Olde Town Arvada is a beautiful historic city just northwest of downtown Denver, Colorado. The city offers a unique mix of dining, entertainment, shopping, and historic attractions that make Olde Town a popular destination for tourists and local residents. Whether you’re considering a move or a weekend getaway, here’s the insider’s guide to Olde Town Arvada.
Global Goods & Coffee Shop
Start your day off with a hot cup of coffee at Global Goods & Coffee Shop. Founded by the nonprofit organization Global Refuge, this Olde Town hotspot is a morning destination with a cause. Support the Global Refuge by grabbing your favorite cup of coffee and browsing their store filled with hand-crafted goods from around the globe. Every purchase enables artisans in Uganda, DR Congo, Syria, and South Sudan to provide for their families. All staff members are volunteers, which allows the store to donate all proceeds to support the work of Global Refuge.
School House Kitchen & Libations
Once you finish your morning java, head across the street for some brunch at the School House Kitchen & Libations. The popular restaurant was built inside Arvada’s original schoolhouse, which was constructed in 1882. This historic eatery adds a unique twist to classic American cuisine with menu items like their Breakfast Corndogs, Bartman French Toast, and Dunce Cap Meaty Scramble. Sit down with your meal in the Teachers’ Lounge or enjoy your favorite drink in the Library Bar.
Arvada Historical Society
Experience the rich culture and history of Olde Town Arvada with a tour of the town’s oldest landmarks. Inside the Arvada Center you’ll find the Historical Museum, which features a variety of local artifacts. The museum includes over 2,500 items that showcase the founding years of Arvada. Continue your tour at the McIIvoy House. Built by Dennis D. McIlvoy in 1897, the McIlvoy House is one of the oldest buildings still standing in Arvada. Throughout history, the house was used by the city to host various civic organizations and events. Wrap up your historic journey at Arvada’s Flour Mill. Eugene Emory Benjamin built the mill back in 1925. During the time of operation, the flour produced was called “Arva-Pride.” The mill later reopened as a museum on September 2, 1980.
Into The Fire
Feeling crafty? Head over to Into The Fire to paint your favorite piece of pottery. Choose from a variety of pre-sculpted pieces to turn into your very own work of art. Adult technique classes, family nights, and birthday events are just a few of the exciting programs available at Into The Fire. Since opening in 2000, the studio has become a year-round local favorite.
Homegrown Tap & Dough
After a day out on the town, stop by Homegrown Tap & Dough for dinner. Choose an entrée from their large menu of pastas, wood-fired pizzas, craft brews, and wine. Homegrown’s signature décor includes a ski lift booth, water features, and even vintage arcade games. Enjoy a meal on their outdoor patio while taking in the best views of Olde Town.
A day spent in historic Olde Town Arvada would not be complete without a trip to Scrumptious! Satisfy your sweet tooth with Arvada’s best homemade ice cream. These frozen treats are made in house with all-natural ingredients that bring the best flavor to your palate. Too cold for ice cream? Take your pick from their selection of old-fashioned candy and unique assortment of vintage bottled sodas. You won’t find a candy store quite like Scrumptious anywhere else.
Olde Town Square
Grab your Scrumptious ice cream cone and head out for an evening stroll. Take in the heart of the city by visiting the local shops that line the streets of Olde Town Square. Start by exploring more than 3,600 styles of socks at the city’s famous boutique named Sock. Browse through hundreds of wild and crazy designs for men, women, and children of all ages. You won’t find socks like these at your average department store. Conclude your evening with a new read from Book Cranny, or the perfect souvenir from Third Eye Gifts.
These hotspots are only a few of the attractions that make Olde Town Arvada a top-rated place to live in Colorado. Plan your visit to find out why locals call it home.
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Drew Morris – Realtor, ABR, MCNE
New Era Group | Your Castle Real Estate
U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2006