Guidebook for Golden

Jeanie & Jim
Guidebook for Golden

Drinks & Nightlife

If you're lucky, you might catch some locals playing guitar and singing. It is an old fashioned beer garden, and the owners live on the property in a very cool historic house. You can peek in the brewery building and see the large vats. Kids and dogs are welcome, and there are firepits as the GCB is open year round. It does close at 7 pm, and there is a small indoor space with some board games etc. Love this place!
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Golden City Brewery
920 12th Street
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If you're lucky, you might catch some locals playing guitar and singing. It is an old fashioned beer garden, and the owners live on the property in a very cool historic house. You can peek in the brewery building and see the large vats. Kids and dogs are welcome, and there are firepits as the GCB is open year round. It does close at 7 pm, and there is a small indoor space with some board games etc. Love this place!
This building was the Territorial Capitol before Colorado became a state! The food is pretty good, but I come here for the live music! They have Open Mic every Tuesday starting around 6:00. They also have live music every Thursday beginning around 5:30.
Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse
1122 Washington Avenue
This building was the Territorial Capitol before Colorado became a state! The food is pretty good, but I come here for the live music! They have Open Mic every Tuesday starting around 6:00. They also have live music every Thursday beginning around 5:30.
This is a very friendly place. I love the food, they have some really creative items on the menu. They have live music on Fridays, so that's when I go there!
Jolynn's
1224 Washington Avenue
This is a very friendly place. I love the food, they have some really creative items on the menu. They have live music on Fridays, so that's when I go there!
I can't wait till the Rose re-opens in the fall! I hope they don't change it too much because I loved the live music on the patio daily in the warm months. You could just wander in and out. This building has been around over a hundred years. Back in the 80's we saw The Marshall Tucker band headlining at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and the next night we were dancing while they played onstage at Buffalo Rose!
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Buffalo Rose
1119 Washington Avenue
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I can't wait till the Rose re-opens in the fall! I hope they don't change it too much because I loved the live music on the patio daily in the warm months. You could just wander in and out. This building has been around over a hundred years. Back in the 80's we saw The Marshall Tucker band headlining at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and the next night we were dancing while they played onstage at Buffalo Rose!
This is our local "dive". They have karaoke on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting at 9 pm.
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Ace-Hi Tavern
1216 Washington Avenue
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This is our local "dive". They have karaoke on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting at 9 pm.
This place is relatively new, and they are starting to have more live music.
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New Terrain Brewing Company
16401 Table Mountain Pkwy
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This place is relatively new, and they are starting to have more live music.
This is a nice place to go on warm evenings, as they have a patio with terrific mountain views. They often have live bands and space for dancing!
Wrigley's Chicago Bar & Grill
18200 West Colfax Avenue
This is a nice place to go on warm evenings, as they have a patio with terrific mountain views. They often have live bands and space for dancing!

Food Scene

This is two blocks from our BnB! My favorite this about it is the outdoor patio area. It is literally right on Clear Creek, and it's just a fun place to watch life! The trees, mountains and creek are beautiful. But also, you may be seeing tubers and kayakers in the creek, hangliders over Lookout Mountain and people strolling along the creek path. Make sure to try the Mountain Man Salad!
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Bridgewater Grill
800 11th Street
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This is two blocks from our BnB! My favorite this about it is the outdoor patio area. It is literally right on Clear Creek, and it's just a fun place to watch life! The trees, mountains and creek are beautiful. But also, you may be seeing tubers and kayakers in the creek, hangliders over Lookout Mountain and people strolling along the creek path. Make sure to try the Mountain Man Salad!
Woody's is about a three block walk. Their pizza is the best! You can watch them make it in the fire kiln, and scoop up your choice as soon as it comes out! And the choices they have! My favorite is the "cheeseburger pizza" I also love the salad bar. It's fun to choose to eat on the patio as it is great for people watching! My favorite thing about Woody's is that at the end of your meal, the wait staff ASKS YOU how many pieces of pizza and salad bar trips you had! Where does that even happen anymore?! Love the trust! Also, the beer cheddar soup is to die for! They also have trivia games on Wednesday nights, fun times!
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Woody's Wood Fired Pizza
1305 Washington Avenue
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Woody's is about a three block walk. Their pizza is the best! You can watch them make it in the fire kiln, and scoop up your choice as soon as it comes out! And the choices they have! My favorite is the "cheeseburger pizza" I also love the salad bar. It's fun to choose to eat on the patio as it is great for people watching! My favorite thing about Woody's is that at the end of your meal, the wait staff ASKS YOU how many pieces of pizza and salad bar trips you had! Where does that even happen anymore?! Love the trust! Also, the beer cheddar soup is to die for! They also have trivia games on Wednesday nights, fun times!
Such a nice, relaxing place to sit and talk or do some reading or computer work. Since it's right on our main street, which is Washington Ave., the people watching is great too. They occasionally have live music.
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Windy Saddle Cafe
1110 Washington Avenue
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Such a nice, relaxing place to sit and talk or do some reading or computer work. Since it's right on our main street, which is Washington Ave., the people watching is great too. They occasionally have live music.
Cafe 13 is a short walk away, and is housed in an historic armory building. On summer weekends you can find occasional live music on the patio. Make sure to wander around inside the various rooms next to the coffee shop.
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Cafe 13
1301 Arapahoe Street
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Cafe 13 is a short walk away, and is housed in an historic armory building. On summer weekends you can find occasional live music on the patio. Make sure to wander around inside the various rooms next to the coffee shop.
This diner is open for breakfast and lunch. I like the old fashioned diner vibe.
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Golden Diner
700 12th Street
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This diner is open for breakfast and lunch. I like the old fashioned diner vibe.

Sightseeing

Make it a priority to catch a concert here! If you can't do that, then you need to go to see the amazing rock formations, free Rock and Roll museum, the Trading Post and walk the trails! This place has the best backdrops for your photos ever!
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Red Rocks Amphitheatre Box Office
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Make it a priority to catch a concert here! If you can't do that, then you need to go to see the amazing rock formations, free Rock and Roll museum, the Trading Post and walk the trails! This place has the best backdrops for your photos ever!

Parks & Nature

Right across the street and over the bridge!! In summer months, there are literally hundreds of people at/in the creek! There is a beautiful wide walking path to watch all the life that's happening. There is kayaking, tubing, wading and suntanning on the rocks in the creek. There are picnics, playgrounds, a microscopic "beach", a library, bike rental, and parks bordering the creek. Not to mention the hang gliders over the creek! Feels like a vacation spot! And if you walk west for 1/2 mile, go onto the dirt path under 6th Avenue, you will feel like you're in the middle of nature, surrounded by mountains, and not a street or house in sight!
Clear Creek Trail
Right across the street and over the bridge!! In summer months, there are literally hundreds of people at/in the creek! There is a beautiful wide walking path to watch all the life that's happening. There is kayaking, tubing, wading and suntanning on the rocks in the creek. There are picnics, playgrounds, a microscopic "beach", a library, bike rental, and parks bordering the creek. Not to mention the hang gliders over the creek! Feels like a vacation spot! And if you walk west for 1/2 mile, go onto the dirt path under 6th Avenue, you will feel like you're in the middle of nature, surrounded by mountains, and not a street or house in sight!

Arts & Culture

Very Cool. I think they have some type of special viewing on Thursday nights.
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American Mountaineering Center
710 10th Street
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Very Cool. I think they have some type of special viewing on Thursday nights.
This outdoor museum is literally right across the street! It is a park like setting with historic buildings from various places in Colorado. You can wander around and see a schoolhouse, miner's home, chicken coop, etc. And it's FREE!
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Golden History Park
1020 11th Street
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This outdoor museum is literally right across the street! It is a park like setting with historic buildings from various places in Colorado. You can wander around and see a schoolhouse, miner's home, chicken coop, etc. And it's FREE!
Two blocks away, this is a very interesting place. It's free to the public. Make sure to see the moon rock and the geographic formation of the area film.
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Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum
1310 Maple Street
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Two blocks away, this is a very interesting place. It's free to the public. Make sure to see the moon rock and the geographic formation of the area film.
At our BnB, you're smack in the middle of it! There are walking tours available.
Golden Historic Preservation
1445 10th St
At our BnB, you're smack in the middle of it! There are walking tours available.
Our farmer's market runs from spring through the fall. You can see it from our front porch as it is right across the river from our house. It is open until 1 pm.
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Golden Farmers' Market
1019 10th Street
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Our farmer's market runs from spring through the fall. You can see it from our front porch as it is right across the river from our house. It is open until 1 pm.

Entertainment & Activities

It's fun, it's free, just remember NO backpacks or purses of any size are allowed! You can walk from here, about 4 or 5 blocks.
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Coors Brewery Tour
13th Street
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It's fun, it's free, just remember NO backpacks or purses of any size are allowed! You can walk from here, about 4 or 5 blocks.
A terrific water park! Giant slides and great wading pool for the little ones.
Splash Pool
A terrific water park! Giant slides and great wading pool for the little ones.
Miner's Alley is our local community theater. It's about a 3 block walk. The plays are always fantastic! I highly recommend making this a priority!
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Miners Alley Playhouse
1224 Washington Avenue
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Miner's Alley is our local community theater. It's about a 3 block walk. The plays are always fantastic! I highly recommend making this a priority!
Go to 19th street, turn left and go as far as you can. You will be at the trailhead. This is a great hike that takes you to the top of the iconic mesa. There used to be a dance hall in located there in the late 1800's. The folks got there by a cog rail way known as a "funicular". The views are amazing! There are a lot of switchbacks so the climb isn't as exhausting as it looks.
North table mountain south trailhead
118 Plateau Pkwy
Go to 19th street, turn left and go as far as you can. You will be at the trailhead. This is a great hike that takes you to the top of the iconic mesa. There used to be a dance hall in located there in the late 1800's. The folks got there by a cog rail way known as a "funicular". The views are amazing! There are a lot of switchbacks so the climb isn't as exhausting as it looks.

Essentials

You can catch the local green bus 3 up toward Washington Ave. or you can walk to this store.
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Safeway
1701 Jackson Street
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You can catch the local green bus 3 up toward Washington Ave. or you can walk to this store.
No dry cleaning, just reliable, clean laundromat.
Sami's Suds Laundromat
16400 S Golden Rd
No dry cleaning, just reliable, clean laundromat.
The Little Green Bus, which you can catch every 15 minutes two houses away, weekdays 6:30 am to 5:30 pm, will take you there. You can walk, but it's about 2.5 miles away.
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King Soopers
17171 South Golden Road
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The Little Green Bus, which you can catch every 15 minutes two houses away, weekdays 6:30 am to 5:30 pm, will take you there. You can walk, but it's about 2.5 miles away.