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The Denver City Guide

a rare American metropolis that offers that fun and fancy of a big city, all while being the gateway to the Rocky Mountains

Denver is a city that has been a rising tide for local farmers, brewers, artists, hoteliers, restaurants and recreation enthusiast, and many a modern U.S. city has modeled their renaissance after the Mile High City, which makes it a highly sought after Western destination. There is no shortage of opportunities for romance, fun, food and culture in this dynamic city! Denver is a rare American metropolis that offers that fun and fancy of a big city, all while being the gateway to the Rocky Mountains, the plethora of nature and all its recreational benefits offered therein. This is ‘old west’ city that will invite you in with deep and sincere hospitality and will leave you pondering the simple yet profound question “why is it that we don’t live here?”

Where to Stay

The Ramble
The Ramble is one of Denver’s newest hotels, and the only one in the Rino (“River North”) District.  This neighborhood is cool, authentic and boasts breweries, wine bars, shopping, a food hall, and restaurants galore.  The hotel is immaculately designed…a true feast for the eyes.  Deep blue wood-paneled walls, antique chandeliers, vintage herringbone wood floors all set the scene for an away-from-home abode that feels both decadent and approachable.  The staff are incomparably kind and attentive, and are down-to-the-detail oriented to make your stay not only memorable, but one that you would want to return to again and again. (Both Whiskey and I would choose to stay at this lovely hotel every trip to the Mile High City!) View on Google.

The Crawford Hotel
This swanky hotel situated within the bustling downtown Union Station takes hip and relevant to a new standard. Inside of the station you will be pleasantly surprised to find multiple restaurants, bars, and a well-appointed bookstore, as well as this luxury hotel…this is indeed a one-stop shop destination.  No need to rent a car, as all that Denver has to offer can be found either in the station itself, or a just a short walk away.  The rooms are spacious and fitted with luxurious amenities, as well as large bathrooms, most with a shower and a soaking tub! Be sure to grab a bite and drinks at one of the many station restaurants and bars! View on Google.

Located in the cheery Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver, the Halcyon hotel is the perfect spot to spend a night or two as you discover the many and varied suburban areas of the Mile High city.  Touted as an urban oasis in Cherry Creek, this 154 room “non-hotel” is a perfect getaway from the run of the mill hotel experience, blurring the lines between hotel and home, you’re sure to feel a sense of welcome and comfort, all coupled with stellar attention to detail.  Do not miss the rooftop pool, it’s a sweet spot to sip a cocktail and watch as the sun sets over the Rockies! View on Google.

Where to Eat

Frasca Food and Wine
If you’re looking for a stellar event of an evening, you must grab a reservation at the fantastic Fasca Food and Wine.  There is a very obvious electricity to this hub of luxurious, farm-fresh and local-centric fine dining house.  From the time you’re seated and handed a housemade refreshing spritzer, to your final bite of menage a trois (or quatre) desserts, you will be transported to a land of finery and exuberant food bliss!  Frasca is brought to you by two French Laundry alums that have deftly created a true food destination in the heart of Boulder!  Don’t miss the chance to dine in the Alpineglobes set up outside, it’s like dining in the heart of a chandelier donned snowglobe! (It’s one of Whiskey and I’s top dining experiences ever!). View on Google.

This is THE place to get your tapas game on in the downtown area of Denver.  Located inside the Union Station building, this Spanish inspired restaurant is a perfect cozy date-night locale.  Set in a low-lit, beautifully appointed, mural-lined split-level room of the train station, this is the place to experience Spanish tapas and Porteguese petiscos, and off-the-chart delicious varieties of Spanish gin and tonics.  (Whiskey and I sampled several gin and tonic creations and left very happy people!) View on Google.

stoic and genuine
Whiskey and I walked into this lovely little seafood spot at happy hour, and were blown away to find $2 dollar oysters that were fresh and delicious, sourced from both East and West coasts, and were paired beautifully with a glass of crisp white wine.  The food coming out of this tiny kitchen is on par with any fine dining restaurant, but set in a fun and relaxed environment that begets comfort and ease.  This is a perfect Friday night date night experience…from the excellent main dishes, to the crudo and raw seafood bar, you will leave satiated and elevated in heart and body! (I ordered the steak dish and was blown away by the flavor, perfectly executed temperature and complex, yet simple flavor. Homies ain’t playin’ at Ultreia!) View on Google.

Where to Shop

MAX Women’s Clothing
This Cherry Creek institution of up and coming fashion brands is not to be missed for the travelling fashionistas.  The carefully curated selection of brands (new and well-established) is unlike anywhere else in the city.  Harper’s Bazzar named the store a “style leader,” and we can confirm that it is unparalleled in its offerings of international high-end fashion options.  Should you be need a date-night ensemble, this is the place to pop into! View on Google.

Tattered Cover Book store 
Tattered Cover is a place that you will want to get lost in for a couple of hours of true bookworm pleasure! This bookstore is ripe with titles known, and unknown, that will spark your reader’s heart with joy.  This is the largest independently owned bookstore in Colorado, with four locations, it is a Denver institution, and not-to-be-missed community gathering place. View on Google.

Denver Central Market
This food hall located in the Rino district is a food-lover’s fantasy.  Set in a grand and beautiful warehouse, this den of food discovery has 11 vendors slinging out some of the freshest and most delicious food in Denver!  Everything from a fresh and local meat market, to killer acai bowls and smoothies, to made to order sushi rolls and poke bowls, to delectable French baked goods, you and your sweetheart are sure to find something to tickle your gastronomic fancy! (I fell in love with the “Gangsta’s Paradise” bowl at the Green Seed stall…do not miss it!) View on Google.

Best Place to Watch The Sunset

Hyatt Regency Peaks Lounge
This 27th floor bar is a stunning sunset locale. With the Rocky Mountains front and center of the lounge, you couldn’t find a better view, nor a more romantic setting to grab a cocktail and watch as the sun eases itself down upon the horizon.  The panoramic views pair perfectly with the hand-crafted cocktails (and a lengthy wine list) and will cap your day with a touch of Denver magic that will carry long after your trip has ended. View on Google.

Perfect Picnic Spot

A ridiculously scenic and beautiful drive from Denver, Breckinridge is a wondrous little village where you can find the perfect picnic provisions, and a stunning mountain view to indulge your taste-buds and overload your senses with true Colorado beauty.  Located a little over 80 miles from downtown Denver, this iconic ski-town is worth renting a car for, and maybe even spending the night in.  A picnic set amidst these mighty mountains is pretty much the setting of a perfect day. (Stop in at Amazing Grace cafe and grab a salad and sandwich made from all natural ingredients…that paired with a nice bottle of bubbly and you’ve set the scene for an epic day!) View on Google.

Date night idea

La Rumba
This is a can’t miss destination for Latin nightlife, dancing and drinking in Denver. Whiskey surprised me with an evening of mojitos and salsa lessons at this sultry club and concert venue.  We had a fantastic time learning to salsa, laughing at ourselves and each other, letting loose and falling more in love with each other and Denver, and all this city has to offer.  Be sure to check the calendar and show up early to take a class, or two, of Latin dance instruction that is sure to be the highlight of your trip! View on Google.

Places to get lost in

Just a 20 minute drive from the heart of Denver, Boulder is a terrific little mountain town that offers a walkable downtown ripe with restaurants, shops, breweries, art and live music, all with  mountainside views that will take your breath away.  From amazing mountain trails to hike and bike, to stellar restaurants and breweries, Boulder is worth setting aside an entire day to enjoy and immerse yourselves in this fun and inviting small Colorado town. View on Google.

Hidden Romantic Spot

Williams & Graham Speakeasy
This flawlessly executed Prohibition-era speakeasy will transport your tastebuds into a simpler time and set the all too rare romantic ambience you and your love have been craving. It is set in a vintage corner bookstore and serves handcrafted cocktails, small plates & desserts. Dress the part, make a reservation and let the evening come to you both at this iconic Denver staple! View on Google.

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