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Featured Community | Art District on Santa Fe Ave.

Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe (ADSF) is a unique, nationally known art and cultural district with over 60 galleries, restaurants and shops located a few short blocks from downtown Denver. The Art District opens its doors freely to lively crowds for popular events such as the First Friday Art Walk, held every first Friday of the month, and Preview Night, a more intimate gathering held every third Friday of the month.

Santa Fe Drive has a long history of artists and artist’s studios. In recent years, galleries and studios began to move into the area as rents in other parts of Denver rose. In 2003, a group of about 17 galleries, museums, and theaters organized the Art District on Santa Fe as a non-profit corporation with the following statement:

Since 2003, membership in the Art District on Santa Fe has grown from 12 to over 60 creative industry members between Alameda and 12th avenues on and near Santa Fe Drive and Kalamath Street. The rise in membership and creative activity in the Art District, a vital “Gateway to Denver’s” commercial corridor, has become a national model of success in community revitalization led by the creative industries. Our success has been featured in national publications such as Travel & Leisure, USA Today, CNN, Sunset Magazine, and the New York Times, among others. One of the Art District’s “secrets of success” has been the ongoing cooperation and the genuine welcoming spirit between its membership and the general public. The Art District freely opens its doors and welcomes guests from seasoned collectors, to artists, to new art lovers, to join the friendly and welcoming feel of the Art District.

The ADSF works with other neighborhood organizations such as NEWSED and the Maintenance District to improve and beautify the area. For example, the ADSF and NEWSED split the cost of the street banners and the Maintenance District teams with ADSF to tackle graffiti and to beautify the streets and sidewalks.

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Featured Community | Art District on Santa Fe

The Art District on Santa Fe is one of Colorado’s designated Creative Districts, with more than 60 art galleries, studios, and innovative businesses. The neighborhood’s Hispanic roots are evident around every corner, from colorful murals and the exhibitions at Museo de las Americas, to the Latino influence on the neighborhood’s restaurants.

The Art District on Santa Fe is dedicated to promoting public awareness of Santa Fe Drive as a unique art and cultural district, and furthering the arts and art education in the metropolitan community.

For 2016, the district will emphasize art collecting, educating, yoga studios, furniture and lighting stores, book stores, antique stores, radio stations, restaurants, coffee shops, and more.

Oldest Dining Joint

The district features some of the most authentic Mexican culture in the city. It’s also home to craft breweries and the Buckhorn Exchange, Denver’s oldest dining establishment with liquor license number one. The Buckhorn is a true original, decorated top to bottom in taxidermy and serving steak, rattlesnake, elk, alligator, buffalo, and Rocky Mountain Oysters. It’s located just off Santa Fe Drive.

First Friday Art Walks

First Friday Art Walks and Third Friday Collector’s Previews attract both locals and visitors each month throughout the year. Art lovers can meet and mingle with artists and gallery owners, while discovering contemporary, traditional and emerging art in unique and creative spaces.

The Art District offers a free shuttle for First Friday Art Walks. The shuttle runs in a loop around the district from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. Access it at the light rail station on 10th and Osage streets and at the parking lot at West High School on Galapagos Street.

Denver Beer Trail

The Art District on Santa Fe is included on the Denver Beer Trail, which is a self-guided tour of Denver’s thriving craft beer industry. Check out Black Sky Brewery where you can find edgy music and pizza as well as locally crafted libations, or visit Renegade Brewing Company to sample this taproom’s Imperial Pilsner and Consilium Pale Ale.

National Attention

Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe has gained attention in the national press in recent years. Publications include Sunset Magazine, Desert Living, and Travel Leisure Magazine. In addition, the cities of Cleveland, OH, Sacramento, CA, and Glendale, AZ recently contacted the district to learn how to create a successful art district in their cities. The Art District on Santa Fe’s continuing membership with Visit Denver has contributed to its growing cultural tourism business. Check it out this summer.

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Featured Community | What to Do in RiNo

There are so many incredible neighborhoods in Denver, but few offer the wide variety of businesses, restaurants, and community events as the colorful River North (RiNo) neighborhood.

Neighborhoods that some might have been intimidated to live in a decade ago are now some of the most popular neighborhoods in the city, and RiNo is definitely that.  The restaurant scene is amazing.  The Populist and Amerigo Delicatus were both featured as two of the Best New Restaurants in Denver by 5280 Magazine.  Cold Crush was selected as the Best New Bar in Denver by Westword.

RiNo also boasts a great music scene.  The Walnut Room, Larimer Lounge, and Meadowlark are all good places to catch a live show. Rocketspace is a relatively new space that offers five rehearsal studios at which local bands can rehearse.  Every first Friday of the month, galleries and businesses open up for an evening celebration.  More recently, the Music Walk and Urban Bazaar includes live music at different RiNo venues, with artwork, food and more.

The Source is a highly curated European-style artisan venue housed in an iconic 1880’s ironworks building.  The Source boasts a bakery, coffee roaster, taqueria, brewery, butcher, produce vendor, bottle shop, wood-fired restaurant, a bar and more.  The Source is located at 3350 Brighton Boulevard, phone 720-443-1135.

Jake’s Food & Spirits is open for lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late night dining and entertainment.  Jake’s menu features an assortment of hearty entrees and what some say is the best buffalo wings in town, not to mention outdoor dining on one of Denver’s biggest patios.  Jake’s is located at 3800 Walnut Street, phone 303-295-3800.

Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery offers a very cool open-to-the-public tasting room known as the Wine Lab.  Sourcing fruit from Colorado’s fertile Western Slope, all of Infinite Monkey’s wine is made in Denver.  The Infinite Monkey is located at 3200 Larimer Street, phone 303-736-8376.

River North Brewery is a purveyor of fine ales just two blocks from Coors Field.  Specializing in Belgian brews and American styles with a Belgian twist, River North has quickly become a big hit with the city’s craft beer aficionados.  On Wednesday through Sunday, the brewery is visited by some of the city’s best food trucks, too, so you’ll have some great eats to go along with the great beer.  River North Brewery is located at 2401 Blake Street, #1, phone 303-296-2617.

The Walnut Room is one of Denver’s most vibrant music venues.  It’s also a friendly neighborhood restaurant with a killer thin-crust pizza, great sandwiches, and a laid-back patio.  The Walnut Room is located at 3131 Walnut Street, phone 303-295-1868.

In addition to all these tasty places, art galleries in RiNo are abundant.  The RULE Gallery features abstract and conceptual art.  Blue Silo Studios used to serve as a creamery before it was turned into an art gallery.  And the award-winning Pattern Shop Studios showcases the work of Sharon Bond Brown.

RiNo is as fun and vibrant as it gets.  Residents and visitors can get a massage, enjoy banking services, a small print shop, health care, storage units, and a variety of possible employment opportunities.

Most recently, Zeppelin Development announced it would develop a creative office, housing, and retail center on a 5.5-acre site in RiNo.  The affordable housing will be designed for urban families.

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Featured Community of the Month: Hilltop

The creation of the Hilltop neighborhood, like many other areas of Denver, was due in large part to the presence of water. In 1855, the City Lateral Canal, a branch of the High Line Canal, channeled much needed water to the area. The dry terrain of the plains began to transform into a beautiful, lush landscape.

Milo Smith was an early developer of the Denver area and its streetcar lines, another element that drove the development of Hilltop. In 1866, he recognized the allure of the new green hill with expansive mountain views. This realization pushed him to chart the area, creating the Eastern Capitol Hill Subdivision just south of the City Lateral Canal.

Shortly thereafter, William Malone along with Bradford DuBois purchased the land north of the City Lateral Canal. When these two subdivisions were incorporated into the city of Denver in May of 1893, they were combined to form what is now known as Hilltop. The two subdivisions were mapped independently of each other, leading to the quirky disconnect of the streets running north and south, which is still present today.

Hilltop is now a beautiful community where spacious, stylish homes adorn the tree-lined streets. This community was dubbed Hilltop because of its higher elevation compared to the surrounding areas. With a lovely mix of grand old homes and new classics, it has become known as one of Denver’s “status-symbol” neighborhoods where culture and luxury reign.