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Excellent espresso bar, baked goods, and hand-made gelato right by the Arkansas River. Has excellent shaded outdoor seating and is located next to a park. Highly recommend you visit! About a 5 min walk.
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The Midland Stop
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Excellent espresso bar, baked goods, and hand-made gelato right by the Arkansas River. Has excellent shaded outdoor seating and is located next to a park. Highly recommend you visit! About a 5 min walk.
Great restaurant located a stone's through from the river. A local favorite! They brew their own beer on the other side of town and do a good job.
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Eddyline Restaurant | South Main
926 South Main Street
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Great restaurant located a stone's through from the river. A local favorite! They brew their own beer on the other side of town and do a good job.
Excellent lineup of craft beers in a super cool setting: the former Buena Vista jailhouse. If you like beer, this is a must visit! About a 4 min walk.
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The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar
412 E Main St
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Excellent lineup of craft beers in a super cool setting: the former Buena Vista jailhouse. If you like beer, this is a must visit! About a 4 min walk.
This brand new boutique hotel in the South Main neighborhood is worth exploring! They also have an excellent bar and restaurant inside with spectacular riverside seating.
Surf Hotel & Chateau
1012 Front Loop
This brand new boutique hotel in the South Main neighborhood is worth exploring! They also have an excellent bar and restaurant inside with spectacular riverside seating.
If you're looking for a stiff drink, this is the place to go! They've got a wonderful western vibe and distill their own whiskeys, gins, and more. They have live music most Friday and Saturday nights.
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Deerhammer Distillery
321 East Main Street
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If you're looking for a stiff drink, this is the place to go! They've got a wonderful western vibe and distill their own whiskeys, gins, and more. They have live music most Friday and Saturday nights.
You wouldn't expect to find amazing Asian food in little Buena Vista, but this place does it well! They get their fresh fish daily and you'll be able to notice. Also, their sushi is delicious.
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The Asian Palate
328 East Main Street
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You wouldn't expect to find amazing Asian food in little Buena Vista, but this place does it well! They get their fresh fish daily and you'll be able to notice. Also, their sushi is delicious.
Another local cafe on main street. About a 4min walk. Definitely a local staple.
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Buena Vista Roastery Cafe
409 East Main Street
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Another local cafe on main street. About a 4min walk. Definitely a local staple.
Hip recently renovated bar right off the highway and main street. This place is hopping on Friday and Saturday nights with bands from all over the country. They've got pool tables, darts, and karaoke (sometimes). An excellent place to hang out.
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The Lariat
206 E Main St
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Hip recently renovated bar right off the highway and main street. This place is hopping on Friday and Saturday nights with bands from all over the country. They've got pool tables, darts, and karaoke (sometimes). An excellent place to hang out.
Located in a the old Highway maintenance building (cool vibes), the Spoon serves great midday or evening options. Serving burgers, soups, sandwiches, and local brews. They share their space with the Trailhead and have a large outdoor patio as well.
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Simple Eatery & Spoon It Up
402 East Main Street
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Located in a the old Highway maintenance building (cool vibes), the Spoon serves great midday or evening options. Serving burgers, soups, sandwiches, and local brews. They share their space with the Trailhead and have a large outdoor patio as well.
House Rock Kitchen has incredible and delicious food for the discriminating diner. Many of their dishes are vegan and gluten free. Our favorite in town! They've also got an excellent patio space with yard games, live music, and good vibes.
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House Rock Kitchen
421 E Main St
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House Rock Kitchen has incredible and delicious food for the discriminating diner. Many of their dishes are vegan and gluten free. Our favorite in town! They've also got an excellent patio space with yard games, live music, and good vibes.
Delicious locally made ice cream tucked into a cool little garden property. A very nice place to swing by after dinner in the evening! They also have a playground for the kids
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Louie's Ice Cream Shop
414 E Main St
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Delicious locally made ice cream tucked into a cool little garden property. A very nice place to swing by after dinner in the evening! They also have a playground for the kids
Local health foods store - pricey, but good!
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The Lettucehead Food Company
545 US Highway 24 North
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Local health foods store - pricey, but good!
Local grocery store - usually VERY busy in the summertime. We recommend going early in the morning or late in the evening to buy your groceries.
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City Market
438 U.S. 24
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Local grocery store - usually VERY busy in the summertime. We recommend going early in the morning or late in the evening to buy your groceries.
Things to Do
You can book white-water rafting trips here as well as rent 4x4 Razors and Slingshots. They also have great adventure gear and clothing for sale as well as a couple of beers on tap.
Buena Vista Adventure Hub
You can book white-water rafting trips here as well as rent 4x4 Razors and Slingshots. They also have great adventure gear and clothing for sale as well as a couple of beers on tap.
Great place to rent a mountain bike! About 3 min walk from the condo
Black Burro Bikes
807 South Main Street
Great place to rent a mountain bike! About 3 min walk from the condo
Local Chiropractor (me!) if you need an adjustment from all your activities, swing by my office Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. I'll even give you a discounted rate!
Rise Optimal Living
Local Chiropractor (me!) if you need an adjustment from all your activities, swing by my office Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. I'll even give you a discounted rate!
Fun historical museum where you can learn all about Chaffee County and Buena Vista's history.
Buena Vista Heritage Museum
511 E Main St
Fun historical museum where you can learn all about Chaffee County and Buena Vista's history.
This brand new boutique hotel in the South Main neighborhood is worth exploring! They also have an excellent bar and restaurant inside with spectacular riverside seating.
Surf Hotel & Chateau
1012 Front Loop
This brand new boutique hotel in the South Main neighborhood is worth exploring! They also have an excellent bar and restaurant inside with spectacular riverside seating.
Great local hot springs, only 15min outside of town. More rustic than refined.
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Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
18999 County Road 306
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Great local hot springs, only 15min outside of town. More rustic than refined.
Another excellent hot springs location located near Buena Vista (about 20min drive). This resort has a more refined feel than Cottonwood Hot Springs, but both allow you to get in the river except in springtime.
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Mount Princeton Hot Springs
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Another excellent hot springs location located near Buena Vista (about 20min drive). This resort has a more refined feel than Cottonwood Hot Springs, but both allow you to get in the river except in springtime.
Another great bike shop if you're looking to rent or get your bike tuned up. They've got great gear as well.
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Boneshaker Cycles
310 E Main St
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Another great bike shop if you're looking to rent or get your bike tuned up. They've got great gear as well.
Sightseeing
Gorgeous setting for having a picnic! The Twin Lakes are about a 20 minute drive north of Buena Vista towards Independence Pass.
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Twin Lakes
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Gorgeous setting for having a picnic! The Twin Lakes are about a 20 minute drive north of Buena Vista towards Independence Pass.
Beautiful pass you can easily drive up! It's a paved road on both sides of the pass (40min to the summit), so you can take any vehicle up and over. There's access to the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) right there at the top for spectacular views. If you're feeling adventurous, you can take this road all the way to Crested Butte in about an 1hr 45min.
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Cottonwood Pass
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Beautiful pass you can easily drive up! It's a paved road on both sides of the pass (40min to the summit), so you can take any vehicle up and over. There's access to the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) right there at the top for spectacular views. If you're feeling adventurous, you can take this road all the way to Crested Butte in about an 1hr 45min.
Fantastic mountainous lake setting with plenty of beaches and picnic areas, just 25min outside of downtown! There are plenty of four-wheeling roads just beyond the lake as well that will take you deep into the mountains.
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Cottonwood Lake
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Fantastic mountainous lake setting with plenty of beaches and picnic areas, just 25min outside of downtown! There are plenty of four-wheeling roads just beyond the lake as well that will take you deep into the mountains.
Drive to the top of the Continental Divide! The summit of this pass also has some excellent walking trails with unbeatable views Usually takes about an hour from Buena Vista.
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Independence Pass
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Drive to the top of the Continental Divide! The summit of this pass also has some excellent walking trails with unbeatable views Usually takes about an hour from Buena Vista.
Old mining town with original town buildings. Very fascinating place well worth the mountain drive to get here! There are lots of trails along the way and exploring the old mines (from above ground) is always a blast!
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Saint Elmo
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Old mining town with original town buildings. Very fascinating place well worth the mountain drive to get here! There are lots of trails along the way and exploring the old mines (from above ground) is always a blast!
Shopping
Sundance is a cute retail shop with handmade goods from all over Colorado. Definitely worth checking out!
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Sundance and Friends
1111 Riverpark Road
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Sundance is a cute retail shop with handmade goods from all over Colorado. Definitely worth checking out!
Buena Vista's version of REI, you'll find all your outdoor gear here, including camping, hiking, climbing, skiing, backpacking, etc. You can also rent cross country and back country skis here as well (no downhill ski rentals in town).
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The Trailhead
402 East Main Street
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Buena Vista's version of REI, you'll find all your outdoor gear here, including camping, hiking, climbing, skiing, backpacking, etc. You can also rent cross country and back country skis here as well (no downhill ski rentals in town).
Super cute boutique store worth checking out! Located right next to the Buena Vista Roastery Cafe
Rock Paper Scissors
411 E Main St
Super cute boutique store worth checking out! Located right next to the Buena Vista Roastery Cafe
This shop provides fair trade goods from all across the world -- I bought one of my favorite mugs here!
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The Village
414 E Main St
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This shop provides fair trade goods from all across the world -- I bought one of my favorite mugs here!
Western antiques - they usually have a great selection of turquoise jewelry as well!
Sundog Colorado
301 E Main St
Western antiques - they usually have a great selection of turquoise jewelry as well!
A wonderful little nook of a bookstore tucked behind the main BV Square building on Main St and Railroad St. While this little shop may be hard to find, it's an excellent place to sit and enjoy a secluded cup of coffee!
Once Upon a Trapeze Bookstore
A wonderful little nook of a bookstore tucked behind the main BV Square building on Main St and Railroad St. While this little shop may be hard to find, it's an excellent place to sit and enjoy a secluded cup of coffee!
Excellent art gallery in the South Main neighborhood - definitely worth a visit!
Rock Run Gallery
902 South Main Street
Excellent art gallery in the South Main neighborhood - definitely worth a visit!

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Midland Trails & Arkansas River Trails
There are lots of excellent trails right outside the front door! Head directly east on Cedar St. Go straight at the T intersection onto the dirt road. There will be a large dog park on your right - keep going straight. You will run into the main river trail shortly thereafter. There are two bridges over the Arkansas River, North Bridge and South Bridge. You can do a loop walking on both sides of the river using the bridges for a fairly easy hike. Takes about 30 minutes. The westside of the river is extremely easy while the eastside has a little more technical hiking, but no elevation gain. Once on the eastside of the river, there are many trails criss crossing the hillside. While there are lots of signs and maps on the trails, we always recommend taking a map with you! Our favorite trails up there include the Broken Boyfriend North and Broken Boyfriend South trails plus Camp Elevation. You can easily get a 10+ mile hike in just on these trails without retracing your steps!