Denver’s Winter Wonders | Denver, Colorado

Denver Colorado skyline at sunrise, day after snow storm in winter, from City Park and Denver Museum of Science and Nature

Colorado may experience 300 days of sunshine a year, but that still leaves just about two months of winter wonder to enjoy. With over 300 breweries statewide, 49 ski terrain parks and fine dining to spare, there’s plenty to explore both indoors and out. Here are some of the winter wonders the Mile High City has to offer.

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The Art Hotel

An art connoisseur’s paradise, The Art Hotel offers a blend of refined comfort and intimate service. Throughout your stay, you’ll be surrounded by art pieces from Ed Ruscha, Nancy Rubins, Deborah Butterfield and Kiki Smith. Guests may also wander through the Portico Gallery with curated pieces from Denver Art Museum curator Dianne Vanderlip. Immerse yourself in Denver’s cultural scene with the Downtown Denver Cultural Package that includes 2 tickets to the Denver Art, History of Colorado and Clyfford Still Museums, and breakfast for two in FIRE Restaurant and Lounge.

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Wynkoop Brewing Company Tours

Wynkoop was Colorado’s first brewpub when it started in 1988, and, since then, their thirst for the highest quality beers has led them to hand craft porters, meads and cask-conditioned beers. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how it’s all done with a public brewery tour. As you walk through the historic J.S. Brown Mercantile building you’ll sample Wynkoop’s best beers. Tours are available Tuesday through Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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Restaurant Week

Satisfy your taste buds, Feb. 23 to March 4, as Denver’s Restaurant Week returns for its 14th year showcasing the Mile High City’s culinary delights. Hundreds of Denver’s top restaurants will offer multi-course dinners for $25, $35 or $45. Restaurant Week organizers recommend participants browse the menus and make reservations before attending their favorite locations.

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Weekend Amtrak Winter Park Ski Train

Although Denver itself isn’t the ideal city for shredding the slopes, Amtrak has made it easier than ever for residents and visitors to get to slopes. Every Saturday and Sunday through March 25, catch the 7 a.m. Weekend Amtrak Ski Train to the base of Winter Park Resort and dive into the powdered slopes of your dreams. From day trips to weekend getaways, the Winter Park Express is your ticket to a winter wonderland. Tickets range from $29 to $59, depending on availability and seats, so book early.

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Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park

Located just steps away from 16th Street Mall, the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park is a great place to treat the entire family to ice skating in the heart of the city. Open through Feb. 14, the rink offers skate rentals for $6 to $8, Monday through Saturday, and free rentals on Sundays. Admission is always free for visitors with their own skates. First time on the ice? Don’t fret. Skate lessons are available Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m.

Colorado City Life | Denver, Colorado

While Colorado has plenty of natural beauty (four national parks, 42 state parks, and eight national monuments to be exact), it also has its fair share of arts and culture. Enjoy an urban getaway in Denver, where there’s always something going on. Here are the best spots to check out in the Mile High City.

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The Crawford Hotel

Located inside trendy Union Station, The Crawford Hotel incorporates Denver’s rich history into newly renovated spaces. Each floor showcases a different era of Denver’s past, with styles ranging from Victorian to art deco. The unique hotel has views of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains. Add even more excitement to your stay with the Stranahan’s Curated Special. In addition to a two night stay, the package includes a tour of local distillery Stranahan’s (with Tesla chauffeur service), a bottle of whiskey, and two tasting glasses.

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Union Station

First established as a train station over a century ago, Union Station was recently renovated and transformed into “Denver’s Living Room,” a collection of local restaurants, bars, and shops. Be sure to stop by Milkbox, where you can choose from 16 flavors of local ice cream and a selection of boozy milkshakes – we recommend The Dignitary, with Coconut Almond Fudge and rum. To learn more about Denver’s past, you can tour Union Station. Tours include information about the building’s art and history and culminate in your choice of beer or wine at the Terminal Bar.

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Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic GardensYork Street location provides natural beauty in the midst of central Denver. Stroll through dozens of gardens featuring both local and international plants. Be sure to see (and smell) the Fragrance Garden, a collection of flowers and herbs that stimulate the senses, and the Victorian Secret Garden, inspired by the tropical gardens popular in the 1800s. Right now you can also see Calder: Monumental, a collection of sculptor Alexander Calder’s bold, geometric creations.

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Denver Art Museum

Famous for its variety of exhibitions and iconic architecture, the Denver Art Museum is one of the city’s best attractions. See everything from European paintings to bamboo carvings to interactive installations. La Musidora, on through October 29th, features colorful wicker rocking chairs that double as musical instruments – simply sit and rock in them to create your own music. Admission to the Denver Art Museum is free on the first Saturday of each month.

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Fiction Beer Company

Fiction Beer Company was created by a book lover and a beer lover that merged their interests and created “liquid literature.” Their brews are inspired by their favorite books, and categorized into “genres” including Classics, Adventure, and Fantasy. Try Old Bums and Beat Cowboys, a pale ale with citrus and tropical fruit flavors that was inspired by Kerouac’s On the Road, a novel that prominently features Denver.

Cinco de Mayo Getaways | Denver, Colorado

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Denver is home to a significant Hispanic population and one of the largest Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the United States. The city holds an annual Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival, now in its third decade.

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This vibrant and exciting event features live music, dance performances, and a parade. You’ll also be able to attend fun activities like a green chili cook-off between local restaurants, a taco eating contest, and even Chihuahua races! Sample Mexican culinary delights from hundreds of vendors, and shop for handmade arts and crafts. Book a getaway to Denver this year – it will be a Cinco de Mayo to remember! 

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Shop Til You Drop | Denver, Colorado

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Denver is the ultimate shopping destination, with an abundance of both malls and local boutiques. Shop at Larimer Square, a fashion district with upscale designer stores, or Cherry Creek, a collection of independently owned shops and boutiques. For great vintage finds, check out the antiques and crafts at Antique Row.

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Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel

A shopping getaway isn’t complete without a stay at an elegant hotel. The Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel is located in a historic building right in Downtown Denver. The comfortable rooms offer modern luxuries in a fresh style. The hotel also features 16 murals from Western muralist Allen Tupper True. Check out their current packages and book a girls weekend for your and your friends!

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