Estes Park, Colorado is a delightful little town in northern Colorado at the entrance to Rock Mountain National Park. It is definitely a must-see if you ever visit Colorado, whether you stay in the town itself or spend a day there while visiting a different area. My family spent a weekend there a couple of weeks ago to relax and have some fun before the spring semester started. We spent a little bit of time in Rocky Mountain National Park, but it was really cold so we spent most of our time in the town and I took pictures at some of my favorite shops and restaurants to share with you all. I have several shops to share with you so I think I will split it up into restaurants and food related shops and non-food related shops.
Donut Haus was the most adorable little bakery. I had an amazing chocolate donut. My sister, who likes her donuts totally plain without flavor or icing said that they had the most perfect plain donut she had ever tried. Pick some up for breakfast in the morning, and go early, or you’ll just be buying coffe; when we stopped by in the afternoon, they had sold out.
There is a Rocket Fizz store near my home in Colorado Springs but the one in Estes Park is the best one I’ve visited. They have a huge variety of candies and soda. Just visiting and looking around is a really cool experience.
Estes Park Times and Old Fashioned Candy Store
This store always has the most amazing window displays using candy and the two times I’ve visited around Christmas they have had elaborately decorated gingerbread houses that look really cool. Inside the store they have lots of different old-fashioned and modern candies in barrels and crates like you’ve stepped into a candy shop a hundred years ago. One of my favorite things about this shop and about Rocket Fizz is that they often have candies that I really like but that are hard to find in the stores I normally shop at.
Estes Park Taffy Company
Speaking of candy, this taffy shop is the first taffy shop to be opened in Estes Park in 1935. You can watch them pulling the taffy and cutting and wrapping it using the same machinery they’ve been using since the 1940s. If you visit, try the peppermint and butter pecan flavors, they’re my favorite.
You Need Pie! and Shakes Alive!
You Need Pie! is a really fun bakery and diner. Go for breakfast or just go for the pie. My favorite is the blueberry. I haven’t had a chance to visit Shakes Alive! because it closes in the winter. If you visit in the summer before I do, tell me how it is.
Have a great day!