After a totally brutal day of altitude changes, we decided to alter our original plans for the day. We were supposed to hike Mount Bierstadt, which would have been our first 14er, but we decided that this was a little too ambitious.
By the way, if you missed my previous Colorado posts, check them out first:
– A Day at the Pack Burro Races in Leadville, Colorado
– Exploring Colorado’s Great Outdoors + Is the Dwight Howard?
Instead, we decided to start heading to Denver from Silverthorne, which had been our base for the past two days, and stop off at a few towns along the scenic drive.
Our first stop, though, was breakfast at a cute place called the Sunshine Cafe! Although it is located in a strip mall, the food and service were excellent. I ordered the hueoves rancheros with vegetarian green chili, which came with a side of hash browns. Yum!
The first town we visited was Georgetown. In its heyday, it was the mining center of Colorado and a huge silver mining town. Today, it still attracts many visitors due to its historic preservation. During the drive, we passed by the Georgetown Loop Railroad, which was completed in 1884 and takes visitors between Georgetown and Silver Plume.
|Georgetown Loop Railroad|
Georgetown’s historic district is filled with preserved period buildings, with many serving as boutiques and souvenirs shops today.
|Kneisel & Anderson Grocery|
|Hotel de Paris Museum|
Continuing to the next town, we passed by the Argo Gold Mine. I thought this was funny because of the film Argo, which I loved.
We took a scenic, partially paved path that is only open during the summer months towards Central City. The road had reminders of its old purpose, serving the mining industry, with long ago abandoned equipment along the road.
Central City, Colorado
Central City also has beautiful historic district, but instead of having many historical points of interest, it seems that casinos are its main attraction. There were very few people in town the day we visited and there didn’t seem to be much going on.
I loved seeing this old stable.
Central City also has some cultural attractions like its Opera House.
|Central City Opera House|
Raisin Bread and I both aren’t the gambling type so it is hard for us to understand the culture of gambling.
We made the rest of the journey to Denver, where we settled in to our studio from Airbnb.
250 Summit Place
Silverthorne, CO 80498
Lady Luck Casino
340 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422