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WINTER 2014

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Delivering Succulent Seafood In Landlocked Denver

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Savor The Season Off The Slopes

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Broadmoor Resort’s Rebirth And Renewal

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DISNEYLAND FOR GROWNUPS: THE HISTORIC BROADMOOR

Almost a century young, Colorado Springs’ Broadmoor resort continues to innovate, only improving with time. BY BILL HUSTED

28 FLYING FRESH Delivering quality seafood in a landlocked state has become Jax executive chef Sheila Lucero’s specialty. She speaks with DHM on how she consistently delivers the freshest fish in Colorado and the story behind the restaurant’s signature oyster, the Emersum. BY AMY SPEER

32 UNDER PRESSURE Aspen’s hometown girl Gretchen Bleiler has pulled off killer tricks on the half-pipe that have crushed competition all over the world. The Olympic medalist talks with DHM about the moment that nearly took it all away. BY AMY SPEER

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Wine, dine and unwind: Date night at four seasons Take advantage of our Wine, Dine and Unwind offer and indulge in the ultimate “Date Night” experience. Begin your weekend escape with two complimentary cocktails at EDGE Bar. Unwind in our indoor and outdoor whirlpools, or pamper yourself at our urban spa sanctuary. Next, savor local ingredients at EDGE Restaurant, our progressive American steakhouse, with a delicious three-course prix xe dinner for two before returning to your room where a romantic treat awaits. In the morning, sleep in and enjoy breakfast in bed at your convenience. For reservations, contact your travel consultant, Four Seasons at con 1-800-332-3442 or the Hotel directly at 1-303-389-3000. Or visit www.fourseasons.com/denver/packages


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13 THE RUNDOWN A quick tour through what’s got the Denver Hotel Magazine staff buzzing right now.

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IN EVERY ISSUE

38 THE SCENE Denver’s cultural events span varieties that suit every visitor’s taste. Mark your calendar with the best of the city’s offerings. 45 DINING The Mile High’s innovative restaurants and talented chefs mine flavors from all over the globe. Check out this guide before planning your next culinary adventure. 55 SHOPPING From high-end boutiques and malls to trendy vintage shops, DHM shows you Denver’s top spots to shop. 59 ATTRACTIONS Spending time in Denver is always a trip less ordinary. Learn about local attractions that make for unique experiences and excellent adventures. 64 OUR PARTING SHOT The historic Elitch Theater gets new life.

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WELCOME

ISSUE 05: WINTER 2014

PUBLISHER’S NOTE Around this time each year, Denver is transformed into a festive showcase of lights. Snowcapped mountains provide a spectacular backdrop to this winter wonderland, and “let it snow” is the mantra of choice. As ski resorts eagerly anticipate an early snowfall, the city revels in all the winter festivities that are part and parcel of our vibrant urban city. As a die-hard Colorado native, I love wintertime here, when everything is covered in white, the air is crisp and everything moves just a bit faster. It’s the time when snow enthusiasts come out to play, whether cruising down the ski slope on skis or boards, or enjoying the beauty of the state on a pair of snowshoes or crosscountry skis. We are so lucky to be in a state that offers unlimited adventure all year long, and it’s no wonder the population of Colorado is among the healthiest in the nation. Here, it’s all about the great outdoors, and there truly is no shortage of fun to be had. Step outside your hotel, and take a stroll down a twinkling street as the snow falls softly around you. If you have your kids, maybe head over to Washington Park or one of the other great public parks where you can build a snowman or have a good old-fashioned snowball fight. After, wander into one of the local bakeries and enjoy some hot chocolate and a pastry. Or pop into one of the great restaurants for a glass of wine by the fire. You don’t have to be in the mountains to experience what Colorado is all about, but be careful — one taste of a Colorado winter, and there’s a good chance your next trip will include a ski getaway! Whether your stay includes a trip to the mountains for some excellent skiing, a shopping excursion in one of the many shopping venues

around town or a day of culture at the top-notch museums, winter is truly a season of fun and merriment. The town is easy to navigate, and in the following pages we point you to some of the don’t-miss places to see and things to do. In this issue, we profile some of the country’s best-known skiers and snowboarders, who are hard at work training with an eye toward the Winter Olympics. Colorado is so proud to claim these dedicated athletes, who admittedly love the state for its unparalleled ski terrain, largely accessible within an hour or two drive from Denver. It’s interesting to note how many tourists who visit the state end up thinking about a permanent move here or perhaps a second home. This truly is a magical place, and the moderate climate, even in the harshest winter months, makes it all the more alluring. Add to that the incredible restaurants, great sports teams (will the Broncos go all the way?) and the diverse arts, and you begin to understand why Denver and Colorado are so appealing. And it’s also no wonder that Denver is ranked the second fastestgrowing large city in the country! Tourists love it here, locals never want to leave, and there is adventure around every corner. So take advantage of your stay, try something different, and find that perfect place that helps create the trip you’ll remember.

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Downhill Racer Julia Mancuso Speeds to Glory

For Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso, the quest for gold probably goes back to the days when all she wanted was to keep up with big sister April. Now as her successes continue to mount, she is racking up medals at breakneck speed, and this 29-year-old phenomenon shows no signs of slowing down. Mancuso has earned more medals than we can count, competing in World Cups, U.S. and World Championships, and the Olympics. Denver Hotel Magazine sat down with Mancuso to learn a bit more about the skiing sensation who has zoomed to the top of her sport. — ELLEN GRAY

DHM: What is your first great skiing memory? MANCUSO: I always wanted to be just like my older sister, and that was a major part of why I wanted to be fast! I wanted to keep up with her all the time. I remember hearing about what a badass she was because she just jumped this huge cliff, and that really motivated me to work hard and be fearless. I never ever jumped that cliff, though. It was too scary!

DHM: Who has had the greatest influence in your life? JM: My parents, because they have such strong personalities and lead a lot by example and gave me the space to make my own decisions. My mom is super positive and always encouraged me to be positive and never ever let a negative thought into my mind. My dad was very ambitious and tough on me, and he taught me discipline and how to work hard.

DHM: Did you ski as a family? Were you always the fastest? JM: My parents loved to ski. I always tried to keep up. It took me awhile, but I finally beat my older sister in a race when I was 14.

DHM: Best thing about the Olympics? JM: The Olympics bring everyone together on the world’s stage. It feels special, and it’s a highpressure situation. I like that, and I like to perform when it really counts. It’s a special level of focus you have to home in on.

DHM: What made you want to race competitively? JM: I just wanted to beat my older sister! I loved to ski, and I think it came naturally to me to want to win and be competitive.

and adrenaline-pumping sports. Naturally, I just feel inclined to go out and push myself to the limit. DHM: Where is your favorite place to ski in Colorado? JM: I love early season training in Vail. They do a great job for us, getting the hill prepared and providing world-class training. DHM: Most underrated ski run or area in Colorado? JM: Grouse Mountain in Beaver Creek. DHM: Best run ever? JM: The Raptor in Beaver Creek! DHM: Favorite run on a blue-sky powder day? JM: Any of the Back Bowls of Vail.

DHM: Are you a daredevil by nature? JM: I think so. My parents raised me to be that way just by exposing me to all sorts of fun

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In Downtown Denver, life is elevated and experiences are raised to a more artful form. You can experience our center city by joining us for events through the winter! The holidays, in particular, activate public spaces and provide an exciting urban destination in the heart of our city. Life downtown might be elevated year-round, but the winter months form the pages of a storybook. Enjoy a merrymaking experience that encompasses everything from dining and shopping to events and accommodation options. There is no better place to eat, shop, play and stay than Downtown Denver for the holidays. Throughout the holiday season — and well after — winter in the city attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors with many events. Be sure to mark your calendar! In its fourth season, the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park offers free ice skating seven days a week until Feb. 16 — with ice skate rentals available for just $2. Downtown Denver’s Grand Illumination adds magic to the holiday season with beautiful lighting displays at the City and

County Building, Union Station, Skyline Park, the 16th Street Mall and the Historic D&F Tower — lighting displays that stay up well past the holidays. If you’re lucky enough to spend December in Denver, you can watch the city really come alive during the 9News Parade of Lights — take in over 250,000 twinkling lights in Downtown Denver’s biggest and brightest holiday tradition on Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. or Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. On Dec. 22, more than 300 tuba players take over Skyline Park for TubaChristmas. Get your holiday shopping done at the unique Christkindl Market, full of music, food, holiday lights and old-world charm, open at Skyline Park until Dec. 21. After Christmas, countdown to 2014 here in Downtown with two fireworks shows, one at 9 p.m. and another at midnight, synchronized to local DJs along the 16th Street Mall. Denver is fast becoming the place to be for foodies and restaurant-goers. With approximately 300 restaurants, the city has seen a surge in visitors looking for unique dining experiences. Our culinary

scene is evolving to appeal to not only residents but also to visitors searching for nationally recognized eateries. In addition to a variety of dining options, Downtown provides a fun and unique experience for holiday shoppers with more than 200 shops located throughout the city. Larimer Square, the Mile High City’s oldest and most historic block offers fashionistas of all ages a truly distinctive selection of fashion, jewelry, gifts and home accessories. For more shopping options, head to the Denver Pavilions, conveniently located off of Denver’s No. 1 tourist attraction, the 16th Street Mall. There you will find popular retail chains like H&M and Banana Republic, as well as local shops such as the award-winning I Heart Denver store. After a long day of shopping, eating and event attending in Downtown, wind down at one of the many hotels conveniently located in the city center. We can’t wait to welcome you to Downtown Denver. Stay here and see for yourself everything we have to offer — what are you waiting for? — TAMI DOOR


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part of what sets Denver apart from conventional metropolitan cities. After spending a little time visiting Colorado, it’s hard not to consider coming back for longer visits to experience more. Whether you’ve been planning to look for an investment property, a second home or a place to retire, a financial and personal investment in Colorado might be a very rewarding experience. Much of the land in Colorado remains publicly owned, safeguarding the views and privacy that many people cherish. Aspen’s offerings of winter sports are well-known, evidenced by the sporting smiles of Goldie Hawn, Jack Nicholson and Charlie Sheen (among the celebrities). Comprising four ski-mountains with some of the steepest vertical drops in Colorado, it’s a place for serious skiers as well as beginners. There are many 20,000-squarefoot homes, but new land-use restrictions limit new construction to 5,750 square feet. The average

home price in Aspen is $4 million to $ 5 million; consequently, adjacent communities continue to grow. Surrounded by the San Juan Mountains, Telluride is considered the quintessential Western mountain town. With a wide Main Street boasting 19th-century brick buildings, the former gold mining town retains a Western aura — and offers people-watching as excellent as the skiing. Typical in-town values are near $1,000 a foot. Vail, a place everybody loves to go, is less than two hours from Denver. The charming village is also an ever-evolving mountain resort town of international magnitude. Many tourists and second homeowners gravitate toward the Colorado mountains as warm-weather destinations with incredible outdoor activities during summer and winter. That’s to say nothing of concerts, festivals, casinos and, of course, a cornucopia of breweries and

distilleries to tour. Deals and steals are found in the high-end market with prices over $2 million where there is room to negotiate and the inventory is good. The market of homes near $500,000 range is experiencing improved sales activity with room to make a good investment. Well-priced properties (newer, remodeled and furnished) are selling under replacement cost! Three of the most famous and popular Colorado resort towns, Aspen, Telluride and Vail, 10 to 20 minutes from the mountains, offer privacy, mountain views, space and less cost. The bottom line is…it is a wonderful time to reach for a dream. — STEVE BLANK

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The Patterson Inn Takes On History To the casual observer, the stately structure of the Patterson Inn in the heart of Capitol Hill symbolizes an architectural tribute to Denver’s rich and colorful history. Indeed, the beautiful home, with its red sandstone exterior topped by dramatic turrets, reflects a wilder time in the state’s past, conjuring images of the Gold Rush, Prohibition, and later still, the oil boom. The Patterson Inn has withstood it all, and today the boutique hotel welcomes guests with its signature whimsy, history and a great story. Owner Brian Higgins knew immediately this place fell in line with his love of great architecture. “I fell in love with the building immediately based on its striking exterior, and as I learned more about its past, the feeling grew even stronger,” he says. “This building has been used for just about everything under the sun, but pretty much 18

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the only thing it had not been was a bed and breakfast.” Higgins called his mother, Gloria, to tour the property, and once she saw it, she understood, he says. “We envisioned the potential, even though when we first came into this project, it was a huge mess.” The building was built in 1891 for Thomas Croke, a state senator, and later sold to Thomas Patterson, who served as a U.S. senator and congressman and as editor and publisher of the former Rocky Mountain News. According to Higgins, in all that time, there had never been a good renovation done on the structure, and extensive water damage and a three-year vacancy had left it a wreck. An architect by trade, Higgins knew a diamond in the rough when he saw it, and knowing the promise of the home, took on the challenge. After 18 months of

zoning, approvals, planning and construction, the hotel was ready to welcome guests, but opening was delayed when improperly stored paint caught fire and caused extensive damage. Repairs moved forward quickly, and today the mansion that has served hundreds of uses is now a beautifully appointed, nine-room inn that literally overflows with charm and intimate detail. Higgins expertly melded features from a famed French château into the renovation, including a pitched slate roof with copper detailing. All woodwork on the first floor is original, along with the windows and stained glass on the upper floor. Each room has a unique theme, designed to evoke a feeling of fun and history. “Every room has a personality and emotion, designed to create a feeling,” says Gloria Higgins. The first floor, with the exquisite

Antoinette and Da Vinci rooms, pays homage to a rich past, while the second floor becomes a bit more varied, and the third floor offers nothing short of whimsy. Meander through the beautiful rooms and halls of the inn, and you’ll see photographs and artwork that tell the story of the Patterson family and the life they led. “Some of the descendants of the family have been to the house and have been so pleased with the restoration that they feel it has kept intact the honor of the family,” Gloria Higgins adds. The Patterson Inn stands out as a rare find amid a slew of B&Bs that are often quaint and similar. “Many of our guests want to return time and again to stay in each of the nine rooms, because the experience is vastly different every visit,” says Gloria Higgins — ELLEN GRAY


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pair of cowboy boots. He laughs, “With its original motto of ‘Bear Hunting and All You Can Eat Steak and Apple Pie,’ the ranch really has evolved, all the while keeping its focus on what the true Colorado guest ranch experience should be.” He explains that C Lazy U is 8,500 acres of grandeur with access to 2,500 acres of public land. It is a working ranch with horses taken out to pasture and back each day. Craig, who took over as general manager less than a year ago, has ambitious plans ahead for the iconic ranch. His long term goal is to create a sustainable model to support the vision of the original owners: family, horsemanship and land preservation for the foundation of the C Lazy U mission, which is to honor and preserve the tradition of the great American West. C Lazy U is true to its intentions. — CAROLYN BARTELS


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The Broadmoor first opened in 1918. It still provides countless guests a first-class winter wonderland experience today.

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t’s Disneyland for grown-ups, opulent with rustic touches, with a love of the West that is only surpassed by the level of service, amenities and accommodations. Families return year after year, and to their delight, the Broadmoor just keeps getting better. For almost a century, Colorado Springs’ Broadmoor has reigned over Colorado’s resort roster. From its very beginning, the only hotel in history to win the coveted AAA Five Diamond designation for 37 consecutive years was a destination synonymous with luxury and service, framed by the grandeur of the Rocky Mountain west. In the early 20th century, with fortune of gold and copper mined out of the mountains, Spencer Penrose poured money into what he hoped would become one of the world’s

top resorts. The Broadmoor opened on June 29, 1918, as a retreat for men. Soon after opening, Penrose begin hosting a distinctive group of men who were known by their legendary exploits and adventures, nicknamed the 100 Million Dollar Hotel Club. Over the course of time, the hotel hit a few bumps in the road. The stock market crash of 1929 didn’t deplete Penrose’s pocketbook, but it severely limited the number of people who could afford a stay at the Broadmoor. It remained open, but only with substantial cuts, the support of locals and a loss of profitability. The hotel closed for the only time in its history during the winter of 1935–1936, the tail end of the Depression. As times improved, the Broadmoor also made a comeback. Penrose died of cancer in 1939, but by then, he


From the day it opened, the Broadmoor sought to offer its guests impeccable service and distinctive amenities, like fine dining and indoor pools, all in a stunning natural mountain setting.

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Guests can enjoy 54 holes of championship golf.

Always Improving Like the mythical story about the Golden Gate Bridge (once they finish painting it, they start painting it again), it seems the Broadmoor is always under renovation. Still, it is always picture-perfect, without a chipped piece of paint, a lumpy bed or one threadbare carpet. A man with a paint can appears everywhere, touching up the walls. The grounds look like they are manicured with scissors. Under the ownership of Phil Anschutz, the Broadmoor will finish the second phase of a $100 million renovation in May 2014. The first phase included a redo of the Tavern restaurant; the addition of Play, a bowlingfocused restaurant and play area; the expansion of The Golden Bee, a popular honky-tonk sing-a-

long bar; and the construction of the Ranch at Emerald Valley. The ranch is the latest addition to the hotel. It sits a harrowing 40-minute drive up the hill behind the Broadmoor. Nine cabins, including the main lodge, are nestled into the 100,000 acres of Pike National Forest. It is the Broadmoor in a duster, perfect for people who want a duderanch experience with the luxury of a five-diamond resort. Activities at the ranch include horseback riding, fishing and hiking. And you had better be with someone you like — TVs can only be found in the main lodge and large family cabins. You’ll find no cell service, no radio. Internet, yes — but the whole idea of the ranch is to unplug. Just sit back and enjoy

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the fireplace, a comfy chair and the infinite night sky. Additionally, this winter will see the west building of the resort undergo a complete transformation. All the rooms will be expanded and upgraded, a three-story tower will be added to the structure and the entire façade will be redesigned to echo the original building across the lake. The Charles Court restaurant will be replaced by the high-design Ristorante Del Lago. It will look like a villa on Lake Como in Italy, but don’t expect George Clooney to be there, though he might be at the Italianthemed bar. This renovation will up the Broadmoor’s room count to 775 from 744. Broadmoor Cloud Camp will open in the summer of 2014. Set

The main lodge of The Ranch at Emerald Valley

on top of Cheyenne Mountain, 3,000 feet above the Broadmoor at an elevation of 9,200 feet, Cloud Camp offers unobstructed 360-degree views. The lodge is 8,000 square feet and surrounded by 11 guest cabins and a special honeymoon cabin. You can look down at the Broadmoor and the city of Colorado Springs, and look out to Pike’s Peak. This is where Spencer Penrose first built his ultimate escape. You get to Cloud Camp by Jeep or mule or on foot. The hike is a challenging way up; the mule an authentic way up; and the Jeep, we think, the only sensible option. That’s it for renovation, for this go-round.

A dining room at The Ranch at Emerald Valley


The Broadmoor offers a remarkable range of dining experiences from savory offerings like the Wagyu beef and Stilton burger to exquisite desserts that dazzle the eyes as well as the palate.

had placed the resort under the protection of his nonprofit El Pomar Foundation. His wife, Julie Penrose, took the reins, seeing the resort through World War II. In peacetime, she started the first of many renovations, adding two wings and a swimming pool. The resort has been in a constant state of renovation ever since. Protected by the charitable foundation, the hotel didn’t have to operate profitably. In an effort to become more competitive, more rooms were added in the early 1970s on the west side of the lake. In 1988, tax laws required the foundation to sell the property, and it found a well-suited buyer in Edward Gaylord. A wealthy publisher, he purchased the Broadmoor, and the Gaylord family continued to improve the property with the addition of the spa, golf and tennis club, a ballroom, additional rooms and, perhaps

most dramatically, an infinity swimming pool at the north end of the lake. The Penrose and Gaylord families always viewed themselves as stewards and loving caretakers of the grand property — not just landlords. And as it became more luxurious, the Broadmoor became a destination for the famous and fabulous, many of whom are pictured in the Hall of Fame in the hotel’s west building, such as Bob Hope, Joe DiMaggio, James Brown, Walt Disney and John Elway. Some recent visitors include Prince Harry, Sigourney Weaver, Apolo Ohno, Buzz Aldrin, Jon Voight and Jane Pauley. President George W. Bush celebrated his 40th birthday at the Broadmoor. He swore off drinking the next morning and has remained a non-drinker to this day. That must have been some party.

The Gaylord family decided to sell in 2011 and found a kindred spirit in Colorado billionaire philanthropist Phil Anschutz. Anschutz is a private man, famously reluctant to speak to the press — but he shares Penrose’s vision and has the means to make it real. Today, the resort has never looked or felt better. Since he bought the hotel, Anschutz has made substantial improvements and additions to the property. But it is and will remain the Broadmoor, a Colorado and national treasure.

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Less adventurous diners can snack on Jax’s Peel ‘N’ Eat shrimp (above).

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lump, black stools line a pearly, white bar. It’s happy hour. A din fills the air as patrons line up at the swanky, nautical bar. At $1.25 a pop, guests can gulp down Jax’s mouthwatering varieties. But this is no ordinary bar. This is Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, tucked away off Blake Street in Denver’s bustling lower downtown. Here, at 1539 17th St., patrons slurp up a whole different kind of treat — fresh, raw oysters served on the half shell. Needless to say, the Jax crew can shuck, peel and scrub as fast as Tom Cruise’s character served drinks in Cocktail. With fresh fish arriving daily — caught just the day before — Jax, a collection of four sustainability-minded restaurants in Colorado, is known for dishing up the freshest seafood in our landlocked state, including hundreds of oysters daily. “With the way the world works now, we can see pictures of the catch through text or live chat,”

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said Jax Executive Chef Sheila Needless to say, she was Lucero. “We know how fresh hooked. After graduating Florida things are, and then, we can International University, Lucero have it here the next day. It all attended the Colorado Art happens really fast.” Institute, graduating with a degree Denver native Lucero was in culinary arts. In 2002, Lucero first introduced to cooking by was named Jax’s executive chef. her father, an avid food lover. Lucero is big on sourcing While at Florida International properly, making sure to serve University, where up the most Lucero studied sustainable “Where the Emersum selection. biology, she discovered her love For that reason, oyster is grown, it’s for seafood. and because set back from the Lucero is always on “I grew up in Colorado, so Chesapeake Bay, so the lookout for the I didn’t know freshest fish, the anything about it gets less oceanic menu never looks seafood — outside the same. She turns salinity, making it out full-flavored of fish sticks and tarter sauce. But in more approachable. dishes, like grilled Florida, I started swordfish paired eating seafood, and It’s just delicious.” with Swiss chard, I loved it,” Lucero Maine lobster said. “I realized rolls bolstered with seafood, there are so many by smoked bacon, and seared different types in the ocean, scallops on a bed of arugula. and then I realized, there are so Of course, though, when we many ways to cook it. It’s such a talk about Jax, we can’t forget global thing.” its signature and oh-so exclusive


THE ANNUAL OYSTER EATING CONTEST Jax hosts an annual oyster eating contest, typically in March. The event is a 90-second slurping flurry with most contestants downing 120–150 oysters during the frenzied competition. In 2013, Jax also hosted an oyster shucking contest.

Jax was recently named one of the best seafood restaurants in the country by Travel + Leisure.

oyster — the Emersum. detect where an oyster is grown “Sometimes a little mystery in simply from its flavor. life can be a good thing,” touts In this case, the Emersum the Jax website. “And at other is grown “off-bottom” in one times, any amount of mystery is a of the United States’ few terrible idea.” unspoiled rivers, located off the Like brain surgery, rocket Chesapeake Bay. Grown at 37° science and oyster selection. 36' 28 N Latitude and 76° 25' Lucero and her team 48 W Longitude and seeded in discovered their signature oyster an improved eco-system, the when research brought them Emersum delivers on size, taste, to Rappahannock texture and liquor River Oyster, every time — and “With the way the a 100-year-old, Lucero has come to world works now, depend on it. family-run company nestled in the “Where the we can see pictures Chesapeake Bay. Emersum oyster Here, they found of the catch through is grown, it’s set their “merroir.” back from the text or live chat. It all Chesapeake Bay, “Winemakers coined the term happens really fast.” so it gets less terroir,” Lucero oceanic salinity, explains. “In making it more winemaking, the environment, approachable,” Lucero says. “It’s the soil, the weather can all have just delicious.” an effect on the product. There’s Many others agree. an oceanic version of that, and Packed to the gills in best-of it’s called merroir.” awards, the restaurant garnered Think of oysters like wine. Just national attention in 2012 when like a good Cabernet, you can Travel + Leisure magazine dubbed

Jax one of the best seafood restaurants in the U.S. Still, despite national accolades, Lucero knows slurping oysters can be just as intimidating as downing a potent alcoholic concoction. “We see a lot of first-timers at our raw bar,” Lucero laughs. “But you just have to approach it with an open mind. It’s like swallowing a bit of seawater. That’s kind of what you’re getting.” Still need training wheels? Just down it with a saltine cracker and a dollop of Lucero’s special sauce. It’ll go down easy.

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Aspen’s hometown girl Gretchen Bleiler has pulled off killer tricks on the half-pipe that have crushed the competition all over the world. The Olympic medalist talks with DHM about the moment that nearly took it all away.

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Bleiler is one of the first women to consistently land the 900, a full 2.5 spin.

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crunching phooosh fills the air, cuing a flurry of clattering cow bells. Cling. Cling. Cling. Cling. Suddenly, the snowboarder drops a plummeting 22 feet. The phooosh becomes louder and louder, and then, in a lagging silence, the crunching stops as the 5'5" rider scores monster air. The crowd roars in approval. The phoosh begins again. The rider swoops back and forth across the halfpipe, inverting and spinning and flipping with

medalist, Colorado entrepreneur and all-around sweetheart. Bleiler, 32, is one of the first women to consistently land the 900, a full 2.5 spin. Her signature move is the Crippler, an impressive 180-degree, upside-down rotation. Bleiler has nothing but “warm and fuzzy feelings” when she thinks about Aspen. At age 10, her family moved from Dayton, Ohio, to the Colorado mountain town. Growing up here, Bleiler spent her Wednesday afternoons on the mountain, a school requirement in preparation for “Pressure is an amazing thing. It can either avalanche season. The moment Bleiler help you rise to a level you never thought picked up a snowboard, you could get to, or it can have a completely Aspen Snowmass, a spectacular four-mountain ski resort, became her opposite effect — you can let it crack you.” home turf. Now, during the winter months, she calls Aspen home, flopping to the smoothest of precision. The tricks are gnarly, and the air is big. Carlsbad, Calif., for a little bit of surfing and a dose of vitamin D Meet Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen’s when she isn’t chasing snow. own homegrown Olympic

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Denver Hotel Magazine caught up with Bleiler, the girl with a 100-watt smile and a 2006 Olympic silver medal, to see what kind of noise she plans on making this season and to look back on one of the most pivotal points in her career — the moment her world turned upside down. JUNE 26, 2012 — PARK CITY, UTAH Bleiler bounced onto a trampoline lined by thick blue pads. Nearby, a pool of blocks beckoned to cushion the next jump. Here, at the USSA Center of Excellence, world-premier athletes come to master big air. On June 26, 2012, Bleiler had come to do the same thing — to tune up her double backflip. That’s when her world flipped. Bleiler over-rotated during a routine one-and-a-quarter backflip. The over-rotation launched her knee into her face, shattering her right eye socket. She split her eyebrow, broke her nose and suffered a concussion.


Bleiler’s signature move is the Crippler, an impressive 180-degree, upside-down rotation.

“When you shatter your eye socket, they call it an orbital wall blowout,” Bleiler told Denver Hotel Magazine. “There’s nothing holding your eye in place, so my eye sunk back and down into my head.” A week later, when the swelling had subsided, Bleiler was flown to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, , where doctors inserted a titanium bridge to stabilize her eye. Then, Bleiler began suffering double vision, and with that, doctors gave her the news — the kind that should have been more crushing than the injury itself. “They told me eye therapy wasn’t proven to work,” Bleiler said. “But as an athlete, that just didn’t make sense. I always feel like there’s something you can do to get better. There’s always something you can work on.” So Bleiler began to train — only this time, it wasn’t on the slopes. She found an eye therapist in Aspen, and by October, Bleiler was cleared to snowboard. She

immediately flew to New Zealand, following the trail of snow. There, for the first time since the accident, she dropped into her first halfpipe.

therapist. He is a really innovative guy, who knows a lot about how the body heals,” Bleiler said. Bleiler began hitting the gym to train — and not just her body. She powered through every exercise,

OCTOBER 2012 — NEW ZEALAND Bleiler swooped into the “At one point, during my recovery, I realized I semi-circular halfpipe, casting her gaze toward the just needed to be happy with having fun again, opposite wall. The sound and that’s when it all started to come back. I of crunching snow filled the air, and then, Bleiler found myself enjoying the moment again.” cast her gaze upward. Suddenly, the 22-foot wall became a nauseating blur. and during the most physically “In everyday life, my vision exhausting moments, Jones would was fine,” Bleiler said. “But the flash cards for Bleiler to focus on. moment I hit that pipe, the “He constantly challenged my double vision was back. There eyes, while I challenged my body,” were all these things happening Bleiler said. at once — speed and movement In December, it was time to test and the need to focus — and my the mountain again. This time, weakness was in my up-glance.” Bleiler crushed the odds. The double vision was too The double vision was gone. much. She wasn’t ready. “Right after that trip, I started working 2012 WINTER SEASON — OAKLEY closely with my trainer, Brad Against a white backdrop, Bleiler Jones, who is also my physical stands with her back to the

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In October 2013, Bleiler and several other professional athletes spoke on Capitol hill about climate change.

camera. She adjusts the hood of an Oakley jacket. Turning slightly, she flicks a flirty smile over her shoulder. This year marks the fourth year Bleiler and Oakley have partnered to create her signature outerwear collection. During the 2012 season, Bleiler was the first (and only) athlete to help design two Pro Rider Series outfits. When Bleiler helps design a product, she loves partnering with brands that inspire, like the Holga camera, a quirky camera known for capturing surreal images. Unpredictable light leaks into the camera, “I cope with fear the way I making always have. Everyone has fear, each image completely and it’s a great tool to use.” unique. OCTOBER 2013 — WASHINGTON, D.C. Colorado mountain resorts aren’t the only hills Bleiler seems to take well to. In October, Bleiler arrived

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on Capitol Hill with eight other professional athletes and eight representatives from top brands for a day of meetings with lawmakers. The group, called Protect Our Winters, had a clear message for lawmakers — to support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut down on power plant emissions. The reason? Winter is changing — and much too drastically. “My family moved to Aspen when I was 10 years old in 1991, and the winters then, versus what they are now, are drastically different,” said Bleiler, dressed in a sharp navy blue dress as the iconic domed building towered behind her. “It rains in January, and the seasons have shifted and shortened.” Bleiler said, “Winter is on borrowed time. We are passing a different world on to our kids than what we grew up with. Everyone deserves a crack at winter. Everyone deserves the

sense of adventure and freedom and purpose that we all get from being outdoors.” Bleiler’s love for winter has launched her own personal crusade to address climate change. All the products she helps design and create are eco-friendly, right down to the reusable ALEX water bottle she designed with her husband. It features a twistable design that allows for easy cleaning. ALEX also transforms into three different sizes and inverts into a space-saving design. “The environment is very near and dear to my heart,” Bleiler told the magazine. “I’ve been really fortunate to work with sustainable companies I believe in and that believe in me.” Bleiler also uses her visibility as a professional snowboarder to nurture female-focused projects. A spokeswoman for the Women’s Sports Foundation, she founded and organized her own girls-only halfpipe contest, the Snow Angels Invitational in Aspen — a mix of


A spokeswoman for the Women’s Sports Foundation, Bleiler uses her visibility to nurture femalefocused projects, like the Snow Angels Invitational in Aspen.

action-packed photo shoots and a little extra pampering. (We’re talking gnarly tricks and spa packages.) JANUARY 2014 — ASPEN, COLO. So after everything — the injury, the recovery, even Capitol Hill — we ask Bleiler, “Where are you now? Are you 100 percent?” There’s no hesitation in her voice. “I’m right there on the verge,” Bleiler says. “My foundation and my amplitude are back. Now, it’s just refining my tricks. So, yeah, I’m almost there.” “What about fear?” Again, there’s no hesitation. “I cope with fear the way I always have,” she says. “Everyone has fear, and it’s a great tool to use. I see it as a signal. It shows your body that it’s time to do something really important, and everything becomes heightened — your focus, your senses — and because of that, you’re able to be in that moment.” For Bleiler, being in the

moment is what helped her conquer the injury. “At one point, during my recovery, I realized things were getting harder the more I pushed myself,” Bleiler says. “I realized I just needed to be happy with having fun again, and that’s when it all started to come back. I found myself enjoying the moment again.” Over the years, Bleiler’s career has been filled with big moments and — of course — medals. She’s won a silver Olympic medal, 11 World Cup medals and five X Games medals. Day by day, Bleiler is working toward her next big moment as she prepares for the U.S. Grand Prix on Jan. 17–19 in Copper Mountain, Colo. There, she’ll try to qualify for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, slotted for February. After Copper Mountain, there are two more qualifying events. If Bleiler qualifies, it’ll be her third Olympic appearance, and it also will be her last, she says. Bleiler doesn’t plan on letting

the pressure get to her. Instead, she welcomes it. “Pressure is an amazing thing,” she says. “It can either help you rise to a level you never “Every single one of us has the thought you could get to, unique opportunity to create or it can have awareness and influence change.” a completely opposite effect — you can let it crack you.”

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Justin Timberlake Pepsi Center

Denver’s cornucopia of cultural events spans varieties that suit every visitor’s taste. DHM whittles it down to the best of Mile High’s offerings.

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One of our most celebrated entertainers brings his 20/20 Experience world tour to town. You’ve watched him grow up from the Mickey Mouse Club to ’NSYNC. Today, he’s better known as an entertaining tour de force. Whether trying his hand at comedy on SNL or as a serious dramatic actor (The Social Network), he’s always been, at heart, a dazzling performer, dancer and singer. Timberlake is the crown prince of pop America. On the tails of an ’NSYNC appearance for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards — generating lots of reunion rumors — Timberlake hits the road for the first time in six years. His performances are not to be missed, so be sure to catch him as he performs hits off his 20/20 album including “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors.”


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The front man for the super-popular band Wilco takes a turn playing solo in this concert special. For more than two decades, Tweedy has been at the forefront of American rock music. While the band takes a break, Tweedy offers lower-key acoustic renditions of the band’s songs as well as lesser-known numbers from Tweedy’s catalogue and the band’s earlier records.

The holiday’s come alive with an international cast of more than 30 talented artists performing astonishing feats of disbelief. Now in its fifth year of touring, this Cirque production reimagines the season with sparkle and suspense. Experience gingerbread men flipping midair, toy soldiers marching on thin wires and reindeer soaring high above.

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Center for the Arts and Humanities (Arvada)

Civic Center Park and the City and County Building

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Buell Theatre

This joyous and opulent musical adaptation traces Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant journey in learning the meaning of Christmas.

This parade is the stage for Colorado’s largest seasonal tradition. Enjoy marching bands, celebrities and ornate floats.

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Known primarily for renditions of holiday music, the band was formed in Nebraska during the ’70s by jingle writer Chip Davis. Since then, the group has sold more than 25 millions albums in the U.S. alone. Enjoy a masterful approach to holiday classics by this tried-and-true group!

Mizel Arts and Culture Center

Newman Center for the Performing Arts

A moving collection of short documentaries on those who survived the Holocaust along with their children and grandchildren.

The pioneering string quartet, flutist Robert Mirabal and talented choir present a program inspired by the sun mythology of Native Americans.

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Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Boettcher Concert Hall

The symphony’s world-class percussion crew takes center stage in this unique event full of driving beats and wild syncopation.

DECEMBER 12

Broncos vs. Chargers Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Peyton Manning leads the Denver Broncos against San Diego QB Philip Rivers and the tough AFC West divisional foe. DECEMBER 13

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Brian Stokes Mitchell, The Colorado Symphony Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Boettcher Concert Hall

Tig Notaro

Boulder Theater (Boulder)

A regular on NPR’s This American Life, and TBS’ Conan, she released a live album that sold over 100,000 units in just six weeks.

The Tony Award winner has enjoyed a 40-year career on Broadway, television (Glee) and in film (Jumping the Broom).

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CU’s Macky Auditorium (Boulder)

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood CSU’s Lincoln Center (Fort Collins)

The pair from the Emmy-nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? offers a night of improv.

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Drums of the World, The Colorado Symphony

Mannheim Steamroller

Turtle Island String Quartet & Tierney Sutton Enjoy first-rate jazz on this voyage through holiday music, from the songs of Hanukkah and Diwali to Christmas faves.

Jay Z

Pepsi Center

The 44-year-old rapper/producer takes the stage. With 50 million albums sold worldwide and 17 Grammy Awards to his credit, the rags-to-riches New York native brings his own brand of magic back to Denver. Listen for hits “Holy Grail,” “Empire State of Mind,” “Run This Town” and more. DECEMBER 6

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Generations: Survivor Stories

9News Parade of Lights

Bluebird Theatre

This ’90s alt-rock band sold over 10 million albums worldwide after inking a record-breaking publishing deal in 1996. It paid off with hits from their self-titled debut and follow-up, Blue. Enjoy faves like “Semi-Charmed Life” along with numbers off their recent release, Ursa Major. DECEMBER 28

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A Christmas Carol, The Musical

Paramount Theatre

His stirring compositions and unique pop sounds have made the Ohio native one of the world’s most popular adult contemporary artists. With six gold and platinum albums to his name, Brickman has also collaborated with artists such as Martina McBride and Lady Antebellum.

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Bluebird Theater

National Western Stock Show and Rodeo

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David Cook

National Western Complex

He beat out David Archuleta in the battle of the Davids on season seven of American Idol and went on to pop stardom. His 2008 self-titled debut sold over 1 million copies and he followed that up with This Loud Morning in 2011. Since then, he’s steadily toured and recorded new music. Now living in Nashville, the Texas native is on the road pushing a fresh batch of pop songs.

It’s better known as the Super Bowl of Rodeo, but it began as a stock show, drawing ranchers and buyers from across the country to Denver over a century ago. Today, the stock show has grown up, but the country flair remains. Enjoy bulls and broncos, cowboys and cowgirls, Western heritage, pro bull riders and more during this exciting 16-day event.

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Breckenridge

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Boettcher Concert Hall

Itzhak Perlman

Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships

The talented violinist brings his remarkable artistry and irrepressible joy of making music to the stage with The Colorado Symphony

Discover the intricate process of snow sculpting, one of Colorado’s favorite winter events. See the spectacular Ice village and support your favorite sculpture with a vote for the annual People’s Choice award.

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The Legend of Georgia McBride

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Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Ricketson Theatre

Cirque Eloize Cirkopolis

When a dive bar changes its image, the headlining Elvis impersonator finds himself unemployed, broke and with a baby on the way in this a bawdy comedic musical.

Pikes Peak Center (Colorado Springs)

Awash with humor, Cirkopolis is a place where dance, circus and theater collide. The performers and audiences shift between dream and reality in an uninterrupted stream of acrobatics, music and dazzling images.

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Sounds of Simon & Garfunkel Pikes Peak Center (Colorado Springs)

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Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Whenever these two musicians take to the stage, genres fly in a mind-blowing, magical performance. Corea’s groundbreaking band, Return to Forever, helped launch ’70s jazz-fusion. Fleck has won eight Grammys in multiple categories.

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Chick Corea and Béla Fleck

JANUARY 19 Pepsi Center

With over 40 million albums and 70 million singles sold worldwide to her credit, the brash singer is back onstage in Denver. She boasts three Grammy Awards and six MTV Video Music Awards, with songs including “Get This Party Started” and “Just Give Me a Reason.”

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P!nk

Acclaimed duo A.J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle join forces with the Philharmonic Pops to re-create the folk duo’s seminal sounds. JANUARY 15–26

Evita

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Buell Theatre

Get wrapped up in the true story of Eva Peron, who rose from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion, featuring some of theater’s most beautiful songs. JANUARY 17

Doug Stanhope Oriental Theater

His comic material ranges from true-life graphic perversion to volatile social criticism. It’s blue, opinionated and brutally honest.

Lady Antebellum With hits including “Lookin’ For a Good Time” and “Our Kind of Love,” the country superstars continue to churn out spectacular songs. JANUARY 24–25

Winter Brew Fest Mile High Station

Few places brew more craft beers than Colorado. Raise a glass, and celebrate craft beverages from all over the United States. JANUARY 17–FEBRUARY 23

black odyssey

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Space Theatre

Playwright Marcus Gardley magically recasts Homer’s Odysseus as a black soldier returning home from the Gulf War fusing modern reality with ancient myth. JANUARY 24

John, Paul, George and Ringo, The Colorado Symphony Paramount Theatre

This pops series crowd-pleaser presents some of the biggest hits and timeless classics of the members’ post-Beatles careers. JANUARY 28–FEBRUARY 2

Mamma Mia!

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Buell Theatre

Welcome to the ultimate feel-good musical that combines some of ABBA’s greatest hits with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.


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Pepsi Center

Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival

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Paul Simon, Sting

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Pikes Peak Center (Colorado Springs)

Macky Auditorium, CU Campus (Boulder)

The Food Network chef will have you laughing during a quirky evening full of humor and food experimentation, multimedia and live music.

One of the world’s premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance, these musicians have performed around the world to critical acclaim.

Venice Baroque Orchestra

FEBRUARY 7

Classical Music Meets Architecture, The Colorado Symphony Lone Tree Arts Center

Boulder International Film Festival

FEBRUARY 8

John Gorka

This tribute to America’s beloved musical theatre duo features tunes from Oklahoma, South Pacific, The Sound of Music and other unforgettable scores.

FEBRUARY 22 Daniels Hall

From his modest coffeehouse beginnings through 11 critically acclaimed albums, the singer-guitarist has always been one of America’s best touring folk acts. FEBRUARY 22

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The Second City

Hilary Kole Pays Tribute to Judy Garland, The Colorado Symphony

Boulder Theater

Newman Center for the Performing Arts

There is improvisational comedy and then there is this merry band. Established in the late ’50s, the Second City features nearly a dozen full-time touring ensembles.

Take a musical journey through some of Judy’s classic films such as Broadway Melody, A Star is Born and The Wizard of Oz. FEBRUARY 27

FEBRUARY 11–12

Hello Dolly!

Pikes Peak Center (Colorado Springs)

Winner of 10 Tony Awards including best musical, this is one of the most enduring Broadway classics. Sally Struthers stars.

Ogden Theatre

Frank’s eldest boy Dweezil leads a band of crack players through a tribute concert featuring a selection of rockoriented hits by the late composer and musician. The band is composed of members who previously played with Frank Zappa, including Napoleon Murphy Broke. FEBRUARY 15

Boulder

MovieMaker magazine lists BIFF among the 25 coolest film festivals in the United States

Pikes Peak Center (Colorado Springs)

Zappa Plays Zappa

FEBRUARY 13–16

Explore classicism in music and architecture with commentary by a local architect and the symphony conductor Scott O’Neil.

Rodgers & Hammerstein

FEBRUARY 14

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band Boulder Theater

Direct from the French Quarter, this band has traveled worldwide spreading its mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans jazz.

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Alton Brown

For over 100 years, locals have been reveling in this wild festival designed to relieve winter-induced cabin fever. You can enjoy three-legged ski races as well as horse-drawn ski and snow-shovel races and ski-jump competitions. Catch alpine jump skiing or the Muzzle biathlon. Don’t miss the Opening Night Extravaganza for torchlight parades and fireworks show.

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Concerts don’t get much bigger than this one. In a rare double-headlining show featuring two superstars, audiences will be treated to the talents of two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members. With countless hit songs and Grammy Awards, they’ll be digging deep into their respective treasure trove of hits, performing recognizable numbers solo and in combination.

Paramount Theatre

No instruments? No problem! The sensational young vocal group from Texas won season three of The Sing-Off on NBC after performing an a cappella arrangement of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.” These days, the band is recording, touring and enjoying a huge following of fans. FEBRUARY 21–23

Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival Northglenn Ramada Plaza

Musicians flock to this festival featuring workshops, vendor’s fairs, jams and a variety of spectacular players to see and hear. You’ll be sure to find lots of crafts to marvel over and tasty grub to nosh on while tapping your toes to the sounds of mandolins, banjos and fiddles. FEBRUARY 25

Million Dollar Quartet Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Buell Theatre

Catch the true story behind the recording session that brought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together in 1956. The legendary night comes to life with timeless hits including “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Hound Dog” and more.

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SPORTS JANUARY 23–26

FEBRUARY 15–16

Nuclear Cowboyz

Pepsi Center

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Winter X Games

Buttermilk Mountain (Aspen)

Since it began in 1995, ESPN’s popular winter extravaganza focuses on extreme sports, tailor-made for Colorado athletes. With skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling to watch, don’t miss the chance to catch the action in person.

It’s the most explosively choreographed arena-based motocross production in the world. Catch the dramatic storyline through more than 1000 gravity-defying freestyle tricks performed by the globe’s most dominant freestyle athletes including X Games medalists and world-class freestyle athletes.

DENVER BRONCOS FOOTBALL All home games at Sports Authority Field at Mile High DEC. 8 VS. TENNESSEE TITANS DEC. 12 VS. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

JAN. 6 JAN. 8 JAN. 10 JAN. 16 JAN. 21 JAN. 30 FEB. 1 FEB. 26 FEB. 28

DENVER NUGGETS BASKETBALL All home games at Pepsi Center DEC. 13 VS. UTAH JAZZ DEC. 15 VS. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS DEC. 17 VS. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER DEC. 20 VS. PHOENIX SUNS DEC. 23 VS. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS DEC. 30 VS. MIAMI HEAT JAN. 1 VS. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS JAN. 3 VS. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES JAN. 7 VS. BOSTON CELTICS JAN. 9 VS. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER JAN. 11 VS. ORLANDO MAGIC JAN. 17 VS. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS JAN. 25 VS. INDIANA PACERS JAN. 29 VS. CHARLOTTE BOBCATS JAN. 31 VS. TORONTO RAPTORS FEB. 3 VS. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS FEB. 5 VS. MILWAUKEE BUCKS FEB. 18 VS. PHOENIX SUNS FEB. 23 VS. SACRAMENTO KINGS FEB. 25 VS. PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS FEB. 27 VS. BROOKLYN NETS

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COLORADO AVALANCHE HOCKEY All home games at Pepsi Center DEC. 10 VS. PHOENIX COYOTES DEC. 14 VS. MINNESOTA WILD DEC. 16 VS. DALLAS STARS DEC. 19 VS. EDMONTON OILERS DEC. 29 VS. WINNIPEG JETS DEC. 31 VS. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS JAN. 2 VS. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS JAN. 4 VS. SAN JOSE SHARKS

VS. CALGARY FLAMES VS. OTTAWA SENATORS VS. NEW YORK ISLANDERS VS. NEW JERSEY DEVILS VS. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS VS. MINNESOTA WILD VS. BUFFALO SABRES VS. LOS ANGELES KINGS VS. PHOENIX COYOTES

COLORADO MAMMOTH LACROSSE All home games at Pepsi Center DEC. 28 VS. EDMONTON RUSH JAN. 4 VS. VANCOUVER STEALTH JAN. 18 VS. BUFFALO BANDITS FEB. 1 VS. MINNESOTA SWARM FEB. 14 VS. VANCOUVER STEALTH


CONCERTS DECEMBER 4 George Winston (New Age) Boulder Theater

DECEMBER 26–27 Trombone Shorty (Blues, Pop) Ogden Theatre

JANUARY 18 Chris McGarry and the Insomniacs (Folk) Tuft Theatre

FEBRUARY 8 Gerald Albright (Jazz) Soiled Dove

DECEMBER 5–7 Greg Behrendt (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark)

DECEMBER 27–31 Yonder Mountain String Band (Folk, Blues) Boulder Theater

JANUARY 18 Panic! At the Disco (Rock, Pop) Ogden Theatre

FEBRUARY 8 Second City Improv (Comedy) Boulder Theatre

DECEMBER 5–8 Jon Reep (Comedy) Comedy Works (Larimer Square)

DECEMBER 27–29 & 31 Wil Anderson (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark)

JANUARY 18 Stanley Jordan (Jazz) Soiled Dove

FEBRUARY 11 Mayer Hawthorne & The County (Rock) Ogden Theatre

DECEMBER 6–7 moe. (Jam) Ogden Theatre

DECEMBER 27–29 Mike E. Winfield (Comedy) Comedy Works (Larimer Square)

JANUARY 23–24 The Disco Biscuits (Rock) Ogden Theatre

FEBRUARY 12 Los Lonely Boys (Rock) Boulder Theater

DECEMBER 7 Ozomatli, The Colorado Symphony (Urban, World) Boettcher Concert Hall

DECEMBER 28–29 & 31 The String Cheese Incident, Bootsy Collins (Folk, Funk) 1stBank Center

JANUARY 24 Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion (Folk, Rock) Daniels Hall

FEBRUARY 13–16 Ryan Hamilton (Comedy) Comedy Works (Larimer Square)

DECEMBER 8 Jews Do Dylan (Tribute) L2 Arts & Cultural Center

DECEMBER 31 Big Head Todd and the Monsters (Rock, Blues) Paramount Theatre

JANUARY 25 Mollie O’Brien and Rick Moore (Folk) Daniels Hall

DECEMBER 10 Chris Isaak (Christmas, Rock) Boulder Theater DECEMBER 11–14 Ryan Hamilton (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark) DECEMBER 11–14 Ryan Hamilton (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark) DECEMBER 11 Vienna Teng and Alex Wong (Pop) Soiled Dove DECEMBER 12–15 Juston McKinney (Comedy) Comedy Works (Larimer Square) DECEMBER 12–14 Bill Bellamy (Comedy) Improv DECEMBER 12 Junior Brown (Country, Rock) Soiled Dove DECEMBER 13 New Time Ensemble (Irish folk) Tuft Theatre DECEMBER 13 Rhett Miller (of Old 97’s) (Cow Punk) Soiled Dove DECEMBER 14 Turtle Island Quartet (Folk) Daniels Hall DECEMBER 18–22 Heath Hyche (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark) DECEMBER 19 Hazel Miller’s Band Jazzy Christmas (Soul, RNB) Soiled Dove

DECEMBER 31 Dueling Pianos (Comedy) Loonies Comedy Corner (Colorado Springs) DECEMBER 31 Nina Storey (Soul, Blues, Rock) Soiled Dove JANUARY 2–5 Christopher Titus (Comedy) Comedy Works (Larimer Square) JANUARY 3 Sons and Brothers (Bluegrass, Western) Daniels Hall JANUARY 3 Jacob Larson Band (Blues, Rock) Soiled Dove JANUARY 4 JD Souther (Folk, Country, Pop) Soiled Dove JANUARY 8–12 Matt Iseman (Comedy) Comedy Works JANUARY 9 Billy Shaddox and Kara Tauchman (Folk) Swallow Hill Music Cafe JANUARY 10–11 Adventure Club (DJ) Ogden Theatre JANUARY 11 Willy Porter (Rock, Folk) Soiled Dove JANUARY 15 Wanda Sykes (Comedy) Boulder Theatre JANUARY 16–19 Pete Correale (Comedy) Comedy Works (Larimer Square)

DECEMBER 20 Sawyer Brown (Country, Pop) Grizzly Rose

JANUARY 17 Jeff Brinkman (Folk) Chautauqua Community House

DECEMBER 21 The Railbenders (Rock) Bluebird Theater

JANUARY 17–18 Boombox (Rock) Boulder Theater

JANUARY 25 Diane Reeves, The Colorado Symphony (Jazz, Pop) Boettcher Concert Hall JANUARY 25 Dishwalla (Rock) Soiled Dove JANUARY 26 3 Doors Down Acoustic (Rock) Paramount Theatre JANUARY 28 The Fresh Beat Band (Kids) Paramount Theatre JANUARY 28–29 Trey Anastasio Band (Rock) Ogden Theatre JANUARY 30–FEBRUARY 1 Jo Koy (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark) JANUARY 31 Ralph Stanley (Bluegrass) Boulder Theatre FEBRUARY 1 Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players (Indie) Daniels Hall FEBRUARY 5 Lauren Kinhan (of New York Voices) (Jazz, Pop) Soiled Dove

FEBRUARY 13 Jacob Groopman and Melody Walker (Folk) Swallow Hill Music Cafe FEBRUARY 14 Zappa Plays Zappa (Rock) Ogden Theatre FEBRUARY 14 Dakota Blonde (Folk) Daniels Hall FEBRUARY 15 Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott (Folk) Oriental Theater FEBRUARY 15 FullSet (Celtic) Soiled Dove FEBRUARY 15 Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys (Folk) Tuft Theatre FEBRUARY 20 Walk Off the Earth (Rock) Ogden Theatre FEBRUARY 20 Far Off Coast (Folk) Swallow Hill Music Café FEBRUARY 20 Leo Kot e (Folk, Blues) Boulder Theater FEBRUARY 21–22 Rob Schneider (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark) FEBRUARY 25 Skinny Puppy (Rock) Ogden Theatre

FEBRUARY 6 Dick Weissman (Folk, Banjo) Swallow Hill Music Café

FEBRUARY 25 Noah Gundersen (Folk) Soiled Dove

FEBRUARY 6–9 Rob Marley (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark)

FEBRUARY 28 Clay Kirkland’s Beat the Reaper VIII (Blues) Daniels Hall

FEBRUARY 7 Yesterday: The Beatles Tribute (Classic rock) Soiled Dove

FEBRUARY 28 Young Ancients (Folk) Tuft Theatre

FEBRUARY 8 North Mississippi All Stars (Rock, Blues) Gothic Theatre

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DINING

BAROLO GRILL

THE CAPITAL GRILLE

This Denver favorite features a seasonal menu showcasing authentic northern Italian dishes with locally sourced ingredients. The spectacular wine cellar at this award-winning eatery includes a large collection of Barolo wines.

Be wined, dined and dazzled by relaxed elegance and exceptional cuisine. With an intimate dining room and sophisticated bar, this is the perfect setting for lively afternoons and relaxed evenings. Enjoy a renowned dry-aged steak and one of 5,000 wines from the award-winning wine list.

3030 E. 6th Ave. 303.393.1040 barologrilldenver.com

BITTERSWEET This award-winning restaurant offers artisanal cuisine steeped in old-world traditions. From handmade breads, tempting pastas and creative desserts, to produce grown in on-site gardens, every aspect of its dining experience blends authentic flavors with local ingredients. 500 E. Alameda Ave. 303.942.0320 bittersweetdenver.com

BUCKHORN EXCHANGE Founded in 1893, Buckhorn Exchange boasts a colorful history reflected in its food and décor. Take in the Old West artifacts while enjoying some of Denver’s best beef steak, or get adventurous with some wild game, like elk, yak or ostrich steaks. 1000 Osage St. 303.534.9505 buckhorn.com

1553 Platte St., No. 120 303.477.1447 coltandgray.com

1450 Larimer St. 303.539.2500 thecapitalgrille.com

CHART HOUSE Exquisite cuisine and a spectacular view of the Denver area top the list at this longstanding local favorite. Located just half an hour from downtown Denver, it features an impressive selection of mouthwatering entrées, wines, cocktails and decadent desserts. 25908 Genesee Trail Rd. Golden, CO 80401 303.526.9813 chart-house.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

Buckhorn Exchange

a neighborhood restaurant that prides itself on superior food and service.

Colt & Gray

COOL RIVER CAFÉ With a warm, casually elegant ambiance, Cool River Café offers a dining experience that caters to all the senses. Savor American classics including sizzling steaks and tasty seafood recipes while enjoying happy hour and martini specials. Visit Cool River for lunch, dinner, cocktails or brunch. 8000 E. Belleview Ave., Ste. C10 Greenwood Village, CO 80111 303.771.4117 coolrivercafe.com

DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAK HOUSE Taking traditional cues from its Western roots, this classic steakhouse features an intimate atmosphere and the finest in chef-driven cuisine. Enjoy the prime steaks, seafood, veal, lamb and lobster tails. Make sure to sample the exceptional wine cellar and premium cigars. 8100 E. Orchard Rd. Greenwood Village, CO 80111 303.796.0100 delfriscos.com

DENVER CHOPHOUSE & BREWERY Located downtown in the historic Union Pacific Building adjacent to Coors Field, this venerable restaurant is perfect for all occasions. It features an extensive wine collection, handcrafted beers brewed on-site, plus a weekend brunch happy hour and a celebrated menu. 1735 19th St. 303.296.0800 denverchophouse.com

COOHILLS 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 for a spirited drink.

Enjoy everything from juicy burgers and beer to delectable lobster dishes complemented by vintage wines at this cozy 1400 Wewatta St. 303.623.5700 local pub. The classic setting is augmented by the affordability of coohills.com

Duo

DUO RESTAURANT 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: D E N V E R H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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A restaurant inspired but the street foods of Asia, serving Thai, Chinese, Japanese, malaysian and Vietnamese favorites. Located in the heart of the DTC area at the a restaurant inspired by the street foods of asia, serving thai, chinese, japanese, malaysian and vietnamese favorites shops of the Vallag located in the heart of the dtc in the shops at the vallagio east of dry creek & I-25 open daily lunch m-f 11am-3pm dinner 3pm-10pm daily happy hour 3pm-6pm 1/2 price wine monday night check out our cooking classes the 2nd saturday of every month

“a godsend for diners in the denver tech center… a worthwhile destination for the rest of us” -denver post “chef mary nguyen has created a winner with street kitchen asian bistro” -5280 www.streetkitchenasianbistro.com

10111 inverness main street englewood 80112

303.799.9800


EATERY • BAKERY • MARKET INSPIRED BY THE MARKETS AND CAFÉS THAT DOT THE EUROPEAN COUNTRYSIDE, OLIVE & FINCH DRAWS ON THE TRADITION OF LOCAL, HANDCRAFTED, FRESH FOOD PREPARED DAILY.

OPEN DAILY 7AM - 10PM

At Olive & Finch you’ll find a marketplace and café serving organic chef-prepared cuisine that’s fast and convenient. Fresh baked pastries, a full coffee bar, fresh-pressed juices, artisan sandwiches, hearty soups, tasty salads and a variety of prepared foods in our marketplace are available to-go for those folks that keep a busy life. We are committed to making our food from scratch using organic & locally grown produce, & all natural, sustainable meats & dairy whenever possible.

WE AIM TO INSPIRE YOUR TASTE BUDS, CONVENIENTLY PROVIDE YOU WITH A WHOLESOME MEAL, SPARK YOUR MORNING AND EASE YOU INTO YOUR EVENING! “Denver’s Most Anticipated Fall Restaurant Openings”

303•832•8663 ONE MILE EAST OF DOWNTOWN LOCATED ON RESTAURANT ROW CORNER OF 17TH AVE. & FRANKLIN ST.

1552 E. 17TH AVE. • DENVER, CO 80218

parallel seventeen

contemporary french-vietnamese bistro

one mile east of downtown located on restaurant row corner of 17th ave & franklin st open for bottomless brunch: 11am-3pm m-f 9am-3pm sat & sun dinner: 3pm-10pm sun-thurs 3pm-11pm fri & sat daily happy hour 3pm-6pm

“parallel seventeen slips effortlessly between culinary traditions and time periods”

1/2 price wine night on tuesdays

- westword

“using authentic ingredients and techniques, nguyen clarifies vietnamese flavors without losing integrity of the dish”

- 5280

“stopped in mid-chew and uttered a heartfelt ‘wow...’ don’t miss oxtail pho and ginger and coconut encrusted calamari”

- denver post

www.parallelseventeen.com

1600 east 17th ave, denver, 80218

303.399.0988


DINING 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

EDGE RESTAURANT This steakhouse at the Four Seasons brings Colorado’s best local ingredients to the heart of downtown Denver. Enjoy a sleek dining room experience with wood-grilled steak or sample the juicy Kobe sliders at the bar.

club-goers and Denver Center for the Performing Arts patrons. 1317 14th St. 303.595.4255 euclidhall.com

FLAGSTAFF HOUSE RESTAURANT This 1929 cabin built into a mountainside at 6,000 feet offers breathtaking views of Boulder and surrounding wildlife. The family-owned restaurant is an excellent dining experience featuring a 12,000-bottle wine cellar, exquisite French-American cuisine and impeccable service. 1138 Flagstaff Rd. Boulder, CO 80302 303.442.4640 flagstaffhouse.com

1111 14th St. 303.389.3343 edgerestaurantdenver.com

ELWAY’S With two locations, this is the ideal setting for any occasion. The menu boasts USDA hand-cut prime steaks, finfish, crustaceans and fresh seasonal dishes. Come for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner and enjoy an outstanding meal that is uniquely Colorado. ELWAY’S CHERRY CREEK 2500 E. 1st Ave., Unit 101 303.399.5353 ELWAY’S DOWNTOWN 1881 Curtis St. 303.312.3107 elways.com

Flagstaff House Restaurant

FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR Enjoy this exceptional dining experience, featuring the finest prime beef and 100 wines served by the glass. After work, golf or shopping, stop in for superior steaks, innovative recipes and attentive service. Open for dinner seven days a week. 191 W. Inverness Dr. Englewood, CO 80112 303.768.0827 flemingssteakhouse.com

THE FORT

Euclid Hall

EUCLID HALL BAR & KITCHEN 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 48

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Sample a tantalizing selection of old and new cuisine from the early West, including beef, buffalo, wild game and seafood at this awardwinning restaurant. Featured in Bon Appétit, The Fort reportedly sells more buffalo steaks than any other independently owned restaurant in the country. 19192 Colorado 8 Morrison, CO 80465 303.697.4771 thefort.com

FRASCA

IVY AT THE GLENN

Named after friendly, informal gathering places in the FriuliVenezia-Giulia region of northeast Italy, Frasca features exquisitely prepared fare and a comprehensive wine list boasting more than 200 varieties. Warm, welcoming and unpretentious, it is the perfect destination for impromptu gatherings, casual dinners and special occasions.

This is south metro Denver’s newest premier restaurant. It features a new concept, developed by the founder of Footer’s Restaurant and Baur’s Ristorante, and combines classic comfort food with a warm, inviting ambiance.

1738 Pearl St. Boulder, CO 80302 303.442.6966 frascafoodandwine.com

6955 S. York St. Centennial, CO 80122 303.730.7200 ivyattheglenn.com

FRUITION 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 to a new level. 1313 E. 6th Ave. 303.831.1962 fruitionrestaurant.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.

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IZAKAYA DEN A popular Japanese gastropub with global cuisine, their tapas-style menu features traditional Japanese plates and dishes inventively infused with international flavor. The creative spin on sushi offers delicious rolls and refreshing cocktails in an understated, upscale ambiance. 1518 S. Pearl St. 303.777.0691 izakayaden.net

2780 E. 2nd Ave. 303.322.9554 hapasushi.com

II POSTO Glance into the open-air kitchen as Milanese chef and owner Andrea Frizzi prepares dishes inspired from northern Italian Izakaya Den recipes at Il Posto. The resident sommelier selects the perfect wine for any meal. And the everTHE KITCHEN changing menu features local organic produce and meats, along Enjoy the spirit of the family kitchen in this neighborhood with fresh seafood flown in daily. restaurant. This spot serves 2011 E. 17th Ave. exceptional contemporary 303.394.0100 ilpostodenver.com


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DINING American cuisine with local, organic ingredients and is deeply committed to eco-friendly practices and the community. BOULDER 1039 Pearl St. Boulder, CO 80302 303.544.5973 DENVER 1530 16th St. 303.623.3127 thekitchencommunity.com

McCORMICK’S FISH HOUSE & BAR wine selection, housecrafted Demonstrating culinary excellence, McCormick’s menu features seafood from the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Products are sourced from local ranches, farms and wineries to showcase regionally inspired dishes. Stop by and enjoy awardwinning happy hour specials. 1659 Wazee St. 303.825.1107 mccormickandschmicks.com

MIZUNA One of the top-rated restaurants in the country, Mizuna gives its chefs a wide creative berth when it comes to the monthly changing menu. Sample new versions of old recipes, unique food combinations and a stellar wine list for lunch and dinner. 225 E. 7th Ave. 303.832.4778 mizunadenver.com

MORTON’S STEAK HOUSE

Linger

LINGER The vibrant international cuisine at Linger reflects a broad farmto-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. 2020 W. 30th Ave. 303.993.3120 lingerdenver.com

LUCA D’ITALIA 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 lucadenver.com

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meats and cheeses and rustic elegance, this restaurant is classic osteria. This playful little brother of the high-end Luca d’Italia continues the tradition of quality and impeccable service. 1453 Larimer St. 303.534.5855 osteriamarco.com

PALACE ARMS Located in the Brown Palace Hotel, this award-winning restaurant blends contemporary American cuisine with an exceptional wine selection. Signature items include a tableside Caesar salad, seared Colorado bison steak and other creative, contemporary and traditional dishes. 321 17th St. 303.297.3111 brownpalace.com/dining/palace-arms

THE PALM RESTAURANT

seafood and bold New Orleans flavors. Even Louisiana natives consider this one of the best places to get Cajun cuisine away from home. With friendly service and a lively atmosphere, the only thing more authentic than the dishes is the Southern hospitality. 7520 E. Progress Ave. Greenwood Village, CO 80111 303.740.9449 pappadeaux.com

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

PARALLEL SEVENTEEN Name for the parallel that divides north from south Vietnam, this hip, bustling bistro boasts culinary surprises on a daily basis. From award-winning Benedicts at brunch to Chinese sausagestuffed quail, the food here will amaze the foodie in you.

This popular steakhouse serves the finest quality beef, fresh seafood, handpicked produce, delicious appetizers and elegant desserts. Adjacent to many of Denver’s top venues, it is the perfect destination for an exceptional dining experience or bar bites before the big game.

This fashionable restaurant maintains the same standards the original Palm set so many years ago. It features honest, satisfying dishes that reflect an American heritage, from steaks and lobsters to a variety of Italian classics. The 1600 E. 17th St. 303.399.0988 signature cocktails and awardwinning wine list complement the parallelseventeen.com menu perfectly.

1710 Wynkoop St. 303.825.3353 mortons.com/denver

1672 Lawrence St. 303.825.7256 thepalm.com/denver

OCEAN PRIME

PANZANO

With a passion for delivering an extraordinary experience to each guest, this restaurant serves the highest-quality steak and seafood, handcrafted cocktails and award-winning wines. Executive chef teams traveled, tasted and compared notes to refine a menu that surpasses expectations. 1465 Larimer St. 303.825.3663 oceanprimedenver.com

OSTERIA MARCO With classic hand-tossed Italian pizza, an extensive and accessible

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

PAPPADEAUX SEAFOOD KITCHEN This restaurant is all about fresh

POTAGER

Patrons partake in the excitement of vegetables fresh from the earth, fruit right off the branch and fish straight from the sea. Cuisine is determined largely by the availability of ingredients that meet Potager’s high standards of quality and eco-friendliness. 1109 Ogden Ave. 303.832.5788 potagerrestaurant.com

RACINE’S This has been one of the area’s favorite dining spots for everything from breakfast to late night since opening in 1983. Serving a tried-and-true mix of award-winning American and Mexican cuisine, Racine’s is also


gluten-free. It is located between the Cherry Creek area and downtown Denver. 650 Sherman St. 303.595.0418 racinesrestaurant.com

takes on classic American dishes, expertly prepared. Enjoy affordable fare in Old Hollywood–style at a restaurant featuring a heated patio and two happy hours.

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.

RESTAURANT KEVIN TAYLOR AT THE HOTEL TEATRO

934 16th St. 303.893.2233 rialtocafe.com

1431 Larimer St. 303.820.2282 riojadenver.com

Using only the freshest ingredients, this top-rated bistro creates elegant dishes of substance, fusing French, American Southwest and Asian Rim cuisine. Sample from among 900 wines and enjoy an evening at what Zagat called one of America’s Top 25 Hotel Restaurants in 2011.

SHANAHAN’S Former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan’s famed Lombardi trophies are proudly displayed at Shanahan’s, but the exceptional menu of primeaged steaks, fresh seafood and signature cocktails is the real attraction.

1106 14th St. 303.820.2600 ktrg.net

Rialto Café

RIALTO CAFÉ

Featuring a menu inspired by Mediterranean food and influenced by local ingredients, Rioja offers pure food and bright

Taking its name from an old movie theater, Rialto Café offers diners a variety of contemporary

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DINING cooking from executive chef John Broening and desserts from pastry chef Yasmin LozadaHissom. The menu features fresh ingredients from local farms, sustainably raised seafood, locally sourced meats and housemade pastas and breads. 2639 W. 32nd Ave. 303.433.0949 spuntinodenver.com

5085 S. Syracuse St. 303.770.7300 shanahanssteakhouse.com

SPUNTINO Located in the bustling Highlands area, Spuntino serves seasonal Italian-inspired

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DINING SUSHI DEN Regarded as one of the premier 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. 1487 S. Pearl St. 303.777.0826 sushiden.net

Sushi Den

TABLE 6 This classic bistro offers a warm and inviting atmosphere. Chef Scott Parker prepares succulent dishes delivered with elegant style and grace. His nightly fare is complemented by a dynamic wine list created by owner and sommelier Aaron Forman. 609 Corona St. 303.831.8800 table6denver.com

TABLES 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

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TRAPPER’S With a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies and the Denver skyline, enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at a local favorite. Owned by fourth-generation cattle ranchers, Trapper’s features the finest steaks around. Locals and visitors visit for all occasions, from romantic dates to business dinners. 19308 Cottonwood Dr. Parker, CO 80138 303.248.2132 trapperschophouse.com

TRINITY GRILLE Relax in this retreat tailor-made for the business traveler in downtown Denver. Located across

from the Brown Palace Hotel, the Grille is a local institution with a warm, inviting atmosphere. It offers a variety of appetizers, soups and salads and a full menu of fresh seafood, succulent steaks and sandwiches. 1801 Broadway 303.293.3228 trinitygrille.com

TWELVE RESTAURANT With a new menu each month, this inviting, intimate haven of culinary excellence specializes in creative modern American fare. Open for dinner only, it’s the perfect place for relaxation and deliciously crafted fare after a long business day or for celebrating a romantic occasion. 2233 Larimer St. 303.293.0287 twelverestaurant.com


VENICE RISTORANTE Enjoy a five-star Venetian dining experience at the three Venice ristorantes (including Venice DTC and Chianti DTC) with the highest of culinary expertise. Enjoy a monthly wine dinners, private dining for an event, catering services or a delectable five-course meal. You’ll be amazed by the impeccable service and exquisite authentic Italian cuisine. 1700 Wynkoop St. 303.534.2222 veniceristorante.com

VESTA DIPPING GRILL Named for the goddess of the hearth, Vesta features chef Matt Selby’s world-grill cuisine in the form of more than 30 housemade dipping sauces, chutneys, salsas, mojos and aiolis, as well as a seasonally changing menu. This award-winning restaurant boasts a sensual ambiance, placing it at the top of Denver foodies’ lists. 1822 Blake St. 303.296.1970 vestagrill.com

WILLIE G’S SEAFOOD & STEAKS An upscale seafood and steak restaurant with a loyal following, this downtown hotspot enjoys a national reputation. Enjoy lunch, dinner or fabulous happy hour specials in a comfortably chic atmosphere. 1585 Lawrence St. 303.575.9000 williegs.com

DINING YA YA’S Treat your taste buds to a tour of Europe without the expensive airfare. This lovely bistro caters to the casual diner, with room for business meetings and special occasions. The menu changes daily to ensure the freshest and best quality seafood, steaks, chops and other exquisite entrées. 8310 E. Belleview Ave. Greenwood Village, CO 80111 303.741.1110 yayasbistro.com

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Z CUISINE BISTROT The authentic Parisian eatery is located just minutes from LoDo. It offers a daily blackboard menu featuring genuine French fare made with the best local, organic ingredients. For the full French experience, visit the authentic, on-site absinthe bar. 2239 W. 30th Ave. 303.477.1111 zcuisineonline.com

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beautiful suburb of Lakewood, Belmar is a trendy escape from the busy city.

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 mile-long Mall seven days a week.

408 S. Teller St. Lakewood, CO 80226 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 just five minutes from downtown where you will find fashion, jewelry and home furnishings, spas, salons, art galleries and restaurants.

Entire length of 16th Street 303.534.6161 downtowndenver.com

Cherry Creek Shopping Center

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, Forever 21 and H&M.

East 1st & East 2nd Streets btwn. University Boulevard & Steel Street 303.394.2904 cherrycreeknorth.com

500 16th St. 303.260.6000 denverpavilions.com

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Located in Littleton, this petfriendly, 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. 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr. Littleton, CO 80120 303.794.0640 shopaspengrove.com

BELMAR One of the newest destinations for shopping, dining and events, Belmar is reaching new heights in the Denver scene. Located in the

One West Flatiron Crossing Broomfield, CO 80021 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 Night Art Tours every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with complimentary shuttle service. Bordered by Lincoln Street, Colfax Avenue & Speer Boulevard 720.253.2774 goldentriangleofdenver.com

16th Street Mall

ASPEN GROVE

Set on a rise between Boulder and Denver, Flatiron Crossing invites you to 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, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Papyrus, LOFT and many more.

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Cherry Creek North

CHERRY CREEK SHOPPING CENTER The Rocky Mountain region’s premier shopping environment features over 160 shops such as Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren. Other favorites include Nordstrom, Macy’s, Apple and Coach, plus popular dining hotspots like Elway’s and Kona Grill. 3000 E. 1st Ave. 303.388.3900 shopcherrycreek.com

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DOWNTOWN LODO Nestled between Coors Field and the Pepsi Center, LoDo is Denver’s prime destination for fun and trendy shops. The eclectic stores and hip, vibrant historic district offer everything from antiques and ranchwear to fine jewelry and eyewear. 1616 17th St. 303.628.5428 lodo.org

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

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SHOPPING 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 Street btwn. Santa Fe Drive & South Rio Grande Littleton, CO 80120 303.795.5006 downtownlittleton.com

LARIMER SQUARE 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.

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. Arvada, CO 80002 303.420.6100 oldetownarvada.org

PARK MEADOWS As Colorado’s only retail resort, Park Meadows features fashionable stores and delectable dining choices, along with entertainment and events. With over 165 retailers and 14 fullservice restaurants, shoppers experience the classic Colorado lifestyle while enjoying the beautiful resort setting.

Larimer Street btwn. 14th & 15th Streets 303.534.2367 larimersquare.com

1059 S. Gaylord St. 303.733.2670 southgaylordstreet.com

OLD SOUTH PEARL STREET 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 S. Pearl St. 303.892.1112 southpearlstreet.com

OLDE TOWN ARVADA With more than 150 unique shops, Olde Town Arvada has

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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

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.

SOUTHLANDS

Park Meadows

8401 Park Meadows Center Dr. Lone Tree, CO 80124 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 the street performers.

SOUTHWEST PLAZA Conveniently located in southwest metro Denver, Southwest Plaza features popular retailers and restaurants such as Forever 21, BC Surf and Sport, Express, Victoria’s Secret, Target, four department stores including a Dillard’s flagship store, Panera Bread, Tokyo Joe’s, Chili’s and other shopper favorites. 8501 W. Bowles Ave. Littleton, CO 80123 303.973.7062 southwestplaza.com

STREETS AT SOUTHGLENN

South University Boulevard & E. Arapahoe Road Centennial, CO 80122 303.539.7141 shopsouthglenn.com

OLD SOUTH GAYLORD STREET 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, galleries and restaurants, as well as professional services and talented regional craftsmen.

THE SHOPS AT NORTHFIELD STAPLETON

An outdoor lifestyle center with a community plaza and four blocks of retail shops, restaurants and entertainment options, Southlands offerings include a movie theater, Barnes & Noble, Eddie Bauer, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, The Gap, Charming Charlie, McCabe’s Irish Bistro and Pub, Sports Authority and more. 6155 Main St. Aurora, CO 80016 303.627.5000 shopsouthlands.com

Btwn. the 1100 & 1400 blocks of Pearl Street Boulder, CO 80302 303.892.1112 boulderdowntown.com Southwest Plaza

TWENTY-NINTH STREET Twenty-Ninth Street is the premier mixed-use outdoor shopping center in Boulder. It features local and national eateries and shops, including Anthropologie, Apple, Arthaus Furniture, lululemon athletica, Sephora, California Pizza Kitchen and Nordstrom Rack. 1710 29th St. Boulder, CO 80301 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. With fabulous restaurants and the nationally renowned Landmark Theater, the Village Shops is a delight for all the senses. Quebec Street btwn. Belleview & Orchard Greenwood Village, CO 80111 303.892.1112 visitthelandmark.com/shops.htm


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ARTS VENUES ART DISTRICT ON SANTA FE

from light summer shows to performances by celebrated musicians.

Home to many artists and studios, 1000 14th St., No. 15 303.623.7876 this arts district has become a coloradosymphony.org 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 can house theatrical shows, musical performances and local and touring art exhibitions. 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, CO 80003 720.898.7200 arvadacenter.org

The Colorado Symphony

DENVER CENTER ATTRACTIONS Denver Center 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.org

DENVER THEATRE DISTRICT

Colorado Ballet

COLORADO BALLET

The Denver Theatre District features a high-tech mix of public performances, art and signage. Located along the 14th Street corridor, it’s less a district and more a giant outdoor art gallery right in the heart of downtown Denver.

511 16th St., Ste. 200 A treat for classical and modern denvertheatredistrict.com dance enthusiasts, the Colorado Ballet consists of 30 members from all over the world presenting THE GREAT OUTDOORS a variety of exciting performances. 1278 Lincoln St. 303.837.8888 coloradoballet.org

THE COLORADO SYMPHONY Performing traditional, modern and classical works, the Colorado Symphony offers year-round concerts featuring everything

CHAUTAUQUA PARK The Chautauqua movement of the early 1900s promoted simplicity, learning and art appreciation. That spirit lives on in this haven for cultural enrichment. Rental cottages are available at this park, one of 20 National Historic Landmarks in Colorado. 900 Baseline Rd. Boulder, CO 80302 303.442.3282 chautauqua.com

CHERRY CREEK RESERVOIR Seasoned outdoor enthusiasts and weekend warriors alike flock here. Located just outside of Denver, it boasts exceptional fishing and water recreation. Visit the surrounding state parks to enjoy outdoor pursuits all year. 4201 S. Parker Rd. Aurora, CO 80014 303.866.3437

COLORADO STATE PARKS Colorado is home to 42 breathtaking state parks, giving visitors a variety of opportunities to experience the beauty of nature. Park activities such as hiking, camping, backpacking, snowboarding and more may be enjoyed seasonally.

Denver Botanic Gardens presents a wide range of grounds and stunning collections from all corners of the world. The gardens host a popular summer concert series, water-lily competitions, tea gardens and many more attractions. YORK STREET & MORDECAI CHILDREN’S GARDEN 1007 York St. 720.865.3500 CHATFIELD 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd. Littleton, CO 80128 720.865.4336 MOUNT GOLIATH Mount Evans Scenic Byway Bailey, CO 80421 720.865.3585 botanicgardens.org

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, dining al fresco and sightseeing. 303.987.7800 denvermountainparks.wordpress.com

DENVER ZOO

1313 Sherman St. 303.866.3437 parks.state.co.us

THE BUTTERFLY PAVILION

This treasure features a visually thrilling rainforest filled 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

Denver Zoo

Denver Botanic Gardens

DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS As one of the top-ranked facilities in the United States,

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ATTRACTIONS for the senses. Discover nearly 3,500 different animals living on 80 acres within Denver’s historic City Park. 2300 Steele St. 303.376.4800 denverzoo.org

DOWNTOWN AQUARIUM 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 and more. 2414 Regent Dr. Boulder, CO 80305 303.492.5002 fiske.colorado.edu

FLATIRONS VISTA TRAILHEAD Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, trail running and picnicking on the Trailhead’s 2-mile or 3-mile loop through the Ponderosa pines and meadows along the Flatirons.

WASHINGTON PARK At more than 100 years old, the area known to locals as Wash Park is one of the largest parks in Denver. Located in the south central part of town, it features flower gardens, a 2.6-mile jogging trail, two lakes, a bowling green, tennis courts and more. South Downing Street & East Louisiana Avenue 303.698.4692 washpark.com

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. 2001 Colorado Blvd. 303.370.6000 dmns.org

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 leaning environment to explore and discover. 2121 Children’s Museum Dr. 303.433.7444 mychildrensmuseum.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 lovers of culture and art.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

KIRKLAND MUSEUM OF FINE & CONTEMPORARY ART With painting, sculpture, furniture, ceramics and an eclectic hodgepodge of classic works from the past 100 years, this one-of-a-kind facility features some of the best-known designers of our time. 1311 Pearl St. 303.832.8576 kirklandmuseum.org

Kirkland Museum

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ARSENAL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

LITTLETON MUSEUM

This area supports more than 330 species of wildlife on a 15,000-acre expanse of shortgrass prairie. Reconnect with nature at one of the finest conservation success stories in history.

The city’s museum offers a glimpse into the history, art and culture of a town that dates back to the 1850s Gold Rush era. The museum features two farms, a small lake, a collections center and main exhibition area.

6550 Gateway Rd. Commerce City, CO 80022 303.289.0232 fws.gov/rockymountainarsenal

6028 S. Gallup St. Littleton, CO 80120 303.795.3950 littletongov.org/museum

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A series of exhibits and programs describes the Jewish experience, ceremonies and festivals at the Mizel. With fine art, film, literature and drama fueled by interactive experiences, celebrate and honor diversity. 400 S. Kearney St. 303.647.6522 mizelmuseum.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. The beautifully preserved museum offers a unique window into the inspirational life of an American hero. 1340 Pennsylvania St. 303.832.4092 mollybrown.org

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. 1485 Delgany St. 303.298.7554 mcadenver.org

WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES ART & SPACE MUSEUM

100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy. 720.865.5000 denverartmuseum.org

3663 State Hwy. 93 Boulder, CO 80302 303.441.3440 protrails.com/trails

MIZEL MUSEUM

Located on the former grounds of Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado’s Art and Space Museum offers a trip inside the state’s rich aeronautics history from distinctive aircraft nose art to stirring exhibits. 7711 E. Academy Blvd. 303.360.5360 wingsmuseum.org

OTHER VENUES COLORADO CAPITOL Beaming through the Denver skyline is the gold-plated dome of the capitol building. Opened in 1894, it stands as a living


ATTRACTIONS 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. 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

DENVER COLISEUM For 60 years, the Coliseum has hosted such events as the National Western Stock Show, concerts, ice skating and auto and trade shows.

popular concert venue featuring appearances by megastars like Madonna and Bruce Springsteen. 1000 Chopper Cir. 303.405.1111 pepsicenter.com

4600 Humboldt St. 720.865.2475 denvercoliseum.com

2000 Elitch Cir. 303.595.4386 elitchgardens.com

PEPSI CENTER Known locally as the The Can, this modern sports arena is home to the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and the Colorado Mammoth. It’s also a

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 Streets Golden, CO 80401 303.277.2337 millercoors.com

ELITCH GARDENS America’s only downtown themeand water-park has operated for more than 120 years. Elitch is continuously expanding, making this a go-to destination for locals and out-of-town visitors.

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The Pepsi Center

SPORTS AUTHORITY FIELD AT MILE HIGH There is no shortage of Bronco fans in Denver, especially not in the team’s legendary stadium. This is hallowed NFL ground where John Elway once ruled. 1701 Bryant St. 720.258.3000 sportsauthorityfieldatmilehigh.com

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OUR PARTING SHOT

Comeback Kid The Historic Elitch Theatre Gets New Life BY CAROLYN BARTELS

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hen people visiting or new to Denver hear the name Elitch, they envision the colorful rides that light up the northwest corner of downtown Denver; a Six Flags– type amusement park — and a far cry from Denver’s original Elitch Zoological Gardens and Amusement Park. Just a nice bike ride from downtown Denver stands the Historic Elitch Theatre, the original Elitch Gardens’ most prominent remaining landmark. It seemed as though the sands of time had run out for this national treasure. But the hourglass turned over once again when the Historic Elitch Theatre Project began work on restoring and reopening one of the oldest and most revered repertory theaters in the United States. In 1890, John and Mary Elitch worked for decades to see a

labor of love come to fruition as they sought to bring culture and family-friendly enrichment to the young city of Denver. It all began with wild animals brought in via a connection with the San Francisco Zoological Gardens and the Barnum & Bailey Circus staff. The year was 1890 when Denver’s then-mayor, Wolfe Londoner, unlocked the doors to this phenomenal venue. Flora burst the seams of the property, which boasted amusement rides, picnic areas and even a small lake. A vaudeville act debuted on the Elitch Theatre stage with political dignitaries, local journalists and even Phineas Barnum and his famous littleperson couple, General and Mrs. Tom Thumb in attendance. Growing just as rapidly as the park itself was the reputation of the repertory theatre. The

Elitch Theatre ran summer stock seasons from 1890 until 1987, boasting an alumni roster that reads like the Who’s Who of actors and directors, from Sarah Bernhardt, Mary Pickford and Antoinette Perry (for whom Broadway’s Tony Award is named) to Grace Kelly, Barbara Bel Geddes, Anne Kimbell, and Julie Harris; from Edgar G. Robinson and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. to Frederic March, Richard Kiley and Judd Hirsch; they even had a director by the name of Cecil B. DeMille. You may have heard of him. Over 100 years after it opened, the historic Elitch theater has fallen into a state of disrepair — it needs major renovations, which are under way. They say every theater worth its weight has a least one ghost for a tenant. The Historic Elitch Theatre has Greek choruses of ghosts; benevolent

shadows of the stars who have come and gone from this crown jewel of theaters. Well wishes and good intentions are not what is bringing this theater back to life. The success of this project is due to the hard work, long hours and the creative genius of donors, volunteers and the board of directors of the Historic Elitch Theatre Project. The theater community is buzzing with plans for a soft opening this coming summer: one-act plays, one-person performances. But the job is not complete. The privately funded nonprofit foundation still needs help. For more information on being a supporter, please visit historicelitchtheatre.org

A freelance writer for over 30 years, Carolyn Bartels primarily covers arts and entertainment. If you have a special Denver experience or story to share, we would be pleased to read it and consider it for publication. Email your story to us at ellen@denverhotelmagazine.com. 64

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