Magazine article Sunset

Evergreen, Colorado

Magazine article Sunset

Evergreen, Colorado

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Day trip

Why go now: Simple wintertime pleasures are this town's forte. Elevation: 7,200 feet Main drag: State 74 ("Main Street" in local-speak) Town namesake: The trees (which supplied lumber for Denver's first construction boom, in the mid-1800s). Brush with fame: The hit animated TV show South Park is loosely based on the neighboring town of Conifer; the show's co-creator graduated from Evergreen High. Go for a Sunday drive: The Lariat Loop - a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway - runs through the town center. Vacation like a Roosevelt: Teddy stayed at the then-famous (though nowgone) Troutdale in the Pines resort. Today you can still visit the golf course that resort guests frequented; check out Keys on the Green restaurant (S$; 29614 Upper Bear Creek Rd.; 303/674-4095) on Evergreen Golf Course. Buy a piece of ski history: Don't miss Ski Country Antiques (114 Homestead Rd.; 303/674-4666} for mountainchalet collectibles. Number of Western-art galleries on Main Street: 4 Best pairing: Chicken tenders and live music at the Little Bear bar ($; cover charge varies; 2807s State 74; littlebear saloon.com).

1. An old-fashioned icebreaker

As far as wintertime activities go, iceskating on a frozen lake is about as good as it gets - particularly on Evergreen Lake, with its snow-dusted mountain panorama. Skate rentals are available at the Evergreen Lake House. If you have a group, reserve space for a rousing game of broomball. $s, rentals $6; 29614 Upper Bear Creek Rd.; eversreenrecreation.com

2. Satisfy your sweet tooth

The tiny, bucolic Tin Star Cafe f Donut Haus has just about the best restaurant concept you could dream up: doughnuts and barbecue. Drop in for the famed apple fritters and bear claws, but save room for a mouthwatering pulled-pork sandwich. $; 28025 State 74; 303/679-1155.

3. Relax and rejuvenate

All it takes is a couple of hours at the tucked-away TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon to get you feeling completely rejuvenated. The salon delivers on its awardwinning stone massages, mud wraps, and sea-salt scrubs. But it's the location, nestled in a quiet mountain meadow, that makes time stand still. Massages from $75; 997 Upper Bear Creek Rd.; tallgrassspa.com

4. Wine and cheese, please

Warm up your belly with a generous pour of Creekside Cellars' spoton Rosso table wine and a delicious antipasto platter, served with freshly baked focaccia. …

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