Month: April 2016

Where the Locals Go: First Friday

Denver’s First Friday events are officially the Mile High City’s way of connecting art with the community, providing a time for galleries and shops to invite the public in and show off local work. From the Highlands to South Broadway, First Fridays are a bustling smorgasbord for families, artists and everyone in between. Here’s a quick guide to help you figure out where you might want to go, or new places you might want to check out. Santa Fe Santa Fe is the original Denver art walk and remains one of the most popular. Santa Fe is much more of an art district than other First Friday locations, and focuses heavily on connecting the community with local artists. With several galleries that have a strong focus on Latino culture, this First Friday art walk is a great way to connect with the often-overlooked community in Lincoln Park and to try some local food, like the legendary El Taco De Mexico. Santa Fe’s art walk is also home to Metropolitan State University’s Center for Visual Arts, …

Relocating to Denver

Whether you’re fresh off I-70 or just daydreaming about what the Mile High City has to offer, the actual process of relocating to Denver can seem a little overwhelming. Denver has plenty of good things to offer, but moving here can be confusing, especially when coming from other metropolitan areas with different infrastructures and attitudes. Here’s our quick guide to moving to the Mile High City. Where to Live Depending on if you’ve secured a job or not, you need to decide how you feel about city living, the suburbs and commuting. While Denver traffic is nowhere near LA or New York traffic, it can be frustrating. Additionally, the suburbs of Denver have a particularly suburban feel. Anything not within Denver’s limits can feel isolating, especially for younger people. Moving to Littleton or Thornton when you intend to have a social life in the city can definitely provide some challenges. Because the cost of living in the suburbs is similar to renting in the city, if you have goals of living in Denver, try to …

4 First Date Ideas

So you’ve just met the perfect match on Tinder, OKCupid or maybe somewhere else. If you’re not into the Netflix and chill game, you might want to take your date out on the town. If you’re new to Denver, or just don’t get out that much, you might wind up in a place that’s too loud, too expensive or all around weird (lookin’ at you, Sancho’s Broken Arrow!). Don’t worry: we’ve got you covered. Here are a few places to take your first date that won’t break your budget or your hopes of getting that goodnight kiss. Avanti Food & Beverage So you don’t know what your date likes. You don’t know if they have any food allergies or preferences. Don’t worry, Avanti has you covered. With multiple eateries and a huge selection as well as booze, Avanti is a great place for a date that you’re trying to get to know. Choose from noodle bowls, arepas, sandwiches and more for relatively decent prices and get to know your date with food you actually both …

Denver Public Transportation Guide

One of the most exciting and sometimes frustrating parts of living in a rapidly growing city like Denver is watching its infrastructure grow. Despite what seems like never-ending construction sometimes, there have been some very exciting moments in Denver public transportation growth and development. When RTD’s W Line opened in April of 2013, thousands of people turned out for the grand opening ceremony and free rides. When the A Line—the “Train to the Plane”—opened, 80,000 people rode it the first weekend. All of the light rail excitement and growth is part of Denver’s FasTracks plan. By 2018, the plan will allow for better commutes to and from suburban areas, as well as to Boulder and the airport. But as the rapid changes in Denver’s transit happen, it can be difficult to keep up with where you need to be and where to choose a place to live based on commute. Here’s a quick guide to the present options and future changes that might impact where you live and how you commute. Denver If you’re located …

Where the Locals Go: Denver Tacos

If you’re new to the Mile High, you might have noticed something about Denver’s food culture that baffles you. As a melting pot of transplants and cultures, Denver has everything from pho to gourmet hot dogs, but nobody can agree on who serves the best tacos. There are a few names that always come up, all appealing to different tastes, but there’s never a proven winner and Denverites are very dedicated to their favorite taco places. Here are a few places to try: be warned, if you try any of these places, you might wind up way too attached. El Taco De Mexico For taco purists, El Taco De Mexico is always hands down the best place in Denver. Serving up traditional Mexican plates with little fanfare and décor, El Taco De Mexico is a counter joint with menu items like chile relleno, as well as tongue, tripe and cheek. Despite its unassuming exterior at the corner of Santa Fe & 7th Ave, El Taco De Mexico is a local favorite that you’ll hear about …

5 Popular Spots to Take Family Photos

Upon moving to Denver, you’re sure to spot family photos in friends’ homes that demonstrate a beautiful backdrop of trees, mountains, wooden bridges or interesting architectural angles. While some of these spots may seem like local secrets, there are a number of locations around Denver where you can shoot your family photos against beautiful backgrounds. Washington Park – Denver Not only is this park a favorite among locals, it offers a number of great opportunities to take beautiful family photos. During the spring and summer months, you’ll see newlyweds, infants, and quinceaneras being photographed throughout the lush property. Within the park you will find lakefront views, mountainous backgrounds, seasonal gardens with beautiful flowers, quaint bridges and even shaded spots that look like they are right out of the forest. Busy as the park is, it’s always possible to find a quiet nook to shoot some great photos. Jackass Hill Park – Littleton Don’t let the name fool you, this park is a well-known spot among photographers. The park itself may be small, but it opens …

Denver Public Pools

Summer days in Denver get hot, and there’s no better way to cool off than to escape to one of the many Denver public pools or aquatic centers. While neighborhood pools offer great options for families to play in the water, not everyone has a pool available nearby. Luckily, there are a number of great pools with amenities located throughout the Denver metro area. Cook Creek Pool Located in Lone Tree, Cook Creek Pool is one of many outdoor pools part of South Suburban Parks and Recreation. Cook Creek pool offers two pools. The larger pool is a typical lap pool complete with a diving board. The second pool is a zero entry pool with a slide, play area, and a fun water feature. There are numerous shade options and tables, and snacks are available at the snack bar. Adults get in for $6.50 while kids cost $5.50; however, those who live within the South Suburban residence area get approximately half priced tickets. Season passes are also available. Eldorado Springs Swimming Pool The Eldorado Springs …

Colorado Wildlife: Fun Places for Kids to Learn

One of the best things about living in Colorado is that there is wildlife right outside your backdoor. Deer, coyotes, owls and occasionally the stray mountain lion have been known to venture into neighborhoods. Luckily, there are a number of opportunities within Denver and the outlying areas where kids can see animals safely and learn how to protect Colorado wildlife as well. The Butterfly Pavilion No matter the time of year, its balmy and warm in the tropical rainforest housed at the butterfly pavilion, just 15 minutes north of Denver. Here children can interact with and watch 1600 butterflies in the encased area, but they can also explore a number of other exhibits where they can learn about invertebrates and insects. Brave little (or big) ones can even hold the resident tarantula, Rosie. The Denver Zoo Located nearby the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and City Park, the Denver Zoo offers a number of exhibits and shows sure to delight all children. The elephant and sea lion shows are popular among visitors, and families …

Hiking Near Denver: Intermediate

For families with older children, taking a longer or more strenuous hike is not only an option, but a welcome adventure to the kids. Parents are no longer held to strict schedules for nap times, which means they can drive a bit further to trailheads, and older kids can both walk unassisted and carry their own weight up the trail. While kids can be likewise wowed by beautiful vistas, it is good for parents to select a trail that offers additional characteristics to help maintain their interest and motivation. Dinosaur Ridge Trail Perhaps one of the easiest trails on the list, Dinosaur Ridge Trail is a great option for parents looking to introduce their dinosaur enthused kids to hiking. The trail itself is relatively short as well; it will only take hikers roughly 1-2 hours to complete the 2 mile trail. But there is a lot to look at and explore along the way. Kids can awe at geologic features and also see real dinosaur tracks while they walk, which is sure to get them …

Hiking Near Denver for Beginners

Hiking Near Denver: Beginners

One of the greatest attributes in Denver is the nearby access to the mountains and the abundance of trails available within a short drive. Exploring trails in the Denver metro area is a great way to keep the family active and to get kids interested in the natural world around them. While Colorado may be known for its longer, steeper high altitude hikes, there are a myriad of shorter hikes near Denver that are an appropriate length and difficulty for families of all ages. High Line Canal The High Line Canal is the closest and most accessible Denver area hike. The path starts in Waterton Canyon and zigzags its way across the Denver metro area ending in Aurora. The total distance is just over 48 miles long, but there are multiple points of accessibility, making it possible to do a quick out and back, depending on the needs and abilities of all members. The path itself is a dirt path that is relatively flat and shady, making it possible to use a jogging stroller or …