June 1, 2022
Who doesn’t love brunch?! Brunch is the best solution to any hunger problem. You can have breakfast food, you can have lunch food, or you can combine the two, my personal favorite.
Brunch the day after your wedding is the perfect way to end the weekend with friends and family on a high note. It’s not too early, it’s not too late, and you’ll have plenty of time for chatting, eating, and hugging goodbye.
Estes Park tourist season generally runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with a few stragglers before and after. Many places open earlier for the shoulder seasons. If you’re getting married during the off-season, please call ahead to double-check opening times as some places may be closed. Do not attempt to find a brunch spot with a crowd without reservations!
One of the reasons that brunch rules is that there are NO rules about brunch. You can have just your wedding party and close friends and family, or extend the invitation to guests who have traveled from out of town. All you need to do is be mindful of your budget and the seating limitations of the restaurant. Be sure to ask if they have options to seat your party together!
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If you’re looking for a classic American breakfast, “The Egg,” as it is known in town, is your spot. They’ve got all the classics like eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, waffles, and delicious skillets. The Brioche French toast is a favorite because French toast is always a yes. They also have a good amount of lunch-type items like burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Lots of gluten-free options on the menu here as well. With its cozy atmosphere and extensive menu, everyone will be happy.
Kind is a local coffee shop, so it doesn’t have a ton of indoor eating space, but it would be great for a small crowd or if you want to sit outside informally and meet. It would be a perfect place to choose if you don’t necessarily want to “host” a brunch…more like a “Hey, we’re going to be at Kind from 11-1, join us there” kind of scene. The coffee is fantastic, and the menu is small, but everything is delicious. The best-kept secret in Estes is their breakfast burrito. Trust me.
I’m letting you in on another local secret: you will never have a bad meal at the Mountain Home Cafe. The portions are ample, the staff is amazingly attentive, and they have a really nice and varied menu. Some favorites are their corned beef hash and their huevos rancheros…so good. They do have a small fenced patio seating as well!
Claire’s is a great choice if you want a menu that has everything from breakfast to dinner choices. Their eggs benedict are always excellent; they have everything from the classic to a crab benedict. If you love French toast, try their Pain Perdu, New Orleans style, battered and grilled. Claire’s is also home to the bottomless Mimosa, which is as delicious as it is dangerous!
I wholeheartedly endorse Bird and Jim if you’ve got a big crowd you want to get together for brunch. They have both the restaurant area and a venue space called The Birds Nest to accommodate your hungry crowd. They make everything from scratch, sourced locally. Their cinnamon rolls are something you will dream about. They sell out quickly, so get there early…or ask them to save you some.
If you’re looking for amazing food with a view, then this place is tops on the list. The Stanley Hotel is considered a must-see attraction by many people visiting the area, so your guests will get a fantastic meal and be able to spend some time in one of Colorado’s most iconic hotels. Don’t miss the lavender mimosas, and the “Here’s Johnny” breakfast entree is a favorite for the name alone.
If you want to get out of the city a bit, the Meadow Mountain is just 40 minutes away in Allenspark and will give you that away from it experience. Heads up, this place is small with only four tables, so you will want a small crowd for this brunch (or maybe just the two of you!). Sit out on the porch, take in the cute antiques, sip coffee, and enjoy the quiet…not much cell service in this area. A favorite is the Elvis pancakes with bacon, banana, and peanut butter chips.
What could be better than enjoying a delicious meal with your closest friends and family after a fun-filled wedding weekend? Estes Park has no shortage of unique places to enjoy brunch, so you’ll find the perfect spot for your group.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet coffee date with your newly minted spouse or a big celebration, there’s something for everyone. So go ahead and indulge in one last meal before heading back to reality…you deserve it!
I am a Colorado native with deep ties to the Estes Park area. My family’s history is built right into the landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park, and my grandparents built our cabin right outside Allenspark. I love exploring the Colorado landscape and showing people my favorite spots in the area.If you’re considering having a wedding in Estes, I’d love to hear from you! We can talk about all things wedding, brunch, and Colorado. Get in touch and tell me about your plans!
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