Best of Evergreen

Conifer, Evergreen and Golden are markets of expansion.  Our communities are offering the lifestyle and amenities attractive to the newly arrived home Buyers.  I’m currently working with 2 buyers from Northern  California, 1 from Salida, CO, 1 from Des Moines, Iowa and another from Omaha, Nebraska. When relocating people from everywhere they want to know what I like about living here and what there is to do.   For me it’s the best of both worlds; an in between spot of natural beauty, with amenities yet close to a thriving city.   What is there to do they ask? Well so much, but to start with our natural beauty and trail systems are fantastic.  Most all are well published and some have gotten over used so please tread lightly.  I have been hiking and riding here since 1976 and have seen our trail systems widen from animal path size to ATV wide.  If you have a favorite or secret hike or ride please keep it to your close friends, family and trusted clients.   I will recommend a few spots that are well controlled and offer miles of trails.  Centennial Cone and Staunton State park.  Centennial Cone has odd and even days on the weekends for hikers and mountain bikers.  Even days are for Bikers and odd days for  hikers. There are 20 miles of trails there to keep you busy and less crowds.  I landed at “The Cone” on Monday evening at 6:30, mountain biked some 15-20 miles, saw to other mountain bikers, 3 friendly hikers and an amazing sunset.  Staunton State Park is fee based and the trail systems well maintained with many miles of hiking, biking, bouldering, drop dead gorgeous scenery, huge rock outcroppings, views of Pikes Peak and home to its own waterfall.   A great place for kids.  I also like that we are closer to skiing and and high mountain activities with at times a jump on traffic.  It’s easy to make Loveland and Arapahoe Basin ski areas in 45 minutes if you leave at the right times.  There is wonderful snowshoeing on Chief Mountain and plenty of back country activities within an hour.  We now have 5 brew style pubs in the area with several making their own beer.  As far as eateries I often frequent Cedar 65,  Sushi Win, Creekside Cellars, Willow Creek, Golden City Brewery Patio, Colorado Bistro, Café Prague, Wildflower Café, Wood Cellar for Oyster/Sushi night or maybe burger night Mondays at the historic Keys On The Green.  As far as fitness it’s all here and a healthy lifestyle for sure.   I have been practicing yoga for some 7 years now and find we have some of the best yoga classes and instructors in Denver-Metro. True Yoga in North Evergreen is one of my favorite studios with lots of heat and movement classes. Visit  Buchanan Rec Center or Nicks Pro Fitness for a work-out or Tall Grass for a days spa. Natural Grocers is nearby and the farmers market on Tuesdays is not to be missed.  If you are looking to get geared up for biking, skiing and outdoor wear try Evergreen Bicycle Outfitters or Boones Sports.  For tranquility try a sunrise at Evergreen Lake or sunset a-top Evergreen Mountain or Bergen Peak.  As far as music we are surrounded by very talented musicians playing locally.  If you want a taste, head to The Muddy Buck on Thursday for open mic. night or the Evergreen Lake Concert Series every other Wednesday.  We are also seeing more music from “Down The Hill”.  I recently heard some talented sounds coming from The Revival Brews and Lariat Lodge Brewing.    

If you are looking for an evening in the city try the Rhino district 35 minutes away.  Start with The Stem cidery for bluegrass on Thursdays then venture over to Nocturne for jazz, then for a bite to eat at The Meadowlark patio.  Just strolling around you can take in the amazing murals that have been painted on the buildings of this historic loft district with its many brew pubs, eateries galleries and people watching galore.  If you are looking for more, try late night music at The Walnut Room, Ophelias, Cervantes,  or the historic jazz club, El Chapultepec!  Other options might be first Friday Denver Art Walks, a trip to The Art Hotel, The Space Gallery or a visit to The Clyfford Still Museum.  There are endless options in Denver and so easy to explore.

When you tired of all this head to DIA and hop on a direct flight to one of your favorite paradise destinations. Maybe north to Iceland or south to Costa Rica.  Both countries are of natural beauty and must be explored.  When returning from abroad you may realize, that in the present and where we live here is the place to be.  I hear it often, but living here truly is “Just Another Day In Paradise”. 

I recently put out an inquiry out to Evergreen Friends and Neighbors facebook page as to favorite places. Some  mentioned were Revival Brews, Creekside Winery, Willow Creek, Twin Forks Tavern off 285, Fresh Tracks Catering, Vivian Gourmet Bakery, The Lariat Lodge Brewery, The Village Gourmet, Everbean , Evergreen Tap House above Boones Sports, Colorado Bistro, Wild Game, Sushi night at Wildflower Café, Black Hat Cattle Company, High Country Pizza in Kittredge, Wild Grape in Idaho Springs, CJ’s Dogs, DaKind Soup, and the new deli in old Anderson’s market.  Other favorite vendors, events  and places mentioned were Mountain Home Furniture, Stagecoach Dog Park, Splash in Golden,  All Kids Dental, Colorado Furniture Consignment, Pangaea Carpets, Sixty-Four Consignments, Evergroove Studio, Evergreen lake boating and skating, EAPL Thrift Store, Tiny Town, Kansas(LOL), Evergreen Nature Center, Jazz Fest, Hearthfire Books, Evergreen Lake Concerts, Skate The Lake, Evergreen Rodeo/Parade, The Santa Walk, Farmers Market on Tuesdays, Where The Books Go, Majestic Pine Events, Hilltop Carwash, Rustic Point Home Décor, Elk Run B and B and Staunton State Park.