Great Getaway in Lyons

Looking for a small historic town near Rocky Mountain National Park but far from crowds? Head to Lyons, a charming 2,000-resident artsy town with great cuisine.
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1. WeeCasa Tiny House Resort

WeeCasa Tiny House Resort in Lyons, Colorado

Why Go: Sleep at this amazing tiny house resort along the St. Vrain River and a stone’s throw from downtown Lyons. Enjoy downtime playing bocce, volleyball and corn hole.

Tip: High-end and hip houses accommodate a variety of guests. Stay in The Rusty Aspen for two or The Solaire, a modern abode for four. The Empty Nester fits six.

2. Mojo Taqueria

Mojo Taqueria patio in Lyons

Mojo Taqueria's patio

Why Go: A short walk east of historic downtown, this Mexican restaurant is a favorite of locals and travelers alike. It features creative, savory salsas, tacos and burritos in a vibrant setting.

Tip: Start with the chips and homemade salsa trio as you dine on Mojo’s outdoor patio. Don't miss the braised short-rib taco.

3. Oskar Blues

Welcome to Oskar Blues in Lyons, Colo.

Welcome to Oskar Blues

Why go: Opened in 1997, this casual, family-friendly local brewery with food and live music became one of the first in the nation to can its craft brews in 2002.

Tip: Order Dale’s Pale Ale for a refreshing drink with citrus floral hops. It was the brewery's first craft-canned mountain pale ale.

3. Bella La Crema

Bella La Crema butter bar in Lyons, Colorado

Butter from Bella La Crema

Why go: Head to the beautiful Bella La Crema, a butter bar that makes flavorful sweet and savory butters. References to artists appear on its menu and walls, making it a unique and delicious stop. Get breakfast, lunch and dinner here, as well as sample gourmet butters. Call ahead for daily hours. 

Tip: Head several doors down to the St. Vrain Market for delicious baked goods, baguettes and sandwiches to go, so you can hit the road to Rocky Mountain National Park and picnic in the park. The market is a small locally-owned grocery with a great selection of gourmet cheeses, housemade sausage and fresh-baked pies.

4. Art Galleries

Art Pharm in Lyons, Colorado

Art Pharm

Why Go: Lyons is a magnet for artists. Don't miss ArtPharm, a gallery of art studios founded by Sonny Smith, Red Canyon Art and Western Stars Gallery & Studio on Main Street. 

Tip: If you are crafty, head to Lyons Quilting, one of Colorado’s largest quilt shops with more than 6,500 bolts of fabric and 2,000 batiks for sale.

5. Lyons Classic Pinball

Playing at Lyons Pinball

Playing at Lyons Pinball

Why go: This Lyons landmark in the heart of downtown has been around for 15 years, offering people the chance to play 35 pinball games from vintage 1960s machines to contemporary ones, plus six classic video games.

Tip: Tournaments are held every third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with a $5 entry fee.

6. LaVern M. Johnson Park

Tubing and camping at Lavern Johnson Park

Tubing and camping at Lavern Johnson Park

Why Go: Lyons has a big recreational river scene from tubing and kayaking the Whitewater Park to fly fishing, and you can do them all from here. Buy flies or order a hand-crafted custom bamboo fly rod from South Creek Ltd. in Lyons. There’s also 15 RV sites and 17 tented sites here.

Tip: Plan to be in Lyons for one of its amazing internationally recognized music festivals held at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch along the banks of the St. Vrain River and bordered by red sandstone cliffs. Get tickets for RockyGrass, which takes place July 24-26, 2020, or Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Aug. 7-9, 2020.

Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, Colorado

Planet Bluegrass


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