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Parks in Northern Colorado to Visit This Spring

Spring has sprung and now is the perfect time to get outside and get a breath of fresh air. And what better place to refresh and reset than in a beautiful Colorado park. There’s never a shortage of options to choose from; there are over 50 parks in the NoCo area. Keep reading to find a park to spend your time, whether you’re looking for a dog, city or state park: 

City Parks: 

Fort Collins City Park

Fort Collins City Park is a great place to spend your days, sitting under a shady tree, reading a good book. There are perfect places to have a picnic, tennis courts and Sheldon Lake to walk around and enjoy the outdoors. 

Creekside Park

With a soothing creek rushing through the park, this is another idyllic place to enjoy a picnic or a good book. There is also a walking and bike path to connect you to different spots in Fort Collins. 

Dog Parks: 

Fossil Creek Dog Park

Located in the heart of Fort Collins, Fossil Creek Dog Park is a great place to spend your days with your furry friends. There are some benches and shady trees to enjoy watching your dog play with others. There is a separate fenced-off area for small dogs and shy dogs as well.

Twin Silo Dog Park

Another big dog park in Fort Collins where dogs are welcomed to be off of their leashes to run freely and play with other dogs. There is an area for small and shy dogs to hang out, too! There are plenty of water stations and poop bags available for anyone who needs them.

State Parks: 

Lory State Park

Lory State Park is a fantastic place to hike, fish, or just escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are several trails to choose from, no matter what type of hiker you are. Be sure to bring a camera because this place has amazing views!

Boyd Lake State Park

With nice camping spots and walking trails around the lake, this is the perfect place to spend your weekends this spring. They have parks, swings and horseshoe pits to enjoy as well. Swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding are highly recommended so make sure to bring your swimsuits! Boat rentals are available, as well.

There is not a shortage of places to spend your spring days in Northern Colorado. This spring has been a warm one, so make sure to get out there and enjoy the sunshine and amazing views that this state has to offer.

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Best Fried Chicken Restaurants in Denver

On the hunt for a new restaurant to take your taste buds on a rollercoaster ride of enjoyment? Then look no further than the food that is as well-paired with waffles as it is with mashed potatoes and asparagus. In this blog, we are featuring arguably the best comfort food out there: fried chicken. Denver’s chefs offer a smorgasbord of fried chicken dishes, from creative to classic. Here are a few favorites in no particular order.

Lea Jane’s Hot Chicken 

Hot chicken is – well – pretty hot right now, but the chicken coming from Avanti F&B in Lower Highland (LoHi) sets itself apart from the competition. Chef Nick Graves has navigated the proper channels of research and development in Nashville where hot chicken is beloved by many. Chef Graves puts his own unique spin on Nashville hot chicken which he dishes out on deviled eggs, sandwiches, biscuits and even in a waffle cone with “angry” macaroni and cheese. For those who can’t handle the heat, don’t worry; there’s also traditional southern fried chicken. There’s also a plethora of mouthwatering sauces to choose from. Try the Comeback Sauce (similar to Louisiana Remoulade), the Alabama White BBQ Sauce and the Charred Onion Ranch. 

Steuben’s 

Steuben’s in Uptown provides a retro neighborhood ambiance sure to elevate your comfort food experience. Enjoy their fried chicken three ways every day: buttermilk-brined and on its own with mashed potatoes, a biscuit and chicken gravy on the side, on top of a Belgian waffle or Nashville hot with a bacon brown-sugar glaze served with texas toast, pickles, mashed potatoes and chicken gravy. Also check out their Tuesday special: a Nashville-style hot chicken breast on a brioche bun with green goddess coleslaw and house-made pickles. In a rush and want fried chicken takeout? Grab a six, nine, or 15-piece bucket of Steuben’s original or Nashville hot fried chicken with mashed potatoes, chicken gravy and scratch-made biscuits or texas toast. 

Welton Street Cafe 

This family-owned cafe in Five Points has been serving customers in the Mile High City for more than 20 years. They specialize in Southern-style cuisine with a Caribbean twist. Have a big appetite? Welton Street Cafe has you covered. Their fried chicken entree is a juicy half-bird, seasoned and expertly fried for minimal grease, served with two sides and cornbread or white bread. For the full southern experience, order it with fried okra, a sweet tea, and peach cobbler or sweet potato pie for dessert.       

The Post Chicken & Beer 

If you haven’t tried The Post’s chicken yet then this location is a must. The Post in Rosedale won Westword’s Best Fried Chicken for 2021. Chef Brett Smith has perfected his fried chicken recipe. His buttermilk-brined chicken is delicious, extra-crunchy and gluten-free, making it accessible to almost everyone. Best of all, you can order it up in a variety of dishes, from chicken chicharrones with pinto bean hummus, to deviled eggs topped with crispy chicken skins, to a widespread of salads and sandwiches. We recommend the Fried Chicken Ranch BLT with tomato jam and paprika ranch or their Chicken and Waffles with a pumpkin seed butter, chorizo country gravy, chile-cherry chutney and maple syrup. Wash it down with one of The Post’s in-house brews, such as the Howdy Western Pilsner or the El Corn Amber Lager, both of which have been awarded medals at Denver’s Great American Beer Festival. 

Osaka Ramen 

Osaka Ramen may be known for its mouth-watering ramen dishes, but you must try chef Osaka’s equally delicious Chicken Kara’age. His fried chicken comes as a small plate dish or a sandwich. This crispy chicken dish is a lightly battered, deep-fried citrus-shoyu marinated chicken served with spicy mayo. The same great chicken comes with ginger-sesame slaw and Japanese pickles in the Chicken Kara’age sandwich at OPEN, the sandwich shop inside American Bonded. Additionally, one dollar from each sandwich purchase goes to food-based local nonprofit, Project Angel Heart. Both Osaka Ramen and OPEN/American Bonded are in Denver’s River North Art District (RiNo). 

It’s safe to say that Denver has an abundance of quality fried chicken locations. From classic southern-style chicken to a chef’s creative spin on an already delicious entree. Treat yourself to a comforting meal at any of these delectable locations that are sure to provide your tastebuds with a memorable experience.      

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Best Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants in Fort Collins

With a rising demand for gluten-free alternatives, it can feel like a mission to find great restaurants where you don’t have to ask the server a hundred questions, scour the menu for the one or two things to eat, and eventually make a choice for the only option that won’t make you sick. Fortunately, the number of restaurants that are solving this problem has grown! If you’re around the Fort Collins area, these are the four best gluten-free friendly restaurants you need to check out!

Urban Egg (230 South College Ave)

One of the best places to find gluten-free alternatives and a delicious menu is the Urban Egg. What makes this place special is nearly all of its ingredients come from local producers offering fresh and chemical-free produce and meats. This clean philosophy extends to the gluten-free flour which they use to make savory pancakes, English muffins, and their famous eggs benedict. Their wide variety of gluten-free options makes it a can’t miss for this upcoming summer!

Blue Agave Grill (201 South College Ave)

Hate asking your waiter if something contains gluten every time you go out? At Blue Agave Grill, that is eliminated with their super helpful menu that highlights what is and isn’t gluten-free! Choose from their unique selection of modern Mexican-inspired dishes like the Blue Agave Fish Tacos with tempura-battered tilapia and pan-seared Southwest Pork Medallions.

Restaurant 415 (415 South Mason St)

Earning a reputation as one of Fort Collins’ best restaurants, at Restaurant 415 nearly everything on the menu is designed for those with specialty diets. Whether you are vegan or gluten-free, there are a plethora of amazing dishes to choose from such as pizzas, yummy bruschetta on gluten-free bread, polenta plates, steak, and veggie skewers, and much more.

Beau Jo’s (205 North College Ave)

Can you even call yourself a Coloradan if you’ve never been to Beau Jo’s? If Colorado had a signature pizza, it would be one of their delicious Mountain Pies, which have some of the best gluten-free crusts you can find. Nearly everything on the menu is gluten-free and is a good time for everyone looking to enjoy a Colorado-style pizza!

Finding gluten-free alternatives at a restaurant shouldn’t be a hassle. Fortunately, Fort Collins has several delicious options that will make everyone feel more at home while they dine in. Bon appétit!

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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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Best New Restaurants to Check Out in Denver 2022

With Covid restrictions slowly lifting, there are plenty of new and exciting restaurants to visit as we all begin to dine out more regularly. Denver has seen a plethora of fun and unique restaurants sprout up in 2022. Here are five new places to check out in the Denver Metro Area that will make for an unforgettable dining experience. 

Onefold

Inspired by Chinese and Filipino cuisine, this fun and new restaurant near Union Station is the perfect place to grab brunch with friends and family. Some of the most talked-about menu items are the tender belly bacon topped with two fried duck eggs and the rice porridge flecked with shredded duck confit, scallions, and salted ginger. Onefold has made a lot of noise since its unique menu debuted back in July, and you can experience it for yourself at 1919 19th Street.

Blanco Cocina & Cantina

After making waves in Phoenix Arizona, Blanco Cocina & Cantina has brought its Sonoran-inspired Mexican style to the Denver metro area with its signature margaritas and famous sizzling carne asada fajitas. Located right next to the Culinary Dropout on 4177 E. 9th Avenue, it’s sure to be a dining experience to remember.

The Greenwich

Founded by restaurateur Delores Tronco, this New York-inspired dining experience captures the essence of the Big Apple. After the pandemic forced Tronco to shut down her restaurant in Manhattan, she moved back out west and is bringing New York-inspired artwork and cuisine to the Mile High City. Some of the most talked-about dishes include the fluffy crust pizza, roasted littleneck clams, and chicory salad dressed with tangy lemon-anchovy vinaigrette. Get a slice of “The City that Never Sleeps” at 3258 Larimer Street.

La Bouche

Started by married couple Alexis and Alexandra Tréton in late September, la Bouche is the perfect taste of France for any Colorado native. After the duo moved from Paris to Denver, they noticed there wasn’t a spot where they could enjoy a glass of wine and charcuteries as they had back home. So they opened their own restaurant that could bring the essence of a Paris cafe, with Colorado’s own special culture. Located at 1100 E. 17th. Avenue, spend a cool afternoon indulging in tasty wines while getting a unique experience that feels like you’re on the other side of the world.

Grange Hall

This new dining hall started by Colorado star chef Troy Guard, has such a wide variety of food options that everyone is sure to find something that they’ll enjoy. Grange Hall displays some of Guard’s most famous and original entrees such as the Rado Burger, Bubu and Crazy Love Pizza. Grange also displays the California-based “Crack Shack” and the first and the inside version of Denver’s popular food truck Uptown & Humboldt. Located at 6575 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, stop by for a Refreshing Cocktail or a “Mile Hi-PA.”

So what are you waiting for? Whatever you’re craving, these new Denver restaurants are sure to have something to tickle your tastebuds.

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Must-Ski Mountains Near Fort Collins

People come from all over the world to ski in Colorado, and for those who are residents in Northern Colorado, this winter activity is in your backyard. Fort Collins offers skiing and snowboarding mountains just two to three hours from town. Here are the five closest:

Echo Mountain

Echo Mountain is just an hour and 45 minutes away from the heart of Fort Collins. Tickets are affordable and the views are amazing! They pride themselves on a welcoming and supportive environment, no matter what level of a skier or snowboarder you are. They’re open seven days a week and they have night skiing on Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Loveland Ski Area

Loveland is about two hours from Fort Collins and it’s 1600 acres of a winter wonderland. Loveland’s average snowfall is 422 inches, which is more than any Front Range resort. They also offer free snowcat skiing to experience the amazing Loveland terrain. They’re open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends.

Seven Utes Mountain

Seven Utes is a little over two hours from the heart of Fort Collins, and it’s specialized for backcountry skiers. The east side of the mountain is most frequently skied because you can see it from Highway 14. This amazing mountain is a part of the Never Summer Mountains, too!

Eldora Mountain

Eldora has 10 lifts with 680 acres of terrain for anyone to explore, with greens, blues, black diamond and double black diamond runs for any level of skier or snowboarder. They’re located about an hour and 45 minutes from Fort Collins. They’re open seven days a week, so check them out!

Arapahoe Basin

Just over two hours from Fort Collins, ‘A-Basin’ as the locals call it, is a great place to ski. Along with snow activities, they’re celebrating their 75th anniversary this spring; they are having a Pride weekend celebration and brewery and dining events. A-Basin has uphill access, too! You definitely don’t want to miss out on “The Legend.”

Colorado offers so many beautiful and scenic mountains to ski and snowboard, you really can’t go wrong with any location. These five mountains are just a short drive from Fort Collins, so visit one or all of them! We hope you enjoy your next ski/snowboarding adventure at any of the gorgeous ski resorts that Colorado has to offer.

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Black History Month: Colorado Museums and Attractions

One of the best ways to get familiar with the community you live in is to learn about its upbringings. From the town of Dearfield to the Five Points neighborhood in Denver, Colorado is rich in Black history. 

As Black History Month wraps up, we’ve gathered a list of museums and attractions that acknowledge the stories and events of African Americans that shape our communities today.    

1. Stiles African American Heritage Center – 2607 Glenarm Place | Denver 

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The Stiles African American Center celebrates the positive contributions made by African Americans throughout history. SAAHC is in a Victorian frame house in Five Points, the heart of Denver’s historic African American community. Founded in 1992, the museum offers guided tours, lessons in African American history and cultural exhibits among other unique experiences.
 

2. Blair Caldwell African American Research Library – 2401 Welton Street | Denver  

Courtesy: VisitDenver

This local library in Five Points hosts exhibits showcasing the history and arts of African Americans in Colorado and the American West. The library was created as a branch to the Denver Public Library in 1999 by Denver’s first African American mayor and his wife, Wellington and Wilma Webb.
 

3. Dearfield, Colorado | Weld County  

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Dearfield was the largest Black homesteading settlement in Colorado. In the first year in 1911, seven families moved to the town, surviving a severe winter in only two frame houses. At its peak in 1920, the town housed up to 300 residents. Today, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   
 

4. Black American West Museum – 3091 California Street | Denver

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Founded by historian Paul Stewart, the Black American West Museum unfolds the stories of African Americans who settled west. The museum is also the former home of Dr. Justina L. Ford, the first licensed African American female physician in Colorado. The museum is currently closed for restoration and revitalization of the current exhibit space, but we recommend following their Facebook and Instagram for updates on its re-opening.

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Top 10 Soup Spots in Denver

Soup is good for the soul on those chilly Colorado days. Although winter 2021 was tame, 2022 is here now and the snow is already coming down in full force. Here are 10 of the best soup spots around Denver to warm you up.

Pho 95

Pho 95 is in the heart of Denver at 1401 S. Federal Blvd, just 4 miles from the Colorado State Capitol. Their broth has just the right amount of everything to give you a soup packed with flavor. If someone you’re dining with doesn’t care for pho, many of the other dishes on the menu are a hit as well!

Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen 

Rosenberg’s is famous for their matzo ball soup; with the dumplings and the broth made from whole, locally-raised chicken, it’s the perfect way to warm up. You can find this restaurant in Five Points at 725 E. 26th Ave and at their other location inside Stanley Marketplace in Aurora.

Stoic & Genuine

Known for its fantastic clam chowder, Stoic & Genuine is located at Union Station. It’s perfect for a cold winter day with the spot-on balance of shellfish and pork. Not to mention, their cornbread is an ideal side to their clam chowder. 

LeRoux

Craving French onion soup? LeRoux should be your go-to! The blend of cave-aged cheese and fresh croutons is a fantastic winter treat. You can find LeRoux on 16th St Mall in Downtown Denver.

City, O’ City

City, O’ City, a vegetarian restaurant beloved by Colorado locals, is notorious for their curry carrot soup, but they also have several other options. With seasonal stews, vegetarian chili, udon noodles with tofu, or kimchi stew, you will find something with your name on it! You can find City, O’ City in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Katsu Ramen

Ramen prepared by a Japanese chef straight from Osaka, Japan, is a must-try! They make their noodles fresh and with rich broth, it gives you the taste of Japan you didn’t know you needed. You can find Katsu Ramen in Aurora at 1930 S. Havana St.

Little Tibet | Restaurant & Bar 

Although this spot isn’t technically in Denver, we just had to include it. With a sweet change of pace from ramen and pho, it serves up a hot bowl of soup called Tibetan thenthuk. Little Tibet is at 4479 Broadway in Boulder, CO.

Sams No. 3

Sams No.3 is a family-owned restaurant with an authentic, homey feeling that opened in 1927. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, they have a great menu with chili that’s to die for! There are three locations, Glendale, Aurora and Downtown Denver. 

Los Mesones

Los Mesones should be your go-to place to get pozole! Located in downtown Denver on West Colfax, their pozole is authentic, flavorful and will leave you more than satisfied. 

East Side Kosher Deli

Chicken noodle soup is a timeless classic, and East Side Kosher Deli has a great take on it. Pair it with any of their sandwiches, and you’ve got yourself a hearty winter meal. You can find it in Glendale, CO at 499 S. Elm St.

It may be cold in Colorado, but that doesn’t mean you have to be! There is a soup for everyone on this list that will warm you up this winter, guaranteed! 

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Best Ski Resorts in Colorado

Approximately 470 ski resorts are operating in the United States as of 2021. One of the top locations to ski in the nation is the Colorado Rocky Mountains, with upwards of 32 ski resorts open during peak winter months. Each destination offers a unique experience, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran. Finding the right resort in Colorado depends on your own unique personal taste, skill level, and budget. Keeping that in mind, here’s a list of the top Colorado ski resorts. 


Vail Ski Resort 

Originally a training base for the 10th Mountain Division during World War Two, Vail Ski Resort boasts over 5,300 acres of breathtaking terrain. Located about two hours away from the Denver International Airport, Vail has activities for skiers and non-skiers alike, making it an ideal destination for a family getaway.  

There are two base areas at the foot of the mountain (Lion’s Head, Vail Village), providing easy access to Colorado’s largest ski area.  There are plenty of blue and green runs for the novice skier, including Born-Free, one of the longest runs in America. We recommend heading to the expansive back bowls and an even deeper journey to Blue Sky Basin for the expert skier.  

Once you’re done skiing for the day, the beautiful town of Vail has heated cobblestone streets and is designed to resemble the European Alps with its many chalets. There is a plethora of fine dining and shopping to keep you occupied while your boots are drying. It’s enough to make you consider buying a home in Colorado to stay here forever. 

Adult Lift Ticket: $189 – $221 

Child Lift Ticket: $134 – $144 

Senior Lift Ticket: $187 – $199 


Steamboat Springs 

Located in Yampa Valley on State Highway 40, Steamboat Springs is a true cowboy town. About a three and a half hour drive from Denver, this can’t miss resort claims bragging rights for having some of the best champagne powder in the world. Known for its expansive tree skiing, Steamboat has produced more Olympic athletes than any other town in Colorado. For the young ones, the resort offers a fantastic kids camp, private lessons, and group lessons.  

After your long day on the mountain, reward yourself and the family by going to Strawberry Hot Springs – a natural geothermal pool nestled on the edge of town. Afterwards, head downtown to enjoy dinner overlooking the Yampa River. We recommend Salt & Lime or Mazzola’s Italian. Once you experience Steamboat, we promise you’ll want to return annually, or even make this diamond in the rough for your next vacation home.  

Adult Lift Ticket: $179 – $207 

Child Lift Ticket: $123 – $145 

Senior Lift Ticket: $177 – $197 


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Breckenridge 

Breckenridge is one of the most popular ski resorts in the state, with 187 trails spread across five mountain peaks. You’ll also find North America’s highest chairlift, the Imperial Express Superchair at a whopping 12,840 feet! The ski resort rests at an impressive elevation of 9,600 feet, which means you’ll get quality snow, but also be aware of altitude sickness if you’re not used to being so far above sea level.  

Breckenridge is only an hour and a half from Denver, making it an easy day trip or the perfect winter getaway. It is also located near Frisco and Lake Dillon and a short drive to Silverthorne for shopping at one of Colorado’s premier outlet malls. 

Adult Lift Ticket: $178 – $191 

Child Lift Ticket: $110 – $123 

Senior Lift Ticket: $161 – $179 


Winter Park/Mary Jane 

Winter Park won the vote for the best ski resort in North America for the third year in a row. With 3,081 acres of terrain and 166 runs, it appeals to different ability levels, making it ideal for the whole family. Winter Park is also one of the more affordable resorts in Colorado and is only an hour and a half drive from Denver. 

Once you are done carving up the mountain, you’ll also find a slew of activities appealing to kids and adults alike. The resort offers ice bumper cars, snowmobiling, ice skating, snowshoe tours, and a tube park. Relax with a cold beverage or hot chocolate at Pepperonis or Goodies Mountain Creperie, and enjoy elegant dining at Deno’s Mountain Bistro or Fontenot’s Seafood and Grill. 

Adult Lift Ticket: $131 – $146 

Child Lift Ticket: $89 – $97 


Aspen Snowmass 

With a combination of four different ski locations around both Aspen and Snowmass Village, you’ll find a wide selection of terrain to slice some turns. Aspen Snowmass manages to rival even Vail for its massive size.  

Snowmass Mountain has over 3,000 acres of gorgeous runs and trails, ideal for skiers of an intermediate level. Buttermilk is best known for hosting winter weather sports such as the Winter X-games. You’ll find both beginner-friendly and intermediate runs at Buttermilk. Aspen Highlands is considered the local’s choice, fraught with double black diamonds and steep runs. Also known as Ajax, Aspen Mountain has a brand new gondola, providing easy access to this iconic mountain.  

Adult Lift Ticket: $191 – $217 

Child Lift Ticket: $138 – $146 


Beaver Creek 

Beaver Creek is only twenty minutes from Vail and is considered a sibling resort that excels at luxury. If you’re in search of the ultimate pampering experience, then Beaver Creek is for you. You’ll get everything from escalators between the village and the chairlift, freshly baked cookies, and an array of shopping and fine dining. Scattered throughout the village is a new artistic playground with oversized sculptures, perfect for picture taking and memories to last a lifetime.  

At Beaver Creek, you’ll find a less crowded environment but also a similar experience to Vail in terms of the gorgeous scenery and fabulous terrain. Birds of Prey is an iconic run home to Olympic trial competitions, and Red Buffalo is the perfect playground for beginners and intermediate skiers.  

Adult Lift Ticket: $199 – $220 

Child Lift Ticket: $131 – $144 

Senior Lift Ticket: $189 – $201 


Telluride Ski Resort 

Telluride is a remote town set high up in the San Juan Mountains. There is only one road in and out of this hidden mountain gem, with towering peaks overlooking a narrow, almost daunting valley. If you enjoy vertical ski environments, then Telluride is perfect for you. You’ll find over 2,000 acres of terrain, with a base elevation that starts at 8,725 feet and then tops off at 13,150 feet at the peak. Whether you are a beginner or advanced skier, you’ll find it all at Telluride. If you’re a hardcore expert, there’s a hike-to terrain offering extreme skiing. 

After you’re done skiing for the day, you’ll find that Telluride is an authentic mountain town with original, historical homes lining the quaint streets. The locals stay all year long, but this is also a popular, of-the-beaten-path destination for adventure seekers. Warm by a fire pit enjoying a cold beer and nibbling on local, farm-raised cuisine at the mountain base.  

Adult Lift Ticket: $199 – $205 

Child Lift Ticket: $110 – $119 

Senior Lift Ticket: $167 – $179 


Keystone Resort 

Spread across three mountains, Keystone offers ski trails that take you through the wilderness and away from the resort itself. Dercum Mountain offers runs best suited for those who enjoy leisurely gliding and jaw-dropping scenery. North Peak has a bit more advanced terrain, including steep runs to get your legs burning. The Outback has the resort’s highest peak at 12,000 feet and is suited for intermediate level and above. 

You’ll find two different villages at Keystone: River Run and Lakeside. River Run is the primary village at the mountain base, with various dining options and excellent shopping. Additionally, parking here is free, compared to being at a Vail premium. Lakeside Village is as the name sounds. Nestled around a small lake, Lakeside Village is a scenic little village with luxury hotels, shops, and restaurants on the water’s shore. During the winter, the lake freezes over and becomes a massive skating rink. 

Adult Lift Ticket: $141 – $159 

Child Lift Ticket: $82 – $92 

Senior Lift Ticket: $131 – $149  


Purgatory Resort 

Once known as Durango Mountain Resort, Purgatory Mountain Resort is a family-oriented destination despite how its name sounds. This unknown resort is right outside of Durango in the San Juan Mountains. Here you’ll find mostly ski runs that are suited for those at a beginner or intermediate level. However, Purgatory has established an array of runs to attract skiers at a more advanced level in recent years. 

One of the biggest attractions of Purgatory is it offers a money-saving program. Children 12 years of age and under get a pass to ski for free. On top of that, there are no blackout dates. There are excellent options for lodging in town, plus fantastic amenities including transportation, shuttle services, and direct flights to Durango.  

Adult Lift Ticket: $102 – $110 


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Copper Mountain 

About an hour and a half from Denver, Copper Mountain is perhaps the most family-focused resort on our list. With 23 lifts spread out across 2,465 acres, you will find a mix of runs for all skill levels and abilities. There are numerous parking lots at the mountain base, including several free lots, plus complimentary shuttle service to the mountain.  

You can also check out the Kids Club, which offers supervised activities for kids ages 4-12 throughout the day. In addition to skiing, the resort offers ice skating, snowshoeing, tubing, sleigh rides, and more.  

Although Copper Mountain is a tiny town, it’s centrally located to Vail and Frisco, making it accessible for day-outings or overnight stays in both locations.  

Adult Lift Ticket: $171 – $197 

Child Lift Ticket: $113 – $124 


Arapahoe Basin 

Referred to by locals as “A-Basin,” Arapahoe Basin is one of the more elevated resorts on our list. The mountain falls within Loveland Pass and has a summit elevation of 13,050 feet. Because its base elevation is 10,780 feet, Arapahoe can often stay open past June, so if you’re searching for a place to ski in the spring, then Arapahoe Basin is your best bet. 

While the resort used to be known for having limited terrain and best suited for beginner to intermediate level, Arapahoe has worked hard to change that. The resort invested in a multi-year expansion and now has a hike-to destination for advanced skiers. 

Overall, you’ll find a more old-school, relaxed atmosphere at Arapahoe Basin. It’s commonplace for people to be seen eating lunch at picnic tables and watching skiers come down the runs. 

Adult Lift Ticket: $107 – $119 

Child Lift Ticket: $71 – $89 

Senior Lift Ticket: $80 – $89 


Conclusion 

Colorado is home to the breathtaking Rocky Mountains and leads the nation’s ultimate skiing and winter experience. If you love the outdoors and are thinking of moving to Colorado, we would be honored to help you find your new, perfect home. A real estate transaction can be a complex journey loaded with unexpected bumps and turns. Kentwood brokers intimately know the Colorado real estate market and will guide you down the best path and through any difficulties that may come up. Interested in buying a home? We can provide home buying tips, market trends, and lifestyle topics. Please reach out to us and let us know how you’re doing and how we can help. 

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Enjoying the Holidays in Northern Colorado

Happy Holidays from our family to yours! It’s the most wonderful time of year, and there are so many events in northern Colorado. There’s an activity for everyone, from holiday markets to ice skating. Here are some fun events for you and your loved ones to enjoy! 

Outdoor Fun  

Little Zurich Outdoor Holiday Market 

This outdoor market has a large variety of vendors, activities, performances, drinks, etc. Located at Wolverine Farm Publick House in Fort Collins, it recurs weekly every Thursday-Sunday until December 24.  

Garden of Lights 

Walk through the Garden of Lights to see the thousands of LED bulbs illuminating the beauty of Fort Collins. It is located at the Gardens on Spring Creek and is open until December 26. Tickets for adults/children 12+ are $10, children 5-11 are $5 and children four and under are free.  

Ice Skating at The Promenade 

Ice skating is a classic winter tradition. You can hit the rink at The Promenade Shops at Centerra in Loveland, and it is open until February 14. 

Winter Wonderlights  

Take a walk through the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra in Loveland with your loved ones to see the amazing light shows. The shows run from 5:00pm-9:00pm in 30-minute increments, until January 2, 2022. Local vendors are selling their goodies, too!  

Fort Collins Downtown Lights 

Filled with fun restaurants, bars and shops, downtown Fort Collins is so fun to explore. Now with amazing lights, walking the streets will be even more enjoyable. They will be up until February 14. 

Indoor Activities  

Santa Appearance 

If your little one needs a picture with Santa and still needs to give him their Christmas list, now is the time! He will be at Santa’s Workshop in Old Town Fort Collins until December 24, for free!  

There is something for everyone in Northern Colorado this holiday season. Whether you want to do outdoor or indoor activities, you’ll find something that’s perfect for you! Happy Holidays!