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table mountain inn golden, colorado

Updated: Jun 11, 2023

Our Staycation Getaway to the Historic Mountain Town of Golden Colorado

It certainly has been a different year of travel for us and many others who are used to exploring the world far and wide. However, instead of being sad about the current state of the world, we've taken the past few months as an opportunity to explore more of our home state of Colorado.

Golden, Colorado has been on our list of places to escape to for a quick staycation. Downtown Golden has a charm to it, but we'd only ever spent an hour or two in the area -- usually just passing through. That is why we hopped in our car and took the quick 25-minute drive from downtown Denver to enjoy a night at the Table Mountain Inn in Golden, Colorado.

Historic Golden is a small town nestled against the Rocky Mountain foothills that was founded in the late 1800s. Downtown Golden has a level of preservation that will take anyone back to a time when Colorado was booming due to mining and the gold rush. Today, they have done a beautiful job of bringing the town up to speed to a more modern time, while still preserving the history with local restaurants, breweries, boutique shops, and endless amounts of adventure for those looking for a good outdoor activity. One of the best engineering universities in the country, the Colorado School of Mines, keeps the town youthful and vibrant.

Table Mountain Inn Golden, Colorado

The Table Mountain Inn has been a part of historic Golden since the early 1900s and has an adobe facade with traditional southwestern decor. The hotel is named after a flat-top mesa, Table Mountain, which is visible from most rooms. At both sunrise and sunset, we enjoyed watching the sun hit the various sides of Table Mountain. One of our other favorite aspects of this hotel is the restaurant downstairs called the Table Mountain Grill & Cantina -- more on that later!

We slept in the Santa Fe Executive Suite, a luxurious suite with a living room, a fireplace, a bedroom with a huge pillowtop bed, a kitchenette, a private bathroom, and two balconies with views of South Table Mountain. The room had that traditional southwest decor that reminded us of being in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The room came stocked with gourmet coffees -- perfect for a slow sunrise balcony wake up.

For dinner, we almost opted for room service and binge-watching Netflix, but instead decided to go downstairs and enjoy the Table Mountain Grill & Cantina. We overheard several people around town speaking highly of the restaurant. The cantina offers fresh southwestern cuisine and a large patio with heaters to keep you warm on a chilly evening. We both enjoyed a margarita and shared two dishes -- the chile relleno plate and the shrimp fajitas. Everything was so fresh and delicious! They even offer a popular brunch with options like chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. Bre and I hike in Golden often, so now we know the perfect spot to enjoy a post-hike margarita and some chips and guacamole.

We couldn't think of a better place to stay than the Table Mountain Inn for an adventurous getaway to Golden, Colorado. The hotel's central location in downtown Golden provides the perfect opportunity, within walking distance, to explore this historic yet modern mountain destination.

We know what you are thinking -- but what is there is to do in Golden, Colorado? Check out our things to do guide (coming soon) and our area hiking guide here!

If you stay at the Table Mountain Inn or decide to enjoy the Table Mountain Grill & Cantina, let them know that The Love and Adventure sent you!

In love and adventure,



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