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features 22 OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
AT THE HOME RANCH
Get away from it all and immerse yourself in the beauty and adventure that awaits you at The Home Ranch in Clark, Colorado. Go for the relaxation, but stay for the fun! By Monica Stockbridge
28 GOLDEN GLORY
The rustic town of Golden, Colorado brings a charming slice of the Old West, with history and authenticity all around. But look a little closer, and you’ll find there’s lots to see and experience when you head out west. By Brittany Bandemer
34 LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
As the summer heats up, there’s no shortage of great music, food and entertainment. Our resident music and entertainment aficionado brings you the don’t-miss events of the season. By Marian Tuin
38 MOUNTAIN VIEWS TO
Travel golf writer David Holland presents the ultimate travel guide to Colorado’s best courses. From beautiful scenery to challenging links, this will get golf lovers ready to make the rounds. By David R. Holland
48 ON A HIGH NOTE
Local musician Zach Heckendorf is setting the stage for a big career. His newest release, Artifacts, is a compelling tribute to his climb to stardom. By Marian Tuin
50 THE COLORADO
If you don’t have a fabulous time in Colorado this summer, then you’re not visiting the right places. We’ve compiled a lineup of sites to see and things to do that is guaranteed to make your stay the best ever!
56 SUMMER OF LOVE
Explore all things Fab Four where it all began, in the heart of their hometown: Liverpool, England. By Angela Youngman
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10 THE RUNDOWN
An insider’s look at what not to miss when visiting Colorado: getting around on Denver’s B-Cycle; feasting at the food trucks; great chicken in the city; beautiful Colorado hikes.
59 THE SCENE
In Colorado, there are shows, concerts and events to suit everyone’s style. Check out our calendar for the best of the state’s culture and entertainment that take place during your stay.
Whether you want to grab a quick bite or are in the mood for a sumptuous sit-down meal, Denver and Colorado offer plenty of wonderful dining experiences. Take a glance at our guide before heading out on your next culinary excursion.
From trendy boutiques and high-end malls to hip vintage stores and more, we know the smart spots to shop in our beautiful state.
What will make your visit memorable? Allow us to recommend what to do and where to go for fun and adventure in Denver and around Colorado.
An exquisite showcase of native Colorado butterflies is on display at Chatfield Gardens.
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PUBLISHER’S LETTER | ISSUE 17: SUMMER 2017
ow wonderful is it to be visiting Colorado in the summer? Your plane has landed, you’ve checked into your hotel, and it’s time to decide what you want to do while you’re in one of the most beautiful states in the nation. Now comes the challenging part. Will you head to the mountains for a splendid hike? Play a round at one of the many picturesque and often challenging golf courses? Take a train ride through a scenic mountain byway? Fly fish in one of Colorado’s fresh mountain lakes? Bike through a canyon teeming with wildflowers? Zipline over a tree-filled glen? Take in some phenomenal classical or contemporary music at one of the many mountain festivals? Okay, you get the picture. Summer in Colorado is synonymous with fun, and it’s time to get outdoors for a day of adventure. Here in the city, take a stroll through one of the lively shopping districts, where you’ll find high-end designers and original local boutiques. Then take a break at a charming outdoor café, where you can people watch and plan the remainder of your visit. Later in the day, visit one of Colorado’s many breweries to sample some of the great craft beers and maybe stop into a gallery or two along the way. All summer long, there are a host of great festivals that cater to every taste. From BRAVO! Vail’s stellar concert lineup to smaller mountain town events, it’s worth your while to attend a festival or concert during your visit. While Colorado is known for our popular mountain resorts, there are many areas of untapped beauty and charm that add to the allure of the state. Boulder of course is a not-to-bemissed destination, where you’ll discover sublime hiking trails within the statuesque Flatirons and street performers galore on the lively Pearl Street Mall. Boulder is just a short drive from Denver, but has a look and feel that is unique and special. To the South, the Colorado Springs area abounds with sites to see, including the memorable Garden of the Gods, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (the only mountain zoo in the country), the Cave of the Winds and Seven Falls, the entertaining North Pole and the artsy town of Manitou Springs. If you’re feeling particularly bold, experience the majestic Pikes Peak, where you can hike, drive or take the cog railway to the top for a view that will literally take your breath away. Pikes Peak, dubbed “America’s Mountain,” inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write our nation’s best-known tribute, “America the Beautiful.” Or head further west to areas such as Durango, where you can ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a 45-mile trip through the majestic San Juan mountains. Along the way, take time to cool off on the river with an exciting day of whitewater rafting, or take a glorious horseback ride through the San Juans. Anywhere you go in Colorado, you’re sure to find fascinating historical and archaeological sites, dating back to the pioneer days when Colorado was a wild, beautiful and rugged landscape. Many mountain towns pay homage to this heritage, with museums and exhibits that harken back to the Wild West and the days of cowboys, gold miners and grubstakers. Colorado truly is a fascinating and wondrous state, and we hope you can experience even a small part of what makes it unique and special. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite activities in this issue, along with a recap of some of the best golf courses. Whatever your interest, one thing is certain: summer in Colorado is a time to create magic and memories that will help you understand why we love Colorful Colorado!
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olorado is a state that prides itself on bike-friendliness – along with stunning mountain ranges and endless days of sunshine, of course. Many of the cities in Colorado boast picturesque paved bike paths and designated bike lanes on their roads. Colorado’s capital city is no exception. Denver is a mecca for bike lovers and bike-friendly transportation options. For Denver visitors, biking can be a
HERE’S SOME OF WHAT WE THINK MAKES THIS PART OF THE WORLD SPECIAL. great way to explore the city. And luckily, with the help of Denver B-Cycle, renting a bike is easier than ever. With 89 stations throughout Denver and 737 bikes available for rent, Denver B-Cycle makes twowheeled traveling a breeze. B-Cycle is a a bike-sharing program that makes environmentally friendly, healthy and fun transportation easy. With stations throughout Denver that house bikes ready for rental, locals and visitors have access
to a new kind of of transportation sharing. The bike stations have kiosks that accept credit cards for payment, and B-Cycle has a variety of pricing options to suit every biking need. You can stop by any of the stations around Denver and check out a bike by purchasing an Access Pass. With your purchase you will have access to one of the B-Cycle bikes with three speeds, adjustable seats, pedal-powered lights, a bell, a basket and a lock. Keep the bike for half an hour as you ride across town. Each subsequent 30 minutes will be an additional five dollars. Once your ride is done, check it back into a nearby station. You can purchase an Access Pass online, at a station kiosk, or through the B-Cycle app. With stations spread throughout Denver, it’s easy to check out a bike close to home and drop it off at another station near many of Denver’s biggest attractions, including the Colorado Convention Center, Coors Field, the Denver Art Museum, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, and the Denver
Museum of Nature and Science. For visitors who want to keep their bike throughout the day without worrying about getting it back to a station within half an hour, B-Cycle has a 24-hour rental pass. For 35 dollars, you’ll have your bike for the entire day, without having to worry about keeping track of time. You can check your bike in and out of stations throughout the day or use the lock attached to the bike to secure it when you reach your destination. The pass is perfect for visitors who want to make a day out of exploring the city or who want to travel the beautiful bike paths throughout Denver, without worrying about time. The pass can only be purchased online or through the B-Cycle app. The B-Cycle app is available for Android and IOS users. There are more than 30 B-Cycle cities throughout the U.S., and with the app you will always have bikes available in the palm of your hand. For frequent travelers, the app is a great way to bike-share in every city your travels take you.
You don’t have to be a local or have your own bike to enjoy Denver’s bike-loving culture. With Denver B-Cycle, bikes are readily available and always waiting to accompany you on your next adventure around town. denverbcycle.com
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Hot Chicken, Cold Beer
rett Smith, executive chef and partner of The Post Chicken & Beer, has been cooking professionally for more than 20 years. Still, there’s nothing pretentious about his friendly demeanor and love of fried chicken, which has long been his favorite food. “If I had to choose my last meal, it would have to be fried chicken,” he says. Lucky for us, Smith isn’t planning to slow down anytime soon. In fact, he’s built his career working with Dave Query and Big Red F Restaurant Group, starting at Boulder’s Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar in 1996 and later running the kitchen at Zolo Grill. Eventually, he and Query decided to open something completely different. “Dave had always wanted to have a brewery that could produce great beer to serve in the Big Red F restaurants and beyond,’ Smith says. “We had also been talking about opening a fried chicken concept for some time.” When that opportunity came around, the idea took flight. Smith and Query opened The Post Brewing Company in 2014, a craft brewery
Keeping it Crisp with Chef/ Partner Brett Smith of The Post Chicken & Beer by MONICA PARPAL STOCKBRIDGE and fried chicken restaurant in Lafayette, Colorado that would eventually hatch sister concept The Post Chicken & Beer (with locations in Longmont and Denver’s Rosedale neighborhood). “We were looking for a way to pair hot chicken and cold beer,” Smith says. “The Post does both.”
“We were looking for a way to pair hot chicken and cold beer. The Post does both.”
- Brett Smith, Executive Chef
Fried chicken has gained increasing popularity over the past few years, but The Post uses a secret flour blend that gives the bird a
signature crispy texture, setting it apart from the flock. “We didn’t intend for it to be, but our fried chicken is also gluten-free,” Smith explains. “After testing nearly 75 different versions of flour and breading procedures, we decided to use a local gluten-free flour.” Smith explains that gluten-free fried chicken tends to be less greasy and boasts a superior crispness – but it does take time, to the tune of a four-hour brine followed by a dusting of flour, a buttermilk bath, and another coat of flour before ever touching a fryer. Of course, all the effort is worth it. For Smith, it’s about creating delicious, approachable comfort food. “There’s just something people love about having a refreshing beer and nice hot fried chicken,” he says. Start with a platter of Deviled Eggs with crispy chick-
en skin, or go for the Roasted Chopped Half Bird bathed in garlic and herbs with a side of Green Chile Mac & Cheese. Sides and salads change with the seasons, and daily specials like Saturday’s Slow Roasted Prime Rib with mashed potatoes and collard greens have become crowd favorites. Even better, The Post’s beers were specially crafted to complement the food, and options like the Townie Ale or Great American Beer Festival (GABF) award-winning Howdy Beer American Pilsner make perfect pairings. Today, Smith gets to cook fried chicken for his guests just about every day, and he couldn’t be happier. “I’m proud to have created friendly neighborhood gathering places, where you can enjoy date night, hang out with your buddies, or bring the family,” he says. “We just love inviting people in and showing them a great experience.”
“I’m proud to have created friendly neighborhood places, where you can enjoy date night, hang out with your buddies, or bring the family. We just love inviting people in and showing them a great experience.” - Brett Smith, Executive Chef
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Traveler’s Guide to the Best Colorado Hikes by MELANIE LOCKE
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olorado is known for its outdoor adventures. Travelers and locals alike visit our world-famous ski resorts for perfect skiing and snowboarding conditions, wade into the many lakes and rivers for the best catches, and hop on their bikes for a ride through bike-friendly cities in Colorado. Summer is the perfect time to be out and about. With endless sunshine and an enviable moderate summer climate, there’s no better place to be outdoors. One of the most popular outdoor activities throughout the summer is hiking. With more mountain peaks reaching over 14,000 feet than any other state, and the Rocky Mountain range in Denver’s backyard, there are miles and miles of trails to explore. Whether you’re a hiking newbie or experienced professional, it’s important to remember safety on your trek into the mountains. Bring plenty of water, wear comfortable, supportive shoes, and have sun protection. Bring along a friend or family member and let someone know where you’re headed.
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Garden of the Gods
Located in Southern Colorado in the growing metropolis of Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods Park is a picturesque paradise. With towering red rock formations in every direction and 15 miles of trails, the park is perfect for beginning hikers and offers spectacular views. The Perkins Central Garden Trail is a paved pathway accessible to all visitors. With an elevation gain of only
30 feet, the 1.5-mile-path is an easy way to enjoy the incredible vistas. For a more challenging hike, try the Chambers Trail, which circles the park for three miles. The trail leads away from the roads throughout the park for a more secluded experience over rocky terrain, gaining less than 250 feet in elevation. www.gardenofthegods.com
ABOVE/BELOW: The breathtaking views at Garden of the Gods Park.
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ABOVE Arthurâ€™s Rock in Lory State
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ABOVE/BELOW: The breath-
taking peakes of the Garden of the Gods Park.
Arthur’s Rock Trail
Just outside the college town of Fort Collins, this trail is one of many in the beautiful Lory State Park. With a total distance of only 1.7 miles, the Arthur’s Rock Trail is a great short hike for beginning and experienced hikers, although with a gain of 1,100 feet in elevation it is considered moderate to difficult. The trail stops at about 6,800 feet for a stunning view of Fort Collins and Horsetooth Reservoir. http://cpw.state.co.us/arthurs-rock
14er: Uncompahgre Peak
Climbing a fourteener is a tradition among Colorado hikers — many of whom scale multiple mountains in an effort to climb them all. A fourteener is a mountain peak over 14,000 feet in elevation.
Colorado has more than 50 such mountains, with varying levels of difficulty. Hiking a fourteener is no small undertaking and is a great challenge for more experienced hikers. Travelers, in particular, should use caution when considering climbing a fourteener, since the altitude at 14,000 feet can be overwhelming for visitors from lower areas, even for experienced hikers. Uncompahgre Peak is a great fourteener for hikers who haven’t yet beaten a towering mountain peak. One of 13 fourteeners in the San Juan Mountain Range, Uncompahgre is tucked away in the southwest corner of Colorado, outside the town of Ouray. Considered a Class 2 climb (out of 5 classes), Uncompahgre offers a moderate-to-difficult climb.
Like all fourteeners throughout the state, the strenuous climb is more than worth it once you make it to the top. If the altitude doesn’t steal your breath, the unencumbered view of the San Juan Mountains certainly will. https://www.14ers.com/routelist. php?peak=Uncompahgre+Peak
Golden Gate Canyon Park
Nestled in the foothills, just 45 minutes from Denver, Golden Gate Canyon Park has more than 35 miles of trails perfect for the experienced hiker. The 12 trails throughout the park are named for the wildlife that frequent the beautiful area. The Raccoon Trail is perfect for beginning-to-moderate hikers. The 2.5-mileloop takes hikers through the forest, past
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towering pine and groves of aspen trees. The trail also leads to Panorama Point, where a scenic overlook provides 100-mile views of the Continental Divide. For a more strenuous hiking experience try Burro Trail — a 4.5-mile loop shaded by trees. The trail includes an optional climb up Windy Peak for a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/GoldenGateCanyon
Boulder is known for the incredible Flatiron
Mountains that rise above the city. The flat, dusty red rocks are a climber’s paradise and hikers wander up the many shaded trails throughout Chautauqua Park — home of the famous Flatirons. This popular sightseeing and hiking destination offers stunning views of the Flatirons, and panoramic views of Boulder from the top of many trails. With over a dozen trails — many of which intersect and combine — Chautauqua Park caters to every level of hiking experience and ability. Stroll down one of the meadow trails for a short half-mile excursion or hike nearly two miles up a steep, rocky path to
BELOW: Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado at sunset Adam Goldberg Photography / Shutterstock.com
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THE FOOD KEEPS ROLLING IN CIVIC CENTER EATS PRESENTS THE CITY’S LARGEST FOOD TRUCK EVENT
n a warm sunny day, consider taking a stroll through Civic Center Park, a vibrant, historic area at Colfax and Broadway that marks the city’s hub of culture and government. Within walking distance of the stunning architectural campus, you will find the Denver Art Museum, The Denver Central Library, the Clyfford Still Museum, the U.S. Mint, The Colorado State Capitol, the 16th Street Mall and the Golden Triangle Museum District. But the tastiest part of the outing takes place right in the middle of the park, where food trucks line up every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to offer passers-by some of the tastiest fare in the city. The weekly event is called Civic Center
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EATS, and is produced by Civic Center Conservancy, a not-for-profit organization that is working to reclaim the area as the vibrant community asset its founders envisioned. It’s literally a party every week, when Metro Denver’s largest gathering of gourmet food trucks serve up an incredible array of great food, enticing downtown employees, residents and visitors to experience the beauty of the Civic Center. The event is highlighted by gorgeous views and live music, all enjoyed under cover of umbrella-shaded tables or in the sunshine. In the mood for some great BBQ? Or something lighter like a salad or wrap? Maybe you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and crave some Ethiopian fare or an
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SUMMER VACATION AWAITS IN CLARK, COLORADO by MONICA PARPAL STOCKBRIDGE
hen it comes to vacation, many people just want to get away from it all. Whether that means powering down from a high-stress job in the city, or physically abandoning day-to-day obligations, we often feel compelled to leave home in order to relax, rest and perhaps even enjoy a new adventure. Arriving for the first time at The Home Ranch – the state’s only Relais & Chateaux affiliated guest ranch and all-inclusive, family-friendly summer vacation destination – there’s a very real, very refreshing sense of isolation. Nestled in the heart of the Elk River Valley, 18 miles north of Steamboat Springs and bordering thousands of acres of Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest land, you immediately feel a long distance from wherever you journeyed. But that distance is welcome. You begin to unwind from the bustling, city-light drenched, mile-a-minute lives we lead. Fresh mountain air expands your lungs, and blue skies dazzle your view.
As General Manager Brooks Bradbury and Guest Services Manager Selina Heintz greet you upon check-in, they take your bags with warm smiles and a delightfully unexpected greeting: “Welcome Home.”
Finding Home in Clark, Colorado
It all began nearly 40 years ago, when Toledo, Ohio residents Ann and Steve Stranahan (brother of George Stranahan of Colorado whiskey fame) met Ken and Sharon Jones, cattle ranchers from Montana. The four decided they would start their own ranch. The Stranahans were vacationing in Steamboat Springs with their four children when they discovered a 580-acre swath of alpine ranchland in the Elk River Valley, in a small settlement called Clark. This was during what locals call a “Three-wire-winter” – meaning the snow was so high that it reached the tops of the barbed-wire fences separating the roads from the cattle ranches. From first glance, the Stranahans were transfixed with the area. Later, Ann would write a poem about the experience of seeing the land for the first time, exploring the several hun-
dred acres on cross-country skis with Steve. “We skimmed white meadows that might grow our hay, flew over fences that would keep the cows out, slid down to the creek to consider the trout, caught in a wide net of ice.” - from Inspecting the Property by Ann Anderson Stranahan
The Stranahans purchased that land, “laying impermanent claim,” as Ann writes, to the natural beauty they discovered there. The land they would eventually transform into a guest ranch would change their lives, and change the face of Clark itself. It was here they established The Home Ranch.
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THE CLARK STORE The Clark Store is the community hub in Clark, serving as a general store, eatery, coffee house and full-service liquor store, as well as the local post office. Operating under Stranahan ownership, The Clark Store also offers a popular deli menu designed by celebrated former Home Ranch Executive Chef, Clyde Nelson.
somewhere between a high-country cabin and a farm cottage. As the property has grown, they have added private cabins alongside the main lodge house. Today, there’s a barn that hosts Wednesday night dances, and a spot for weekly bonfire cookouts. There’s a garden and greenhouse, a downright swanky chicken coop, and a hay pasture for grazing horses – 78 of them to be precise, including an irritable yet adorable miniature horse and a beloved donkey named Poncho. 24
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All of this creates a summertime playground for guests of all ages and abilities, who plan their weeklong stays with equal parts respite and recreation. You might learn to fly fish in the gently babbling Elk River, or perfect your horsemanship skills on long back-country rides. You might choose to join a guided hiking trip along the 11-mile Zirkel Circle – practically untouched by Front Range 14er-baggers – or charter a hot air balloon ride for an exhilarating journey high above the rugged peaks. There are constant diversions for kids, from horseback riding to pond fishing to arts and crafts – and, of course, plenty of afternoon ice cream breaks at the local Clark Store. For many, simply wandering the property between hearty gourmet meals proves fulfilling. That’s because The Home Ranch treats guests to all-inclusive haute cuisine by Executive Chef Jonathon Gillespie, who sources locally (and we mean locally) as much as possible. Beef comes from neighboring Sand Mountain Cattle Company, and charcuterie is made in-house. Pork, poultry and produce, including lettuce, carrots, corn, peas and radishes, along with herbs and flowers, are raised and grown onsite. Plus, desserts by Pastry Chef Douglas Short round out every meal, and freshly
baked cookies stacked on a platter in the foyer make irresistible late-night snacks. During meals, guests sit at long community tables, sipping rare wines and Colorado craft beers, unwittingly laying the foundation for lifelong friendships. What might begin as a conversation over breakfast flapjacks and fresh-squeezed orange juice will often continue over barbecued chicken and grilled whitefish on the patio at lunch. By dinnertime, over dishes of Colorado lamb chops or Parisian-style gnocchi with Home Ranch garden greens, those same guests are exchanging family photos and email addresses, already making plans for a return trip at the same time next year.
The Ranching Way of Life
Part of the magic of The Home Ranch is how it trots the line between high-class and high-country. There’s an admirable success in providing a luxury experience on an otherwise harsh landscape (the growing season is an impossible 59 days, and winters regularly reach 40 degrees below zero). Yet, that unflinching emphasis on hospitality lives alongside an undying respect for the land and those who have lived and worked it for generations.
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SUMMER AND FALL EVENTS AT THE HOME RANCH:
BIKES AND BREWS - August 27-30 During this late-summer event, guests will enjoy a three-night stay featuring beer workshops, off-ranch bike rides, live music and cooking demos, as well as all the usual on-ranch activities, including horseback riding, fishing, hiking and local garden-to-table cuisine. WHISKEY AND FISHING - August 30 - September 3 As an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing lodge, The Home Ranch is the perfect place to learn fly tying and casting technique. During the fournight stay, guests will learn all the best trout fishing holes on the river, with opportunities for mixology and grilling demonstrations, all well supplied with plenty of Stranahan’s whiskey. COLORADO HIGH MOUNTAIN HARVEST - September 3-10 This weeklong event curates farm-to-table experiences highlighting Colorado’s finest chefs and winemakers, with classes and demonstrations on grilling scratch-made pizza, smoking fresh-caught trout from the Elk River, and even preserving treasured Palisade peaches, all enhanced with local craft brews and spirits.
In fact, the Home Ranch and its neighboring ranches have made it a mission over the years not only to create a destination getaway for discerning travelers, but to protect and preserve the surrounding land and ranching way of life by placing more than 8,000 acres of the Upper Elk River Valley into a permanent conservation easement, meaning the land will remain undeveloped for generations to come. This wasn’t always a popular notion in a place where land developers mine profits in hills that were once mined for gold. Finding like-minded individuals to keep the land pure and undeveloped, however, has enhanced the beauty of the landscape. Over its lifetime, The Home Ranch has grown from 580 acres to 4,000 – land that encompasses hayfields and hillsides where horses graze and calves are born in the spring,
where herds of deer gather and graze, and where guests can hike, bike, and fish on land that likely will remain this beautiful for centuries.
It may seem impossible that this place – with its vibrant green hills, distant frosted peaks, gentle horses and graceful river – could ever truly be home. But in the communities that form over meals and around bonfires, in the shared experiences on the land, and in the stories of days gone by, there lies an inescapable sense of belonging. You may be far from home, but you’re right where you need to be. Learn more and book your stay at homeranch.com
A HOME OF YOUR OWN Some guests visit The Home Ranch year after year before finally deciding to move permanently to Clark. For those who cannot imagine life anywhere else, there’s the Murphy-Larsen Ranch: a conservation-oriented residential project managed by The Home Ranch that offers ownership opportunities in a breathtaking setting. Learn more at www.murphy-larsen.com
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HIDDEN TREASURE GOLDEN, COLORADO SHINES OUT WEST by BRITTANY BANDEMER
t’s no secret that Colorado’s real estate market is booming, spurred by an influx of out-of-staters making the Centennial state their home. While many consider Denver or Boulder favorable places to settle down, they often overlook one of Colorado’s most beautiful and understated municipalities: the city of Golden. Golden rests in a basin against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, below the North and South Table Mountains. On one side the city is marked by the prominent “M” for the School of Mines; on the other with the infamous “G” of Golden. Golden’s prime location serves as a focal point between Denver, Boulder and Evergreen, and offers a direct route to Black Hawk and canyon access – bypassing traffic to the slopes. The city’s history is traced to its establishment in 1859. Proudly proclaimed across its welcome banner in the heart of downtown, Golden’s slogan is simply, “Where the West Lives,” and this declaration couldn’t be truer. This city is rich in history and continues to embody that spirit with barn wood trimmings, stucco-styled homes and architecture reminiscent of the Old West. Yet for all its storied past, Golden is becoming increasingly modern, with red cobbled brick lining pedestrian walkways and immaculate landscaping – lending the town the uniquely dichotic feeling of being in two periods at the same time. While technically a college town, home to the School of Mines, Golden does not resonate with that trait. A top-notch university, The School of Mines was recently rated the top engineering school in the nation by College Factual. Clearly, the college is not home to lackadaisical students. In fact, these students are ambitious and disciplined learners, attending the university not for a good time, but for the most advantageous career achievable. While they may go out on the weekends to the Swig Tavern, students are more likely to spend their free time studying or experiencing the great outdoors. Golden’s myriad outdoor activities attract athletic enthusiasts by the droves. Colin Endsley, an outdoor adventurer who has lived in Golden for a little over a year says, “Golden is great in that you can walk in any direction from town and find some trail to fall into,” and truly there aren’t enough trails to behold. Golden’s trails are perfect for hikers and cyclists – Lookout Mountain serving as a popular route for the avid cyclist – and the views from each trail are spectacular, ranging from downtown Denver to DIA and back to the formidable Rockies. Yet the ample trails are just a sampling of what Golden offers. There
Courtesy Colin Endsley
Courtesy Colin Endsley
Courtesy Colin Endsley
EXPLORE MOUNTAINEERING IN A WORLD-CLASS VENUE The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum is the nation’s only museum dedicated to mountaineering history. Since its inception in 2008, the museum has pioneered a new approach to interpreting knowledge about mountains and provides education about mountaineering history, safety and mountain culture. The museum also hosts an incredible collection of mountaineering gear, slides, prints, outfits and cultural artifacts that pay tribute to the achievements of mountaineers from around the world. Mountaineeringmuseum.org
with live music weekly. If you’re following your taste buds and looking for superb dishes, you can venture over to Woody’s Pizza or Indulge Bistro & Wine Bar; Indulge has perhaps the best iced tea in Colorado, which they’ll bring to you by the pitcher. When you’re ready for dessert, a must-visit is the family-owned and operated Gold Mine Cupcakes. Recently named by MSN.com as one of the top 16 best bakeries in the U.S., the bakery offers delicious, made-from-scratch creations served fresh by an even sweeter staff. Gold Mine Cupcakes will surely satisfy your sweet tooth with its assortment of 35 flavors and specials daily. With all these successful businesses and the city’s incred-
ible geography, it’s no wonder people are choosing to explore and settle down in Golden. The once outdated homes are constantly under renovation and are becoming prime real estate for those looking to live the mountain lifestyle, while not sacrificing proximity to the Denver area. In the future, more local businesses will continue to take root and make their home in Golden. Thoughtful development and growth will only add to the area’s allure as a destination spot for visitors looking for something unique and special, and locals wanting to stake their claim in this unsung gem of Colorado’s landscape.
are also water sports such as tubing and kayaking (when the water flow is safe) from the Clear Creek River, and fishing for Rainbow and Brown trout for the avid angler. Of special note is Golden’s popularity for the extreme sport of hang gliding. Windy Saddle Park offers a great launch point for hang gliders, and these colorful contraptions can be seen sashaying down the mountain most Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months. Outdoors aside, one of Golden’s leading attractions is its quaint downtown, a charming and unassuming destination for tourists and locals alike. Downtown Golden is privileged to have so many locally owned restaurants and shops that could keep the body feasting and the mind entertained for days. Home to the infamous Coors Brewery and seasonal farmer’s market, the area embodies everything regionally Colorado. Notable boutiques include Spinster Sisters Co., which now offers three locations in the Denver metro area (Golden serving as its home base). Opened in 2011, its founder Kelly Perkins calls her products “an alternative to the witches’ brew of chemicals that many modern skin care products represent.” From body scrubs to men’s shaving cream, Perkins and her team will keep your skin singing and fantastically fresh, no matter how dry Colorado’s air may be. Sharing a storefront with Spinster Sisters is Baby Doe’s, a retailer showcasing relaxed and bohemian styles for the laidback mountainista, as well as the craftsmanship of more than 40 regional artisans. Now under new ownership, Baby Doe’s offers a fresh look and feel that is sure to keep visitors stopping in to shop at one of the downtown area’s well-known establishments. While the shopping is great, the dining options are varied and delicious. If you’re looking for a good beer and a good time, there’s the Golden Moon Speakeasy and Buffalo Rose,
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THE ADVENTURE BEGINS Our Top Picks for Enjoying Golden HIKING & BIKING GALORE: The city of Golden boasts 402 acres of open space, and 24 miles of an interconnected trail system. The area is surrounded by dramatic natural beauty, both within the city limits and in the mountains that surround the town. Check out the Golden Bike Library, where you can get all size bikes for exploring the town’s challenging hill rides. ON ... THEN OFF ... THE WATER: Clear Creek Whitewater Park is a quarter-mile course that offers recreational kayaking and canoeing. Nearby are Apex Park, White Ranch Park, North and South Table Mountains and Golden State Canyon, offering excellent hiking, walking, biking, camping and fishing. COORS BREWERY TOUR: Since 1873, Coors Brewery Company has produced Colorado’s favorite beer, and today visitors can take a 30-minute self-paced tour that highlights the malting, brewing and packaging process. End the tour with a sampling of beer, provided in the hospitality lounge. www.millercoors.com
MUSIC & MOVIES IN THE PARK: Every Friday in August, visitors are treated to free music and a family-friendly movie in Parfet Park. The evening kicks off with live music at 7 p.m., followed by a movie at 8:30, shown on a giant inflatable screen under the stars. GOLF WHERE DINOSAURS ONCE ROAMED: Fossil Trace Golf Club, one of Colorado’s premiere courses, is a spectacular setting nestled adjacent to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains Front Range. Triceratops footprints and other prehistoric relics can be viewed adjacent to the course’s 12th green. FOOTHILLS ART CENTER: Right in the heart of downtown Golden, enjoy award-winning exhibits within a gorgeous Gothic church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. www.foothillsartcenter.org COLORADO RAILROAD MUSEUM: Feast on 12 acres of narrow and standard gauge locomotives, cars and 50,000 rare old photographs, papers and artifacts. The museum itself is a replica of an 1880’s-style masonry railroad depot. www.crrm.org BUFFALO BILL’S GRAVESITE AND MUSEUM: The life and times of Buffalo Bill are portrayed through exhibits, including Wild West show outfits, posters, Indian artifacts and antique firearms. Don a cowboy outfit and get a picture on “Stumpy,” the Museum’s fiberglass horse. The complex on Lookout Mountain includes the Buffalo Bill Museum and Buffalo Bill’s grave. www.buffalobill.org
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LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL A GUIDE TO COLORADO’S TOP SUMMER FESTIVALS by MARIAN TUIN
icture yourself surrounded by the peaks of the Rocky Mountains; a pristine mountain breeze whispers across your skin, and rays from Colorado’s warm summer sunshine engulf you. You stand in the open air, perhaps holding a locally crafted beer or a crisp glass of wine. The music reverberates; sounds authored by the likes of Grammy award-winning country sensation Keith Urban, or the bluesy funk of Colorado’s own Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats. Summer is the epicenter of Colorado’s festival season! It’s a place where your senses are stimulated by the sights, sounds, tastes and experiences embedded in our beautiful, sundrenched days and warm, starfilled nights. There are plenty of offerings from the city limits to the mountain valleys. And the collective 2017 lineup promises something for everyone: from music and bike enthusiasts to brewers, balloonists and wine connoisseurs ... we even tracked down festivals for yogis! If you’re ready for the freedom that the vibe of summer and outdoor experience brings, you don’t have to miss a beat researching and planning because we’ve done the work for you. We have compiled a list that highlights some of Colorado’s unique festivals scheduled for 2017, and captured
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exclusive insight from some of the state’s leading festival founders and producers. So whether you find yourself surrounded by the peaks of Telluride or the lofty cityscape of Denver, you are bound to have a memorable experience.
FOR THE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL SEEKER: Jazz Aspen Snowmass June Experience - Aspen
“The festival that we do at the end of June is how Jazz Aspen started back in 1991,” according to Jim Horowitz, founder and curator of the elite Jazz Aspen Snowmass June and Labor Day Experiences. The experience features four nights of headline concerts at the Benedict Music Tent in Aspen. In addition, there are multiple shows at the JAS Cafe upstairs at the Aspen Art Museum and downstairs at The Little Nell. They also host nightly complimentary Lawn Parties on the music tent grounds before the main shows, featuring live bands and an upscale array of food and beverage. June 23 - July 1, 2017 jazzaspensnowmass.org/june-experience.html
Hot Air Balloon Rodeo Steamboat Springs
The Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the
Park events explore the beauty of artistry and color both on canvas and in the sky. This stunningly visual weekend brings the sleepy offseason to life in Steamboat Springs and is a celebration of summertime. July 8-9, 2017 steamboatchamber.com/info/events
Telluride Yoga Festival
This four-day event is a paradise for yogis and features more than 100 different activities including yoga, meditation, music, hiking, dining, SUP yoga and more. Guests have access to more than 50 inspiring and motivating presenters contrasted by the intimate and historic venues throughout the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village. July 20-23 | tellurideyogafestival.com
Rockygrass Festival - Lyons
Rockygrass is the second of three events Planet Bluegrass produces annually and serves as a celebration of the town of Lyons’ strength and resilience. Originally held just 10 months after historic 500-year floods devastated the town, it is known today as one of the great traditional bluegrass festivals in the world. Planet Bluegrass’ Brian Eyster gave us more insight into the history saying, “In 1992, the volunteer-run Rocky Mountain Bluegrass
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BRAVO! VAIL Music Festival - Vail
The festival’s 30th season features four of the world’s greatest orchestras, internationally renowned musicians and acclaimed soloists. In the breathtaking setting of the Rocky Mountains, revel in classical masterworks, soulful jazz and electrifying pops programs. Featuring residencies by four returning ensembles: The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Soloists include violinists Joshua Bell, Simone Lamsma, James Ehnes, Gil Shaham and Leonida Kavakos; cellist Steven Isserlis; trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling; and pianists Garrick Ohlsson, Yefim Bronfman and Inon Barnatan. July 1 - August 4, 2017
Festival, (now called RockyGrass) reached out to Planet Bluegrass to keep the festival alive. We found a property in Lyons along the St. Vrain River to host that event and two years later we purchased the property, known today as the Planet Bluegrass Ranch.” July 28-20, 2017 | bluegrass.com/rockygrass
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Central City Opera 2017 Festival
This acclaimed summer festival features Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, performed in repertory in the historic Central City Opera House, and three one-act operas with limited runs: Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace, Douglas Moore’s Gallantry, and Amy Beach’s Cabildo, performed in smaller venues in Central City. Founded in 1932, Central City Opera is the fifth-oldest professional opera company in the country, renowned for its exquisite world-class productions. Just 35 miles west of Denver in the charming mountain town of Central City, the company owns 28 Victorian-era properties, including the 550seat jewel box opera house built in 1878. This is a must-see for opera aficionados! July 8 - August 6, 2017
Breckenridge’s Main Street Station Plaza transforms into a charming mountainside vineyard each year to host the Food and Wine Festival. Delivering a unique wine-tasting experience, you’ll find an array of varietals created by fine wineries. From the soft and smooth to the unabashedly bold, wine lovers will get more than their fair share of delicious sips. July 29, 2017 rockymtnevents.com/breckenridge-food-wine
Rocky Mountain Folks Festival - Lyons
Rounding out the three events produced by Planet Bluegrass, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival is dedicated to spending a glorious summer weekend celebrating songs and stories from around the musical and geographic world. Brian Eyster shared that community is at the heart of the event. “I love to walk through the crowd or the camp-
grounds and watch this unique spirit of community,” he says. “At our festivals, there is only one single stage. Guests set up their tarps and spend the entire day sharing music, making lasting friendships with their neighbors and reconnecting with friends from past festivals. People aren’t on their phones, they’re very present, connecting with their fellow Festivarians through this communal music experience in this profoundly beautiful place.” August 18-20, 2017 | bluegrass.com/folks
Vail Jazz Party - Vail
The Vail Jazz Party could be considered a maestro ushering in the grand finale of the Vail Jazz Festival and the beautiful Colorado summer season. It serves its patrons a jam-packed lineup with more than 35 headliners, who join together to play in group performances, multi-artist jam sessions, and inspiring multimedia tributes to jazz legends. Aug 31 - Sep 4, 2017 | vailjazz.org
Jazz Aspen Snowmass - Snowmass
Jazz Aspen Snowmass’ Labor Day Experience is nestled in the ethereal setting of Snowmass Village Town Park. This luxurious open-air event is a dance-oriented extravaganza of popular, R&B, rock, funk, blues, world, and soul music. With the spectacular Elk Mountain Range as a backdrop, this three-day experience welcomes to the stage Keith Urban and
Maroon Five, among others in 2017. Event visionary and mastermind Jim Horowitz disclosed, “The biggest challenges over the years is what it takes to put together a stellar, world-class program of artists. We’ve managed, but clearly that’s the hardest part of what we do. It all flows from there because if the program isn’t good enough, then the people don’t come, or they don’t buy as many tickets.” Summarizing, “That really is our DNA. We are a music presenter, whether it is for 150 people listening to jazz or 10,000 people listening to Stevie Wonder. People are coming to us to hear a great musical performance.” September 1-4, 2017 | jazzaspensnowmass.org
Telluride Blues & Brews - Telluride
Known as the festival capital of Colorado, Telluride begins to wind down its festival season with Blues & Brews. This celebration of blues, funk, jam bands, indie, rock, gospel and soul performances is paired with some of the best microbreweries in the country. September 15-17, 2017 | tellurideblues.com
FOR THE URBAN FESTIVAL GOER:
Greeley Stampede - Greeley Greeley boasts one of Colorado’s largest and most historic summer festivals and rodeos. Dating back to the 1800’s, Greeley’s Fourth of July celebration keeps the “Yeehaw!” in Colorado’s Western culture. June 23 - July 4, 2017 | greeleystampede.org
Global Dance Festival - Denver
Velorama RiNo Arts District, Denver
Global Dance showcases Colorado’s passion for dance music annually and has grown to become one of the premiere summer music festivals statewide. After spending years at Red Rocks Amphitheater, the dance party expands its boundaries and finds a new home at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in 2017!
This three-day biking, food, music, shopping and crafting extravaganza will overtake 12 blocks of the RiNo Art District for a street party that celebrates biking culture in Colorado. Daily family-friendly festivities are offered, making this an all-ages event that promises something for everyone.
July 21-22, 2017 | globaldancefestival.com
August 11-13, 2017 | veloramacolorado.com
Underground Music Showcase (UMS) - Denver
The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase marks its 17th anniversary in 2017. It lays claim as the biggest independent music festival in the Rocky Mountain region and, more importantly, is the premiere showcase for Denver’s incredible local music! July 27-30, 2017 | theums.com
ARISE Music Festival - Loveland
Arise boasts that it is more than a music festival, rather a movement. It is a music, yoga, activism and co-creative camping event located 65 miles north of Denver, at Sunrise Ranch. Now in its fifth year, it is proving its staying power, and this year’s lineup includes headliners Atmosphere and Ani DeFranco. August 4-7, 2017 | arisefestival.com
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest - Fort Collins
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest is a free music festival held in historic downtown Fort Collins. Prominently featuring a Colorado-based lineup, they host a variety of genres, including a one-of-a-kind, family-centered Kids’ Music Adventure. August 11-13,2017 | bohemiannights.org/ bohemian-nights-at-newsfest.html
A Taste of Colorado - Denver
One of Denver’s most delicious weekends serves up some of the state’s favorite food. More than 50 Colorado restaurants and food establishments gather in downtown Denver’s streets over Labor Day weekend to give patrons A Taste of Colorado. Combined with six stages playing live music, carnival rides, shopping and much more, this is hands down one of Colorado’s biggest celebrations of the year. September 1-4, 2017 | atasteofcolorado.com
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THE ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE TO COLORADOâ€™S BEST GOLF COURSES by DAVID R. HOLLAND
iller Barber, the late PGA Tour player with 11 championships, said it best about travel and golf. “I’m happiest when I have a hotel room key in my pocket.” Denver’s golf lineup has it all – beauty, challenge, history and perfect summer weather that extends well into late fall. But many visitors don’t know that golf can be played year round in the Denver area as long as the snow stays away. Get me talking about golf in the Denver metro area and I always return to the glory days of the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills Country Club, which brought together three modern golf legends: Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. If you know a member of Cherry Hills, try to snag an invitation. After the crash and burn of The International, a long-running PGA Tour event held at the Golf Club at Castle Pines, welcome news came following the return of the PGA Tour to Cherry Hills with the BMW Championship in 2014. And one can’t forget that Parker hosted the 2013 Solheim Cup at the private Colorado Golf Club. So what’s the good news? A couple of years ago it was announced that the state’s first new golf
course in years will be built in Windsor, north of Denver. RainDance National Golf Club, designed by Fred Funk, will be located less than three miles from its sister course – the 27-hole Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club. Here in Denver, where the plains meet the Rocky Mountains, a travel golfer can stage his or her own bit of Colorado golf glory at a multitude of daily-fee and municipal golf courses. Here are some of my favorites.
Arrowhead Golf Club in Littleton
You could wander the planet for 100 years and might not find a setting so incredible for a golf course. Located in Roxborough State Park just south of Denver, geologists say it took 300 million years for the slanted, jagged cerise rocks to form. It took Robert Trent Jones Jr. a fraction of that time to design Arrowhead Golf Club, one of the most-photographed golf courses in the world. Jones said the cathedral-like conglomerate rocks and the rolling terrain make it a must-play. “When I first saw the site of the golf course at Roxborough Park, I was overwhelmed by the magnificent gifts that nature has bestowed on the property. The cathedral-like conglomerate
ACROSS The semi-private championship Inverness Golf Club in southeast Denver features rolling hills, gentle
slopes and fast, undulating greens. ABOVE One of the world’s most-photographed courses, Arrowhead Golf Club is best described as magnificent.
COLORADO GOLF CLUB
Far from Ordinary, Close to Everything
THIS COULD BE THE VIEW FROM YOUR BACKYARD! While Colorado Golf Club is known for its seclusion and exclusivity, it is highly sought-after for its breathtaking views, vast open space, captivating wildlife and natural beauty. Imagine living where the mountains stretch out before you, with 100-mile views from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak. Where mornings are crisp and clear, sunsets are for pausing and bright stars bring the night sky to life. Nestled in 1,700 acres of rolling hillsides, explore nearly 1,000 acres of preserved open space on 10 miles of trails meant to connect you with nature and neighbors. You’ll be delighted by the wildlife that also meander the pristine landscape and soar above Colorado Golf Club.
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Custom sites, averaging over 2 acres, dot the unspoiled terrain and range from wooded stands with mountain views through the mature Ponderosa Pines to ridgeline perches overlooking sparkling city lights to golden meadows with big sky views. Semi-custom homes at Betts Lake, on half to one acre sites, combine the new trend of main level living with high-end finishes and low maintenance. There is no place like this in the entire Denver-metro area. Colorado Golf Club is inspired living for those seeking an unsurpassed Golf Club experience, a secluded location, and a comfortable lifestyle. This is where you belong!
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HISTORY IN THE MAKING AT COLORADO GOLF CLUB by TOM FERRELL
Colorado is steeped in golf history, most of it penned at classic layouts such as Cherry Hills and the Broadmoor. Famed designers Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore added a modern stage in Parker 10 years ago, when they completed Colorado Golf Club. Tipping out at over 7,600 yards, the private club opened its gates to the 71st Senior PGA Championship in 2010. Tom Lehman overcame a heroic back nine charge by Fred Couples to take that title. Just three years later in 2013, Colorado Golf Club took to the global stage by hosting the Solheim Cup, which pits top professional women golfers from the U.S. against their European counterparts. Europe stole the show and took home the Cup, but Colorado Golf Club was the real winner, as viewers around the world were captivated by the rugged bunkering and 100-mile mountain vistas that are Colorado Golf Club’s signature. In 2019, the young club will host its first USGA Championship, the 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur. No one yet knows what the outcome of that championship will be, but the field will be wowed by Colorado’s newest championship venue – that much is certain.
rocks that jut up from the rolling terrain at the foothills of the Rockies is a majestic setting in which to establish a unique golf course,” Jones said.
Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield
Built in 1999 by David Graham and Gary Panks, the Omni Interlocken Resort has inspiring vistas of the Rockies between Denver and Boulder and is a year-round resort with only the best hotel amenities. Eighteen-hole combinations measure more than 7,000 yards with the nines named Eldorado, Vista and Sunshine. The terrain is rolling hills and more than 300 acres, but was almost treeless until nearly 3,000 were planted.
CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora
TOP RIGHT The private Colorado Golf Club is renowned for its
rugged bunkering and 100-mile mountain vistas. ABOVE The 2013 Solheim Cup put the Colorado Golf Club on center stage. 42
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CommonGround Golf Course is a prime example of what happens when you take an old Air Force base golf course that has already been renamed once and put it in the hands of Tom Doak, one of America’s best classical, minimalist course architects. What you get is a parkland/links mixture that is walkable and affordable – just what the Colorado Golf Association, owners of the course, ordered. This plot of land was once the
Lowry AFB Golf Course, but when the base closed in the mid-1990s, the course morphed into Mira Vista Golf Course. The CGA’s and CWGA’s dream, however, was a completely new golf course. That’s when Doak and his Michigan-based Renaissance Golf Design team were hired to transform the 350-acre site. Today CommonGround is dedicated to growing the game with a learning center for kids and adults, plus a caddie program for girls and boys who have finished the eighth grade.
Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course in Castle Rock
Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course is a dream course that gathers sweeping views of the front range from Long’s Peak to Pike’s Peak. High points, rocky buttes, thick native grasses and scrub oak feature lots of wildlife. Fairways are wide with big landing areas framed by large, grassy moguls, bunkers, greenside lakes bumped against sand and stacked rock, and massive, contoured, bentgrass greens with tough, thick collars. The City of Castle Rock wanted a fun course, and that’s what golf course architect Jim Engh delivered. Engh took city administrators to a high ridgeline that defined the back nine and pointed to placement of the
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Ridge at Castle Pines North sits as one of their favorite stomping grounds. The Ridge at Castle Pines North is considered by many as the premier upscale, public-access golf course in Colorado. Since opening in July 1997, the Tom Weiskopf design has won awards from just about every golf population – national and statewide – and was once ranked No. 49 on Golf Magazine’s list of top 100 public-access golf courses. Look west and the panorama includes Pikes Peak, Devil’s Head and Mt. Evans. Look closer and you find front-range foothill scenes that feature sandstone rock formations, gambel oaks, Ponderosa pines and many varieties of wildlife. In fact, The Ridge left room to roam for migrating elk. Its double-loop layout preserves wildlife corridors.
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holes. The vision transferred from Engh to the administrators. Light bulbs went off in their heads – fun.
Fossil Trace Golf Course Club in Golden
Busy and fun, Fossil Trace Golf Club is in the shadows of Table Moutain, within sight of the Coors Brewery, and it only takes one stroke to notice the history of this land. The chimney of a brick kiln remains in the middle of the fairway on the par-5 first hole – right in the sightline of your second stroke. 44
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Examine the 20-foot pillars of sandstone positioned in the fairway of the par-5 12th, and then determine how to hit over them on your journey to the green. This hole serves as a reminder of the property’s quarry history. Clay-mining equipment remains in place where, 64 million years ago, bird tracks, palm fronds and triceratops footprints were frozen in time. A split-rail fence near the green leads to a viewing area for the fossils. Golf course architect Jim Engh, a native of North Dakota, built an impressive portfolio, beginning
with offices in Colorado and now known throughout the world. His award-winners in Colorado besides Fossil Trace include the ultra-exclusive private Sanctuary in Sedalia; Red Hawk Ridge in Castle Rock; Four Mile Ranch in Canon City; Lakota Canyon in Newcastle; Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction; Harmony Club in Tinmath; and Pradera in Parker.
The Ridge at Castle Pines North in Castle Rock
Some dime novelists say Calamity Jane and Buffalo Bill Cody once described the area where The
One of the only semi-private golf courses in the Denver area, this J. Press Maxwell championship course is beautiful, playable and challenging. It requires strategy and a thoughtful approach, thanks to gentle but unforgiving slopes, rolling hills and deep bunkers. Water comes into play on 11 of the 18 holes, and the golf course’s par-3 holes test the precision of even the best golfers. As for the hotel, there’s a view of the Rocky Mountains in its front yard and an 18-hole championship golf course in its backyard. President Bill Clinton slept here and took on the tight, sloping fairways, rolling hills and fast, undulating greens. Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Tom Babb opened the course in 1973 and did plenty for Colorado golf during his 27 years of working here. Babb served as director of golf at Inverness
from 1973 to 2000. He was there from the very beginning, helping prepare the course for its opening, even to the point of operating some heavy earth-moving equipment as the holes were constructed. Shortly after John Elway arrived to play quarterback for the Denver Broncos, his first contact to improve his game was Babb. The friendship evolved into the John Elway Celebrity Classic. Today you can enjoy all the work and landscaping beauty of Babb and his associates with this classic golf course south of downtown Denver.
Did you know there are two excellent dailyfee golf courses near Denver International Airport? Here’s a synopsis of the two awesome layouts.
Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora
Bring your “A” game when you play Murphy Creek, a highplains gem just minutes from the airport. It was opened in 2000 and was designed by Ken Kavanaugh of Arizona. Murphy Creek is a high-plains test. It will also reward you with one of the most enjoyable, affordable rounds of golf you will find in a new golf course today. Watch out for its arroyos, wiry and thick fescue rough, and bunkers surrounded by more rough. Be sure to spend some time in the clubhouse, dine in Murphy’s Tavern, and see the sites. The 1920s farmhouse decor includes white siding with steep-pitched green roofs, and the cart barn replicates a real barn. The range ball machine is housed in a silo, and former alfalfa fields are littered with old, rusting farm equipment, a horse-drawn wagon and an original barn.
ABOVE A beautiful sunrise frames the Inverness Golf Course in Englewood.
Murphy Creek was ranked in Golf Digest’s “America’s Top 10 Best New Courses for 2002” and
was the site of the 2008 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
COURSES The City of Lakewood has two outstanding municipal golf courses that offer golfers of every level an exciting golfing experience, coupled with spectacular views of Denver’s iconic skyline and the snowcapped peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Fox Hollow and Homestead offer a unique mix of terrain types and course challenges. Nestled next to Bear Creek Lake Park on native rolling prairie lands, both courses offer an opportunity for escape and relaxation with tranquil lakes, quiet streams and spectacular vistas.
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ABOVE City Park Golf Course is just minutes from downtown Denver and a great way to spend an afternoon.
Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver
Welcome to Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, Denver’s premiere golf facility. Just minutes from DIA, this beauty is home to an award-winning 18-hole Championship course, the popular 9-hole par-3 course, and a great practice facility. It has also hosted the Colorado Open numerous times and was designed by Denver’s Perry Dye, son of legendary designer Pete Dye. This is big, bold prairie golf that was 12 years in the making. The drive to the course is all prairie, then suddenly here’s a wall of old cottonwoods and wetlands. Six holes are sculpted around the protected native areas and offer strategic shots. No. 10, a 417-yard par4, is encircled by dense growth. Other holes present open prairie tests running along a ridge. “Golf courses near DIA are just a natural for businessmen and 46
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their clients flying to Denver,” Dye said. “And at Green Valley Ranch you can’t even hear an airline. You are going to see more businessmen playing morning golf, then leaving for the airport and arriving at their gate in 30-40 minutes.”
LONGING FOR SOME COMPETITION? The Colorado Open heads a list of many tournaments scheduled each year in the Denver Metro area. The Colorado Open is a yearly championship staged for seniors, women and adults. 2017 marks the 14th men’s running of this championship at the beautiful Green Valley Ranch Golf Club. City Park Golf Course also hosts the Denver City Amateur Championships each summer with men’s and senior’s divisions. Call for information.
There are also countless charity events, so if you want to play Sanctuary, a bucket list golf course, just give them a call and ask about scheduled charity events. Sky Ridge Medical Center is also hosting a tournament series this summer that includes four separate events staged at Inverness, The Ridge at Castle Pines North, Blackstone Country Club and Colorado National Golf Club. Another worthy tournament is the 15th Annual Ortho Colorado Triple Play Golf Tournament benefiting The First Tee of Denver, set for June at City Park Golf Courses.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR David R. Holland is an awardwinning former sportswriter for the Dallas Morning News, football magazine publisher, and author of the The Colorado Golf Bible. “Multiple careers” bests describes this world traveler (he’s visited 35 countries), who achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force reserve, serving during the Vietnam and Desert Storm eras. He also worked at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. His final Pentagon assignment took him to Monte rey, Calif., where he daydreamed a lot below the fairways of Pebble Beach and began thinking about his next move – travel golf writing. Holland, whose favorite golf moment was teeing up with former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry, splits his time between Colorado and Texas.
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ZACH HECKENDORF SINGING AND STRUMMING TO MUSICAL STARDOM by MARIAN TUIN
f you have not yet heard of Zach Heckendorf, allow us to introduce you to an artist poised to accomplish incredible things in the music industry. As a native Coloradoan, Heckendorf knew from a young age he was meant to create music. At the age of 10, he picked up a guitar and began honing his craft. Refining his ability, he learned from playing songs by artists ranging from the skillful Jack Johnson to guitarist Jose Gonzalez. His early efforts paid dividends when he was discovered in high school and signed to Aware Records. It’s the same label artists such as John Mayer, Train and ZZ Ward have all called home. Zach wrote his first album under the tutelage of renowned songwriter Brett Dennen. Following its release, he toured the nation, sharing the stage with many of the industry’s biggest names, including O.A.R., OneRepublic and John Butler Trio. In 2014, Heckendorf decided to cut a new path for his artistry and parted ways with Aware Records. Employing the same tenacity he used when learning guitar and writing songs, he pursued music independently. What began as a Kickstarter campaign to fund the making of a new album, evolved to the creation of his own independent label called Organically Elevated. We caught up with Zach in May following the release of his second full-length album entitled Artifacts, available now from all digital music providers. He shared how his life experiences have enabled him to grow both individually and artistically. CHM: You’ve had quite a storied journey, from being signed in high school to forming your own label and releasing music independently. How would you say these experiences have impacted and/or evolved your artistry? ZH: I’ve done a ton of touring over the years and it’s definitely changed the way I write songs. I used to just write songs and whatever came out, came out. That was cool. I guess now when I write, I have it in the back of my head that these songs are going to be played live in front of people and they have to be able to hold their own in front of an audience. That’s probably the biggest difference or influence. CHM: Having been signed to a label, and now, as an independent artist, what are some of the challenges and/or rewards of balancing the artistic side with the business component of the industry? ZH: I’m still learning how to balance the business and the music. I really enjoy it. I think that when some of my business stuff was being taken care of by other people, I became a little passive about it. I didn’t really think I needed to know things. Recently it’s been nice because I really have a better idea of what I’m doing. It’s nice to have control of all parts. CHM: You’ve also toured and performed alongside some of the industry elite. What do you take away from watching and working with some of those artists onstage? ZH: I got to tour with some of my heroes, especially some of my guitar and songwriting heroes. I feel like I learned by watching them. Anytime I tour with a band, I watch their set pretty much every night. It’s a good opportunity to study people who are doing it at a high level. I skipped out of college to do music stuff. I knew I was there to study. It was a special opportunity. CHM: Tell us about the making of Artifacts. How long did it take you to write? ZH: The record was written and recorded probably in the span of three years. That’s because I was moving a lot. I was trying to figure out where I wanted to live. I was touring, so it was written and recorded in a lot of different cities. On the record, I can hear the influence of wherever I was at the time. I don’t know if listeners will get that.
CHM: How did this body of work assimilate for you? ZH: It was recorded whenever I had the money. It was recorded all across the states. A little bit in Chicago, a little bit in Vermont and a little bit in Denver. It was over the period of three years and I went through a lot of big transitions during those years. Each song comes from a different point of transition and an important point of learning for me. CHM: So, the music is a result of those lessons? ZH: One of the reasons I called it Artifacts is because it is kind of like a reflection on these past couple of years. CHM: Do you work on your own production as well? ZH: Depending on what your definition of production is, I do produce. I don’t engineer it. I don’t have the knowledge of miccing and all that stuff. But I do get the people in place and fund it. CHM: The album is out, what do you have on tap next? Will you be touring? Summer festivals, etc.? ZH: I have some shows in Chicago and Colorado and one in Michigan. A lot of what we’re doing is trying to just get the music to the fans I have right now. That’s my goal. CHM: When playing live shows, do you bring a band? Or do you tour by yourself? ZH: It’s kind of half and half. This summer it is going to mainly be band stuff. I play with a rhythm section of a bass player and a drummer. We’ve been playing with each other for probably four years and it’s really natural. CHM: What are some of your favorite artists/songs in your playlist right now? ZH: I’ve been really into singles. I really like the new Haim song called, “Want You Back.” It’s catchy. And I really like a guy named Mac Demarco. He has a new album out. Then I’ve been listening to a lot of Chance the Rapper. He’s impressive because he doesn’t have a label. His story is just fun to watch because he’s revolutionizing some big aspects of the music biz.” denver + colorado
ADVENTURE GUIDE OUR TOP PICKS FOR ENJOYING SUMMER IN COLORADO
ith abundant sunshine, beautiful scenery and activities galore, there’s no better place to be than Colorado in the summertime. Whether you’re a sports enthusiast, a lover of adventure, or in search of a beautiful scenic view, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite places to visit during your stay. So gather your sunscreen and don’t forget your camera – this will be a summer to remember and you’ll want to record all the magical moments that are part and parcel of your fabulous Colorado vacation!
ALL ABOARD! There’s nothing quite so cool as a train ride through the stunning Colorado Rockies, and Colorado has a host of scenic rail rides that deliver large on the wow factor. From classic 1950’s-era streamliners of the popular Royal Gorge Route Railroad to more modern steam trains, this is a great way to experience the history and scenery of Colorful Colorado.
Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad
For 127 years, this vintage steam locomotive has carried passengers on a spectacular ride through the San Juan Mountains. The railroad was constructed in the late 1800s to haul silver and gold ore from the mountains. You’ll see it all, including wildlife, waterfalls and majestic peaks, on the railroad that in 2009 was voted “One of the World’s Top Ten Most Exciting Train Rides” by the Society of American Travel Writers. durangotrain.com
Georgetown Loop Railroad Built in 1872, the three-foot narrow gauge railroad was considered an engineering feat for its time. The ride today takes a little more than one hour, unless you stop to tour one of the silver mines along the way. The guided walking tours take you through authentic 1880’s silver mines, and are accessible only by train. georgetownlooprr.com
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Royal Gorge Route Railroad Since 1998, this railroad has been combining first-class dining with beautiful scenery and a 1950’s-era experience as a family-owned Colorado company. You may see bighorn sheep, blue heron and bald eagles while you trek past the Arkansas River. Enjoy fine dining, paired wines and even a murder mystery experience on this year-round opportunity that originates in Cañon City. royalgorgeroute.com
Pikes Peak Cog Railway This train will take you up over 14,000 feet to Pikes Peak as the highest cog railway in the world. Starting in historic Manitou Springs, this three-hour trip covers almost nine miles. Beautiful views including wildlife, the Sangre de Cristo mountains, and on a clear day, downtown Denver are visible when you reach the top. cograilway.com
The Largest Carnivore Sanctuary In The World Rescued Animals Are Rehabilitated & Roam Freely In Large Acreage Habitats
Over 450 Lions, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and other rescued animals live on a 720 Acre Refuge located only 35 miles Northeast of Denver
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad Travel in southern Colorado from Alamosa to LaVeta over the LaVeta Pass in an air-conditioned train. On summer weekends you can hear live music as part of the Mountain Rails Live concert series, an enlivening combination of grand scenery and great music. coloradotrain.com
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad This 64-mile day trip will take you between Colorado and New Mexico on a coal-fired steam engine. See western scenery unique to the route as you ride in Victorian elegance. Designated a National Historic Landmark, you’ll feel like you traveled back in time. cumbrestoltec.com
SPLASHDOWN! Arkansas River Tours
Whether you want to go white water rafting or fly fishing, since 1973 Arkansas River Tours has been leading the way. Pick a mild or advanced experience, and get ready for a fun day on the river. arkansasrivertours.com
Colorado Adventure Center Choose your adventure along I-70 in the central regions of Colorado: from white water rafting and ziplining to kayaking and biking along the Clear Creek and Colorado Rivers. raftingcolorado.com
Browns Canyon Adventure Park Upstream from Browns Canyon National Monument and overlooking the Arkansas River, this aerial adventure park has opportunities for kids and adults alike. Located in Buena Vista, you can zip, jump, swing and crawl through four different courses with 66 different obstacles. brownscanyonadventurepark.com
WaterWorld Since 1979, WaterWorld offers the greatest variety of water attractions in the United States. Located on 64 acres just minutes from downtown Denver, the whole family can participate in water-themed rides. waterworldcolorado.com
Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours
At Zen, we’re all about finding balance on the water. Tenkara, the Japanese method of fly fishing, uses just a rod, line and fly. We create beautiful and practical fishing products that maximize the angler’s time on the water. 1.844.TENKARA zenflyfishinggear.com
Offering white water rafting and jeep tours for over 24 years in the Durango, Cortez, Telluride and Pagosa Springs areas, this family-owned business wants to help you plan and execute your next adventure. mild2wildrafting.com
BACK TO NATURE Adventures Out West While in Colorado Springs and nearby Manitou Springs, take your adventure to the next level with ballooning, ziplining, horseback riding, segway tours, jeep tours and more. Since 1973, Adventures Out West has curated an authentic Colorado adventure. advoutwest.com
At Your Pace: Freestyle Cycling Adventures Whether you are looking for a one-day or multi-day ride, At Your Pace will organize a self-guided tour for you and your friends and family to create a memorable experience while you’re visiting Colorado. atyourpacebiking.com
Fly Fishing Outfitters For your fly fishing adventure in and around Vail, Orvis-endorsed Fly Fishing Outfitters will take you to the river. Locally owned and operated since 1992, they’ll help you catch the big one. flyfishingoutfitters.net
Wild Animal Sanctuary This is the world’s largest carnivore sanctuary, where more than 450 rescued lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other large carnivores roam freely on 720 acres. The beautiful animals housed here were rescued from a variety of individuals and organizations, such as zoos, circuses and other types of captivity. Often mistreated, the Wild Animal Sanctuary provides a fresh start for these exotic animals, allowing them the chance to thrive, run free and mingle with others of their species. This is a fascinating opportunity to get up close with animals such as bobcats, wolves, mountain lions and Siberian tigers. wildanimalsanctuary.org
Now Open through October 29 Discount Tickets Available at ElitchGardens.com
HISTORY UNFOLDS Manitou Cliff Dwellings
the history of the Academy, and visit the beautiful Cadet Chapel. You can also hike the “B-52 Loop.” usafa.af.mil
Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
tifacts. The museum is named in memory of Henry Bradford Washburn Jr., a passionate climber and photographer who combined art and science through his original mapping techniques. mountaineeringmuseum.org
SHEER BEAUTY Trail Ridge Road
A fascinating look at the Anasazi culture in two museums that overlook Manitou Springs. The ruins date back 800-1,000 years. The original cliff dwellings were relocated from southwest Colorado in the early 1900s. cliffdwellingsmuseum.com
Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
Located in Colorado Springs, this National Natural Landmark features dramatic views and stone formations that are 300 feet tall. Walk through the park, or plan a trip via segway, jeep or climbing. gardenofgods.com
Mesa Verde Cliff Palace The largest and most famous cliff dwelling inside Mesa Verde National Park has been preserved for 700 years. Constructed of sandstone, mortar and wooden beams, you’ll get a sense of the life of the ancestral Puebloan. visitmesaverde.com/discover/cliff-dwellings/ cliff-palace/
Balcony House A 32-foot entrance ladder leads you into the most adventurous of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park. The ancestral Puebloans lived in this medium-sized community of 40 rooms in the 13th century, discovered by archeologists in 1884 and excavated in 1910. visitmesaverde.com/discover/cliff-dwellings/balcony-house/
JUST SO COOL United States Air Force Academy Located just north of Colorado Springs, visitors can learn about the cadet experience, 54
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Don’t miss an opportunity to see a concert at this iconic open-air, naturally formed amphitheatre, a favorite of musicians. Or, visit during the day and hike around the beautiful red sandstone rocks at 6,450 feet. And, visit the museum that showcases the musicians who have performed over the years. redrocksonline.com
Black Canyon of the Gunnison Beautiful, dramatic views of this steep-walled gorge are available as you drive or hike this area in western Colorado. Bring your fishing rod for gold-medal fishing. www.nps.gov/blca
Take a beautiful drive on Hwy 34 through Rocky Mountain National Park between Estes Park and Grand Lake. Parts of the road are above treeline; you’ll reach over 12,000 feet. www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/trail_ridge_ road.htm
Cave of the Winds Explore the cave discovered by two brothers in 1881, and see if you can remember the difference between a stalagtite and a stalagmite. Learn cave history and geology as you walk into the mountain in Manitou Springs. caveofthewinds.com
Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Located in Cañon City, see the beauty of Colorado atop one of the world’s highest suspension bridges. There are many activities, including a zipline, Royal Rush skycoaster, a gondola and waterclock. royalgorgebridge.com
Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour Take a one-hour guided tour and see what it’s like to be a gold miner at Galena Mountain. After the tour, pan for silver, copper and gold! Located just minutes from Silverton. minetour.com
Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum Learn about the spirit, history and sport of mountaineering at this one-of-a-kind museum located in Golden. Interactive exhibits teach about climate, science and mountain culture, and include over 5,000 pieces of gear, photography, clothing and cultural ar-
The most-photographed mountains in North America, located in Aspen, give you an opportunity to hike, see beautiful wildflowers, wildlife, lakes and groves of Aspen trees. You have your choice of six hiking trails, camping sites, and multiple bike paths to enjoy your visit. aspenchamber.org/maroon-bells
Mt. Evans Scenic Byway
Mt. Evans is the highest paved road in North America. This beautiful drive takes you past mountain goats, bighorn sheep and other wildlife as you climb above Idaho Springs. codot.gov/travel/scenic-byways/north-central/ mount-evans
Million Dollar Highway
Tiny Town and Tiny Town Railroad
One of the most scenic drives in the United States, this road without guardrail or shoulder is sure to thrill driver and passenger alike. You’ll drive between Durango through Silverton, Ouray and Ridgway for a 25-mile unforgettable experience on U.S. Route 550, part of the San Juan Skyway.
Get close to Siberian tigers at the Denver Zoo’s newest exhibit, The Edge. They’ll walk overhead as you hear, see and smell them. Shade and swimming pools help keep the tigers cool and engaged. Fifteen other exhibits will introduce you to all the other animals that call the Denver Zoo “home.” denverzoo.org
Located a little west of Denver on Hwy. 285 and in its 102nd year, Tiny Town delights the whole family with over 90 small, historic buildings. Ride a Rio Grande F7 Diesel replica through this miniature-sized village. tinytownrailroad.com
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
If ziplining is on your list of things to do while in Colorado, head south of Denver for 10 zipline options with speeds up to 50 mph. An EPIC Sky Trek and EPIC Adventure Tower is great for kids and adults alike. castlerockziplinetours.com
FAMILY TIME Lawson Adventure Park There are more than a dozen onsite activities on this more than 40-acre playground located in Clear Creek County. Try the Zorb, Water Walkerz, mechanical bull, Gyro Extreme, disc golf, climbing wall and more! You can stay onsite in a cabin or yurt, or at their camping sites. Billing themselves as “The Most Outdoor Adventure in One Place,” they have year-round activities for the whole family. lawsonadventurepark.com
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Feed the giraffes and connect with more than 750 animals of over 170 species from around the world at this interactive zoo in Colorado Springs, America’s only mountain zoo. www.cmzoo.org
Watch the Colorado Rockies play at this beautiful baseball field, built in downtown Denver in 1995. A newly designed Rooftop in the upper right field features a beautiful view of the Rocky Mountains. colorado.rockies.mlb.com/col/ballpark
Butterfly Pavilion Located 15 minutes north of Denver, you can see over 5,000 animals here, not just butterflies! Hold Rosie the tarantula, or walk through a tropical rainforest where butterflies will land on your shoulder. butterflies.org
This amusement park features thrilling rides for kids and adults of all ages. New in 2017: the Mega Wedgie, a six-story tower water ride sure to get you soaking wet. Pick a summer evening and go to one of the in-house concerts. elitchgardens.com
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park In Glenwood Springs at America’s only mountain-top theme park, you can ride a giant canyon swing, view the scenery on the Iron Mountain tram, explore a cave, ride the highest-elevation rollercoaster and more! glenwoodcaverns.com
Castle Rock Zip Line Tours
Lazy B Chuckwagon & Show For over 40 years, Estes Park has been home to this authentic Cowboy Chuckwagon Supper. Get a feel for the cowboy lifestyle at the ranch, perfect for all ages. lazybranchandwranglers.com
The North Pole If you’re craving a little Christmas in the summertime, visit Santa’s Workshop at The North Pole in Cascade. The snow never melts here, where you’ll be treated to Christmas music, amusement rides and gift shops. northpolecolorado.com
Frisco Adventure Park and Frisco Bay Marina
The Most Outdoor Adventure In One Place. lawsonadventurepark.com (855) 372 7238
Get your mountain groove on in Frisco. A multitude of activities await: hiking, biking, skating, disc golf, chuck wagon rides and camping. Rent a boat at the marina if you want to get on the water at Dillon Reservoir, located at 9,017 feet. townoffrisco.com/play/frisco-adventure-park-summer/ general-info denver + colorado
MEET THE BEATLES by ANGELA YOUNGMAN
he year was 1967, and it was the Summer of Love in San Francisco. Hundreds of thousands of flower children gathered in Haight-Ashbury, and in cities all over the country. In London, similarly themed gatherings took place in Tottenham Court Road where experimental groups like Pink Floyd played, and at Speakers’ Corner, beat poet Allen Ginsberg spoke at a Legalize Pot rally. It was also the year a seminal pop album was released by one of the most iconic music groups the world has ever known. Fifty years ago, The Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” containing songs such as “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” The music world gasped. This was a visionary, themed collection of songs wrapped in musical experimentation, which included everything from Indian instruments to crescendos from a 40-piece orchestra, never heard in the context of pop. The Beatles already dominated the music charts. This was the era of the Merseybeat, when the Liverpool-born band was producing hit-after-hit. “Sgt.
“[SGT. PEPPER IS] A HISTORIC DEPARTURE IN THE PROGRESS OF MUSIC.” - Time Magazine
Pepper” was released on June 1, 1967 and was an immediate success, spending 15 consecutive weeks at number one on the American charts. Time Magazine hailed it as “a historic departure in the progress of music.” The following year, “Sgt. Pepper” won four Grammy Awards as well as Album of the Year, marking the very first time a rock album had done so. Not surprisingly, half a century later, Liverpool is celebrating the occasion in grand style with the Summer of Love Music Festival in the city where Beatlemania still rules. Almost every street in the city carries
TOP LEFT Catch a ride on the Magical Mystery Tour Bus TOP RIGHT The Mersey Ferry BOTTOM Take in the stunning Liverpool skyline
memories of the Fab Four, for it was here that John, Paul, George and Ringo were born and raised. This northern English city is a busy port, with its own very distinct character, facing the river Mersey and the gray waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The Mersey Ferry crosses the river regularly, just as it did when the famous mop tops played concerts on one of the boats. Today, you can take a combined tour of Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road, the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, respectively, where they wrote and rehearsed many of the early songs that made the Beatles famous. Walking through the rooms of these homes is like stepping back in time – almost as if the Beatles had never left. Walk just a few more minutes and you’ll arrive at Strawberry Field, the site of a former Salvation Army children’s home well-known to Lennon. As a child, he used to attend summer garden parties here. A replica of the red gate he would walk through is one of the most-photographed places in Liverpool. It was this site that in-
spired him to write the classic, “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Travel around the city and other images can be found – Penny Lane where McCartney and Lennon caught buses into town; a statue of Eleanor Rigby sculpted by another famous ‘60s performer, Tommy Steele; and, of course, statues of the Beatles. A Magical Mystery Tour bus travels to all of the main sites, and passengers stop off at each destination to take photographs. Then there is the infamous Cavern Club. Take a look at Lennon’s statue slouching against the wall before passing through the entrance and down the stairs for an absolute must-see on any Beatles fan’s bucket list. Check out the mural celebrating all the bands that played here during that incredible period: Gerry and The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, The Shadows, Stevie Wonder and – right in the center – The Beatles. The Fab Four played the Cavern Club 292 times in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, developing a sound that would eventually lead them to international stardom. denver + colorado
This is also one of the sites used by the annual International Beatleweek Festival each August. It features 70 bands from 20 countries, including bands such as The Original Quarrymen, The Bootleg Beatles, Cavern Club Beatles and Hamburg Beat. Another of the Festival’s venues has special links to the Beatles – the local church of St. Peter, Woolton, in Liverpool. The church was where John Lennon was introduced to Paul McCartney at the Woolton Garden Fete on July 6, 1957. (John Lennon had actually been playing at the fete as part of The Quarrymen.) Out on Pier Head, in the old Albert Dock, is another essential part of the Beatles legacy: “The Beatles Story.” Sit down for a virtual drum lesson, overseen by none other than Ringo Starr. Admire John Lennon’s piano, his glasses and scrawled sheets of paper containing the beginnings of some of the greatest songs ever written. Inspect George Harrison’s first guitar. And watch video interviews with McCartney, Starr, George’s widow Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono as they recall their own memories, along with the countless photographs of screaming crowds, about the unique pressures the young musicians experienced. New on display this year are replicas of the costumes worn on the “Sgt. Pepper” album cover. Another rare display item is an alternative print of the album cover. It’s a little-known fact that Sir Peter Blake shot several alternative covers to the album, which were discarded in favor of the famous one. This alternative incorporates various alterations to the familiar collage background, as well as the positions of each Beatle. For the ultimate in Beatlemania immersion, there’s the Hard Day’s Night Hotel, named after the band’s first motion picture. Owners Bill Heckle and Dave Jones, who also own the Cavern Club and Cavern City
ABOVE The Cavern Club mural celebrates the historic performances the venue experienced
Tours, live and breathe all things Beatles, having spoken to them, their families, friends and people who have worked with the band over the years. Although none of the Beatles have stayed at the hotel, Ringo’s son, Jason Starkey, and his grandchildren stepped inside a couple of years ago. Other visitors include McCartney’s brother, Mike McGear; May Pang, Lennon’s former assistant and infamous “lost weekend” girlfriend; as well as his younger half-sister, Julia Baird. Wherever you go in the hotel, the story of the Fab Four is outlined in words, art and memorabilia. This is a Beatles world where you can sleep in themed rooms, with original Beatles-related artwork on the walls
created by “the World’s Greatest Beatles Artist,” Shannon McDonald. No two rooms are the same; each tells the unique story of the world’s most-famous rock-and-roll band, from birth to the present day. To complete the visit, Beatles fans can dine in the restaurant amid a plethora of memorabilia. Blakes Restaurant is named in honor of Sir Peter Blake, the pop artist who created the iconic artwork for the “Sgt. Pepper” album cover. All the walls are covered in stunning Beatles artwork. Also on display are 60 original items relating to the artist’s distinctive work on the “Sgt. Pepper” cover. What more could any Beatles fan want? This is pure Beatles heaven.
LEFT This Hard Day’s Night hotel room pays homage to John Lennon RIGHT Enjoy a meal at Blake’s Restaurant at the Hard Day’s Night Hotel
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July 15 | Pepsi Center
BRAD PAISLEY Country music superstar Brad Paisley has released 12 studio albums since hitting the stage in 1999. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001, he has written or co-written 20 of his 23 No. 1 singles, has earned 3 Grammys, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. He’ll be joined by Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Eli.
Aug 17 - Oct 1 Buell Theatre
FROZEN What started as a wildly popular children’s movie is now Broadway-bound! Appropriate for kids older than six, the production features the characters and story loved by so many. Inspired by the hit Disney film, Frozen features more music, incredible stagecraft and an epic story, now told as a full-length Broadway musical.
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ONEREPUBLIC Colorado band OneRepublic brings it home, led by front man and chief songwriter Ryan Tedder. The Grammy-nominated group has an impressive lineup of hits, including “Apologize” and “Stop and Stare.” The show is sure to include a rendition of “All the Right Moves,” their latest, well-received single.
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July 20 | Pepsi Center
EARTH, WIND & FIRE Arguably one of the hottest bands of all time, the musical genius of Earth, Wind & Fire spans generations and musical genres with influences of jazz, funk and R&B. With huge hits such as “September”, “Shining Star” and “Sing a Song”, their sound is timeless and compels audience members to dance the night away. Founding member Philip Bailey is a Denver local, and their performance is as great today as it was when they started in the ‘70s.
July 10 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 15 | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
With 12 studio albums (four have gone gold and three have gone platinum), this timeless band is known for their hit “Run-Around,” which is the longest-charting radio single in Billboard history. The band has long been part of New York’s jam-band scene.
Musical genius Carlos Santana laid claim to the concept of “world music” before the term began surfacing on the pop culture scene. For four decades, he has captivated audiences with the soulful riffs and rhythms of his Latin blues-based sound.
DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATES & TEARS FOR FEARS
July 7-9 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 11 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 15 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
THE AVETT BROTHERS
This American folk band has risen to fame over the past few years. Their bluegrass, country, and rock-inspired music is perfect for the picturesque venue and is sure to be a bustling event.
Performing an eclectic mix of musical sounds, Beck’s style has inspired comparisons to Prince, among others. His sounds incorporate hip hop, indie/underground rock, electronic music & more.
July 7 | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
July 13 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
He launched his comedy career playing the character Ahchoo in Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood: Men in Tights, and has had roles in The Nutty Professor, You’ve Got Mail and more. Comedy Central ranked him No. 43 in the “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.”
July 4 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
TRAIN For 15+ years, this multiplatinum-selling band has wowed devotees with a brand of rock that is unique and special. Their fifth album, Save Me San Francisco, is an autobiographical homage to fans and band members.
July 8 - Aug 6 | Central City Opera House
CARMEN Carmen is an engrossing tale of passion composed by Georges Bizet. A compelling production about a seductive gypsy desired by many men, the four performing artists are sure to blow you away with their powerful sound.
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Since they began working together in the early 1970s, Hall & Oates went on to become the most successful duo in rock history. Tears For Fears imbues the sounds of rock, hip-hop, electronic dance music, indie and beyond.
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
July 16 | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
This 6-foot-four singer-songwriter-guitarist has pursued his musical passion for two decades, culminating in the release of his 10th studio album, All People. The album features colossal dance beats and dizzying electronic effects, and lyrical sincerity.
Singer/songwriter Debbie Harry debuted her first solo nearly three decades ago, and is now a pop icon whose sound is as fresh as when she & co-writer Chris Stein and drummer Clem Burke first topped the charts in the late ‘70s.
July 13-14 | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
JACK JOHNSON He grew up in Hawaii, surfing and playing guitar. His latest album, From Here to Now to You, debuted #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.
July 17 | Pepsi Center He began as one of the world’s most followed musicians online, & today is heralded as a vital part of the music scene. Time Magazine named Mendes one of the Most Influential Teens of 2014 and 2015, and in 2016 he won Favorite New Artist at the People’s Choice Awards.
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ARSENIO HALL He changed the face of late-night television with his award-winning late night talk show, The Arsenio Hall Show. A comic of major proportion, Arsenio Hall has done it all and is hailed as a talented comedian, writer, actor and producer.
July 18 | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
GOO GOO DOLLS They landed their first hit song in 1995, and A Boy Named Goo went on to sell more than two million copies. “Iris”, penned in 1998, spent almost a year on the Billboard charts, and the band’s timeless lyrics keep fans wanting more.
July 19 | Pepsi Center
JOHN MAYER Singer-songwriter extraordinaire, John Mayer, will be performing in Denver on his The Search for Everything Tour. He is known for his acoustic sound and romantic lyrics.
July 21-23 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT A bluegrass jam band, The String Cheese Incident began in Crested Butte and Telluride, Colorado. With a different opening band for each of the three nights, this concert is going to be a local favorite.
July 21 | Pepsi Center
NEIL DIAMOND Whether he’s crooning “Song Sung Blue”, “Sweet Caroline” or “Red Red Wine”, his fans never tire of Diamond’s signature vocal style and unique presentation.
July 22 | Bellco Theatre
July 29 | Coors Field
STEVE MARTIN & MARTIN SHORT
ZAC BROWN BAND
The show, An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life, includes standup, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about the lives of these two great comics. Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, the bluegrass band Martin performs with, will join the evening.
July 24 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
LYLE LOVETT AND HIS LARGE BAND Infusing his gift for storytelling with his unique sound, Texas-based musician Lyle Lovett fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues. His career spans 14 albums, four Grammy Awards and numerous accolades.
They’ve won three Grammys, have three platinum-selling albums and 10 No. 1 hit singles. The band’s unique American country music sound has made them a fan favorite, and their concerts are always a stomping great time.
July 29 | 1stBANK Center
JIM GAFFIGAN He’s a Grammy-nominated comedian and New York Times best-selling author. Gaffigan is known worldwide for his observations of fatherhood, life and food. His next project is The Bleeder on IFC Films/Showtime, opposite Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Ron Perlman and Elisabeth Moss.
July 31 - Aug 1 | Pepsi Center
July 27 | Paramount Theatre
TIM McGRAW & FAITH HILL
LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM & CHRISTINE McVIE
Their 2006 and 2007 Soul2Soul Tours were the highest-grossing country tours of all time. Faith Hill’s string of hits include “Wild One”, “Piece of My Heart” & “The Way You Love Me.”
The Fleetwood Mac members have joined to record their first-ever album titled Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, a collaboration that began three years ago. They are considered two of the best artists in rock history.
July 31 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
STEVE MILLER BAND WITH PETER FRAMPTON Drawing from their songs of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, Steve Miller and Peter Frampton present a brand of rock that has never grown old. From “The Joker” to “Fly Like an Eagle” to “Livin’ in the USA”, Miller’s music remains memorable and remarkable. denver + colorado
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DANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE! HOT SUMMER NIGHTS The hottest dance show in the U.S. goes on a nationwide tour this summer, and fans will have a chance to see the best ballroom dancers performing live. The all-new production showcases every type of ballroom and modern dance, including sizzling group numbers, steamy duets and original pieces.
Aug 9 | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Aug 1 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Aug 5 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
The former lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Hootie & the Blowfish reemerged as a country artist and has released four consecutive albums to top the Billboard Country albums chart. His current new single, “If I Told You” is now climbing the charts.
Since the 1990s, Eric Hilton and Rob Garza have shared a passion for bossa nova, and for nearly two decades have created complex electronic music that is inspired by the intricate rhythms and lush textures. Their seventh studio album, Saudade, pays tribute to the Brazilian genre.
The music is part social commentary, part political, and eternally memorable. Their fan base is always changing and growing, and their new album, Revolution Radio (due October 7th), promises to deliver a great collection of songs about the chaotic state of America in 2016.
Aug 2-3 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
THE HEAD AND THE HEART With their signature upbeat, singalong energy, the band will roll out their Signs of Light album, (title track by Josiah Johnson). The group is reunited following a hiatus and their unmistakable sound is better than ever.
Aug 5 | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
ALABAMA WITH LEE ANN WOMACK
Aug 3 |Paramount Theatre
For more than 40 years, the cousins from Alabama have been belting out great country sounds. Their sounds have inspired some of the best, including Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and even Jon Bon Jovi.
Aug 8-9 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Since his beginnings in the ‘70s, Bryan Ferry has solidified his reputation as one of popular music’s most innovative and iconic artists. His range of work has incorporated revolutionary electronic treatments, dazzling guitar, mesmerizing sax and woodwind, and passionate vocals.
Aug 4-6 | Pepsi Center
MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE This super event is the perfect family-friendly entertainment for every hero in disguise. With all the major Marvel Avengers characters making an appearance, you and your little ones will be on the edge of your seat throughout the action-packed event. 62
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MIRANDA LAMBERT Country music sensation Miranda Lambert has six studio albums and has won multiple Grammy Awards and American Country Music Award nominations. She’ll be joined by Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen.
Aug 9-27 | Garner Galleria Theatre
MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS This hit comedy show is live in Denver. In short vignettes, the cast touches on all the highs and lows of dating and marriage for a hilarious evening.
Aug 11-12 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
PRETTY LIGHTS LIVE Colorado-born Derek Vincent Smith, aka Pretty Lights, embodies the new American electronic music scene. His music relies heavily on digital sampling and crosses many genres, incorporating glitch hip-hop beats, buzzing synth lines and vintage funk and soul.
Aug 12 | Sports Authority Field at Mile High
JUSTIN BIEBER He was barely a teenager when the Canadian-born pop singer released his 2009 debut, My World, and became one of the youngest success stories in contemporary pop. In 2015, he released “What Do You Mean?”, which became Bieber’s first No. 1 U.S. single and paved the way for Purpose, his third studio album.
Aug 15 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
YOUNG THE GIANT With their wildly adventurous third album, Home of the Strange, the Los Angeles quintet showcases their vast musical repertoire through bold arrangements & strong melodic sounds.
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IDINA MENZEL She made history as Elsa in Disney’s smash hit Frozen, singing the multi-platinum, Oscar-winning song “Let it Go”. She has won Tony Awards for her roles as Maureen in the musical Rent, and for her performance as Elphaba in Wicked. This year, she co-stars in the Lifetime Television remake of Beaches.
Aug 16 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Aug 23 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Aug 26 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
REGGAE ON THE ROCKS
Guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa stands as one of the biggest names in blues rock. With 16 No. 1 Billboard blues albums, he draws his influence from some of the greats – Clapton, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King, whom he opened for when he was just 12 years of age.
Always a great time, the 2017 lineup includes Sublime with Rome, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone, Inner Circle, Landon McNamara and Judge Roughneck. This is a must-see in a great setting.
It’s a fabulous blending of New Orleans soul, deep-groove funk, traditional blues and hiphop swagger. Bandleader, singer, songwriter and horn-blower Troy Andrews brings it home with sweet vocals music to beat the band.
Aug 19 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
GOV’T MULE & YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND Gov’t Mule’s brand-new release, Revolution Come …Revolution Go, is an intelligent rock ‘n roll work, rooted in the fabric of rock, blues, soul and jazz. Yonder Mountain String Band redefines bluegrass music, incorporating rock into the mix.
Aug 19 | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
JEFF FOXWORTHY & LARRY THE CABLE GUY The comics promise a night of huge entertainment, and the festival also features musical performances by rock acts Eddie Money, Foghat and more. Six hours of non-stop fun, including great BBQ, dunk tanks and backyard games.
Aug 21-22 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Country music artist Sam Hunt infuses his music with soul, drawing from influences rooted in pop, rock and R&B. He earned a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist” and “Best Country Album” in 2016. 64
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Aug 24 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
1964 ... THE TRIBUTE Beatles fans will go wild over this authentic and enduring tribute. Featuring songs from the pre-Sgt. Pepper era, “1964” recreates an early ‘60s live Beatles concert with period instruments, vintage costumes, onstage mannerisms, speaking voices and unmistakable harmonies.
Aug 25-27 | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
THE LUMINEERS Their self-titled debut was a hit, spending 46 weeks on the Billboard 200. Now Cleopatra, their newest release, sets a visual story to music through fantastic acoustic soundscapes. The guitar is prominent, along with piano and trademark tribal drums; the vocals are strong and memorable.
Aug 28 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS Nathaniel Rateliff is a singer and songwriter based out of Denver who has been creating music since 2005. His music is inspired by folk, gospel and blues.
Aug 29 | Pepsi Center
LIONEL RICHIE WITH MARIAH CAREY Known throughout the music business for his singing, songwriting, and producing, Lionel Richie is a five-time Grammy Award-winning artist. He is joined by another music powerhouse, Mariah Carey.
Aug 29 | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Aug 25 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
FATHER JOHN MISTY
This country trio’s fifth album, 747, introduces 11 new songs and features harmonizing and swooning, sweeping sounds. The single “Bartender” is punctuated by banjo, percussion and strong chorus, and proves once again that the band is fun and incomparable.
Pure Comedy is the highly-anticipated followup to Josh Tillman’s acclaimed album, I Love You, Honeybear. Featuring string, horn and choral arrangements, Father John Misty performances have been described as an enigma – ranging from intimately berserk to freakishly prescient.
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DIERKS BENTLEY This Arizona native took a mix of honky-tonk, bluegrass, classic country and modern rock ‘n roll, to create a unique sound. He’s a CMA Horizon Award winner, and has 10 top-10 singles and five No. 1 hits. And he’s still going strong.
Sept 5 | Ogden Theatre
Sept 12 | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
LABOR DAY EXPERIENCE
SAMMY HAGER & THE CIRCLE
Jazz Aspen Snowmass is hosting a Labor Day outdoor festival not to be missed. With headliners Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Daryl Hall & John Oates, and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats, you won’t want to be anywhere else.
This energetic hip-hop artist from Atlanta is gaining an impressive following at a very young age. He’s turning the rap scene on its head, with an exuberant and lighthearted style that is anything but typical.
Sept 1-2 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sept 6 | Bellco Theatre
For nearly four decades, this rocker has proven himself to fans, as a multiplatinum solo artist and as front man of Van Halen. The “Red Rocker” was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for his great rock anthems such as “I Can’t Drive 55,” “Right Now” and “Why Can’t This Be Love.”
MARY J. BLIGE
Sept 13 | Macky Auditorium Boulder
Sept 1-3 | Snowmass Village
GRiZ LIVE BAND GRiZ’s latest release, DzGood Will Prevaildz debuted at No. 1 on the electronic charts, and his shows are often a sellout. This year, GRiZ had six singles that won the coveted No. 1 spot on Hype Machine’s most popular charts. 2017 promises to be his biggest year yet!
Sept 1-2 | Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
PHISH One of the country’s greatest jam bands of all time, Phish remains a top touring act and keeps packing in an audience. Guitarist and lead vocalist Trey Anastasio, bassist and vocalist Mike Gordon, drummer Jon Fishman, and keyboardist and vocalist Page McConnell have been making magic for decades.
Sept 4 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
FOREIGNER Who doesn’t want to get up and sing to “Feels Like The First Time,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You”? The iconic music of Foreigner has made them one of the most popular rock acts on the planet.
Touring in support of her 13th album release, Strength of a Woman, R&B legend Mary J. Blige is a nine-time Grammy Award winner, Golden Globe Award nominee and multiplatinum artist. Her latest release features collaborations with Quavo, DJ Khaled, Missy Elliot and Kanye West.
Sept 8-10 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
STS9 Short for Sound Tribe Sector 9, STS9 is an American electronic and psychedelia band. The threenight event is part of a celebration for the band’s 20th anniversary and will include many supporting acts that are friends of the band.
Sept 12 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
NICKELBACK These hard rockers never fail to show up, and have the staying power to prove it. Their massive hits include “How You Remind Me,” “Photograph” and “Rockstar.” The band has earned five Grammy nominations, three American Music Awards, and was named Group of the Decade in 2009 by Billboard magazine.
BONNIE RAITT Her 20th album, Dig In Deep, was recently released, and Raitt brings it on the road with her longtime touring band: James “Hutch” Hutchinson on bass, Ricky Fataar on drums, George Marinelli on guitar, and Mike Finnigan on keyboards.
Sept 15 - Oct 29 | Space Theatre
MACBETH Award-winning director Robert O’Hara is bringing the classic Shakespearean tale of Macbeth to life. The classic tale will be performed at the Space Theatre for its grand reopening.
Sept 16 | Ogden Theatre
DELBERT McCLINTON He’s a multi Grammy award-winning songwriter whose blues sound has captured the hearts of many over his long career. A true Americana artist, his music incorporates blues, jazz, and aspect of rock for an incredible performance.
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THE SCENE | SEPTEMBER Sept 9 | Bellco Theatre
HOWIE MANDEL From television to film and stage, Howie Mandel has done it all. He began his career on the comedy game show Make Me Laugh, then went on to open for Diana Ross and later to star in the television series St. Elsewhere. He’s written a bestseller, created and produced for television, and currently serves as a judge on America’s Got Talent.
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Sept 16 | Ellie Caulkins Opera House
STEVE WINWOOD He entered the music scene at age 15 as the driving force behind the Spencer Davis Group. In 1967 he co-founded Traffic, and it was albums such as Mr. Fantasy and John Barleycorn Must Die that cemented the group as a force in British rock. His solo career took off with hits such as “Back in the High Life,” “Valerie” and “Higher Love.”
Sept 21 - Oct 22 | Garner Galleria Theatre
GIRLS ONLY This two-woman comedy show celebrates womanhood — and all the craziness that comes with it. Finding inspiration in their girlhood diaries, the creators share the laugh-out-loud absurdity of being a young girl, and the continued hilarity that growing up entails.
Sept 21 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
GET THE LED OUT The timeless rock anthems of the incomparable Led Zeppelin will rock the house in this tribute to one of rock ‘n roll’s greatest bands. The six-piece band recreates the legendary British group’s distinct studio sound … on the big stage. Whether you’re partial to “Stairway to Heaven,” “Ramble On” or many more, this is the real deal!
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Sept 22 | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Sept 29-30 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
HIGH ELEVATION ROCK FESTIVAL
This will be quite the show, with Five Finger Death Punch, Korn, A Day To Remember, Stone Sour, Halestorm, In This Moment, Mastodon, Steel Panther, Zakk Sabbath, P.O.D., Falling In Reverse, Starset, All That Remains, Beartooth and more.
Sept 22 | 1st Bank Center
Electronic-funk duo Big Gigantic returns to Red Rocks with the sixth annual Rowdytown show. Best known for their Brighter Future album, collaborations with other artists include GRiZ, Cherub, Logic, Rozes and many more.
Sept 30 | Pepsi Center
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
Join thousands of women, who will gather for a weekend of stories, laughter, music, inspiration and insights for living a more vibrant, open-hearted, meaningful life.
In Denver with their Smooth Tour, Florida Georgia Line is an American country band with two members — Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. Their supporting act is Nelly & Chris Lane.
Sept 22-23 | Paramount Theatre
Sept 30 | Boettcher Concert Hall
KALEO This four-piece band from Iceland brings a gorgeous blend of folk, blues, country and rock. Their big break came with the release of “All the Pretty Girls”, which literally spurred an overnight sensation. Their sound is unique, reminiscent of Bon Iver to Coldplay to David Gray.
Sept 25 | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
STURGILL SIMPSON Simpson is best known for his 2016 self-produced album, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, written as a letter to his first child. The album was nominated for Album of the Year and Best Country Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, and propelled him to the national spotlight.
COLORADO SYMPHONY – QUEEN OF JAZZ: A TRIBUTE TO ELLA FITZGERALD This tribute to the phenomenal and lasting hits of Ella Fitzgerald falls on what would have been her 100th birthday. Conducted by Christopher Dragon, with vocalists Capathia Jenkins, Aisha de Haas, and Harolyn Blackwell, this tribute performance is sure to be unforgettable.
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Packed with personality and local flavor, Go Fish Sushi & Lounge fits right in with the trendy shopping, eating, and drinking destinations of South Broadway. Broadway
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300 E. 1st Ave., Denver 303.393.0090 801chophouse.com/denver
Chef/owner Steven Redzikowski serves up contemporary American cuisine in this innovative epicurean marketplace located in the River North (RiNo) District. Housed in a reclaimed 1880’s foundry, the atmosphere is as innovative as the food. Co-owner Bryan Dayton delivers fabulous cocktails, artisan wines & beers. 3350 Brighton Blvd | 720.542.3721 DenverAcorn.com
Avelina is a New American restaurant from award-winning husband and wife team, Executive Chef John Broening and Pastry Chef Yasmin Lozada-Lissom. Delicious fare features seasonal, rustic, wood-fired New-American dishes and a diverse bar program. Don’t miss the dessert menu, featuring a Ginaduja ice cream seven-layer bar, honeycomb crunch and Guanabana Meringue cake and more! 1550 17th St. AvelinaDenver.com
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There’s nothing like sitting down to enjoy a great steak in a hip, attractive setting. Founded in Des Moines in 1993, 801 Chophouse is modeled after the classic New York steakhouses of the 1920s, with contemporary cuisine and an award-winning wine selection. This great USDA Prime steak territory is located in the beautiful Cherry Creek Shopping Center.
at this award-winning eatery includes a large collection of Barolo wines. 3030 E 6th Ave. | 303.393.1040 BaroloGrillDenver.com
BEAST & BOTTLE
Owned by siblings Chef Paul C. Reilly and House Manager Aileen Reilly, Beast + Bottle is considered a favorite among locals, and an amazingly successful one at that. Just blocks from Denver’s city center, Beast + Bottle has raised the bar on the “farm to fork” genre of cuisine. They work with ranchers, farmers and other purveyors, offering unique cuts of meat prepared in their in-house butchery, and organic ingredients. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Beast + Bottle offers a delicious adventure in dining in a friendly, comfortable setting. 719 E. 17th St. | 303.623.3223 BeastandBottle.com
BEATRICE & WOODSLEY
The tastes of the Old World and new cuisine blend wonderfully to create a memorable dining experience. Beatrice & Woodsley is as original as the name implies, and has garnered great attention and kudos from
dining foodies around town. The dinner menu is a delight, and the brunch is sure to put a smile on your face. 38 S. Broadway | 303.777.3505 BeatriceAndWoodsley.com
This classic French bistro is named after Place Vendome, a local favorite in the heart of Paris. Located in the historic Sussex Building in the heart of downtown’s Larimer Square, Bistro Vendome serves up classic French bistro fare made from local, seasonal ingredients. A wonderful selection of French wines is on hand to complement the meal, representing France’s major wine regions. The restaurant’s “Vin Maison” wine program allows guests to select different wines to accompany their meal. 1420 Larimer St. | 303.825.3232 BistroVendome.com
BLOCK & LARDER
Housed in the cool Berkeley neighborhood of Denver, Block & Larder sources the highest-quality meats and has an in-house finish butchery. Add to the great fare fresh salads, great desserts and an extensive craft beer, wine and cocktail list and you have a winner! 4000 Tennyson St.| 303.433.4063 blockandlarder.com
BLUE ISLAND OYSTER BAR
Chef DJ Nagle has crafted a wonderful menu that brings the coast to the mile-high city. The seafood
is extremely fresh and delicious. As the name implies, the oysters are simply divine shipped from Blue Island Shellfish Farms in New England. This hip bar serves up a wonderful assortment of wines, beer and cocktail that complement every seafood serving, from steamed mussels, lobster rolls, clam chowder or succulent crab cakes. 2625 E. Second Ave. | 303.333.2462 BlueIslandOysterBar.com
An Asian-inspired noodle house with a twist that’s uniquely Frank Bonanno’s, the chef/owner of a growing empire of top-notch local eateries. Situated between two other highly popular Bonanno restaurants, Luca D’Italia and Mizuna, Bones offers a unique, casual dining experience that nevertheless has a gourmet feel. The space is small; the flavors are anything but. And the noodle bowls are all the rage. 701 Grand St. | 303.860.2929 BonesDenver.com
Chef Troy Guard delivers a healthy twist on the Asian-Fusion concept, featuring buildyour-own-bowls using the freshest ingredients. Protein selections are rounded out with a choice of locally sourced vegetable toppings, and the Lowry location offers full dinner service including share plates, ramen bowls and raw favorites. 7559 E. Academy Blvd, Lowry 1423 Larimer St., Downtown 303.36.2025 | Bubu-Denver.com
Acclaimed chef Elise Wiggins introduces her latest sensation in the Eastbridge project in Denver’s lively Stapleton neighborhood. Cattivella, which means “naughty girl,” lives up to its moniker with a fun take on wood-fired Italian fare served in a hip and fun setting. From the entertaining exhibition kitchen, watch as meals are prepared before your eyes. 10195 E. 29th Dr. | 303.645.3779 cattivelladenver.com
CHOLON MODERN ASIAN BISTRO
Named after the largest market in Saigon, this historic LoDo restaurant offers a creative spin on traditional Asian dishes along with handcrafted cocktails that enhance the vibrant flavors. The large projection screen in the lounge makes ChoLon a suitable location for business meetings and presentations. 1555 Blake St, Ste. 101 | 303.353.5223 Cholon.com/Denver
COLT & GRAY
for a spirited drink. 1400 Wewatta St. | 303.623.5700 Coohills.com
Coperta is run by brother and sister duo Paul and Aileen Reilly. This quaint Italian restaurant offers up some delicious classic Italian dishes as well as some off-menu selections and a mozzarella bar. Not to mention a fabulous wine selection. 400 E. 20th | 303.393.6917 copertadenver.com
Cucina Colore has been a local favorite for years, and recently underwent a renovation that is truly a knockout. If pasta is your thing, Cucina Colore never disappoints, whether it’s wood-fired pizza or a great serving of pasta or fish. But leave room for dessert, because the signature bread pudding is truly unbeatable. 3041 E. Third Ave. | 303.393.6917 cucinacolore.com
DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAK HOUSE
Enjoy everything from juicy burgers and beer to delectable lobster dishes complemented by vintage wines at this cozy local pub. The classic setting is augmented by the affordability of a neighborhood restaurant that prides itself on superior food and service.
Truly a classic American steakhouse, Del Frisco’s specializes in aged USDA Prime Beef, hand-cut steak, chops and fresh seafood. The atmosphere is everything you’d expect from a great steak place, and the hand-shaken martinis are an extra bonus.
1553 Platte St., No 120 | 303.477.1447 ColtAndGray.com
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DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE
With a focus on local, regional, and farm-fresh ingredients, this LoDo hotspot invites you to relax in its uniquely modern, European setting. Enjoy crudo salads, cheese or salumi selections or warm cassoulets served before, during or even after plates of pasta, fresh seafood, grilled or smoked meats, and locally grown vegetables. You can pull up to the community table, tuck in at your own intimate table or enjoy the outdoor terrace 70
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A refreshing update to the classic bar and grill, Del Frisco’s Grille in Cherry Creek North is simply delicious. Order some cheese steak eggrolls or ahi tacos and enjoy them with a glass of wine or handcrafted cocktail. Or stay true to the Del Frisco’s concept and indulge in a prime cut of beef cooked just the way you want it. 100 St. Paul St. | 303.320.8529 delfriscosgrille.com/cherry-creek
DENVER CENTRAL MARKET Located in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood, Denver Central Market brings a chic restaurant vibe to the area. It’s a one-stop-shop of specialty vendors offering up some delicious artisan bread, ice cream, coffee, meat and cheese and so much more.
2669 Larimer St. | denvercentralmarket.com
Locations in Denver, Vail and DIA 303.399.5353 | Elways.com
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Departure is known as Denver’s modern Asian kitchen. This restaurant serves up some authentic Asian dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner. Departure also hosts private events for anything from a corporate event or a rehearsal dinner. 249 Columbine St. | 720.772.5020 departuredenver.com
This farm-to-table treasure is tucked away in one of Denver’s hippest neighborhoods and offers a relaxed and unassuming environment. A word of advice: Save room for dessert. Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, Duo’s renowned pastry chef, presents magical treats to top off any meal. 2413 W. 32nd Ave. | 303.477.4141 DuoDenver.com
Denver Broncos legend John Elway and longtime friend Tim Schmidt teamed up to open this wildly popular restaurant which since Day One has attracted a fun, high-profile mix of movers and shakers. The food is topnotch and the bartenders know their craft.
Located in historic Euclid Hall, this American tavern specializes in fine cocktails, craft beers and innovative, high-quality pub food from around the world. The eatery is a convenient location for Pepsi Center attendees, LoDo club-goers and Denver Center for the Performing Arts patrons. 1317 14th St. | 303.595.4255 EuclidHall.com
Chef Alex Siedel, named one of Food & Wine’s best new chefs of 2010, creates a seasonal menu of sophisticated comfort food using only the highest quality, local ingredients. Fruition’s symphony of mood, service and cuisine reflect a grace that elevates this dining experience
GO FISH In the heart of the trendy blocks of Broadway, just minutes from downtown, Go Fish offers creative Asian appetizers, entrees, noodle and rice specialties. The sushi and sashimi are innovative and delicious and great for vegetarians. The contemporary interior is a perfect blend of eclectic and chic. 1 Broadway | 303.733.8811 | GoFishDenver.com
DINING to a new level. 1313 E. 6th Ave. | 303.831.1962 FruitionRestaurant.com
South Broadway is brimming with flavor, and the taste of Italy shines through in this unique, contemporary restaurant. There’s everything from tapasstyle smaller plates to larger entrees, but it’s the wood-fired pizza that keeps ‘em coming back for more. The options are great, and whether your taste runs to seafood, meat, or veggies, the culinary artistry never disappoints. 30 S. Broadway | 720.638.1462 GozoDenver.com
GUARD AND GRACE
A refreshing take on the big, fancy, modern steakhouse, Guard and Grace offers the gamut - delicious cuts of beef, a 4,000-bottle glassed-in wine cellar, and a visually stunning space that provides a huge change from the heavily dark wood ambience of many a steakhouse. 1801 California St. | 303.293.8500 guardandgrace.com
HAPA SUSHI GRILL & SAKE BAR
Hapa’s menu reflects a harmonious blend of Asian and American cultures. Traditional Japanese cooking fundamentals are amplified, muted or mixed with other styles to create something completely new and different. Multiple locations. Four locations in Denver & Boulder HapaSushi.com
HUTCH & SPOON
For a fun respite from a busy day, make your way over to Hutch & Spoon, where chef/owner Tracy Zimmer is hard at work designing ever-changing menus that reflect her commitment to fresh ingredients made in just the right way. The casual atmosphere is great for relaxing over a great 72
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cup of coffee or a grilled cheese and peach chutney sandwich. The food is fresh, the ambience inviting, and a great choice for breakfast or lunch.
LINGER The vibrant international cuisine at Linger reflects a broad farm-to-table sensibility with a spin on traditional ethnic eats. Design elements create a purposeful contradiction, featuring reclaimed boxcar floors, a Lite Brite bar top and infinity windows with incredible views of downtown Denver.
3090 Larimer St. | 303296.2317 HutchAndSpoon.com
Milanese chef/owner Anderea Frizzi prepares excellent dishes inspired by Norther Italy. Featuring locally grown organic farm ingredients, the sophisticated restaurant is always a local favorite.
2020 W. 30th Ave. | 303.993.3120 | LingerDenver.com
2601 Larimer St. | 303.394.0100 IlPostoDenver.com
JAX FISH HOUSE & OYSTER BAR This acclaimed seafood haven prides itself on serving sustainable seafood, and Jax brings sumptuous ocean fare to our landlocked state, with highly regarded Executive Chef Sheila Lucero at the helm. If you’re an oyster aficionado, this is the place! Locations in LoDo, Glendale & Fort Collins Jaxfishouse.com
Enjoy the spirit of the family kitchen in this neighborhood restaurant. This spot serves exceptional contemporary American cuisine with local, organic ingredients and is deeply committed to eco-friendly practices and the community. Boulder: 10390 Pearl St. | 303.544.5973 Denver: 15th St. | 303.623.3127 thekitchen.com
Nestled in an intimate cozy setting, Leña is a Latin American-inspired restaurant that emphasizes sharing and communal dining. The venue’s focal point is the white oak, wood-fired grill that serves up a tempting assortment of grilled meats, seafood and vegetables. The tortillas and empañadas are homemade, and the traditional offerings represent South and Central America, Spain
and Mexico. 24 Broadway | 720.550.7267 lenadenver.com
Little Ollie’s has been voted the best Chinese food in Denver by newspapers and magazines for the past 11 years of their 17year history. MSG-free, Chinese made fresh is their stamp of excellence; the Peking duck a highlight. Little Ollie’s patio is open year-round and abounds with flowers in the summer months. 2364 E. 3rd Ave. | 303.316.8888 LittleOlliesCherryCreek.com
LOLA COASTAL MEXICAN
Just a scenic stroll or a few minutes cab ride from downtown, Lola Mexican Fish House offers everything from custom guacamole mixed tableside to a varied array of remarkable, fresh entrees reminiscent of coastal Mexico. Patio seating, terrific weekend brunch and tantalizing cocktails are also a part of what makes Lola Mexican Fish House the place to be. 1575 Boulder St. | 720.570.8686 LolaDenver.com
Restaurateur Troy Guard’s foray into the world of Mexican food is really all about tacos, and his
selections are drawing rave reviews. Locals are going gaga over the octopus tacos, the shrimp tacos, the butternut squash tacos. Pretty much everything you would ever dream of putting in a taco has made its way into one at Los Chingones, and the result is wonderful. It’s not a fancy place, it’s just plain fun. 2461 Larimer St.| 303.295.0686 LosChingonesMexican.com
Zagat once named this bistro the top Italian restaurant in the western United States. The food is lovingly prepared, thoughtfully served and thoroughly enjoyed. A seasonally changing menu features Sicilian-style meats, pastas, breads and cheeses all prepared fresh in-house. 711 Grant St. | 303.832.6600 LucaDener.com
This unique sushi restaurant is owned by the world renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Located in Aspen, Vail and Denver, Matsuhisa offers up some delicious sushi and new style Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner as well as a great selection of cocktails and beer and sake & wine. 98 North Steele St. | 720.408.6656 MatsuhisaRstaurants.com
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Acclaimed chef Alex Seidel takes diners on a culinary journey featuring fresh Colorado ingredients, many farmed from Fruition Farms artisanal sheep dairy and creamery. Located in Union Station, the atmosphere is hip, friendly and urban. Alex Seidel gained a following as owner of the award-winning Fruition Restaurant, and now takes diners to a new level of inspired eating. 1701 Wynkoop St. | 720.460.3733 MercantileDenver.com
This gorgeous restaurant in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood is another culinary delight from well-known restaurateur Troy Guard. The space is as cool as the fare, featuring sleek furnishings, raw bar, large open kitchen and an enormous wall mural at one end. The menu is varied and delicious, featuring homemade pastas, and a rotisserie that lends a special flavor of seafood, meats and veggies.
through culinary artistry. The menu changes monthly to reflect the bounty of the season, and this charming little restaurant is the flagship of Frank Bonanno’s stellar lineup. 255 E. 7th Ave. | 303.832.4778 MizunaDenver.com
A unique setting inside the iconic Hotel Teatro, The Nickel offers up mouthwatering Rocky Mountain comfort food. Don’t miss the great popular brunch, or inventive cocktails in The Barrel Bar, all in a great setting that pays tribute to the hotel’s storied past. 1100 Fourteenth St. | 720.889.2128 TheNickelDenver.com
3033 Brighton Blvd. | 303.831.8862 MisterTuna.com
When a restaurant prides itself on serving sustainable cuisine, that definition can be all over the board. Not so at Old Major, a venue that cures its farmraised meats in-house, serves sustainable seafood and sources ingredients from local farms. An experience in contemporary farmhouse cuisine.
3316 Tejon St. | 720.420.0622 OldMajorDenver.com
Hailed as one of North America’s best restaurants, Mizuna delivers tantalizing French cooking
OLIVE & FINCH
For a delicious alternative to
a heavy meal, Olive & Finch is inspired by European cafes that excel in locally handcrafted, fresh food. This charming marketplace and eatery serves sublime fresh-baked pastries, artisan sandwiches, soups and salads, made from scratch using organic and locally sourced produce.
changing at The Plimoth, as the restaurant’s team of talented, creative chefs continue creating food that is fun, fresh and flavorful. Whether your taste runs toward a smoked salmon salad, smoked pastrami tartine or creatively prepared steak, you won’t be disappointed when you order items that taste as good as they sound.
1552 E. 17th Ave. | 303.832.8663 OliveAndFinchEatery.com
2335 28th Ave. | 303.297.1215 ThePlimoth.com
Ototo offers diners an intimate setting to enjoy Japanese robata-style tapas, sashimi, grilled whole fish and noodles. A robata grill with bincho-tan charcoal infuses a distinct flavor into the food, and an extensive raw bar features catch of the day – fresh and on point. Ototo is the creation of Toshi Kizaki, a well-known fixture of Denver’s culinary scene for more than 30 years. 1501 S. Pearl St. | 303.733.2503 ototoden.com
The original Palm debuted in New York City in 1926, and is still family-owned and operated. The guest list reads like a who’s who, and the signature caricatures adorning the walls are a showcase of local Denverites and well-known visitors. And the food... exceptional! 1672 Lawrence St. | 303.825.7625 thepalm.com/Denver
OAK AT FOURTEENTH
Combining features of Colorado’s rustic past with Boulder’s contemporary foodie scene, OAK at Fourteenth offers exquisite New American cuisine. Chef and owner Steven Redzikowski creates seasonally inspired menus centered on locally grown vegetables, locally sourced meats, sustainably raised seafood and house-made pastas. Co-owner Bryan Dayton is passionate about mixology, meaning the bar offers a variety of creative, handcrafted cocktails.
1400 Pearl St. | 303.444.3622 |OakAtFourteenth.com
PANZANO Decorated chef Elise Wiggins offers excellent contemporary northern Italian cuisine. Each handmade dish is unique and made with local, organic, sustainable ingredients. An award-winning wine list features hand-selected pairings that will please even the most discriminating palate. 909 17th St. | 303.296.3525 Panzano-Denver.com
This gem of a restaurant has won kudos for so many reasons: the sense of community created by the numerous community tables, the creatively prepared small plates that are simply meant to be savored and shared, and the wonderful food and wine. The menu is fun, the drinks are fun, the experience is … well … fun! 3163 Larimer St. | 720.432.3163 ThePopulistDenver.com
THE POST BREWING COMPANY (ERIE)
Housed in a former VFW Post in downtown Lafayette, this brewery and chicken joint is all about comfort, family and fun. Owner Dave Query sums it up best: “Hot chicken loves cold beer, all day long and twice on Sundays.” This is one popular place, and worth the wait. Fried chicken that is out of this world, great beer and their famous whoopee pie – now that’s home cookin’! 105 W. Emma St. | 303.593.2066 PostBrewing.com
THE POST CHICKEN & BEER
The Post Chicken & Beer restaurant is a real homestyle family friendly kind of place that is known for serving up some all-natural chicken. Located in Longmont and Rosedale, The Post Chicken & Beer restaurant also holds events, has a happy hour to-go menu and caters. 1258 Hover Rd | 720.588.2883 2200 Broadway | 720.466.5699 postchickenandbeer.com
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DINING QUALITY ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE
This unique Italian-American steakhouse brings together the regional Italian cuisine with the traditional steakhouse fare. Quality Italian presents a menu combining these two cuisines and also offers up a dynamic cocktail program and extensive wine list. 241 Columbine St. | 303.532.8888 qualityitalian.com
1431 Larimer St. | 303.820.2282 RiojaDenver.com
A very cool Colorado-themed restaurant, housed in an even cooler setting: an historic bank turned hotel, right in the middle of downtown Denver. The delicious food matches the incomparable setting; the bar scene is fun and the sea scallops are not to be missed! Oh, and desserts are awesome too. 918 17th St. | 720.726.4800 rangeDowntown.com
Featuring a menu inspired by Mediterranean food and influenced by local ingredients, Rioja offers pure food and bright flavors. With a wine list that offers fun, interesting varietals and a menu that features plenty of vegetarian options, this spot is consistently rated among the top restaurants in Denver.
from scratch daily.
The Root Down credo is that food should be sensational, igniting all the senses to create a full dining experience. Following a field-to-fork mentality, food is as organic, natural and local as possible, and menus are globally influenced and inspired. 1600 W. 33rd Ave. | 303.993.4299 DIA, Concourse C | 303.432.6959 RootDownDenver.com
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The first authentic Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant in the United States, Rodizio Grill was established in 1995 by Brazilian native Ivan Utrera. Flavors are wonderful, reflecting the traditional “churrasco” (barbeque) style of dining derived from southern Brazil. 1801 Wynkoop St. |303.294.9277 rodiziogrill.com
The story of this award-winning steakhouse began when Longhorn cattle were driven to the Texas Gulf Coast to graze on the rich coastal salt grass. They soon became known for creating the best beef around. The restaurant offers great food and legendary hospitality. The menu features only prime cuts of meats, campfire-style favorites and succulent desserts made
1585 Lawrence St. | 305.575.9000 saltgrass.com
Sarto’s social Italian Eatery provides its guests some authentic Italian cuisine from its madefrom-scratch menu. Whether you are looking for an extensive multi-course meal or a quick bite to eat, Sarto’s social Italian Eatery offers it all. 2900 W 25th Ave. | 303.455.1400 sartos.com
From the décor to the fare, everything about Shanahan’s is first class. The steaks indeed are not just good, they’re mouthwatering, delicious and prepared to perfection. A stunning bar in the center of the restaurant brings a great energy to the place, and in the summer a fun patio scene
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DINING makes for great people watching. This is a traditional steakhouse at its best - prime cuts of beef with sides that rival any establishment.
an ever-changing menu of seasonal fare, and much of the produce and herbs are grown organically in the restaurant’s own gardens.
5085 Syracuse St. | 303.770.7300 shanahanssteakhouse.com
1500 Wynkoop St. | 303.623.2665 TheSqueakyBean.net
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Inspired by the best of coastal Baja California, Sol Cocina offers up an upscale dining experience of authentic Mexican cuisine. Everything in Sol Cocina is made fresh every day. They even have 24 fresh salsas to choose from to pair with your dish. 200 Columbine St. #110 | 303.953.2208 solcocina.com
Located in the bustling Highlands area, Spuntino serves seasonal Italian-inspired cooking from executive chef John Broening and desserts from pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom. The menu features fresh ingredients from local farms, sustainably raised seafood, locally sourced meats and housemade pastas & breads. 2639 W 32nd Ave. | 303.433.0949 SpuntinoDenver.com
Stanley Marketplace is unique because not only can you grab some delicious market style food; but, it’s also a place for you to eat, drink, shop, exercise, play, work and so much more. Nestled in Aurora, CO, it is clear Stanley Marketplace has a lot to offer. 2501 Dallas St. | 720.990.6743 stanleymarketplace.com
THE SQUEAKY BEAN The name is as playful as The Squeaky Bean concept, which is to take flavor and presentation seriously, but leave plenty of room for fun and inventiveness. The restaurant features
Located in the hip and happening Union Station in Denver’s Lower Downtown neighborhood, Stoic & Genuine has a simple motto: Fresh is everything. This multi-coastal seafood house and oyster bar flies in fresh seafood every day and features an innovative menu. Executive Chef Jennifer Jasinski is also behind three of our other favorite Denver restaurants: Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Euclid Hall. 1701 Wynkoop St. | 303.640.3474 StoicAndGenuine.com
Regarded as one of the premiere sushi and Japanese restaurants in the U.S. since the mid ’80s, this popular spot continues to set a standard for high-quality cuisine. With its own pesticide-free farm for produce, plus seafood flown in from Japan, Sushi Den leads Denver restaurants in quality.
Owners and chefs Amy Vitale and Dustin Barrett transformed this spot into a cozy, eclectic restaurant with personality and charm. The creative New American cuisine and friendly service at Tables are bright spots. Menus are regularly updated to feature the freshest seasonal ingredients. 2267 Kearney St. | 303.388.0299 TablesOnKearney.com
Chef/Owner Troy Guard uses fresh local ingredients to offer a cross-cultural culinary adventure. Guard’s playful cuisine, described as Continental Social Food, melds classic and contemporary styles in a chic urban atmosphere to inspire a sense of community among friends. The menu is unconstrained by national boundaries, drawing from Chef Guard’s Hawaiian rearing and his travels in Asia and Latin America.
Sit at the bar and peruse more than 100 tequilas and agave-based spirits, then get ready to indulge. The menu boasts all the delights of Mexico with a contemporary flair, paying tribute to Chef Sandoval’s deeply rooted ties to his grandmother’s and father’s authentic Mexican cooking. 1400 Larimer Square | 720.946.1433 RichardSandoval.com/Tamayo
Vesta is that intimate dining setting you have been looking for. Run by Colorado-raised executive chef Nicholas Kayser, guests can look forward to a menu with some bold flavors and seasonal and fresh ingredients. There is also a vast wine and cocktail section designed to pair up with Vesta’s dishes. 1822 Blake St. | 303.296.0700 vestadenver.com
1441 Larimer St. | 303.996.9985 Tag-Restaurant.com
Highly regarded Chef Richard Sandoval delivers a perfect take on modern Mexican cuisine.
1487 S. Pearl St. | 303.777.0826 SushiDen.net
Celebrated chef Jeff Osaka introduces Denver’s first Kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi) to Colorado. And so far, everyone is loving this unique, fun and colorful concept that delivers freshest delicacies that can be handpicked directly from the conveyor belt, or select a great variety of small plates. The drink menu is equally fun, and cocktails are served from a rolling beverage cart. 2615 Larimer St. | 720.476.4643 SushiRamaDenver.com
WORK & CLASS Owners Tony, Delores and Dana describe the concept behind their restaurant as “a square meal, a stiff drink and a fair price.” The menu blends American and Latin cuisines seamlessly, leading to savory meats and delicious side dishes. Note: This restaurant is closed on Mondays. 2500 Larimer St. | 303.292.0700 | WorkAndClassDenver.com
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shopping 16th STREET MALL Built in 1982, the 16th Street Mall is a tree-lined, pedestrian promenade that runs through the center of downtown. Lined with outdoor cafés, shops and restaurants, the mall has a great family-friendly atmosphere and a vibrant nightlife. Free shuttle buses cruise the milelong Mall seven days a week. Entire Length of 16th St. | 303.534.6161 DowntownDenver.com
ANTIQUE ROW Although known locally as “Antique Row,” this eclectic mix of merchants offers the gamut, including high-quality antiques, garden supplies, fine wines, antique rugs, handcrafted picture frames, tiles, vintage lighting, custom furniture craftsmen, a host of fabulous dining and a tea room. 1100-1800 S. Broadway Antique-Row.com
ASPEN GROVE Located in Littleton, this pet-friendly, open-air retail village
is home to over 55 stores and restaurants, including Pottery Barn, The Gap, Apple, See’s Candies, Hot Mama, Ted’s Montana Grill and more. 701 S. Santa Fe Dr. | 303.794.0640 ShopAspenGrove.com
BELMAR An eclectic and well-planned destination for shopping, dining and events, Belmar is reaching new heights in the Denver scene. Located in the beautiful suburb of Lakewood, Belmar is a trendy escape from the busy city. 408 S. Teller St. | 303.742.1520 BelmarColorado.com
CHERRY CREEK NORTH More than 350 businesses make up the Cherry Creek neighborhood, representing local and national brands. Check out this retail and dining area where you will find fashion, jewelry and home furnishings, spas, salons, art galleries and
CHERRY CREEK SHOPPING CENTER The Rocky Mountain region’s premier shopping environment features more than 160 shops such as Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & co., Burberry and John Atencio. plus popular dining hotspots like Elway’s, Kona Grill and 801 Chophouse. 3000 E. 1st Ave. | 303.388.3900 | ShopCherryCreek.com
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restaurants. 299 Milwaukee St | 303.394.2904 CherryCreekNorth.com
COLORADO MILLS Denver’s only indoor outlet mall features high-end shops including Coach Factory, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Eddie Bauer Outlet. Great restaurants round out the mix, along with numerous entertainment options such as United Artists Theaters & IMAX, Jumpstreet and The Putting Edge. 14500 W. Colfax Ave. | 303.384.3000 Simon.com/Mall/Colorado-Mills
DENVER PAVILIONS Located on the 16th Street Mall in the heart of downtown, this three-story, open-air shopping center has it all: 40 shops and restaurants, bowling lanes and a movie theater. Ride the free 16th Street Mall Shuttle to your favorite retailers, including Banana Republic, Express & more. 500 16th St.| 303.260.6000 DenverPavilions.com
FLATIRONS CROSSING Set on a rise between Boulder and Denver, Flatirons Crossing invites you to enjoy blue skies, fun restaurants and top-flight movies. Explore more than 200 fashion and specialty retailers, including Coach, Coldwater Creek, Bebe, BC Surf and Sport, and more. One W. Flatiron Crossing | 720.887.7467 FlatIronCrossing.com
GOLDEN TRIANGLE MUSEUM DISTRICT Denver’s Golden Triangle district is brimming with restaurants and culture. Within walking distance of downtown, it features more than 50 galleries, museums and specialty stores. Don’t miss free First Friday Art Tours every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with complimentary shuttle service. Bordered by Lincoln St., Colfax Ave. & Speer Blvd. | 720.253.2774 GoldenTriangleofDenver.com
HIGHLANDS Three diverse commercial districts comprise this neighborhood: cosmopolitan Lower Highlands (LoHi), charming Highlands Square and artsy Tennyson Street. Denver’s largest neighborhood features local and national retailers, restaurants, landmarks, art galleries and entertainment. 32nd & Lowell Streets | 303.892.1112 Highlands-Square.com
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN GOLDEN If you want a change of pace from busy malls or more populated shopping districts, this is definitely the place to be. With one-of-a-kind boutiques that offer all things unique, serious shoppers who want to bring back that hard-to-find-gift will love this district with a flavor all its own. Downtown Golden | VisitGolden.com
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LITTLETON Visit one of the few remaining historic shopping districts along the Front Range and experience a true hometown atmosphere where people smile and take life a little slower. With more than 250 eclectic shopping, dining and entertainment options, you are certain to find just what you’re looking for. West Main St. btwn. Santa Fe Drive & South Rio Grande | 303.795.5006 DowntownLittleton.com
LODO Nestled between Coors Field and the Pepsi Center, LoDo is Lower Downtown’s prime destination for fun and trendy shops. The eclectic stores and vibrant historic district offer everything from antiques and ranchwear to fine jewelry and eyewear. 1616 17th St. | 303.628.5428 LoDo.org
OLD SOUTH GAYLORD ST.
One of the oldest business districts in Denver, here you can find passionate business owners who offer personal service. Old South Gaylord Street offers a variety of upscale boutiques,
Located in the heart of downtown, the shops at Larimer Square offer a truly distinctive selection of fashion, jewelry, gifts and home accessories for shopping connoisseurs and fashionistas of all ages. Larimer St. between 14th & 16th Streets 303.534.2367 | LarimerSquare.com
galleries and restaurants, as well as professional services and talented regional craftsmen. 1059 S. Gaylord St. | 303.733.2670 SouthGaylordStreet.com
OLD SOUTH PEARL ST. This laid-back neighborhood features an eclectic mix of shops, boutiques and restaurants. An antidote to the modern megamall, it features seasonal events year-round, one-of-a-kind stores and some of the city’s most popular nightspots. 1569 Pearl St. | 303.892.1112 SouthPearlStreet.com
OLDE TOWN ARVADA With more than 150 unique shops, Olde Town Arvada has plenty of variety. Whether you’re in the market for books, clothing, handmade jewelry, furnishings and antiques or a great restaurant, this vibrant shopping district is full of treasures. 7307 Grandview Ave. | 303.420.6100 OldeTowneArvada.com
OUTLETS AT CASTLE ROCK The Outlets at Castle Rock is the largest open-air outlet center in Colorado, housing more than 100 name-brand stores, including Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. 5050 Factory Shops Blvd. 303.688.4495 | OutletsAtCastlerock.com
OUTLETS AT LOVELAND A true gem tucked at the foot of the Rockies between Greeley and Fort Collins, the Outlets at Loveland is a great destination for hikers wanting a little shopping to top off a perfect day, or anyone looking for a fun and upscale experience. Featuring more than 40 great outlets, including Ann Taylor, Under Armour, Nike and J. Crew. 5661 McWhinney Blvd. 970.663.1916 | OutletsAtLoveland.com
OUTLETS AT SILVERTHORNE Nestled in the scenic Rockies, just off I-70 on your way to the mountains, the Outlets at Silverthorne is home to three villages of impressive retail including Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Guess, Banana Republic and more. A beautiful setting for some fabulous buys. 246-V Rainbow Dr. | 866.746.7686 OutletsAtSilverthorne.com
PARK MEADOWS A unique and visually stunning retail resort, Park Meadows features fashionable stores and delectable dining choices, along with entertainment and events. With over 165 retailers and 14 full-service restaurants, shoppers experience the classic Colorado lifestyle while enjoying the beautiful resort setting. 8401 Park Meadws Center Dr. 303.792.5384 | ParkMeadows.com
PEARL STREET MALL A four-block pedestrian mall in Boulder, Pearl Street is home to a number of locally owned businesses and restaurants, national chains and the Boulder County Courthouse. This popular tourist destination is loaded with charm, from the fountains and gardens to street performers. Btwn. the 1100 & 1400 blocks of Pearl St. 303.892.1112 | BoulderDowntown.com
RIVER ARTS NORTH DISTRICT (RiNo) Situated just north of downtown, RiNo is home to an eclectic mix of galleries, artists, wineries, breweries, and more. If you’re in the market for unique, fabulous art, RiNo is the place to be, with a host of galleries showcasing works by some of the city’s most talented artsits. North of downtown Denver RiverNorthArt.com
THE SHOPS AT NORTHFIELD STAPLETON Located just minutes from downtown, The Shops at Northfield Stapleton is a pedestrian-friendly, open-air shopping district featuring specialty shops and restaurants including Macy’s, Bass Pro Shops’ Outdoor World and Harkins Theatres 18. 8340 Northfield Blvd. | 303.375.5475 NorthfieldStapleton.com
STREETS AT SOUTHGLENN This destination builds on the character of the surrounding neighborhood with a mix of retailers, restaurants, entertainment and services. Southglenn is an unmatched upscale shopping, dining and entertainment experience. S University Blvd & E. Arapahoe Rd 303.539.7141 | ShopSouthglenn.com
SOUTHLANDS An outdoor lifestyle center with a community plaza and four blocks of retail shops, restaurants and entertainment options, Southlands offers a movie theater, Barnes & Noble, Eddie Bauer, Irish Bistro
and Pub and more.
6155 Main St. | 303.627.5000 ShopSouthlands.com
SOUTHWEST PLAZA Conveniently located in southwest metro Denver, Southwest Plaza features popular retailers and restaurants such as Forever 21, BC Surf and Sport, and Tokyo Joe’s, plus department stores including Dillards flagship store. 8501 W. Bowles Ave. | 303.973.7062 SouthwestPlaza.com
TENNYSON STREET CULTURAL ARTS DISTRICT Located in the Berkeley District, the Tennyson Cultural Arts District offers music, live performance, film, and art galore. Located in Northwest Denver btwn. Sheridan & Lowell and 38th & 52nd Ave. BerkeleyDistrict.com
TOWN CENTER AT AURORA An indoor mall with more than 150 fun stores including Macy’s, Dillard’s and Victoria’s Secret. A neighborhood shopping destination, the Town Center has great options for dining, children’s fashion, home electronics and everything for your style. 14200 E. Alameda Ave. | 303.344.9764 Simon.com/Mall/Town-Center-at-Aurora
TWENTY-NINTH STREET Twenty-Ninth Street is the premier mixed-use outdoor shopping center in Boulder, featuring local and national eateries and shops like Anthropologie, Apple, Sephora, California Pizza Kitchen and more. 1710 29th St. | 303.444.0722 TwentyNinth.com
VILLAGE SHOPS AT THE LANDMARK Featuring the best designers in Denver and some of the finest retailers in the world, Village Shops at the Landmark is one of the foremost shopping destinations in the city. Quebec St. btwn Belleview & Orchard 303.892.1112 | VisittheLandmark.com
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attractions ARTS VENUES Art District on Santa Fe Home to many artists and studios, this arts district has become a national model of success in community revitalization. The art district has cultivated a friendly, welcoming feel for both seasoned collectors and new art lovers. 801 Kalamath St. | 303.868.8680 ArtDistrictOnSantaFe.com
Arvada Center for the Arts With two performance venues, three galleries and a multidisciplinary arts education program, the Arvada Center showcases theatrical shows, musical performances and local and touring art exhibitions. 6901 Wadswroth Blvd. | 720.898.7200 ArvadaCenter.org
Civic Center Just steps away from the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum, the U.S. Mint and more, the park is a historic urban oasis nestled amid one of the country’s grandest architectural campuses. 14th Ave Pkwy & Broadway 303.861.4633 civiccenterconservancy.org
Colorado Ballet A treat for classical and modern dance enthusiasts, the Colorado Ballet boasts 30 members from around the globe presenting a variety of exciting performances. 1278 Lincoln St. | 303.837.8888 ColoradoBallet.com
The Colorado Symphony Performing traditional, modern and classical works, the Colorado Symphony offers year-round concerts featuring everything from light summer shows to performances by celebrated 78
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musicians. 1000 14th St. No. 15| 303.623.7876 ColoradoSymphony.org
Denver City Attractions Denver City Attractions provides a showcase for live theater, touring Broadway shows, acting classes for the community and more, located at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. 1101 13th St. | 303.893.4100 DenverCenter.com
Red Rocks Amphitheatre Once known as the “Garden of the Angels” and later as the “Garden of the Titans,” this stunning venue is a favorite for concertgoers and musicians. Towering red rocks frame the site, and the views are nothing short of incredible. 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy, Morrison 720.865.2494 TheRedRocksAmphitheatre.com
THE GREAT OUTDOORS The Butterfly Pavilion This treasure features a visually thrilling rainforest with 1,600 free-flying tropical butterflies, live animal exhibits and interactive fun for all ages. 6252 W. 104th Ave. | 303.469.5441 Butterflies.org
Chautauqua Park The Chautauqua movement of the early 1990s promoted simplicity, learning and art appreciation. That spirit lives on in this haven for cultural enrichment. Rental cottages are available at the park. 900 Baseline Rd. | 303.442.3282 Chautauqua.com
City Park This beautiful park adjacent to downtown Denver features lakes, historical monuments,
playgrounds, tennis courts, and is home to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, IMAX and the Denver Zoo. 2001 Colorado Blvd. DenverGov.org/Parks
Denver Botanic Gardens As one of the top-ranked facilities in the United States, the Denver Botanic Gardens presents a wide range of grounds and stunning collections from all corners of the world. 1007 York St. | 720.865.3500 BotanicGardens.org
Mount Goliath Mount Evans Scenic Byway Located 17 miles from Idaho Springs near Mt. Evans, this stunning area abounds with wildflowers and wildlife. Great views and hiking trails make this a local gem. Bailey, CO | 720.865.3585 MountEvans.com
Denver Mountain Parks The entire parks system contains more than 14,000 acres of parklands in the mountains and foothills just west of downtown. It also encompasses a wide variety of striking Colorado terrain, perfect for activities like hiking and sightseeing. 303.987.7800 DenverMountainParks.wordpress.com
Denver Zoo From the birth of an exotic animal to the exhilaration of a world-class exhibit opening, the area’s largest zoo is an adventure for the senses. 2300 Steele St. | 303.376.4800 DenverZoo.org
Dive into food and fun – and an underwater adventure! Enjoy the Aquarium restaurant and explore more than 1 million gallons of sealife including sharks, otters, tigers and more. 700 Water St. | 303.561.4450 DowntownAquarium.com
Fiske Planetarium What’s your sign? Test your astronomy knowledge at the University of Colorado’s popular planetarium. Check out the dazzling array of laser and star shows, live star talks & more. 2414 Regent Dr. | 303.492.5002 Fiske.Colorado.edu
Flatirons Vista Trailhead
Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, trail running and picknicking on the Trailhead’s 2 or 3 mile loop through the Ponderosa pines and meadows along the Flatirons. 3663 State Hwy. 93 | 303.441.3440 ProTrails.com/trails
THE WILD ANIMAL SANCTUARY Housing more than 450 rescued lions, tigers, bears and other carnivores, this 720-acre space is the largest carnivore sactuary in the world. Come view the animals on the mile and a half of elevated walkway and step into the wild. 1946 County Rd 53, Keenesburg | 303.536.0118 | Wildanimalsanctuary.org
ATTRACTIONS Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge This area supports more than 330 species of wildlife such as bald eagles, hawks and more, on a 15,000-acre expanse of short-grass prairie. 6550 Gateway Rd. | 303.289.0232 fws.gov/Rocky_Mountain_Arsenal
Washington Park At more than 100 years old, the area known to locals as Wash Park is one of the largest parks in Denver, featuring flower gardens, a 2.6-mile jogging trail, two lakes, a bowling green, tennis courts and more. S. Downing St. & E. Louisiana Ave. 303.698.4692 | WashPark.com
MUSEUMS Children’s Museum of Denver Engage with interactive playscapes, daily educational programming and popular special events. Serving children and their grown-ups, the museum provides a dynamic learning environment to explore. 2121 Children’s Museum Dr. 303.433.7444 | MyChildrensMuseum.org
Clyfford Still Museum The Clyfford Still collection represents one of the most comprehensive single-artist collections in the world, encompassing approximately 2,400 works, most never before exhibited. 1250 Bannock St. | 720.354.4880 ClyffordStillMuseum.org 1250 Bannock St. | 720.354.4880 ClyffordStillMuseum.org
Colorado Railroad Museum Revel in the sights and sounds of more than 100 narrow and standard-gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses and more in the museum’s 15acre railyard, and visit the Depot General Store where you’ll find thousands of trail gifts. 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden 303.279.4591 coloradorailroadmuseum.org
Denver Art Museum Founded in 1893, the city’s largest museum is one of the most storied in the state with more than 68,000 pieces of art. With an extensive American Indian collection, the museum is a must-see for art lovers.
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Featuring regional, national and international artists, the vast array of rotating exhibits and public educational programs promotes creative experimentation with art and ideas for visitors of all ages.
100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy. 720.865.5000 | DenverArtMuseum.org
1485 Delgany St. | 303.298.7554 MCADenver.org
Denver Museum of Nature & Science For more than 100 years, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has allowed visitors to explore the cosmos and uncover brilliant gems and minerals. Enjoy the IMAX theater and planetarium or go toe-to-toe with a T Rex... if you dare!
Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum Located on the former grounds of Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado’s Air and Space Museum offers a trip through history from distinctive aircraft nose art to stirring exhibits.
2001 Colorado Blvd. | 303.370.6000 DMNS.org
History Colorado Center A fascinating view of Colorado history comes alive, with a comprehensive collection of books, artifacts and photographs that encapsulate the state’s history. History is truly brought to life in this award-winning architectural venue. 1200 Broadway | 303.447.8679 HistoryColorado.org
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Contemporary Art With painting, sculpture, furniture, ceramics and an elastic hodgepodge of classic works from the past 100 years, this one-of-akind facility features some of the best-known designers of our time. 1311 Pearl St. | 303.832.8576 KirklandMuseum.org
Molly Brown Museum Experience the legacy of the Unsinkable Molly Brown, a leading socialite and philanthropist best known as one of the survivors of the RMS Titanic. 1340 Pennsylvania St. | 303.832.4092 MollyBrown.org
7711 E. Academy Blvd. | 303.360.5360 WingsMuseum.org
OTHER VENUES Blackhawk and Central City Just 45 miles from Denver, this historic area was once known as “the richest square mile on earth” when gold was discovered in the 1800s. Today the area is home to several casinos, charming Victorian buildings and lots of fun. 303.582.5251 | BlackHawkColorado.com Colorado.gov/CentralCity.com
Colorado State Capitol Opened in 1894, the Colorado State Capitol stands as a living museum of history and an active seat of state government. See where legislation takes place in the House and Senate chambers during free daily tours.
Elitch Gardens America’s only downtown theme park and waterpark has operated continuously for more than 120 years. Elitch’s is sheer fun, making this a go-to destination for locals and out-of-town visitors. 2000 Elitch Circle | 303.595.4386 ElitchGardens.com
MillerCoors Brewery Tour Experience traditional beer brewing in the Rocky Mountains. Become acquainted with malting, brewing and packaging processes, then sip a cold sample while resting on ice-cube benches in the fresh beer room. 13th & Ford St. | 303.277.2337 MillerCoors.com
National Center for Atmospheric Research How do clouds form? Why is climate changing? Learn all this and more at NCAR, which is dedicated to understanding our earth on a national and international scope. 1850 Table Mesa Dr. | 303.497.1000 NCAR.UCAR.edu
Waterworld This massive venue offers 46 water adventures on 64 beautifully landscaped acres. Thrill rides abound, including Colorado’s only magnetic water coaster, and 3 separate children’s play areas. 8801 N. Pecos St. | 303.472.7873 WaterWorldColorado.com
200 E. Colfax Ave. | 303.866.2604 Colorado.gov
Coors Field The 76-acre Coors Field stands at 20th and Blake Streets in Denver’s lower downtown/ ballpark neighborhood and is home to the Colorado Rockies. Fans sitting in the first-base and right-field areas are treated to a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains. 2001 Blake St. | 303.292.0200 Colorado.Rockies.MLB.com
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THE MAGIC OF A BUTTERFLY Butterfly Pavilion and Denver Botanic Gardens present the habitat experience Butterflies at Chatfield Farms. The exhibit showcases native Colorado butterflies, including the monarch, painted lady, common buckeye, queen, black swallowtail, viceroy and red admiral. The event is open daily through September 24 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. BotanicGardens.org | Butterflies.org
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