Alpenglow Cabin Guidebook: Our Faves!

Christine & Daniel
Christine & Daniel
Alpenglow Cabin Guidebook: Our Faves!

Nearby Mountain Towns

Welcome to the Wild West! Downtown is cute for window-shopping, museums, City on a Hill coffee, Melanzana, restaurants. Feels like authentic small western town. 30 mins from cabin.
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Leadville
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Welcome to the Wild West! Downtown is cute for window-shopping, museums, City on a Hill coffee, Melanzana, restaurants. Feels like authentic small western town. 30 mins from cabin.
Main Street/Downtown is super cute. Restaurants, bars, coffeeshops, fun local stores, etc. Popular with white-water rafters in summer. Beautiful mountain views.
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Buena Vista
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Main Street/Downtown is super cute. Restaurants, bars, coffeeshops, fun local stores, etc. Popular with white-water rafters in summer. Beautiful mountain views.
Summer/Fall only. Accessible via Independence Pass late May to early Nov; check pass closure. 35 minute drive when pass is open; in winter you have to drive around the mountains (3-hr drive). World-class restaurants, shopping, orchestra, hiking, etc.
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Aspen
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Summer/Fall only. Accessible via Independence Pass late May to early Nov; check pass closure. 35 minute drive when pass is open; in winter you have to drive around the mountains (3-hr drive). World-class restaurants, shopping, orchestra, hiking, etc.
Our beautiful mountain village! Super cute, historic, surrounded by Colorado's highest peaks, and very tiny. Popular with summer Colorado Trail hikers. At base of Mt. Elbert looking at Colorado's largest glacial lakes. Art gallery, a couple food trucks, General Store, Inn & Lodge. Open seasonally (i.e. most shops close down over the winter). 10 mins from cabin
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Twin Lakes
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Our beautiful mountain village! Super cute, historic, surrounded by Colorado's highest peaks, and very tiny. Popular with summer Colorado Trail hikers. At base of Mt. Elbert looking at Colorado's largest glacial lakes. Art gallery, a couple food trucks, General Store, Inn & Lodge. Open seasonally (i.e. most shops close down over the winter). 10 mins from cabin

Restaurants & Coffeeshops

Yummy pizza, casual vibe, friendly staff.
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High Mountain Pies
115 West 4th Street
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Yummy pizza, casual vibe, friendly staff.
Great coffee, yummy breakfast burritos and pastries.
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City on a Hill Coffee & Espresso
508 Harrison Avenue
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Great coffee, yummy breakfast burritos and pastries.
Healthy, delicious, big servings. Pretty outdoor patio with mountain views.
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House Rock Kitchen
421 E Main St
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Healthy, delicious, big servings. Pretty outdoor patio with mountain views.
This historic inn has been serving guests since 1879! It's the closest restaurant to the cabin (~10 min. drive). Often books up summer/fall so best to make a reservation. Open Fri/Sat/Sun through the winter but call ahead to make sure they don't have an event or other closure. :)
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The Twin Lakes Inn & Saloon
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This historic inn has been serving guests since 1879! It's the closest restaurant to the cabin (~10 min. drive). Often books up summer/fall so best to make a reservation. Open Fri/Sat/Sun through the winter but call ahead to make sure they don't have an event or other closure. :)
Yummy restaurant.
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Treeline Kitchen
615 Harrison Ave
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Yummy restaurant.
Local fave. Informal bar & American restaurant inside a historic building, with pool, darts & a heated patio.
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The Lariat
206 E Main St
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Local fave. Informal bar & American restaurant inside a historic building, with pool, darts & a heated patio.
Voted best restaurant in Aspen. World-famous fine dining. Access to Aspen summer/fall only.
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The Little Nell
675 East Durant Avenue
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Voted best restaurant in Aspen. World-famous fine dining. Access to Aspen summer/fall only.
World-famous dining. Access to Aspen summer/fall only.
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Bosq
312 S Mill St
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World-famous dining. Access to Aspen summer/fall only.
oysters, burgers, martinis. Access to Aspen summer/fall only.
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Clark's Oyster Bar
517 E Hyman Ave
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oysters, burgers, martinis. Access to Aspen summer/fall only.
Ice cream, baked goods. Access to Aspen summer/fall only.
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Paradise Bakery & Cafe
320 South Galena Street
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Ice cream, baked goods. Access to Aspen summer/fall only.
Simple & healthy plates, frozen yogurt, fresh-baked bread, cool old building.
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Simple Eatery & Spoon It Up
402 East Main Street
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Simple & healthy plates, frozen yogurt, fresh-baked bread, cool old building.
The best! Great ice cream, nice owner, beautiful garden/play area for kids and adults alike.
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Louie's Ice Cream Shop
414 E Main St
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The best! Great ice cream, nice owner, beautiful garden/play area for kids and adults alike.
Delicious Cuban coffee, pressed sandwiches, breakfast, and cocktails. Outdoor seating.
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Buchi Cafe Cubano
401 Harrison Avenue
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Delicious Cuban coffee, pressed sandwiches, breakfast, and cocktails. Outdoor seating.
Sunday brunch with house-made beignets and artisan breads. Seasonal salads, specialty cocktails, and grass-fed Colorado beef.
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Wesley & Rose Lobby Bar
1012 Front Loop
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Sunday brunch with house-made beignets and artisan breads. Seasonal salads, specialty cocktails, and grass-fed Colorado beef.
Smoothies, bowls, juice, coffee, breakfast burritos.
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the Blend at Buena Vista
301 East Main Street
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Smoothies, bowls, juice, coffee, breakfast burritos.
Locally owned old-fashioned steakhouse in Leadville.
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Quincys Steak & Spirits
416 Harrison Ave
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Locally owned old-fashioned steakhouse in Leadville.
Delicious sandwiches and salads. The bánh mì is incredible. Only accessible summer/fall (when Indy Pass is open).
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Meat & Cheese Restaurant and Farm Shop
319 East Hopkins Avenue
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Delicious sandwiches and salads. The bánh mì is incredible. Only accessible summer/fall (when Indy Pass is open).

Trails: Hike, Snowshoe, Cross-Country Ski, Bike, Climb

Famous hike. Can get busy but very pretty. Accessible only when pass is open.
The Grottos
Famous hike. Can get busy but very pretty. Accessible only when pass is open.
Beautiful!
Hope Pass
Beautiful!
Pretty hike around the lakes to a ghost resort from the 1800s.
Interlaken Historic Resort
Pretty hike around the lakes to a ghost resort from the 1800s.
It's the tallest mountain in Colorado, and the 2nd tallest in the contiguous U.S. Not for the feint of heart. Black Clouds trailhead is 1.3 miles from our cabin, or the other trailheads are about 10 minutes away.
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Mount Elbert
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It's the tallest mountain in Colorado, and the 2nd tallest in the contiguous U.S. Not for the feint of heart. Black Clouds trailhead is 1.3 miles from our cabin, or the other trailheads are about 10 minutes away.
Another 14er. The trailhead is a few minutes from our cabin. The biggest mountain you see from our cabin is actually a false summit of La Plata (goes up to Ellingwood Ridge).
La Plata Peak
Another 14er. The trailhead is a few minutes from our cabin. The biggest mountain you see from our cabin is actually a false summit of La Plata (goes up to Ellingwood Ridge).
This famous trail also goes through Twin Lakes.
Continental Divide Trail
This famous trail also goes through Twin Lakes.
The famous Leadville series passes through Twin Lakes. Cheer on your favorite contender!
Leadville Trail 100 MTB Start/Finish Line
123 W 6th St
The famous Leadville series passes through Twin Lakes. Cheer on your favorite contender!
Wonderful views, circles town of Leadville and goes by historic mining district. Great year-round: snowshoe, cross-country ski, hike/run, bike, etc.
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Mineral Belt Trail
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Wonderful views, circles town of Leadville and goes by historic mining district. Great year-round: snowshoe, cross-country ski, hike/run, bike, etc.

Skiing

If you want to avoid ski crowds/traffic and you're coming from the Front Range: arrive early to ski at any resort along the way (A-Basin, Keystone, Copper, etc.), then continue up to the cabin to soak in the tub and relax. Or do the reverse on your return home.
Local favorite. 40 minutes from cabin. Great views! New terrain opening 2019!
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Ski Cooper
232 County Road 29
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Local favorite. 40 minutes from cabin. Great views! New terrain opening 2019!
World-class skiing. 55 minutes from cabin. A great plan to avoid ski crowds / traffic: ski at Copper then continue up to the cabin to soak in the tub and relax. :)
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Copper Mountain
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World-class skiing. 55 minutes from cabin. A great plan to avoid ski crowds / traffic: ski at Copper then continue up to the cabin to soak in the tub and relax. :)
Ski, eat, shop, play. 1 hr 15 mins from cabin.
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Vail
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Ski, eat, shop, play. 1 hr 15 mins from cabin.
Ski, eat, shop, play. 1 hr 15 mins from cabin.
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Breckenridge
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Ski, eat, shop, play. 1 hr 15 mins from cabin.
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Keystone Resort
1202 Jones Gulch Road
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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
28194 U.S. 6
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Groceries + Hardware/Mercantile Stores

Very small but super cute and surprisingly well-stocked general store. Open seasonally (closes in winter). Fishing licenses, sundries, maps, etc.
Twin Lakes General Store
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Very small but super cute and surprisingly well-stocked general store. Open seasonally (closes in winter). Fishing licenses, sundries, maps, etc.
Grocery store.
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Safeway
1900 North Poplar Street
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Grocery store.
Hardware store, fishing tackle, etc.
Buena Vista True Value
29785 US-24
Hardware store, fishing tackle, etc.
grocery store
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City Market
438 U.S. 24
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grocery store
Full-service Whole Foods with hot bar, pizzeria, sandwich shop, etc. We like to stop here on our way to/from the cabin if we want to grab healthy prepared food.
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Whole Foods Market
261 Lusher Court
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Full-service Whole Foods with hot bar, pizzeria, sandwich shop, etc. We like to stop here on our way to/from the cabin if we want to grab healthy prepared food.
Natural food store. Great produce and health food. If you're coming to cabin via I-70, make a pit stop in Frisco/Silverthorne before continuing over Fremont Pass to the cabin.
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Natural Grocers
970 North 10 Mile Drive
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Natural food store. Great produce and health food. If you're coming to cabin via I-70, make a pit stop in Frisco/Silverthorne before continuing over Fremont Pass to the cabin.
General store beside the Shell station. Closer to Twin Lakes than Safeway. Looks small but actually has tons of supplies/snacks/basics/etc. :)
Saturday's Discount
12655 U.S. 24
General store beside the Shell station. Closer to Twin Lakes than Safeway. Looks small but actually has tons of supplies/snacks/basics/etc. :)
hardware store. small but well-stocked. beside the Safeway.
BigHorn Ace Hardware
1902 North Poplar Street
hardware store. small but well-stocked. beside the Safeway.

Boating, Paddleboarding & Fishing

Fly-fishing guides and gear.
Colorado Fly Fishing Guides
504 Harrison Avenue
Fly-fishing guides and gear.
You can only access Interlaken--a ghost resort from the 1800s by boat or by hike. So fun!
Twin Lakes Interlaken Boat Tours
You can only access Interlaken--a ghost resort from the 1800s by boat or by hike. So fun!
Paddle board and bike rentals.
Twin Lakes SUP & Cycle
35 County Road 26
Paddle board and bike rentals.

Whitewater Rafting & Ziplining

Ziplining and Arkansas River white-water rafting.
AVA Rafting & Zipline
40671 U.S. 24
Ziplining and Arkansas River white-water rafting.
White-water rafting tours near Buena Vista.
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Browns Canyon Rafting
30375 U.S. 24
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White-water rafting tours near Buena Vista.
Whitewater rafting guides and tours.
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American Adventure Expeditions - Whitewater Rafting
12844 US-24
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Whitewater rafting guides and tours.
Zip line with views.
Top of the Rockies Zip Line
6492 CO-91
Zip line with views.