Day 8 – 25 Days of Christmas Challenge – A Day in Georgetown

This post is kind of a 2-for-1. It is Day 8 of the 25 Days of Christmas Challenge, but it is also a recap of our day in Georgetown. It is a Christmas and Holiday special.

The little town of Georgetown is a mountain town nestled into the foothills of of Clear Creek County, about 1-1 1/2 hours west of Denver. It has been known as Colorado’s Christmas town for the past 51 years. In years past, it was the place to go to celebrate Christmas from the Old West with it’s traditional Christmas Market. There were Christmas carolers dressed in clothes of yore. You could roast chestnuts and ride horse drawn carriages through the town. The shops were filled with shoppers looking for those unique Christmas gifts for their loved ones. There was story time, and readings of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with Old St. Nick himself strolling through the town. This all sounds like so much fun and a great way to ring in the holidays.

Sadly, with all that is going on in the world today, these traditions are no longer taking place. My friend Suzanne and I ventured up to Georgetown yesterday, hoping to see and experience all this wonderful Christmas magic, but there was none to be found. Instead of a bustling Christmas Market, we were strolling through what seemed to be the streets of a ghost town. So many of the shops were closed, and are closed for good, with many more following down that path. It was really very sad.

There were, however a few shops still open, and the town was still as festive as could be expected during these tough and tragic times. The shops that were open still believe in the magic of the season, and are happy to see everyone who stops in to see them. The shopkeepers are still full of smiles and warm hearts, and still offer unique, one-of-a-kind items that can only be found in Georgetown. Now, more than ever though, they really need you to pay them a visit. That would really brighten their day and will help them to keep their doors open for yet another Christmas season to come.

While strolling down the streets, we stopped in at Georgetown Coffee and Tea for a warm cappaccino and a chai tea.

The little coffee shop is not only a coffee shop, but has a tiny library upstairs as well. Normally, you could enjoy a “cuppa” and a good book at the same time. Right now, though, you can only do one or the other, but you cannot sit and stay to really enjoy either.

Fortunately, our barista Natalie had a warm smile and a great personality that she served up with our delicious warm “cuppas”. She even decorated our drinks with a Christmas tree and a heart.

Georgetown Coffee and Tea is located at 612 6th Street Atrium. You can contact them online at http://www.georgetowncoffee.com or at Insta@Georgetown_Coffee. You can also give them a call at (303) 569-5195. But you will get the best experience if you stop in and say “hi” in person. There is a a little shop on the side that offers unique items, plus a warm and inviting old stove fireplace to help keep you warm while you are waiting for your coffee to be brewed.

I was showing off my Christmas spirit and my Christmas socks while enjoying a butter pecan latte.

A couple of doors down from Georgetown Coffee and Tea was the Shoppe Internationale, owned and operated by Janice and Mike Moore.

Janice is full of smiles and has many, many beautiful items to share from around the world. She has all kinds of Christmas goodies, jewelry and unique kitchen items, just to name a few of her specialties. Both Suzanne and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit with Janice and we both came out with a couple of unique items as Christmas gifts for ourselves. After all, you have to spoil yourself sometimes too.

Shoppe Internationale is in the Masonic Building, also on the 6th Street Atrium, at 606-608 6th Street. You can call at (303) 569-2495 or you can contact them at mjmoore@sitestar.net. Janice will be more than happy to help you find that perfect gift and just what you are looking for.

After strolling through town and shopping, sight seeing, and visiting with everyone we met, it was time for brunch/lunch. One of the friendly faces we had to talk to was Gwynovere. If only I had Vinnie with me.

We stopped in at the Happy Cooker. “The Happy Cooker was first opened in 1974 serving breakfast and specialty waffles. Through the years not much has changed. We continue to provide homemade meals from original recipes we have kept in the family for years. We are considered a long-time icon in the town of Georgetown.” The Happy Cooker is a family owned restaurant, owned and operated by Derek Markley. It is at 412 6th Street. You can call them at (303) 263-0737 or visit them online at HistoricHappyCooker@aol.com

I LOVE how it states on the menu that “friendly people and well behaved dogs are welcome on the patio. All dogs, most husbands and some children must be on a leash ” too.

There was one beautiful husky named Penny, who was definitely very well behaved and was thoroughly enjoying her day.

The portions at the Happy Cooker are HUGE and the food is made in house and fresh everyday. It was very, very good too. Suzanne ordered biscuits and gravy and I ordered the huevos rancheros. As good as it was, I was lucky to get through only about 1/2 of my meal before I had to call it a day.

We had a full day and full tummies. We were most definitely happy shoppers and so glad we drove up into the mountains for a little holiday fun. So while you are out and about doing your holiday shopping, pay a visit to your local small businesses and spread the holiday cheer. They all need you more than ever right now and they are ready to help you with all of your holiday needs.

Happy Holidays Everyone. Stay safe and stay well. ‘Til the next time.

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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