Guidebook for Westminster

Betty
Guidebook for Westminster

Parks & Nature

Beautiful scenery, can watch the rock climbers! Nice trails. Should be LESS THAN 30 MINUTE DRIVE from my house.
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Eldorado Canyon State Park Visitor Center
321 Eldorado Springs Dr
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Beautiful scenery, can watch the rock climbers! Nice trails. Should be LESS THAN 30 MINUTE DRIVE from my house.
30 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. Boulder foothills, great scenery.
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Chautauqua Trail
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30 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. Boulder foothills, great scenery.
45-55 MIN. DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 30 MILES AWAY. Many great trails with great scenery. One of the best places is PANORAMA POINT. From this spot, you have a great view of the Continental Divide. It can get a bit crowded, but keep walking down the trail. Once you are 20 feet away from the parking lot, it's pretty quiet.
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Golden Gate Canyon State Park
92 Crawford Gulch Road
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45-55 MIN. DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 30 MILES AWAY. Many great trails with great scenery. One of the best places is PANORAMA POINT. From this spot, you have a great view of the Continental Divide. It can get a bit crowded, but keep walking down the trail. Once you are 20 feet away from the parking lot, it's pretty quiet.
Pretty views, lots of animals to see, not too high. Touristy at the little store and Buffalo Bill museum.
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Lookout Mountain Park
987 Lookout Mountain Road
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Pretty views, lots of animals to see, not too high. Touristy at the little store and Buffalo Bill museum.
30 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE TO THE TRAILHEAD. 18 MILES AWAY. Steep incline at the beginning. Along the way, you will gain 1300 vertical feet in 1.3 miles!
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Mount Sanitas Trail
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30 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE TO THE TRAILHEAD. 18 MILES AWAY. Steep incline at the beginning. Along the way, you will gain 1300 vertical feet in 1.3 miles!
40 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 35 MILES. Beautiful trail, lots of waterfalls, evergreens. Best to get an early start because it is very popular.
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Hessie Trailhead
1120 Hessie Rd
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40 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 35 MILES. Beautiful trail, lots of waterfalls, evergreens. Best to get an early start because it is very popular.
60 MILES FROM MY HOUSE. 90 MINUTE DRIVE. Gorgeous mountain hikes, but very popular with Boulder groups.
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Brainard Lake
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60 MILES FROM MY HOUSE. 90 MINUTE DRIVE. Gorgeous mountain hikes, but very popular with Boulder groups.
Scenic Byway. www.colorado.com/articles/colorado-scenic-byway-mount-evans . 63 MILES FROM MY HOUSE. 90+ MINUTE DRIVE. The last stretch of the drive is only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day due to snow. Before that last ascent, there's a great place to stop at Echo Lake. It has hiking trails, and picnic tables, and wonderful views of the Continental Divide.
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Mount Evans
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Scenic Byway. www.colorado.com/articles/colorado-scenic-byway-mount-evans . 63 MILES FROM MY HOUSE. 90+ MINUTE DRIVE. The last stretch of the drive is only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day due to snow. Before that last ascent, there's a great place to stop at Echo Lake. It has hiking trails, and picnic tables, and wonderful views of the Continental Divide.
****NOT REALLY A DAY TRIP**** 3 HOUR DRIVE. 160 MILES FROM MY HOUSE. I'm including this mainly for people who don't know about all the beautiful things Colorado has to offer. So while you're staying at my house, and you're looking for things to do after you leave, I would put Glenwood near the top of the list.
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Glenwood Springs
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****NOT REALLY A DAY TRIP**** 3 HOUR DRIVE. 160 MILES FROM MY HOUSE. I'm including this mainly for people who don't know about all the beautiful things Colorado has to offer. So while you're staying at my house, and you're looking for things to do after you leave, I would put Glenwood near the top of the list.
****NOT A DAY TRIP**** 4 HOUR DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 167 MILE DRIVE. Most photographed mountain in North America. Not to be missed if possible. quirky rules about car access in summer so check first. www.colorado.com/articles/explore-maroon-bells-what-you-need-know
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Maroon Bells
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****NOT A DAY TRIP**** 4 HOUR DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 167 MILE DRIVE. Most photographed mountain in North America. Not to be missed if possible. quirky rules about car access in summer so check first. www.colorado.com/articles/explore-maroon-bells-what-you-need-know
62 MILES FROM MY HOUSE. 90 MINUTE DRIVE. www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/herman-gulch-trail Beautiful fun hike, classified as "moderate". I did this hike 20 years ago, and I was doing weights regularly at the gym, and it was still a struggle for me. Get an EARLY start, because of afternoon thunderstorms.
Herman Gulch Trail
62 MILES FROM MY HOUSE. 90 MINUTE DRIVE. www.alltrails.com/trail/us/colorado/herman-gulch-trail Beautiful fun hike, classified as "moderate". I did this hike 20 years ago, and I was doing weights regularly at the gym, and it was still a struggle for me. Get an EARLY start, because of afternoon thunderstorms.
90 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 57 MILES. Very crowded most of the year, so it helps to get an early start. www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm Visitors from all over the world come for the breathtaking views and amazing hikes. Worth the trip.
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Rocky Mountain National Park
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90 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 57 MILES. Very crowded most of the year, so it helps to get an early start. www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm Visitors from all over the world come for the breathtaking views and amazing hikes. Worth the trip.

Arts & Culture

Actual home of Molly from 1890s through early 1930s
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Molly Brown House Museum
1340 Pennsylvania Street
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Actual home of Molly from 1890s through early 1930s
One of the best in the world. Tickets - $17 for adults. Has IMAX, planetarium, dinosaurs, mummies, everything you could want. 15 miles from my house. Can take up to 30 minutes driving, usually less. Side note - one mile from my church, Montview Presbyterian on Dahlia St., where I sing in the choir that I love!
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard
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One of the best in the world. Tickets - $17 for adults. Has IMAX, planetarium, dinosaurs, mummies, everything you could want. 15 miles from my house. Can take up to 30 minutes driving, usually less. Side note - one mile from my church, Montview Presbyterian on Dahlia St., where I sing in the choir that I love!
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Denver Art Museum
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
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Shopping

Macy's, Nordstrom's, Apple store, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn.
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Flatiron Crossing Mall
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Macy's, Nordstrom's, Apple store, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn.
Pedestrian outdoor mall, lots of interesting shops, restaurants, street performers. 17 miles from my house.
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Pearl Street Mall
1942 Pearl Street
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Pedestrian outdoor mall, lots of interesting shops, restaurants, street performers. 17 miles from my house.
Flagship Store. Converted from a 1901 Denver tramway building, it's a great expression of Denver's love for the outdoors. There's a creek in the front yard. I won't say much, just GO!. About 13 miles from my house. With rush hour, the drive can take 40 minutes. Normal traffic, about 20 minutes.
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REI
1416 Platte Street
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Flagship Store. Converted from a 1901 Denver tramway building, it's a great expression of Denver's love for the outdoors. There's a creek in the front yard. I won't say much, just GO!. About 13 miles from my house. With rush hour, the drive can take 40 minutes. Normal traffic, about 20 minutes.

Essentials

In the Kroger family, good local grocer.
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King Soopers
9983 Wadsworth Parkway
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In the Kroger family, good local grocer.
good prices, close to my house.
Target
10445 Reed Street
good prices, close to my house.
Supercenter #2223 9499 Sheridan Blvd, CO 80031 6 minutes from my house. 2 miles away. Has everything.
Walmart Supercenter
9499 Sheridan Boulevard
Supercenter #2223 9499 Sheridan Blvd, CO 80031 6 minutes from my house. 2 miles away. Has everything.

Entertainment & Activities

Closest movies.. big screen, great sound,
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AMC Westminster Promenade 24
10655 Westminster Boulevard
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Closest movies.. big screen, great sound,
"like nowhere else" breathtaking 20 MILES FROM MY HOUSE. 30 MIN. DRIVE.
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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
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"like nowhere else" breathtaking 20 MILES FROM MY HOUSE. 30 MIN. DRIVE.
Spa-like, sorta old, hard to keep it looking pristine because of the minerals in the water. 4 different ways to enjoy the hot water. The $$ adds up quickly, but if you're careful, you can keep your total to about $30 per person.
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Indian Hot Springs
302 Soda Creek Road
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Spa-like, sorta old, hard to keep it looking pristine because of the minerals in the water. 4 different ways to enjoy the hot water. The $$ adds up quickly, but if you're careful, you can keep your total to about $30 per person.
Good for kids and families, gets crowded. BUT. . ..in our cold, dry, windy non-stop winters, you can go into a tropical, misty rain forest. AHHH.
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Butterfly Pavilion
6252 West 104th Avenue
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Good for kids and families, gets crowded. BUT. . ..in our cold, dry, windy non-stop winters, you can go into a tropical, misty rain forest. AHHH.
Popular venue for Globetrotters, concerts, etc.
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1STBANK Center
11450 Broomfield Lane
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Popular venue for Globetrotters, concerts, etc.
music festivals, entertainers.
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Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd
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music festivals, entertainers.
roller coasters, etc.
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Elitch Gardens
2000 Elitch Circle
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roller coasters, etc.
2 1/2 miles from my house. Public fees include $6 for admission and $3.50 for skate rental. Not many tourist locations with its own ice rink 10 minutes away!
Ice Centre At the Promenade
10710 Westminster Boulevard
2 1/2 miles from my house. Public fees include $6 for admission and $3.50 for skate rental. Not many tourist locations with its own ice rink 10 minutes away!
My exercise home of 20 years. Wonderful weights room with very well-maintained gym equipment. Stop in at the PT clinic on the north side of the building and say hello to Keith, my co-worker and friend.
City Park Fitness Center
10475 N Sheridan Blvd
My exercise home of 20 years. Wonderful weights room with very well-maintained gym equipment. Stop in at the PT clinic on the north side of the building and say hello to Keith, my co-worker and friend.
Part of the whole Westminster City Park Complex, together with the Fitness center, and the outside track, and the soccer field. The Rec Center has a great indoor pool, and a lazy river, and a diving pool. Also sauna and hot tub. Entry fee is $5. 3 miles from my house, about a 10 minute drive.
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Westminster City Park Recreation Center
10455 Sheridan Boulevard
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Part of the whole Westminster City Park Complex, together with the Fitness center, and the outside track, and the soccer field. The Rec Center has a great indoor pool, and a lazy river, and a diving pool. Also sauna and hot tub. Entry fee is $5. 3 miles from my house, about a 10 minute drive.
4 miles from my house, 10 minute drive. fee- $42 for 18 holes. Tee time reservations are accepted daily from 6 am. https://www.cityofwestminster.us/ParksRecreation/GolfWestminster/LegacyRidgeGolfCourse
Legacy Ridge Golf Course
10801 Legacy Ridge Parkway
4 miles from my house, 10 minute drive. fee- $42 for 18 holes. Tee time reservations are accepted daily from 6 am. https://www.cityofwestminster.us/ParksRecreation/GolfWestminster/LegacyRidgeGolfCourse
Home of Rockies Baseball. Yes, we have those OTHER teams, like hockey, football, and basketball, but I like baseball the best. While the ball park was under construction, I was working at my clinic a few blocks away. One day, we had a tour by the general contractor...we commented that only 3 sides of the stadium had seats. He said, "Well, that's the west side. You can't block the view of the mountains!" Just short of 12 miles from my house, 35 minute drive. Or look up Ride the Rockies for free bus rides
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Coors Field
2001 Blake Street
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Home of Rockies Baseball. Yes, we have those OTHER teams, like hockey, football, and basketball, but I like baseball the best. While the ball park was under construction, I was working at my clinic a few blocks away. One day, we had a tour by the general contractor...we commented that only 3 sides of the stadium had seats. He said, "Well, that's the west side. You can't block the view of the mountains!" Just short of 12 miles from my house, 35 minute drive. Or look up Ride the Rockies for free bus rides

Getting Around

close by , good service
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
2390 W 104th Ave
close by , good service

Food Scene

9 MINUTE DRIVE. 2.6 MILES AWAY. My birthday restaurant :)
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Kachina Southwestern Grill
10600 Westminster Boulevard
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9 MINUTE DRIVE. 2.6 MILES AWAY. My birthday restaurant :)
6 MINUTE DRIVE. 2 MILES AWAY. Close by, good veggies, easy to customize .
Panera Bread
10450 Town Center Dr
6 MINUTE DRIVE. 2 MILES AWAY. Close by, good veggies, easy to customize .
30 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 17 MILES AWAY. Beautiful to look at! Exotic tea varieties, wonderful menu. Worth the trip.
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The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
1770 13th Street
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30 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 17 MILES AWAY. Beautiful to look at! Exotic tea varieties, wonderful menu. Worth the trip.
6 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 2 MILES AWAY. Pretty good seafood restaurant very close to my house. www.bonefishgrill.com/locations/co/westminster
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Bonefish Grill
10438 Town Center Drive
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6 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 2 MILES AWAY. Pretty good seafood restaurant very close to my house. www.bonefishgrill.com/locations/co/westminster
6 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 2 MILES AWAY . Good Mexican food nearby. US 36 and 104th Ave
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Hacienda Colorado
10422 Town Center Drive
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6 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 2 MILES AWAY . Good Mexican food nearby. US 36 and 104th Ave
5 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 1.1 MILES FROM MY HOUSE. https://www.yelp.com/biz/aspen-lodge-bar-and-grill-westminster. I tried this last week. Not fancy by any means, but tasty Mediterranean menu. Quirky. Christmas lights up all year. The owner is from Turkey.
Aspen Lodge Bar & Grill
8125 W 94th Ave
5 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 1.1 MILES FROM MY HOUSE. https://www.yelp.com/biz/aspen-lodge-bar-and-grill-westminster. I tried this last week. Not fancy by any means, but tasty Mediterranean menu. Quirky. Christmas lights up all year. The owner is from Turkey.
10 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 4.5 MILES AWAY. Good reviews on Yelp. I haven't been here myself, but for fans of Irish pubs, maybe give it a try.
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The Burns Pub & Restaurant
9009 Metro Airport Ave
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10 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 4.5 MILES AWAY. Good reviews on Yelp. I haven't been here myself, but for fans of Irish pubs, maybe give it a try.
5 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 1.1 MILES AWAY. Different. :) Authentic Polish food. Live Polish music on the weekend with people dancing. This next paragraph is under the category of Too Much Information: When I was getting chemo, almost everything I tried to eat went right through me. One thing that did seem to help me feel better was the acupuncture that was offered at the cancer center. They told me there that the chemo poison was attacking my spleen, (?) and that I needed beets. Well, I'm not crazy about beets. But they have a yummy beet soup at Cracovia. Stopped off every week to pick some up.
Cracovia Polish-American Restaurant & Bar
8121 West 94th Avenue
5 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 1.1 MILES AWAY. Different. :) Authentic Polish food. Live Polish music on the weekend with people dancing. This next paragraph is under the category of Too Much Information: When I was getting chemo, almost everything I tried to eat went right through me. One thing that did seem to help me feel better was the acupuncture that was offered at the cancer center. They told me there that the chemo poison was attacking my spleen, (?) and that I needed beets. Well, I'm not crazy about beets. But they have a yummy beet soup at Cracovia. Stopped off every week to pick some up.
30-40 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE.. 18 MILES AWAY. . Very Fancy Boulder restaurant, best for special occasions. Has won many awards for years and years. Very expensive. Beautiful setting overlooking Boulder.
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Flagstaff House Restaurant
1138 Flagstaff Road
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30-40 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE.. 18 MILES AWAY. . Very Fancy Boulder restaurant, best for special occasions. Has won many awards for years and years. Very expensive. Beautiful setting overlooking Boulder.
10-15 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 4 MILES AWAY. Very popular Mexican food . 11:00 am - 11:00 pm on weekends .
Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant Westminster
4991 W 80th Ave
10-15 MINUTE DRIVE FROM MY HOUSE. 4 MILES AWAY. Very popular Mexican food . 11:00 am - 11:00 pm on weekends .
All-you-can-eat buffet if you sit inside. Great salad bar, and veggies.
Sweet Tomatoes
8971 Yates Street
All-you-can-eat buffet if you sit inside. Great salad bar, and veggies.