THE LOCAL: Ryan
1. Best Place to Grab Beers or an Evening Cocktail?
I’d recommend Montanya Distillers for a drink! It’s warm and quirky and the staff is super friendly. Try the Fiery Passion if you like a little spice and a little sweet!
2. Best Time to Visit Crested Butte?
Late January into February is always my favorite time. The snow is usually the best for skiing or snowboarding, you miss the holiday crowd, and all the restaurants and local shops are open and ready to go. If winter activities aren’t your thing, then mid-June is great. The weather is usually nice around that time, and you can enjoy all of the flowers and trails around the area. Plus, you’ll avoid the insanity of the Fourth Of July crowds.
3. Favorite Hike?
Green Lake. It’s a moderate to strenuous hike, depending on your physical shape and how you handle the altitude. The trail begins right in town and leads you to an amazing alpine lake with beautiful views of the Butte and surrounding area.
4. Your Recommended Sunny Day Agenda in the Winter?
Wake up and grab a greasy sandwich from the Gas Cafe (yes, it is located in a gas station but the breakfast sandwiches are amazing!) Head up to Crested Butte Mountain Resort and ski around East River and Paradise (or in the Terrain Park if you like that sort of thing). Midday, grab a Bacon Bloody Mary from Paradise Warming Hut, then head back out for more laps. Once you’ve had your fill, return to town to hang out on the patio at the Brick Oven until the shade hits and it’s time to move inside.
5. Your Recommended Sunny Day Agenda in the Summer?
Wake up early and get in a good bike ride on Strand Hill (accessible from town). For lunch, I’d recommend Momo’s (cash-only Indian/Himalayan restaurant). After, stroll down Elk Avenue (Main Street) or go for a swim at Long Lake, up Washington Gulch (a 2.5 mile hike from town). End the day with a ‘Novak’, which is a shot and a beer for $5 from Kochevar’s Saloon.
TRIPADVISOR’S TOP CRESTED BUTTE ATTRACTIONS
1. Kebler Pass– Thumbs up. Especially in the fall when the colors are changing.
2. Crested Butte Mountain Resort– Thumbs up for skiing, snowboarding and biking. Thumbs down for food at the actual resort.
3. Schofield Pass– Thumbs up.
4. Crested Butte Nordic Center– Thumbs down. I would take off the Nordic Center and add the Crested Butte Heritage Museum. The Nordic Center is great for a ski, but the atmosphere and history in the Heritage Museum make it a great cultural stop all year round.
5. Montanya Distillers– Two thumbs up!
TRIPADVISOR’S TOP CRESTED BUTTE RESTAURANTS
1. Secret Stash– Thumbs Up. Really unique pizza and their truffle fries are the best I’ve had.
2. Last Steep Bar & Grill– Thumbs up- especially for their Bloody Mary bar and their jalapeño, cream cheese and pineapple burger!
3. Montanya Distillers– Two thumbs up! Their craft distilled Colorado rum should be the reason you visit, but their small plates and appetizers will keep you happy (and not too tipsy!) Think: street tacos, Moroccan spiced lamb, brie with cherry walnut compote, etc. The locally-sourced menu changes seasonally.
4. Teocalli Tamale– Thumbs Up
5. Ryce Asian Bistro– Thumbs up.
Did TripAdvisor miss any top restaurants? Would you add any to the list?
If you want to treat yourself, definitely Soupçon or Djangos. Both are pricey but worth the splurge if food is where you want to allocate your funds! The Ginger Cafe also has amazing asian-inspired dishes; it’s a little more unique than Ryce, but both are fantastic.
Are you a Crested Butte local? Did we miss any of your favorite spots in town? Tell us about them in the comments below!