I had the pleasure of spending two days in Denver this week with my best friend Corina. Denver is such an incredible city, especially in the summer. I often fly to Denver when I am heading to Aspen because there is nothing better than spending a day or two in the bustling city and then doing the stunning, scenic drive to Aspen. Denver is filled with unique restaurants, hotels, bars, ice cream shops and activities, so I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you.
I flew into Denver from New York in the afternoon and immediately got an Uber to Union Station where the 100 year old historic landmark has been transformed into a local social hot spot with bars, restaurants, coffee and ice cream shops. I needed to finish up some work so I settled down near the coffee stand and enjoyed a yummy cappuccino while waiting for Corina to arrive. Once she arrived, we grabbed a late lunch in the station at Union Station Restaurant. We had the best veggie tacos! Everything about Union Station is hip and the old architecture mixed with the new is one of the most incredible things I have seen. I highly recommend checking it out and also suggest staying right inside at the Crawford Hotel.
After an enjoyable late lunch, we met up with a few friends at Lowry Beer Garden. Lowry is the coolest! It is located near the Air & Space Museum (hence the photos of the plane and rocket). I love beer gardens because of their casual, inviting vibe. We ended up staying for a couple of hours just enjoying the nice weather, a beer and snacks. I was extremely pleased with their menu options as a vegetarian. I had a Mediterranean pita and we all shared a pretzel. It was all delicious.
The next day, we started the day at the Denver Botanic Gardens. There are few things I love as much as flowers, architecture and art, which is what the Gardens in Denver are all about. The sculptures you see in the photos are by the well-known artist Alexander Calder. The Gardens were absolutely stunning and serene. I personally was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful architecture throughout the garden. There was such a variety from the greenhouse glass domes to the triangle shaped black structure made of 500 hexagonal Swisspearl panels. The Swisspearl structure was created for botanical and environmental research.
We ended the day at Linger Mortuaries, a rooftop bar and restaurant that used to be – yes you guessed it – a mortuary. I couldn’t have been any more obsessed with this place! The rooftop included a vintage sign from the Olinger Mortuaries, a vintage van that served as a bar, and incredible views of Denver. We drank frose (frozen rose) and ate the most incredible bao buns. After dinner, we walked next door to Little Man Ice Cream, Denver’s most famous ice cream shop that gives a scoop of nutritious food to a child in need for every scoop sold. I had a scoop of the Creme Fraiche – Literally the best ice cream I have ever had!
I seriously can’t get enough of Denver! If you have never been, it is a must and, if you have the time, you should definitely do the beautiful drive from Denver to Aspen.