Alright guys, I’m about to let you in on a little secret. Well, it might not be much of a secret to some, but still. Humor me.
We are fortunate enough to have access to a little ski area, Eldora Mountain, through work. It’s located about 20(ish) miles from Boulder, right outside of a town called Nederland (pronounced Ned-er-land, shortened to ‘Ned’). It’s small but a LOT of fun, with incredibly friendly staff and pretty good snow.
No, no, the secret is actually a little place that I love to go AFTER we’ve skied Eldora. It’s a little bakery/cafe/espresso bar in Ned called New Moon Bakery. It is AWESOME.
It’s funny, one of the first memories I have of anything in Colorado outside of the area that we live is of us going to New Moon Bakery on a random trip to Ned. We were just exploring the area and decided to see where a road would take us, and it brought us straight here. We had lemon bars the size of our head and coffee for the ride back down, and it was the most incredible experience. And the lemon bar.
OH THE LEMON BAR!
Although I didn’t take any photos on the inside (they’re renovating), New Moon Bakery is the most charming little place. It has bright colors and local paintings adorning the walls. But the best decorations are the pastries that they have inside. They actually have a LOT of gluten-free varieties, which are fantastic. And although they’re not doing lemon bars anymore, the food is still amazing.
For example take a gander at this: a Heavenly Bar. A bar chock-full of nuts, chocolate, caramel, butter, and graham cracker crust. A bar so glorious that I swear I heard angels singing. A bar so BIG that I had to take half of it home.
And trust me, that’s a big bar.
This little guy is the replacement for the lemon bars, something they call a “puddle”. (snicker snicker). It’s a lemon-poppyseed shortbread cookie with a puddle of lemon curd filling in the middle. And although it’s no lemon bar, I loved it nonetheless!
Nate got the old standard for him, a massive chocolate chip cookie. This is about the size of his hand, which is huge. All gone. No more. Done-skis.
It’s a magical place, something I look forward to every time we make the drive up to Ned and/or Eldora. And I must say, what could be more perfect than a hot (decaf) coffee and Heavenly Bar after a full 4 hours of skiing?