Georgetown, CO is the former silver mining camp that was established in 1859 during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. Georgetown and neighboring Silver Plume are part of the federally designated Georgetown-Silver Plume National Landmark Historic District.
The towns are located 45 miles west of Denver along I-70 and a great sidetrip from Denver or Vail/Beaver Creek. Georgetown has a small, historic downtown. Here you will find a number of restaurants, shops and antique stores. I recommend taking a break from 1-70 traffic and walking around town to explore. Our recent finds include:
Georgetown Valley Candy Company: At 500 6th St., this charming store is a great spot for ice cream or for candy made on site
Dusty Rose Tea Room: This is a charming tea room just off the main street in an historic building from 1875. Make sure to email or call ahead for a reservation. 614 Rose St. (303) 569-3100.
Just west of Georgetown is Silver Plume, a small town of under 200 people, that was a former silver mining camp. Today it has a small number of historic homes and buildings.
Don’t miss the Silver Plume Tea Room. This is a charming antique shop and tea room that is located in an historic building from 1889. It was a mercantile store and a saloon. It became an antique store in 1959 and then expanded to a tearoom in 1995. Make sure to call ahead to make a reservation for their afternoon tea so they can have the tea and baked goods ready for you. 940 Main St. (303) 569-2368. They also have a selection of breakfast and lunch items.
A former mining supply store and bakery building is now DRAM Apothecary which features, bitters, teas, syrups and other cocktail accessories. They also feature food items and cocktails with an emphasis on local craft spirits, wild herbal syrups and sodas, plus Colorado craft beers. They are open for cocktails on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Make sure to check out their website for store hours. 1010 Main St.