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A Weekend in Denver: The mile-high city full of chill

Updated: Nov 8, 2019

What are the best things to do when visiting Denver? Oof, that's tough - but as one of our favorite cities to meet up with friends in, why not share a summary of thoughts based on an amalgamation of several different weekend trips!

Denver, Garden of the Gods, Nature
Garden of the Gods - a great day trip from the city!

Denver, the mile high city with the Rockies in the background and a brewery on every corner - the ideal destination for a weekend getaway (or several). We put together this little snippet to maximize chill time!

Helpful tips:

  • So much to do, but so little time - definitely take the time to wander through the various neighborhoods - each one with its own little quirks!

  • Bring sun cream, the city gets a lot of sun, and you'll want to relish in it as much as possible

  • Brewery hopping really was our favorite activity here - you'll see it features heavily in this post!

Itinerary - what itinerary? Just go with the flow of your favorites between nature, breweries, food and city strolling!

Now for the real details!


Where to stay?

  • Our hands down favorite neighborhood to stay in is RiNo (River North Arts District), very cool neighborhood with lots of food, drink and wall art

  • We've either stayed in an Airbnb in the neighborhood or at The Source

  • As a back-up, I've also enjoyed stayed in the LoHi (Lower highlands)

What to do?

  • While we've spent a good chunk of our time in Denver with a mixture of eating and drinking (outlined below) - the cool part is that there is so much nature nearby

  • Catch a concert at the Red Rocks Ampitheater. I've never been, but would 100% go if there was a concert I wanted to watch, I heard it's awesome

  • Take a drive to Boulder - some hikes you can do around there and lots more food and drink from what I've heard

  • Get out of the city with a day trip - we went to the Garden of the Gods and really enjoyed it!

Where to drink?

Where to eat?

  • When it comes to food, my favorite thing in this city is the abundance of food halls, a great way to get a smattering of different food and lounge around. A few of these are: Denver Central Market, The Source, Avanti, and Denver Milk Market

  • Before you start drinking the day away - you can grab some yummy brunch. Snooze A.M. is always hopping (though a long line) and I've enjoyed Stowaway Kitchen as well!

  • For dinner... you also can't really go wrong with loads of top restaurants to choose from. I don't have a particular favorite, but have generally enjoyed the food and vibe at most I tried

  • You should most definitely top all this off with some scrumptious ice cream at Little Man Ice Cream...was delish!

Little Man Ice Cream, Denver, Fall
Beautiful Fall day outside of Little Man Ice Cream

Final Thoughts

Would you recommend to your friend / family? Yes, in fact we love it so much it is on our short list for living locations

Would you return? Yes, and we already have plans to for a reunion with some friends

Favorites to speak of:

  • Lodging: The Source was quite cool, they even gave us a beer when we arrived... at 2am

  • Activity: Getting out of the city is really quite a treat and easy to do - with many options for some nature time. We chose Garden of the Gods before, but definitely planning to try others on future trips

  • Eating/Drinking: Oof... not sure, so many to choose from and continually new ones popping up

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