Not that I need an excuse to go out for dinner, but GOSH do I love it when I have a reason! And that reason is the Visit Denver’s 2014 Denver Restaurant Week. Such a happy time. Such a happy, happy time.
Denver Restaurant Week, taking place February 22-28, was created nine years ago as a way to introduce our fair city’s fabulous eateries to those folks out there who may need a little nudge to leave the comforts of home or the familiarity of the chain restaurant down the street, boasts over 200 fantastic places to wine and dine. For $30 per person or $60 per couple (thank you, Visit Denver, for doing the math for us), restaurants provide a multi-course menu and all you have to do is show up and chew! How great is that?
Want chic in Cherry Creek? Elway’s is on the list. Mouth watering for a meatball? Try Carmine’s on Penn. Feeling French? Ja Ja Bistro off main street in Littleton is tres magnifique.
The list is impressive – everything from the kitschy (Devil’s Food on South Gaylord) to the trendy (True Food in Cherry Creek North) to the classic (Venice in Greenwood Village) is there. Some menus even include wine – and most include dessert – what a country!
Remember that tips and tax are not part of the deal, so while you’re saving a little dough on a pizza from The Saucy Noodle Ristorante on South University, your server is working just as hard (or harder) as ever. For more information, visit (link here) or log on to Open Table to make a reservation. Mangia!
Rather than scaling back the live music shows, Denver’s Swallow Hill Music Academy and Lyons-based Planet Bluegrass are ramping up the intensity. There will be more headliners to festivals and these companies will spread the love of music in Colorado further than it has ever gone.
Swallow Hill Music Academy has its main focus on music education, but is expanding as a local producer. The East Yale Avenue headquarters is always full of teenagers getting guitar lessons and adults of all ages learning new music skills. Swallow Hill has seen a 60 percent increase in classes and the concert division is thriving as well. Swallow Hill just announced their summer lineup at the Gardens that will feature B.B. King, Chris Isaak, among others. With Planet Bluegrass, Swallow Hill has the main goal of building up the community and creating music events that have a unique social aspect.
There many highly anticipated shows coming to the Denver Metro area this summer, but here are a few that rise among the rest:
- U2 on May 21 at Invesco Field at Mile High ($38.95-$276.55 on ticketmaster)
- Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae on May 29 at 1st Bank Center ($29.50-$35 on ticketmaster)
- Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings on June 1 at Denver Botanic Gardens ($50-$55 on botanicgardens.org)
- Peter Gabriel on June 13 at Red Rocks Amphitheater ($68.50-$170.50 on ticketmaster)
- Kenny Chesney on July 6-8 at Red Rocks Amphitheater ($60.50-$92.35 on ticketmaster)
This is only some of the acts coming to Denver. Get your tickets before they are gone!
Contact me to learn about other fun activities going on in Denver this summer.
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According to a recent article on TIME, Aurora and Denver are recognized as being part of the top 15 most active cities. The cities were chosen based off data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that created a map showing the activity levels for the entire U.S.
The geographic distribution of the activity showed a definite trend with southern states and parts of the Appalachia having more inactivity that mountainous and coast regions in the Rocky Mountain area and West.
Aurora, part of Arapahoe County, had a rate of inactivity at 16.3 percent. The strong amount of activity can be attributed to the vast areas for recreation, such as the 12 golf courses, 8,000 acres of parkland, and the mild climate that makes people want to get outdoors. Denver had a slightly less inactivity rate of 16.1 percent and their good results can also point toward their many recreational options. In Denver there are 850 miles of paved bike trails that give residents no reason to not take the healthier route to work, shopping, or lunch.
The Denver Metro area is truly a great setting for anyone looking to stay active and healthy. Please call me if you want to learn more about living in the Denver area.
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