Georgetown Loop Railroad
A few weeks back I looked into the Georgetown Loop Railroad for a short trip to the mountains to hopefully see some fall foliage and get the girls on a train. Only forty minutes from Denver, on a good traffic day, Georgetown is a cute, quintessential gold mining town from about a hundred years ago. They still have an adorable Main Street with lots of gift shops. We had heard about two options for breakfast up there, one was the Whistle Stop Cafe, a diner, but it wasn't on the main drag and it was TEENY TINY, so we decided on the Happy Cooker, which was situated in an adorable old Victorian, also itty bitty. We put our name on the list and Arlo and I ventured around outside a bit. We popped inside an old general store, and those wooden floors and the smells of everything just reminded of my Great Aunt's canning closet in her basement. Familiar, musky, full of history and spice. They had a fresh deli counter and I wanted to sample cheese and walk around more, but we had to get back to the brunch.
Dining out with two toddlers is no small feat so we have learned to look over the menu in advance and know exactly what we want to order. When we got our table and our waitress came to take our drink order she was shell-shocked that we knew our food order too. She was unfriendly, look scattered and frazzled, and didn't even crack a smile. The food was cold and tasteless. We had ordered a waffle for the girls and there were four slivers of a strawberry on the entire waffle, it was tasteless albeit the scoop of ice cream on it. I had the Eggs Benedict, cold and needed more salt, and husband ordered Huevos Rancheros and it was basically a bowl of black bean soup with runny eggs floating on top- disgusting brunch experience. I blog about this because, because not everyone and everywhere gets an A+ all the time and I love to be honest in my review and recommendations for people reading this. Next time, I would venture over to the Whistle Stop Cafe or another spot.
Despite the food, the ambience was charming and the walk along Main Street in the fall was beautiful. Windy, but beautiful. We had to drive up to the train stop where you catch the train and the lot was full so we had to park a little bit down the mountain and walk up- good thing we left the restaurant when we did! Tickets were purchased ahead of time and waiting for us in Will Call which helped too. Then it was time to wait in line and hop aboard- I admit, I was just as excited as the girls!
The ride was chilly and windy as we sat in the open car. Poor Remy had wind burned cheeks after from hanging her head out the entire time. But gorgeous! Mostly pine and needle trees near here, but there were yellow Aspen leaves dancing and sparkling in the wind along the route. There is a short stop and the train turns around to come back. There is an opportunity, short break, to pop in the store and shop. They had some beautiful Christmas ornaments. We didn't have time, so we got back on the train.
Remy was really looking forward to hot cocoa so we drove back down to the main drag and found parking right in the lot on the Northern end of Main. We walked right across the street to the cutest coffee shop complete with a kiddie kitchen, books, sofas and a fireplace. There was also an elderly woman selling beautiful carved ornaments from the fallen Aspen trees up there. We bought a couple for the memory of our family visit there.
Here are some photos from the trip!
Remy is wearing a coat from Old Navy and Arlo's coat is from H&M and runs big so we will be wearing it for awhile! I am wearing a thrifted metallic, brocade skirt by J.Crew and HOW AMAZE is this brocade skirt by 3.1 Phillip Lim and only $37!!! Boots by Dolce Vita, need to get this pair next, and dotted tights from Loft. My plaid jacket is vintage Emmanuel Ungaro from a charity shop I visited when we went out west recently, but this modern-day cream one by Delpozo is pretty darn spectacular.