September 25 - Coach Jake in Denver
Denver was founded as a mining town in 1858. After the gold dried up, Denver became known as the supply hub for all mining related activities and continued to boom with the railroads coming.
Why Denver Rocks...
The Mile High City has it all- it is a city that has all the aspects of city life and adventure. You can ski during the day and then enjoy a microbrew or hit a club at night. From amazing restaurants, trendy bars and a thriving music scene to modern high-rises that overlook the Rockies you'll realize why Denver is one of the most chill-out cities in the country.
Where to Live...
Cherry Creek: An upscale community located just a few miles east of downtown. However, the atmosphere could not be any different than downtown. Best known for the Shopping Center with more than 160 stores it is also surrounded by the 40-mile long Cherry Creek Trail.
Downtown: Known as both the financial and entertainment hub of the city. A few notable destinations: the outdoor pedestrian and transit mall (Denver's 16th Street Mall) is 1.25 miles long and has over 300 stores and restaurants and Union Station with restaurants, hotel, and of course transportation.
Highlands: Northwest of downtown the Highland neighborhood is both charming and trendy. It is a mix of old and new homes, restaurants and retail stores. The architecture is characterized by exposed brick walls and winding staircases.
Lower Downtown (LoDo): Nestled between Coors Field and the Pepsi Center, LoDo is the prime destination for after parties following sporting events. There is always an opportunity to have fun at one of the area's 90 bars and pubs. The region is characterized by their red brick buildings.
Where to Play...
Mt. Evans: Get your hiking shoes on and explore the breathtaking views over the mountains and the valleys below and maybe you'll see some wildlife. The Mt. Evans highway is seasonal and opens in May.
Denver Botanical Gardens: One of the largest botanical gardens in the United States, occupying 23 acres. The garden emphasizes native plants, which are in 43 individual gardens.
Coors Field: Home of the Colorado Rockies baseball club. The stadium opened in 2005 and has a seating capacity of 50,000. Cheer on the Rockies and enjoy the view of the mountains.
Denver Zoo: This zoo is committed to a long term plan to replace and modernize exhibits and is one of Denver's top attractions. It is home to polar bears and monkeys.
Where to Dine...
The Kitchen: A Boulder-based community of restaurants that boasts a menu from local farmers. It boasts a seafood bar, small plates, and a main menu featuring char-grilled salmon and oven-roasted sirloin.
Colt & Gray: A LoHi (Lower Highlands) restaurant that is known for its crafted cocktails and small plates.
Euclid Hall: One of Denver's best restaurants for food and beer pairings, and its off-the-wall menu items, including an entire section called "Because We Can."
Rioja: The Mediterranean-themed restaurant is known for its fresh ingredients and regular rotating specials: homemade pastas, an extensive brunch special, and pastries (such as house made donuts- which made the nation-wide, best of dessert lists!).