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Top Choice Cafe in Buena Vista

Buena Vista Roastery

Known among locals as the Roastery, this wonderful, aromatic cafe sells fair-trade and organic beans, supporting local nonprofit organizations through its Coffees for a Cause program. It's a nice space with patio se…
American in Buena Vista

House Rock Kitchen

An outdoor fire pit, sofa, local band, horseshoes and bocce ball – eating at HRK is a bit like hanging out at a backyard BBQ. The menu ranges from house-smoked pork and beef brisket to jicama-orange salad, hot sandw…
Asian in Buena Vista

Asian Palate

Eclectic Asian fare is what passes for haute cuisine in Buena Vista. Dishes such as Massaman curry, pork larb and beef with udon noodles are typical kitchen fare, while raw morsels appear from the sushi bar. All are…
Diner in Buena Vista

Evergreen Cafe

Fun and funky, this canary-yellow train car of a diner on Hwy 24 north of Main St is where you’ll find some seriously tasty offerings, such as brownie sundaes, smoothies and sinful bread pudding, not to mention kill…
Distillery in Buena Vista

Deerhammer

Single-malt whiskey, gin and brandy are the winning trifecta at Buena Vista's distillery. Stop by for an Old Fashioned and mosey on out to the patio, where you'll find rye-bread sandwich melts at the Viking food tru…
Outdoors in Buena Vista

Trailhead

A curious mishmash of outdoor store and cafe, Trailhead rents out Nordic skis ($30 per day), AT skis, snowshoes and climbing shoes ($5 per day). They also sell useful topo maps and plenty of gear.
Food Truck in Buena Vista

Bearded Lady

Street tacos, empanadas and fruit paletas (popsicles) with ingredients straight from the Crowded Acre family farm. Look for the blue school bus.
Ice Cream in Buena Vista

Louie's

Hands-down the best ice cream in the valley, with a fun playground and patio, too.
Park in Buena Vista

Buena Vista River Park

Take E Main St to its riverside conclusion and you'll find a park that sprawls for more than 2 miles along the Arkansas River. At its northern end are soccer fields, basketball courts, a tennis court, a humble skate…
Museum in Buena Vista

Buena Vista Heritage Museum

Housed in the 1882 Chaffee County Courthouse, the museum focuses on railroad and mining exhibits (there's a great model railroad of the Arkansas River Valley), a fashion room and school room. The past two years it h…