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Destination restaurants in Colorado Mountains?

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We're staying in Denver on business and are looking for a nice restaurant in the Colorado mountains to visit. We dont mind driving an hour or two--we are looking for a nice evening to get away, and would love a place with a beautiful view out over the mountains. Obviously good food is a must, but preferably nothing more than $50/person without wine. Any suggestions?

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  1. First place that comes to mind is Flagstaff House in Boulder. It is a beautiful setting and is definitely a "destination" restaurant. It's an hour or less from Denver. Only problem might be the price. They are definitely proud of their food!

    1. Well, my choice would be Dish in Edwards but it is 2 hours from Denver in good weather/traffic each direction as it's west of Vail. I've not made it to Flagstaff House but have heard good things.

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      1. re: RobynS

        The truth is that views of the mountains are not easy to come by, because most development is mountain valleys and on the plains. The Flagstaff House would be my choice too, w/ ddavis's price caveat. Also, it looks east toward the plains, not west toward the mountains. Also in Boulder is the Chautauqua Dining Hall, a historic building set in a park with some foothills views. In warm-ish weather, a table on the wraparound porch can't be beat. The Fort in Morrison is beautifully situated among red rock formations in Morrison. Classic Colorado restaurant, esp known for game. Views are also eastward toward Denver. During ski season (coming right up), the Alpenglow Stube at Keystone Resort is a good choice. Mountaintop dining, reached by two gondolas. There's some meal service during summer tourist season, but I don't know what it is -- and it might be over by now.

        1. re: ClaireWalter

          Maybe Gold Hill Inn. About an Hour from Denver or so. More in the price range then Flagstaff. You might just like going for a drive up Boulder Canyon or Peak to Peak hwy and just dining in Boulder. Flagstaff House is great but I would think outside of what you would like to spend.

          http://www.goldhillinn.com/welcome.html

          Also I ate at Fawn Brook Inn in Allens Park 4-5 years ago. I don't remember if they had a view but the drive would be nice. Maybe Claire has up to date info if they still even open?

          1. re: ColoradoFun

            Best way to get to Gold Hill Inn is up Sunshine Canyon, the westward extension of Boulder's Mapleton Avenue. Boulder Canyon to Peak-to-Peak Hwy is the long way around. Gold Hill Inn closes Mon thru Wed in Oct and Mon thru Thurs in Nov and Dec. Then closes till spring. Atmospheric and wonderful, but no views from the restaurant.

            Another option if aravenel isn't insistent about views is Alice's Restaurant at Gold Lake Resort. That one is off the Peak-to-Peak Hwy, west of the road coming out of Ward. The resort is open Thurs thru Sun between Oct and May.

            Don't know about Fawn Brook's seasonality.

            1. re: ClaireWalter

              Fawn Brook is open year round. FYI. The prices rival the Flagstaff House and the menu is very traditional old European. That's not bad, in fact the food is outstanding! Just not cutting edge, if that's what you're in to. I did a report last year with photos and posted on LTH Forum. (This post might get bumped by the mods for mentioning their arch nemesis!)