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Colorado Day – We Love Our State!

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! 

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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 Perfect Father’s Day in Northern Colorado 2021

Sonora Smart spent her summers at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington.  Her mother tragically passed away when she was young, so she and her five siblings were raised by her father, a Civil War veteran.  The year was 1910, and at the time, Mother’s Day was the only holiday in America honoring one’s parents.  Sonora felt this was unjust.  After all, her father was the anchor of their family. Thus, on June 19th, 1910, Sonora organized the first-ever Father’s Day celebration at the very same YMCA she grew up loving.

What is your perfect father’s day? Honor the patriarch of your family by making this upcoming weekend an unforgettable experience.  Below outlines our ideal Father’s Day Weekend in Northern Colorado, starting Friday night thru Sunday evening.  We hope this article inspires you to go above and beyond for your father this upcoming weekend.  Have fun, and, of course, stay safe.


Friday Night – Dinner and Karaoke 

If you haven’t been to Berthoud, then you are missing out. This rural Larimer County town is the perfect place to spend a relaxing summer night.  Head over to Derby Grill and treat dad to live music and Karaoke. The menu is extensive, but every Friday night features the Walleye fish fry or prime rib.

Both are excellent choices! Kick back, drink a cold one, and watch the sunset over the picturesque Rocky Mountains in the background. There is no better way to kick off Father’s Day weekend!


Saturday Morning – Loveland Garden Tour & Art Show

Start the morning off by soaking in the sunshine while also helping a local charity.  The Loveland Garden Tour and Art Show, celebrating its 17th year, is the primary fundraiser for Loveland Youth Gardeners.   You will learn introductory horticulture, sustainability techniques, and best practices for both indoor and outdoor living spaces on this tour. 

Afterward, stick around to meet local artists, many of which focus on sustainability. 


Saturday Brunch and Afternoon Stroll – Downtown Loveland

After the Garden Tour, take dad on a short drive over to downtown Loveland where you will enjoy brunch at town favorite Doug’s Day Diner.  We recommend the Mona Lisa Omelet or Carne Asada Breakfast Burrito. 

While you’re downtown, cruise along Washington and Lincoln Avenue to visit boutique shops and local breweries/wineries.  Don’t forget to stroll the side streets, as this cute Colorado gem is the definition of homely.


Saturday Night – Dinner at The Emporium

Tap off this perfect Saturday with a fantastic dining experience at The Emporium, located in the upscale Elizabeth Hotel in downtown Fort Collins. With a French and American-inspired menu, walk through their open wine display to pick the perfect pairing with your meal. 

The Emporium delivers delicious cuisine, and we recommend the Country Meatloaf or Muscles Mariniere, with a side of Popcorn Polenta.  Following dinner, take dad on a summer night stroll around downtown Fort Collins, also known as Old Town. 


Sunday Morning – Father’s Day 5K

Boost those endorphins with some early morning exercise.  The 24th Annual Father’s Day 5K is a local favorite among Northern Coloradans. Held in Fort Collins, run, jog, or walk alongside your dad down the quaint streets of midtown. This is a pet friendly race, so you can bring your pup if you wish. 

Proceeds from the race go to Adaptive Recreation Opportunities – a government program ensuring anyone, regardless of income or ability, has access to recreation services. 


Sunday Afternoon – Boulder Creek Festival

After your morning run, dad will probably be ready to take a load off and chill.  Boulder is about a 45-minute drive from Fort Collins, just enough time to rest up for the Boulder Creek Festival.  Along Canyon Blvd, from 9th to 14th street, this weekly summer festival brings together the local community with live music, local artists, and great food trucks.

Be sure to get your ticket ahead of time.  If you need a respite from the sun, take a short walk over to the elegant Saint Julien Hotel.  Sit out back, overlook the flatirons while sipping a signature cocktail, or take advantage of their 10,000 square foot spa.  A little R&R never hurt!


Sunday Night – Dinner at Flagstaff House

Not many places in the world, much less America, provide the same dining experience as The Flagstaff House. That’s because this chateau-like restaurant sits 6,000 feet high on a sloped hillside overlooking all of Boulder.  But it’s not just the views that impress, Executive Chef Chris Royster curates the menu daily with seasonal and local ingredients, and with 16,000 bottles in the cellar there is a perfect match for every dish. 

This unparalleled dining experience has made it on Forbes Travel Guide over 40 years in a row. End this amazing Father’s Day weekend sipping wine with the magical golden sun setting over the red flatirons.`


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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.


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LeadingRE | REimagine Conference 2021

LeadingRE REimagine Conference
Stage in ballroom of Wynn Las Vegas for the REimagine Conference 2021.

The past week, Kentwood Real Estate was honored to participate in the prestigious Reimagine Conference hosted by LeadingRe at the Luxe Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. And wow, what an incredible experience it was!  Kentwood’s Managing Broker at our Cherry Creek office, Brandon Brennick, and top-producing broker Lori Pace, participated in two amazing panels for diversity and competition, respectively.  FYI, Lori is a member of Kentwood’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion counsel.  Also, Jason Exley, Director of Relocation and Business Development, helped lead a panel on ‘Recalibrating Relocation in the COVID Era.’  So proud of our fantastic team and their participation in this great conference!

Jason Exley of Kentwood Relocation at the LeadingRE conference.
Jason Exley (left).
Lori Pace (right).

Brandon Brennick (center).

Featured Conference Topic: Recalibrating Relocation In the Covid Era

Panel held by Jason Exley of Kentwood Real Estate:

Relocation departments shifted to focus on lead business during COVID to top aggregators such as OpCity, Rocket Homes, HomeStory, etc., with traditional corporate relocations down. Coming out of COVID with inventory slim, one brokerage introduced a partnership with Ribbon, which converts a conventional buyer to an all-cash offer, buyers can compete and win. The virtual environment we were all thrown into during COVID has led to higher engagement among agents at Relocation trainings and weekly sales meetings.  Also, By creating a more enhanced experience and upfront conversation via video/conversation with relocating clients, we are experiencing higher conversion rates.

Featured Conference Topic: Fair Housing, Diversity and Inclusion

Panel held by Lori Pace of Kentwood Real Estate:

The vitality of a brokerage’s future success will be contingent on how well agents and brokerages can respond to the changing circumstances of the world that impact global relationships.  COVID -19 and social unrest due to the death of George Floyd turned the world upside down; meanwhile, real estate was declared an essential business.  

Today, we face a lack of tools, resources, and leaders to ensure past real estate policies, laws, and business practices are inclusive and multicultural in creating positive solutions.  While at the conference, it was the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.  Buyers, sellers, brokers, owners, and agents representing neighborhoods, businesses, and organizations can no longer feel comfortable with the dehumanization and perceived threat of a black man in a community that has been neglected due to redlining.  

Redlining was used in our industry systematically to uphold racist philosophies and principles. LeadingRE recognized the need to do more than talk about inclusion but instead invest in inclusion by launching a Diversity Difference Experience program held in August.

Featured Conference Topic: Competing Against the New Competition

Panel held by Brandon Brennick of Kentwood Real Estate:

Now, more than ever, relationships matter!  Clients are ready for eyeball time with their agents, and therefore, getting back in person with our clients is key. Competing against new competition requires being purpose-driven. Most agents are operating with a transactional model now; however, having a business plan that focuses on intention has proven to be a more successful and profitable route.

Most agents (70-80%) are buyer-centric, which contributes to the scarcity of inventory – the market is telling them they can’t get listings, but there are people out there ready to sell. They just don’t know how to do it. A more listing-centric strategy is key to more inventory. Approximately 14-23 million American will move in the next 1-5 years – 52% more than 2 hours away and 42% more than 4 hours away.

Why Should You Get to Know LeadingRE? 

Over two decades ago, 50 of the top brokerage firms in the United States launched a network now known as Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE). Today, LeadingRe has over 550 firms and 150,000 sales associates, operating in 70 countries. LeadingRE’s mantra is “Making the Best Brokerages Better.”  LeadingRE accomplishes this by providing these top local brands with world-class business resources and national and global connections. 

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.

Over two decades ago, 50 of the top brokerage firms in the United States launched a network now known as Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE).Over two decades ago, 50 of the top brokerage firms in the United States launched a network now known as Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE). Kentwood Real Estate is not only honored to be a part of LeadingRE but grateful to be featured at their Reimagine Conference this past week.

Check out some of the photos and videos from the conference on LeadingRE’s Facebook Page.

Kentwood’s Involvement with Charities and Local Businesses

Thought leadership is our passion at Kentwood; however, we go beyond the real estate industry by supporting local charities and businesses to build a stronger local community. In today’s challenging times, we must lift each other up, now, more than ever.  Kentwood agents and staff support over 170 local, national, and international non-profit organizations.  Rooted in the Colorado economy, we are delighted to support local businesses through numerous civic and community endeavors, participating in regional events, and sitting on dozens of committees and boards.  Learn more about how Kentwood is helping to build a stronger Colorado as one.

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Five Trends to Watch in Colorado Economic Development

Written by Kentwood Real Estate President and CEO Gretchen Rosenberg

When I moved to Denver in 1982 it was literally and figuratively a cow town. Nothing wrong with cows, they’re cute. I won’t eat one, but the ranching lifestyle they represent has been deeply embedded and identified with our region for many generations.

That hasn’t been the case in recent years and it’s becoming more a part of our history and legacy than the day-to-day reality for most Coloradoans. Ranching, cows, and sheep are not a driver of our region’s future as much as what built the foundation for our success in the new economy of the 21st Century.

Colorado’s Future

The trends I’m watching for our future involve passionate and committed community members who are fashioning the Front Range of Colorado into a vibrant and exciting region. From technology to bioscience, green energy to healthcare solutions, Futbol to mountaineering, and of course, wine, microbrews, and fine dining. We’re on the move out here in Colorado.

  1. World Cup 2026 – We’re working to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Denver! For all the Futbol lovers out there, we promise you an experience of a lifetime if we secure Denver as a host city. If you don’t know Futbol, you may recognize a game we know as soccer. We’re pretty excited to yell GOOOOOOOOOAL! When FIFA chooses Denver to host in 2026. Visit https://denver2026.com to learn more and sign up as a booster or volunteer. #Denver2026!
  2. Clean Energy – The news that Vestas wind energy company is closing and repurposing some facilities does not dampen Colorado’s leadership on clean energy and green energy. The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation is helping lead the way to a balanced energy economy. The energy and natural resources industry is Colorado’s most diverse. Coloradoans are committed to supporting all of the sectors within the energy industry to help us move to cleaner energy while maintaining employment and innovation. http://www.metrodenver.org/industries/energy-natural-resources/
  3. Colorado Lifestyle Reigns – Visit Denver and Visit Fort Collins offer exciting ideas for how to get out and enjoy our wonderful lifestyle. Most of us transplants came for the outdoors and stayed for a combination of outdoors along with the arts, sports, dining, and community. Even with COVID restrictions, we’re finding ways to stay in tune with our environment and our communities. This trend will only accelerate as COVID restrictions lift and life gradually begins to hit the stride of our new normal post-pandemic. https://www.denver.org/things-to-do/https://www.visitftcollins.com/
  4. Housing Opportunities – Along the northern Front Range of Colorado from south of Metro Denver up through Loveland and Fort Collins we currently have a shortage of available housing. Many homebuyers are looking to purchase and are faced with making repeated competing offers to secure a winning bid. This, along with record-low interest rates have driven home prices to new highs. Renters are also struggling with availability and affordability. The opportunity for our homebuilders, who are struggling to meet demand, and potential home sellers is terrific. This is, and will remain for some time, a great season to sell a property. Check out the Colorado Market Trends from the Colorado Association of Realtors: https://www.coloradorealtors.com/market-trends/regional-and-statewide-statistics/
  5. Wine – Do I have your attention? What does Colorado have to do with wine or wine with economic development, you’re thinking? We do actually have a wine and vineyard industry, generally concentrated along our Colorado Western Slope. https://coloradowine.com/ AND we also have a burgeoning wine scene in Metro Denver. Kentwood Real Estate is working with Naked Wines to help them plant their flag in Colorado. We’re very excited to welcome the Naked Wines team to Colorado and I’m particularly enthused about hosting a wine tasting as soon as we’re able. Check out the Naked Wines site here: https://us.nakedwines.com. I’m drawn to Willamette Pinots and Pinot Gris Rose’s. It will be fun to see them flourish once they set up their stand in Colorado.

Stay tuned for more from Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado in general! We’re growing on you!

If you’re thinking of making a move to Colorado, check out the Kentwood Real Estate website for more information on all of our local communities and to search for your next home. www.Kentwood.com.

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Upcoming Winter Festivals

photo depicting a wintry town decorated with lights

There are many ways to appreciate the beauty of winter! Whether that is sipping hot chocolate, enjoying a ski weekend or simply creating your very own snow angel, Coloradans acknowledge how lucky we are during the winter season. With the ethereal Rocky Mountains just over the canyon, adventure is always at our fingertips. This winter season let us help you create your very own winter wonderland by discovering festivals all around Colorado!

Breckenridge Ullr Fest

A festival dedicated to the God of Snow? Say no more. This small winter obsessed ski town pays tribute to Ullr, the Norse god of snow, with the hopes that he will bless this winter with record-breaking snowfall. Since 1963, Breckenridge has dedicated a week towards their Norwegian heritage by throwing on their Viking hats and embracing the winter spirit. This year get involved in the town scavenger hunt, experience multiple art installations and watch a winter film series screening! Take a trip down to Breckenridge on December 9th-19th to help the town “Pray for Snow”!

Estes Park Winter Festival

I mean, who doesn’t love some local beer and live music? The annual Estes Park Winter Festival encompasses the joy of winter in one weekend. On January 16th and 17th, escape your worries and enjoy this monumental and idyllic town. This family-friendly atmosphere provides an assortment of activities, including bounce houses and obstacle courses, silent disco and retail vendors. If you have a homemade chili recipe that is sure to impress, make sure to sign up for the Chili Cook-off sponsored by the Chili Appreciation Society International. 

Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival

Throw on your ski boots and take a drive to Steamboat Springs to partake in the 108th Annual Winter Carnival! Hosted by Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, this gathering represents the community’s appreciation for athleticism and winter. Voted one of the Top Ten Winter Festivals by National Geographic, Steamboat Springs embraces their ski heritage by hosting various events showcasing their talented ski and snowboard community. Watch individuals flip and twist in the air as they show off their skills that make you wish you took an extra ski lesson or two! This 5-day festival from February 3rd-7th is the definition of a perfect winter wonderland.