Winter Hikes You Can Actually Enjoy in February

Winter hiking can be a fun and rewarding outdoor activity for a variety of reasons. From the beautiful scenery, snow-covered landscapes, and frosty trees to the solitude and physical challenge, it’s not uncommon for Denverites to hit the mountains before spring for a satisfying hike. 

However it’s important to take appropriate precautions and plan accordingly when hiking. Here are some hiking options near Denver that are accessible in February:

winter hiking in colorado

Mount Falcon Park

This park is located about 30 minutes southwest of Denver and offers several trails ranging from easy to moderate. The trails are generally well-maintained but can be icy in the winter, so bring appropriate footwear (hiking spikes or snowshoes). 

chautauqua park in boulder colorado

Chautauqua Park

This park is located in Boulder, about 45 minutes northwest of Denver, and offers several trails with stunning views of the Flatirons. Some trails may be closed due to snow or ice (be sure to check before heading out), but the park is generally accessible year-round.

golden gate canyon

Golden Gate Canyon State Park

This park is located about 40 minutes west of Denver and offers several trails ranging from easy to difficult. The area is known for its wildlife and it’s not uncommon to spot moose, bighorn sheep, black bears, beavers, foxes, and Golden eagles, among other animals that call Golden Gate Canyon State Park home.

Roxborough Park colorado hike

Roxborough State Park

This park is located about 30 minutes south of Denver and offers several short, easy trails with beautiful views of red rock formations. This time of year the trails are often muddy, so appropriate footwear is a must. The trail is not dog friendly, so leave your pet at home. There is also a “dog world” located near the entrance that will provide puppy-day-care as well.


Regardless of where you decide to hike, make sure to check trail conditions before heading out and bring plenty of warm clothing, food, and water. It’s also a good idea to let someone know your plans and expected return time.


A Local’s Guide to Denver’s Art Scene

From its many colorful murals to the world-class works featured in museums, Denver is a city rich with art. Our city is home to several museums, galleries, and other art venues. Read on for a local’s guide to Denver’s art scene.


Denver Art Museum (DAM)

Probably the most obvious on our list, but The Denver Art Museum (DAM) is a must-see! They have been collecting and exhibiting works of art for more than 100 years. The museum’s collection includes more than 70,000 objects from across the world and across time, including ancient Egyptian artifacts as well as contemporary American works from artists like Georgia O’Keeffe. The DAM also offers educational programs for children, teens, and adults.


Rino Arts District

The Rino Arts District is an arts community in southwest Denver that features many galleries and studios. In addition to these spaces, there are restaurants, cafes, and shops that cater to the needs of artists and visitors alike. The Rino Arts District hosts events throughout the year including the Denver Walls Mural Festival. The festival is a part of an international series of festivals reaching cities like Seoul, Washington D.C., and Tokyo. The breathtaking murals are executed by Denver artists and showcase the amazing talent our residents (and some guest artists) have to offer.


The Clyfford Still Museum

The Clyfford Still Museum opened in 2011 as an extension of the Denver Art Museum (DAM). The museum features more than 3,500 works by American artist Clyfford Still (1904-1980). This includes paintings from his later career, as well as earlier abstract expressionist works.


The Museum of Contemporary Art

Founded in 1996, The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) aims to advance the field of contemporary art and provide a platform for creative expression, in the broadest sense of the term. MCA hosts world-class exhibitions and “quirky events”, educational lectures, and parties. They pride themselves on being both “sophisticated and unpretentious”. 


Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Vance Kirkland, the “Father of Modern Colorado Painting” was a painter and educator in Denver, Colorado from 1929 to his death in 1981. His paintings range from realist and impressionist watercolors to surrealist and abstract expressionist works. In addition to featuring his paintings and studio, the Kirkland Museum allows visitors to time travel through 150 years of art. The collections contain over 30,000 works by more than 1,500 artists and designers, with about 4,400 works on view.


Art District on Santa Fe

The Denver Art District on Santa Fe (ADSF) is located in The La Alma Lincoln Park neighborhood, one of Denver’s oldest residential neighborhoods. ADSF is a nationally known arts and cultural district, encompassing hundreds of artists, galleries, studios, theaters, and creative businesses along Santa Fe Drive. ADSF has long-championed citizen creativity as a cultural crossroads of the city. Thousands visit from the Rocky Mountain region and beyond during the monthly First Friday Art Walks to experience the highest density of art galleries in the country. In addition to its art scene, the District reflects the neighborhood’s rich cultural fabric—a symbol of a storied past and bright future. Steeped in Latino heritage and today representing a diverse population, they aim to honor Chicano heritage while supporting creativity for all.


Denver Holiday Markets You Cannot Miss

The holidays are here! December tends to be a hectic month, and the list of holiday events seems to go on forever. Whether looking for a family activity or hoping to get some last-minute shopping done, you’ll want to check out a holiday markets. Holiday markets are popping up all over the metro area, and below are some Denver holiday markets you won’t want to miss!



view of Denver's german christmas market from above

Civic Center Park

November 18th – December 23rd

Hosted by the German American Chambers of Commerce, Denver’s Christkindlmarket is the best place to experience an authentic German market! Styled after German villages, you’ll feel like you’re walking through Europe as you wander the small streets lined with huts. The market hosts local and international vendors, so you can find unique treats for friends and family while trying European snacks and drinks. Save some time at the end of your visit to peek at the Mile High Tree, which is the tallest digital tree in the United States! 


Cherry Creek Holiday Market

shoppers looking at different artisan vendors at a Denver holiday market

Cherry Creek North

November 17th – December 24th

If you’re closer to Glendale, visit the Cherry Creek Holiday Market! For the last three years, part of Cherry Creek North has been blocked off to make room for a pedestrian haven of 80+ rotating vendors. The market hosts a concert series and a bar with festive cocktails to sip as you shop. Plus, the event is dog-friendly so you can bring your four-legged friends. The market is also in the center of Cherry Creek’s gorgeous Christmas lights, so you can wander under the lights after shopping.


Dairy Block Apres Ski Market

crowd of people walking down an alley of vendors at a Denver holiday market

Dairy Block Alley

December 16th – 18th

Join Dairy Block and American Field for their spin on European holiday markets. Tucked into Dairy Block’s heated alley, the Apres Ski Market is an ode to small ski villages in Europe. It specifically supports the shops and restaurants in Dairy Block, though a few national brands will also make an appearance. Explore the food and drink offerings as you listen to live music and shop the curated collection. 


Golden Holiday Art Market

various paintings and ceramic art on walls and shelves

Foothills Art Center, Golden

November 19th – December 29th

The Golden Holiday Art Market might be as local as you can get. Golden has a rich history as the territorial capital of Colorado and has been hosting this art market for 47 years! You can check out pottery, jewelry, textiles, and more from Colorado artisans. The market is also open after the holidays if you forget someone or something! Even consider making an evening out of your visit and grab dinner on main street. 


However you celebrate during the holidays, we hope you enjoy time with your loved ones and take advantage of the festive events around town! Visiting holiday markets is a great way to support local businesses and find unique gifts for those on your list. 

Our Favorite Easy Thanksgiving Recipes

Now that we’re into November, the holidays are right around the corner! This is such a fun time of year, but it’s also a bit stressful. Whether you’re hosting or a guest at someone’s Thanksgiving, cooking for the holiday doesn’t have to be intimidating. Below are some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes that are quick, easy, and seriously yummy.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

mashed potatoes with chives and a pat of butter in a white bowl is one of our favorite thanksgiving recipes

Mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple, and every family seems to have their own spin on the dish. They’re a must for your menu, but waiting on water to boil and potatoes to cook can end up taking up a decent amount of precious time and stove space. If you have an instant pot hanging around from when the kitchen gadget took the internet by storm, this is the time to bring it out! Just 20 minutes and 5 ingredients for some silky mashed potatoes your guests won’t be able to get enough of.

Garlicky Green Beans

green beans in a white bowl with garlic and other spices as one of our favorite thanksgiving recipes

A Thanksgiving meal is not complete without some greens! And this green bean recipe only takes about 15 minutes. First, wash and blanch your beans. Follow up by sauteing the beans in olive oil with salt, pepper, and garlic. That’s seriously it. They’re crispy, warm, and perfect for anyone who likes a little green on their plate.

Roasted Balsamic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

brussels sprouts with parmesan and pomegranate seeds

Boiled brussels sprouts are a thing of the past! This recipe from Half Baked Harvest is a flavorful twist on your standard brussels sprouts. Prepare all of the ingredients while you wait for the oven to heat up and get your dressing ready, then just toss everything together when the sprouts are crispy. Even better, you can make this ahead of time. So, rather than worrying about finding oven space on Thanksgiving Day, you can store these for a few days and serve them at room temperature or crisp them up for a few minutes right before serving dinner.

Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

savory twice baked sweet potatoes are a fun spin on more traditional thanksgiving recipes

These sweet potatoes might be slightly more complicated, but if you’ve made a twice baked potato before, you can master these. Even if you’re a little skeptical about sweet potatoes, keep an open mind! After an initial bake, you’ll combine the insides of the sweet potatoes with eggs, spices, and cheese. Add the mixture back into the potato skins and bake again for a savory treat. This is another recipe you can prepare ahead and do your final bake on Thanksgiving if you’re worried about time or oven space. 


Thanksgiving is a great day to remember what we’re thankful for and spend time with the people we care about. However you celebrate the holidays, we hope that you get to enjoy moments with your family and friends, and spend less time in the kitchen with one of these quick Thanksgiving recipes!

Celebrating Spooky Season in Denver!

Halloween is upon us! Spooky season in Denver is a favorite for many and the city offers many fun activities to get in the spirit. Of course, there are the classics like Anderson Farm’s Fall Festival and the Corn Maze at the Botanic Gardens, but the Mile High City is more than just farms. Read on to learn more about some of our favorite Denver events and activities for Halloween! 

LoDo Ghost Tour & Pub Crawl

Larimer Square at night with lights

LoDo is a popular spot in Denver, but it has a seedier past. Book a ghost tour and pub crawl with Nightly Spirits and experience a side of Denver you didn’t know about! From prohibition bars to the city’s former red-light district, you’ll get to explore the historic downtown, all with a drink in hand! The tour lasts about 2.5 hours and includes down time at each pub to enjoy your drink and relax after ghost encounters. 

Victorian Horrors at the Molly Brown House

The exterior of the Molly Brown House Museum

After philanthropist Molly Brown passed, her home was sold and eventually at risk of demolition as the neighborhood around the house modernized. In 1970, the building was purchased by Historic Denver and restored to its original design and charm. The museum has a unique take on ghost tours, instead putting together small performances throughout the house of various gothic horror stories. Get your ticket today and experience the stories of H.G. Wells and Edgar Allen Poe in this classic Colorado site. 


Linger Eatuaries neon sign and restaurant is the perfect place to celebrate spooky season in Denver

Linger might not be the first thought for a Halloween dinner, but did you know this restaurant is a former mortuary? Olinger Mortuaries operated out of the building until 1999, eventually replaced by Linger Eatuaries, which ended up leaning into the unique history of the building. With its great city views and delicious seasonal treats, Linger is the perfect mix of good food and a quirky vibe. Stop by for a peek at the unique building and stay for the global eats.    

Spirits and Spirits

Restored farm house at Four Mile Historic Park in Denver

Another museum option, Spirits and Spirits is a haunting event put on at Four Mile Historic Park. Four Mile acts as a time capsule of the 1800s and offers educational events throughout the year. Spirits and Spirits is an ode to Victorian Spiritualism, which was a movement in the 1800s alleging that spirits could communicate with those who were still living, and often did so. This year’s event includes a self-guided tour of the House Museum, a medium, the opportunity to make your own spirit doll, and more!

Spooky season is always a treat! Whether you want something family-friendly or are looking for a unique, historical event, the city has an event for you. Even if you don’t have much time this month, keep an eye out for Dia de Los Muertos at the Botanic Gardens next month for the final taste of spooky season in Denver!

Liked this guide to spooky season in Denver? Check out more of our blog for other events and activities in Denver!

Local’s Fall Guide to Denver

As the seasons change, summer comes to a close, and we warmly welcome fall and all things spooky. Lucky for us, Denver is home to some amazing fall events such as the annual Oktoberfest and Westword Music Showcase to name a few. And of course, leaf-peepers rejoice as fall ushers in a major color change to our mountains. Read our guide to luxury mountain getaways if you fancy yourself an escape to some seriously stunning scenery. Denver does autumn right, keep reading and discover more fun activities to spice up your harvest season!

Denver Walls Mural Festival

Kicking off our list of seasonal adventures is the annual Denver Walls mural festival in the art district of RiNo. Denver Walls is a part of an international series of festivals reaching cities like Seoul, Washington D.C., and Tokyo. The breathtaking murals are executed by Denver’s artists and showcase the amazing talent our residents (and some guest artists) have to offer. The festival lasts from September 22nd through the 26th. Stop by and witness some show-stopping art. 

Denver Art Museum

O'Keeffe photography

Continuing the trend of visual arts, our next recommendation involves visiting the Denver Art Museum. At the museum, Georgia O’Keeffe’s photography awaits viewing and is on show until November 6th. O’Keeffe was an infamous artist most known for her paintings and referred to by many as the “Mother of American Modernism”. This exhibition is unique and allows us to peer into her lesser-known photography, reminding us of her spectrum of artistic talent.

Handmade in Colorado

exhbition at handmade in colorado expo

Lastly, we call all lovers of fine art and contemporary craft to the annual Handmade in Colorado Expo. This event is made up of independent Denver designers who create handcrafted art and goods. The expo is free admission including live music and an array of creative exhibitors, making for the ultimate seasonal experience. Check out the event at either the Denver-Skyline Park location on September 16th, 17th, and 18th or at the Cherry Creek-Fillmore plaza on September 30th, October 1st, and 2nd.

Fall is an exciting time for Coloradans and artists alike, showcasing murals, photography, and handcrafted goods. As the weather changes, we can help our excitement for all the fun-filled activities Denver has to offer. Make the most of your fall season and check out these events!

Denver’s Best Date Night Spots 2022

Date night for many entails dressing up, eating good food, drinking whimsical cocktails, and of course, spending quality time with a loved one. However, it’s no secret that the perfect restaurant can elevate any old date night into a great night. Fortunately, Denver is home to an array of exceptional restaurants and we’ve cherry-picked a few of many to offer you some date night inspiration.

El Five

El Five Views

El Five is located near Highland Park and sits five stories up offering breathtaking views of the Denver skyline. Not only does this restaurant offer dinner with a view but serves delicious tapas inspired by food from all over the Mediterranean. These shareable plates are packed with flavor and are meant to introduce you to all sorts of delicious food. After all, nothing screams date night quite like eating off your partner’s plate and enjoying the wondrous views of Denver.


Beckon Restaurant

Beckon lives in the heart of RiNo and offers a more intimate setting for date night on their beautiful patio or lively counter. Their menu is seasonal and more specifically inspired by the phases of the moon capturing the essence of each phase into delectable dishes. Additionally, the menu is intricate and provides eight courses that translate to an unmatched two and half hour dining experience. Reserve a table here and let the food you eat exude the very essence of your date night’s night sky for an incredibly special experience.


Tavernetta restaurant

The last restaurant we will spotlight sits on 16th street directly behind Union Station. Tavernetta is an upscale Italian restaurant known for its mouth-watering food and central location. Date night here would look like enjoying unforgettable food in a hip and premier environment followed by a stroll through Union Station or Confluence Park.

Denver is a youthful city full of love and amazing restaurants… The perfect recipe for an unforgettable date night. Reserve a table at any of the above-mentioned locations and see firsthand why date night is the best night.

Summer Trails & Outdoor Adventure Musts Near Denver 2022

Summer means many things to Coloradans but especially the opportunity to explore the magnificent trails and outdoor areas the beautiful state has to offer. Many of us will find ourselves overwhelmed with the thousands of trails in our backyard and nervous to commit to a 15-mile hike. However, we’ve compiled a selection of some magnificent outdoor adventures in Colorado with trails for beginners and experienced hikers alike. If you’ve been cooped in the house this season, keep reading and discover where your next scenic enterprise awaits.

Gross Reservoir

Gross Reservoir

The first destination on our list is located near the beloved city of Boulder. Just a short drive past Chautauqua park takes you to the man made reservoir that sits 7,225 feet above sea level. This spot is unique as it is surrounded by the wondrous mountains and offers an array of activities such as hiking, fishing, boating and even camping. Gross reservoir offers around 7 miles of trails ranging from easy to intermediate. Trails are suited for mountain biking or just hiking and perfectly showcase the beauty of the area. Spend the day or even a few days here exploring the gorgeous area and let your inner outdoorsman soar.

Hermans Gulch Trail

Hermans Gulch Trail Head

Dust off your hiking shoes and check out Hermans Gulch trail. This trail is located 20 miles west of Idaho springs, ranging at around an hour drive from the city of Denver. The trail is intermediate in difficulty (5 mile round trip) and is enjoyed by hikers and even horseback riders in summer months. After 2 and a half miles the views of the spectacularly gorgeous Herman’s Lake awaits at the top of the trail. Add this hike to your bucket list and see some epic views of the Rocky Mountains!

Carpenter Peak in Roxborough State Park

Roxborough state park

The last but certainly not least hike on our list is the Carpenter Peak trail located in the magical area of Roxborough State Park. Roxborough is infamous for its natural red rock formations and serene nature. Carpenter Peak hike is special to the area as it takes you 3.1 miles up to a summit with jaw-dropping 360 views. These views include a look at red rock formations, the city of Denver, past Denver to the eastern plains, and of course, views of the snow-capped Rockies. Located near Littleton, this hike is a bit more strenuous than previously mentioned hikes totaling around 6.2 miles round trip. However, the views are enough to make this hike feel like a quick walk once you’ve reached the top!

Although hiking in Colorado during the summer months isn’t necessarily a groundbreaking idea, it is still a good one. Take advantage of the special beauty Colorado has to offer and even get a little exercise in by checking out any of these areas. This list is of course not an exhaustive one but it is a jumping-off point to exploring Colorful Colorado. 

Your Denver Summer Bucket List 2022

The seasons this year seem to be flying by! As the spring season rapidly nears an end, we keenly welcome the summer season on June 21st and all the activities that coincide. Of course, summer may be the most activity-packed season of the year, potentially leaving us overwhelmed with all the great options. In order to lift the weight and feeling of over-choice from your shoulders, we’ve compiled a bucket list of some noteworthy activities for you this season.

Yoga on the Rocks
18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465

The centuries-old and ever spiritual, yoga practice, has been taken outside to the beautiful Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. Surrounded by gorgeous red rock, hundreds of people gather at 7 am each Saturday to experience an unmatched experience that is completely effervescent. This activity is a great way to kick off your weekend and potentially even align your chakras. If you’re looking to connect your body, mind, and spirit or just get your body moving outdoors, sign up for this amazing experience.

Movies at McGregor Square
1901 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202

A gem and incredibly special spot in downtown Denver would have to be McGregor Square. This spot is located right next to Coors field and artistically pocketed between buildings on Wazee st. However, this spot gets even better in the summertime and hosts movie nights every Thursday at 6 pm. They’ve got movies for every taste, and showcase films grouped into genres such as their Rewind series (throwbacks) and even a Sing-a-Long series (musicals). If you’re looking to get out of the house or sing along to Mamma Mia from somewhere other than your couch, we highly recommend checking this weekly event out!

MCA Denver
1485 Delgany St, Denver, CO 80202

Beat the heat at the spectacular Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. They have world-class exhibitions, events, lectures and amazing parties going on all throughout this season. Over summer they will have exhibitions such as Falling From Earth and Purring Monsters With Mirrors and Their Backs. Check out MCA in downtown Denver, and spark your curiosity by witnessing some stunning art pieces and exhibitions this summer.

We couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming summer months and all the fun activities that coincide. Colorado is your playground this season and offers something fun for everyone ranging from the active outdoors to creative art exhibits. Adventure awaits you this season— time to get planning!

Denver’s Best Wineries – National Wine Day 2022

If you would describe yourself as a wine lover and connoisseur, you’re likely no stranger to hunting down Denver’s best wineries that best fit your tastes. When it comes to a deep devotion to wine, Denver may be less advanced in its fondness compared to Napa Valley or Bordeaux. However, the Mile High City is home to some authentic and quality wineries. Each winery satisfies the varied tastes of wine lovers all around the area.

1. Bigsby’s Folly 

3563 Wazee St, Denver, CO, 80216

Bigsby's Winery and Celler
Photo from Eater Denver.

The first winery lives in the popular RiNo neighborhood. Inspired by the history of America, this stylish spot transports you to the ’20s. A time of prohibition which warranted a deeper appreciation for wine. The inspiration is apparent in the venue filled with antique furniture, chandeliers, elegant touches, and a funky patio, making it a hot spot for wedding parties. Additionally, Bigsby’s offers light bites and a heavy selection of wines from vineyards all over the country. Owners, Chad and Marla Yetka, are certified wine experts and seek to introduce Denver to a quality wine experience otherwise available in popular wine regions. So, check out the cellar door or tasting room at Bigsby’s for an authentic experience of quality wines.

2. Noble Riot

1336 27th St, Denver, CO 80205

Noble Riot
Photo from Westword.

Probably the most decorated winery on our list is Noble Riot. This wine bar boasts attention, earning its spot on various “best wine” bar lists from Tasting Table to Denver Westword to Esquire. To begin, this unique spot holds a trendy ambiance located in the heart of RiNo and is right next to the Denver Central Market. Here you can enjoy yummy bites from their light menu paired with a delicious and varied selection of wines. At this bar, you will have no problem owning your passion for wine, meeting like-minded staff and customers educated on all things wine. So, visit Noble Riot for a happening experience of the grape.

3. Balistreri Vineyards

1946 E 66th Ave, Denver, CO 80229

balistreri wine

Balistreri Vineyards is an established winery north of LoDo. The Balistreri family created this vineyard in an attempt to develop natural and authentic wine free of sulfates and additives. Nothing short of a success, Balistreri imports their wine from local vineyards and ferments the grapes on site creating delicious and unique wines. The menu consists of gourmet seasonal foods and maybe their most well-known orange wine, developed using white grapes and a natural filtering process. Additionally, this winery adopts a sense of community from the Sicilian tradition of sharing wine with friends and family. Stop by for an unforgettable experience including handcrafted wines and warm, friendly vibes. 

There are plenty of wineries in Denver for fellow oenophiles and connoisseurs. Perhaps your hunt is not over yet. However, we hope after reading this list of local wineries it’s closer to nearing the end. Now get drinking!




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