A classic mountain town, Crested Butte is as beautiful as it is vibrant. Surrounded by millions of acres of public land, it has long been a mecca for lovers of the great outdoors (read more about mountain biking in CB on page 16). But there is also an artistic and creative side to Crested Butte, making it one of the most varied and dynamic places in the entire state.
The Crested Butte Creative District is centered on Elk Avenue and is home to galleries of all kinds - from landscape photography and glass work at REDLINE Gallery to Midnight Gallery's nature-inspired pottery and Oh Be Joyful Gallery's fine-art plein air painters.
Crested Butte also has a good number of local producers of all kinds of goods from body care products at Rooted Apothecary and Colorado Real Soap Company to the ever resourceful people at Paradise Ski Chairs who turn old skis into new furniture. On a frosty autumn afternoon, a nip of something local might be just the tonic. Montanya Distillers offers free tastings of its rum to get you in the mood for something a little more substantial (read more about Montanya on page 67) .
The heartbeat of the creative community in CB can be found at the Center for the Arts. A one-stop shop for creativity, not only does it contain several galleries, it also offers the opportunity to paint your own pottery, take a cooking class or attend a concert or a talk.