Soup is good for the soul on those chilly Colorado days. Although winter 2021 was tame, 2022 is here now and the snow is already coming down in full force. Here are 10 of the best soup spots around Denver to warm you up.
Pho 95 is in the heart of Denver at 1401 S. Federal Blvd, just 4 miles from the Colorado State Capitol. Their broth has just the right amount of everything to give you a soup packed with flavor. If someone you’re dining with doesn’t care for pho, many of the other dishes on the menu are a hit as well!
Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen
Rosenberg’s is famous for their matzo ball soup; with the dumplings and the broth made from whole, locally-raised chicken, it’s the perfect way to warm up. You can find this restaurant in Five Points at 725 E. 26th Ave and at their other location inside Stanley Marketplace in Aurora.
Stoic & Genuine
Known for its fantastic clam chowder, Stoic & Genuine is located at Union Station. It’s perfect for a cold winter day with the spot-on balance of shellfish and pork. Not to mention, their cornbread is an ideal side to their clam chowder.
Craving French onion soup? LeRoux should be your go-to! The blend of cave-aged cheese and fresh croutons is a fantastic winter treat. You can find LeRoux on 16th St Mall in Downtown Denver.
City, O’ City
City, O’ City, a vegetarian restaurant beloved by Colorado locals, is notorious for their curry carrot soup, but they also have several other options. With seasonal stews, vegetarian chili, udon noodles with tofu, or kimchi stew, you will find something with your name on it! You can find City, O’ City in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Ramen prepared by a Japanese chef straight from Osaka, Japan, is a must-try! They make their noodles fresh and with rich broth, it gives you the taste of Japan you didn’t know you needed. You can find Katsu Ramen in Aurora at 1930 S. Havana St.
Little Tibet | Restaurant & Bar
Although this spot isn’t technically in Denver, we just had to include it. With a sweet change of pace from ramen and pho, it serves up a hot bowl of soup called Tibetan thenthuk. Little Tibet is at 4479 Broadway in Boulder, CO.
Sams No. 3
Sams No.3 is a family-owned restaurant with an authentic, homey feeling that opened in 1927. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, they have a great menu with chili that’s to die for! There are three locations, Glendale, Aurora and Downtown Denver.
Los Mesones should be your go-to place to get pozole! Located in downtown Denver on West Colfax, their pozole is authentic, flavorful and will leave you more than satisfied.
East Side Kosher Deli
Chicken noodle soup is a timeless classic, and East Side Kosher Deli has a great take on it. Pair it with any of their sandwiches, and you’ve got yourself a hearty winter meal. You can find it in Glendale, CO at 499 S. Elm St.
It may be cold in Colorado, but that doesn’t mean you have to be! There is a soup for everyone on this list that will warm you up this winter, guaranteed!
Throughout the ebbs and flows of 2021, interest rates remained low and buyer demand stayed high.
DMAR found there were more homes purchased in 2021, 63,684 more than any previous year. While demand was at an all-time high, the number of new listings that hit the market throughout the year was down 5.26%, which is one of the reasons why the market ended the year with another historic indicator: month-end active listings.
At the beginning of January, there were only 1,477 active properties on the market.
That is 11,175 fewer houses on the market than normal. Based on the sustained demand for housing and lack of inventory, the market is projected to see double-digit appreciation this year, which it has not seen in back-to-back years of double-digit appreciation since 2015-2016 and 1998-2000.
In the Luxury Market, Denver Metro prices continued to climb.
More homes are entering the ranks of the Luxury Market every month as demand continues at a quick pace. Within the past two years, the number of homes that sold within the Luxury Market more than doubled. The single-family segment of the market closed 4,672 single-family homes, a 53.99% gain year-over-year, while the attached segment experienced a 140.46% gain with 630 homes sold.
During the holidays, seasonal slowdown was palpable.
While active homes on the market dropped 41.87% market-wide, the Luxury Market continued to outperform with a five percent increase in December for new listings. New listings for detached homes climbed slightly by 1.40% from last December, while closed listings increased 9.06%.
Meanwhile, the attached market continued to shine.
New listings climbed 35.29% in December with 23 more units compared to December the year prior. Closed sales came in at a staggering 89.66% gain with sales volume following closely with a 75.36% rise with an additional $75,932,105 in closed volume year-over-year.
*Written January 6, 2022. Updates may be available after this date.
December was a lot of the same news. Inventory was extremely low and prices continue to rise. Focusing on Fort Collins, there were simply are not a lot of homes on the market in Fort Collins.
Fort Collins homes were selling for a median price of $575,500.
Fort Collins homes on average sell after 114 days on the market compared to 76 days last year. There were 129 homes sold in Fort Collins for December this year, down from 393 last year, at an appreciating increase rate of 22 percent from 2020. A normal annual appreciation for Fort Collins has historically been 5-6 percent on average, and that’s including the market crash in 2008-2009, so it’s safe to say the market will only continue to increase.
Average days on market increased year-over-year for detached and attached homes in Berthoud.
Berthoud’s detached market experienced a 7.32% increase from 82 days in 2020 to 8 days in 2021, and its attached housing market experienced a 13.57% increase from 140 to 159 days.
Meanwhile, Timnath saw a drastic decrease year-over-year in homes sold.
Timnath’s detached market went from 38 homes sold in 2020 to 14 homes, a 63.16 percent decrease. In its attached market, Timnath also experienced a drastic decrease in home sales at 37 versus 112 in December 2020, a 66.67 percent decrease.
Boulder unsurprisingly saw a large increase in appreciation year-over-year in both detached and attached markets.
In the detached market, the average price climbed from $1,334,760 in December 2020 to $1,557,840 in December 2021, an increase of 16.71 percent. The attached market saw an increase of 9.22 percent from $506,279 to $552,956
Loveland also continues to prove its desirability with a 30.78 percent increase in attached sales volume.
In Loveland’s attached market, residents saw average sales price rise from $9,100,750 to $11,901,786. Meanwhile, their detached market saw a 19.94 percent increase from $452,529 to $542,763 in December 2021.
*Written January 6, 2022. Updates may be available after this date.
Approximately 470 ski resorts are operating in the United States as of 2021. One of the top locations to ski in the nation is the Colorado Rocky Mountains, with upwards of 32 ski resorts open during peak winter months. Each destination offers a unique experience, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran. Finding the right resort in Colorado depends on your own unique personal taste, skill level, and budget. Keeping that in mind, here’s a list of the top Colorado ski resorts.
Vail Ski Resort
Originally a training base for the 10th Mountain Division during World War Two, Vail Ski Resort boasts over 5,300 acres of breathtaking terrain. Located about two hours away from the Denver International Airport, Vail has activities for skiers and non-skiers alike, making it an ideal destination for a family getaway.
There are two base areas at the foot of the mountain (Lion’s Head, Vail Village), providing easy access to Colorado’s largest ski area. There are plenty of blue and green runs for the novice skier, including Born-Free, one of the longest runs in America. We recommend heading to the expansive back bowls and an even deeper journey to Blue Sky Basin for the expert skier.
Once you’re done skiing for the day, the beautiful town of Vail has heated cobblestone streets and is designed to resemble the European Alps with its many chalets. There is a plethora of fine dining and shopping to keep you occupied while your boots are drying. It’s enough to make you consider buying a home in Colorado to stay here forever.
Adult Lift Ticket: $189 – $221
Child Lift Ticket: $134 – $144
Senior Lift Ticket: $187 – $199
Located in Yampa Valley on State Highway 40, Steamboat Springs is a true cowboy town. About a three and a half hour drive from Denver, this can’t miss resort claims bragging rights for having some of the best champagne powder in the world. Known for its expansive tree skiing, Steamboat has produced more Olympic athletes than any other town in Colorado. For the young ones, the resort offers a fantastic kids camp, private lessons, and group lessons.
After your long day on the mountain, reward yourself and the family by going to Strawberry Hot Springs – a natural geothermal pool nestled on the edge of town. Afterwards, head downtown to enjoy dinner overlooking the Yampa River. We recommend Salt & Lime or Mazzola’s Italian. Once you experience Steamboat, we promise you’ll want to return annually, or even make this diamond in the rough for your next vacation home.
Adult Lift Ticket: $179 – $207
Child Lift Ticket: $123 – $145
Senior Lift Ticket: $177 – $197
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Breckenridge is one of the most popular ski resorts in the state, with 187 trails spread across five mountain peaks. You’ll also find North America’s highest chairlift, the Imperial Express Superchair at a whopping 12,840 feet! The ski resort rests at an impressive elevation of 9,600 feet, which means you’ll get quality snow, but also be aware of altitude sickness if you’re not used to being so far above sea level.
Breckenridge is only an hour and a half from Denver, making it an easy day trip or the perfect winter getaway. It is also located near Frisco and Lake Dillon and a short drive to Silverthorne for shopping at one of Colorado’s premier outlet malls.
Adult Lift Ticket: $178 – $191
Child Lift Ticket: $110 – $123
Senior Lift Ticket: $161 – $179
Winter Park/Mary Jane
Winter Park won the vote for the best ski resort in North America for the third year in a row. With 3,081 acres of terrain and 166 runs, it appeals to different ability levels, making it ideal for the whole family. Winter Park is also one of the more affordable resorts in Colorado and is only an hour and a half drive from Denver.
Once you are done carving up the mountain, you’ll also find a slew of activities appealing to kids and adults alike. The resort offers ice bumper cars, snowmobiling, ice skating, snowshoe tours, and a tube park. Relax with a cold beverage or hot chocolate at Pepperonis or Goodies Mountain Creperie, and enjoy elegant dining at Deno’s Mountain Bistro or Fontenot’s Seafood and Grill.
Adult Lift Ticket: $131 – $146
Child Lift Ticket: $89 – $97
With a combination of four different ski locations around both Aspen and Snowmass Village, you’ll find a wide selection of terrain to slice some turns. Aspen Snowmass manages to rival even Vail for its massive size.
Snowmass Mountain has over 3,000 acres of gorgeous runs and trails, ideal for skiers of an intermediate level. Buttermilk is best known for hosting winter weather sports such as the Winter X-games. You’ll find both beginner-friendly and intermediate runs at Buttermilk. Aspen Highlands is considered the local’s choice, fraught with double black diamonds and steep runs. Also known as Ajax, Aspen Mountain has a brand new gondola, providing easy access to this iconic mountain.
Adult Lift Ticket: $191 – $217
Child Lift Ticket: $138 – $146
Beaver Creek is only twenty minutes from Vail and is considered a sibling resort that excels at luxury. If you’re in search of the ultimate pampering experience, then Beaver Creek is for you. You’ll get everything from escalators between the village and the chairlift, freshly baked cookies, and an array of shopping and fine dining. Scattered throughout the village is a new artistic playground with oversized sculptures, perfect for picture taking and memories to last a lifetime.
At Beaver Creek, you’ll find a less crowded environment but also a similar experience to Vail in terms of the gorgeous scenery and fabulous terrain. Birds of Prey is an iconic run home to Olympic trial competitions, and Red Buffalo is the perfect playground for beginners and intermediate skiers.
Adult Lift Ticket: $199 – $220
Child Lift Ticket: $131 – $144
Senior Lift Ticket: $189 – $201
Telluride Ski Resort
Telluride is a remote town set high up in the San Juan Mountains. There is only one road in and out of this hidden mountain gem, with towering peaks overlooking a narrow, almost daunting valley. If you enjoy vertical ski environments, then Telluride is perfect for you. You’ll find over 2,000 acres of terrain, with a base elevation that starts at 8,725 feet and then tops off at 13,150 feet at the peak. Whether you are a beginner or advanced skier, you’ll find it all at Telluride. If you’re a hardcore expert, there’s a hike-to terrain offering extreme skiing.
After you’re done skiing for the day, you’ll find that Telluride is an authentic mountain town with original, historical homes lining the quaint streets. The locals stay all year long, but this is also a popular, of-the-beaten-path destination for adventure seekers. Warm by a fire pit enjoying a cold beer and nibbling on local, farm-raised cuisine at the mountain base.
Adult Lift Ticket: $199 – $205
Child Lift Ticket: $110 – $119
Senior Lift Ticket: $167 – $179
Spread across three mountains, Keystone offers ski trails that take you through the wilderness and away from the resort itself. Dercum Mountain offers runs best suited for those who enjoy leisurely gliding and jaw-dropping scenery. North Peak has a bit more advanced terrain, including steep runs to get your legs burning. The Outback has the resort’s highest peak at 12,000 feet and is suited for intermediate level and above.
You’ll find two different villages at Keystone: River Run and Lakeside. River Run is the primary village at the mountain base, with various dining options and excellent shopping. Additionally, parking here is free, compared to being at a Vail premium. Lakeside Village is as the name sounds. Nestled around a small lake, Lakeside Village is a scenic little village with luxury hotels, shops, and restaurants on the water’s shore. During the winter, the lake freezes over and becomes a massive skating rink.
Adult Lift Ticket: $141 – $159
Child Lift Ticket: $82 – $92
Senior Lift Ticket: $131 – $149
Once known as Durango Mountain Resort, Purgatory Mountain Resort is a family-oriented destination despite how its name sounds. This unknown resort is right outside of Durango in the San Juan Mountains. Here you’ll find mostly ski runs that are suited for those at a beginner or intermediate level. However, Purgatory has established an array of runs to attract skiers at a more advanced level in recent years.
One of the biggest attractions of Purgatory is it offers a money-saving program. Children 12 years of age and under get a pass to ski for free. On top of that, there are no blackout dates. There are excellent options for lodging in town, plus fantastic amenities including transportation, shuttle services, and direct flights to Durango.
Adult Lift Ticket: $102 – $110
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About an hour and a half from Denver, Copper Mountain is perhaps the most family-focused resort on our list. With 23 lifts spread out across 2,465 acres, you will find a mix of runs for all skill levels and abilities. There are numerous parking lots at the mountain base, including several free lots, plus complimentary shuttle service to the mountain.
You can also check out the Kids Club, which offers supervised activities for kids ages 4-12 throughout the day. In addition to skiing, the resort offers ice skating, snowshoeing, tubing, sleigh rides, and more.
Although Copper Mountain is a tiny town, it’s centrally located to Vail and Frisco, making it accessible for day-outings or overnight stays in both locations.
Adult Lift Ticket: $171 – $197
Child Lift Ticket: $113 – $124
Referred to by locals as “A-Basin,” Arapahoe Basin is one of the more elevated resorts on our list. The mountain falls within Loveland Pass and has a summit elevation of 13,050 feet. Because its base elevation is 10,780 feet, Arapahoe can often stay open past June, so if you’re searching for a place to ski in the spring, then Arapahoe Basin is your best bet.
While the resort used to be known for having limited terrain and best suited for beginner to intermediate level, Arapahoe has worked hard to change that. The resort invested in a multi-year expansion and now has a hike-to destination for advanced skiers.
Overall, you’ll find a more old-school, relaxed atmosphere at Arapahoe Basin. It’s commonplace for people to be seen eating lunch at picnic tables and watching skiers come down the runs.
Adult Lift Ticket: $107 – $119
Child Lift Ticket: $71 – $89
Senior Lift Ticket: $80 – $89
Colorado is home to the breathtaking Rocky Mountains and leads the nation’s ultimate skiing and winter experience. If you love the outdoors and are thinking of moving to Colorado, we would be honored to help you find your new, perfect home. A real estate transaction can be a complex journey loaded with unexpected bumps and turns. Kentwood brokers intimately know the Colorado real estate market and will guide you down the best path and through any difficulties that may come up. Interested in buying a home? We can provide home buying tips, market trends, and lifestyle topics. Please reach out to us and let us know how you’re doing and how we can help.
From October to November, the market saw a staggering decrease in inventory.
There was a 33.41% decrease in month-end active inventory, dropping to 2,248. Throughout the entire Denver Metro area, there are currently only 1,444 single-family detached properties and 804 attached properties to buy.
2022 could be the most competitive year yet. Over the past five years, month-end active inventory dropped between 23.36% in 2016 and 27.92% in 2019. Theoretically, if inventory stayed the course and dropped 25% this year, the market would end the year at 1,686 active properties leading into 2022, which is drastically lower than the end of 2020 and would lead to the most competitive year yet. With 2,248 active listings on the market and that number expected to go down by the end of the month, expectations are that 2022 will be a crazy year.
Despite high competition on the horizon, people continue to buy and sell.
Year-to-date, there have been more houses purchased than in any of the previous five years, with the median sales price for single-family and attached properties setting records at $525,000.
In the luxury market, Denver has more buyers ready to spend $1 million or more on their home today than any other time on record.
With prices higher than ever, November 2021 was more of the same record-breaking trends with lowest inventory, lowest days in MLS, highest sales volume and highest average prices.
Last month, inflation drove up the prices for Denver real estate.
The sales volume in the luxury market is the highest the market has seen in the last five years, up a staggering 69.17% from last year alone. When breaking it down to the attached market, luxury sales are up a whopping 145.84% year-over-year, likely due to the lack of interest in attached living in 2020.
*Written December 8, 2021. Updates may be available after this date.
Happy Holidays from our family to yours! It’s the most wonderful time of year, and there are so many events in northern Colorado. There’s an activity for everyone, from holiday markets to ice skating. Here are some fun events for you and your loved ones to enjoy!
This outdoor market has a large variety of vendors, activities, performances, drinks, etc. Located at Wolverine Farm Publick House in Fort Collins, it recurs weekly every Thursday-Sunday until December 24.
Walk through the Garden of Lights to see the thousands of LED bulbs illuminating the beauty of Fort Collins. It is located at the Gardens on Spring Creek and is open until December 26. Tickets for adults/children 12+ are $10, children 5-11 are $5 and children four and under are free.
Ice Skating at The Promenade
Ice skating is a classic winter tradition. You can hit the rink at The Promenade Shops at Centerra in Loveland, and it is open until February 14.
Take a walk through the Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra in Loveland with your loved ones to see the amazing light shows. The shows run from 5:00pm-9:00pm in 30-minute increments, until January 2, 2022. Local vendors are selling their goodies, too!
Fort Collins Downtown Lights
Filled with fun restaurants, bars and shops, downtown Fort Collins is so fun to explore. Now with amazing lights, walking the streets will be even more enjoyable. They will be up until February 14.
Shh … we have a little secret! Did you know that the last couple months of the year are an underrated time to sell your home? Yes, we know what you’re thinking: it might be a bad time to sell since most everyone will be busy traveling and preparing for the holiday season, but it can actually work to your advantage. If you’re hesitant about selling your home in the winter weather, maybe these arguments will convince you:
1. Buyers are serious. Due to sudden changes in circumstances, like a new job or wanting to be closer to family before the holidays begin, people are willing to put down money for a home ASAP.
2. The real estate inventory is significantly lower. With less competition, your home can be sold for a higher price and quicker than when the housing market is in higher demand in the spring. Your real estate agent may also be more available since there aren’t as many other prospective homebuyers. You can also hold more showing times because buyers are more likely to be on vacation.
3. There’s nothing like walking into a warm and inviting house after coming in from the cold. A welcoming home allows homebuyers to picture themselves in the space. Invoking this emotional response in a buyer will give them that extra push to pull out their pen and sign the closing documents.
4. End-of-year tax breaks are an added benefit for purchasing a home before December 31st. Those buying a home in the winter can deduct mortgage interest, property taxes and interest costs by closing the sale before the year ends.
5. Decorating the interior and exterior of your home can also contribute to successfully selling your home during the winter. But err on the side of caution when decorating; too many baubles and things can distract buyers from the key points of your home. Highlight areas like fireplaces and living rooms to bring warmth to the space.
Though most home sales happen when the weather outside is less … frightful, the fireplaces inside the houses on the winter market are … delightful! You don’t need to wait for the sunshine to sell. For more advice on how to sell or purchase a home this season, contact us today at kentwood.com.
As we venture into the chilling winter months, staying entertained amidst the frigid temperatures can be challenging. Many avid outdoors enthusiasts long for the fresh tracks on the mountain, but a change of scenery may seem impossible for those who prefer the warmth of their home.
Road trips could be the perfect way to explore the winter wonderland while remaining cozy with a controlled climate. Here’s how you can stay best prepared before you embark on your journey.
Keep an Eye on the Forecast
Undoubtedly the most critical thing to remember before heading off into the tundra is paying attention to road and weather conditions. Storms can be unpredictable, and driving can vary from day to day. Before you hop in your car, map out your ride, ensure your path will be clear and check for looming storms.
Pack the Essentials
Navigating through icy roads can be risky, so The Colorado Department of Transportation outlines essential items to stow in preparation and other valuable tips. Some must-have items include a snow brush or shovel, flashlight, blanket or sleeping bag, water, first aid kit and jumper cables. It may seem extreme, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Prepare Your Car
To fully appreciate the winter landscape, your car has to be ready for anything. Snow tires are obviously of the utmost importance but don’t forget to get roadside assistance and take your vehicle in for a tune-up before you head out.
Do Your Due Diligence
If you aren’t familiar with the roads, research your route and verify it’s safe. Even if you’re a road trip veteran, an itinerary for each stop and destination will maximize your time, reduce travel time, and prepare you for surprise obstacles like traffic jams, construction or snowstorms.
Pencil in Extra Time
Alongside creating a travel itinerary, giving yourself extra time can help you expect the unexpected. As mentioned before, winter roads can be volatile, so padding your time can help reduce frustration during an unforeseen event and keep you on full alert.
Though road trips can be a breath of fresh air after feeling confined indoors, it’s critical that you adequately plan for every scenario. Following these tips will prepare you for a safe and exciting expedition.
Distinction: Excellence that sets someone or something apart from others.
As we head into the final month of our 40th year at Kentwood Real Estate, it’s a fine time to honor the people of distinction who founded, fostered and created one of the top real estate brands in Colorado and the U.S.
In January 1981, five brokers at Van Schaack and Company: Jack Bradbury, John Burns, Roger Campbell, Jim Nussbaum, and DeWayne Willardsen, formed the beginnings of the distinguished brand that would become Kentwood Real Estate.
Over the years, the core of Burns, Campbell, and Nussbaum remained. Campbell and Nussbaum are still associated with the firm today. A few other recognizable names in Denver real estate who over time owned shares in the company or offices were Peter Niederman, Bill Moore, John Fitzpatrick, Dee Chirafisi, Jim Theye, Hank Edler, Julie Hummel, and Chris Vuletich.
A History of Excellence
Kentwood’s strong leadership team saw the company through the worst recession in U.S. history and grew the company to a record year in 2015 as a local boutique brand. Niederman sold the three metro Denver residential offices, a new commercial division and Denver Rental to Berkshire Hathaway’s HomeServices of America in June 2016.
In 2017 Prosperity Home Mortgage was added to the Kentwood family of companies and in 2018 we expanded our footprint to Northern Colorado with the addition of Kentwood Northern Properties. This year we’ve added HomeServices Insurance.
Nothing but the Best
Kentwood real estate agents are successful because they’re serious about providing the utmost in customer service, knowing their profession, and being experts in the market. All of our agents – commercial and residential, leasing agents and property managers – view their chosen profession with passion. They execute for clients nationally and internationally, utilizing the networks our company has created to go beyond Colorado real estate. The Kentwood staff bring their all every day and they know that creating and supporting the best brokers in the business requires the best staff in the business.
Thank you to our Kentwood clients and customers past and present, to our current and past brokers and agents, to our current and past owners, and to our staff and leadership team. It’s been a tremendous 40 years. 2021 will set a new record. We’re ready for the next 40 years at Kentwood!
Droves of people are relocating to Denver every year to enjoy over 300 days of sunshine, endless outdoor activities, a fantastic culinary scene, and a booming economy. The state’s capital offers abundant activities and entertainment for residents and visitors alike. There is something for all age groups in the Mile High City with over five hundred restaurants, fifty museums, one of the largest public art collections, five major sports teams, and proximity to one of the best concert venues in the world.
Below is an in-depth look at our opinion on the top things to do in Denver. At Kentwood Real Estate, we are proud to support numerous civic and community endeavors and serve as a proud member of Colorado’s growing community. Please contact us today to get in touch with one of our expert Realtors for your next home purchase or sale.
Hands down the best park in Denver, Washington Park is 160 acres smack in the heart of the city. Along the 2.3-mile loop trail are several playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, two lakes, and a boathouse. During the summer months, volleyball courts litter the grassy areas, and fishermen serenely cast lines along the banks of the lakes. The park is nestled in the Washington Park neighborhood. It has a long history of being an esteemed district because of its proximity to the University of Denver, culture, and prestige. Historic Old South Gaylord Street is a short walk east of the park and worth exploring for casual shopping at high-end boutiques, elegant dining, and local bars.
Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo
Located adjacent to each other in City Park, the Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Zoo are iconic Denver establishments that have been around for decades. The Denver Zoo’s “Light Festival” is one of the most breathtaking Christmas light displays in the city, so if you are in Denver during December, it’s a must-see! The Natural History Museum is a cut-above educational experience for children. They have an IMAX with daily short films, as well as planetarium shows on the hour. Depending on your children’s age, we recommend seeing the Natural History Museum and Denver Zoo on the same day. It might be too much for kids under the age of five, but those a little older will love the full-day experience. Both the museum and zoo offer a variety of food and beverages to keep your children well-nourished all day long.
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Cherry Creek Reservoir
Cherry Creek Reservoir is home to the largest body of water in the Denver Metro area, with the entire park spanning over 11,500 acres. The reservoir includes countless recreational areas such as water sports, biking, walking trails, scenic views, and camping sites. You can also take advantage of family fun options, such as picnic areas and boat docks. The reservoir is technically located in Aurora but only a short drive away from central Denver and Greenwood Village. Since you will be in that part of town anyway, we recommend checking out YaYa’s European Bistro for a bite to eat, making our list of the best rooftop decks in the Denver metro area.
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Red Rocks Amphitheater is a natural, open-air theater located just west of Denver in Morrison. The rock formation surrounding the theater creates a natural acoustic sound perfect for live music. Red Rocks is one of the most famous music venues in the United States and the world. Many of the world’s top artists historically have called it their favorite place to play. You can also hike the arena and surrounding areas during the day, with numerous subsidiary trails, geological overlooks, and stunning red sandstone monoliths. In addition to a full concert lineup, the park offers “Yoga on the Rocks” on the weekends and “Film on Rock”s on non-concert nights.
Denver boasts some of the best weather in the world. Due to the frequent sunshine, outdoor activities are possible year-round, even in the winter months. If you are a parent looking for fun activities for your little ones, Denver is a city designed to emphasize children’s health and well-being. Specifically, the Mile High City has a plethora of fantastic playgrounds for kids. The options range from large parks to more intimate spaces for families to choose from. One of our favorite playgrounds is located in the infamous City Park, centrally located in Park Hill. Whether you are a resident or visiting from out of state, City Park provides a full day of activity to keep your kiddos smiling and active, including easy access to the Denver Zoo and Natural History Museum. For more information on playgrounds in Denver, here is a list of our top choices.
Coors Brewery Tour
Located in Golden Colorado (20 minutes from Downtown Denver), the Coors Brewery is home to one of the world’s most famous international beer brands. The brewery tour is approximately 30 minutes long and provides a wealth of information on malting, brewing, packaging, and Coors’ rich history in Colorado. The brewery is the largest single-site brewery in the world, occupying 1,500 acres. The tour is available daily. Following the tour, we suggest taking a short drive to downtown Golden – a quaint town resting along the banks of Clear Creek, with a history dating back to the 1850s.
Local Coffee Shops
Coffee shops are embedded in the local Denver culture. They are a respite and peaceful escape from everyday Colorado life, a place where people go to catch up with friends, work on their laptops, or just take a break. Denver is notorious for being a big city divided into cute, unique neighborhoods with personalities of their own. For the perfect cup of Joe, we recommend Wash Perk, only several blocks west of Washington Park (our favorite Denver park). We also recommend Mutiny Information Cafe on South Broadway, among Denver’s oldest and most extraordinary neighborhoods. Here is a wonderful article we recently published on the best local coffee shops in Denver.
Colorado’s history is rich with western settlers, gold miners, cowboys, and ranchers. The Buckhorn Exchange is Denver’s most historic eating and drinking establishment, dating back to 1893. More than just a restaurant, there are hundreds of memorabilia on display showcasing Colorado’s history. You can also order eclectic culinary dishes such as rattlesnake marinated in red chile, fried alligator tail, and rocky mountain oysters. We advocate for the t-bone steak, Colorado lamb, or barbequed baby back pork ribs for a more traditional meal. The Buckhorn Exchange is an excellent opportunity to fill your tummy with sustenance and soak in a bit of the Old Wild West.
Located in the heart of Capitol Hill, Cheesman Park is a once Native American cemetery now completely revamped and bustling with people. The park features a small amphitheater, walking and biking trail, and loads of green space for picnicking and sporting activities. With panoramic views of downtown and the Rocky Mountains, Cheeseman Park is our favorite place in Denver to watch the breathtaking Colorado orange, red, and blue sunsets. Located on the eastern side of the park is the Denver Botanic Gardens, and just north is historic Colfax Avenue.
Denver Botanic Gardens
For those horticulturists and just plain individuals who love nature, the Denver Botanic Gardens will fill all of your photosynthesizing needs. The 23-acre park contains a conservatory, science pyramid, several lily ponds, and a plethora of themed gardens. The sunken amphitheater hosts regular concerts throughout the summer, where you can bring a picnic blanket and a bottle of wine. During the winter, Blossom of Lights is a can’t miss showcase of color display. There are also pop-up exhibits sprinkled throughout the year, so be sure to check the schedule.
Denver residents are passionate about organic food, healthy living, and supporting local farmers and ranchers. Littered throughout the summer months are numerous farmers’ markets offered at various times throughout the week. The South Pearl and Cherry Creek farmers’ market are two local favorites. Here is a list of farmers’ markets throughout Denver, with times and dates included. A couple of packets of organically grown raspberries can jolt you with the energy needed to conquer the day!
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Denver Art Museum
The largest art museum in the Rocky Mountain region is centrally located in the Civic Center, just several blocks south of downtown. Home to an average of 10 permanent collections and 70,000 works of art, the Denver Art Museum is an impressive display of the world’s mastery and skill. Some of our favorite galleries include 19th Century European Art, Indigenous Arts of North America, and Gio Ponti.
Coors Field exudes ballpark vibes in a gorgeous, red brick, open-aired stadium. Home to the Colorado Rockies, the stadium was built in 1995 and is centrally located in Lower Downtown Denver (LODO) – a hub of bars, eateries, and fine dining. While enjoying an evening game, spectators are blessed with an elevated view of magical sunsets overlooking sweeping vistas, perhaps the best vantage point in the city. If you are bringing the little ones, don’t miss snapping a photo with Dinger – a massive purple mascot. If it is an adult outing, make sure to check out the rooftop bar.
It’s not often a hundred-year landmark is refurbished yet still keeps its authentic look and feel. This is precisely what you get when stepping foot into Union Station, located in downtown Denver. Cooper Lounge, located on the second floor, has a classic early 20th-century vibe and overlooks the first-floor terminal. There is also an array of shopping and dining on the main floor, including Snooze AM Eatery and Stoic and Genuine. If you are coming from Omaha, Chicago, Salt Lake, or Oakland, you can take the train directly to the station and stay at the hotel located on the top floors.
Fiddlers Green is an outdoor venue located in Greenwood Village. Originally constructed in 1988, the largest open-air amphitheater in the Denver metro caters to many well-known artists, including Garth Brooks, Neil Young, Dave Matthews Band, and Willie Nelson. With over 7,500 seats and a general admission section for standing only, there is plenty of space to relax while sipping on a cold beer or wine,; dance, and enjoy the live music.
With stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, a vibrant culinary and nightlife scene, dozens of local breweries, and a fantastic park system, it’s no wonder Denver is consistently ranked one of the best cities for tourists and residents alike. Kentwood Real Estate is built on the foundation of broker excellence. We are passionate about real estate and inspiring people to imagine the next steps in their life journey. Whether you are thinking about listing a house, beginning your search for a new home, or have a question about the area, please feel free to contact us today.