Evergreen’s origins date back to 1859 when a closely-knit group of families settled here and formed a ranching community. During the late nineteenth century, due to its proximity to Denver, city residents increasingly came up the hill to build summer homes and hunting cabins. After the dam was built and the reservoir filled in 1928 creating Evergreen Lake, the area increased in popularity.
Downtown, often referred to as “The Heart of Evergreen”, is still a place where city residents come “up the hill” for a day in the mountains. Just 30 to 45 minutes from Denver, downtown Evergreen is an easy, refreshing day trip.
Our walkable downtown district extends from the Evergreen Lakehouse, around the Evergreen Lake, along Main Street to Bear Creek and Highland Haven Creekside Inn and up Meadow Drive as far as Hiwan Homestead Museum. While summer weekends and holidays can be quite lively with lots of visitors, there are many areas available to park your car and walk through downtown.
Parking is available at the Lakehouse, on Plettner Lane, downtown, and at the Hiwan Museum and the old Hiwan Barns by Mountain Home. Please check our event calendar to find out if there are special events at any of these locations.
Visiting downtown Evergreen gives you multiple choices of art venues, unique shopping, bistros, pubs, patio cafes, creek-side dining, coffee shops, live music, theater and rustic B&B’s. The Hiwan Homestead Museum located on Meadow Drive takes you back in time to the heritage of what it was like to live here over a century ago.
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