One place to visit is Camp 4 Coffee. There are four retail locations, including one at the base area, and another at the top of the Painter Boy lift. This is also where you will find the terrain park for the very youngest kids. It's full of whoop-de-dos and rolling bumps that the little kids adore.
You can sit up top at the Camp 4 Coffee shack, with a cup of hot joe, made from hand-roasted beans, while your kids are having a great time on this very easy portion of the mountain. Camp 4 is usually the last stop for food and drink before climbers push for the summit on major climbing expeditions.
One of my favorite restaurants of all time is in Crested Butte, on Second Street and Whiterock. It's The Slogar, built in 1882 as one of 18 taverns in town. It's where the miners bellied up to the bar after a long day at work.
The Slogar's unique recipe is what makes it a favorite. They serve family-style, skillet-fried chicken from a 1915 recipe, and sweet and sour coleslaw salad from an early 1800's recipe. Baking powder biscuits, creamed corn, old-fashioned mashed potatoes with rich chicken gravy, and homestyle ice cream round out this dinner.
Reservations at The Slogar are recommended, by calling 970-349-5765.