We are of course excited for our next adventure, but leaving Colorado is a little bittersweet. We’ve had a great summer hiking, camping and drinking our way across the state (here are our favorite trips). I’ve been fortunate enough to go to work every day in the heart of Golden, Colorado, which is perhaps the cutest little Colorado town of all. Here are our pro tips for what to do, eat, and drink on a day trip to Golden. Well worth your 20 minute drive west of downtown Denver!
- Shop or wander along Washington Avenue for thrift stores, souvenir shops, plenty of restaurants and ice cream parlors and views of Clear Creek. Pro tip: Free street and garage parking, just pay attention to the time limits.
- Visit the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6 to October 3. Pro tip: Bring your own bag and fill it with fresh fruits and veggies for only $10.
- Walk around the Colorado School of Mines Campus and visit their geology museum if you are interested in rocks and gems. Pro tip: Don’t miss the moon rock displayed on the lower level.
- Outdoors Activities
- Float Clear Creek—you can rent tubes from Golden River Sports, Whitewater Tube Co, or the CSM Outdoor Recreation Center.
- Hike or drive to the top of Lookout Mountain for great views (keep your eyes open for paragliders!)
- Bike or hike Table Mountain
- Woody’s Pizza-They’ll make any pizza off the menu to put on buffet if you ask—I recommend the Whiskey King Bbq Pizza. Also, if you sit at the bar area you can get the working man’s special: two slices and a cold beer for $6. It’s not on the menu but just ask the bartender.
- Table Mountain Grill—Pro Tip: Go during happy hour for $6 giant margaritas and cheap appetizers.
- Indulge Bistro and Wine Bar
- Grappa or Edgewater Grill—Pro tip: Choose these fancier spots for creek side dining
- D’s Deli—Pro tip: Factor in time to stand in line, it’s popular.
- Sherpa House—Pro tip: Get the buffet. Sit outside.
- Ali Baba
- Windy Saddle-a great stop for coffee, sandwiches, pastries or a glass of wine.
- Coors Brewery Tours—Free, and includes three beers. Pro tip: Take the elevator straight to the second floor for the “short tour,” aka skip the tour and go directly to the tasting room.
- Golden Moon Speakeasy
- Golden City Brewery—great outdoor seating area
- Mountain Toad Brewery
- Cannonball Creek Brewery
- State 38—Pro tip: typically Groupon or Living Social vouchers available. We were not really impressed with this place to be honest and it’s kind of in a weird industrial center location.
- Ace Hi Tavern-Open since 1961, this place is a Mines institution. Pro tip: Happy hour twice a day: 7-11 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.