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The Next Best Mountain Town: Silverthorne, Colorado

Published: August 30, 2022

Town of SilverthorneYou likely noticed some significant changes if you’ve recently visited Silverthorne, Colorado. The town has become the High Country’s newest hot spot, offering a revitalized downtown core that features new and unique options for dining, lodging, culture, community, and more.

The town of Silverthorne has historically been known as a “pass-through” or “bedroom” community, offering commercial shopping and hotel chains, fast food restaurants, and gas stations. While it has always provided convenience to travelers passing through on their way to Summit County’s ski resorts, it has long been considered a pit stop for many tourists.

Thanks to a major face-lift driven in part by residents pushing for a more developed community, Silverthorne is now a hub for year-round entertainment and recreation and has become a premier mountain destination.

Arts & Culture

The Silverthorne Performing Arts Center went from a small, seasonal community theatre to a year-round, professional theatre company. It hosts performances by the Lake Dillon Theater Company that rival those found in major cities.

First Fridays are another staple of the new and improved Silverthorne community. These free events offer colorful festivities at the beginning of each month, featuring live artists, food, drinks, local vendors, and more.

The paved Blue River Trail that runs between the Performing Arts Center and outlet mall features a variety of artwork for Sunday Art Strolls.


New bars, restaurants, and coffee shops are continuing to spring up around town – so by the time you read this, we may have missed several new notable establishments, but here are our honorable mentions so far:

Angry James Brewery: Besides a large selection of craft beer, Angry James offers an outdoor patio and weekly events.

Sauce on the Blue: Enjoy all the Italian classics, grab some gourmet pizza or pasta, and enjoy their mid-afternoon happy hour. Find out for yourself why Sauce on the Blue has been named Summit County’s number 1 Italian restaurant for five straight years!

Enza’s Deli: Grab an unbeatable breakfast or stop in for lunch and try their popular meatball sub.

Mercado La Perla: One of the best spots for street tacos in Summit County and a great place for convenient and easy take-out.


Syndicate Brewing: This nano-brewery just opened in August of 2022 and offers an eclectic menu of both in-house brews and other beer options. If you love craft beer, definitely put a visit to Syndicate on your calendar.


Bluebird Market: This massive, modern indoor food hall offers twelve independently owned culinary concepts spanning pizza, tacos, crepes, coffee, pastries, and desserts. Bluebird Market is an excellent option for your morning coffee, happy hour drinks (yes, it has a bar), remote work location, and more.

Interior Neon Art at The Pad in Silverthorne

The Pad: Potentially the coolest (and most Instagram-able) new establishment we’ve been to, The Pad offers an array of lodging options, community gathering space, entertainment, yoga classes, mountain bike clinics, craft cocktails, and more.

Built from shipping containers, The Pad includes:
• A three-story bar and community gathering space
• 36 lodging rooms
• A massive rooftop patio
• An outdoor gathering area

Hotel Indigo: Located downtown next to Bluebird Market, Hotel Indigo is IHG’s first mountainside hotel in the U.S. and Silverthorne’s most high-end lodging options. Hotel Indigo is pet-friendly and provides a fitness center and bike rentals. Whether or not you’re a hotel guest, be sure to check out their Kucu Bistro & Tequila bar!

Silverthorne Real Estate

In addition to the seemingly endless new options for dining, culture, shopping, etc., the Town of Silverthorne has created several new housing developments to aid in affordable and employee housing.

The Silverthorne housing market is also strong, and we expect it to increase even further as the town continues to flourish. Investing in Silverthorne real estate right now is an ideal opportunity for buyers looking to capitalize on a blossoming mountain community with expanding potential.

If you’re interested in Silverthorne homes for sale, contact us today. You can learn more about the history of Silverthorne by clicking here!


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