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The Artsy Side of Town

Denver’s RiNo Arts District is alive and thriving with a bounty of galleries, artists, musicians and more that will entice you to spend a day … or more … exploring the city blocks. By Monica Parpal Stockbridge CHECKING IN

Hip, Hip, Hippest Hotels

Two new hotels in the RiNo neighborhood are a tribute to the area’s vibrant art-imbued culture of fun and originality. By Monica Parpal Stockbridge TIS THE SEASON

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Our resident expert on everything alcohol presents an excellent rundown of our favorite dives, recommended by friends, bartenders and boozehounds. By Eric Elkins

A Look Back in Time

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The lowdown on Denver’s booming real estate market; best places to catch the colors of autumn in all their spectacular glory.


Writer Bill Husted introduces local personalities who love travel and exploration. In this issue, meet philanthropist Natalie Rekstad and world travelers Albin and Melanie Ulle.


Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite, a trendy experience or an elegant dinner, Colorado has plenty of unique and mouthwatering dining options. Take a look at our guide before heading out on your next culinary excursion.


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Colorado – A Place Like No Other Sports, Scenery, Food, and Fun Win or lose, Colorado is all about the Denver Broncos. Here in the Rockies, they symbolize more than just a football team, they’re a rallying point, an emblem of community, and a beloved tradition that has stood the test of time. The Denver Broncos are tough, they’re gritty, and they never, ever give up. Our cover personality, Phillip Lindsay, embodies those traits to the hilt. Lindsay joined the team as an undrafted rookie, and by all counts he could have been a sideline talent. But blend a determined mindset, an unbeatable work ethic, and a team mentality, and Lindsay blazed his way to stardom in a single season. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket to a game this fall, you’re going to love watching #30 work his magic on the field. Les Shapiro, a well-known sports guy who has interviewed the best, sat down with Lindsay in a candid one-on-one that shows readers the authentic side of this superstar athlete. We know not everyone is a rabid sports enthusiast and realize many of you are here for the food and art … the true flavor of the town. That’s why we decided to dive into River North (RiNo), a fun and funky neighborhood in the downtown area that is teeming with interesting galleries, street art, delicious restaurants and sophisticated hotels. A true microcosm of urban life, RiNo attracts a lively, diverse assortment of locals and travelers who come for the experience and stay for the food, drink, art and fun. If you’ve had your fill of city life, perhaps it’s time to take a trip outside – and there’s truly no better time than right now to appreciate the state in all its splendored autumn glory. Colorful Colorado is showing off its beauty in spectacular form, as the foliage is ablaze in hues of reds, oranges and golds. A short drive outside the city brings you to scenery you’ll long remember, and writer Rebecca Treon guides you to the best places to absorb the beauty of the season. While you’re on the road, you may want to check out some great spots to grab a bite or learn a bit more about this unique and wonderful state we call home. Micah Ling introduces you to some historic mining towns that are rich with history and dotted with great little bars and cafes. Bring your bike if you’re so inclined, because there are many wonderful rides that will put a smile on your face. Whether you’re cycling, hiking or taking a leisurely drive, keep an eye out for some of the fabulous eateries that are part and parcel of Colorado. Eric Elkins (our favorite foodie) has compiled a rundown of some lesser-known haunts — local dives where everyone is welcome, and the food and ambience are fabulous and fun. But never fear, there’s always time for one of our favorite activities … shopping! Anywhere you travel in Colorado, whether you’re in Colorado Springs, Boulder, Denver, the mountains or elsewhere, the shopping is grand, and the stores are welcoming, chic and interesting. If you need some fun local ideas of where to find that perfect holiday gift, check out our Gift Guide in this issue, where we have assembled a fun mix of options ranging from the thoughtful to the frivolous and fanciful. There’s something for everyone and choosing will be half the fun! Finally, here in Colorado we have so many different personalities who call this place home. Longtime journalist Bill Husted sits down with some of these interesting and entertaining individuals and discovers what they love about living here and about traveling everywhere. It’s an interesting new section that we know our readers will enjoy! So have a great time during your stay and during your travels. And as we close out 2019, we hope to see you this winter on the slopes or in the city!

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ach year, roughly seven million people flock to Colorado’s ski resort towns – and for good reason. Ski towns offer visitors and locals alike an opportunity to escape their day-to-day lives and experience all of the adventure, activities and amenities that Colorado’s world-class resort communities have to offer. But these areas aren’t just trendy in the winter, mountain towns are year-round gems that are becoming increasingly popular as destinations for secondary or seasonal homes and income property. With a seemingly endless supply of activities and events no matter the season, there’s never an excuse to mutter “I’m bored” in these towns. Spend your day skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, exploring music and arts festivals, discovering new restaurants or shopping – there’s something for everyone. Not to mention the unbeatable landscape and scenery that surrounds the communities. While these towns are best experienced first-hand, continue reading to learn more about Colorado’s top resort towns and what makes each one extraordinary. LIV Sotheby’s International Realty has 13 office locations in these resort areas. To learn more or for assistance with any real estate needs, please visit

Vail Are you a snow chaser, a foodie, an avid hiker craving majestic mountain views? Whatever your mood, the small town at the base of Vail Mountain has all this and more. With its world-renowned ski resort, mix of heart-thumping recreation, and elegant entertaining, Vail is a place that continues to draw a crowd. At the heart of town sits Vail Ski Resort, offering a variety of terrain, back bowls, and 5,289 skiable acres. The enchanting mountain town serves as a gateway for summer and winter activities, including skiing, snowboarding, golf, hiking, fishing, and more. With acclaimed music festivals, legendary trails, and a proven culinary scene, Vail combines the best of resort living with the sophistication of a big city, all while staying true to its easygoing, family-friendly roots. Coupled by 300+ days of sunshine, 370+ inches of snow annually, and picturesque Vail Village, this storied mountain town lives up to its reputation of being “like nowhere on Earth.”

Beaver Creek Beaver Creek is a quaint mountain village well-known for its idyllic ski runs, terrain parks, and cross-country routes that make up the world-famous 1,815 acres of Beaver Creek Resort. It’s great for families, as it caters to skiers and riders of all abilities with three distinct mountain areas that vary from gently manicured slopes to intermediate trails and steep bumps. The town draws residents of all types as well, from professionals to empty nesters to retirees – but it’s not only about the slopes. Beaver Creek is a vibrant upscale community with an impressive hiking center, a traditional European-designed performing arts center, and a host of delightful shops, restaurants, and spas. As many people will tell you, people come for the views, but they stay for the lifestyle. And locals know there is plenty to keep you entertained all year long. From mild summers with lush florals to colorful autumns when the aspens bloom, to the snow-capped Rockies in the winter, the changing seasons in Beaver Creek are nothing short of extraordinary.

Breckenridge At the base of Rocky Mountains’ Tenmile Range sits Breckenridge – a town steeped in gold rush history and long known as a mecca of alpine activity. Today, Breckenridge is a year-round resort town with something for everyone. On, the authority on local event information and weekend itineraries, visitors and residents alike are enticed with a month-by-month guide of things to do. From the quirky Ullr Festival to the International Snow Sculpture Competition, to white-water rafting, biking, golfing, and skiing, you’ll never get bored. Of course, the excitement of opening day at Breckenridge Ski Resort is something to experience. And at the holidays? It’s like living in a snow-globe as snow-covered trees and twinkling lights illuminate historic Main Street. From gold-medal fly fishing to a thriving culinary scene, to incredible music events, Breckenridge is one of the top places to live, work, and play in Colorado. To sweeten the deal, it’s only a short drive from the Front Range, for those looking to make it their home away from home on the weekend!

Crested Butte Located in Southwest Colorado, 28 miles north of the City of Gunnison, sits Crested Butte – the eighth largest historic district in the state of Colorado. Crested Butte is rich in mining history and often called “The Gateway to the Elk Mountains.” Best known for Crested Butte Mountain Resort, this panoramic mountain town affords an unbelievable lifestyle, where downhill ski and mountain bike trails are the main attraction. You can find Nordic ski routes all over town! It’s also extremely pedestrian-friendly boasting historic buildings, mountain views, and ample shops and cafés to pop into.

Winter Park A conveniently located mountain town nestled in the high country of the Rockies. It’s also home to the ski resort of the same name, Winter Park Resort, serving as Colorado’s longest continually operated ski resort with over 3,000 acres of award-winning terrain. Voted Colorado’s top adventure town, Winter Park affords family-friendly activities, eclectic dining, nightlife, and annual events to keep you interested throughout the seasons.

Copper Mountain Only a short, 30-minute drive from both Breckenridge and Vail sits Copper Mountain, home to the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center where the U.S. Ski Team trains. As the largest of four resorts in Summit County, Copper Mountain Ski Resort is a self-contained community that thrives on well-designed terrain and ski runs catering to a variety of skill levels. It is also a desirable mountain town with a laid-back inclusive vibe. Three pedestrian-friendly villages, ample lodging, retail outlets, and an array of inviting restaurants await. What’s not to love about Copper?

Keystone Home to Keystone Resort, this famed ski destination is a place where people go to getaway. In fact, the town itself was masterfully built and planned to serve both skiers and visitors alike. The effortless design ensures that those who become permanent Keystone residents are living the good life. At Keystone Resort, thrilling ski runs surround a man-made lake enveloped by classic ski lodges. The lake also serves as one of the largest groomed skating ponds in the nation – a popular attraction for ice skaters in the winter and paddleboarders in the summer.

Telluride This former Victorian mining town has come a long way since its start as a camp along the San Miguel River. Set in a picturesque box canyon amid forested peaks, Telluride has transformed into the ultimate ski and golf oasis, well-known for zero lift lines and uncompromising beauty. Perhaps Forbes says it best remarking that “Telluride excels across the board and is a near perfect gem.” Consistently ranked as one of the world’s best ski resorts, Telluride offers premier ski and snowboarding terrain with two distinct enclaves, Mountain Village and Town. Sitting midway up the slopes rests Mountain Village, a bustling resort area high above Town with hotels, spas, golf, and multimillion-dollar homes. Town is located at the base of the mountain and is filled with charm, from top-rated eateries to the acclaimed Telluride Historical Museum in association with the Smithsonian Institution. Butch Cassidy famously robbed his very first bank here, and there are strict zoning and preservation laws to ensure visitors are able to experience much of the town’s original architecture. LIV



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s a kid, I thought the nickname ‘Colorful Colorado’ emblazoned on welcome signs around the state’s border sounded corny, but as an adult I can appreciate the beauty found throughout the state and understand why so many people flock here to make it home. While every season has its merits, fall colors in Colorado are pretty special — the golden fall foliage practically glows, rivaling rusty hues found on trees across New England. Aspen trees, whose root systems are interconnected to form one giant organism, are recognizable for their changing leaves nestled among towering pines. The contrast of yellow against evergreen trees is a sight, and there’s no better way to spend a fall afternoon than on a winding road taking it all in. Mountain leaf peeping is at its best from mid-September to early October, though at lower altitudes the timeframe may extend a little later. Whether you’re looking for a drive closer to Denver or one farther afield, here’s your guide to Colorado’s best fall foliage experiences.

Southwest Colorado is home to the former mining towns of Durango, Silverton, Telluride and Ouray, along with a handful of ghost towns. Connecting them is the San Juan Skyway Scenic and Historic Byway, which loops south to Dolores and Mesa Verde National Park. Plan to stay the night to explore the area — stay at Durango’s historic Strater Hotel, soak in the hot springs in Ouray, and view fall’s luminous leaves on horseback. In Telluride, ride the gondola for a bird’s-eye view of the mountain or ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad for a trip back in time. Roadtrippers won’t be disappointed riding through the San Juan Mountains, which are peppered with stands of gold and orange aspen trees. Just 17 miles southwest of Boulder, the notoriously eclectic former mining town of Nederland is a great destination for fall scenery. The Fourth of July Trailhead is a half-mile drive south on CO 119. Take a right on County Road 130 past the town of Eldora and at the end of the road, continue another four miles on the bumpy unpaved road. The slow-going route rewards travelers with densely wooded aspen groves. After the rugged ride, stop at one of Ned’s local craft breweries for a bite and a brew. Near Grand Junction and Fruita, the Rim Rock Drive is a stunner. It winds through stone tunnels, red rock canyons and through the high-walled Colorado National Monument. The paved road provides plenty of stops to get out of the car to get fresh air and snap photos of the red and purple cliff walls, rock formations and mesas. Stop in Grand Junction for authentic Mexican recipes made from hyper-local ingredients at crowd favorite Taco Party.

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The West Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway crosses through three national forests through the West Elk Mountains. This drive passes through meadows, rivers, canyons and Colorado’s agricultural hub, crossing McClure Pass through Carbondale in the North Fork Valley before reaching Paonia and Hotchkiss. These small towns support a network of area cherry and peach farms — be sure to stop at a farm stand for some local fall treats before crossing the 10,007-foot-summit of Kebler Pass, a popular stop for leaf viewing. Big B’s Café is a great Hotchkiss farm stand serving lunch and hard cider against the backdrop of live music on their outdoor stage. In Rocky Mountain National Park, the well-traveled Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved road in the U.S., reaching 12,183 feet in elevation. Connecting Grand Lake on the western slope and Estes Park on the east, it follows the path that Ute and other Native American tribes used for millennia. There are plenty of short hikes, trails, and scenic spots to pull off for photos and leaf viewing. It’s also a great place for spotting wildlife — in particular the elk the park is so well-known for … the leaf-viewing season overlaps with their rutting season. Depart the beaten path and view the scenery from behind the wheel of a Jeep in Fremont County. Colorado Highway 67 is also called Phantom Canyon Road, following Cañon City to Victor. It’s a part of the Gold Belt Byway, aptly named because it connects Colorado’s gold mining districts. Cañon City, aka prison valley because of its numerous correctional facilities, has a winery started by Benedictine monks called the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey; the historic route follows Eightmile Creek and takes people through the site of the world’s largest gold rush in Victor. 14

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Natalie Rekstad helps non-profits help themselves. As founder and CEO of Denver-based Black Fox Philanthropy, she helps strategize global agencies that exist to solve complex problems. We’re talking about people and the planet. The big stuff. Rekstad, at 53 a regal dead-ringer for Cate Blanchett, grew up modestly back east, but was settled into a high-octane life in Washington D.C., when an Aspen ski trip was elongated with a layover in Denver. The touring production of “Miss Saigon” was in town in 1996, which impressed her. (It returned to Denver this past Fall 2019.) She discovered the art museum, the ballet, the people –- and was mesmerized. Denver was not only mellow, it was sophisticated. “This was not my idea of what Denver was,” she says. Washington was weighing on her, so she moved west a few years later. She’s been involved in women’s issues and the arts since her arrival. Now she lives a short drive between Boulder and Denver with her teenage daughter and her dog, Velvet Sparks, a black German shepherd. She travels for work and for fun -– around the world and around Colorado.  Husted: Why did you settle in Denver? Rekstad: It’s very fertile for entrepreneurs. In the East Coast it’s like who’s your family and where did you go to school and how much money do you have. Out here, it’s what you’ve got. Husted: What’s your favorite hotel in Colorado? Rekstad: The Hotel Jerome in Aspen. It’s charming and luxurious and authentic. The hotel has soul like Aspen has soul. Integrity and five-star service and beautiful food. Husted: What’s your favorite hotel in the world? Rekstad: L’Hotel in Paris. I actually got to stay in the room where Oscar Wilde died. Husted: Was the wallpaper bad? Rekstad: Yes. It’s all peacocks. It’s a cool room. And I love Oscar Wilde. Husted: What are the lessons of travel? Rekstad: The sense of wonder that comes with it. It shows you another way of being and gives you a better perspective on your own life. And then you go back to your life and it may not fit anymore. And it depends on how you travel. You have to travel with an open mind. Husted: How should you travel in Colorado? Rekstad: You should not approach Colorado like it’s a cowtown. You should be curious about what this is all about. I think people have a pretty good time visiting Colorado. Husted: I have friends back east who think nothing happens in Colorado. Rekstad: Oh, they are missing out. If you think that, you’re not paying attention. Husted: What is there to do here? Rekstad: You might come here for the sports, the natural beauty, the mountains — but don’t miss the arts and culture here. The ballet, the art, the dance, the opera. Husted: Do you travel with your dog? Rekstad: I smuggle her into hotels and houses. Husted: What books do you recommend about Colorado? Rekstad: When I moved to Colorado, I discovered Willa Cather. She’s brilliant. She really understands what Colorado was built upon. “Song of the Lark.” That’s the book to read before you come to Colorado and during your visit. You will understand on a cerebral level with Colorado is all about.

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It wasn’t so long ago that the area now called River North (RiNo for short) was mostly just referred to as “north Denver.” The vibrant neighborhoods were a mix of single homes and startups, small art galleries, beloved diners, and smoky bars where upand-coming bands would get their first shot at building a fan base. But as Denver has grown and changed, so has its surrounding communities. And though RiNo has experienced its own growing pains along the way, you can still find a taste of old Denver intermixed with newer award-winning restaurants and high-end drinking establishments. The best way to eat and drink your way through the arts district is on foot and with an open mind.

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Whether it’s a warm autumn Saturday or a blustery Tuesday, filling an afternoon in RiNo is just a matter of preferences. Do you want to drink through the day with local beers and distilled spirits? Or maybe snack and sip and check out an art gallery or two? The district offers up all manner of possibilities. Either way, you’ll want to get your start at Denver Central Market, a food hall where you can gird up at meat maven Justin Brunson’s Cured or slurp up poke and ceviche at Tammen’s Fish Market. You’ll find plenty of other food options as well, plus Etai’s bakery and even ice cream at High Point Creamery. If you want to start the tour with a healthy buzz, be sure to settle in for a cocktail with my friends at Curio. If you’re a beer taster, RiNo has more than a dozen breweries in the neighborhood. From OG stalwarts like Rackhouse, Great Divide, and heavy metal Blackshirt Brewing to local faves like Our Mutual Friend (OMF) and 10 Barrell, or the pioneer of sour beers Crooked Stave, you’ll find whatever style of brew hits your craving for the day. And with big brands Odell and Blue Moon serving up their beers as well, you’re likely to find an old favorite. But don’t forget to branch out from beer and try something different! The cideries in the neighborhood have very different approaches, from dry and wine-like to fizzy sweetness. You could also taste local sake variations at Colorado Sake Company. And two wineries are bottling up goodness you won’t find anywhere else. The tasting room at Infinite Monkey Theorem is an awesome place to try their many products while enjoying food truck fare, and Bigsby’s Folly is a craft winery that serves food paired with its house-made vino. For a vast wine list with an attitude, stop in at Noble Riot wine bar, which features the most hilarious menu in the neighborhood. Spirits are your friend in RiNo as well, with The Block Distilling Company’s intimate tasting room (their gins are a ton of fun), and Ironton Distillery and Crafthouse which also sports an art gallery. Feeling snacky after all those libations? In addition to Tammen’s, local chef rockstar Jeff Osaka has two restaurants in RiNo that would be perfect for an afternoon bite. If you’re looking to warm your body (and your soul), settle in for some heat at Osaka Ramen, and be sure to try the okonomiyaki fries. Or you could go a little more whimsical and take your pick of the small plates of goodness making their way along the conveyor belt at Sushi-Rama. For another food hall with lots of options, step over the bridge to Zeppelin Station, where you can dig into a range of affordable tastiness, including Norm’s Deli (with killer pastrami), Vinh Xuong’s banh mi, and The Budlong’s Nashville hot chicken. If it’s getting into evening, head upstairs to Big Trouble, a sexy bar that serves up a Suntory highball that’ll make your day. Other delicious daytime options include Chef Troy Guard’s Los Chingones for street tacos, Port Side for coffee and yummy breakfast sandwiches, or the wonderful Comal Food Heritage Incubator for Mexican, Syrian, and Ethiopian delights, cooked by women from underserved communities who are not only sharing traditional flavors but learning restaurant management. The food is always stellar. If it’s late in the day, don’t miss Finn’s Manor, with its magical indoor/outdoor island vibe, kick-ass bartenders making rum (and gin and bourbon) cocktails you won’t find anywhere else, and a strong set of food trucks.

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With such a range of restaurant options in RiNo, you could spend a little or you could spend a lot on your evening experience. Whether you’re looking for an impressive date night, or just a vacation splurge, RiNo’s high-end spots hold up against anything you’ll find on either coast. If you’re already staying in The Ramble Hotel, then starting out at Death & Co or the exclusive Suite 6A (with only 21 seats) is a no-brainer (see page 24 for more). Just across the street is the stellar Il Posto, where chef/ owner Andrea Frizzi pairs Italian dishes and wines with an upscale yet approachable ambiance. If you don’t order the beef tallow candle to get started, you’re doing it wrong. For dinner and a show, Nocturne Jazz Club is a can’tmiss. Between the killer music, inventive menu, and cool cats vibe of the place, you’ll feel like you stepped back in time. Elevate your experience even more with their Renditions Tasting Menu – meticulously developed to match the themes and aesthetic of famous jazz albums. On the other side of the bridge in The Source Hotel, get your belly ready for serious Israeli magnificence at James Beard Award-winning Chef Alon Shaya’s Safta. The smell of fresh, hot pita will draw you in, but then you’ll want to eat everything on the menu, especially the toasty shakshuka and duck matzo ball soup. If you’re lucky enough to be there for brunch, be sure to try every bit of pastry chef Liliana Myers’ delectable delights. Beckon is a full-on dining experience with only 18 seats, two seatings per evening, and a curated tasting menu. Each month, the culinary team devises a seasonal set of dishes and beverage pairings to go with them. Over the course of two hours, you’ll taste, sip, and savor an unforgettable multi-course meal at their horseshoe-shaped chef ’s counter. Reservations are pre-paid and go quickly, so you’ll want to plan your visit in advance. Chef Tommy Lee’s Hop Alley is upscale, modern Chinese that also happens to be approachable, fun, and ridiculously delicious. You’ll want to try every dish on the menu, including local favorites Sichaun eggplant and Beijing duck rolls, so bring a crew with you. While you’re over there, don’t miss Bar Helix, where local wonder Kendra Anderson has established the sexiest bar in Denver, complete with negroni flights, caviar bumps, and all the bubbly you care to drink. Acorn, with its small plates of concentrated loveliness, has anchored the RiNo Art District since it opened in The Source Marketplace. And another high-end spot with bitesized gems of beauty is Uchi, where Chef Lucas Chandler is looking forward to dazzling diners with Kohada and Sawara this fall. You’ll want to let the chef and his team choose your journey, so be sure to go with the omakase.

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You’ll find it pretty easy to eat well and enjoy RiNo, even if you’re sticking to a tighter budget. Between the neighborhood bars and approachable restaurants, affordable options are numerous. Start your night at American Bonded, where even the high-end cocktails won’t set you back more than 10 bucks or so. You can grab snacks at True West Kitchen’s counter (the nachos are a meal unto themselves) at the back of the bar, or wander down the street to Cart + Driver for wood-fired pizza and oysters (Here’s the secret: Get there after 10 p.m. for one of the best happy hours in the city. Don’t miss the sardines and $10 Manhattans). Next door, you’ll find the meaty and delicious Work and Class, where you order your proteins by weight. The goat is extra-special, but I never skip the perfectly-cooked lamb and tender beef short rib. For more meat, wander up the street to Owlbear Barbecue, which has quite possibly the best brisket in the city – slow roasted to perfection. And if you’re pasta enthused, the counter-service Italian restaurant Dio Mio offers up crazy-good fresh pasta and small plates. Just on the outskirts of RiNo is Liberati, the only place you’ll find unique and delicious oenobeers (which are brewed with wine grapes) and Italian nachos (fried pasta piled high with olives, pepperoncini, fresh tomatoes, feta, and molten taleggio cheese sauce). The Italo-dip is a cross between a classic Italian beef sandwich and a French dip. Order it with sautéed mushrooms. Meadowlark Kitchen serves late into the night (or early the next morning), so it’s your best bet if you need to manage your sloshiness before heading bedward. Right next door is Larimer Lounge, where quite a few bands generated a following before going big nationwide. Whichever your preferred path, RiNo has it. From the fancy to the unfussy, the pricey to the prosaic; for an epic night of fun or just a nightcap and a nosh, you’ll find it there.

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Artist Side Stories

Where Denver Art is Made Exploring the RiNo Art District


By Monica Parpal Stockbridge

ou’ve heard of the RiNo Art District, but … what is it, exactly? Not quite a neighborhood and more than simply a city sector, the River North (RiNo) community is breaking boundaries when it comes to the meaning of art, how people experience it and how artists thrive in the process. 


What is the RiNo Art District?

“We always say that we are where art is made,” says Tracy Weil, RiNo Art District president and co-founder. In RiNo, art is the common thread that connects makers, artists, restaurateurs, musicians and more. It’s a place to foster, support and grow all things creative. The district began taking shape in 2005 as a grassroots movement aimed at creating a supportive network of area artists. At that time, there were only a handful of creative makers and art galleries in this part of Denver. Today, the RiNo Art District comprises more than 22 galleries, 190 art studios and 200,000 square feet of murals, as well as more than 30 stakeholders investing in programs to activate the district in a way that honors its history while blazing a trail for the future.

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Where is the RiNo Art District located?

RiNo Art District straddles multiple neighborhoods north of downtown, woven between railroads and the South Platte River. Weil points out that RiNo is not really a neighborhood, although a lot of people call it that. “We always want to be respectful of the neighborhoods that we are actually a part of,” he says. These historic neighborhoods include Five Points, Cole, Elyria Swansea, and Globeville. “These are existing historic neighborhoods that are super vibrant. And, the art district is more or less just a piece of those neighborhoods.”

How does RiNo support artists?

The RiNo Art District offers a RiNo Made artist’s membership program open to creative makers who are working, living or exhibiting in the RiNo district. Fees are based on a pay-what-you-can system. Over the years, membership has grown to include more than 350 galleries, artists, small businesses, dining and drinking destinations, and more. Members get access to supportive programming on topics such as how to price artwork, how to use online marketing tools, and the ins and outs of copyright law. “It’s a program for artists to help uplift their business and creativity,” Weil says.  Additionally, a RiNo Made retail store promotes all things made by RiNo Made members, from artwork to clothing to beer. This fall, much of the RiNo Made retail and programming will transition to a new space in the alley behind Denver Central Market, operated by Dread, a.k.a. Robin Munro — founder and curator of Denver’s annual art festival, CRUSH WALLS. 

How can visitors experience RiNo Art District?

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In case you missed CRUSH WALLS 2019, visiting the website ( is always a good place to start. If you’re in the area, visit the RiNo Art District office at Walnut Workshop (3525 Walnut Street) for a guide, a mural map and more insight to the area. “First Fridays are a great way to see the district,” Weil adds. One evening a month, many artists and gallery owners open their doors and invite people in to have a drink and learn more about the art and the district. During the holidays, pop-up markets and rotating events offer multiple ways to view and purchase local art.  For interested art buyers, Weil suggests reaching out to artists using their contact information on the RiNo Art District website. Many artists would be happy to schedule an appointment in their studio to show off and talk about their work, he says. For Weil, RiNo is a welcoming space for creatives and visitors alike because it’s so approachable. “We get a lot of visitors to the district because people feel welcome and it’s easy to navigate,” he says.  Indeed, there’s a pioneering spirit here. “Young and emerging artists who are passionate about what they do are finding their place here,” Weil says. Most importantly, “they are able to sustain themselves making art.”  To learn more about the RiNo Art District, visit

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Hippest Hotels Two hotels to reserve in the RiNo Art District By Monica Parpal Stockbridge

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rom graffiti art murals to galleries to breweries, the River North Art District is steeped in art and culture from morning coffee to midnight music. And now, you can extend your time with a stay in one of RiNo’s two hotels. About a mile apart, The Source Hotel and The Ramble hotel loosely bookend the RiNo district, with sophisticated dining and high-end hospitality. Both are committed to creating memorable experiences that fit their location, bringing Denver’s former industrial core into a new era. Colorado Traveler | Fall/Holiday 2019 |


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Sleeping at The Source

When The Source market hall opened in 2013, not everyone in Denver was quite sure what a market hall was. Located in an 1880’s-era brick foundry building, The Source gave Denverites a new reason to visit an area many may have, up until that point, avoided altogether. Tucked up against river and railroads, the former industrial hub of north Denver was essentially uninhabitable back then. Stephen Dynia, the architect behind The Source, saw something special in Zeppelin Development’s vision to salvage the building, which Dynia describes as “a cathedral to 19th-century architecture.” The Source drew (and still draws) visitors and locals to the neighborhood for elevated dining, high-end retail goods and sour beers.  26

The City of Denver was on board, too, having permitted more than $55 million in commercial construction between 30th and 38th streets along Brighton Boulevard since 2015. In recent years, new bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure have improved access to the area. The area next to The Source began as a dirt parking lot. Eventually, a conversation started about what that space would become. “It was bold to decide to put a hotel in this neighborhood,” Dynia says. But, he adds, Denver needed a new hotel — something gutsy and gritty that would fit in, yet stand out. The Source Hotel opened in September 2018 as an homage to the integrity of The Source’s historic structure, the inspiration for what has become one of the hottest destinations in the city. 

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Echoes of The Source reverberate in The Source Hotel’s own market hall. Functional concrete floors and pillars house a dozen experiential food and retail vendors, with vibrant, artistic wares displayed in museum-like cases. Buy a bouquet at Beet & Yarrow, or update your do at BarberX. Barbecue aromas waft from Smōk restaurant, and New Belgium’s debut Denver brewery reminds visitors of Colorado’s exceptional beer scene. Guests can travel to the hotel via bike, car or even light rail, taking the A-Line directly from Denver International Airport to the 38th and Blake station. In July 2019, The Source Hotel was awarded LEED Silver certification for its sustainable design. The industrial look and feel of the market hall extends to the sleeping rooms, where abundant natural light enlivens the polished concrete floors and custom Baltic birch furniture. Some rooms even have garage-style doors that open directly to the outside air, replacing the need for vibrant wall art with broad mountain views. The hard lines and cool surfaces are softened by plush bath towels, cozy robes and complimentary slippers — perfect for padding up to the rooftop pool at sunset. 28

The Source Hotel at a glance:

Address: 3330 Brighton Boulevard, Denver Number of Rooms: 100 Check-in and don’t miss: a complimentary New Belgium arrival beer Grab an open-air beverage: on the rooftop terrace, with broad views of the mountains and city skyline Avoid the chilly temps: inside the rooftop restaurant and bar, The Woods  Don’t miss a chance to dine at: Safta, James Beard Award-winning chef Alon Shaya’s modern Israeli restaurant — especially for Sunday brunch

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The Ramble Hotel at a glance:

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Address: 1280 25th St. Denver Number of Rooms: 50 Check-in and don’t miss: the leather key pouch containing a brass room key and elevator fob Grab an open-air beverage: in The Garden, a lush, seasonal courtyard bar Avoid the chilly temps: inside Suite 6A, a creative cocktail bar in an intimate indoor space Don’t miss a chance to dine at: Super Mega Bien for pan-Latin dim sum and family-style specialties

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature


IMAGE: Claude Monet, Waterlilies and Japanese Bridge (detail), 1899. Oil on canvas; 35 5⁄8 x 35 5⁄16 in. Princeton University Art Museum: From the Collection of William Church Osborn, Class of 1883, trustee of Princeton University (1914-1951), president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1941-1947); given by his family, y1972-15. Photo Credit: Princeton University Art Museum/Art Resource, NY Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature is co-organized by the Denver Art Museum and the Museum Barberini, Potsdam. It is presented with generous support from PNC Bank. Additional funding is provided by Barbara Bridges, Keith and Kathie Finger, Lauren and Geoff Smart, Fine Arts Foundation, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.


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The Ramble Hotel was, by just a few months, RiNo’s first hotel. Opened in May of 2018, this locally owned and operated boutique hotel along Larimer Street garnered a lot of attention, thanks to the marquee lobby bar, Death & Co Denver, inspired by NYC’s East Village original. Indeed, the district has drawn visitors from far and wide to RiNo, and this high-class hotel option gives them extra incentive to stay. The Ramble’s location at 25th and Larimer streets feels like a fitting entryway into the district. “If RiNo had a Mizpah arch, it would be here,” says Ramble General Manager Andrew Guerra. RiNo’s noteworthy collection of galleries, art studios, restaurants and murals easily sets this place apart from any other in the city.   Designed by architecture firm Johnson Nathan Strohe, The Ramble features a detailed masonry exterior evoking old-world charm for a seamless fit within the historic neighborhood, despite the newness of the building. A sort of vintage allure draws people into the space. Industrial metals and luxurious upholstery are set against deep blue walls that, from a distance, look almost like crushed velvet.  Wander into this bright, pleasant space for a morning cappuccino from the lobby’s coffee counter, DC/AM, and settle in to connect with a friend or with the WiFi. As the evening draws near, the lights dim and the marquee Death & Co bar ignites the lobby space with its signature buzz and one-of-a-kind cocktails. The bar is first-come, first-served for the public, but hotel guests get first-on-the-waitlist privileges. Curious comers will 30

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Roaming The Ramble

be lured up the stairs behind the bar to the mezzanine, where they’ll find a vintage photo booth, an informal courtyard drinking oasis known as The Garden (open seasonally), and Suite 6A, an intimate cocktail lounge which accepts both reservations and walk-ins. Guest rooms here feature eclectic art, digital amenities and plenty of vibrant touches. Wide-plank hickory floors are enhanced by hand-picked antique Persian rugs. Local art curators NINE dot ARTS selected the room art (as well as art throughout the hotel), and Denver-based steel fabricators and woodworkers created custom furniture pieces. In-room Victrola Bluetooth gramophone speakers enhance the classic-meets-contemporary vibe. Plenty of action awaits on Larimer Street below, but if you can’t bring yourself to leave your comfy quarters, then simply stream your favorite Netflix show and crack that minibar bottle of Laws Whiskey. We won’t tell.

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A fun, original, practical and fanciful collection of products designed, manufactured or sold in Colorado.

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Melinda Risk Cigar Band Rings Combining several different materials and extraordinary techniques, Melinda hand-creates wearable pieces of art from beginning to end in her studio. Little secrets await your discovery at every angle. Explore magical works of art at Styling Denver since 2002 Call for pricing

Diamond Earrings Mixed metal dangle earrings with natural olive-colored fancy diamonds (3.47 ctw) and white brilliant cut diamonds (2.80ctw) in 18k yellow gold and sterling silver. 2” length. $34,000

Dan Sharp

Vintage Chanel Jewelry “Chanel’s genius was for producing items that seem incapable of ever going out of style.” This luxurious Cherry Creek Boutique is simply irresistible! Dan Sharp features modern and classic luxury outerwear and wraps made from shearling, cashmere, leather and fur. While you’re there, check out the Chanel vintage estate jewelry. You’ll find great pieces for everyday wear or the finishing touch for any occasion.

Temper Chocolates


Holiday Chocolate Box Temper Chocolates has created an Edible Chocolate Box for the holiday season filled with eight French-style, hand-crafted bonbons perfect for the chocolate lover in your life. Available at Denver Central Market. $45

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Meier Skis

Handmade Skis from Colorado Trees! Meier is striving to make the most eco-friendly, highperformance skis in the world. The Prospector — Winning athlete’s hearts and the Editors Choice award from Backcountry Magazine, the Prospector is the newest ski for the 2019-2020 ski season from Meier Skis. It’s built for the backcountry and touring to be light on the uphill and stable on the down, whether it’s turns you earn or lift-served. The Quickdraw — This all-mountain, frontside carver is our best seller! The Quickdraw features a wide shovel and narrow waist for quick-and-easy edge-to-edge turns. The wide shovel helps the tip float through powder and crush crud while giving the skier a smooth, easy-turning ride. Quickdraw, $750 Prospector, $850

Native Eyewear

Ski Goggle The DropZone goggle includes a wide field of view, two interchangeable lenses, as well as a single-button change-out feature that allows for one of the quickest exchanges in the industry. The DropZone also includes industry-leading, high-efficiency antifog coating that provides surface-based fog diffusion up to an astonishing eight minutes, compared to the industry standard of 30 seconds. This technology comes standard in all Native goggles. $179



Krimson Klover

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Eve Jacket ​This fully down parka is one of our warmest pieces. Designer,  fitted, and feminine, it’s as technical as it is stylish.  This jacket comes equipped with all ski tech features: helmet compatible hood, pit zips, thumb cuffs, and a snow skirt. Available in 14 colors and patterns! No Fur: $428  Faux Fur: $486 Real Fur: $578


Sporty Base Layer Constructed from new mid-weight polyester/spandex performance fabric that has a brushed back providing comfort and warmth, the pieces are designed to be worn year-round as a first layer. All base layers feature 4-way stretch for movement, flat seam construction for durability, and chafe preventions and moisture-wicking to keep you dry and warm. Krimson Klover is an inspired clothing company created by women, for women who live boldly through travel, adventure and outdoor sports. Rooted in the Rocky Mountains of the United States, we believe fashion should be luxurious and sophisticated yet playful. $109

BEAUTY Osmotics

Colour Verite Skincare Collection She will glow in Osmotics Colour Verity Discovery Collection, featuring beautiful products that will enhance skin tone, blur fine lines and imperfections, and defend skin. Available for light, medium or deep skin tones. $98

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LIBATIONS Breckenridge Distillery

Collector’s Art Series Some combos are fundamental, but some pairings are more obtuse, yet inherently natural. For Bryan Nolt, founder and CEO of Breckenridge Distillery, who creates art out of corn, rye, and barley, the confluence of bourbon and art was inevitable. They are telling the story of blending whiskey and art.

You the Fan

Joe Journeyman™ Denver Broncos Jigsaw Puzzle  This 500-piece, search-and-find puzzle is two games in one and fun for any age! Put the puzzle together, then look for hidden items, like Denver landmarks, crazy fans and the legendary Joe Journeyman himself, the only player to play for all 32 teams in the NFL. At 18” x 24”, it’s perfect for displaying in the “fan cave” and makes a unique gift for every Broncos fan on your list. Prefer a different team? No problem. Other NFL and MLB team puzzles are available at $19.99

The Bookies

Children’s Book: Titan and the Wild Boars Don’t miss the breathtaking true story of the international rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team from a flooded cave in Thailand, written by Susan Hood and Pathana Sornhiran, and illustrated by Colorado author/illustrator Dow Phumiruk. $17.99


PORT Wine, Whiskey and Cocktail Tumbler Take the PORT on your wine tasting adventures or simply enjoy it while relaxing at home. Sleek and sophisticated, it features a stylized three-dimensional design element, and it will feel as good in your hand as it looks on your table. This stemless cup will maintain the temperature of any drink for hours and is an elegant alternative to traditional wine and cocktail glasses. $19.95


SPA The Infinite Monkey Theorem x Base Coat Nail Salon

Pampering Products Coats x Cans features a 4-pack of The Infinite Monkey Theorem’s Rosé Bubble Universe paired with a non-toxic Base Coat nail polish and glass nail file, or #treatyoself with the Base Coat x Bubbles Collection featuring The Infinite Monkey Theorem’s Bubble Universe with Base Coat’s Calming Salt Soak, Bath + Body Oil and a Good Vibes Kit to help drive away negative energy and restore a renewed sense of wellness and balance as you head into the new year.  Polish, base coat and file, $40 #treatyoself package, $100 Colorado Traveler | Fall/Holiday 2019 |



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THE COLORADO KID’S GOT GAME Denver Broncos Phillip Lindsay Leaves Nothing on the Field


Denver Broncos

Interview by Les Shapiro

he Denver Broncos have always been a hometown favorite, and win or lose, our fans are faithful to the end. Sure, we’ve had our share of high-profile players, and names such as John Elway, Peyton Manning, Terrell Davis, Floyd Little, Shannon Sharpe and Rod Smith are just a sampling of players who have won the hearts of Coloradans. Now, there’s a new kid in town, and he’s living proof that small and mighty can be a winning combination. Meet Phillip Lindsay, an undrafted walk-on rookie whose grit and talent are a testament to an unwavering determination to win. After honing his skills playing ball for South High School and the University of Colorado in Boulder, the Denver native joined the team last season, as an undrafted rookie who came to training camp as a college free agent. The skilled running back became the first undrafted offensive rookie in NFL history (and the third Broncos rookie behind David Treadwell and Von Miller) to be selected to the Pro Bowl. Not bad for a kid from Denver whose dreams of an NFL career have led straight to the top. Les Shapiro, another favorite hometown sports guy who has a long history reporting on the team, sat down with Lindsay to learn a bit more about what makes him tick.

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Shapiro: You were born and raised in Colorado, you went to high school in Colorado, you went to college at the University of Colorado, you ended up playing ball in Colorado for the Denver Broncos. You are the perfect person to interview for this magazine because outside of a few out-of-town trips to play football, I don’t know if you’ve ever left the state. Lindsay – I’ve left the state for different reasons, but I haven’t left the state unless it was something to do with sports. I’ve been in Colorado my whole life. I was born and raised here and I’m proud of it. Shapiro: You are the only undrafted rookie on offense in the history of the NFL to ever make it to the Pro Bowl. What was that experience like for you wearing that title? How did the other Pro Bowl players receive you, knowing what you accomplished? Lindsay: It was just cool to be able to meet everybody. I guess they respected me and understand that you respect game, game respects game, and everybody is on the same playing field and understands each other so it was cool. Shapiro: Who did you hang with that week? Lindsay: Von [Miller] pretty much took me under his wing. That was Von’s seventh time so he showed me the ropes. I pretty much hung out with everybody. You get to know these men a bit deeper and you get to know their families and understand their stories. I got a lot of great wisdom from these older players. Shapiro: What did you learn from guys who had been in the Pro Bowl year after year that you can carry over? Lindsay: A lot of times they’ll tell about what they did wrong and what you should or shouldn’t do. There are different things that you don’t know and don’t understand until you get there and start talking about them. Shapiro: You didn’t play in the Pro Bowl because of a wrist injury. You came back and started doing your rehab. There was talk at the beginning that the injury was bad … really bad … and there were some people who were wondering if it might impact the rest of your football career. How worried were you at the time and did you believe those reports initially or was that just something the media had blown out of proportion? Lindsay: Any injury is bad, it’s just how you look at things. Everybody wants to blow something out of proportion. It was a big-time injury, but it was an injury that you don’t see a lot. That’s why people said it was a very bad injury. Back in the day if you blew your knee out, that was really bad, and a lot of the time you were done playing football. Now they give you these bionic knees and it’s bad, but they know how to fix it. With this wrist injury they don’t see it often, but it took some time and I had a great surgeon who worked on it, and I’m back to being myself. I guess I don’t pay attention to the negativity. Shapiro: There is a lot of negativity out there, especially with social media. Lindsay: That’s our problem with society. Everything’s about negativity and we take social media too seriously. Shapiro: How do you deal with it? Lindsay: I just don’t pay attention to it. I could care less. Shapiro: Are you on Instagram and Twitter, Facebook? Lindsay: Social media makes a lot of money. Today social media is a lot of people’s job, so I have to be on social media. Do I care about it? Not really. Do I care what people have to say? No. 36

A lot of the time you just have people who hide behind the TV screen or computer screen just saying these mean things that they really don’t know about … Shapiro: Keyboard courage … Lindsay: Sure, everybody has courage when they’re doing social media. But it really affected my family more than it affected me, mainly because I know what’s going on. And these people don’t know what’s going on, they’re just saying things. Every day I go there, I do my work, I know the truth. I talk to the doctors all the time. They’re seeing my struggles and my progress. The head coaches are saying that’s all that matters at the end of the day. Shapiro: You were an undrafted free agent. There are a couple of guys who have played for this team, one of them still plays for this team, who were undrafted free agents coming out of college. Rod Smith ended up going to three Pro Bowls, Chris Harris Jr., your current teammate, has gone to four Pro Bowls. Whenever I talk with those guys they always mention that even after all those Pro Bowl trips, they still have that chip on their shoulder, they still remember that no pro ball team drafted them. You’re still young in your career. Do you think you’ll ever get rid of that chip? Lindsay: No because that’s what I’ve had my entire life. I had to go through a lot of stuff in college and for me it’s a fight. It’s a chip that keeps me going; even when I don’t want to do something I do it. I’ll work out extra time, I’ll be here until 10:30 or 11 o’clock at night – that stuff is the reason why I am who I am today. Shapiro: What were some of the things that were being said about you that created that chip? Lindsay: I was too small, I wasn’t athletic enough, I wasn’t good enough. And when you go to a school that at the time is not winning you don’t get looked at as much – they go for athletes who go to schools that are winning. So, you have all these socalled professional scouts but they’re not looking at what you can do, they’re just looking at size. I don’t blame kids for not wanting to play football nowadays. Soccer, lacrosse, you have the opportunity to do something, but here with football they measure you, you’ve gotta be this, this, that. And you can’t do what you want to do. Football has changed a lot for the better and for the worse. For a man to tell another man, a human being, they can’t be something, that’s not their decision, that’s God’s decision. Shapiro: Another great Bronco, a running back. He wore No. 30 before you, Terrell Davis. You have a relationship with him. You wanted to wear No. 30 because of Terrell Davis. When you initially talked with him about that I understand you asked for permission. How did that conversation go? Lindsay: It came down to there were a couple jerseys left and I’m thinking No. 30 is off limits. In preseason I understand there are a lot of players, so you have all these numbers, but I’m thinking I wear No. 30 and I know a lot of people aren’t going to be too happy about it. [Terrell] has a legacy and it was not just another number. I wanted to make sure it was okay for me to wear it and that he understood that I understood the importance of the jersey number and what he had done. I’m a Colorado native and I know about Terrell Davis; I’ve read his book and think that people tend to forget about players before us who left a legacy of blood, sweat, and tears on this gridiron, on this field. For me it was a sigh of relief asking him, and I have a better conscience knowing that it’s cool, Terrell Davis himself said that I could wear

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this. Fans are going to always say something, or be mad, because that’s what fans do. Shapiro: Do you maintain a relationship with TD? Lindsay: I do. I talk to him all the time. Shapiro: Are you a baseball fan? Lindsay: Honestly, I’m not. Shapiro: You know Charlie Blackmon? Charlie’s got the beard. His beard is like the face of the Rockies franchise. Now do you know where I’m going with this? You’ve got the hair. Charlie won’t shave the beard. It doesn’t matter how hot it is, it doesn’t matter if it’s a slump or he’s hitting it, it’s his thing. Is your hair your thing? Lindsay: Yeah, it’s always been my thing. It’s something that all my brothers had and we grew up with. It was either we cut it real short or we grow it all the way out, and that’s something that just stuck with me and it’s like my power. It’s been working for me my whole career, high school, college and now in the NFL, I’m not going to change now. Why change something that’s working? When I’m done playing I’ll probably just cut it off, maybe go bald. I’m okay with that. But for now, it’s my trademark and it’s me. Shapiro: How do you keep it under your helmet? Lindsay: It just does its thing. It just sits down. It’s a good patch of hair. Shapiro: Last year you were a great story for a number of reasons. One of the endearing parts of your story was that people got off on the fact you still lived with your parents. You’re a professional athlete, you’re making a good amount of money, you’re a star in this league right off the bat, yet you still lived with your parents in the basement. Do you have your own place now? Lindsay: Right now I’m still living with my parents. It’s about later on in the future, it’s understanding that you don’t play this game forever and you’ve got to be smart with your money. Do the right thing with it. Why rush when I have time to really set myself up to have success after playing football. The money I’m making right now, at least seven years in the NFL, you’re not going to make that the rest of your life, that stuff stops, so you’ve got to be smart with it. And one thing I would say about Coach Fangio is he’s really into us saving our money. We always have money classes with him. Every meeting we have a session where we just talk about money, talk about different people around the league who are doing good with their money and reports about people who are doing bad, but it’s good to see that because you don’t want to be that person who is only thinking about blowing all kinds of money that you didn’t have to blow. Shapiro: That’s smart. What happens when you want to bring a date home? Lindsay: I’ve got a girl, so I don’t have to worry about it. Yeah, I mean I’m a grown man, 25 years old. Shapiro: We’ve got a new coaching staff here. You had such a successful rookie season, were you worried at all that you had to reprove yourself to the new coaching staff? Worried that they wouldn’t know how to use you? Lindsay: You have to prove yourself in this league every year. What I did last year was good, but I want to continue to build off that. So I’m never worried about it, because I am who I am, and I’m going to go out there and do what I do best, which is be myself and play football. I love playing, I put a lot into it, and I 38

know that’s going to pay off. I can’t control where I play, it’s not my job. My job is to make plays. I get 10 carries, one of those has to be a touchdown, one can be a break. I don’t need a lot of carries to do some good things. I’ve never been like that. You give me 10 carries, I’m going to break one of those, easy. Shapiro: You broke your very first carry last year. It was a caught pass, but you still carried it to the endzone. Lindsay: Yeah, it’s not just about running, it’s about can you make plays. One of the biggest highlights of that game wasn’t scoring my first touchdown, it was actually getting my first solo tackle on one of the hardest punt returners to get down. You know normally I’m offense, I really don’t tackle like that. But I got my first tackle and that was probably one of the best-feeling moments. I’ve scored a touchdown but to be able to get a solo tackle in front of the whole thing is just one of those things you don’t get to do often. Shapiro: Last year at the beginning of the season you were giving a lot of interviews. At the end of the season you cut back a little bit, because it can be tiring. But this year you’re opening up a lot more. Do you see yourself now as one of the guys who needs to lead this team? Lindsay: I don’t go at it thinking I’m going to be a leader. It’s what I do. I want us to win and they know that too. I have to have great chemistry and bonds with my teammates on the offensive line. But we’re all grown men, we understand that we get penalties, we’re losing yards, and that leads to losing games. Nobody wants to have another 6-10 year. Everybody’s already doubting us. But we have a very talented group, and we [need to] stay disciplined and do things right. We’ve got a great quarterback, we’ve got some older receivers. It’s in the making of having a great year, but we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot. Give us a fighting chance by doing things the right way. Shapiro: Death by inches as the coach likes to say. Lindsay: Yeah, death by inches. Sometimes you’ve got to wake people up. I want people to get on me. I’m not always right. We’re all human. I’m gonna mess up in a game, but hold each other accountable. We’re grown men, we do what we need to do to feel good, but if we’re together we’re a team, we watch each other’s back. These are men that you look at in the eye, you meet their family, you meet their kids. We’re all fighting for our jobs. And any day whether it’s now or later we’re not gonna be playing that long, or you could get hurt, so we all have to be on the same page. I take it seriously. You’ve got Joe Flacco in the back. We know we need him. If I don’t do my job, he gets hurt by that. That’s my fault. That hurts his family, it hurts him. That hurts me, it hurts my family. So we all are connected as one – that’s what it comes down to. Shapiro: It’s a game where people have to work in concert. That’s why the discipline, the repetition is so sorely needed. Okay, a few random questions. Did I read right that you could dunk a basketball when you were 14 years old? Lindsay: Yeah. Shapiro: How tall were you at 14? Lindsay: 5’8” or 5’9”, I haven’t grown since. Shapiro: Can you still dunk a basketball? A 10-footer, not an 8-footer? Lindsay: Yeah I can. I always had an athletic ability to jump.

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you ski, do you eat at Casa Bonita, do you hike fourteeners, what do you do? Lindsay: I’m pretty low key. The most Colorado thing I do is I like to hike. I do the Manitou Incline every year, I do it once or twice a year depending on timing. I take my mom to the zoo – she loves the zoo, nothing big. I wish I could ski but it’s against league policy. Shapiro: There’s a clause in your contract that won’t allow it, correct? Lindsay: Yes, that and motorcycles. Shapiro: If you could visit any part of Colorado for a week, where would you go? Lindsay: I haven’t been to the hot springs yet. Shapiro: Like Glenwood Springs? Lindsay: Yes. Where the water is naturally hot. I’ve heard about it and I really want to do it. I just haven’t had the chance, but I’m going to do that. And I’d go to Aspen. I’m not a big snow person honestly. I don’t know how to ski, I’ve never been snowmobiling, but I want to try it at least one time. Shapiro: I think after somebody reads this you’re going to get invited. Lindsay: I hope so!

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I was actually really good at basketball. I’m not saying I could tomahawk it or anything, but I could dunk it. Shapiro: Cool. What do you enjoy most about being a pro football player? Lindsay: The journey itself. Where I came from and where I’m at right now. You don’t know the unknown, you don’t know what’s going to happen next. That’s the exciting part about it. Shapiro: Bring that full circle. You almost did leave the state. You almost went to Texas correct? Lindsay: Yeah. It was Texas A&M. At that time the coach got fired the same day he came to my house for a visit. He sat in our house and said he was going to give me a contract. He got in the car and turned on the radio and learned he was fired. Shapiro: Wow. Sounds like [CU Boulder coach] MacIntyre. Lindsay: Yeah, coach MacIntyre. the day he came over, that’s when I had my knee injury. He looked at me, I’m probably 140 pounds, and you could tell in his head he’s like ‘what the hell is this’, but he honored my scholarship and at the end of the day me and coach Mac got close, but it took some time, and I had to fight through some trials and tribulations, but that’s what happens when you’re undersized. Shapiro: What’s the most Colorado thing that you do? Do


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Take the Plunge Colorado digs dives

E By Eric Elkins


The cheap booze. The sticky floors. The odd smells. The grizzled bartender.

verybody has a story about that sloshy night in a shifty bar, where you started out afraid for your life and ended up making friends with the drunken regulars who’d worn the shape of their butts into their bar stools. In Colorado, dives are the places where the locals unwind over shots of Fernet Branca and cold beers, bitching about work and life, but never about the bar they’re sitting in. As much as we love our high-end cocktail culture, with all the meticulous muddling and locally sourced spirits, sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your poison. So it’s with some trepidation that I share this rundown of Colorado’s fave dives, curated and cultivated via recommendations from buddies, bartenders, and boozehounds.

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Amongst the high-end hotels and award-winning dining establishments of Rocky Mountain resort towns, a short wander can bring you into the realm of what you might call “local color.” At the Gold Pan Saloon in Breckenridge, the Jamo shots flow freely. Not strictly a dive anymore, with Carboy Winery making its home in the bar and tap vino at the ready, the Gold Pan claims the oldest continuous liquor license west of the Mississippi with its start back in 1879. Just down the highway in Frisco is one of my childhood faves, the Moosejaw, which was once a rough and rowdy biker bar and is still known for its massive Mother Lode burger and cheap beer. It’s pretty much the closest thing you’ll find to an old west saloon in Summit County. And in Vail, the ski resort employees congregate down in the family basement that is The George, which means you can buy a brew for your favorite lift operator or ski patrol savior. It’s a cozy place, with low ceilings and puffy furniture and surprisingly good food. I don’t know if Coyote Café in Beaver Creek truly counts as a dive, considering you can bomb down the mountain, down a shot of tequila at the ‘Yote and be back on the lift before the snow melts off your goggles, but it falls in the sticky, not-fancy, no-fuss dive bar category for sure. Just west of Aspen, Woody Creek Tavern — all kitschy décor, walls plastered with photos, and log cabin charm — rests comfortably amidst its hoity surroundings. Stop in on a regular night, and you’re likely to find celebrities, locals, and lookers-on drinking cheap beer and enjoying the meaty menu. If you’re on a fall foliage road trip along Highway 285 and pass through Salida, you won’t want to miss Victoria Tavern. Pretty much the cheapest liquor you’ll find at 7,000 feet above sea level, with a constantly shifting assortment of beers on tap. If you’re lucky, some kick-ass band will be turning up the heat on the tiny stage. Closer to Denver on that same leaf-peeping tour is the town of Pine, where you’ll find the legendary Bucksnort Saloon. With a massive array of marked-up dollar bills hanging from the ceiling, a photogenic outdoor space, and a back porch perched among the trees, it’s probably the most beautiful dive bar in the country. Winter Park aficionados know that Crooked Creek Saloon in Fraser is an essential stop once they’ve successfully negotiated the drive over Berthoud Pass. This super-casual restaurant and bar is low-key approachable, hosting live local music. Be sure to order a tasty tower of onion rings. And even the dogs love The Lariat in Grand Lake, with its late-night pub fare and frosty beverages.

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Crooked Creek Saloon

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Embassy Tavern

The Occidental

Retro Room


Denver’s Dives

I’m going to let you in on a secret. And I’m counting on you not to get me in trouble when I share this. If you only go to one dive bar in Denver, go to Star Bar. From the haphazard décor to the low ceilings and uneven floors, the loud music to the no-frills back patio, it’s everything a dive should be. But it’s also so much more. You can carry in food from any of the nearby restaurants, choose from an unparalleled craft beer selection, or drink distilled spirits that go from the cheapest rotgut vodka to the toppest shelf whiskey. And if you’re lucky, some beloved local booze slinger will be belting out 4 Non Blondes on karaoke as you walk in. It’s sticky, unruly, and authentic. It’s a magical place, so don’t ruin it. Just about a dozen blocks north of Star Bar is another old-school dive that has quietly held its own amidst the onslaught of RiNo’s farm-to-glass cocktail bars and award-winning restaurants (see page 18 for more about RiNo food and drinks). Embassy Tavern (formerly the much-loved Phil’s Place) is a nondescript brick building on the north side of the neighborhood. But go inside, and… well… it’s just a dive: wood-paneled walls with TVs above the playing card-patterned bar, the cheapest of cheap drinks, mismatched plush furniture, and a truly relaxed vibe. What you’ll also find is some of the friendliest service in the neighborhood. Sister spots like Horseshoe Lounge in Uptown, The Owl Saloon on Colfax, and longtime fave Crow Bar (say hi to Agata for me) offer up that same low-key charm and affordable drinks. The strangest dive bar in Denver is all old school. You’ll feel like you stepped into your grandmother’s living room (or your parents’ basement) when you walk into PS Lounge on Colfax. Not only does every woman receive a flower and a sickly sweet signature shot upon arrival, but this cash-only stop is primarily run by female bartenders who show their love for the regular customers with good-natured insults. Committed to the cause? Do a full-on dive bar crawl on South Broadway, starting with a corn dog and PBR at Sputnik before moseying to Three Kings Tavern for live punk rock and pinball. Catch a hockey game and a schnitzel at Sobo 151, the Czech bar down the street, or play arcade games at Players Pub. The best live music can often be found at the Skylark Lounge, and the diviest dive on the block (by far) is Brown Barrel Tavern, with a barely noticeable doorway that opens into a long, narrow bar where locals quietly drink neat whiskey and cold, cheap beers. I don’t know if it’s fair to classify The Occidental in LoHi as a dive bar — with the same owners as the nationally recognized speakeasy Williams & Graham -- it’s way too clean, the bartenders are way too talented, and the cocktails are way too delicious to really qualify. But the Ox does have a divey, neighborhood feel to it, with ‘80s punk décor, dudes playing Big Buck Hunter against one wall, graffiti in the restrooms, and cheap beers in the cooler. Downtown, don’t wear expensive shoes into Herb’s Hideout (they’ll stick to the floor), but do settle in for killer jazz. And of course the legendary El Chapultepec has been hosting jazz legends for decades. The Ginn Mill, Giggling Grizzly, Retro Room (scorpion shot, anyone?), and Zanzibar all skew young, but the drinks are ridiculously cheap and they’re all within the same block. If you’re catching a show at The Fillmore, you might get dragged into Sancho’s Broken Arrow, a Grateful Dead bar that smells of feet and patchouli (and is much-loved for that reason). And of course The OneUp Colfax is right there for all of your vintage arcade game needs. If you’re looking for a cocktail after a night of music at Cervantes, the 715 Club is the place to go — it’s dive-ish with local brews and all the cocktails, and the best part is easy access to big slabs of Famous J’s pizza.

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The Outskirts

Just on the fringes of Denver, a healthy number of dive bars serve locals and hikers alike. Golden hosts notable faves like Rock Rest Lounge (try the bison burger) and Ace Hi Tavern, which has a happy hour from 7 to 11. In the morning. Everybody raves about the melty cheeseburgers at Bud’s Café & Bar down in Sedalia. Those and booze are all they serve. No fries. No sides. No salads. The tiny spot seems to have always been there, a true cowboy bar strewn with memorabilia and western art. It’s a treasure. Cactus Jack’s Saloon up in Evergreen is all about the live music, as is their neighbor, The Little Bear Saloon. Spend a long evening soaking up whiskey, tunes, and good times. Finally, this wouldn’t be a proper rundown of Colorado dives without mentioning the fabled Don’s Club Tavern just south of downtown Denver, which has been on the same block since 1947. This treasured gem was remodeled a few years ago, but it still manages to be the first bar any local will mention if you ask about dives in Denver. If you’re in the neighborhood, it’s worth stopping in for a whiskey. Ready to dive in? Remember to drink lots of water and don’t forget to eat something!

Don’t Ruin It.

Just a few tips to help keep your local dive bar friendly. Drink like the locals. Your fancy cocktail order may not be your best bet. Be kind. You’re a guest, so be gracious, be patient, and say please. Read the room. Loud or quiet, mixing in with the mood will serve you well. Bring cash. Many dive bars don’t take plastic. Tip well. Always.

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A Look Back in Time


Discover the Former Mining Towns of the Front Range By Micah Ling

hether you’re a Colorado native or planning your first trip, it’s easy to overlook the state’s small-town gems. European settlers first came to Colorado in the 1850s, looking to strike it rich in gold, silver, and other minerals. Many moved on when the mining ended, but some remained. Today these mountain towns — just a short drive from Denver or Boulder — offer a great break from city life. If you’re up for a bit of adventure, and don’t mind infrequent cell phone reception, then escape down a dirt road and find a homemade lunch, an uncrowded trail to hike, and an overall slower pace. 

Lyons, population 2,053

Lyons is the perfect jumping-off point for all kinds of adventure — biking, hiking, rafting, kayaking, and rock climbing are popular activities in the area. Located between Longmont and Estes Park, Lyons is a rocky river town that likes to boast its grit. Coulson Gulch Trail is about a 20-minute drive from Lyons — west on St. Vrain — and is a great spot to hike, camp, and picnic. Less than two miles from the trailhead is an old homestead, complete with various artifacts. It’s not hard to imagine what life in this area was like more than 100 years ago.  46

In the 1860s, many families came from the East, settling in the foothills to ranch and farm the land. Lyons was officially founded in 1880 by Edward S. Lyon, who purchased 160 acres with a plan to quarry the red sandstone which surrounds the town on three sides. The rock is considered the hardest sandstone in the world and is sought after because of its unique coloring. For those interested in exploring the area by mountain bike, Hall Ranch and Heil Valley Ranch are a short ride from downtown and offer trails for every level. Stop in at Redstone Cyclery on Main Street for route tips. Lyons locals say the best way to get to know the town is to gather at Mojo Taqueria for tacos and margaritas, play some vintage pinball at Lyons Classic Pinball, and listen to live bluegrass music. The Wildflower Concert Series runs from early spring through the fall and boasts local legends in addition to big names.  This tiny town is also home to the world’s largest tiny-home resort, WeeCasa. Brent Hollingsead, owner of WeeCasa, says he and his wife moved from Austin, Texas because they loved the Front Range. “Lyons has that same underground music vibe and weirdness that we loved in Austin,” Hollingsead explains. He recommends the Burning Can spring music festival. “It’s my favorite under-the-radar festival, combining beer, X Games-style events, great music, and more beer!”

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Nederland, population 1,534

Established in 1884, Nederland saw an economic boom when tungsten, silver, and gold were found in the hills of the area. One of the most notable relics in town is a steam shovel (a 75-ton, 1923 Bucyrus Model 50-B) that stands near the town’s traffic circle on a vacant lot — a constant reminder of why the town originally came to be. The Nederland Mining Museum offers a more indepth look at the area’s mining heritage. Today, Nederland is known as a gateway to outdoor recreation. The surrounding wilderness is perfect for hiking, biking, kayaking, and fishing. Lost Lake, Rainbow Lake, and Sourdough Trail are just a few of the best hiking spots. You can find a way to enjoy the immense views, whether you’re up for a casual stroll or all in for a multi-day backpacking trek. Nederland is also just four miles from Eldora Mountain Ski Resort, which offers both alpine and Nordic skiing. Before or after adventuring, Nederland has an abundance of spots to eat, drink, and relax. For breakfast, check out Salto Coffee Works for a killer breakfast sandwich, or stop in at New Moon Bakery for amazing cinnamon rolls. For lunch, Mountain People’s Co-op has a great selection of soup and sandwich options. And for dinner, try Crosscut Pizzeria and Taphouse for artisan woodfired pizza and craft beer, or Kathmandu Restaurant for authentic Himalayan cuisine.  Throughout the year there are a number of festivals and street fairs that involve music, beer, games, and costumes. Perhaps the most famous of all is Frozen Dead Guy Days. This springtime weekend-long celebration is in honor of a story almost too strange to believe. Nederland locals love to commemorate Bredo Morstoel, the Norwegian native who was shipped to Colorado when he died and who has been cryogenically frozen in Nederland since the mid ‘90s. Expect coffin races, a polar plunge, and a frozen t-shirt contest, in addition to more than 30 bands.   Local artists and residents Elizabeth and Andy Newsom have lived everywhere from New York to California, and finally decided to settle in Nederland because of access to the mountains, nature, and cycling. For the past several years they’ve operated their own business, The Newsom Project. Elizabeth says, “We design, create, and 3D-print custom products (think jewelry, wearables, and adaptive devices) but also prototype our own inventions. We’ve created everything from iPhone holders and desk solutions to handgun security systems and adult toys.” She says they love Nederland because, “it’s a place where you can find the great outdoors in your backyard as well as a truly authentic community in town.”  When they’re not running their business, the Newsoms like to ride their bikes up the old  Caribou Mine town site, which is now a ghost town of sorts with a wide high-mountain stream running through it, and a healthy community of squeaking pika.  If you need advice on anything recreation, Elizabeth recommends Tin Shed Sports on East 2nd Street.  

The Merc, Jamestown

Jamestown, population 269

One of the earliest gold and copper mining camps in Colorado, Jamestown boasted a single claim that produced more than $5 million. The mines were largely dried up after a few years, and Jamestown sat abandoned for a decade, but remnants of what once was are still visible. Today the community is close and considers itself one big family. Just 12 miles northwest of Boulder, the road to Jamestown was recently reconstructed and freshly paved after massive destruction from the flood of 2013.  The Jamestown Mercantile & Cafe (The Merc) serves brunch Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., and dinner Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Try one of their famous benedicts, or the “Mountain Toast,” a totally indulgent version of French toast — even better with fresh strawberries and eggs. In the evening, you can almost bet on foot-stomping live music to go with even more delicious homemade food. They’ve even got great vegetarian and gluten-free options. Monday is Open Mic night, and if you need some extra courage, they serve a selection of local beers and wines. Friday night is pizza and acoustic night. And if you’re passing through town between meals, stop in for an array of graband-go burritos and pastries, and locally brewed Cliffhouse Kombucha.  Cliffhouse Kombucha is made in small batches using only organic tea, organic sugar, and purified water from the St. Vrain River. It can now be found on-tap and in bottles throughout the Front Range, but as owner Rüdiger Schmidt says, it will always remain small and local to maintain a small footprint; and in order not to compromise the integrity of the brewing process. Schmidt has been making the fermented-tea beverage for over 35 years. Cliffhouse features six flavors, but the crowd favorites are ginger-peach and orange-raspberry.

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Gold Hill Inn

Gold Hill, population 230

There are four roads that lead to Gold Hill, and all of them are dirt. Everything about this town encourages you to slow down — to step back in time a bit. As soon as you arrive, you notice the quiet. Sitting at 8,300 feet, this unincorporated town was originally a mining camp, and continued to be mined throughout the late 19th century. In its heyday, the population neared 1,500. Today, the town contains numerous historic mining artifacts. Gold Hill has its own museum, and a beautifully restored inn, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Gold Hill School is the oldest continuously operating public school in Colorado — since 1873.  Perhaps the main attraction these days is the Gold Hill Store and Pub. While it’s been a continuous staple, the store was recently purchased by new owner Dwight “Whitey” DeBroux, who is eager to preserve the historic hangout and expand its appeal. They serve a number of homemade lunch items, including filled croissants, hot sandwiches, and chicken green chili. But don’t leave without trying the seasonal pie or one of their giant cookies. And if you’re in Gold Hill on a Saturday evening, chances are they’ll have live music, which is a great reason to sit back and enjoy the full bar, featuring regional favorites. 48

The Gold Hill Inn and historic Bluebird Lodge host Murder Mysteries, complete with a full night of entertainment and delicious food. The Mystery dinner is $65 per person, which includes a champagne reception with hors d’oeuvres, three-course meal, and the show. Rooms at the lodge are $75 per night and include a continental breakfast in the morning. Check the schedule online to see when the next mystery will occur. What’s it like to live in a place where so many struck it rich? Local resident and artist Ty Brookhart can’t imagine a place he’d rather be. After growing up in Gold Hill, Brookhart spent 20 years living in several other places, and then moved back two years ago. He says Gold Hill is the perfect balance of solitude, community, and nature. “I live here because of its quiet beauty, yet convenient access to Boulder and Denver. There are very few places that feel this rural and remote yet are so close to urban conveniences and culture.” Brookhart also loves the creative community.  He says, “The slower pace permeates all aspects of life, and that allows the focus and mental energy necessary to truly be creative.” The cabin he lives in was built for his great-great-aunt in 1928 as an artist studio. Over the years numerous artists have called it home and the creative energy is truly apparent to Brookhart. Check out his art at

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Ward, population 155

Pack a picnic for your trip to Ward and Brainard Lake — there aren’t many options for food, but still plenty of reasons to make the trek. Some describe Ward as nearly a ghost town, though residents would argue they have a strong community. Less than a half-mile before reaching Ward via Lefthand Canyon Drive, there’s a water pump on the side of the road. Here you’ll almost always find locals filling up gallon jugs, and cyclists filling their bottles. Sometimes there’s a line of people waiting, and it’s been said that some make the trip from farther than Denver to stock up. If you make the approach from Lefthand Canyon Drive, you’ll also notice several abandoned cars from the 1970’s and earlier as you get closer to town. Ward has become famous for the art of the junkyard. Rusted-out cars and trucks have been photographed and painted by many artists. About a quarter mile past Ward — west on Peak to Peak highway —  there’s an honor-system flea-market, where many go to find unexpected treasures.  Like most of the region, Ward was established around 1860, when the only reason to be in Colorado was gold, and gold was a good reason to be in Ward. You wouldn’t guess it today, but during the Colorado Gold Rush, Ward had extreme wealth, with a population of around 500. Since then, there have been several fluctuations — mostly declines — and stints when the year-round population plunged to between 4 and 10 residents.  In addition to gold, there was also an abundance of silver in the area. A single mine in Ward produced more than 2 million ounces, or 62 tons of silver. But at the beginning of 1900, a fire burned most of the town to the ground. The people of Ward rebuilt because of the success of the mines, but things were never quite the same. One of the only surviving structures in Ward was the church, which was famously painted by Georgia O’Keeffe when she visited in 1917.  Stop in at Jackleggers (formerly Utica Street Market) for coffee, cold drinks, and just about anything a sweet tooth could desire. New owners Katrina and Jesse Pattridge cater to cyclists making the 20-mile trek from Boulder, but also provide staples to the locals and stay open late some nights for BBQ and live music.  From there, continue north to Brainard Lake, which sits at 10,300 feet. From June to October, there’s a $12 gate fee. Outside of those months you’ll likely only reach the lake if you’ve got a fat tire bike, cross-country skis, or snowshoes. The lake offers incredible views, places to picnic, hike, and soak in the mountain air. No motorized boats are allowed, though many enjoy kayaking. Keep an eye out for moose as you’ll likely see them enjoying the lake as well. 

Jackleggers Mercantile, Ward

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Atelier by Radex French - Downtown


American - RiNo

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

Avanti Food Hall Eclectic – LoHi

1550 17th St. | 720.904.6711 Sushi - LoHi

Ash’Kara, explores the continuous evolution of Israeli cuisine, with ingredients and flavors from across Europe and North Africa, including Yemen, Syria, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey and Spain, into a menu of shareable items from the restaurant’s wood-fired oven.

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. 3030 E. 6th Ave. | 303.393.1040

Beast & Bottle

Contemporary - Uptown

Bamboo Sushi


Bar Dough is an Italian kitchen that has an elevated take on traditional cuisine in a cozy neighborhood setting. Acclaimed chefs Max Mackissock and Carrie Baird’s menu of inventive small plates, traditionally prepared meats and fish, handmade pasta and wood fired pizza has drawn rave reviews locally and nationally.

Italian - Cherry Creek

A sophisticated stunner in the heart of Lower Downtown (LoDo), Avelina turns out captivating New American cooking from an open kitchen that peers over a beautifully designed dining room.

2501 Dallas St. | 720.710.9975

Italian – Highlands

Barolo Grill

American - Downtown

A wonderful restaurant inside the vibrant and eclectic Stanley Marketplace, this delicious eatery was included in Bon Appetit’s list of 50 best new restaurants in the country. Chef/owner Caroline Glover serves farm-to-table and wood-fired fare that will leave you anticipating your next culinary adventure at this charming venue.

Bar Dough

2227 W 32nd Ave | 720.668.8506

Bi-level shipping container with a variety of vendors (pizza, sushi & more), plus a rooftop bar.


Gastropub - Aurora

Part of the Sustainable Restaurant Group out of Portland, Ore., Bamboo Sushi is the world’s first certified sustainable sushi restaurant. With a focus on reducing the carbon footprint, the restaurant is dedicated to serving high-quality, sustainable fish in a presentation owner Kristofor Lofgren calls “deconstructed sushi in a bowl.” 215 17th St. | 303.284-6600

Blocks from Denver’s city center, Beast + Bottle has raised the bar on the “farm-to-fork” genre of cuisine. They work with ranchers, farmers and other purveyors, offering unique cuts of meat prepared in their in-house butchery, and organic ingredients. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Beast + Bottle offers a delicious adventure in dining in a friendly, comfortable setting. 719 E. 17th St. | 303.623.3223

Beatrice & Woodsley American - Baker

The tastes of the Old World and new cuisine blend wonderfully to create a memorable dining experience. Beatrice & Woodsley is as original as the name implies, and has garnered great attention and kudos from foodies around town. The dinner menu is a delight, and the brunch is sure to put a smile on your face. 38 S. Broadway | 303.777.3505


European - RiNo From the Hip Photo

2005 W 33rd Ave | 303.537.4407

2011 E. 17th Ave. | 720.379.5556

3200 N Pecos St. | 720.269.4778


Israeli and Middle Eastern - Denver

Acclaimed chef Radek Cerny’s French-influenced restaurant in Denver’s City Park neighborhood. Cerny’s creations have been dubbed “edible works of art” that are “as stunning as they are delicious.”

Chef Duncan Holmes, who served as culinary director of Boulder’s Frasca Food and Wine, is serving up a creative menu in this bustling European-style café. From breakfast to dinner, the food is wonderful, and the setting – with a pop-art influence – makes it a fun experience. 2845 Larimer St. | 303.954.0230

The Bindery

Contemporary - Highlands

A fresh and wonderful addition to the LoHi scene, Bindery pays tribute to culinary artisans and foodmakers around the world, including European bakeries, corner neighborhood markets and lively eateries. 1817 Central St. | 303.993.2364

Bistro Vendôme French - Downtown


This utterly charming bistro right in the heart of Larimer Square, is a favorite of Parisians and pretty much anyone with an affinity for delicious and authentic French fare. A unique experience and an unforgettable meal. 1420 Larimer Street | 303.825.3232

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Elliott Clark


Blackbelly Market Contemporary - Boulder

Award-winning chef Hosea Rosenberg opened this beloved Boulder favorite in 2014, and it quickly earned accolades for “best new restaurant.” He expanded with Blackbelly Butcher, Boulder’s only whole animal, artisanal butcher shop and sole independent retailer licensed to make and sell its own cured and fermented meats. This inventive chef achieved national culinary fame as winner of TV’s Top Chef, Season 5.

Death & Co.

1606 Conestoga St., #3, Boulder | 303.247.1000

Blue Island Oyster Bar Seafood - Cherry Creek

Chef DJ Nagle has crafted a wonderful menu that brings the coast to the mile-high city. As the name implies, the oysters are simply divine shipped from blue island shellfish farms in New England. This hip bar serves up a wonderful assortment of wines, beer and cocktails that complement every seafood serving, from steamed mussels, lobster rolls, clam chowder or succulent crab cakes. 2625 E. Second Ave. | 303.333.2462

Broadway Market Food Hall – Downtown

Inspired by village food halls where people have been gathering to eat and mingle for centuries, Broadway Market offers a mile-high spin on cuisine from all over the world in a comfortable and classic environment. 950 Broadway | 720.390.7132

Bubu Asian

Fusion - Downtown, Lowry


Italian - Stapleton

Acclaimed chef Elise Wiggins introduces her latest sensation in the Eastbridge project in Denver’s lively Stapleton neighborhood. Cattivella, which means “naughty girl,” lives up to its moniker with a fun take on wood-fired Italian fare served in a hip, fun setting. From the entertaining exhibition kitchen, watch as meals are prepared before your eyes. 10195 E. 29th Dr. | 303.645.3779

ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro Asian - Downtown

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.

Colt & Gray

Contemporary - Downtown

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


French - Downtown

With a focus on local, regional, and farm-fresh ingredients, this LoDo hotspot invites you to relax in its uniquely modern, European setting. Enjoy crudo salads, cheese or salumi selections or warm cassoulets served before, during or even after plates of pasta, fresh seafood, grilled or smoked meats, and locally grown vegetables. You can pull up to the community table, tuck in at your own intimate table or enjoy the outdoor terrace for a spirited drink.

Chef Troy Guard delivers a healthy twist on the Asian-fusion concept, featuring build-your-own-bowls using freshest ingredients. Protein selections are rounded out with a choice of locally sourced vegetable toppings, and the Lowry location offers full dinner service including share plates, ramen bowls and raw favorites.

1555 Blake St., Ste. 101 | 303.353.5223 Contemporary - Platt Park



1300 S Pearl St. | 303.282.8399

Coperta is run by brother and sister duo Paul and Aileen Reilly. This quaint Italian restaurant offers up delicious classic Italian dishes as well as some off-menu selections and a mozzarella bar. Not to mention a fabulous wine selection.

7559 E. Academy Blvd., Lowry 1423 Larimer St., Downtown | 303.36.2025 Italian - RiNo

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


Chook Charcoal Chicken Chook, in Aussie lingo, means chicken. Chook aspires for delicious, responsible food, easy to take home, equally enjoyed in a relaxing and thoughtful environment. Food that’s clean, sourced from those who care and respect our land, cooked to the highest ideals.

Citizen Rail

American - Downtown

Located next to Hotel Born, this restaurant is all about the grill, which serves as the focal point for diners. Executive Chef Christian Graves presents a smorgasbord of woodfired dishes, from smoking to searing to grilling. A heated patio lets the happy hour crowd enjoy the sites of the lively Union Station neighborhood. 1899 16th St. | 303.323.0017

1400 Wewatta St. | 303.623.5700 Italian - Downtown

400 E. 20th | 303.393.6917

Dead Battery Club Cocktails - Downtown

Aromatic food is created for you to unplug and recharge, a battery of racy gastronomic delights, inspired by healthful Mediterranean living. Talented chef Scott Parker leads the way with tapas, buns from around the world, and other fare for morning through late night. 2420 17th St. #103, Denver | 303.477.2444

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Hearth & Dram

Death & Co.

American - Downtown

American - RiNo

An ultra-hip eatery inside the even hipper Ramble Hotel, this Manhattan restaurant/speakeasy opened its second location in Denver. Known for excellent and original craft cocktails, you’ll want to try ‘em all while sampling some of the fun and eclectic menu items. 1280 25th St. | 720.330.2660

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House - DTC

Truly a classic American steakhouse, Del Frisco’s specializes in aged USDA-prime beef, hand-cut steak, chops and fresh seafood. The atmosphere is everything you’d expect from a great steak place, and the hand-shaken martinis are an extra bonus. 8100 E. Orchard Rd. | 303.796.0100

Denver Central Market Global - RiNo

Located in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood, Denver Central Market brings a chic restaurant vibe to the area. It’s a one-stop shop of specialty vendors offering up some delicious artisan bread, ice cream, coffee, meat and cheese and so much more. 2669 Larimer St.

duo Restaurant

Contemporary - Highlands

The Family Jones Spirit House Distillery / Tapas - Highlands

One of Denver’s hottest venues, this is the place to be for delicious fare and unique cocktails. The décor is both trendy and sophisticated, and the staff never fails to deliver. True to its moniker, you can also purchase the spirits that are distilled inhouse. 3245 Osage St. | 303.481.8185


American - Highlands

Denver Chef Troy Guard has done it again, this time with an innovative neighborhood eatery where you’ll discover an elevated level of comfort food. From sandwiches and burgers to steak and fish, the food is wonderful and stays true to the high expectations of one of the city’s bestknown restaurateurs. 3940 W. 32nd Ave. | 303.963.5931

Frasca Food and Wine Northern Italian – Boulder

Frasca is the creation of Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. Their shared passion for Friulano cuisine and fine wine is reflected in the exquisitely prepared fare and a comprehensive wine list. 1738 Pearl St. | 303.442.6966

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.

French 75

El Five

717 17th St. | 303.405.7575

2413 W. 32nd Ave. | 303.477.4141 Mediterranean - LoHi

Nestled high above LoHi on the fifth floor, El Five boasts spectacular, unobstructed city views of the downtown Denver skyline, and a large open-air patio. El Five is a melting pot of all the Mediterranean regions, creating dishes without a home country, that taste like favorites from each one. 2930 Umatilla St | 303.524.9193


Steakhouse - Downtown, Cherry Creek, Vail, DIA Denver

Broncos legend John Elway and longtime friend Tim Schmidt teamed up to open this wildly popular restaurant which since day one has attracted a fun, high-profile mix of movers and shakers. The food is topnotch and the bartenders know their craft. 303.399.5353

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen Tavern - Downtown

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


French - Downtown

Chef Frank Bonanno trained with the best, including the French Laundry in Napa, and Daniel in Manhattan. Now he adds to his repertoire of fabulous restaurants with French 75, offering fine French dishes in a relaxed setting.


Seasonal - Cherry Creek

Chef Alex Seidel, named one of Food & Wine’s best new chefs of 2010, creates a seasonal menu of sophisticated comfort food using only the highest-quality, local ingredients. Fruition’s symphony of mood, service and cuisine reflect a grace that elevates this dining experience to a new level. 1313 E. 6th Ave. | 303.831.1962

Located in downtown Denver’s Union Station neighborhood, this is a rustic American restaurant and modern saloon, featuring wood-fire cooking and more than 300 whiskeys from around the world. 1801 Wewatta St. | 303.623.0979

Hop Alley

RiNo – Chinese

Hip Chinese restaurant featuring modern shared plates, plus craft beer, cider & clever cocktails. 3500 Larimer St. | 720.379.8340

Humboldt Fish & Wine New American – Uptown

Chef-inspired and reinterpreted classics, a fresh oyster menu, seasonal fresh salads, small plates for sharing, as well as entrees featuring sustainable seafood, all-natural steaks and a great burger or two. 1700 N Humboldt St. | 303.813.1700

Il Posto

Italian - RiNo

Milanese chef/owner Andrea Frizzi prepares excellent dishes inspired by northern Italy. Featuring locally grown organic farm ingredients, the sophisticated restaurant is always a local favorite. 2601 Larimer St. | 303.394.0100

Izakaya Ronin Sushi - RiNo

A popular place for dinner or late night, with a menu that features extensive sushi and sake selections and ever-changing chef’s menu. Enjoy a meal in the first floor dining room, then head downstairs to the repurposed boiler room to the late-night moguri Izakaya (a speakeasy), for pub-style Japanese small plates and creative cocktails. 3053 Brighton Blvd. | 303.953.1602

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar Seafood - Multiple Locations

This acclaimed seafood haven prides itself on serving sustainable seafood, and Jax brings sumptuous ocean fare to our landlocked state, with highly regarded executive chef Sheila Lucero at the helm. If you’re an oyster aficionado, this is the place! Locations in LoDo, Glendale & Fort Collins


Jovanina’s Broken Italian

South Broadway is brimming with flavor, and the taste of Italy shines through in this unique, contemporary restaurant. There’s everything from tapas-style smaller plates to larger entrees, but it’s the wood-fired pizza that keeps ‘em coming back for more.

Jovanina’s offers a fresh, modern take on Italian cuisine sourcing the best local and regional ingredients of the season. Handmade pastas and rustic, wood-fired ovens are the heart of the menu. Vibrant, vegetable-forward dishes, seafood, steaks, and chops.

Mediterranean - Baker

30 S. Broadway | 720.638.1462

Italian – Downtown

1520 Blake St. | 720.541.7721

Guard and Grace


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

This Southern-style restaurant stays true to the tradition of southern hospitality in a sophisticated setting. Husband-and-wife duo Kyle and Katy Foster grew up in the South and bring their wonderful “family-to-table” traditions to Denver.

Steakhouse - Downtown

1801 California St. | 303.293.8500

Southern - RiNo

3258 Larimer St. | 303.295.8977

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The Kitchen

American - Downtown, Boulder

Mercantile Dining & Provision


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.

American - Downtown

Downtown – European

Chef Lon Symensma, the inspiration behind Cholon, opened this charming gem to showcase melt-in-yourmouth French cuisine complemented by old-world wines and innovative cocktails.

Boulder: 10390 Pearl St. | 303.544.5973 Denver: 15th St. | 303.623.3127

1555 Blake St., Ste. 102 | 720.845.1673


Los Chingones

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

Restaurateur Troy Guard’s foray into the world of Mexican food is really all about tacos, and his selections are drawing rave reviews. Locals are going gaga over the octopus tacos, the shrimp tacos, the butternut squash tacos. Pretty much everything you would ever dream of putting in a taco has made its way into one at Los Chingones. It’s not a fancy place, it’s just plain fun.

Latin - Baker

14 Broadway | 720.550.7267

Lola Coastal Mexican Coastal Mexican - LoHi

Just a scenic stroll or a few minutes cab ride from downtown, Lola Coastal Mexican offers everything from custom guacamole mixed tableside to a varied array of remarkable, fresh entrees reminiscent of coastal Mexico. Patio seating, terrific weekend brunch and tantalizing cocktails are also a part of what makes Lola Coastal Mexican the place to be. 1575 Boulder St. | 720.570.8686

Acclaimed chef Alex Seidel takes diners on a culinary journey featuring fresh Colorado ingredients, many farmed from Fruition farms’ artisanal sheep dairy and creamery. Located in Union Station, the atmosphere is hip, friendly and urban. Alex Seidel gained a following as owner of the award-winning Fruition restaurant, and now takes diners to a new level of inspired eating. 1701 Wynkoop St. | 720.460.3733

Mexican - Multiple Locations

2461 Larimer St.| 303.295.0686, 4959 S. Newport St. | 303.567.4258


Sushi - Cherry Creek, Aspen, Vail

This unique sushi restaurant is owned by world-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Located in Aspen, Vail and Denver, Matsuhisa offers up some delicious sushi and new-style Japanese cuisine for lunch and dinner as well as a great selection of cocktails, beer, sake and wine. 98 North Steele St. | 720.408.6656

Milk Market

Global - Downtown

A fantastic gourmet food hall right in the heart of downtown Denver, featuring all the favorite fare of Chef Frank Bonanno and his wife Jacqueline. It’s all here and all delicious, from salads, fried chicken, burgers and bao buns to libations and sweets. 1800 Wazee St. | 303.792.8242

Mister Tuna American - RiNo

This trendy restaurant in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood is another culinary delight from well-known restaurateur Troy Guard. The space is as cool as the fare, featuring sleek furnishings, raw bar, large open kitchen and an enormous wall mural at one end. The menu is varied and delicious, featuring homemade pastas, and a rotisserie that lends a special flavor of seafood, meats and veggies. 3033 Brighton Blvd. | 303.831.8862


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The Nickel

Hailed as one of North America’s best restaurants, Mizuna delivers tantalizing French cooking through culinary artistry. The menu changes monthly to reflect the bounty of the season, and this charming little restaurant is the flagship of Frank Bonanno’s stellar lineup.

A unique setting inside the iconic Hotel Teatro, the Nickel offers up mouthwatering Rocky Mountain comfort food. Don’t miss the great popular brunch, or inventive cocktails in the barrel bar, all in a great setting that pays tribute to the hotel’s storied past.

French - Capitol Hill

255 E. 7th Ave. | 303.832.4778

American - Downtown

1100 Fourteenth St. | 720.889.2128


Old Major

Morin is a free-spirited French restaurant that plays at the intersection of contemporary cuisine and traditional French technique. Born out of chef Max Mackissock’s French heritage, Morin is a place where the senses come alive, and a shared plate of freshly shucked oysters conjures up memories of family vacations on France’s Normandy coast. Morin offers refined, inventive French food in a fun, convivial setting.

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

French – LoDo

1600 15th St. | 303.623.0534


American - Cherry Creek

Award-winning executive chef Paul Nagan stars in this stunning new restaurant adjacent to the jawdropping Jacquard Hotel. Featuring modern American fare, globally inspired shareable plates, great happy hour options and wonderfully original wine library.

3316 Tejon St. | 720.420.0622

Japanese - Platt Park

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


Italian - Downtown

Olive & Finch

American - Uptown, Cherry Creek

For a delicious alternative to a heavy meal, Olive & Finch is inspired by European cafes that excel in locally handcrafted, fresh food. This charming marketplace and eatery serves sublime fresh-baked pastries, artisan sandwiches, soups and salads, made from scratch using organic and locally sourced produce. 1552 E. 17th Ave. | 303.832.8663 3390 E. First Ave. | 303.955.0455

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

The Plimoth

American - North Central

The menus are constantly changing at The Plimoth, as the restaurant’s team of talented, creative chefs continue creating food that is fun, fresh and flavorful. Whether your taste runs toward a smoked salmon salad, smoked pastrami tartine or creatively prepared steak, you won’t be disappointed when you order items that taste as good as they sound. © 2018 Mark Compton

222 Milwaukee St. | 303.515.2000

Contemporary - Downtown


2335 28th Ave. | 303.297.1215


New American – Capitol Hill

Potager means kitchen garden. Immensely satisfying, locally sourced and seasonally driven fare.  Rustic dining room and the organic New American menu changes monthly to reflect what’s market fresh. 1109 N Ogden St | 303.832.5788

Quality Italian Steakhouse Italian - Cherry Creek

This unique Italian-American steakhouse brings together regional Italian cuisine with traditional steakhouse fare. Quality Italian presents a menu combining these two cuisines and also offers up a dynamic cocktail program and extensive wine list. 241 Columbine St. | 303.532.8888


American - Downtown

Narrative 56

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

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Mediterranean - Downtown

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. 1431 Larimer St. | 303.820.2282 |

Root Down

American - Highlands, DIA

Located in the hip and happening Union Station in Denver’s lower downtown neighborhood, Stoic & Genuine has a simple motto: fresh is everything. This multi-coastal seafood house and oyster bar flies in fresh seafood daily and features an innovative menu. Executive chef Jennifer Jasinski is also behind three of our other favorite Denver restaurants: Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Euclid Hall.

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


Middle Eastern, Israeli – RiNo

A delightful sojourn into the wonderful flavors of modern Israel. James Beard Award-winning Chef Alon Shaya, whose New Orleans restaurant Saba is a huge hit, opened Safta in the Source Hotel in the River North area. Influenced by the Middle East, Europe and North Africa, the cuisine evokes tastes of Israel, Bulgaria, Yemen, Syria, Morocco, Turkey, Palestine and Greece. 3330 Brighton Blvd. | 720.408.2444


Inspired by acclaimed Chef Hosea Rosenberg’s home in Taos, N.M., this special eatery is a heartfelt tribute to the flavors and sights of Northern New Mexico. The rich blending of Spanish, Native American and Mexican foods results in mouthwatering flavors in sauces, salsas and more. 1265 Alpine Ave., Boulder | 303.386.3509


Italian - Jefferson Park

Sarto’s social Italian eatery serves authentic Italian cuisine from its made-from-scratch menu. Whether you are looking for an extensive multi-course meal or a quick bite to eat, Sarto’s social Italian eatery offers it all. 2900 W. 25th Ave. | 303.455.1400

Stanley Marketplace Global - Aurora

Stanley Marketplace is unique because not only can you grab some delicious market-style food, it’s also a place for you to eat, drink, shop, exercise, play, work, and so much more. Nestled in Aurora, the venue has a lot to offer. 2501 Dallas St. | 720.990.6743

Steakhouse No. 316 Straight from Aspen, Steakhouse 316 features prime cuts, lobster tails and more. Husband and wife owners Craig and Samantha Cordts Pearce have done it again, with a wonderful restaurant done in a film-noir style décor.

1400 Larimer Square | 720.946.1433


Stout Street Social is your stop for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch featuring a variety of American fare and a huge bar with more than 40 craft beers on tap. Broad menu choices of small and large plates, sushi and fresh seafood, salads and hearty entrees.

The James Beard Award-winning team of Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, Bobby Stuckey and Peter Hoglund first received acclaim with Frasca Food and Wine, their popular Boulder restaurant. Now Tavernetta, in the Union Station neighborhood, wows the Denver crowd, with an innovative Italian-themed menu for lunch and dinner.

1400 Stout St. | 720.214.9100

Super Mega Bien Mexican - RiNo

Their website says it all: “Super Mega Bien is for travelers of all walks.” It’s all about delicious food and great fun at this Latin-inspired restaurant located in the Ramble Hotel in RiNo. You can’t go wrong with any of the family-style shareable dishes, or small plates served on colorful dim sum carts. It’s deliciousness in every bite. 1260 25th St. | 720.269.4695

Mexican - Boulder

Mexican - Downtown

Stout Street Social American – Downtown

1600 W. 33rd Ave. | 303.993.4200

1922 13th St. | 720.729-1922


Seafood - Downtown

1701 Wynkoop St. | 303.640.3474

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

Steakhouse - Boulder

Stoic & Genuine

Sushi Den

Sushi - Platt Park

Italian - Downtown

1889 16th Street | 720.605.1889


Sushi – Curtis Park

Non-traditional take on Japanese cuisine. The award-winning Uchi, which translated from Japanese means “house,” was first opened in Austin, Texas by James Beard Award winner Chef Tyson Cole. 2500 Lawrence St. | 303.444.1922


Spanish - Downtown

Regarded as one of the premiere sushi and Japanese restaurants in the U.S. since the mid ’80s, this popular spot continues to set a standard for high-quality cuisine. With its own pesticide-free farm for produce, plus seafood flown in from Japan, Sushi Den leads Denver restaurants in quality.

The fabulous Crafted Concepts group has done it again with this Union Station gem that serves up great food indigenous to the Iberian Peninsula countries of Spain and Portugal. The name says it all, loosely translated to “onward” and referring to encouraging words to pilgrims on the pilgrimage in Spain – befitting a restaurant located in a transit hub.


Urban Farmer Denver

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 are bright spots. Menus are regularly updated to feature the freshest seasonal ingredients.

A modern farm-to-table steakhouse located adjacent to the historic Oxford Hotel, this eclectic restaurant emphasizes locally sourced ingredients and authentic straightforward preparations. The great fare is enhanced by a wonderful selection of locally crafted beers and spirits.

1487 S. Pearl St. | 303.777.0826 American - Park Hill

2267 Kearney St. | 303.388.0299


Continental - Downtown

Chef/owner Troy Guard uses fresh local ingredients to offer a cross-cultural culinary adventure. Guard’s playful cuisine, described as continental social food, melds classic and contemporary styles in a chic urban atmosphere to inspire a sense of community among friends. The menu is unconstrained by national boundaries, drawing from Chef Guard’s Hawaiian rearing and his travels in Asia and Latin America. 1441 Larimer St. | 303.996.9985

1701 Wynkoop St. in Union Station | 303.534.1970 Steakhouse - Downtown

1659 Wazee St. | 303.262.6070

Zolo Grill

Southwestern - Boulder

Chef Justin Goerich serves modern Southwestern cuisine using the best local, seasonal and organic ingredients. Everything is made inhouse, including smoked chorizo, bacon, pickles, desserts, sauces and salsas. Behind the bar, mixologist and master of tequila Giovanni Buonsante shakes up the most delicious handcrafted margaritas in Boulder, featuring more than 150 varieties of tequila. 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder | 303.449.0444

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Just steps away from the Denver Art Museum, the Clyfford Still Museum, the U.S. Mint and more, the park is an historic urban oasis nestled amid one of the country’s grandest architectural campuses. 14th Ave Pkwy & Broadway | 303.861.4633

1250 Bannock St. | 720.354.4880

1201 Bannock St. | 303.832.8576

A treat for classical and modern dance enthusiasts, the Colorado Ballet boasts 30 members from around the globe presenting a variety of exciting performances. 1278 Lincoln St. | 303.837.8888

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Home to many artists and studios, this arts district has become a national model of success in community revitalization. The art district has cultivated a friendly, welcoming feel for both seasoned collectors and new art lovers. 801 Kalamath St. | 303.868.8680

More than a museum, here you will find an arts district, combining a museum, theatre and art school, featuring special performances, standup comedy and concerts. 30 W. Dale Street, Colorado Springs 719.634.5581 |

The Colorado Symphony

Performing traditional, modern and classical works, the Colorado Symphony offers year-round concerts featuring everything from light summer shows to performances by celebrated musicians. 1000 14th St. | 303.623.7876

Arvada Center for the Arts

Denver Art Museum

6901 Wadswroth Blvd. | 720.898.7200

100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy. | 720.865.5000

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


1101 13th St. | 303.893.4100

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Contemporary Art

Colorado Ballet

Art District on Santa Fe

Denver City Attractions provides a showcase for live theater, touring Broadway shows, acting classes for the community and more, located at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Clyfford Still Museum

The Clyfford Still collection represents one of the most comprehensive single-artist collections in the world, encompassing approximately 2,400 works, most never before exhibited.

Arts Venues

Denver City Attractions

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

With painting, sculpture, furniture, ceramics and an elastic 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.

Mizel Museum

The Mizel Museum, an educational, nonprofit organization, is Denver’s only museum that addresses today’s social justice issues through the lens of Jewish history and values. The museum’s programs, events and exhibits are designed to combat discrimination and hatred and encourage positive change in our communities. 400 S. Kearney St. 720.785.7300 |

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

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center

The museum’s latest expansion now includes the acclaimed Buell Children’s Museum and Jackson Sculpture Gardens, and today this beautiful city incorporates high-quality art exhibits, performing arts, dance arts, an award-winning children’s museum and comprehensive arts educational programming. This is a don’t miss venue when you visit Pueblo! 210 N. Santa Fe Ave. in Pueblo 719.295.7200 |

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ATTRACTIONS The Great Outdoors

Chautauqua Park

The Chautauqua movement of the early 1990s promoted simplicity, learning and art appreciation. That spirit lives on in this haven for cultural enrichment. Rental cottages are available at the park. 900 Baseline Rd. | 303.442.3282

Denver Mountain Parks

City Park

This beautiful park adjacent to downtown Denver features lakes, historical monuments, playgrounds, tennis courts, and is home to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, IMAX and the Denver Zoo. 2001 Colorado Blvd.|

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

Flatirons Vista Trailhead

Denver Botanic Gardens

As one of the top-ranked facilities in the United States, the Denver Botanic Gardens presents a wide range of grounds and stunning collections from all corners of the world. 1007 York St. | 720.865.3500

Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, trail running and picnicking on the Trailhead’s two- or three-mile loop through the Ponderosa pines and meadows along the Flatirons. 3663 State Hwy. 93 | 303.441.3440

Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center

Once known as the “Garden of the Angels” and later as the “Garden of the Titans,” this stunning venue is a favorite for concertgoers and musicians. Towering red rocks frame the site, and the views are nothing short of incredible.

1805 N. 30th St. in Colorado Springs 719.634.6666 |

18300 W. Alameda Pkwy, Morrison 720.865.2494

Mount Goliath Mount Evans Scenic Byway

Washington Park

Bailey, CO | 720.865.3585

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Tons of adventure in one place, including 10 thrilling zip lines, a three-level challenge sky trek and an epic adventure tower featuring a 42-ft. climbing wall, rappelling stations and the world’s first flight line! 1375 W. Plum Creek Pkwy. | 720.733.9477

Elitch Gardens

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

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Enjoy mountains of adventure including cave tours, thrill rides, restaurants, kids’ activities and more in this park situated on top of Iron Mountain with breathtaking views of the Roaring Fork Valley and surrounding mountains.

At more than 100 years old, the area known to locals as Wash Park is one of the largest parks in Denver, featuring flower gardens, a 2.6-mile jogging trail, two lakes, a bowling green, tennis courts and more. S. Downing St. & E. Louisiana Ave. 303.698.4692 |

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

Castle Rock Adventure Park

2000 Elitch Circle | 303.595.4386

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center is the most-visited attraction in the Pikes Peak region, offering free admission, iconic views, interactive museum exhibits, world-class shopping, and the fun and exciting Geo-Trekker Theater movie experience.

Outdoor Fun

51000 Two Rivers Plaza Rd. in Glenwood Springs 970.945.4228 |

The North Pole

Since 1956 this Christmas-themed family amusement park has delighted visitors. Featuring more than 25 rides and attractions, gift shops featuring unique toys and gifts, and a 1919 band organ evoking memories from years past. But the highlight is a trip to Santa’s House to greet the jolly old elf himself! Santa’s Workshop 5050 Pikes Peak Hwy. in Cascade 719.684.9432 |

Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

Home of America’s highest suspension bridge and zip line, the park is filled with adrenaline-packed rides and breathtaking views of Colorado’s natural wonders. An unforgettable experience for all. 4218 County Rd. 3A in Canon City

Soaring Tree Top Adventure

Enjoy some of the longest zip lines in the U.S. as you soar on a Colorado eco tour over the San Juan Mountains on 27 different zip lines ranging from 56 ft. to 1,400 ft. in length over 1.5 miles of cable. Cross the Animas River and soar through majestic old-growth ponderosa pines and beautiful aspen groves. 964 County Road 200 in Durango 970.769.2357 |

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ATTRACTIONS Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

Take a journey through Colorado Sports history, where you will learn about world-famous and lesser-known athletes in a variety of sports ranging from football to track and field to fencing. All of the athletes showcased in the museum have demonstrated characteristics that represent the true glory of athletic competition: sportsmanship, leadership, courage, sacrifice, endurance and power. Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Gate 1 1701 Bryant Street | 720-258-3888

Museums and More

The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum

The nation’s only museum dedicated to mountaineering history, featuring exhibits on climate, science, cultures and the humanities as they relate to mountains. 710 10th Street in Golden | 303.996.2747

The Butterfly Pavilion

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

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

USAToday named this the fourth-best zoo in America. Home to more than 170 different species in total, this is the highest zoo in the country at an elevation of 6,800 ft. above sea level. The zoo was founded in 1926 by philanthropist Spencer Penrose to house his growing collection of exotic animals. 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Rd. in Colorado Springs | 719.833.3925 |

Children’s Museum of Denver

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

Colorado Gators Reptile Park

A unique opportunity to meet, pet, hold and take pictures with a little alligator. Large African Sulcata tortoises wander freely about, and don’t miss the albino alligators, Mr. Bo Mangles and Morris the Hollywood alligator from “Happy Gilmore.” Also on display are fearsome Nile crocodiles, Burmese pythons, a 17” reticulated python, and more. 6162 Cr. 9 N. in Mosca 719.378.2612 |

Colorado Railroad Museum

Revel in the sights and sounds of more than 100 narrowand standard-gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses and more in the museum’s 15-acre railyard, and visit the Depot General Store where you’ll find thousands of trail gifts. 17155 W. 44th Ave., Golden | 303.279.4591


Colorado State Capitol

Opened in 1894, the Colorado State Capitol stands as a living museum of history and an active seat of state government. See where legislation takes place in the House and Senate chambers during free daily tours. 200 E. Colfax Ave. | 303.866.2604

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

For more than 100 years, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has allowed visitors to explore the cosmos and uncover brilliant gems and minerals. Enjoy the IMAX theater and planetarium or go toe-to-toe with a T-Rex... if you dare! 2001 Colorado Blvd. | 303.370.6000 |

Denver Zoo

From the birth of an exotic animal to the exhilaration of a world-class exhibit opening, the area’s largest zoo is an adventure for the senses. 2300 Steele St. | 303.376.4800 |

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

Molly Brown Museum

Experience the legacy of the Unsinkable Molly Brown, a leading socialite and philanthropist best known as one of the survivors of the RMS Titanic. 1340 Pennsylvania St. | 303.832.4092

National Center for Atmospheric Research

How do clouds form? Why is climate changing? Learn all this and more at NCAR, which is dedicated to understanding our earth on a national and international scope. 1850 Table Mesa Dr. | 303.497.1000

ProRodeo Hall of Fame

Visitors love this educational and entertaining museum that preserves the legacy of the western spirit, including cowboy contests, heritage and culture of the original competitions. You’ll see champions of the past, present and future. The new kid’s area features a dress-up area, bouncy animals, a bucking chute, barrels, roping dummies and more. 101 Pro Rodeo Drive in Colorado Springs 719.528.4764 |

Rocky Mountain Arsenal

National Wildlife Refuge This area supports more than 330 species of wildlife such as bald eagles, hawks and more, on a 15,000-acre expanse of short-grass prairie. 6550 Gateway Rd. | 303.289.0232

Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (The CELL)

What’s your sign? Test your astronomy knowledge at the University of Colorado’s popular planetarium. Check out the dazzling array of laser and star shows, live star talks & more.

A fascinating exhibit dedicated to the prevention of terrorism through education, empowerment and engagement. This is a one-of-a-kind dynamic, interactive experience with content developed by world-renowned experts providing an indepth understanding of the history of terrorism, methods employed by terrorists, and current issues facing U.S. national security.

2414 Regent Dr. | 303.492.5002

99 West 12th Ave. | 303.844.4000

Forney Museum of Transportation

The Wild Animal Sanctuary

Fiske Planetarium

A unique collection of more than 600 artifacts representing historical transportation. The exhibits include buggies, motorcycles, steam locomotives, aircraft, carriage, fire apparatus, sleighs, bicycles and much more. Check out the Union Pacific ‘Big Boy’ Steam Locomotive, Amelia Earhart’s 1923 Kissel Gold Bug and more. 4303 Brighton Blvd. / 303.297.1113

Housing more than 450 rescued lions, tigers, bears and other carnivores, this 720-acre space is the largest carnivore sanctuary in the world. Come view the animals on the mile-and-a-half of elevated walkway and step into the wild. 1946 County Rd 53, Keenesburg 303.536.0118 |

History Colorado Center

Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum

1200 Broadway | 303.447.8679

7711 E. Academy Blvd. | 303.360.5360

A fascinating view of Colorado history comes alive, with a comprehensive collection of books, artifacts and photographs that encapsulate the state’s history. History is truly brought to life in this award-winning architectural venue.

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

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SHOPPING Cherry Creek Shopping Center

The Rocky Mountain region’s premier shopping environment features more than 160 shops such as Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & co., Burberry and Hyde Park Jewelers. plus popular dining hotspots like Elway’s, Kona Grill and 801 Chophouse. 3000 E. 1st Ave. | 303.388.3900

Colorado Mills

Denver’s only indoor outlet mall features high-end shops including Coach Factory, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Eddie Bauer Outlet. Great restaurants round out the mix, along with numerous entertainment options such as United Artists Theaters & IMAX, Jumpstreet and The Putting Edge. 14500 W. Colfax Ave. 303.384.3000

Denver Pavilions

Aspen Grove

16th Street Mall

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

Antique Row

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

Located in Littleton, this pet-friendly, open-air retail village is home to over 55 stores and restaurants, including Pottery Barn, The Gap, Apple, See’s Candies, Hot Mama, Ted’s Montana Grill and more. 701 S. Santa Fe Dr. | 303.794.0640


An eclectic and well-planned destination for shopping, dining and events, Belmar is reaching new heights in the Denver scene. Located in the beautiful suburb of Lakewood, Belmar is a trendy escape from the busy city. 408 S. Teller St. | 303.742.1520

Cherry Creek North

More than 350 businesses make up the Cherry Creek neighborhood, representing local and national brands. Check out this retail and dining area where you will find fashion, jewelry and home furnishings, spas, salons, art galleries and restaurants. 299 Milwaukee St | 303.394.2904

Located on the 16th Street Mall in the heart of downtown, this three-story, open-air shopping center has it all: 40 shops and restaurants, bowling lanes and a movie theater. Ride the free 16th Street Mall Shuttle to your favorite retailers, including Banana Republic, Express & more. 500 16th St. | 303.260.6000

Denver Premium Outlets

A premier outlet shopping destination featuring a diverse mix of popular designer and lifestyle brands, including kate spade new york, Tory Burch, Cole Haan, Michael Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren. Denver’s newest shopping experience! 13801 Grant St. in Thornton 303.200.3815 denver

Flatirons Crossing

Set on a rise between Boulder and Denver, Flatirons Crossing invites you to enjoy blue skies, fun restaurants and top-flight movies. Explore more than 200 fashion and specialty retailers, including Coach, Coldwater Creek, Bebe, BC Surf and Sport, and more. One W. Flatiron Crossing 720.887.7467

Golden Triangle Museum District

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


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

Historic Downtown Golden

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

Historic Downtown Littleton

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

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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 St. between 14th & 16th Streets | 303.534.2367


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

Old South Gaylord St.

One of the oldest business districts in Denver, here you can find passionate business owners who offer personal service. Old South Gaylord Street offers a variety of upscale boutiques, galleries and restaurants, as well as professional services and talented regional craftsmen. 1059 S. Gaylord St. | 303.733.2670

Old South Pearl St.

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

Olde Town Arvada

With more than 150 unique shops, Olde Town Arvada has plenty of variety. Whether you’re in the market for books, clothing, handmade jewelry, furnishings and antiques or a great restaurant, this vibrant shopping district is full of treasures. 7307 Grandview Ave. 303.420.6100


Outlets At Castle Rock

The Outlets at Castle Rock is the largest open-air outlet center in Colorado, housing more than 100 name-brand stores, including Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and many more. 5050 Factory Shops Blvd. 303.688.4495

Outlets At Loveland

A true gem tucked at the foot of the Rockies between Greeley and Fort Collins, the Outlets at Loveland is a great destination for hikers wanting a little shopping to top off a perfect day, or anyone looking for a fun and upscale experience. Featuring more than 40 great outlets, including Ann Taylor, Under Armour, Nike and J. Crew. 5661 McWhinney Blvd. 970.663.1916

Outlets At Silverthorne

Nestled in the scenic Rockies, just off 1-70 on your way to the mountains, the Outlets at Silverthorne is home to three villages of impressive retail including Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, GAP, Coach, Banana Republic, J.Crew, Columbia and more. A beautiful setting for some fabulous buys.

246-V Rainbow Dr. | 970.468.5780

Park Meadows

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

Pearl Street Mall

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

River Arts North District (RiNo)

Southwest Plaza

Conveniently located in southwest metro Denver, Southwest Plaza features popular retailers and restaurants such as Forever 21, BC Surf and Sport, and Tokyo Joe’s, plus department stores including Dillards flagship store. 8501 W. Bowles Ave. 303.973.7062

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

Tennyson Street Cultural Arts District

The Shops at Northfield Stapleton

Town Center At Aurora

North of downtown Denver

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

Located in the Berkeley District, the Tennyson Cultural Arts District offers music, live performance, film, and art galore. Located in Northwest Denver btwn. Sheridan & Lowell and 38th & 52nd Ave.

An indoor mall with more than 150 fun stores including Macy’s, Dillard’s and Victoria’s Secret. A neighborhood shopping destination, the Town Center has great options for dining, children’s fashion, home electronics and everything for your style.

8340 Northfield Blvd. 303.375.5475

14200 E. Alameda Ave. 303.344.9764

Streets at Southglenn

Twenty-Ninth Street

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

S University Blvd & E. Arapahoe Rd 303.539.7141


An outdoor lifestyle center with a community plaza and four blocks of retail shops, restaurants and entertainment options, Southlands offers a movie theater, Barnes & Noble, Eddie Bauer, Irish Bistro and Pub and more. 6155 Main St. | 303.627.5000

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Twenty-Ninth Street is the premier mixeduse outdoor shopping center in Boulder, featuring local and national eateries and shops like Anthropologie, Apple, Sephora, California Pizza Kitchen and more. 1710 29th St. | 303.444.0722

Village Shops at The Landmark

Featuring the best designers in Denver and some of the finest retailers in the world, Village Shops at the Landmark is one of the foremost shopping destinations in the city. Quebec St. btwn Belleview & Orchard 303.892.1112

THE SCENE OCTOBER Tyler, The Creator Red Rocks Amphitheater

A Doll’s House & A Doll’s House, Part 2 Performed in Repertory Ricketson Theatre @ DCPA

Revisit Ibsen’s classic story of Nora through the contemporary lens of Lucas Hnath. One part drama, one part biting comedy!

October 1-November 24

October 1

Goodnight Moon Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre

RÜFÜS DU SOL Red Rocks Amphitheater

A heartwarming adaptation of this beloved bedtime favorite, featuring whimsical music and dance.

Performing two nights with Bob Moses and Lastlings, you don’t want to miss RÜFÜS DU SOL at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater.

October 4-February 16

October 2

Handmade in Colorado Expo Central Park - Boulder

11th annual Handmade in Colorado Expo is filled with fine arts and crafts made by local Coloradans.

Great American Beer Festival Colorado Convention Center

The ultimate beer festival and competition lasting three days. Bringing together the largest collection of US beers for a public tasting.

October 3

George Lopez, The Wall. Live in Concert!

October 4

Bastille Mission Ballroom

The UK band was hailed by Rolling Stone as “Brit pop’s new crown princes” and their albums have topped the charts.

October 4

October 5

AJR Red Rocks Amphitheater

The Jeep Brand presents AJR: The Neotheater World Tour with special guest Cold War Kids.

October 5

An exciting collaboration between the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, from Claude Monet’s painterly world of Impressionism to Beethoven’s 250th birthday.

George Lopez Paramount Theater

Vampire Weekend Red Rocks Amphitheater

October 8

Happiness Begins Tour

October 4

October 7

Vampire Weekend live at Red Rocks with Soccer Mommy.

Jonas Brothers The Pepsi Center

First Impressions: Music & Monet Antonia Brico Stage @ Central Presbyterian Church

Tyler, The Creator with Blood Orange & Goldlink.

Mac Demarco Red Rocks Amphitheater

Mac DeMarco with Thundercat & Snail Mail.

October 6

Hoodie Allen – Whatever USA Tour with Jake Miller Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

Hoodie Allen gained prominence with his first EP, All American, and since then he has toured worldwide and performed for an ever-growing fan base.

October 6

Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly – The Rock ‘N Roll Dream Tour Paramount Theatre The Rock ‘n roll legends are accompanied by a live band, performing in a cutting-edge holographic performance with remastered audio.

October 8

The Raconteurs The Mission Ballroom

A fun show featuring this American rock band known for great covers as well as great original music.

October 9

An Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin Paramount Theatre

The two phenomenal performers will be together on stage!

October 9

Swan Lake Paramount Theater

Russian Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake in a production that bestows the splendor of tradition with new magical trimmings.

October 10

ILLENIUM Red Rocks Amphitheater

Nicholas D. Miller, aka Illenium, is a musician, DJ and record producer – and an entertainer!

October 10

Tame Impala with Gün Mission Ballroom

Oktoberfest 5k Prost Brewing

October 7-8

October 12

Great music showcased by the Australian psychedelic band led by talented multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker.

Run a 5k, get complimentary beer at the end! 10% of registration fees go to local non-profits.

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Big Head Todd and The Monsters with Los Lobos Mission Ballroom

A fun night with the iconic Colorado jam band known for huge hits such as Sister Sweetly and Bittersweet.

October 12

Joey Diaz – The 56 and Still Slinging D*ck Tour

Joey ‘Coco’ Diaz, one of the country’s most popular comedians, brings his love of storytelling and comedy to the stage.

October 12

Phil Collins The Pepsi Center

Still Not Dead Yet, Live! Tour.

October 13

The Improvised Shakespeare Company Garner Galleria Theatre at the DCPA

An unrehearsed fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece created right before your eyes, based on one audience suggestion.

October 15-March 22

Experience Hendrix Paramount Theatre

Celebrate the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix

October 15

Bob Dylan and His Band Mission Ballroom

Blue Man Group Buell Theatre

October 17

October 22-27

The iconic singer/songwriter changed the face of music and woke up the world.

Michael Franti & Spearhead Mission Ballroom

A wonderful and enlightening evening with the well-known rapper, musician, poet and singer-songwriter who is as passionate about social justice as he is about the music.

October 18

Wine in the Pines Keystone

36th annual “Wine in the Pines” located in Keystone. With 300+ wines, spend the two days tasting as many as you can.

October 18

Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival Breckenridge Ski Resort

10th annual Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival features distilling workshops, cooking classes, scavenger hunts and local cuisine.

October 18

TroyBoi & G Jones Red Rocks Amphitheater

TroyBoi & G Jones live at Red Rocks with Keys n Krates & Lunice.

October 18

Dave Mason Boulder Theater

Tech N9ne Red Rocks Amphitheater

October 15

October 19

The iconic musician shows his stuff at his Feelin’ Alright Tour 2019 with the Dave Mason Band and Cary Morin

Logic Red Rocks Amphitheater

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Tour.

October 16

Ingrid Michaelson Ogden Theatre

Ingrid Michaelson live on tour at the Ogden Theater.

October 16

Sara Bareilles The Pepsi Center

Amidst the Chaos Tour

October 18 64

Tech N9ne live at Red Rocks with Krizz Kaliko, Rittz, Jelly Roll & Ces Cru.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Civic Center Park

Whether you want to run a half marathon, 10K or 5K, there’s a course for everyone!

October 20

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature Denver Art Museum

Blue Man Group Speechless Tour features new and original compositions as well as iconic moments.

Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience Paramount Theatre

Spend a memorable evening with the Long Island Medium.

October 22-23

Taste of Greenwood Village Greenwood Village

With more than 50 restaurants, taste award-winning food and wine at the 19th annual Taste of Greenwood Village.

October 23

Baby Shark Live! Paramount Theatre

The kids will go crazy over this social media phenomenon!

October 24

Hard Halloween Red Rocks Amphitheater

Gramatik, Kayzo, Ghastly, Tom Morello, Armnhmr, Ducky, Mom N Dad.

October 26

Twenty One Pilots The Pepsi Center The Bandito Tour.

October 27

Marilyn Manson Fillmore Auditorium

He’s controversial, hugely talented and a great musician. The consummate entertainer!

October 28

An Evening with Ween Mission Ballroom

The eclectic, fun and funky alternative rock band throws in a bit of soul, country, gospel, R&B and more!

October 30-November 1

The most comprehensive U.S. exhibition of Monet paintings in more than two decades, featuring more than 125 paintings spanning Monet’s entire career and focusing on the celebrated French impressionist artist’s enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked.

October 21-February 2, 2020

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Halloween Spooktacular Boettcher Concert Hall

Wu-Tang Clan Red Rocks Amphitheater

Wu-Tang Clan live at Red Rocks with Jedi Mind Tricks & Immortal Technique.

Deadmau5 Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Deadmau5 live at iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

October 31

November 1


Kathleen Madigan – Hot Dogs and Angels Tour Paramount Theatre

Denver Arts Week Various locations throughout Denver

Discover seven vibrant art districts and more than 300 unique events across music, theatre, film, dance, museums and more.

November 1-9

The chart-topping comedian keeps fans laughing from beginning to end.

November 2

The Motet: Meow at the Moon Mission Ballroom

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas Boettcher Concert Hall at the DCPA

With Tauk, Con Brio

This family-favorite concert features music from films, television and more.

November 3

Vivian Girls Marquis Theatre

Well-loved Brooklyn lo-fi trio live in Denver.

November 3

BFA Hot Chocolate Family Bike Ride Olde Town Arvada Square

Geared for cyclists of all levels and focused specially on children and families.

November 3

November 2

Returning by popular demand, see one of Tim Burton’s most-celebrated films accompanied by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

The Phantom of the Opera Buell Theatre

The spectacular production is hailed as bigger and better than ever, featuring brilliant new sets.

November 1-2

November 6-17

R&B, jazz fusion and gospel music artist Jonathan Butler live at Soiled Dove Underground.

November 1

Disney Pixar’s COCO Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts Disney Pixar’s COCO performed by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

Urban Holiday Market Skyline Park

The official annual kickoff of the holiday shopping season.

November 1-2

The Motet The Mission Ballroom

November 1

The Colorado band is well-known for their energetic performances featuring funk, soul and jazz.

Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show The Denver Mart

2019 Boulder Balkan Bash Boulder

November 2

Holiday shopping, 450 booths of art, crafts, specialty foods & unique gifts.

November 1

First Friday Art Walk Creative Corridor, Pueblo

Live music for folk dancing by six hot local bands specializing in traditional and contemporary Eastern Europe music.

November 2

The Great Onesie Bar Crawl The Ginn Mill

Every first Friday visit art galleries, restaurants and businesses in the Creative Corridor.

Come one, come all and take over the streets of Denver in ridiculously comfortable fashion.

November 1

Jonathan Butler Soiled Dove Underground

November 2

The Infamous Stringdusters 1stBANK Center

Classic bluegrass sounds mixed with indie jamgrass flavor.

November 4

Young Thug Fillmore Auditorium

Rap along with Young Thug live at the Fillmore Auditorium

November 5

Peppa Pig Live! Paramount Theatre

A new show full of adventure and fun for all ages

November 5

Jonathan Butler Soiled Dove Underground

Dia de los Muertos Celebration Denver Botanic Gardens

The Phantom of the Opera DCPA

November 1

November 2

November 6-17

R&B, jazz fusion and gospel music artist Jonathan Butler live at Soiled Dove Underground.

A celebration of Day of the Dead, including indoor screenings of Disney’s Pixar film “Coco”, face painting and more.

Phantom of the Opera makes a triumphant return to Denver this year.

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THE SCENE Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Space Theatre at the DCPA

Rachel Bloom: What Am I Going to Do with My Life Now? Tour Paramount Theatre

Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra

Hilarious hijinks, unrequited love and gender-bending disguises abound in this Shakespearean comedy about a love triangle of mistaken identity and wanton foolishness.

November 15-December 22

Join Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom as she performs songs from her hit series Crazy Ex Girlfriend, and showcases original standup material.

November 6-7

Central City Opera Presents The Mozart Requiem Antonia Brico Stage at Central Presbyterian Church

Ira Glass – Seven Things I’ve Learned Paramount Theatre

Ludacris / Nelly Mission Ballroom

3-time Grammy winner Ludacris takes the stage with Nelly live in Denver.

November 7

A Tuba to Cuba: Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Yusa and Special Guests Paramount Theatre A special evening that will delight jazz enthusiasts.

November 7

Ray LaMontagne – Just Passing Through Paramount Theatre

American singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne takes the stage with special guests Kacy & Clayton.

November 9-10

Wannabe ‘90s Bar Crawl Larimer Square

Embrace your ‘90s attire and spirit and get jiggy at the Wannabe 90s Bar Crawl.

November 9

Madeon Fillmore Auditorium

A special collaboration with Denver Philharmonic and Performing Arts Academy presenting The Mozart Requiem and other featured works.

November 15-16

Plain White T’s, The Mowgli’s, New Politics The Oriental Theater The Three Dimensional Tour! Think Hey There Delilah and more.

November 16

Kicker Monster Truck Winter Nationals Events Center at National Western Complex

Adrenaline-charged family entertainment featuring gravity-defying feats.

November 16

November 23

Hip Hop Nutcracker Buell Theatre

A contemporary dance spectacle ser to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music.

November 23-24

Family Bunk – Wild Lights, Wild Winter The Denver Zoo

Let your family be the first to experience a private evening of Zoo Lights before its opening weekend.

November 23

The Chainsmokers The Pepsi Center

November 19

November 24

Catch popular American DJ and production duo The Chainsmokers live in Denver.

The three-time Grammy winner has performed worldwide, most recently in a solo acoustic setting.

Bruce Cockburn Boulder Theater

The prolific songwriter performs some songs from his latest release, “3 Al Purdys.”

Post Malone The Pepsi Center

Wilco Mission Ballroom

November 10

November 19

Chart-topping rapper Post Malone on his Runaway Tour in Denver.

The host of This American Life chronicles his life and long career in storytelling, counting down seven key points and involving the audience in his act.

97.3 KBCO presents Kris Kristofferson & The Strangers Paramount Theatre

Catch Madeon on their Good Faith Live Tour in Denver.

November 9

November 21

November 17

The alternative country rock band gained prominence following the release of their fourth album, Yankee Hotel.

Soiled Dove Underground He wanted to do something different, and now Kevin Griffin takes his cue from the likes of Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, The Band, The Byrds and Joe Walsh.

Volkswagen Presents Warren Miller’s Timeless Paramount Theatre

Camp Christmas The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace

Cher Pepsi Center

November 14-16

November 21-January 5

November 25

Celebrate the eternal joys of winter with Warren Miller’s 70th film, Timeless.


An exhilarating indoor immersive installation turns the holiday spirit all the way up, featuring mesmerizing displays that shift time and reality.

The goddess of pop has won virtually every entertainment award and remains one of the best-telling music artists in history.

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Jesus Christ Superstar Buell Theatre

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic musical phenomenon, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year in a modern theatrical setting.

November 26-December 1

DECEMBER Zoo Lights The Denver Zoo

Take the family to the Denver Zoo after dark to see it decked out in magical Christmas lights!

Through December 31

The Long Run – Colorado’s Tribute to The Eagles Soiled Dove Underground

Five of Colorado’s top musicians pay tribute to Don Henley.

November 27 and 29

The 1975 1stBANK Center, Broomfield

British pop-rock outfit The 1975 finishes their North American tour in Broomfield.

December 1

Santa Pub Crawl Various locations around Denver

Dress up in festive costumes and visit Denver’s best pubs, all while supporting local charities.

December 1

Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas Buell Auditorium

The String Cheese Incident Mission Ballroom A little bit rock, a little bit jazz, bluegrass and rhythm and blues!

Home Alone in Concert Boettcher Concert Hall

Love Actually in Concert Boettcher Concert Hall

The Christmas classic comes to the historic Ellie Caulkins Opera House! Come see the festive ballet that has captivated Denver audiences for 59 seasons!

November 30-December 24

Anjelah Johnson: Technically Not Stalking Paramount Theatre

December 8

Colorado Symphony Orchestra - Celtic Woman Boettcher Concert Hall

Celebrate the holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman with the Colorado Symphony. Featuring music from the all-female ensemble’s favorite Yuletide songs.

December 8

Brian Setzer and his band bring the sounds of swing and jazz back in a rock-and-roll show you won’t forget.

Wintersköl in Aspen

Aspen’s annual “toast to winter” dates back to January 1951. The four-day fest features on-mountain activities, film screenings, a winterfest, broomball, fat-biking competitions and much more.

December 9

Breckenridge ULLR Fest Breckenridge

December 6

Snow lovers celebrate Norse mythology dressed as Vikings with a downtown Breckenridge parade and bonfire, talent show, the Ullr Ice Plunge, ice skating and fat-bike racing.

Georgetown Christmas Market Georgetown

Nick Offerman – All Rise Paramount Theatre

The 60th Annual Georgetown Christmas Market brings vendors and holiday fun for the whole family.

December 7-8

The actress, comedian and former NFL cheerleader was a cast member on the series MADtv during its 13th season, where she made a name playing a Vietnamese nail salon employee and a rude fast food employee turned music star.

November 30

December 6-8

The ultimate romantic comedy from the makers of Bridget Jones’ Diary and Notting Hill. Funny, irresistible, and heartwarming, an all-star cast takes you on a breathtaking tour of love’s delightful twists and turns.

The Nutcracker Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Featuring The Allman Betts Band, Eric Krasno, Jimmy Hall, Jimmy Vivino, Robert Randolph, Robin Zander and more!

December 9

Trevor Hall Boulder Theater

November 29

The Allman Family Revival Mission Ballroom

Boulder Holiday Festival City of Boulder

Celebrate a modern holiday classic, Home Alone, accompanied by the Colorado Symphony live.

The singer-songwriter’s first album, KALA, debuted No. 2 on the ITunes singer-songwriter chart.

December 7

The Brian Setzer Orchestra 16th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour Paramount Theatre

Delight in the twinkling lights, seasonal greenery and beautiful music at CU Boulder’s Holiday Festival, an annual tradition that’s enchanting for all ages. A concert of holiday favorites and new surprises.

November 29

A holiday-themed 1M, 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon Race along the beloved Big Dry Creek Trail.

Dr. Seuss’ Christmas classic comes to the Buell Theater in magical musical form.

December 3-8

November 29-30

All-Out Fa La La Westminster City Park

December 11-15

An evening of deliberative talking and light dance that will induce laughter while looking at the lighter side of life.

December 12

Lighting of Breckenridge Main Street, Breckenridge

The Sound of Music Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

December 7

December 12-26

The Summit Choral Society sings timeless holiday carols, the Race of the Santas, cookies and hot cocoa, tree lighting, and the Bernese Mountain Dog Parade.

See the musical classic that has thrilled generations! The story of Maria the nun who lives with the Von Trapp family in pre-war Austria.

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THE SCENE Vail Snowdays 2019 Vail Village

This bash welcomes the ski and snowboard season with free concerts, aprés parties and a rockin’ street fair in Vail Village.

December 12-15

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Mission Ballroom With very special guest Mavis Staples

December 13

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Paramount Theatre

Moscow Ballet’s Gift of Christmas Tour takes audiences to a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. Featuring world-class artists, dazzling costumes, towering puppets and stunning sets.

BenDeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon: All I Want for Christmas is Attention Paramount Theatre The pair return in an all-new, two-queen holiday extravaganza. De La is all sugar and Jinkx is all spice, and they have very different ways to deal with the stress of the holidays!

December 17

New Talent Night Comedy Works Denver

December 13-14

Come see the Denver comedy scene firsthand as the best and brightest of Denver comedy perform.

An Irish Christmas in America Soiled Dove Underground

An Irish Christmas Paramount Theatre

December 17

December 13-14

As seen on PBS! Take a journey through Christmas in Ireland with superb dancing, singing and traditional Irish music.

Manheim Steamroller Christmas Buell Auditorium

Thievery Corporation Fillmore Auditorium

Now in its 15th season, the production features top Irish music, song and dance.

Blending classical music with rock music sensibilities, Mannheim Steamroller performs their famous Christmas concert.

December 14-15

Hot Chocolate Festival Colorado Springs Event Center

Thousands of chocolate samples, holiday crafts, face painting, and photos with Santa.

December 14

December 18

The electronic music duo showcases their diverse style combining dub, acid jazz, reggae and more.

December 20

12 Days of Aspen Downtown Aspen

Downtown comes alive with a variety of free holiday activities, cookies, hot chocolate and more to celebrate the holidays.

December 20-31

Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair McNichols Civic Center

Face Holiday Show Paramount Theatre

December 14

December 21

More than 150 local indie artists gather to kick off the shopping season.

Phil Vassar & Lonestar – Holiday & Hits Paramount Theatre

Enjoy a wonderful evening featuring holiday hits performed by these great country artists.

December 15 68

The all-vocal rock band from Boulder entertains with a high-energy holiday performance.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage Paramount Theatre Fun for kids of all ages, this is an entertaining and heartwarming show!

December 22

Jimmy Buffet’s Escape to Margaritaville Buell Theatre

A hilarious and heartwarming musical featuring the songwriter’s most unforgettable songs.

December 23-January 5 UllrGrass in Golden Downtown Golden

Put on your faux fur and Viking horns for this family-friendly winter music and beer fest. Highlights include the UllrGrass Park Parade, music from local and national bluegrass musicians and tons of local food and craft vendors.

December 24-26

Umphrey’s McGee Fillmore Auditorium

Umphrey’s McGee and The Pimps of Joytime. Four-day pass available.

December 27-31

Jim Brickman Paramount Theatre

A holiday celebration with the popular solo instrumentalist and composer.

December 27

Adam Trent’s Holiday Magic Paramount Theatre

Adam Trent brings his Broadway show to Denver featuring magic, comedy and music – perfect for the whole family!

December 29

Leftover Salmon Mission Ballroom

The Boulder-based band stomps out a fun mix of bluegrass, rock, country and zydeco.

December 31

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