WHY GO NOW? Even when the weather is frightful, the town of Golden is delightful. For as little as $110 and a half hour’s drive, you can get away from the big city to the Old West for a night and then indulge in the Grill & Cantina’s Southwestern cuisine for dinner or brunch.
WHAT YOU GET: A feeling of the West’s wide open spaces permeates the interior of the Table Mountain Inn, where wide hallways and large, comfortable rooms done up in Spanish style and Southwestern décor welcome guests. The hotel anchors the south end of Washington Street, Golden’s main drag, which means guests can walk out front and immediately access the town’s shops, restaurants, and watering holes. It also offers a couple of relics of the past: free attached parking and windows that open. How’s that for Old West nostalgia?
THE EXTRAS: First opened in 1925 as the Hotel Berrimoor and undergoing many reincarnations over the years, including as the Cody Hotel and The Holland House, the property was renovated and reborn in 1991 with local ownership. More boutique hotel than luxury resort, the Table Mountain Inn prides itself on service and hospitality these days. Rooms on high floors feature views of the town and Coors brewery below and distinctive Table Mountain above. It’s worth visiting the new Buffalo Rose two blocks away for a cocktail, but we’d come back just for the Table Mountain Inn Grill & Cantina’s Pork Green Chili and a Cadillac Reposado margarita!