Not everyone thinks of going to mountain towns in the Summer because of snowmelt, places close down....it becomes a ghost town if you will. Crested Butte, CO is the complete oposite of a ghost town - more alive than anything else! From Denver, CO it is approximately a 4.5 hour drive West - and the scenery is quite something! We were booked for a 2 night's stay at the Purple Mountain Bed & Breakfast in the B&B District. This place is so quaint and gorgeous! It's a blueish-purple exterior with friendly knomes in the front yard, cruiser bikes and two porch swings to sit and sip a frosty cocktail. We were immediately greeted by the Proprietor, Chris, whom is very laid back, friendly and knowledgable of the town itself. Once we were settled, we walked into town to explore a bit and seek out some refreshment. Also we grabbed a spot at the end of Elk St. to watch the "chainless" bike race and watch the participants round a very sharp turn, sans a bike chain. A few actually ended up in the cushion of hay! Hungry at this point, we went into The Secret Stash for some pizza and drinks. http://www.thesecretstash.com/ This place is an absolute MUST for pizza. Unreal and absolutely delicious!!! Wow. Enough said. Moving on to the next day. Chris cooked up some fluffy banana waffels, coffee, and sausage for breakfast follwed by a summary of the day's events. What we loved about this B&B was that it gave all of us the opportunity to sit down over breakfast and get to know one another. Very friendly and homey - the furthests guests were from Oklahoma and also Illinois. The rest us us were from CO. http://www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com/seasonal-calendar We were interested in doing some hiking, so we drove out through the base of Mt. Crested Butte and hiked about 2 miles for some gorgeous vista views. After coming down we headed to the town of Gothic for another hike to Judd Falls - about 2 miles round trip. Both hikes were great - different in scenery and challenge, but offered views of still snow capped mountain peaks, wild flowers and Judd Falls, once we arrived there. http://www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com/site/static/images/Chamber-Map.jpg
From there we decided it would be fun to take the ski life up the mountain over 12,000 ft. for some views and photo opportunity. It's about a 15 minute ride both up and down the mountain and if you're afraid of heights, this isn't for you. The Wildflower Rush Downhill Bike races were also going on so that was fun to catch competitors coming down the mountain. When we got back to our cozy B&B, the "Bridges of the Butte" 24-hour bike fundraiser had started; locals ride their bikes for 24 hours around town - some of the costumes were pretty creative!
For dinner we decided to try Ginger Cafe; a local Thai restaurant with a nice outdoor seating area. Not our favorite place. The pad thai was actually pretty good - and medium spicy which had a nice kick to it. My husband's dish though which had Colorado lamb was not fared as well - the lamb was overcoooked and dry. Disappointing. Otherwise, decent prices, good waitstaff and a healthy cocktail list. A local hangout that we found that has a nice deck up on the second floor, overlooking Elk St. is the Eldo. Fun spot to hang out and people watch for sure. Also cold brews and friendly bartenders.
Wishing that we had another day....as there's so much going on in Crested Butte for the Summer! Ah, however, we will, of course be back.....and to stay at the Purple Mountain B&B!