A modern, outdoorsy paradise with plenty of shopping options
Located less than fifteen miles northwest of central Denver, no other place appreciates the natural beauty of Colorado quite like Westminster. Outdoor shopping, nature observatories, and a hip vibe make this a community unlike any other. Beautiful terrain, a vibrant art scene, and a high number of local breweries add a dash of life to one of Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live.
Gold was discovered in the mid-19th century, bringing national attention to Westminster. As pioneers arrived, the community grew with the addition of Westminster University, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, locals enjoy close proximity to beautiful sites such as this and the other natural wonders of Colorado. Beautiful, stone-clad estates line the streets on oversized lots, allowing locals to live the apres-ski lifestyle year-round.
Westminster locals enjoy close proximity to central Denver and its buzzy business scene. Children attend some of the better schools in the area, and on the weekends, residents of all ages are spoiled for choice when it comes to recreational activities. The Orchard Town Center is an extensive shopping plaza home to dozens of shops and businesses, restaurants, a large movie theater, and tree-lined streets. Restaurants serving both hearty steaks and all-American breakfasts can be found around every corner. Golf courses, art galleries, and live music venues are other hosts of lively leisure activities, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy every day of the week.
Generously sized steaks, craft brews, and warm brunches, perfect for those sometimes-chilly Colorado days are plentiful in Westminster. After brunch or dinner, shopping or a movie are common ways to relax and enjoy downtime in one of Colorado’s coziest communities.
Fine steaks, seafood, classic cocktails, and steakhouse sides can all be found at Hideaway Steakhouse. Locally owned and operated, Hideaway has built a solid reputation in the community for its prime rib, New York strip, escargot, and warm atmosphere. It is truly the top place among locals to celebrate all of life’s special moments.
A more casual option is found at GQue BBQ. Pulled pork, homemade sausages, brisket, and so much more are served in a lofty space, paired with a wide selection of local brews. Another casual, nationally recognized brand is found nearby at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery. Traditional American breakfast and brunch favorites have been revamped to include different flavor combinations, like pineapple upside-down pancakes, eggs Benedict plates topped with avocado, lox, or prosciutto, and a great selection of brunch cocktails.
The Orchard Town Center is a large outdoor shopping center home to several stores, boutiques, restaurants, a movie theater, and more. Lululemon, Sephora, Macy’s, and Target are a few of the brands to be found. The Town Center also hosts events throughout the year, such as Valentine’s date nights, dining showcases, and outdoor yoga.
Westminster is home to an abundance of spots to spend time in the great outdoors. Westminster City Park is one of the more popular spots, stretching across 205 acres. Sporting fields, a playground, hiking trails, and pavilions are a few of the amenities offered here. Each summer, the state’s craft beer culture is celebrated at Westy Brew Fest, held within City Park. Gluten-free beverage options and food trucks add a touch of variety to the festival, making it one of the city’s favorite happenings. Legacy Ridge Golf Course is one of the city’s favorite public 18-hole golf courses, boasting an on-site grill and staggering views of the mountains in the distance. Another popular outdoor activity is spending weekends wandering through the booths of the local farmers’ market every Saturday. At year’s end, the market transitions into a holiday market, where patrons can shop for gifts and other seasonal treats, in addition to the regular array of fresh produce.
Some of the highest-ranked schools in Colorado are located within Westminster, such as:
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