For adventurous Coloradans ready to get away safely this year, the perfect place is waiting for you.
Steeped in Wild West history and quietly nestled against a stunning Rocky Mountain backdrop, Georgetown is a satisfying weekend getaway just up the road.
Once known as "The Silver Queen of Colorado," the historic mining town is just 45 minutes west of Denver off I-70. You will fall in love with Georgetown's peaceful atmosphere, friendly locals and bold scenery.
Kevin Kuharic has lived in Georgetown for 10 years and serves as executive director of the historic Hotel de Paris Museum in the heart of the community. He loves living in Georgetown for its walkability, rich history, mountain views and tasty breweries.
"If you're looking for a place to let your mind and body rest and get some fresh air, this is the spot," Kuharic said.
This summer, Kuharic has helped his town reopen safely. All local businesses require face masks and are thoroughly sanitizing surfaces and limiting numbers of guests.
"This is truly just a fragment of what we are doing to keep everyone safe," Kuharic said.
Georgetown is home to a handful of locally-owned lodges and bed-and-breakfasts, perfect for a night or two away from home in a cozy and clean environment.
The Clear Creek Inn is Georgetown's newest lodging option opened by father-son team Lloyd and Sam Yanis in the beautiful historic downtown area. When it comes to keeping you safe this summer, Clear Creek Inn is going above and beyond.
Check into your room, then head out for a ride on the Historic Georgetown Loop Railroad, an old-time steam locomotive that takes you on a breathtaking journey through a canyon and past several sites of old silver and gold mines.
If you're hungry for more history, visit one of Georgetown's four museums, including the Georgetown Energy Museum, located in a fully functioning and operational hydroelectric plant that has been in operation since 1900.
Wrap up your afternoon touring Georgetown's five art galleries, featuring illustrations, paintings and sculptures by dozens of local fine and craft artists. You might even find the perfect piece to take home!
No weekend in the mountains is complete without a few delicious drinks and desserts. Many of Georgetown's restaurants, including its breweries and ice cream shops, have large outdoor patios for guests to safely enjoy their dining experience.
Guanella Pass Brewery was the first brewpub established in the town since Prohibition. Its friendly staff serves up refreshing suds aptly named for local peaks and pastimes on its outdoor patio.
After a drink, pick up homemade soups and sandwiches from Mountain Mama's Needful Things for a picnic. Don't forget to snag some of their homemade jam to take home or out on the trail.
This summer, Georgetown opened a pedestrian mall in its commercial historic district to encourage outdoor social distancing. Visitors are invited to spill off the sidewalks and into the street, now filled with charming floral displays, picnic tables and Georgetown merchants selling local art, vintage jewelry and food items.
"It's a great way to soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the views safely," Kuharic said.
Georgetown boasts a backdrop dotted by Clear Creek County's four fourteeners: Mount Bierstadt, Mount Evans, Mount Grays and Mount Torreys.
The town is adjacent to Arapaho National Forest and a variety of hiking trails that wind past lakes and wildflowers. From Georgetown, visitors can also fish, bike, camp, and whitewater raft.
Even if you stay in town, you're sure to have an adventurous Rocky Mountain experience.
"It's not uncommon to see a moose walking through town," Kuharic said.
On your way out of town, don't forget to stop by the Gateway Visitor Center, right off I-70, for the perfect souvenir to remember your weekend in Georgetown.
To plan your next refreshing weekend getaway, go to Georgetown-Colorado.org.