Keeping Things Spinning in Twin Lakes
This weekend the southern portal of Lake County will see an increase in cycling activity as the Leadville Stage Race is planned for July 27-29. This Leadville Race Series event takes the course of the historic Leadville Trail 100 MTB and spreads it over three days. Saturday, July 28 should see the biggest impact to the Twin Lakes area, with the second stage beginning and ending at the Twin Lakes Dam, while sandwiching the Columbine Mine challenge in between. More details on schedule of events for the Leadville Stage Race can be found HERE.
So, welcome, to the racers, crew and the families that support you. While you’re down in Twin Lakes, please consider supporting the following small businesses! These are the folks that help keep things spinning in the southern part of Lake County.
Support a Local Artist in Twin Lakes
The Shooting Star Gallery is located a block west from the Twin Lakes General Store. It is a co-op of Twin Lakes artists and includes the works of more than 15 area artists work done in a variety of mediums including wood, bronze, clay, stone, paper, paint, soap, glass, and fiber. Visitors to the gallery can expect a broad range of items offered, from handmade jewelry, wood carvings, stained glass, hand-knit hats, and so much more.
And for all those visiting LT100 racers, this is a great place to pick up that special gift for your LT100 crew – from lovely paintings of the surrounding beauty of Twin Lakes, to handcrafted wares, there’s something for everyone on your list as a reminder of your race. Please support #twinlakesartists.
The Shooting Star Gallery is open every summer, mid May to mid October. Their hours are: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily. If the lights are on or the door is open, stop in.
Lunch on the Go in Twin Lakes
Punky’s Mobile Trailer doubled the Twin Lakes dining options when they first threw open the window on their mobile food trailer and turned on the neon OPEN sign a few years ago.
Since then, this mobile food trailer is a hot spot for hikers and fishermen. And on any summer weekend the line stacks up quickly as Independence Pass travelers pull off for some tasty treats.
Diners can count on some old-fashioned burgers, smoked pulled-pork plates, Reubens, and all loaded up with a hearty pile of ribbon fries, with a variety of cold drinks to wash it all down! Take it on-the-road, or pull off and find a shady picnic table in the front yard of the Shooting Star Gallery where the food trailer can be found parked in front of at 6571 Highway 82.
“We’ve been crazy busy all summer!” the crew reported to Leadville Today. No doubt, because it really is good food!
Punky’s Mobile Trailer is open daily from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Foodies can connect with them on the Punky’s Facebook Page or by phone at (303) 204-7363.
A Ticket to Ride on Twin Lakes
Visitors should definitely consider taking a ride with Twin Lakes Interlaken Boat Tour. These scenic, narrated tours of Twin Lakes include both the upper and lower glacially formed lakes, as well as the historic Interlaken resort, established in the late 1800’s as a getaway for wealthy mining tycoons. The views can’t be beat and you’ll learn plenty about the geology of the area, wildlife, history, and even some Twin Lakes folklore.
This boat tour runs from June through September and they’ve seen good crowds so far this season, reported owner Lexie Palmore, who runs the boating operation with her husband Jim.
“It’s been hot,” she added. Readers should also know that when supporting this Twin Lakes business they also indirectly support the contributions of a local artist. Lexie is responsible for a few of the wonderful murals located in downtown Leadville. So that’s just another good reason to get out on the water!
Plus you can ride confidently knowing that both Jim and Lexie are licensed Coast Guard captains and have secured a special permit with the U.S. Forest Service to run their tours.
The Twin Lakes Interlaken Boat Tours depart daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and other times, by reservation. Their mobile ticket office can be found at the Red Rooster Board Ramp with the U.S. flag flying. The turnoff from Highway 82 is at the White Star Campground, look for their sign! More details can be found on their website, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (903) 930-1568.
So that’s a wrap for this installment of the Leadville Today Twin Lakes update series. Stay tuned there’s more to come! Or better yet, go see it for yourself!