First time ever I’ve paid my money in a museum and promptly been locked in!
Picture book town, walkable in 30 minutes. Great to find a venue where the default temperature for tea is not “iced”. Get with the programme USA 😉
This is easily one of the most beautiful towns I’ve seen. It’s got the perfect setting in the mountains and all of the buildings downtown are very well kept. The Hotel De Paris Museum was great and the guide was phenomenal. Well worth the admission. I wish we had time for the railroad, but it was also quite expensive for something that lasts just over an hour.
I’m the last person who would know anything about afternoon tea, but the Dusty Rose was a new and fun experience for me. I have to admit, I felt a little out of place – actually, very out of place – in such an environment, but my first afternoon tea will definitely not be my last.
Distance from Idaho Springs: 15 miles
Driving time from Idaho Springs: 18 minutes
Georgetown is a successful mining town but the focus here isn’t on the mines. The small historic downtown is home to a fine collection of Victorian buildings filled with antique shops and a few restaurants. Georgetown makes for an easy day trip from Denver.
- The small historic downtown is the star attraction. It’s filled with colorful Victorian buildings.
- Go back in time by visiting the Hotel De Paris Museum. This historic hotel was the Ritz-Carlton of its day and was considered the finest hotel between Chicago and San Francisco in the late 19th century. Almost the entire building is filled with 100% authentic artifacts from the hotel’s glory days. Guided tours are mandatory and admission is $7 for adults.
- The Georgetown Loop Railroad is an exciting stretch of railroad that can be combined with an optional silver mine tour. There are special themed rides planned throughout the summer season. See the schedule for more details and pricing.
- No visit to a Victorian town would be complete without tea at a Victorian tea house! Jeannette and Chris are the wonderful hosts of The Dusty Rose Tea Room, which features a selection of over 30 specialty teas. All of the food is prepared from scratch using Jeannette’s special recipes. The scones are especially worth trying. They’re open daily except Mondays and Tuesdays. Reservations are highly recommended.