Let me start by reminding y’all, I’m a Florida girl through and through. I like my warm days, beaches, and have almost mastered the humid day, frizz hair do. So, when my friends started talking about Colorado and how much I would love it, I was a little skeptical. But being a curious person, I just had to see for myself. So, David and I packed our bags and headed for Denver. It was just a quick trip, but I wanted to share all of my favorites from the weekend.
- The Egg Shell: David and I stumbled onto this place for breakfast while exploring downtown. Their menu all sounded delicious for classic breakfast fare, but I always opt for Juevos Rancheros and these were just top knotch.
- Lucille’s: Who would think I would be drooling over Cajun food in any place other than New Orleans? Lucille’s Sunday brunch was out of this world with buttermilk biscuits that made me want to cry. If only every day could start with beignets and café au lait.
- Illegal Pete’s: This burrito bar, turned record label, is an institution and I can so see why. They use the freshest ingredients for one, but also have a full service bar. Feel free to pair that stuffed burrito with a margarita. Winner, winner!
- Little Man Ice Cream: You know an ice cream place is the real deal when there’s a line around the corner in 50 degree temperatures. I was not disappointed in what this little stand had to offer. The Chocolate Pecan Pie ice cream alone is worth the trip to Denver.
- Pigtrain Coffee: Before you begin your day and dive into the adult beverages around town, make Pigtrain Coffee at Union Station your very first stop. Their signature drink of the season is the Honey Bee Latte. Basically imagine sipping a autumn in liquid form. Very comforting and oh-so yummy.
- Jagged Mountain Brewery: David is a beer enthusiast and is slowing converting me. Denver is a beer lover’s paradise with a brewery or tap house on every corner (AKA a match made in heaven). Jagged Mountain was one of my favorite breweries that I visited on this trip. In the heart of downtown, they had a wide variety of styles to choose from and were set up in a neat industrial space. Just don’t drink too much in one sitting, the altitude definitely has some side effects on tolerance.
- Terminal Bar: There is an equally long list of spots to grab a good cocktail in Denver. Sadly, my short trip just didn’t have time to visit and I don’t want to lead you astray. However, I did have a pretty good drink while catching up on some school work. David had a beer, go figure, but I loved Denver’s version of a Whiskey Sour, the Wynkoop Sour. The added pear juice was so refreshing after walking around town all day.
- Get Outside: If you don’t go outside and explore, then you’re missing out on the whole Colorado experience. Trust me when I say there is no shortage of nature here. We headed over to Boulder for our hike (stay tuned next week for my favorites from that town), but that’s just one of the endless possibilities. Just make sure you’re not overly ambitious here. Altitude sickness often rears its head when you’re out hiking when you least expect it. I’m so fortunate to not have felt that at all.
- See a Game: If there’s one thing Denver loves more than the outdoors, it’s sports. Out in this city, all of the home teams are adored: Avalanche, Broncos, Nuggets, Rockies, University of Colorado, and even the University of Denver. It’s so refreshing to see since that never happens in the melting pot that is Tampa Bay. With some many local team, I imagine there is always some sport in season and everything is either a quick walk or train ride away.
I imagine I will be back to the Mile High City in the very near future. When I do, I will be sure to add all of my new favorites. Did I miss anything? Like I said, it was a quick trip. Comment below to share what I missed on my Denver trip.
Colorado, thank you for such an amazing trip!
Love from Florida,