As you know I flew into one of my favorites places for a little girl’s getaway weekend in Colorado. Ali and I are both from California, but we both went to school in Colorado (at different times) and actually met each other in Los Angeles a couple years ago through a mutual friend. We’re a couple years apart which is why we hadn’t met in college but after meeting her at a 4th of July party, we immediately hit it off. We often get asked if we’ve known each other for years, but really it’s been just a little over two years.

We came right around the perfect time of the year. It was right before autumn completely left us but also just in time to pull out our winter clothes.Upon leaving for our trip, the weather in Los Angeles had been very warm and by warm I mean 110 degrees. Heading out to Denver was the perfect escape. I don’t think most people would wish for the snow, or at least not people in LA. As we headed out the day after our arrival we could smell that manure smell from Greeley, which meant it would snow! The light in our eyes brightened and though it didn’t snow for our shoot, the snow came falling down later that day. It was the perfect welcoming gift.

Upon our arrival at The Ritz-Carlton Denver, we were greeted by warm chocolate chips cookies in our living room.  One of the best perks of the The Ritz-Carlton Denver is their club level access, which includes about 4-5 food settings daily and an array of top shelf liquor (from hard alcohol to the best wines). Not only does the club level serve delicious bites and cocktails, but it is located on the 12th floor of the hotel where the views of downtown and beyond are stunning. It’s the perfect place to head for a sunset drink and appetizer before heading out to dinner. That’s exactly what we did. We had a few of snacks, specifically the bacon wrapped dates with chorizo, and a few glasses of wine, to hold us over until we had dinner reservations at The Source (Acorn). Here are a few of my favorite dishes: kale & apple salad, hamachi, gnocchi, wagyu beef tartare toast, and the meatballs. All of the dishes are meant to be shared so be sure to try a few dishes!

We spent the night out bar hopping, but you can only imagine there are only so many bars open on an off night but when you enjoy someone’s company, you don’t really care if a bar is super busy. It gave us the opportunity to talk, catch up and Ali’s friend had met us out. We went back to the The Ritz-Carlton Denver and ordered room service, because you just have to! We got the steak quesadillas and I love a good chicken tender dish late at night!

The next morning was spent eating breakfast at the club level enjoying the morning sunrise, sipping almond milk lattes and catching up on some work emails. We decided it was appropriate to kick start our morning with a bottle of champagne and some mimosas. This time, we chose to stay local and walked around Larimer Square and Union Station. Both are places that I recommend if you are looking to do something local and looking to grab a bite to eat. We had lunch at “The Kitchen” and I suggest the pasta bolognese and a glass of white wine. They pair very well together for a cool day.  If you are looking to get out of Denver, I recommend going to Boulder and staying at the St. Julien or renting a car and visiting the mountains. If you need recommendations on which mountain to travel to, please email me and I would be thrilled to share!

If you’re looking to plan a girl’s getaway or a getaway with your significant other, I highly recommend coming to the The Ritz Carlton Denver. Currently, they are offering several different overnight and daytime packages. You can find them here. We loved how central the hotel was to downtown and the highlands. Depending on where you visit when you leave the hotel, they have a courtesy shuttle service which was easy for us to get around as well as our pick-up from union station. I was able to call the hotel right before I got off the light rail, and the courtesy shuttle was there upon my arrival. There’s no better way to be greeted to a hotel than with the club level views of the most beautiful sunset and a glass of champagne. For more information on club level access and accommodations, you can reach the hotel at 303-312-3800.

Photography: Noah Berg Photography 

In collaboration with Ritz-Carlton Denver. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you to the brands and followers that make this blog possible. 

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