Month: July 2016

Great Restaurants to Avoid During Happy Hour

Great happy hours can be one of the most wonderful things in the world, but in Denver, some places get too packed and a little too cozy for the 4-7 time slot. Denver happy hour tends to come with few rules, but one of them is that you shouldn’t have to wait over an hour just to enjoy a cheaper drink or food. Even if you’ve heard so much about a place, we recommend checking out the following places during off-hours instead of happy hour. Work and Class With a hip, minimalist interior and a Latin fusion menu, Work & Class located at 2500 Larimer Street is one of the most popular restaurants at 5 pm in Denver. We’re not exaggerating: any time between opening and 8 pm will be around an hour wait just to be seated. Instead of waiting, head down the street to one of the other bars on Larimer and check back around 9 pm for a quieter vibe (this doesn’t really apply on Fridays or Saturdays, but that’s true for …

Denver Restaurants: Dining Al Fresco Downtown

Denver’s sunny weather allows for outdoor dining during almost every season. Sure, a blizzard or two might throw Denverites off, but the 60-degree weather that always follows leads to outdoor cups of coffee and sidewalk snacking. If you’re looking for downtown Denver restaurants where you can dine outside, we’ve got all the tips and tricks to help you have an enjoyable meal. Where to Go Plenty of places along the 16th Street Mall have open-air dining, but if you’re looking for something a little quieter and calmer, avoid the stretch from Glenarm to Arapahoe. Union Station, recently completely renovated, has plenty of outdoor spaces for dining and also an outdoor water feature for playing if you need to cool down. Larimer Street is loaded with restaurants, and with such a short walk to Coors Field, it’s always a good option if you’re looking for something before or after a game. Higher End If you prefer sitting on a bit more of an upscale patio, try ChoLon at the corner of 16th and Blake. Known for …

Colorado Camping for Families

Camping in Colorado is one of the greatest pleasures about living in this state. Not only does it provide the opportunity to get out and enjoy nature, but it forces everyone to disconnect and take a break for the weekly monotony of to-do lists and chores. While there are a multitude of options for camping, when camping with kids, it’s wise to consider accessibility to bathrooms, proximity to towns and stores, as well as the amenities of the campground. The following are a list of “favorite” camping spots, though it is by no means an exclusive or exhaustive list. Turquoise lake Located outside of Leadville, roughly 2 hours from Denver, Turquoise Lake is a favorite among Coloradans. With 8 campgrounds and over 300 campsites, there are ample opportunities to find a spot to pitch your tent. The lake itself provides a beautiful backdrop, as well as opportunities for boating and fishing. There are a number of trails nearby for hikers, with both easy and difficult paths. Be sure to prepare for high altitude weather and …

Hiking Near Denver: Advanced

For parents with kids who are used to hiking and have a fair bit of experience, there are a number of great opportunities for hiking near Denver in the front range mountains to delight and challenge them. As kids move from adolescence into their teen years, they are better able to sustain their energy for a longer hike and manage the elevation changes that come alongside that challenge. The hikes listed below are not the best for those with young children or who are not skilled or experienced hikers themselves, and parents should ensure all members of the family are acclimated to Denver’s altitude and up to the challenge. Mt. Bierstadt: Denver’s Most Popular Fourteener For many Coloradans, summiting a fourteener is a right of passage to becoming a true Colorado resident. While Bierstadt isn’t necessarily the easiest fourteener to ascend, it is located close to Denver, roughly 12 miles outside of Georgetown, which makes it fairly accessible. The hike itself is only 7 miles round trip, but it is a difficult 7 miles with …

An Exploration of Outdoor Art

Over the last few decades, Denver has become an even more interesting destination for art lovers. And as one of the sunniest cities in the country, Denver has a lot of great outdoor and public art, much of which is in a day’s good walk. A great way to spend a day getting to know Denver with the kids is to take a (long-ish) walk through Denver, checking out the art, and enjoying the scenes along the way. Start: Denver Public Library & Denver Art Museum The Denver Public Library and the Denver Art Museum (DAM) next door are pieces of art unto themselves. Just outside the Denver art museum you’ll find the sculpture “The Yearling,” a red chair with a life size horse on top. Next door, the DAM’s The Hamilton building juts out jaggedly along the sky scape. The building was completed in 2006, and the metallic exterior and unique shape are interesting viewed from the outside or within. While most of the art is housed indoors, there are a number of great …

Where the Locals Go: Denver Movie Theaters

Going to the movies might seem like an easy way to spend the day, but Denver has a wide range of options that might be confusing to a newcomer. From theaters that regularly show the Rocky Horror Picture Show to your average family-friendly cinema, Denver has options for any kind of moviegoer. If you’re indie and artsy… Head to The Mayan. Not only do they serve booze, but also this theater is located in the ultra-happening South Broadway area. The Mayan regularly shows avant-garde and indie flicks, as well as foreign films. With a unique interior, dramatic lighting and Mayan-inspired décor, the building is a historic site in Denver and makes for a great atmosphere. The Mayan only shows about three movies at once, so they come and go quickly. Make sure to check the monthly schedule so you don’t miss anything. Or maybe you’re edgy but not indie… Check out The Esquire on 6th and Downing. The Esquire regularly shows anime hits, including ultra-popular Miyazaki films, and throwback midnight movies like Jaws and The …

Must-See Scenery for Kids: 3 Spots South of Denver

Whenever visiting somewhere new, people tend to play tourist and see the sights iconic to that city. But when we move to a place, we are less likely to visit those same sights unless we have already done so or have visitors in town. While tourist spots are often underwhelming when seen in person, South of Denver near Colorado Springs, there are a number of natural wonders to wow your kids. Pikes Peak Cog Railway: On Top of the World Of course hiking a fourteener is on the bucket list of many Coloradans, but this accomplishment isn’t easy without kids and can be quite challenging with little legs in tow. Luckily, there are a number of options to get the view from the top without having to put in all the literal legwork. There are roads that go to the top of both Mt. Evans and Pikes Peak, but parents and kids alike will enjoy the experience of rolling up to the top of the mountain via the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The ride costs …

Dogs in Denver: What You Should Know Before You Bring Your Dog with You

Denver is a friendly city: bike friendly, weed friendly and definitely dog friendly. As you head out around town, you’ll see people with their pooches in all sorts of places, from King Soopers to the bike shop to the pharmacy. But before you bring your furry friends anywhere, you might want to read up on what’s allowed and what isn’t. The Basics Denver has a few dog-related rules that can result in citations if not followed. Dogs are required to be on a leash anywhere in Denver, except at the dog park. Authorities are particularly aggressive with ticketing dog owners at parks like Cheesman or Washington Park, so don’t just let your dog roam, as much as you want to. Additionally, all dogs in Denver are required to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. The Denver Animal Shelter provides low-cost rabies clinics as well as licensing. Stores Dogs are allowed on a storeowner-specified basis unless the store serves food. Food, while usually not a debatable item, now includes beer as many brewery owners found out …