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Where to eat & stretch between Denver & Carbondale/Aspen?

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Where to eat & stretch between Denver & Carbondale/Aspen?

We're arriving in Denver on Monday, 8/29, and driving to Carbondale/Aspen area with 3 adults and 2 children (5 and 2 months) on the same day. After our flight from the east coast, we're looking for a good place to stop, stretch and get a bite to eat while taking in some views. A restaurant with a view and maybe a park or some kind of activity for our son to run around would be ideal. Are there any recommendations out there? Thank you!

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1. Re: Where to eat & stretch between Denver & Carbondale/Aspen?

I would suggest you stop in Dillon -- 1st exit off the highway after you go through the Eisenhower Tunnel. You can go over to the Lake for exquisite views, there is a bike path there and also a small park with swings and such (although they have been doing construction so am not sure what's there at the moment). You can eat lunch at Dillon Dam Brewery or Arapahoe Cafe.

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2. Re: Where to eat & stretch between Denver & Carbondale/Aspen?

Depends a bit on your arrival time and when you want to stop. As noted, Lake Dillon is a good option. To piggyback on that, if you have the time, you can take the the scenic route over Loveland Pass on US6 for spectacular views from the Continental Divide. Have the kids run around and feel the thin air. When you come to the big tunnels, just get off on US6 and go up and over. It's a bit longer but well worth it and will lead you to Lake Dillon before joining I-70 in Silverthorne.

Another option would be to take a diversion off I-70 and drive up to Beaver Creek village. It's just 10 minutes up from the highway. Walk the village shops, have lunch at Blue Moose Pizza, enjoy a short hike or walk on the mountain - all close together.

Glenwood Springs is another good stop. Also good spot for rafting on the Colorado. Number of restaurants downtown right as you turn off I-70 for Aspen.

Have fun.

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3. Re: Where to eat & stretch between Denver & Carbondale/Aspen?

If you're ready for lunch not too long after leaving Denver, stop at Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs.


I have to mention the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail--the world's highest botanical gardens-- as a very lovely (free admission--even nicer!) place to take a walk. In their Children's Garden there are features like stepping stones across a pond and footprints of area animals in the path.



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4. Re: Where to eat & stretch between Denver & Carbondale/Aspen?

Another one for a stop at the Dillon Reservoir. The Frisco Marina has a fun restaurant, the Island Grill. A little play ground is right there too.


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