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Homeaid Share the Warmth Clothing Drive

HomeAid Share the Warmth Clothing Drive 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about HomeAid Colorado, click here.

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

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Halloween in Denver

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

A Wicked Weekend of Family Fun:

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

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

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

The Adults’ Haunted Halloween Nights:

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

For the Music Lovers:

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

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

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

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

For the Ghoulish Drinkers:

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

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

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

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Fort Collins’ Craft Brewery Scene

Fort Collins, Colorado, is home to more than 20 craft breweries, including the fourth-largest brewer in the United States, New Belgium Brewing. Whether you live in Fort Collins or are planning to visit there, breweries are unique places to hang out and experience what “FoCo” has to offer. Fort Collins is so big on craft beer that Colorado State University has a Fermentation Science and Technology major. Crack into our favorite breweries below.

New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing was founded in 1991 in Fort Collins but has since expanded to other cities. This company is known for their prominence with sustainability and social responsibility, making it the fourth-largest craft brewery in the U.S. At the Fort Collins location, there is an outdoor seating area with food trucks that elevate your entire experience at New Belgium Brewing. It’s located right in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins at 500 Linden Street. 

Odell Brewing Company

Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins opened in 1994 as their home location. This location has a 125 barrel custom Brewhouse, three fermentation cellars, a full keg, can and bottle lines, and a taproom and beer garden. This fantastic brewery has outdoor patios, food trucks and live music on Wednesdays from 5 pm–7 pm and Sundays from 3 pm–5 pm. You can try their most popular beers and IPAs at 800 East Lincoln Avenue. 

The Jessup Farm Barrel House

The Jessup Farm Barrel House is known for its barrel and blending brewery with specialty oak barrels to create excellent-tasting beers. They have both indoor and outdoor seating options with the opportunity to bring your food into the brewery. With extensive bottle and tap lists, there is something for everyone! You can find The Jessup Farm Barrel House at 1921 Jessup Drive. 

Zwei Brewing

Zwei Brewing was started by two brothers who wanted to make beer with German standards in mind. Check out their specials on Mondays and Tuesdays. On Mondays, it’s the Maß Monday Special from 11 am–10 pm; you get $3 off of your beer, or “bier,” if you buy it in a one-liter Maß. Then, there’s the Tuesday Countdown Special; every Tuesday from 11 am–4 pm, they do a growler & howler fill special. To enjoy these specials and other days at Zwei, visit them at 4612 S. Mason Street, Suite 120. 

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co.

Horse & Dragon Brewing Co. is a family-owned craft brewery in Fort Collins. Their Tasting Room is up and running, but they also have online ordering and curbside pickup available. Masks are required for everyone inside the brewery, but they are optional outside. This is another brewery that incorporates sustainability throughout their business. You can find Horse & Dragon Brewing Co. at 124 Racquette Drive. 

Funkwerks

Funkwerks originally opened in December 2010 by owners Gordon and Brad. Funkwerks typically specializes in saisons and sours but have been experimenting and now offer more Belgian and American beers, barrel-aged small batches and more specialty brews. Their year-round beers include saisons and sour ales, but you can find other beers on tap; they even do beer to go, too! They are now seating at 100% capacity for both indoor and outdoor seating. They are not taking reservations and are only seating on a first-come, first-serve basis. Funkwerks is located at 1900 East Lincoln Avenue. 

There is no shortage of breweries in Fort Collins. There is something for everyone at these locations, from saisons, sours, ciders and IPAs to delicious food and atmosphere! So kick back, sip on a refreshingly delicious beer and taste what our beautiful state has to offer.

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Best Pumpkin Patches Around the Front Range

Best Pumpkin Patches Denver

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


Criteria For Making Our List

Pumpkin Quality

Pumpkins

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

Activities

Corn Stalks

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

Accessibility

Gourds

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


Mile High Farms

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

Address: 11 Cavanaugh Rd, Bennett, CO 80102

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Anderson Farms

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

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

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Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms 

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

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

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Cottonwood Farms

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

Address: 10600 Isabelle Rd, Lafayette, CO 80026

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Flat Acres Farm

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

Address: 11321 Dransfeldt Rd, Parker, CO 80134

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Miller Farms

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

Address: 13912 CR 19 Platteville, CO 80651

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Conclusion 

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Pumpkin Patches Denver

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

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Denver’s Digital Art Scene

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

Meow Wolf

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

The Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit

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

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

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Supporting Black-Owned Businesses in America

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

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

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

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

COLORADO BLACK BUSINESS RECOGNITION

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

COFFEE AT THE POINTS 

BRINGING CORPORATE COLORADO AND THE  BLACK BUSINESS COMMUNITY TOGETHER

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

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

CASH BAR | PARKING GARAGE AVAILABLE

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

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Colorado Day – We Love Our State!

Colorado Day

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

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

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

Brief History of Colorado

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

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

Interesting Facts about Colorado

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

Literary Luminaries 

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

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

Top Quintessentially Colorado Things to Do 

Hot Springs

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

Local Breweries 

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

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

Live Music

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

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

Ghost Towns

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

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

Hiking

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

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

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

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

Skiing 

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

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

Kayaking

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

Golf

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

Mountain Biking

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

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

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

Best Coffee Shops Denver CO

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

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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. 


Colorado Real Estate News

Best Colorado 2021 Firework Shows By City. The List.

Fireworks Show Denver CO

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.

Brighton Colorado Fireworks Show
Brighton Colorado Fireworks Show

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.

Fireworks Show Castle Rock, CO
Fireworks Show Castle Rock, CO

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.

Commerce City Denver Fireworks Show
Commerce City Denver Fireworks Show

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.

Denver CO Fireworks Show
Denver CO Fireworks Show

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.

Estes Park Colorado Fireworks Show
Estes Park Colorado Fireworks Show

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.

Fort Collins, CO Fireworks Show
Fort Collins, CO Fireworks Show

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. 

Kremmling, CO Fireworks Show
Kremmling, CO Fireworks 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.

Lakewood, Colorado Fireworks Show
Lakewood, Colorado Fireworks Show

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.  

Steamboat, CO Fireworks Show – Largest Ever!

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.

Winter Park, Colorado Fireworks Show
Winter Park, Colorado Fireworks Show

Colorado Real Estate News

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!