Magazine article Sunset

Rites of Spring in Arvada

Magazine article Sunset

Rites of Spring in Arvada

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A day of history and serendipity in this timeless Front Range town

Open the door to Rheinlander Bakery in downtown Arvada and the seductive aroma of fresh hot cross buns envelops you like a mother's hug. Curved-glass pastry cases filled with Easter cookies and Old World cakes shaped like bunnies and chicks take you back to a simpler time, a time when bakers made spring treats from scratch. With all the growth along Colorado's Front Range, a small town that cherishes any tradition-be it a buttery, fruit-- filled stollen or a historic shopping district-makes a nice escape.

Arvada, a compact island of Americana in the sea of suburbia 7 miles northwest of Denver, has managed to preserve the fabric of its history. Old brick buildings filled with antiques dealers, one-of-a-kind shops, and restaurants are clustered in Historic Olde Town.

Enjoy a pastry and coffee at Rheinlander Bakery (closed Sun; 5721 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.; 303/467-1810), then buy some treats to take home. Bakers Ed and Maro Dimmer still use recipes brought from Germany by Ed's parents, who established the bakery 40 years ago.

There are plenty of antiques shops to browse, but don't miss the gritty shelves at Cool Stuff, Inc. …

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