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Colorado Vacation Stops

Great Getaway in Lyons

Looking for a hip, historic town near Rocky Mountain National Park but far from crowds? Head to Lyons, an artsy, 2,000-resident town with boutique lodging.

1. A-Lodge Lyons

A-Lodge Lyons boutique lodging
Courtesy A-Lodge Lyons

Why Go: The newest lodging to open in Lyons, this hip downtown hotel with mid-century modern furnishings offers a mix of rooms, including a two-bedroom king suite, a queen suite with a kitchenette and a queen kitchenette with bunk bed.

Tip: Stop by the outdoor beer garden on the lodge’s east side for a drink in the evening.

2. LaVern M. Johnson Park

Tubing at LaVerne M. Johnson Park in Lyons, Colo.
Tubing at LaVerne M. Johnson Park in Lyons, Colo. Photo: David Strom courtesy of Lyons

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. from. For tent campers, sleep next to the river in walk-in tent sites 9-17. If you want to conveniently pull-up in your car and set up next to it, reserve sites 1-8.

LaVern M. Johnson Park in Lyons, Colorado
LaVern M. Johnson Park in Lyons, Colo. Photo: Courtesy Lyons

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 in July, or Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, in August every year.

3. WeeCasa Tiny House Resort

WeeCasa Tiny House Resort in Lyons, Colorado
Courtesy WeeCasa Tiny House Resort

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.

4. Art Galleries

Art Pharm in Lyons, Colorado
Art PharmCourtesy of Lyons Chamber

Why Go: Lyons is a magnet for artists. magnet for artists. Don’t miss the shops with one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, including Uniquely Lyons, 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. Bella La Crema

Bella La Crema butter bar in Lyons, Colorado
Butter from Bella La CremaCourtesy of Lyons Chamber

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.

6. Spirit Hound Distillers

Whiskey sign outside of Spirit Hound in Lyons, Colorado
Courtesy Lyons Chamber

Why Go: Enjoy sit-down cocktails and tasting flights inside or outside. The lawn offers table seating and yard games like cornhole. It’s located on the outskirts of town on the east side not far from the intersection of highways 36 and 66.

TIP: The distillery also offers to-go bottle and cocktail sales.

7. Mojo Taqueria

Mojo Taqueria patio in Lyons
Mojo Taqueria’s patioCourtesy Mojo Taqueria

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.

8. Oskar Blues

Welcome to Oskar Blues in Lyons, Colo.
Welcome to Oskar BluesAvi Claire Chabot

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.

9. Lyons Classic Pinball

Playing at Lyons Pinball
Playing at Lyons PinballAvi Claire Chabot

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.


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