Table Mountain Inn donates Holland House menus

By Mark Dodge

Our friends over at Table Mountain Inn (TMI) recently donated some old Holland House menus and TMI photographs. Apparently they were found and collected there over the years. Prior to opening in 1992, the Table Mountain Inn was home to the Holland House, a hotel famous for food… Read more…

A warm bowl hits the spot on cold nights

By Corrie Sahling


“Our tortilla soup is a staple,” said Erich Rachel, executive chef at Golden’s Table Mountain Inn. “Especially in the winter months, it starts to hit more.”  Read more….

Beer and generosity

New City Manager Jason Slowinski will be at Golden Beer Talks tonight, and the featured brewery is Barrels & Bottles.  The talk will start at about 6:30, and if you want to be sure to get a table, come earlier, like 6-ish.  The venue, as always, is Windy Saddle Cafe, right under the Welcome arch downtown.

Golden Beer Talk - Jason Slowinski

This is Colorado Gives Day.  The Golden Civic Foundation is hosting a party at the Table Mountain Inn for Golden’s non-profit organizations, from 4:30-7.  Even if you can’t make the party, please consider supporting some of Golden’s eligible organizations.  They’ll get a little extra from the Community First Foundation if you make your donations today.  (You must give through the Colorado Gives website to get the matching funds.)

One final option:  there’s a free lecture tonight at Earth Treks Climbing Center Paige Claassen will be speaking about her Top 10 Climbs from around the world and Upslope Brewing Company will be serving beer!  Contributions to the American Alpine Club are welcome.

Golden Holiday Homes Tour

Dave Powers got some thoroughly cute pictures of yesterday’s parade!  See them on our Facebook page.

Olde Golden Christmas on ParadePhoto by Dave Powers

Are you planning to do the Golden Holiday Homes Tour today?  You should!  The Homes Tour provides an opportunity to see inside some of the oldest and most interesting houses in town.  I’ve been attending for at least twenty years, and over the years, I’ve seen houses with wells in the basement, a house built with a built-in mine, houses that have been subdivided into student apartments, and houses that have been un-divided, and restored into beautiful single family homes.  This year, all of the houses are conveniently located close together in the 12th Street Historic District.

Holiday Tour of Historic Homes

The homes will be open from 11-4, and the cost is $25 per person.  You can start the tour at either of two locations:  Donelson Architecture, at 1211 Cheyenne Street, or the new Marv Kay Athletic Facility at 1250 12th Street. The Athletic Facility will only be open till 2, so if you start the tour after that time, go to Donelson’s office.

Thanks, Golden Landmarks Association, for organizing this event!  If you need more information, call their office at 303-279-1236.

Tour extras:

As a special treat for tour-goers, the new Spinster Sisters “microsoapery” on 12th Street will be handing out free samples, so be sure you stop there!

Three of the houses will have door prizes, so be sure you drop your ticket in the bowl, for a chance to win!

Present your tour brochure at the Table Mountain Inn, and receive one free entree when you buy one, between 11AM and 4PM!

Statues, candles, fireworks, and giving

The Public Art Commission will meet tomorrow morning at 9 in City Council Chambers.  They will consider proposals for a new art piece to be installed  in the roundabout by King Soopers.  They will also discuss a family of bronze elk to be installed in the new roundabout at the entrance to the Heritage Dells neighborhood.  Since the neighborhood requested the piece, chose the subject, and secured its own funding (from the Golden Civic Foundation), the Art Commission will discuss whether this grouping should be considered part of the public art collection.  Finally, the Commission will discuss “de-accessioning” (getting rid of) several pieces along the Creek, including the deer by the Visitors Center, the kids sledding by the Library, the Victorian girl near the pedestrian bridge, the group of bears by the Clear Creek History Park, and the rodeo kids by the Golden Hotel.  Details are available on the City’s Agenda page.

The Candlelight Walk in Golden

Friday’s forecast predicts clear weather with a high in the 50s, so we should have great weather for the Candlelight Walk.  In addition to the usual activities, we’re going to have FIREWORKS after this year’s walk!  Remember the windy conditions on the 4th of July, that prevented us from shooting off the fireworks?  We’re going to have them this Friday instead!

Colorado Gives Day will take place next Tuesday, December 8th.  This is a day when people are encouraged to make a financial contribution to their favorite non-profit.  In order to encourage that,  the Community First Foundation subsidizes every dollar donated with an extra contribution.  They have a $1 million fund, and they distribute it proportionally to the organizations that participate in Colorado gives.

Since this is Golden, and like to party, we celebrate Colorado Gives Day with a party at the Table Mountain Inn.  Everyone is welcome, and a $5 donation at the door is suggested.  Lots of Golden’s cultural organizations, schools, and other non-profits plan to be there, and you’ll have the opportunity to donate to them or just talk, and learn more about them.

The Golden Civic Foundation is responsible for this shindig, so check their website to learn more about it and see who plans to participate.  For now, just make sure December 8th is on your calendar for COLORADO GIVES DAY!

Holiday Showcase and Paving Heritage Road

The Chamber is holding their Holiday Showcase this afternoon, 4:30-7, at the Table Mountain Inn.  Chamber members will be showcasing services, catering, gifts, baskets, and framing. Free to the public. Food, refreshments and music will be provided by “SubAtomic String Band.” Sponsored by Table Mountain Inn and the Golden Chamber of Commerce. 303-270-3113.  Everyone is welcome!

The City is scheduled to repave Heritage Road from Eagle Ridge Road south to about Apex Gulch in 2014. City staff is preparing alternative designs to address needed sidewalks, bike facilities and efficient traffic flow. The public is invited to review and comment on preliminary designs tonight from 6-9 in a meeting at Shelton Elementary School, 420 Crawford.

Happy New Year

The Ace Hi Tavern, Blue Canyon Grill, Indulge, Briarwood Inn, Wrigley’s Bar and Grill, Table Mountain Inn, Golden Hotel, and Heritage Square Music Hall are all hosting New Year’s Eve celebrations.  If you’re going out tonight, please drive carefully.


Miners Alley Playhouse will hold their annual Gala Party and Wine-Tasting tomorrow night at the Table Mountain Inn.  The actors and directors will be on hand to present the wines and generally be entertaining.  The Table Mountain Inn will provide their usual sensational hors d’oeuvres.  An auction will be running throughout the evening, featuring lots of vacations, services, and interesting merchandise.  Most importantly, the event will support Miners Alley Playhouse and keep live theater in downtown Golden.  Admission is $50 per person or $90 per couple.  Call 303-935-3044 for more information or purchase tickets online.  We’ll hope to see you there from 6-9 tomorrow night!

(By the way, you can bid on the auction items right now, online!)

Saddle Up and Party

It’s hard to believe, but our “new” Visitors Center is 15 years old!  Come celebrate the Center’s anniversary, and kick off the tourism season today from 5-8.  Food will be provided by the Table Mountain Inn, beer provided by MillerCoors, and live music by guitarist David Potter.  This event is hosted by the Golden Chamber.

The Buffalo Bill Saddle Club is having their monthly meeting tonight at 7, at the Jeffco Fairgrounds.  This group has been riding together since 1947.  They sponsor trail rides, horse camping trips, and gymkhanas, and they ride in parades.  If you’re a horse-lover and interested in playing with kindred souls, head to the fairgrounds and meet them.

Super Saturday

There’s a lot going on in town today.

  • The Colorado Mountain Club is celebrating its 100th birthday at the Mountaineering Center (710 10th St.).  They’ll have an exhibit hall and special programs that include Mark Obmascik (former Denver Post reporter), historian Tom Noel, and landscape photographer John Fielder.  The exhibit hall opens at noon and the programs begin at 4.
  • The VFW is holding a spaghetti dinner from 6-8 to raise money for cancer research and to help veterans with cancer.
  • The Table Mountain Inn is hosting a murder mystery dinner, starting at 6:30.
  • The Golden Gate Grange is holding a Valentine’s Prohibition Dance, with swing dancing in a roaring 20s setting, starting at 8. By all accounts, there were plenty of moonshiners in those hills during Prohibition!

See the details of these and many other events in the calendar below.

And now for something completely different….

A friend wants to find a new owner for a family heirloom–a player piano.  It’s beautifully refinished, but the “player” part isn’t working.  It’s free to a good home!  If that sounds like something you’d like to take on, please contact Mary Block at 720-530-0124.

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