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FEATURES

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contents 11 LOVELAND – WHERE THE LOCALS GO Close to Denver, Loveland Ski Area is a great place for some great skiing minus the hassle of those bigger areas to the west. BY DAVE GRIMSLAND

24 COLORADO COOL Rocky Mountain Resorts offer much more than rooms with a view. Here we present a glimpse into some of Colorado’s world-class ski resorts. BY ANGELA YOUNGMAN

36 GUS KENWORTHY X Games freeskier shines as Telluride’s hometown hero. BY ELLEN GRAY

40 HOSPITALITY PLUS Tableside Manner at Jill’s Restaurant in the St Julien Hotel & Spa BY MONICA PARPAL STOCKBRIDGE

44 CHECKING IN Wow factor aplenty in the new Westin at the Denver International Airport. BY CLAUDIA CARBONE

52 LOS CABOS IS BACK Like a phoenix, the tip of the Baja Peninsula has emerged from Hurricane Odile renewed, revitalized and ready to rock! BY ANGELA YOUNGMAN

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An insider’s view of all things Colorado – from real estate to the arts, outdoor adventure to shopping – Colorado has it going on!

22 BEAUTIFUL BOULDER Boulder, Colorado is a great go-to destination for anyone looking for great scenery, shopping, dining, nightlife and fun. And by the way, the hiking is first-class!

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58 THE SCENE In Colorado, we’ve got events to suit everyone’s style. Check our calendar for the best of the state’s culture and entertainment during your stay.

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68 DINING Whether you want a quick bite or a savory sit-down meal, Denver and Colorado offer plenty of places from which to choose. Take a glance at our guide before heading out on your next culinary excursion.

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Our guide to some of Colorado’s great steakhouses.

76 SHOPPING From trendy boutiques and high-end malls to hip vintage stores and more, we know the smart spots to shop in our beautiful state.

What will make your visit memorable? Allow us to recommend what to do and where to go for fun and adventure in Denver and around Colorado.

80 OUR PARTING SHOT The Cherry Creek Shopping Center has it all, and the gorgeous new RH Denver store sets the standard for the “IT” shopping destination.

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

ISSUE 11: WINTER 2016

Happy New Year and welcome travelers to Denver and Colorado. The snow is piling up and ski resorts are thrilled to report that the season is off to a stellar start! In Denver, the sun shines even on the snowiest of days, and there’s nothing greater than a brisk walk among snowcapped trees. With some great new hotels either opening or looming on the horizon, it’s never been more fun to book a stay in our beautiful state. Whether you prefer upscale chains or independent boutique hotels, your visit to Denver and Colorado is guaranteed to be both memorable and fun. The scenery is breathtaking, the shopping world-class, and the restaurant scene rivals any major city. And of course, Colorado’s mountain resorts are unparalleled, offering all the amenities you’d expect from

luxury properties, and located right in the heart of some of the best skiing in the world. So use Denver/Colorado Hotel Magazine as your go-to guide for all the best places to go during your stay. On another note, I want to introduce readers to Dave Grimsland, our new director of sales and marketing. Dave is passionate about Colorado, and brings a great perspective as someone who has worked in Denver and Boulder, and loves to travel throughout our state. Happy travels!

Ellen Gray, Publisher, Denver Hotel Magazine

Dear Colorado Enthusiasts! I am super excited to have joined the team here at Denver/ Colorado Hotel Magazine. I’ve lived in Colorado for nearly 30 years and I look forward to sharing my experiences and travels -with all of you. Whether you are visiting from out of state or traveling within the state, we hope you will find the pages of Denver/Colorado Hotel Magazine helpful in discovering all of the unique gems this great state has to offer. As someone who has worked in the publishing industry for over 25 years, I understand the importance of putting our readers first and providing useful content that exceeds their needs and offers unique insights that cannot be found anywhere else.

If you have an interesting 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.

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We are redoubling our efforts to make this magazine as useful as possible. We’ve added 75 new distribution locations throughout Colorado, including all concourses at Denver International Airport. We are everywhere travelers go, and if you can’t find us, just ask. We look forward to continued growth and the pleasure of being the definitive guide to Denver & Colorado!

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Thank you to: The Antlers at Vail Arrabelle Hotel, Vail The Art Hotel Bear Paw Lodge, Bachelor Gulch The Brown Palace Hotel Capitol Hill Mansion Castle Marne Centennial Lodge, Beaver Creek The Charter, Beaver Creek Christiana Lodge, Vail Christy Lodge, Avon Creekside, Beaver Creek Courtyard by Marriott Denver Crowne Plaza Denver The Curtis Hotel Doubletree by Hilton Elkhorn Lodge, Beaver Creek Embassy Suites Denver Downtown Embassy Suites Southeast Evergreen Lodge, Vail Fallridge Condos, Vail The Four Seasons Denver The Galatyn Lodge Vail Gasthof Gramshammer Hotel, Vail The Golden Hotel Grand Hyatt Denver Grand Timber Lodge, Breckenridge Hilton Garden Inn

Horizon Pass Peakview Lodge, Bachelor Gulch Hotel Colorado Hotel Teatro Hotel Telluride Hummingbird Lodge, Bachelor Gulch Hyatt Place Denver South Hyatt Regency DTC Hyatt Regency Denver Downtown Inn at Cherry Creek JW Marriott Kiva, Beaver Creek Lion Square Lodge, Vail Lionshead Lodge, Vail The Lodge at Lionshead, Vail Lone Tree Hotel and Golf Club Magnolia Hotel Denver Manor Vail Lodge Marriott City Center Marriott Denver Tech Center Marriott Streamside Vail McCoy Peak, Beaver Creek Montaneros in Vail One Willow Bridge Road Condos, Vail Osprey, Beaver Creek Oxford Court, Beaver Creek The Patterson Inn The Pines, Beaver Creek

Post Montaine Lodge, Beaver Creek Rams Horn Lodge, Vail The Renaissance Denver Downtown Residence Inn by Marriott Ridgepoint Condos, Beaver Creek The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch The Ritz-Carlton Denver The Seasons, Arrowhead Sheraton Denver Downtown Sheraton Denver Tech Center Sheraton Denver West Solaris Condominiums, Vail St. James Place, Beaver Creek St. Julien Hotel Table Mountain Inn Vacation Resorts International, Vail Vail Cascade Resort & Spa Vail International Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa Vail Mountain Resort & Spa by Marriott Vail Racquet Club Vail Run Resort Warwick International Hotel Westin Denver Westin Riverfront, Avon The Westwind, Vail The Wren at Vail


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Loveland – Where the locals go!

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n nearly 30 years of living in Colorado, I’ve managed to ski every resort in this great state. Back when I was single we got up as early as possible to hit first tracks at the variety of amazing resorts Colorado has to offer. Since then, I’ve settled down a bit and have spent a lot of time teaching my kids to ski. My wife and I have triplets and they are now 10 years old, so we know a thing or two about getting up and at em’ with kids, which is a lot different than heading out solo to hit first tracks. We have found Loveland to be a perfect fit for many reasons. We really enjoy the laidback local vibe and authentic ski experience that you can’t find anywhere else. This is very unique in a state that hosts the massive resorts that charge a fortune for a one-day pass, and $20 for a burger. At Loveland, you’ll find affordable ticket, pass and lesson options – close to half of what you would pay at the larger resorts in Summit County, without sacrificing on terrain or snow or customer service. You can also avoid the crowds, lift

lines and much of the traffic since Loveland is the closest ski area to Denver at just 53 miles away. There is also free parking right at the base of both areas and a free shuttle that can bring you back and forth all day long. Loveland is also bigger than you might expect. High atop the Continental Divide, Loveland Ski Area features nine lifts serving 1,800 acres of exceptional terrain. Loveland has two separate base areas and both host rental shops, sport shops, restaurants and bars. Best of all, the area challenges skiers and riders of all levels. When our boys were just two years old, we started skiing with them at Loveland Valley, which is a separate area just for beginners. This unique area is the perfect place for newcomers to work on their technique away from intermediate and expert snow-riders. With their own lifts and gentle terrain, it was there that our kids developed their newfound love of skiing. Our kids graduated from the magic carpet to the ski lift rather quickly and we’ve now moved on to Loveland Basin, which is the main area and offers a wide variety of terrain.

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Wide-open cruisers, trees, bumps, and open bowls: whatever you like to ski or ride, you are sure to find it at Loveland Basin. And high adventure doesn’t come any higher than The Ridge. Served by Lift 9 which takes skiers and riders up to 12,700 feet, The Ridge provides intermediate and advanced snow riders terrain just the way they like it – open, steep and deep. With 480 acres to choose from right off the lift, 100 hikeable acres and free snowcat rides to some of Loveland’s most exhilarating terrain, The Ridge offers an experience like no other! And, if you are looking for fresh snow, they’ve got it. The average snowfall is 422 inches – the second-most in the state and more than any Front Range or Summit County resort. New for the 2015-2016 season, Loveland has opened the Ptarmigan Lift, offering more efficient access to the upper terrain and the capacity to transport 1,800 people per hour. So that’s where you’ll find us this year and in years to come. We hope to see you on the slopes. Come visit Loveland, where the locals go!

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olorado has long been recognized as a national leader in many sectors of commerce, recreation, research, energy, cultural activities, and a large variety of sporting events. There are so many unique places to visit, things to do, venues to explore, and an abundance of opportunity. It is easy to understand why Colorado’s workforce has such an abiding appreciation and spirit for living here, and most would readily admit that working here is a pretty great experience as well. Denver, and Colorado, are not only attractive as top tourist destinations, they have become established as among the best places for business due to the well-educated work population (second in the nation per capita), business-friendly tax climate, popular entrepreneurial/start-up environment, and all with a national and global business community that visibly seeks growth opportunities. Colorado is uniquely positioned in the energy economy with abundant fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, oil) and is becoming a hub for renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, and biofuels, ranking fourth in clean technology, ninth in solar employment, and sixth among natural gas producing states. We now have the nation’s second-largest aerospace economy involving more than 400 companies, not to mention the large joint venture between Boeing and Denver’s longtime rocket-builder, Lockheed Martin. Denver has become the strongest financial center between Chicago and Los Angeles, is a home to a branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, is one of six U.S. Mints, and is commonly referred to as “Wall Street of the West.” The Federal Government remains one

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of the state’s largest employers with more than 52,000 employees in more than 250 offices. With regard to real estate, Colorado has made a complete recovery from the recession and Denver is consistently ranked in the top five metropolitan cities in virtually every survey conducted across the country. Denver has averaged between 8 percent and 12.5 percent annual price appreciation each year from 2012 through 2015. With more than 12 percent of Denver’s population between 25 and 30 years of age, it is no surprise that more than 30 percent of all home sales have been to the first-time buyer market. All this while the luxury home market was up more than 20 percent in the number of sales from 2014. Other contributing factors include: Denver ranks Number One for Best City for College Graduates (Apartments.com), Third Healthiest City in the U.S. (American Fitness Index), and Second Best Beer City in the U.S. with more than 10 percent of the nation’s Craft Breweries (nearly 200). Denver is the annual host of the Great American Beer Festival, the largest beer competition in the world. Speaking of festivals, Colorado is home to some of the best and most renown Art Festivals (Cherry Creek sponsors the largest one in the country every July Fourth weekend), food and wine festivals in Aspen, Vail, Crested Butte and many other mountain resorts and communities, and there are also large jazz, bluegrass, and other popular concerts featured throughout Telluride, Vail, Breckenridge, Denver and of course, the coveted concerts held in Red Rocks, arguably the finest outdoor amphitheater in North America. Colorado provides a culture of health and

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wellness evidenced by having the nation’s lowest rate of adult obesity, lowest prevalence of diabetes, and is home to one of the fittest populations in the nation. Naturally, all the above information begs the simple question: … Why? Of course Colorado is known for its worldclass ski resorts; in fact we are home to 25 ski and snowboard resorts with 2,500 trails and 325 ski lifts. Colorado resorts have broken recent visitation records, and are already ahead for the 2015-16 season. But Colorado also offers numerous opportunities for hiking, camping, rafting, boating, hunting, kayaking, dude ranch escapes, fishing, rodeos, and biking (Colorado has 18 of the world’s top 100 biking mountain trails), just to mention a few highlights. We have all four major sports teams with year-round games and events, not to mention Major League Soccer and the University of Denver National Lacrosse Champions. And it would be remiss not to remind our readers that Denver has the second-largest Performing Arts Complex in the nation with 10 stages and first-rate productions. Colorado is a great state and the gateway to the Rocky Mountains and the West. Denver is the urban engine and capital of the state. Take a moment and consider making Colorado your next place to do business, enjoy your next vacation, and maybe even … change your address! Steve Blank is a managing broker with Liv Sotheby’s International Realty, Colorado’s leading luxury real estate firm with offices throughout Colorado. He is a long-time Denver resident, and a huge advocate for working, living and enjoying our beautiful state.


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Meet Jewelius LoHi’s affordable fashion boutique by Monica Parpal Stockbridge

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un filters in through the front windows at Jewelius, a rustic-chic boutique and jewelry shop near the corner of 32nd Avenue and Zuni Street in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood. Clothing racks are hung with the season’s trending tunics, wool sweaters, and furry vests. Owner Rachel Lubow welcomes customers with a warm smile, while her small puppy, Bambu, looks on from a cushion behind the counter. “I’ve always loved jewelry and clothing,” Lubow says, “especially helping other people choose pieces to fit their style and personality. But I certainly never expected to own my own store!” Her unexpected path began after graduating from college and just before

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moving to Colorado in 2008, when Lubow filled in at a three-day trade show in Manhattan. There, she got a sense of the retail world, as well as the challenges of buying accessories. That spurred her idea to create a fashion jewelry distribution company, which eventually compelled her to open her own boutique: Jewelius, named after her grandfather, Julius. “My grandfather had a big influence on my life,” Lubow says, pointing to a photo of the two of them displayed near the front of her store. “He did a lot for the small community in New York where I grew up. Part of my goal is to develop a stronger presence in Denver, to connect with people here.” Indeed, Jewelius aims to connect women


with trendy, fashionable clothing and jewelry to make them feel fabulous—whether they are 25 or 65. Clothing runs the gamut from skinny jeans to sundresses, from cropped bomber jackets to athletic tops and bottoms—all playing to Colorado’s eclectic, regionally influenced style. And, of course, there’s fashion jewelry for every occasion. “Jewelry has a universal appeal,” Lubow says. “It’s something that fits, no matter your shape or size.” Lubow carries affordable designs from around the country, including local Colorado designs and brands like Heather & Hide leather goods and August, Inc. tee shirts. This season, Lubow plans to host popup stores and trunk shows at Jewelius,

highlighting local designers and jewelers to share with the neighborhood community. She’s also excited to showcase an abundance of handmade goods for the holiday season. “I sell items I feel good about,” she says, “and more importantly, I want people to feel good wearing them.” Visit Jewelius at 2405 West 32nd Avenue in Denver.

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Tom Mangelsen: Chronicling Earth’s Last Great Wild Places

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Nebraska to becoming one of the most prolific and award-winning nature and wildlife photographers of our time, Thomas D. Mangelsen has captured rare moments and vast panoramas during photographic adventures on all seven continents. Mangelsen has traveled the natural world for more than 40 years, observing and photographing Earth’s last great wild places. From polar bears in the Arctic to vast herds of game on the plains of Africa, from the deep jungles of South America to the tigers of India, to images revealing the diversity of wildlife in the American West; Mangelsen’s extensive portfolio includes several million images of wild animals and Earth’s last great wild places, with the finest selections released as limited edition fine art print collections. Mangelsen prints have been acquired by hundreds of thousands of collectors around the world. Tom Mangelsen’s love of nature, his life outdoors and business success were heavily influenced by his father. An avid sportsman, Harold Mangelsen took Tom and his brothers, Bill, David and Hal, to favorite blinds along the Platte River in Nebraska to observe the great flocks of ducks, geese and cranes that migrate through the valley. From these adventures he learned important lessons for photographing in the field, most notably patience and understanding animal behavior. In 1965, Mangelsen began studying business at the University of Nebraska. In 1967, he rom humble beginnings in

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transferred to Doane College in Crete, Nebraska, where he changed his major and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Mangelsen continued postgraduate study in zoology and wildlife biology at the University of Nebraska and Colorado State University. Initially, Mangelsen was fascinated with photographing birds in flight. In the early 1970s, Tom and his brother David began selling limited edition prints of his images. In 1978, Mangelsen opened his Images of Nature® Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming. Since then, a number of Mangelsen® — Images of Nature Galleries have opened across the United States. As much an artist as he is a conservationist, Mangelsen’s portfolio of natural history photography represents an historic record of what the natural world is and what wild places can still be through a commitment to stewardship. Mangelsen works tirelessly to raise awareness of wild animals and the Earth’s last great wild places. “Jane Goodall is my hero. She constantly reminds me that as alarming as events are in the world, with rising population, development pressure and habitat loss, poaching and climate change taking their toll on wildlife, we owe the younger generation a reason to have hope and our vote of confidence that they can step up and make a difference,” Mangelsen says. “If anything, I hope my pictures matter to them.” Mangelsen is co-founder of The Cougar Fund, a founding Fellow of the International League


of Conservation Photographers, on the International Advisory Council for the Jane Goodall Institute and a board ambassador for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance. Mangelsen is a critically acclaimed photographer whose honors include being named the BBC’s “Wildlife Photographer of the Year”, the “Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year” by NANPA and one of the “100 Most Important People in Photography” by American Photo magazine. Tom was chosen as one of Dr. Jane Goodall’s Heroes of the Animal Planet, honored with Nikon’s “Legends Behind the Lens” and named one of the “40 Most Influential Nature Photographers” by Outdoor Photography. His image Polar Dance was selected by the International League of Conservation Photographers as one of the “40 Most Important Nature Photographs of All Time”. Tom was named “Conservation Photographer of the Year” by Nature’s Best Photography, placing his work on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from Doane College and received an Honorary Fellowship from The Royal Photographic Society. Mangelsen’s photographs have been exhibited internationally. Showcased in Vital Signs: Images of Biodiversity, this exhibit was a combination of Mangelsen’s art and knowledge of natural history, and stressed

the importance of maintaining a balanced and diverse ecosystem. Vital Signs opened at the San Diego Natural History Museum in 1997 and was also exhibited in museums throughout the United States and Canada. The Natural World: Photographs by Thomas D. Mangelsen is an exhibit of striking panoramic photographs chronicling ten distinct ecosystems. The show was on display at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming and the San Diego Natural History Museum. Tom’s photography has been shown at the Natural History Museum in London and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. Mangelsen continues to spend up to nine months a year in the field documenting the wild places and animals he is passionate about helping to preserve and protect.

The new critically acclaimed book by legendary nature and wildlife photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen and noted environmental journalist Todd Wilkinson explores in breathtaking images and narrative the dramatic story of famous mother bear Grizzly 399. This is a dramatic tale of life and death, near annihilation and survival, and the relationship between people and grizzly bears. What happens here, now, has profound implications for the persistence of other species on every continent. As Tom Brokaw, Ted Turner, Jane Goodall and Yvon Chouinard say, it’s an important conservation tale for our time. It’s an adventure you will never forget. 13” x 10 1/2”, 240 page book available in: • hardcover ($60) • deluxe leather ($150) • limited edition ($500) Order today at Mangelsen.com or call 1-800-228-9686

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ocated in the heart of Colorado’s Summit County, Frisco is known as The Main Street of the Rockies. Ideally positioned within 30 minutes of six renowned ski resorts and bordered on three sides by public land, Frisco is the ideal base camp for a variety of winter activities. Frisco also boasts its own Nordic Ski Center, beginner ski and ride hill and liftassisted tubing hill, as well as multiple trailheads leading to backcountry – all just steps from Main Street.

DAY ONE Morning Families: Enjoy breakfast at the Log Cabin Cafe, a quirky and rustic eatery on Main Street. Then head over to the Frisco Adventure Park for ski lessons provided by professional instructors from Copper Mountain. Two-hour sessions allow kids and adults to learn basic skills on gentle and uncrowded slopes. Romantic Getaway: Visit local favorite Butterhorn Bakery & Cafe, or stop by Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters for your coffee fix, and watch the snow fall outside and the eccentric local clientele caffeinate for the day. Visit the Frisco Nordic Center for a mellow snowshoeing adventure, a great way to enjoy Summit County’s scenery at your own pace. Adventure Enthusiasts: Fuel up for the day’s adventures at Bread + Salt, a made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch spot featuring fresh, classic breakfast dishes prepared with a twist. Go crosscountry skiing at the Frisco Nordic Center, offering an authentic cross-country skiing experience provided by local legends Gene and Therese Dayton. You might even be lucky enough to catch Gene on his accordion. If you bring your canine companion, take skijoring lessons, a Scandinavian sport involving crosscountry skiing while being pulled by dogs. Afternoon Families: Break for lunch inside the Frisco Day Lodge located at the Frisco Adventure Park. Enjoy delicious sub sandwiches from Peppino’s Pizza and Subs as you sit outside next to the double-sided fireplace. Venture back to Main Street for an afternoon spent perusing local stores. The whole family will love Foote’s

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Rest Sweet Shoppe, serving decadent fudge and candy, and getting lost in the stacks of The Next Page Books and Nosh while giving the resident dogs – Flash, Dickens and Scout – obligatory pets and scratches. Romantic Getaway: Lose track of time at GatherHouse, a glassblowing studio and gallery, where walk-in guests can enjoy glass-blowing demonstrations. Take a lesson in transforming 2,000-degree molten glass into beautiful pieces of art … more than a few folks have departed with their own piece of glass art (following some serious cooling). Adventure Enthusiasts: Indulge in a fabulous lunch buffet at Himalayan Cuisine on Main Street. As the name implies, enjoy Indian and Nepalese fare, then take the free Summit Stage to neighboring Copper Mountain, known as the “local’s mountain” or “skier’s mountain,” due to its terrain and welcoming, uncrowded vibe. The short seven-minute drive makes a midday ski trip a breeze. Evening Families: Greco’s Pastaria on Main Street serves New York-style pizza and pasta and is a great option for a casual, family-style meal. The exceptionally friendly staff reflects the welcoming and laid-back nature of the Frisco community. Romantic Getaway: Enjoy a 2 Below Zero dinner sleigh ride; begin with a scenic sleigh ride amidst snow-capped mountain views – complete with hot chocolate and Peppermint Schnapps – followed by a three-course meal and great musical entertainment at the 2 Below Zero lodge, nestled in the woods on the Frisco Peninsula. Adventure Enthusiasts: Enjoy a unique dinner at Prost, a quaint beer hall known for its authentic German sausages, pretzels with cheese spread and international beer selection. The eclectic décor, long wooden tables and hearty fare make for a truly local experience. End the evening with a refreshing Moscow mule and a game of cards with new friends from down the table.

DAY TWO Morning Families: Begin the day with a large homecooked breakfast in your condo. On the heels of gaining new-found confidence from yesterday’s lessons at the Frisco Adventure Park, families are encouraged to hop on the free Summit Stage bus ride to Copper Mountain and graduate to the next level of skiing and riding. Copper offers more than 140 trails, 23 lifts and 2,465 acres of skiable terrain. Romantic Getaway: Gourmet breakfast is complimentary with a stay at the Frisco Inn on Galena, a romantic boutique hotel located in the heart of Frisco. Wander downstairs to

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enjoy fresh fruit, pastries and more. Visit nearby Copper Mountain and soothe any sore muscles from snowshoeing with spa treatments at the Copper Mountain Spa & Athletic Club. Adventure Enthusiasts: Abbey’s Coffee on Main Street has ample options for an on-the-go bite, including breakfast burritos and coffee, enabling you to reach your next adventure sooner. You’ll likely meet many local dogs at this beloved coffee shop, named after the owners’ dog, Abbey. Race through the Frisco Adventure Park on a tube; with 1,200 ft. lanes, and surface lift service up the hill, tubing in Frisco is an extremely popular activity. Reservations are highly recommended. Afternoon Families: Have lunch in Copper Village; as part of the town’s “Family Free-Time” promotion, spend $40 in the Village’s restaurants and shops to receive a free ice skate rental. Head back to the slopes, or take advantage of the free ice skate rental at Copper’s West Lake. Broomball equipment and hockey nets are available for free, so split the family into teams for a pick-up game. Romantic Getaway: Shuttle back to Frisco and grab sandwiches from Deli Belly’s before heading to Rebel Sports. Rent winter mountain bikes for a spin around town and onto the snow-packed recreation path, or take a scenic drive to Vail, just 25 minutes from Frisco. Stop at the top of Vail Pass for great views of backcountry skiers and snowmobilers heading into the backcountry, then stop for margaritas at Los Amigos in Vail, a notorious spot to watch skiers and boarders tumble down “Head First” trail. Adventure Enthusiasts: Explore the lunch menu at Food Hedz, opened by award-winning chef David Welch. Tucked away in a strip mall, the fare ranges from tempura salmon salad to a scrumptious banana bread sundae. For a challenge, go snowshoeing from Frisco to Breckenridge on the Peaks Trail, ending at the base of Peak 7. Enjoy a well-deserved drink at Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Sevens Restaurant, before taking the free gondola into the town of Breckenridge to catch the free Summit Stage shuttle back to Frisco. Evening Families: Dine at local favorite Boatyard Pizzeria & Grill, featuring a wide range of specials and an expansive, well-rounded menu. Romantic Getaway: Vinny’s provides the perfect ambience for a romantic meal. The exceptionally knowledgeable staff will guide you through the menu – featuring Euro-American fare – and a great wine list. The space is cozy and reminiscent of old-world Italy. Vinny, a great storyteller with a thick East Coast accent, often visits with guests. Adventure Enthusiasts: A pint or two at


Backcountry Brewery & Restaurant provides respite from a tiring snowshoe adventure. In addition to the award-winning brews, the menu features burgers, fish tacos, sandwiches and more.

DAY THREE Morning Families: Offering homemade, fast and hearty breakfast options, The Breakfast Deli on Main Street is a great way to start the day. Choose from burritos, stuffed croissants, sausage rolls and more. Sled for free at the Frisco Adventure Park. Steps away from the park’s lift-assisted tubing hill, the traditional sledding hill guarantees a no-fuss, fun time. Romantic Getaway: Schedule a visit to Diane Harty Millinery, a working studio and retail space showcasing one-of-a-kind hats. Discover how hats are made from straw braid using antique machinery, and take home your own statement piece. Head to the newly opened Tavern West Restaurant on West Main Street, boasting an indoor-outdoor fireplace and unique twists on comfort favorites, such as the Bison Rueben. Specialty beverages include house-made Bloody Mary’s with pickled green beans and pumpkin martinis. Adventure Enthusiasts: Have breakfast at

the Frisco Lodge Bed & Breakfast, where a full complimentary spread is served each morning. Originally built as a stagecoach stop in the late 1800’s, the Frisco Lodge offers cozy accommodations and a storied past. Just 25 minutes down the road from Frisco, Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin) offers one of the most iconic skiing experiences for skiers and boarders. Whether exploring Montezuma’s Bowl or tackling the West Wall, the resort and its “beach” are both irreverent and authentic. Afternoon Families: Share platters of ribs at Q-4-U BBQ, and discover why the joint draws a strong following. Frisco takes barbeque seriously; each June, the town hosts the annual Colorado BBQ Challenge, a Kansas City Barbeque Societysanctioned competition, and a qualifier for the American Royal – the “World Series” of barbeque. Romantic Getaway: Warm up in the hot tub and sauna at the Frisco Inn on Galena; chilly outdoor temperatures and snow blanketing the Rocky Mountains will make the leisurely activity even more enjoyable. The inn also serves afternoon wine, cheese and appetizers to guests; settle into the cozy common areas amid the recently remodeled Euro-Tuscan décor before heading to dinner.

Adventure Enthusiasts: After you’ve gotten your footing on the mountain, enjoy storytelling and people-watching at A-Basin’s 6th Alley Bar and Grill, where both “duct tape and diamonds” are welcome. Evening Families: Ollie’s Pub and Grub serves crowd-pleasing American cuisine – including a full kids’ menu – and features a game room complete with pinball, foosball, air hockey and more. Romantic Getaway: Silverheels Bar and Grill and the adjoining Kemosabe Sushi Bar are picturesque spots for dinner on a snowy evening. Silverheels serves steaks and seafood, while Kemosabe Sushi Bar transports guests to an urban environment by the sea. Adventure Enthusiasts: Return to Frisco for dinner. Locals are quick to recommend Pho Bay II. Unexpectedly tucked away inside the Baymont Inn & Suites, the warm bowls of Pho and other Vietnamese dishes won’t disappoint. The Moose Jaw, voted one the best mountain dive bars, serves “stiff drinks, good burgers and cheap beer on tap,” alongside pool tables and foosball. A sign on the wall reads, “Be nice or leave,” and the owner, dubbed “Mama Moose,” is ever-present and willing to dole out sage advice.

Mountain Magic > Few things are more magical than a mountain town. With a charming Main Street. Sandwiched between 6 world-class ski resorts. Copper | Breckenridge | Keystone | Arapahoe Basin | Loveland | Vail And with its own mountain adventures minutes from Main Street. Tubing | Sleigh Rides | Ski/Ride Hill | Snowshoeing | XC Skiing

Check us out. TownofFrisco.com

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“Having been engaged rather a lot of times, Zsa Zsa Gabor was asked whether a lady should give back the ring. Her answer? “Of course dahlink, but first, you take out all the diamonds.” — Zsa Zsa Gabor

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iamonds are forever. Glittering, sparkling, incredibly beautiful diamonds are guaranteed to attract attention. For Hong Kong-based property tycoon, Joseph Lau, they are also irresistible. In November 2015, he spent record sums buying two of the rarest diamonds in the world as a gift for his seven-year-old daughter. The 12.03-carat Blue Moon diamond came up for auction in Geneva. The price paid? A record $48.4 million! He promptly renamed it Blue Moon of Josephine after his daughter. It was said to be the most expensive diamond of any kind, as well as the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction. This was not his only purchase. The previous day, he acquired a rare 16.08-carat pink diamond for $28.5 million. This diamond was renamed ‘Sweet Josephine.’ Some years earlier in 2009, Lau purchased a $9.5 million blue diamond and gave it the name ‘Star of Josephine.’ Diamonds are one of the most desirable of all gemstones. The Blue Moon was expected to fetch a high price, but no one

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expected just how high the price would go. It is said that the diamond possessed the highest-possible grading – that of a Fancy Vivid Blue. The Gemological Institute of America declared it to be internally flawless, something that is extremely unusual. The Blue Moon was discovered in January 2014 at the Cullinan Mine in South Africa. At that stage it was merely a 29.62-carat rough diamond, yet its incredible quality was obvious. New York-based Cora International purchased the diamond and took six months to cut and polish it to bring out all its glowing, sparkling lustre. The resultant hue was described by the Gemological Institute as being so unique that it is ‘likely to have never before been seen within such a large diamond, or any gemstone.” With such a description of its beauty, with perfect colour and purity, it is no surprise that bidders fought hard to acquire this spectacular diamond leading to this recordbreaking price.


Beaut iful Boulder

A College Town and So Much More

Photographs courtesy of Stephen Collector/ Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Back in the day, Boulder, Colorado was little more than a sleepy college town that just so happened to be located in one of the most beautiful places in the country. Today Boulder has blossomed, yet still retains a unique sense of idyllic charm that manages to capture the hearts of those who live here, and those who stop by for a visit. With fabulous restaurants, shopping, nightlife and outdoor activities, Boulder truly is a destination, a don’t-miss sight that will help you understand why we so love this city and all it has to offer. Here we’ve compiled a list of activities and adventures that are must-sees on your trip to Boulder: Pearl Street Mall – a leisurely walk down the famous Pearl Street Mall will fill an afternoon. The architecture is beautiful, the dining first-rate, the shopping is grand and the eclectic street performers round out the experience.

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Hiking – There is no better place to hike than the Chataqua Trail, which takes you up to the iconic Flatirons. There are trails for every level, so don’t be afraid to challenge yourself or set out for a low-key adventure. Galleries – Boulder is an arts community, and the city’s galleries truly represent the beauty and sophistication of local artisans as well as national and international artists. Gallery owners are friendly and knowledgeable – and proud of the works they represent! Shopping – Downtown’s Pearl Street pedestrian mall has a great variety of boutiques (a personal favorite is Peppercorn, where you’ll find so many great items for the home you’re going to want to put the store on speed dial). Just minutes from downtown is Twenty Ninth Street, a great outdoor shopping center that houses a huge variety of national retailers, along with wonderful restaurants. Dining – Boulder is truly a foodie’s paradise, and home to some of Colorado’s finest restaurants. From a sizzling burger to farm to table or the healthiest of options (and everything in between), Boulder’s food scene is unbeatable. On the next page, we list some of our favorites. Banjo Billy’s Bus Tour – We could not resist adding this to the list of things to do in Boulder. This unique tour is guaranteed to entertain, with tales of ghost stories, fun facts and trivia galore. University of Colorado – While in Boulder, it’s worth a visit to the college, where you’ll be spellbound by the sheer beauty of the setting. Stop by Old Main, the campus’ focal center, then wander over to Fiske Planetarium, ranked as one of the world’s leading planetariums. Then head over to Varsity Bridge where you can capture that Kodak moment.


Dining In Boulder

Here are a few of the many great eateries you’ll find in Boulder. Azitra

Okay, the restaurant is actually in Broomfield, just a bit south of Boulder. But once you experience the mouthwatering Indian fare you’ll understand why you made the trip. The menu is a tribute to classic Indian cuisine with a modern twist, and the ambience is as warm, colorful and inviting as you would expect. 535 Zang St., Broomfield 303.465.4444 Azitra.us

Enjoy!

Boulder ChopHouse & Tavern

Just one block south of the Pearl Street Mall, the Boulder ChopHouse is THE place to go for a great steak. But the best is yet to come, because menu items are prepared using locally sourced ingredients from farmer’s markets that have put Boulder on the map. 921 Walnut St. 303.443.1188 BoulderChopHouse.com

Brasserie Ten Ten

A wonderful French-style restaurant right in the heart of Boulder. Brasserie Ten Ten is a local’s favorite, who love the classic French menu, featuring a full array of wines, beer and cocktails to accompany every dish. 1011 Walnut St. 303.998.1010 BrasserieTenTen.com

Carelli’s of Boulder

The flavors of northern and southern Italy are front and center in this wonderful restaurant. It opened 12 years ago as an Italian sub sandwich shop, and today is a go-to destination for anyone with a hankering for a fabulous Italian meal. Great food in a great setting. Ciao! 645 30th St. 303.938.9300 Carellis.com

Flagstaff House Restaurant

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The Mediterranean

Chef Kelly Kingsford artfully serves up the flavors of the Mediterranean, with succulent dishes from Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Morocco and Lebanon. From tapas and paellas to artisan pizzas, The Med is a longtime Boulder favorite. 1002 Walnut St. 303.444.5335 TheMedBoulder.com

SALT

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 303.442.4640 FlagstaffHouse.com

Chef/owner Bradford Heap opened SALT in the historic Tom’s Tavern building, in the spirit of a true bistro. Food is organic and locally sourced from the restaurant’s Soul Patch farm, and materials used in the restaurant are 100-percent recycled and crafted by local artisans. A true dining experience from start to finish. 1047 Pearl St. 303.444.7258 SaltTheBistro.com

Frasca

Wild Standard

Named after friendly, informal gathering places in the Friuli-Venezia-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. 1738 Pearl St., Boulder 303.442.6966 FrascaFoodAndWine.com

For a truly unique dining experience, Wild Standard is a don’t miss. Servers wheel carts full of dishes around the restaurant, and diners select their fare as it is presented. This is a great place for freshly prepared seafood, but there are meat and vegetarian options. The menu changes constantly, and the atmosphere is fun and lively. 1043 Pearl St. 720.638.4800 WildStandard.com

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Rocky Mountain resorts offer much more than rooms with a view.

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in the world. With more than 5,000 acres of skiing trails and cross-country skiing, this area is perfect for all winter sports enthusiasts, both novices and experts. Each pretty alpine-style village offers stunning accommodations that match the breathtaking outdoor views. At The Sebastian, guests may experience total recovery in a mountain-view pool, complete with steaming hot tubs, then follow the treat with a delectable dining experience. Rich décor, complete with fine paintings, is characteristic throughout the hotel. Bedrooms combine opulence with sleek contemporary style, and only the finest luxury amenities are provided; 400-thread Egyptian cotton sheets ensure a perfect night’s sleep. Intimate and elegant, the accommodation is a home away from home. The Library holds an interesting selection of books that invite leisurely browsing. The Frost bar offers an impressive choice in spirits; guests may choose from

among the signature Scotch collection, sleek hand-crafted cocktails, and a variety of microbrew ales. Relax and socialize over tapas and wine, or crudo or bistro fare in Leonora before attending a family celebration dinner in the private dining room. In winter, the Sebastian’s base camp provides ski-in/ski-out access from Gondola One on Vail Mountain. Private ski valets ensure each transition is smooth, enabling guests to spend maximum time on the slopes. Legends of the Bachelors add a historical dimension to the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch resort. Seven miners arrived here in the early 1900s—John Anderson, ‘Gundy’ Berg, Ed Howard, Charley Mays, John Mertz, Ferdinand Smith and Carrothers, who history records only by his last name—and stayed until the Great Depression. Meeting rooms are named for the miners, and rock-lined walls of the Grotto in Bachelor Gulch Spa evoke Photos: Courtesy, The Sebastian

ajestic snowcovered mountains rearing high into the sky, brilliant gold aspen leaves shimmering against contrasting white trunks on dense forested slopes, and sunlit, rushing rivers cascading into wildflower meadows nestled within valleys—the setting must be Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Surrounded by this stunning scenery, the resorts of Aspen, Vail and Telluride offer perfect destinations for the adventurous seeking unmatched outdoor experiences. Exhilarating days spent hiking, biking or trekking may be interspersed with first-class games of golf or shopping among highend boutiques selling designer brands from Prada to Gucci. When the sun sinks behind the peaks, a lively nightlife sparkles with a variety of theater performances, concerts and ballet. As winter approaches, Aspen and Vail become the centers of the best skiing and après ski

THE SEBASTIAN

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the caves found throughout the Rocky Mountains, places the Bachelors would have known well. Today, the wagging tail of Bachelor, the hotel’s St. Bernard ambassador, frequently greets visitors relaxing in front of glowing fires in the Great Room. Stylish and imposing, the Ritz Carlton is one of the loveliest hotels in the area. Set on a hillside close to Beaver Creek Mountain with stunning views across Vail Valley, the Ritz Carlton evokes alpine charm. The beauty of the surrounding landscape is echoed in the interior décor; natural wood and stone combine with luxurious designer textiles and upholstery to create an instantly relaxing environment in which graceful blues, browns and beiges predominate. Each room boasts spectacular views of either the Eagle River Valley or Beaver Creek Mountain. Soak away aches of the day in a sumptuous marble bathroom, enjoy gourmet in-room coffee and tea, or be pampered in a spa treatment or sauna. Buffalo’s restaurant features seasonal dishes accompanied by

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RITZ CARLTON BACHELOR GULCH Above: Set on a hillside close to Beaver Creek Mountain with stunning views across Vail Valley, the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch evokes alpine charm as well as the great mountain lodges of the American West. Left: The glowing heat of the fireplace complements the warm ambience in the Beaver Creek cigar bar inside Bachelors Lounge, where guests also can enjoy hand-crafted signature cocktails and a diverse collection of scotches and other whiskeys from around the world.

one of the many local craft beers. At Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, guests may explore designer cocktails and indulge in fine dining at W. The adults-only Bachelors Lounge offers imported cigars from around the world, signature cocktails and a sommelier-crafted wine list par excellence. In this area, guests can ski from village to village in winter and have ski-in/ski-out access to more than 1,800 acres of pristine snow-covered slopes. White-glove services for skiers include a ski

concierge and direct access to the Bachelor Gulch Express highspeed quad chairlift, situated only a few minutes from the hotel. At other times of the year, trail-riding on sure-footed horses offers full immersion in the spectacular scenery. The Ritz Carlton enjoys an exclusive partnership with Red Sky Golf Club, home to some of Colorado’s highest rated golf courses. Children can enjoy the Bachelor Gulch Youth Spa program

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HOTEL JEROME Top: Often called Aspen’s crown jewel, Hotel Jerome dates to the 1880s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Bottom left: The Jerome’s recently upgraded guest rooms are well-appointed with custom furnishings, authentic details and modern amenities that embody the mountain spirit of Aspen. Bottom right: The Living Room is an open, inviting space to relax over small plates and creative drinks from the lobby bar, with a menu featuring American tapas and desserts.

and the Ritz Kids scheme. In winter, a ski nanny is available to give mom and dad much-needed space. Four-footed friends are welcome, and a pampering service includes doggie massages, VIP packs and even Furry Paw Fridays, in which man’s best friend enjoys canine fun in the sun. Aspen’s Hotel Jerome defines elegance, with its imposing Old World splendor, distinctive, historic red brick expanse and understated luxury. Its location right in the heart of town ensures guests are only steps away from the finest shopping. Often described as Aspen’s crown jewel,

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the hotel dates back to the 1880s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Chairs in the lounge beckon guests after a full day exploring the mountains. The characteristic leather and tartan, dark woods and sparkling linen can be found throughout the hotel. Interesting touches include mini-bars designed as leather campaign chests and burnished leather bed frames. Walk-in showers, oversize baths and marble surrounds are found in every bathroom, together with custom-blended bath products. Cashmere curtains and cubist-inspired carpets complete the décor.

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In recognition of the fine quality of locally produced art, unique pieces by local artists are displayed on the walls, as are reproductions of archival pieces from the Aspen Historical Society’s collection, including a singularly impressive image of a Ute Indian chief. Hand-stitched leather chairs, traditional furnishings and warm hardwood flooring create the perfect ambiance for dining and relaxing each evening. Inspired by local traditions and culture, the unique Food of Place series was created exclusively for hotel guests. In contrast, the iconic J Bar offers an authentic, Old-West saloon feel, complete with burgers and beer, lobster Cobb or Aspen Crud. Rugged leather furniture conveys a sense of timelessness, and the Chippendale chinoiserie bar original to the hotel remains in use. Concierge services provide access to unexpected treats, such as a twilight husky sledding excursion in which dogs hurtle down the slopes, pulling the adventuresome on a sled through the tranquil, snowy countryside. The Viceroy Snowmass is among the newest resorts in the area and is proving highly popular. Well-situated to enable skiers access to four mountains—Aspen, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk—The Viceroy is close to the Elk Camp gondola and Village Express and Assay Hill chairlifts. Sleek, elegant, sophisticated interior décor evokes a fresh, warm and welcoming atmosphere. Kitchens in each room are fully


and lounge chairs tempt guests to stop and stay awhile. Many of the rooms boast panoramic views of the mountains, and suites offer heated marble floors and walls, steam showers and Jacuzzi soaking tubs. Glowing fires in fireplaces provide welcoming warmth after a cold day out on the mountains. The town is right at Little Nell’s front door, making it easy for guests to enjoy a shopping spree amid high-end boutiques or take in an evening’s entertainment. Visitors may dine in comfort at the hotel’s award-winning

Element 47 restaurant, which features alpine cuisine infused with seasonal ingredients. The unusual glass wine wall echoes the scale of the award-winning wine list. Those who prefer casual fine dining will enjoy Ajax Tavern, the ultimate après-ski venue with a pretty mountainside patio. Regardless of the time of the year, Little Nell has much to offer visitors. During the summer, stargazing jeep tours are led by an astronomy expert, under whose supervision guests can enjoy a late-night picnic in the mountains, then discover the sky’s jew-

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stocked with designer tableware, and the comfortable, serene bedrooms are the brainchild of renowned interior designer Jean-Michel Gathy. Wonderful mountain or town views are visible from each room, including the dining room, which overlooks spectacular mountains. Relax in the Ute Indian-inspired Wellness Spa, try out the well-equipped fitness center or sip a drink on the year-round pool terrace. The Viceroy also prides itself on its environmentally friendly policies, as it seeks to stay at the forefront of sustainable hospitality. A state-of-the-art Electrolyser system creates the hotel’s own cleaning products, ensuring air is healthy, clean and fresh throughout. Combined with signature luxury accommodations designed to exceed all expectations, the Viceroy Snowmass is a hotel for the 21st century. Recently renovated in chic, natural-hued Aspen Modern, Little Nell is the sole 5-star, 5-diamond resort in Aspen. Here, a palette of cream, blue and chocolate creates a serene, calm environment, and down-filled sofas

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VICEROY SNOWMASS Below: The outdoor spirit of adventure abounds at this contemporary luxury hotel and resort located at the base of one of the world’s finest ski mountains. The Viceroy is located only seven miles from downtown Aspen in the heart of Snowmass’ new Base Village. Left: Each of the hotel’s rooms and suites offers guests an unparalleled Aspen resort experience. Featuring breathtaking mountain views, elegant amenities, stylish interior décor and full in-room kitchens, Viceroy’s luxury accommodations are designed to bring a sense of serenity and comfort to guests.


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LITTLE NELL Left: The courtyard at Aspen’s recently-renovated Little Nell boasts a heated swimming pool and jacuzzi. Most rooms have private balconies. Below: Little Nell is the only ski-in/ski-out hotel at the base of Aspen Mountain and is located steps from the Silver Queen Gondola.

els viewed through state-of-the-art binoculars. Set on Telluride Mountain amid the San Juan peaks, Hotel Telluride is sited within the historic community that shares its name. A quaint 19th-century silver-mining town, Telluride offers Victorian charm amid awe-inspiring, soaring peaks perfect for skiing, climbing and outdoor activities. Each room at Hotel Telluride boasts its own special, breathtaking mountain view from the balcony or patio. Windows may be opened to enjoy the fresh mountain air, or guests may adjust room temperature using the individual climate-control system found in each room. Enjoy spacious bathrooms with large tubs and marble surrounds before settling down to sleep on custom-embroidered linens and down pillows. Each suite incorporates a gas fireplace and a wet bar. Eye-catching original artwork

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hangs on the walls, creating a focal point for each room. Outdoor hot tubs, a lovely sun deck and a fully equipped fitness center make this an ideal place to rest and reinvigorate. Time to dine? The all-pervading scent of fresh-baked cookies wafts from the kitchen throughout the day, keeping appetites whetted. Unique among all the Telluride restaurants, the Nook offers casual American cuisine in a lodge setting. Here, mom and dad can enjoy homemade tavern fare made from fresh, local ingredients while youngsters choose from among kid-friendly selections on the diverse children’s menu. From cozy meals to family celebrations, the Nook is ready to meet a variety of culinary needs. Each pet guest receives its own personalized pet welcome on the front desk’s doggie chalkboard, a plush dog bed and a special pet tag that includes the hotel’s phone number, in case Fido can’t

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find his way home. With an annual average of 300 inches of snow, Telluride boasts more than 1,700 acres of ideal skiing terrain perfect for cross-country or downhill skiing. At 4.6 miles long, the Galloping Goose is the longest of the ski runs in the area. During other times of the year, guests enjoy camping, hiking, jeeping and world-famous music festivals. The Peaks Resort and Spa stars as one of the most relaxing resorts in the area. Here, guests may find privacy in rustic, yet chic, private cabins and condos or enjoy socializing in the luxurious hotel. Spacious rooms decorated in classic white, cream and chocolate décor feature opulent wood furniture. Each room features a large seating area with a queen-sized sofa sleeper and two full-size baths. Guests are in for a special treat at Peaks Palmyra, where magnificent mountain views enhance


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HOTEL TELLURIDE Above: Pet guests at Hotel Telluride receive a a personalized welcome on the front desk’s doggie chalkboard and a special pet tag with the hotel’s phone number. Pet-free rooms also are available. Right: Each room at Hotel Telluride boasts its own special, breathtaking mountain view from the balcony or patio.

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gourmet, innovative cuisine prepared by the finest chefs; the restaurant’s emphasis on fine dining includes organic, regional and international flavors. For quick meals, the Steaming Bean coffee house is perfect, with its grab-and-go menu of light fare. Live music is performed most nights. Lovers of the links may enjoy privileges at The Telluride Golf Club. Perched 9,500 ft. above sea level, the club is one of the highest in the world, and mountains

surround the 18-hole course. For a different sports experience, try heli-skiing, a specialty of the hotel. Colorado’s largest spa, The Spa at The Peaks, offers an extensive range of treatments, cardio machines, group fitness classes, dry saunas, Roman tubs, steam rooms and an oxygen lounge. The hotel’s fantastic, two-level fitness center also includes heated pools. Complete the experience with a manicure, pedicure and visit to the hair salon.

Pets are welcome at the Peaks Resort, where an on-site doggy spa awaits pampered pooches and all rooms are dog-friendly. National Geographic has granted the resort its special Paw of Approval recognition. This pet-friendly culture is found throughout the town of Telluride, which provides numerous special Puppy Parking spots where dogs can chill out in comfort. In addition, gondalas include cabins exclusively for pets.

THE PEAKS RESORT AND SPA Left: Located in Telluride’s Mountain Village, The Peaks offers world-class outdoor adventure, unparalleled views, and luxurious amenities along with ski-in/ski-out access to Telluride Ski Resort. Below: The Alpine Vista Room offers picturesque views of Mountain Village and feature two king beds or one king bed and a queen sleeper sofa. All rooms feature opulent wood furniture and a large seating area.

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FRANZ KLAMMER LODGE Above: The stunning Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge is a hidden gem, with 63 residences housed within a European-style setting nearly 10,000 feet up in the heart of Telluride’s Mountain Village. Right: Well-appointed rooms feature custom handcrafted furnishings combining distressed wood, painted finishes, wrought iron and wicker. Kitchens are fully equipped with Viking stoves and Sub-Zero refrigerators.

As if the views alone are not enough, the charming ambience of The Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge is a don’t miss for Telluride visitors. This captivating lodge seamlessly combines a memorable residential experience with the personal and dedicated staff and amenities found only in the best luxury hotels. The Lodge is ideally located in the heart of Mountain Village, just steps away from the base of the world-class ski resort and the complimentary Gondola that connects the town of Telluride with Mountain Village. Named after famed Austrian ski champ Franz Klammer, the lodge first opened in 1996 as Colorado’s first private residence club. Today, the pristine setting in a glacially carved valley surrounded by the San Juan Mountains is a must-see for anyone craving a memorable stay in a winter playground.

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An extensive $3 million refresh of the residences, Club Room and Fitness Center was recently completed, and today the unique property reflects the colors, textures and beauty of the region. The result is a fresh mountain feel with a contemporary vibe that guests are raving about. Each beautifully appointed two- or three-bedroom residence offers a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining area, washer and dryer, oversized bathrooms and a private balcony. Lodge amenities include complimentary transportation to and from Montrose and Telluride airports, complimentary valet parking, 24-hour fitness center, indoor/outdoor pool, game room, business center and the popular -- but private -Himmel Spa. The European-style spa provides an exotic retreat, with services and treatments that will revitalize the body and nourish

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PLATINUM PACKAGES AVAILABLE!

EXPERIENCE X GAMES IN STYLE! PLATINUM PACKAGE

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate experience of the private Platinum Suites at X Games Aspen 2016. Located in the heart of the venue, the Platinum Suites are the best place to entertain your friends and family or thank loyal clients for years of support. • Access to the multi-level Platinum Suites located inside the SuperPipe Tower with complimentary beer, wine, and catered food, plus sweeping views of the SuperPipe, Big Air and Slopestyle courses • Exclusive, guided pre-event tour of the SuperPipe with course designers and on-course photo opportunity • Two-day lift ticket good for any of the four Aspen/Snowmass resorts • Admission to Nas, Run the Jewels, Twenty One Pilots, DJ Snake, Deadmau5 and Kygo concerts with enhanced viewing, private entrance, restrooms, and bar • Daily X Games athlete autograph opportunities • One (1) X Games Aspen merchandise gift • Dedicated on-site experience concierge

For more information go to xgames.com


Gus Kenworthy X Games Freeskier Shines as Telluride’s Hometown Hero by Ellen Gray

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halk up another win for Olympian and X Games competitor Gus Kenworthy, who recently won annual back-to-back championships in the slopestyle competition at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colo. His is a household name among fans of the freestyle skiing circuit, who thrill to the sight of his big air and intense moves, an elite athlete who has been hailed as the top freeskier on the planet. Clearly, Kenworthy’s daring feats are not for the faint of heart, requiring an enormous amount of grit and guts and an undeniable love of action and adventure. Kenworthy grew up in the picturesque ski town of Telluride, Colorado, where he was a fixture in the terrain park, hitting rails and jumps until the lifts closed down. In his early days of competition he earned a reputation for “guineapigging,” meaning he loved to try out novel tricks and jumps before any of his competitors or teammates. He turned pro at 16 years old, when a YouTube video landed him some sponsors. Today Kenworthy is widely regarded as one of the sport’s most well-rounded freestyle skiers, and looks forward to showing his prowess in Slopestyle, SuperPipe and Big Air at the upcoming X Games Aspen. Thus far, he has earned a Bronze at the X Games, but his performance at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where he took Silver, reveals he is determined to compete … and to win big. Winning the Silver represented more than an individual accomplishment for Kenworthy. At the games, he and fellow teammates Joss Christensen and Nick Goepper swept the podium in freestyle skiing, an event that has happened just twice before in Olympic history. Freestyle skiing mania swept the nation upon the athletes’ return, and Kenworthy soon became a favorite on the media circuit, with appearances on Today, The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show With David Letterman. His handsome face graced the covers of magazines such as People and US Weekly, and he and his fellow medalists were pictured on the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes box. Kenworthy has wowed fans across the globe, who watch in awe as he performs jumps and twists from high up in a style that is unique and seemingly impossible. Yet his bravado on the slopes is coupled with a highly endearing side, evidenced by his rescue of five stray dogs, a mother and four puppies, which were abandoned in Sochi. Kenworthy garnered national media attention when he remained in Sochi well after the 2014 Winter Olympics wound down, bringing to light the growing number of stray dogs in that part of the world. A few months ago, Kenworthy once again made headlines when he came out as gay, a courageous move that rocked the world of extreme sports. In an interview with Alyssa Roenigk for ESPN Magazine, the 24-year-old explains why he finally decided to tell the truth about why he wanted fans to know who he is. “I never got to be proud of what I did in Sochi because I felt so horrible about what I didn’t do. I didn’t want to come out as the silver medalist from Sochi. I wanted to come out as the best freeskier in the world.” For Kenworthy, his public announcement represented a breakthrough in an industry that prides itself on image. As he told ESPN, “They say it’s a community of individuals and everyone is doing their own thing and it’s not a team sport, so you get to be yourself. But you don’t, really. Between the contests and the [video] shoots, everyone’s always skiing and training together. But it is the same, it’s totally like that: Be creative, be yourself, be all this stuff, but also literally just be like everybody else.” denver + colorado :: your guide to hotels and hospitality ser vices

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Then again, Kenworthy’s willingness to stretch the boundaries of what is “safe” really has never been the obstacle that would prevent him from moving to the next level, whether in his personal life or in a professional capacity. Kenworthy’s rise to the top nearly ground to a halt following last year’s X Games in Aspen. Heralded as the one to watch, his presence was everywhere, on promotional materials and signs surrounding the entire event. Yet he failed to medal in any of his competitions, and even contemplated quitting the sport he so loved. Convinced by his father and agent to get back in the game, Kenworthy placed third in halfpipe at the Mammoth Mountain Grand Prix, and two weeks later won the inaugural ski big air event and the Shaun White Air + Style event at the Rose Bowl. Then in February, competing in an event in Park City, Utah, he made history, debuting a new trick, a double cork 1260. In the end, he performed the first-ever run that included four different double corks, which was lauded as the greatest performance in ski halfpipe history. He finished the season in first place, named by the Association of Freeskiing Professionals(AFP) overall champion for the fifth consecutive year. As the X Games Aspen nears, Kenworthy is determined to continue making history, and to show the world that he is at the top of his game. He comes in as a triple threat in Slopestyle, SuperPipe and Big Air. As the fivetime consecutive AFP overall champion and Silver medalist at the Sochi Olympics, he has been deemed the one to beat. But the X Games are much, much more than just another competition for Kenworthy. Indeed, these games are personal, and carry an intense meaning for Kenworthy that goes well beyond the strive to win. “X Games is the pinnacle event,” he says. “I grew up watching it, wanting to compete there, and winning Gold. A Gold Medal at X Games is still my ultimate goal in skiing. The Olympic Games happen every four years but X Games takes place every year and continues to be the most important event in our sport. It’s my favorite weekend of the season.” A lot of pressure on this 24-year-old superstar. But then again, Gus Kenworthy proves time and again that he is more than up to the challenge.

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Celebrating its 15th year in Aspen, X Games Aspen 2016 takes place this year at Buttermilk Mountain January 28-31, 2016. The premiere winter action sports and youth lifestyle festival showcases the talents of more than 200 world-class action sports athletes competing for medals and prize money, along with world-class musical performances and interactive festival elements. Included in this year’s lineup of athletes are: • Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, Colorado) — One of the most well-rounded freestyle skiers, Kenworthy is a triple threat in Slopestyle, SuperPipe and Big Air at X Games Aspen. Though he has only an X Games bronze to his name, Kenworthy is one to watch as the five-time consecutive AFP overall champion and Sochi Olympic silver medalist. • Torin Yater-Wallace (Aspen, Colorado) — Plagued by injury in 2014 and 2015, Yater-Wallace is healthy and ready to reclaim his spot atop the hometown podium. Earning his first X Games medal with a silver at just 15 years old, Yater-Wallace has since added three more X Games medals to his trophy case. • Colten Moore (Krum, Texas) — The defending Freestyle gold medalist, Moore will look to add his third Snowmobile Freestyle gold as the discipline returns to X Games Aspen 2016. After winning his first gold at X Games Aspen in 2012, Moore has earned five additional medals in Freestyle, Best Trick, Speed & Style and Long Jump. Originally a freestyle ATV rider, Moore performs on the Nitro Circus tour riding both his ATV and Snowmobile. • Mike Schultz (St. Cloud, Minnesota) — The five-time consecutive SnoCross Adaptive gold medalist, Schultz was injured competing in the Snowboarder X Adaptive discipline at X Games Aspen 2015 and was unable to complete the six-peat. A seven-time medalist, Schultz has competed at X Games in SnoCross Adaptive, Snowboarder X Adaptive and Moto X Racing Adaptive. • Yuki Kadono (Tokyo, Japan) — Making his X Games Aspen debut with a silver medal in Snowboard Big Air in 2014, Kadono hasn’t looked back. In 2015 Kadono added X Games Big Air silver, a win at the Los Angeles Air + Style with the first-ever switch backside triple cork 1620 and a win at the Burton U.S. Open with the first ever back-to-back triple cork 1620s. • Tiril Sjåstad Christiansen (Geilo, Norway) — In her rookie year, Christiansen topped the podium at X Games Aspen 2013, claiming gold in Ski Slopestyle and went on to secure silver a few months later at X Games Tignes 2013. Raised in a family full of professional skiers and national champions, Christiansen won silver medals at both the Junior World Championships and Youth Olympic Games in 2012. Most recently, she won gold in the Silvaplana Freeski World Cup. • Arielle Gold (Breckenridge, Colorado) — A two-time X Games bronze medalist, Gold has finished in the top four at each X Games event in which she has competed. Both she and older brother Taylor earned the chance to compete at the Sochi Olympics, with Arielle being the youngest member of the halfpipe team. Music tickets and platinum passes are on sale at XGames. com. This year, X Games features six great musical artists who will perform at the base of Buttermilk, including a doubleheader on Saturday night. This year’s concerts feature performances by deadmau5, DJ SNAKE, KYGO, Nas, Run The Jewels and Twenty One Pilots, in conjunction with the sport and festival offerings. Music fans can purchase an All-Music pass for $150, which includes general admission to all six performances. A limited number of preferred All-Music passes are available for $200, which includes preferred viewing, a private entrance to the concert venue, dedicated preferred restrooms and cash bar. Performances begin Thursday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m., Friday at 9:30 p.m., Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. General admission to the action sports competitions and festival villages is free to the public.

In addition to the shows at X Games Aspen, fans can also enjoy more intimate performances at Belly Up in Aspen. Please visit BellyUpAspen.com for more information and to purchase tickets. A preferred option for the action sports competitions is also available by purchasing a Platinum Pass for the event. Each Platinum Pass includes access to the platinum suites inside the SuperPipe control tower, featuring complimentary beer, wine, spirits and catered food, and a guided pre-event tour of the SuperPipe, two-day lift ticket to all four Aspen/ Snowmass mountains, preferred music viewing, daily autograph opportunities and more. Log on to XGames.com for more information.

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Hospitality Plus at Jill’s Restaurant in the St. Julien Hotel & Spa

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By Monica Parpal Stockbridge

For Denverites, the city of Boulder presents a scenic, accessible getaway destination just about any time of year. Nestled at the base of the Flatirons, this mellow college town is only 40 miles away and can offer a nice break from the bustle of the city. Even the views along Highway 36 can be rejuvenating, especially if the skies—and the traffic— are clear. As soon as you arrive you’ll slip seamlessly into the slower pace of this Front Range community. You might check out artisan shops and hip restaurants along Pearl Street; hike the trail up Mount Sanitas on the western edge of town; taste a beer flight from one of the many craft breweries; and, if you stay the night, recuperate in a place where nature and hospitality come together: a place like St Julien Hotel & Spa. As the story goes, back when Boulder was a burgeoning gold mining supply town in the late 1890s, a tiny guest house named the Hotel St Julien operated near the present-day Boulder Theater on what is now 14th Street. More than a century later, photographs of this humble inn inspired Bruce Porcelli and Richard and Elaine Barrett, who opened their Boulder hotel—St Julien Hotel & Spa—in 2005. “The goal of this hotel—and the most rewarding aspect of ownership—is working

with our exceptional and committed team of individuals to deliver a memorable experience to each and every guest,” says Porcelli. That goal has served them well. During the past decade, the hotel has gained national recognition—named one of the top 25 hotels in the country by Travel + Leisure and a top 10 hotel in the west by Conde Nast Traveler in 2015, as well as an annual winner of the AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Travel Five Star Awards. Yet, St Julien continues to reflect the tight-knit community and natural environment of its Boulder home. Far more than luxury lodging for out-of-town visitors, St Julien—with its green courtyard, warm lobby, and friendly, youthful staff—welcomes locals in a way that is, dare we say, unusual for a hotel of this caliber. Boulderites come to enjoy Saturday afternoon tea by the lobby fireplace, taking in the grand mountain views with piano music playing softly in the background. T-Zero Lounge draws a crowd with martinis and live music most weeknights, extending the party onto the Terrace in warm weather. And on Sundays, Jill’s Restaurant & Bistro serves a buffet brunch to rival any other in the city. Indeed, much of St Julien’s culture and local appeal has to do with the dining opportunities here. At the helm of the dining program is Executive Chef Laurent Mechin—the down-toearth culinary virtuoso who, alongside Restaurant General Manager Philippe Antoine, has committed to creating a one-ofa-kind experience in Boulder since he started here nearly seven years ago. “When I first got here, I didn’t know Colorado or Boulder at all,” admits Mechin, whose background includes stints at Four Seasons restaurants in California, Costa Rica, and Jackson, Wyoming. “I knew there were a lot of restaurants and educated diners here, and I wanted to rise to the task. Philippe and I have made a lot of changes since those early days, but our goal is still the same: to be a restaurant that serves the community.”

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Both originally from France and both dedicated to the guest experience, Mechin and Antoine made a plan to improve the comfort, consistency, and quality at Jill’s Restaurant. During the past several years, they’ve rearranged the dining room to accommodate a more comfortable, intimate setting; updated the linens and glassware; and even transformed the stuffy booth seating into semi-private dining nooks nestled between tall partitions— ideal for small parties who desire a more personal experience. Naturally, they are especially proud of Jill’s culinary advances. “I like to say that we serve contemporary American cuisine with a ‘French accent,’” Antoine says, his words embellished with his own French lilt. Both Mechin and Philippe make a point of translating their cultural background in a way that is refined and approachable. For instance, the menu offers French Onion Soup, but also gourmet tater tots; Escargots as well as grilled Fish Tacos. For dinner, the signature Natural Chicken Breast with Lyonnaise tarragon jus echoes Mechin’s French upbringing, while the Duet of Boulder Raised Lamb with lamb​rack, braised shank, basil whipped potato, and Roquefort bleu cheese sauce presents a delectable marriage of both worlds. Especially impressive is the unique tableside dining experience at Jill’s. Order items like Steak Diane, Caesar Salad, Shrimp Scampi, and Bananas Foster, and your chef—Mechin himself, if you’re lucky—will wheel a cart through the dining room, coming to a stop just beside your table, and begin to cook your dish right before your eyes. A flame puffs to life from a gas burner on the cart, and the chef begins to stir ingredients into the pan; butter, garlic, leeks—all the while happy to converse about the food, wine pairings, even the adventures you may have had earlier in the day. Then, a flick of the skillet, a splash of Cognac, a thrilling burst of orange flames, and your dish is before you, piping hot and perfectly delicious. “I think the time has come when French food is more accepted,” Mechin adds. “The assumption is often that French food can be expensive and too formal. While we want our training and our culture to shine through, we also want to make our restaurant approachable, both in terms of menu items and price. We may have four stars, but we make sure that Jill’s isn’t out of reach.” Case in point? Jill’s serves lunch all week, both an à la carte menu of sandwiches, salads, and wood-fired pizzas, as well as the Ooh Là Là Lunch buffet—a rotating French feast of flatbreads, daily pasta, and tartines at an impossibly affordable $12.95 per person. Vegan Friday lunches feature an ever-changing array of fresh vegan dishes, “by far our busiest lunch of the week,” Mechin says.

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On Sundays, Jill’s Restaurant transforms into an abundant, elegant brunch buffet serving heaps of Alaskan King Crab legs, freshly carved roasts, Belgian waffles, and decadent dessert displays of bread pudding, pastries, and even a chocolate fountain. Everyone is welcome, from casual students in flip flops, to families celebrating special occasions, to locals visiting for an elegant meal in the late morning light. During the holidays, brunch becomes even more of an event. Themed décor, seasonal specials, and plenty of panache have encouraged new traditions for many guests, several of whom will finish their meals only to immediately make reservations for next year. Of course, each menu changes with the seasons, and always features three to five specials dreamed up by Mechin and his staff. “I have a talented team in the kitchen, and I love to leave room for fresh ideas depending on what we find at the Boulder Farmers’ Market.” Some ingredients are even harvested from the St Julien garden, like tomatoes, potatoes, and fresh herbs. “The garden is quite wild,” Mechin laughs, referencing the small plot at the corner of Ninth Street and Canyon Boulevard. “We don’t use pesticide or herbicide, so we allow nature to take over.” Mechin also prepares all the sauces and stocks from scratch; smokes salmon in-house; forages for porcini mushrooms in Boulder Canyon; and sources local meats whenever possible. In keeping with the hotel’s environmental priorities, no live animal butchery occurs on-site. Yet, in a community where the wildlife and the environment are priorities, many appreciate this dedication to humane animal treatment. “We source our proteins based on the values of the hotel ownership,” Mechin says. “It’s made us better chefs, and it’s part of who we are.” Indeed, St Julien’s vision is dedicated to service, hospitality, and environmental awareness—values that empower Jill’s Restaurant to keep striving for excellence. “Our goal is to continually develop new offerings, fine-tune service, and showcase the extraordinary talents of Chef Laurent Mechin and Philippe Antoine,” Bruce Porcelli affirms. Jill’s is certainly one of Boulder’s best-kept secrets; a place where luxury living and a laid-back lifestyle converge into one memorable dining experience. “We know that there are hundreds of restaurants to discover in Boulder,” Antoine says. “But Jill’s is among them, a great restaurant that happens to be in a hotel.” Educated diners know where to look—and now you do, too. 

Jill’s Gingerbread Tea A favorite winter holiday event each year is Jill’s Gingerbread Tea—a festive take on the Saturday tea service in the St Julien lobby. For this popular weekly event, the hotel partners with the Boulder-based nonprofit There With Care, dedicated to supporting the needs of children and families facing critical illness. Starting November 28 and extending through the holiday season, Gingerbread Tea is a family-friendly event featuring teas by Tea Forte as well as scones, tea sandwiches, petits fours, and gingerbread cookies. While a pianist entertains the adults, children don chef hats and aprons and decorate gingerbread men, all with the help of St Julien chefs. One more reason why St Julien and Jill’s are local favorites among Colorado natives and tourists in the know.

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Wow Factor Aplenty at the new Westin DIA By Claudia Carbone

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the south. Even with that much glass, there is nary a noise from outside. “The windows are triple-paned, allowing for no noise disturbance,” says Laurie Meza, a spokeswoman for the hotel. The thick windows make the guest rooms quiet enough for a baby to sleep. The Leed-certified 14-story hotel and conference center opened November 19 and is like an oasis on the plains at the fifth busiest airport in the country and the 15th busiest in the world, with 53 million passengers passing through each year. Business travelers will love the conference center that features a three-story floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall that provides calming views of the sweeping landscape in the spacious pre-function area. Two ballrooms, 15 meeting rooms with various dimensions and 19 break-out rooms complete the 37,000 square-foot facility that can hold as many as 2,500 people. Thirty-five suites, including 15 executive suites and two hospitality suites, complement the convenient resources for business clientele. With its ideal location in the middle of the U.S.—three hours by air from the East Coast and two hours from the West Coast—the hotel allows business to be conducted without anyone ever having to leave the grounds.

There’s a buzz going around about the brand new Westin at Denver International Airport (DIA). People everywhere are talking about it, much like when the airport opened 20 years ago on the plains northeast of the city. Back then, people mused about the unique design of the white fabric tents atop the terminal roof, which invoke the majestic mountains and the teepees of the Native Americans who lived on that very land. Now people are asking, “Is it a boat?” “Is it a cruise ship?” Is it a mustache?” They are calling the new hotel many things. In truth, the sleek structure shimmering in the sun was inspired by the imagery of flight and aviation and meant to resemble a giant bird with extended wings hovering above the iconic peaks of the Jeppesen Terminal at DIA. The innovative structure by the global design firm Gensler features a striking exterior entirely made of glass. Inside, floorto-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows in each of the 519 guest rooms and 35 suites offer unobstructed views of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Range to the west, the expansive high plateau to the east, the terminal tents to the north and the transit center to

Heavenly Westin Whether business or leisure travelers, guests in the streamlined contemporary rooms that occupy only the top eight floors of the building will find all the pampering amenities and latest technology that are signatures of the Westin, a member of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Beginning with the Heavenly® shower system that releases water like cascading rain, to the Heavenly® White Tea Aloe bath botanicals and extra-large luxurious cotton bath towels and robes in the bathroom, to the Heavenly® bed draped with 250-thread count crisp white sheets for a perfect night’s rest—all the comforts you expect from a Westin are there. A top-floor fitness studio and indoor swimming pool with a hot tub help make a stay at the airport hotel both invigorating and relaxing. The domedroof 6th-floor lobby is an airy gathering place with an urban feel for meet-and-greet activities. Keyless entry Members of Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty program can bypass the front desk by opting in for the SPG keyless entry system, the new technology that was introduced by Starwood to the industry a year ago. SPG members can use their smartphones to check in, get their room number and unlock their door. The keyless technology works through the SPG app that can be downloaded for iPhone and Android by members with an SPG number. To become a Starwood Preferred Guest, go to www.starwoodhotels.com. “Constantly seeking to fulfill our brand promise “For A Better You,” we are equally as excited to be offering Starwood’s latest SPG Keyless technology, redefining the traditional hotel experience and allowing guests to get to their hotel rooms quickly after a long day of travel,” said Tom Curley, general manager of the Westin DIA.

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Dining Three dining options are offered at the Westin: Grill and Vine, Ingredients and Sky Lounge. Grill & Vine is a tavern-style contemporary restaurant with American cuisine offering breakfast and all-day menus. “Complementing Westin’s core brand values, our menu supports wellness with simple, light, fresh foods while also focusing on locally sourced items,” said Jeremy Sullivan, director of food and beverage outlets. “Choose from our SuperFoods favorites or ‘simply grilled’ items. While the food plays a starring role, there is also a wide selection of fresh, handcrafted cocktails and a considerable wine program featuring 16 wines by the glass, including organic selections, that can be enjoyed at the large and inviting bar,” he said. At the casual grab-andgo eatery called Ingredients, customers choose from a variety of healthy breakfast and lunch items to be made to order for eating on the go. And at the Sky Lounge in the hotel lobby, customers can enjoy small plates and quick bites with a cocktail, glass of wine or a beer. Transit Center Getting to downtown Denver from DIA (or DEN as the new logo now says) will be a breeze when the east rail line of Denver’s light rail system begins operating from the Denver Airport Station just outside the hotel’s entrance next spring. It will take only 35 minutes to travel to historic Union Station, the beautiful newly remodeled transit hub in the heart of downtown about 25 miles west. From there, guests can reach the city’s culinary scene, sports arenas, art galleries and shops on foot, bike, pedicab or via the light rail or 16th Street Mall shuttle. The stainless-steel electric rail cars on the east line are bigger and heavier than those on the rest of the system, running on 25,000-volt AC power instead of 750-volt DC power. The commuter train will travel at 79 miles per hour, versus the lighter cars’ speed of 55 mph. Its higher platforms flush with the train make it easy for passengers wheeling luggage and for those in wheelchairs and walkers to get through the doors. The east line will make six stops during its 23-mile trip to Union Station. It will leave every 15 minutes during peak hours and every 30 minutes the rest of the time.

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Perhaps the most convenient aspect of the new transit center is the ability for passengers to tag their luggage at a kiosk right there and drop it off for security screening and transport to their plane. Passengers can go directly to their gates without having to stop at the ticket lobby to check their bags. Public Plaza A gorgeous open-air public plaza the size of a football field and two basketball courts connecting the hotel with the terminal adds a dimension to the airport hotel not seen anywhere in the United States. The 82,000 square-foot space partially covered with a stunning glass-and-steel canopy that invokes Star Wars is Denver’s latest venue for art and exhibitions, entertainment, markets and shows of all kinds. It can accommodate as many as 2,000 people meandering about and as many as 4,500 for special events. The ease of getting there via the train is expected to draw visitors from around the metro area for events managed by Denver Arts & Venues. Public Art Thanks to Denver’s Public Art Program established in 1988, one percent of any capital improvement project more than $1 million must be set aside for art. Since its opening, DIA has maintained an active public art program; accordingly, the Westin and Transit Center displays artwork symbolic of Colorado’s landscape from mostly local artists selected through a competitive process. Exterior installations include “Shadow Array,” an artful display of 250 beetle-kill spruce logs (the pine beetle has devastated forests throughout Colorado) above native grasses on the sides of the train platform by Denver artist Patrick Marold; “Air Field,” a wind-activated installation by California

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view of the Colorado River on the west wall is made from water-jet cut aluminum; and on the east wall is Heather Patterson’s mixed-media landscape abstract on nine separate panels that create one large image. Artwork of eight local artists is featured in all of the guest rooms and suites, commissioned and funded by the decorating budget of the hotel. “Two of the main factors we considered in choosing the art were that we wanted to feature really unique artwork that speaks to the place and to showcase local artists who haven’t been seen much in public spaces,” said Kendall Peterson, hotel and transit center public art manager.

sculptor Ned Kahn in the open-air plaza; and “Water In All Of Its States,” a luminous design for the train hall and video imagery on the escalator walls between the train platform and the plaza on level 5 by Paris-based lighting artist Yann Kersalé. Interior artwork, all by Colorado artists, can be viewed in the hallway of the hotel entrance and on the west and east walls of the pre-function area of the conference center. Mindy Bray created an abstract mural of the Platte River on the 150-footlong entry walls; Wopo Holup’s three-dimensional aerial map

Acclimate Lastly, the hotel is a boon to flatlanders who come to Colorado to ski. Staying one or two nights at 5,335 feet at the Westin DIA is the best way to acclimate slowly to the 8,000- 13,000foot altitudes they’ll find at the resorts in the mountains. Racing up to the slopes right after landing at the airport is the surest way to bring on altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness, that can ruin a ski vacation. “Denver’s International Airport’s new Westin Hotel, transit center, commuter rail connection and open-air plaza bring new amenities to our passengers that enhance their experience and help us remain competitive,” said DIA’s CEO Kim Day. “We look forward to sharing this new experience with passengers and showing them why sleeping at the airport just became ‘heavenly’.” Author bio: Claudia Carbone is an award-winning journalist and native of Denver. She’s proud to be living in the city during these exciting times.

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Steak It’s Stock Show time in Colorado, and beef is on everyone’s mind. So when you ask “Where’s the beef?” we have the answer. Here is our lineup of some of Colorado’s best steakhouses:

Bastien’s A local’s favorite for more than 50 years, Bastien’s is home to the sugar steak, a signature staple that is dusted lightly with sugar and grilled to caramelized perfection. A unique atmosphere for a truly unique and delicious dining experience. 3503 E. Colfax Ave., Denver 303.322.0363 bastiensrestaurant.com

Buckhorn Exchange This historic establishment was founded in 1893 and boasts Colorado’s Number One liquor license. Founded by Henry H. “Shorty Scout” Zietz, one of the Old West’s most colorful figures, the place is a not-tobe-missed institution. 1000 Osage Street, Denver 303.534.9505 buckhorn.com

Capital Grille A gathering place for power brokers and the rich and famous, The Capital Grille is much more than a great steak, with a 5,000-bottle wine list, art deco ambience and beautiful mahogany furnishings. 1450 Larimer Street, Denver 303.539.2500 thecapitalgrille.com/Denver-co

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House Truly a classic American steakhouse, Del Frisco’s specializes in aged USDA Prime Beef, hand-cut steak, chops and fresh seafood. The atmosphere is everything you’d expect from a great steak place, and the hand-shaken martinis are an extra bonus. 8100 E. Orchard Rd. 303.796.0100 delfriscos.com/Denver

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Elway’s

Del Frisco’s Grille is Denver’s hippest new destination in the heart of Cherry Creek North. While not a traditional steakhouse, the beef is signature Del Frisco’s, and the cheesesteak egg rolls are a don’t miss. The ambience is gorgeous, chic and exciting. 100 St. Paul St. 303.320.8529 delfriscosgrille.com/cherry-creek

Denver Broncos legend John Elway and longtime friend Tim Schmidt teamed to open this wildly popular restaurant which since Day One has attracted a fun, highprofile mix of movers and shakers. The food is top-notch and the bartenders know their craft. Locations in Denver, Vail and DIA 303.399.5353 Elways.com

The Denver ChopHouse & Brewery Nestled in the historic Union Pacific Building adjacent to Coors Field, this fun venue features a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and great food. Handcrafted Ales are brewed onsite, along with small batch bourbons. 1735 19th Street 303.296.0800 denverchophouse.com

Eddie Merlot’s Founded by a man who loves a great steak and a great glass of wine, Eddie Merlot’s is a welcome addition to southeast Denver. A recent revamp of the menu challenged the chef to find a new steak that ranked high in the “WOW” factor, and led to a 20-oz. Wagyu bone-in New York Strip that heralds from Greg Norman Australian Prime. The steak is buttery and tender, and the marbling head-and-shoulders above many other varieties. Paired with a phenomenal wine from the extensive wine list, this is guaranteed to “WOW” diners. 10110 E. Dry Creek Rd. 720.744.2622 eddiemerlots.com

EDGE Restaurant & Bar Executive chef Simon Purvis is a master at serving up delicious cuts of beef garnered from a local Colorado ranch. EDGE is the city’s only restaurant serving a dry-aged Kansas City strip, cooked on a wood-burning grill. 1111 14th St. in The Four Seasons 303.389.3343 edgerestaurantdenver.com

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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Founded in 1998 in Newport Beach, Calif., Fleming’s opened with a vision to create a unique steakhouse experience with an emphasis on generous hospitality, inviting atmosphere and the very fine aged USDA Prime beef. Great food, wine, sides and desserts. 191 Inverness Drive W. 303.768.0827 flemingssteakhouse.com/Denver

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse From a farm in southern Brazil, Fogo de Chao’s founders learned the art of cooking in the churrasco grilling tradition. The menu is rooted in the Brazilian tradition and is a unique culinary experience that brings diners back time and again. 1513 Wynkoop St. 303.623.9600 fogodechao.com

Guard and Grace A refreshing take on the big, fancy, modern steakhouse, Guard and Grace offers the gamut – delicious cuts of beef, a 4,000-bottle glassed-in wine cellar, and a visually stunning space that provides a huge change from the heavily dark wood ambience of many a steakhouse. 1801 California St. 303.293.8500 guardandgrace.com


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Rodizio Grill

Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon

Serving the finest cuts of beef, this Canadian steakhouse is West Denver’s answer to the clubby establishments that make up the downtown Denver scene. The steaks are the finest cut, aged to perfection and use a special blend of seasoning. 14065 W. Colfax Drive, Lakewood 303.238.7500 kegsteakhouse.com

The first authentic Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant in the United States, Rodizio Grill was established in 1995 by Brazilian native Ivan Utrera. Flavors are wonderful, reflecting the traditional “churrasco” (barbeque) style of dining derived from southern Brazil. 1801 Wynkoop St. 303.294.9277 rodiziogrill.com

Great dining featuring the finest aged beef from premium suppliers such as Harris Ranch Beef and Emerald Valley Ranch. The restaurant’s recently renovated dining room offers a great atmosphere, and the prized historic back-bar is a favorite gathering place. 109 Lincoln Ave., Breckenridge 970.453.9948 briarrosechophouse.com

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Flame

When Ruth Fertel opened the first Ruth’s Chris Steak House in New Orleans in 1965, it became a staple for politicians, athletes and businessmen. Today the restaurant is known for USDA prime steaks served on ceramic plates, generous portions and great sides. 707 15th Street 303.825.0713 ruthschris.com

Housed in the Four Seasons Resort Vail, Flame offers unique twists on classic steakhouse favorites. A great variety of prime steak selections, including a mouthwatering 32-oz. dry-aged Waygu Ribeye, this is a great steakhouse located in the heart of Vail. 1 Vail Rd., Vail 970.477.8650 flamerestaurantvail.com

Shanahan’s

Juicy Lucy’s Steakhouse

From the décor to the fare, everything about Shanahan’s is first-class. The steaks indeed are not just good, they’re mouthwatering, delicious and prepared to perfection. A stunning bar in the center of the restaurant brings a great energy to the place, and in the summer a fun patio scene makes for great people watching. This is a traditional steakhouse at its best – prime cuts of beef with sides that rival any establishment. 5085 S. Syracuse St. 303.770.7300 shanahanssteakhouse.com

Specializing in the highest-quality Colorado beef, lamb, pork and elk, special attention is paid to the flavor of every entrée at the restaurant. Juicy Lucy’s is located in downtown Glenwood Springs, down the street from the Glenwood Springs Train Depot and across the Colorado River. 308 7th St., Glenwood Springs 970.945.4619 juicylucysteakhouse.com

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks Extraordinary service and freshest ingredients are the backbone of this wellknown restaurant chain. Now part of the Landry’s brand, McCormick & Schmick’s steers clear of the “flash and dazzle,” focusing on simple food made delicious. 8100 E. Union Avenue 720.200.9339 mccormickandschmicks.com

Morton’s The Steakhouse With more than 69 restaurants nationwide, Morton’s has been serving up great steaks for more than three decades. First started in Chicago, the fare is consistently first-rate and a long-time favorite of Denverites wanting a delicious steak with all the trimmings. 1710 Wynkoop St. 303.825.3353 mortons.com

Ocean Prime Restaurateur Cameron Mitchell’s wildly popular restaurant is bustling with energy, serving up great steak, seafood, signature cocktails and an impressive wine list. The restaurant is truly a destination, with a great downstairs bar and relaxing upstairs dining. 1465 Larimer Street 303.825.3663 ocean-prime.com

Palm Restaurant The original Palm debuted in New York City in 1926, and is still family-owned and operated. The guest list reads like a who’s who, and the signature caricatures adorning the walls are a showcase of local Denverites and well-known visitors. And the food … exceptional! 1672 Lawrence St. in The Westin 303.825.7256 thepalm.com/Denver

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Outside Denver The Fort This replica of Bent’s Fort, a famous Colorado fur trade fort is home to a true Colorado landmark, located near the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Familyowned and operated, True to its mission, The Fort serves up more than 80,000 entrees of buffalo annually. 19192 CO-8, Morrison 303.697.4771 thefort.com

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Steak House No. 316 Aspenites Craig and Samantha CordtsPearce bring their love of New York steakhouses to the quaint mountain town. Hailed as the “only true steakhouse in Aspen,” the food is phenomenal and the atmosphere dark and inviting. 316 E. Hopkins Ave., Aspen 970.920.1893 steakhouse316.com

Sheridan New Chop House A classic steakhouse in the heart of Telluride, this one-of-a-kind restaurant is acclaimed as one of the town’s best eateries. A highlight is the nightly special, featuring Prime Coulotte Sirloin served in The Parlor and at the Chop House Bar. 223 W. Colorado Av., Telluride 970.728.9100 newsheridan.com/chop-house-restauranttelluride


AND BETTER THAN EVER

Like a phoenix, the tip of the Baja Peninsula has emerged from Hurricane Odile renewed, revitalized and ready to rock!

ONE&ONLY PALMILLA Ocean-front Pool Casita Suites offer the option of a romantic moonlight dip in the Sea of Cortez or an intimate, late-night swim in a private pool. Afterward, guests may soak in the panoramic starlight view from the pool terrace or enjoy 24-hour dining in-suite. Also available is pampering for both men and women at Jonathan and George’s OBO Salon.

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One&Only Palmilla At the legendary One&Only Palmilla resort, red-tiled roofs and whitewashed walls surrounded by swaying palms create an idyllic setting. With a margarita in hand, this the perfect way to

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os Cabos is back and better than ever, after the Baja California Peninsula suffered $1.22 billion in damages from Hurricane Odile in 2014. Significant repairs achieved at warp speed have beautifully restored Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, collectively known as Los Cabos, one of the most desirable, picturesque holiday destinations in Mexico. Often referred to as “the end of the earth,” this beautiful area boasts a lush green landscape stretching between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California and framed by stunning sandy beaches and dramatic coastlines. San Jose del Cabo is a tranquil town with cobblestone streets and charming boutiques that sell local arts and crafts, handcrafted silver and clothing. On the opposite side of the peninsula, the lively, bohemian Cabo San Lucas offers a party lifestyle, marina and luxury shopping mall. The distinctive persona of Los Cabos shines in its wealth of shopping and activities unique to the region. In Los Cabos, championship golf courses wind through centuries-old cacti in rugged desert mountain terrain, making each hole a memorable experience. Jack Nicklaus described the Cabo del Sol course as “the most spectacular golf course property on earth.” More than 800 species of game fish await deep-sea fishermen on the Gordo or Jaime Bank at the Marlin Capital of the World. While snorkeling in crystal-clear water around the natural reef, expect to encounter manta rays, sea turtles and hammerheads. Swim deep with dolphins, climb high for bungee jumping, or, on terra firma, discover the beauties of Baja’s wild, mountainous deserts.

watch the sun set in a blaze of crimson and amethyst. In the rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows ensure no mesmerizing ocean views are missed. At Palmilla, Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has imprinted his internationally renowned signature style onto Seared, a new steakhouse. The finest steaks, including Kobe Tomahawk and Porterhouse, await in a glass-walled, dry-edge curing room, and fresh seafood also is available. Dine al fresco on the stunning, ocean-facing terrace or inside on Aztec-themed marble floors under elegant, tawny chandeliers. For guests who desire Asian cuisine, Chef Yoshiaki Akaike demonstrates his expertise in sushi and sashimi in the Japanese Suviche restaurant. Completing the dining experience is Chef Larbi Dahrouch, whose extensive travels throughout Mexico have influenced

his creations. Guests also may indulge in the tequila and mezcal trolley. Dining within unique pods perched among rocks above the Sea of Cortez ensures an intensely memorable experience. At the Palmilla, guests stay in casas (houses) nestled around the edge of the Cabo peninsula. Gentle breezes kiss private balconies and patios adjoining beautifully refurbished guest rooms and suites. In the apartments, Mexican handcrafted accessories accent decor in rich red, soft cream and deep blues. To meet guests’ every need, 24-hour butlers provide service with a smile. At OBO Salon, Beverly Hills stylists Jonathan and George provide ladies with signature treatments, such as Baja Deep Tissue Pindas Ritual. Treatments also are available in the privacy of individual villas set among secluded courtyards. Also offered are plunge pools, rain showers and hair and beauty treatments.

ESPERANZA The crown on a towering spit extending into the ocean, Esperanza is haunting in her beauty. The super-secluded resort’s post-Odile redesign features attention to detail par excellence, including infinity-edged hot tubs, handcrafted furnishings, Latin and Asian-inspired cuisine and a world-class spa.

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ty-edge hot tubs. Esperanza’s luxury spa has been named the No. 1 spa in Latin America. Signature treatments include a warm, sun-baked, river-stone massage designed to soothe muscles and ease tension, followed by a refreshing cucumber-and-lime facial. Private chefs and butlers provide the ultimate in personal service. Cochina del Mar is known for its broad variety of fresh fish and seafood served amid an oceanfront setting with a spectacular view of the beach. Alternatively, PESCA features a new, hand-sculpted ceramic ceviche bar that boasts made-to-order, citrus-cured seafood dishes inspired by Latin and Asian flavors. Photos courtesy of Thompson Hotel / The Cape

Thompson Hotel / The Cape

THOMPSON HOTEL / THE CAPE Nature’s wonders permeate this new resort, which was sited to maximize its desert-meets-sea location. Furnished in clean, contemporary California-meets-Baja style, the newest member of the Los Cabos resorts features dining in an exhibitionstyle kitchen and Realeza tequila, which is produced and bottled especially for The Cape.

Barber & Blade, an exclusive men’s salon, provides elegant barbershop-quality shaving and grooming experiences. During the winter, camel safaris often see amazing views of humpback whales swimming down the coast. Cruise in the sumptuous One & Only, Palmilla’s 43-foot Azimat yacht, skip the waves on a water motorbike or don an underwater helmet for an unusual sea trek in zero gravity. Kids’ programs include laughter-inducing piñata-making classes, origami, picnics and games. As night falls, and bright stars emerge, a star-gazing session reveals new light on the mysteries of the universe.

Esperanza Following Hurricane Odile, the Esperanza resort in Los Cabos underwent extensive redesign. All aspects of the resort, including guest rooms, terraces, reception areas and restaurants,

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Close to the tip of the Baja California Sur Peninsula sparkles The Cape, the first-ever Thompson Hotel. Set beside Monuments Beach, the surfer’s paradise, this resort caters to discerning guests. Larger-than-life Richard Serra-inspired art sculptures framed by lush vegetation mark the ascending driveway. The have been transformed and are precise siting of the hotel ensures even more magnificent. each guestroom and most public With its unique coastal locaspaces enjoy superb views of both tion, perched on top of cliffs with- the Sea of Cortez and the famed in the exclusive enclave of Punta El Arco granite arch, which was Ballena, Esperanza has long been carved by centuries of winds and a favorite destination of travelers waves. The six-story building who delight in barefoot elegance. sports a rooftop lounge, complete To enter the secluded resort, with bars, fire pits and peaceful guests pass through two gates water features. and are rewarded by two beach Interior décor is a mix of clean, coves—sans public access—where contemporary lines combined they can enjoy sun and surf in with a relaxed 1960’s southtotal privacy. ern-California-meets-Baja style. Rising from the ocean in a Unusual wing-tipped leather fairy-tale setting, tiered infinity headboards and freestanding pools stretch to the horizon. Low- copper-leafed bathtubs introduce slung terracotta buildings amid an unexpected element. Bathtubs stone walkways and lush greenery are carefully positioned to ensure convey intimacy and tranquility in privacy while concurrently grantthis elegant tropical oasis. ing an unrestricted view of the Soft, white-edged netting terrace and the ocean beyond. draped over beds and handcraftEach terrace includes binocued Baja-style furnishings continue lars for whale watching, and large the ambiance. From the palatial floor-to-ceiling windows provide rooms of Esperanza’s casitas, stunning views across the bay. guests enjoy stunning views of Tequila produced and bottled exgardens. The ocean terraces offer clusively for The Cape is provided hammocks and private, infini-

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in each guest room; Realeza Mexicana tequila is made from 100% blue agave, accompanied by fresh orange slices and Sal de Gusano, a traditional condiment of smoky, savory salt made of gusano worms. Calming ocean waves provide music for spa cabanas snuggled among rock formations. With a minimalist approach, conveyed in dark charcoal grey walls and sparse artwork, the Spa allows the adjacent desert-meets-thesea landscape to dominate. Try out signature treatments, such as Currents Anti-Aging Massage of orange and rose oils blended with natural massage oil or a face massage with Tata Harper Facial Serum. Yoga and private workout sessions with expert trainers keep muscles in trim. Gourmet dining awaits at the refined, yet casual, Manta Restaurant supervised by acclaimed chef Enrique Olvera of Cosme restaurant in New York’s Flatiron neighborhood. Guests may watch

the chef at work in the exhibition-style kitchen, with its teppanyaki and robata grills. Locally sourced seafood and homemade tortillas appear prominently on the menus, together with fine craft spirits and Mexican delicacies. For something extra-special when celebrating with friends, experience the 360-degree transparent wall of the Glass Box. Award-winning mixologist Osvaldo Vazquez received the G’Vine Global Bartender award, earned for his ingenious cocktail inspired by the creator of color television. Weekly tasting sessions, hosted by Vazquez, enable guests to try new creations as part of the Agave Experience, a special array of unique tequila, mezcal and other regional agave spirits. Guests may experience the ocean’s splendor via sunset cruises, snorkeling and sailing. On terra firma, buggies are available for exploration of the Sierra. Alternatively, choose an excursion to the beautiful colonial town of Todos

Santos, nestled amid the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains foothills, or explore art and architecture of San José del Cabo.

Hyatt Ziva Imposing, glamorous and enticing, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos makes a significant impression upon guests arriving at the golden colonnaded lobby and panoramic views. In the rooms, handcrafted wood furnishings and terracotta tiled floors provide gentle accents to neutral color schemes. Baths resemble private spas complete with rainfall showers, and private balconies open to ocean vistas. The patios of swim-up suites lead to sparkling, private outdoor pools, and personal concierge service ensures superb service with prompt response. The premium-level lounge offers imported drinks, appetizers, table games and books. Sip a mojito on the beach while watching waves gently lap the

HYATT ZIVA An inclusive oasis, this imposing hotel and resort caters to all ages. A variety of supervised activities for children free mom and dad to enjoy adult activities, including spa treatments in beachside thatched cabanas, Broadway-style shows and a swim-up bar in the adults-only pool.

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site include an adult-only pool and a children’s water-feature play area. Bask in the sun and dive into the crystal clear waters of the Pacific, then enjoy a yoga session on the beach. For variety, try water aerobics, basketball, beach volleyball or a game of tennis. In the fitness club, a range of equipment helps guests to stay trim. At night, the broad range of live entertainment includes Broadway-style shows in the Gran Teatro. The Kidz Club provides a comprehensive program of supervised activities for children. Depending on the time of year, youngsters can participate in the release of baby turtles into the sea, a memorable experience. An inclusive oasis with activities for all age groups, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is a dream come true.

Casa del Mar Dramatic decor in rich reds, natural stone and wood sets the tone as guests enter the exclusive Casa del Mar boutique hotel.

CASA DEL MAR This boutique hotel on the sea provides the perfect home for golfers, with its proximity to seven championship courses designed by worldfamous players, including Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. For the healthconscious, the fitness center is open 24 hours per day, and organic menus featuring locally sourced ingredients are available.

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Gently glowing, ornately carved teak furniture bears witness to the skill of craftspeople in Antigua, as does the stunning, geometric Mexican artwork. In rooms, linens are ornamented by designs of flowers and birds, and marble bathrooms and rain showers complement the furnishings. Palm trees tower over lush vegetation surrounding the pools and leading down to the beach. A broad expanse of smooth sand, azure sea and distant mountains is visible from every room. Floor-to-ceiling windows in each room open out onto a private terrace, perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine and delicious fresh, local fruit. Dine in style among elegant courtyards surrounded by tiered colonnades, with each table illuminated by gently flickering wall and table lights. The fountain’s flowing waters sing a pleasant accompaniment to the dining experience. Diners may choose from among a fusion of

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sand or relax with a drink on the terrace. Have a game of billiards in the sports bar, which pays homage to the year Mexico hosted the Olympics. Seven gourmet restaurants feature cuisine from a variety of international countries, including Spain, Japan, France, Italy, Mexico, and the U.S. The poolside Coco Loco is a guest favorite, offering a genuine cantina atmosphere with tacos, ceviche and guacamole. For casual diners, the Mexican plaza offers an authentic taqueria and innovative food carts with local offerings that change daily. The restorative Zen spa at Hyatt Ziva uses only botanical products. For something different, try the Chirogolf massage, which employs golf balls, or a palapa-style outdoor treatment in one of the private cabanas. Steam baths, sauna, plunge pool, hydrotherapy and a beauty salon complete the list of available treatments. Multiple swimming pools on


Hotel El Ganzo Only a short distance divides Casa del Mar from its sister resort Hotel El Ganzo, but the ambiance is a striking contrast. Conceived as an epicenter for cultural arts, El Ganzo is the only hotel in Cabos with its own underground recording facility. The studio attracts performers from around the world; some visiting artists also present fantastic performances on the lobby stage, with

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traditional Mexican and nouvelle cuisine, gourmet menus or organic menus that use locally sourced ingredients, some from the hotel’s vegetable and herb garden. Private, in-room dining can be arranged for an intimate, romantic evening. The glittering gold entrance to Sueños Del Mar Spa hints at the glowing results awaiting guests. This is a place to replenish energies, regain the skin’s natural luster and rejuvenate every cell. A full range of massage and body therapies are available, including a sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. Ocean-front beach cabanas ensure fabulous views while guests undergo treatments. Muscle tone can be improved in the fitness center, which is open 24 hours per day and contains a complete range of cardio and fitness equipment. A golfer’s paradise, the Casa Del Mar maintains special access to the Grupo Questro, with its challenging golf courses and 11 lush, rolling greens. Nearby are seven championship courses designed by world famous golfers such as Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Robert Trent Jones Jr. Casa Del Mar also offers adventurous guests ziplines, rappelling, bungee jumping and off-road adventures in the Wild Canyon or flying in three dimensions—forward, backward, left, right, over and underwater—in the Hydro Flyboard. A botanical garden contains more than 1,500 varieties of desert plants from around the world. Alternatively, guests can swim with dolphins at the Dolphin Discovery Center.

its state-of-the-art audio facilities. In addition, the hotel offers a special residency program in which visual artists create installations and other works on site. The 2-D and 3-D art on display changes frequently; visual-art programs also include screenings of cutting-edge films. This is, quite simply, an art and music lover’s utopia. Each room is luxuriously appointed with modern, refined decor that employs natural materials, wooden surfaces and rustic undertones. Each of the large suites has been individually designed and decorated; the artworks contained therein are by El Ganzo’s artists-in-residence and are continually changing. The two largest suites include indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, glass-enclosed gyms, a grand salon and private ping-pong tables. For a boutique hotel, El Ganzo offers a stunning range of amenities, including a beach club,

signature golf courses, a rooftop with lounge, an open-air music venue, restaurant and cabana, a lined infinity pool and a glass-enclosed Jacuzzi offering limitless views of the marina. Dining options are equally broad: Ganzo Downstairs blends traditional Mexican flavors with international cuisine, the bar offers signature cocktails in the bar, and sushi is served all day on the rooftop. An informal ‘no shoes, no problem’ approach characterizes the Ganzo de Playa Beach Club. Los Cabos is definitely back as a vacation destination and better than ever before. New experiences and new resorts await visitors to this unforgettable destination.

HOTEL EL GANZO An epicenter for cultural arts, this contrasting sister to Casa del Mar boasts an underground recording facility and a residency program for visual artists. Together, they ensure the hotel is awash in music performances, everchanging exhibits of 2-D and 3-D visual art exhibits and film screenings.

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scene In Colorado, we’ve got events to suit everyone’s style. Check our calendar for the best of the city’s culture and entertainment during your stay.

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Carrie Underwood Pepsi Center

This 32-year-old Oklahoma native has been sharing her country singing skills with the public since she started out on American Idol in 2005. With her new album Storyteller receiving critical acclaim, she’s set to light up the stage with songs like “Blown Away” and “Something in the Water.” Underwood has been wowing fans for more than a decade, and is truly one of the great storytellers to emerge. Her newest album is filled with interesting and fascinating stories about people and places that leave fans wanting more. From start to finish, Underwood is an entertainer whose music appeals to fans of all generations.


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CALENDAR JANUARY

Janet’s Unbreakable World Tour is finally coming to town after having taken off this past September in Vancouver. As of now, the tour is in the top ten in popularity, forcing the masterminds behind the planning to add concert dates in several locations around the U.S. Although this is her “come back/promotional tour,” Janet is performing not only the new songs from her album Unbreakable, but revisiting the hits that crowds love, from “Got ‘til It’s Gone” to “Nasty.” To make things more interesting, Janet Jackson will be joined on stage by preteen professional dancers, like the 12-year-old YouTube sensation Taylor Hatala. Don’t miss it! JANUARY 2

Denver Coliseum

Are you looking for an excuse to wear your cowboy boots? For those who love everything country, this is the place to be. Last year, the show pulled in 15,000 goers, proving to be hugely entertaining! Among the many Pro rodeos, the Pink Rodeo aims to raise money for breast cancer research, so wear your pink and come support the cause. On January 10, the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza will be stealing the show with bull riding and trick roping, among other professional stunts. Let’s not forget the tradeshow and the livestock show that will be on premises. And of course, on January 19, dubbed Military Appreciation Night, the NWSS will be dedicating the night to honor our soldiers, past and present. Whether you come for support, for shopping, or for enjoyment, you’ll find it all here. JANUARY 8

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Murder For Two

Umphrey’s McGee

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Electron

Everyone is a suspect in Murder For Two, a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all the suspects and they both play the piano!

A fun night with American progressive rock band, who fans adoringly refer to as improg, or progressive improvisation. Part of the jam band scene, the band is influenced by King Crimson,Yes, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa and more.

Funk Electronica group Skydyed released its debut EP, New Horizons last April, and several singles since then. They performed at last year’s 2014 Arise Music Festival and last year’s Feed the Rocks concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Electron, the Philadelphia based super-group featuring Marc Brownstein, Aron Magner, Tommy Hamilton, and Mike Greenfield!

Garner Galleria Theatre

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The String Cheese Incident 1stBank Center

An amazing band that started out in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains who effortlessly incorporate styles like bluegrass, electronic, and reggae into their unique rock sound. JANUARY 1, 2

Yonder Mountain String Band Boulder Theater

Originally formed in Colorado, they have redefined the bluegrass sound into their own “boot-stomping, barn-burning bluegrass music.” JANUARY 1

DeVotchKa with IZCALLi The Bluebird Theater

The four-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble DeVotchka hails from Denver and has a sound as unique as the musicians themselves. Their latest studio album, 100 Lovers, was released in 2011. JANUARY 1-FEBRUARY 21

Murder For Two

Garner Galleria Theatre

A hilarious murder mystery musical comedy with a twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all of the suspects and they both play the piano! JANUARY 2

DeVotchKa with The Yawpers The Bluebird Theater

DeVotchKa is a four-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble. They take their name from the Russian word devochka, meaning “girl.” The four-piece multi-instrumental and vocal ensemble DeVotchka hails from Denver and has a sound as unique as the musicians themelves. Their latest studio album, 100 Lovers, was released in 2011.

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Pepsi Center

The Fillmore Auditorium

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Kevin Fowler, Mickey & the Motorcars Grizzly Rose Saloon

American Texas Country artist Kevin Fowler has released five studio albums and has charted four singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts, including he the top 40 hit “Pound Sign.” JANUARY 7

The Wailers The Fox Theatre

Together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold more than 350 million albums worldwide. They have played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, and Carlos Santana, as well as reggae legends including Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Burning Spear. JANUARY 7

Ryanhood

The Bluebird Theater

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Patton Oswalt Paramount Theatre

Stand-up comedian, writer and actor Patton Oswalt is known for such roles as Spencer Olchin in the sitcom, The King of Queens and was the voice of Remy in the film Ratatouille. JANUARY 10

G-Eazy

1st Bank Center

Gerald Earl Gillum, or G-Eazy is an American hop-hop recording artist and record producer. His major-label debut album, These Things Happen, was released in 2014 and peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard 20. His second hit album, When It’s Dark Out, was released in December. JANUARY 15

Josh Abbott Band Grizzly Rose

Named “Best Group/Duo” in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Award, acoustic duo Ryanhood offers a wonderful mix of rock and folk music.

Josh Abbott Band is a Texas country band from the state of Texas, USA. It is composed of Josh Abbott, Austin Davis, Preston Wait, Edward Villanueva, James Hertless and Caleb Keeter

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Gothic Theatre

Gothic Theatre

Swallow Hill Music Hall

The Wailers with Mike Love Together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold more than 350 million albums worldwide. They have played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, and Carlos Santana, as well as reggae legends including Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Burning Spear.

Fox Street with Analog Sun Fox Street is quickly gaining a reputation for being one of the hardest working rock and roll bands on the Colorado music scene. Voted Denver’s “Best Traditional Rock Band” at the 2013 Westword Music Showcase, the group also played raging headlining shows for packed houses at The Bluebird Theater and Larimer Lounge. In the February 2014 edition of Colorado Music Buzz, Fox Street was named amongst the “best jam bands” in Colorado.

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Gothic Theatre

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Snails with Wuki Ogden Theatre

The Snails are an eclectic act whose work, though identifiable with definite genres, defies generalization. JANUARY 16

Hairball

Paramount Theatre

Hairball is a Rock & Roll experience you won’t forget. A band puts on a concert - Hairball puts on an event! The lights, sound, video screens, smoke, fire, blood, bombs, confetti, spiders, snakes & monsters (oh my) and the screaming hoards of rabid Hairball fans create an event - an event that hits you so hard, it’ll take a few days to recover! Rock & Roll will NEVER die!!! JANUARY 19

Shaping Sound

Ellie Caulkins Opera House

An electrifying mash-up of dance styles and musical genres brought to life by a dynamic company of contemporary dancers. JANUARY 20

Kyle Abraham Gates Concert Hall

Kyle Abraham is an American choreographer. He began dancing under the tutelage of the Civic Light Opera Academy and he studied at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. JANUARY 22

The Nest

The Space Theatre

No conversation is off-limits at The Nest, until a stranger enters the bar with a lucrative proposition. An explosice new comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck.

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CALENDAR JANUARY David Spade

Paramount Theatre

Bill Engvall

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Best known for his hilarious “Hollywood” Minute Sketches on Saturday Night Live, David Spade has audiences doubled over with his sometimes dirty, always funny, sharp comedic wit. He has had starring roles in Joe Dirt and Tommy Boy, and has entertained audiences for seven years starring as Dennis Finch on the TV series Just Shoot Me. His memoir “Almost Interesting” shows why he is one of this generation’s favorite comedians.

Grammy-nominated, multiplatinum selling recording artist Bill Engvall is one of the country’s top comedians. Most recently he was a contestant on Season 17 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and made it to the finals as a fan favorite. He previously starred in and executive produced the TBS sitcom, The Bill Engvall Show, and was part of the hugely successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films which sold more than nine million units.

JANUARY 22

JANUARY 24

JANUARY 28

JANUARY 29

Boulder Theater

Ogden Theatre

Avalon Theatre, Grand Junction

Pepsi Center

moe.

Get em while they’re here! moe. has been playing rock tunes for the past 24 records, and their guitar riffs are just what the doctor ordered for a perfect Friday night. JANUARY 22

Who’s Bad: The World’s #1 Michael Jackson Tribute Band Gothic Theatre

For the diehard fans of Michael Jackson, this is the next best thing to seeing the legend live. With Taalib York and Joseph Bell as the lead singers of the band, the night is bound to be filled with authentic MJ dance moves and ballads. JANUARY 22. 23

Granger Smith Grizzly Rose Saloon

Granger Smith is “On The Verge” of Becoming the Next Bro-Country Sensation. JANUARY 22

Ellis Paul

Swallow Hill Music Hall

‘Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.’ - The New York Times JANUARY 23

moe.

Ogden Theatre

Get em while they’re here! moe. has been playing rock tunes for the past 24 records, and their guitar riffs are just what the doctor ordered for a perfect Friday night. JANUARY 23

ZOSO (The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience) The Bluebird Theater

Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing.

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Comedy Works South

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January 22-23

Lupe Flasco This powerful musician gives it his all while he tells his stories, putting his own spin on things with hit songs like “The Show Goes On” and “Words I Never Said.” JANUARY 26-31

Dirty Dancing Buell Theatre

Summer vacation in The Catskill Mountains and Frances “Baby” Houseman learns some major life lessons from the resort’s dance instructor and the rest of the resort staff.

Brian Regan

Comedian Brian Regan is the perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. - See more at: http://brianregan.com/about/#sthash.XYIfx2Hy.dpuf JANUARY 29

Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic Bellco Theatre at Colorado Convention Center

JANUARY 27

Open the door to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions with Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite Disney characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box with the help of the green army men; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst the floating lanterns. With special appearances by Snow White, Tinker Bell and Aladdin’s Genie, you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun. In Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination.

Ogden Theatre

JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 28

JANUARY 28

Los Lobos Disconnected Boulder Theater

Los Lobos are celebrating their 40th anniversary as a band with the release of the new live track album “Disconnected In New York City” on October 29th. JANUARY 26

Charles Kelley Gothic Theatre

Charles Burgess Kelley is an American country music singer, songwriter and founding member of the country music trio Lady Antebellum, who formed in 2006 and are signed to Capitol Nashville.

Madeon with Skylar Spence Madeon is a french electronic musician who talks about himself in the third person - what a snob. JANUARY 27

Nile

Bluebird Theater

Nile is an American technical death metal band from Greenville, South Carolina, United States, formed in 1993. Their music and lyrics are inspired by Ancient Egyptian/ Near Eastern mysticism, history, religion, and ancient art, as well as the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

All The Way

Stage Theatre at DCPA

Hailed by Variety as a “jaw-dropping political drama,” All the Way portrays one of the most controversial, ambitions and ruthless figures of the 20th Century – President Lyndon Baines Johnson. JANUARY 29

Peking Duk

The Bluebird Theater

Peking Duk are an Australian electronic music duo made up of disc jockey and music producers Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles. The pair first garnered attention in 2012 with the release of a Passion Pit bootleg remix

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Marvel Universe Live! MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE, captivates with an authentic original story. The story is framed around the battle over the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe. The Cosmic Cube has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. JANUARY 30

Old Dominion Grizzly Rose Saloon

Old Dominion is an American five-member country music band formed in Nashville, Tennessee. The band consists of Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung, and Brad Tursi. JANUARY 30

Never Shout Never Summit Music Hall

Never Shout Never began as a one-man band featuring Christofer Drew, a Missouri native whose songs straddle the border between emo and acoustic singer/songwriter fare. A product of the digital age, Drew originally built a fan base by posting his bright, soul-baring music to the Internet. JANUARY 30

RJD2 with Thertle, DJ Chonz Ogden Theatre

RJD2’s music is a collage of cut-and-paste hip-hop that combines disparate elements to make for soulful, moody portraits of the world.


FEBRUARY CALENDAR February

Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy

1stBANK Center

Superstar comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy will reunite on the We’ve Been Thinking Tour to bring an unforgettable night of comedy to Denver. During this momentous event, both comedians will deliver a laughter-packed evening of all new material before they come together on stage for an uproarious encore you won’t want to miss!

FEBRUARY 1

A Four-member team, this pop rock group has toured with the big leagues like Chris Daughtry and 3 Doors Down and is known for their memorable live performances.

Fans of Trap music, gather round. Party Favor’s “Bop U” is bound to make the playlist, check out the music video to watch good guys prevail. FEBRUARY 5

Summit Music Hall

The Bluebird Theater

FEBRUARY 4

HONEYHONEY

Wizard Of Oz

Ogden Theatre

FEBRUARY 3

Queensrÿce is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob. The band has released 14 studio albums, one EP and several DVDs, and continues to tour and record. 

Between the epic proportions of Glynne’s voice and the graceful melodies of Sewell, you just can’t miss.

The Fox Theatre

FEBRUARY 5

MarchFourth Marching Band The Fox Theatre

FEBRUARY 5-MARCH 13

FEBRUARY 6

Mexican-American Lucia is hired to write for a Latina TV character, and her friendship with a Latino studio custodian results in unexpected consequences.

Gates Concert Hall

So Percussion A quartet of skilled musicians that can make music using pretty much anything will thoroughly impress with its ingenuity.

FEBRUARY 5,6

FEBRUARY 6

The Fillmore Auditorium

Paramount Theatre

STS9

STS stands for Sound Tribe Sector. This band delivers mixes of electronica, rock, and psychedelic sounds, playing their sound everywhere from Tennessee to Maryland.

A wonderful adaptation with songs from the original movie score, favorite characters, and new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. FEBRUARY 8

Smooth sounds of guitar, banjo, and violin serve as the backdrop for the strong and equally smooth vocals of Benjamin Jaffe and Suzanne Santo.

FADE

Buell Theatre

Jess Glynne with Conrad Sewell

MarchFourth Marching Band now known as MarchFourth! is an American musical and performance group based in Portland,Oregon. They perform mostly instrumental music, combined with a visual performance by stiltwalkers, acrobatics and hooping. 

Bluebird Theater

Railroad Earth

FEBRUARY 7-13

FEBRUARY 5

Brillz & Party Favor

Queensryche

The Fillmore Auditorium

Railroad Earth emerged from the breakup of one of New Jersey’s most popular bands, From Good Homes, in early 2001. Later that year, with appearances at some of the major summer festivals on the bluegrass circuit under their belt -- including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and High Sierra Music Festival -- Railroad Earth showed that their music could go well beyond the realm of traditional bluegrass to incorporate folk, Celtic, jazz, and rock music.

SafetySuit

Bluebrid Theater

February 12

The Expendables California based, this group has been growing, playing their unique reggae rock at festivals and 2015’s Winter Blackout Tour. FEBRUARY 9

Somewhere between hard rock and heavy metal, Bullet For My Valentine is a Welsh band with plenty of awards in its genre, making the charts with songs like “Your Betrayal,” which got 28.4 million views on the band’s official YouTube channel. Joining them, the English metalcore band Asking Alexandria brings meaningful lyrics and awe-inspiring electronic guitar solos. Test out “The Final Episode” and “Closure” to get a feel for their style. Here’s to hoping that someone smashes a guitar.

The Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog are part of a long tradition of D.I.Y. pop oddballs who blend unapologetic ‘60s pop worship with lo-fi recording techniques and an apparent disregard for current trends.

Ogden Theatre

Best known for their hit “Satellite,” these guys will be serenading with their alternative rock ballads all night long.

The Bluebird Theatre

Gothic Theatre

Having started out with the band called Phish, Mike Gordon put together this band, self titled “Mike Gordon,” with a genius rock sound using guitar, bass, banjo, and piano.

Turntablist JR Flo, keyboardist David Matisse, and drummer Adam Tune formed the electronic band Keys N Krates in Toronto, Ontario. The trio took shape in 2008 and sought to combine their wide range of inspirations, from early house music to a strain of southern U.S. rap production that got them tagged as a trap act. Putting their own club spin on the latter with booming bass, double- and-triple-time hi-hats, thick synthesizer lines, and samples, they released an EP on YYZ in 2012 and then issued a series of singles and EPs for Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label. FEBRUARY 12

FEBRUARY 9

Mike Gordon

Ogden Theatre

Bullet For My Valentine with Asking Alexandria

Guster

FEBRUARY 6

FEBRUARY 11

Keys N Krates with Stooki Sound

Enforcer / Warbringer with Cauldron While the rest of the metal world was busy trying to reinvent the wheel, Sweden’s Enforcer decided to take a different approach. Rather than worrying about the future, the band embraced heavy metal’s past, and in 2004 the band formed to bring speed metal back to the world.

Dr. Dog

Ogden Theatre

FEBRUARY 12, 14

Ween

1stBank Center

Ween was the ultimate cosmic goof of the alternative rock era, a prodigiously talented and deliriously odd duo whose work traveled far beyond the constraints of parody and novelty into the heart of surrealist ecstasy. Despite a mastery for seemingly every mutation of the musical spectrum, the group refused to play it straight; in essence, Ween was bratty deconstructionists, kicking dirt on the pop world around them with demented glee. FEBRUARY 12-13

Cult Following

Off Center’s signature night of unrehearsed, unscripted theatre featuring the fast-talking and quick-thinking talents of some of Denver’s best improv performers.

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FEBRUARY 20

Metric with Joywave

Ira Glass

Affectionately known as the Jacks, the young pop-rap duo Jack & Jack used video-sharing sites, music-sharing sites, and other bits of social media to launch their career in 2014.

Metric is a band with an eclectic, adventurous outlook, whose music encompasses elements of synth pop, new wave, dance-rock, and electronica and whose hometown has vacillated between Toronto, Montreal, New York, Los Angeles, and London over the course of the group’s existence. FEBRUARY 17

This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 2.2 million listeners. It is produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. It is also often the most popular podcast in the country, with another 2 million people downloading each episode.

Ogden Theatre

FEBRUARY 19 - 28

Summit Music Hall

FEBRUARY 13

Dr. Dog

Boulder Theater

The Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog are part of a long tradition of D.I.Y. pop oddballs who blend unapologetic ‘60s pop worship with lo-fi recording techniques and an apparent disregard for current trends.

The Fillmore Auditorium

Hoodie Allen with SupaDupaKyle Putting a bit more pop into the pop-rap of folks like Asher Roth and Sam Adams, rapper Hoodie Allen went from Internet favorite to charting artist with the release of his 2012 EP All American.

Paramount Theatre

Alice in Wonderland Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Railroad Earth emerged from the breakup of one of New Jersey’s most popular bands, From Good Homes, in early 2001. Later that year, with appearances at some of the major summer festivals on the bluegrass circuit under their belt -- including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and High Sierra Music Festival -- Railroad Earth showed that their music could go well beyond the realm of traditional bluegrass to incorporate folk, Celtic, jazz, and rock music.

FEBRUARY 18

FEBRUARY 14

FEBRUARY 18

Fall down the rabbit hole and join Colorado Ballet on an adventure for the Colorado premiere of a ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s books. Experience a whimsical (wonder)land with beloved, eccentric characters including the frantic White Rabbit, mysterious Cheshire Cat, peculiar Mad Hatter, terrifying Jabberwock and other exotic creatures as young Alice escapes the clutches of the wicked Queen of Hearts.  Featuring choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, this ballet will charm adults and children in a theatrical extravaganza!  The choreography in ALICE (in wonderland) merges traditional ballet movements with contemporary ballroom, modern and hip-hop steps.

The Soiled Dove Underground

Boulder Theater

FEBRUARY 20-21

FEBRUARY 13

Railroad Earth

The Fillmore Auditorium

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor grew up in Denver, where he took up the saxophone at the age of seven. He played in school bands, and in high school joined a Top 40 band called Mixed Company. FEBRUARY 14

Jukebox the Ghost with The Family Crest The Bluebird Theater

Pianist Ben Thornewill, guitarist Tommy Siegel, and drummer Jesse Kristin first came together in 2003 as undergraduate students at George Washington University. The groups sports a quirky, brainy pop sound that took its cues from the likes of Ben Folds and They Might Be Giants.

G. Love & Special Sauce G. Love & Special Sauce are a Philadelphia-based trio whose laid-back, sloppy blues sound is quite unique, as it encompasses the sound/production of classic R&B and recent rap artists (the Beastie Boys, in particular).

Naughty by Nature

FEBRUARY 19

Naughty by Nature pulled off the neat trick of landing big, instantly catchy anthems on the pop charts while maintaining their street-level credibility among the hardcore rap faithful

1stBank Center

Marquis Theater

FEBRUARY 14

Decadon

Bluebird Theater

Denver’s own Producer/DJ /Guitarist Donnie Miller ignites the Bluebird Theatre with his one-of-a-kind bass driven techno. FEBRUARY 15

Black Sabbath: The End Pepsi Center

Black Sabbath is an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward FEBRUARY 16-28

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Buell Theatre

Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical, the production is the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by any means necessary.

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Jack and Jack

Paul Taylor Dance Company Gates Concert Hall

A major new initiative that brings to Gates Concert Hall the outstanding works of America’s homegrown art, chosen by legendary Dancemaker Paul Taylor.

Vance Joy

FEBRUARY 20

Australian indie folk singer/songwriter Vance Joy began his career playing the Melbourne open-mike scene at the end of the 2000s while completing his law degree. Finding success with his intimate Bon Iver-influenced songs, Joy decided to put law on hold and pursue a music career instead.

The Fillmore Auditorium

FEBRUARY 19

Galactic Featuring Cyril Neville The New Orleans-based jazz-funk ensemble Galactic formed in 1994; originally an eight-piece, the group soon pared down to an instrumental sextet comprised of guitarist Jeff Raines, organist Rich Vogel, bassist Robert Mercurio, saxophonists Ben Ellman and Jason Mingledorff, and drummer Stanton Moore

G Love and Special Sauce

FEBRUARY 24

G. Love & Special Sauce are a Philadelphia-based trio whose laid-back, sloppy blues sound is quite unique, as it encompasses the sound/production of classic R&B and recent rap artists (the Beastie Boys).

Bellco Theatre at Colorado Convention Center

Ogden Theatre

Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Marie Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, is an American television personality and retired Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete.

FEBRUARY 19, 20

FEBRUARY 25

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

Newman Center for Performing Arts

The Budos Band

The Budos Band is an instrumental band recording on the Daptone Records label. The band has nine members who play instrumental music that is self-described as “Afro-Soul”.

Colorado Symphony Orchestra Many composers and musicians experience sounds as colors – among the most famous are Liszt, Rimsky-Korsakov, Sibelius, Bernstein, Ellington, Messiaen, and Ligeti. American composer Michael Torke even composed a suite called “Color Music” including such sections as “Bright Blue Music” and “Ecstatic Orange.” In conjunction with an exhibition at the University of Denver’s Vicki Myhren Gallery called “Learning to See Color,” explore the musical aspects of color. The Colorado Symphony’s

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new assistant conductor Andres Lopera will lead you through a program demonstrating that art created to be experienced through one sense, such as music, can actually lead to perceptions and feelings experienced through other senses – colors can be heard. FEBRUARY 25

Mindbender Quixote’s

Mindbender channels the energy of the late 60s/early 70s, Pigpen era Grateful Dead along with the stoner country jam sounds of the New Riders of the Purple Sage and the British psychodelia of Pink Floyd. FEBRUARY 25

Black Tiger Sex Machine Bluebird Theater

Welcome to our Church. Our Helmets. Our Religion. Canadian-based techno unit rocks the Bluebird for one performance only! FEBRUARY 26

Mike Stud with OCD: Moosh & Twist Gothic Theatre

Most hip-hop stars don’t get their start playing college baseball, but Mike Stud is one MC who used his downtime from the diamond to hone his skills rhyming and rapping. FEBRUARY 26

Seven Lions Ogden Theatre

Melding mainstream pop, trance, and dubstep, California producer Jeff Montalvo has quickly amassed a cult following under the alias Seven Lions. FEBRUARY 27

Igudesman and Joo Boettcher Hall

Igudesman & Joo is a duo comprising classical musicians Aleksey Igudesman and Richard Hyung-ki Joo, whose shows combine comedy with classical music and popular culture. FEBRUARY 27

St. Lucia

Gothic Theatre

Essentially the solo vehicle for singer/songwriter Jean-Philip Grobler, the Brooklyn-based St. Lucia makes shimmery, ‘80s-influenced, synth-driven pop. FEBRUARY 27

Borgeous + Morgan Page with Delora Ogden Theatre

Borgeous is the alias of American EDM DJ and producer John Borger. Born in Miami and then later relocating to Los Angeles, Borger began recording in early 2000s; playing around with various musical styles, he settled on dance music as his preferred genre. FEBRUARY 27

Skizzy Mars

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

Skizzy Mars (born Myles Mills) is an MC based in Manhattan who specializes in jocular, melodic, slightly left-of-center rap.


MARCH CALENDAR March 8-13

Riverdance

Buell Theatre

An international Irish dance phenomenon that showcases Irish dance, music and song and captures audiences of all ages and cultures.

March 19

Lewis Black

Bellco Theatre at Colorado Convention Center

Known as the king of the rant, Lewis Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world.

MARCH 4

Shen Yun Performing Arts Buell Theatre

A Chinese dance troop uses colorful costumes and highly spirited, cultural dance routines to illustrate 5,000 years of Chinese history and religion. MARCH 4

The Revivalists Ogden Theater

A group of roots rock iconoclasts who call New Orleans home, the Revivalists formed in 2007 and wound up gaining traction in the early years of the next decade, with their second album, City of Sound, appearing on the Billboard charts upon its re-release from Wind-Up Records in the spring of 2014. MARCH 5

Vince Staples

The Bluebird Theater

Vince Staples is a rapper from Long Beach, California. He is one-third of the hip hop group Cutthroat Boyz, alongside fellow California rappers Joey Fatts and Aston Matthews MARCH 5

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Sean Jones Quartet Lakewood Cultural Center

Trumpeter Sean Jones is a firebrand musician with a bent toward muscular post-bop. MARCH 7

Joe Satriani

Paramount Theatre

According to Joe Satriani, The guitar is alive and well in 2015/2016! His most recent recording Shockwave Supernova has been selected as one of the best albums of 2015! MARCH 8

Ron Pope & The Nighthawks The Bluebird Theater

Ronald Michael “Ron” Pope is an American pop and rock singer-songwriter. He was raised in Marietta, Georgia, United States, and is currently based in New York City. In 2005 he wrote the internet hit “A Drop in the Ocean” with Zach Berkman.

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CALENDAR MARCH March 5

Nicholas Payton

Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge

March 12

Paramount Theatre Denver

Jay Leno

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Come laugh with Leno! The host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009, Jay comes to Denver for what is sure to be a standup show not to miss.

Trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist. A Grammy Award winner, he is from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also a prolific and provocative writer who comments on a multitude of subjects, including music, race, politics, and life in America.

MAR 8

MARCH 23 – APRIL 9

Harlem Globetrotters

Newsies – The Musical

Of the artists who rose to popularity as part of the new age music boom of the 1980s and ‘90s, few (if any) enjoyed greater or more lasting success than Yanni. Composing and performing instrumental music with a pronounced sense of drama, dynamics, and romanticism, Yanni broke through to a significantly larger audience than his peers.

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet.

This Broadway smash hit musical and 2012 Tony Award winner is the spellbinding story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to some of New York’s most powerful men.

Bellco Theatre

MARCH 9

Peppa Pigs Big Splash Paramount Theatre

Peppa Pig is hitting the road for her first-ever U.S. theatrical tour, Peppa Pig’s Big Splash! The original production features Peppa, George, and all their friends in an all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs. MARCH 11

Finish Ticket/Vinyl Theatre The Bluebird Theater

Finish Ticket is an American musical group from San Francisco, California. The group was originally part of the local San Fransisco music scene, self-releasing two EPs and an album and playing at local venues and music festivals. MARCH 11

Ty Segall & The Muggers Gothic Theatre

Ti Segall is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and record producer. He is best known for his prolific solo career, during which he has released eight studio albums, alongside various EPs and singles.

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MARCH 12

Yanni

Pepsi Center

MARCH 13

Buell Theatre

Penny and Sparrow

MARCH 27

Penny and Sparrow are Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke, from the heart of Texas. Previously roommates, the duo makes music influenced by The Swell Season, Bon Iver, Mumford and Sons, and others. They also love musicals.

The Fillmore Auditorium

Bluebird Theater

MARCH 17-19

Coheed and Cambria Coheed and Cambria is an American progressive rock and alternative rock band from Nyack, New York, formed in 1995. The band consists of Claudio Sanchez, Travis Stever, Josh Eppard, and Zach Cooper.

2016 NCAA Tournament Denver

MARCH 29

March Madness hits Denver. Denver’s Pepsi Center was chosen as one of eight hosts for first- and second-round games in the men’s 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Pepsi Center

Pepsi Center

The Who

MARCH 17

Still rocking for over 50 years. The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up still features original members; lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend.

Paramount Theatre

MARCH 29

Jose Gonzalez with yMusic José Gabriel González is a Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter and guitarist from Gothenburg, Sweden. González is also a member of the Swedish band Junip, along with Tobias Winterkorn MARCH 18

globalFEST on the Road – Creole Carnival Newman Center for Performing Arts

The second annual Global Fest celebrates world culture with food, a fashion show and an international beverage tasting.

TobyMac

MARCH 30

Toby McKeehan, better known by his stage name TobyMac, is a Christian hip hop recording artist, music producer, hip-hop and pop artist, songwriter and author. TobyMac is one of the first and best-known Christian rappers.

Pepsi Center

Denver Coliseum

Carrie Underwood This 32 year old Oklahoma native has been sharing her country singing skills with the public since she started out on American Idol in 2005 and hasn’t stopped since. With the new album Storyteller now under her wing, along with several others, she’s set to light up the stage with songs like “Blown Away” and “Something in the Water.”

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MARCH 30-APRIL 24

Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top… Garner Galleria Theatre

Dixie Longate, America’s favorite Tupperware lady, is back. Put on your cowboy boots and walk into her favorite honky tonk as she shares lessons learned after a hard night of drinking. MARCH 31

Indigo Girls with the University Symphony Orchestra Macky Auditorium, Boulder

Indigo Girls are an American folk rock music duo consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. They met in elementary school and began performing together as high school students in Decatur, Georgia.


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January 2 Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers http://www.denverbroncos.com

2016 WINTER X GAMES http://xgames.espn.go.com

January 28- 31

All home games played at Pepsi Center in Denver, CO

All home games played at Pepsi Center in Denver, CO

http://avalanche.nhl.com

vs. Flames vs. Kings vs. Blues vs. Predators vs. Lightning vs. Devils vs. Sabres vs. Blues vs. Blackhawks vs. Stars vs. Jets

Denver Nuggets http://www.nba.com

Colorado Avalanche

Jan. 2 Jan. 4 Jan. 6 Jan. 8 Jan. 12 Jan. 14 Jan. 20 Jan. 22 Feb. 2 Feb 4 Feb. 6

SPORTS

Feb. 9 Feb. 17 Feb. 24 Feb. 27 Mar. 3 Mar. 5 Mar. 7 Mar. 9 Mar. 24 Mar. 26

vs. Canucks vs. Canadiens vs. Sharks vs. Red Wings (Coors Field) vs. Panthers vs. Predators vs. Coyotes vs. Ducks vs. Flyers vs. Wild

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The Winter X Games has finally arrived. The event will once again bring great festivities and world-class live performances as well as 16 hours of live televised coverage of the action sports competition from Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen. The live coverage will be broadcast on ESPN and ABC. If you can’t catch the action in person, catch it on these networks. You don’t want to miss the world’s best action sports.

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DINING 1515 Restaurant

Bang!

A Denver mainstay, owner Gene Tang and his staff take Modern American Cuisine into the stratosphere at 1515. They cook what they love. Chefs Garren Teich and Jonas Halstead create intimate menus with a nod to molecular gastronomy and the sous-vide technique. Housed in an historic building, the vintage setting is perfect for any special night out on the town or simply a dinner among friends. Their wine list has repeatedly won Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.”

With a menu as colorful as the restaurant’s exterior, Bang! quickly became a hit among locals and tourists looking for a great place to dine in The Highlands, just north of downtown Denver. The dress is casual, but the food is as good as it gets, whether it’s a shared calamari appetizer, a fresh salad or a plate of baby back ribs. Comfort food and so much more!

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Abejas Located in the heart of downtown Golden, Abejas is the creation of Brandon Bortles and Barry Dobesh, who have deep roots in the area. Executive Chef Nicholas Ames spent time in great kitchens in San Francisco and Denver, and brings a love of culinary dishes to this wonderful restaurant. The menu is unique and flavorful, featuring fresh local ingredients that reflect the seasons. The rustic interior reflects the true spirit of Golden, Colorado. 807 13th St., Golden 303.952.9745 abejasgolden.com

Acorn Chef/owner Steven Redzikowski serves up contemporary American cuisine in this innovative new epicurean marketplace located in the River North (RiNo) District. Housed in a reclaimed 1880’s foundry, the atmosphere is as innovative as the food. Co-owner Bryan Dayton delivers fabulous cocktails, artisan wines and beers. 3350 Brighton Blvd 720.542.3721 DenverAcorn.com

1035 E. 17th Avenue 303.847.0850

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Bistro Vendome

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.

This classic French bistro is named after Place Vendome, a local favorite in the heart of Paris. Located in the historic Sussex Building in the heart of downtown’s Larimer Square, Bistro Vendome serves up classic French bistro fare made from local, seasonal ingredients. A wonderful selection of French wines are on hand to complement the meal, representing France’s major wine regions. The restaurant’s “Vin Maison” wine program allows guests to select different wines to accompany their meal.

3030 E. 6th Ave. 303.393.1040

1420 Larimer Street 303.825.3232

BaroloGrillDenver.com

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Beast + Bottle

Bittersweet

3472 W. 32nd Avenue 303.455.1117 BangDenver.com

Barolo Grill

Owned by siblings Chef Paul C. Reilly and House Manager Aileen Reilly, Beast + Bottle is considered a new kid on the block, and an amazingly successful one at that. Just blocks from Denver’s city center, Beast + Bottle has raised the bar on the “farm to fork” genre of cuisine. They work with ranchers, farmers and other purveyors, offering unique cuts of meat prepared in their in-house butchery, and organic ingredients. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Beast + Bottle offers a delicious adventure in dining in a friendly, comfortable setting.

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.

Chef DJ Nagle has crafted a wonderful menu that brings the coast to the mile-high city. The seafood is extremely fresh and delicious. As the name implies, the oysters are simply divine, shipped from Blue Island Shellfish Farms in New England. The hip bar serves up a wonderful assortment of wines, beer and cocktails that complement every seafood serving, from steamed mussels, lobster roils, clam chowder or succulent crab cakes. 2625 E. Second Ave. 303.333.2462 BlueIslandOysterBar.com

Bones An Asian-inspired noodle house with a twist that’s uniquely Frank Bonanno’s, the chef/ owner of a growing empire of top-notch local eateries. Situated between two other highly popular Bonanno restaurants, Luca D’Italia and Mizuna, Bones offers a unique, casual dining experience that nevertheless has a gourmet feel. The space is small; the flavors are anything but. And the noodle bowls are all the rage. 701 Grant Street 303.860.2929 BonesDenver.com

Café Aion

500 E. Alameda Ave. 303.942.0320 BittersweetDenver.com

Black Pearl

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Beatrice & Woodsley

The atmosphere is as original as the menu, which features contemporary American cuisine focused on seasonal offerings. Many items are made from locally grown ingredients, and the restaurant prides itself on strong attention to working with local, organic, humane and environmentally conscientious producers. The tastes of the Old world and new cuisine blend wonderfully to create a memorable dining experience. Beatrice & Woodsley is as original as the name implies, and has garnered

1529 S. Pearl Street 303.777.0500 BlackPearlDenver.com

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Blue Island Oyster Bar

719 E. 17th St. 303.623.3223

Argyll The gastropub concept originated in the U.K., and Denver’s Argyll GastroPub presents a “notched up” version, with pub fare featuring fresh ingredients served in an authentic “public house” ambience. Noted chef John Broening has created a superb menu, and seasoned sommelier and whiskey enthusiast Ryan Conklin has assembled top-notch spirits.

38 S. Broadway 303.777.3505

Lanie Benack

1515 Market Street 303.571.0011

great attention and kudos from foodies around town. The dinner menu is a delight, and the brunch is sure to put a smile on your face.

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Pulling from the rich traditions surrounding Spanish tapas, Café Aion focuses on small, straightforward and delectable dishes like Manila clams with fresh peas and chorizo or beef short rib with roast cauliflower. They also offer a variety of smaller bites and larger plates in addition to a delicious dessert menu. Don’t miss their all-night happy hour on Tuesdays! 1235 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder 303.993.8131 CafeAion.com


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Cart + Driver Chef Kelly Whitaker spins creative, offering up everything from authentic briny oysters to delicious salads and housemade pastries. Pizza is a staple at this unique establishment, which has developed a loyal and enthusiastic local fan club since opening in a 640-sq. ft. shipping container space right in Denver’s RiNo arts district. Experience the great fare of Southern Italian farms at this fun and friendly venue. 2500 Larimer St. 303.292.3553 cart-driver.com

Central Bistro and Bar From every point of view, Central is an American restaurant, from the well thought-out recipes to the great atmosphere. Vintage furnishings create a place of comfort and relaxation, and that is exactly what you’ll want to do once you sample the food. Whether you’re in the mood for something from the sea or the land, Central will have you coming back next time in you’re in town. 1691 Central Street 303.477.4582 CentralBistroBar.com

Charcoal Restaurant

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

Enjoy everything from juicy burgers and beer to delectable lobster dishes complemented by vintage wines at this cozy local pub. The classic setting is augmented by the affordability of a neighborhood restaurant that prides itself on superior food and service. 1553 Platte St., No. 120 303.477.1447 ColtAndGray.com

Coohills

If you’re looking for one restaurant that boasts service equally as phenomenal as the food, Charcoal is the place to go. Executive Chef Patrik Landberg uses the highest-quality ingredients, and from there, lets the food do the talking. No overdone sauces to mask the flavor, just delicious food every time. The restaurant’s custom-designed “Bincho” charcoal grill is a staple used to prepare many of the meals. 43 W. 9th Avenue 303.454.0000 CharcoalDining.com

Chart House Exquisite cuisine and a spectacular view of the Denver area top the list at this long-standing 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 303.526.9813 Chart-House.com

400 Years Famous The Colorado Symphony commemorates 400 years since the bard’s passing with the inaugural Shakespeare Festival, three concert events highlighting music and spoken word inspired by the Bard of Avon.

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. 1400 Wewatta St. 303.623.5700 Coohills.com

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 303.771.4117 CoolRiverCafe.com

Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream MAR 4-5 T FRI-SAT 7:30 Hans Graf, conductor Maureen Thomas, actor Nadya Hill, soprano Rebecca Robinson, mezzo Colorado Children’s Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

Shakespeare Festival: Colorado Symphony Chorus MAR 11 T FRI 7:30 Duain Wolfe, conductor Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet

MAR 18-20 T FRI-SAT 7:30 T SUN 1:00 Christopher Dragon, conductor Featuring Actors: Romeo - Brian Kuise; Juliet - Adrian Egolf; Nurse - Heather Lacy; Friar - Mark Rubald Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director

coloradosymphony.org T 303.623.7876

box office 1000 14th St., Denver, CO 80202 mon-fri: 10am - 6pm T sat: 12pm - 6 pm Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Performing Arts Complex


DINING Cucina Colore Cucina Colore has been a local favorite for years, and recently underwent a renovation that is truly a knockout. If pasta is your thing, Cucina Colore never disappoints, whether it’s wood-fired pizza or a great serving of pasta or fish. But leave room for dessert, because the signature bread pudding is truly unbeatable. 3041 E. Third Ave. 303.393.6917

Fruition

word of advice: Save room for dessert. Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, Duo’s renowned pastry chef, presents magical treats to top off any meal. 2413 W. 32nd Ave. 303.477.4141 DuoDenver.com

Eat + Drink

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.

A wine and cheese emporium offering more than 100 artisan cheeses, gourmet foods and lots of wines. Located in LoHi, this is a great place to grab a quick lunch or enjoy some wine and cheese on a warm summer night.

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1541 Platte Street 303.477.3288

The Curtis Club

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1313 E. 6th Ave. 303.831.1962

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen

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Fuel Café

Jennifer Olson

Chef Eric Johnson has designed a menu that appeals to every taste, presented in a cool urban setting that is a bit off the beaten path for locals. Entrees are meticulously prepared to look as inviting as they taste, and are a far cry from your standard club fare. Make sure to check out the décor — original, fun and interesting. 2100 Curtis Street 720.420.9898 TheCurtisClub.com

Del Frisco Grille A refreshing update to the classic bar and grill, the newly opened Del Frisco’s Grille in Cherry Creek North is simply delicious. Order some cheese steak eggrolls or ahi tacos and enjoy them with a glass of wine or handcrafted cocktail. Or stay true to the Del Frisco concept and indulge in a prime cut of beef cooked just the way you want it. 100 St. Paul St. 303.320.8529 delfriscosgrille.com/cherry-creek

Dos Santos Authentic Mexican fare is the theme of this fun taqueria, which has quickly become a local favorite. The menu is simple, straightforward and delicious, but it’s the brunch that has people talking. The Mexican Doughnuts are divine, made of cinnamon-sugar churros with Mexican chocolate ganache, vanilla crema and honey-glazed bacon bits. Yum! 1475 E. 17th Ave. 303.386.3509 dossantosdenver.com

Duo Restaurant

Located in historic Euclid Hall, this American tavern specializes in fine cocktails, craft beers and innovative, high-quality pub food from around the world. The eatery is a convenient location for Pepsi Center attendees, LoDo club-goers and Denver Center for the Performing Arts patrons.

Located in the oh-so-hip Taxi district near downtown Denver, Fuel Café is a great place for small groups or larger parties. Featuring small plates and great drinks, this is the type of restaurant that brings out the best parts of eating out, whether you’re in the mood for a great brunch, steak or chicken or an interesting medley of small plates. 3455 Ringsby Court 303.996.6988 FuelCafeDenver.com

Go Fish

1317 14th St. 303.595.4255 EuclidHall.com

Finn’s Manor We have to tell you about this unique venue, which is a tribute to whisky drinkers everywhere. With a focus on whisky and rum-based cocktails, the three partners utilize fare from four food trucks to complement the cocktails. The result: a culinary adventure, which pairs tastes of The Philippines, the South, Jamaica, the Caribbean and Asia. 2927 Larimer St. finnsmanor.net

Frasca Named after friendly, informal gathering places in the Friuli-Venezia-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. 1738 Pearl St., Boulder 303.442.6966 FrascaFoodAndWine.com

Chefs DJ Nagle and Kollin Gandy are all about serving up the freshest, tastiest food possible, whether it’s a simple salad or a sumptuous dish of lobster spaghetti. From the down-home to the downright delicious, this is one restaurant that will surprise you with the preparation, making you wonder how food that sounds so simple can taste so great? Ingredients are mostly local, and produce, farm and fish are prepared onsite on a daily basis. 1700 Humboldt Street 303.813.1700 HumboldtRestaurant.com

Hutch & Spoon For a fun respite from a busy day, make your way over to Hutch & Spoon, where chef/ owner Tracy Zimmer is hard at work designing ever-changing menus that reflect her commitment to fresh ingredients made in just the right way. The casual atmosphere is great for relaxing over a great cup of coffee or a grilled cheese and peach chutney sandwich. The food is fresh, the ambience inviting, and a great choice for breakfast or lunch. 3090 Larimer Street 303.296.2317 HutchAndSpoon.com

Il Posto Glance into the open-air kitchen as Milanese chef and owner Andrea Frizzi prepares dishes inspired by northern Italian recipes at Il Posto. The resident sommelier selects the perfect wine for any meal. And the ever-changing menu features local organic produce and meats, along with fresh seafood flown in daily. 2011 E. 17th Ave. 303.394.0100

In the heart of the trendy blocks of Broadway, just minutes from downtown, Go Fish offers creative Asian appetizers, entrees, noodle and rice specialties. The sushi and sashimi are innovative and delicious and great for vegetarians. The contemporary interior is a perfect blend of eclectic and chic.

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Ivy At The Glenn

1 Broadway 303.733.8881 GoFishDenver.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.

This is a great addition to southeast Denver’s restaurant scene. 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.

2780 E. 2nd Ave. 303.322.9554

6955 S. York St., Centennial 303.730.7200

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Izakaya Den

The Kitchen Next Door This community pub is located in the beautifully renovated Union Station in downtown Denver. From classic sandwiches to creative salads, the menu is full of fresh eats enhanced by the open atmosphere. The Kitchen offers a variety of Colorado craft beers on tap, plus great specials during “Community Hour” from 3 to 6 p.m. every day.

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.

1701 Wynkoop Street (Union Station), South of the Great Hall 720.460.3730 TheKitchen.com/Next-Door-Union-Station

La Biblioteca Denver

2020 W. 30th Ave. 303.993.3120 LingerDenver.com Adam Larkey

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This is an elegant Modern Chinese restaurant which stretches the margins of traditional Chinese fare. Specializing in Asian-fusion, the seafood and small plates are especially remarkable. Don’t miss the ultra-chic cocktail lounge, featuring a mesmerizing ambience with extraordinary specialty drinks. Located in Landmark Square, just minutes from major Denver Tech Center office parks and hotels, Jing is open 7 days a week. 5370 Greenwood Plaza Blvd. 303-779-6888 JingRestaurant.com

The Kitchen

Enjoy the spirit of the family kitchen in this neighborhood restaurant. This spot serves exceptional contemporary American cuisine with local, organic ingredients and is deeply committed to eco-friendly practices and the community. BOULDER 1039 Pearl St. 303.544.5973 DENVER 1530 16th St. 303.623.3127 TheKitchenCommunity.com

Lower48 Kitchen

The vibrant international cuisine at Linger reflects a broad farm-to-table sensibility with a spin on traditional ethnic eats. Design elements create a purposeful contradiction, featuring reclaimed boxcar floors, a Lite Brite bar top and infinity windows with incredible views of downtown Denver.

1518 S. Pearl St. 303.777.0691

Jing

Internationally heralded chef Richard Sandoval has taken his well-regarded Manhattan concept “the Library of Tequila” and created an eclectic menu of Latin-Asian specialties. The intimate venue boasts a massive collection of tequilas, mezcals and agave spirits, and food ranges from sushi to tacos to small plates. 1610 Little Raven Street 720.904.0965 RichardSandoval.com/LaBibliotecaDenver

Little Ollie’s The big sister to Jing, Little Ollie’s has been voted the best Chinese food in Denver by newspapers and magazines for the past 11 years of their 17-year history. MSG-free, Chinese made fresh is their stamp of excellence; the Peking duck a highlight. Little Ollie’s patio is open year round and abounds with flowers in the summer months. 2364 E. 3rd Ave. 303-316-8888 LittleOlliesCherryCreek.com

Lola Mexican Fish House

La Cour Their website sums it up best: The Monley family and friends, with members who live in Denver and Paris, decided to share their love affair with France — and the way that fine food, drink and art can elevate a person’s senses. A unique and fun place featuring local and imported meats, cheeses and breads. Affordable French wines and great art make this a great way to spend a few hours.

Just a scenic stroll or a few minutes cab ride from downtown, Lola Mexican Fish House offers everything from custom guacamole mixed tableside to a varied array of remarkable, fresh entrees reminiscent of coastal Mexico. Patio seating, terrific weekend brunch and tantalizing cocktails are also a part of what makes Lola Mexican Fish House the place to be. 1575 Boulder Street 720-570-8686

1643 S. Broadway 303.777.5000

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Los Chingones

Leña Nestled in an intimate cozy setting, Leña is a Latin American-inspired restaurant that emphasizes sharing and communal dining. The venue’s focal point is the white oak, wood-fired grill that serves up a tempting assortment of grilled meats, seafood and vegetables. The tortillas and empañadas are homemade, and the traditional offerings represent South and Central America, Spain and Mexico. 24 Broadway 720.550.7267 lenadenver.com

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Restaurateur Troy Guard’s foray into the world of Mexican food is really all about tacos, and his selections are drawing rave reviews. Locals are going gaga over the octopus tacos, the shrimp tacos, the butternut squash tacos. Pretty much everything you would never dream of putting in a taco has made its way into one at Los Chingones, and the result is wonderful. It’s not a fancy place, it’s just plain fun. 2461 Larimer Street 303-295-0686 LosChingonesMexican.com

The name pays homage to the lower 48 states and foods special to these regions. This theme is carried through in the décor, which represents modern America. The heritage of the nation is evidenced throughout, with modern accents to round out the interest. The menu changes daily, and you can always be assured it will be something delicious. 2020 Lawrence Street 303-942-0262 Lower48Kitchen.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

McCormick’s Fish House & Bar 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 award-winning 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

Mercantile Dining & Provision Acclaimed chef Alex Seidel takes diners on a culinary journey featuring fresh Colorado ingredients, many farmed from Fruition Farms artisanal sheep dairy and creamery. Located in Union Station, the atmosphere is hip, friendly and urban. Alex Seidel gained a following as owner of the award-winning Fruition Restaurant, and now takes diners to a new level of inspired eating. 1701 Wynkoop Street 720.460.3733 MercantileDenver.com

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North Italia The flavors of Italy come alive at this restaurant that is part of Fox Restaurant Concepts. Long a staple of the lively Cherry Creek North shopping area, North consistently serves up some mouthwatering Italian fare. Featuring a great variety of small plates, and excellent entrees, pizzas and pastas. 190 Clayton Lane 720.941.7700 NorthItaliaRestaurant.com

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The Plimoth

Billed as a “gastro-brothel”, this recent addition to the dining scene is housed in a former brothel/peep-show venue. Owner Justin Cucci is no stranger to great dining; in fact he has two of Denver’s most popular restaurants to his credit, Root Down and Linger. The menu is as interesting and eclectic as the space, with all types of food and cocktails to match the amazing, adventurous space.

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.

The menus are constantly changing at The Plimoth, as the restaurant’s team of talented, creative chefs continue creating food that is fun, fresh and flavorful. Whether your taste runs toward a smoked salmon salad, smoked pastrami tartine or creatively prepared steak, you won’t be disappointed when you order items that taste as good as they sound.

1215 20th St. 303.993.8023

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Panzano

Opus French inspired with old-world charm, Opus is definitely charming residents and visitors in Cherry Creek North. Whether you order from the tasting menu, stop in for the Sunday brunch or select one of the wonderful entrees, this will be a meal to remember. 250 Josephine Street 303.355.5853 OpusDine.com

Combining features of Colorado’s rustic past with Boulder’s contemporary foodie scene, OAK at Fourteenth offers exquisite New American cuisine. Chef and owner Steven Redzikowski creates seasonally inspired menus centered on locally grown vegetables, locally sourced meats, sustainably raised seafood and house-made pastas. Co-owner Bryan Dayton is passionate about mixology, meaning the bar offers a variety of creative, handcrafted cocktails. 1400 Pearl Street, Boulder 303.444.3622 OakAtFourteenth.com

Old Major When a restaurant prides itself on serving sustainable cuisine, that definition can be all over the board. Not so at Old Major, a venue that cures its farm-raised meats in-house, serves sustainable seafood and sources ingredients from local farms. An experience in contemporary farmhouse cuisine. 3316 Tejon Street 720.420.0622 OldMajorDenver.com

Olive + Finch For a delicious alternative to a heavy meal, Olive & Finch is inspired by European cafes that excel in locally handcrafted, fresh food. This charming marketplace and eatery serves sublime fresh-baked pastries, artisan sandwiches, soups and salads, made from scratch using organic and locally sourced produce. 1552 E. 17th Ave. 303.832.8663 OliveAndFinchEatery.com

Osaka Ramen Chef Jeff Osaka is an icon in the local culinary scene, having honed his skill alongside some of the best chefs on the West Coast. His ramen noodle bowls are not to be missed, and he continues to wow diners with his innovative melding of flavors and ingredients. Yes, this is a true ramen restaurant, but it’s oh, so much more! This Spring, Ramen introduces a new emporium in Lower Downtown … stay tuned! 2817 E. Third Ave. 303.393.6917 osakaramendenver.com

Osteria Marco With classic hand-tossed Italian pizza, an extensive and accessible wine selection, housecrafted 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.

Newly reopened Ototo offers diners an intimate setting to enjoy Japanese robata-style tapas, sashimi, grilled whole fish and noodles. A robota grill with bincho-tan charcoal infuses a distinct flavor into the food, and an extensive raw bar features catch of the day – fresh and on point. Ototo is the creation of Toshi Kizaki, a well-known fixture of Denver’s culinary scene for more than 30 years. 1501 S. Pearl St. 303.733.2503

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The Populist This gem of a restaurant has won kudos for so many reasons: the sense of community created by the numerous community tables, the creatively prepared small plates that are simply meant to be savored and shared, and the wonderful food and wine. The menu is fun, the drinks are fun, the experience is … well … fun!

Panzano-Denver.com

3163 Larimer Street 720.432.3163

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

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Postino WineCafe

This restaurant is all about fresh 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.

The concept is simple: pair unique, approachable wines with simple foods prepared with local ingredients. This wonderful venue originated in Arcadia, CA and each location pays homage to the surrounding environment. The LoHi location is a reflection of the edgy and vibrant culture, but the menu is understated and great, featuring soups, salads and paninis. 2715 17th St., LoHi 303.433.6363 postinowinecafe.com

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.

7520 E. Progress Ave. 303.740.9449 Pappadeaux.com

P17

1109 Ogden Ave. 303.832.5788

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Ototo

2335 28th Avenue 303.297.1215

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.

1453 Larimer St. 303.534.5855

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Racine’s

Billing itself as a neighborhood bistro, P17 has a huge base of fans who come for the experience and return for the great food. This is a place that is casual enough to attract the neighborhood crowd, yet chef/owner Mary Nguyen’s creative technique draws people from across town and across the country. She is a masterful chef, and her talent is reflected in her creative dishes.

This has been one of the area’s favorite spots for everything from breakfast to late night since opening in 1983. Serving a tried-andtrue mix of award-winning American and Mexican cuisine, Racine’s is also gluten-free. Located between the Cherry Creek area and downtown Denver.

1600 17th Avenue 303.399.0988

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range A very cool Colorado-themed restaurant, housed in an even cooler setting: an historic bank turned hotel, right in the middle of downtown Denver. The delicious food matches the incomparable setting, the bar scene is fun and the sea scallops are not to be missed! Oh, and desserts are awesome too. 918 17th Street 720.726.4800 rangeDowntown.com

Revelry Kitchen Housed in the bustling Berkeley neighborhood, Revelry Kitchen is a great place for breakfast and lunch (and of course brunch!). The menu features local ingredients, complemented by Colorado-made beers and spirits. Menu items range from a daily quiche to biscuits and gravy, gravlax with fried capers and mouthwatering enchiladas. And that’s just the beginning! 4140 W. 38th Ave. 303.455.3132 revelrydenver.com

The space itself is totally cool: great art combined with an oh-so-contemporary vibe, offset by lines from song lyrics that spring up in unexpected places. Chef Scott Parker truly has created a wonderful blend of small plates and large plates, that can be enjoyed and relished in “sessions.” 1518 S. Pearl St. 720.763.3387

1701 Wynkoop Street (Union Station), South of the Great Hall 303.640.3474

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Snooze One of Denver’s favorite A.M. eateries, Snooze offers a fresh take on breakfast classics. Their unique flapjacks set them apart; we recommend the pancake flight so you can try flavors ranging from pineapple upside down pancakes to sweet potato pancakes with caramel and pecans. 1701 Wynkoop Street (Union Station), North of the Great Hall 303.825.3536 SnoozeEatery.com

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Located directly across from the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Stout Street Social is a great before or after-theater destination. It’s also steps away from the Colorado Convention Center. The menu runs the gamut from steak to sushi, along with fresh oysters and even comfort foods. A great dining option right in the heart of downtown Denver.

Chefs Noah French and Troy Guard describe Sugarmill as a dessert lounge with a chef’s counter. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they offer savory dishes and tasty treats. They specialize in desserts and pastries, but fare ranges from breakfast burritos and gourmet quiche to kale salads and handmade pasta. 2461 Larimer Street 303.297.3540

1600 W. 33rd Avenue 303.993.4200 ROOT DOWN DIA Concourse C at Denver International Airport 303.342.6959

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Tag Chef/Owner Troy Guard uses fresh local ingredients to offer a cross-cultural culinary adventure. Guard’s playful cuisine, described as Continental Social Food, melds classic and contemporary styles in a chic urban atmosphere to inspire a sense of community among friends. The menu is unconstrained by national boundaries, drawing from Chef Guard’s Hawaiian rearing and his travels in Asia and Latin America.

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1500 Wynkoop Street 303.623.2665

2267 Kearney St. 303.388.0299

1441 Larimer Street 303.996.9985

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The Root Down credo is that food should be sensational, igniting all the senses to create a full dining experience. Following a field to fork mentality, food is as organic, natural and local, as possible, and menus are globally influenced and inspired.

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.

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2639 W. 32nd Ave. 303.433.0949

The name is as playful as The Squeaky Bean concept, which is to take flavor and presentation seriously, but leave plenty of room for fun and inventiveness. The restaurant features an ever-changing menu of seasonal fare, and the majority of the produce and herbs are grown organically in the restaurant’s own gardens.

609 Corona St. 303.831.8800

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Located in the bustling Highlands area, Spuntino serves seasonal Italian-inspired cooking from executive chef John Broening and desserts from pastry chef Yasmin Lozada-Hissom. The menu features fresh ingredients from local farms, sustainably raised seafood, locally sourced meats and housemade pastas and breads.

This classic bistro offers a warm and inviting atmosphere. Culinary mastery is evidenced in each succulent dish, delivered with elegant style and grace. His nightly fare is complemented by a dynamic wine list created by owner and sommelier Aaron Forman.

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Featuring a menu inspired by Mediterranean food and influenced by local ingredients, Rioja offers pure food and bright flavors. With a wine list that offers fun, interesting varietals and a menu that features plenty of vegetarian options, this spot is consistently rated among the top restaurants in Denver.

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Located in the recently renovated Union Station in Denver’s Lower Downtown neighborhood, Stoic & Genuine has a simple motto: Fresh is everything. This multi-coastal seafood house and oyster bar flies in fresh seafood every day and features an innovative menu. Executive Chef Jennifer Jasinski is also behind three of our other favorite Denver restaurants: Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Euclid Hall.

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

Highly regarded Chef Richard Sandoval delivers a perfect take on modern Mexican cuisine. Sit at the bar and peruse more than 100 tequilas and agave-based spirits, then get ready to indulge. The menu boasts all the delights of Mexico with a contemporary flair, paying tribute to Chef Sandoval’s deeply rooted ties to his grandmother’s and father’s authentic Mexican cooking. 1400 Larimer Square 720.946.1433 richardsandoval.com/Tamayo

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DINING cuisine, with dishes rooted in the American and Scandinavian culinary traditions. The building itself is more than 100 years old and once operated as a “wheel and deal” pawnshop. Today, it features the original 14-foot ceilings, an open, exhibition-style kitchen, exposed wooden beams and pressed tin ceilings. The bar is geared towards small wine producers, eclectic beer offerings and handcrafted cocktails. 2134 Larimer Street 303.379.9759 TrilliumDenver.com-

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill With 52 beers on tap and at least 28 local Colorado brews, Thirsty Lion brings in the crowds who are exploring downtown Denver and Union Station. With menu items such as Traditional Scotch Eggs, you really do feel like you’ve entered an authentic English pub, and the extensive beer list will keep you entertained. So sit back, order up a pint, and watch your favorite sports team on the big screens over the bar.

the three Venice ristorantes (including Venice DTC and Chianti DTC) with the highest of culinary expertise. Enjoy 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

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 303.741.1110 YaYasDenver.com

Z Cuisine Bistro 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

1605 Wynkoop St. 303.623.0316

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Trinity Grille Relax in this retreat tailor-made for the business traveler in downtown Denver. Just across from the Brown Palace Hotel, the Grille is a local staple with an inviting atmosphere. It offers a variety of appetizers, soups and salads and a full menu of fresh seafood, savory steaks and sandwiches. 1801 Broadway 303.293.3228 TrinityGrille.com

True Food Kitchen While it’s obvious that True Food is all about healthy eating, it sure doesn’t taste that way. Meals are full of flavor and the way the restaurant packs in the crowds, it’s pretty obvious people keep coming back for more. The restaurant is dedicated to offering food that tastes good and is good for you .. a winning combination. 2800 E. Second Avenue 720.509.7661 TrueFoodKitchen.com

Venice Ristorante Enjoy a five-star Venetian dining experience at

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

Work & Class

Chef/owner Richard Sandoval presents a masterful presentation of Latin-Asian dishes that have made Zengo a staple in Denver’s dining community. Dishes are made for sharing, and once you sample the fare you’ll understand why Bon Appetit named Sandoval Restaurateur of the Year. The décor is lively, the handcrafted cocktails are wildly popular and with more than 100 Tequilas, what more could any diner want? 1610 Little Raven Street 720.904.0965 RichardSandoval.com/ZengoDenver

Owners Tony, Delores and Dana describe the concept behind their restaurant as “a square meal, a stiff drink and a fair price.” The menu blends American and Latin cuisines seamlessly, leading to savory meats and delicious side dishes. Note: This restaurant is closed on Mondays. 2500 Larimer Street 303.292.0700 WorkAndClassDenver.com

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Complete your night on the town overlooking the city. There’s no place in Denver quite like it. Appetizers, desserts and a view.

Choose a Colorado cocktail or from an extensive selection of wines by the glass. Open from 4:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 3:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Located on the 27th floor of the AAA 4-Diamond Hyatt Regency Denver. Hyatt. You’re More Than Welcome.

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SHOPPING 16th Street Mall

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If you want a change of pace from busy malls or more populated shopping districts, this is definitely the place to be. With one-of-a-kind boutiques that offer all things unique, serious shoppers who want to bring back that hardto-find gift will love this district with a flavor all its own.

Built in 1982, the 16th Street Mall is a treelined, pedestrian promenade that runs through the center of downtown. Lined with outdoor cafés, shops and restaurants, the mall has a great family-friendly atmosphere and a vibrant nightlife. Free shuttle buses cruise the milelong Mall seven days a week. Entire length of 16th Street 303.534.6161

More than 350 businesses make up the Cherry Creek neighborhood representing local and national brands. Check out this retail and dining area just minutes from downtown where you will find fashion, jewelry and home furnishings, spas, salons, art galleries and restaurants. East 1st & East 2nd Streets btwn. University Boulevard & Steele Street 303.394.2904 CherryCreekNorth.com

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Antique Row Although known locally as “Antique Row,” this eclectic mix of merchants offer the gamut, including high-quality antiques, garden supplies, fine wines, antique rugs, handcrafted picture frames, tiles, vintage lighting, custom furniture craftsmen, a host of fabulous dining and a tea room. 1100-1800 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80210 Antique-Row.com

Aspen Grove Located in Littleton, this pet-friendly, open-air retail village is home to over 55 stores and restaurants, including Pottery Barn, The Gap, Apple, See’s Candies, Hot Mama, Ted’s Montana Grill and more. 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton 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 beautiful suburb of Lakewood, Belmar is a trendy escape from the busy city. 408 S. Teller St., Lakewood 303.742.1520 BelmarColorado.com

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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. 500 16th St. 303.260.6000 DenverPavilions.com

Flatirons Crossing Set on a rise between Boulder and Denver, Flatirons Crossing invites you to enjoy blue skies, fun restaurants and top-flight movies. Explore more than 200 fashion and specialty retailers, including Coach, Coldwater Creek, Bebe, BC Surf and Sport, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Papyrus, LOFT and many more.

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Historic Downtown Littleton Visit one of the few remaining historic shopping districts along the Front Range and experience a true hometown atmosphere where people smile and take life a little slower. With more than 250 eclectic shopping, dining and entertainment options, you are certain to find just what you’re looking for. West Main Street btwn. Santa Fe Drive & South Rio Grande, Littleton 303.795.5006 DowntownLittleton.com

Larimer Square

One West Flatiron Crossing, Broomfield 720.887.7467 FlatIronCrossing.com

The Rocky Mountain region’s premier shopping environment features more than 160 shops such as Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren. Other favorites include Nordstrom, Hyde Park Jewelers, Apple and Coach, plus popular dining hotspots like Elway’s and Kona Grill. 3000 E. 1st Ave. 303.388.3900 ShopCherryCreek.com

Colorado Mills Denver’s only indoor outlet mall features highend shops including Coach Factory, Forever 21, Express, H&M, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Eddie Bauer Outlet. Great restaurants round out the mix, along with numerous entertainment options such as United Artists Theaters & IMAX, Jumpstreet and The Putting Edge. 14500 W. Colfax Avenue Lakewood, CO 80401 303.384.3000 Simon.com/Mall/Colorado-Mills

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.

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.

Bordered by Lincoln Street, Colfax Avenue & Speer Boulevard 720.253.2774

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Highlands Three diverse commercial districts comprise this neighborhood: cosmopolitan Lower Highlands (LoHi), charming Highlands Square and artsy Tennyson Street. Denver’s largest neighborhood features local and national retailers, restaurants, landmarks, art galleries and entertainment. 32nd & Lowell Streets 303.892.1112 Highlands-Square.com

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


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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. 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, oneof-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 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 303.420.6100 OldeTownArvada.org

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. Nestled in the scenic Rockies, just off I-70 on your way to the mountains, the Outlets at Silverthorne is home to three villages of impressive retail including Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Guess, GAP, Coach, Banana Republic, J Crew, Columbia and more. A beautiful setting for some fabulous buys. 246-V Rainbow Drive, Silverthorne 866.746.7686 OutletsAtSilverthorne.com

Park Meadows A unique and visually stunning retail resort, Park Meadows features fashionable stores and delectable dining choices, along with entertainment and events. With over 165 retailers and 14 full-service restaurants, shoppers experience the classic Colorado lifestyle while enjoying the beautiful resort setting. 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree 303.792.5384 ParkMeadows.com

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Outlets At Castle Rock The Outlets at Castle Rock is the largest openair outlet center in Colorado, housing more than 100 name-brand stores, including Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, American Eagle and many more. A short drive from Denver in the town of Castle Rock, a thriving place with fun restaurants and hotspots.

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The Shops at Northfield Stapleton Located just minutes from downtown, The Shops at Northfield Stapleton is a pedestrian-friendly, open-air shopping district featuring specialty shops and restaurants including Macy’s, Bass Pro Shops’ Outdoor World and Harkins Theatres 18.

Tennyson Street Cultural Arts District Located in the Berkeley District, the Tennyson Cultural Arts District offers music, live performance, film, and art galore. Here you’ll find original photography, a huge open-air market, fine art and everything in between. Located in Northwest Denver between Sheridan and Lowell and 38th and 52nd Ave. BerkeleyDistrict.com

Town Center at Aurora

Streets at Southglenn This destination builds on the character of the surrounding neighborhood with a mix of retailers, restaurants, entertainment and services. SouthGlenn is an unmatched upscale shopping, dining and entertainment experience.

6155 Main St., Aurora 303.627.5000 ShopSouthlands.com

An indoor mall with more than 150 fun stores, including Macy’s, Dillard’s, Aeropostale, Express and Victoria Secret. A neighborhood shopping destination, the Town Center has great options for dining, children’s fashion, home electronics and everything for your style. 14200 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora 303.344.9764 Simon.com/Mall/Town-Center-at-Aurora

Twenty-Ninth Street Twenty-Ninth Street is the premier mixed-use outdoor shopping center in Boulder. 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 303.444.0722 TwentyNinth.com

Village Shops at The Landmark

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

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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.

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.

8501 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton 303.973.7062

8340 Northfield Blvd. 303.375.5475

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North of downtown Denver

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5661 McWhinney Blvd., Loveland 970.663.1916

Situated just north of downtown, RiNo is home to an eclectic mix of galleries, artists, wineries, breweries, and more. If you’re in the market for unique, fabulous art, RiNo is the place to be, with a host of galleries showcasing works by some of the city’s most talented artists.

South University Boulevard & E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial 303.539.7141

5050 Factory Shops Blvd., Castle Rock 303.688.4495

A true gem tucked at the foot of the Rockies between Greeley and Fort Collins, the Outlets at Loveland is a great destination for hikers wanting a little shopping to top off a perfect day, or anyone looking for a fun and upscale experience. Featuring more than 40 great outlets, including Ann Taylor, Under Armour, Nike, J.Crew and Gymboree.

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Southwest Plaza Conveniently located in southwest metro Denver, Southwest Plaza features popular retailers and restaurants such as Forever 21, BC Surf

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 303.892.1112 VisitTheLandmark.com/Shops.htm

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ATTRACTIONS Art District On Santa Fe Home to many artists and studios, this arts district has become a national model of success in community revitalization. The art district has cultivated a friendly, welcoming feel for both seasoned collectors and new art lovers. 801 Kalamath St., Denver 303.868.8680 ArtDistrictOnSantaFe.com

Arvada Center for the Arts With two performance venues, three galleries and a multidisciplinary arts education program, the Arvada Center showcases theatrical shows, musical performances and local and touring art exhibitions.

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., Denver 303.893.4100

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, Denver

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS 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., Westminster 303.469.5441

1278 Lincoln St., Denver 303.837.8888 ColoradoBallet.org

The Colorado Symphony

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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 the park, one of 20 National Historic Landmarks in Colorado. 900 Baseline Rd., Boulder 303.442.3282 Chautauqua.com

Cherry Creek Reservoir

Performing traditional, modern and classical works, the Colorado Symphony offers yearround concerts featuring everything from light summer shows to performances by celebrated musicians. 1000 14th St., No. 15, Denver 303.623.7876 ColoradoSymphony.org

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Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Theatre District

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A treat for classical and modern dance enthusiasts, the Colorado Ballet boasts 30 members from around the globe presenting a variety of exciting performances.

1313 Sherman St., Denver 303.866.3437

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6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada 720.898.7200

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From the birth of an exotic animal to the exhilaration of a world-class exhibit opening, the area’s largest zoo is an adventure for the senses. Discover nearly 3,500 different animals living on 80 acres within Denver’s historic City Park. 2300 Steele St., Denver 303.376.4800

As one of the top-ranked facilities in the United States, the Denver Botanic Gardens presents a wide range of grounds and stunning collections from all corners of the world. The gardens host a popular summer concert series, water-lily competitions, tea gardens and many more attractions.

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York Street & Mordecai Children’s Garden 1007 York St., Denver 720.865.3500

700 Water St., Denver 303.561.4450

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Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Situated on a working farm on the banks of Deer Creek, this offers beautiful hiking through fields of wildflowers, fantastic bird-watching and a new butterfly experience. 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton 720.865.4336 BotanicGardens.org

Mount Goliath Mount Evans Scenic Byway Located 17 miles from Idaho Springs near Mt. Evans, this stunning area abounds with wildflowers and wildlife. Great views and hiking trails make this a local gem.

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.

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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 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. 3663 State Hwy. 93, Boulder 303.441.3440

Seasoned outdoor enthusiasts and weekend warriors alike flock here. Located just outside Denver, it boasts exceptional fishing and water recreation. Visit the surrounding state parks to enjoy outdoor pursuits all year.

Bailey, CO 80421 720.865.3585

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Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

4201 S. Parker Rd., Aurora 303.866.3437

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 including hiking, dining al fresco and sightseeing.

Colorado State Parks Colorado is home to 42 breathtaking state parks, giving visitors a variety of opportunities to experience the beauty of nature. Park activ-

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

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6550 Gateway Rd., Commerce City 303.289.0232

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ATTRACTIONS Washington Park

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.

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., Denver 303.433.7444

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., Denver 303.370.6000

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Contemporary Art

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Clyfford Still Museum

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Denver Art Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

4600 Humboldt St., Denver 720.865.2475

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., Denver 303.298.7554 MCADenver.org

Located on the former grounds of Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado’s Air and Space Museum offers a trip through the state’s rich aeronautics history from distinctive aircraft nose art to stirring exhibits.

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., Denver 303.832.8576

Colorado State Capitol Beaming through the Denver skyline is the gold-plated dome of the state Capitol building. Opened in 1894, it stands as a living museum of history and an active seat of state government. See where legislation takes place in the House and Senate chambers during free daily tours.

2000 Elitch Circle, Denver 303.595.4386 ElitchGardens.com

Pepsi Center Opened in 1999, this modern sports arena is home to the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and the Colorado Mammoth. It’s

Sports Authority Field At Mile High

1701 Bryant St., Denver 720.258.3000 SportsAuthorityFieldatMileHigh.com

MillerCoors Brewery Tour Experience traditional beer brewing in the Rocky Mountains. Become acquainted with malting, brewing and packaging processes, then sip a cold sample while resting on icecube benches in the fresh beer room.

Mizel Museum 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.

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2001 Blake St., Denver 303.292.0200

Molly Brown Museum

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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

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Coors Field

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400 S. Kearney St., Denver 303.647.6522

1000 Chopper Circle, Denver 303.405.1111

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6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton 303.795.3950

A fascinating 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 experience, it’s a celebration of diversity.

also a popular concert venue featuring appearances by music megastars and top performers.

There’s 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.

200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver 303.866.2604

Presenting 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.

DenverArtMuseum.org

America’s only downtown theme park and waterpark has operated consecutively for more than 120 years. Elitch is sheer fun, making this a go-to destination for locals and out-of-town visitors.

OTHER VENUES

Littleton Museum

100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy., Denver 720.865.5000

Elitch Gardens

WingsMuseum.org

KirklandMuseum.org

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.

DenverColiseum.com

7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver 303.360.5360

The Clyfford Still collection represents one of the most comprehensive single-artist collections in the world, encompassing approximately 2,400 works, most never before exhibited. The venue is as fascinating as the subjects within. 1250 Bannock St., Denver 720.354.4880

MollyBrown.org

Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum

DMNS.org

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

1340 Pennsylvania St., Denver 303.832.4092

South Downing Street & East Louisiana Ave, Denver 303.698.4692 WashPark.com

offers a unique window into the inspirational life of an American hero.

13th & Ford St., Golden 303.277.2337 MillerCoors.com

Waterworld This massive venue offers 46 water adventures on 64 beautifully landscaped acres. Thrill rides abound, including Colorado’s only magnetic water coaster, and 3 separate children’s play areas. 8801 N. Pecos St., Denver 303.427.7873 WaterWorldColorado.com

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RH DENVER , The Gallery at Cherry Creek, stands front and center as part of the newly renovated Cherry Creek Shopping Center. The gorgeous new building debuts as the first specialty retailer in history to anchor a major regional shopping center. As beautiful as the outside is, the interior is equally stunning, featuring charcoal grey Venetian plaster and more than 100 pairs of glass-and-steel French doors, Juliet balconies, a lush garden terrace and a Rooftop Park & Conservatory with dozens of Quaking Aspens. We could go on and on about the incredibly cool architecture that is the brainchild of James Gillam of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger, a firm recognized as one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 architect and design firms in the world. But then again, why not just go see it for yourself?

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