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Best Summer Events in Northern Colorado

Colorado has a multitude of fun activities and events to enjoy during the summer months. If you’re new to Colorado, you might be wondering, “Where do I even begin?” When in doubt, head north. There are some fantastic and unique occasions happening in northern Colorado that are more than worth the trip. Here are a couple of events we highly recommend attending! 

Fort Collins Peach Festival

Food, drinks and entertainment—what more could you want? This year the annual Peach Festival in Fort Collins is centered around a bluegrass concert with headliner band Head for the Hills. There will be a beer garden in addition to a variety of food vendors, and of course, lots of peaches! You can head to the Holiday Twin Drive-In at 5:00 pm on August 21, 2021, to get a taste of some Colorado fun. Learn more about the lineup, parking and admission at the link above.

Sculpture in the Park

If you’re an art lover, then this event is right up your alley. The annual Sculpture in the Park in Loveland, Colorado is the largest outdoor juried sculpture show in the United States. From August 6-8, 2021, Benson Sculpture Garden is transformed into a giant outdoor exhibit with over 2,000 pieces to admire created by 160 different artists from around the world. With annual sales of over $1 million, be sure to check out the 37th iteration of this annual show. You can learn more about the history of the event and purchase tickets at the link above.

Whether you prefer a pleasant stroll through the sculpture garden or jamming out to bluegrass while eating a slice of peach pie, you’re sure to have a good time at the summer events northern Colorado has to offer. Hope we’ll see you there! 

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Top 5 Lakes and Reservoirs in Colorado

With the record-breaking heat in Colorado, locals are struggling to stay cool. Luckily, there are lakes and reservoirs scattered throughout the state that are open to the public. Whether you plan to jump in or just lounge on the beach, these swimmable watering holes are perfect for any summer day. So, pack up your swimsuits, sunscreen and snacks and head to our favorite mountain beach escapes.

Here are our top five swimmable lakes and reservoirs in Colorado.

Boulder Reservoir

This water source is a classic site for residents in Boulder to get away and unwind. Located about 10 minutes from CU Boulder’s campus, Boulder Reservoir has a white sand beach and several roped-off areas to swim in. There is access to boating, paddle boarding, fishing and other activities for those looking for more adventure. 

Grand Lake 

The town of Grand Lake is home to Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake. Despite being a bit of a drive, this quaint and charming town makes for a fantastic weekend getaway. Its proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park also allows for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and camping.

Horsetooth Reservoir

What is known to be an outdoor paradise by many locals, Horsetooth Reservoir, can be found minutes away from Fort Collins. With over 3,900 acres of surface water, there is plenty of room for activities such as swimming, scuba diving, fishing, boating and much more. 

Chatfield State Park Reservoir 

For all the folks in Denver, this reservoir is the shortest drive away. Besides offering a sandy beach and swimming area, Chatfield is one of the best places to fish in the greater Denver metro area. You can expect to catch rainbow trout, bass, catfish and many other species.

Blue Mesa Reservoir

Located between Montrose and Gunnison, Blue Mesa is the largest body of water in Colorado, covering over 9,100 acres of surface water. This lounge-worthy beach is excellent for boating, water skiing, windsurfing and fishing. While the shoreline is rocky, you can find nearby swimming areas at the Bay of Chickens, Dry Creek and Old Highway 50 beach.

Summers in Colorado are some of the best the West has to offer. Each of the lakes and reservoirs listed above provides various activities, ensuring no one in the family is bored. So, why wait? Make sure to check out these refreshing mountain lakes while the sun is shining and adventure beckons!  

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The 6 Best Coffee Shops in Denver, Colorado. Period.

If we’re honest, it could just be a caffeine addiction. But there is something so satisfying about the rituals surrounding consuming coffee.

The smells. The sounds of the machines dispensing a dark elixir heightening your senses, all of the feelings of warmth and joy as you drink it.  These experiences are magnified when you get out of the house, leave your coffee pod machine behind, and go to an excellent cafe. Of course, you can stop by a certain Seattle-based multi-national and have a perfectly adequate cup of joe. However, there’s something to be said for a local neighborhood spot, free from corporate uniformity, pouring excellent coffee.

The locations chosen below are more than just a place to get a coffee; they represent their neighborhoods. In their cafes, you’ll find what makes an area unique, and they tie into a larger truth. Whether you’re getting an iced coffee in Saigon, bold Turkish coffee in Beirut, or cafe au lait in Paris, the true joy of the experience is interacting with your community, sitting down with a good book, or having a great conversation, and taking a moment to relax. 


Criteria For Making Our List

Coffee Quality

It’s all in the beans! High-quality coffee should have that smooth flavor that hits your lips in even just one sip.

Neighborhood

Can you feel the local culture while walking around the neighborhood with your cup of Joe?

Ambiance 

Is the atmosphere relaxed?  Are you able to work peacefully, hang with a friend, or have a productive meeting?


Pablo’s

This Denver gem has turned into the gold standard for great coffee in the Mile High City. Since 1995, when Craig Conner decided to quit his corporate job and max out his credit cards to follow his passion for coffee, Pablo’s, located in Capitol Hill, has been producing an excellent product. It goes beyond just roasting the beans themselves.

They eschew factory-farmed coffee beans and instead hunt down and source single-family farms growing unique blends. It’s a commitment far beyond fair trade; instead, an ethos to partner with fantastic coffee growers to bring one of the best products to Denver. There are three locations across Denver, including cap Hill, Governor’s Park, and East Colfax. Be aware Pablo’s does not have wifi.

Our Favorite Drink: Espresso 

Locations & Map

Colfax and Syracuse – 7701 E Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80220

6th and Washington  – 3806, 630 E 6th Ave Denver, CO 80203

13th and Pennsylvania1300 Pennsylvania St #102 Denver, CO 80203


Aviano

If a local coffee shop can be a microcosm for the neighborhood, then Aviano is quintessentially Cherry Creek North. It’s an artisanal cafe for those with discerning taste who are willing to pay for quality. They brew Intelligentsia coffee, and you notice the skill and pride the baristas take in their work.

The clientele is an eclectic mix of business meetings, college students, and shoppers looking to take a break. Aviano also has a great tea menu for those looking for some non-coffee options. FYI, our Kentwood Cherry Creek office is right next door to Aviano, so be sure to stop by and say hi and peek in the window at our listings!

Our Favorite Drink: Hot Oak Milk Matcha Latte & The Regular Latte

Hours & Locations 

Open Daily 7 am-4 pm 

Detroit Street – 244 Detroit St, Denver, CO 80206

St. Paul Street 215 St Paul St, Suite 180, Denver, CO 80206

Open Daily 7 am-5 pm 


Wash Perk 

In many ways, this local gem is the opposite of a hyper-modern coffee shop. You’ll find a dedicated neighborhood staff cracking jokes, making book recommendations, and of course, pouring great coffee. Sure, Wash Perk only has one location, but who needs more when you are only blocks away from Washington Park.

So the next time you’re in the neighborhood, stop in for iced coffee before heading to the park to get some exercise and feed the ducks.

Our Favorite Drink: Hazelnut Cinnamon Latte

Hours & Location 

Open daily:  6:30am – 5:00pm 

853 E Ohio Ave, Denver, CO 80209


Mutiny Information Cafe 

Mutiny might be a little bit of a left-field choice because a lot is going on here. As you walk in, you might notice an incredible array of used books, including rare first editions or the excellent selection of comics and records. There might be an open mic happening with up-and-coming comedians, singer/songwriters, or a podcast recorded in their studio.

However, it’s a great example of what makes the South Broadway neighborhood so eclectic and unique. But make no mistake, Mutiny Cafe is making incredible coffee. 

Our Favorite Drink: Latte

Hours & Location 

Sunday-Thursday 8:00am-8:00pm 

Friday-Saturday 8:00am -10:00pm 

2 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209


Blue Sparrow Coffee

With locations in the vibrant RiNo art district and the Platte Street community, Blue Sparrow is crafting extraordinary coffee concoctions Downtown. An ultra-modern aesthetic and a commitment to sustainability are the highlights of this vibrant spot. Every few weeks, the shop rotates a featured roaster to showcase an artisan they’ve discovered who shares their love of great coffee.

These unique roasters can be from right here in Colorado, all the way from Ireland and Netherlands. They also have a diverse menu of Japanese Iced Coffee, Upstart Kombucha, and house-made Chai, along with a wide selection of pastries.

Our Favorite Drink: Iced Matcha

Hours & Locations 

Open daily:  6:30am – 5:30pm 

3070 Blake St Unit 180 Denver, CO 80205

1615 Platte st Suite 135 Denver, CO 80202


Hudson Hill

This excellent Cap Hill spot strives to be a neighborhood destination by offering various menus and experiences. You can start by meeting a business associate or answering some emails in the afternoon in their spacious and comfortable space while sipping from their extensive coffee and tea options. Later on, you can order a cocktail like the excellent Race Day, with bourbon, lemon oleo, mint, and orange bitters.

Hudson Hill also offers a great variety of snacks you can order. Our favorite is the grilled cheese with cherry jam. 

Our Favorite Drink: The Dalgona

Hours & Locations

619 E 13th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80203 (303)832-0776

Monday8AM–10:30PM
Tuesday8AM–10:30PM
Wednesday8AM–10:30PM
Thursday8AM–10:30PM
Friday8AM–12AM
Saturday8AM–12AM
Sunday8AM–5PM

The locations chosen below are more than just a place to get a coffee; they represent their neighborhoods. In their cafes, you’ll find what makes an area unique, and they tie into a larger truth. Whether you’re getting an iced coffee in Saigon, bold Turkish coffee in Beirut, or cafe au lait in Paris, the true joy of the experience is interacting with your community, sitting down with a good book, or having a great conversation, and taking a moment to relax. 


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Best Colorado 2021 Firework Shows By City. The List.

Maybe you’re a fan of packing your 4th of July weekend to the brim with barbecues, live music, and lawn games. Or perhaps you tend to err more on the side of a casual brewery or winery with good company. One thing’s for sure: it’s not Independence Day weekend without fireworks! From Estes Park to Denver, Glendale to Brighton, all over Colorado, there are celebrations aplenty for our nation’s independence. 

Below is a list of the best places to see fireworks in Colorado (alphabetical order) for casual celebrators and festivity fanatics alike.  Also listed are canceled shows due to city bans on fireworks in the hopes of preventing wildfires.


Avon 

Canceled. What a shame. This annual celebration is typically a dazzling explosion of color and sound.

Boulder

Canceled. Too bad, Fireworks at Folsom Field have been a tradition since 1941.  Hopefully, they’ll be back in 2022.

Breckenridge

Canceled due to an indefinite ban on public and private fireworks.


Brighton

In Brighton, Colorado, you’re in for a treat at Carmichael Park this 4th of July. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., visitors will be delighted to find live entertainment, food, and fireworks galore. Shortly after the event kicks off, DJ Tidal Wave opens up the festivities with upbeat live music at 5 p.m., followed by Anavrin’s Day (a 90’s alternative grunge band) at 7 p.m.

A lovely day outdoors is finished off with fireworks to take place at the end of the concert, a display which is considered one of the region’s largest. Since this is an outdoor event, be sure to bring your blankets, lawn chairs, water, bug spray, and sunscreen.


Castle Rock

Castle Rock annually sports a stunning display that shoots off of the Santa Fe Quarry Mesa, and this year will be no exception. The show will begin around 9:30 p.m. at sundown, preceded by a three-shot salute 5 minutes before the show, and another three-shot salute 1 minute before the beginning of the display, so you’ll have plenty of warning to hunker down and find a great spot to enjoy.

This display should be visible from most places throughout the I-25 corridor, and if you’re local to Castle Rock, you can simply watch from the comfort of your neighborhood. However, suppose you’re not a local. In that case, a few of the best locations to view from include: Castle Rock Service Center, the lower lot of the Castle Rock Recreation Center, Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course, the south side of Butterfield Crossing Park, Bison Park, and more (the complete list can be found on www.crgov.com).

Also, if you’re planning to light off a few fireworks yourself, be wary of the regulations surrounding fireworks for personal use: only fireworks purchased at stands in Castle Rock are legal to use.  Also, you must use them only on July 4th, and if they leave the ground, explode, or break off into pieces, you are in violation.


Commerce City

The Commerce City 4thFest not only has the state’s largest public fireworks display, but it has plenty of festivities to enjoy leading up to the grand finale fireworks show. This show is coupled with a Colorado Rapids game at DICK’s Sporting Goods Park, making it a dream come true for fans of both 4th of July and soccer.

The pre-match festival begins at 5 p.m. on Burgundy Boulevard. You can find free, family-friendly programming before the game, starting at 7 p.m., where the Colorado Rapids will be playing the Seattle Sounders.


Denver

You can continue the celebration into July 3rd, where you’ll find Larimer Square bustling with activity. The party on the Square starts at noon, and the festivities are complete with portraits by caricaturist artists, foods, live music, and, of course, a bit of shopping along the way.

Feel free to lounge on the many outdoor patios and enjoy world-class food, cocktails, and brews while you listen to the tunes of live musicians, including DJ Al Ur Pal, Dotsero, and Hot Lunch Band. Then, on July 4th, you can journey back to downtown Denver to catch a Coloradan’s firework favorite: the Colorado Rockies Postgame Show –  a massive fireworks display. Even if you’re not in the stadium, be sure to look to the skies for the spectacular display, which can be seen widely across the downtown area.


Durango 

Fireworks were canceled this year.  Too bad.  The annual display at Green Mountain Cemetery was a tradition!


Estes Park

The Estes Park 4th of July Celebration is one you don’t want to miss. Quite a few events precede the concluding fireworks at 9:30 p.m., including a car show and live music. The “Steam-to-Electric” Coolest Car Show features over 100 vehicles to peruse and admire: head over to the Estes Park Events Complex to enjoy the wide variety of cars, ranging from street rods and sports cars to vintage and classic cars.

The Estes Village Band will also be giving a free concert at 7 p.m. Simply mosey to the west end of downtown at the Performance Park Amphitheater to enjoy their free, annual patriotic concert that features songs by John Philip Sousa and others. Then, the Big Bang Concert will offer views of the fireworks show, along with music, food, and local craft beer and wine at the Estes Park Fairgrounds in the Grandstands. Finally, finish the evening off by finding a grassy spot at Stanley Park along the Lake Estes Trail to catch the stunning fireworks show as it glimmers over the beautiful Lake Estes.


Fort Collins 

The past couple of Fourth of July festivities have looked a little different for Northern Colorado residents. Year in and out, tradition has been a massive fireworks celebration over City Parks Shelton Lake in Fort Collins.  Due to Covid, this year will be the second in a row with a drive-in fireworks show at The Ranch. 

The past couple of Fourth of July festivities have looked a little different for Northern Colorado residents. Year in and out, tradition has been a massive fireworks celebration over City Parks Shelton Lake in Fort Collins.  Due to Covid, this year will be the second in a row with a drive-in fireworks show at

The Ranch. Don’t worry about entrance fees, as this celebration is free, with 4,000 parking spaces becoming available at 6 pm. 

Fireworks will begin at 9.15 pm, with food trucks providing snacks and refreshments—music over the loudspeakers playing Big Rob on local radio station 96.1 KISSFM.


Kremmling

Steamboat has officially canceled its annual fireworks celebration, which is too bad because it might have been the best in all of Colorado, especially since it always takes place right after the infamous Howelsen Hill Rodeo. That being said, Kremmling is just a short 30-45 minute drive away from Steamboat and will host its annual “Fire on the Cliffs” display. 

Located in Kremmling Town Square, enjoy a beer tent, live music, and family entertainment before the show. 


Lakewood

If you want to catch a fireworks-only event on July 3rd, then Lakewood is the place to be! Big Boom Bash is a fireworks-only display taking place over Jeffco Stadium at 9:15 p.m. The Big Boom Bash not only includes an incredible array of fireworks but the production will also be choreographed to music. So, if you plan on taking a peek at this incredible display, tune in to 100.3 FM, MIX 100 to get the whole experience.

The show should be visible from Lakewood parks and residences located within a 1.5-mile radius of Jeffco Stadium, but bear in mind that parking will be minimal (so walking, biking, carpooling, or taking public transport is encouraged). Here are some of the best spots to enjoy the show: Creighton Middle School, Trailblazer Parking Lot, Lakewood Park, the west side of O’Kane Park, and more. The complete list of locations can be found on www.lakewood.org.


Steamboat

Canceled, unfortunately. This may be the most epic firework display in all of Colorado.  Check out 2020’s Guinness World Record Biggest Firework, Successful Launch.  Consider cruising over to Kremmling, just a short 30-45 minute drive away, to see their remarkable firework show.  


Vail

Canceled, along with Eagle and Beaver Creek. 


Winter Park 

The annual Winter Park 4th of July Celebration will be held on Sunday from 7 pm – 10 pm at Rendezvous Event Center, a terrific outdoor space in Hideaway Park downtown.  Enjoy a free concert before the firework display by Colorado Native, Buckstein. Take the whole family, roll out a picnic blanket, and watch the sky light up over Grand County.  There will be plenty of entertainment, including a cornhole tournament and bocce ball.  Make sure to get there early to lock down a good viewing spot on the lawn.  They must know, then, that the above-named gentleman whenever he was at leisure (which was mostly all the year round) gave himself up to reading books of chivalry with such ardour and avidity that he almost entirely neglected the pursuit of his field-sports, and even the management of his property; and to such a pitch did his eagerness and infatuation go that he sold many an acre of tillageland to buy books of chivalry to read, and brought home as many of them as he could get.


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Northern Colorado’s Hottest Green Chili Spots

Colorado is famous for the Rocky Mountains, beautiful scenery and high altitude. Someone new to Colorado may discover that this glorious state is just as renowned for its green chili as its other enchanting attributes. In Colorado, this dish, occasionally considered its own food group, has even found its way into burritos, tacos and sometimes beer and cocktails. When on the hunt for green chili, venture to northern Colorado to try the best of the best. Here are some of our favorite places to enjoy green chili in all of its glory. 

Santiago’s

Santiago’s is authentic Mexican food with their most frequently visited location in Loveland. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, all with green chili incorporated in the menu. Santiago’s Authentic Green Chili Sauce with Pork has been the foundation of success for the restaurant chain. Make sure you bring a bottle of their famous sauce home so their green chili is never out of reach! They are currently offering dine-in as well as takeout. We recommend their Carne Asada with extra green chili (you can never have enough)! 

Alberto’s

If you are looking for a relaxed-yet-elegant Mexican dining experience in Greeley, Alberto’s is calling your name. Alberto’s is known for having the hottest green chili in town, plus the best frozen margaritas to cool your mouth down afterward. They begin serving breakfast burritos at 5 am which is the perfect time to devour some green chili. However, if you are not a morning riser, we suggest keeping it simple with a bean and cheese burrito smothered in, you guessed it, green chili.   

CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing

The best of both worlds, CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing contains one brewery and two restaurants, offering indoor and outdoor dining in both their “Pubside” and “Poolside” with food, beverage and green chili. Located in Old Town, Fort Collins, this multifaceted restaurant, an upscale yet casual environment, has catered to guests since 1989 with a passion for their craft beer. As one of Fort Collins’ prominent nightlife locations, it is not a spot to miss when serving their famous Sigda’s Green Chili beer. 

Green chili is not only a sauce but an art form in Colorado. If you are looking to start your tasting journey, search no further! Check out our recommendations and let us know your favorite and if you have any more for us to try. Remember, eat more green chili! 

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Top 5 White Water Rafting Spots in Colorado

Colorado is home to some of the best whitewater rafting in the country. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker searching for jaw-dropping rapids or prefer a calm, scenic ride, there’s an aquatic adventure for everyone. From June to September, river rafting is at its prime. You can book a guided tour at any of these locations and customize the trip to your liking. Whether you prefer a multi-day adventure or a quick hour on the water, Colorado whitewater companies offer plenty of options for everyone. 

Here are our top five destinations for the perfect whitewater rafting trip.

Buena Vista: Arkansas River

This popular attraction runs through gorgeous canyonlands and makes for an adventurous ride. Dropping 5,000 feet within 125 miles, the Arkansas River will keep your heart racing. The Numbers section is the most advanced, but Browns Canyon National Monument is a great place to start for first timers. 

Idaho Springs: Clear Creek

If you’re looking for a quick trip, Clear Creek is just 30 minutes outside of Denver. There are all levels of rafting here and expect a visit from the bighorn sheep that pass through. You can find Class II to Class IV rapids on Clear Creek Upper Canyon, and an exhilarating Class V ride on the Lower Canyon. 

Aspen: Roaring Fork River

When Aspen isn’t hosting its world-class skiing, the Roaring Fork River is the next best attraction. The upper section of the river called “Slaughterhouse” makes for a great challenge complete with its heart-stopping plunge at “Slaughterhouse Falls.” However, the lower area provides a mellow trip for beginners. 

Creede: Rio Grande River

The Rio Grande River is an excellent destination for families with relatively calm rapids throughout the ride. You can enjoy floating through the San Juan Mountains without the worry of falling off. It is also the nation’s fifth-largest river, stretching 1,760 miles in Colorado alone. 

Fort Collins: The Cache la Poudre River

The Cache la Poudre River is Colorado’s only designated National Wild and Scenic River. You can expect to see the stunning scenery and interesting rock formations as you float by. The river provides levels for all types of rafters and is convenient to access from the Front Range. 

No matter where you choose to float, each of these areas will provide an enjoyable experience. Just remember that the water intensity varies by time of year. From May to June, the rivers run faster due to melting mountain snow. However, from August to September, the rivers are calmer. You can keep track of water levels for Colorado rivers at USGS

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The Ultimate Denver Father’s Day Weekend

There’s an incredible bond between a father and his children. It’s a connection forged through years of love and sacrifice. When you’re a child, you see your dad as a superhero—a larger-than-life presence who seems to do no wrong. As you get older, you begin to realize he’s just a man, fighting the same quirks and limitations we all do. The reality is this only deepens our respect for our fathers because being heroic isn’t being gifted with superpowers or immense talent; it’s waking up every day and doing the right thing for your family even when it’s hard. Those are actual heroes, and it’s great we can set aside a day to honor that dedication. 

The cat is out of the bag! It’s not just us that know Denver is one of the best places to live. A recent article by US News ranked Denver as the number 2 city in the nation to call home.  Take advantage of all this great town has to offer by treating your dad to an unforgettable Father’s Day experience. Need some tips?  Below is our perfect weekend, starting Friday night thru Sunday evening.  


Friday Night – Film on the Rocks

Specifically, Friday night, head out to Morrison and take in Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. There’s no better way to start Father’s Day weekend than with one of the best adventure films ever made. It doesn’t hurt when the movie is playing at Red Rocks, one of the most beautiful venues in the world.

A young Harrison Ford paired with Spielberg filming jaw-dropping action set pieces results in a film that never lets up and comes pretty close to being perfect. 

Red Rocks

Saturday Morning – Breakfast at Root Down

Sunday morning, you’ll want to fuel up, so stop by the Root Down in LoHi.  A part of local restaurant group Edible Eats, this upbeat gem boasts one of the best breakfasts in all of Denver. Be sure to try the Fried Chicken and Goat Cheese Biscuit or Almond Pancakes.  To catch a little buzz before your big day, sip on some bubbles with their infamous Blood Orange Mimosa.

Be sure to make a reservation ASAP, as their brunch is hard to get into, even on a typical weekend. 

Food in Denver

Saturday Afternoon – Go for a Hike at Golden Gate Canyon

After fueling up, it’s time to head out to enjoy the great outdoors. One of the best hikes in Colorado is a short drive to the gorgeous city of Golden.

With family-friendly trails for a wide variety of skill levels and picturesque vistas of lakes and mountains, Golden Gate Canyon is a true Colorado gem. 


Saturday Night – Dinner at Buckhorn Exchange 

If food can be a masculine adventure replete with history and American West bravado, that meal is found at the Buckhorn Exchange. The restaurant was opened in 1893 by Henry H. “Shorty Scout” Zietz. He was a member of Buffalo Bill Cody’s scouts and rode and toured with Cody and the legendary Chief Sitting Bull, who gave Zietz his nickname.

In 1905 Teddy Roosevelt’s presidential train stopped at the restaurant for dinner and drinks. The next day Zietz and the great frontiersman president headed off to the Western slope for big game hunting. Today the restaurant continues this Western Spirit and serves excellent steaks and bison. Also, look out for more exotic fare like rattlesnake and Rocky Mountain oysters.


Sunday Morning – Breakfast at Denver Biscuit Co.

Father’s Day is notoriously a busy breakfast holiday, which means it’s challenging to get into most restaurants without reservations weeks in advance.  Denver Biscuit Co. is a local charm with four locations throughout Denver.  They have both in-house dining, delivery, and pick-up, so you will be assured to grub down on Sunday morning. 

We recommend trying The Lola – buttermilk fried chicken, bacon, housemade honey butter, covered in maple syrup, and built-on french toast!

The Dahlia. Uriah West Photography.

Sunday Afternoon – Colorado Rockies Game 

If the dad in your life still has energy, then head over to Coors Field for the 1:00 pm game between the Rockies and the Milwaukee Brewers.

This stadium is one of the most beautiful in the entire Major Leagues. Grab a Rockie’s dog and a cold beer. The experience at Coors Field is perhaps above any in the entire league, which explains why LoDo will host the upcoming 2021 All-Star Game. 


Sunday Afternoon – Juneteenth Street Festival

In the afternoon, you can head over to the Juneteenth celebration, with events all over the city. Juneteenth celebrates when slaves from Texas learned of their freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Denver has an incredible Black history worth reading up on. With one of the oldest Juneteenth events in the country, it’s a celebration of Black culture and arts along with Black-owned businesses and their contributions to Denver. 


Sunday Night – Dinner at Jax Fish House

Jax Fish House has three excellent locations in Colorado: LoDo (1539 17th Street), Glendale (650 South Colorado Boulevard), and Boulder (928 Pearl Street).  They offer a wonderful Father’s Day Special – get a classic surf and turf — New York strip steak and Maine lobster tail, asparagus, red potatoes, and demi-glace — for $55 per person (the take-home version feeds two for $110).

You can also add on a bottle of Willamette Valley Sineann Jax Pinot Noir for just $25, less than half price.  This deal also applies to take-out.  Be sure to reserve your meal before Friday, June 19th.


More Denver Father’s Day Ideas

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Do’s & Dont’s of Preparing to Sell Your Home

Image of a woman hanging a photo on the wall

If you’ve been considering selling your home, now is the perfect time, and if it hasn’t crossed your mind, maybe it should! Springtime is in full swing and the Denver housing market shows signs that NOW is the time to sell. As you prepare to list your property and search for your dream home, here are a few key “Do’s & Don’ts” of preparing to sell to keep in mind.

With our spectacular state offering various unique and breathtaking activities during all months of the year, we urge you to take advantage of the warming weather and embrace Colorado’s beauty. So, get outside, connect with nature and slake your thirst for adventure.

Do’s

Declutter Before Showing

  • When you’re preparing for potential buyers to walk through your home, you want them to enter into a clean and inviting space. That is why it is essential to declutter and reorganize your home. Getting rid of unnecessary items that have piled up over time will make your rooms look bigger and more spacious, it will be easier for guests to walk around and it better displays the best features of your home. Real Homes stresses that forgetting this critical step may cause buyers to worry that the clutter covers spaces that would require repairs and renovations. So, take some time to go through each room and declutter so that you can show off that built-in shelving unit or beautiful granite countertops!

Consider Curb Appeal

  • First impressions are everything, and when potential buyers arrive at your home, the first thing they see is the front of the house. Therefore, it could be worth it to spend some time and money updating your landscaping with some new shrubs and a freshly trimmed lawn or adding some eye-catching decor to the front porch.

Depersonalize the Living Spaces

  • As people stroll through your home during a showing, they want to be able to picture themselves and their significant others or families living there. By removing some large family portraits, vibrant wallpaper and scattered personalized decor and replacing them with aesthetic and neutral decorations, you give the buyer more creative room to imagine what the space would look like if it were their own. Homelight offers a great list of specific aspects to depersonalize before you begin showings.

Don’ts

Wait Until the Spring to Sell

  • While many homeowners put their houses on the market in the springtime, houses are constantly selling throughout the year! As we approach summer, don’t wait until next year to list your property. Choosing to start your selling journey NOW with ravenous buyers engaging in bidding wars can position you to earn a premium on your home sale.

Be Present At Showings

  • There are a couple of reasons why it is always best to elect not to be present when a potential buyer is visiting your home for a showing, according to SFGATE. First of all, it can make the guests feel uncomfortable and hesitant to truly examine the space, such as peek into the cabinets and explore the closets. Secondly, it can appear more like desperation to sell as opposed to your excitement for new opportunities. Finally, agents are experts in what to say and how to present the home, and while you may know more than anyone as the current homeowner, you may reveal information that the agent doesn’t appreciate. To avoid any of these potential mishaps, make yourself scarce during showings.

Make Major Renovations

  • While you may have a beautiful, updated vision for your home, Realtor.com notes that it is impossible to read the minds of your future buyers. This is why making major design renovations could be both a waste of money and a disadvantage for your likelihood to sell. Additionally, inexpensive or DIY renovations could make aspects of your home end up looking cheaper than before, which may be especially unappealing to buyers. When considering updating your home prior to putting it on the market, it is best to focus on maintenance repairs like plumbing, as opposed to updating the appearance.

Now that you have learned some of the major “Do’s and Don’ts” of preparing to sell your home, it may be time to consider exploring new options in a new place or a new house and putting your home on the market! Denver real estate is booming, so there is truly no time like the present!

Colorado Real Estate News

Spring Thaw Hikes in Colorado

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As the snow is melting, spirits are rising. After months of hibernating inside, it may feel like time to explore the ethereal outlooks Colorado has to offer. Check out this list of 5 Colorado hikes for you to embrace the fresh air, warm weather and revitalizing sunshine.

Flagstaff Trailhead
If you’re looking for a leisurely stroll paired with a panorama, the Flagstaff Trailhead in Boulder, CO is for you. With a drive just as gorgeous as the hike, gaze over the Boulder and Denver cityscape freshly sprinkled with greenery. Not only will it satisfy your need for nature, but the infinite sight will also inspire the depths of your imagination. 

High Dune Trail
To explore dreamlike terrain and break a sweat, try the idyllic High Dune Trail. While humanity has not made it to Mars, this trail will most definitely inspire extraterrestrial allure and an elevated heart rate. Hiking up the sandy mounds, you’ll experience a sense of awe with their expansive appearance and a backsplash of Colorado’s foothills. The challenging incline will leave you breathless, literally.

Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
Change up morning monotony for a sunrise on Sugarloaf Mountain Trail. Get a taste of pure beauty with views of the Indian Peaks to the West and the Front Range to the East. The 360-degree views will bless your eyes with a rich color palette of beautiful wildflowers. Dogs can use this trail if kept on a leash so you and your four-legged friend can have a sweet start to your day. 

Mills Lake
Are you craving a waterside front? Mills Lake will quench your desire with striking waterfalls, mountains, and a subalpine lake with prime real estate for picnics. Located in Rocky Mountain National Park, hike to this refreshing oasis by starting at the Glacier Gorge Trailhead, located on Bear Lake Road. Note that Rocky Mountain National Park charges for daily entrance passes per vehicle or individual if on foot, horse or bike. You can also purchase an annual pass for $70 (here).

Red Rock Canyon
If you’re in the mood to cover terrain that looks like it’s from a prehistoric era, Red Rock Canyon Open Space is for you. While there are no dinosaurs, the angular, copper-colored rocks called “hogbacks” appear to be straight out of the Jurassic period, and for a closer look, there is rock climbing available (permit required). Featuring trails of all levels, an off-leash dog area and fantastic views of Garden of the Gods, walk among the series of parallel red rock ridges with a renewed sense of wonder.

Colorado Real Estate News

Top Nine Spring Activities in Colorado

Spring has sprung, Colorado! Are you struggling to come up with fun, family-friendly activities to keep you and the kids entertained? We’ve got you covered with this list of the nine best spring break activities in Colorado. So, read away and get ready for great ways to play!

1. Visit a National Park 

If you’re looking to experience the beauty of nature, then Colorado’s National Parks have got you covered. From colorful canyons to majestic mountains, these parks are sure to provide the perfect escape for you and your family to soak up some sun and breathe in some fresh air. 

2. Take a Food Tour

Are you craving new cuisine? Why not check out a food tour in Colorado Springs? With Rocky Mountain Food Tours, you can visit five of Colorado Springs’ top restaurants in just a few hours. That way, you can take a bite out of Colorado Springs without breaking the bank. In addition to offering contact-free check-in, groups are limited to eight people and masks are required. Read more about their safety protocols for a delicious and safe experience. 

3. Stop By the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Located in Colorado Springs at 6,800 feet above sea level is the “highest zoo in America.” With beautiful views and over 200 species of animals, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is sure to please the animal lover in your family! Start the day with a stroll through the reptile exhibit and at lunch be sure to feed the hungry giraffes. Advance e-tickets are required as well as masks. Read more about their COVID-19 restrictions to best plan your visit.

4. Check Out the Royal Gorge

Want to add a little suspense to your spring fun? Then steer your car towards the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park. This gorgeous gorge is home to the highest suspension bridge in America and the park offers tons of rides too. A trip to the Royal Gorge is guaranteed to give you and your family fond memories that will last a lifetime. Every person ages 10 and up must wear a mask but beaming smiles will still be easily noticeable!

5. Drive to the Top Of Pikes Peak

Nothing embodies exploration and enjoyment like a good old-fashioned road trip. Standing tall at 14,115 feet, Pikes Peak offers the perfect opportunity to get in the car and relish each other’s company and some fantastic views. Just be sure to bring a coat because it is bound to be chilly once you reach the summit.  


6. Go Horseback Riding Through Garden of the Gods

For a unique adventure, trot down to Garden of the Gods and hop on horseback. With breathtaking sandstone formations and a ton of hiking trails to choose from, Garden of the Gods is a must-see for any Coloradoan. However, if you want to experience this classic landmark in a whole new way, try taking a trail riding tour and elevate your perspective. Groups are limited to eight people and you must arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled ride.

7. Learn Something New at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Even us adults don’t have to stop learning. Located in downtown Denver, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science offers the perfect mix of education and enjoyment. Uncover the mysteries of Stonehenge and venture into the prehistoric era to watch Allosaurus and Stegosaurus do battle with an 80-foot-long Diplodocus towering overhead! Discover gems about ancient history and Colorado’s recent history with exhibits like Tom’s Baby, an eight-pound nugget of crystallized gold unearthed in Breckenridge in 1887. Masks are required, indoor capacity limitations are in place, likely resulting in queue times, and popular galleries require timed entry tickets.

8. Stay a Night at The Stanley Hotel

Staying home all of spring is a frightening thought. So why not pack your bags and take a weekend getaway to the famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park? Stay for the night and the frights. Meet some friendly ghosts and entertain the kids with the variety of activities offered at our other blog here [link to blog].

9. Browse the Denver Art Museum 

If you’re looking for some sights that will astound and delight you, then venture on down to the Denver Art Museum. Take a stroll through the nineteenth century’s art and then explore the fashionable Véronique and Gregory Peck exhibit. Afterward, you can grab a snack in Denver’s beautiful River North Art District (RiNo) and maybe even do some shopping. In addition to masks being required, be sure to check out their Plan Your Visit page to make sure you have a fulfilling and safe experience.

As the weather warms and adventure beckons, don’t spend your time wondering what to do. Go out and try a few of the activities on this list so you can make this spring the best one yet!