Monday, July 21, 2014

DESTINATION: Durango, Colorado

Main St. Durango, CO

The next stop on our itinerary was Durango, Colorado.  We left the Gilman Tunnels, headed to San Ysidro, New Mexico, and hit Highway 550.  This was a rather miserable ride due to heat and wind but the beautiful desert landscape seemed to change with every mile keeping us entertained.  Several hours, and a couple of sore butts later, we finally reached Durango. 

There are many things to do in and around the area of Durango, however, our goal for the night was to rest up so we could tour and hike Mesa Verde, Colorado, (see the next post) the next morning.

Comfort Inn & Suites  on Camino Del Rio,
Durango, CO

We stayed two nights at the Comfort Inn and Suites of Durango and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.  Although its not located in historical downtown Durango, it was just a short ride to Main St.  The staff at the hotel was welcoming and the room and public spaces were clean and spacious.  This was a family and motorcycle friendly hotel!


Fish & Chips at the Irish Embassy,
Durango, CO
While in Durango we decided to check out a few local brew pubs.  The first night we visited The Irish Embassy Pub which claims to be an authentic Irish pub. We chose a local Ska Brewery Mexican Logger over a Guinness and enjoyed it with the Embassy's delicious fish & chips!







Tuesday is bingo night
at Lady Falconburgh's,
Durango, CO
Our second night in Durango we visited Lady Falconburgh's Barley Exchange, had another Mexican Logger (G-man's new favorite), enjoyed their meatball sliders and played a game of bingo with the locals.  Lady Falconburgh's boasts that they have over 100 beers and 38 of them are on tap.  They are also located in the basement of a downtown building that is over 100 years old adding to its appeal.  

We visited Carver Brewing Company but didn't enjoy it as much as The Irish Embassy or Lady Falconburgh's.






Durango is well known its historic train which has been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882.  The train carries passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line.  You can relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.




The Animas River runs through Durango and the city offers a beautiful river walk with winding trails and bridges.  We saw many kayakers and tubers on the river in town, but, the upper Animas offers white water rafting with beautiful scenery, whitewater and unique experiences.



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