What’s so awesome about Louisville, Colorado? Why all the attention? Louisville (pronounced Lewis-ville not Louey-ville) has made CNN/Money and Money magazine’s Best Places to Live in America honors four times, most recently placing second in 2013. The accolades don’t end there, either. Sunset magazine and local publications Yellow Scene Magazine, Westword, and 5280 also rave about Louisville’s charms.
Growth Done Right
Louisville’s wholesome image is the calculated result of growth done right. Louisville, CO was incorporated in 1882 and lived its first half-century as a rough and tumble coal mining town. Today, with a population nearing 20,000, the community has turned into a family-friendly haven considered a gem in Colorado’s Front Range suburban corridor. Louisville still has a small-town vibe with its quaint downtown, low crime rate (one personal crime incident per 1000; 13 property crime incidents per 1000), superb schools with test scores to prove it, and easy access to jobs, healthcare, and shopping.
Open Space in Louisville
Louisville’s 1,800 acres of open space don’t hurt either. Rain or shine– and the sun does shine in low-humidity splendor about 245 days per year–residents can take a run around the lake at Leon A. Wurl Wildlife Sanctuary, or mountain bike across Davidson Mesa while taking in spectacular views of the Front Range, or stroll along shady Coal Creek’s riparian habitat, among other choices. Even dogs live happy in this town where two off-leash dog parks, including one with a pond for plenty of splashing, are popular with the pooches.
Life in Louisville
Summertime is when Louisville truly blossoms. Don’t expect to find a parking space easily, but if you can bike downtown, or make the easy walk or bike ride on the numerous trails, the Street Faire beckons. Every Friday June through August, residents mingle with friends in the closed-off downtown, treat themselves to a handmade ice cream treat at Sweet Cow, enjoy a burger or brew at one of the numerous small restaurants and pubs lining Main Street, or perhaps simply sit on the grass at Community Park as the sun sets slowly over the foothills, fading the clear Colorado blue sky into satisfying, sleepy hues.
Louisville’s coal mining past is now a part of history. Today, residents thrive by living a healthy lifestyle on their open space trails, in their high-achieving schools, in their eateries, and at their abundant opportunities to come together as a community. The honors Louisville has garnered are well-earned, yes. This town embraces life in an unpretentious slice of middle-America.
Where to Eat and Drink in Louisville
Louisville has a lot of options for delectable dining and enjoyable imbibing. Here are some definite favorites, according to the locals.
The Melting Pot
The Melting Pot on Main Street in Louisville is a fondue lover’s paradise. If you can melt it and dip it, you’ll find it here. Bring a date, a friend, or a client you want to impress. No one will be disappointed with the selections of gourmet cheeses and chocolates. They even have the world’s best cheese on offer, until they run out. Better hurry!
Por Wine House
Also on Main Street, the Por Wine House is a wine bar on steroids. Listen to live music as you muse about the legs, clarity and aroma of one of their hundreds of wine offerings. Order wine on tap, by the bottle or by the glass. Don’t worry if you’re not a wine connoisseur. Their sommelier has enough wine knowledge to go around for everyone. If wine isn’t your thing, they also offer craft beers and cocktails. Basically, you have no excuse not to go!
Heading around the corner to Front Street in Louisville, Sushi Yoshi is a must for locals and visitors. The décor is low key, but the dining is divine. Open for lunch and dinner, Sushi Yoshi offers a full menu of Japanese food and traditional beverages like Saki, sushi and sashimi. They also have complex fish dinners on the menu, like salted mackerel.
Sweet Cow Ice Cream
For an ice cold creamy dessert you won’t forget, head down Front Street to Sweet Cow Ice Cream shop. Worth the ice cream headache every time! One of the unique things about Sweet Cow is that they only use compostable and recyclable materials. This place is so popular they now have six locations in the Denver area.
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