Live Like a Local: Sunlight Mountain’s Troy Hawks on Glenwood Springs |

Live Like a Local: Sunlight Mountain’s Troy Hawks on Glenwood Springs

Carla Jean Whitley

Whether you’re visiting or a longtime resident, Glenwood Springs and the surrounding area has plenty to discover. Who better to introduce you to the area’s offerings than a local?

This week we introduce Live Like a Local, a recurring column in which residents share their favorite places to eat, shop, hang out and more. We’ll start with a look at Glenwood itself. Glenwood Springs is the “big city” in this county of 55,000 residents, and as such, it’s a central location for attractions. There’s a pair of hot springs pools, the adventure park, restaurants and shops aplenty. But that doesn’t mean every stop is obvious.

Sunlight Mountain Resort Marketing and Sales Director Troy Hawks offered a peek into his favorite hot spots. Learn more about Sunlight at

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“One of the best ski trips of my life was to Zermatt, Switzerland, so I love sitting down with a plateful of schnitzel and eggs at Rosi’s Little Bavarian Restaurant (141 W. Sixth St., It just really takes me back to that majestic land, yodel lay he hoo!”


“I love fly fishing, but I’m honestly not that fond of trout, with the notable exception of the trout cobb salad at Colorado Ranch House (704 Grand Ave., Pair it with a nice glass of Chardonnay and this is hands-down the best lunch salad in town.”


“I’ve developed a small love affair with the Prime Rib at Rivers Restaurant (2525 S. Grand Ave.,, pictured). We aren’t allowed to see each other often, but when we do, it’s a very passionate affair.”


“I grew up around cows, but I can’t call myself a cowboy. Nevertheless, I’ve found that cowboy boots work really well here on the Western Slope. I buy mine from the Boot Barn (51027 Colorado 6 #200,”

Pump up the volume

“I feel this is an area that has lots of room to grow here in Glenwood, particularly when speaking of outdoor music festivals. Two years ago we launched the Yard Sale Spring Music Series here at Sunlight (10901 County Road 117,, and it’s beginning to build a nice following. I hope to work with more local partners to bring more music to our mountain in the summer and fall.”


“I’d say the most impressive form of art here in Glenwood are the live performances at the Vaudeville Theatre (915 Grand Ave., We are lucky to have this amazing venue!”


“I’ve never lived in a town with only one bar, and I don’t think I’d ever want to. I like the variety of our Glenwood bars, from the Wild West vibe at Doc’s (724 Grand Ave.) and Springs (722 Grand Ave.,, to the nice selection of taps at Grind (701 Grand Ave.,, the craft brews at Glenwood Canyon Brewpub (402 Seventh St., and catching up on local gossip at The 19th Street Diner (1908 S. Grand Ave.,”

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“Despite the high-cost of living here, I try to spend as little time as possible in my home: on my skis, on my bike, or in my waders. And what’s amazing about Glenwood, is that you can do all three in the same day, it’s the best outdoor playground!”

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