If there was ever a way to set the tone for the new year a few days in Denver would be it. I’d never been to Colorado, but it didn’t feel like it once I arrived. Something about Denver made me feel so at home while offering a plethora of new and exciting things to take in.
I stayed at the Westin Denver Downtown and as particular as I am about hotels I must say I truly enjoyed my stay there. Aside from being clean and attentive the hotel was located in the heart of downtown Denver, right on the 16th Street Mall which is a pedestrian mall stretching 16 blocks. The street is lined with shops, restaurants and tons of attractions- an assortment of ways to stay entertained.
From my room and the pool deck I got to see the most amazing views of bustling downtown and the gorgeous sight of the mountains in the distance was the icing on the cake.
After a long day of sightseeing, people watching and traversing the city it was nice to come in and unwind with a colorful drink at the hotel’s V’s Lounge to keep the spirits up (see the pun there; I’m cheesy I know).
On our 2nd day we decided to rent a car and head an hour and a half away from downtown Denver to Winter Park resort. I love skiing, it’s such a fun adrenaline-pumping sport so hitting the slopes was an absolute must while in Colorado. The drive there was beautiful but I must admit a tad on the scary side weaving through the mountains and driving through the snow which got denser and denser the closer we got- not to mention the increasing difficulty I had breathing with the high altitudes.
It was all worth it though because when I arrived at Winter Park I could not believe my eyes, the resort was simply breathtaking. It was a picturesque winter wonderland. The entire time I skied down the mountain whizzing past snow covered picture perfect trees that looked drawn on all I kept thinking was I feel like I’m in a life-sized postcard or inside a snow globe.
I’m a bit of a foodie and one of the top things I always like to do whenever I’m in a different city is to try out new restaurants. A few notable ones from this trip were City O’ City (an eclectic vegetarian restaurant), Shanahan’s Steakhouse (where I piled up on side dishes- surprisingly delish), and Balistreri Vineyard.
The winery is a gem and was undoubtedly my favorite eatery of them all. It offers wine tastings and tours but I went for lunch and the quaint, rustic setting made for a nice ambiance, service was top notch and the food and wine were even better.
All in all my first time in Denver definitely did not disappoint. It was a wonderful trip- everything from the food to the location to even the look of the Christmas-light-wrapped trees illuminating the downtown night sky made for a great adventure and if you haven’t been to Denver I highly recommend it!
Created by Denver-based artist Lawrence Argent, this delightful 40-foot sculpture, peers curiously into the building, injecting a sense of fun and playfulness into the Convention Center. An outdoor entertainment and shopping destination, located on the h Street pedestrian mall in the heart of Downtown Denver.
Hit Denver s highlights in 3 days with helpful tips for exploring downtown, discovering nearby attractions and heading to the mountains.
Oh my god really?!
I actually live in Denver and I am glad to see you loved our city, hope it was enough to make you come back one day soon. 🙂
Denver is such a beautiful place. We went to Loveland and I tried snowboarding for the first time. It is much, much harder than it looks. I should have definitely tried to ski first. LOL! Glad you enjoyed yourself!
Thanks for giving us the ability to vicariously live through you! Looks like a ball was had.
The pictures look very nice. I need to visit Denver some day.
Respectfully speaking you are so pretty. And I really enjoy your videos. Yes, Colorado is a beautiful state especially during the winter months!! Glad you enjoyed it
I absolutely love Denver! I went last year for work and it was so much fun. Colorado Springs and Vail are wonderful too. You have to check out the Garden of the Gods in CO Springs if you ever go back! Looks and sounds like a wonderful time!
Thanks you for sharing your vacation with us! I’ve always wanted to visit Denver to go skiing or maybe go to Aspen. I love all of your looks too! Where did you get your fur collar from? Or is it faux fur? I love watching you YT channel and Snapchats. Definitley will be visiting there soon!
Thanks Leslie! It’s faux- got it from eBay years ago.
Thank you for sharing this with us 🙂 Denver looked so beautiful, especially at night!
OMG You were in my city! I work on the lovely 16th street mall and walk these same streets daily! Denver is a very beautiful city! Winter Park is also lovely. Every summer there is the Winter Park Jazz Festival. You should check it out! Glad you enjoyed! Been following you for a while now, thanks for sharing all of your talents with the world!
I’m glad you enjoyed your getaway! Denver is so beautiful!
Omg! It looks so beautiful. I have to go there!!