Part two of our Colorado trip took place in the awesome city of Denver. With only two days we wanted to make the most of being in a place we’ve never been so we asked around town once we got there about what we should do. Nate is much better at starting up conversations with random people than I, and I am forever grateful for that. I can jump in on any conversation but I’m so awkward with the starting line. Reason #2948 Nate is amazing! Anyway, I definitely recommend asking your Uber drivers, waiters/waitresses, bartenders, etc. about the best places to go wherever you travel.
The only downside (which, coincidentally, I thought would be an upside) was that we went on Labor Day Weekend. Everywhere we went we heard comments about how dead the city was for a weekend. Apparently, people in Denver have the same idea as people everywhere else in the country and travel on a long weekend, haha!
We got to Denver in the morning and were lucky enough to be able to check in early. After a slight vacation pause (the drawback of having a boyfriend that owns a business, working on vacation), we headed to Larimer Square in downtown Denver. It’s one of those cute streets with lights strung over it, trendy boutiques, and 5 star restaurants… my kind of place!
We sat on the rooftop of Tamayo Denver, which I chose because they were voted best guacamole in Denver, so obviously, we got the guac. SO good. We also had amazing prickly pear margaritas that changed margs forever for me and I’m still dreaming of that bright pink goodness. And we got queso, because, queso. After our lunch we walked around the shopping area then headed to a neighborhood called Baker about 5-10 minutes outside of the city to hang out with some friends from Indiana.
Almost every single person we got recommendations from suggested we catch a Rockies game at Coors Field so we took their word(s) for it and went to a game Friday evening. We got there super early and it was a little rainy (hence the millions of empty seats in this picture) but the bar area filled up quickly and we definitely felt the party vibe! The tickets were only around $10 and the view was awesome. My phone camera (to do list: get a real camera) could not do it justice. We only stayed a few innings then went to grab dinner downtown, near the field. My favorite part of the night was stopping into a great bar, bar name, and chatting up the bartender and a few new friends until late. 🙂
Day two started early with a trip out to Red Rocks. We almost didn’t go but everyone kept telling us to and I’m so glad we didn’t skip it! There were tons of people there working out, I never thought I would be jealous of someone working out and want to join in! After that we had to drop our rental car off, then walked to a brunch spot I found online. The wait was an hour and forty-five minutes… we basically ran away from the restaurant upon hearing that. However, there were still people waiting, so Snooze Eatery must be great! We found a bagel café close-by called Hi Rise Bakery and I had a heavenly bagel, egg, and sausage sandwich, complete with artichoke cream cheese, so all’s well that ends well.
We then went to the A Taste of Colorado street festival, which was the best ever!! They had dozens of booths where you could get samples from different restaurants, drinks, art booths, and live music stages. Everything was exchanged with tickets specifically for the fair that were $10 for 15. With our 30 tickets we got beers, cupcake samples, a huge snow cone, and a bag of caramel corn! We found a classic rock stage with a Rush cover band playing, they were amazing! My dad is a huge Rush fan so I had to send him a video, he loved it. 🙂
After our sugar rush ended, our travel adrenaline did too, and we had a much needed nap. Then we went to dinner at Denver Chophouse & Brewery, where we had the best experience! We had an awesome waiter who knew how to get a great tip; he wished me a happy birthday after carding me even though it was 4 days after my bday (bonus points!). In celebration, we ordered a bottle of Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, which is one of my favorites. The steak was perfectly cooked and we had such a great time relaxing and enjoying the last night of our trip. We ended the meal with the best chocolate cake of my life, which I don’t say lightly. I honestly don’t have words for it and I actually asked our waiter to mail a dozen to my house, haha!
I hope some of my suggestions help if you’re planning a trip to Colorado! Boulder and Denver were wonderful places to visit and explore, we should we go next!?