The small mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado is the place to be this winter. In the first two weeks of January 2017, the historic ski town has recorded 112 inches of snowfall, up from 31 inches of snowfall recorded during the entire month of January in 2016. A former coal mining town, Crested Butte is touted for being “the last great ski town” with roots in the skiing industry dating back to the 1960s. Today, Crested Butte’s authentic small town charm and gusto is about as alluring as it gets for visitors looking to explore the great outdoors, and enjoy a relaxing weekend filled with world-class scenery, delicious food, and locally-made libations. With snow continuing to blanket Crested Butte, and more importantly, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, we’ve put together our tips for how to eat, sleep, and play in this charming ski town.
Voted Best Cocktail, 3rd year running!
I can’t tell you how many times I have walked past Montanya Distillers Tasting Room on Elk Avenue and dismissed eating there because I thought all they had was rum. It’s true that they have rum, really good rum and lots of it! But they also serve great food, the kind of bites you crave a few days later after a hike, bike, or ski. We went in for the first time last summer and keep returning for the noshes as much as the sips.
Master the three-day weekend getaway with advice from trusted locals in adventure towns so vibrant and authentic that you may never want to leave. Find out where to hike, bike, paddle, eat, imbibe, and sleep—plus a few surprises only the locals know. —Jayme Moye
When it comes to sales, rum may not be a powerhouse spirit category like vodka or whiskey, but this past year’s new releases certainly make an argument for drinking more of the sweet-and-funky spirit. With American-made craft rums on the rise and the country in the throes of a full-blown tiki revival, there’s more and more amazing bottles flooding the market and more and more bartenders spreading the gospel of great rum.
Vegas? Check…like too many times to count. Times Square? Froze to death, but been there. Miami? Yeah, yeah. So, you’ve done the standard NYE thing. Good for you, but it’s time to upgrade your New Year’s Eve game. Because, let’s face it—New Year’s Eve can be underwhelming. Dinner is super expensive, club lines are annoyingly long and wherever you end up, you’re usually forced to sport one of those cheesy hats.
These five mountain distilleries have shared cocktail recipes that will get you through the holidays. Some are easy and some are complex, but all of these holiday cocktail recipes will help make your holidays merry and bright.
We're in the midst of an entire month dedicated to the creamy, spicy goodness of eggnog. It's the drink that makes the holidays sparkle with a little more buzz. Though you surely have a carton of the store-bought stuff in the fridge right now, there are more sophisticated ways to celebrate such a beloved concoction.
Take a night out on the town to indulge in one the best eggnogs in Denver before the season is over.
Certain spirits conjure a sense of place. Although rum is made worldwide, it evokes images of tropical isles and azure seas. If Crested Butte’s Montanya Distillers is any indication, however, Colorado rum made with sustainable, traceable, North American ingredients is poised to change the way people think about what’s in their Mai Tai or mojito.
From limited-edition gin to a craft coffee subscription to whiskey-caramel chocolates, these tasteful (and tasty!) Colorado-made gifts will hit the spot.
Depending on how you look at things, we either got a lovely extended fall or were robbed of primo skiing due to unseasonably warm weather. If your thinking falls into the latter camp, you'll be glad to know that resorts are finally opening – and offering more than ever this year.
Crested Butte might be overshadowed by fellow Colorado ski resorts Vail and Aspen, but offers some of North America's best skiing and outstanding powder snow. Beginners and intermediates can hog four-fifths of the mountain, while the other fifth has some of the most challenging inbounds runs in the world.
New York City—more specifically the neon insanity around Times Square—may be the most popular tourist destination in the United States, but travelers don’t need to navigate the Big Apple to take home a memorable experience. America’s small towns have a lot to offer tourists, from lakeside picnics to golf with a view to carriage rides through cobbled streets.