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How To Spend A Weekend In Denver

I have to admit that last year when we visited Denver on our anniversary weekend, I didn’t really have a ton planned, which is pretty much unheard of for me. Normally I have every day planned out down to the minute so we can see and do as much as possible, but since this was an anniversary trip and we had some bigger trips coming up later on that year (Seattle, Europe, Disney World, and Napa), we just decided to keep it low key. But just because it was a low key trip doesn’t mean that we didn’t have a blast and that I don’t have some recommendations on how you can spend a weekend in Denver!

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  • Eat!- If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know how much I love good food and love exploring cities by eating my way through them, so it should be no surprise that this is one of my top recommendations for you during your trip to Denver! Denver is known for being a foodie city and has a wide variety of restaurants for you to try out, and I’m being completely honest when I say that we enjoyed every meal that we had while we were in the Mile High City. Definitely bring some stretchy pants with you during your trip to Denver and be prepared to eat your way through the city!
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  • Visit a brewery or two- Along with being known for a foodie city, Denver is also known for being a brewery city. With a wide range of craft breweries located throughout the city, you and your fellow beer lover will be in heaven with the amount of breweries that you can visit and brewskies you can try! If you’re an avid beer fan, you might consider booking a brewery tour with one of the many that are available around the city. These tours will take you to some of the more famous breweries, give you a tour, and give you a tasting as well! Just be sure to book well enough in advance! We waited too long and missed out on this opportunity!
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  • Visit a winery- I know that it’s ironic to talk about visiting a winery in the state of Colorado, especially when you’re pregnant, but trust me, you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to get your very own urban wine experience at the Infinite Monkey Theorem! Infinite Monkey Theorem is not only one of the first wineries to grow grapes in Colorado, but they’re also one of the first wineries to can wine as well! I’ll have a whole post about our visit to the winery later on, but trust me you don’t want to miss out on this fun experience!
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  • Go to a sporting event- If you’re an avid sports fan, you definitely don’t want to miss out on your chance to see either the Denver Rockies or the Denver Broncos play while you’re on your trip. Both sports complexes are located right downtown, which makes it perfect to escape for an afternoon or evening of some American classics. Just be sure to buy your tickets in advance!
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  • Go shopping along 16th Street Mall- To some, shopping while on vacation might seem boring or like something that they can do at home, but what makes 16th Street Mall so unique is the fact that it’s located right in the heart of downtown Denver, and that the mall is located completely outdoors. In Texas the weather is too hot to be shopping outdoors for over half the year, so we definitely enjoyed the cooler weather and walking up and down the 16th Street Mall.
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  • Get out of the city and go hiking- While this isn’t truly in Denver, you can’t go to Colorado and not take some time to enjoy the mountains and go hiking! Thankfully, there’s plenty of parks and mountains around, so it creates the perfect opportunity for you to get out of the city and enjoy the great outdoors. Chris and I opted to spend our last day of our trip, which also happened to be our anniversary, hiking in Red Rocks Park, mainly so we could see the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater!
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  • See a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater- Located just 15 miles away from downtown Denver, Red Rocks Amphitheater is probably the most iconic concert venue in the whole of the United States. Not only are you surrounded by these huge and beautiful red rocks that were created naturally by the earth, the amphitheater is supposed to be one of the best places to perform acoustically for performers. I will say that even if it’s somebody that you’ve never heard of before performing the weekend that you’ll be in Denver, make sure that you buy your tickets IN ADVANCE. Chris and I were debating about going to a concert while we were there and just decided to wait until we got there to buy tickets. Big mistake! By the time that we made it over to Red Rocks, the show was already sold out, which means that we had to head back to Denver, concertless. So definitely learn from our mistakes!
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And there you have it, my suggestions for how to spend a weekend in Denver! Like I said, most of these items are pretty low key, but isn’t that half the fun sometimes when you’re traveling, just to have a trip that you’re not going at 60MPH the whole time? I’m very happy to be linking back up with these wanderful women for some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have you ever visited Denver? Is there anything that I missed for a fun weekend in Denver?

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6 Things I Learned While Visiting Denver

Happy Monday everybody! After both of our flights were delayed this weekend, we’re finally back from our anniversary trip to Denver! In true after weekend trip hangover fashion, I’m linking up with Biana to tell y’all six things that I leaned while visiting Denver!

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  1. The altitude really can effect you if you’re not used to it- You’d think that this one is kind of a duh because everybody always talks about how the altitude effects people, and it really does! Chris and I aren’t in hardcore shape, but just walking up the incline to get into Red Rocks Amphitheater totally kicked our butts! I also found myself feeling a little bit more dehydrated during this trip, but that might be because of the lack of humidity along with the altitude. So definitely be prepared for not being able to be as athletic as you’re used to in Denver.
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  2. If there are still tickets left for a concert at Red Rocks buy them immediately because the concert will get sold out- I have to admit that this  trip was not very planned for us at all, which actually turned out to be a blessing since it was an anniversary trip, but that also meant that we didn’t buy any tickets in advance. One of the things that I had heard that we needed to do while we were in Denver was go to a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater. So when I looked online and saw that there was a concert on Saturday night and there were still tickets on Tuesday, I thought that’d be a great thing thing to try and do Saturday night. So after we were done with all of our other activities on Saturday, we drove out to Red Rocks, parked, and walked up to the entrance in the rain, only to find out that the show was sold out. Whomp whomp! So definitely learn from our mistake and buy your tickets to your concert at Red Rocks because chances are it’ll get sold out!
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  3. Denver people really like their beer- One of the things that we saw a lot of while we were in Denver was bars but breweries as well. In Houston we have quite a few craft breweries, but I don’t think the numbers compare to what Denver has! We were able to visit one brewery while we were there, but I know that my brother in law and other beer enthusiasts would have a blast visiting the Mile High City, even if it’s just to drink beer!
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  4. Wine out of a can is actually pretty good- Even though we really didn’t plan our trip out very much, I still did some research on things to do in Denver, and one of the things that I knew that I wanted to do was a tour of the Infinite Monkey Theorem winery. The Infinite Monkey Theorem is an urban winery that produces wine from Colorado grapes in the middle of downtown Denver, and they were one of the first wineries to put wine in cans. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable about wine, but the thing that I really loved was being able to try wine out of a can for the first time! Not only was it delicious, but it was so cool too! You’d better believe that I’m going to try and find some of this at home!
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  5. It can get hot in the Mile High City- When we originally booked our trip to Colorado I was really excited about maybe getting away from the Texas heat for a weekend, so you can imagine our surprise when we looked at the temperatures before we left and discovered that the highs were going to be in the 90’s while we were there! That’s still cooler than what it was in Houston, plus there wasn’t a ton of humidity, but I was still very happy that we hiked in the morning on Sunday!
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  6. Besides concerts, apparently Red Rocks Amphitheater is also used as a work out facility- When we missed the concert on Saturday night, we were still determined to go hiking at Red Rocks Sunday morning. We arrived early in the morning and saw that the amphitheater was actually open, so we decided to see what we had missed. Holy Batman, Denver! We were not prepared to see at least 100 people working out in the middle of Red Rock Amphitheater! All of those people were seriously so dedicated and pretty hard core running up and down all of those steps!
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And there you have it! We still managed to do a lot during our trip to Denver, but we also enjoyed having a much more relaxed and easy going trip for our anniversary! I can’t wait to tell y’all all about the rest of our trip!

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