13 October 2015

Winter days in Denver

Not to be mistaken as simply a portal to the great state of Colorado, the buzzing capital of Denver is a rich source of cultural activities all year round and a hot spot in its own right. If you’ve had the good fortune to spend time in the city already, then you’ll understand why we’re spreading the word about this Old West town turned sophisticated metropolis; the perfect blend of urban energy with a rural demeanour and fresh mountain air. So as summer becomes a distant memory, we look at 4 reasons to celebrate winter in Denver, regardless of whether or not you’re on route to a snow-filled few days in Aspen-Snowmass.

Modern History

The general vibe in Denver is one of energy and progression; despite roots as a provincial cow town, the city you find today has cunningly kept up with the times, while proudly maintaining its sense of history. As the days drawn closer and the fresh winter air starts to get snappy, we recommend you soak up a bit of this old v new with a warming coffee at Pigtrain or cocktail at Cooper Lounge in Union Station. For 150 years the station has been a focal point of the downtown area, originally serving as a main transport hub, it has stood firm as a landmark despite coming up against fires and floods. Today you’ll find a beautiful building restored to all its former glory, bursting with life amid the many restaurants, bars, shops and boutique hotel it houses.

Your Culture Fix

From the State Capitol Building (with its famous ‘mile high’ step), to the Denver Art Museum and all the little places in between, Denver is a melting pot of cultural activity. Even in mid-winter, Denver’s climate is fairly moderate, but you’ll still need to wrap up a bit as you head out to explore the many interesting buildings, museums and galleries around town, stopping in to any that pique your interest. We particularly love the Clyfford Still Museum, but others worthy of a visit include Molly Brown House, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kirkland Museum.  For a truly Coloradan culture hit, you should take a trip to the Pepsi Center, home to the Colorado Avalanche hockey team and the NBA’s Denver Nuggets. Get in with the locals at a game or have a snoop behind the scenes, on one of the tours.

Shop ‘til you drop

We don’t know about you, but for us no trip to the US is quite complete without a bit of retail therapy. On this front, Denver delivers in spades, so how better to while away an afternoon that with some Christmas shopping? Larimer Square is a pretty bit of town with good boutiques housed in historical buildings, and plenty of cafes to refuel or take time out if the shopping bags get too heavy. For some unadulterated spree time, Cherry Creek is Denver’s go-to shopping haven and has all almost every shop you could dream of.

Eat, drink and be merry

There’s a thriving food and drink scene in Denver, so you’ll have the perfect excuse to indulge your winter layer. If you’re a beer fan, then trace the increasingly famous Denver Beer Trail and sample the huge variety of brews around the city, which was a trail-blazer in the emergence of craft breweries. Particular favourites are Black Shirt and Wynkoop. When it’s time to blot up a bit of the beer, pick from one of the many delicious farm-to-table restaurants you can find across town. Larimer Square and Union Station have become foodie hubs, and stand out places are Rioja and Mercantile Dining & Provision. We’re also big fans of Fruition, which is one of Denver’s most popular dining spots. We suggest you explore, as there are so many places in Denver to eat, drink and be merry.