Welcome to Golden and the Foothills
A Western paradise at the foot of the Rocky Mountains
Anyone who has heard the call, “Go West, young man, go West!” has an ache in their heart that can only be satisfied by places like Golden and the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Golden is truly “Where the West Lives.” It is a vibrant, dynamic town that lives hand-in-hand with its pioneer past and modern present. As the Gateway to the Rockies, it is a veritable outdoor lover’s paradise. It is also home to many museums and art galleries, and its residents enjoy upscale boutiques, salons, spas, and shopping centers. Golden is also home to the Coors Brewery and thriving microbreweries that have play an important role in community life. The architecture includes historic buildings and modern homes, townhouses, and condominiums.
What to Love
Living in Golden and the Foothills gives residents a chance to have their cake and eat it, too. There are fabulous outdoor activities in the Foothills, such as fishing, camping, hiking, rafting, and mountain and road biking. Lookout Mountain, a foothill of the Rockies, is a popular place for hiking, biking, and its views of Golden. Do not miss its most famous resident Buffalo Bill Cody. Over at North Table Mountain Park, you can go hiking and rock climbing and enjoy a panoramic view of Golden, Denver, and the surrounding mountains. Residents can hike the Clear Creek Trail for an outdoor adventure and then stop at the Coors Brewery at the western end of the path for a tour and samples. It truly is the best of both worlds. Locals also enjoy camaraderie, fresh produce, and artisan bread at the Golden Farmers Market, or they’ll go for a beer on tap and a cozy chat at The Golden Mill.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
For exotic Himalayan cuisine, stop at the Sherpa House, and make sure you try the Shrimp Masala. For a first date, though, it is hard to beat the intimate atmosphere at Abejas and their Pan-Roasted Duck Breast. The Table Mountain Inn offers Western hospitality in an adobe-style hotel with southwestern cuisine. Try their famous Mesa Bloody Mary and Rocky Mountain Ruby Trout. For coffee enthusiasts, there is always the Higher Ground Cafe for coffee and a scone, socializing, or just relaxing alone on the outdoor deck.
Residents never lack for something new to do. Over at the Mines Museum of Earth Science, you can explore the cave, fossils, and minerals. Enjoy the natural surroundings while shopping in various boutiques, including the Wild West Traders for old coins, gold bullion, and historical memorabilia. There is also the Foothills Art Center with its open studio, various exhibits, and artist opportunities.
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