Evergreen is a mountain community lots of Denverites visit on weekends to walk around the lake, and browse the shops on the heart of town. It’s ‘next door’ to us, so we spend lots of time here.
The heart of Evergreen, located about a 45-minute ride from downtown Denver (non-rush hour), was settled in the later 1800’s to provide lumber for growing Denver. Today it’s an upscale community that sprawls over mountainsides. (But, don’t be surprised if you see elk wading around Evergreen Lake or crossing downtown streets, especially in the spring.)
The rustic-looking core at one edge of Evergreen Lake is filled with interesting shops, galleries and restaurants. Little Bear Saloon and Restaurant is an old-fashioned belly-up-to-the-bar choice, where well-known musicians can occasionally be seen jamming with friends.
In the summer, locals stroll around the lake, many with dogs on leashes, fisherman dot the water, and players can be seen on the Evergreen Golf Course. In the winter, skaters twirl on an ice rink cleared on the lake near the city’s Lake House.
Stop by Creekside Cellars for a plate of cheese and a glass of wine. If pizza is more to your taste, head to Beau Jo’s.
Evergreen also has several networks of Jefferson County Open Space trails in Elk Meadow. Alderfer/Three Sisters, where the deer and the elk roam freely, is a favorite. Most trails are open to both hikers and mountain bikers.
RTD offers bus service from Denver. If you have the time, a night in one of the local B&B’s, such as the Highland Haven Creekside Inn, would make for a delightful “long day trip” from Denver.