Recommendations for the Georgia Delegation:
Most Georgian Denver Neighborhood: Whittier
Most Georgian Bar: Oceanaire Seafood Room 1400 Arapahoe Street The Peach Schnapps-flavored Oceanaire Martini will taste like a tiny slice of Sea Island in the middle of Downtown Denver. A more Dirty South experience can be had at: Bash 1902 Blake Street
Most Georgian Restaurant: Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q 24153 East Prospect Avenue, Aurora All the sweet tea, collards and brisket that you know and love, made fresh daily in Aurora, which is to Denver as Hiram is to Atlanta.View larger image
Best Day Trip: Russell Gulch If states could be related, Georgia would be Colorado's closest next of kin. Colorado's written history is lousy with Georgians, from expeditious John C. Fremont, who surveyed the Arkansas River Valley, to Lewis Ralston, William Greeneberry Russell and John H. Gregory, who discovered gold and created thousands of jobs. Without Georgians, Colorado would still be Kansas. The clearest way to illustrate this point is with a quick trip west on U.S. Highway 6. In the middle of Clear Creek Canyon, follow the casino buses up Colorado 119 for another six miles and turn left on Gregory Street. The road traverses Gregory Gulch, the site of Colorado's first gold strike and location of the historic mining towns of Black Hawk and Central City. At Spring Street, follow Colorado 279 up over Quartz Hill into Russell Gulch. Here sits the ghost town named for the Georgian prospector who panned more than $20,000 worth of gold in 1859. It is pure Colorado, with a Georgia twist. Surrounded by windswept hills scarred with ore dumps, this is the perfect place to contemplate how Georgians, from early miners to John Mark Karr, have helped define Colorado — and how the state remains haunted by their ghosts.