Our suggestions help you plan a quick getaway to the Mile-High City.
Nestled between the plains and the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains, Denver is a city (much like our own fair home) that both embraces its western frontier roots and forges ahead with a rich cultural and arts scene. Being just a day’s drive or a 90-minute direct flight from Kansas City, it’s an easy pick for a weekend destination.
Stay: Hotel Monaco
Offering daily wine receptions, pet goldfish in your room by request, and an on-site Aveda salon and spa, this Kimpton property boasts a plethora of fun and unique extras. The Hotel Monaco’s guestrooms show the brand is both plush and playful, with luxe Frette bed linens, down comforters and animal-print bathrobes.
In true Colorado style, the Monaco is pet-friendly and also offers a variety of eco-friendly services and amenities, such as in-room recycling, fair-trade coffee, and green dry-cleaning.
1717 Champa St.; hotel-monaco.com
Eat: The Kitchen
It’s easy to see why this LoDo (lower downtown) hot spot calls itself “a community bistro”—the restaurant is committed to working with small, local producers and gives back through its own nonprofit agency that connects city kids to healthy food by creating learning gardens in schools around the country.
All that aside, The Kitchen simply offers outstanding food, from oysters and caviar to hearty dishes such as homemade pasta and cassoulet. You can’t go wrong for drinks either: the menu includes inventive signature cocktails and a craft beer line-up that celebrates Colorado’s wealth of amazing breweries.
1530 16th St.; thekitchen.com
Do: Denver Art Museum
One of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast, the DAM houses a permanent collection of more than 70,000 works from all over the world, and from antiquity to today. The museum itself is a work of art, with the sharp angles of the Daniel Libeskind-designed Hamilton Building echoing those of the nearby mountain ranges and the original North Building designed by Gio Ponti to resemble a fortress, keeping safe the treasures inside.
100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy.; denverartmuseum.org
Think Denver style is all about fleece jackets and hiking sandals? This Highland neighborhood boutique stocks a well-edited mix of fashion-forward looks from a long list of top designers, including Helmut Lang, Elizabeth and James, Mara Hoffman, and Vince, that may just have you wishing you’d brought an empty suitcase. You’ll also find a small selection of accessories, including Loeffler Randall shoes, Lizzie Fortunato handbags, and jewelry from Ariel Gordon, Elizabeth Knight and others.
2040 W. 30th Ave.; shopgoldyn.com
Don’t forget! Denver Restaurant Week 2014 (February 22– 28)