What do you get when you add local charm, iconic western heritage, world-class outdoors and the largest brewery in the world and all just 15 min from downtown Denver? The perfect Colorado town. Golden offers the perfect mountain getaway without the drive.
Here is your guide to exploring Golden Colorado!
Golden Opportunities to Get Outdoors
Only a 15 min escape from downtown Denver, Golden offers some of the world’s best recreation. Regardless of your abilities and your hobbies, Golden offers something for everyone to get outside with 402 acres of open space and 253 acres of parks that include places for climbing, hiking, biking, kayaking and much more.
Psst… Check out The Denver Outdoors’ guide to getting outside!
Golden Opportunities to Shop
On the city’s main street of Golden find a spot, shop and stroll. The charming downtown is filled with locally owned shops, restaurants and much more.
Here are a few of our favorite shops along Main Street:
Craft your own candle at Mountain Lux Candles! Make your perfect candle by selecting from over 80 scents, choosing the perfect candle jar, blending a fragrance and creating your own label. Your candle is ready in 90-120 minutes giving you the perfect opportunity to explore Golden while you wait.
Psst… you can make more than just candles. You can also create scents for reed diffusers, lotions and room sprays!
For locals and tourists alike, this adorable little shop offers all things Colorado themed. Filled with Colorado apparel, home décor and unique gifts, Blue Moose Trading Company is worth stopping in on your main street stroll.
With all the outdoor fun Golden has to offer, you need a great place to gear up! Head on over to Vital Outdoors for your outdoor gear, footwear, gear rentals and demos. Vital Outdoors is also located on Main Street and locally owned.
Golden Opportunities to Drink
Psst… did you know that Golden produces more beer than any other city in the world?
Take the Coors Brewery Tour to see and taste how Coors brews beer in the largest single-site brewery in the world! Only $5 for Colorado locals and $10 for everyone else, you can learn about beer making on an audio tour, sample an ice-cold beer, enjoy three more brews at the end of the tour and take home a free glass.
Stop into this locally owned distillery to see a built-by-hand boutique distillery at work. The free tour is known for being extremely interesting and informative, and better yet, you get two free tastings.
In the spirit of exploration and the great outdoors, New Terrain is known for their culture of creative beer making. This is a popular Golden stop after a hike, bike or run on North Table Mountain. New terrain is always filled with a great atmosphere, adorable dogs, and great food truck food.
Golden Opportunities to Eat
The Bridgewater grill has award-winning food and breath-taking views. The patio sits along Clear Creek with a view of the Rocky Mountain foothills. They serve Colorado Proud ingredients and offer an array of flavors and comfortable classics.
Woody’s legendary buffet is the best value around. Woody’s is known for the All You Can Eat bar where you get unlimited salad, beer cheese soup and delicious wood-fired pizza. But Woody’s is more than just great pizza, they also offer many options coupled with friendly service, and a fun dining experience.
The D’deli is a favorite due to their freshly baked bread and creative sandwich choices. Regulars rave about the delicious flavor of the crazy combinations and when driving through many make a point to stop in Golden for D’deli.
Golden Opportunities to Sleep
The Golden hour has passed and it’s time to rest!
Overlooking the scenic Clear Creek and the Rocky Mountain Foothills, The Golden Hotel is nestled perfectly in the heart of historic downtown Golden. The spacious rooms and comfortable beds are the perfect place after a day of exploring Golden.
Psst… looking for a mountain style wedding without the drive? Look no further!
Calling all music lovers and experience junkies! Origin Hotel is the official hotel of the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. This unique hotel offers a complimentary shuttle, mountain bike rentals, bike wash and storage and in-room tent and sleeping bags.
Psst… Have we missed any of your favorite golden opportunities in Golden, Colorado? Leave a comment and share!