Hygee: Salida is on Colorado’s list of nine coziest small towns – by Jan Wondra

It’s the time of year when we layer sweaters and blankets, and to celebrate the winter season, dating review site MyDatingAdviser.com has ranked the coziest small towns in the United States. The new study that compared 170 of the most comfortable small towns in the United States In the national study, Salida came in 103rd of the 170 towns in the survey. But in Colorado, not only does Salida make the list, it ranks among the nine coziest small towns in Colorado.

Leadville did even better, ranking 12th in the national survey of 170 small towns. Given how cold the weather can be at that 10,152-foot elevation, it’s possible their ranking was influenced by the number of blankets needed to stay warm at night.

The study compared ten key metrics in the following categories: weather, food and activities. Additionally, they looked at data points such as winter temperature, average snowfall, cafes, bakeries, crafts, and bookstores, among other indicators of a cozy small town. The American study of the cosiest small towns is available here: https://mydatingadviser.com/best-small-towns-in-america/.

Now, the English word might be “comfortable”, but the Danes call it “hygge”, or the act of enjoying and being content with a comfortable environment – a term coined by the Danes. Hygge is a central part of Danish culture, which perhaps explains why Danes are among the happiest people in the world. But it’s worth remembering that winter in Scandinavia isn’t just cold, it can be quite dark.

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These Colorado towns are considered the cozies: Breckenridge (ranked #5 coziest in the nation), Leadville (12th), Silverton (13th), Telluride (17th), Snowmass (26th), Steamboat Springs (63rd), Mancos (83rd), Aspen (86th) and Salida (103rd).

Here are the nine most comfortable cities in Colorado:


The ambiance of this former gold rush town is framed by stunning Colorado mountain vistas. In the winter, powder hounds flock to Breckenridge ski resorts to shred the powder. Once the weather warms up, outdoor activities like hiking and biking the Vail Pass Path and Boreas Pass Road become the main things to do. Whatever the visit, you will discover many breweries and distilleries to relax after a busy day.

  • Ranking: #5 out of 170 cities

  • Average winter temperature: 24.5°F, winter season: 4.1 months, snowfall: 300 inches, days below freezing: 252.8


At about 10,152 feet, the nation’s highest incorporated city—a former mining town that by the end of the 19th century had Colorado’s second-largest population behind Denver—has all the goods for foodies and snobs of drinks (including a brewery) and is a popular training place for runners.

  • Ranking: #12 out of 170 cities

  • Average winter temperature: 17.5°F, winter season: 4 months, snowfall: 142.7 inches, days below freezing: 254.9


When prospectors headed west in search of valuable minerals in the mountains, Silverton was established in 1874. As its name suggests, silver was abundant in the San Juan Mountains, where the small city. Although the mining camps are long gone and the last mines closed in the 1990s, 630 people remain in the town, filled with its quirky architectural combination of saloons and churches – fun fact: Silverton is 9,318 feet above sea level.

  • Ranking: #13 out of 170 cities

  • Average winter temperature: 16°F, winter season: 3.1 months, snowfall: 173 inches, days below freezing: 263.1

Leadville is one of Lake County’s aerial charms. Courtesy picture.


With its pristine snow and quirky mountain town vibe, it’s no secret that Telluride is a cold-weather paradise for downhill skiing and other winter adventures. But the mountain town also shines in the spring and summer, whether you’re looking for bluegrass and film festivals or bustling wildflower hikes. In addition to outdoor recreation, downtown Telluride is home to art galleries and independent shops selling perfect souvenirs, like belts and wallets at Crossbow Leather and your next favorite airplane read at Between the Covers bookstore. .

  • Ranking: #17 out of 170 cities

  • Average winter temperature: 21°F, winter season: 3.5 months, snowfall: 167.2 inches, days below freezing: 259.7

mass of snow

Skiers and mountain bikers love this little town, but so do spa and dining enthusiasts, who can be kept busy for days thanks to resorts like Westin Snowmass Resort and Viceroy Snowmass. Additionally, Anderson Ranch Arts Center is an enclave for artists through its Artist-in-Residence Program and hosts workshops, programs, and events.

  • Ranking: #26 out of 170 cities

  • Average winter temperature: 21.5°F, winter season: 3.5 months, snowfall: 191.3 inches, days below freezing: 210.3

Sources of Steamboats

Located along the banks of the Yampa River, this northern Colorado town offers great skiing, a friendly community of locals, and geothermal hot springs perfect after a long day on the slopes. Head to Steamboat in the fall for brilliant foliage in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, or visit in the spring to see the waterfalls of Fish Creek Falls. Meanwhile, the whole family will enjoy rafting on the Yampa River.

  • Ranking: #63 out of 170 cities

  • Average winter temperature: 17.5°F, winter season: 3.3 months, snowfall: 184.5 inches, days below freezing: 216


Ranches, artists’ studios and nature coexist perfectly in the magnificent Mancos. Stay on a ranch, enjoy outdoor activities at Mesa Verde National Park, or stroll through the city’s Creative District. Fun fact: Mancos has several ancient Puebloan archaeological sites.

  • Ranking: #83 out of 170 cities

  • Average winter temperature: 27°F, winter season: 3.1 months, snowfall: 66.9 inches, days below freezing: 174.2


The ski slopes of Aspen draw crowds as soon as the snow starts falling, a small town with a reputation for being a giant. However, Aspen’s charm is seasonless, as its location in the Rocky Mountains guarantees year-round trails and hikes. Although the city had an affair with the counterculture at the time, it now attracts those seeking pampering in the form of sophisticated cuisine and luxury accommodation.

  • Salida pedestrians stroll south on F Street past Sweeties Sandwiches and Deli and their expanded streetside seating, Summer 2020


What do you get when your city hosts FIBArk, the oldest and largest whitewater festival in the country? A bunch of ex-river guides run things. “We’re everywhere,” jokes Mike “Diesel” Post, director of parks and recreation for Salida, who says the Arkansas River is central to city life.

“You can ski Monarch Mountain, then kayak, and you still have time to go mountain biking,” adds Mayor Emeritus PT Wood, who is, as locals know, also a former guide.

For those with a more artistic soul, Salida is also home to Colorado’s premier creative district. The city center is full of artists’ galleries and charms all seasons of the year.

  • Ranking: #103 out of 170 cities

  • Average winter temperature: 27.5°F, winter season: 3.2 months, snowfall: 43 inches, days below freezing: 204.6

Jhis, my friends, is the list of the 20 most comfortable small towns in the United States:

  1. Stockholm, Wis.

  2. Stowe, Vermont

  3. Stanley, Idaho

  4. ellicottville, new york

  5. Breckenridge, Colorado

  6. Medora, North Dakota

  7. Lake Placid, New York

  8. Keystone, South Dakota

  9. Mackinac Island, Michigan

  10. Lake George, New York

  11. Deadwood, South Dakota

  12. Leadville, Colorado

  13. Silverton, Colorado

  14. Saugatuck, MI

  15. Leavenworth, Washington

  16. Kohler, Wis.

  17. Telluride, Colorado

  18. Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

  19. Talkeetna, Alaska

  20. Port of Baileys, Wisconsin

Colorado Winter Is Beautiful, But There Are Many Ways To Enjoy It Even More

1. Follow the example of the Dane; embrace your hygge; an overall feeling of comfort, comfort, familiarity and well-being. Danes embrace hygge all year round and enjoy life’s simple pleasures like a scented candle, a good book and a blanket. Some call it “cottage-ing”. Others just know it comes from the cold in which we work.

2. Prepare comfort food. Warming up from within is a great excuse to whip up winter classics. Soups, stews and curries are hearty favorites for a reason and are sure to be a hit with the whole family.

3. Heat the hub. If you live somewhere cold enough to run a heater, think about the areas of the house that need to be kept warm and configure the space to capture the heat. Close doors to rooms you aren’t using and, if you can, install specially designed windows and door seals to keep hot air from escaping.

4. Date the old. With the weather so uninviting outside, take advantage of the warmth indoors and use your extra time indoors to spring-clean your closet. Remove any clothes that don’t fit well or that you haven’t worn in a while.

5. Eliminate the winter blues. If all else fails, retreat to the bathroom and run yourself a hot bath. It may not get you through spring, but it will help warm you up!

Featured Image: The mural on the wall of the Twitchell Building on First and F Streets is loved by visitors and residents. AVV has an office on the second floor of the building. AVV file photo

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