Welcome to Golden, the treasure chest of fall colors, outdoor adventure and family friendly fun, right in our own backyard. It has small town charm with world class recreation, including hiking, mountain-biking and water sports; over 20 cultural attractions; affordable dining and eclectic shopping; and of course, the world’s largest single site brewery, Coors Brewery. Come for 2 hours or for the weekend, this is an only- 20- minutes- from- home vacation destination!
The heart of Golden is no doubt Clear Creek, frequented by fishermen, kayakers, tubers bathers, runners, picnickers and bikers year-round. Access the trails from Vanover Park (Ford and 10th) or Lyons Park (10th and Maple). There are two foot bridges across the creek so folks can leisurely stroll both sides of the river and walk to the shops on Washington Street with ease. The paths along the creek burst with beauty as choke cherry, oak scrub and aspen create a colorful fall palate. Revel in watching others spill into the White Water Park or join in the fun. Enjoy the 30 bronzes sculptors smattered throughout the area or visit the nearby Golden Recreation Center, Golden Library, Gold History Center, Clear Creek History Park complete with chickens to feed and historic buildings to explore. This great family fun, at an inexpensive price.
Staying overnight offers visitors and opportunity to really experience ambience of the town. There are numerous chain hotels in the city limits, but there is something charming about being able to walk out your front door right into the heart of the historic district. For those wanting a truly Victorian sojourn, there are three Bed and Breakfast in town. Pansy’s Parlor Bed and Breakfast is located in an 1879 Victorian house in the 12th Street Historic District, one block from the Historic Downtown and two blocks from the Colorado School of Mines. It is Golden’s only Bed & Breakfast listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They offer gracious accommodations and delicious food, at reasonable rates starting at $99 per night. The Table Mountain Inn is world famous for its authentic South West pueblo style architecture. From cozy rooms with private patios to luxurious suites featuring fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and balconies with mountain views, this is a luxurious yet friendly kind of place. Just mention you are a local when you book your reservation and you will get a room for only $99 on select weekends and holidays. This is about 50 per cent off the rack rate. Dine in the Table Mountain Inn for sumptuous Buffalo Rueben’s, tortilla sopa, sweet potato fries, chili roasted rellenos and more.
Looking for great eats, Golden has it all from the funky hip allure of Bob Atomic Burger (big scrumptious handmade burgers) to the chic creek side dining at Bridge Water Grill located in the Golden Hotel. El Callejon , owned by Osorio family, which has been a staple for years at the Golden Farmers Market, has brought their trademark Latin food to the historic downtown. The Buffalo Rose has great live tunes on the outdoor patio. Golden City Brewery is a small very popular micro brewery that attracts fans from miles away.
Speaking of beer, the Coors Brewery Tour explores the world’s largest single-site brewery and includes a quick bus tour of Golden, a self paced walking tour of the brewery, highlighting the malting, brewing and packaging processes, and free beer sampling in the Coors Brewery hospitality room. After the tour, visitors can view old photos, marvel at historic beer cans, bottles and memorabilia, and shop in the Coors & Co. gift shop.
Tours are free of charge, and photos are permitted along the route. Ample free parking is provided, but do allow for 90 minutes to three-hours for your visit depending on the time of year.
Take a “Murder, Mayhem and Madness Tour.” This haunted history tour brings to life tales of the Wild West that this town once was. Tales include lynchings, shootouts, murder, and mayhem. See the park named after an innocent man hanged by a mob and the location where Golden’s ‘Night of Terror’ took place. Hear what nefarious activities used to take place on top of Golden’s Castle Rock, what paranormal activity may have forced a building to be shortened by one floor, and much more.For reservations call 1-888-649-3849 or visit http://www.coloradohauntedhistory.com/about.htm