Denver. Known as an outdoorsman’s paradise, some may not realize all it offers the not-so-outdoorsy type. Got a few days to yourself until your next shift and interested in exploring the area? Aside from being the microbrewery capital of the world and boosting 300 days of sunshine per year, here are some more things to love about the Mile High City:
Snooze – Don’t miss out on their pancake of the day
Denver Biscuit Company – Try their biscuits and gravy meets breakfast sandwich
Jelly – They have good food, good drinks, and good decor
Morning Collective – My personal favorite for a boozy brunch. Plus, the cubes in their iced coffee are frozen coffee. If that isn’t genius, I don’t know what is.
Rio Grande – Locally sourced Mexican and home to the best margaritas in town
Work and Class – They have an epic happy hour and a killer menu. Get a little bit of everything and share!
Avanti – My go-to for groups. With multiple food and beverage options, everyone can find something they like!
Linger – A converted mortuary with killer food and views (see what I did there?)
Ice Cream (duh):
Little Man – The Highlands classic. Don’t let the line deter you!
Bonnie Brae – Your go-to for an old time feel
Nuggs – Go visit them on Waffle Taco Tuesday
Frozen Matter – All about local ingredients for their ice cream, sodas, and popsicles…Plus, I’ve heard it’s a front for a speakeasy (Retrograde)
Jubilee Roasting Co – Their coffee is found in various shops around the city, but its headquarters in my favorite
Logan House Coffee – A cozy spot for getting work done
Aviano – They have pretty coffee in a pretty shop in a pretty neighborhood
Nixon’s – Your go-to for kombucha on tap
Corridor 44 and Green Russell – Larimer Square has cafe lights and lots of options, my favorites being this two! The first is a champagne bar, and the second has a speakeasy-type vibe.
Tap Fourteen and 54thirty – My favorite rooftops. The first serves only Colorado beer and liquor, and the second has the best view in the city.
Terminal Bar – Located at Union Station, it’s a classic and fun place to hang out, especially around the holidays.
Infinite Monkey Theorem – They have wine on tap and wine slushies!
Hearth and Dram – This one is for my fellow whiskey girls (and guys). Their wall of whiskey will remind you of Belle’s Library…but for booze.
Breweries and distilleries are too plentiful to name individually…just turn a corner and you’ll find one.
PLACES TO GO IN AND AROUND DENVER
Vail– About an hour away and your quintessential ski town…it’ll have you feeling fancy the second you get out of your car.
Boulder – A quick 45-minute trip to broaden your food and drink options. Check out Chautauqua Park and finish your hike the Colorado way…with a local beer at a nearby brewery.
Manitou Springs – A touristy little town where you can find fun shops, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, and the Manitou Incline.
Steamboat Springs – A popular spot for a ski weekend followed by a dip in Strawberry Park Hot Springs.
Palisade – A spot in Colorado’s wine country.
Aspen – Home to skiing, ritzy hotels, and the Maroon Bells – check it out in the fall when the leaves are turning!
THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND DENVER
While Denver has plenty of indoor options, let’s be honest, most of us go to Colorado to play outside:
Wash Park – Spend a day relaxing at Wash Park. On nice weekends, you’ll find groups of people playing lawn games and Sunday Funday-ing, so get there early.
Denver Botanic Gardens – Great for a stroll. My favorite time to do this is during the holidays with their Blossoms of Light display.
Skiing – There are TONS of options under 2 hours from Denver. Opt for weekdays when you can.
The Rock Pile – Sit in the Rock Pile at a Rockies Game. Not the best seats at Coors Field, but at $4 a ticket, it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make.
Larimer Square – Wander the shops in this area! You can also check out the 16th Street Mall.
FOR YOUR DOG
Cherry Creek Off-Leash Dog Park – This is my dog’s favorite place on earth. It’s HUGE, so if your pup likes to wander, it’s not your best bet.
Sidewalk Dog – It’s expanded to Denver. Check it out for a more complete list!
Lots of hikes are dog-friendly, but lots are not. Research before you go.