If your dream vacation includes meandering down Victorian-style streets lined with quaint shops and galleries, or days spent searching for one-of-a-kind antiques, you need to head to Leadville, Colorado, right away. 

You’ll find shops filled with antiques, bookstores, bike and ski shops, along with specialty stores packed with Western fashions and accessories, gifts, souvenirs, sporting goods, accents for the home, and more. Several galleries feature the works of local and regional artists.

Make a weekend out of it! Lake County’s lodging options range from an elegant Victorian hotel, charming inns and B&Bs to lodges, cabins, and vacation rentals, many of which are decorated with Colorado antiques.

If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat to keep your shopping energy high, a romantic dinner for two, or a casual family meal, Leadville and Twin Lakes has it all: coffee, pizza and sandwich shops, a brew pub, Mexican cantinas, steak houses, and restaurants specializing in Italian, Chinese, American and bistro-style cuisines.

If you’re traveling with a group, and some of your companions aren’t quite as interested in shopping for antiques, you’ll find plenty of ways to occupy their time. In the winter, Lake County’s abundant snow provides for a vast number of popular activities, including snowshoeingalpine and telemark skiing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding and dog sledding. During the summer, pleasant summer temperatures and pure mountain air make Leadville and Twin Lakes popular summertime vacation destinations for climbing Fourteeners, mountain biking, marathons, horseback riding, four-wheeling and enjoying Colorado wildlife and wildflowers on a leisurely hike.

Shopping for someone special? Don’t settle for a run-of-the-mill gift. Talk to the shopkeepers in Leadville and Twin Lakes; they’re experts in antiques, books, outdoor gear, jewelry and gifts of all kinds.