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Although the word Salida indicates exit or leaving in Spanish this is one place you will want to enter and stay. What a great town filled with talented chefs and their restaurants, unique and abundant shops, art galore and great outdoor recreation. If you haven’t been you need to begin planning. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall are terrific times for a visit.


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I truely believe in supporting Colorado’s mountain town businesses, there is always a great, unique gift to be found. I took a trip to Salida recently and found some really great shops! Here is a peek inside some of their many great shops, they are all so colorful too!

YOLO CLOTHING – 100 F St, Salida (719) 539-2150

Pictured above and below this shop rocks with casual clothing for men and women, footwear, accessories and gifts. Unique fun, funky and fashionable are all under one roof!


THE MIXING BOWL – 148 F St # A, Salida (719) 539-2655

Satisfy your friends and family’s grumbling tummies with great gourmet gifts- food, utensils, cutlery, cooking receptacles and more!


THE SIMMERING CUP COFFEE HOUSE – 105 F St, Salida, CO (719) 539-4337

Such a cute little cafe, you must stop in for a hot delicous something and relax in their comfortable establishment. Some great little gifts and stocking stuffers can be found here too!


ELIZA’S BED – 108 F St, Salida, CO  (719) 539-1313

You’ll want to touch all of these great fabrics and linens. Set up a beautiful bedroom and bathroom for your home or someone elses. Be sure to stop in to check out all of their natural lines!


Jewelry, Art Galleries, Sporting Good Shops, Antiques and more can be found on and around F Street in Downtown Salida, Colorado. If your heading to Monarch to take some turns be sure to stop into Salida on the return and spend a little time. The shopping is great, the food is delicious and you won’t regret the time you spend checking it all out!




Boathouse Cantina – Salida

Took a great road trip recently to get away from the chill and down to the banana belt warmth of Salida. With each visit I find I am never ready to return. Shops and galleries continue to populate the town with unique offerings and the restaurants are Terrific! On this visit I happened upon the Boathouse Cantina.
A view of the Arkansas River was a respite for this snow bound mountain gal dreaming of days on the river.The interior and food was an additional treat. Funky river decor, pool tables, wide-screen TV’s, plus some awesome outdoor seating that I am sure rocks on summer days and nights made me feel right at home with friendly faces offering great food and drink selections.
A huge menu with selections ranging from traditional American Fare to Mexican to Tex Mex and Chilis will fill you up. The Green Chili was especially good as well as the beanless Texas Chili. Salads were choosen as the main entree. Fresh and tasty with perfect portions, they were terrific. All washed down with a New Belgium Fat Tire Ale and an especially good Boathouse Margarita for my companion.
Offering Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and after hour appetizers,  plus a warm & friendly atmosphere, the Boathouse Cantina is a must stop in Salida!