Let’s face it, one does not visit Georgetown, Colorado, for the nightlife. This charming, 1800s mining town, 45 minutes west of Denver, gets quiet after dark. However, there are a few places that stay open late where visitors can go for a drink and a laugh.
We visited Georgetown at the end of July and stayed downtown at Rose Street Bed & Breakfast. We stayed here 11 years ago when it was under different ownership. Between now and then it became a single-family home and then went back to being a bed and breakfast when Jamie and Justin Dowd bought it.
There are several very good reasons to stay at the Rose Street B&B. First of all, it’s located a stone’s throw from Guanella Brewery and it’s on the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway, or basically the start of the byway. It would be the perfect place to stay in the fall for those interested in exploring, hiking, and photographing this stunning scenic byway.
We were in the Guanella Pass Room, sense a theme here? It features a huge jetted tub in the main room making it great for a romantic getaway. Breakfast comes with the stay as does tea, coffee, and other goodies provided by Jamie.
Not only is breakfast delicious and attractive, but the house also is not one of those “doily bed and breakfasts” that makes Ryan uncomfortable. The interior design is the right mixture of Victorian charm and non-cluttered milieu that we prefer in 2021.
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Guests of Rose Street Bed & Breakfast are encouraged to decorate a rock to leave in the Painted Rock Garden. They provide everything you’ll need. Ryan’s artistic ability came in handy and his creation can be spotted immediately, while my addition will remain anonymous.
As written above, there is a brewery within a stumble of the bed and breakfast. Guanella Pass Brewing Company serves up slices of pizza alongside their craft beer. It’s a favorite of locals and dogs. Check their Facebook page or call for current hours of operation.
There are two places I would highly recommend for after-hours activities such as having a glass of wine and listening to live music. They are both downtown and within easy walking distance of the bed and breakfast. We hit both during our stay.
First up, we visited Sweet Easy for drinks and a piece of pie. Stylish with a huge colorful mural on the wall and scattered Victorian seating, this place is not your grandmother’s pie shop, but you could safely take her here.
While owner Les shakes drinks to perfection, his wife and co-owner, Veronica is pie maker extraordinaire. Think a slice of Mountain Berry with your Manhattan, or a slice of Banana Cream Pie with a Honey Bee (usually made with rum, honey and lemon). Fresh cookies are on the menu here too. Baked while you wait.
Sweet Easy also serves up bowls of warm truffle fries that will leave you happy, thirsty and craving more.
We also went to 511 Rose, about a one-minute walk from Sweet Easy and on the same street as Rose Street Bed & Breakfast. This is a restaurant, saloon and boutique. Everything is for sale, even the chairs. There seemed to be a lot of upscale motorcycle art for sale right now.
We ordered a couple of drinks and listened to Rob Solomon, the 511 Rose’s “music man” sing and play on the balcony upstairs. His beautiful rendition of Harvest Moon brought a tear to my eye. I went to sleep many nights listening to my dad strumming Neil Young, among other singer/songwriters, downstairs.
We live in a changing world right now, so it is best to call these spots in advance for hours of operation. Right now, the brewery closes at 7 p.m., 511 Rose at 8 p.m. and Sweet Easy closes at 9 p.m.
Thank you to Visit Clear Creek County for hosting my stay in beautiful Georgetown, Colorado.