Twin Lakes: Dining, Drinks and Canoes!
Residents who lived in Leadville 100 years ago had it right. They knew exactly where to head when their small mountain community got packed with Front Range denizens looking to get up into the cool mountain air. They headed south, to Twin Lakes!
And today Leadvillites are no different. So if you’re looking to get a little elbow room, and take in some incredible cuisine and views, then head south to the Twin Lakes Inn and the Dayton Dining Room.
This quaint historic dining room maintains its original name, dating back to 1800, while serving up the today’s freshest dishes and enticing wines.
“Our meals feature comfortable Colorado and American cuisine served just the way you love it!” explains the Inn’s General Manager Andy Wald.
Their culinary team continues to maintain its reputation for serving up delicious dishes from salmon crab piccata to slow-smoked pork ribs, reservations are encouraged. And while they focus on dinner service from 5 – 8:30 p.m. nightly, they do offer lunch on the weekends (F/Sa/Su) from noon – 4 p.m.
Guests can relax in the Malamute Saloon with a cold beer or cocktail or outside on the patio overlooking Twin Peaks. You just might see someone you know or make new friends!
Please note that dinner reservations are strongly suggested at 719-486-7965. Wald notes that once the August race season starts, weekend will be extremely busy, so plan ahead. However, he added, in September as the season winds down they have some fall fun planned, so stayed connected with the latest happenings at the Twin Lakes Inn via their Facebook Page.
The Twin Lakes Inn, Dayton Dining Room and Malamute saloon are located at 6435 E State Highway 82, in the village of Twin Lakes, Colorado.
Johnny Canoe: Some Things Just Don’t Change
by Brennan Ruegg, Leadville Today Contributor
“It’s good to know that some things don’t change,” this comment gleaned from Facebook refers to Johnny “Canoe” Gwaltney, of Twin Lakes Village, who elaborates saying, “I’m the only guy that’s still around, and still doing what I’ve always done.”
The winds of change even sweep through Twin Lakes Village, gem of the Sawatch Range in the southern portion of Lake County; businesses change hands, and people come and go (usually ‘going’ in wintertime). But Johnny Canoe is proud to be as perennial as the aspens.
In the summertime, you’ll find him lounging in his canoe hut, which is easy to spot just a half block off Highway 82 in the lakeside village. He’s usually picking away at his guitar, sandaled feet propped up in his office chair, the only indication that this even is an office. Old photos, paddles, Big Mouth Billy Bass, and signs reading “GET NAKED” cover the walls of the cabin, signs of a life lived in Jimmy Buffett style. An impromptu studio is set up in the corner with a few instruments, encouraging musical collaboration with the wayfarers and Colorado Trail hikers who often pass through Twin Lakes. In a way Gwaltney is the quintessential Twin Lakes Villager, making a lifestyle of what he loves to do, where he loves to do it. Ever smiling, welcoming, and ever challenging the traditional mode of success modeled in the big city.
If you can’t guess by his name, Johnny Canoe has got canoes, and he’s willing to share them. Twin Lakes Canoe & Kayak Adventures (TLCKA) offers canoe, kayak, paddleboard, sailboat, and rave runner rentals, for visitors and locals to take out on the pristine Twin Lakes Reservoir for a day or overnight. He also serves Turquoise Lake throughout the summer. TLCKA arranges fishing tours and group events by request as well.
Summer will find Twin Lakes Reservoir at its warmest (not warm at all), and autumn welcomes the turning of the aspens which are ubiquitous on the lakes. Schedule a time to go peacefully a-rowing on one of Colorado’s most hidden and precious treasures.
TLCKA is located at 6451 Colorado 82, Twin Lakes, CO, and the office phone number is (719) 251-9961. Visit their website for much more on the services they provide at http://www.twinlakescanoeandkayak.com
Twin Lakes General Store: Stocked With Supplies
The Twin Lakes General Store may look like the quintessential country store fromthe outside, and in many ways it is. But be assured there’s so much more inside those doors! For hikers doing the long trails, it’s a welcome break and surprise when it comes to what’s on the shelves. There’s not too much that hikers, campers or Indy Pass cruisers won’t find.
Owners Carl and Katie Bryan are also trying to get that word out about what they do offer since one of the primary hiking guide books continues to print incorrect information after many requests for an update. Here are the details from the Twin Lakes General Store Facebook Page:
2017 Through Hiker UPDATE:
We have been informed by several hikers that the guides they are using have some contradictory information in them. We have been told by many hikers that they could resupply here despite what some guides say. You can always send a package as well, we can accept any delivery method, however if you plan to bounce your package only Fed Ex or UPS has that ability.
You may find more current information on the web at The Colorado Trail Foundation and Continental Divide Trail Coalition. Most would agree there’s no need for a mail drop unless you have a specific diet or preferences. Cost is more than a grocery store, but so is sending a package
Mailing instructions are to decorate your package, include ETA and send
[YOUR NAME HERE]
6451 E. Hwy 82
Twin Lakes, CO 81251
Open 7 days a week. 8-6 is always safe.