A Weekend in Colorado
This past weekend, I took a short weekend trip to Denver, Colorado. I’d never been to Colorado before but my best friend has been living in CO for the past few years and I thought it was about time to go visit!
I flew over after work on Wednesday and arrived in Denver just after 10pm, after the plane ride and a few hours of catching up (and the time difference), it was a fairly early night for us on Wednesday. On Thursday, we grabbed brunch at a cute little place in East Evans called Luciles. The aesthetic of the restaurant made me feel like I was in a small little town with a southern diner-esque feel. The food was delicious, starting off with one of their specialties- beignets, their homemade New Orleans style donuts covered in powdered sugar. Normally I would never have something so heavy at breakfast but they were pretty hollow, making them not as heavy as they may sound.
After brunch, we headed to RiNo (River North) Art District to walk around, take some pictures, and see the street art. We also headed over to Union Station, Denver’s quaint train station in LoDo (Lower Downtown). (If you haven’t already noticed, they have abbreviations for most parts of the city!)
After that we grabbed margaritas at Rio Grande where Happy Hour starts at 3pm, but beware— their drinks are strong and for that, there is a 3 drink maximum.
Since it was Valentine’s Day, we did a little bit of research to find some places to go that wasn’t all couples out celebrating. We ended up finding a “Galentines Day” event at the Viewhouse that allowed us two free drink tickets and free cocktail class and tasting. We ended up getting there a bit late (the event was 7-9pm) but still got the free drinks that we were able to use and got some food. At around 8:30pm, we decided to go to some other bars nearby, which ended up being pretty much a dud—I mean it was a Thursday and Valentine’s Day. After a couple hours of trying place after place, we ended up going back to Viewhouse and spent the rest of the night there, which had picked up a lot after we left and ended up being a lot of fun.
Our next excursion was to Boulder, Colorado. My friend had lived in Boulder before moving to Denver, so she knew all the places to hit. After parking nearby, we grabbed lunch at a sports bar, The Lazy Dog. We then walked up and down Pearl Street, a pedestrian mall with beautiful views of the mountains in the back. We of course had to stop and take some pictures at Boulder Theater with its 1950’s exterior.
We then took a trip up to the Boulder Flat Irons, which may have been the highlight of the trip for me. Because my friend lived in Boulder for so long and knew everything from the back of her hand, I’m not entirely sure what mountain we were on or what stops we got off at and took pictures but there is amazing views from the entire time going up the mountain and at all the stops along the mountains. Since I went in February, there was some snow off and on throughout the day, and some icy parts of the mountain, so if you’re planning a trip to the mountains be weary of the ice on the roads driving and rocks when you’re climbing.
We had a lot more planned to see on the trip, but having more than a few late nights combined with the fact we’re both in Grad school trying to balance work, school, and some time off, we didn’t get to everything. But, that just means I’ll need to make another trip out again soon! On the list for next time:
Garden of the Gods