Colorado, Destinations, North America

Growing up in Westminster, CO

I met my friend Chance in one of the strangest ways: on a pseudo double-date that neither of us knew we were on. We were with another couple at a Burger King in Broomfield and rather than make it awkward, Chance jumped into conversation and made me laugh hysterically. It was then that I knew we were destined to be friends. Seven years and a couple McFlurry’s and craft beers later, I asked him to tell me about his hometown, Westminster.

Hidden Gems

Butterfly Pavilion
Photo credit: William Andrus

For Chance, one of the perks of living in Westminster was riding to the dirt bike jumps next to the train tracks on 72nd and Bradburn. Another Westminster gem is Adventure Golf, which may seem like a surprising local attraction. However, Adventure Golf is one of the highest rated miniature golf courses in the state of Colorado. This mini-golf course is unique because it incorporates trees, hills, ponds and interactive features. It even has a giant volcano that blows fire when you get a hole-in-one. You can literally feel the heat from the fire on your face from across the golf course. Other top attractions include the Butterfly Pavilion, The Orchard Town Center, and The Promenade.

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Restaurants

Chance personally recommends Taqueria Las Palmas and Big Mama’s Burritos in Westminster. Taqueria’s Las Plamas is known for its delicious Mexican food, guests rave about their green chili. Big Mama’s Burritos has every burrito your heart could desire and it’s a popular spot with the locals. Having lived close to Westminster myself (I grew up in Broomfield), I also recommend C.B. & Potts Bighorn Brewing Company, which is a fun place to catch a game on TV and enjoy a good beer. I’ve heard great things about Yak and Yeti Restaurant, if you enjoy Indian/Nepali cuisine.

Bars

Hoffbrau, a local bar with a saloon vibe and live music on the weekends, comes highly recommended by Chance. Other places to add to your itinerary are Lodo’s Bar and Grill for a killer view of the mountains from the rooftop patio, and Akihabara Arcade and Bar, which is perfect for the video game lover.

Westminster Colorado
Photo credit: William Andrus

Climate

On average, there are 242 sunny days per year. Chance explains the weather in Westminster as pretty moderate for most of the seasons. The weather in Westminster generally coincides with the weather in Denver. The high in the summer may be 88 while the low in the winter may be 18. It rains less here than it does in most states, but it snows a little more frequently.

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Chance lived in Westminster, Colorado for 22 years, until 2017. He still visits his hometown frequently because it’s just a short distance from his new home in Arvada. When asked what Chance misses the most about Westminster, he said, “Being able to skate to Big Mama’s Burritos in the mornings, or the neighborhood of small houses I grew up in off of 76th and Lowell.” If you have questions about Westminster or the surrounding areas, comment below and I will be sure to ask Chance for his recommendation.

 

Thanks for reading,

Emma

Cover photo and Linked photo credit goes to Max and Dee Bernt

Westminster Colorado

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