1. Evergreen Lake
29612 Upper Bear Creek Road
Whether you’re there for kayaking and paddle boarding in the summer, ice skating in the winter, or a stroll anytime, Evergreen Lake promises an adventure- filled day for the whole family. The stunning backdrop of the Rockies makes it a popular wedding venue, but you don’t need a special occasion to appreciate the gorgeous scenery with a simple lakeside picnic.
2. Evergreen Gallery
28195 Highway 74
The creativity of Colorado-based artisans will draw you into this wonderland filled with pottery, jewelry, and paintings. With unique art, such as jewelry made from naturally shed antlers and the Evergreen Angel jewelry collection that gives to a local hospice, there’s something for everyone.
3. Holly Berry
28165 Highway 74
Holly Berry makes every day feel like spring has sprung, with plants that you never knew you needed but most definitely do. Their tillandsia terrariums— plants in hanging glass spheres—were our favorites and don’t require much care, according to Pam, the shop’s owner of 32 years.
4. Silver Arrow
28159 Highway 74
All of the unique jewelry and accessories at this family business is handpicked from local and regional Native American artists. From simple designs to elaborate accent pieces, and even a section with pocketknives, rings, and watches, there’s plenty of temptation.
5. Muddy Buck Cafe
28065 Highway 74
Enjoy the cozy comforts of the Muddy Buck Cafe as the aroma of fresh coffee beans emanates from burlap bags below the old-time coffee roaster in the corner. Let your taste buds be tempted by the unique recipes, like the popular “Buck Eyed Egg” and the “Nutty Buck” drink. While there, watch out the window for elk that have been known to use the crosswalks.
6. Creekside Cellars
28036 Highway 74
Treat yourself to a tasting while you bask in the sun and relax at the base of the Rockies on their dog-friendly patio. The extensive wine list highlights grapes harvested at their vineyard in Palisade, but your wine-and-dine isn’t complete without one of their imported Italian Spumoni Bomba Ice Cream Confections.
7. Spa at Evergreen and Healing Traditions Body Work
28186 Highway 74
These two independently owned companies share one building, making it the perfect destination for a day of relaxation. The spa offers everything from skin clearing treatments to LED phototherapy. As for the list of massage options at Healing Traditions, every massage is customized for the client’s unique needs.
8. Go Paint!
4602 Plettner Ln.
Let your imagination run wild amid the whimsical and family-friendly fun found at Go Paint, a paint-your-own pottery studio. Their party packages are tailored to groups of adults, children, or both.