Colorado Creative Corridor

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Colorado's Creative Corridor runs through a handful of the state's Certified Creative Districts, including Carbondale, the North Fork Valley, Crested Butte, Ridgway and Salida — not to mention stunning landscapes, restaurants serving locally sourced menus and the spirit of the arts around every corner. Check out more information on each destination here >>

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Travel Like a Local

There are special places and unique vistas around nearly every Colorado corner. You can help ensure these places exist for generations to come by staying on roads and trails, keeping speeds in check, leaving campsites and picnic spots just as you found them, and following instructional signs while you’re out and about in our state.

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True Nature in Carbondale Photo
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True Nature Healing Arts Organic Cafe

An intentional sanctuary, True Nature Healing Arts offers yoga in Carbondale, CO. We also have a tea room, Ayurvedic spa and eco-friendly boutique…

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Hang Out for Lunch

True Nature's Sangha Kitchen has salads and soups crafted from locally grown items. Perch on the patio overlooking the Peace Garden for a truly serene post-yoga bite.

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Rio Grande Artway

Bike or stroll along this 1-mile stretch of paved, artlined trail that runs between nearby Aspen and Glenwood Springs.

Dinner
Allegria Restaurant

Italian and European casual bistro in Carbondale. Venetian style decor local artists, open kitchen. We are using slow cooking in food preparation…

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Carbondale Wild West Rodeo

Every Thursday from early June through late August, this family-focused event offers caf scrambles, mutton bustin', barrel racing, bull and bronc riding and much more. Come out rain or shine!

Lodging
Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn

Sleep with the Stills . . . Marble Distilling Co. is the only distillery in the world to boast five luxury hotel rooms where guests can "Sleep…

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Breakfast
Silo Culinary Productions
SILO’s philosophy is all about simplicity. Our classic American fare allows the fresh, local ingredients to speak for themselves. Whenever possible,…
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Head South

Make your way an hour and 15 minutes south to lovely enclave of Paonia, passing by lush orchards and vineyards as you go.

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Delicious Orchards & Big B's Cidery

Delicious Orchards features a farm market, tasting room and cafe with a U-pick orchard, making this is a must stop when you are in Paonia.

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Root and Vine Market
Root and Vine Market is a local coffee shop and cafe that serves locally roasted coffee from Rubicon Roasting. Root and Vine Market is also the…
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Azura Cellars & Gallery
Please join us for a complimentary tasting of our fine Azura wines. Browse our fine art gallery and enjoy a glass of our select wines in the charming…
Dinner
Louie's Pizza
For the best Paonia pizza, sub-sandwiches and salads and a selection of local beer and wine, come to Louie's restaurant.
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Blue Sage Center for the Arts

Located in Paonia, Colorado, the Blue Sage Center for the Arts is dedicated to providing opportunities to create and experience art in all its…

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In the Mood for Live Music?

Check Blue Sage's calendar to see if the concert series or choruses are taking place during your visit.

Lodging
Bross Hotel Bed and Breakfast

The Bross Hotel is a graceful frontier hotel noted for its genuine hospitality located on the western slope of Colorado. The ten guest rooms all…

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Take a Historic Walking Tour of Crested Butte

Start at the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum and make your way through this charming town's Victorian-era sites.

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Breakfast at The Bross & On to Crested Butte

No need to go far for breakfast — The Bross' breakfast buffet includes a hot main dish, fresh seasonal fruit, juice, homemade granola yogurt parfaits, breads with homemade jam and delicious coffee. When you've had your fill, head east for two hours to the active AND creative town of Crested Butte.

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Montanya Distillers
Montanya Distillers is a Colorado craft distiller of award-winning rum, founded in 2008. The company moved its headquarters from Silverton, CO to…
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Take a Class

Take a an art, dance, cooking or other class in the Crested Butte Creative District.

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Bonez
Our dining room at BONEZ is a bit different than your standard restaurant. Our giant community table is where you'll find both locals and tourists…
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Feel the Creative Vibe

Attend a music or dance performance or film event at one of the creative district's many event venues.

Lodging
Elk Mountain Lodge
Located 1 block from Elk Ave, fine restaurants, and unique shops and galleries, the Elk Mountain Lodge has become the premier hotel in downtown…
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Breakfast
McGill's At Crested Butte
Enjoy homemade breakfasts such as french toast with real maple syrup, eggs benedict, and fresh baked biscuits.
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Head to Ridgway to Tour a Few Galleries

Trek south and west to the mountain-cradled town of Ridgway. Visit Lupita's Bizarre Bazaar, Art by the Park, Kane Scheidegger's studio and Timber Creek Gallery to get a taste of the local art flavor.

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Taco Del Gnar Ridgway
An “elevated fast food restaurant” with the mantra that a tortilla is solely a vessel to sail fresh thought-provoking cuisine with amazing flavors to…
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Soak in Ridgway

Stroll Ridgway's downtown park and alleys, discovering Alley Poems and Alley Art, as well as sculptures installed by Public Art Ridgway Colorado and the Town.

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Provisions at the Barbershop

A European-style cafe specializing in simple, delicious food made with fresh ingredients sourced from local farmers when possible and distributors…

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Alpenglow Arts Alliance
Check out the Alpenglow Arts Alliance calendar at www.alpenglowarts.com for what's happening while you're in town — most nights there's something fun…
Lodging
Chipeta Solar Springs Resort

Chipeta Solar Springs Resort and Spa - Where relaxation meets adventure. Enjoy the solitude and beautiful San Juan Gateway views from your…

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Breakfast
Kate's Place
Cuisine with heart and soul, freshly prepared using the highest quality ingredients (local when feasible).
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Now Head East to Salida's Historic Downtown

Tour Salida's charming downtown and visit several artist-owned galleries.

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Moonlight Pizza and Brewpub

A community center need only serve great pizza. We take pride in the freshness of our dough and veggies. Our dough was made today. It wasn't made…

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The Beekeeper's Honey Boutique
Sweet honey, candles, and beauty products from Salida, Colorado.
Dinner
The Fritz
Gastro-Pub? Americana Bistro? Global Cafe? Call it what you want, we call it delicious, and hopefully you will too. Sandwiches by day, Small and…
Lodging
The Manhattan Hotel
The Manhattan Hotel offers the only boutique hotel on the banks of the beautiful Arkansas River. Located in the heart of downtown Salida, you are…