December 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Start the morning right with the most important meal of the day: Breakfast
You'll find a massive breakfast burrito smothered in green chili and cheese at The Pantry Restaurant downtown. Or, stop by the local City Diner for a hearty plate of biscuits and gravy with some fresh green chilis added to the mix for a Puebloan twist. Looking to immerse yourself in the artistic sub-culture of Downtown Pueblo? Head over to The Daily Grind Cafe for an exotic cup of coffee or tea and a scrumptious breakfast sandwich or a vegan breakfast burrito.
After breakfast, start your voyage into local history at the El Pueblo History Museum to learn about the interaction of American Indian, Mexican, and American cultures. The museum is full of fascinating artifacts, colorful murals, and interesting stories that will surround you in a world that was reality only a little over a century ago.
Jump on to CO 96 and head to Westcliffe and explore all that Westcliffe has to offer. All Aboard Westcliffe’s historical Railroad District has the last standing Single Stall Engine House in Colorado and a small railroad museum showcasing an era of steam locomotive transportation that served the remote high mountain valley.
Then on to Beckwith Ranch - a window to the old romantic west with its turn-of-the-century splendor and day-to-day life on a large cattle ranch. Backtrack on CO 96 to CO 165 to Bishop’s Castle, which began as a one-man project and has evolved into an enchanting blend of fantasy and the frontier experience.
By now, it has to be lunchtime. Keep driving down CO 165 back to Pueblo and, after a beautiful drive, dig in to some delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine at Jorge’s Sombrero. Or, if you want something quick for takeout, zip by Collette’s Carry Out restaurant for some rustic, hearty Italian food. But don’t spend too much time at the table! Now it’s time to head to Lake Pueblo, where you can hike or cycle on the numerous trails, boat or jet-ski over the lake, or relax and tube down the Arkansas River.
After three or four hours of fun on the water, drive a couple miles to the Do Drop Inn restaurant and enjoy one of their many Italian cuisines or their unique pizzas which have a hint of sweetness in the dough. Or, go around the corner for a classic American meal and an ice-cold brew at The Poorhouse restaurant.
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