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The Best Way To Spend 48 Hours in Denver

The Best Way To Spend 48 Hours in Denver

Short trip, long trip, not enough PTO? If you're contemplating where to travel next and you haven't visited the Mile HIGH City before, you should. No matter the season there's a slew of things you can do, some that won't even cost ya any money. Go hiking, camp out, visit a brewery, eat delicious food, burn, eat, burn some more, eat again, etc etc. You get the point right? 

Since options our endless, we'll break it down for ya to 48 hours of non-stop awesomeness in Denver, Colorado. 


 

Friday

 

5 p.m.

1.)  Arrival Info

Denver International Airport: Not all airports allow Uber drivers to pick up passengers, but thankfully this Airport's cool with it! Call an Uber to pick you up from arrivals. The airport is located 25-30 min away from Downtown Denver.

Estimated Uber Charge: $35-40

Estimated Cab Charge: $65-75

Going somewhere else soon? A List of airports that let you call Uber to pick you up from arrivals. 

 

 

6 p.m. 

2.)  Stay

$$$   |  The Art Hotel -  USA Today named it #5 Best New Hotel in 2015.  Modern, clean, and conveniently located. Walk around the swanky hotel to check out the art installations. Free Wifi, $200+ / per night

$$   |  Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center -  Located downtown right by all the action on 16th street. Take the elevator to the bar on the 27th floor for an awesome view of the city. Free Wifi, $150+ / per night

$$   |  Airbnb, Downtown Penthouse Apartment -  Clean, penthouse apartment walking distance to Union Station, bars and restaurants. Free Wifi, $110 / per night

 

 

Work & Class - Fried Sweet Plantains (top), Lamb, Chickpea Croquettes (bottom), Jalepeño Cornbread, Garlic Tarragon Roasted Veggies

Work & Class - Fried Sweet Plantains (top), Lamb, Chickpea Croquettes (bottom), Jalepeño Cornbread, Garlic Tarragon Roasted Veggies

8 p.m.

3.)  Eat  -  A Nice Dinner

$$ , Asian Fusion  |  Hop Alley   *our #1 pick*

Try: Duck Rolls, Rice Cakes, Bone Marrow Fried Rice, Steamed Eggplant

 

$$, Modern American  |  The Populist 

Try: Salt & Vinegar Popcorn, Croquettes, 'Bacon & Egg'

 

$$, Modern American  |  Work & Class 

Try: Beer-Braised Short Ribs, Roasted Lamb, Butterscotch Pudding

 

 

 


 

Saturday

 

Red Rocks Amphitheatre During The Day

Red Rocks Amphitheatre During The Day

 

10 a.m.

4.)  Retreat  -  Get Outdoorsy

Red Rocks is most well known for awesome open-air concerts, but during the day, it's a popular place to go hike, bike, and workout.

Hikers: The Trading Post Trail is 1.4 miles long, wear comfortable shoes.

Yogis: Purchase a session to Yoga On The Rocks before it sells out.  

Music Lovers: Artists perform at Red Rocks almost 7 days a week. Check out the upcoming concert schedule to see what's up next. 

 

 

 

1 p.m. 

5.)  Eat  -  Coffee & Lunch

Black Eye Coffee CapHill

Black Eye Coffee CapHill

The Caprese sandwich at Crema may or may not have changed our lives forever...

Black Eye Coffee CapHill

Try: Coconut Milk Latte, Breakfast Burrito, Cocktail Menu

Crema  *our #1 pick*

Try: Caprese Sandwich, Sweet Potato Waffle, Oatmeal Latte

Port Side

Try:  Kale Smoothie, 'The Duke' Pulled Pork Sandwich

Stowaway Coffee + Kitchen

Try: Avocado Toast, Dukkah Eggs,  Hot Chocolate

Black Eye Coffee CapHill - Avocado Toast, Latte, Cortado

Black Eye Coffee CapHill - Avocado Toast, Latte, Cortado

ink! Coffee

ink! Coffee

Portside - Kale Smoothie (left)

Portside - Kale Smoothie (left)

Crema - Caprese Sandwich (LIFE CHANGING)

Crema - Caprese Sandwich (LIFE CHANGING)

 

2 p.m.  

6.)  Beat The Heat  -  Breweries & Craft Beer

There are over 200 breweries in Denver -- beer-drinker or not, there's a brew for everyone in the Mile High City.

Ratio Beerworks  |  Try: Dear You, French Saison

Cerebral Brewing  |  Try: Dark Galaxie, Oatmeal Milk Stout

Great Divide  |  Try: Yeti, Imperial Stout

Little Machine Beer  |  Try: Razz Against The Machine, Tart Raspberry Ale 

Ratio Beerworks

Ratio Beerworks

Outdoor Patio at Ratio Beerkworks 

Outdoor Patio at Ratio Beerkworks 

 

5 p.m. 

7.)  Something Sweet  -  Dessert

Tillamook Giving Out Free Ice Cream in RiNo

Tillamook Giving Out Free Ice Cream in RiNo

Sweet Action Ice Cream  |  Try:  The Salted Butterscotch

 

Little Man Ice Cream  |  Try: A Scoop of the Salted Oreo on a Waffle Cone

 

Ice Cream Riot  |  Try: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cheddar Goldfish

 

Habit Doughnut Dispensary  |  Try: The Blazed and Glazed Brioche 

 

Voodoo Doughnut   |  Try: The Old Dirty Bastard

 

Nuggs Ice Cream  |  Try: The Butterfinger Ice Cream On Taco Tuesday

 

Little Man Ice Cream

Little Man Ice Cream

Ice Cream Mural Outside of Nuggs Ice Cream

Ice Cream Mural Outside of Nuggs Ice Cream

 

8 p.m. 

8.)  Drink & Eat -  The Must Do

 

Finn's Manor  |  Cocktail Bar and Modern Food Bazaar

A unique cocktail bar and food eatery with both indoor and outdoor areas to hang. Get grub from one of the diverse food trucks, sip on craft beer/cocktails, and try a boozy popsicle. 

Eat: Beef Brisket + Mac & Cheese from Owlbear Barbecue  = the best BBQ we've ever had (and I'm not even a mac and cheese person)

Drink: Cocktails at Finn's Grotto 

 

Finn's Grotto

Finn's Grotto

Owlbear BBQ - Mac N' Cheese & Beef Brisket 

Owlbear BBQ - Mac N' Cheese & Beef Brisket 

 A Taste of the Philippines 

 A Taste of the Philippines 


 

Sunday

 

10 a.m

10.)  Treat (yo self)

Base Coat Nail Salon  |   Non-Toxic Nail Salon

Why You Should Come Here:  Base Coat isn't just a nail salon, it's a place where you'll end up hanging out all day. There's a pop-up shop type feel where local beauty products, swimsuits, shoes, and cute clothes are on display. The waiting area is seriously more like #livingroomgoals. PLUS you get a complimentary drink while you treat yo self to a nice mani pedi. 

What Makes Base Coat Even More Awesome:  They care. The non-toxic nail salon only uses all organic, vegan, plant based products and essential oils that are locally sourced resulting in a much cleaner and healthier relaxing spa experience than you'll get anywhere else.

What Bums Us Out:  We don't have a location that we can frequent regularly (yet) in Washington D.C. !! 

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12 p.m.

11.)  Eat  -  Brunch

Linger  |  Rooftop , Modern American

Why: Ridiculously awesome vibes on the rooftop during brunch! ...And boys, females flock to Linger in case you were wondering #MenverProblems 

Try: Fried Chicken Bun, Mongolian BBQ Duck Bun, Wagyu Sliders

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2 p.m. 

12.)  Neat  -  Local Shops and Areas To Wander

 

Wander

16th Street Mall   |  A touristy, open-air shopping center downtown. Lot's of shops and restaurants, but mostly big name brands you've been to before. 

Larimer Square  |  A block of local restaurants, bars, and stores. Lot's of outdoor seating, bright string lights at night, and free events on occasion. 

River North Art District (RiNo)  |  Our personal favorite part of the city. Lot's of murals and hipster-esk restaurants, bars, and shops everywhere. 

RiNo

RiNo

RiNo

RiNo

RiNo - Ratio Beerworks

RiNo - Ratio Beerworks

RiNo - Our Mutual Friend Brewery

RiNo - Our Mutual Friend Brewery

RiNo

RiNo

RiNo - Epic Ryde Fitness

RiNo - Epic Ryde Fitness

RiNo

RiNo

RiNo 

RiNo 

 

Shop

Fancy Tiger  |  Hipster Heaven, Cool T-Shirts

Goldyn  |  Men's & Women's High-End Clothing Store 

I Heart Denver Store  |   Not Your Average Tourist Trap

Lulu’s Furniture & Decor  |  Cool and Creative Decor For Your Crib

Shea  |  Women's Clothing Store that Open's at 11ish *See Photo*

Goldyn (Linger behind)

Goldyn (Linger behind)

Shea

Shea

Shea

Shea

Lulu's Furniture & Home Decor

Lulu's Furniture & Home Decor

 

5 p.m. 

13.)  Dope Sheet  -  Greenery

Dank  |   The companies philosophy? "Safe and friendly access to naturally grown supply of dank nuggs and flowers"

Native Roots  |   Super helpful staff and dope packaging

Starbuds  |  Sign up for alerts and they'll text you daily specials

The Giving Tree of Denver  |  Home to Denver's largest edible selection

 

8 p.m. 

14.)  Make Your Trip Complete!

The Source  |  Modern Food Market 

13 vendors, a bar, and a brewery all under one roof. Walk around The Source and you'll find a coffee shop, florist, cheese shop, butchery, bakery, liquor store, art gallery, restaurants, and of course, a brewery. I mean seriously what more could you possibly be looking for? It's allllllll here.

Try

Eat (& Drink): The Kale & Apple Salad or Fried Pickles at Acorn, The Watermelon Jalapeño Margarita or Grilled Skirt Steak Taco 'Arrachera' at Comida, A Sour Beer at Crooked Stave

Sweet: The Pain Au Chocolat at Babette’s Artisan Bakery, Butterscotch Pudding at Acorn 

Neat: Local Art and Goods at Svper Ordinary, Gawgeous Flowers and Planters at Beet & Yarrow 

Comida - Skirt Steak Taco 

Comida - Skirt Steak Taco 

Svper Ordinary

Svper Ordinary

Comida

Comida

Crooked Stave

Crooked Stave

 
Beet & Yarrow

Beet & Yarrow


Honorable Mentions

Avanti Food & Beverage 

Bar / Food Court

Bar Fausto

Drinks / Snacks

Beast + Bottle

Brunch

Fig + Yarrow

Cosmetics Store

 Hazel & Dewey

Home Decor

Hudson Hill

Craft Cocktails

Los Chingones

Rooftop Happy Hour

Olive & Finch

Breakfast (all day) / Brunch

Rise & Shine Biscuit Kitchen and Cafe

Wake & Bake

Vert Kitchen

Organic Fast Casual / Lunch

Los Chingones

Los Chingones

Monthly Music - August 2016

Monthly Music - August 2016

A Straight Forward List of 35 Places Worth Getting Ready to Go Out

A Straight Forward List of 35 Places Worth Getting Ready to Go Out

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