A few of our favorite new & noteworthy things to do, see, eat and check out this spring in Colorado
Ouray Via Ferrata
While Ouray is very well known as a winter destination thanks to the incredible Ouray Ice Park and associated ice climbing festival, the quaint town is about to get a lot more fun during the warmer months with the opening of a via ferrata. Slated to open at the tail end of spring (June 1 is the current estimate), the “iron road” will be free to the public with expert guides available in town.
Timberline Craft Kitchen
Timberline Craft Kitchen is getting a jump on the transformation of Silverthorne with a sleek space that offers great brunch dishes. We stopped by recently and tried a few things. The fried chicken biscuit sandwich smothered in pork green chili is a beautiful monster while the bourbon bacon cinnamon roll (with a shot of whiskey you pour over the top) is as good as it sounds. Timberline also has a range of Bloody Marys and cocktails.
Hyatt Place Peña Station
Denver is the de facto gateway to Colorado, and the light rail that shuttles people from the airport to the incredible Union Station (which, incidentally, lies exactly on the 105th meridian - there is even a plaque in the station) on their journey west of 105 has a new hotel along its route. Hyatt Place Peña Station has 226 rooms, a curated Colorado-centric art program and a resident Golden Retriever puppy named Denver who greets guests!
New Creative Districts
One of three new certified creative districts (taking the total to 26 across the state), Durango’s creative district is a great coup for the city. The rigorous criteria that must be met in order to become certified (which includes getting recognition from the local government, having a high concentration of creative organizations and businesses, securing sustainable funding sources, having paid staff, and having a strategic plan) means that the city has a solid plan. Expect lots of exciting arty developments soon!