About a month ago, we decided to take a last minute road trip up to Durango, Colorado. And today, we’re sharing our little weekend getaway with you. We’re sure we’re not the first ones to say, “I could really live here…” while visiting Durango and if you haven’t made a trip yourselves, hopefully our pictures will give you a nudge in the right direction.
Naturally, we wanted to check out the coffee scene in the picturesque mountain town and it did not disappoint. We found a fun coffee shop called Bedhead Coffeehouse along Highway 3, right on the outskirts of town. It’s connected to a handful of shops that have a retro diner exterior. We came at a pretty quiet time, which was great for us because we were able to unwind after our little road trip. Patrick, the owner, prepared our lattes for us and filled them up perfectly to the tippy-top with some amazing latte art, to boot. He’s been all over the world exploring everything coffee, so he knows a thing or two about third wave coffee movement. The care he puts into each cup really takes his coffee to a whole other level.
After gushing about his coffee, we settled in on some mancala, a favorite game from Whit’s childhood. And thankfully nobody was there besides Patrick to see her crush Jay in all three games. But, oh how the tables turn…the table next to us had chess – a game that was agonizingly brutal for Whit and so satisfying for Jay.
An hour and some change passed by before we realized that it was time for us to grab some lunch and head into town.
But first….Animas Brewing Company. A new-ish brewery off of Main Street that definitely has a local vibe to it. Those are the kind of places we love, so we were pretty happy enjoying a few drinks and sharing a ‘For the Birds’ pastie. If you’ve never heard of a pastie (we hadn’t), it’s basically a pie filled with beef or chicken along with some veggies. The pastie was pretty tasty (sorry, we had to…)!
And it’s right next to the the gorgeous and peaceful Animas River, so take a stroll before or after you imbibe on some beverages – if you’re lucky you’ll catch the Durango & Silverton train coming through town while you’re on the patio!
After we checked into our hotel, we took pictures while walking down Main Street. Durango is a fun town with a lot of charm, so everywhere you turn you’re either looking at a red brick building that’s been around for over 100 years or gazing into the distance at the beautiful mountainside backdrop.
After a full day of exploring and eating, we went back to our hotel to call it a night. The next morning, we drove to another local coffee shop, 81301 Coffee Roasters. And if you want to show out-of-downers what the heartbeat of Durango looks like, this coffeehouse would be it. It has an outdoorsy feel to it with a cycling theme that carries throughout the shop without being too in your face. Their prices are soooo good, too – I mean, we’re used to LA prices of $5-$6 per cup, so anywhere that serves their own artisan coffee for half the price is a win-win in our book!
We settled on the pour over (which was a whooping $2) and a mocha latte; both were stellar. This is the kind of place where the locals go to catch up with friends and enjoy a latte without the cooler-than-thou barista (and let’s be honest, we’ve all experienced somebody who thinks they’re way cooler than you…). They even have a roasting room in the back where you can watch fresh beans doing their thing. You definitely want to pick up a bag of their ColoRADo Blend and possibly a giant, fresh cinnamon roll, too!
Before heading out, we decided to grab one last bite to eat and found ourselves at Doc Hathaway’s Cafe. We heard it had an In N Out-style burger, so of course the true Californians in us had to try it. And it was pretty darn close to an animal-style burger from our beloved. And it was worth all the calories along with the waffles-cut fries that came with it (some of the best we’ve had). And it never hurts when you have the best seat in the house – a spot overlooking Downtown/Main street. We’d recommend this place to anybody looking for a no-frills restaurant with great prices and again, a spot locals go to.
We came to Durango, tired, hungry and excited and left well-caffenatied, full and still super excited for our next trip back. If you talk to the locals (which we recommend you always do), you’ll hear that a lot of them left their busy lives in big cities to live in the beautiful mountains – a dream of a simpler life. As Henry David Thoreau said, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…”.