The handful of city blocks that comprise downtown Minturn, Colorado are packed tight with shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels. Also character. This is where you'll find the '50s style Turntable Restaurant and Motel, with its fantastic green chili, its window into local history, and its very reasonable room rates (the website says from $49.95 but the sign on the building itself says from $39). It's the home of Eagle Valley Music & Comics, who have a truly epic selection of CDs and records. It's less than a mile down Highway 24 from the Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea tasting room, showroom and roasting facility.
The list goes on. Depending on your technological needs (A/C outlets? Wi-fi?), there are tons of writing venues packed into this tiny pocket of mountain town. Boulder Writing Examiner would like to focus today on just one of them: the Sticky Fingers Cafe & Bakery.
Think "cozy rustic coffee house with wood furniture and Woodstock/bluegrass decor" and you're not too far off. Add to that lots of local artwork on the walls to fire your imagination. Layer on a constant background stream of rock music, courtesy of KZYR 97.7 / The Zephyr. Finally, add bears. Bears everywhere. Bears with honey-sticky fingers, as per the shop's name.
Got the picture? Good.
I wish I could tell you about the awesome lunch menu, but I never managed to get there hungry. I can tell you that the special "Oreo Latte" was delicious, the staff's tea recommendations are to be trusted, the staff themselves were very friendly, and that I felt so right-at-home that I didn't realize closing time had come and gone while I was still sitting there.
Have I mentioned how friendly the staff are? Show up once, it's "Welcome! What brings you here? Hope you have fun while you're in town!" Show up twice and it's time for first-name introductions because obviously you're going to be a regular.
Obligatory technical run-down: A/C outlets along walls and super convenient at least at two of the tables; I presume there's one within reach of that couch. Wi-fi available, fully functional, free of charge and free of interrupting splash-screen; the barista will give you the password.
Like many cafes and coffeehouses, Sticky Fingers closes in the afternoon--5:00 most days, 4 if business is slow. And by then the Turntable Restaurant will be down for the afternoon too, having closed at 3. But if your muse is busy talking and you're not ready to call it quits and go home (or wherever you're staying during your time up the mountain), just put your laptop in sleep mode and hike back up a block to the historic Minturn Saloon. I sadly cannot give a first-hand report (yet), but their menu and beer selection looks tasty, and they say they've got wi-fi too.
So there you go. Inexpensive motel rooms and tasty wi-fi hotspots from 7:30 am until who-knows-o'clock. Everything you need in walking distance. Just the right amount of historical interest to explore really thoroughly inside a week. And meanwhile the aspens are turning gold as far as the eye can see. Minturn: Writing retreat perfection!