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Eat Play Stay: Silver Plume

Former mining camp Silver Plume stands as a diamond in the rough amid the towering snowcapped peaks of the Front Range. This quaint mountain town with a population of just over 200 offers the quintessential blend of history, natural beauty, and access to the neighboring Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest.


Start your day with a craft coffee from the cozy Plume Coffee Bar (, where you can pair your warm drink with endless board games, coffee-table reads, or lively conversation with the cafe’s regulars. Visit frequently enough, and you might end up with a mug in your name indicating your token local-ness.

For lunch or dinner, head to Bread Bar (, housed in a restored bakery dating back to the 1800s. This fine dining experience offers a diverse menu featuring gourmet sandwiches, artisanal pizzas, and creative small plates, all crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Pair your meal with a culinary cocktail or local brew. The restaurant is currently hibernating due to a winter remodel, but will open its doors again come spring.


All aboard the Georgetown Loop Railroad (georgetownlooprr
.com)! Catch a ride back in time from the Silver Plume Depot as you meander along this scenic, hourlong railroad from the 1800s. Stop and tour the historic Lebanon silver mine and revel in your guide’s knowledge about the area’s history and mining techniques. After your ride, take a stroll through charming downtown, with Victorian-era architecture and antique shops.


Complete your Silver Plume experience with an authentic stay at the Windsor Hotel (, a cozy bed-and-breakfast that famously housed miners back in the day. This charming inn offers comfortable accommodations in a preserved Victorian home, complete with modern amenities and warm hospitality. With shared facilities and common areas, the historic Windsor is a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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