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SQS011: The Great American Beer Festival

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It’s almost that time again when hordes of beer-loving fans descend on the Colorado Convention Center located in Downtown Denver. The Big Blue Beer will have a bird’s eye view on all of the beer drinking shenanigans that will ensue. We love to have fun in Dtown!

I decided to enlist the aid of a couple of friends who love beer and have attended the festival. I learned a lot about how the Great American Beer Festival runs and believe this episode will be super helpful to you!

The Great American Beer Festival 

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We get the male perspective of this event.

  • I admit my dirty secret
  • There are men EVERYWHERE during this week.
  • Tons of external events as well
  • Libraries are getting in on the action
  • Thousands of beers, and hundreds of brewers
  • Don’t freak about the lines.
  • How to avoid getting sloppy
  • Use the GABF free app to create a plan
  • Bring an empty plastic water bottle.
  • Eat before you go.
  • The infamous pretzel necklace.
  • The Volunteer Strategy (yep, it’s probably too late for this year)
  • Tim from Go With Less

We get the female perspective of this event.

  • Use the free app!!
  • Mindy’s top tip
  • We talk session duration-I had no idea
  • Ladies don’t wait!
  • We discuss Colorado’s ridiculous plethora of beer-related opportunities and events.
    • Hops and Brews
    • Canned Aid
  • Eat before you arrive
  • Pretzel Necklace
  • Fond memories of the Peanut Butter Porter from Florida and Lawson’s “Sip of Sunshine” IPA from Vermont
  • Out of town guests bring:
  • The Designated Driver experience
  • We discuss the lines.
  • Mindy reminisces about another awesome beer 3Floyds in Indiana. Super popular. Just a head’s up.
  • Dress up!

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50 Cool Things To Do In and Around Denver



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Let’s be clear, I’m constantly amazed by all of the incredible stuff there is to do in Denver and the surrounding suburbs. So, I decided to put together a list that included the typical and not so typical activities that are awesome to do, pretty affordable and fun. Here’s my list of 50 cool things to do in and around Denver!

50 Cool Things to Do

  • Comic Con-This is my first year attending and I can’t wait! Every year I would watch all of the sci-fi enthusiasts (read my people) converge downtown at the Convention Center with the Big Blue Bear. This year I look forward to being one of those people. I plan on sharing a post about my experience soon!

 

  • Casa Bonita-Most Denver kids have gone to Casa Bonita at least once in their lives. There is nothing better than indoor cliff diving and mediocre food to make life complete. The sopapillas are pretty decent though.

 

  • Colfax 1/2 or Full Marathon-After being on my to-do list for the past 5 years, I finally ran the Colfax 1/2 Marathon. Without training…like a crazy person. Fortunately, I was able to finish it but by mile 8 was questioning the decision to run/walk it without training. Best moments included: running through the zoo and checking out the animals, discovering that there was a nice ladies restroom open in the zoo, running under the giant American flag on Colfax,  the Firemen without shirts, and actually finishing the race.

 

  • Denver Cruiser Ride-Is an epic event that had gotten crazy big and was driving the founders crazy. They seem a lot happier this year after changing the format to 5 rides this summer instead of every Wednesday. Ride with hundreds of bike enthusiasts throughout the city of Denver, wear a costume, listen to music, and just have a great time.

 

  • Catch a Cirque du Soleil Show-We are fortunate enough to have Cirque du Soleil stop through Denver basically every year. This year’s show is so good that I’ve decided to see it twice.

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  • Denver Center for Performing Arts Show-It’s official, Denverites don’t need to go to NYC to see theater. We are fortunate enough to enjoy a ton of amazing musicals and other serious shows produced a the DCPA. Take advantage of the $10 DCPA access shows (plus a $1.50 processing fee per ticket). Those tickets get picked up QUICK.

 

  • Afternoon Tea at The Brown Palace-What is it about afternoon tea that is so appealing to so many people? I recently had a chance to enjoy it again at the Brown Palace and I can say that for me, it’s the opportunity to spend hours eating tiny bites of yumminess while spending time with family and friends.

 

  • Underground Music Showcase-There is a phenomenal music scene in Denver. The UMS is the event to hang out with other music enthusiasts who can’t get enough of live music.

 

  • Red Rocks-To be honest, I don’t need a reason to go to Red Rocks. I just go, all the time. It’s almost magical to me and I can’t get enough. If you haven’t had the chance to attend Movies on the Rocks, Yoga on the Rocks, or a concert-you need to add this to your list of things to do.

 

  • Waterworld-It does get hot here and when it’s hot, Waterworld is one of the best places to cool off. The highlights: the Spacebowl, Voyage to the Center of the Earth, and the Wave Pool.

 

  • Dim Sum at Star Kitchen-It is possible to go to Star Kitchen, eat your fill with a ton of friends and only end up paying $10 a person (plus tip). Yep, that has happened. Am in love with that place.

 

  • Day in Boulder-Sometimes Boulder drives me crazy. But, sometimes it’s the town that I grew up in. Unpretentious, beautiful, and tranquil. If you’re visiting for at least 5 days-you have to spend at least an afternoon in Boulder. Here’s a link to a post I wrote about enjoying 36 Hours in Boulder. Have fun!

 

  • Day in Rocky Mountian National ParkRMNP is one of my favorite places to hang out in Colorado. It’s a quick 1 1/2 drive from Denver (depending on the day). My favorite thing to do is to go at different times of the year because the park is always changing. Love.

 

  • Happy Hour at Avanti-Is one of my favorite places to go and hang out with friends, get my drink on, and check out the Denver skyline.

 

  • Groov3 class at Dance2b-I am OBSESSED with this hip hop dance/fitness class. Leslie (the instructor) is fabulous and I look forward to sweating like a pig, listening to great music, and throwing shade at Leslie because she never sweats. How is it possible?

 

  • Rock and Roll Half Marathon-For those of you who love to run, this is a great event. I had the Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon on my vision board for the past 5 years. I would talk about it and then back off because I was afraid. Until…I did it and had a great time. You will too!

 

  • Wing Over the Rockies-This place is awesome not just because it has a Star Wars X-Wing Fighter and is located next to a large beer garden. Yep, this place is legit.

 

  • Slam Nuba-Poetry slams are the coolest thing ever. And, Denver has an incredible community of poets who share their wisdom and artistry…not often enough. They also happen to be one of the best slam poetry teams in the U.S.

 

  • The Derby Party-There is nothing better than getting my drink on, looking cute, wearing a fascinator, and supporting education all at the same time. The Derby Party lets me do that and I look forward to attending it every year. The tickets aren’t cheap…but, it’s a wonderful event and sends kids to college/university. Yes!

 

  • The Polo Classic-Many, many years ago I went with my mother to the Polo Classic with my mom. I have no idea how she got the tickets (they’re pricey/we weren’t rich) but I still remember that experience and stepping on the divets that the horseshoes pulled up.

 

  • The Barn Party-Apparently, this event has been going on for awhile and completely off my radar. It’s also run by the same people who run the Polo Classic. It’s on my list for next year.

 

  • The Denver Botanic Gardens-Is a gorgeous oasis of calm in the city of Denver. The garden curator brings in amazing art installations that are seamlessly added into the landscape. Past exhibits included: Chihuly and Caulder.

 

  • Ohana-There is this weird trend sweeping through Denver which is Hawaiian Poke. It’s a little weird to me because…we’re not close to the ocean. Surely, this trend could go very wrong? Well, it goes really well at Ohana. Delicious.

 

  • Hanging Lake-Is worth the almost 4-hour  drive to get there. Plan on spending the night and enjoying that part of the state. When you visit please do not go into the water or stand on the log. Period, end of story. Don’t be a douche. Also, plan on soaking in Glenwood Hot Springs afterward. Your knees will thank you!

 

 

  • Denver Central Market-Finally, finally Denver has become a foodie city. There are some cool food concepts opening up and DCM is one of them. If you’re looking for: chocolate, coffee, good food, or a fish monger…visit the DCM.

 

  • Stanley Market Place-Similar to DCM, Stanley Market Place is a mixed use market. The difference: they have regular vendors including: Zero Waste, gyms, and co-working spaces.

 

  • Ride the Cherry Creek Bike Path-I”m going to double-dog dare you to ride the bike path to Cherry Creek Resevoir instead of the typical ride downtown. It’s a beautiful slightly uphill ride through the city.

 

  • Velorama Bike Event-It was with great sadness that I watched the Colorado Classic fold. For some reason, I love cycling. The Velorama is a music festival and cycling event. A great combination to attract new fans of a great sport.

 

  • Hang out in Rino, eat, drink, check out the murals-RINO used to be Denver’s Skid Row. Seriously. While it still has some skeevy pockets, overall it’s pretty awesome. There is nothing better than wandering through the alleys and checking out the newest mural, getting a flat white from Stowaway, or grabbing a beer from one of the many breweries in the area.

 

  • Jazz in the Park-For some reason I haven’t seen a lot of publicity on this event this year. But, it’s still pretty big. Go to City Park on Sunday evenings around 6:00 pm to picnic, hang out with friends, and listen to great music for free.

 

  • Put Put Golf at Skyline Park-Underneath the Downtown Clock Tower there is a put-put golf course with all things Denver.

 

  • Get Some Local Ice Cream-For a town of ridiculously fit people, there is a lot of great ice cream in town. Here are my favorites: Little Man, Sweet Cooies, and Sweet Action. I also would like to check out Rocket Ice Cream in the Lowry Neighborhood.

 

  • National Western Stock Show-Watch some bronco busting every January when the Stock Show comes into town. It is a huge event that keeps getting bigger every year.

 

  • Black American West Museum-Let’s be clear about this: there were, and still are, black cowboys and cowgirls. The Black American West Museum shares this rich history with visitors and scholars in town.

 

  • El Chapultepec-This small, slightly grimy, and musical landmark was the regular stomping grounds of Jack Kerouac. If you don’t know who he is…Google him. If you’re looking for an unpretentious place filled with great music and Coloradans-go to there.

 

  • Day trip to Estes Park-Before you reach Rocky Mountain National Park, if you’re arriving from the East (coming from Denver) then you will naturally go through Estes Park. It’s not just the home of the Stanley Hotel of the Shining infamy. It’s also a lovely mountain town with salt water taffy, a river walk one block off of Mainstreet, and  a quirky tea room called Moon Kats.

 

  • Like Professional Sports?-We have all the sports. If you’re into sports…Denver is a great town to visit. Our teams: Nuggets, Broncos, Rapids, Rockies, Avalanche, and the Denver Barbarians (rugby)

 

  • Chalk Art Festival-The first weekend of every June Larimer Square is cordoned off and filled with artists, food, and activities. The artists create gorgeous works of art that will be washed away after the weekend.

 

  • First Fridays-Art Walk in the Santa Fe Art District is one of my favorite events. Low key, great art, music, and food-it’s a great way to spend the evening with friends. Buy a glass of wine and just enjoy wandering up and down the streets. If you’re lucky enough, hopefully, you’re there when the street is blocked off.

 

  • Yoga on the Rocks-Imagine watching several thousand people do a downward dog. It’s glorious. Here’s my tips and tricks on how to have a great time the next time you go.

 

  • Any Ski Resort Closing Party before Mud Season. Those parties are legit.

 

  • Frozen Dead Guy Days-Ok, people have a hard time wrapping their heads around what this festival is. In short, it’s a festival that is a celebration of “Grandpa” a Frozen Dead Guy in Nederland. It’s a fun and interesting story.

 

  • Bolder Boulder-When I was a little girl, I would watch the elite runners pass by in a blaze of Olympic glory. It was (and still) continues to be one of the best race atmospheres in the U.S. Maybe it helps that everyone gets packed in together? Either way, if you’re a runner and you’re planning on visiting Colorado-this race may be for you.

 

  • The Royal Gorge-A few years ago The Royal Gorge attractions suffered from a pretty catastrophic fire a few years ago. Fortunately, the actual bridge wasn’t affected and the attractions have been restored.  This is a beautiful part of Colorado…just don’t pick up hikers down there…SuperMax is nearby.

 

  • The Royal Gorge Rail-The views are just stunning. After exploring some of the vineyards in this part of the state, take a ride through the Gorge via the Rail. The prices are pretty freaking reasonable too!  My favorite part is the open car.

 

  • Pike’s Peak Cog Rail-The next time you hang out in Manitou Springs (and don’t plan on hiking the Manitou Incline) I highly recommend taking the Pike’s Peak Cog Rail up the mountain. It’s STUNNING. You will feel the difference in altitude.

 

  • Pride-This event is huge! Welcoming, fun, and just a splash of crazy. Every Denverite should go to Pride.

 

  • Marade-Once one of the biggest Martin Luther King Day Parades, the Marade has gotten a bit off the radar. I did a podcast episode about it and hope that they will bring in some new energy and ideas to revive a long-standing Denver tradition.

 

  • Speakeasies Galore! There are a number of great speakeasies in Denver. My goal is to check them all out by the end of the year. Suggestions: Williams and Graham, Green Russell, Retrograde, Ste. Ellie, The Cruise Room, and B&GC

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SQS005: How to Climb and Complete the Manitou Incline

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Manitou Incline

Aka “The Beast” is one of the coolest experiences that I’ve had in Colorado. Hard as hell, intense, a lot of mental energy. But, I got it done.

  • I went with a great Meetup Group!

 

  • Manitou Springs-Cute town next to Colorado Springs. Happy to say it has fully recovered from the mud slides from a few years ago.

 

  • Traffic from Denver to Colorado Springs-is pretty heavy. Larkspur is in between both towns and has a lot of traffic because of the Renaissance Festival.

 

  • Start early!

 

  • Parking after 2:00 pm and the free shuttle.

 

  • Chase Bank parking.

 

  • Restroom situation.

 

  • This was hard!

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How to Get Around Denver: Buy a Public Bike!

Denver is not a city that people would consider to be a “bike city.” In fact, there is a lot to be desired in terms of infrastructure, dedicated bike lanes, and we need more bike paths. Many cyclists seem to be ignoring these issues and there are bikes everywhere! Cyclist life is real in Denver.

I’ve been riding bikes in Denver since I was a kid. You will see:

  • Road bikes

 

  • Cruiser bikes

 

  • Hybrids

My last bike was a brand new Cruiser Bike that my friend gave me for free! I loved that bike. But, it was hard to do longer rides on because that bike weighed like 100 lbs. Ok, maybe not 100lbs, but it was really heavy. There was no way that I would ride that bike on the US-36 bike path between Denver and Boulder.

I found myself checking out bikes like a bike fetishist. I needed that new bike and after awhile I discovered the bike that was right for me.

The Public C7 Bike

I love this bike. Seriously. LOVE.THIS.BIKE. Besides it the bike being very stylish and nice to look at, it is a hybrid road/cruiser bike. I love it. It’s 10 times lighter than my previous bike, handles really nicely, and basically-I LOVE IT.

Making the purchase was straightforward and I opted for free bike delivery to Slohi Bike Company. The best thing about doing this is that I didn’t have to deal with putting parts on the bike. The downside for me was that my car is so small that I had a hard time putting in my car.

Fortunately for me, one of the fabulous guys who works at the shop rode by and saw me struggling with putting the bike into my car. He proceeded to grab some sort of tool and took my front tire off so that I could finally put the bike in the car.

Slohi Bike Company

I am amazed by how much the Highlands area has changed each time I’m over there. Slohi is a wonderful combination of: bike shop, coffee shop, and ski equipment tuning space. This is basically a Coloradan’s dream. Then, it’s topped off by the beer place next door. Basically, this place is legit.  This is a brilliant business model.

The owner is absolutely wonderful to work with and I was able to pick up a SERIOUS lock to make sure my baby is safe LOL!

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Luzia-Cirque du Soleil in Denver (a Review)

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This might surprise some people but I am a theater geek. I love traditional shows and performances to shows that push boundaries and our imagination. Cirque du Soleil is a testament to boundary pushing and connecting with our imaginations. Every time a show comes through Denver I make a point of going to see it and this year’s show: Luzia, is no exception.

Luzia

Is a dreamy, moody, somewhat dark Cirque show and I LOVED it! In fact, this was quite possibly my favorite Cirque show and I’ve made a point of going to as many Cirque shows as possible whenever they are in town.

I liked that while there were some definite comedic parts to the show, that the show was a lot more restrained and a bit more…cerebral and whimsical than many of the shows that I’ve seen.

There is a rich symbolism in the staging of the show and the costuming is fantastic. I’m being deliberately vague about what happens in the show because I don’t want to give anything away.

The other wonderful part of the show was how incorporated natural elements into the story. Again, I don’t want to give anything away.

Tips

  • My friends and I purchased our tickets pretty early. The Big Top where they hold the show guarantees pretty good viewing from wherever you are in the tent. If at all possible, do try to avoid setting in the sections with obstructed views.

 

  • Get there early! There’s nothing worse than arriving a few minutes late and then having to wait to be seated and missing out the beginning of the show.

 

  • There are plenty of restrooms, think high-end portapotty hybrids with sinks to wash your hands.

 

  • If you sit close to the stage be aware that the performers may feel compelled to mess with you. Don’t freak out and just have fun with it.

 

  • Eat before you arrive-there is some food/snacks at the show, but I would recommend that you eat before as well.

After the Show

If you’re taking a rideshare such as LYFT, go to the gas station on the Pepsi Center grounds for pick-up. The official adddress is:

1500 7th St, Denver, CO 80204

It will be much easier to be picked up from that location. You can also take the light rail located on the North Side of Pepsi Center or catch a cab, rickshaw typically a little closer to Pepsi Center.

 

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Yoga on the Rocks: Fun Things to Do In Denver

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I am actively working through a list of all of the activities that I would like to do in Colorado. There are a ridiculous number of events and fun shenanigans to take part in. In fact, there are so many fun things to do in Denver, it can be a bit overwhelming. And, I find myself having to choose between 3-4 awesome events a day (especially during summer). Here’s a super incomplete list of things that I’m hoping to do this summer. What would be on your list of fun things to do in Denver?

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Fun Things to Do in Denver

  • Go chair lift speeding dating at ABasin

 

  • Spend the week at the Rocky Mountain Land Library (obsessed)

 

  • Wrestle with an alligator at Great Sand Dunes National Park

 

  • Board down a Sand Dune

 

  • Hike a couple more 14ers

 

  • Spend some time in Grand Junction/Fruita

 

  • Go to Yoga on the Rocks-DONE!

I love this list of fun things to do in Denver. It is crazy to me that it has taken me YEARS to get to Yoga on the Rocks. For those of you who don’t know what it is, every Saturday for the entire summer, different yoga studios/instructors will run a class at Red Rocks. If you are interested in going for this summer it is already sold out. Yep, for the entire summer. Crazy. In fact, I started looking at ticket purchasing information around March. Because I got sick of missing out. This year, I was able to purchase tickets for a class at the beginning and end of summer. On June 3rd, me and several thousand of my closest yogi friends. Namaste in shape this year and going to Yoga on the Rocks was a part of my plan. It was awesome.

I wanted to share some tips with those of you who would like to attend next year so that you can avoid some of the mistakes that I made.

Begin Planning Early

This is tip is HUGE. Around mid-March like the Red Rocks Facebook page so that you are in the loop and set a couple of reminders in your Google Calendar so that you don’t forget to purchase your tickets. This event WILL sell out (like the Derby Party). Just accept it and plan accordingly.

Day Of: Arrive Early

Once you’ve purchased your tickets don’t forget to set reminders in your calendars so that you don’t forget that you’re going. This year I had two friends who purchased tickets but they forgot and ended up going jogging instead of to the event. They remembered after I texted them asking “where are you?!” Oops.

I made the mistake of arriving late. It said that the class would start around 7:00 am…so I thought that it was a time suggestion vs. the actual start time. No arriving at 7:00 am and mingling. The class starts at 7:00 a.m. Nope, that wasn’t the case. Myself and hundreds of other people were frantically trying to get into the park, park our cars, climb up the stairs (and every time I climb the stairs, I get out of breath.) Find a spot and then get into our practice.

I arrived at 7:15 am (class started at 7:00 am) and ended up right next to the stage. Every single row, every single space was taken. Because I arrived late I was unable to check my space and make sure it was a good place for me to do yoga.

Check Your Space

Red Rocks is pretty clean for a concert venue, but, it’s a concert venue. Which means that smart attendees should always check around their space for:

  • Uneven texture on the ground. This may be hard on your knees-so head’s up!

 

  • Food remnants-I had the misfortune to put my mat next to a jalapeno slice. I kept wondering where the smell was coming from until I was able to figure out where it was. Too close to me!

 

  • Cigarette butts-eww! I also had one cigarette butt near me. If I had noticed it, I would have cleaned the space ASAP. But, I was late, so I couldn’t

What to Bring and What to Wear

Ok, remember, Red Rocks is at the base of the mountains. The temperature can and will fluctuate because of the location and early time of this event.

  • Wear layers! It will probably be chilly earlier in the day, then, it will get hotter. Take off the layers.

 

  • Bring padding to put underneath your knees. I didn’t have one and actually, I would like to always have one in general. Here’s a link to show what I mean.

 

  •  Water! It’s Colorado. You will get dehydrated and you’re working out at altitude-bring a water bottle.

 

  • Snacks-After working out you’ll probably be a little hungry. Don’t forget to bring some fruit, snack bars, etc. for after the class.

Extra Information

Don’t forget to go to the top 0f the stairs and check out the sponsors (usually a couple of food tents and clothing for sale). There also are nice clean bathroom facilities in the Trading Post/Visitor’s Center. The entrance is located at the top of the stairs in a kind of circular structure with stairs leading downwards.

I really love this event and hope that Yoga on the Rocks is one of the fun things in Denver that you get to enjoy this (or next)
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10 Free or Ridiculously Cheap Ways to Get Fit for Summer in Denver

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Coloradans are ridiculously interested in staying fit, fitness in general, and random physical feats that many people would prefer to leave to the pros. If you have friends who live here you will hear about a race that they plan on running, a hike they just did or are about to do, or tales of their friend who just did an ultra-marathon. Oh, wait, this sounds like my life LOL! But seriously folks-we love to get fit and fortunately for folks in Denver, there are a ridiculous number of ways to get fit for free or ridiculously cheap. Let’s talk.

The Obvious

Work out at Red Rocks Amphitheater. I try to go every other week and go up and down the stairs. You also get to see the regulars like the guy who we’re convinced was on American Ninja Warrior work out. He’s a beast.  People also do exercises up and down the stairs, run from one level to the other, and the list goes on. Cost: gas money.

Community Minded

Check out The November Project’s Denver crew. They are the nicest, fittest people that I’ve ever worked out with…at 6:15 am. Once you’re done you get encouragement and sweaty hugs from hot people. Literally and figuratively. The November Project was created in Boston and has expanded throughout the United States. If you work out with a different chapter you’re always welcome to join in the fun every Wednesday and Friday at either 5:30 am or 6:15 am. If you’re not used to high altitude workouts be prepared-they are intense. Cost: Free

I also love Meetup.com’s ridiculous assortment of fitness based meetups. There are bootcamp meetups, running, yoga, hiking, and more. I typically participate in the hiking meetups and if you don’t have access to a car, you will be able to carpool. Cost: Free

The Outdoor Afros outdoor community. As the name is alluding to, it’s an outdoor enthusiast community for people of color. I love this community because it fills a need for under-served communities that may want to experience the outdoors but would like to go outdoors in as non-intimidating a setting as possible.

Classpass

For the non-committal fitness enthusiast. I love working out but I really get bored if I’m doing the same thing over and over again (unless it’s hiking and dance). Because of this I’ve fallen in love with Classpass which gives users various levels of access to studios across the city of Denver (and other locales). You can opt to attend 3, 5, or 10 classes a month. New users click here to get $30 off your first month’s access.  I also like that you can switch off your membership if your schedule changes. I travel often so I tweak my membership from time to time to reflect that. Cost: $30-$89

Civic Center Moves

Is one of my favorite ways to workout in Denver. Basically the Civic Center Conservancy partners with: The November Project, Fold Yoga, The River, Fitness in the City, and Pearl Street Fitness to provide FREE fitness classes the end of April until the middle of October. Those classes are legit and you WILL get fit attending them regularly. Click here for more information. Cost: Free

Get Outdoors

There are a number of great bike paths for cycling enthusiasts but the following two are exceptional.

  • The Cherry Creek Bike Path-Ride from downtown to Cherry Creek Reservoir.

 

  • The US 36 Bike Path Between Westminster and Boulder. I watched this path being built waiting for the day that I could ride it. I’ve finally replaced my Cruiser and have a much lighter bike so that I can do this ride.

I love yoga. And, doing yoga outside is awesome. I’m so excited to Namaste outdoors with Yoga Rocks the Park this summer. Finally, one of my absolute favorite ways to workout is to go hiking in Chautauqua park in Boulder.There a number of different hikes that you choose from in varying levels of intensity.

Bonus:

Hip Hop Yoga!

I took a one-off hip hop yoga class at Shine Boutique on Pearl street for $5 dollars. It was awesome. We all begged for this to be a regular thing. Best line of the class “Biggie would tree the sh$t out of this song.” And, he would have.

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Colorado Rockies Home Opener: Baseball Season Is Here

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It is a gorgeous day and the Colorado Rockies home opener is this afternoon. I thought it would be helpful to share some tips and tricks on how to enjoy baseball season, have an amazing time, and get a ton of bang for your buck.

Let’s be honest. Denver LOVES opening day. I have the theory that opening day is basically the start of all of the summer shenanigans that we love to get into here. Once Opening Day happens we have the parties up in the mountains signaling the end of ski season, the Cherry Creek Sneak, 420 for the pot heads, and the Derby Day Party (just got my tickets). Basically, the Colorado Rockies Opening Day signals to Denverites that it’s  about to get real fun in Denver for the next 6 months or so.

So, let’s talk about the ins and outs of having an amazing time a the Colorado Rockies Home Opener without losing your mind. First, 50,000 of your closest friends will be inside Coors Field. Then, there’s the other people who plan on watching the game from one of the dozens of sports bars, breweries, and restaurants throughout downtown Denver. That’s a ton of people!

How to Get There

If you’re from the Denver/Boulder metro area or in-town visiting to support the Rockies or a visiting team one of the most important logistical issues you have to manage is how to get to Coors Field to watch the game. Coors Field is located at 2001 Blake and fortunately for everyone is within walking distance of downtown Denver’s gorgeous Union Station.

My favorite option for going downtown during baseball/football/hockey/basketball season is the Light Rail. It works really well and is pretty straightforward to use. Purchase a day pass for $5.20 when you get to the light rail station that is located nearest to you. On game days it will be crowded and rowdy in all of the best of ways.

My second favorite way to get to the game is to take LYFT. I love ridesharing and am a particular fan of LYFT because I’ve had a fantastic experience with them. Click here if you’re a first time user and get $15 in LYFT credit towards your first couple of rides.

If you drive. Ok, if you drive I would still VERY STRONGLY recommend parking at a Park-n-Ride along the light rail or A-Line and taking the train in. It will make your life easier. If you drive in double-check traffic jams, etc. utilizing the Waze app or CDOT’s website.

I also recommend buying a book of round trip light rail tickets a week from the Union Station bus depot (if you’re near there) so that you just have to validate your ticket at the light rail station and get on the train.

But, if you’re honest with yourself…you’re going to want to drink beer. Take public transit and have a good time!

Related Post:

The Ultimate Transit Guide to Denver and Boulder

Colorado Rockies Gear

You’ve got to represent! And, if you’re a Rockies fan it’s always nice to show your support with a baseball cap (it’s going to be sunny) or a jersey. You can order one off of Amazon and save a little money compared to buying in the stadium. Check out some gear suggestions below.

 

Money

In an effort to make things a bit more affordable have a couple of financial strategies in mind.  Use cash. By the time you hit your 3rd beer you may find your financial defenses down. Set aside a specific amount for spending in the stadium. Expenses to consider:

  • Transportation-Light rail tickets, gas, parking
  • Food-Eating during game and potential meal after the game.
  • Shenanigans
  • Whatever your kids may need. You know.

There are, of course, atms located in the and around the stadium.

Security

I’m not sure why but there are still people who seem to be confused by the fact that stadiums have stepped up their security protocols. Don’t be that person. Click here for Coors Field Security information. 

But, here is a quick brief run through of what to expect.

  • Don’t bring a big bag.
  • You will walk through security screening
  • Your bags WILL be searched

Again, read through the Coors Field Security information so that you can avoid being “that guy.” Remember, the staff is working hard to insure that you and other participants have a safe and enjoyable experience. Don’t hassle them.

Miscellaneous

If you’re visiting or new to Denver there are a couple of things to remember.

  • Wear sunscreen! You will burn.
  • Drink water.
  • The people love having a good time and you may find yourself talking to strangers. East Coast people don’t freak out.
  • We love rooftop bars. If you can’t get watch the game in the stadium there are some great venues near and around the stadium.

There is nothing better than watching the Colorado Rockies on opening day. Have fun. Don’t go broke.

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Denver Startup Week

I had no idea how amazing Denver Startup Week was until I attended this year. In fact, I had no clue about the size, the amazing energy, and the resources that would be available to attendees during the week.

I won’t miss it again!

Last year I had a conflict with another event that was being held in another state. I attend that event each year so the choice was clear-I had to go. Fortunately, this year and next year I won’t have to deal with conflicting times and will be able to attend both events.

Denver Startup Week

Is quite simply a week dedicated to creating community, educating current and potential start-up/small business owners and potentially connecting these individuals with funding of some sort.

So far this week I attended a cool session where 3 businesses of varying sizes were able to pitch their product to people who might fund their enterprise. I also attended the kickoff party that was held at Union Station and I couldn’t believe how many people were there.

Tonight I plan on attending the Women in Tech event and catching a couple of other sessions throughout the week. Listen to this week’s episode of Square State to listen to me gush about this event.

I realize how fortunate I am to have access to this free resource. I won’t take it for granted.