Weekend City Picks: Denver
Catch your breath in The Mile High City, Colorado’s picturesque capital. The city offers award-winning dining, upscale shopping, and year-round entertainment.
Arts & Entertainment
On the first Friday of every month, art lovers will experience First Friday Art Walks in neighborhood art districts across Denver. Checkout the Art District on Santa Fe, featuring more than 100 galleries, artist studios, specialty shops and restaurants. From 6-9pm, every first Friday of the month, a free, guided shuttle picks you up at the light rail station (10th Avenue and Osage Street) and transports you around this remarkable district. Address: 828 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO.
As their saying goes, “create, drink & be merry!” This one-of-a-kind social bar is where locals go to get crafty. Here’s how it works: Grab some friends and schedule a time to come in, make DIY art & craft projects while mingling over beer and cocktails. You pick a craft project from their menu of over 25+ projects (from jewelry to painting to home décor), and Upstairs Circus will provide the supplies, tools and tutorials to make your masterpiece.
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“To stand in a gallery at the Clyfford Still Museum will be among the best art museum experiences anywhere,” says Peter Plagens at Smithsonian Magazine. Located next to the Denver Art Museum, visitors will find themselves immersed in the works of Clyfford Stills – American master abstract expressionist – in an intimate museum filled with minimalistic design and great architecture. On the last Friday of every month, the museum is free from 5-8pm (valid in 2015).
Food & Drink
Put your roots down at this unique American eatery. What once was an old gas station is now an artful, popular neighborhood hot spot. We recommend you go for the brunch – just be prepared to wait in line, as it is a popular, but well worth the wait! Enjoy American breakfast classics with a twist such as Tater Tots Benedict, Banana Bread French Toast, and bottomless Blood Orange Mimosas.
Located in an industrial-style warehouse called The Source with graffiti walls sits one of Denver’s coolest restaurants: Acorn. Foodies will love their creative spin on dinner dishes, which are served shared or family style. Choose from fan favorites such as the Wood Fried Pretzel, House Made Spaghetti, and Carrot & Ricotta Ravioli paired with one of their cool cocktails or homemade ginger beer.
Known by locals as one of the best Italian restaurants in Denver, Osteria Marco in offers great handcrafted pizzas, cured meats & cheeses and other Italian favorites. Dine indoors in a cool and cozy setting, or outdoors on the patio which overlooks the popular Larimer Street. Our favorite? Try the Wild Mushroom & Robiola pizza topped with truffle oil.
The beer speaks for itself. Located in an old dairy processing plant, the Great Divide Brewery Company is the winner of 18 Great American Beer Festival awards, named one of the “Best Breweries in the World” by Ratebeer.com and winner of four World Beer Cup awards. Their Tap Room features 16 taps of beer, as well as great views into their brewhouse. While they don’t serve food, they often host some of Denver’s best food trucks.
What once was a fire station is now home to Station 26 Brewing Co. Offering a variety of beers on tap, rotating food trucks and indoor and outdoor seating, Station 26 is a great place to unwind with a cold one. Can’t decide which beer to try? Get a sampler of all their beers on tap!
As Denver’s first craft brewery, the Wynkoop Brewing Company has paved the way. Their award-winning small-batch ales and lagers have been crowd pleasers for over a quarter-century, even President Obama is a fan! Located off of 18th street, this restaurant and brewery offers complimentary tours every Tuesday – Saturday from 3pm – 4pm. Reservations are not required; just arrive early so you can secure your spot!
For over 100 years, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has been a top attraction for families. Explore three floors of exhibits and watch as your children learn about the cosmos, dinosaurs, gems & minerals and more. Plan enough time to visit the IMAX and the planetarium for an out-of-this world experience.
Sea lions, tigers and polar bears oh my! Kids will love a day at the Denver Zoo; watch the Wildlife Show, and get up close and personal with some of nature’s most remarkable wild animals. Check out the Toyota Elephant Passage, one of the largest elephant habitats in North America, featuring two miles of trails.
Love airplanes? This museum is located on the former grounds of the Lowry Air Force Base in a 40,000 sq ft historic Hangar. Open daily, the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum offers daily exhibits including the Amelia Rose Earhart exhibit, an X-Wing built and used to promote the first three Star Wars films, NASA exhibits and more!
Located in a historic Victorian house, the Woodhouse Day Spa is a favorite destination spa by locals and visitors alike. Experience true tranquility with The Woodhouse Escape. This 110 minute head-to-toe treatment consists of a luscious body scrub followed by a volcanic stone massage; hypnotic neck and shoulder massage, and then a restorative ancient art of reflexology performed on the feet.
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It’s no secret that the Denver area is home to some of the most picturesque hiking trails in the United States. From beginner hikes, to challenging trails and waterfall hikes, find an extensive list of hiking trails that fit your skill set on dayhikesneardenver.com.
Take in a new perspective of the beautiful Rocky Mountains with a hot air balloon ride over Denver. Located in Boulder – just 30 minutes outside of Denver - Fair Winds Hot Air Balloon Flights will give you memories to last a lifetime. As an added bonus, they include champagne or sparkling cider, deluxe continental breakfast, Fair Winds t-shirt & pin and a personalized photo with every flight.
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One of the country’s most popular outdoor music venues, the design is geologically formed for perfect acoustics. Located about 10 miles west of Denver, the open-air amphitheater is the perfect venue to take in live music under the stars. Check out their website for a list of summer concerts. During the day, the Amphitheatre makes for scenic hiking and biking along the Red Rocks Trail.
Who knew you could kayak in the middle of Denver? All you need is your swimsuit and you’re ready to ride the man-made kayak chutes in Confluence Park. Confluence Kayaks makes it easy to embark on an instructor-led adventurous kayak ride. Introduction lessons from $149.
Exclusive to the Denver Area, Inspyre boutique prides itself of finding unique, affordable and on-trend women’s clothing, accessories and gifts that you’ll love! A local favorite, there isn’t anything in this boutique that exceeds $100 so you’ll be able to satisfy your thirst for fashion without breaking the bank.
Stylish clothing that looks effortless yet packs a punch. That’s the vibe we get after shopping at Stitch Boutique of Denver. We can easily see why Stitch Boutique was voted in the Top 3 for Best Boutiques in Denver by the Denver A-list. The boutique offers women’s fashions that are hip, cool, comfortable and makes a statement. As a popular shopping destination for trendsetters, locals and visitors alike – we encourage you to put Stitch on your list.
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Discover Cherry Creek, an upscale shopping center located about four miles southeast of downtown Denver. Featuring over 160 shops, including 40 stores exclusive to this area, spend the afternoon shopping at Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., and more. Traveling with little kids? Visit the Rocky Mountain Play Park, an indoor kids play area located on the lower level just outside of Macy’s.