Posts Tagged ‘Aspen’

High Mountain Pies, 115 W 4th St, Leadville, Colorado 80461, USA

Our friends had put miles onto their truck and gallons into their tank taking us up over Independence Pass on a independence passmemorable trip from Aspen to Denver and we stopped at High Mountain Pies, Leadville, Colorado for a late lunch. We found High Mountain Pies high viewthrough a recommendation from a Leadville local. It was a good recommendation, everywhere else we passed was closed or closing! There is not much seating inside, so we sat outside in the sun.

The view from Leadville is beautiful. The historic city of Leadville is the Statutory City that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, USA. Leadville is situated at an elevation of 10,152 feet and is the highest incorporated city in the USA. It is a former silver mining town and lies near the headwaters of high frontthe Arkansas River in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and is a really interesting town to visit.

high inThe variety of choices on the menu was not wide. However, we chose from a selection of freshly baked pizza, salads, sandwiches and pies. They also offer the most enormous brownies I have ever seen! The toppings on the pizzas are generous and the tastes are strong and fresh. The staff are friendly and courteous but service was a bit slow. There is only one rest room, but it was high pizzaclean. Access for those who are disabled or mobility impaired was good.

If you are planning a trip through Leadville, you could do worse than stop for lunch at High Mountain Pies.

Valerie Penny

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White House Tavern, 302 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, Colorado 81611, USA

My husband and our friend Bill had shared a fine day’s fishing courtesy of Bill’s family friend Glenn Smith of Taylor glennCreek Fly Shop in Basalt, Colorado. The fellows had a great time and luckily Glenn and his lovely wife, Serena, were able to join us for dinner that evening in Aspen. Glenn recommended The White House Tavern, Aspen, Colorado. What a good choice! It was awhite house tavern out very long time since I had last been to Aspen and it was my husband’s first visit, so we were happy to have a recommendation from a local.

The White House Tavern is quite small and is situated in the historic A.G. Sheppard House at 302 East Hopkins Avenue, Aspen. Throughout its history the building has been used for both commercial and residential white housepurposes. The building was constructed in 1883 on a lot purchased from Isaac Cooper for $300 and served as a miner’s cottage at the turn of the century. It remains one of the oldest structures in Aspen. The White House Tavern is an example of the Carpenter Gothic Style. This is characterized by wooden interpretations of Gothic structures. Carpenter Gothic homes feature steeply white insidepitched roofs, jig-saw cut trim elements and white color schemes with brightly coloured accents, such as the red door on The White House Tavern.

We were very impressed by the mixture of traditional and modern here. You can see into the kitchen and the lighting is strikingly modern and white eggsinteresting in such a historic building. The White House Tavern is not large and the six of us required the largest table in the place. Due to the small size, the venue does not accept reservations. However, we arrived early so managed to avoid having to put our white house tabbouleh and kale saladname on a waiting list, this is customary if all the tables are occupied. Bar seating is also available on a first-come, first-served basis.

white sandwich (1)The White House Tavern menu offers premium sandwiches, salads and dips along with distinctive wines, beers, and cocktails. They even adapted one of their sandwiches for me to a vegetarian version. It was delicious. We all enjoyed our meals and the lively and convivial atmosphere, exhibition kitchen and interesting artworks in the warm, wood paneled space that is The White House Tavern. We all had a lovely evening and, if you are in Aspen, I highly recommend The White House Tavern.

 

Valerie Penny

 

 

Peach’s Corner Cafe, 121 S Galena St, Aspen, Colorado 81611, USA

aspenIt had been many years since I last visited Aspen, Colorado, USA. Many years ago I spent a vacation there and am thrilled to be able to say I have skied in Aspen. That is an expensive pursuit there, now. However, more recently when friends, my husband and I visited it was summer and we had no plans to ski. We did plan to shop but we interrupted our shopping to have lunch at Peach’s Corner Cafe.

Peach’s really appealed to us because it is bright and clean. The food is Peachs-Outsideoutstanding and they have something for everyone on their menu, even for me as a vegetarian. My husband tried the burger and was not surprised that it was recently named Aspen’s best burger. Our friends chose salads which were fresh and varied. My vegetarian panini was delicious. It contained a wide variety of roasted vegetables.  The food is awesome and very affordable, especially for Aspen. The service is friendly too and we discovered that his little gem is run and owned by a local. That was a nice touch. They even have free Wi-Fi.

The Peach’s Corner Cafe does great coffee. Coffee is a big thing for my coffeehusband. It is one of the things that he is really fussy about. I did enjoy my latte: it was great. I also appreciated that the cost for the coffee was not extotioante. That is a real rarity for Aspen! The bright atmosphere of the store is nice, as is the decor. There s seating outdoors as well as inside and the view from the outdoor dining area is beautiful. However, we sat inside as it was a bit wet the day we were there.

The cakes and other baked goods are delicious. Apparently, Peach’s buys in from different local bakeries for different things, rather than contracting with just one bakery. That is clever as they choose the best from each. So, the coffee drinks are tasty, the food is top notch and the prices are reasonable. This is no tourist trap it is definitely a place to check out if you are in Aspen. In fact, if you are in Aspen, I would say that Peach’s Corner Cafe is a must.

Valerie Penny

 

 

Redstone Inn, 82 Redstone Blvd, Redstone, Colorado 81623, USA

On a recent visit to Colorado our friends took my husband and me up into the mountains. They shared with us a redstone Inn outsidefavourite place of theirs, Redstone Inn, Redstone, Colorado, USA. When you come upon the Redstone Inn, you will find a tiny mountain village hidden surprisingly beneath massive red cliffs. There is no way we would have found it on our own. 

The entire tiny village of Redstone is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Redstone Inn offers a unique sanctuary for those looking to get away.  There is only one street in the village. Some of its historic cottages have been transformed into unique shops, galleries and cafes. The Redstone Inn is a historic turn of the
red roomcentury style  resort in the Rocky Mountains about 50 miles from Aspen. The Inn is an early 20th-century Tudor-style property. There are several antique pieces of furniture, lots of interesting artifacts and  fine paintings. 

Our room was on the corner of the ground floor. It had two windows and was really light and bright. The en-suite bathroom had lovely old-fashioned tiles, but it had all the modern facilities including a full bath and shower and everything was spotlessly clean. The bed was a full king size bed and our room also boasted a table and comfortable chairs. There was even a fancy writing desk. Rooms all have traditional-style decor, free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. We were thoroughly impressed.red

Nearby is the Redstone Park and where you can relax in the sun and watch the Crystal River, or at the end of the road you can examine the old coke ovens. This resort hotel in a wooded valley is also only a 15-minute walk from Redstone Castle. Within minutes of Redstone Inn you can also enjoy a number of breath taking hikes along cascading creeks and into high-alpine meadows exploding with wild flowers and teeming with wildlife. It is a truly lovely setting and we were thrilled to visit.red rocks

The grill and restaurant is open all day. There is an outdoor pool, a hot tub and gym all available. There is also a business center, but we found there was no cellphone coverage. It was lovely and peaceful. On our first evening we had dinner in the bar and sat watching the humming birds flit to and from the feeder. The meal was delicious, the glennwait staff were courteous and the setting was idealic.

The first morning we left early, so the boys could go fishing. Complementary tea and coffee was available in the bar. They went fishing at the Frying Pan River with Glenn Smith of Taylor Creek Fly Shop, Basalt, Colorado. What a terrific guide Glenn is. They had a great time. On our second morning at the Redstone Inn, we had breakfast.  A full choice was on offer and, again we all enjoyed our meals and the surroundings. 

If you have a chance to visit the Redstone Inn, please take it. You will enjoy it. My husband and I looked to find fault. red poolI decided that the only ones I could find were that there was no room service and the reception was not open 24 hours. In reality neither of these affected us. My husband is a tall man and the only fault he could find was that our shower was set at 6 feet. He really needs the height to be at least 6’6″. That was all we could come up with! This is a wonderful place. I highly recommend it.

Valerie Penny