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Durango Silverton Train Getaway

Sep 7, 2006  Recent mini-vacation
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 2 votes

This is our most recent mini-vacation...highly recommended!!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Silverton, Durango
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Families with small children, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Train

    We took the Parlor Car up and stayed the night in Silverton. For a weekend, we definitely recommend staying overnight...you can wander around Silverton without feeling rushed! The Parlor Car was quite nice, furnished with several 2-4 person tables. There's a full bar and free non-alcoholic drinks and a pastry for breakfast. The best part is the little balcony/viewing platform. The car is on the back of the train, so you have unobstructed views! However, it's a little crowded, so really no more than 2 people can be out there at a time. On the way down, we rode in the Presidential Class, which was a step above the Parlor Car. Again, free non-alcoholic drinks and a full bar. There are 2 sections of this car, a Pullman section with sofa-like seats facing each other and a Parlor Section, again with small tables. The best part was that the viewing platform was just a little bigger, allowing about 3 people out there at a time, plus they had 2 chairs you could sit in. We'd definitely recommend the First Class cars if no one in your party is less than 21 years of age (the requirement of the train to be in First Class) and if your budget can allow it.

  • 2. The Inn of the Rockies at the Historic Alma House
    The Inn of the Rockies at the Historic Alma House, Silverton, Colorado

    This is a lovely Victorian B&B within easy walking distance of the train station and restaurants. The beds were super comfy with down comforters and feather beds. We also enjoyed sitting in the hot tub and taking in the scenery. The breakfast that Pam, the innkeeper made was great!

  • 3. Silverton
    Silverton, Colorado

    We really enjoyed looking around all the shops and museums. A day is just about right for town, but the two hours the train provides may make you feel rushed. For stays longer than a day, there are lots of jeep tours, mine tours, and hiking around to keep you busy. In the winter, there's snow activities like skiing and snowshoeing.

  • 4. Handlebars Restaurant & Saloon
    Handlebars Restaurant & Saloon, Silverton, Colorado

    This is probably the most popular place in Silverton with the train crowd. They are famous for their lunches and peach cobber. I had the french dip which was average and my husband had a sandwich which was quite good. The service was very good. We did avoid some of the crowds since we were staying overnight and didn't need to rush to lunch and back to the train. We didn't try the cobbler at lunch (too full from lunch and the treats on the train!) but we went back after dinner and shared one. It was quite good, and again, the service was great.

  • 5. Wyman Hotel and Inn (The)
    The Wyman Hotel and Inn, Silverton, Colorado

    We didn't stay here but we went in to check it out and met the new owner who was quite happy and proud to show us around. The rooms are lovely and the staff seems very nice and happy to have guests. We will consider this for another trip!

  • 6. Brown Bear Cafe
    Brown Bear Cafe, Silverton, Colorado

    This is a cute restaurant that was recommended by the locals. We decided to try it out for dinner. The wine list was puny, but the wines they offered were OK. I had a NY Strip steak and my husband had the Ribeye special. Both came with a trip to the salad bar which was very good and fresh. My steak was overdone, but my husband's was perfect and he was nice enough to share! The prices were very, very good and the service was very good as well. We'd recommend it for lunch or a casual dinner.

  • 7. Randy's Restaurant

    We really like this place because of the curtained booths. The wine list is great and the food is, as well. I think the service really sets this place apart with waitstaff who are attentive and knowledgable both about the food and wine.

  • 8. Durango
    Durango, Colorado

    Durango's a fun place that we have usually only visited in the winter for skiing. There's several good restaurants in town and lots of outdoor activities.