A recent day of old-fashioned ice skating on Evergreen Lake was made all the better with lunch at Creekside Cellars Winery & Italian Cafe.

The cozy spot, which sits on the banks of Bear Creek, bustles with both locals and tourists in search of made-on-the-premises wines and a well-rounded menu. Creekside delivers with sips like the easy-to-drink, lightly tannin-ed Cab Franc and a menu of hearty paninis, made-from-scratch soups, and fresh antipasto.

Best bets include the soups du jour—don’t miss the roasted red-pepper bisque or, if available, the vegetable medley—and the rosemary chicken panino with fresca mozzarella, grilled chicken, and roma tomatoes on focaccia. (FYI: The sandwiches are easily shared.)

Bonus: Children are well served, too, with whipped-cream-topped hot cocoa and a kids’ menu—think grilled turkey and cheese on focaccia with applesauce or fruit on the side.

28036 Hwy 74, Evergreen, 303-674-5460

Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.