Minturn is just minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek, but don't expect to find the same mega-resorts or super fancy restaurants. The town is 5 miles west of Vail along U.S. 24. amid the Holy Cross Wilderness Area and White River National Forest. Colorado 24, running through town, is also a part of the Top of the Rockies Scenic & Historic Byway, offering stunning views along the way from Minturn to Red Cliff.
The town has a population of just over 1,000 people and is virtually surrounded by havens for fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking, rafting and kayaking. Minturn features a main street of unique, local shops and restaurants that make day and weekend trips a pleasure.
Monkshood Cellars winery, a few shops, and restaurants make up the historic downtown, with reasonable prices and a relaxed atmosphere. The outdoor summer market (every Saturday in the summer) is a true artisan market, not only featuring great produce, but also gourmet foods, gifts, clothing, jewelry, handmade crafts, items for the home, fine art and more. The market has live music each week, a food court and fun for the kids including a goat petting zoo. The town also hosts a free summer concert series on Thursday nights in July and August. Find other events on the Town of Minturn's events calendar.
The tiny Minturn Country Club (not really a country club), located in the downtown area, is an ideal restaurant for the picky eater: Prepare your own steak, fish, or chicken kebob and toss it on the grill. The Minturn Inn, a refurbished 1915 log home now filled with rustic Western pieces, is a pretty place to rest your head, and The Bunkhouse is also a great spot for bargain lodging. Additional lodging options can be found here.
Read A Day of Summer Luxury in Vail & Beaver Creek for an itinerary of things to do in the area.