Make Summer Vacation a Reality in Colorado With Exciting New Adventures, Lodging Offerings, Culinary Experiences & More
Denver, Colo. (March 30, 2021) – With the change of seasons comes a renewed excitement around a post-vaccine return to travel, and Colorado’s breathtaking landscapes and wide open spaces are the perfect cure for cabin fever.
Visitors to Colorado can expect to be wowed with exciting new travel offerings. Colorado’s famed Pikes Peak will welcome the new Summit Visitor Center and the return of the world’s highest cog railroad. The much anticipated Palisade Plunge is set to be one of the longest singletrack downhill mountain bike trails in the U.S, and Arapahoe Basin will inaugurate the highest via ferrata climbing route in North America. Colorado will commemorate the Bicentennial of the historic Santa Fe Trail throughout 2021, and Rocky Mountaineer luxury train will debut its new Colorado route this fall. With the renewed excitement to travel also comes a renewed commitment to travel with a lower impact, and Colorado is working to electrify all 26 of its Scenic and Historic Byways.
When it comes time to dream of the adventures ahead, Colorado is opening several new and innovative accommodations offerings across the state including new glamping opportunities, the expansion of Gravity Haus’ adventure lodging offerings to Vail and Winter Park and new boutique properties for one-of-a-kind overnights. And don’t forget to eat and drink at exciting new restaurant and bar concepts popping up across the state.
As visitors explore Colorado, they are encouraged to “Do Colorado Right” and embrace the state’s new interpretation of responsible tourism — showing care not only for destinations but for visitors and the people who call Colorado home. Following is a sampling of what’s new in Colorado for the year ahead. For more information and travel ideas, visit www.COLORADO.com.
Enticing New Attractions, Adventures & Events:
- The Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway To Reopen in Spring 2021: The Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway will reopen after a multi-year hiatus for repairs in spring 2021. Recognized as the world’s highest cog railroad, the Railway is one of Colorado Springs’ top attractions and since 1891, has taken thousands of people to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak. For a true taste of all that Pikes Peak area has to offer, take “The Ultimate Pikes Peak Challenge” launching in May 2021.
- United Offers New Seamless Travel from DEN to Breckenridge and Fort Collins:Beginning service in March 2021, United is making it easier for customers to travel to Breckenridge and Fort Collins with convenient year-round ground transportation service connecting through its Denver hub. The airline is teaming up with Landline — a premium ground transportation company — to offer connecting service to these popular destinations through DEN.
- Colorado is Electrifying Its Scenic and Historic Byways: The state of Colorado is committed to electrifying all 26 of its Scenic and Historic Byways and confirmed that six of the byways have been electrified as of March 2021, with additional byways coming online throughout the year. Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental will begin offering up to 10 electric vehicles between their fleets at the Eagle County Airport before the end of 2021, and Arapahoe Basin has also agreed to provide a $40 gift card per electric vehicle that is rented at Eagle County Airport.
- Colorado Launches Liquid Arts Passport:Launching in April 2021, the Liquid Arts Passport is a statewide marketing campaign that promotes breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries across the state. Created by the Colorado Liquid Arts, which is a collective that includes the Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology (CAVE), Colorado Brewers Guild, Colorado Cider Guild and Colorado Distillers Guild, this unique digital passport provides consumers with discounted tastings and offers from some of the state’s best drinking establishments.
- Denver’s Dairy Block & American Field Partner on New Outdoor Markets: Dairy Block is excited to continue working with American Field to host a curated series of outdoor markets in 2021, starting with the Local AF Market pop-up over four weekends this April. Held in the Dairy Block Alley, the Local AF Market will feature a unique line-up of Colorado merchants, including vendors offering apparel, accessories, jewelry, food and more. Each Market will also feature live music, food and drink specials and pop-up bars in the Dairy Block Alley.
- Palisade Plunge to Open in Summer 2021: Opening in summer 2021, the much anticipated Palisade Plunge is set to be one of the longest singletrack downhill mountain bike trails in the U.S. A $3.2 million investment that has been nearly 10 years in the making, the trail starts at the top of Colorado’s Grand Mesa and descends down to the town of Palisade.
- Mustang Mountain Coaster Opens in Estes Park: Colorado’s newest mountain coaster is coming to Estes Park in May 2021. The Mustang Mountain Coaster will open at Sombrero Ranch and will provide visitors with a fun thrillride the whole family can enjoy.
- Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa Completes Renovation: Newly renovated in 2020 with final additions to be completed in spring 2021, the former Trimble Hot Springs has been renamed Durango Hot Springs Resort & Spa offering 26 unique thermal mineral water features, 16 natural mineral hot springs soaking pools, 8 private Japanese-inspired cedar soaking tubs, and is the only natural hot springs in the world to infuse nano-meter and micro-meter oxygen bubbles, increasing the health benefits and purity of the natural waters. The Hot Springs is also home to Durango Hot Springs Spa, which underwent a complete makeover and combines the benefits of natural hot springs soaking with massage and spa treatments.
- Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center to Open in Early Summer 2021: The new 38,000-square-foot Pikes Peak Summit Complex will include a newly designed and reconstructed Summit Visitor Center, elevating the experience for visitors who summit Pikes Peak via car, bicycle, foot or rail. The building will be the most sustainable high-altitude structure in the country, if not the world, and the new facility and all exterior walkways are fully accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Guests will be able to enjoy fresh menu options, the visitor’s center’s famed donuts, and digitally interactive displays that bring the history, significance and geology of the mountain to life.
- Family Fun Abounds at Las Colonias Park in Grand Junction: Enjoy paddleboarding, kayaking, tubing or wading along the Colorado River at the newly opened Riverfront at Las Colonias Park. Located in the heart of Grand Junction, people of all ages can enjoy paddleboarding and kayaking at the new Butterfly Pond and Riverfront at Las Colonias Park. The 130-acre park is the latest development in the “string of pearls,” connecting points of the Colorado River with parks in the Grand Junction area along the Colorado Riverfront Trail.
- Arapahoe Basin Opens Via Ferrata in Summer 2021:In summer 2021, Arapahoe Basin will open the highest via ferrata climbing route in North America on on their East Wall, one of the ski area’s most striking, prominent natural features. The half-day experience will take climbers to an old mine and the full-day offering will take climbers to the summit around 13,000 feet. Both will include a scenic chairlift ride and boxed lunch.
- Mural Trails Itineraries Showcase Art Across the State: In partnership with Colorado Creative Industries, the Colorado Tourism Office is launching a new series of itineraries that tell the stories behind noteworthy murals across the state. Mural Trails is an experience that walks visitors through each piece of art and highlights local restaurants and nearby hotels for a fully-rounded — and turnkey — visitor experience. Currently, the itineraries are offered across the Front Range (here and here) and in Mystic San Luis Valley. Additional itineraries highlighting murals in other regions of Colorado are also under development.
- Schoolcations Educational Itineraries Invite Learning from the Road: In partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Tourism Office has launched a new series of Schoolcations educational trip itineraries. The trips are crafted with plenty of hands-on learning, educational adventures and, of course, stops for ice cream. Each was designed with kids from kindergarten to 5th grade in mind, but the activities, outings and accommodations will be enjoyed by children of all ages.
- Ride of the Ancients Will Showcase Southwestern Gravel Biking in 2021, June 26, 2021: The Ride of the Ancients in Mesa Verde Country takes cyclists along the Trail of the Ancients Scenic & Historic Byway which serves as a gateway to the Ancestral Puebloan and heritage destinations throughout Southwest Colorado. This year’s event will showcase 29-mile and 95-mile scenic and history-filled gravel road rides.
- 5280 Trail Project Unveils Wayfinding and Art: This summer, visitors can bike or walk through downtown Denver to experience a route the locals call “the 5280 Trail.” The 5280 Trail is an envisioned 5.280-mile recreational biking and walking route connecting inner-city neighborhoods of Denver. New signage and neighborhood activations will add wayfinding and a pop of community art along the route throughout the summer.
- Rivertrippers Now Offers Ancient Ruins Tours: Durango outdoor outfitter Rivertrippers recently added a selection of Ancient Ruins Tours to their portfolio of river rafting, 4x4 Tours and Jeep Rentals. Archaeologically trained subject matter experts lead guests to awe-inspiring sites including Lowry Pueblo, Sand Canyon and Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
- Gunnison County Shady Island River Park to Open Summer 2021: The Shady Island River Park project is a 10.5-acre Gunnison County development project that will provide safe public access for community members, visitors, anglers and boaters with the construction of a formal boat launch area and access to the Gunnison River. Shady Island River Park will include parking, 19 tent camping sites, a camp host, picnic shelters with restrooms, trail loop system, recreation path, fishing access, boat staging area, access for non-boaters, outdoor gathering areas, picnic tables and a boat queue area.
- Mystic Mountain Mushrooms Sprouts in Grand Lake: Mystic Mountain Mushrooms, located near Grand Lake, not only cultivates certified organic mushrooms but also educates guests and customers about health benefits of each type and more. Visitors can participate in various educational classes offered throughout the summer.
- The Rocky Mountaineer Debuts its Rockies to the Red Rocks Route, August-November 2021: The Rocky Mountaineer will bring its luxury train journeys to a new route in the Southwest United States in 2021. The Rockies to the Red Rocks route will be a two-day rail journey between Denver and Moab with an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs. The company is working with local tourism organizations, hotels and tour operators to curate custom vacation packages that feature tours, activities and stays, so guests can experience even more of the region.
- Colorado to Commemorate Bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail Throughout 2021:From 1821 to 1880, the Santa Fe Trail served as a commercial route between Mexico and the US. Traversing much of southeastern Colorado, today’s Santa Fe Trail travelers can experience 1840s life as a trader at Bent’s Old Fort or find wagon wheel ruts and walk sections of the trail at Comanche National Grassland. 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail, and to commemorate it, Canyons & Plains, a heritage tourism development organization, will tell stories about life on the trail. These stories will be released on Facebook leading up to celebrations in the fall of 2021. The keystone event of the 200-year celebration, the 2021 Santa Fe Trail Bicentennial Symposium, will take place in La Junta, September 22–26, 2021. The commemoration continues in Trinidad from September 27–October 3, 2021.
- Basalt Welcomes Contemporary Center for the Performing Arts in Fall 2021: ‘The Contemporary’ is a high impact, future-ready performing arts facility that will serve as an incubator for entertainment, culture and community. The building includes an outdoor amphitheater, an active lobby/workspace and a catering and teaching kitchen and will stand as a model for performing arts centers around the world.
- MeowWolf Comes to Denver in Late 2021: Santa Fe’s lauded arts and entertainment group, MeowWolf, will open a new immersive arts experience in Denver in late 2021. Meow Wolf is comprised of more than 300 employees creating and supporting art across a variety of media, including architecture, sculpture, painting, photography, video production, cross-reality (AR/VR/MR), music, audio engineering, narrative writing, costuming and performance.
- The Denver Art Museum's Martin Building Undergoes $150 Million Renovation: The Denver Art Museum’s Martin Building (formerly North Building), is undergoing an extensive, multi-year renovation including the new Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center, two new dining spaces, the Bartlit Learning and Engagement Center and updated galleries. The entire building is currently scheduled to reopen to the public by its 50th anniversary at the end of 2021.
- New Center Dedicated to Bauhaus Artist Opens in Aspen in Late 2021: A new center dedicated to the work of Bauhaus artist and Aspen icon Herbert Bayer is planned for the Aspen Institute campus. The new center will exhibit Bayer’s work from Lynda and Stewart Resnick’s extensive Bayer collection, the Aspen Institute’s holdings, as well as pieces on loan from museums, while housing archives from Bayer scholars and public education.
- New Pagosa Springs Hot Springs Fest, November 4–6, 2021: Celebrate Soak-ember at the Pagosa Hot Spring Fest. This one-of-a-kind festival grants attendees access to more than 30 natural geothermal hot spring pools at three different hot springs properties — The Springs Resort, Healing Waters Resort and The Overlook Mineral Springs Spa, all within walking distance of each other. There will be a variety of activities to explore to satisfy the need for fun and wellness such as soaking, aqua yoga, pool parties, water aerobics, contrast bathing, hiking, live music and a Soak, Sip, and Stroll through downtown shops.
- DEN is building 39 New Concourse Gates: DEN is increasing overall capacity at the airport by 30 percent with 39 new gates to be added on all three concourses to allow DEN’s airlines an opportunity to grow and for DEN to accommodate new airlines, including international carriers. Construction on all expansion work is expected to be substantially completed by the end of 2021 and gates will be airline operational in 2022.
New Lodging Properties & Major Renovations:
- Hotel Maverick Opened in Grand Junction: Located on the breathtaking campus of Colorado Mesa University, Hotel Maverick is a scenic destination that fosters the spirit of curiosity. Built against Grand Junction's sprawling red rock canyons, this unique Colorado locale immerses guests in experiences that feed their wanderlust offering complimentary cruiser bikes for guests, a pump bike park, disc golf, pet-friendly accommodations and enormous grounds to wander. Plus, the hotel restaurant, Devil's Kitchen, serves up delicious bites and incredible views from its rooftop patio.
- Hotel Imogene Opened in Ouray: Nestled in the San Juan Mountains in the heart of Ouray, the Imogene provides the perfect blend of luxury and history. Originally serving as a saloon and brothel, the building underwent an extensive restoration in 2020 and now offers six unique hotel rooms that feature the work of local artists as well as the building’s extraordinary history. Guests can take in the breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop bar, enjoy a roaring fire in the historic lobby or relax in a custom-built wood stove sauna.
- S.L.umber Yard Opened in Leadville: At the renovated train depot FREIGHT Leadville are 12 brand-new high-craftsmanship cabins. Each is designed with reclaimed materials from the original train depot and is named for a historic Leadville working lady, to honor these unsung Leadville residents. A curated library of books, records, tapes and CDs lives in each cabin.
- Life House Hotel Opened in Denver’s LoHi Neighborhood: Life House has landed in Denver’s hip neighborhood of Lower Highlands, or “LoHi.” This marks the first luxury hotel for the burgeoning neighborhood and the first out west for the hospitality company. The property’s design draws inspiration from Victorian Industrialism, the contextual 1800s design movement, as well as the natural landscape of the Wild West.
- Gravity Haus Expands to Vail and Winter Park: Gravity Haus, a globally conscious experiential brand, opened Gravity Haus Vail in December 2020 with plans to open in Winter Park in June 2021. Gravity Haus' community-based hospitality model offers an authentic mountain lifestyle for guests, a fusion of work, play and travel through tech-forward yet thoughtful 'Haus' brands that include mountain modern restaurants, holistic fitness and wellness facilities, functional co-working spaces, sustainable access to outdoor gear demos, as well as a growing collection of experiential retail partnerships and benefits.
- Kinship Landing Opened in Colorado Springs in Late 2020: Kinship Landing, a brand new adventure-inspired boutique hotel concept features a Discovery Platform community space, gear storage and more. The property brings travelers and locals together around city and outdoor exploration.
- Aspen Street Lodge Opened in Aspen in Late 2020: Nestled in the vibrant heart of downtown Aspen stands a new luxury retreat — Aspen Street Lodge — a stunning property with a location beyond compare. Nine lodge rooms and a two-bedroom penthouse suite have been designed with refined and warm contemporary mountain décor. Expansive terraces with views of Aspen Mountain and the surrounding townscape and parks, a penthouse pool and hot tub, outdoor living spaces, a fully equipped game room and bar for après enjoyment combined with high-touch service puts the best of Aspen at your fingertips. During Summer/Fall 2021, Aspen Street Lodge will initially operate with buyouts only, due to COVID19.
- Headwaters Hostel Opened in Granby in Late 2020: The new Headwaters Hostel is the only year-round hostel available in Grand County and mixes a cabin-like interior with a hipster atmosphere and plenty of communal space.
- Copper Mountain Welcomes New Hotel, Element 29 in Spring 2021: The anticipated four-story hotel opened in March 2021 with 127 guest rooms containing sophisticated, modern finishes, and with its proximity to Center Village, guests are a short walk away from retail, dining and outdoor adventure. The hotel is part of the momentum behind Copper Mountain and POWDR’s continued focus on enhancing the guest experience with a $100 million multi-year transformation.
- CampV Opens in Naturita in Spring 2021: CampV was originally established in 1942 when it was built by the Vanadium Corporation to house the engineers who worked in the nearby mines just outside of Naturita, Colorado. This historic gem has been reimagined by StudioVille Crew to welcome wanderers to a remote and scenic corner of Southwest Colorado. Travelers can sleep well in one of the newly restored cabins, glamping tents, curated Airstreams or camp spots. With CampV's arts non-profit partner WE Arts, they believe every community deserves access to inspiring art and welcomes spirited travelers to their canvas.
- Sage Hospitality to Open Denver's First Independent Extended-Stay Hotel in Spring 2021: The 165-room Catbird Hotel is expected to open in spring 2021 in Denver’s River North Art District neighborhood. The property will be the first independent extended-stay hotel in Denver and will feature amenities such as a "creative lobby" where guests can gather to work and socialize and a four-bedroom house in the middle of the development that can be rented by larger groups. With comfortable spaces, easy grab-and-go food options and a rooftop patio worth seeking out, this hotel blurs the line between hotel and home.
- Clayton Members Club & Hotel Opens April 2021 in Cherry Creek: The first of its kind, Clayton Members Club & Hotel is a 63-room boutique hotel, providing stylish, well-appointed rooms with touches of Denver inspired, mid-century décor. In addition to three public culinary outlets — Five Nines, a hidden lounge with live entertainment; Of A Kind, offering elegance and the bright flavors of Mediterranean and California coastal fare; and O.A.K. Market, an all-day eatery serving inspired cuisine along with coffee — guests have access to the physical and experiential amenities of Clayton Membership Club. Designed to cultivate connection and creativity, these include a members’ restaurant, fitness amenities, social spaces, lounges and co-working areas, as well as a rooftop restaurant and pool, replete with expansive views.
- The Eddy Taproom & Hotel to Open in Golden in May 2021: The Eddy Taproom & Hotel will invite guests to connect with one another and the surrounding natural beauty of Golden, Colorado. The 49-room boutique hotel is situated on the site of the old Rocky Mountain Fire Brick Works and will celebrate both the mining history of the region and the abundance of outdoor adventures found in Golden. The property’s location, along the banks of Clear Creek, is the ideal spot for intimate events, exploring the town’s charming offerings and nearby outdoor pursuits. The Eddy will feature several amenities including Truck Eddy, the property’s food truck with BBQ and shakes, an outdoor lawn with weekly activities, specialty drinks and brews found only at The Eddy Taproom and more.
- Monarch Casino Resort Unveils Major New Offerings in Spring 2021: Colorado’s premier gaming resort destination celebrates the spring grand opening of a glittering new hotel tower and roof-top spa and pool. Monarch guests will enjoy the transformation of this breathtaking property the moment they step through the door. Indulgent dining options await with magnificent meals available at four new restaurants, including the classic white-cloth steakhouse experience at Monarch Chophouse. Monarch's newly-expanded casino floor is loaded with the latest in hot gaming action. Sports fans can take their game-day fun to a new level with Colorado’s only in-house sportsbook, and unlimited wagers take effect May 1, 2021.
- The Rally Hotel Opens in Denver in Spring 2021: Denver's newest independent lifestyle hotel, The Rally Hotel, is set to open its doors to guests in spring 2021, as the keystone piece to the city’s hottest new development, McGregor Square. The Rally Hotel pays homage to baseball roots — taking its name from an age-old baseball superstition — and is located just steps away from Coors Field, home to the Colorado Rockies. The hotel will feature a rooftop-bridgeway pool with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, three distinct food and beverage concepts and 21,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
- Four Corners Guides Opens Skullbinder Ranch in Southwestern Colorado in Spring 2021: Multi-sport adventure guide service, Four Corners Guides, is opening the 35-acre basecamp May 2021 for special retreats and guests doing their bikepacking, packrafting or bikerafting tours. Glamping tents offer comfortable beds and the hand-crafted Community Barn is equipped with two bathrooms, a large kitchen and a big community space for adventure retreats and small gatherings. Scullbinder Ranch lies at the southern tip of Weber Mountain, bordering Mesa Verde National Park. Ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings lie just across the southern border in the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Park that can be explored during a Four Corners Guides’ bikepacking tour.
- New Airstream Glamping Options in the Royal Gorge Region: Stay in one of Royal Gorge Rafting and Zip Line Tours’ new luxury Airstream accommodations. These Airstream rentals feature a Queen bed at the camper’s head, and a bunk bed at the cabin’s aft side, and all the creature comforts laid out intelligently between.
- The Madeline Hotel & Residences Unveils Renovations in Telluride in Summer 2021: The Madeline Hotel and Residences has recently renovated their common areas of the property with a new lobby, library, meeting rooms and Timbers restaurant. And by the start of the summer season, the hotel rooms and residences will have a fresh, new look to coincide with the blooming of high alpine flora.
- The Gant Aspen Launches new Mountain Bike Like a Girl Experience: Female bike enthusiasts can learn or perfect a quintessential mountain pastime that also supports local businesses. To celebrate the Roaring Fork Valley’s designation as an International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Gold-Level Ride Center, one of only seven locations in the world and the first in Colorado, this experience is geared to empower females seeking to conquer mountain-biking in the Rocky Mountains. Beyond biking, the experience highlights offerings from female entrepreneurs with ties to the Roaring Fork Valley including SHREDLY, Osmia Organic and O2 Life.
- The Pad Hostel to Open in Silverthorne in 2021: The Pad is a brand new boutique hotel in Silverthorne. Located along the Blue River, The Pad will be constructed out of 16 prefabricated shipping containers and will include 30 rooms with private higher-end suites as well as dorm-style bunks, a restaurant featuring rooftop and patio bars, common spaces, a hot tub and more.
- Upgrades Debut in Summer 2021 at Vail Valley’s Westin Riverfront: The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley is excited to be unveiling more than $1.5 million in resort upgrades this summer, including a renovated lobby, expanded patio seating and dining, extensive new outdoor fitness equipment and a robust series of unique outdoor group exercise classes overlooking the Eagle River.
- Three Peaks Ranch Offers New Elevated Wedding Experience in Westcliffe: Colorado boasts a brand new, modern rustic wedding venue with lodging in the gorgeous Wet Mountain Valley. Three Peaks Ranch, a private, exclusive ranch in Westcliffe, offers wedding packages for one to three nights. The venue not only includes breathtaking views but also has cabins, a ranch house, and a barn. Westcliffe is an International Dark Sky Designated Community, which makes for unparalleled star gazing.
- Rustic Rook Resort Offers Glamping in the San Luis Valley: Rustic Rook Resort is a new camping offering opening in late May 2021 with furnished glamping tent options, complimentary hot breakfast and s’mores by the campfire. The location offers unobstructed views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range and Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
New Food & Beverage Offerings:
- Aurum Comes to Snowmass Base Village in Summer 2021: Ski town favorite Aurum is opening its third location, Aurum Aspen Snowmass, in Snowmass Base Village this summer. The restaurant, which has a proven track record with locations in Steamboat Springs and Breckenridge, plans to open its doors in mid-June 2021. Aurum Aspen Snowmass will offer Seasonal New American Cuisine in an elegantly casual dining space.
- The Beer Spa Opens in Denver: The Beer Spa is a modern-day wellness space that combines a day spa with a craft beer bar. Whether relaxing after work or living it up on vacation, enjoy beer-inspired spa services while sipping on a locally sourced craft beverage.
- Bluebird Market Opens in Silverthorne: Bluebird Market is located at the hub of Fourth Street Crossing, a 3.8-acre district in the new heart of downtown Silverthorne. Tenants of the nearly 30,000-square-foot market will include 10-12 chef-driven culinary concepts along with three local retail entrepreneurs and a flexible co-working space. Bluebird Market is set to open in March of 2021, marking the first activation of the Fourth Street Crossing development.
- Carbondale Releases The Roaring Fork + Farm Map: The deep roots of Carbondale’s agricultural history and ranching culture come to life as Carbondale Tourism launches a new visitor experience designed to give visitors a greater connection to the local food and farming scene. The Roaring Fork & Farm Map is a printed pocket guide to Carbondale’s agritourism offerings that include guest ranches, public gardens and farms, visitor attractions, and experiences, along with restaurants and retailers that were identified as specifically supporting the local food movement through menu items or connections with local farmers. Maps are available through stores, lodging and visitor centers.
- Colorado’s First Alcohol-Free Bar, Awake Opens in Denver: Awake, an inclusive alcohol-free spirit store, bar, and coffee shop will open in Denver this spring with a charitable mission. Awake will be Colorado's first alcohol-free bar with America's most comprehensive, carefully curated selection of alcohol-free beer, wine, spirits and mocktail elixirs.
- EsoTerra Cider Opens in Dolores: EsoTerra seeks out feral trees and historic orchards for their fruit, and blends local varieties for an authentic cider flavor. The trees they harvest are those that were started by seed decades ago, and propagated to be perfectly suited to the area climate.
- Forget Me Not Cocktail Bar Opens in Cherry Creek North: Forget Me Not, a cocktail bar from Culinary Creative’s Max Mackissock, Katie O’Shea and Juan Padro in partnership with Nicole Lebedevitch, operations partner and beverage director, and Matt Joblon, opened in March 2021 and offers a seasonal menu that draws inspiration from the location’s former long-time tenants, a local flower shop. Forget Me Not offers crafted cocktails with house-made syrups and infusions of flowers, wood, bark and spices, best-in category spirits, as well as a menu of snacks and small plates from chef Mackissock.
- Four Seasons EDGE Restaurant in Denver Transforms With Renovation: After a four month closure and top-to-bottom renovation, the transformed EDGE Restaurant and EDGE Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Denver will open its doors to welcome guests once again in the spring of 2021. The popular progressive American steakhouse will introduce a fresh, new look and an evolved menu to match. The entire dining room and bar area have been reimagined and two new bars have been added. The refined menu will feature new raw bar selections, fine aged cuts and innovative dishes.
- The Golden Mill Opens in Spring 2021 in Golden: The Golden Mill is a new indoor/outdoor food hall and beer garden built in a historic 1865 mill on Clear Creek in downtown Golden. The new destination will offer five food concepts and an extensive selection of self-pour beers, wines, ciders and cocktails. The 5,000-square-foot rooftop deck — downtown Golden’s first — will provide 360-degree views of the North and South Table Mountains, the Clear Creek and Mount Zion. Executive Chef Jesus Silva will oversee the menus and kitchens of three of the five food concepts, with the other two being filled by Rolling Smoke BBQ and Happy Cones Ice Cream.
- HOMA Café + Bar Opens in Colorado Springs: HOMA Café + Bar is located at new downtown boutique hotel Kinship Landing. HOMA is an all-day craft café and bar led by local chef Jay Gust. Unlike typical hotel lobbies, Kinship Landing’s first floor is built as an open-to-the-public basecamp for everyone. HOMA is surrounded by cozy booths, a fireside lounge, solo and community tables, two outdoor patios and the sun-filled indoor Greenhaus space. The menu is inspired by foods the owners have loved from traveling around the world, brought together with a little fresh Colorado style.
- Interactive Spirits Lab Launches at the Breckenridge Distillery: The Breckenridge Distillery’s new interactive spirits lab allows guests to not only taste award-winning spirits, but the opportunity to delve behind the scenes of spirit production and aging while thieving directly from barrels, blending their own bottles and sampling paired bites from the award-winning kitchen and producer partners. While blending, tasting and learning, guests can also take a peek into the active production facility including our 42-foot column still.
- The Little Nell Aspen Opens The Little Nell Wine Bar: The newly renovated après-ski bar in Aspen, formerly Chair 9, sets the stage for intimate gatherings with its lounge-style ambiance providing plush couches and seating areas for parties up to eight people. Designed with an Art Deco aesthetic, guests will be delighted by the relaxing atmosphere with DJs spinning vinyl records.
- New York Restaurants Open Outposts in Aspen: There is a current trend in NYC restaurants opening outposts in Aspen. CATCH STEAK, the famed meatpacking district seafood restaurant, is taking over the rooftop restaurant space at the corner of Galena and Hopkins this summer, on what is Aspen’s most famed shopping street. Dante NYC opened in Aspen at the Snow Lodge and is staying through the summer. Nakazawa Aspen opened in Dec. 2020 as a pop up, but has been so successful that they are staying with their famed Omakase menu.
- The Nook Mobile Dining Room Debuts in Fort Collins: The Nook is a rentable mobile dining room built to roam. This creative option for extra outdoor dining space features a table for six, Bluetooth speakers, modern fixtures and natural wood finishes built atop an 80-square-foot trailer. It’s heated and insulated making it a warm, comfortable, safe outdoor dining option for single parties. A schedule will be posted on The Nook’s Instagram page as restaurants reserve so visitors know where to book.
- Par Bar Opens at Lathrop State Park in Walsenburg: Lathrop State Park in Walsenburg is unique in many ways. For one, it’s Colorado’s first state park. Aside from that, it also has a golf course in the park. But even more unique is that it has a new restaurant inside the park that will open in summer 2021. Par Bar offers casual American fare (plus tacos) course-side with incredible views of the Spanish Peaks as its backdrop.
- The Reeds at Cattails Opens in the San Luis Valley: The Reeds at Cattails is located at the Cattails Golf Course, striving to be the San Luis Valley's premier steak restaurant with a southwestern flair. Their focus is serving consistent quality food at affordable prices. With stunning views of cottonwood groves that line the Rio Grande, the Reeds at Cattails offers both great food and atmosphere.
- RMOC’s Riverside Nano Brewery Opens in Buena Vista: Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center (RMOC) will open a riverside nano brewery/food truck this summer called Browns Canyon Brewing Company. Guests can now enjoy craft brews and tasty snacks on the banks of the Arkansas River. This includes home brews and guest taps. There is plenty of outdoor seating in the beer garden or guests can take a six pack to go before rafting down Browns Canyon in RMOC’s private put-in. The food menu varies, but guests can always count on the Seared Ahi Sandwich and Browns Canyon Brewing Company’s famous Walnut Burger.
- Rootstalk Opens in Breckenridge: Rootsalk is a new American restaurant welcoming its first summer in Breckenridge and serving Chef Matt Vawter’s take on elevated everyday dining in historic Victorian digs from the 1800s. Matt Vawter is returning home to Breckenridge to open Rootstalk after leaving his 13-year tenure in Denver with Fruition Restaurant and Mercantile dining & provision. Rootstalk will focus on lunch and dinner services, serving approachable and sustainable seasonal food, thoughtfully curated wine and beverage lists and creative and fun libations.
- Steamboat Springs is Having a Dining Boom:Steamboat Springs is bringing the culinary heat this summer with a surge in new dining options. With its February debut, Primrose restaurant is the latest addition to the already dine-around-worthy culinary lineup on Steamboat’s revitalized Yampa Street. Steamboat’s new Standard Gallery + Wine Bar hosts micro-exhibitions, artist talks and special events, in addition to a new-West-themed wine bar. Steamboat welcomed its first dedicated gluten-free bakery, Inclusions Bakery and Dessert Bar in Wildhorse Marketplace. MEATBAR is Laura The Butcher's new brick and mortar charcuterie bar for small bites. Also at MEATBAR, Laura will host weekly butchery and charcuterie classes for all ages, and a reservation-only supper club. The Periodic Table reinvents itself each summer and winter, pairing exciting thematic destinations with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Located at Catamount Ranch, the restaurant opened with a 1920s New York supper club theme, followed by a visit to Havana, Cuba circa 1940. A summer 2021 theme will be announced this spring.
- Telluride Introduces New Dining Offerings: Newest to the Telluride dining scene is LittleHouse, a fresh organic dine-in or take-out eatery with European influences. Located in downtown Telluride, Stronghouse is a brew pub crafting quality beers and pairing them with delicious fare in a historic stone building from 1892. The recently opened Lunch Money is a fresh way to grab and go to fuel for a big hike or a picnic along the Telluride River Trail.
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