So, I frequently visit Denver because I used to go to school in Boulder and many of my friends still live in Denver. Every time, I land in Colorado, I feel at home. Everything feels right. The people are so kind and down to earth, people stop on the street and tale a moment of their day to say hello and ask how you’re doing. We don’t usually see that in LA. I frequently tend to over extend my kindness in the city and it doesn’t work as well as it would in Colorado.
Where to Stay?
I usually stay with friends in the highlands (lower highlands) or with my boyfriend in Cherry Creek (such a cute little area & also known to be higher end). I’ve stayed at the following hotels for local staycations.
JW Marriott (Cherry Creek) This hotel which feels more like a boutique hotel is in the heart of the shopping district and fine restaurants. If you’re looking to get away from the Downtown craziness but still experience Denver, this hotel is for you. They are running special packages right now. Looking to come for a romantic getaway? Use code ROM or looking to come with the girls for some shopping? Use code SHO. At least you can tell your hubbies, you’re getting a discount!
Four Seasons (Downtown Denver) If you’re looking for a bit of class and five start treatment, you definitely want to be staying at the Four Seasons. They do it better than anyone else. You will not be disappointed in the type of room you get. In for a splurge, check out the premiere corner room, how amazing is this room?
Brown Palace Hotel & Spa (Downtown Denver) This romantic and charming hotel is located in the center of Downtown Denver. When you’re at the Brown Palace, you feel like you’re in a different city, it’s very charming, homey, yet still high class. I personally have not had their Sunday Brunch, but I’ve heard it’s amazing! (If you go, let me know!). They are currently running a promotion for Valentine’s Day that you can find here or use code 5RP. While you’re booking your Valentine’s Day getaway, make sure you book the stay in your PJs & breakfast in bed package, here. That simply sounds amazing!
Grand Hyatt (Downtown Denver) If you’re looking for something less expensive but still very nice, I recommend staying here and walking over to local restaurants. The Hyatt is located near the Hyatt Regency which boasts an incredible rooftop bar, Peaks Lounge, which I definitely would add to your bucket list.
Where to Eat:
Peaks Lounge: This has the best view of the city of Denver. I came here on a double date and it was the perfect spot to cozy up to and enjoy the sunset. Of course, the ladies enjoyed a glass of wine while our guys enjoyed some whiskey (and let me tell you, Denver has a huge whiskey variety!). Be sure to try their lobster mac n’ cheese, cheese selection, sliders and tacos.
Edge Restaurant: Every day from 5-7pm, they offer to take the edge off of your day with 50% off selected bar foods and drinks. They also offer live music on the weekends, so if you’re looking to get a little dancing in or enjoy a fun but not rowdy evening, Edge is the perfect place.
Terminal Bar (Union Station): Looking for something different? This is the perfect place. Every week Monday through Friday, they have happy hour from 4-6pm offering special drinks. If you’re a whiskey drinker, try the Wynkoop Sour and if you’re into a little bit of tequila, try the El Diablo. And, don’t forget to get a burger with those drinks!
Sushi Den (South Pearl Street): Ok, I’m a sushi lover (that might be an understatement), but Sushi Den is one of my favorite sushi spots. You can find Sushi Den in a cute neighborhood in Denver. Even if you don’t eat here, definitely check out the neighborhood. I also recommend a dinner reservation if you can make one, it tends to get quite busy there. I highly recommend on the sushi menu the firecracker roll, red dragon roll, kobe beef roll (a MUST), and the shrimp tempura roll. On their dinner menu, try the taste of sashimi, short ribs, and the kobe beef skewers.
Linger (LoHi): Happy Hour is served Monday-Friday from 4-6:30pm in their restaurant and rooftop. I love their waffle fries, wings (feel like that’s a must for a football game) and their sliders.
Truffle Table (LoHi): I love a cute place to get a glass of wine and try out some cheese and charcuterie and this place is the definition of cute and cozy.
Little Man Ice Cream: If you’ve just had dinner at Linger, walk outside and around the corner and get dessert at Little Man Ice Cream. If you didn’t have dinner at Linger, save dessert and get some ice cream. Before I became quite lactose intolerant (so sad), I would enjoy ice cream from Little Man. It’s such a cute spot, perfect for date night with your significant other or date night with your friends! Try the Space Junkie, Salted Caramel, Dulce de Leche, Strawberry and Banana Pudding.
Voodoo Doughnuts: I’m not much of a doughnut person, but if you are I’m pretty sure you will love this place. Best part is they are open 24 hours so you can fulfill that craving at any point!
What to do:
Go to Boulder! It’s a 35 minute drive from Denver and it’s so beautiful. I am not just saying that because I went to school there but it truly is a beautiful little town and the school campus is stunning. There are so many amazing restaurants to try out there (the Med, Brasserie TenTen, oak on fourteenth) and if you decide to spend the night, the St-Julien is the best hotel in town.
Last but not least, Red Rocks Amphitheater is a MUST! It’s such a beautiful and stunning place, words can’t express how beautiful it is.
Photography: Brandon Hill
(if you’re in Denver & need a photographer, Brandon is so sweet and knows exactly what he’s doing)
Where should I plan my next trip…any suggestions?