Magazine article Sunset

Winter Comes to Evergreen: Get a Jump on the Holidays in This Tiny Denver Foothills Town. (Travel)

Magazine article Sunset

Winter Comes to Evergreen: Get a Jump on the Holidays in This Tiny Denver Foothills Town. (Travel)

Article excerpt

Set deep in the foothills less than an hour west of Denver's skyscrapers, tiny Evergreen--with its historic downtown and ice--skating lake-carries on a love affair with winter that starts with the holidays.

As soon as the ice is safely solid, Evergreen Lake (29614 Upper Bear Creek Rd.; 303/512-9300), presents a scene reminiscent of a Currier & Ives lithograph. Skaters circle a section of ice set against a backdrop of pine-covered rolling hills. Farmers and lumbermen settled this valley in the 1870s and '80s, and today the town still feels a world away from sprawling suburbia. The lake opens for skating as early as mid-December and almost always by Christmas; call for hours and conditions.

Whether the water is frozen or not, Santa Claus comes to town at 5 P.M. on December 6 to light the town tree on the lake shore 1/2 mile west of downtown. Carolers will sing, their breath visible in the wintry air.

During the holidays, a Christmas tree adorned with old-fashioned decorations is on display at the Hiwan Homestead Museum (4208 S. Timbervale Dr.; 303/674-6262), a rustic 17-room mansion that has been restored to its 1890-1930 appearance.

Evergreen's Main Street (State 74) may be short, but it is crammed with shops and galleries. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.