First Timer's Guide: Crested Butte

October 10 2013, 1:00 PM


















Drink: One of the first things I noticed while walking around town was the sheer number of bars in Crested Butte. There are a lot. With all that choice, it can be hard to make a decision. Here, my two can't-miss suggestions.

Sample the light and dark rum at Montanya Rum Distillers, decide which you like best, and then order the appropriate cocktail. My suggestion: the India-inspired Maharaja, which combines the Oro dark rum with north Indian spices, ginger, and fresh lime for a well-balanced cocktail that'll excite even the most jaded palate. Tip: The snacks menu is small, but tasty. Order the brie and chutney platter ($10; pictured, right) for a large slab of the gooey cheese, crackers and baguette to spread it on, along with mango chutney and fresh apple slices. 

When the sun goes down, scoot over to Dogwood Cocktail Cabin, a prohibition era-style cocktail bar (kind of a mountain-chill version of Williams & Graham, without the hidden entrance) that features what feels like a neverending cocktail list. Sidle up to the bar for a gin-heavy D-Cup. Don't be scared off by the mention of wasabi on the ingredient list. It's a welcome kick of spice. Heads up: Dogwood closes its doors during stick season. It'll reopen Thanksgiving weekend.

Montanya Rum Distillers, 130 Elk Ave., 970-799-3206; open daily 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Dogwood Cocktail Cabin, 309 Third St., 970-349-6338; Tue-Sun 5 p.m.-midnight