Mike & Doreen's Guidebook

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Mike & Doreen's Guidebook

Great Place to ski

Just 42 miles away. Great place to ski and snowboard!
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Loveland Ski Area
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Just 42 miles away. Great place to ski and snowboard!
Breckenridge Ski Resort is an alpine ski resort in the western United States, in Breckenridge, Colorado. Just a hour away from our Mountain Loft!
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Breckenridge Ski Resort
1599 Ski Hill Road
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Breckenridge Ski Resort is an alpine ski resort in the western United States, in Breckenridge, Colorado. Just a hour away from our Mountain Loft!

City/town information

Evergreen’s origins date back to 1859 when a closely-knit group of families settled here and formed a ranching community. During the late nineteenth century, due to its proximity to Denver, city residents increasingly came up the hill to build summer homes and hunting cabins. After the dam was built and the reservoir filled in 1928 creating Evergreen Lake, the area increased in popularity. Downtown, often referred to as “The Heart of Evergreen”, is still a place where city residents come “up the hill” for a day in the mountains. Just 30 minutes from Denver, downtown Evergreen is an easy, refreshing day trip. Our walkable downtown district extends from the Evergreen Lakehouse, around the Evergreen Lake, along Main Street to Bear Creek and Highland Haven Creekside Inn and up Meadow Drive as far as Hiwan Homestead Museum. While summer weekends and holidays can be quite lively with lots of visitors, there are many areas available to park your car and walk through downtown. Parking is available at the Lakehouse, on Plettner Lane, downtown, and at the Hiwan Museum and the old Hiwan Barns by Mountain Home. Please check our event calendar to find out if there are special events at any of these locations.
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Evergreen
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Evergreen’s origins date back to 1859 when a closely-knit group of families settled here and formed a ranching community. During the late nineteenth century, due to its proximity to Denver, city residents increasingly came up the hill to build summer homes and hunting cabins. After the dam was built and the reservoir filled in 1928 creating Evergreen Lake, the area increased in popularity. Downtown, often referred to as “The Heart of Evergreen”, is still a place where city residents come “up the hill” for a day in the mountains. Just 30 minutes from Denver, downtown Evergreen is an easy, refreshing day trip. Our walkable downtown district extends from the Evergreen Lakehouse, around the Evergreen Lake, along Main Street to Bear Creek and Highland Haven Creekside Inn and up Meadow Drive as far as Hiwan Homestead Museum. While summer weekends and holidays can be quite lively with lots of visitors, there are many areas available to park your car and walk through downtown. Parking is available at the Lakehouse, on Plettner Lane, downtown, and at the Hiwan Museum and the old Hiwan Barns by Mountain Home. Please check our event calendar to find out if there are special events at any of these locations.

Food scene

Mountain lodge with a cozy, rustic feel offers steaks, burgers & a full bar, plus golf course views.
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Keys On the Green
29614 Upper Bear Creek Road
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Mountain lodge with a cozy, rustic feel offers steaks, burgers & a full bar, plus golf course views.
Hearty pub grub & craft beer with a rustic vibe & high-altitude views.
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El Rancho Brewing Company
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Hearty pub grub & craft beer with a rustic vibe & high-altitude views.
Willow Creek is located at Evergreen Lake in the heart of Evergreen, a scenic 30 minute drive from Downtown Denver. A wonderful local restaurant experience since 2009, Willow Creek features a beautiful dining room and patio overlooking the lake, glass walled wine room, and a beautiful rock fireplace. Every table has a view! (Private dining room available upon request). Creative cocktails and a Wine Spectator Award Winning Wine List, there is something for everyone. Serving Lunch, Brunch (Sat & Sunday) and Dinner, we make everything in house and source from local farms and ranches whenever possible. Willow Creek Is NOT your average mountain dining experience. Reviewed by USA Today as one of the TOP TEN Places in the US to eat Housemade Pasta's (Our Rabbit Dish is not to be missed)
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Willow Creek Restaurant
29029 Upper Bear Creek Road
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Willow Creek is located at Evergreen Lake in the heart of Evergreen, a scenic 30 minute drive from Downtown Denver. A wonderful local restaurant experience since 2009, Willow Creek features a beautiful dining room and patio overlooking the lake, glass walled wine room, and a beautiful rock fireplace. Every table has a view! (Private dining room available upon request). Creative cocktails and a Wine Spectator Award Winning Wine List, there is something for everyone. Serving Lunch, Brunch (Sat & Sunday) and Dinner, we make everything in house and source from local farms and ranches whenever possible. Willow Creek Is NOT your average mountain dining experience. Reviewed by USA Today as one of the TOP TEN Places in the US to eat Housemade Pasta's (Our Rabbit Dish is not to be missed)
Welcome to Tuscany Tavern, a family owned resturant operating since 2000. Come taste our homemade sauces, fresh bread, italian cuisine, and a family friendly enviornment.
Tuscany Tavern
32214 Ellingwood Trail
Welcome to Tuscany Tavern, a family owned resturant operating since 2000. Come taste our homemade sauces, fresh bread, italian cuisine, and a family friendly enviornment.
Cozy restaurant serving an eclectic American & European menu in a storied, rustic lodge setting.
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The Bistro at Marshdale
27376 Spruce Lane
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Cozy restaurant serving an eclectic American & European menu in a storied, rustic lodge setting.
Traveling to Evergreen? Then you’d better fuel up for all of your adventures appropriately—with a Colorado Mountain pie AKA the best pizza in Evergreen. Savory, delicious, homegrown: Beau Jo’s has been serving pizza in Colorado for more than four decades.
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Beau Jo's Evergreen
28186 Colorado 74
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Traveling to Evergreen? Then you’d better fuel up for all of your adventures appropriately—with a Colorado Mountain pie AKA the best pizza in Evergreen. Savory, delicious, homegrown: Beau Jo’s has been serving pizza in Colorado for more than four decades.
Great bar overlooking Bear Creek with burgers, brews, live music on the deck & karaoke.
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Cactus Jacks Tavern
4651 Co Rd 73
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Great bar overlooking Bear Creek with burgers, brews, live music on the deck & karaoke.
Casa Tequila's offers a wide selection of delicious authentic Mexican food served in a family friendly atmosphere. We have an outstanding selection of Tequila from around the world!
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Casa Tequilas
1193 Bergen Pkwy
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Casa Tequila's offers a wide selection of delicious authentic Mexican food served in a family friendly atmosphere. We have an outstanding selection of Tequila from around the world!
Creating a familiar yet unusual breakfast, lunch. Full bar open all day!
Parkside Cafe Evergreen
1338 County Road 65
Creating a familiar yet unusual breakfast, lunch. Full bar open all day!
EVERGREEN'S BAKERY & CAFE Gather with friends and family at Evergreen Bread & Cocktail Lounge. Serving a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, Italian coffee, beer, wine, cocktails, and of course...bread!
The Bread Lounge Bakery
5880 Demone Street
EVERGREEN'S BAKERY & CAFE Gather with friends and family at Evergreen Bread & Cocktail Lounge. Serving a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, Italian coffee, beer, wine, cocktails, and of course...bread!
Old-school deli dishing up bagel sandwiches with a variety of cream cheeses & toppings.
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The Bagelry
1242 Bergen Parkway
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Old-school deli dishing up bagel sandwiches with a variety of cream cheeses & toppings.
At Creekside Cellars, we celebrate the relationship of good food and good wine shared with family and friends
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Creekside Cellars
28036 Colorado 74
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At Creekside Cellars, we celebrate the relationship of good food and good wine shared with family and friends
At the Muddy Buck Cafe, we import the freshest beans possible that are grown by meticulous farmers, carefully hand roasted by us and brewed special for you. Coffee is an experience, it's not an easy process, but we love the journey from bean to cup and we welcome you into our cafe to gather together and enjoy our rustic atmosphere. We guarantee your senses will be enhanced and your day a little better as you take that first coffee sip and first bite of one of our house-baked pastries, savory breakfast or healthy lunch options made to order. We also feature a boutique bar stocked with a hand selection of wine, craft beers and liquor.
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Muddy Buck
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At the Muddy Buck Cafe, we import the freshest beans possible that are grown by meticulous farmers, carefully hand roasted by us and brewed special for you. Coffee is an experience, it's not an easy process, but we love the journey from bean to cup and we welcome you into our cafe to gather together and enjoy our rustic atmosphere. We guarantee your senses will be enhanced and your day a little better as you take that first coffee sip and first bite of one of our house-baked pastries, savory breakfast or healthy lunch options made to order. We also feature a boutique bar stocked with a hand selection of wine, craft beers and liquor.
Creative bar food & hand-muddled craft cocktails are presented in cozy, rustic surroundings.
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Murphy's Mountain Grill
27906 CO-74
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Creative bar food & hand-muddled craft cocktails are presented in cozy, rustic surroundings.
Little Bear Saloon and restaurant, located in historic downtown Evergreen, Colorado, fits everyone's image of an old western saloon: Swinging saloon doors, brass registers, old wooden bar stools, walls and ceilings with people's names carved into them. There are numerous license plates from around the country and other corners of the globe. And where license plates aren’t hanging, there’s memorabilia, including signed posters and T-shirts from the many musicians and bands that have played at the Little Bear over the past four decades. Little Bear saloon and restaurant is a living piece of Rocky Mountain history and is as authentic as it gets. Over the years, Little Bear's walls have housed a dance hall, a church and a drugstore. We’ve enjoyed being the home of legendary live music and entertainment for more than 40 years and we have the reputation of being Colorado’s rowdiest mountain bar. Skiers, tourists and locals mingle during their respective seasons in what the Denver Post has described as "popular pandemonium.”
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The Little Bear
28075 Colorado 74
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Little Bear Saloon and restaurant, located in historic downtown Evergreen, Colorado, fits everyone's image of an old western saloon: Swinging saloon doors, brass registers, old wooden bar stools, walls and ceilings with people's names carved into them. There are numerous license plates from around the country and other corners of the globe. And where license plates aren’t hanging, there’s memorabilia, including signed posters and T-shirts from the many musicians and bands that have played at the Little Bear over the past four decades. Little Bear saloon and restaurant is a living piece of Rocky Mountain history and is as authentic as it gets. Over the years, Little Bear's walls have housed a dance hall, a church and a drugstore. We’ve enjoyed being the home of legendary live music and entertainment for more than 40 years and we have the reputation of being Colorado’s rowdiest mountain bar. Skiers, tourists and locals mingle during their respective seasons in what the Denver Post has described as "popular pandemonium.”
From the Montana cut Ribeye steak to the succulent seafood entree’s, the Black Hat will provide the dining experience that you’ve been craving. Make sure you bring a big appetite, because you are in for a mouth-watering experience. We’re not kidding when we say, “You haven’t had a real steak until you’ve tasted Black Hat beef.” But if you’re the mood for something besides beef tonight, we’ve got an entire menu brimming with delicious entrees to entice and delight your appetite.
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Black Hat Cattle Co
26295 Hill Top Drive
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From the Montana cut Ribeye steak to the succulent seafood entree’s, the Black Hat will provide the dining experience that you’ve been craving. Make sure you bring a big appetite, because you are in for a mouth-watering experience. We’re not kidding when we say, “You haven’t had a real steak until you’ve tasted Black Hat beef.” But if you’re the mood for something besides beef tonight, we’ve got an entire menu brimming with delicious entrees to entice and delight your appetite.
If you want Over The Top Excellence!
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Chart House
25908 Genesee Trail Rd
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If you want Over The Top Excellence!

Sightseeing

Echo Lake Park is a park located along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway about 9 miles from our Mountain Loft. The park provides a stone shelter with picnic tables and barbecue grills on one end of the lake, and the 1926 Echo Lake Lodge and an Arapaho National Forest campground are found at the other.
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Echo Lake
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Echo Lake Park is a park located along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway about 9 miles from our Mountain Loft. The park provides a stone shelter with picnic tables and barbecue grills on one end of the lake, and the 1926 Echo Lake Lodge and an Arapaho National Forest campground are found at the other.
Amenities 55 acres in size Evergreen Nature Center, operated by Evergreen Audubon Hiking trail, 1.25 miles Historical boat/warming house Lake is stocked with trout and is available for fishing with state fishing license No grilling, even propane, for safety's sake during fire ban Picnic tables (10) Seasonal boating and ice skating
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Evergreen Lake
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Amenities 55 acres in size Evergreen Nature Center, operated by Evergreen Audubon Hiking trail, 1.25 miles Historical boat/warming house Lake is stocked with trout and is available for fishing with state fishing license No grilling, even propane, for safety's sake during fire ban Picnic tables (10) Seasonal boating and ice skating
Colorado’s highest byway happens to be the highest paved road in North America. And as you would expect, the views up to Mount Evans are breathtaking, with alpine lakes, massive granite walls and strands of twisted, ancient bristlecone pine. Keep your eyes peeled for the marmots, mountain goats and bighorn sheep that call the mountain home.
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Mount Evans
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Colorado’s highest byway happens to be the highest paved road in North America. And as you would expect, the views up to Mount Evans are breathtaking, with alpine lakes, massive granite walls and strands of twisted, ancient bristlecone pine. Keep your eyes peeled for the marmots, mountain goats and bighorn sheep that call the mountain home.
Beaver Brook Watershed Loop is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Evergreen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and mountain biking. Within walking distance from our Mountain Loft!
Beaver Brook Watershed Trailhead
25123 Squaw Pass Rd
Beaver Brook Watershed Loop is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Evergreen, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and mountain biking. Within walking distance from our Mountain Loft!

Concerts and Hiking

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is an open-air amphitheatre built into a rock structure in the western United States, near Morrison, Colorado, ten miles west of Denver. Just 15-20 minutes from our Mountain Loft!
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Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
18300 W Alameda Pkwy
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Red Rocks Amphitheatre is an open-air amphitheatre built into a rock structure in the western United States, near Morrison, Colorado, ten miles west of Denver. Just 15-20 minutes from our Mountain Loft!

Nearby Cities

Attractions Morrison Natural History Museum Check out the Morrison Natural History Museum. Geo Tours Whitewater Raft Trips Enjoy the rafting, the ride and the Rocky Mountain scenery – We’ll do the driving! Red Rocks Amphitheatre Utilize the events at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Bandimere Speedway Discover the excitement of Bandimere Speedway. Lariat Loop National Scenic Byway View the Lariat Loop National Scenic Byway. Local Events Look through some of the local events. Dinosaur Ridge Go have an adventure at Dinosaur Ridge! The Fort Restaurant - New Foods of the Old West
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Morrison
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Attractions Morrison Natural History Museum Check out the Morrison Natural History Museum. Geo Tours Whitewater Raft Trips Enjoy the rafting, the ride and the Rocky Mountain scenery – We’ll do the driving! Red Rocks Amphitheatre Utilize the events at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Bandimere Speedway Discover the excitement of Bandimere Speedway. Lariat Loop National Scenic Byway View the Lariat Loop National Scenic Byway. Local Events Look through some of the local events. Dinosaur Ridge Go have an adventure at Dinosaur Ridge! The Fort Restaurant - New Foods of the Old West
Many locals consider Idaho Springs the perfect stop off when I-70 traffic backs up. and you might recognize the Charlie Taylor Waterwheel, which you can see right from the highway on the east-bound side. A walk around town shows the numerous buildings that have been preserved — though most now have different uses than what they were originally. There are plenty of quality restaurants in Idaho Springs, including the popular Tommyknocker Brewery and Beau Jo's Colorado Style Pizza. After your meal, stroll the affordable souvenir shops to pick up gifts for the folks back home (and some locally made candies for yourself).
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Idaho Springs
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Many locals consider Idaho Springs the perfect stop off when I-70 traffic backs up. and you might recognize the Charlie Taylor Waterwheel, which you can see right from the highway on the east-bound side. A walk around town shows the numerous buildings that have been preserved — though most now have different uses than what they were originally. There are plenty of quality restaurants in Idaho Springs, including the popular Tommyknocker Brewery and Beau Jo's Colorado Style Pizza. After your meal, stroll the affordable souvenir shops to pick up gifts for the folks back home (and some locally made candies for yourself).
Golden is a city and former gold rush town at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, in Colorado. Clear Creek Trail is a network of paths running along a waterway. It passes Clear Creek White Water Park, a kayaking course. The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum has exhibits on earth science and mining history. Northeast is the Colorado Railroad Museum, with vintage trains and an 1800s-style railroad depot.
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Golden
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Golden is a city and former gold rush town at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, in Colorado. Clear Creek Trail is a network of paths running along a waterway. It passes Clear Creek White Water Park, a kayaking course. The Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum has exhibits on earth science and mining history. Northeast is the Colorado Railroad Museum, with vintage trains and an 1800s-style railroad depot.
Breckenridge is a Colorado town at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ Tenmile Range. It's known for its ski resort, year-round alpine activities and Gold Rush history. The Victorian core of this former mining town is preserved as the Breckenridge National Historic District, running primarily along Main Street, with colorfully painted buildings from the 1880s and '90s housing shops, galleries and restaurants.
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Breckenridge
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Breckenridge is a Colorado town at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ Tenmile Range. It's known for its ski resort, year-round alpine activities and Gold Rush history. The Victorian core of this former mining town is preserved as the Breckenridge National Historic District, running primarily along Main Street, with colorfully painted buildings from the 1880s and '90s housing shops, galleries and restaurants.
The historic Town of Georgetown is the territorial charter municipality that is the county seat of Clear Creek County, Colorado. A former silver mining camp, Georgetown is one of a few perfect day trips from Denver. Here, you can view over 200 restored late 19th century buildings that give the town its Victorian charm. Take a walk down Main Street and pay a visit to some of the restaurants or antique shops.
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Georgetown
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The historic Town of Georgetown is the territorial charter municipality that is the county seat of Clear Creek County, Colorado. A former silver mining camp, Georgetown is one of a few perfect day trips from Denver. Here, you can view over 200 restored late 19th century buildings that give the town its Victorian charm. Take a walk down Main Street and pay a visit to some of the restaurants or antique shops.

Skiing, Sledding, and Tubing!

Seasonal snow-sport destination offering skiing, snowboarding & tubing rentals, equipment & lessons. Just 4.2 miles from our Mountain Loft!
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Echo Mountain
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Seasonal snow-sport destination offering skiing, snowboarding & tubing rentals, equipment & lessons. Just 4.2 miles from our Mountain Loft!