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FALL 2013

G AT E W AY T O C O L O R A D O

HOTEL

MAKING THE GRADE Inside The Kitchen Of Denver’s Only AAA Hotel

SUPER BOWL OF BEER Ales, Lagers And Stouts For The Ages

MAGAZINE

ONE MAN’S TRASH

Picking Through America’s Keepsakes On Antique Row

DENVER GALLERIES Get Down To The Art Of The Matter

PROGRESS, INC. Governor John Hickenlooper opens up on building business, branding and (maybe) bidding for the presidency.


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Change your point of view...

If mountain adventures are your calling, then let me take you on a journey into some of the finest mountain properties in Colorado‌ where your next home awaits you.

Corinna Bandemer

Broker Associate, ABR, CNE 720.530.8660 corinna.bandemer@sothebysrealty.com www.bandemerhomes.com Please call me ~ I would be happy to answer questions about Evergreen or assist you in buying or selling a home.

Your Evergreen Area Expert with Global Reach.

Nestled into the foothills, approximately 25 minutes west of Denver via I-70, is a special town called Evergreen. This hidden mountain treasure has something for everyone! Evergreen is known for its great community spirit, excellent schools, cultural centers, two wonderful recreational centers with pools, and thousands of acres of open space for hiking and biking. The center of the town hosts Evergreen Lake where you can enjoy free lake concerts, kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing during the summer, and ice skating, hockey, ice fishing and snow shoeing in the winter. Evergreen is a great place to live and visit year-round!

www.bandemerhomes.com


Your local Metro Denver real estate expert with true global reach.

Kay Bohan 303.915.1563

2929 Highlands View Road

21554 Mountsfield Drive

Nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, your shire awaits! Majestic snowcapped Mt Evans views and tranquil setting. This mountain masterpiece is proudly situated on 10.24 acres. The floor plan captures an amazing mountain view from every room. Spectacular master retreat offers an oversized bathroom suite, fireplace, walk-in closet and walk-out outdoor patio area. 6,958 square feet with 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, main level office, 2 junior suites, wine cellar, media room, recreation room, walkout lower level, 4-car garage, spacious outdoor patio area and outdoor water feature. Attention and expertise has been given to every finish!

Savvy and sophisticated contemporary showpiece! Designed with an artistic flare and attention to every detail. Majestic mountain and panoramic city views from every room. The wall of windows fill every room with natural light. The views alone are sure to impress any guest! Inviting chef ‘s gourmet kitchen designed for entertaining with granite counters and stainless steel high-end appliances. 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, 5-car garage, mother-in-law suite, 2 master suites, main floor master, entertaining kitchens on lower levels, lap pool, hot tub, 4 fireplaces, wood floors, tile floors, multiple decks, heated driveway and fenced yard. Easy access to I-70.

Evergreen, Colorado $2,695,000

Golden, Colorado $1,700,000

11542 Belle Meade Drive Conifer, Colorado $1,100,000

Spectacular custom mountain home and rare horse property in prestigious Belle Meade. Inviting gourmet kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Open sunny floor plan, main floor master suite with private office and 5-piece spacious bath. 5 bedrooms, 7 baths, 7,225 square feet, 10.59 acres, security system, well/septic, natural gas, radiant heat, custom tile, hardwood floors, main level laundry, walk-out lower level, workout room, wet bar, media room, wine cellar, storage room, paved driveway with southern exposure are just a few of the homes details! Mountain living with all the amenities!

Kay Bohan • 303.915.1563 • kaybohansothebys@gmail.com • fullersothebysrealty.com


The story that shook the world continues to captivate. Announcing the JFK50 Commemorative Box Set. Reflect, discuss and explore the important anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with the JFK50 limited edition Commemorative Box Set, which includes a Dallas Morning News newspaper reprint from 11.23.63, JFK’s “Unspoken Speech” transcript, ten photography reprints and three collectible JFK50 cards.

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CONTENTS

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FEATURES 24 ONE MAN’S TRASH

Among the overflowing shops that make up Denver’s Antique Row stands a sophisticated studio dedicated to reimagining and repurposing rare, vintage and, yes, antique finds. BY AMY SPEER

28 MAKING THE GRADE

Ritz-Carlton Executive Chef Ruben Garcia, who took on the kitchen of Denver’s only AAA five-diamond hotel, sits down with DHM to talk excellence, innovation and his new health-conscious home. BY DAVE MUSCARI

32 ON THE COVER: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

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32 BREWING UP BUSINESS

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s unusual leadership style brought Colorado new business by the truckload. DHM chats with the man in charge of rebranding the Rocky Mountain State. BY AMY SPEER


Visit our website at www.biggame.org

Returns to Dallas | January 9 –12, 2014 Dallas Convention Center


CONTENTS IN EVERY ISSUE 15 THE RUNDOWN

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

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40 THE SCENE

Denver’s cultural events span varieties that suit every visitor’s taste. Mark your calendar with the best of the city’s offerings.

51 DINING

The Mile High’s innovative restaurants and talented chefs mine flavors from all over the globe. Check out this guide before planning your next culinary adventure.

57 SHOPPING

From high-end boutiques and malls to trendy vintage shops, DHM shows you Denver’s top spots to shop.

61 ATTRACTIONS

Spending time in Denver is always a trip less ordinary. Learn about local attractions that make for unique experiences and excellent adventures.

64 OUR PARTING SHOT

Finding a mountain of one’s own high atop the Rockies.

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WELCOME

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE The wonderful thing about Colorado is that regardless of where you are, there is no shortage of things to do or places to visit. Throw in the fantastic restaurants and great shopping, and you begin to understand why visitors to the Mile High City leave with the conviction that they will return to this beautiful state — again and again. Now throw in the spectacular scenery, from majestic mountains and aspenfilled forests to rolling plains, and you begin to understand that this state is indeed a treasure in so many ways. Colorado photographer John Fielder, a brilliant artist who has captured beautiful images of this wonderful and rugged landscape, is recognized worldwide for his work. We spoke with him to learn a bit more about what it takes to capture a stunning image that will help travelers remember a trip filled with beauty and awe. Another wonderful artist of a different ilk, Michael Gadlin, discusses his award-winning art and what is behind the images that span the canvas. The art of the city is all around us, whether in the first-class galleries scattered around town or in the scenery that is art in itself. During your visit, you’ll also want to check out the phenomenal antique shops, which play host to everything from furniture to art and all things in between. There are so many art walks and art districts, and you’ll soon learn that half the fun is in the exploring! In this issue, writer Amy Speer offers an insightful interview with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a maverick who is not afraid to speak his mind. The popular governor has been a businessman, a restaurateur and many things in between, and he is now propelled into the

national spotlight as the head of an increasingly thriving and robust state. His views are always fun to behold, and we’re looking forward to many more years of our popular governor. Could a bid for national office be in the works here? Many visitors to Denver are true city slickers, and the thought of a day (or a week) at the ranch is a romantic notion that is too often relegated to the movies. Not so in Colorado, which boasts its share of both working ranches and dude ranches. With scores of venues to choose from, there truly are opportunities to leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city and take in the awesome scenery that is even better in person than in the guidebooks. Fall is a perfect time for a meandering ride along a beautiful mountain trail, resplendent with wildflowers and littered with small brooks and clumps of trees. Whether it’s a day of shopping and dining al fresco in one of the city’s delicious restaurants or cafes, or a trip out of the city for a peaceful hike, now is the ideal time to discover the beauty of the state. Welcome to Denver, and enjoy your read!

EXECUTIVE EDITOR Catherine Adcock

CREATIVE DIRECTOR Chris Hanchey

COPY EDITOR Farah Fleurima

CONTRIBUTORS Carolyn Bartels Justin Patrick Katie Shapiro Amy Speer

EDITOR-AT-LARGE Dave Muscari

CORE PUBLISHING PUBLISHER, PRESIDENT Pete Northway

VICE PRESIDENT, SALES & MARKETING Shelly Northway

DENVER HOTEL MAGAZINE PUBLISHER Ellen Gray

PRESIDENT Bill Secor

PRODUCTION production@denverhotelmagazine.com

WEB DEVELOPMENT Kevin Ulrich

Ellen Gray, Publisher, Denver Hotel Magazine

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H i s tory at You r F i n g e rt i p s

You are invited to visit your 13th Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. The Presidency of George W. Bush was witness to some of the most important events in our nation’s history. In its interactive, innovative exhibits, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum gives visitors an inside look at how the President and Mrs. Bush dealt with critical issues such as the attacks of September 11, 2001, the need for education reform, the financial crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. By preserving and making available a vast archives of Presidential materials, the Library and Museum promotes a better understanding of the workings of our government and the crafting of public policy. Through its outreach programs, it serves as an educational resource for the entire nation. Visit us today. For tomorrow.

For information or tickets: 2943 SMU Boulevard Dallas, Texas 75205 Monday–Saturday 9:00–5:00 Sunday 12:00–5:00

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Extraordinary Farm, Ranch & Equestrian Properties are hiding in corners around the world... and I can help you find them. When you are interested in these types of properties:

• Income Producing Agriculture Farms • Equestrian Properties • Country Estates • Hunting/Fishing Ranches • Dude Ranches • Fly Fishing Resorts • Investment Land • Water Rights

Don Wood

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Contact me. I have 15 years experience listing and selling in these specialized markets.

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

>>>>>>>>>>>Inside Scoop>>

Insider’s Guide to RiNo Live like a local for a day and explore the independent boutiques, eateries, bars, coffee shops and galleries that make Denver’s many diverse neighborhoods thrive. Located just north of downtown beyond Coors Field, the River North Arts District is a hotbed for creative connoisseurs. RiNo as it’s called, lays claim to a funky rhinoceros that you’ll see marking the neighborhood territory. The historically industrial area has stayed true to its roots while undergoing a complete renaissance over the past decade. Many of the vacant warehouses and rail yards through which Jack Kerouac once roamed are now buzzing with expansive gallery spaces, hip hangouts and modern lofts. — KATIE SHAPIRO

Denver’s independent artists and artisans. From locally made art, repurposed furniture, and jewelry to accessories, screenprinted tees and vintage Denver sportswear, here you will find a souvenir with style. RiNo’s mascot

2701 Larimer St. 720.982.8049 megafaunastore.com

RiNo First Friday Art Walk RiNo just isn’t a name. It’s also the nonprofit organization that is dedicated to cultivating and promoting the businesses in the area and neighborhood development. On the first Friday of every month, wander in and out of more than 50 studios and galleries in the area and discover innovative works in every medium imaginable. Year-round; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. rivernorthart.com

MegaFauna This artist collective lives for the locals, representing a true community for up-and-coming designers. MegaFauna’s walls and shelves are stocked with the goods of close to 100 of

Plus Gallery

Plus Gallery

Plus Gallery’s fall exhibition opens Sept. 12 with Los Angeles– based artist Allie Pohl’s latest work, Ideal Man. 2501 Larimer St. 303.296.0927 plusgallery.com

Brick & Mortar General Store Contrary to its name, this boutique on wheels is housed in a vintage 1964 Aristocrat trailer. Brick & Mortar pops up at plenty of events around town, but you can always find it in RiNo on First Fridays. Best friends and owners Allison Shaw and Tran Wills scour the country to bring a carefully curated mix of handcrafted home goods, jewelry, art and accessories to the streets of Denver.

Karen and Ivar Zeile, the 720.275.0751 husband-and-wife team brickandmortargeneralstore.com behind this award-winning gallery, provide one of the most reputable platforms for progressive contemporary art in town. Housed in the historic Benjamin Moore Paints building, the sleek space shows the work of both local emerging talent Brick & Mortar General Store and nationally renowned artists.

Crema Coffee House & The Populist One of the original kids on the RiNo scene, Crema has a cultlike following of coffee addicts. Owner Noah Price is devoted to the art of coffee making and passionately serves up beans from a French press while resident chef Jonathan Power creates inventive café fare like sweet potato waffles, rosesugar brûléed grapefruit, quinoa salad and a daily quiche selection. And just last year, the duo opened The Populist down the street, which has become an instant gastro gem in the neighborhood. Featuring contemporary American cuisine, the hip hangout features a community vibe and an array of small plates from an abbreviated menu. CREMA COFFEE HOUSE 2862 Larimer St. 720.284.9648 cremacoffeehouse.net THE POPULIST 3163 Larimer St. 720.432.3163 thepopulistdenver.com

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MichaelGadlin Raw Marks |

Sept. 6 - Oct. 4, 2013

“Beneath the image an artist paints lies the raw marks of his truest thoughts and inspiration. In my work they are the beginnings of everything that push the boundaries of my visual culture.” - Michael Gadlin Join us for the artist’s opening reception: Friday September 6th, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Hours: M - F, 10a - 4p and by appointment. “ArtHaus passionately serves as a setting for Art, collaboration, community relations and special exhibits with a global flavor.” - Aliki (Co-owner & Artist)

ArtHaus Gallery 3343 Larimer St. Denver, CO. 80205 te l 3 0 3 - 2 9 2 - 1 9 6 5 | i n f o @ a r t h a u s d e n v e r . c o m

www.arthausdenver.com + www.michaelgadlin.com


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Putting Down the Brush

Towering well over 6 feet tall (6'6" to be exact) and ambling toward me like a puppy, artist Michael Gadlin welcomes me with his trademark hug and smile. Inside ArtHaus, the gallery and flex space he owns with artist Aliki McCain, Gadlin’s palpable aura of contentedness speaks volumes about his sense of place in making ArtHaus his center for creativity. A beautiful gallery, ArtHaus morphs easily from art exhibition hall to wedding venue, performance space and so much more, making it a chameleon in the world of event spaces. On Sept. 6, Gadlin opens his oneman show at ArtHaus, Raw Marks. He felt called to “put down the brush,” in creating the show, continuing the evolution of his contemporary art. The work to be exhibited was created by hand with tools such as forks, whisks, plungers, knives, glassware — whatever items that brought to the canvas the vision Gadlin was

striving for. The complex textures and orchestration of color, purpose and idea resulted in spectacular pieces of art. “My teachers in grade school told me I had talent, but I knew I was not the best drawer in the room. I tended to judge myself very hard.” It was during his years at the Pratt Institute in New York City, that he came into his own. “After my first year was near complete, I ended up receiving the highest grade given out by Pratt’s foundation drawing professor for that class!” Gadlin left Pratt before graduating, returning to Denver to care for his mother while she battled cancer, until she passed away at 49. He stayed in Denver, wasting no time. He won best of show in 1999 at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Not long after that, the city commissioned him to create the largest public artwork of his career for the District 2 police station building. Gadlin’s surrealistic expressionism

and figurative abstracts were garnering attention from the art elite. Many collect his work, which can also be found in permanent collections all over the world. He is looking forward to showing in Mandelieu-La Napoule, France, in spring 2014. A thinking man’s dervish, Gadlin is constantly spinning concepts, trying to reinvent or reinterpret them. “I love contradictions, things that don’t look like they should, under normal circumstances, work together. But then creating an artistic statement isn’t about normalcy.” Gadlin’s mother once told him that if he could just take his eloquence and ideas and create something with them, he would be a magnificent force. The path he has walked brought his mother’s foresight into fruition. The time has flown, and people in the gallery have been politely walking past Gadlin’s studio door. He brushes off the knees of his jeans, more as a habit than anything else. He walks me out. He is happy. And why not? He is the gatekeeper to the joys of appreciating incredible works of art. And those works are his. For more, visit michaelgadlin.com and arthausdenver.com. — CAROLYN BARTELS

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Beer:30>>

The Largest Beer Hall of All

Brewers Association

If there’s one thing Coloradoans know, it’s beer. With over 160-plus breweries, Colorado ranks first in the nation in gross beer production, according to the Boulder-based Brewers Association. The same organization is responsible for the country’s largest annual beer celebration, the Great American Beer Festival, Oct. 10–12. The GABF gives tasters the opportunity to sample more than 2,800 beers from close to 600 breweries. This Super Bowl of Beer has attracted a sellout crowd of 49,000 for the past five years, so if you’re

for 2013 is the official GABF mobile app, which can hold your personalized schedule and festival hall map in your hand.

BYOP Bring your own pretzels! Many festivalgoers string up salty necklaces to wear while they taste. Not only do they help cleanse your palate, but they also DHM Guide To GABF The GABF has a lot to drink in, so coat your stomach between sips. here are a few tips to experience Hold Onto Your Glass the festival to the fullest. Upon entry, attendees are given an official GABF tasting Plan Strategically glass. Hand-eye coordination Each vendor is limited to a is often the first to go as suds 1 oz. pour, and lines can get consumption increases, and no long. To maximize the number one likes a party foul. of breweries you try, map your attack plan before you go. New

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reading this with tickets in hand, consider yourself lucky. “We really aim to balance keeping what’s known and loved about the festival with new offerings,” says Brewer’s Association Marketing Director Barbara Fusco. “We are excited to bring back concepts like the Homebrew Marketplace, which started last year and showcases products specifically for those who homebrew as a hobby.” Other highlights include the Silent Disco, Farm to Table Pavilion and beer enthusiast bookstore with author signings, but it’s the GABF competition that everyone will be talking about. Invited industry professionals from around the world determine the Great American Beer Festival award winners of gold, silver and bronze medals for excellence in 75 beerstyle categories. — KATIE SHAPIRO

Sample Responsibly Take advantage of one of Denver’s many public transportation options: Light Rail, RTD or Denver B-Cycle. Or find a designated driver to join you who can enjoy a discounted ticket rate of $25 and parking in the 24/7 Colorado Convention Center parking garage. GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL AT THE COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER 700 14th St. October 10-12, 2013 greatamericanbeerfestival.com

Local Brews Without a ticket? There are plenty of local breweries and brewpubs to try in town — most within walking distance of the GABF. BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY 2220 Blake St. 303.297.3644 breckbrew.com DENVER BEER CO. 1695 Platte St. 303.433.2739 denverbeerco.com GREAT DIVIDE 2201 Arapahoe St. 303.296.9460 greatdivide.com HOGSHEAD BREWERY 4460 W. 29th Ave. 303.495.3105 hogsheadbrewery.com OUR MUTUAL FRIEND MALT & BREW 2810 Larimer St. 720.722.2810 omfmb.com PROST 2540 19th St. 303.729.1175 prostbrewing.com RENEGADE BREWING COMPANY 925 W. 9th Ave. 720.401.4089 renegadebrewing.com RIVER NORTH BREWERY 2401 Blake St., No. 1 303.296.2617 rivernorthbrewery.com STRANGE BREWING COMPANY 1330 Zuni St. 720.985.2337 strangebrewingco.com WIT’S END BREWING COMPANY 2505 W. 2nd Ave., No. 13 303.459.4379 witsendbrewing.com WYNKOOP BREWERY 1634 18th St. 303.297.2700 wynkoop.com


Denver Arts & Venues

ART ATTACK>>

I See What You Mean

The Story Behind Denver’s Big Blue Bear Perhaps you’ve seen it, a curious blue bruin, standing 40 feet tall, peering into the Denver’s Convention Center on 14th Street in the heart of a busy business district. I See What You Mean is the artist-bestowed title for what’s better known locally as Denver’s Big Blue Bear. Artist Lawrence Argent, commissioned by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program to create the piece, describes it as a stylized representation of native fauna. “My public artworks are a part of a larger whole,” he says. “I am an artist that utilizes assorted mediums and venues to engage the viewer in questioning the assumed and provide a vehicle by which stimulus opens a plethora of responses that defy verbal articulation.” In short, if you unknowingly run across this lovable behemoth, you will be rendered speechless, at least for a moment. To get up close and personal with Big Blue, simply visit the Colorado Convention Center at 14th and Stout Streets. He is impossible to miss.

He has stopped traffic and incited insults, but mostly he just amused and captured the whimsy inside us all. He has become so beloved a landmark that when rumors flew several years ago that he would be airlifted out of the city, rumblings of revolution could be heard on city streets. More recently, he found himself the victim of random crime. The roar of a mama bear could not hold a candle to public outcry when Denver citizens awoke to find their city mascot marred by a neon green swath of paint that ran the length of his back. The culprit was caught, and the bear was cleaned and scrubbed and is now as good as new. If he captures your heart or imagination, you may take home a small replica from the Denver Visitor’s Information Center on the corner of California and the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall or call 303.892.1505 for more information. — CAROLYN BARTELS

SPOTLIGHT ARTS & CULTURE

ENTERTAINMENT

SPORTS

ARTS & CULTURE

ENTERTAINMENT

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Bonnie Raitt

Denver vs. Washington

Holiday Food & Gift Festival

John McEuen and Alpin Hong

Denver Performing Arts Complex, Buell Theatre

Colorado Convention Center, Bellco Theatre

Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Colorado Convention Center

Daniels Hall

It’s an outrageous road trip of a lifetime with a trio of flamboyant friends searching for true love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback.

Few musicians have crossed as many borders as the genre-bending pop, blues, rock and soul legend (“Thing Called Love,” “I Can’t Make You Love Me”).

Peyton Manning leads the Broncos against Robert Griffin III and the ’skins in this generational battle of top NFL QBs.

The 27th annual event returns with one-of-a-kind gift ideas and a gourmet food area to sample seasonal treats.

Bluegrass meets Beethoven when the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band legend and Julliardtrained pianist take the stage together.

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NOVEMBER 1–3

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OPEN SKIES>>

Beyond The City Slicker The open country has always been a place to disengage from intense urban life. Colorado is known for beautiful mountains, ski resorts, dude ranches and summers to remember for a lifetime. For many, mountain properties represent a total or ultimate escape, a place to feel simple and pure, providing a stage for enjoying a greater appreciation for life in general. It’s that emotional investment that breeds a desire that may translate into a financial investment. Colorado remains a stage for realizing and living a variety of dreams. Denver has developed into a great urban city with a vibrant downtown, four professional sports teams, highly regarded cultural venues and a wide array of entertainment and recreation. And yet hundreds of thousands of people come here with the hopes of finding some of that good-old Western character and lifestyle. When I asked Don Wood, a highly respected farm and ranch broker with Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Colorado, how he would describe why people settle and invest in Colorado, he had a few thoughts. “At times, I have felt that I’ve

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been asked to find a person’s childhood dreams or to sell a family’s history,” he says. “This business has much more to do with a lifestyle and passion for that dream than finding a nice home with four bedrooms. The buying and selling of farm and ranch is about a lifestyle and maybe even the business of the property. Whether it’s farming or ranching for production or perhaps it could be about equestrian interests, cattle, llamas, hunting, or fishing; on many levels, it’s about the business and pleasure of those activities. The agricultural business requires knowledge of crops, soils, irrigation, water rights, market conditions, financials, equipment, etc. An equestrian facility or ranch may focus on a breed, a style, existing structures, size and other needs, as well as the lifestyle of the owner. The barn and arena may be more important than the home.” From 40-acre ranchettes to more significant income-

producing properties with thousands of acres, Colorado provides many opportunities. It’s a place where spending time together is made easy, where passions seem to be more important than possessions. Many have either relocated or purchased a second home in Colorado because they hope this place can last forever. They have wanted to create a legacy with their children, grandchildren, parents and good friends as they carve out a slice of something meaningful for themselves. Whether you start off with a mountain condo or go right for the Bonanza ranch, most Colorado real estate opportunities are within close proximity to a large variety of resort communities, mountain towns and even a few quaint and historic mining towns. Areas like Telluride, Vail, Steamboat Springs, Breckinridge, Aspen and Winter Park represent the Rocky Mountains extremely well. Then again, you might find

small cities like Boulder and Evergreen the ideal getaway and gateway to all the above. Your appreciation for Colorado will not stop with the rodeos, restaurants, farmers markets or the summer music and arts festivals. Favorite activities will include — with no limits — skiing, trail riding, hunting, fishing, kayaking, camping, snowmobiling, tubing, bike excursions and more! I would be remiss not to mention how friendly, open and engaging you will find the people in this state. It’s true — departing from Colorado always leaves you wanting to come back. — STEVE BLANK

Steve Blank is a managing broker at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty.


FOCAL DEPTH>>

Through Fielder’s Lens

The beauty of Colorado surrounds us, whether standing on the edge of a crystal clear lake surrounded by wildflowers or peering out a car windshield while winding up a mountain road. Colorado photographer John Fielder has been capturing the stunning imagery of this colorful state for more than 40 years. When shooting a panoramic majestic mountain range, a dense snow-covered field or a steep hiking trail, Fielder frames the essence of the moment in a way words cannot describe nor do justice. Fielder is something of a maverick in his field, and the unique view through his lens helped vault him to a standing as a leading nature photographer. He has written and published countless guidebooks to Colorado, spearheaded conservation efforts and photographed images that hang on walls around the world. As a young boy, his imagination was captured while traveling to Colorado on a school trip; decades later, he has lost none of his enthusiasm. Fielder emphasizes that you don’t have to be a professional to preserve the incredible memory of what you experience. So grab your smartphone, digital camera or fancy SLR, and go for it. Fielder offers a bit of advice to travelers: Truly great photographers are up with the sunrise and out again at sunset. These are the two magic hours for outstanding outdoor images that nothing else will match. We asked the photographer for a guided tour of Colorado’s most scenic spots. — ELLEN GRAY

Fielder’s Favorite Photo Spots DAY TRIPS

Roxborough State Park: This is one of the top 10 places in the world that I love to photograph. Here, you can see 4,000 acres of red rock formations in a completely natural environment. This truly is one of the most colorful places in the world, whether you’re capturing the leafy cottonwood and oaks in the summer or the colorful flowers in the spring. Castlewood Canyon State Park: About an hour southeast of Denver, this is the opposite, geophysically, of Roxborough. It’s the headwaters of the state, where extraordinary wildflowers bloom in spring and summer, and white cascades of rushing pools are framed by stately Douglas firs and spruce that decorate the canyon. It’s a completely natural environment, with beautiful hiking trails and views.

ROAD TRIPS

I-70 toward Evergreen: As you head up I-70, make a left at Idaho Springs toward Echo Lake, which is situated in a subalpine setting surrounded by towering spruce and fir trees with Mount Evans looming in the background. Continue up the road to Summit Lake, where the tundra pools reflect off the water and make for extraordinary photos. Get going early enough to make sunrise, and you will be astounded by the sun hitting the face of Mount Evans, creating shadow and detail bathed in warm orange hues.

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Denver Museum of Nature & Science: This is a wonderful spot to capture the sunrise and sunset. Park in a lot near the building and make your way to the west side of the museum. From the deck, look due west toward the deciduous trees, out toward the city skyline and still further toward Mount Evans and the Front Range. This truly is one of the greatest city- and mountainscapes anywhere on earth.

Highway 285: Take this southwest to South Park, which is one of Colorado’s four intermontagne basins, surrounded by mountains and high-elevation valleys. Fairplay, about 1.5 hours from Denver, is a historic mining town, and is the gateway to three mountain ranges that surround a beautiful high mountain valley. DENVER HOTEL MAGAZINE

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Among the overflowing shops that make up Denver’s Antique Row stands a sophisticated studio dedicating to reimagining and repurposing rare, vintage and, yes, antique finds. WRITTEN BY AMY SPEER

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ucked away among a scattering of antique stores, you’ll find that an interior world filled with vintage oddities, dripping chandeliers and ornate furniture exists in a bustling Denver neighborhood. The 23-year-old shop — Watson & Co — is part design studio, part antique store and every bit sophisticated. The store is located on South Broadway in Denver’s famous Antique Row, a seven-block strip filled with more than 100 antique merchants. Watson & Co isn’t a heap of mismatched antiques. Rather, it’s a blend of high-end wholesale furniture with carefully selected vintage pieces, all meticulously staged in small, quaint rooms. At the studio, owner Chris Watson loves mixing the old with the new — mixing being the key word in what Watson describes as the latest interior design trend.

You don’t have to go overboard on the French château look. With the right blend of urban funk or a sprinkling of other inspirations, an interior home décor can be more dynamic nowadays. “That Ralph Lauren home collection era, where everything used to match in the 1990s, is long gone,” Watson says. For instance, you can take a traditional French chair from the 1930s, cover it in cowhide and create something unusual. “It’s about reinventing it,” Watson said. “It’s about creating the unexpected.” Other shop owners along Antique Row will be quick to point out that Watson’s wares aren’t truly authentic. But that’s okay, Watson says. It all depends on how you define authentic. In fact, Watson doesn’t even like using the word “antique.” He prefers “vintage.”

“The word antique makes it feel exclusive, like something you can’t afford,” Watson says. “People want to be a part of something, instead of separate from something.” And with a good mix, you can have the best of both worlds. A few authentic treasures blended into the décor become just that — treasures. And conveniently, Watson sells those authentic treasures next door in his south location, appropriately dubbed The Annex. Here, it even smells different from the design studio. Brittle paper, musty furniture and old wood create a nostalgic atmosphere. And every corner, carefully staged, is filled with some vintage curiosity. A 1910 photograph of Denver firefighters sits behind glass. On the floor, a handful of 1911 anatomy posters leans against a stack of more framed oddities. A brittle wicker cage once used to


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Picking through American keepsakes on Denver’s Antique Row Like tasty little sprinkles on a cupcake, Antique Row on South Broadway offers a scattering of sweet little shops on a busy street populated by liquor stores, tattoo parlors, thrift shops and even an abandoned Sinclair gas station. Under welcoming awnings with clever names, such as Finders Keepers, All Hours and Flashback Jack’s, these stores offer a portal into another time. Denver Hotel Magazine took a day to wander in and out of the shops that specialize in some unique history. Here are some of our favorites: You can find Watson’s treasures for sale next door to his design studio at the appropriately named Annex.

Heidelberg Antiques 1460 S. Broadway

Featuring European furniture and mountainhome accessories, this shop is filled with Black Forest carvings, antler furniture and antique linen for a country look. The store’s most interesting offering, perhaps, is its massive cowbell collection that hangs from the ceiling. Shelbey Adame, who works on the weekends, says this is the most authentic antique shop you’ll find on the block. “It’s not an antique if it’s not 100 years old,” Adame says. “Anything less is vintage.” And you won’t find that here.

The Broadway Antique Broker 1438 S. Broadway

transport family pets sits on top of an old cabinet. Here, the real treasures wait to be plucked away by a walk-in customer or by one of Watson’s three interior designers. The most unique item Watson ever sold — online because it was so rare — was a condom tip from early World War I. Made out of lamb intestine, it was neatly package in a metal tin. Watson had snapped up the rarity, along with an 18th-century bible, in the same morning. In the end, after 23 years of selling antiques, Watson has discovered what makes this business tick. “Americans yearn for history,” Watson says. “People just want to feel connected to something.”

If your man cave is in need of a classic backroom bar, this is your place. But be sure you have the space to accommodate something massive. These ornate bars come in every shape and size. Ken Barnes, owner for 25 years, began specializing in bars 10 years ago after he sold one for $40,000. Small bars now run anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000. Larger bars can run upward of $60,000. Barnes, fondly known as Backbar Barney, plucks these historical finds from every corner of the country.

Antique Broker 1438 S. Broadway

Above Backbar Barney’s, up a flight of paintchipped stairs, a whole other world awaits. This has been Al Garcia’s world since 1971. Garcia fills it with just about anything he can find. A hoarder’s dream, the cluttered atmosphere will tug at your heart strings. Handmade signs flutter precariously from strings with the words “Look Up” written on them. There, any oddity that Garcia can hang dangles from the rafters. If you’re treasure hunting, this place might be where you discover that hidden gem.

Frontier Gallery 1452 S. Broadway

If you’re expecting to find a little Western flare on Antique Row, you won’t find much — unless you pop into Frontier Gallery. There, amidst a line of stores that specialize in most any European antique, this store is as Old West as it gets. It’s a six-shooter’s dream, in other words. Dubbed Colorado’s only antique firearm store, Frontier Gallery features genuine Western-era Colt pistols, Winchester rifles, Civil War weapons, Western memorabilia and Indian artifacts.

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Cayman and Moscow. Garcia was recently executive chef at the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, which followed his time at the RitzCarlton South Beach in Miami. We sat down with him to hear about his training, impressions of Denver’s cuisine scene and plans for Elway’s. DHM: Your formal training includes the Culinary Institute of Louisiana and stints at some of New Orleans’ most popular French Quarter restaurants, including K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen and the century-old Galatoire’s. How did those experiences influence your cooking? RG: Both restaurants have ties to classic French training. Galatoire’s is traditional French Creole cuisine and definitely represents the style of food found in New Orleans. K-Paul’s used cooking and preparation methods that required intricate recipes such as potcooking methods and cast-iron techniques; both require a lot of attention — more so than

most. These chefs and culinary establishments set the tone for my future, as they were the first places I worked. DHM: Denver is a very different environment for you; talk about your initial impressions of the area. RG: It’s a place full of creativity and new inventions. It’s refreshing to see culinary boundaries pushed. Denver is also such a clean city. It’s friendly, healthy, approachable, healthconscious, and comes with a good bar scene. I also enjoy hiking, and that’s so accessible. While still back in Lake Tahoe, I used chefsfeed.com, a socialmedia site, really as a tool to investigate local chefs and was really impressed by the amount of trends and innovation I was seeing, as well as newer cooking techniques. I was drawn to chefs like Max MacKissock and Jennifer Jasinski, Paul Riley, Frank Bonanno, to name a few. After my research, two words came to


mind as I was trying to familiarize myself with the Denver restaurant scene: unique and interesting. DHM: Some of the hottest chefs in America live and work in the Mile High City. Were you aware of Denver as a cuisine center? RG: I wasn’t aware of the many new approaches to dining — like open kitchens or chef’s counters. And I love the cheese cart concept at Squeaky Bean. DHM: There is a lot of talk about farmto-table cuisine, product sustainability and the importance of ingredients that support Colorado farms. How do these concepts fit into your restaurant? RG: As a brand, Elway’s menu features classic steakhouse offerings and doesn’t change on a consistent basis. However, there is currently a bar menu offering at Elway’s downtown, a Colorado cheese-plate assortment with a variety of cheeses from local farms. Our lamb is also sourced from Colorado. When we serve

Wagyu beef as a special, it is also locally sourced. We hope to continue to move toward using sustainable vendors and maximizing local vendors for produce at the Ritz-Carlton. Inseason produce is always used in our daily specials. In-room hotel amenities are provided to guests as a warm welcome and often are based around local experiences, like a beer tasting with various craft brews. Many dishes from our banquet menus infuse farm-grown ingredients as much as possible. However, we never sacrifice quality. If produce is not in season locally, we will source that from another state or area to ensure we provide our guests with the very best quality ingredients. DHM: Talk about menu changes: Any specialties you hope to add? RG: Some of the changes I’d like to see come to fruition at the Ritz-Carlton would be in-house bread baking, pickling and sausages made from scratch.

Where it makes sense, I hope to enliven the farm-to-table approach at Elway’s. DHM: What do you hope to accomplish at the Ritz in Denver? RG: I am committed to driving excellence, increasing brand awareness in our backyard and partnering with other community organizations. DHM: What can existing and new customers expect from you? RG: The consistently fine, USDA Prime steak Elway’s is known for. But most exciting is a 12-person chef’s table in the downtown kitchen; the diner’s experience will be almost like an eating tour of our signature dishes as well as specially created ones just for the day.

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sprinkle the curbs of lower downtown — a collection of stores, art galleries, restaurants and bars dubbed LoDo. Little did anyone know, as Wynkoop brewed its first batch of beer, something influential was stirring inside Hickenlooper. A leader was brewing. TWENTY FIVE YEARS LATER Fifteen minutes before the 2013 State of the State Address, the Democratric governor strums a beige guitar covered in a myriad of autographs from favorite musicians. The guitar looks like something out of an old Western, only modernized by the graffiti of signatures and the blue-suited man strumming it. His dog, Sky, looks on. Behind the scenes, this is how Hickenlooper starts most speeches. Sometimes, it’s a banjo. Rarely does he sing, although sometimes at home. With this musical countdown, Hickenlooper is tapping into something — a different part of his brain, he tells Denver Hotel Magazine, the part that connects


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Hickenlooper helps the Office of Economic Development and Internal Trade announce the route for the second annual Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour, scheduled for Sept. 20-22, 2013.

with people, and the part that In May, Hickenlooper signed helped him go from businessman an executive order that granted to mayor in 2003 and from mayor Nathan Dunlap a temporary to governor in 2011. reprieve from his death sentence In that time, he helped ensure for the murders of four people Denver’s football stadium would in an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese’s stay true to its Mile High name. restaurant in 1993. Many He was a driving force behind a criticized the decision. long-shot bid to bring the 2008 Others are opposed to Democratic National Convention his stance on gun control; to Denver — along with a Hickenlooper is an advocate $260 million boost to the local economy. And as mayor, he “There is something about the people attracted to overhauled the city’s Colorado. They’re different than anyone else. They financial system, creating Denver’s don’t come here because of a promotion. They come first chief financial officer post. because they want to be here.” In 2005, Time — Gov. John Hickenlooper magazine dubbed him one of the country’s top five, big-city mayors. In for stricter laws. He also made 2012, Esquire named the headlines when he signed a Colorado governor a 2012 civil unions bill into law, giving American of the Year. marriage licenses to same-sex Still, not all of the governor’s couples in what was once dubbed gutsy calls have earned him “the hate state.” accolades in some camps — Despite all of this, a few and all the guitar-strummed media outlets report that 2016 “Kumbaya” the governor could presidential buzz is building muster wouldn’t change that. around the governor.

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When DHM asked about the early buzz, Hickenlooper was quick to respond. “Eh, no interest,” he says, pointing to recent polls.“Thirty percent of Coloradans want me to run,” Hickenlooper says. “Seventy percent want me to stay right here in Colorado as governor. I think the voters are very wise.” LEADOCRACY As Geoff Smart sat across the table from John Hickenlooper, he was slightly doubtful of the governor and certainly incredulous of the government. What was he doing here? The answer was obvious. In 2011, Hickenlooper had asked Smart, the chairman and CEO of ghSMART, a leadership firm, to be there — to act as a consultant in the hiring of key cabinet members for the newly elected governor. Still, help the government? What was the point? Smart waited for the signs. Surely, this meeting would show how inept things really were. But the signs didn’t come.

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As the discussion carried on, Smart realized Hickenlooper was clearly interested in hiring leaders — not politicians. Still, something was lacking — solid résumés from solid leaders. “Where’s the A list?” Smart asked Hickenlooper — the list of people who had and could manage billions of dollars. “They won’t come,” Hickenlooper responded. Smart knew why — the same reason he had hesitated to help the governor that day. “What if I could get all the great leaders you want?” Smart asked. What if “I backed a school bus up to your door, and it was filled with the state’s greatest leaders, eager to accept positions to your administration?” “The change,” Hickenlooper answered, “would be profound.” Slowly, something began brewing inside Smart — similar to what had stirred inside Hickenlooper long ago. Smart was on a mission to find great leaders for a man who, in a few short hours, had earned the consultant’s guarded trust.


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Eventually, Smart penned one of the most widely acclaimed books on government — Leadocracy. Its message is simple — hire more great leaders into government.

Hickenlooper confides that it was the mountains that drew him here from his college town of Middletown, Conn. But it was the people of Colorado, he says, that made him fall in love with the state.“There is something about the people attracted to Colorado,” Hickenlooper says. “They’re different than anyone else. They don’t come here

Hickenlooper looks over the devastation of the Royal Gorge Fire. The June 2013 blaze burned 3,218 acres of land and destroyed nearly 50 buildings in one of Colorado’s once-majestic parks.

MAKING COLORADO The day Hickenlooper moved into the State Capitol building, he found a painting of a fisherman laying on the sprawling desk of his new office. A note was stuck to it with the words “I will “Great leaders tackle challenges head on. Great leaders are be easy to find.” Next to the handwriting, an talent magnets. And great leaders deliver great results for arrow pointed to the stakeholders, sometimes against long odds. We need great back of the fisherman. The note was from leaders in government now more than ever.” Bill Ritter, Colorado’s — Geoff Smart, Leadocracy previous governor. Years later, a new picture adorns Hickenlooper’s because of a promotion. They office, a photo of Lost Dollar come because they want to be Ranch, taken by prolific here, and that creates a different photographer John Fielder. The type of community.” 8-by-14-foot photo spans the Hickenlooper says that wall, showing Sneffels Range Colorado is unique because the dusted in snow. At the base of the state offers so much opportunity. mountain, an autumn-colored “You can have the Colorado horizon casts its reflection into a lifestyle without compromising glassy pond. your career,” he says. DENVER HOTEL MAGAZINE

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Gov. John Hickenlooper pets a Western Tiger Salamander. In 2012, Hickenlooper signed a bill into effect that named the salamander as the state amphibian.

Using a Leadocracy-type of approach, Hickenlooper recently recruited 11 creative professionals from across Colorado to sell that message — and any other message Coloradans deem important. With the help of Noodles Company founder Aaron Kennedy, the project, called

“we wanted to embrace the many talents of people living in Colorado.” The rebranding results were unveiled in August at the Colorado Innovation Network Summit. “What are the essential characteristics of Colorado?” Hickenlooper says. “How do we talk about those things? And what images do we use to tell that story?” Hickenlooper looks to Coloradans recognize for his answers.

“The best way to run an enterprise is to your customer. It’s important to figure out who you’re servicing and then give them the highest level of service. Our taxpayers are our customers.”

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CUSTOMER SERVICE When it comes to politics, Hickenlooper takes an interesting approach — the same approach that astounded his once-skeptical consultant. The governor simply refers to his constituents as “customers” — a mentality that comes from years of running a beer tap. “The best way to run an enterprise is to recognize your customer,” Hickenlooper says. “It’s important to figure out who


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Hickenlooperand Geoff Smart celebrate Smart’s book, Leadocracy. Smart penned the book after meeting with Hickenlooper as a consultant. The book’s theme? Hire more great leaders into government.

Hickenlooper and Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky team up for a TV spot to help promote the 2011 basketball season.

you’re servicing and then give them the highest level of service. Our taxpayers are our customers. Think of it this way, Hickenlooper is like an investor, charged with investing tax revenue in a way that delivers the best results. (With this approach, you would think Hickenlooper was sitting in a company boardroom.) And that, Smart says, is what makes him a great leader. “Great leaders tackle challenges head on. Great leaders are talent magnets. And great leaders deliver great results for stakeholders, sometimes against long odds,” Smart writes in his book. “We need great leaders in government now more than ever.” The bonus to this line of work? You can ditch the necktie. (Just make sure to bring the guitar. You may need to play “Kumbaya.”) This is politics, after all.

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Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt

Pikes Place Center (Colorado Springs) This pair of favorites brings their folk, country, jazz and rhythm and blues back to the stage for a special acoustic evening of music. Their shows are typically filled with travel stories, anecdotes and some of the most respected songwriting anywhere.

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

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The History of the Piano Concerto, The Colorado Symphony

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dreams of greatness for himself and his sons go unrealized. An authentic and heartbreaking portrayal of the American Dream turned to rust.

Tommy

Paramount Theatre In 1969, The Who’s concept album ushered in the age of the rock opera while selling more than 20 million copies featuring hits such as “Pinball Wizard.” This rare opportunity is a chance to experience the music as it was meant to be.

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Denver Performing Arts Complex, Boettcher Concert Hall

Maroon 5

Conrad Tao is the only classical musician on Forbes’ 2011 30 under 30 list of people changing the world. This program features a delightful tour of the piano concerto form and its development through the modern works of Gershwin and Tao.

The California rock band formed in the ’90s while its members were still in high school. The group won a Grammy for best new artist OCTOBER 4–NOVEMBER 3 in 2005. Hits include “Hard to Just Like Us Breathe,” “This Love,” “Payphone” Denver Performing Arts Complex, and “Moves Like Jagger.” Stage Theater

Earth, Wind & Fire

SEPTEMBER 20–22

Opening Night with Branford Marsalis, The Colorado Symphony Denver Performing Arts Complex, Boettcher Concert Hall

Maestro Andrew Litton leads a season-opening tribute to renowned Russian composers, featuring special guest Branford Marsalis. Best known as a master of jazz, Marsalis will electrify with an expressive interpretation of Glazunov’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone. Shostakovich’s sweeping Symphony No. 10 closes the program in grand fashion. SEPTEMBER 20–OCTOBER 20

Death of a Salesman

Denver Performing Arts Complex, Space Theater Arthur Miller’s masterpiece tells the tragic story of Willy Loman, a downsized salesman whose

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Simply Sinatra with Steve Lippia, The Colorado Symphony Denver Performing Arts Complex, Boettcher Concert Hall

Ol’ Blue Eyes never sounded so good. For one night only, the symphony pays homage to the late Chairman of the Board. Celebrate the timeless style of the American songbook and a tradition of musical excellence with this concert special chock full of memories.

Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey presents Built to Amaze Pepsi Center

Surprise and wonder delights audiences with over-the-top feats of strength, agility and courage. Magnificent elephants, ferocious tigers, astonishing acrobats and awe-inspiring aerialists are engineered into one spectacular performance. 

Based on the bestselling book, this play follows four Latina girls through young adulthood. Their close-knit friendships begin to unravel when immigration status dictates the girls’ opportunities, or lack thereof. When a firestorm arises, each girl’s legal status becomes increasingly desperate.

OCTOBER 17–20

Pablo Francisco Improv

He is quite simply one of the funniest comics working today. Francisco is a late-night staple for Leno, Letterman, Fallon and Conan. And his two Comedy Central one-hour specials They Put It Out There and Ouch! continue to stay on the network’s most-requested list.

OCTOBER 4–13

Giselle, The Colorado Ballet Denver Performing Arts Complex, Ellie Caulkins Opera House

This stunning season opener features a hauntingly beautiful performance. Take a mesmerizing journey of love, betrayal, death and forgiveness, with music performed by The Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

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SpaceUp Denver Oriental Theater

This unique collection of three events includes: a movie and astronaut Q&A with Dr. Jay Buckey, Jr.; a costume party; and a special two-day space “un-conference.” Each event is a celebration of outer space focused around participants.

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Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

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Since the ’70s, this talented ensemble has blended soul, rock, jazz and funk into one unforgettable sound. Led by founding member Verdine White (bass) and vocalist and Denver native Philip Bailey, the band continues to tour playing mega hits for fans (“Shining Star,” “September,” “Singasong”).

solid gold hits (“Take It Easy,” “Hotel California,”) and some contemporary material, the band returns to Denver and adoring Colorado fans.

Ever since her smash “Get This Party Started,” contemporary pop music has never quite been the same! With sales of over 40 million albums and 70 million singles worldwide to her credit, the brash singer returns to the Mile High City with an all-new show.

Don Henley of the Eagles

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Eagles

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John Denver: Sights and Sounds of Colorado

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Ellie Caulkins Opera House It’s a stunning melding of classic tunes and iconic images on a 30-foot screen at Denver’s classic Opera House. John Adams and his band perform songs such as “Rocky Mountain High,” “Annie’s Song” and “Sunshine on My Shoulders” against a backdrop of John Fielder’s nature photography in a tribute to John Denver. OCTOBER 19

The Ultimate Doo Wop Show Paramount Theatre

Some of the greatest performers of the ’50s are scheduled to appear at this sensational concert event. Artists include Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs (“Stay”); Chris Montez (“Call Me,” “Let’s Dance”); Barbara Harris of The Toys (“Lovers Concerto”); Dodie Stevens; The Cookies; and more. OCTOBER 22–NOVEMBER 24

The Book of Mormon

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Buell Theatre The New York Times proclaims it “the best musical of this century.” From South Park creators Trey Parker, a Denver native, and Matt Stone, the winner of nine Tony Awards, including best musical, has finally arrived in Colorado. OCTOBER 22

Jimmy Buffett Pepsi Center

Parrotheads unite! The party never stops when the Alabama son of a son of a sailor and his Coral Reefer Band bring the party boat back to Denver. Grab your grass skirt and sing along to hits including “Come Monday,” “Fins,” and, of course, “Margaritaville.”

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Brewer & Shipley Daniels Hall

As one of the most successful folk-rock duos of the ’70s, this pair of crackerjack musicians offered hits including a provocative ditty, “One Toke Over the Line.” Far from a one-trick pony, their music remains fresh and as entertaining as ever. OCTOBER 26

Bride of Frankenstein, The Colorado Symphony Denver Performing Arts Complex, Boettcher Concert Hall

The 1935 classic horror film starring Boris Karloff comes to life in a full evening presentation with Franz Waxman’s score played live. After Bride of Frankenstein, keep the fun going with a screening of the Mel Brooks classic, Young Frankenstein. OCTOBER 27

The Manhattan Transfer Oriental Theater

Since the late ’60s, the group has been scatting its way across the globe entertaining audiences with a unique blend of jazz and swing, as well as hot contemporary, popinfused tunes. Hits include “Boy From New York City,” “Birdland” and “Spice of Life.”

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Boettcher Concert Hall The folk musician is known for his masterful lyrics and arrangements. Isakov’s newest record, The Weatherman, is garnering critical acclaim. This collaboration with the symphony will be recorded and released as a live album.

NOVEMBER 2

Jesse Winchester Tuft Theatre

The man known as a songwriter’s songwriter has been performing for 40 years. His tunes incorporate innovative touches of bluegrass, blues and gospel, and are popular with musicians ranging from Jimmy Buffett and Elvis Costello to Neko Case. Listen for “Rhumba Man,” “Defying Gravity” and his beautiful ballad, “Bowling Green.”

NOVEMBER 9

From Paris to Broadway starring Louise Pitre, The Colorado Symphony Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Boettcher Concert Hall Nominated for a Tony for her role in the musical Mamma Mia! and praised for her work in Les Misérables, Pitre performs selections from her roles plus originals and personal favorites.

NOVEMBER 7

Iron & Wine

Paramount Theatre

NOVEMBER 13, 15–16

Samuel Beam has released five compelling albums of music including The Shepard’s Dog, The Creek Drank the Cradle and Ghost on Ghost, all under his unique stage name. The acoustic guitar, banjo and piano-driven tunes are provocative, soothing and a big hit with fans.

The Black Crowes Ogden Theatre

The Atlanta natives mix southernfried rock with hardcore blues and old-school soul. In the ’90s, their album Shake Your Money Maker propelled the group into the national spotlight. Their version of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle,” and the band’s own “She Talks to Angels” are gems.

NOVEMBER 8

Judy Collins

Paramount Theatre Her concerts are always an eclectic trip down a musical memory lane. Collins plays everything from folk, to pop, Broadway, rock ’n’ roll, jazz and more. Collins’ classic hits include “Both Sides, Now,” “Chelsea Morning,” “Send in the Clowns” and more.

The Black Crowes

NOVEMBER 1–2

Radio Lab Live Paramount Theater

The new stage performance is all about destruction and

Gregory Alan Isakov, The Colorado Symphony

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survival. This thought-provoking dance on our inevitable grave features the show’s signature blend of storytelling, science and music. Award-winning hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich romp through millions of years of history to arrive at the end, again and again.

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Judy Collins

NOVEMBER 15–DECEMBER 22

Jackie and Me

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Space Theatre Joey may not be the best baseball player on his Little League team but he has the remarkable ability


It’s been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in downtown Dallas, yet his legacy lives on at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Through nearly 400 historic

television and radio broadcasts, films, photographs and artifacts, the Museum continues to tell the story of President Kennedy’s life, death and lasting impact.

Monday Noon to 6 p.m.; Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. See what others are saying on TripAdvisor.

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NOVEMBER 16

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Boettcher Concert Hall

Comic Con meets orchestration in this symphonic tribute. From sci-fi, comic books and video games — there is even a theremin to help the symphony boldly go where no symphony has gone before. From the classic sounds of Star Trek to Nintendo, it’s family fun (superhero cape and tights not required).

Michael Bublé

NOVEMBER 22–24

Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Boettcher Concert Hall

NOVEMBER 18 & 24

Paramount Theatre

NOVEMBER 22

In 2001, the author was named Time magazine’s humorist of the year. Sedaris has been nominated for a pair of Grammy Awards for his hilarious recordings. His work for The New Yorker and string of best-selling books, including Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, have made him a pop culture icon. NOVEMBER 20

Michael Bublé Pepsi Center

The multi-platinum Canadian singer/songwriter/actor brings his 40-city tour to Denver, supporting a new show and album, To Be Loved. From jazz standards to seasonal music, contemporary styling and more, the 38-year-old crooner does it all.

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Municipal Center (Aurora) punkinchunkin.com

Based on the story by Charles Dickens with music by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid), this big Broadway rendition brings fresh, new meaning to a timeless classic.

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Newman Center for the Performing Arts The renowned dancer-illusionists make their Denver debut with the sensational Botanica. Revealing nature’s ever-changing imagery, the performance is set to a score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi to contemporary music master Peter Gabriel. The production is enhanced by otherworldly costumes, mesmerizing projections and puppetry.  NOVEMBER 22

George Lopez

Pikes Peak Center (Colorado Springs) After years of doing stand-up, the California native found a TV hit on ABC with his satirical views of Latino family life and culture on The George Lopez Show. His book Why You Crying? was a bestseller, and his work on HBO specials, network television shows and motion pictures gets rave reviews.

Punkin’ Chunkin’ Colorado

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

This annual event attracts families, fun-loving adults and anyone who enjoys watching a good pumpkin-smashing session. With chunkers coming from miles around to compete in the games, there is plenty of high-flying entertainment as the crowds see how far teams can lob a pumpkin.

SEPTEMBER 29

OCTOBER 13

Race for the Cure Andrew Litton in Concert, Komen Pepsi Center The Colorado Symphony komendenver.org A world-class pianist as well as conductor, Litton steps off the podium for a turn at the piano featuring the lush textures and melodies of Maurice Ravel. The program is anchored by Ravel’s immortal Daphnis et Chloé, featuring the outstanding Colorado Symphony Chorus.

David Sedaris

OCTOBER 12

A Christmas Carol, The Musical

to time travel. To research a class assignment, he goes back to the ’40s to meet Jackie Robinson — and to witness the challenges overcome by this spirited man who broke baseball’s historic color barrier.

The Hero’s Journey: A Tribute to Comic Con, The Colorado Symphony

NOVEMBER 26–DECEMBER 22

Step inside this sea of pink and honor cancer victims and survivors alike in Denver’s annual event. This inspirational and often emotional day raises community awareness and funds for critical research and other breast cancer-related needs.

Run the ’Rocks

Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison) The American Lung Association is the beneficiary of this seventhannual event. More than 2,400 participants take on the challenging 5K run/walk course for a great cause.

OCTOBER 5

Tour of the Moon Grand Cycling Classic Grand Junction/Colorado National Monument tourofthemoon.com

Made famous in the late ’80s in the cycling movie American Flyers, it is considered one of the premier recreational road rides in the West. The breathtaking, high desert scenery and beautiful roads make this an epic day of cycling. OCTOBER 12

LoziLu 5K Women’s Mud Run for Cancer Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Commerce City)

A muddy 5K festival to help kids with cancer have a future of fun. Climbing, crawling, balancing, sliding, scampering and courage get you past 12-plus obstacles. All are designed to be accessible to a variety of fitness levels, and every obstacle is optional.

OCTOBER 18–19

Denver Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Colorado Convention Center

For two days, over 60 exhibitors offer free samples of products, the latest in running gear, apparel, nutritional information and more. Pick up last-minute race essentials before race day. All runners must visit the expo to pick up their race number, goodie bag and T-shirt. NOVEMBER 16

Pumpkin Pie 5K/10K City Park

Runners and walkers take advantage of a flat and fast course, and then enjoy a slice of sweet and tasty pumpkin pie at the finish. Finishers also get topnotch chip timing, a race logo shirt and finish line expo with vendors and culinary treats.


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ARTS & CULTURE THROUGH OCTOBER 4

Raw Marks: Michael Gadlin ArtHaus Gallery

This solo exhibition features the artist’s signature work, which reflects on a recent two-month studio residency in Mandelieu-La Napoule, France. It examines a primitive and evocative fusion of expressive mark making and tonal shifts delivered in a thick textural quality applied to large surfaces.  THROUGH OCTOBER 27

Herbert Bayer 1900 to 1928: The Bauhaus and Pre-Bauhaus Years Denver Art Museum

He was once a student then a teacher at the Bauhaus school of art and design. In Colorado, he is best known as the designer of the Aspen Institute, where he applied his acquired concepts. This series of exhibitions traces Bayer’s development from early days in Austria through his years in the U.S. SEPTEMBER 21–22

Mark Morris Dance Group Newman Center for the Performing Arts

of post-screening dialogues, premieres, surprise films, sneak previews and parties to enjoy at the 35th annual event.

within native art. His work helps to rewrite history books on issues including cultural oppression, representation and sexuality.

OCTOBER 5

NOVEMBER 1–3

First Saturdays Denver Art Museum

On the first Saturday of every month, you can enjoy the Museum’s art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions without spending a cent. Free general admission tickets are available onsite starting at 10 a.m. OCTOBER 12

Wicked Divas, The Colorado Symphony

Denver Performing Arts Complex, Boettcher Concert Hall This concert of showstoppers is highlighted by selections from the award-winning musical Wicked. Plus, there are favorites from memorable motion pictures including Gypsy, Ragtime and Titanic, as well as opera selections from George Bizet’s Carmen. OCTOBER 13–NOVEMBER 17

The Most Deserving

Denver Performing Arts Complex, Ricketson Theater

Aspen Filmfest

Wheeler Opera House (Aspen) aspenfilm.org Watch a banquet of contemporary motion pictures and documentaries from around the world. There are a series

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They were the day’s rock stars of art: Monet, Degas, Pissarro, Toulouse-Lautrec and more. The focus of the exhibit is French works from the late 1600s to early 1900s, exploring changes in art and society during three critical centuries in art history. Art mirrors history in this extraordinary presentation. NOVEMBER 1–9

Denver Arts Week Various Locations coloradoartseen.com

This celebration of thriving Mile High arts venues features events, concerts, shows, theatre, dance, deals and discounts. Celebrate Denver’s vibrant, eclectic arts and cultural scene in more than a dozen museums, 40 performing arts groups, eight neighborhood arts districts and 100 art galleries.

FOOD, BEER & WINE

Tasked with awarding $20,000 to a deserving local artist who “demonstrates an underrepresented American voice,” a small town arts council comically erupts into chaos. It’s a satirical, insightful look at how the arts collide with politics, self-interest, perception, relationships and gossip.

The American choreographer and director’s modern dance work is acclaimed for its craftsmanship, ingenuity, humor, and live musical accompaniments. Morris is popular among dance OCTOBER 18 aficionados and the music world, Kent Monkman as well as mainstream audiences. Denver Art Museum SEPTEMBER 26–OCTOBER 1

Passport to Paris

OCTOBER 4–6

3rd Annual Craft Spirits Festival Breckenridge gobreck.com

Raise your glass, artisan spirit lovers. This year’s event lures the finest distillers for a tasting showcase of handcrafted spirits. Paired with restaurant specials, a pub crawl, saloon tours and hangover brunches, this celebration — the first of its kind in the state — goes down smooth and only gets better with time. OCTOBER 4–12

Denver Beer Fest; Great American Beer Festival Various locales, Colorado Convention Center denver.org/denverbeerfest

This unique festival features beer tastings, tappings and pairings at Mile High restaurants, as well as special “meet the brewer” nights. It coincides with the GABF (Oct. 10–12), which features more than 1,500 different beers from 300 breweries at the convention center. NOVEMBER 1–3

Holiday Food & Gift Festival

Colorado Convention Center HFGF.com With thousands of square feet of shopping, this seasonal event has become a Colorado holiday tradition. It draws 30,000 attendees annually for early holiday shopping. Over 500 exhibitors provide one-of-a-kind gift ideas and other shopping opportunities. SEPTEMBER 27–OCTOBER 6

Oktoberfest Denver

Ballpark Neighborhood thedenveroktoberfest.com It’s the world premiere of This is one of the city’s longesta performance art piece running festivals and among the commissioned by the Museum. largest of its kind in the U.S. This The Canadian artist’s work Mile High Oktoberfest is set to challenges the portrayal of native once again commemorate this people by Western painters and issues of authenticity, while making world-famous and time-honored tradition of German heritage. a place for two-spirit identity

NOVEMBER 6–9

Denver International Wine Festival

Omni Interlocken Resort (Broomfield) DenverWineFest.com The 9th-annual festival is billed as the top international wine and food festival in the region. Enjoy tons of tastings with top wineries, as well as food from notable chefs from the region.


SPORTS

COLORADO RAPIDS SOCCER

All home games played at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Commerce City). coloradorapids.com Sept. 14 vs. FC Dallas Oct. 5 vs. Seattle Oct. 19 vs. Vancouver

SEPTEMBER 1

Rocky Mountain Showdown: Colorado vs. Colorado State Sports Authority Field at Mile High

The annual college football battle between the Buffs and the Rams can set the tone for the entire season. Kick off fall sports in style with this Colorado gridiron classic.

DENVER BRONCOS FOOTBALL

All home games at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. denverbroncos.com Sept. 5 vs. Baltimore Ravens Sept. 23 vs. Oakland Raiders Sept. 29 vs. Philadelphia Eagles Oct. 13 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Oct. 27 vs. Washington Redskins Nov. 17 vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Garfunkel & Oates AUG 2 & 3

COLORADO ROCKIES BASEBALL

All home games played at Coors Field. colorado.rockies.mlb.com Sept. 1 vs. Cincinnati Reds Sept. 2–4 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Sept. 16–19 vs. St. Louis Cardinals Sept. 20–22 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Sept. 24–25 vs. Boston Red Sox

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL All home games played at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins. csurams.com Sept. 14 vs. Cal Poly Sept. 28 vs. UTEP Oct. 12 vs. San Jose State (Homecoming)

Nov. 2 Nov. 9 Nov. 30

vs. Boise State vs. Nevada vs. Air Force Academy

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO FOOTBALL

All home games played at Folsom Field in Boulder. cubuffs.com Sept. 7 vs. Central Arkansas Sept. 14 vs. Fresno State Oct. 5 vs. Oregon Oct. 26 vs. Arizona (Homecoming) Nov. 16 vs. Cal Nov. 23 vs. Southern California

COLORADO AVALANCHE HOCKEY

All home games played at Pepsi Center. avalanche.nhl.com Oct. 2 vs. Anaheim Ducks Oct. 4 vs. Nashville Predators Oct. 15 vs. Dallas Stars Oct. 15 vs. Detroit Red Wings Oct. 25 vs. Carolina Hurricanes Oct. 27 vs. Winnipeg Jets Nov. 2 vs. Montreal Canadiens

SECRET SHOW! Aug 30-SEPT 1

Comedy Central

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Sebastian Maniscalco OCT 10-12

Miranda Sings AUG 4

Mike Birbiglia SEPT 5-7

Comedy Central

YouTube Sensation!

My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

Rhys Darby OCT 17-20

Robert Kelly AUG 8-11

Greg Proops SEPT 11-14

FX’s Louie Tourgasm Live

Who’s Line is it Anyway?

Charlie Murphy

Yes Man Pirate Radio

Tom Cotter AUG 1-3 America’s Got Talent

Wendy Liebman AUG 8-11

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vs. Nashville Predators vs. Calgary Flames vs. Washington Capitols vs. Florida Panthers vs. Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild

DENVER NUGGETS BASKETBALL

All home games played at Pepsi Center. nba.com/nuggets Oct. 30 vs. Sacramento Kings Nov. 1 vs. Portland Trailblazers Nov. 5 vs. San Antonio Spurs Nov. 7 vs. Atlanta Hawks Nov. 13 vs. Los Angeles Lakers Nov. 15 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Nov. 21 vs. Chicago Bulls Nov. 29 vs. New York Knicks

Kevin Nealon SEPT 6 & 7

Bob Saget OCT 11 & 12

Grandma’s Boy WEEDS

WARNING: EXTREMELY EXPLICIT

Frank Caliendo SEPT 13 & 14

Sarah Colonna OCT 18-20

MADTV Frank TV

Chelsea Lately After Lately

Taller on TV

Jon Lovitz SEPT 20-21

Rocky LaPorte OCT 24-27

Karen Rontowski OCT 23-27

Craig Shoemaker AUG 15-17

Wedding Singer SNL

Comedy Central Cheers

Hal Sparks SEPT 19-21

Letterman Comedy Central

The Lovemaster!

Jim Breuer SEPT 26-28

Chappelle’s Show

Extract Talk Soup

Rob Schneider AUG 23 & 24

Half Baked SNL

Marc Maron AUG 23 & 24

Keenen Wayans OCT 3-6

Jake Johannsen NOV 7-9

David Alan Grier NOV 7-9

AUG 15-17

WTF with Marc Maron podcast

White Chicks In Living Color

Letterman Conan

The Animal Deuce Bigalow

Jumanji In Living Color

Henry Cho OCT 4 & 5

Aisha Tyler NOV 15 & 16

Comedy Central NBC

Archer Talk Soup


concerts SEPTEMBER 6 AJ Croce, Ben Sollee (Folk) Daniels Hall SEPTEMBER 6–7 Kevin Nealon (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark) SEPTEMBER 9 Animal Collective (Psychedelic) Ogden Theatre SEPTEMBER 9 Jack Ingram (Country) Grizzly Rose SEPTEMBER 11–14 Greg Proops (Comedy) Comedy Works (Larimer Square) SEPTEMBER 12 Shawn Mullins (Folk) L2 Arts & Cultural Center SEPTEMBER 13 Folk Ragoût (Folk) Tuft Theatre SEPTEMBER 13–14 Sheryl Underwood (Comedy) Improv SEPTEMBER 13 Joe Diffie (Country) Grizzly Rose SEPTEMBER 13 Dave Chappelle, Flight of the Conchords (Comedy) Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre SEPTEMBER 13–14 Frank Caliendo (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark) SEPTEMBER 14 Neko Case (Folk) Denver Performing Arts Center, Ellie Caulkins Opera House SEPTEMBER 17 Muse (Rock) Pepsi Center SEPTEMBER 17 The National (Pop/Rock) Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison) SEPTEMBER 17 Jimmy Cliff (Reggae) Boulder Theater (Boulder) SEPTEMBER 18 Fall Out Boy (Pop/Rock) 1stBank Center (Broomfield) SEPTEMBER 19–21 Darryl Rhoades (Comedy) Loonies Comedy Corner (Colorado Springs) SEPTEMBER 20–21 Jon Lovitz (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark) SEPTEMBER 21 Luke Bryan (Country) Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

SEPTEMBER 21 Matt Wertz (Folk, Pop) Bluebird Theater SEPTEMBER 25 Diana Krall (Jazz, Pop) Pikes Peak Center (Colorado Springs) SEPTEMBER 26–28 Jim Breuer (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark) SEPTEMBER 27 Stu Hamm (Rock) Soiled Dove SEPTEMBER 28 Big Gigantic (Jazz, Hip Hop) Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison) OCTOBER 2 Gold Panda (Chill) Bluebird Theater OCTOBER 3–5 Michael Winslow (Comedy) Loonies Comedy Corner (Colorado Springs) OCTOBER 3 Blue October (Rock) Ogden Theatre OCTOBER 3–6 Keenen Ivory Wayans (Comedy) Comedy Works (Larimer Square) OCTOBER 4–5 Citizen Cope (Rock, Folk) Gothic Theatre OCTOBER 4–5 Henry Cho (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark) OCTOBER 7 KT Tunstall (Pop) Boulder Theater (Boulder) OCTOBER 9 Jack Johnson (Folk) Paramount Theatre OCTOBER 9 Bettye LeVette (Soul) Oriental Theater OCTOBER 10–14 April Macie (Comedy) Improv OCTOBER 10 Ian Tyson (Folk, Country) Soiled Dove OCTOBER 11–12 Bob Saget (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark) OCTOBER 11 Gary Clark, Jr. (Blues) Ogden Theatre OCTOBER 12 Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass (Humor) Pikes Peak Center (Colorado Springs)

OCTOBER 12 Ben Ottwell (of Gomez) (Blues) Soiled Dove OCTOBER 13 Ani DiFranco (Folk) Boulder Theater OCTOBER 16 The Moody Blues (Rock) Colorado Convention Center, Bellco Theatre OCTOBER 17 MarchFourth Marching Band (Eclectic) Fox Theatre (Boulder) OCTOBER 18 Wade Bowen (Country) Grizzly Rose OCTOBER 18–20 Dark Star Orchestra (Dead Tribute) Fox Theatre (Boulder) OCTOBER 18–20 Sarah Colonna (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark) OCTOBER 19 Star Edwards (World) Tuft Theatre OCTOBER 21 Two Door Cinema Club (Indie) Ogden Theatre OCTOBER 23 City and Colour (Rock) Ogden Theatre OCTOBER 23–27 Karen Ronotowski (Comedy) Comedy Works (Larimer Square) OCTOBER 24 The Tubes featuring Fee Waybill (Rock) Soiled Dove OCTOBER 24–26 LA Hardy (Comedy) Loonies Comedy Corner (Colorado Springs) OCTOBER 25 Straight No Chaser (Acapella) Pikes Peak Center (Colorado Springs) OCTOBER 25 Dave Mason (Rock) Soiled Dove OCTOBER 26 Walk the Moon (Rock) Ogden Theatre OCTOBER 31 Sarah McQuaid (Folk) Daniels Hall OCTOBER 31–NOVEMBER 3 Tommy Davidson (Comedy) Improv NOVEMBER 1 Jon Batiste and Stay Human (Jazz) CSU’s Lincoln Center (Fort Collins)

NOVEMBER 3 Foreigner (Rock) Pikes Peak Center (Colorado Springs) NOVEMBER 5 Stephen Marley (Reggae) Gothic Theatre (Englewood) NOVEMBER 7–9 Jake Johannsen (Comedy) Comedy Works (Larimer Square) NOVEMBER 8 Reckless Kelly (Country) Grizzly Rose NOVEMBER 8 Ben Harper (Rock, Blues) Denver Performing Arts Complex, Ellie Caulkins Opera House NOVEMBER 9 Robin and Linda Williams (Folk) Daniels Hall NOVEMBER 13 Buddy Guy (Blues, Rock) Pikes Peak Center (Colorado Springs) NOVEMBER 13 Clinton Jackson (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark) NOVEMBER 14 SYBARITE5 (Classical, Rock) CSU Center for the Arts (Fort Collins) NOVEMBER 14–17 Suzanne Westenhoefer (Comedy) Improv NOVEMBER 15–16 Greensky Bluegrass (Bluegrass)) Gothic Theater (Englewood) NOVEMBER 20–24 Cristela Alonzo (Comedy) Comedy Works (Larimer Square) NOVEMBER 21–23 Ralphie May (Comedy) Comedy Works (Landmark) NOVEMBER 22 Bonnie & The Clydes (Country) Tuft Theatre NOVEMBER 22 Lady Antebellum (Country) Pepsi Center NOVEMBER 22 John McCutcheon (Folk) Daniels Hall NOVEMBER 23 Giddyup Kitty (Bluegrass) Tuft Theatre NOVEMBER 23 Brulé (Native American) Pikes Peak Center (Colorado Springs)

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BAROLO GRILL

THE CAPITAL GRILLE

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

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

3030 E. 6th Ave. 303.393.1040 barologrilldenver.com

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

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

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

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

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

restaurant is perfect for all occasions. It features an extensive wine collection, handcrafted beers brewed on-site, plus a weekend brunch happy hour and a celebrated menu. 1735 19th St. 303.296.0800 denverchophouse.com

DUO RESTAURANT

1450 Larimer St. 303.539.2500 thecapitalgrille.com

CHOLON MODERN ASIAN BISTRO

Buckhorn Exchange

that prides itself on superior food and service.

Colt & Gray

COOL RIVER CAFÉ With a warm, casually elegant ambiance, Cool River Café offers a dining experience that caters to all the senses. Savor American classics including sizzling steaks and tasty seafood recipes while enjoying happy hour and martini specials. Visit Cool River for lunch, dinner, cocktails or brunch.

This farm-to-table treasure is tucked away in one of Denver’s hippest neighborhoods and offers a relaxed and unassuming environment. A word of advice: Save room for dessert. Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, Duo’s renowned pastry chef, presents magical treats to top off any meal. 2413 W. 32nd Ave. 303.477.4141 duodenver.com

8000 E. Belleview Ave., Ste. C10 Greenwood Village, CO 80111 303.771.4117 coolrivercafe.com

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

DENVER CHOPHOUSE & BREWERY Located downtown in the historic Union Pacific Building adjacent to Coors Field, this venerable

Duo

EDGE RESTAURANT This steakhouse at the Four Seasons brings Colorado’s best local ingredients to the heart of downtown Denver. Enjoy a sleek dining room experience with wood-grilled steak or sample the juicy Kobe sliders at the bar. 1111 14th St. 303.389.3343 edgerestaurantdenver.com

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

EUCLID HALL BAR & KITCHEN Located in historic Euclid Hall, this American tavern specializes in fine cocktails, craft beers and innovative, high-quality pub food from around the world. The eatery is a convenient location for Pepsi Center attendees, LoDo club-goers and Denver Center for the Performing Arts patrons. 1317 14th St. 303.595.4255 euclidhall.com

Flagstaff House Restaurant

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

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

Euclid Hall

FRASCA

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.

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

1138 Flagstaff Rd. Boulder, CO 80302 303.442.4640 flagstaffhouse.com

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

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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.

Ristorante, and combines classic comfort food with a warm, inviting ambiance. 6955 S. York St. Centennial, CO 80122 303.730.7200 ivyattheglenn.com

1313 E. 6th Ave. 303.831.1962 fruitionrestaurant.com

HAPA SUSHI GRILL & SAKE BAR Hapa’s menu reflects a harmonious blend of Asian and American cultures. Traditional Japanese cooking fundamentals are amplified, muted or mixed with other styles to create something completely new and different. BOULDER 1117 Pearl St. Boulder, CO 80302 303.473.4730 CHERRY CREEK 2780 E. 2nd Ave. 303.322.9554

Ivy At The Glenn

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

LANDMARK 5380 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Ste. 101 Greenwood Village, CO 80111 303.267.8744 hapasushi.com

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

IVY AT THE GLENN This is south metro Denver’s newest premier restaurant. It features a new concept, developed by the founder of Footer’s Restaurant and Baur’s

Izakaya Den

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. Boulder, CO 80302 303.544.5973 DENVER 1530 16th St. 303.623.3127 thekitchencommunity.com


ranches, farms and wineries to showcase regionally inspired dishes. Stop by and enjoy awardwinning happy hour specials. 1659 Wazee St. 303.825.1107 mccormickandschmicks.com The Kitchen

LINGER The vibrant international cuisine at Linger reflects a broad farmto-table sensibility with a spin on traditional ethnic eats. Design elements create a purposeful contradiction, featuring reclaimed boxcar floors, a Lite Brite bar top and infinity windows with incredible views of downtown Denver. 2020 W. 30th Ave. 303.993.3120 lingerdenver.com

LUCA D’ITALIA Zagat once named this bistro the top Italian restaurant in the western United States The food is lovingly prepared, thoughtfully served and thoroughly enjoyed. A seasonally changing menu features Sicilian-style meats, pastas, breads and cheeses all prepared fresh in-house. 711 Grant St. 303.832.6600 lucadenver.com

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PAPPADEAUX SEAFOOD KITCHEN 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.

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

321 17th St. 303.297.3111 brownpalace.com/dining/palace-arms

MORTON’S STEAK HOUSE

THE PALM RESTAURANT

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

This fashionable restaurant maintains the same standards the original Palm set so many years ago. It features honest, satisfying dishes that reflect an Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen American heritage, from steaks and lobsters to a variety of Italian classics. The signature cocktails POTAGER and award-winning wine list complement the menu perfectly. Patrons partake in the excitement of vegetables fresh from the 1672 Lawrence St. earth, fruit right off the branch 303.825.7256 and fish straight from the sea. thepalm.com/denver Cuisine is determined largely by the availability of ingredients that meet Potager’s high standards of quality and eco-friendliness.

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

OSTERIA MARCO With classic hand-tossed Italian

MCCORMICK’S FISH HOUSE & BAR pizza, an extensive and accessible Demonstrating culinary excellence, McCormick’s menu features seafood from the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Products are sourced from local

1453 Larimer St. 303.534.5855 osteriamarco.com

DINING

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.

MIZUNA

1710 Wynkoop St. 303.825.3353 mortons.com/denver Linger

continues the tradition of quality and impeccable service.

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

The Palm

PANZANO Decorated chef Elise Wiggins offers excellent contemporary northern Italian cuisine. Each handmade dish is unique and made with local, organic, sustainable ingredients. An award-winning wine list features hand-selected pairings that will please even the most discriminating palate. 909 17th St. 303.296.3525 panzano-denver.com

7520 E. Progress Ave. Greenwood Village, CO 80111 303.740.9449 pappadeaux.com

1109 Ogden Ave. 303.832.5788 potagerrestaurant.com

RACINE’S This has been one of the area’s favorite dining spots for everything from breakfast to late night since opening in 1983. Serving a tried-and-true mix of award-winning American and Mexican cuisine, Racine’s is also gluten-free. It is located between the Cherry Creek area and downtown Denver. 650 Sherman St. 303.595.0418 racinesrestaurant.com

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RESTAURANT KEVIN TAYLOR AT THE HOTEL TEATRO Using only the freshest ingredients, this top-rated bistro creates elegant dishes of substance, fusing French, American Southwest and Asian Rim cuisine. Sample from among 900 wines and enjoy an evening at what Zagat called one of America’s Top 25 Hotel Restaurants in 2011. 1106 14th St. 303.820.2600 ktrg.net

RIALTO CAFÉ

RIOJA

Taking its name from an old movie theater, Rialto Café offers diners a variety of contemporary takes on classic American dishes, expertly prepared. Enjoy affordable fare in Old Hollywood–style at a restaurant featuring a heated patio and two happy hours.

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.

934 16th St. 303.893.2233 rialtocafe.com

1431 Larimer St. 303.820.2282 riojadenver.com

SHANAHAN’S

Rialto Café

Former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan’s famed Lombardi trophies are proudly displayed at Shanahan’s, but the exceptional menu of primeaged steaks, fresh seafood and signature cocktails is the real attraction. 5085 S. Syracuse St. 303.770.7300 shanahanssteakhouse.com

Spuntino

SPUNTINO 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. 2639 W. 32nd Ave. 303.433.0949 spuntinodenver.com


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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.

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

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609 Corona St. 303.831.8800 table6denver.com

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1487 S. Pearl St. 303.777.0826 sushiden.net

Sushi Den

TABLES Owners and chefs Amy Vitale and Dustin Barrett transformed this spot into a cozy, eclectic restaurant with personality and charm. The creative New American cuisine and friendly service at Tables are bright spots. Menus are regularly updated to feature the freshest seasonal ingredients. 2267 Kearney St. 303.388.0299 tablesonkearney.com

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Trappers

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

TRINITY GRILLE Relax in this retreat tailor-made for the business traveler in downtown Denver. Located across from the Brown Palace Hotel, the Grille is a local institution with a warm, inviting atmosphere. It offers a variety of appetizers, soups and salads and a full menu of fresh seafood, succulent steaks and sandwiches. 1801 Broadway 303.293.3228 trinitygrille.com

AT TRAPPER’S CHOP HOUSE, WE LOVE GIVING OUR CUSTOMERS DELICIOUS OPTIONS. PERHAPS A GRILLED-TO-YOUR-SPECIFICATIONS STEAK WILL PRESENT THE PERFECT TABLE CONVERSATION FOR AN IMPORTANT NIGHT OUT.

OR, CHOOSE TO ‘ROMANCE THE STONE’ WHERE YOU AND YOUR SPECIAL GUEST SEAR THE ALL NATURAL MEAT SELECTION OR AHI TUNA ON AN OIL-FREE VOLCANIC STONE RIGHT AT YOUR TABLE.

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CASUALLY ELEGANT. COME TO PARKER’S FINEST STEAK HOUSE® FOR A GREAT MEAL AND STAY FOR A MEMORABLE NIGHT OUT.

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DINING VENICE RISTORANTE With two locations, Venice features monthly wine dinners, private dining, complete catering services and delectable five-course meals. Venice prides itself on the care they give to each guest, from impeccable service to exquisite, authentic Italian cuisine. DENVER 1700 Wynkoop St. 303.354.2222

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

Greenwood Village 5946 Holly St. Greenwood Village, CO 80111 720.482.9191 veniceristorante.com

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

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

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


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

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

408 S. Teller St. Lakewood, CO 80226 303.742.1520 belmarcolorado.com

CHERRY CREEK NORTH More than 350 businesses make up the Cherry Creek neighborhood representing local and national brands. Check out this retail and dining area just five minutes from downtown where you will find fashion, jewelry and home furnishings, spas, salons, art galleries and restaurants.

Entire length of 16th Street 303.534.6161 downtowndenver.com

Cherry Creek Shopping Center

DENVER PAVILIONS Located on the 16th Street Mall in the heart of downtown, this three-story, open-air shopping center has it all: 40 shops and restaurants, bowling lanes and a movie theater. Ride the free 16th Street Mall Shuttle to your favorite retailers, including Banana Republic, Express, Forever 21 and H&M.

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

500 16th St. 303.260.6000 denverpavilions.com

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Located in Littleton, this petfriendly, open-air retail village is home to over 55 stores and restaurants, including Pottery Barn, The Gap, Apple, See’s Candies, Hot Mama, Ted’s Montana Grill and more. 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr. Littleton, CO 80120 303.794.0640 shopaspengrove.com

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

One West Flatiron Crossing Broomfield, CO 80021 720.887.7467 flatironcrossing.com

GOLDEN TRIANGLE MUSEUM DISTRICT Denver’s Golden Triangle district is brimming with restaurants and culture. Within walking distance of downtown, it features more than 50 galleries, museums and specialty stores. Don’t miss free First Friday Night Art Tours every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with complimentary shuttle service. Bordered by Lincoln Street, Colfax Avenue & Speer Boulevard 720.253.2774 goldentriangleofdenver.com

16th Street Mall

ASPEN GROVE

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

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

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

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

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where people smile and take life a little slower. With more than 250 eclectic shopping, dining and entertainment options, you are certain to find just what you’re looking for. West Main Street btwn. Santa Fe Drive & South Rio Grande Littleton, CO 80120 303.795.5006 downtownlittleton.com

LARIMER SQUARE Located in the heart of downtown, the shops at Larimer Square offer a truly distinctive selection of fashion, jewelry, gifts and home accessories for shopping connoisseurs and fashionistas of all ages. Larimer Street btwn. 14th & 15th Streets 303.534.2367 larimersquare.com

restaurant, this vibrant shopping district is full of treasures. 7307 Grandview Ave. Arvada, CO 80002 303.420.6100 oldetownarvada.org

PARK MEADOWS As Colorado’s only retail resort, Park Meadows features fashionable stores and delectable dining choices, along with entertainment and events. With over 165 retailers and 14 fullservice restaurants, shoppers experience the classic Colorado lifestyle while enjoying the beautiful resort setting. 8401 Park Meadows Center Dr. Lone Tree, CO 80124 303.792.5384 parkmeadows.com

OLD SOUTH GAYLORD STREET

OLD SOUTH PEARL STREET This laid-back neighborhood features an eclectic mix of shops, boutiques and restaurants. An antidote to the modern megamall, it features seasonal events year-round, one-of-a-kind stores and some of the city’s most popular nightspots. 1569 S. Pearl St. 303.892.1112 southpearlstreet.com

OLDE TOWN ARVADA With more than 150 unique shops, Olde Town Arvada has plenty of variety. Whether you’re in the market for books, clothing, handmade jewelry, furnishings and antiques or a great

8340 Northfield Blvd. 303.375.5475 northfieldstapleton.com

STREETS AT SOUTHGLENN This destination builds on the character of the surrounding neighborhood with a mix of retailers, restaurants, entertainment and services. SouthGlenn is an unmatched upscale shopping, dining and entertainment experience. South University Boulevard & E. Arapahoe Road Centennial, CO 80122 303.539.7141 shopsouthglenn.com

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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

pedestrian-friendly, open-air shopping district featuring specialty shops and restaurants including Macy’s, Bass Pro Shops’ Outdoor World and Harkins Theatres 18.

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PEARL STREET MALL A four-block pedestrian mall in Boulder, Pearl Street is home to a number of locally owned businesses and restaurants, national chains and the Boulder County Courthouse. This popular tourist destination is loaded with charm, from the fountains and gardens to the street performers. Btwn. the 1100 & 1400 blocks of Pearl Street Boulder, CO 80302 303.892.1112 boulderdowntown.com

THE SHOPS AT NORTHFIELD STAPLETON Located just minutes from downtown, The Shops at Northfield Stapleton is a

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

SHOPPING retailers and restaurants such as Forever 21, BC Surf and Sport, Express, Victoria’s Secret, Target, four department stores including a Dillard’s flagship store, Panera Bread, Tokyo Joe’s, Chili’s and other shopper favorites. 8501 W. Bowles Ave. Littleton, CO 80123 303.973.7062 southwestplaza.com

TWENTY-NINTH STREET Twenty-Ninth Street is the premier mixed-use outdoor shopping center in Boulder. It features local and national eateries and shops, including Anthropologie, Apple, Arthaus Furniture, lululemon athletica, Sephora, California Pizza Kitchen and Nordstrom Rack. 1710 29th St. Boulder, CO 80301 303.444.0722 twentyninth.com

VILLAGE SHOPS AT THE LANDMARK Featuring the best designers in Denver and some of the finest retailers in the world, Village Shops at the Landmark is one of the foremost shopping destinations in the city. With fabulous restaurants and the nationally renowned Landmark Theater, the Village Shops is a delight for all the senses. Quebec Street btwn. Belleview & Orchard Greenwood Village, CO 80111 303.892.1112 visitthelandmark.com/shops.htm

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ARTS VENUES ART DISTRICT ON SANTA FE

from light summer shows to performances by celebrated musicians.

Home to many artists and studios, 1000 14th St., No. 15 303.623.7876 this arts district has become a coloradosymphony.org national model of success in community revitalization. The art district has cultivated a friendly, welcoming feel for both seasoned collectors and new art lovers. 801 Kalamath St. 303.868.8680 artdistrictonsantafe.com

ARVADA CENTER FOR THE ARTS With two performance venues, three galleries and a multidisciplinary arts education program, the Arvada Center can house theatrical shows, musical performances and local and touring art exhibitions. 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada, CO 80003 720.898.7200 arvadacenter.org

The Colorado Symphony

DENVER CENTER ATTRACTIONS Denver Center Attractions provides a showcase for live theater, touring Broadway shows, acting classes for the community and more, located at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. 1101 13th St. 303.893.4100 denvercenter.org

DENVER THEATRE DISTRICT

Colorado Ballet

COLORADO BALLET

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DENVER MOUNTAIN PARKS The entire parks system contains more than 14,000 acres of parklands in the mountains and foothills just west of downtown. It also encompasses a wide variety of striking Colorado terrain, perfect for activities like hiking, dining al fresco and sightseeing. 303.987.7800 denvermountainparks.wordpress.com

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

THE BUTTERFLY PAVILION

This treasure features a visually thrilling rainforest filled with 1,600 free-flying tropical butterflies, live animal exhibits and interactive fun for all ages. 6252 W. 104th Ave. 303.469.5441 butterflies.org

Denver Zoo

DENVER ZOO Denver Botanic Gardens

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

From the birth of an exotic animal to the exhilaration of a world-class exhibit opening, the area’s largest zoo is an adventure

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

DOWNTOWN AQUARIUM Dive into food and fun — and an underwater adventure! Enjoy the Aquarium restaurant and explore more than 1 million gallons of sealife including sharks, otters, tigers and more. 700 Water St. 303.561.4450 downtownaquarium.com

FISKE PLANETARIUM What’s your sign? Test your astronomy knowledge at the University of Colorado’s popular planetarium. Check out the dazzling array of laser and star shows, live star talks and more. 2414 Regent Dr. Boulder, CO 80305 303.492.5002 fiske.colorado.edu

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

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

Engage with interactive playscapes, daily educational programming and popular special events. Serving children and their grown-ups, the museum provides a dynamic leaning environment to explore and discover. 2121 Children’s Museum Dr. 303.433.7444 mychildrensmuseum.org

DENVER ART MUSEUM Founded in 1893, the city’s largest museum is one of the most storied in the state with more than 68,000 pieces of art. With an extensive American Indian collection, the museum is a must-see for lovers of culture and art.

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

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

MIZEL MUSEUM A series of exhibits and programs describes the Jewish experience, ceremonies and festivals at the Mizel. With fine art, film, literature and drama fueled by interactive experiences, celebrate and honor diversity. 400 S. Kearney St. 303.647.6522 mizelmuseum.org

MOLLY BROWN MUSEUM Experience the legacy of the Unsinkable Molly Brown, a leading socialite and philanthropist best known as one of the survivors of the RMS Titanic. The beautifully preserved museum offers a unique window into the inspirational life of an American hero. 1340 Pennsylvania St. 303.832.4092 mollybrown.org

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DENVER Featuring regional, national and international artists, the vast array of rotating exhibits and public educational programs promotes creative experimentation with art and ideas for visitors of all ages. 1485 Delgany St. 303.298.7554 mcadenver.org

WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES ART & SPACE MUSEUM

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

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

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

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

DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

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

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

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


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.

Colorado Avalanche and the Colorado Mammoth. It’s also a popular concert venue featuring appearances by megastars like Madonna and Bruce Springsteen.

200 E. Colfax Ave. 303.866.2604 colorado.gov

1000 Chopper Cir. 303.405.1111 pepsicenter.com

COORS FIELD

SPORTS AUTHORITY FIELD AT MILE HIGH

The 76-acre Coors Field stands at 20th and Blake Streets in Denver’s lower downtown/ ballpark neighborhood and is home to the Colorado Rockies. Fans sitting in the first-base and right-field areas are treated to a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains. 2001 Blake St. 303.292.0200 colorado.rockies.mlb.com

DENVER COLISEUM For 60 years, the Coliseum has hosted such events as the National Western Stock Show, concerts, ice skating and auto and trade shows. 4600 Humboldt St. 720.865.2475 denvercoliseum.com

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

MILLERCOORS BREWERY TOUR Experience traditional beer brewing in the Rocky Mountains. Become acquainted with malting, brewing and packaging processes, then sip a cold sample while resting on ice-cube benches in the fresh beer room. 13th & Ford Streets Golden, CO 80401 303.277.2337 millercoors.com

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campground, North Halfmoon Creek. One or two other cars were parked by the trailhead, their occupants presumably backcountry camping, leaving the entire place to me. A thick mist settled into the valley, and I spent the remaining hour of daylight jaunting around the area snapping photographs of nearby Mount Elberson shrouded in fog. We awoke early the next morning and immediately set out to conquer aptly named Mount Massive, which towers 14,421 feet above sea level, one of Colorado’s many so-called 14ers. In addition to its impressive altitude, Massive also boasts the most square footage of ridgeline above 14,000 feet. If we ascended successfully, we could hike nearly three miles of ridgeline above the 14er mark. The North Halfmoon trailhead is not the

traditional route that most climbers take to summit. We were going through the backdoor. We wound our way along Halfmoon Creek, then upward into an expansive valley that offered wide-angle views of sprawling forest, meadows, and glittering subalpine lakes. We crossed paths with no other hikers and ended up bushwacking off trail, ascending wherever our hearts desired. After a few hours, we reached the rocky spine of the ridgeline as it dipped and tapered out just above tree line. We carefully stepped our way across a scree field until we had to face the music. The hard work began, and we were forced to rely on all four limbs to hoist our way up some of the steeper sections. After negotiating this precarious full-contact climb, we made it

to the Massive ridgeline. There are actually five summits above 14,000 feet as the ridgeline rises and falls, but because it never dips below 14,000 feet, these summits are not considered separate mountains. We finally took in the breathtaking 360-degree view, a much-deserved reward for all of our hard work. We began the tedious switchback descent that eventually hooked up with the trail we started on early that morning. We made it back to camp by early evening, roasted corn and kabobs by the fire, and enjoyed newfound friendships made even deeper by the shared adventure we had embarked on together.

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