This last week I spent a refreshing week with some of my family camping in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. We love just hanging out in the beautiful outdoors, but we also love visiting nearby Salida with its historic downtown full of all kinds of fun shops and galleries.
The buildings themselves are an interesting and lovely blend of yesterday’s style and today’s function. They have carefully retained old painted signs and architecture.
Not only are there a lot of bike riders in the area, nearly every shop has a bicycle “mascot” parked out front, ranging from aged classics to the new and super cute!
We have a couple of favorite coffee shops we stop at. We usually start the day at Café Dawn with lattes and Italian sodas…
And later stop at Brown Dog Coffee…. They won me this year with their coconut carob chip ice cream!
And every time I have to get another photo of the famous kayak wall. I had always thought it would be fun to learn to kayak (lessons happen right there on the river in Salida) but I think I will just settle for painting them this time around.
Last, but not least, I love just driving up and down the streets looking at all the lovely houses. There are miniature little Victorian style brick homes next to adobe homes, next to styles I don’t recognize. Unfortunately, I only got a picture of this colorful cutie tucked in between a couple of stores. I will just have to go back one of these days and get some pictures of homes…
Thanks for letting me share one of my favorite places with you! Have you been to Salida? What was your favorite?