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I don't go to these stores necessarily for the shopping, more for the fun of looking.
the Cowhand - has palamino stationed over doorway. Authentic cowboy clothes, boots, and hats. Who hasn't always wanted to try on a Stetson and a pair of snake skin boots.
Ben Franklin - kind of a catch-all store. The craft aisles start right inside the door and are fun to wander. I always buy my embroidery thread here, plus some candy.
City Market & surrounding shops - a grocery store and tourist stuff. You can see real locals at City Market and compare them with the tourists. In the other shops you can find pretty good fudge, CO t-shirts, and books on local lore.
Goodwill - where they sell the stuff you donate. I always go in thinking I'll just look, but I always walk out with something. Be sure to note the day, certain items are on sale. Plus, on Wednesday get the senior discount.
Written Aug 2, 2007
Address: right on hwy 24
Although it may not be the Museum of Natural History, the Dinosaur Resource Center actually does have a pretty interesting collection of fossils and fossil reproductions. It's a small place - the gift shop is almost as big as one of the exhibit rooms - and it's a bit pricey for what they have to offer - but as you can imagine, it's the only game in town when it comes to dinosaurs. My kids had a great time there, and I'm sure I would have learned quite a bit if they had slowed down long enough for me to read any of the exhibits. Speaking of kids, there's a pretty cool like activity center where the little ones can make their own dinosaurs out of magnets, make rubbings with crayons, and even dig for fossils. It's probably not worth making a long drive to see this place, but if you happen to be in the area it's worth your time and money. You won't need more than an hour to see the whole place.
Updated Mar 25, 2007
Address: 201 S. Fairview St.
A 30 year tradition in the heart of Woodland Park, along Hwy 24. They claim the fame of being "The" Woodland Park Landmark. This nice little bakery/donut house has a friendly staff and incredible pastries. Their biscuits and gravy are to die for as well. It's a great stop off on your journeys into the mountains and valleys of Colorado's wonderlands. Our brief visit was very satisfying as we dropped in for a visit and a brunch on our way to the Orient Land Trust. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Visited 11/10/07.
Favorite Dish: biscuits and gravy
Written Nov 13, 2007
Address: 310 West Midland Avenue, PO BOX 5710
The Donut Mills serves good donuts, biscuits and gravy, and the like, at reasonable prices. There's nothing particularly special about the food, but it's good enough, and it was the only place like it that we saw anywhere in town.
Written Apr 1, 2007
Address: 310 W. MIdland Ave.
There's really nothing that sets Fortune Dragon apart from a million other Chinese restaurants in the US. Well, except that a Chinese couple with a restaurant is perhaps not what you would expect to find in Woodland Park. The food here is just fine. Nothing out of this world, but certainly better than some Chinese places I've tried over the years. The crab rangoon is good, but oddly the egg rolls are pretty lame.
Updated Mar 25, 2007
Address: 280 E. US Hwy 24
Woodland Park isn't exactly known for its nightlife, but it can boast a pretty good martini bar. Located on the main drag through town, Martini Hut has a fairly extensive list of martinis and other specialty drinks. They're not the best in the world, but unless all you're looking for is a beer, it's pretty much the only game in town. They offer food as well, but we were only there for drinks.
Dress Code: Hey, it's Woodland Park. Come as you are.
Updated Mar 25, 2007
Address: 209 E. Midland
Favorite thing: Woodland is fairly small.
For fast food there is: Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Dairy Queen, Subway and Sonic. There's also a small place to eat called the Diamond Cafe that offers asian cuisine. It's pretty cool, cause they make weird items, like avocado smoothies and it's really cheap, about 6 bucks for a whole meal, including drinks, soup, rice, and the meal and cookies.
Fiesta Mexicana has really good mexican food, but if you want to go, get there early because it's usually packed. The Swiss Chalet is a good sit-down place to eat.
For good shopping, there's Tweeds, which imports all it's items from around the world. It has the highest quality, and you pay a pretty good price. But the items are gorgeous. There's also the Cowhand, which sells all things country and ranch.
Written May 6, 2007