Small mountain towns can be severely lacking in its offerings when it comes to anything other than its outdoor activities, but Crested Butte is thankfully an exception.
It’s pretty obvious straightaway that the natural beauty of the place is enough to draw you in.
But the great thing is that the town of Crested Butte, though tiny, also packs a good punch.
It not only has these adorably colorful buildings along the main street…
…it also has super tasty coffee to get your morning started right. Camp 4 Coffee is a tiny joint just off of the main drag and it seems to have a steady stream of regulars coming and going. They know a good thing when they taste it.
When you start to feel a bit peckish, do not miss The Secret Stash. It’s at the end of the main road and lives in a nondescript little house. Here’s the salad that started us off well.
But it’s really the pizza you should be coming here for. Now, I know a photo can sometimes do a decent job of depicting real life objects, but in this case it falls short.
The pizza may or may not look like much, but please believe me when I say this may be the freshest pizza I’ve ever had. No joke. The toppings tasted as if they’d been picked from the garden that day. And I’m not usually one to go for a thick crust like this one, but lemme tell you that it just works. Makes my mouth water just reminiscing about it. :)
If pizza isn’t your thing, another great food joint is Izzy’s. Don’t be fooled by the mismatched plastic plates. The food tastes delicious no matter what it’s served on.
Looking at the image now, my ham and cheese crepe doesn’t look very big but it was probably twice the size of my normal serving size. Yum!
Reuben sandwich, coleslaw & a pickle.
To Go or No
Like some of the best Colorado Mountain towns (like Telluride or Silverton), Crested Butte is not easily accessible from major cities like Denver (it’s about a 5-hour drive with no traffic & decent road conditions). But sometimes it’s worth it to go out of your way for a good thing, and Crested Butte is a great place with a lot to offer.