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If I disliked Georgetown due to it being on I-70 will I.....

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Austin, Texas
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If I disliked Georgetown due to it being on I-70 will I.....

If I disliked Georgetown due to it being right on highway 70 will I also not like Glenwood Springs?

Drove from Estes Park to Georgetown yesterday and was not at all impressed due to it sitting right on I-70. It reminded me of a truck stop town and I just could not get in to it. In fact I drove right back to Estes Park (stopped by Central City for some gambling so that was a fun little discovery). I knew the highway ran through Georgetown but I did not know the entire town was right beween a mountain and I-70 making it basically right on the highway. I thought that perhaps more of the town was nestled further way from the highway.

I understand I-70 also runs right through Glenwood Springs as well. Is there more to Glenwood than being so closed to the highway?

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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1. Re: If I disliked Georgetown due to it being on I-70 will I.....

Yes there is more to Glenwood Springs than buildings along the highway. The hot springs are right next to the highway, but plenty of other places to go.

WestSlope,CO
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2. Re: If I disliked Georgetown due to it being on I-70 will I.....

What sort of activities are you wanting? How long will you stay? What sort of "feel" are you looking for? How far are you comfortable driving to get to your next destination?

Austin, Texas
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3. Re: If I disliked Georgetown due to it being on I-70 will I.....

Thanks for your replies.

Plan on staying for just a few days. As far as activities, we are mostly into snowboarding, snowshoeing, shopping, hiking, historical sites/museums. I always wanted to check out Hotel Colorado even though I understand it's fairly close to I 70. As far as the feel we are looking for, we simply love being nestled in the mountains in a small town. Love old historic towns. So far the Colorado towns we have liked best are Estes Park, Telluride, Ouray, Durango but want to explore a whole lot more towns.

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4. Re: If I disliked Georgetown due to it being on I-70 will I.....

I really like Glenwood, to me it doesn't feel like a highway runs through it, but it's not as quiet as Ouray or Telluride. The Canyon is breathtaking and the Caverns are really interesting. If you do decide to go be sure to go to the Pullman for great food and Grind for awesome burgers.

Breckenridge...
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5. Re: If I disliked Georgetown due to it being on I-70 will I.....

Glenwood is a lot different that Georgetown. Georgetown not exactly a destination for visitors while the Glenwood area is.

Plus, nice jumping off point to go explore Snowmass and Aspen.

Keep an eye on road conditions if you plan on going soon as big storm supposed to be hitting the mtns between now and Monday.

Matt

WestSlope,CO
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6. Re: If I disliked Georgetown due to it being on I-70 will I.....

Hotel Colorado is a favorite of mine...very historic and beautiful. See if you can get a tour.

I like Glenwood, but IMO it doesn't have quite the "nestled in the mountains" feel of Telluride, Estes Park, or Ouray...it's a lower elevation and more rock/canyon/pinon-juniper area...very pretty! However, you're in easy day trip range of Aspen/Snowmass, and be sure to check out Redstone for really interesting history and a picturesque village. There are often ski/swim/stay packages that partner with various lodging options, the hot springs pool, and Sunlight Mountain (some even have free shuttles to the mountain.)

http://www.sunlightmtn.com/ski-swim-stay

http://www.redstonecolorado.com/history.html

For future trips, you may want to check out Lake City, Creede, Crested Butte, Twin Lakes/Leadville and Grand Lake, to mention a few. Oh, and Breckenridge is a favorite of many visitors, as is Pagosa Springs. If you liked Central City, then you'd probably like Cripple Creek. It is one of the mountain towns that has gambling, but there's plenty of history there, too.

Edited: 9:57 am, February 07, 2014
Austin, Texas
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7. Re: If I disliked Georgetown due to it being on I-70 will I.....

Thanks to all for replies.

We are not going back to Colorado anytime real soon. We actually are planning to check out Breckenridge in December and then another Colorado town next February.

I think what we are gonna do is try out Aspen (have always wanted to check out Aspen) next Feb and take a drive to Glenwood to see how I like it before I plan my vacation there. Don't want to make the same mistake I did with Georgetown and I am quite sure I"ll love Aspen despite the price.

Pagosa Springs, Leadville, Crested Butte are all on my list as well. Thanks for the heads up with Cripple Creek. I liked Central City but it would be even better to stay in a casino town that had more than just casinos. Especially after they take all my money. :)

Edited: 11:13 am, February 07, 2014
Austin, Texas
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8. Re: If I disliked Georgetown due to it being on I-70 will I.....

Also, I really don't want to knock Georgetown, it just wasn't my thing. Some ppl don't mind a major highway being so close to town, I'm just not one of those people. I'm high maintenance. :)

We did stop and have lunch at the Alpine restaurant in G-town and it was excellent. They had excellent pizza, chili and italian subs.

Also the good people of Chateau Chamonix kindly let us cancel our reservations at the last minute with no charge.

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9. Re: If I disliked Georgetown due to it being on I-70 will I.....

I agree with posts so far. To me, I70 dominates Georgetown, which could be considered the traditional one-horse town surviving on tourism: Main Street and a theme-train.

Glenwood is based on more than tourism, and its tourism is rather more diverse than Georgetown's. We have stayed in the non-airconditioned Hotel Colorado in June, with a room facing the river and I70, had the window open, and not minded the traffic. (We could hear the road traffic, and trains on the rail line, but those did not drown out the birds chirping at sunrise.. for us at least.)

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10. Re: If I disliked Georgetown due to it being on I-70 will I.....

I am one that does not see the charm in Georgetown, I think of it as a place you get stuck rather than go on purpose. A couple of hours sure but not as a destination. I too like Glenwood. Not sure I could spend a week there but certainly 2 or 3 nights.

I have stayed in the Hotel Colorado a few times. I like it.

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