• Mallory Porter

A Colorado Adventure


There’s nothing like mountains, drinks and a few vacation days with your partner and best friend. Zach and I haven’t been on a trip together since the honeymoon back in October, so we were beyond ready for our Colorado venture this past week.

We may be newlyweds, but these lovebirds have lived together for four years; we aren’t total newbies. And, when you know each other as well as we do and most of the ground feels like it’s been covered, you have to seek out adventure and take a second look to learn more about your partner and light that spark.

Our Colorado trip was all about spontaneity (We didn’t plan a specific time for anything! Who am I?!) and bringing us even closer together through young-at-heart escapades.

We managed to drink AND wake up early for brunch and trailblazing. It was magical. The vibes in Denver, Colorado felt freeing and comforting at the same time. The hipster/punk/outdoorsy style of CO would require even me to up the wardrobe game.

Zach and I were shocked at how many more people were outside and running around bars and shops at all hours of the day and night. We definitely both caught ourselves wishing Indy was so lively.

Thanks to our exploration and a little help from our friends, we visited a handful of must see places. We highly recommend our experience to anyone and everyone.

STAY

  • Airbnb on Lincoln St.! Literally the cleanest Airbnb ever with a cozy, super modern feel in a renovated attic space of an old Victorian. It’s walking distance from the bars on Broadway and a mere 10-15 minutes from everything else. The hosts included great amenities like Netflix and travel tips. Wish we could’ve moved in permanently! (No joke.)

BREAKFAST

  • Snooze AM Eatery Mid-century themed diner with almost too many options to choose from for breakfast. Dubbed the best breakfast place in town by multiple friends of ours. There are at least three different locations in a small radius, so I think they were right. For Indy folks, it felt like a larger scale Good Morning Mamma’s.

  • The Universal Our last breakfast of the trip turned out to be a delicious and hearty Southern-style surprise. Perfect level of sweetness lattes and hearty breakfasts for the traditional and fancy morning eaters. Zach stuck to biscuits and gravy while I savored the cornbread rancheros dish.

  • VooDoo Doughnuts You’ve heard of this place at least, right? We got an M&M topped donut and an Oreo peanut butter donut. But hey, there’s fruit loops and bacon and marshmallow toppings, too! You never thought you needed a pretty donut until now.

BEER

  • TRVE Badass metal bar complete with skulls and pagan artwork. We weren’t in love with the beers we tried, but would definitely go back simply for the atmosphere.

  • Baer Brewery Good place to try a unique brew on the fly. Wish I would’ve gotten a flight instead of the sour I didn’t quite finish.

  • Coors Brewery Tour We didn’t get to stop by Coors because neither of us are a huge fan of the beer, but it is a Colorado homegrown staple, so we’ll probably visit the next time around.

  • Stem Ciders Not beer, but oh well, it fits. Zach doesn’t even like ciders and he thoroughly enjoyed their hoppy drink. So refreshing and crisp. It’s so rare to find a cider bar, so this was a treat. And, they even have flights!

DRINKS & EATS

  • The Hornet Fantastic selection of beers, (Denver Beer Co.’s Graham Cracker Porter!) chill staff and a menu to rave about. It looks a bit standard at first reading glance, but the presentation and quality of the food is distinctive.

  • City O' City We weren't looking for a vegetarian restaurant, but we found one! I wanted to steal the outfit of every single waitress in the place. (Shorts and tights and Vans, summer dresses and tennies, yes please!) The drinks paired pleasantly with our cheese plate and poutine. Happily surprised by this finding.

  • View House Why don’t we have one of these?!? The apps were expensive for what you get, but still delicious with a legit selection of beers. But, the best part was the actual venue. They have a giant projector playing movies, a rooftop bar, little sit-down cabanas down stairs and a massive line of cornhole games set-up. We would definitely find ourselves here on a Friday night quite often if we lived in Denver

  • Illegal Pete’s Zach’s top choice, which we visited two and almost three times. Of course it’s a Mexican eatery. Creamy queso, fresh to order Mexican menu and solid drinks.

  • Historic Ale House We only popped in to see the aesthetic of the bar space and the rooftop bar. Weren’t too thrilled about the drink choices on the menu, but this spot definitely has a great view of the Broadway bar strip.

  • Pie Hole We were drunk. We needed pizza. This place was heaven on a slice.

  • Colorado Mountain Brewery Not only did we rest our tired legs from a day of walking in the heat with a cold brew and quality meals, but this brewery was renovated from an old train station. The wood beams and stone walls are all original to the 1800s building. Needless to say, we loved the history and the brewery selection they had to offer.

SITES

  • Garden of the Gods Ideal for viewing the stunning landscape and rock formations of Colorado without doing any serious hiking. You’ll be surrounded by red rocks and an adventurous vibe.

  • Denver Art Museum A bit smaller than we thought once we roamed around inside, but still a superior collection of artwork and pieces. I definitely found myself enjoying the modern or contemporary artwork far more than I do with the contemporary art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA).

  • Red Rocks Amphitheater How could we not see this? Seeing a concert at Red Rock is still on our bucket list, but being able to soak up the view in the stands and even get on the stage is worth the visit regardless of a show.

  • Downtown Colorado Springs I would say this is a typical, cutesy old downtown to visit, but inside a lot of the shops and items they were selling were fairly modern. The area is kept up well to still have the old fashioned charm without the flakey, faded paint and overly cracked sidewalks.

  • Union Station One of my favorites because of the vintage feel, naturally. We sipped cocktails in the bar for people waiting for their transportation to arrive. Another fantastic example of how Colorado restores their old properties extremely well and modernizes them enough to look chic and appealing without damaging the history and authenticity.

The vaca literally turned out perfect and we hit up almost every place on our list and places that our friends suggested. There’s definitely more to do out there than even we did, so do your research still if you’re traveling to Denver anytime soon! Check out my Instagram for a look book of most of the places listed above. :) We scratched a pretty good surface and hope to visit again in the near future.

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