It’s time for another edition of #ExploreMore with Veesass! Last weekend, I packed up and headed to Denver, Colorado to explore on my own. I am an introvert by nature, so the idea of solo travel has never really seemed strange to me or made me feel uncomfortable. I actually enjoy the idea of exploring on my own, and getting to have those moments to myself.
Denver was incredible! I only had two days in the Mile High City, but I loved it so much I already want to go back for a longer vacation. The people were friendly, the food was delicious, and the views were absolutely breathtaking. As a born and bred city-girl, I was in awe of how beautiful the mountains look IRL.
So without further ado, here is the full recap from my trip to Denver, including my Top 5 highlights from the whirlwind weekend!
I flew into Denver International Airport from LAX on Southwest Airlines. Quick side note: Southwest is one of those airlines that is honestly too good to be true. I never check bags, but the fact that if I wanted to I could check two bags for free is unheard of in the airline industry these days. And because I am maniacal and set no less than 3 alarms to remind me to check-in exactly 24 hours before takeoff, I always get my pick of a seat and have ample space to fit my carry-on in the overhead bin. Plus they have amazing prices, so basically Southwest checks all the boxes.
My flight was short and sweet, and in no time I was on the ground in Denver ready to explore.
The “Suite” Life
I spent the weekend at The Maven, a new-ish boutique hotel located in the LoDo District. This hotel is amazing and trendy AF. The room was wonderful! A spacious bed to pass out in, big desk to work from, and of course, a ridiculously luxurious bathroom.
While the room was great on it’s own, what really made The Maven stand out was the decor and amenities. The lobby and hallways are filled with trendy artwork, sculptures and photographs, and there is an airstream smack in the middle of the lobby that serves muffins and coffee for breakfast and margaritas and chips & salsa during happy hour (every hotel guest gets a free beverage per night). If you’d rather sit down for a meal and drink, you can grab a bite to eat at the Kachina Southwestern Grill or a drink at the Poka Lola Social Club.
The Maven even has a car service that will drive you anywhere you want to go within a 2-mile radius of the hotel. That might not seem like much, but this will get you to downtown Denver, Union Station, and Central Market, so it’s a pretty sweet amenity if you ask me.
Additional amenities include complimentary tea and pour-over coffee in the hotel room, free wi-fi, access to the fitness center, and discounts on restaurants both in the hotel and at nearby Union Station.
I loved my stay at The Maven hotel, and I have to give a shout out to Hotel Tonight, the app that I used to find it! Hotel Tonight is the plug if you ever need an upscale hotel without breaking the bank. I got a great deal on The Maven, and after such an awesome stay in Denver, I will definitely be using Hotel Tonight for my future travels.
My Top 5
Art Museums – I bought a Mile High Culture Pass, which allowed me entry into a number of museums and venues around the city. The two museums that I enjoyed the most were the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum. Both museums had very interesting exhibits and stunning architecture, and should definitely be on your sightseeing list if you visit Denver anytime soon.
State Capitol – Fun fact: we all know that Denver is called the Mile High City, but did you know that if you stand on the 13th step of the stairs leading up to the state capitol building, you will be exactly 5,280 feet (aka one mile) above sea level. It’s very touristy, but I couldn’t help myself from getting a photo!
Central Market – I pigged out on some of Denver’s finest local cuisine from Denver’s central market, including a speciality pizza from Vero Italian, and salted caramel and earl grey ice cream from High Point Creamery (that’s right I got a double scoop… #treatyoself). Both the pizza and the ice cream were delicious, and a great taste of what Denver’s food scene has to offer.
Coor’s Brewery – Only 20-minutes from Denver is Golden, Colorado, a cute little town that is also home to the Coor’s brewery I took a free tour of the brewery, where I learned about the history of the MillerCoors brand and watched the beer-making process, and at the end of the tour I got to enjoy a number of beer samples from the MillerCoors brand. My favorite was the Colorado Native lager!
Red Rocks – I ventured out to the to the Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater, and had a great time exploring the venue and the surrounding park. I’ve always wanted to see a concert here, and after visiting in person I’m more eager than ever to “rock out” at this theater!
And there you have it! My trip to Denver in a nutshell. I had such a great time exploring the Mile High City on my own, and I can’t wait for my next adventure as I #ExploreMore of the world. Denver, I’ll be back soon, you can count on it.