One perfect day in Paonia, CO

Take in the mountain scenery and fresh, local eats in Paonia, Colorado.
David Frey

Welcome to Farmville: It’s a sweet life for the East Frisian sheep, Angus cattle, and heritage turkeys at the Living Farm, who munch away on 212 acres and pay no mind to the stunning mountain views in the distance. Stop by the Saturday farm market and take home some fresh eggs, salad greens, squash, or even a pair of handmade wool socks. 9–12; farm tour ($6); 12506 Crawford Rd.; thelivingfarm.org

A brewing revolution: A church turned brewpub, Revolution Brewing follows the same local ethos this town swears by, with tasty seasonal beers made from Colorado malt and local hops. In the backyard beer garden, try the sweet and hoppy Miner’s Gold, with a beer-boiled brat on a whole-wheat bun. $; 325 Grand Ave.; 970/260-4869.

The best dinner in town: Farfalle, linguine, gemelli, rigatoni: The homemade pasta at the Flying Fork Cafe & Bakery never disappoints. But neither does the stone-ground whole-wheat pizza or the Colorado lamb shank, thanks to chef Kelly Steinmetz. Nab a seat in the garden if you can, and on your way out, pop into the bakery for a loaf of artisanal bread to take home. $$; Third Ave. at Main St.; 970/527-3203.

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