Georgetown Loop Railroad - Georgetown, Colorado
The Georgetown Loop Railroad is a train that takes you in the mountains in Georgetown, Colorado. It is open from April through January yearly. Georgetown is a cute little mountain town with a population just over one thousand. It is about a fifty minute drive from Denver depending on traffic (forty five miles).
November through December you can ride the train through Santa’s Lighted Forest. Tickets vary depending if you are in the Coach, Parlor or Presidential Car. The ride is only about a four and a half mile trip and takes about forty five minutes. You get to see Santa and sing a holiday song or two. There are lights in the forest as you ride. We went the weekend after Christmas and sat in the Coach Car, it was plenty warm. It was hard to see at times as the windows fog but it was enjoyable. Next year we are going to splurge on the Parlor Car. It was a fun holiday thing to do.
The Railroad is closed early January through April. While they are open, there are several events from April through November before the Lighted Forest. You should check out their website here, https://www.georgetownlooprr.com/ .
We did not give ourselves enough time to explore Georgetown before the train which I would recommend. Things close early so make sure you go in time. There are several cute shops and many restaurants. One of my favorite shops is Shoppe International, one side of the store is all holiday decor and ornaments. I have several ornaments that I have purchased from here and they are some of my most cherished. I also like visiting Ophelia’s Antique Gallery and The Silver Fox for antiques.
Georgetown Valley Candy is a great spot for a treat, they have amazing homemade chocolates. End of the Line is a cute little gift shop that has a old school soda fountain counter where you can get ice cream and milkshakes. It’s too cute! There are several other shops and restaurants to try.
Some places on my list for the next trip would consist of the Dusty Rose Tea Room for high tea, reservations are recommended. Also, on another trip to Georgetown, we briefly stopped by Hotel de Paris. There is a cute gift shop in the front and you can take a tour as it is now a museum. On that trip, we did not have time to take a tour. I just learned that they have a wine, charcuterie and cheese tour on the fourth Friday from May through September. One day soon I would like to do this and I’ll write a post about it!
Until then, there always seems to be something happening in this cute mountain town. You should visit!