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Colorado

WHERE YOU SHOULD VISIT

Colorado Springs

The Broadmoor Resort 

This 5 star resort and spa is hands down one of my favorite places in Colorado Springs. From the picturesque lake and ballrooms to the amazingly delicious restaurants. The Broadmoor is located in the Cheyenne Mountain neighborhood just south west of downtown Colorado Springs and has boutiques, chocolate shops, a bowling alley/sports bar and a movie theater on site! If you ever have the opportunity to stay here-you MUST! I've been to most of the restaurants and the service through out the resort is incredible-even if you aren't a guest, the entire staff is always lovely. There's even a hallway by the south entrance that showcases all the famous people that have stayed at the resort including (most) Presidents of the United States, Shirley Temple, Walt Disney, the Shah of Iran and Prince Harry. 

Local Tips: When you eat at The Tavern, request to sit in the garden room and the mango sorbet is a must for dessert! If you're eating at the Golden Bee pub, get the pub burger- you won't regret it! If you're visiting during the holidays, The Broadmoor has a gorgeous light show and a seasonal Christmas store. Take a walk around the neighborhoods outside of the resort-gorgeous brownstones, huge mansions and some of the oldest homes in Colorado Springs!

 

 

 

Garden of the Gods

GOTG is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Colorado Springs--for obvious reasons! It's a great place to walk around and enjoy the beaut views. There are several areas around the park to pull aside and walk around and see different rock formations and views of Pikes Peak. There are also several easy level hiking trails at every end of the park. 

Local Tips: The park gets VERY busy when the weather is nice and the weekends-visit during the weekdays if you can. One of the best views of the rocks is right past the first main parking lot you will come across. Once you pass the parking lot you will curve to the left and there is a small carport to the left--pull aside there for the ultimate GOTG pic! Another great spot is just up Mesa Road on the way to the Garden of the Gods Country Club. You can see the kissing camels nestled below Pikes Peak. .

 

 

Mt. Cutler Hiking Trail

Colorado has some of the most stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and for those hiking lovers, Mt. Cutler is the perfect trail to see the beaut views! The trail is a little less than a mile long and any moderate hiker can handle it. There are plenty of stops up the trail for resting if you're traveling with kids and it's not too steep going up or coming down. There are plenty of views of the mountains to the west and city views to the east!

Local tips: Mt. Cutler is located between a nature center and other hiking trails. Stop by the nature center to see the wildlife that travel through the Cheyenne Mountains and learn more about Colorado's history. The road to the parking area at Mt. Cutler is windy and narrow so please drive cautiously and carefully. 

 
 

Food

Restaurants/Bars

  • Drifter's Hamburgers and Shakes (very similar to In-N-Out)
  • Amanda's Fonda (Mexican)
  • Shangri-La (Chinese)
  • Greek Cafe (Persian/Greek)
  • Black Bear Diner (All Day Breakfast/American)
  • Trinity Brewery (Local Brewery)
  • MacKenzie's (chophouse)
  • Nosh (Bistro and Global Cuisine)
  • The Tavern at the Broadmoor (American)
  • The Golden Bee at the Broadmoor (English Pub)
  • 15C (cigar and martini bar)
  • Ivywild School (renovated school house with brewery and local food shops)
  • Marigold (American restaurant and French bakery)
  • Over Easy (breakfast/brunch spot)

 

Coffee/Tea/Bakery

  • La Baguette (French bakery--all the croissants are incredible)
  • Dutch Bro's Coffee (drive thru coffee)

DENVER

RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATre

Red Rocks Amphitheatre and hiking trail is truly unique and something you will never experience anywhere else. The amphitheater nestled between two large rocks makes for an amazing concert experience and with view of downtown Denver in the distance, you can't beat it. The amphitheater is open during the day and even hosts events like 'Yoga on the Rocks,' 'Film on the Rocks,' and several summer concerts. Not interested in the amphitheatre? Hike along several of the trails around the park to see gorgeous Colorado views and red rocks. 

Local tips: Concert tickets can sell out quick or be expensive, make sure to keep an eye on the website. Visit red rocks just after it snows-the snow covered rocks are so beaut!

 

RiNo Art district

 

Visit the RiNo (River North) neighborhood in Denver, where you'll find lots of local breweries, restaurants, shops and an amazing street art scene! Throughout the neighborhood, you'll find long blocks of street art scattered up and down alleyways. While there are a lot of bold patterns, colors and words, that I will never be able to read, there's tons of pop culture related art too--such as Stranger Things and superhero related.\

Local tips: Try Denver Central Market for a variety of locally owned business at super affordable prices! Check out the breweries and cideries around the area like Epic Brewing Co., Stem Cidery, First Draft and Our Mutal Friend Brewing. 

Brunch Spots

SNOOZE an A.M. EATERY (700 North Colorado Blvd)

Calling all pancake lovers! Snooze offers several egg options, various styles of eggs benedict and the absolute best pancakes you will ever have. Pancakes flavors including blueberry danish, molten chocolate, peanut butter, sweet potato and special daily flavors-- these large servings will leave you happy and full!

Local tips: There are usually long lines on the weekends and if you aren't super hungry--share with someone--portions are very large and filling! The mimosas are delicious and they have the best hot chocolate!

LUCILE'S CREOLE CAFE (275 South Logan St.)

If you're craving New Orleans style french toast with biscuits and delicious homemade jams, you need Lucile's in your life! Lucile's has a few locations around the Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins area. Usually found in a small unconventional home, you'll find authentic beignets, eggs and grits, seafood and the best spiced tea you'll ever have! Big portions at a really good price!

Local tips: Plan to wait in line if you go on a weekend or are dining with a large group. The spiced tea is amazing and they offer it hot or cold. Make sure to literally try all the jams, if you only see a few - ask to see if they have any others not found on your table!

 

FOOD

  • Rush Bowls (amazing acai and smoothie bowls)
  • Hillstone (American)
  • Surena (Persian)

MORE COMING SOON!