Colorado Real Estate News

End-of-Summer Festivals

Summertime in Colorado is always a special time of year filled with various festivals, events and outdoor activities for everyone. With fall just around the corner, here we outline the “can’t miss” end-of-summer events for 2022.


The Telluride Jazz Fest, taking place from August 12-14 is known as “America’s Destination Jazz Festival.” The fusion of acclaimed jazz musicians and the beauty of the Telluride Town Park music venue makes this festival a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Throughout the festival, you can find pop-up shows in the town of Telluride while enjoying an array of shopping, great eats and beautiful views.


For spectators and bike enthusiasts alike, the Colorado Leadville 100 Bike Race, taking place on August 13 is a landmark event and the second-oldest of the sought-after 100-mile marathon bike races held in the United States. The race starts and finishes in Leadville, CO passing through 100 miles of extreme terrain throughout the Rocky Mountains. Spectators can enjoy the festival and award ceremony following the race in the quaint town of Leadville.


The third annual Vail Valley Brew ’Au, taking place on August 13 in one of Colorado’s premier destinations, features award-winning beer, ciders, seltzers, live music, food trucks, and of course, activities for children to ensure fun for the whole family.


A festival for peach lovers, the 23rd annual Lafayette Peach Fest on August 20 features delicious food and fun for everyone during this one-day event. With peaches from Colorado’s best orchards, food vendors, crafters, antique dealers and a balloon exhibition, you are sure to enjoy a relaxed Saturday afternoon in the Colorado sun.


The 15th-annual Handmade in Colorado Exposition takes place over three different weekends at three different venues. The first weekend, taking place in Estes Park from August 26-28 will feature unique art pieces with the talented artists that created them. You can also experience the breathtaking views, boutique shopping and live entertainment alongside one of Colorado’s leading festivals for artists.


The Colorado State Fair, hosted in Pueblo from August 26 to September 5, is one of Colorado’s largest summer events. The State Fair has family-friendly events for all age groups, ranging from Craft Brew competitions for the adults to funnel cakes and carnival rides for the kids. Be sure not to miss the exhilarating demolition derby and rodeo events, as they will be sure to pull in a crowd.


We hope the rest of your summer is filled with unforgettable memories with friends and family and you can experience some of these exceptional events put together for our Colorado community.

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Must-See Red Rocks Concerts This Spring

Whether you visit or live locally, Red Rocks Amphitheater is a Colorado staple. There are a variety of concerts that anyone will love with gorgeous views to match. At the end of 2021, Red Rocks won first place in Billboard Magazine’s year-end chart of top-grossing and best-attended venues, and for good reason! You don’t want to miss a concert there. Here are the amazing concerts coming up this spring:

For the rap/R&B lovers:

April 16 at 6:30 p.m.: Kevin Gates & Gucci Mane

April 18 at 6:30 p.m.: Wiz Khalifa & Trippie Redd

April 19 at 7:00 p.m.: Ice Cube & Cypress Hill (apart of 4/20 on the Rocks)

April 20 at 4:15 p.m.: Pepper & Method Man & Redman

April 27 at 7:00 p.m.: Ludacris & Nelly

May 1 at 6:00 p.m.: Tech N9ne

May 8 at 8:00 p.m.: Russ

May 31 at 7:00 p.m.: Blackbear

June 7 at 7:00 p.m.: Erykah Badu

For the EDM fanatics:

April 21 at 6:00 p.m.: Subtronics

April 22 at 5:00 p.m.: Galantis and 3LAU

April 23 at 6:00 p.m.: Lotus

April 24 at 5:30 p.m.: Dom Dolla

May 5 at 7:00 p.m.: Hippie Sabotage

May 21 at 6:00 p.m.: Global Dub: Peekaboo, Dirt Monkey

June 8 at 6:00 p.m.: Jai Wolf & San Holo

June 23 at 6:00 p.m.: Sevon Lions

June 30 at 7:30 p.m.: Kraftwerk 3-D

For the alternative/indie fans:

April 28-29 at 7:00 p.m.: Trevor Hall & Citizen Cope

April 30 at 7:00 p.m.: Sublime with Rome

May 8 at 7:00 p.m.: Series Fest: Featuring Lake Street Dive

May 11 at 7:30 p.m.: Stevie Nicks

May 16 at 7:30 p.m.: Kaleo

May 17 at 8:00 p.m.: Phoebe Bridgers

May 25 at 7:30 p.m.: Rex Orange County

May 30 at 7:30 p.m.: Gary Clark Jr.

June 1-2 at 8:00 p.m.: Lord Huron

June 4 at 7:00 p.m.: Michael Franti & Spearhead

June 10 at 7:30 p.m.: The Revivalists

June 12 at 7:00 p.m.: Tash Sultana

June 14-15 at 8:00 p.m.: Glass Animals

June 20 at 7:00 p.m.: Bleachers

June 21 at 7:00 p.m.: Barenaked Ladies

June 22 at 6:30 p.m.: Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine and Neko Case

June 27 at 7:00 p.m.: Third Eye Blind

For the country/folk lovers:

May 3-4 at 7:00 p.m.: Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

May 6-7 at 7:00 p.m.: Brantley Gilbert

May 10 at 7:30 p.m.: Ray LaMontagne

May 12-13 at 8:00 p.m.: Billy Strings

May 14-15 at 6:30 p.m.: Turnpike Troubadours

May 26 at 6:30 p.m.: The Infamous Stringdusters & The California Honeydrops

June 6 at 6:30 p.m.: Whiskey Myers

June 29 at 7:00 p.m.: Jerry Garcia 80th Birthday Symphonic Celebration with the Colorado Symphony

For the rock music fans:

May 22 at 6:30 p.m.: Trey Anastasio Band

June 9 at 8:00 p.m.: Brit Floyd World Tour

June 11 at 7:00 p.m.: Big Head Todd and The Monsters

June 16 at 7:00 p.m.: Chicago and Brian Wilson

June 17-18 at 7:00 p.m.: Umphrey’s McGee

For the Christian music addicts:

May 23-24 at 7:30 p.m.: Chris Tomlin Worship at Red Rocks

For the funk music fanatics:

May 27 at 7:00 p.m.: The Motet & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

May 28 at 6::00 p.m.: Funk on the Rocks: Chromeo

For the reggae lovers:

May 29 at 6:00 p.m.: Ziggy Marley & Stephen Marley and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

For the jazz music addicts:

June 3 at 7:30 p.m.: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

June 28 at 6:30 p.m.: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

For the pop music fans:

June 19 at 7:00 p.m.: Why Don’t We

Other:

May 2nd at 7:30 p.m.: A Prairie Home Companion American Revival with Garrison Keillor

There are concerts every day at Red Rocks, from rap music to reggae, there is something for everyone. Make sure to check out all of the upcoming spring events on their website!

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Best Restaurants in Greenwood Village, Colorado

View of Greenwood Village from a Drone.

Western culture meets sophisticated living in one of Denver’s most renowned suburbs. Steeped at the west edge of Arapahoe County, the quaint neighborhood of Greenwood Village spans over 8,000 square miles and is home to 15,690 residents. Once a farming community, Greenwood Village has transformed into the perfect meld of residential living mixed with a vibrant business community. 

Whether you live in the neighborhood, work at one of the business parks, or are just visiting from out of town, we assure you Greenwood Village’s culinary scene is a second to none! From five-star establishments to local dives to large chains, below is our list of the very best restaurants in Greenwood Village. Whether you are thinking about listing a house, beginning a search for a new home, or have a question about the area, please feel free to contact Kentwood today!

Criteria For Making Our List

Atmosphere, food, service! These are critical factors for any diner when choosing where to fill their belly next. Does the establishment have something that sets it apart? Are there dishes or cocktails that stand out? Is the service and hospitality consistent night in and out? Each Greenwood Village restaurant on the list below brings something unique to the table while checking multiple boxes on service, food, and atmosphere. 

Chianti Ristorante Italiano

A Denver Tech Center standout, Chianti Ristorante is known for being hearty, delicious, and full of flavor. First opened in 2003, this Greenwood Village gem provides diners with a five-star Venetian culinary experience in a romantic setting. The wine display is quite impressive even for the most fervent wine aficionado, with hundreds of handpicked bottles resting on oak shelving. White table cloths, polished silverware, and sparkling wine glasses outline the tables, giving this authentic Italian experience a sophisticated touch. For primi, we recommend the Veal Meatballs or Burrata e Prosciutto. For secondi, we suggest Lasagna Bolognese or Pollo al Marsala. Of course, you can’t miss dolce, so be sure to try Cannolis or Tiramisu. 

YaYas Euro Bistro

Not only do we love the name, but we love the whole YaYas experience! Centrally located on Bellevue Avenue, just off I-25, YaYas Euro Bistro is a massive, multidimensional restaurant – one of the largest spaces in Colorado. There is an immense bar with high-top seating, a full indoor dining room, and a gorgeous outdoor patio overlooking Greenwood Village Crescent Park. In fact, YaYas even made our list of best rooftop bars and restaurants in Denver. We recommend the Summit Creek Lamb Burger, Truffle Mushroom Pizza, and Penne Carbonara for happy indulgences. On the lighter side, try the Hummus and Pita, Steak Tabbouleh Salad, or Colorado Striped Bass. Lastly, YaYas is infamous for their Sunday brunch, with bottomless mimosas and bloody marys. 


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Del Friscos Double Eagle Steakhouse

Unparalleled ambiance marks Del Friscos Double Eagle Steakhouse. White linen-covered tables, mahogany wood staircases, massive wine rack walls, dimly lit overhanging chandeliers, and fresh, handpicked flowers help stimulate your dining experience. Founded in 1981, Del Friscos has been a Greenwood Village staple for over 40 years. But it’s not just the ambiance that sets this steakhouse apart. The food and wine list have won numerous awards, including notable mentions from New York Times, Business Insider, and Wine Spector. We recommend trying the Shrimp Cocktail and Blue Cheese Lettuce Wedge to start, paired with freshly baked bread rolls, of course. We suggest the delicious and always consistent Filet Mignon or Prime Strip, paired with a side of Creamed Corn or Lobster Mac and Cheese for your entree. 

Lucy Restaurant

Named after the family dog, Lucy Restaurant is a family-owned and operated restaurant located in Landmark Village. Located above Comedy Works, this casual eatery is open only on selective days of the week, mostly Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Serving up modern American cuisine, some of our favorite dishes include the Lucy Burger, Lemon Chicken, and Roasted Salmon. For a delicious libation, delight yourself with the Mile High Mule, Double Platinum Margarita, or one of their many bourbons and blend.  

Bonefish Grill

Bonefish Grill is one of the best seafood restaurants in America because of its high-quality food and service. In the year 2000, they opened their first location in North Carolina. Since then, they have opened up more than 100 locations all over the United States, including an excellent location in Greenwood Village. There is something for the whole family to enjoy with seasonal specials, a kid’s menu, and gluten-free options. The market-fresh fish is flown in daily, plus an array of woodfire grill specialties for those who love turf a little more than surf. Some of our favorite dishes include the Corn Chowder & Lump Crab, Parmesan-Crusted Rainbow Trout, and The Angler’s Sirloin Steak. Bonefish Grill is a “can’t miss,” just waiting to fill your belly with delight!

JING

JING combines flavors and ingredients from around the world to create a menu chock-full of unique Asian food concepts. With locations in Las Vegas and Aspen, the Greenwood Village restaurant may be the standout among the three. Magnificent displays of molecular gastronomy are pronounced in almost every dish served, leaving you speechless and curious for more. White tables, white booths, and white decor line the large dining hall, giving this Asian restaurant an ultra-chic ambiance like none other. We recommend the Evil Jungle Salad, Wasabi Lambchops, and Famous Peking Duck. The extensive menu also includes a full selection of sushi, sashimi, and traditional Asian noodle dishes. 

Pizza Republica 

Fine dining is sometimes best defined by simplicity. Pizza Republica specializes in cooking traditional Italian dishes with fresh farm-to-table ingredients. The beauty of their cuisine is rather than creating eclectic dishes, they focus on perfecting the conventional. Caesar Salad, Stuffed Shells, Napoleon Wood-Fired Pizzas… these are the types of dishes you can expect at this favorite local spot. Locally owned and operated, with two locations in the Denver Metro area, Pizza Republica is truly sensational. 

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

If you are a diner who tends to avoid restaurant chains, think again! Despite having over 45 locations in eight states, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen is still family-owned, and the values are reflected in the food and service. Even more impressive is how consistent the seafood is from location to location. That’s because the Pappas family is obsessed with freshness, quick delivery times from the fishing dock to the restaurant, and a commitment to food safety in the kitchen. One of the benefits of dining at a chain is that you can expect massive portions compared to smaller, local restaurants that lack buying power. With too many great options to choose from on their extensive menu, we recommend the Cajun Specialities. After all, where else in Colorado can you get the flavors of New Orleans?

Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar

“Hapa” is derived from the Hawaiian term that describes a harmonious blend of Asian and American cultures. Sure, their menu has an assortment of traditional rolls, nigiri, and sashimi; however, like their unusual robot logo, Hapa Sushi is best known for eclectic sushi you won’t experience anywhere else. The Booty Call Roll and Aspen Roll are two your taste buds will thank you for later. Their kitchen also produces several unique appetizers, such as the Daikon Fries and Spicy Tuna Nachos. You don’t need any more reason to visit Hapa, but they are also locally owned and operated by a Colorado family and have several locations throughout the state. Furthermore, they have the best sushi happy hour in Denver, which is all the more reason to visit them for your next meal out. 

Yanni’s Greek Restaurant

Opa! If you love Greek food, you are in for a real treat at Yanni’s. This family-run “taverna” has heart and soul, transcendent in the food, ambiance, and hospitality. Yanni’s brings out the enjoyment of life by making you feel like you are dining in a small Greek village. Sip a glass of wine or strong coffee while eating olives and spanakopita. Share a family-style meal such as the Village Sampler, Vegetarian Platter, or Pita Platter. Located at the Landmark in Greenwood Village, after your meal, peruse shops at the center or catch a flick at the nearby movie theater. 

Dionysus Wine Bar & Restaurant

Arguably Colorado’s best wine tasting, Dionysus Wine Bar is the epitome of sophistication and elegance. Located at the Landmark, this local establishment should be your go-to for upscale dining. The exquisite menu matches the impressive wine list. Enjoy small, shareable appetizers such as PEI Mussels, Smoked Trout Crostini, or Truffled French Fries. Satisfy your appetite with one of their signature entrees, including Grilled Rack of Lamb, Prime Filet Mignon, and Coriander Crusted Ahi Tuna. Dionysus is also infamous for having one of Colorado’s most extensive wine tastings with over 120 carefully curated selections. They also offer a fantastic happy hour and live music. Make sure to call ahead to make a reservation. 

Big Daddy Burger

You can’t have a neighborhood without a sports bar. Big Daddy Burger is a chain that prides itself on consistency. No member of the family should go hungry, as the salads are as delicious as the burgers, and the kid’s menu has something for even the pickiest little one. We recommend the Bacon Cheeseburger on Steroids, Pastrami Burger, or Emilio’s Chicken for the overindulgence. If you are watching your figure, you can’t go wrong with Stella’s Greek Salad or the CYO Large Salad. The Big Daddy location at Landmark is massive, so you’ll have no trouble getting in. There is also a free parking garage right across the street for your convenience. 

The 1UP Arcade Bar

Where else can you drink, eat, and lay back as the little ones go wild? The 1UP Arcade Bar is packed wall-to-wall with arcades, pinball machines, and video games. They even have $2 beers and $3 well-drinks for happy hour every Monday – Friday and all day on Sundays. This family-fun concept has caught on quickly, as they now have three locations throughout Denver, but the Greenwood Village arcade is by far the most accessible, with free parking nearby. If your kiddos find themselves breaking the pinball machine records, be sure to check out their tournament schedule. This is also a fantastic place to reserve for a birthday party or special occasion. 

Shanghai Kitchen

Conveniently located off Bellevue and Yosemite, Shanghai Kitchen delivers some of the best Chinese Food in the Denver Metro Area. Catered more towards takeout and delivery, this authentic family-owned restaurant is perfect for an easy and convenient way to eat at home. The menu includes traditional dishes like lo mein, fried rice, egg rolls, and sweet and sour chicken. Delivery times are fast, the staff is friendly, and the menu is extensive, making this Chinese restaurant our favorite in Greenwood Village. 

Shanahan’s Steakhouse

The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach of the Denver Broncos wasn’t just good at coaching football but also restauranteering. Voted the best steakhouse by Mashed.com, Shanahan’s is a unique and rewarding dining experience for all five senses. The lofted ceilings and open layout allow for ample natural light, while the fireplace provides a cozy Colorado feeling during the cold winter months. The impressive wine cellar displays 4,000 bottles of red wine and 1,500 bottles of white wine, leaving even the most versed wine connoisseur awe-struck. All of the produce is Colorado-grown and organic, and the seafood is flown in daily and certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. We couldn’t rave more about several signature dishes, like the Dutch Harbor Red King Crab Legs, the 36oz Wagyu RibEye Tomahawk, and the Center Barrel Cut Filet and Lobster. FYI, the $79 3-course prime rib menu is perhaps the best special in town. Don’t forget to hold the 1997 and 1998 Denver Broncos Super Bowl Trophies before you leave!

Conclusion 

Greenwood Village has quickly developed into Denver’s most dynamic suburb. Once farmland and orchard, it has grown into a vibrant business hub, sprawling with quaint family neighborhoods and easy access to all major highways.  Whether you live here, work at DTC, or are just visiting Denver, the culinary experience in Greenwood Village is simply a cut above. We hope you find your next favorite restaurant based on the recommendations above. Whether you are thinking about listing a house, beginning a search for a new home, or have a question about the area, please feel free to contact Kentwood today!


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Homeaid Share the Warmth Clothing Drive

HomeAid Share the Warmth Clothing Drive 2021

Give the gift of warmth this year by donating to HomeAid Colorado‘s Share the Warmth 2021 clothing drive.

As a proud partner of the local nonprofit, Kentwood Real Estate is hosting donation drives across Denver. At all four Kentwood offices, you can drop off socks, hats, gloves, and other winter items through October 29. Please call our office closest to you to schedule a donation drop off.

Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek
215 St. Paul Street #200
Denver, CO 80206 | (303) 331-1400

Kentwood Real Estate City Properties
1660 17th Street #100
Denver, CO 80202 | (303) 820-2489

Kentwood Real Estate DTC
4949 South Niagara Street #400
Denver, CO 80237 | (303) 773-3399

Kentwood Real Estate Northern Properties
2510 E Harmony Road #202
Fort Collins, CO 80528 | (970) 300-1985

If you are unable to stop by a Kentwood office throughout October, you can donate through HomeAid’s Amazon Wish List.

Your donation could help thousands of homeless men, women, and children facing a winter without permanent housing in Colorado.

To learn more about HomeAid Colorado, click here.

Kentwood Real Estate is a supporter of HomeAid Colorado, an organization devoted to building new lives for Colorado’s homeless through housing and community outreach. HomeAid works with local home builders, trade partners, real estate entities to supply essentials and build housing for people in need of a roof over their heads.

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Halloween in Denver

With the Halloween season creeping up on us, fill your October weekends with these thrilling events you can do with your family and friends. From haunted houses and parades to bar crawls and cabarets, here is a list of festivities you’ll be dying to attend!

A Wicked Weekend of Family Fun:

Glow At the Gardens is a Halloween special at the Denver Botanic Gardens with luminaria-lined pathways decorated with spooking lighting and glowing gourds. Pumpkin artists will be featured with their larger-than-life sculptures and detailed pumpkin masterpieces. There will also be a wide variety of activities and entertainment with autumnal food and beverages. The event runs from October 19–24.

A family favorite, the Broadway Halloween Parade is on for its fourth year. It features floats, bands and marchers filled with Halloween spirit. Show off your costume as you join this day of fun on October 23, and be sure to bring this Halloween bash to a close by shambling in the street at the end of the parade.

Enjoy not one but two weekends of Halloween festivities at McGregor Square. The McGregor Scare is filled with pumpkin carving, face painting and watching Halloween classics on the lawn. Children can participate in Trick-or-Treat Street on October 30 and get a head start on the candy collection. McGregor Scare is a full day of fun from October 22–24 and October 29–31. 

The Adults’ Haunted Halloween Nights:

Do you love a good spine-chilling thrill? Named the Number 1 scariest attraction in the U.S. by Fangoria Magazine, the 13th Floor Haunted House contains three hours of horror tours. This year’s eerie attractions include Frost-Bite, a high-tech cryogenics lab that successfully reanimates the dead, and Bad Blood, a gory battle between vampires and werewolves. Featuring intricate set designs, a stellar cast and spectacular special effects makeup looks, you will be in for a night of nail-biting terror. Buy your tickets now before they sell out. The attraction runs until November 1 and will also be open for the first two weekends of November. 

For the Music Lovers:

Any American Horror Story Fans out there? The Denver Horror Story Cabaret is a burlesque show that pays homage to the iconic characters from the TV show “American Horror Story.” It will be an entertaining night on October 20 in the most haunted room of the Clocktower Cabaret. 

Have a fun Halloweek at Red Rocks with the various concerts scheduled for the last week of October. Here are the events:

  • October 27 – G-Eazy 
  • October 28 – Blackberry Smoke
  • October 30 – Flatbush Zombies with Earl Sweatshirt, Young MA, Reason, Teezo Touchdown and Nyck Caution
  • October 31- $uicideboy$ 

Learn more about each concert and safety guidelines at: https://bit.ly/3oBIK7d

For the Ghoulish Drinkers:

Join the Halloween Zombie Crawl that will take over Denver’s LoDo district. Dress up and come over to pick up your zombie survival kit. You will receive a map of all the participating bars and nightclubs along with information about entry and drink specials. Join the hellish horde of pub crawlers on October 30!

Denver Halloween Bar Crawl is back! From dance parties to live bands to costume contests, it is an adventurous night to celebrate Halloween on October 30. Did we mention how your ticket grants entry into a $1000 cash giveaway if you follow @BeSocialScene #BeSocialScene?

There is no shortage of events to celebrate your Halloween spirit this month. Spend time with your friends and family and enjoy the fall festivities. For more spooktacular events, click (here).

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Best Pumpkin Patches Around the Front Range

Best Pumpkin Patches Denver

Colorado is one of the absolute best places in the United States to experience the magical season of fall. From the crisp altitude air to the breath-taking leaves changing across the Rocky Mountains, Colorado offers a plethora of opportunities to get outside and get some autumn sunshine. If you are looking for a fun activity for the whole family, we recommend experiencing one of Denver’s many pumpkin patches. Great for people of all ages, young and old, kids can pick out their perfect pumpkin to carve for Halloween, while adults can enjoy fetching a few decorative gourds. Below is our list of the top pumpkin patches in the greater Denver metro area. Throw on a sweatshirt, pick out your perfect pumpkin, and even take a tractor ride. Make this upcoming fall one you’ll never forget!


Criteria For Making Our List

Pumpkin Quality

Pumpkins

It’s all about the produce! Picking the right pumpkin means the farm must have an excellent selection. 

Activities

Corn Stalks

All of these patches have additional activities to keep you entertained for hours. 

Accessibility

Gourds

These patches are located close to the greater Denver metro so that you can make a convenient and relaxing day trip out of it. 


Mile High Farms

Mile High Farms is a hybrid of pure family fun. Half of the farm is an amusement park, while the other half is a pumpkin patch. The Bouncy Castle and Petting Zoo are always kid favorites, and the corn maze represents an Indiana Jones-like adventure for the whole family. The pumpkin patch is sizable and always has a good assortment of girth and variety for your plucking pleasure. Mile High Farms is located in Bennet (just east of Aurora) on I-70, next to the Colorado Air and Space Port. 

Address: 11 Cavanaugh Rd, Bennett, CO 80102

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Anderson Farms

Located a short drive away from Boulder, Erie is one of Colorado’s hidden gems, making a name for itself as a fantastic place to call home. If wagon rides are at the top of your list for pumpkin patch experiences, then Anderson Farms is the place. This Colorado staple is a family-run business that has been in operation for decades. The site has a multitude of activities to keep the whole family entertained the entire day and even offers private campfire sites for those wishing to spend the evening! For you brave souls, we recommend sticking around at night for the Zombie Paintball Hunt and Terror in Corn’s Mile of Mayhem.

Address: 6728 County Rd 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516

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Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms 

Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the most esteemed brands in Denver, and their operation over at Chatfield Farms is equally impressive. Boasting one of the longest corn mazes in Denver (7 acres), the Denver Botanic Gardens pumpkin patch is nestled next to Chatfield Reservoir. This year, the maze will have a space theme, so expect it to be one of the busier corn mazes in Denver. You can also take a night trip to the York Street location in central Denver for their Glow in The Gardens celebration, showcasing lit-up pumpkins and gourds. 

Address: 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80128

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Cottonwood Farms

Opening on the 25th of September, Cottonwood Farms is Boulder County’s premier pumpkin patch. Cottonwood Farms is located in Lafayette, close to Boulder, and is considered a thriving hub for the county. The farm serves up an assortment of different items for the holidays that will leave a permanent grin on the face of any child or parent.  A giant pumpkin patch and a Christmas tree area are some of the highlights of this holiday hotspot. This beautiful farm is by far the most affordable pumpkin patch option; at a five-dollar entry fee, you can’t beat it! They also offer wagon rides and corn mazes to keep the family entertained for hours. 

Address: 10600 Isabelle Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026

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Flat Acres Farm

Parker is quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing suburbs of Denver, and Flat Acres Farm is the highlight of the area this coming fall.  Voted the top Pumpkin patch in Colorado in 2017 and 2018, and they have not missed a beat since. They host an amazing variety of local Colorado food options that includes funnel cakes and ice cream. There will also be a petting zoo with bunnies, sheep, goats, and ponies provided by Kodiak Ranch. For you Halloween lovers, check out Freight Acres – Colorado’s largest outdoor haunted attraction. 

Address: 11321 Dransfeldt Rd, Parker, CO 80134

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Miller Farms

Platteville is a quaint little farming community just east of Longmont, one of the fast-growing cities in Northern Colorado. Out of all of the pumpkin patches on our list, Miller Farms offers the most produce picking. Bring unlimited bags and fill up on peppers, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, and, of course, pumpkins. Tractors come around every thirty minutes and pick up a new group to take them on an hour picking tour, overlooking acres of gorgeous fields with the picturesque Rockies in the background. Old airplanes and farming equipment are scattered throughout the farm, perfect for playing and climbing on. This pumpkin patch will keep the kids entertained for hours and your fridge full for weeks. 

Address: 13912 CR 19 Platteville, CO 80651

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Conclusion 

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Pumpkin Patches Denver

Autumn in Colorado is a season that attracts visitors from all over the world. The red and yellow leaves covering the mountains and hillsides are truly a sight to behold. If Colorado is a place you call home, don’t miss out on visiting one of the above pumpkin patches this October. More than just a place to pick produce, these pumpkin patches are an experience the whole family will enjoy. Kentwood Real Estate is an elite team of REALTORS® whose exceptional service, local expertise, and deep community roots create a market advantage for clients. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Colorado, don’t hesitate to contact us today.  

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Denver’s Digital Art Scene

Want to explore the Denver art scene? Look no further! Denver is home to year-round art events in various vibrant and cultural art districts. This month, two exceptional digital exhibitions are coming to Mile High City. Meow Wolf Denver opened their doors on September 17, and the Original Immersive: Van Gogh Exhibit Denver is opening on September 30 to the public. 

Meow Wolf

Meow Wolf is opening their third permanent exhibition, Convergence Station, which is an experience one should not miss. Three years in the making with art from 300 creatives (over 110 from Colorado) explore four stories, five large “anchor spaces” and 70 distinct rooms of exquisite digital art. As a permanent location, embrace a unique and mind-bending adventure of innovative storytelling on September 17. Please note that masks must be worn at all times and gaiters, bandanas, valved masks or any other masks the CDC does not recommend are not permitted (CDC recommended masks will be provided if necessary). They recommend arriving 15-20 minutes before your reservation and parking is $10 per vehicle all day. For more information and tickets, visit (here).

The Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit

Immersive Van Gogh is one of the most anticipated shows, and it is finally coming to Denver. The exhibition is a lifetime experience that consists of Van Gogh’s work in 500,000 cubic feet of projections. Step into the painting and explore the wonder of Van Gogh’s masterpieces in an immersive medium. The modern portrayal of the iconic artist in Lighthouse Denver is designed by Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated David Korins, creating a gallery unique to only Denver. For more information and tickets, visit (here) and learn about their safety protocols (here).

Denver’s expansive and entertaining art scene is elevating beyond the tangible level to new digital heights. Denver will be a hub of artistic creativity with Meow Wolf’s locally produced experience and Van Gogh’s modern interpretation through projections. Be sure to check out these events! 

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Supporting Black-Owned Businesses in America

In 1619, Dutch traders sold 20 Africans into slavery in Jamestown, Virginia, marking the beginning of African enslavement in North America. Although the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in 1865, the recent events of Charlottesville and George Floyd have proven (once again) that African Americans are still fighting for change in this country. But, how do we stand together in solidarity in support of the black community? 

Being an ally doesn’t just mean protesting or taking to social media. Supporting Black-owned businesses is one thing you can do to show unity with the African American community. Black-owned businesses are a source of pride and power for African Americans. They’re an essential part of black history and culture, but they also present a unique opportunity to invest in the future of black people in this country. 

With the current racial climate in America, we at Kentwood believe it’s critical to stand with the black community by supporting, endorsing, and partnering with their businesses. Here is a wonderful list of Black-owned companies in Denver worth considering, as put together by 303 Magazine. 

August is National Black Business Month, and in support, we would like to invite you to Coffee at the Points on September 7th (details below). 

COLORADO BLACK BUSINESS RECOGNITION

August is National Black Business Month in America, a time when individuals and businesses recognize Black-owned businesses across the country. This BEOC September Black Business event is a part of that national acknowledgement as well as a celebration of Colorado Black Women Business Leaders and Colorado Business Leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to social equity, diversity and inclusion in the Colorado and Denver Business landscape.    

COFFEE AT THE POINTS 

BRINGING CORPORATE COLORADO AND THE  BLACK BUSINESS COMMUNITY TOGETHER

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 \ 4:30PM- 6:30PM (5:15PM PROGRAM)

710 E. 26TH AVE(AT WELTON ST. – IN PERSON)                                                    

CASH BAR | PARKING GARAGE AVAILABLE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: JOHN BAILEY AT 720-629-0964 OR johnbailey062@gmail.com

Colorado Real Estate News

Colorado Day – We Love Our State!

Colorado Day

In Japan, “forest bathing” is the concept of immersing one’s soul in nature. Coloradans have embraced this notion, taking advantage of everything Colorado has to offer. Whether you’re taking in the sights from your porch, hiking 14ers, or enjoying happy hour at one of our local breweries – there is something for everyone in our state to leave an indelible mark on your soul and make you feel at home. 

Colorado Day is on August 1st and marks the 145th anniversary of the founding of our great state. We’re proud to be celebrating this milestone with you! As a Colorado-founded company, Kentwood has been serving our extraordinary community for 40 years. 

Below are a few facts and tidbits about our beautiful home in honor of Coloradans everywhere. These are our ideas on what makes Colorado the finest state in the nation. Many locals may have different thoughts and suggestions. It can be hard to narrow down the list in a state like Colorado. 

Brief History of Colorado

The United States acquired the Colorado Territory in 1803 through the Louisiana Purchase and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. In 1861, outgoing President James Buchanan established the Colorado Territory with the same borders the state currently has. 

On August 1st, 1876, Ulysses S Grant signed a proclamation admitting what was then known as ‘Colorado’ to become the 38th state in America’s Union, officially becoming the Centennial State in honor of the nation’s 100th anniversary.

Interesting Facts about Colorado

  • Colorado has multiple nicknames, including the Centennial State, the Lead State, the Buffalo Plains State, and the Switzerland of America. 
  • Colorado is home to the largest hot springs pool in the world. 
  • On Mt. Evans is the highest paved highway in the country. 
  • On average, Colorado receives 300 days of sunshine a year, which is more than San Diego or Miami. 
  • Colorado has 75% of the land with an elevation over 10,000 feet in the country. 
  • Colorado has 56 mountains over 14,000 feet. 
  • Colfax Avenue is the longest street in America.
  • The Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in the US. 
  • The largest indoor rodeo takes place every year in Denver at The National Western Stockshow. 
  • The Great Sand Dunes National Park has the highest sand dune in the country. 
  • Colorado is the only place ever to turn down the Olympics. 

Literary Luminaries 

Colorado has a fascinating literary history and has been home to some incredible writers. Hunter S. Thompson lived at his Owl Farm compound in Woody Creek, outside of Aspen, where he wrote some of his best works. Phillip K. Dick, who wrote dozens of classic science fiction novels, was born in Colorado, and is buried here. Robert Heinlein, author of Starship Troopers, called Colorado Springs home. Jon Krakauer, who wrote the mountaineering classic Into Thin Air, lives in Boulder.

Also, horror master Stephen King is a big fan of our state and has set many of his books here, including The Shining. You can even stay in the hotel where King’s classic takes place if you dare. If you want to learn more about Colorado writers, past and present, stop by the Tattered Cover Bookstore, one of the best independent bookstores in the country.  

Top Quintessentially Colorado Things to Do 

Hot Springs

Colorado has over 200 natural thermal pools that are waiting for your visit! There are countless options, from remote to convenience, and each one offers its own set of benefits. For those looking for an easy access hot spring with therapeutic properties on the side, we recommend Strawberry Hot Springs in Steamboat – this is a perfect mountain town opportunity if you’re interested in soaking without too much hassle!

Local Breweries 

In the past decade, the popularity of the craft beer movement has helped boost the demand for local breweries. Today, breweries are popping up all over the state, with at least 150 throughout Colorado.

New Belgium Brewing Company, based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, has been at the forefront of some of the most innovative changes to the industry in recent years. Jeff Lebesch and Kim Jordan founded New Belgium back in 1991 and have watched their small brewery grow into a national powerhouse.

Live Music

The live music scene in Colorado features variety and depth. You’ll find some of the best jazz in the country at Denver’s prestigious Dazzle Club, Boulder’s Jazz on Pearl Street, or Sunday evening’s Jazz in City Park. You’ll also find your favorite bands and artists at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, perhaps the most gorgeous place in the nation to see an outdoor concert.

Originally built in 1906 by John Brisben Walker and his business partner Charles Lippincott, Red Rocks Amphitheater covers 9 acres with natural red sandstone rocks providing a stunning backdrop for the performances. Red Rocks has been a go-to destination for many artists, including Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Neil Young, U2, and the Grateful Dead.

Ghost Towns

The history of ghost towns in Colorado began with gold seekers who discovered gold in 1859, bringing people worldwide to Colorado. As the population grew from 584 settlers at that time, they found themselves faced with difficult conditions and harsh terrain. To this day, you can find a reminder of these struggles all over our beautiful state: Ghost Towns!

One such town is St. Elmo, founded by prospectors looking for silver during the 1880s mining boom near Nathrop (on Highway 50 between Buena Vista and Salida). From its humble beginnings as an ore-processing camp to being abandoned due to flooding issues, visit today for a glimpse into early pioneer life or just stop off on your next road trip.

Hiking

Colorado is home to some of the most breathtaking national parks in North America. Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park has endless hikes for all skill levels. There are also numerous hiking trails near Boulder, perfect for families with kids, such as Chautauqua Park. Garden of the Gods is a great place to explore if you are looking for a beautiful and relaxing mountain stroll. Near Durango lies one of Colorado’s most scenic routes – the Continental Divide Trail, which stretches from Mexico to Canada!

One of the most well-known attractions in Colorado is the 14ers – mountains with summits that are above 14,000 feet high. There are fifty-eight total fourteeners in Colorado, and below you’ll find just a few to get started on your adventure!

Mount Elbert – Located in central Colorado and was once thought to be the tallest mountain in America. Standing at 14,440 feet high, it’s no wonder Mount Elbert is one of the most famous mountains for hikers and climbers to explore.

Mount Massive – Three other peaks surround this mountain over 14,000 feet high: Mount Princeton (14,197), Mount Shavano (14,227), and Mt. Antero (14,197).

Skiing 

Colorado has arguably the best skiing in the world, offering residents and visitors the chance to ski or snowboard in diverse terrain, from challenging steeps to wide-open bowls. There are 26 resorts total, providing Colorado skiing with its unique charm.

For example, Vail Ski Resort has more than 100 runs spanning four mountain peaks, while Winter Park Resort has six mountain peaks that are all expertly groomed daily by their team of snow-makers. Breckenridge Ski Resort is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders, with an average annual snowfall of 200 inches per year. The resort features 92 runs that are perfect for all levels – beginner to expert!

Kayaking

Colorado is a fantastic place for kayakers to get their paddle wet. The Arkansas River offers both fast water and slow-paced paddling trips, which means it’s up to you what kind of experience you want! Whether looking for remote wilderness or picturesque scenery, the Arkansas River has something in store. It’s an adventure not to be missed by any avid kayaker—so grab your gear and head out on this beautiful river today!

Golf

Colorado offers a premier golfing experience with dozens of low-land courses in the Denver metro area to high altitude courses throughout the mountains. The Rockies are the perfect backdrop for an afternoon on the tee boxes. The cool mountain air is refreshing and invigorating and will allow you to enjoy your game even more. Some of our favorite courses in Colorado include Denver Country Club, The Broadmoor, The Ridge at Castle Pines North, Four Mile Ranch Golf Club, and Grand Elk Golf Course.  

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is a sport that’s been increasing in popularity over the years with new technologies and features like suspension or disc brakes on mountain bike tires. Colorado has some of the best trails for this activity, offering natural settings and breathtaking views! There are two main categories of trails you can go down: downhill (faster speeds) or cross country (less steep slopes). But if you’re looking to go fast while going on obstacles-filled courses, then downhill might be your choice!”

Kentwood is proud to be a Colorado company, and we want you to have fun exploring the state as much as we do. Get out and enjoy your day; after all, the mountains aren’t going anywhere anytime soon! 

Colorado Real Estate News

Kentwood’s Top Producer Dinner 2021

On June 30th, 2021, Kentwood held its annual Top Producer Dinner, honoring leading agents and brokerage teams. This long-time tradition is one of Kentwood’s most influential and distinguished events, commemorating award-winning brokers with sales between 10 million and 90 million-plus in 2020.  

The spectacular event was hosted at Denver Country Club, one of Colorado’s most prestigious and well-known country clubs, overlooking the breathtaking 18-hole golf course – originally designed by James Foulis in 1905. The dinner was held outside to practice social distancing. 

Contrary to the traditional sit-down style of years past, premier bars and grazing stations were casually sprinkled throughout several terraces and perfectly manicured lawns. Food stations included Italian charcuterie, assorted sushi and seafood, and build-your-own tacos. Sophisticated polyrhythms and melodies filled the night sky with live music by The Pet-Friendly Jazz Collective – a local Denver band. 

This was Kentwood’s first signature event since the pandemic. The event was a stunning evening bringing together colleagues and friends separated for the past 18 months – an exclusive gathering of Kentwood’s most brilliant talent. 

With cell phones required to be turned off, intimacy and connectedness were a focal point. For the agents and teams themselves, the event exuded excitement, celebration, and inspiration.  

 “That was one of the best parties…everything worked!” raved Luisa Staerkel, Managing Broker. 

“…and everyone was so happy to get back together.” 

Luisa Staerkel

“Could not have been a more elegant evening, and nobody could have made the night more special for us,” said Edie Marks, Broker Associate and Top of her Profession since 1977

With 30+ years of gathering top-producing agents, Kentwood looks toward the future for continued excellence in the Colorado real estate market. 

Notable venues from past Top Producer Dinners include The Art – a Hotel, Ruth’s Chris Denver Tech Center, STK Downtown, EDGE Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel, Coohills, and The Venice Ristorante and Wine Bar.