Everyone’s got time to chillax in this mountain town hideaway
Crested Butte—where mountain biking originated and skiing reigns in the winter months—is also the destination for Coloradans who want to reset their rhythm in a hip, relaxing hideaway town.
It’s dog friendly, bike friendly and there’s a shuttle all day long to get around town with ease and encourage “green” travel. Stay in the condos of Crested Butte Mountain Resort and spend time in and around town throughout your stint. Fall colors are in their prime, so Kebler pass is a worthwhile side trip.
The main street, Elk Avenue, is slated for visitors’ eat-drink-shop cravings. See and be seen with outdoor dining options or hunker down in a private corner of a coffee shop or at a bar.
Climb to the peak at 12,000 feet. Hikers of all ages and sizes attempt and successfully reach the summit (it may not for little ones, though, as it requires scaling talus to reach the peak.) Allow at least 1.5 hours from the top of the chair lift to the top of the mountain and back.
There seems to be few natives of the town but everyone is welcoming of visitors and newbies. If you haven’t tried this getaway yet be sure to put it near the top of your list and find yourself refreshed.
The Grand Lodge Crested Butte Hotel & Suites
6 Emmons Loop, Mt. Crested Butte, CO, 81225
The Secret Stash, 303 Elk Avenue
Camp 4 Coffee just off the main route at 402 1/2 Elk Avenue
Bonez Tequila Bar and Grill, 130 Elk Avenue
Zacchariah Zypp & Co, 317 Elk Ave
The Eclectic CB Gallery, 226 Elk Avenue
Climb to the summit of Crested Crested Butte. Take the Silver Queen Lift and hike the remaining distance to the peak. It’s a short 1.3-mile hike—a 600-foot ascent—and at 11,000+ feet of altitude you might feel it. But you’ll also feel the satisfaction of the panoramic view after scaling the talus near the top.