The bounty of the Roaring Fork Valley’s nutrient-rich soil is evident on menus around town, as well as on the farms themselves — many of which invite visitors to taste, learn and even stay the night. Cedar Ridge Ranch offers farm visits, glamping and an art gallery, while Sustainable Settings hosts farm-to-table dinners, tours, workshops and farm stays. The Guest House offers new farm experiences, dinners and events at Sunfire Ranch, a sixth-generation family ranch, while operating as a working permaculture farm with expansion plans that include a high-end lodge and restaurant.
Eating local is the norm in Carbondale, starting the day at local roasters Bonfire Coffee or The Village Smithy, and Silo for the local’s favorite breakfast and lunch offerings. The Beat offers wholesome vegetarian fare, Señor Taco Show has outstanding hipster Mexican street food. For dinner, Allegria’s Italian menu is locally and seasonally driven, and Mark Fischer’s Phat Thai is a Main Street institution. In the summer season, Pan & Fork offers one of the best patio views of Mount Sopris. For handmade local pastries and local ice cream, visit the Carbondale Creamery. Seasonal farm-to-table events by Field 2 Fork Kitchen and Open Fire Catering showcase the best of local farms such as Sustainable Settings and Wild Mountain Seeds.
Carbondale’s libations are distinctly locavore too. Sip sustainably made spirits at Marble Distilling, whose crisp Marble Vodka is crafted from all-natural Colorado grains and water from the nearby Crystal River. There are also whiskeys, bourbons and liqueurs — including Moonlight Espresso and zingy Gingercello — plus a luxe boutique inn, so you can taste it all and stumble right into a super-comfy bed. Batch is a new speakeasy offering brew cocktails, seltzers and cider.
The state’s exploding craft-beer scene has made its way to Carbondale, with two downtown breweries. Pop into Roaring Fork Beer Company’s tasting room (located in a former saloon) to try instant classics like Slaughterhouse Lager and Freestone Extra Pale Ale. A skip and a jump down Main Street, Carbondale Beer Works slings handcrafted microbrews along with local, seasonal fare.