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Old 09-10-2008, 09:16 AM
 
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Hi all,

So we have some friends from the NL here and they want to go up into the mountains. We'd rather not drive super far (uggg, gas!) and have already been to the Georgetown/Idaho Springs area multiple times, and Estes Park and Longmont.

We just need a place that has pretty scenery (which shouldn't be too hard if it's in the mountains), a cute little town to walk around, and for it to be relatively close.

We are also relatively new, so any suggestions would be great.

TIA!
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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How far are you looking to drive? You can't get much more mountain than Fairplay - at 9,953 feet. If you prefer something closer to the sprawl then maybe try Manitou Springs, at the base of Pikes Peak. Fairplay and Manitou are both within a 2 hour drive of Denver.

Granted Fairplay is pretty small and walking around town won't take long at all. Heck you could drive a big loop and get both towns in.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Thornton
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Evergreen and Kittredge, but I wouldn't say they have a large town to really walk around.
Not sure if you consider Summit County too far to go, but you have the outlet stores in Silverthorne, town of Dillon (but there's not much there), Keystone Village, Copper Mtn Village. Frisco is a pretty cute town to walk around with a good bar scene at night too. If you wanted to drive the extra distance there's always Breck, which probably has the best town for walking around in Summit County.

If that's too far, there's always Black Hawk/Central City.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:57 AM
 
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Thanks! I'll definitely look into your suggestions and see which little town suits us the best for this trip. Of course, I'll keep the other ideas handy for the future.

(My apologies...I should have said I have also been to Manitou Springs and the Garden of the Gods - thanks though!)

Ideally, I'd like to travel 1.5 hours or less, but I don't know how feasible this is.

Feel free to keep the ideas coming...

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Old 09-10-2008, 06:18 PM
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The Poudre Canyon, west of Ft. Collins, is very nice.
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Old 09-10-2008, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I was going to say Nederland, but if you've already been to Estes Park there's a good chance you've been there too.

And Central City, Blackhawk of course...
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:25 PM
 
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Ideally, I'd like to travel 1.5 hours or less, but I don't know how feasible this is.
Depending on where you're coming from with Metro Denver, 1.5 hours should get you to most of Summit County, even Breck. Vail is about 2 hours, so that's a consideration. You should also look at the Winter Park / Grand Lake area -- that would also be within about 1.5 hours.
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:35 PM
 
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If your friends are wine lovers, i'd suggest you go to Evergreen and take them to Creekside Cellars. It's right in the commercial district. They have an italian deli, their own wines by the glass, and a wonderful deck overlooking Bear Creek. Should be good for a couple hours at least.

DISCLAIMER: I personally know the owners of Creekside Cellars, but am not suggesting it to get them more business. If the weather's nice, the deck is one of the best places i know to while away a few hours.
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Old 09-12-2008, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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We've been hitting small towns all summer. Just yesterday (and the day before) we went to Aspen. yuck, hated that. But then on the way back we stopped in Glenwood. This is by far our favorite town outside of Denver. Then we stopped in Frisco. Also a great town with a very beautiful lake. I don't really care for Blackhawk/Central City as it's all gaming (except for the neat opera house) and the gaming thing gets pretty old for me. So my votes are for Frisco and Glenwood Springs. BTW, you can take a train from Denver to Glenwood, not sure how fun that is, and I bet it takes longer, but no gas usage and no worries about traffic! We might try that route next time.
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Old 09-12-2008, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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If your friends are wine lovers, i'd suggest you go to Evergreen and take them to Creekside Cellars. It's right in the commercial district. They have an italian deli, their own wines by the glass, and a wonderful deck overlooking Bear Creek. Should be good for a couple hours at least.
I agree! I love that place. The food is very good and last time I was there bought a case of wine. Evergreen is a great suggestion.

BTW, I would have suggested Nederland but the OP requested a shorter drive. There was a nice article in the Rocky a few weeks ago about Ned if you are interested: http://www.rockymountainnews.com/new...its-nederland/
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