Transport to the Past

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Turn back time at these nostalgic Colorado destinations

Cinema magic under the stars

This summer visit Montrose-based The Star Drive-In and help celebrate their 75th year of continuous family ownership. The single-screen venue showcases double features of classic familyfriendly films all summer long. Visitors can expect longer wait times on weekends, and the cash-only box office opens 45 minutes before dusk. Take the time to enjoy this timeless setting that creates an experience your family will love. Visit for a list of upcoming features, pricing, and more information.

Get rolling

Roller skating — a popular sport of decades past — can still be enjoyed today. Morgan County-based The Brush Roller Rink/Ortiz Event Center makes this nostalgic sport an accessible activity for families and adults who want to get their skating groove on. A perfect site for parties, your guests can grab a bite to eat and skate the night away under a disco ball. To learn more, visit Brush Roller Rink/Ortiz Event Center on Facebook or call 970-842-7708.

Sweets from the past

Inspired by the 1950s-style candy counter, visitors can find more than 600 nostalgic candies at The Old Fashion Candy Store in Estes Park. From popular assortments to hard-to-find sweets, if you crave it, chances are this candy shop will have it. To learn more, visit TheOldFashionCandyStore on Facebook or stop in at the store located at 184 E. Elkhorn Ave. in Estes Park. If candy isn’t your craving, perhaps ice cream will hit the spot. Tucked away in Meeker’s charming historic downtown, you’ll discover another beloved classic: a soda fountain. The Meeker Sweet Shop is known for their custom crafted milkshakes and hand-scooped ice cream. Featuring retro red and chrome swivel seats, vintage glass bowls, and a vibrant atmosphere, the Sweet Shop is a popular hangout for all generations. Whether you’re in need of a refreshing beverage or a double scoop to cap off a day of hiking or river adventures, this spot has you covered. The Sweet Shop is located at 316 6th Street in Meeker.

The pink Cadillac in the sky

Craving a 1950s diner experience? I-70 Diner is a Flagler fixture and a stop to add to your travels across eastern Colorado. When you see the bubblegumpink classic Cadillac spinning atop a 25-foot pole, you’ll know you’re in the right spot. Guests can enjoy a wide variety of food: Mexican-inspired dishes, a traditional club sandwich, and biscuits and gravy. Complete with 50s diner kitsch, neon lights, and swivel chairs, the diner will satisfy your hankering for a nostalgic experience. The I-70 Diner is located at 17044 County Road 5 in Flagler. For hours and more information, call 719-765-4040.

A little different than the norm

Located in Cortez, just 9 miles from Mesa Verde National Park Visitors Center, The Retro Inn is a perfect blend of fun, charm, and beauty. Travel to the roaring 20s in the Great Gatsby Suite, featuring luxurious furnishings with a touch of Art Deco flare. Feeling the free spirit of the 60s? In the Woodstock Suite, visitors are treated to a water bed, shag carpeting, bold wall colors, and funky decor. Visit the clubhouse to play billiards, foosball, nostalgic board games, and retro video games. Outside, guests can enjoy a game of giant chess while grilling out on the lawn. To learn more and book a stay, visit