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Fun Winter Activities in Denver

Even with the snow and dropping temperatures, there’s still lots of fun to be had in the Mile-High City. With plenty of places to kick back or learn something new, here are a few things to check out if you’re looking for some enjoyable activities in downtown Denver.

Take a Ride on the West Denver Brewery Bike Loop

This fun bike ride will take you on a scenic view around west Denver between WestFax, Joyride, Hogshead, Oasis and Seedstock on the last Saturday of each month. Bike the loop and earn a free beer! Traveling to 5 West Denver Breweries, enjoy a cold beverage and FREE beer voucher at the end. Participate with friends or family for an unforgettable trip!

Warm Up with Hot Chocolate at Union Station

Often referred to as “Denver’s living room,” Union Station is a premier spot to eat, drink, mix and mingle with locals and visitors alike. If you’re trying to escape the cold, grab a cup of delicious hot cocoa as you see travelers coming and going from the active train platform in the back. It’s also a great place to bring friends to sip cocktails or enjoy a meal at one of the many award-winning restaurants inside.

Indulge at The Brown Palace Hotel

The iconic Hotel that has hosted many Presidents and Celebrities, offers tea and other treats every afternoon from noon to 4 p.m. Listen to a live pianist while being treated to top-notch service and beautiful spreads of freshly brewed herbal teas, scones and finger sandwiches.

Explore at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Where else can you see dinosaurs, Egyptian mummies and learn about far-away planets? The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is an experience that nobody forgets and is fun for the whole family. With all sorts of fun shows and activities, it’s the perfect place to spend a day off and learn something cool about science.

Spread your Wings at the Butterfly Pavilion

Tired of the cold? Denver’s Butterfly Pavilion is the perfect place to get a taste of the tropic here in Colorado. The pavilion is home to more than 1,600 free-flying butterflies and has more than 5,000 creatures living there. Tickets are $9 for kids, $13 for adults and must be purchased in advance.

Though these activities are great ways to spend the colder days in Colorado, they’re still available all throughout the year! With so many things to learn, do and see, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Top 10 Soup Spots in Denver

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

Pho 95

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

Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen 

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

Stoic & Genuine

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

LeRoux

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

City, O’ City

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

Katsu Ramen

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

Little Tibet | Restaurant & Bar 

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

Sams No. 3

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

Los Mesones

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

East Side Kosher Deli

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

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

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How to Best Prepare for a Winter Road Trip

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. 

Colorado Real Estate News

Top Ten December Events You Won’t Want to Miss

With the holiday buzz heavy in the air, it’s no wonder December is packed full of events to satisfy all your festive cravings!

  • The Polar Express Train Ride
  • 9News Parade of Lights
  • Blossoms of Light
  • Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Lady Gaga: Joanne World Tour
  • Elf the Musical
  • Denver Beer Festivus
  • Decadence
  • New Year’s Eve on the Rocks

 

The Polar Express Train Ride

When: November 9th – December 23rd (Select dates only)
Where: Colorado Railroad Museum

Be immersed in the sights, sounds, and wonder of this classic children’s book. Scenes from the story come to life as dancing chefs and waiters serve hot chocolate and cookies. Children are encouraged to engage with the characters as the story unfolds. Prepare to be surrounded by magic and wonder this holiday season while making lasting memories.

9News Parade of Lights

When: December 2nd @ 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Where: Downtown Denver

Don’t miss out on what many consider Colorado’s brightest tradition. This free holiday spectacular features ornate holiday themed floats, local marching bands, and an appearance by the famous Major Waddles the Penguin. Don your warmest clothes, grab some hot chocolate, and head downtown to kick off your holiday season right.

Blossoms of Light

When: November 24th – January 1st
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens

Head down to the Botanic Gardens and bare witness as York Street is transformed into a shining winter wonderland. You won’t want to miss the interactive LED light display, holidays treats, and warm drinks. Be sure to bundle up because this family-friendly event is all outdoors.

Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms

When: November 24th – December 24th; Fridays, Saturdays & Sunday @ 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield Farms

This season, Chatfield Farms is Santa’s home for the holiday! This new and exciting experience transforms Chatfield Farms into a magical village that is sure to be fun for all ages. Meet Santa’s live reindeer, craft with Mrs. Claus, catch a short movie at Santa’s cinema, enjoy a hay ride, and watch as the colorful holiday lights illuminate the night!

A Christmas Carol

When: November 24th – December 24th
Where: The Stage Theater – Denver Performing Arts Center

A Christmas Carol is a joyous and opulent musical that is a holiday essential! Based on the classic novel by Charles Dickens, this adaptation will lift your heart and renew your holiday spirit.

Lady Gaga: Joanne World Tour

When: December 12th
Where: Pepsi Center

Joanne is the fifth studio album by Lady Gaga and the fourth album to reach number one in the United States. The music on the album features soft rock and dance-pop, while lyrically it dives into theme of family and life’s emotions. The death of her aunt, Joanne, had a major influence on the record.

Elf The Musical

When: December 13th – December 17th
Where: Buell Theater

This musical, based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit, is a modern-day Christmas classic that is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf. Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids, and plenty smart for adults!”

Denver Beer Fesitvus

When: December 16th @ 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Wings Over The Rockies Air & Spaces Museum

The Denver Beer Festivus brings the city’s breweries together for one fantastic evening to allow locals and visitors the opportunity to taste all of these top-notch beers under one roof. Get your tickets to the best craft-beer-themed holiday party this side of the Mississippi!

Decadence 2017

When: December 30th & 31st
Where: Colorado Convention Center

Cast aside your worldly identities and carouse in a city of boundless indulgence. For two exhilarating nights, prepare to transcend time and reality as you are transported into the City Beyond Tomorrow! All fortunate enough to populate this futuristic utopia will experience unparalleled levels of excess as the magnificent Colorado Convention Center is transformed into a revolutionary metropolis that pushes the limits of the unknown.

New Year’s Eve on the Rocks

When: December 31st
Where: Red Rock Amphitheater

For the first time ever, Red Rocks will be hosting New Year’s Eve on the Rocks! Featuring an all-star lineup of today’s hottest hip hop artists. Migos, Post Malone, Young Thug, Lil Yachty, Dizzy Wright and King Green (of RDGLDGRN) will usher in the New Year. Don’t miss out on this ultimate Colorado inaugural event.