If you are looking for a vacation destination that offers historical sites, outdoor activities, and great shopping and dining, then make reservations for lodging accommodations at a Golden, Colorado bed and breakfast inn. Golden was founded in 1859 during Colorado’s gold rush, though it was named for settler Thomas Golden, not the valuable metal panned for in the valley of Clear Creek. Not much gold was found in the area, but Golden quickly prospered as a supply and transportation hub for the miners farther up in the mountains and a manufacturing center for such diverse products as cigars, candy, paper, glass, bricks, and beer. Golden was the capital of Colorado Territory from 1862 to 1867, and the building that housed the territorial legislature still stands on Washington Avenue, Golden’s main street. The Colorado School of Mines, today a world-class science, engineering, and technology school, and the Coors Brewing Company were established in Golden in 1873. Coors offers free tours of its brewery, the largest single-site brewery in the world. The Colorado Railroad Museum, the Astor House Museum, the Clear Creek History Park, the Foothills Art Center, the Golden Pioneer Museum, and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum are all located in Golden. A short drive away are the Argo Gold Mine and Mill, the Lookout Mountain Nature Center, the Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum & Grave, the Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park, and the Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater. Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park, the mountain towns of Clear Creek and Summit Counties, and gambling in Blackhawk and Central City are within easy driving distance of Golden, as is downtown Denver. Hiking and biking trails abound in the area, and the Clear Creek Whitewater Park in downtown Golden attracts kayakers from everywhere. Golden, “Where the West Lives,” is home to a farmers’ market, the Wild West Auto Roundup, Buffalo Bill Days, the Golden Fine Arts Festival, the Olde Golden Christmas celebration, and many other events. Golden’s downtown area is a vibrant mix of unique shops, galleries, and restaurants that make the present-day town of 18,000 a delight to visit. For your stay in Golden, be sure to choose lodging at a BBIC inspected and approved inn, where you will enjoy comfortable accommodations and the hospitality of our friendly and knowledgeable member innkeepers. We look forward to hosting your stay!