Whenever family comes out we try to find time to head out to Golden for a night.  We always head to the Timber Inn.  It’s a great B&B 20 minutes south of Golden.  If we head out with more than our family unit of 4 we choose the Alexa chalet.  This time we had 5 adults & 3 kids so it was perfect – it has 3 rooms and 2 bathrooms and a little kitchenette.  We didn’t use it though since we ordered the meal plan.  Totally worth it if you head there.

view from the cabin

It’s good food and the owners are super nice and great to chat with.  We always regret only staying one night when we go though.  Golden seems so close at only 3 hours from Calgary but somehow the day gets away from you and we always think that we should stay 2 nights the next time.

We love it out in Golden – it’s so great to be in the mountains but without the crowds of Banff.  This time since we had the young ones and the weather was slightly chilly we decided to fore go the hikes and check out 2 of the interpretive programs.  We headed first to the Buffalo Ranch.  The woman at the Information place on the highway recommended we head there and it was definitely worth the stop!  The kids loved seeing the Buffalo up close and it was so cute to hear about the different personalities and fascinating to learn about the herd.  The herd is basically wild and so you get an up close look at how they relate to each other and live together.

Len, who lives on the ranch knows a great deal of info about the area and has some funny stories to share about the herd.  On the way back to the van we walked around his property and checked out the stream nearby.  Kokanee salmon were swimming upstream to lay eggs.  None of us had ever had the privilege of seeing this before so it was quite a treat and the kids loved it.  This place is definitely on our list of must see places while visiting Golden.