With its shimmering sunsets, gilded aspen leaves, and 270 days of sunshine a year, Golden is appropriately named. Known as the town “Where the West Lives,” Golden is only 15 miles from downtown Denver and 30 miles from Denver International Airport. Two large mesas east of the city protect Golden from urban sprawl and, with only 20,000 residents, the city retains its small-town feel.
Founded in 1859 during the Colorado gold rush, Golden preserves a patina of its Old West past while offering the best of the New West. Table Mountain Inn is a boutique hotel with 74 guest rooms and 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space. With gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains, the inn is only an hour’s drive from world-class ski resorts. The picturesque Golden Hotel, perched on the banks of Clear Creek, radiates classic mountain lodge charm. The breathtaking scenery makes the Golden Hotel ideal for weddings, reunions, and other celebrations. The hotel has 6,500 square feet of up-to-date facilities for corporate needs with a divisible ballroom, break out rooms, and courtyard.
Golden is home to the famous Coors Brewery, founded in 1873. Today Coors is the world’s largest single site brewery. The facility offers free 30-minute tours Thursday through Monday, finishing with free samples of its great beers. Other Golden institutions include the University of Colorado School of Mines and the American Mountaineering Center. Culture buffs will want to visit the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra at Bunker Auditorium or view exhibits at Foothills Art Center located in a historic Gothic-style stone and brick mansion constructed in 1872.
No visit to this authentic Western wonderland would be complete without hiking or biking on Golden’s extensive 20-mile trail system which connect Clear Creek, Chimney Gulch, and the Table Mountains. Golden also offers opportunities to paraglide and fly fish. Whether your event is fun, family, or business, Golden offers an genuine Western ambiance, stunning scenic beauty, and a wealth of recreational activities. And it’s all incredibly close to Denver.