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Mini Travel Guide for Denver, CO

So last weekend Stephen and I visited Denver, CO and had the best trip! I wanted to fill you in on everything we did so if you’re planning a trip you have an idea of where to stay, where to eat, and some things to do!

Where To Stay
We stayed at the Halcyon which is a newer luxury hotel located in Cherry Creek. Honestly a 12/10 stay. The hotel itself is gorgeous – they partnered with Restoration Hardware so you know their aesthetic is going to be incredible. The rooms are designed to make you feel like you’re at your home away from home – comfortable and cozy but still elevated. They also had so many nice touches like complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, wine and Champagne available everyday and they had water bottles and refillable stations by every elevator to make sure you stayed hydrated. The other main thing I want to mention is the they are located in the heart of Cherry Creek which ended up being our favorite area of Denver. If you’re from Raleigh, think of Cherry Creek as a much larger, more modern North Hills. It’s an outdoor shopping district with a ton of restaurants, bars and shops – from places like CB2 to more boutique stores. So it was really convenient just to walk from Halcyon to breakfast or dinner, and Halcyon had some great restaurants on site too. Overall, highly recommend!

Lobby of the Halcyon Hotel in Cherry Creek
Halcyon Lobby/Restaurant

Where To Eat
True Food Kitchen
Hapa Sushi
Cruise Room (at Oxford Hotel for happy hour)

Linger
Avanti

Aviano (coffee)
Happy Camper
Perdida Mexican
Little Man Ice Cream

Heaven Creamery (dairy free options too)
Narrative
Olive + Finch

Edgewater Public Market
White Pie
365 Bar
Forest Room 5

Frank & Roze (coffee)
Blue Pan Pizza
Uncle

Wild Flower Stowaway Kitchen
Cafe Mexicali

Drinks at Narrative
Aviano Coffee

What to Do
Boulder for the Day // Visit the Tea House, Sherpa’s Adventure, Gelato Boy
Après in the Clouds (at the Halcyon)
Visit The Oxford Hotel
Union Station (check out the Crawford Hotel here)
The Dairy Block (downtown Denver)
Milk Market
Drive through Cherry Creek, Country Club, and Wash Park neighborhoods to look at all the houses!
Meow Wolf
Red Rock Amphitheater (can just go and walk around/tour)
Botanical Garden Lights (if going during the holidays)
The Beer Spa (spa + taproom)
Garden of Gods in Colorado Springs
Visit Georgetown – you can take a train to the top of the mountain (if going during the holidays – apparently very festive with hot chocolate, Santa, roasted nuts, etc)

Après in the Clouds (at the Halcyon)
The Oxford Hotel
Dairy Block
Red Rock Amphitheater

Hope this round up helps! Thank you to all of you who left comments on my Denver photos with suggestions of what to do – was definitely helpful in writing this blog! As as whole, Denver really surprised us in the best way possible. Would 100% recommend visiting if you can.

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  1. Kara Ruth says:

    Thanks so much for sharing about Denver, I definitely look forward to traveling here one day.

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