Ultimate Day for the Shopping and Art Lover

A relaxing day in Durango for shopping and art.

24-Hour Durango Itinerary for the Shopping and Art Lover

Durango is bursting with local businesses, from artisanal sweets to crafts, specialty items, and vintage clothes. If you’re into art, architecture, and local goods, here’s the perfect 24-hour agenda for you in the heart of Southwest Colorado.

Smiley Building

Recommended by: Dave Thibodeau, Elizabeth Kinahan, Sage Anderson

Dave Thibodeau of Ska Brewing suggests a visit to the Smiley Building, an artisan's haven and community space, for coffee, yoga, and shopping. “The Smiley Building is a repurposed elementary school that the Shaw brothers have converted into a community space. There's a cafe in there, there's a yoga studio, there are gardens outside, and they do a farmer's market in the middle of the week.”

Sticker Art

Recommended by: Bryant AuCoin, Jen LaCroix

Jen LaCroix, co-owner of the Durango Outdoor Exchange, says Sticker Art, co-owned by fellow local Bryant AuCoin, produces must-have stickers available in many shops around town. “One of the most exciting local companies is Sticker Art. It’s run by a couple in the area. We carry almost all of their stickers.”


Recommended by: Dave Thibodeau

Thibodeau suggests Honeyville for locally sourced honey products (even whiskey!). “Honeyville is a really cool family-owned honey company. They make everything. They distill the honey to make honey whiskey. It’s always fun to check out what new things they’ve got going on.”

Durango Craft Spirits

Recommended by: Dave Thibodeau, Kris Oyler

Kris Oyler of Steamworks Brewing knows his drinks, and he sends visitors to Durango Craft Spirits for some of the best whiskey in town. “Durango Craft Spirits is just off of Main Avenue. They’re making wonderful aged whiskey. That's a pretty unique place.”

Sideshow Emporium

Recommended by: Elizabeth Kinahan

Elizabeth Kinahan of Studio & Gallery recommends the downtown Sideshow Emporium for unique gifts, clothes, and accessories, all curated with care by the owner. “You’ve got to get to the Sideshow. She's got a classic vintage collection of all kinds of stuff, primarily clothing. It’s a cool spot, and it is a hidden gem for sure.”

The Palace Restaurant

Recommended by: Alex Mickel

Alex Mickel, co-founder of Mild to Wild Rafting, suggests The Palace Restaurant for a lunch with ambiance and flair. “I’d have lunch next to the train depot at The Palace. It’s a fantastic local restaurant and an iconic Durango place because it sits rights next to the train. It really has an idyllic, old western feel. You’d think you were sitting there in 1895.”

Ernie's Bar at the 11th Street Station

Recommended by: Sage Anderson, Dave Thibodeau

Thibodeau recommends an afternoon drink at Ernie’s, a former gas station turned bar. “There’s a pretty extensive craft beer list at Ernie's. It's in an old gas station from the 1950s, and now you can get any crazy beer you want there. They have local beers, and they also have a lot of beer from not only around the country, but around the world.”

Afterward, check out all that 11th Street Station, a food truck collective, has to offer.

Dinner at The Living Tree

Recommended by: Bryant AuCoin

Bryant AuCoin of Sticker Art recommends his own healthy favorite for dinner, The Living Tree: “The Living Tree, the salad bar in town, it’s absolutely phenomenal. They have a ferment bar, it's all local meats and stuff. And there’s a build-your-own-salad that's huge and hearty.”

Walk & Shop on Main Avenue

Recommended by: Kirk Komick, Elizabeth Kinahan, Jim Carver, Jenna Black, Alissa Wolf, Marcos Wisner

Jenna Black of The Bookcase & Barber loves the live music and impromptu events along Main (and of course, the shops!). “I'd just enjoy walking Main Avenue and checking out the eclectic shops and restaurants. I think something that's special here: There's always something new coming up, and something new opens up on Main Avenue every year or so.”

20Moons Dance Theatre

Recommended by: Elizabeth Kinahan

Kinahan recommends ending the night with a performance from a local dance or theatre company, like modern dance troupe 20Moons Dance Theatre. “20Moons Dance Theatre is a modern dance troupe that came together about five years ago. The stuff that they're doing is really gorgeous. They're putting on performances that are just stunning, and a lot of them are improvised.”

Merely Players Community Theatre

Recommended by: Elizabeth Kinahan

If you prefer theatre to dance, Kinahan suggests a show at Merely Players Community Theatre: “The plays that they put on at Merely Players are amazing. Anything that you can see by them is going to be really great.”