American in Minturn

Hidden in the outdoor mecca of Red Cliff, you can't miss this supergroovy, family-owned, three-story mountain pub with a fabulous roof deck. They do fish tacos and blackened-fish sandwiches, and host occasional live music on the 2nd floor, where you'll also find the pool table.

It also hosts the annual event Man of the Cliff, a wacky, strength-based contest where individuals and groups compete in events like wood chopping, archery, two-man cross cut, axe throw and keg toss. It's an homage to the timber days and proceeds benefit a local charity.