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Weekend inspiration: Denver

By Kelsey + Courtney Montague

Booming with new residents, restaurants, bars, outdoor activities and even the sports scene, Denver is definitely worth a visit.

As fourth generation native Coloradans, we are proud of our state and the rate it continues to grow. Whenever our friends come into town for the weekend, here's our snapshot of the best this city has to offer.

Friday evening

If you're looking for a great boutique hotel experience, check out the new Born hotel in the LoDo neighborhood. It's central to everything you'll need to see in Denver, and the rooms are modern with luxurious bathtubs. If you need a lift around town, they have a state-of-the-art Tesla car with a driver to get you wherever you need to go.

If you're looking for a turn-of-the-century charmer, check out The Oxford Hotel. This stunner of a building is the oldest hotel in Denver and is rumored to be haunted. Their restaurant, Urban Farmer, has arguably the best steaks in Denver, and their bar, the Cruise Room, makes you feel like you've stepped back into the 1920s.

After you get settled, head to the Union Station area and grab dinner at Kimbal Musk's (yep — Elon's brother) restaurant, The Kitchen. The food is farm-to-table, the seafood is sustainable and the location can't be beat.

After you've eaten, head over to the Cruise Room in The Oxford Hotel for a prohibition style cocktail — the best in town, in our opinion. Or, if you want to go somewhere fancier, make a reservation and go to the slightly hidden bar on the second floor of Union Station's main hall, Cooper Lounge.

Snooze restaurant

Saturday morning

The next morning, we recommend waking up early and grabbing breakfast at Colorado's favorite brunch spot, Snooze. Started by two brothers many years ago, we remember when it was just a little spot on Colfax. It's now a multi-restaurant, multi-state empire but has kept that chill Colorado vibe.

There is almost always a line, so put your name in and play a game of cornhole with other guests waiting to eat. When you sit down, check out their pancakes and their breakfast tacos. Honestly, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

Saturday afternoon

If you're looking for a little outside adventure, we recommend a hike. Download the All Trails app that lets you find a great hike based on the difficulty, terrain and area you are looking for. If you're looking for a challenge in the summer or fall, Herman's Gulch up I-70 is a great hike and ends above the tree line at stunning Herman's Lake.

On your way down, stop in Idaho Springs for a soak at Indian Springs hot springs — or splurge for a roll in their mud bath — and be sure to get a pizza slice at Beau Joe's. The altitude is sure to leave you ravenous!

Saturday evening

That evening for dinner, check out Linger – an "eatuary." This place has become a Denver institution with a stunning rooftop bar and divine cuisine categorized by the area of the world it represents. Why is it called an "eatuary"? Probably because the Linger building used to be one of Denver's biggest mortuaries … a little creepy, but mostly cool.

Little Man ice cream cone
Little Man ice cream flavors


After dinner, head downstairs and grab an ice cream at Little Man and put your name in for the speakeasy Williams and Graham up the street. The folks at the front door will take your name and, when it's time, lead you behind a hidden door in a bookcase into a stunning bar with even better drinks.

Sunday morning

The next morning, head to RiNo (River North) — Denver's art district. Stop by the hipster Central Market for an espresso and baked goods at what we believe is the best bakery in town — Izzio. The chocolate layered croissant is delicious. Enjoy your coffee while you walk the streets and experience some truly awesome street art. Every year, artists are invited from all over the world to create new work in the RiNo area at Denver's Crush event. Shepard Fairey just finished a huge art piece on the side of the Central Market.

Sunday afternoon

You can't go to Denver without attending at least one sporting event. We Coloradans bleed orange, so if you can get a ticket to a Broncos game, go and make sure you are wearing orange! Otherwise, the Rockies (baseball), the Avalanche (Hockey) and the Nuggets (basketball) are all worth seeing. Before a game, stop by Wynkoop Brewery in LoDo, our governor's first business, to try one of their many flavors of brewed goodness.

Kelsey's mermaid mural

Sunday evening

If you're hungry after the game, head over to El Camino in the West Highland neighborhood. This place is a local favorite with great deals and even better margaritas. Then, stop by Kelsey Montague's ever-changing local winged mural at Meade and 32nd. Take a snap, post it with our hashtag #WhatLiftsYou and let everyone know what your favorite part of Denver was.

Pro tip: If you have time, Comedy Works is an awesome comedy club in The Landmark, a place in Denver's Tech Center. Kelsey Montague also has three murals in the area, including her famous mermaid tail and three-story giraffe. Check out her murals before a show.

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