Things to do in Golden CO
Move your body
Colorado is an outdoor paradise, and getting that workout in the outdoors can be a great way to start your day. Here are some of the best things to do in Golden CO outside.
Bike or Hike
If you brought your mountain bike (or want to rent one here), there are great trails near us, but these aren’t for novices. You’ll have to drive to most of them, but they’ll be worth it! If you’d prefer to hike – these trails will work for that too! Chimney Gulch is about 1 mile from our front door. This one has great views of our fair town. A little farther, Apex Park, is about 3.5 miles from the inn. With almost 10 miles of trails, you won’t get bored here! Similarly distanced, White Ranch Lower Lot is a 10 minute drive from the inn. South Table Mountain is the closest option for mountain biking and hiking. It’s under 0.5 mile from our door! It’s steep, but it’s a Golden classic!
Want a little assistance with your outdoor escapades? Golden Mountain Guides is our preferred service for guided trips and mountain instruction. And don’t forget to stop by Icelantic Skis, an awesome ski and apparel shop right by the inn that produces 100% of their handmade skis right here in the US of A. (And their ski artwork is beautiful!)
We absolutely LOVE Golden Bike Library! It’s a great way to see Golden. Rent a bike and ride down Clear Creek! We also love walking along the river, if biking isn’t your thing.
Dip your toes
If you’re looking to cool off, grab a tube at Adventure West River Tube Rentals and get in that creek! Just look for the VW Bus!!
Center that chi
Maybe you flew to Colorado or drove for hours. You may need to stretch out. PranaTonic Yoga is a great, close place to do just that!
And lastly, if you hate the outdoors or just need to lift some weights, we recommend Trailhead CrossFit.
Fill your belly
If you love eating as much as we do, you’ll love spending time in Golden. We’ve got all your meals covered and then some!
Brekky in Golden
Early morning? Head on over to Pangea Coffee Roasters for a delicious brew and a lovely place to sit outside. Maybe you’re needing coffee and a meal? We love Café 13. They make their pastries in house and they are to die for!
A full, southern style breakfast can be found at Sassafras. Definitely order the Beignets and the Hot Sassafras Tea, if you’re not a coffee lover.
But, if you’re like us, you prefer a late morning. Head on over to Abejas for brunch on Saturday and Sunday! Make a reservation, trust us. They have a seasonal menu that will not disappoint.
Lunch is a no-brainer at Thai Gold. The lunch special is so much food! The restaurant has a great outdoor area and it’s across the street from the inn! Yes, please!!
Indulge is definitely our favorite happy hour in town. The food is chef driven and unique and the wine is perfectly paired! We love the Ahi Tuna Guacamole, let them pick a great wine to go with it!!
An authentic Himalayan restaurant, Sherpa House is a perfect spot for dinner! The atmosphere is inviting and cultural and the food is delicious.
Beer in Golden? Yes, please!
There are some great breweries in Colorado and we’re lucky to have many that call Golden home. If you like beer, you’ll be super pleased with any of the breweries here. We like Golden City Brewery (GCB has been in Golden for more than 25 years, so you know it’s good! The service is great too!!), Mountain Toad and Barrels and Bottles. And for a beer with an awesome view, check out New Terrain Brewing. You’ll thank us.
Entertain your brain
You may think that Golden doesn’t have a ton to offer in the way of entertainment. Think again!
Check it out!
To add to the cultural appeal of Golden, Foothills Art Center is a hidden gem! With three galleries, your inner artist is sure to be satisfied. They also offer classes and have a gorgeous wedding venue!
And, if the inn feels too modern to you and you’d like to get a better feel for what life was like in the 1800’s or you’re just interested in the wild history of Golden, walk on down to the Golden History Museum. Set to reopen in June, you’ll love what you learn!! They have 1800’s cabins and a one room schoolhouse too!
If you love culture, get tickets to the next show at Miners Alley Playhouse.
For a lower-key activity, Mountain Lux Candles is fun and unique way to spend an afternoon or an evening. Scent your own candle (yes, scent can be a verb) with over 80 scents to choose from. They’ll even drop it off at the inn for you after!
Try out your puzzle and strategy skills at Gambit Room to experience Golden’s own escape room. What could make you feel more western that an old mine and a hidden treasure?!
Wellness is a large part of Colorado culture. If you’re interested in tapping into some of that culture, stop into Mystic Healing. They offer classes and appointments for acupuncture, massage, reiki or you can float in their Float Pod!
Shopping in Golden
For a small wild West town, Golden has some great shopping! Stop into Truly Bohotique for local goods and boutique finds!
Earth Sweet Botanicals is a great shop to find something aromatic for yourself or for a gift.
Washington Avenue is home to many great shops, restaurants and other local businesses. Don’t forget to take a stroll down the blocks to see what you can find.
Events in Golden
Check out the Golden Events Calendar for up to date events that you may otherwise miss!!
We’re excited about Friday night movies in Parfet Park! Stay tuned for the line-up!
Of course, you can’t get this close and not take in the beauty of Red Rocks. Better yet, get tickets to see your favorite musician. Nothing beats a concert at the world-famopus Red Rocks Amphitheater!
There are always interesting tours at the local brewery and distilleries. Two of our favorites are the Coors Tour and State 38 Distilling Tour. Both are informational and have tasting rooms (we know that’s why you’re going).