Neighborhoods and ranch properties intertwine to make up this changing community. Larkspur affords splendid views of the dramatic Front Range foothills.

Get thee to Larkspur in the summer (mid-June through early August) for the not-to-be-missed annual Colorado Renaissance Festival. Wooded grounds are transformed into a 16th-century village, complete with minstrels and maidens, artisans creating period crafts and allegedly authentic food including the ever-popular turkey leg — just the way you'd imagine it. The festival's live entertainment lineup includes jousting sessions, jesters and magicians.

Another attraction in Larkspur is the 18-hole Golf Club at Bear Dance. The public course includes a luxurious clubhouse, restaurant, lounge and pro shop. It's also home to the impressive Colorado Professional Golf Association Historical Center, a collection of exhibits on the history of golf in the nation's highest state.

On the outskirts of Larkspur are a few lodging facilities at local ranch-style B&Bs. Visit the friendly folks at the Spur of the Moment Roadhouse and Restaurant or go shopping at the Outlets at Castle Rock, just a few minutes to the south.

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