The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Crested Butte one of its 2008 "Dozen Distinctive Destinations." It's an annual award given to communities across the United States that offer cultural and recreational experiences different from the typical vacation destination. These towns are rich in character, while showing a commitment to authentic, historic preservation. Crested Butte's downtown area is delightful, still recognizing its coal mining history. The houses in and around Elk Avenue, Crested Butte's main street, are eclectic and vibrant, with their Victorian-era designs. One historic attraction is the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, at 331 Elk Avenue. The building was built in 1883 and is one of the oldest standing structures in town. It first housed the Crested Butte Hardware Store and later the blacksmith shop and gas station. Museum personnel nominated Crested Butte for the designation. The Museum will hold a celebration Sunday, Feb. 17, from 5-7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome; refreshments and admission are free. Other Colorado towns receiving the honor are Durango (2007), Georgetown (2003), Silverton (2001), and Boulder (2000). Call 800-814-8893, for more information about Crested Butte, or to make reservations for a visit.