My, oh my, how Golden has changed! I remember when it was a sleepy little town with just a few restaurants and bars that primarily catered to Coors employees and motorcyclists. My grandfather and father were both, respectively, so I can appreciate the evolution to “modern day Golden.”
Even when my dad opened Woody’s Wood-Fired Pizza in 1993, the most fun it seemed like I could have in town involved playing pool at one of our pool tables and listening to the juke box. But that was about it! Fast forward to today and Woody’s has evolved right along with the town – we cater to a more family-friendly crowd with great options for kids and adults alike, helping locals and tourists re-fuel while spending the day in town touring the breweries, enjoying the great outdoors, or even visiting Thomas the Train at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Golden is the best city in this here state, but I guess I am biased!
My perfect day in Golden would probably start with a mountain bike ride in Jefferson County Open Space down the Enchanted Forest and Apex Trail, while my wife trail-ran alongside me. After we finished, we’d head into town and take a leisurely walk down the creek path to the Golden Farmers Market (Saturdays, June – October). After picking up some local produce and a cup of Dirt Coffee, a non-profit coffee truck with a mission to empower people with autism with jobs, we’d go watch the tubers coming down the creek and the parasailers launching off Lookout Mountain. Eventually we would make our way over to the newly opened Sassafras American Eatery for brunch. A carafe of cleverly crafted mimosas and some fresh beignets is hard to beat – especially with a view of the creek and Coors Brewery! Next, we’d probably run a few errands while in town, swinging by AlphaGraphics to pick up some new menus, hot off the press, then maybe over to see Jeff at Golden Liquors to stock up on craft beer and some wine for the weekend. After that we would pick up some sandwiches from Al at D’Deli and take them with us to a Colorado School of Mines football game over at the new Marv Kay Stadium. Once they beat their opponent (Go Orediggers!), we would go celebrate with happy hour at Woody’s Wood-fired Pizza on the porch. My wife would probably order the Drunken Pig Bloody Mary (voted best bloody in the Mile High City by Svedka and 5280 Magazine in 2016) and I’d probably order a New Terrain Lost IPA or maybe a Holidaily gluten free beer in a 16oz can– both exceptional local breweries! Before heading home, we would most likely stop by the patio at the Sherpa House and split one of their sampler platters.