran