Ahh, the Mile-High City. While Denver, Colorado may be on the top of your list in winter (um, hello winter wonderland), there are plenty of reasons to stick around once the snow melts.
From rooftops with views of mountaintops to events and activities galore, here are just a few reasons to to take your spring travel plans to the next level (5280 feet above sea level to be exact).
1. Unique stays in the trendiest spots
Settle in one of Denver’s most chic neighborhoods, Cherry Creek, in the newly opened HALCYON Hotel. Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by a friendly staff at the Kitchen Counter (yep, complete with coffee, tea, wine, and snacks at all times). Inside your room you’ll find modern furnishings contrasted by cool vintage-inspired decor like a vinyl record player so you can jam out to the classics like Creedence Clearwater Revival. Plus, you’re minutes (even seconds!) away from some of the best shopping and tastiest places to eat.
2. The weather is perfect
One reason that Denver residents love the city is for the fact that it experiences all four seasons (take that, Los Angeles!). In fact, Denverites like to boast that the city receives 300 days of sunshine a year. When staying at HALCYON Hotel take advantage of the idyllic weather by renting a complimentary Vespa, KOTA longboard, or New Belgium cruiser bike from the famed Gear Garage.
3. You can still go skiing
That’s right! Though there may be crystal clear skies in the city, just an hour and a half away snow often falls well into May. Slopes on the north side of the Continental Divide are ideal for getting a late-season ski sesh in. Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area regularly compete to see who can be the last to close, and you’ll find brave ski bunnies rocking swimsuit tops as they fly down the mountain in the sunshine. (P.S. Don’t forget your sunscreen!)
3. Rooftop Bars, restaurants, and pools
Is there anything better than kicking back with a 360 view of the city? We didn’t think so. Lay out at the pool at the HALCYON Hotel with a cocktail in hand from the brand new rooftop bar, Departure Elevated. Headed downtown? Check out one of two ViewHouse locations (one on Market Street and the other on Centennial) for drinks, eats, sports, a quick game of corn hole, and of course, stunning views. And if you’re in search of a memorable dining experience, Izakaya Den on Pearl Street is a Japanese gastropub unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. With a retractable glass ceiling and a rooftop patio, you’ll enjoy delicious dishes and signature cocktails under the stars.
5. Denver knows how to party!
Don your biggest hat and attend the famed Derby Party held downtown the first Saturday in May, or throw on your baseball cap and head to a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field — there’s always something exciting to do in Denver come spring. And don’t forget to check out Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. Starting in mid-April the one-of-a-kind venue features concerts and events in the only only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world.
xx, The FabFitFun Team