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   CRESTED BUTTE COLORADO  Where the Road Ends
2010 - Volume 1 Issue 2
¡Comidas Sabroso!
Weekend Getaway
Article: Charlotte Tallman
courtesy of Crested
Butte Tourism Association

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Once you get to the end of the road in Crested Butte, Colorado you have a feeling that the remote valley high in the Rocky Mountains is a completely different world – far from big city lights and demands of the hustle and bustle – and it is.

During the winter, the only highway access to Crested Butte is by US 50 (east-west through Gunnison), and then SR 135 north 30 miles to the end of the road in Crested Butte. Once there, in an area nestled among almost two million acres of pristine wilderness in southwest Colorado, you can enjoy a winter wonderland (and it is just as great during the warmer months).


To find out more about Gunnison-Crested Butte

Gunnison-Crested Butte
Tourism Association


Django's Restaurant
& Wine Bar


Firehouse Grill


Gourmet Noodle


The Ice Bar

The Grand Lodge
Crested Butte Hotel


The Ruby of Crested
Butte Bed & Breakfast

Crested Butte, 28 miles from Gunnison, is the site of rich mining, ranching and skiing, and home to the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Only three miles up the road you can find the quaint resort village of Mt. Crested Butte, known for alpine skiing and snowboarding. You don’t have to stay at the slopes to enjoy the snow. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing are popular throughout the area.

Perhaps Crested Butte’s most charming quality is the variety of distinctive restaurants, unique shops and events that make you feel like you belong right where you are, along with a range of lodging options to fit in any vacation wish — from a rustic inn to guest cabins and a quaint bed-and-breakfast to full-service resort hotels.

Django's in Mt. Crested Butte, is a must-visit while in the area. The restaurant specializes in creative small plates made with the freshest ingredients, with all sauces, purées and desserts made in-house daily, and an extensive wine list. Dishes are inspired by the cuisines of Southern Europe, and past dishes from the menu include homemade farmer’s cheese with rosemary lavash; Moroccan-cured black olives and roasted garlic; ginger poached halibut and cocoa butter seared diver scallops.

Marchitelli’s Firehouse Grill, located in the Plaza Condominiums just a short walk from the slopes in Mt. Crested Butte, was launched by well-known Crested Butte Restaurateur Mike Marchitelli, proprietor of Marchitelli’s Gourmet Noodle, a restaurant featuring generations of special family recipes as well as gourmet homemade desserts, a full bar and excellent wine list. The restaurant serves its signature chicken parmesan and chicken Marsala as well as soups, salads, burgers, wings, hand-tossed pizza and sandwiches in a relaxing atmosphere.

The Ice Bar is one experience you shouldn’t miss in Crested Butte, located on the mountain at the base of the Twister Lift. The Ice Bar serves gourmet lunches of upscale regional American Cuisine with French undertones and exotic drinks at a bar made completely out of ice.

For fine lodging just steps away from the skiing, stay at The Grand Lodge Crested Butte Hotel. The Grand Lodge is a newly renovated, full-service hotel located just 200 yards from the ski lifts with a heated indoor/outdoor pool, spa, hot tub, fitness room and steam room. For a true mountain dining experience, stop by the lodge’s Woodstone Grill and Bar.

For a luxury stay, in a bed and breakfast specializing in warmth and comfort, stay at The Ruby of Crested Butte Bed and Breakfast. The Ruby offers warmth and comfort and a chance to indulge in an environment that seems to exemplify the mountains around you. The Ruby offers complimentary organic, country-style breakfast, two large guest sitting areas, both with fireplaces, authentic Crested Butte "Townie" bikes available for guest use and complimentary fair trade organic coffee and espresso drinks as well as a hot tea bar with an assortment of complimentary teas, cocoas and ciders. ///
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