Often referred to as "Denver's playground," Winter Park, Colorado is the idyllic spot for a weekend getaway or the perfect winter vacation. After a full day on the slopes, nothing feels better than a hot tub, cool shower and a night on the town in one of the finer bars in Winter Park and Fraser Valley before returning to your beautiful Winter Park Inn. There are so many to choose from. Here's a list of the top three.
Winter Park Pub
78620 US Highway 40
Winter Park, CO 80482
Also known as "The Pub," this locale has been one of the favorite bars in Winter Park since its 1994 inception. Some of the locals decided back then that it was time to create a place where you can relax and enjoy food, music and a fun atmosphere after the type of active day that is typical in Winter Park. Even if you can't make Happy Hour from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., you can still enjoy reasonable prices on food and beverages. How about something to eat? The Pub won't let you down with its $5 food menu.
Deno's Mountain Bistro
78911 Highway 40
Winter Park, CO 80482
Dino's is the place to go if you want, as they say, "All things for all people." This downtown Bistro exudes class while being unpretentious. It has four eateries within its confines, including a fine dining room that features aged steaks and fresh seafood. Next to it, you can eat al fresco with patio dining (available in warmer seasons). Want something a little more casual? Dino's sports bar features a large screen TV and is located just on the other side of the pub; it's a quieter atmosphere with a cozy fireplace lit just for the occasion. Come in starting at 11:00 a.m. for lunch or as an apres-skier after your day on the slopes ,and you'll find a spot that's just right for you.
Crooked Creek Saloon
Fraser, CO 80442
When you're driving on the awe-inspiring and often intimidating Highway 40, you may want to stop and take a break, and there's no better place to do it than in Fraser's iconic Cripple Creek Saloon. Just a few miles out of Winter Park, it still deserves mention on any bars of Winter Park listing. The oldest bar in the Fraser Valley, Crooked Creek was established in 1933 and has been a favorite stop ever since. Known as the NASCAR headquarters for Grand County, Crooked Creek is still the place to be after all these decades. In the tradition of the Old West, the Cripple Creek Saloon holds Monday night poker. Everyone's welcome to come on down, even children, so you can share a family dinner or have a night on the town. This is a place you may want to stop even before you arrive at your Winter Park Bed and Breakfast.