Ah, spring break! Great weather, outdoor fun in the sun, patios, adventures and of course, kickin’ back! This Spring Break, many Coloradans plan to stick close to home due to the pandemic. But you can still enjoy a safe and fun-filled staycation in Golden with western history and hospitality, gorgeous scenery, recreation, a walkable downtown and an emerging food scene. If you’re staying close to home this Spring Break, here are a few ideas for some Golden fun:
Hike, Bike or Learn to Climb in the Colorado Sunshine – Springtime in the Rockies can be – well, a snowy, muddy mess. But Golden is in the “banana belt” where the mountains meet the plains, making it the perfect place to get a jump start on summer mountain recreation. North and South Table Mountain receive lots of sun and offer snow-free trails most of the year, perfect for hiking. You can bike Lookout Mountain, the Front Range’s most iconic hill climb. Or learn to rock climb with Golden Mountain Guides. Check out all the recreation options listed on VisitGolden.com.
Enjoy a Patio: Golden is completely surrounded by mountains, buttes and views, so it’s the perfect place to sit at a patio, listen to some music and see and be seen. Some of the best patios? The huge deck and fountains of the Sherpa House, the center of the action patio at Woody’s Pizza, the outdoor deck of Mountain Toad with food trucks and dogs welcome, Charlie’s backyard at Golden City Brewery (the brewer lives in the house – you are literally in his backyard), the long deck along Clear Creek at the Golden Hotel’s Bridgewater Grill where you can watch kayakers and rafters, and the Buffalo Rose patio, which usually has live music on the weekends. Tributary Food Hall has a fun patio and you can also be among the first to check out Golden’s newest patio at the Golden Mill. Opening in early March, this new food hall offers several food stalls and a second floor rooftop patio promising gorgeous Golden views.
Dinosaur Days -- Give your kids the day of their dreams with a dinosaur themed outing. Start at Dinosaur Ridge, world famous as one of the most important dinosaur track sites in the United States. Featuring four trails, you can experience 150 million years of history. Be sure to also take a short drive to Triceratops Trail, a 1.5 mile trail gravel hiking trail through a landscape frozen in time from 68 million years ago, when the world’s largest flesh-eater – the 40-foot long, 15-ton Tyrannosaurus Rex – walked this very same ground. Afterwards, check out the new colorful sculptures of a Triceratops family created by Golden artist Pat Madison and located north of Golden on private land off HWY 93 and West 56th Ave.
Walk Clear Creek & Grab Lunch in Golden – Golden is a town that was made for walking! The beautiful Clear Creek walking paths offer gorgeous mountain views and plenty of spots to sit and watch the kayakers paddle by. Afterwards, walk into town and grab lunch at D’Deli – or better yet, start there and bring your delicious sandwiches down to the creek to enjoy creek side with your first picnic of the seas
Tour Golden’s History and Public Art – Go on one of Golden’s two do-it-yourself, free self-guided tours or spend an afternoon on a guided Wild West Walking Tour with Golden History Tours. The self-guided tours wind through Golden with the Golden History Museum’s tour leading you to historic spots and Golden’s Public Art tour highlighting Golden’s murals, statues and public art. Visit Golden History Tours to check out their guided tour options.
Museums, Art, Culture and More – Golden is home to more than a dozen museums and cultural attractions, including the Colorado Railroad Museum, Foothills Art Center, the American Mountaineering Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave, Lookout Mountain Nature Preserve – there’s so much to do in Golden. Head to www.visitgolden.com for more ideas for your Visit Golden staycation!
Shop ‘til you Drop – Golden’s downtown shopping has transformed into a hip little collection of outdoor gear shops, one-of-a-kind fashions, jewelry, art, Native American and Southwest designs, and outdoor fashions. Don’t miss Creekside Jewelers where you can browse a selection of fine jewelry and Native American and Southwest Designs or Toad & Co., an outdoors lifestyle apparel store. If you have little ones, you simply must stop into Golden Goods to reminisce about the vintage toys and marvel over modern puzzles.
Get Your Drink On – What’s spring break without a libation or two? Golden is home to several award winning distilleries including State 38 Distilling, celebrated for its whiskey, vodka and agave based spirits, atost, which crafts a line of American aperitivos, Golden Moon, try the award-winning gin and stop into their elegant speakeasy with gorgeous cocktails, and Local Distilling, which makes Vanjack Vodka and other spirits. And, of course, Golden is known for its beer! See VisitGolden.com for a full list of breweries and distilleries.
Make a Night of It – Make a night of it with a stay at a Golden hotels are offering spring packages. The Golden Hotel and Table Mountain Inn feature outstanding restaurants and a perfect place to call home while you explore Golden. The Origin Hotel is the official hotel of Red Rocks and the Dove Inn is a contemporary bed and breakfast.
For more information on Golden activities, dining and shopping, head to visitgolden.com.