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Top Choice Breakfast in Mancos

Absolute Baking & Cafe

The screen door is always swinging open at this town hot spot with giant breakfasts. Try the green chili on eggs – it’s made from scratch, as are the organic breads and pastries. Lunch includes salads, big sandwiche…
Top Choice Pizza in Crested Butte

Secret Stash

With phenomenal food, the funky-casual Secret Stash is adored by locals, who also dig the original cocktails. The sprawling space was once a general store, but now is outfitted with teahouse seating and tapestries. …
Top Choice Park in Northern Colorado

Dinosaur National Monument

Straddling the Utah-Colorado state line, Dinosaur National Monument protects one of North America's largest dinosaur fossil beds, discovered here in 1909. Though both state's sections are beautiful, Utah has the bon…
Top Choice Sandwiches in Gunnison

Firebrand Deli

If you’re after healthy breakfast and lunchtime eating in Gunnison, it’s hard to go past the Firebrand Deli. The freshly made sandwiches are always terrific with a great selection of breads and fillings. Vegetarians…
Top Choice Restaurant in Gunnison

Garlic Mike's

This place, just north of Gunnison on the road to Crested Butte, is generally regarded as the town's best place to eat. And for rural Colorado, it's a pretty darn authentic taste of Italy. Mike Busse, chef and resta…
Top Choice Farm in Palisade

Suncrest Orchard, Alpacas and Fiber Mill

If cute were currency, Mike and Cindy McDermott would be sitting on a gold mine with their combination Alpaca and lavender farm. While Mike patiently explains the fiber processing, kids stand agape before the inquis…
Top Choice Cajun in Fort Collins

Lucile’s Restaurant

Snuggled in an old house, the restaurant is a cozy dream – replete with creaking floors, winsome waiters and fluffy, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits. The Cajun home cookin’ is fantastic; try the eggs Pontchart…
Top Choice Bistro in Palisade

Inari’s A Palisade Bistro

Just taking a whiff of the cheese menu makes it evident that there's no contest for Palisade's finest dining room. The seasonal menu features a dash of Mediterranean and Asian influences. The honey-soy-glazed grille…
Top Choice Museum in Montrose

Ute Indian Museum

One of the few American museums dedicated to one tribe. The Ute are the traditional people of western Colorado. The museum is situated on a homestead that belonged to legendary Uncompahgre Ute chief Ouray and his wi…
Top Choice Museum in Crested Butte

Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum

In one of the oldest buildings in Crested Butte. It's a worthwhile visit for the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame or to see a terrific model railway. Exhibits range from geology to mining and early home life.