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Friday, July 22, 2011

Five GREAT Things to do in Central City

I can attest to the fact that there is much to do in Central City. With Central City Days approaching, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Central City attractions that highlight the arts, culture, shopping and outdoors:

1. Gilpin Historical Society
228 High Street; Washington Hall on Eureka Street
History buffs, this one is for you. Loaded with information about the “Richest Square Mile on Earth,” stop by to chat with the friendly staff about Central City’s days as a historical mining town. Guided tours of the Central City Opera properties are a must, available Tuesday through Sunday at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm (availability based around opera schedule). The High Street History Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm.

2. Central City KOA “Kampground”
605 Lake Gulch Road
Just three minutes from downtown Central City is a KOA campground with a beautiful view. Make your trip to Central City a “staycation” by staying in an unconventional way! The KOA offers free wi-fi, free cable TV, large and level concrete pads, shady tent sites and modern facilities, and much more. Visit their website or call (303) 582-3043 for more information!

3. Mountain Menagerie and Bevie Sue’s Emporium
121 Main Street and 115 Main Street
Situated side-by-side on the historic Main Street, these charming boutiques offer a wide range of consignment and original offerings. Ranging from Central City apparel to antiques to handmade home décor, there is sure to be something here for everyone. Mountain Menagerie can be reached at (303) 582-5365 and Bevie Sue’s can be reached at (303) 582-5524.

4. Victorian Rose Antiques and Hotel
101 Main Street
Filled with treasures from years ago, there’s a ton to see in this antique shop! I spent a recent afternoon getting lost in several rooms of unique vintage items. For more information call Jay at (303) 988-7373. Above the antiques, the hotel is “a quaint historic piece of the ‘ol West’.” With eight historic and unique rooms to choose from, this is certainly a piece of Central City history. Rooms start at $79 plus tax, call Greg at (720) 427-2626.

5. Gilpin County Arts Association
117 Eureka Street
Located in historic Washington Hall, across from the Opera House, the Gallery features two exhibitions this season. A Juried Show runs from June 4th to August 25th, and a Members Show will be held on weekends from August 29th to October 1st. The building includes a jail (museum) and outdoor fountain garden. Five rustic rooms display 3,800 sq. ft. of art from over 100 artists throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Thick stone walls, hardwood floors and unusual sculptures donated to the gallery are of particular interest. Visit their website.

I hope this will encourage you to make the most out of your next trip to Central City. Check our calendar and get your tickets to the opera to maximize your experience. You won’t know until you go!

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