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Things to do in Chaffee County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Hot Spring
“Something for EVERYONE! Natural springs down by the river, plus a summer pool that is a blast. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Ski Chalet
“We ski more than 30 days a year, and most of them are at Monarch. The people are friendly, the lines are short, and we get as much vertical in a day as when we ski the big resorts. The Sidewinder Grill serves great food and beer, perfect for a lunch break or for a family member who doesn't ski. We LOVE our local ski mountain!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“The Lariat always has live music on the weekends as well as specialty nights such as wing night, open mic night, free pool night, etc. They have great food and specialty drinks. Family Friendly during the day and Fun for Adults seeking an upbeat night scene. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
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“Good food, a little more pricey. Down by the river. Serves local beers and root beer. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“A wide variety of Asian foods, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese. The quality is outstanding.”
  • 28 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Fast casual whole food dishes, our favorites are the beautiful, huge House Bowls. They have a bar and happy hour. Great three-season outdoor dining with bocce and blocks for kids. One of our top picks.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Right across the street from Bluebird Day Lofts, Moonlight has great pizzas and salads, and home crafted beer as well. We love to eat here!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
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“Right down the street from Bluebird Day Lofts, this very special pizza and microbrew restaurant has beautifully crafted pizzas, salads, and much more. We visit it often!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Try the blood orange margarita, the mussels and truffle fries, or truly anything on the menu. Yummy food, right on Riverside Park, in a historic Salida building. We love to eat here!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Fresh, Healthy Food, in my opinion the best burger in town, and you can't go wrong with fro-yo!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“If you like Whiskey you will love the whiskey crafted drinks that the Deerhammer has to offer!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Walmart is across town -- it's okay, too... but Safeway is much closer and their sale prices are generally pretty good. They'll have all the essentials! ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
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“Always good music on weekends. The bar food is excellent too. Great service & drink menu too. Awesome summer ambiance in the summer on the outdoor patio.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Boathouse Cantina uses responsible sourced food and has a GREAT menu! Right on the river, it's a great place to sit and watch the rafters go by in the summer. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Excellent lineup of craft beers in a super cool setting: the former Buena Vista jailhouse. If you like beer, this is a must visit! About a 4 min walk.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bakery
“Open for lunch only - best sandwiches ever! Try the Flaming Goat sandwich and don’t forget to get a pecan pie bar to go. ”
  • 17 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Good food, a little more pricey. Down by the river. Serves local beers and root beer. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“A wide variety of Asian foods, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese. The quality is outstanding.”
  • 28 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Fast casual whole food dishes, our favorites are the beautiful, huge House Bowls. They have a bar and happy hour. Great three-season outdoor dining with bocce and blocks for kids. One of our top picks.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Right across the street from Bluebird Day Lofts, Moonlight has great pizzas and salads, and home crafted beer as well. We love to eat here!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
“Right down the street from Bluebird Day Lofts, this very special pizza and microbrew restaurant has beautifully crafted pizzas, salads, and much more. We visit it often!”
  • 23 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Try the blood orange margarita, the mussels and truffle fries, or truly anything on the menu. Yummy food, right on Riverside Park, in a historic Salida building. We love to eat here!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bakery
“Fresh, Healthy Food, in my opinion the best burger in town, and you can't go wrong with fro-yo!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“Always good music on weekends. The bar food is excellent too. Great service & drink menu too. Awesome summer ambiance in the summer on the outdoor patio.”
  • 14 locals recommend

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