About 25 minutes from Denver is the very charming and historic town of Golden. What drew us to this town was a family event to celebrate opening day at the Clear Creek History Park. We were late (we were on the other side of town visiting the Alpacas) so we missed the events and contests they had, such as: sack race, ring toss, wood stove cooking and pioneer games.
But it was not a complete loss of time because we still had the opportunity to take a walk through the park and there we discovered a western ranch (well, a replica of it). The park recreates the look and feel of a late 1800s mountain ranch. I really felt like I had been transported back in time!
We saw a schoolhouse, a working blacksmith shop, a vegetable garden, and a chicken coop with chickens included.
Beli saw the chickens and said, "Baki tiene koka." (a Spanish-Croatian phrase which translates to: Grandma has chickens). She remembers the chickens from her Great-Grandma's farm in Croatia!
After the self-guided tour of the park, we continued along the creek which lead us to the downtown area.
We spent the rest of the afternoon strolling through the beautiful downtown area, admiring the many bronze sculptures, found a park for Beli, and treated ourselves to large scoops of sorbet/gelato/ice cream (your choice). I choose mango sorbet which was very good, especially after an afternoon of walking.
At the ice cream shop.
|I love the architecture of this Inn.|
Hubby had a scoop of double vanilla ice cream and Beli chose strawberry sorbet.
|Woody's , all you can eat wood fired pizza. Yum. will have to try it another time.|
In Golden you will also find the world’s largest single site brewery – Coors! We didn't go because we had Beli with us, maybe another time we will come back and go on one of their free tours. (But to be honest, I would rather go to a wine tasting event!)