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Georgetown will always have a special place in my heart. The amount of times we passed it going up and down the mountain every weekend from skiing is unbelievable. Not to mention stopping at The Happer Cooker for a hearty breakfast is always a must.

What is this town, you ask? It’s a precious mining town that was founded during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. It is located in the first layers of the Rocky Mountains at an altitude of 8,500 feet, only a small treck westward of downtown Denver. It has a true western feel, and is filled with little antique shops and candy shops that are bound to catch your fancy.

I always leave Georgetown with a few new treasures.

The beautiful historic mining towns of the Rocky Mountains I’ve always found to be so photogenic. They are tucked between layers and layers of hills and cliffs, pine forests and rivers, with stunning little buildings and the best contrasting colors. I love the feeling of being surrounded by mountains. If you adventure off just a little bit, you’ll catch some breathtaking views, like on Old Squaw Pass.


Last week some friends were in town from New York, an we decided to drive up to Georgetown via Old Squaw Pass. There are so many sites to see. The air here is so crisp and there is still the slight chill that winter has left in the Rockies.

We had the perfect view of Mt. Evans, one of Colorados 14ers.

With good tunes playing on the radio was trekked up and down the pass, with views of green, balding mountain tops and wildlife.

It’s nice to be home.

The Happy Cooker

This little place is hidden in the old mining town of Georgetown right off of I-70 in between the Denver/C-470 junction and the Eisenhower tunnel (on the way up to Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone & Loveland…) The precious town will catch your eye and right up by the “Hotel de Paris” is the little green house, The Happy Cooker.

With the living room/local feel you are comfy as ever- especially after a long day of tubing at the Copper Mountain Ski Resort! I personally am in love with their tomato & avocado eggs benedict. Perfection. Another gem is the breakfast platters with your choice of eggs, bacon/sausage and good ol’ taters.

It just is a must-see. Definitely pop by while antique shopping in the town on your way back from a hearty day of fresh winter powder- at least that’s what my family does every New Year’s Day!

The Happy Cooker
412 6th Street, Georgetown, Colorado