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Denver, CO, USA
Look for a hip crowd of 20- and 30-somethings mingling outside a corner cafe in Denver's youthful Capital Hill neighborhood. This marks the entrance to the city's new favorite breakfast joint, Jelly. Enjoy Bloody Mary's with a garden of veggies on...
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1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206, USA
There’s more to the Botanical Gardens in Denver than just the pretty face of its landscaped grounds and beautiful flowers. It’s also a world-class research center with a mission to connect people with plants...
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4700 Cherry Creek S Dr, Denver, CO 80246, USA
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It's a bright, sunny Sunday morning in Denver. We're too relaxed to pack the car to head into the mountains. We don't much feel like heading out on the bikes. The Broncos, Rockies, Nuggets, and Avalanche are all out of town. So what do we do? We...
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1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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You've got two options: a drink at Wynkoop Brewing Company, or a wander through the Denver Modern Art Museum. I chose wrong. It took half a dozen pints of Cowtown Milk Stout to wash away the memory of that museum's dreadful third floor exhibition....
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1405, 770 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203, United States
Marczyk Fine Foods is a Denver treasure, boldly opening a small gourmet neighborhood grocery in this time of Whole Foods Everywhere. But the Marczyk brothers and Pete's wife Barb, have created a new Denver institution, helping transform Denver's...
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1512 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Sometimes I love to have long lunches “for one.” Either in the company of my laptop, a good book, or simply my thoughts. I pick a place with good food, uncrowded seating, and I plop myself down for an hour or two. Le Grand Bistro is one of my...
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1705, 1420 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Denver may be 4,889 miles from the Place Vendôme in Paris, but Bistro Vendôme serves up little tastes of Paris right from Larimer Square. Decor: This Room Has A View With a decor that harkens back to the city’s humble bistros, Bistro Vendôme is...
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144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Over 100 years ago what is now the McNichols Building was a Carnegie Library, complete with shushing librarians. Today, quite the opposite is true, with staff encouraging interactive and boisterous reactions to art and music on display. This...
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1727 Tremont Pl, Denver, CO 80202, USA
It’s one of those buildings that you walk by all the time, yet have no idea what goes on inside. What does go on inside? Well, plenty. The Navarre Building was a bordello, fancy dining club, and jazz hot spot, and is now an art museum housing one...
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1365 Osage St, Denver, CO 80204, USA
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Did you know it’s rude to put soy sauce on food in Japan? They’ll teach you the finer ways of Japanese cooking at Domo, a hidden treasure in downtown Denver. And while the restaurant’s exterior looks like an industrial warehouse, the interior...
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1925 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Inspired by Brooklyn's Barcade and Portland's Ground Kontrol, The 1up is Denver's take on an arcade bar. Stocked with 15 pinball machines, 3 skeeball lanes, giant Jenga sets and 45 classic arcade games including Donkey Kong, Frogger, Pac Man, NBA...
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1313 E 6th Ave, Denver, CO 80218, USA
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In his drive to cook with what’s available season to season, Denver chef Alex Seidel went so far as to buy a 10-acre farm outside the city. Fruition Farms raises Italian bees and heritage-breed hogs, and maintains...
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2620 16th St, Denver, CO 80211, USA
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It's easy to find Little Man Ice Cream: Just check around for the 28-foot-tall milk can. This iconic landmark is not just about head-turning looks, it’s about serving the freshest ice cream. Located across the river...
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1100 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80218, USA
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Did you know that Dazbog is the name of an ancient Slavic solar deity? Also happens to be one of the best coffee roasters in Denver! Head to this full-space location, order a drink (I got the seasonal pumpkin-spice latte) and be sure to grab a bag...
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523 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203, USA
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If the name of this place reminds you of the Boston landmark, you’re on to something. It was named after Steuben’s, a Beantown hot spot from the 1940s well into the ’60s, known for jazz, big band shows, and...
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90 S Valley Rd, Littleton, CO 80401, USA
You are being watched. For 3,000 years (2,000 BC - 1,000 AD), Native Americans encamped beneath these towering fountain formation monoliths. After a twenty five minutes drive southwest from downtown Denver, you will experience an environment few...
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1628 16th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
Known for hosting readings by big stars in the literary firmament, Tattered Cover Book Store originally opened in 1971 in a mere 950 square feet of space in the Cherry Creek North area. The enterprise has grown to...
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3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216, USA
Whether you want to try a new restaurant or shop somewhere that will satisfy your inner foodie, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better place than the Source in Denver. Located in an 1880s foundry building in the up-and-coming Riverfront North...
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4303 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216, USA
"Anything on Wheels!" boasts their website. That means a vast historical display of antique cars, trains, buggies, bicycles, vintage motorcycles, exotic cars, cabooses, and carriages. Located north of downtown Denver, just off Interstate-70 on...
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18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465, USA
Just outside of downtown Denver, Red Rocks Amphitheater is the only naturally-occurring acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world. Since it first opened in 1941, it has been home to iconic music performances, from opera to rock. The stage is...
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1400 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
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Boulder's Oak at Fourteenth has an unpretentious, laidback vibe paired with serious wood-fired cookery. The “Shawarma” with shishito peppers, Colorado feta, and chickpea panisse are all favorite share plates—sit at the chef's counter to be close...
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321 17th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
With more than 125 years of history and hospitality under its belt, the Brown Palace Hotel is one of Denver’s most celebrated and architecturally significant buildings. It was the country’s first fireproof hotel, built with terracotta...
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Denver, CO 80202, USA
A shopkeeper recommended that I check out Union Station during my 2-day stay in downtown Denver, mentioning that it had recently opened and was full of shops and restaurants. I strolled in and immediately looked up: the architecture of the...
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1530 16th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
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Denver's Kitchen, a restaurant that was first opened in Boulder back in 2004, describes itself as a community bistro. Its goal is to gather people and to create community through food. Partnering with like-minded farmers and ranchers, the Kitchen...
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Piney Lake, Colorado, USA
The Upper Piney trail is about a 12-mile roundtrip hike through aspen and evergreen trees. You can cut it in half by turning around at the picturesque waterfall about 3 miles in. Beyond the falls the trail gets steeper the closer you get to Upper...
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Baseline Rd & 9th St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
If you visit Boulder, hiking is a central part of the experience. There are many trails that criss-cross Chautauqua Park, but if you hike the ones under NIST you will find them to be much less crowded. Take the Table Mesa exit off the 36 Highway...
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137 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
This is a great photo by Robin Johnson of a family at the 2012 Oktoberfest in Breckenridge, Colo. The party is the largest in the Rocky Mountains, so it helps to have a little local's knowledge -- 1. Friday and Sunday tend to be a bit quieter, so...
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Nederland, CO 80466, USA
In 1994, a newspaper reporter in the town of Nederland discovered that one resident, a Norwegian immigrant named Aud Bauge, had been keeping her father’s cryonically preserved corpse in a shed behind her house for half a decade. Thus was the...
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Bear Lake Rd, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA
There is fall foliage. And then there's the Odessa–Fern Lake backpacking circuit in Rocky Mountain National Park in late September. Most years, this is the peak of Colorado's crispest, most spectacular, leaf-gasmic yellowness, and on this day, as...
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King Lake, Colorado 80466, USA
I was hiking the King Lake Trail, in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, doing a 48-hour solo loop backpacking trip. It was late August. The wildflowers were going crazy, but up here just beneath the Continental Divide, there was still plenty of snow and...
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1770 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302, USA
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I love a good back story behind my local tea house. The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse obliges. It was a gift to the city of Boulder from its sister city, Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, in 1987, though the building sat around in crates for a...
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126 Riverfront Ln, Avon, CO 81620, USA
If you don't feel confident enough on your snow legs to try out skiing or snowboarding, you can drop your center of gravity to the ground and go tubing instead. At Beaver Creek Mountain's Haymaker Tubing Hill, people of nearly all ages and...
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Rim Rock Drive, Fruita, CO 81521, USA
If you're in Western Colorado - or in Moab, Utah - don't overlook Colorado National Monument just outside Grand Junction, Colorado. This is a quiet location with spectacular rock formations to view.
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Crested Butte, CO 81224, USA
One of the most beautiful hikes I've experienced is the one from Aspen to Crested Butte, Colorado. The hike, which takes you from the Aspen side over the West Maroon Pass into Crested Butte, will take you about 6 hours, is 13 miles and about 1,500...
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52068 W Fork Rd #38, Dolores, CO 81323, USA
Among the most lauded hotel openings in recent years, Dunton Hot Springs is a glitterati mainstay, with its batch of former mining community cabins that look straight out of a Ralph Lauren catalogue. You don’t have to book a pricey stay at...
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4250 Divide Rd, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
Going around the rocky mountains on a dog-sled is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The scenery was simply breathtaking, not to mention that my dogs were adorable. After this experience, you'll have a better appreciation for the world we...
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Maroon-Snowmass Trail, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Aspen is a playground for the active traveler. No matter how many times I visit, I always set aside time to bike to Maroon Bells. Rent a bike from the Hub, a cycling store in town, and be sure to bring a water bottle and even some snacks for...
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Rio Grande Trail, Colorado, USA
My morning routine in Aspen always starts with a run along the Rio Grande Trail. The trail is easily accessed from downtown and stretches 41 miles between Aspen and Glenwood Springs with an elevation change of 2,120 feet. It used to be an old...
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Crater Lake, Colorado 81611, USA
It's easy to go off on a solo hike along one of the many trails around Aspen. But I tend to be a nature geek and like to know what I'm looking at. If you call ahead to the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) can connect you with a...
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2037, 685 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
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When I worked at Food & Wine Magazine, my colleagues and I would religiously hit Ajax Tavern as soon as we descended upon town for the annual Food & Wine Classic event. The draw: Ajax's addictive truffle fries. There are times where I...
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Rim Trail S, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
A fun hike or mountain bike trail is the Rim Trail. Even though there are two places to hop on the trail, I personally recommend starting at the side near the Snowmass Mall off Divide Road. The trail is a series of tame switchbacks that traverses...
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Willow Lake, Colorado 81611, USA
Most people that backpack in the Maroon Bells Wilderness Area usually either go over West Maroon Pass to Crested Butte or go over Buckskin Pass and camp at Snowmass Lake. A lesser known lake is Willow Lake. With fewer visitors, this is a secluded...
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Smuggler Mine, Colorado 81611, USA
Aspen’s history runs deep with silver mining. People came to Aspen in the 1800’s in the hopes of getting rich by finding the mother load of silver nuggets. Scattered across the mountain sides are mining shafts so be careful where you step. For a...
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American Basin, Colorado 81235, USA
One of my favorite places for photographing wildflowers in the Colorado mountains is American Basin which is near Lake City. The drive up to the the basin gets a little tricky and 4 wheel drive can be necessary. But, wow! so worth it. The flowers...
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Americas
The Ouray/Telluride area of southwest Colorado is one of my all time favorite places in the mountains. Ouray is low key (no slopes here) and Telluride is a bit glitzier, with it's world class skiing and snowboarding, but it still has an authentic...
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Mesa Verde, CO, USA
For anyone who believes that truly historic architecture doesn’t exist in the states, Mesa Verde National Park will make you think again. Still standing in the park are cliff dwellings built in AD 600 by the ancestral Pueblo people who once...
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164C Society Dr, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Telluride is blessed with several great coffee shops, but Steaming Bean is special for its world-class loose-leaf teas. Sure, you could come in for the home blend, the local organic roast, the daily drip, or the French press. You could enjoy the...
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Telluride, CO 81435, USA
First time in Telluride, and it has been fantastic. Great place to learn to snowboard, the snow is amazing. The mountain is beautiful, and the people are so super friendly. You instantly feel right at home. The Jalapeño Margarita at Tomboy Tavern...
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Black Bear Pass Summit, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Some people call this show-stopping section of vertiginous rock cliffs on Forest Service land the Iron Way, but area romanticists use the Italian name. If you can’t stand staying in the foothills when Telluride’s mountains beckon, the...
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5234 US Hwy 285, Antonito, CO 81120, USA
The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad gives you unparalleled vistas of a slice of New Mexico. Originating in Chama, NM and culminating in Antonito, Colorado, the narrow-gauge railroad offers a six-hour beautiful ride through the ore-rich Rocky...
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320 S Galena St, Aspen, CO c-1818, USA
Paradise Bakery has been opened since the 70’s. You might see a franchise in malls around America but this is the original and one of the only ones that serves ice cream. All their treats, muffins, cookies and brownies are scrumptious, especially...
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Independence Pass, Colorado 81210, USA
Driving up Independence Pass is a beautiful way to spend the afternoon and along the way to the top of this 12,096’ pass you can stop at highlights. For the thrill seekers, near the Grottos there is a series of waterfalls that flow into a crystal...
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Paonia, CO 81428, USA
Barring the odd year that a late frost decimates the crop, the orchards around the western Colorado town of Paonia, located about four hours away from Denver, get heavy with fruit every summer and fall, thanks to a valley microclimate friendly to...
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1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, USA
Garden of the Gods is a geologic wonderland on the west side of Colorado Springs at the foot of Pikes Peak. It's easily accessed from I-25, the main highway that runs along Colorado’s Front Range and connects Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Castle Rock,...