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The Ultimate Weekend Getaway in Durango

A guide to 48 hours in Southwest Colorado.

The Ultimate Weekend Getaway in Durango

Durango makes for a perfect weekend getaway, with enough with enough activities, food, and nightlife to keep you busy from Friday night drinks to Sunday brunch. We spoke to notable locals to ask them how they’d spend their perfect 48 hours in Durango.

Breakfast at College Drive Cafe

Luke Mehall of Climbing Zine would start his weekend right with a hearty breakfast at College Drive Cafe. “On a weekend, I love getting some breakfast at a favorite breakfast joint. For me, that’s College Drive Cafe.”

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Al Harper, owner of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, would suggest a jaunt up to Silverton, a three and a half hour ride aboard an old-school locomotive along a scenic route. “When you ride the train from Durango to Silverton, you're sitting there in awe,” he says. “To be on an engineering wonder of the world on this railroad built through the mountains and riding in comfort with snacks and food and great company...you wonder, how did the original settlers ever make it on foot through this wilderness? It is so foreboding and so wild and wondrous. And that’s the West.”

Lunch at Avalanche Brewing Company

In Silverton, Zoe Schultz of Pine Needle Mountaineering suggests a local spot for lunch: “I’d go to Silverton for lunch at Avalanche Brewing Company. They have good wraps, good beer.”

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Museum

Rod Barker of the Strater Hotel recommends an afternoon of learning at the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Museum after your morning train ride. “The Railroad Museum is really a gem. You can just drool over the thing. There's all sorts of stuff that they’ve found from the relics of the past, including an old airplane.”

Bar D Chuckwagon

After soaking up history at the museum, Barker suggests heading out for something a little kitschier--a show at the Bar D Chuckwagon. “The Bar D Chuckwagon is fun. And it's authentic. These are real guys that really sing and they're good at it. Having put on some productions myself, I admire how well they do their show.” Shows run exclusively in the summer months, so be sure to check out the website.

Ore House

Next up, writer and backpacker Joy Martin suggests dinner at fine dining hotspot Ore House.  “Ore House is really farm to table, fine dining. The owners are great, and they draw this awesome community of people who just love local food.”

The Bookcase & Barber

Cody Tinnin of Durango’s favorite bluegrass band, the StillHouse Junkies, says he’d finish off his first night in Durango at the local speakeasy, tucked away behind a working barber shop. “The Bookcase & Barber is a great spot for a good, high-end handcrafted cocktail,” he says.

Durango Doughworks

Sage Anderson of  81301 Coffee Roasters would head over to Durango Doughworks the next morning for a great breakfast. "I'd tell any visitor to wake up, have some coffee and head to Doughworks. It's pretty much the number one breakfast place in town."

Hike Patch Creek Trail

What’s Durango without some outdoor adventure? Anderson loves to hike along the Patch Creek Trail: "If you hike Patch Creek Trail to the base of Engineer Mountain, the wildflowers in that area are the most amazing thing you'll ever see."

Durango Whitewater Park

Durango Whitewater Park would be the next stop for Alex Mickel of Mild to Wild Rafting, rounding out the afternoon with some water sports: “Durango Whitewater Park was one of the first whitewater parks in the state. It’s had a series of updates that have made the surfing and rafting there just incredible.”

Animas Brewing Company

Finally, Joy Martin would head to Animas Brewing Company for celebratory drinks and a final send-off in true Durango fashion: with craft beer. “Animas Brewing has a good patio right on the river. They have an awesome double IPA and killer soft pretzels.”

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