What an insane week it was up in the Mile-High City. So much happened and it’s taking a while for it all to sink in this week. First, I want to send a big congratulations to my dear friend Jenn and her new hubby Brent, whose wedding we traveled to Denver for. The wedding was beyond and the weather was so fantastic for the outside ceremony in the mountains. I couldn’t believe how warm and sunny it was while we were there, especially since they got snow at the beginning of this week! Hands down, it was one of the best weddings I have been to and am so excited for my friend and the start of this new chapter in her life!
We arrived on Friday and got to our downtown condo a little after noon. We unpacked and headed out to check out the neighborhood we called home for the next week. First stop was a coffee shop called ink! for lunch. Afterwards, we walked for a few hours around LoDo (Lower Downtown), checking out Coors Field then made our way back to a wine and beer shop to pick up some local brews to have at the place during the week. The rest of the evening was much of the same.
We thought we’d test the altitude Saturday and went for a run around Commons Park. It wasn’t easy, which is probably why we didn’t go again. I was seriously impressed by this park though. The amount of people out and active was incredible. And this awesome swim area was so cool to see in the middle of a really busy and bustling neighborhood. The first picture above was taken from one of the walking bridges connecting LoDo and LoHi. The second was taken from the pool deck of our building in LoDo, which is the all glass building in the middle of the first pic! We hung out around LoHi, had lunch at My Brother’s Bar, found a Trader Joe’s and picked up some stuff, then got all dressed up for the wedding!
By the time Sunday rolled around, we were ready to get out and explore. The weather was supposed to be (and it was) colder toward the end of the week so we decided to spend the day outside at Red Rocks. During the day, the amphitheater is open and locals go there to run up and down the aisles. I wish we had something like that around here because that’s definitely where I’d go to run! We hiked to the top of the hill just behind the amphitheater and the views were amazing. We hung out at the top for a while to catch our breath and take in the sights. There was a concert that night so the parking lot was filling up so we decided to head out before we got caught in the traffic coming in.
Later that night we walked across the bridge to the Ale House at Amato’s. If you know us, you know we LOVE beer. We are big beer lovers and a lot of our trip consisted of trying beer at their respective breweries. The Ale House is one of Breckenridge Brewery‘s restaurants and since it was so close it was on my list of places to try. We got the last table on the rooftop and had dinner under the stars looking at the Denver skyline. It was an awesome Sunday night spot and a great way to start our week!
Oskar Blues and Left Hand were the first two breweries we got to hang out at on our trip and they were fantastic bars! We also got to hang out with Jenn, the bride all day and spend an awesome evening hanging out with her hubs, eating wedding leftovers, and playing Catch Phrase. It was such a fun and special day for us to spend with them and was absolutely my favorite day of the whole trip.
I’ll leave you all on that note! Stay tuned for pictures from the colder half of our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park and Pikes Peak! — Annie