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Ashcroft Ghost Town and Bobo’s Oat Bars

How far is too far to drive for a delicious vegan meal? Well, on a recent weekend my friend Jamie and I decided that driving 3.5 hours to Aspen to eat at the Pyramid Bistro was perfectly reasonable and so we did just that.

Ashcroft Ghost Town and Bobo's Oat Bars

The most disappointing sign EVER

Unfortunately, the owners of Pyramid decided to close before the end of the ski season and didn’t see any need to post that very important bit of information on their website, but we didn’t let that get us down! We still had tons of fun including some delicious vegan sushi, drinks at the historic Hotel Jerome, and a very educational tour of the Wheeler/Stallard Museum. We’ll be going back this summer because I’m dying to get my hike on, but for now I wanted to share one of the highlights: The Ashcroft Ghost Town!

Ashcroft Ghost Town and Bobo's Oat Bars

Colorado is filled with ghost towns, but most of them are just grassy meadows with a sign pointing out where buildings once stood. Not very thrilling.

Ashcroft on the other hand is full of buildings, fifteen in fact, many of which you can still go into – Including the old two-story hotel! A must-see for any history buffs or families traveling through Aspen… and as the pictures below show, it’s actually appropriate for kids of all ages!

It was snowy, but we powered through… and mostly stayed on top of the snow.

Ashcroft Ghost Town and Bobo's Oat Bars

Here’s a close-up of the hotel. See all the ornate woodwork at the top? Amazing!

Ashcroft Ghost Town and Bobo's Oat Bars

This is the view from the second story windows:

Ashcroft Ghost Town and Bobo's Oat BarsVisitors are allowed into many of the buildings…

Ashcroft Ghost Town and Bobo's Oat Bars

… and of course you couldn’t keep me out of them!

Ashcroft Ghost Town and Bobo's Oat Bars

Finally, this was (obvs!) my favorite building of all, the old saloon! Like the outhouse out back?

Ashcroft Ghost Town and Bobo's Oat Bars

After getting our socks nice and wet we headed into Aspen for some beer and some sightseeing

Ashcroft Ghost Town and Bobo's Oat Bars

Our flight at Aspen Brewing Company- they don’t serve food which means that DOGS are allowed in the bar!

Ashcroft Ghost Town and Bobo's Oat Bars

View from our table at Aspen Brewing Company

All too soon the trip was over, and it was time to sit in the traffic on I70, but luckily we had some of my new favorite snack with us: Bobo’s Oat Bars!

Ashcroft Ghost Town and Bobo's Oat Bars

Have you tried these? They’re handmade by a local company in Boulder and are delicious. Also they’re gluten free which doesn’t matter to me, but I know that’s pretty popular with a lot of people these days.

So far my favorite flavors are Maple Pecan and Cranberry Orange. They’re ridiculously good and you must try them. They sell them all over the place, and you can even buy them directly from the website.


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  • Heather May 10, 2013, 12:17 pm

    Love this! But what a bummer, I would have been so so disappointing too- I am the type who will obsess over a vegan menu online before going to the restaurant and have pretty much my entire meal planned out, I would crushed if I drove 3.5 hours to find it was closed…but with that said it still looks like you had an amazing time- the town and that Beer look pretty awesome.

    Love Bobo’s bars we have them at out local Natural foods store!

  • Reia@TheCrueltyFreeReview May 10, 2013, 7:25 pm

    I looove Bobo’s Bars. They are so filling and have a great variety of flavors. A suitable fill-in when you expect to have a great meal only to find the place closed. It’s happened to us too often.

  • Jamie May 11, 2013, 9:16 am

    If you think 3.5 hours is far, just wait until I drag you across the freakin’ country just for vegan food! 🙂

  • Jamie May 11, 2013, 9:18 am

    …oh, and btw, the first picture of you turned out so hilarious!! 🙂

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