Places to Eat and Sleep - 3/2/11 version
NOTE - still working on this page.
Los Alamos - there are several motels and B&Bs in Los Alamos and nearby White Rock. The are 6-10 restaurants, all in Los Alamos.
La Cueva/Jemez Springs - there is one motel in La Cueva, the xxxxxxx. A single restaurant is next door. There are several restaurants and a bar in Jemez Springs.
Santa Fe - there are restaurants, cafes, motels, lodges, and B&Bs too numerous to mention.
Espanola - several restaurants and motels.
Abiquiui - one motel with restaurant; quite nice. (get nameXXX)
Chama - several of each; restaurants, cafes, motels, and lodges.
Amicas pizza & micro-brewery (lunch,dinner)
Benson's bar and outside patio (lunch,dinner)
Boathouse Cantina, on the river (lunch,dinner)
Cornucopia Bakery & Cafe (lunch)
First Street Cafe (bkfst,lunch,dinner)
Laughing Ladies (lunch,dinner)
Mama D's (sandwiches only)
Moonlight Pizza, the best pizza in town (lunch,dinner)
Salida Cafe and Roastery, on the river (bkfst,lunch,dinner)
Safeway - Starbucks and deli sandwiches to go
216 Ferraros (lunch,dinner)
Country Bounty (bkfst,lunch,dinner)
Fiesta Mexicana (lunch,dinner)
Patio Pancake (bkfst,lunch)
Twisted Cork (lunch,dinner)
Grimo's Italian Restorante (dinner)
Buena Vista Restaurants - Eddyline Restaurant and Brewery, Casa del Sol, Buffalo Bar & Grill, Evergreen Cafe, Bongo Billy's coffee shop, Dairy Delight - burgers/fries/ice cream, City Market Deli, Coyote Cantina and Gunsmoke Cafe (Johnson Village), Princeton Hot Springs Restaurant (southwest of Buena Vista).
Gunnison Eateries - Palisades, Spaghetti Joe's, Mexican Place, Safeway Deli, many cafes.
Crested Butte Gustatory Experiences - too numerous to mention.
Sargents, Almont, Taylor Park & Tincup joints - Tomichi Creek Trading Post in Sargents (B,L,D,bar); hamburger joint in Almont; Gold Cup Cafe at Taylor Park Trading Post (B,L,D); Frenchy's in Tincup (B,L,early D).
La Garita - La Garita Store has the best hamburgers in the San Luis Valley. Their breakfast is pretty darn good, too.
Monte Vista, Del Norte, South Fork - Some small, nice restaurants; McDonalds, Burger King, Burger Shack.
Salida - there are many motels and B&Bs in and close-by Salida. The only motel I recommend is the Super 8 because so many motorcyclists stay there and it used to be owned by Uncle Buck, a colorful rider and resident of Salida. One advantage is that you get to eat at all the fine places in Salida for breakfast and dinner. The hot pool at the motel and the public one across the street are frequented in the early evening by young, scantily-clad ladies from far away exotic locales (Nebraska, Arkansas ;-)
Poncha Springs - Poncha Springs is only five miles from Salida; check out the very affordable Poncha Lodge motel: 719-539-6085
Buena Vista - there are some motels and B&Bs in and close-by Buena Vista. It's not a bad place to stay, but it's a little far to drive out each day, and you'll end up going over Cottonwood Pass or through St Elmo each day. For access to Taylor Park, you might want to consider driving over to Gunnison and staying in town or camping north of there at Spring Creek Reservoir.
Garfield - the Monarch Mountain Lodge is near Monarch Pass and is a popular place to stay, although a little isolated. The lodge has it's own restaurant (also open to the public). If your bike is street legal, you can ride from the lodge to several nearby trailheads (Crest Tr, North Fooses) and access to USFS dirt roads is also convenient.
Maysville - I have a friend who rents a house in Maysville: Yellow Honk House located right next to the road to Pride of the West inactive mine.
Pitkin - there are several very nice B&Bs in Pitkin. Quartz Cr Lodge serves meals to guests; otherwise dining opportunities are very limited.
Gunnison - there are some motels and B&Bs in and close-by Gunnison. The only motel I recommend is the Super 8 because I've stayed there and it's nice. There are not as many places to eat as Salida, and it's a longer drive to the Sargents area than from Salida, but then, you have easy access to other places to ride north of Gunnison. And long-legged coeds will be heading back to WSU all summer long (well the dumb ones will be going back that early ;-)
Almont - Three Rivers Resort - cabins and lodge and restaurant. Harmel's Ranch Resort (horse friendly - not moto friendly).
Spring Creek Reservoir - You can get to Spring Creek Reservoir by driving from Buena Vista over Cottonwood Pass and then about 25 miles of dirt road or by driving north out of Gunnison.
Spring Creek Reservoir is the center of the Gunnison Basin and Taylor Park trail riding area. It is the absolute best place to ride out of. Second best would be riding out of Almont or Gunnison.
Taylor Park - see lodging and camping info in the <COSF01 FAQ>.
Crested Butte - there are many motels, lodges, guest houses, and B&Bs in Crested Butte and Mount Crested Butte (they are three miles apart). The number of tourist shops, art galleries, restaurants, and other interesting shops is quite large and will keep you and any family members you bring along thouroughly entertained. Access to riding is excellent. The Colorado 500 and Rocky Mtn 300 guys stay here in late summer.
Monte Vista, Del Norte, South Fork - there are several motels in Monte Vista, Del Norte, and South Fork. Nothing fancy. I recommend Foothills Lodge in South Fork because I've stayed there and it's very comfortable.