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Advisor - Abby Kulwicki
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Abby Kulwicki

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  • Colorado

  • Denver

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The streets of downtown Denver, Colorado.
Curator’s statement

Originally from the Midwest, I moved to Denver in 2021. I have fallen in love with the city and would love to share my favorites with other locals or visitors. Close to many beautiful mountain towns, Denver is a central spot to start an adventurous vacation!

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Where to stay in Denver, Colorado

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Things to do in Denver, Colorado

The city of downtown Denver and its bridge.

Denver Botanic Gardens: 24 acres showcasing plants from around the world. In the summer, enjoy "Music at the Gardens" as well as year round events and exhibits. Tickets can be purchased online here.

Breweries: Denver is known for it's beer! There are endless breweries and tours to hit. Head out to Golden, CO (~25 mins from Denver) to visit Coors. Or, hang out in Denver's RiNo neighborhood. Highlights: Ratio Beer Works and Our Mutual Friend Brewing

Art: The Denver Art Museum is a must hit for art lovers. You can view current exhibitions/buy tickets online here. The Sante Fe Arts district is a great area to bop between galleries.

Concerts: If timing works out, Denver is home to some awesome music venues and music-lovers alike. Look for shows at Red Rocks, Mission Ballroom and Bluebird Theater.

Parks: Sloan's Lake, Washington Park, City Park, and Cheeseman Park are awesome spots to enjoy the greenery in Denver. If you have a dog, check out Cherry Creek State Park (~25 mins from Denver ... where there are 107 fenced-in acres of land for dogs to roam without a leash.

Day Trips

Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park (~90 min drive from Denver) and/or Boulder (~40 min drive). Estes Park is the home of the famous Stanley Hotel. You can stop in Boulder on the way to walk along Pearl Street.

Summer: Hit up Golden Colorado and tube down the river! You can rent tubes but the cheapest option is buying your own from Walmart or Target.

Red Rocks: Morrison Colorado. Whether you're seeing a show or just checking out the grounds, this iconic amphitheater is a must visit. Anyone can access the concert venue when there is not a show and you'll often see locals using the steps for exercise on the weekends.

Places to eat & drink in Denver, Colorado

A plate at a restaurant in Denver.

Coffee/Breakfast

The Weathervane Cafe - Try: The chickpea wrap and the chai latte with oat milk, add orange blossom syrup (iced or hot.)

Queen's Eleven - Try: Iced oat milk latte (the best!)

Thump Coffee - Try: The smashed avocado on an everything bagel.

Rosenberg's Bagels - NYC style! Try their scallion cream cheese.

Honey Hill - Try: the lattes!

Brunch/Lunch:

Blue Moon Brewery - Try: The grilled cheese with tomato soup and the pretzel bites.

Stueben's Uptown for brunch, make sure to get the crispy smashed potatoes and the Wake Up & Rage breakfast cocktail.

Root Down - Try: Carrot cake french toast, the lamb burger, and the veggie burger slider.

Marczyk Fine Foods - Specialty grocery store - head to the deli counter for delicious sandwiches and prepared foods.

Dinner

Daughter Thai Kitchen & Bar - Try: Pad See Moa and the vegetarian crispy roll.

Ash'Kara - Try: whipped feta and the chocolate tahini brownie.

Linger - Try: chili garlic edamame, the carrot falafel plate and the bao buns.

Postino Wine Bar -Try: The Boards and the grilled cheese.

Pizza

Redeemer Pizza - Best for slices! Rotating specialty slices available daily.

Blue Pan Pizza - Award-winning Detroit style, thicker crust.

White Pie - Options include New Haven style crust (thin, similar to a flatbread) and Sicilian style (thicker, square pan pizza.)

Cocktail Bars

Lady Jane - Try: Chai Town or Blood Magic.

Run for the Roses. Let the bartenders help you decide!Room for Milly - Try: The SS City of Paris or Top Sid.

Honey Elixir Bar -Try: Honey Bear or RiNo Shrub.

The Tatarian - Try: The Senator or Saturn.

Need to Know

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