Month: June 2016

Tips for the Best Experience at DIA (Denver International Airport)

Denver International Airport, the largest land-area airport in the US, is the most convenient way to get in and out of Denver without driving through cornfields or mountains. Unfortunately, it’s not always the most convenient airport to get to or navigate through, but we’re here to help you with some tips and tricks for any upcoming travel plans. Getting There The biggest problem with DIA is its location. When Denver’s Stapleton airport closed and eventually became a Denver neighborhood, Denver International Airport was built far, far away from the hustle and bustle of Denver. 25 miles outside Denver, DIA has completely different weather patterns, views and a whole lot of nothing surrounding it. Getting to DIA is easy by car, if you don’t leave during rush hour times, and parking runs between $9-$25/day. For short trips, driving is going to be your best option. A cab or Uber will take the same amount of time, but can be around $40-$60 per trip from downtown. The Super Shuttle is also an option at only around $14 …

Outdoor Movies for the Family This Summer

The warm summer nights provide the perfect opportunity for screening outdoor movies in Denver, and families living in the Denver metro area are not at a loss for options. Many parks throughout the area play movies for free during the summer months, and they often allow attendees to bring in their choice of food and non-alcoholic beverages. Other venues provide a more unique backdrop and experience, which results in a cost for attendance. Monday Movie Madness at Infinity Park Throughout the summer months, Infinity Park, located in Glendale, screens free movies on select Monday nights. The gates open at 7 and the film starts at 8 pm, and while there are food vendors on sight, those attending are encouraged to bring their own picnic, blankets and chairs to make the experience more enjoyable. During summer 2016, the park will show 5 films, all of which are relatively “family friendly.” Centennial Center Park Located off of Arapahoe Road, Centennial Center Park, renowned as one of the best park’s in the Denver metro area, has a few …

Best Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill

Denver’s Capitol Hill is a bustling hub of restaurants, rentals and hip condos built in former mansions. Located adjacent to Denver’s downtown, the neighborhood is one of Denver’s most accessible via walking, biking and public transportation. With colorful roots—the neighborhood used to be both a resting point for the Beat generation and a sanctuary for the gay community—and even more colorful boundaries—the State Capitol, Colfax Ave and Broadway—Cap Hill is known for its mix of hipsters, young urban professionals, and Denver natives with deep roots in the neighborhood. With one of the highest rental rates in Denver at 78%, Cap Hill’s transient, always-evolving culture leads it to have an artistic, boho vibe without too much pretense. Locally owned shops, including the famous Wax Trax record store and the first ever Quizno’s, make the area quirky and fun for Denver-newbies. Just the Facts Median home listing price: $327,497 Average age: 32 Median household income: $50-75k Walkability score: 4.5 out of 5 Food & Entertainment Cap Hill is a neighborhood full of delightful holes-in-the-wall and less-than-fancy dining …

Staying Cool This Summer

Let’s be honest: Denver is hot. And we mean literally. Summers in the Mile High have temperatures well above 90 pretty often. And with our semi-arid environment, the dry air just makes it feel hotter. For those that moved here from coastal areas or the north, the weather can be quite a shock. There are a few ways to deal with the heat in Denver. While some of these are logical—drink tons of water!—there are still some that aren’t necessarily popular in places that many people have moved from. Here’s our local’s guide to beating the heat. In-House Cooling Okay, so we’ve all heard of air conditioning. But there is another way to cool your house, and if you’re from a humid area, you’ve probably never heard of it. The swamp cooler. A swamp cooler literally pumps humid air into your house and cools it down. From areas with high humidity, it sounds crazy to want things to be humid, but we swear, these actually work. They use a fraction of the electricity that AC’s …

Things for Kids to Do: Summer Activities

While many children cheer the end of the school year, many parents find themselves at a loss of what to do during the long summer days. While it is ultimately good for children to be bored and learn to entertain themselves, it can add a bit of structure to the week to sign kids up for weekly classes or events while also enhancing their development. Throughout the Denver metro area there are a number of things for kids to do as daily or weekly events that are focused on promoting the development of young children. Story Time Throughout Denver and its surrounding suburbs, a number of bookstores and libraries provide story time focused on individual age groups. The Denver Public Library system offers story times for babies, toddlers, and all ages, sometimes with a bilingual focus. For a list of their times and locations, see their calendar here. Multiple libraries in the Arapahoe Library District also offer story time; however, many of the events are so well attended and popular that parents must sign up …

Where the Locals Go: Ice Cream

With summer temperatures that top 90 most days, Denver locals know how to cool down: with a good, old fashioned ice cream. But like most things, Denver isn’t about being vanilla. Denver’s local ice cream shops, spread conveniently across the area so you’ll never have to drive far, are all about flavor, local vibes and chilling out. Every Denverite has their personal favorite, so try these all before you choose your own go-to shop. Liks Ice Cream, Capitol Hill Like most Denver creameries, Liks makes their own ice cream in house. The shop, a local hit since 1976, serves up a variety of flavors, including blueberry cobbler and banana cream pie. Unlike other shops, Liks has some really hearty flavors, as there is literally cobbler mixed into their cobbler ice cream. With a dog-friendly patio, Liks is also a great destination for people walking in Cheesman Park or the Cap Hill neighborhood. Little Man Ice Cream, The Highlands With its giant milk jug exterior, Little Man Ice Cream is a local landmark and ultra-popular destination. …

Summer Camps for Kids

Many adults have fond memories of attending sleep away camps in their youth. There they formed bonds with kids they had never met from a variety of places, immersed themselves in outdoor activities, and enjoyed some time away from mom and dad. For those lucky enough to live in Colorado, there are a number of camp options available in Denver’s Rocky Mountain backyard. Camps range in age level and specialties, but ultimately there is a camp out there to meet the needs of every camper and his or her parents. Girl Scouts of Colorado Overnight Camps If your daughter is a Girl Scout or you are looking for a camp for just girls, the Girl Scouts of Colorado offer two excellent overnight camps within a few hours of Denver, running between 3-12 days each. Tomahawk Ranch is situated just outside of Bailey, Colorado. Campers here have access to running water and showers, and typically sleep in cots or bunk beds housed within lodges, seasonal shelters or platform tents. Campers at Tomahawk participate in a variety …

Biking in Denver: Rules, Roads & Shops

Even though Denver is one of the most bike-friendly cities you’ll come by these days, being a bike commuter or casual cyclist in the Mile High can sometimes be difficult. This comes from a variety of issues, including driver animosity and just finding the right route. Before you hop on your fixie, or before you go Google “fixie” if you’re not from a bike-centric city, consider the following things to help you get around Denver. Know the Rules There are rules. Even thought you’ll see these broken regularly, for your own safety and to avoid a citation, you’ll want to keep them in mind. These rules include stopping fully at red lights and stop signs, and riding on the same side of the street as a vehicle would. For a full list, check out bikedenver.org. As you begin riding more regularly, you might start to think, “but I can just slow down at this red light then continue going if no cars are coming.” The Denver Police regularly patrol areas in which this happens and …

Festivals for the Family to Enjoy this Summer

Summertime in Colorado means long days filled with sunshine, which provides ample opportunities to get outside and enjoy what Denver has to offer. During the summer months, Denver and the surrounding areas play host to a number of great festivals. While many of them are focused on adult entertainment, there are a number of options that are fun for the whole family, including parents. The Renaissance Festival Located about half an hour south of Denver in Larkspur, The Renaissance Festival runs on weekends throughout the summer from early June to early August. Kids will enjoy the musical entertainment, jousting and animal shows, and parents can get into the artisans and the variety of food provided. The whole family can enjoy the mirth and an experience only a day at the Renaissance Festival can provide. Adult tickets cost about $20, kids 5-12 are $12 and anyone under 5 gets in for free. However, coupons are often available at stores or restaurants in the Denver metro area. Denver Chalk Art Festival Early on during the month of …