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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.

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