A day adventure with Kristin Nichols of Cupcakes and the Cosmos.
Since moving to Colorado last fall, I’ve made it a priority of mine to explore as much of this new-to-me country as possible. I’ve hiked through Rocky Mountain National Park, traveled into Denver for a Rockies game and ball park dog, and even climbed my first 14er at Mt. Bierstadt. But one of my all-time favorite places I’ve stumbled upon has been surprisingly closer to home, right here in Boulder County.
Louisville, Co. is one of the most welcoming, community-centered places I’ve ever been too, and has quickly become a go-to spot for weekend adventuring. If the quaint, flower-adorned sidewalks of old downtown and the charming, tiny houses set back behind white picket fences don’t do it for you, the down-to-earth and intently genuine charisma of the townspeople will.
Never been? That’s ok. I’m here to take you around town to some of my favorite spots and to help you discover Louisville!
Moxie Bread Co.:
First up is breakfast at Moxie Bread Co., known for their hearty, rustic-baked breads and flakey, French pastries. I usually start my day here with a fresh blueberry kouign amann and a Moxie Rocket latte. For those a bit more adventurous, the lox tartine offers the perfect blend of colors and flavors for an early morning start.
Next, I stop by Eleanor to get the inside scoop on all the latest fashion trends in this cozy boutique that’s situated in a Louisville-original home. Tracy, the store owner, is one of those people you instantly fall in love with and feel as though you’ve been best friends with for years and years. One of my favorite things to do is have her completely style my look—from head to toe!—for an upcoming date night or meeting in town. And let’s be honest, sometimes I do it just for fun too. It’s one of those rare places you never walk away from empty handed. But fear not, your closet will thank you later.
Shopping sure does work up an appetite! So I head on over across the street to Sweet Cow to alleviate my hankering for something sweet. I’m a go big or go home kind of girl when it comes to ice cream, so I pile my waffle cone high with rich flavors like Oatmeal Cookie and Dutch Chocolate, or lighter more summery flavors like Watermelon Sorbet and Salted Caramel. And because each flavor is made in small batches with only the simplest, locally-sourced ingredients, this is one sweet treat you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in.
For lunch, I’m feeling a bit like Texas Hill Country style BBQ. I’m a huge fan of the Spicy Pulled Smoked Chicken Sandwich, which is topped with creamy coleslaw and crunchy fried pickles. Doesn’t get much better than that, folks. Except that there are sides like BBQ pit baked beans, homemade mac-and-cheese, and cinnamon butter cornbread too. It definitely brings the relaxed summer vibe to downtown Louisville.
After devouring my ice cream cone and BBQ sandwich, I head on over to Little Horse to see what hidden gems I can find in this vintage thrift shop. Their collection focuses on the mid-century modern period, with emphasis on uniquely endearing pieces that are hand-picked by the owners. I love flipping through their extensive collection of vinyl records and perusing the shelves of vintage typewriters and tchotchkes for my next great find.
Twelve Degree Brewing Co.:
After browsing the shelves at Little Horse, I zip on over to Twelve Degree Brewing Co. What strikes me the most about Twelve Degree is its inviting, community-fed atmosphere. I’d recommend the Foxx Rougge if you are into dark, strong flavors, or the Grapefruit Express for a lighter, more summery flavor, but really you can’t go wrong. I’d also highly recommend getting an order of artisan cheese for the table—my favorite being the honey bee goat milk gouda–as well as sample of decadent chocolates. Chocolate and beer?! Yes please.
Every shop, restaurant, boutique, and store front here has its own unique story—where it came from and how it’s continuing to shape the community. The sights, the sounds, and, most of all, the people of Louisville will leave your heart fuller than when you arrived.