Everyone LOVES Estes Park. If it were tres chic to wear “I <3 Estes Park” on everything you own, you would. For those of you who do not know this quaint little mountain town, it is the epitome of scenic, gorgeous, everything you’d want a mountain getaway to be and more. And the best part for you sugar-feigns, they have candy. Lots and lots of hand made candy. Those old-time candy shops have been a part of the history of Elkhorn Avenue (their main street) since 1905.
Even though this town seems like they only have one horse, they truly have tons of attractions (one being those big mountains people like to call “The Rocky Mountains”), great shopping, obviously the candy shops and an adorable little museum which will house the Sweet Past Time, History of Candy in Estes Park temporary exhibit through November 4, 2012.
What a fun, and quick, little exhibit to walk through. Read all about how Mr Cleave would yell to the boys “Dash it, fellows, you dinna want to chew it — you want to suck it” when they’d chew up all their candy within minutes of buying it. True story. Or about the longest running taffy shop, cleverly named “The Taffy Shop”, family run since 1935 – and heads up, they STILL do not accept credit cards. Next time I’m there I promise I will introduce them to 1997.
After you visit the Estes Park Museum and learn if there really is salt water in “Salt Water Taffy” or “what ailment the marshmallow root helps”, head out to the sweet streets of Estes Park and find yourself taffy, fudge, cupcakes, ice cream, cookies, crepes, caramel corn…if your sweet tooth is craving it, you’ll find it.
A great list of sweets to check out while you’re there:
Grandma’s Mountain Cookies – 217 W Elkhorn Ave
Yesterday’s Ice Cream (not literally) – 191 E Elkhorn Ave
The Taffy Shop – 121 E Elkhorn Ave
Laura’s Fudge Shop – 129 E Elkhorn Ave
Munchin House – 130 E Elkhorn Ave
Caramel Corn – 144 E Elkhorn Ave
Sweet Bites – 145 E Elkhorn Ave
What an amazing day or week trip this little town is at less than 2 hours from Denver. It’s rich in history and of course, my favorite, sweets!
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Disclaimer: Sugar Loco was set up with a two nights stay at the Estes Park Condos courtesy of Visit Estes Park. AH-MAZING river front, condos in which we would highly recommend you stay next time you’re in Estes Park. All opinions are 100% ours.