Roadside Attractions in Colorado

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Colorado is over 104 thousand square miles of sight-seeing opportunities, just waiting for you and your camera to visit. We have a whopping 42 state parks and countless other attractions that are great for an old-fashioned road trip. Some of these attractions are even next to the road, so that you can easily access them for pictures on your way through our great state. Continue reading of some of the most unique roadside attractions in Colorado.  Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Unique Stops for Your Colorado Road Trip

One of the most popular western Colorado roadside attractions is Mike the Headless Chicken Statue in Fruita. Located near Circle Park, this iconic statue stands 5 feet tall and is completely made out of metal. You’ve probably heard the phrase “like a chicken with it’s head cut off,” which alludes to the actually phenomenon that chickens are known to twitch and move around after being decapitated. However, there is a document story that a chicken in Fruita was reported to live for 18 months without a head. This amazing story is what the statue is depicting—the story will certainly live on through this piece of art.

Another great roadside attraction is the Teller County Dinosaur Statues in Cripple Creek. If you are travelling with children, this is a great thing to point out to them as you’re driving by in Cripple Creek. These prehistoric statues are actually located on private land along Colorado Highway 67 between Divide and Cripple Creek, and are therefore only available to be seen while passing by in your car. The area features a dozen fiberglass statues including dinosaurs, characters from The Flintstones, and even a bigfoot. Another location in town for Dinosaur sculptures is the Cripple Creek Heritage Center. It showcases the history of the Teller County region, from dinosaurs to gold mines.

Top Colorado Donut Shops

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Colorado is the home of many great donuts shops. Whether you’re in the mood for a savory treat or you’re looking to delve into some sweet and decadent goodness, you can find it here! As a matter of fact, some of our donut shops just made it on a very prestigious list. Continue reading to find out where we stand compared to similar eateries in other states.  Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Popular Donut Shops in Colorado

When it comes to going to any kind of establishment, America trusts the reviews on Yelp. Yelp’s 2022 list of the Top 100 US Donut Shops is based on thousands of reviews from all over the country. It’s no surprise that Colorado showed up three times on the list. Lone Tree’s Mr. Donuts ranked at 21st spot and Donut Haus of Estes Park at the 96th on Yelp’s list. According to Yelp, researches “scoured the nation for the best bakers of America’s glazed, iced, dipped, sprinkled, and cream-filled confections.” Nearing the top of the list, and deservedly so, was Sweet Coloradough of Glenwood Springs at number 7.

The owners of this great establishment wanted to, “give our customers a taste of our own delicious doughnut recipe and baked goods.”  Wanting to bring the community of Glenwood Springs something different than the typical large chain store, Sweet Coloradough makes its donuts with honey for a unique flavor. Also, their donuts are handmade every single day, so you know what you’re getting is fresh. Sweet Coloradough offers a wide array of delicious treats. They make everything from glazed donuts, old-fashioned donuts, cake donuts, and raised doughnuts to fritters, cinnamon rolls, twists and bear claws.

Colorado Flea Markets

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Did you know that Denver hosts some great flea markets throughout the year? These types of sales are great for picking up stuff you never knew you needed. You can also get great deals on used furniture, musical instruments, and tools. If it’s rare, collectible, or an otherwise unique chachki, odds are you’ll find it at a Colorado flea market. Continue reading for some of the most popular flea markets in the metro Denver area. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Flea Markets in Denver Colorado

One of the most anticipated flea markets in Denver is the Mile High Flea Market. This flea market is conveniently located off of I-76, just 20 minutes northeast of Denver. Mile High Flea Market is Denver’s oldest flea market and is open Friday through Sunday from 7AM am to 5PM. Mile High usually has hundreds of vendors ranging from established local businesses to families selling homemade goods, food, clothes, tools, toys, and anything you can think of. Also, they have other attractions like rids for the kids, a farmers market offering fresh produce, and other seasonal events. If you’re planning on checking out this flea market remember that there is a small admission fee into the area.

The Mile High Flea Market boasts that vendors make from $200 to $1,000 per weekend on average. Another great flea market that is a money making venture is the Federal Indoor Flea Market. Just like Mile High, Federal Indoor Flea Market has a wide array of unique treasures for you to uncover. The Federal Indoor Flea Market is so named because it is located at Federal and 8th Avenue. This market is known for having the most friendly vendors in the area. For more information check out their website and plan your visit today.

Exploring Colorado Mines

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The early days of Colorado and much of the west began to grow due to the mining industry. For example, gold discoveries in Colorado began near present day Denver in the 1800s. Prospectors traced placer gold to its source in the mountains west of Denver, then followed the Colorado Mineral Belt in a southwest direction across the state to its terminus in the San Juan Mountains. Continue reading for some Colorado mines that you can still visit and tour today. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Visiting Colorado Mines

One of the most popular mines you can visit today in Colorado is the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek. This mine features a 1,000-foot vertical shaft that goes down to a mine once full of shimmering gold. The mine is named for the first woman to strike a claim in the gold camp. Another popular tourist mine is the Hidee Gold Mine in Central City. Tours at Hidee allows visitors to actually go panning for real gold. You can even keep anything you find. It also doesn’t hurt that the area is close to Central City and it’s famous casinos. Another great place to go for mines is Idaho Springs.

Perhaps the most popular mine in Idaho Springs is Argo Mill and Tunnel. The facility at Argo Mill once represented the most state-of-the-art productions in the country, advancing the ways of extraction at the mouth of the tunnel. Though now their practices are antiquated, it is still fascinating to see how Colorado was leading the world in innovation at the time. Another great spot in Idaho Springs is Phoenix Gold Mine. This has been a working mine in recent years, making is a very unique experience. Visitors can walk through the gold-laden tunnel and hear stories and the past and present.

Movies & Goats

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Looking for a new and unique outdoor experience this summer? Reminiscent of old drive-in movie theaters, there’s now a trend of outdoor movie watch-parties. Putting a even bigger twist on this idea is the Goatflix and Chill event in Denver. That’s right, now you can watch a movie in the company of goats! Continue reading for more information. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

A Unique Watch-Party

It sounds like a weird concept at first, but it is curated by Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga, the same group that goes goat yoga in the park. This event only has two dates left, May 22nd and the 29th, so make sure to get your tickets soon. They have screen a wide array of films, everything from Lady and the Tramp, to the Three Amigos and Jumanji, therefore there’s something out there for everyone no matter what genre you like to watch. Visitors are reminded to wear warm and comfortable clothing and to bring money for both goat and human snacks. Outside alcohol is not permitted at the venue. Also, you’ll be expected to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and refreshments.

The event is taking place at the Four Mile Historic Park. This park is dedicated to Denver’s Western heritage and even features historically accurate replicas. Don’t be surprised to see horses, goats, chickens and pigs on the farm. There’s also the Four Mile House Museum on the premises, which is Denver’s oldest standing structure. The Park offers a variety of education programs, tours of the historic Four Mile House, and other events. Their Mission is to “educate a diverse community through experiences which promote preservation, interpretation and enjoyment of Denver’s Western heritage.”

It Pays to Ride a Bike

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Did you know that Denver residents can get an instant rebate when purchasing an e-bike? It’s true and in fact it started last month on April 22nd. All local Denver residents may be eligible for a $400 instant rebate. E-cargo bike purchases can qualify for an additional $500 instant rebate. Also, Income-qualified residents may be eligible for an initial rebate of $1,200. Continue reading for how to qualify. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

The E-Bike Rebate

In order to qualify for the rebate you first have to prove your Denver residency. This must be done by showing documentation, like a utility bill or a lease companies within the area. Those seeking to obtain an income-qualified voucher must be enrolled in a program like LEAP. Though the incentive cannot exceed the total purchase price of a bike, it still a great deal. One of the best things about this deal is that all classes of e-bikes are included. Yes, even class 3 e-bikes, which provide assistance up to 28 miles per hour. On the other hand, full-suspension mountain bikes are excluded.

How is all this possible? The deal comes from the Denver Climate Action Rebate program. Remember, those applying for the rebate are expected to use the e-bike they purchase. In other words, resale is not allowed. The program aims to reduce car emissions and ease traffic in the greater Denver area. However the program will appeal to those seeking a cheap and easy option for making quick trips around the city. With that said, some e-bikes can travel 100 miles or more on a charge. One local company, FattE Bikes, reports that “the program has already started to generate an uptick in e-bike interest.”

CATS in Denver

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Colorado is no stranger to the arts and has hosted many award-winning performing troupes. This year the Denver Center for Performing Arts will be showing CATS. CATS is a record-breaking musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages since its debut. Continue reading for more information on this highly anticipated performance. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

CATS Performing at the Denver Center

CATS is a beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater, “Memory.” This play has won seven Tony Awards including one for Best Musical. CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gather to decide which cat will be reborn. The original score was created by Andrew Lloyd Webber who is also known for The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, and Sunset Boulevard just to name a few. This rendition of the show has all-new lighting, sound design, and new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler. Blankenbuehler is famous for the choreography is the popular play Hamilton.

The performance will be at the Denver Center of Performing Arts from May 24th to the 29th. Tickets are on sale now from $24 to $115, depending on your seat choice. DCPA is one of the nation’s largest non-profit theatre organizations. Over the years, prominent and rising playwrights, directors and actors have graced the DCPA stage. These include Jessica Biel, John Behlman, Annette Benning, Michael Bublé, Sarah Wayne Callies, Carol Channing, Dame Edna, Ertha Kitt, Beth Malone, Kathleen Marshall, Mandy Masden, Idina Menzel, and August Wilson among many others. The Denver Center has a “dedication to engaging youth in the power of live theatre [and] it is likely that many future theatre professionals will get their start right here in Denver.”

Dog-Friendly Hotels in Colorado

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Have you missed out on spending time in Colorado’s capital because of your pets? Well, you actually don’t have to leave them behind anymore! The city offers dozens of options for parks and nearby hiking trails, pet-friendly restaurants and breweries, and even some boutiques and spas. Spend a few nights in the city at some of the best pet-friendly hotels in the nation. Continue reading for a closer look at some of these high-rated pet-friendly hotels. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Highest Rated Dog-Friendly Hotels

One of the highest-rated pet-friendly hotels in Colorado is the Kimpton Hotel Born. This hotel makes it extremely easy to bring your pet to Denver. Kimpton Hotel Born doesn’t charge a pet fee, which makes a huge difference in today’s economy. There are also no size or weight limit restrictions. Kimpton provides pet owners water bowls, mats, push bed loaners, and food. There are also disposable animal-waste bags and a guide on local dog-friendly parks, restaurants, groomers, and pet stores.

Another great option is Hotel Teatro. Teatro offers complimentary car service to the hotel, complimentary cruiser bicycles, and a 24-hour fitness center with indoor Peloton bikes. Though Teatro accommodates most pets, they are extremely great for dogs. Dogs stay for free here, and there is no breed or weight limit. Hotel Teatro was even named “The Best Hotel in Colorado” in Canine Colorado. Similar to Kimpton, guests at the Teatro can grab extra treats or any necessities from the front desk. These include dog beds or a food and water bowl. Their website shares all of the pet-friendly destinations nearby.

Historic Gravesites in Colorado

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Did you know that Colorado is the final resting place for many famous figures. John Henry ‘Doc’ Holiday was a famous gunfighter and professional gambler, most well-known for his part in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. Holiday died from tuberculosis in Glenwood Springs and his grave is located there at the Pioneer Cemetery. Continue reading for more historic gravesites in Colorado. Also, if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, consider Mark Eibner as your agent.

Legendary Gravestones in Colorado

Another historic gravesite in Colorado is that of Etherl Mermen. Ethel Merman was a singer and actress who performed in Broadway musicals and movies in the 1930s through the 1950s. Over her distinguished career in theater she became known for her iconic performances in shows such as Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy, and Hello, Dolly!. She died in 1984 of glioblastoma, an aggressive type of cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord. Her grave is located at the Shrine of Remembrance Mausoleum in Colorado Springs.

One of the most bizarre gravesites to be reported in Colorado is that of Todor Glava from Transylvania. The grave marker of Todor Glava is located at the Lafayette Municipal Cemetery in Lafayette, Colorado. But who was he? Oddly enough, the story of Todor Glava is the story of Colorado’s vampire. Colorado’s vampire is mostly based on local lore and rumors. The coal mines in the Lafayette area readily recruited Eastern European immigrants to work during the early 1900s, so it isn’t that farfetched that someone from Transylvania lived in the area. As the legend goes, the tree growing near the gravestone sprouted from the stake shoved into the vampire’s heart.

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