Your Neighborhood Guide to Crested Butte

The wildflower capital of Colorado explodes with activity every summer along its miles of mountain biking trails and its bustling Elk Ave.

Crested Butte
Illustration by Emily Burrowes.

1. Montanya Distillers

This sustainable, wind-powered distillery proofs its local rum with pure mountain snowmelt. Try the resulting mineral-rich rum for yourself at the tasting room or book a distillery tour. Opt for the connoisseur tour if you want an in-depth dive into the distillery’s process.

2. Big Al’s Bicycle Heaven

Crested Butte is known for its legendary mountain biking, so if you are looking to hit the trails, Big Al’s should be your first stop when you get into town. The pros here will set you up with all the gear and trail recommendations you could need.

3. Butte Bagels

There is simply no better pre-hike or -bike fuel than a bagel sandwich, especially when the bagels are freshly baked from scratch. Pair your specialty sandwich with Butte’s legendary latkes and a classic cup of joe while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of the adorable shop with design nods to the classic red barn.

4. Elk Ave Prime Steaks & More

With its ample space, this superior steakhouse is the perfect destination for large groups looking to savor the finest USDA prime steaks, seafood, pastas, and Colorado wild game. The upscale log cabin decor, adorned with antlers, sets the scene for a premium dining experience.

5. The Secret Stash

Upgrade your après at the town’s not so secret staple, where mountain nosh flavors meet traditional Italian influence to create the perfect pie. Choose from a variety of pastas, salads, and pizzas, including the Notorious Fig pie with mozzarella, blue, and asiago cheeses, thinly sliced prosciutto, dried black mission figs, and a drizzle of truffle oil.

6. Rumors Coffee and Tea House + Townie Books

Author Arvin Ramgoolam and his wife Danica are the minds behind the full-service espresso bar and neighborhood book store that hosts a variety of art openings, live music events, book clubs, and literary festivals. The cafe has a wide array of loose-leaf teas and coffees for you to sip on as you browse the collection of titles.

7. Redline Gallery

Formerly the town’s old fur trading post, the historic building itself is a vintage masterpiece. Inside, the gallery showcases diverse media such as stunning paintings, woodwork, captivating photographs, and intricate glass art.