24 Hours in Golden, Colorado: Ultimate Travel Guide

24 Hours in Golden, Colorado: Ultimate Travel Guide. Nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills Golden, Colorado is bursting with a vibrant culinary scene, boutique hotels and six craft breweries. I’ll show you what do, what eat, and where to stay! 

A couple of weeks ago, Mr. B, Juniper and I headed west to nearby Golden, Colorado for a quick stay-cation getaway. 

Golden, Colorado is only a 20-minute drive west of Denver that makes for an easy escape from big city life. Golden is Denver’s closet mountain town. Nestled right in the foothills, this charming city has so much to offer: hiking and biking trails, rock climbing, fly fishing, kayaking, shops, galleries, restaurants, and more! 

The day we arrived, the weather in Golden was heavenly. Seventy degrees, sunny and not a cloud in the sky. Our sanctuary for the night was The Golden Hotel. The Golden Hotel’s location is something to marvel at; it’s located in the heart of downtown and right next to the Clear Creek River.  This stunning hotel was the perfect oasis.

 In addition, the hotel offers spacious rooms, beautiful views and is dog friendly! This was a big plus for our family. Juniper loved the hotel and made herself right at home. Plus, the hotel staff was so friendly and accommodating. Juniper got treats wherever she went! 

Once we got settled, we decided to take advantage of the spring-like weather and stroll around downtown. I definitely recommend walking along the bridge (near the hotel)  and then splashing in the river. There is an easy access to the river thanks to the river walk. Juniper could not get enough. Don’t the mountains look good on her? 

After our nature stroll, we walked around downtown to check out some locally owned shops. You can’t miss downtown Golden because of the iconic welcome arch that spans the city’s main street. We stopped into a few galleries and antique shops while out and about. 

All the walking around had us working up quite the appetite. We decided to stop in at the Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse. Fun fact: this is where the very first state legislature met. Golden was the original capital of the Colorado Territory before Denver. 

We decided to sit outside on the patio with the weather being so nice and dogs were allowed! Another Juniper win. Mr. B and I ordered some Jamaican jerk wings that packed a punch, a burger for the lady and some barbecue for the gent. All the food was delicious! 

We took our time to head back to the hotel and hunker in for the night. The next morning we didn’t have to venture far for breakfast. The Bridgewater Grill is located right downstairs and man is there food off the charts. For starters, I ordered a homemade granola parfait that hit the spot – so fresh and flavorful.

But! The piece-de-resistance on the menu was the Colorado Breakfast Burrito smothered with their award-wining pork green chili. It’s some of the best pork green chili I’ve ever had. 

And that’s a wrap on our time in Golden. If you are planning to visit I highly suggest checking out a few of these locations! 

– Coors Brewery Tour

– Foothills Art Center

– Buffalo Bill’s Gravesite and Museum 

– Dinosaur Ridge

– Golden History Museum

– Lookout Mountain Nature Center and Preserve

***This post was sponsored by Visit Golden. As always all opinions expressed are 100% my own.***