Posts Tagged ‘Rocky Mountains’

The Village Smithy, 26 S 3rd St, Carbondale, Colorado 81623, USA

My friend and I took time out from shopping and stopped into The Village Smithy in Carbondale, Colorado, USA. What a lovely little place and such a nice setting! The Village Smithy is situated in the Roaring Fork Valley and is known for providing some of the best breakfasts available in the region. The popular breakfast dishes run the gamut village carbondalefrom familiar favorites, from the Applewood Bacon & Egg to the delightfully unexpected Fresh Spinach and Wild Mushroom omelette. Certainly we found this bistro to be very clean, our choices to be delicious and the staff exceptionally friendly. An old sign in the restaurant says is all:  “We reserve the right to serve everyone.”

The town of Carbondale is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, USA. The town population was 6427 at the 2010 United States Census. It is a  town located 170 miles west of Denver and 30 miles from Aspen in the heart of Colorado’s central Rocky Mountains.  At an altitude of 6,181 feet, and resting in the magnificent shadow of 12,953-foot Mount Sopris, Carbondale is characterized by an average of 295 days of sunshine, low humidity, cold but mild winters and comfortable summers.village meal

The Village Smithy restaurant was opened in 1975 by Chris and Terry Chacos who moved to Carbondale to escape a village foundersAspen. They had always nourished the idea of opening a restaurant and decided to turn this charming black smith building into a community restaurant. With the help of friends and many talented locals, they created The Village Smithy. Today, this is still a place where the community goes for a quality meal or to meet with friends. It is now run by their son.

We stopped in mid-morning for a snack and a drink. We sat on the large open air deck, surrounded by gardens. The fresh air let us soak up the sun, the fresh Colorado’s Rocky Mountain and the beautiful atmosphere. My village outside 2friend had a green tea and I had a freshly squeezed lemonade. Both were lovely and we lingered over them, enjoying the surroundings and the ambiance of this unique little bistro.

We noticed that for lunch The Village Smithy offers a wide selection of entrees including salads, sandwiches, burgers and Mexican dishes.  The Asian Chicken Salad with its homemade Tarmari dressing is, we were told a great favourite. However, we could not stop for lunch as we had to return to the serious business of shopping but we enjoyed our visit to The Village Smithy in Carbondale, Colorado and recommend it.

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

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 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








Stone Gate Cafe, 16524 Keystone Blvd, Parker, Colorado 80134, USA,

On a recent visit to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, my husband and I stopped for brunch with friends at the Stone Gate Cafe in Parker. It was late in the morning during the week and the cafe was quiet, so we were shown to a booth right away by a friendly waitress who took our orders for water and coffee almost before we sat down!. The stone outsideStone Gate Cafe is a clean, bright, local establishment. The menu was varied. It included some Greek dishes, an Italian plate and dishes with Spanish sausage.

One of our friends and I both decided to have the spinach omelette. It was cooked to order exactly as we had asked. The home fries and toast were also fresh and tasty while coffee refills arrived without request. Our other friend ordered the hash browns, eggs and bacon, which he loved. My husband had scrambled eggs, sausage and home eggs etcfries. He enjoyed that very much too.

While we were having our meal several other people arrived. Amongst the groups were some older folks who were offered smaller portions for smaller appetites. There was also a larger family group with children. Although they did have to wait briefly for a table, space was made to sit them together and the children were also treated with as much courtesy as the adults. The cafe is certainly child friendly.stone inside

There is lots of parking available near the cafe. The Stone Gate Cafe offers good food at a fair price and without all the gimmicks of the national chain. We all thoroughly enjoyed our brunch and the ambiance of this little gem. It was a very reasonably priced meal. I have no hesitation in recommending it to you.

Valerie Penny