4. Slow Down in Evergreen
A few years ago, my new girlfriend and I got in a car and headed up I-70 to Evergreen on a cool autumn day. It’s not a long trip, and looking back now, I don’t even remember what we talked about. What I do remember is how quickly we settled into the ride. We talked some, and then we didn’t. The conversation wasn’t forced, and the silence wasn’t awkward.
When we got to Evergreen, we wound our way to the lake and parked. You can stroll around the water’s edge in all seasons; the trail is about a mile and half, and an easy walk or snowshoe. During the summer, fishermen cast and recast, but they never seem to catch anything. When the lake freezes, the folks at the lake house plow the ice and rent skates to those willing to brave the wind and cold for a chance to hold hands while they glide across the ice. After our walk that day, the good conversation kept flowing—over a glass of wine in town and on the drive back to Denver. A little more than three years after that first trip, we went back to Evergreen on an icy December day. Skaters were out on the pond, but I steered her toward the path. At the edge of the lake, I got down on one knee and pulled a ring from my pocket. She said yes. —Patrick Doyle
Refuel Listen to live music at the Little Bear or head to Creekside Cellars for a wine flight and a cinnamon brownie.
The Details Evergreen Lake House: 29614 Upper Bear Creek Road, 720-880-1300, evergreenrecreation.com; Little Bear: 28075 Highway 74, 303-674-9991, littlebearsaloon.com; Creekside Cellars: 28036 Highway 74, 303-674-5460, creeksidecellars.net