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“Where have all the flowers gone?” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Crested Butte

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Crested Butte, CO
Arvada, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“Where have all the flowers gone?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2007

My wife & I are Coloradans and have long-visited Crested Butte in the summer. There are two communities there: what we call "old town", and the "mountain", Mt. Crested Butte, the ski community. There is a very fine shuttle that operates between the two towns that lie about 3 miles apart. We stayed at the Grand Lodge at the mountain.
First of all, let us ask you a rhetorical question, "What is the time of year most ski communities choose to erect new condos and repair existing facilities?" Right: SUMMER time! Travelers beware. We spent $200 a night only to be awakened each day at 7:00 am by the beep-beep-beep of construction traffic and an expansive view of excavated hillsides a billows of blowing dirt. We abandoned the Avalanche's outdoor cafe for an 11:45 am lunch due to the roar and dust of a concrete saw a few yards away! The mountain is being decimated with condos and high rise hotels. The streets are congested. The charm of both towns is rapidly fading. Elk Street-- the main drag in historic old town-- is lined with high-priced boutiques, real estate offices, and noisy bars filled with rowdy full-grown kids. The only time-honored tradition is Slocars: an early 20th century eatery featuring a glorious half a fried chicken with all-u-can-eat sides of creamed corn, cole slaw, and mashed potatoes for $14.95pp.
Many come to Crested Butte for the festivals-- and there are many every summer-- but for us, it has been the unbridled beauty of the area. Some dare still call it the "Wildflower Capital of Colorado". We add lyrics to the well-known song: "Developers pick them everywhere. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?"

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“Poor access to Ski Lifts”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2005

This year it seems that the ski lift owners are more interested in making money from Real Estate than access to ski lifts. Parking is located a much longer distance than previous year. You actually walk by new construction from parking and buses.\Very poor thinking and selfishness....

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“Fabulous Food !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2005

No matter where you are ---get to Crested Butte for FABULOUS FOOD.
DAY 1: I suggest you start about 4pm and move into Teocalli Tamale for a fantastic Margarita mixed by equally fantastic employees and try any one of their selections for a tasty beginning. Next , wander up the hill to Ginger Cafe---put your name on the dinner list and continue to Secret Stach for another cocktail and maybe another tasty little treat...unbelievable combinations for outstanding freshly made pizza.
Secret Stash is a walk down '60s memory lane, seating high or low...and wonderful employees with personal charm. Now, return to Ginger Cafe for your reservation and start with the Coconut Ginger Ice Cream !...JUST DO IT ! The taste sensation topped off with Kentucky Mint will wow you for the following experience. The rest of the selections are up to you. Everything, including the charming employees , is worth the 1 1/2 hour wait for a table. DAY 2: Reverse the order above. DAY 3: Now mix them up again !!! Thanks for the wonderful eats !!!! We'll be back soon !
....Sam, Ron & Keypur
...from Kentucky to the Rockies...

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“totally awesom”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2003

Just got back from a week renting in CB. Loved the town. People really slow down for walkers and bikers. There was a lot to do and relax if desired. Stayed on Gothic in town, and loved the location. My husband and I got sick after eating at the Gourmet noodle one night. (Why did we think the SEAFOOD pasta was a good choice in Colorado??) Cashier at Clarks was one of the nicest people anywhere. If you haven't mountain biked before, stick to dirt roads to start. Always bring outer wear with you whereever you go. Got caught in a hail storm while visiting Judd Falls. Emerald Lake is beautiful. Camp 4 coffee is better than Starbucks.

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