A modern community with small-town values and charm
Lafayette is one of Colorado’s favorite neighborhoods for its “best of both worlds” benefits. Old Town Lafayette is reminiscent of previous simpler times, and home to artistic events internationally inspired restaurants and locally owned boutiques. Nearby, a high concentration of parks, lakes, hiking trails, and other open spaces provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, making it one of the most active and healthiest communities in the state.
Lafayette was founded in 1888 and officially incorporated a year later. By the turn of the century, the once-prosperous coal mines began to close and were replaced with the creation of one of the first electric power grids in the nation and natural gas. Today, many businesses line downtown streets, paying tribute to the community’s old-timey past, located not far from other modern, prosperous industries found in nearby Boulder.
Lafayette is located just ten miles from Boulder and twenty from Denver, making commutes to urban offices simple. Good Samaritan Medical Center is one of the town’s highest-rated hospitals and a major employer in Lafayette, while local children are afforded access to a high number of advanced educational opportunities to ensure they are prepared for college and life beyond school. Days off frequently begin with a walk or jog through one of Lafayette's several parks or along the shores of Waneka Lake. Festivals, art galleries, golf courses, and cozy cafes are other favorite places to spend time, many of which are owned by hardworking locals.
Old Town Lafayette is the city’s downtown district and home to many locally-owned businesses and cafes. After enjoying brunch or a warm lunch, wander the streets to enjoy art, community-wide nights out, and other joyous local festivals.
Morning Glory is one of the community’s favorite places to start the day in Lafayette. This locally-owned cafe features organic cuisine, vegetarian options, and an all-day breakfast menu. Visitors can choose from a cozy dining room or the outdoor patio on warmer days. Green eggs and ham, breakfast burritos, omelets, and huevos rancheros are a few of Morning Glory’s best-selling items.
Tip Top Savory Pies serves cuisine from the far side of the world. New Zealand-style meat pies containing minced meat, vegetables, and brown gravy make for quick, savory treats enjoyed in a casual setting. Tip Top also features a small market featuring an array of traditional European imports and take-and-bake pies to prepare at home.
Old Town Lafayette offers no shortage of mom-and-pop businesses to browse through, and Sol Vista Violins is one not to be missed. The owner has over three decades of experience working with and restoring violins and now offers instrument rentals to the public and local school children for excellent prices.
Another peaceful spot for outdoor entertainment is the Indian Peak Golf Course. An 18-hole golf course, bar and grill, beautiful scenery, and lessons are a few of the perks of membership. For those not looking to play all 18 holes, the club also offers a driving range, putting green, and short game practice area.
Lafayette hosts a great number of fairs and festivals throughout the year, ensuring there is always something to do. The Oatmeal Festival has been one of the community’s favorites for over 25 years. A healthy event to place an emphasis on healthy habits at the beginning of the new year, the festival consists of a warming oatmeal breakfast and a lighthearted 5K walk or run. For over two decades the Lafayette Peach Festival has celebrated the town’s most famous fruit, attracting antique dealers, craftsmen, artists, and food vendors from Colorado and other surrounding states. From May through September on the second Friday of the month, Art Night Out is a festive summer gathering for attendees to enjoy food trucks, live music, shopping, and good company. Visited on a more regular basis, Waneka Lake Park is an outdoor site frequently enjoyed by all. Waneka Lake Park is home to sports courts and fields, walking paths, barbecue grills, and picnic tables, a playground, fishing, and spots for nature watching.
Lafayette children attend wonderful educational institutions to help better prepare them for their futures. Some options consist of:
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