Denver in a weekend

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So as most of you have seen recently on my Instagram account that I was in Denver, Colorado this past weekend and I wanted to share our itinerary for those of you that have a wanderlust heart and not a lot of PTO and just want to get away.

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Day 1 // Friday night

We took a 6 pm flight out of Philly so we wouldn’t have to take a day off of work and could arrive in Denver and get comfortable without missing time traveling. We rented a car for the whole weekend and at first we weren’t sure if we’d need it the whole weekend, but I am so happy we did! Well worth the extra money to have the freedom to explore Colorado.

We stayed at an Airbnb in LoDo and it was so nice getting in from traveling late and having all the comforts of home instead of being stuck in a hotel. We did wait until the last minute to book a location so the prices were pretty pricey, but even so it was significantly cheaper than staying in a hotel.

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DAY 2 // Saturday

Since our internal clocks were still 2 hours ahead, we woke up early (7 am to be exact) and had the full day to do a day trip to Colorado Springs and walk through Garden of the Gods. It was only an hour drive from Denver and a beautiful one at that so I would highly recommend spending at least half your day here. **Side note, I will be doing a full post of our day trip because there were so many beautiful photos!

From there, we did a mini brewery crawl of local breweries and there are a few favorites I would recommend checking out for those that are avid beer drinkers. My shortlist includes: Colorado Mountain Brewery,  Phantom Canyon Brewing Company and by far our favorite with this amazing flight list was Trinity Brewing & Evoke Fermentations. Trinity Brew also has a great logo and they were out of shirts, but our server gave us some free stickers to hold me over!

Later on that evening we put our names in for a speakeasy in Denver that was on the list of 50 best bars in the world – Williams & Graham which is located behind a bookstore and the only way to get in is to find the hostess and she will contact you when a table is ready. The drinks were great and I highly recommend stopping by for the atmosphere!

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DAY 3 // SUNDAY

Our last full day in Colorado we decided to do another day trip to a town a lot of the locals had recommended to a town called Golden, just 30 minutes outside of Denver near the mountains. This town is quaint and beautiful, exactly what I would expect a small western town to look like. The Coors Brewery is also in Golden and they offer free tours of the facility – which we decided to skip since the weather was perfect.

From there we started to drive towards Boulder and passed by this amazing park so we decided to make a quick detour and do some exploring of the North Table Mesa which was a hike to get up to but well worth it for the 360 views of Colorado and Denver off in the distance. We ended up going to Boulder to explore the area before eating dinner in town that night. The drive back was pretty quick and the scenery was so pretty you barely notice how long it takes to travel anywhere.
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DAY 4 // Monday

The morning of our flight back home we wanted to stay in Denver and do some more exploring of the area. First we stopped at Hi*Rise for breakfast sandwiches which were by far some of the best bagels I have had in a long time. From there I had to get some shopping done so we went over to Larimer Square and they have the so many adorable boutiques it’s almost overwhelming. Almost.

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Also, I have a slight obsession with good donuts so one of the must visit places was Voodoo Donuts and we made sure to go in early afternoon since there can be record lines out the door for these treats. It was so overwhelming I decided to order three, but honestly I can’t imagine any of them are bad options. Also, for my vegan friends out there – they offer 15 different flavors to choose from!

The end portion of our last day in Denver was totally unexpected and maybe one of the best parts of the entire trip. On the way to the airport we noticed there was this massive national park just outside of the airport so we decided to make a detour to check it out. Thank god we did – it is a wildlife refuge, Rocky Mountain Arsenal Park with over 15,000 acres of land and home to over 100 buffalo and hundreds of elk and deer. Since we had a lot of time before our flight, we decided to do the full loop which took about 45 minutes.

I hope you enjoyed the highlights of Denver in a nutshell and I will have more posts coming soon of details of our trip!! xo