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Micah Susman’s articles

Kennebec Café and Bakery, a little gem on the way to Mancos

On your way to Mancos, La Plata Canyon, or the Hesperus ski area, you may notice the Kennebec Café and Bakery. In place of the solitary buildings that once housed Chip’s Place (diner and motel) now stands a local favorite for casual-but-fine dining, away from busy Main Street. I decided to go have brunch with a couple others...

Francisco’s Restaurante on Main: a staple for their hospitality and food

For over 50 years, Francisco’s Restaurante and Cantina on Main Avenue has been a local favorite for New Mexican and Mexican food. Although it has varied in size, menu, and public reception, the Garcia family has always been known for their hospitality and consistent food.

My dining partner and I arrived on a quiet...

Secrets of the Strater Hotel

When I first moved to Durango, I got into a conversation with a group of locals about our experiences with ghosts, and someone mentioned the Strater Hotel. Then, all at once, everyone felt it was their duty to tell me the various urban legends about Durango’s most historic hotel: the ghost prostitute, the hiding places for...

The James Ranch Grill – where you can find beautiful (organic) green chile burgers

As you travel north on U.S. Route 550 from Durango, you will pass Hermosa, Trimble, and Honeyville before you reach a cornerstone of the local meat and cheese scene: The James Ranch. If you go to the Durango Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, you can easily purchase said products. You can also go the 15 minutes north of town to...

The magic of Purple Fox Conundrum was not knowing what was next

After a media push, a cryptic website that touted a “whimsical journey of theater and art through fields and forest,” and my partner’s desire to go, I decided to attend an outdoor event called The Purple Fox Conundrum. This cultural commentary was produced and performed by around 40 people in the Mancos Valley on the Sacred...

A handy guide to getting a handle on Durango’s craft beer options

When my wife – who at the time was my girlfriend – first brought me to Durango to visit our future home, our first brewery stop was at Durango Brewing Company (Editor’s note: RIP). We went to Ska the next day, and the new Animas Brewing Company the day after that. I would eventually end up frequenting Carvers and Steamworks...

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