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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