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Central City/Black Hawk: Rivals Then, Rivals Now

Central City/Black Hawk: Rivals Then, Rivals Now

One hour west of Denver, the historic towns of Central City and Black Hawk still tell the story of Colorado’s roots. The Central City Mining District kicked off Colorado’s first gold rush. John Gregory discovered…

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A Spirited Bunch: Central City’s Ghosts

A Spirited Bunch: Central City’s Ghosts

A ghost hunter’s fantasy, Central City harbors bodiless souls around every corner and in many of its historic buildings. The town, founded in 1859 during the Gold Rush, has had its share of fires, floods,…

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Central City Opera House: Something to Sing About

Central City Opera House: Something to Sing About

Central City, 35 miles west of Denver, may be known best to outsiders as a gambling town, but the casinos aren’t the only attractions. The Central City Opera House, built in 1878, offers a historic…

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Central City Restaurants: Everything From Fine Dining to Saloons

Central City Restaurants: Everything From Fine Dining to Saloons

If you find yourself in Central City on your Colorado vacation, then you’re probably there for the casino scene.  With all the casino buffets around, it would seem that there is little room for restaurants…

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Hooper Homestead Guest Quarters: A Relaxing Retreat

Hooper Homestead Guest Quarters: A Relaxing Retreat

Central City has a lot to offer, and trying to fit it all in can prove to be a bit hectic. If you need time to recharge your batteries with a bit of quiet time…

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Casino Royale in Central City

Casino Royale in Central City

Way back in the late 1800s, Central City was given the moniker of “The Richest Square Mile on Earth” as a result of the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush.  To put it plainly, Central City really…

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Colorado Scenic Byways: Peak to Peak Highway

For nearly a century, travelers have admired the Peak to Peak Highway’s forested slopes, snow-dusted mountains and sweeping vistas. In 1918, the state named the route its first scenic byway. When the Colorado Scenic and…

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Central City: Sample Opera in Small Bites

Central City: Sample Opera in Small Bites

Opera is one of those things — those things you wish you knew more about but don’t. Some (I?) wish we knew more about our town’s sports team, or the latest episode of the hit…

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Salida Offers a Package of Surprises

If you enjoy visiting smaller towns, Salida, Colorado, might be the perfect spot for you to enjoy a vacation. The area offers beautiful scenery while you are bordered on all sides by mountains. In 2017…

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Face the Music: Vocal Band Hits the Right Note

Face the Music: Vocal Band Hits the Right Note When you see the all-vocal rock band Face, your first job is to lose all preconceptions of a cappella music. Forget old-time gospel-hour tunes. Ix-nay on…

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National Repertory Orchestra: Making Music in Breckenridge

When Indiana University music major David Waldman heard that his 10-minute private violin audition won him a spot in the National Repertory Orchestra, the first thing he thought was that he wouldn’t have to go…

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