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Looking for jobs can be a pain in the butt.  If you’re looking to move to Colorado be aware that there is also a ridiculous number of people moving to Colorado competing for jobs. One of my top posts on my personal finance blog is about moving Denver. Yep, on my personal finance blog. Fortunately,  if you’re looking for jobs here in Denver there are a ton of businesses, organizations, and non-profits to consider. I also get a large number of inquiries from people who ask if it’s a good idea to move first to Denver/Colorado and then look for a job.

Umm…No…

That’s in fact, a HORRIBLE idea. Why? Because you’re just setting yourself up for a huge amount of unnecessary stress, financially and personally as well as potential homelessness. Not even joking. In fact, everytime someone emails and asks me (should I move without a job) I just sit there shaking my damn head. This question came up so often that I’ve written two guides discussing searching for jobs in Colorado.  Don’t feel like couch surfing for the next 6 months while looking for jobs? Keep reading.

Looking for Jobs?

I would recommend creating a job search strategy. Do some research. Find out what the livable wage is in the specific Colorado city you plan on moving to. To keep things simple, I’m only going to focus only on jobs in Denver.  But, be aware that a number of the employers that are listed in this post may have jobs available in other parts of the state.

Here is how this post will work:

  • Basic job search strategies

 

  • Resources to use

 

  • Industry breakdown

 

  • Downloadable Business List

Job Search Strategy

Do you have a well-thought out job search strategy? Are you just throwing resumes anywhere and just hoping that you find a job somewhere in Colorado that pays something? Don’t do that to yourself. Sit down and create a plan. Think about the following:

  • Cost of living

 

  • Benefits

 

  • Possible commuting time (avoid commuting if at all possible)

 

  • Travel back home. If you have relatives and friends in your old state-you’ll probably want to visit them (or not LOL!)

 

  • The potential for professional growth-such as raises or promotions to different roles.

 

  • Look at other organizations where you could work similar roles in case you end up unhappy with the organization you initially sign on with.

Yes, this strategy is a little more fleshed out for those of you looking for jobs, but you’ll probably find a much better position and better pay by taking the time to consider all the items listed above.

Job Search Resources

Unfortunately, there aren’t as many resources available as I would like to see for a city with so much business growth. But, here are a few that you should definitely consider using:

  • andrewhudsonsjoblist.com-This is a comprehensive job list created by a Denverite that is accurate and reflects the changing job scene.

 

  • Hired.com-If you are in the TECH industry you need to get on this site! I met the some of the Denver team and they were great to speak with and fully committed to helping those of you in the tech community connect with your next dream job. Click here to sign up for Hired.com today. New to Hired.com? Sign up via my affiliate link and (if you’re hired) you’ll receive a $300 signing bonus per Hired.com‘s stated new hire guidelines.

 

  • LinkedIn-Don’t forget to take some time to flesh out your LinkedIn profile. Take time to research job listings and what organizations are looking for when they reach out to individuals via LinkedIn.

 

    • Your University’s job center-If you’ve just graduated (or are about to) connect with your university’s job center. Most job centers give newly graduated job seekers feedback on their resume, online presence, and interview best practices.

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Industries in Denver 

And in the state of Colorado, are wide-ranging and diverse. Colorado used t0 be a boom-bust state in the worst of ways. We would ride high (no pun intended) then crash badly because the state didn’t have a diversified economy. Fortunately, we finally learned our lesson and I’m proud to say that we have a ridiculous number of industries that you could be focusing on as you search for your Denver-based job.

Word of advice:

If you’re looking for jobs in Colorado (or any place outside of your state) I would recommend setting aside money for in person interviews. You may be asked to interview in person.

Here is the list of industries in Denver (Colorado):

  • Education-We have a large number of universities for a state with only 5 million people. Employees a bazillion people in the city of Denver. Be warned-people do not leave these jobs for years. They settle in. It took me 4 months to get my job at a local university.

 

  • Technology-With organizations such as Level 3, Google, and Amazon moving large operations to the Denver/Boulder metro area, Colorado has established itself as a hub of innovation. Denver also hosts Denver Start Up Week-one of my favorite events of the year. Innovators, good beer, and great people come together to celebrate the start-up industry in Denver. This event is also free. Sign up with Hired.com if you’re looking for tech-related work.

 

  • Colorado Local-We make A LOT of amazing products locally. Here’s a brief list: White Wave Foods (Silk Soy Milk), Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups, Coors Beer, Izze, Crocs, Lara Bars, Noosa Yogurt, Made in Nature (CO/Cali), and a ton of other businesses that would take me forever to list.

 

  • Tourism-Incredibly, 77.7 Million people visited Colorado in 2015. That’s a crazy number considering that we only have around 5.5 million citizens. I think it’s important to break down the types of tourism that we’re seeing.
    • Traditional-you know, the trips that you take with family and friends with a limited amount of shenanigans.
    • Skiing and snowboarding-Because we’re known for our winter tourism industry.
    • Sports-We have professional teams for every sport. People visit the state to enjoy: baseball, hockey, soccer, football, rugby, and basketball.
    • Adventure-This is a great state for adventure related tourism.
    • Conferences-We have a ridiculous number of conferences that are being hosted in Denver.
    • Pot-Yep, we get a lot of tourists who want to indulge in the wacky weed.

 

  • Agriculture/Wine/and Craft Beer-I decided to lump these together because I feel like they’re connected. Also, many people may not be aware of the that Colorado has a wine region. Colorado region is located in the Grand Junction area (nowhere near Denver LOL!) We also we a zillion breweries and industries connected to the craft beer industry. This industry also includes the production of large events, conferences, and products. I’m going to be upfront and say that agriculture is a tricky industry to work in. Colorado is known for producing the following products: beef, bison, the Pueblo green pepper,  Palisade peaches, organic fruits, and vegetables.

 

  • Oil/Fracking/Gas-Is literally the stuff that fuels your daily life. Seriously though, we have a huge oil and gas industry in the state. Fracking has also become a hugely controversial and lucrative industry. If you’re a petrochemical engineer or just do stuff with in this industry spend some time researching the different companies out there. Don’t forget to sign up with Hired.com to check out jobs. Get that $300 bonus.

 

  • Green Energy-Because green energy has been keeping pace with the oil industry, there are a ton of jobs.  From wind turbines, solar energy, and businesses focused on other parts of the green energy industry Colorado will continue to be a leader in that field. Again, sign-up for Hired.com to check out job listings.

 

  • Construction-Seems like there is a ridiculous amount of development happening throughout the state. Denver has orange cones, redirected traffic, and crews working EVERYWHERE. Wonderfully, this city is basically a flurry of building activity everywhere.

 

  • Medical-Because Denver has a large number of hospitals and teaching facilities it seems like there are a ton of medical field related opportunities. You may also experience a high level of competition for jobs due to people moving here.

 

  • Cannabis-Incredibly, the cannabis industry is bringing in on average around $100 million dollars a month to Colorado’s budget. That said, I think it’s very important to bring up the following: the current Presidential administration is posturing to shut down this industry. The current Attorney General hates the wacky weed. As long as it’s considered illegal by the Feds-this is a huge issue hanging over the heads of people in the industry.

Related Post: Looking for Jobs in Colorado?

Finally, looking for jobs can be a stressful and overwhelming process. Having a clearer idea of the different industries in town gives the future job seeker a leg up on the competition.

 

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36 Hours in Denver

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It’s that time of year when people begin thinking about their summer vacation. If you’re like most people, you’re probably crossing your fingers and hoping that your boss won’t hassle you about your vacation request this year. One of the best places to visit this year is Denver, Colorado! Only have 36 hours in Denver? No worries, here’s a basic guide for a quick trip to Dtown.

36 Hours in Denver

6:00 pm -You’ve landed at Denver International Airport and narrowly missed a bird flying at your head (because cute little sparrows live in the airport-seriously). You make your way to the train that will take you to the main airport terminal and the train to Denver which is affectionately called “The Train to the Plane or The A-Line” It only costs $9 and you can use cash or charge to purchase your ticket. The ticket is good for 24 hours on public transit but you’ll probably opt to use LYFT for tonight’s shenanigans. Here’s the LYFT code for $5 your first ride if you’re a new user (downloading the app is super fast).

Related Post: Why I Love the Train to the Plane: Warts and All

7:00 pm-It’s around 7 pm and you’ve arrived at Union Station. It only took 37 minutes (give or take) for the train to go from the airport to downtown and you did get a glimpse of the famous devil horse “Blucifer” that warmly welcomes visitors to Denver at the airport. Leave your stuff at one of the many great hotels downtown and then prepare to wander around town.

Some Recommended Hotels and Hostels:

  • The Curtis Hotel
  • The Fish Hostel
  • The Oxford Hotel

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8:00 pm (ish) Ok, you’re hungry. The sunset is pretty legit and people are looking pretty happy for a Tuesday night. Grab a LYFT and go to either Avanti or Postino LOHI. Avanti is a great food hall with a gorgeous view of downtown Denver. It also has a single alcohol license for the entire building. Of course, local beer is on tap. You could also go to Postino which has a $20 bruschetta and bottle of wine special on Monday and Tuesday nights. Yes.

It’s almost 10:00 pm and you only have 36 Hours in Denver so it’s too early to go to sleep. Check out Williams and Graham which is about 2 or 3 blocks from Postino and about 7 blocks from Avanti. Williams and Graham is a speakeasy that actually made a list of the 50 best bars in the world. That’s legit considering how many bars there are in the world.

It’s late enough where it’s time to rest up for Wednesday’s explorations. You return via LYFT and get some rest.

Wednesday

It’s super early Wednesday and you’ve decided to work out with some Colorado peeps. Check out The November Project’s free workouts on Wednesdays. Typically they work out in Civic Center Park on Wednesdays at 5:30 am or 6:15 am but check out their Facebook page to see what they’re up to. Great people.  ***Do research exercise and altitude sickness***

8:00 am-10:00 am Not up for exercising first thing on a vacation. No worries. Have a leisurely lie in and then go to one of the following places for a great Colorado breakfast:

  • Mercantile Dining and Provision-Union Station
  • Stowaway-RINO District
  • Jelly (in the Capital Hill neighborhood)
  • Snooze-Union Station
  • Root Down-LOHI
  • Sassafras

These places are popular so you may have a bit of a wait f.y.i.

10:00 am You’ve had brunch it’s time to quickly check out Colorado’s state Capitol and the City and County Building. Don’t forget to take a picture at the actual 5280 (mile high) marker.

11:00 am (ish) You’ve already packed in a lot into your itinerary considering that you only have 36 hours in Denver. It’s time to embrace some culture. Check out the Dikeou Collection which is a really cool (free) contemporary art collection in downtown Denver that very few people know about.

12:00 pm (ish) make your way down to the Museum of Contemporary Art located near Denver’s Union Station. Designed by David Adjay-who was named the world’s most influential architect by Time magazine this year. The building is also the first building in America designed by an African-European architect. You’ll know you’re there when you see a building with a giant heart with a dagger in it. Be still my beating heart.

Take some time checking out the art and then enjoy some refreshments in the rooftop cafe (has WIFI).

Boulder

Huh? Isn’t Boulder far away? Nope. It’s less than an hour away and it would be a shame if you missed it.

1:00 pm Head to Denver’s Union Station and get a $9 round trip day pass. Take the bus that goes directly to Boulder. Check the t.v. screens in the bus terminal to figure out which “gate” the bus is departing from. Show the pass to the bus driver and then you’re on your way. **The bus going between Denver and Boulder is super clean and safe for those of you who’ve never taken the bus before.** 

2:00 pm Arrive at Boulder’s Downtown Bus Station. Walk one block to Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall. It’s an open air mall with lots of shops, restaurants, and a gorgeous view.

5:00 pm Leave Boulder for Denver and evening shenanigans

6:00 pm  (ish) Shenanigans

Ok, let’s be clear. There is a TON of fun to be had in Denver (and Colorado) regardless of time of year. This post will just gloss over all of the possibilities and then you can decide what you would like to do.

The Cruiser Ride

Make your way back to the hotel and rest up a little bit. If you’re visiting between May 15-Mid-September you can participate in the Denver Cruiser Ride. Ride the streets of Denver with 1,000 + of your favorite new friends.  You’ll have to check out a Bcycle (Denver Bcycle Bike Sharing Program) or see if there is a bike that you can borrow from your hotel. **This is a dangerous activity because you’re riding in the streets of Denver.** You’re an adult just going to put it out there.

Sports

Denver basically has a team for every sport. Let’s go through the list:

  • Denver Broncos-Football
  • Denver Nuggets-Basketball
  • Colorado Rapids-Soccer. F.Y.I. Dick’s Sporting Goods Field where they play is far from Downtown Denver.
  • Colorado Avalanche-Hockey
  • Colorado Rockies-Baseball.
  • Denver Barbarians-Rugby (Boulder is the headquarters for U.S. Rugby)

Breweries

Do you feel like keeping things low-key and having a beer while wandering around a cool neighborhood? Check out the RINO neighborhood and one of the following breweries:

  • Great Divide Brewing CO.
  • Epic Brewing CO.
  • Spanglang

There’s more and I will add to the list later.

Theater

Love the theater? Check out what’s being performed at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. One of my favorite places in Denver. I’ve seen the following shows there:

  • The Color Purple
  • Wicked
  • The Book of Mormon
  • The Lion King

and more!

Arts

Feel like checking out more art? Go to the Santa Fe Art District and wander up and down the street. I do prefer going to Santa Fe on the 1sr Friday of each month when they have musicians, food trucks, etc.

The Denver Art Museum has some amazing art and next to it is the Clyfford Still museum. Both typically close at 5:00 but occasionally have special events.

Restaurants

Just feel like eating after a day of checking out all of the things? Here are some restaurant suggestions:

  • Linger
  • there (yes, that’s the name)
  • Stueben’s
  • Work and Class
  • Uncle
  • Lena

Most vegetarians/vegans will have a couple of options on the menu (except Work and Class-that’s for meat lovers). Check the menu online to make sure they have stuff that you would like to eat.

36 Hours In Denver-Logistics

They will fly by. You’ll have a great time. Seriously. Some basic logistics

  • Water Bottle-Stay hydrated. We don’t carry them around for fun. It’s because it’s so dry here.
  • Read up on Altitude Sickness-EVERYONE regardless of your health. Talk to your doctor about any concerns that you may have. 
  • Bring layers. We have weird weather. Just saying.
  • Good walking shoes
  • Comfortable backpack
  • We don’t judge people (really ) for not dressing up. But, bring one cute outfit because-why not?
  • An open mindset. People are really friendly here. Don’t get weird if people start talking to you randomly. Obviously be mindful of your belongings and safety but that would be in any city. I’ve lived out East and I know it freaks people out. But, we don’t want anything-usually we’re just being friendly.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to take the Plane to the Train back to the airport. It’s great but sometimes has…issues…

4:30 am (ish) Thursday

Time to go home!  Hope this was helpful and we are looking forward to having you visit our wonderful city and state. Welcome!

 

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The Library of Things

I am obsessed with going to the library. My mom passed her love of reading to me. As well as a deep love and respect for the library, the library system, and the wisdom that they share with everyone in the communities that they serve.

My first experience with going to the library in Colorado was in Boulder. The Boulder Public Library is built over Boulder Creek and at the time that I started going there, the children’s section was located directly over the water.

I love that library. It still holds a special place in my heart as it’s the first library that I had a library card from. Throughout the years I’ve made it a special project to visit libraries in every town that I visit in Colorado.  I can’t wait to go to the Rocky Mountain Land Library…but, that’s a post for another day.

Denver Public Library

Is amazing. While I must admit that I don’t go to the Main branch as often as I used to, I visit the library on a weekly basis. Yep, I’m that girl. The librarians at more than one branch actually know who I am. And, I love that about them. They are friendly, knowledgeable, and create and run amazing programming. But, what makes DPL the best library ever (besides national accolades) is the following:

The Library of Things

What exactly is this? At the core of any well-run library is the mission to expand it’s users world-view through access to knowledge, art, beauty, and thought leaders from the community. The Denver Public Library does this but takes its missions a step further with The Library of Things.

Put simply: The Library of Things gives patrons access to the following:

  • Free State Parks Access
  • Free museum entries-You have to schedule your visit in advance but who cares? You can even take a friend!
  • A wireless hotspot
  • A Go Pro Camera to record what you’re up to!
  • Video projector
  • Power Check Meter-To see how much it costs to run your appliances
  • Draft Meter-It’s getting colder! Find the drafts in your home.

The Library of Things quite simply is the most amazing thing ever and I have to  admit that I’ve geeked out over it. It may take a little while to receive your pass, hotspot, or use the GoPro, but you will always have access to one. And, I just love the name.

Connect with your local librarian today to find out what resources are available to you that you may be unaware of. If there are resources that you would love to see made available to library patrons-suggest them. I am very aware that my experience with the DPL has spoiled me when it comes to library expectations. It is my hope that more libraries follow suit and think outside the box about how they can best serve the people in their town.

I just placed a hold on the GoPro and I’m looking forward to shooting some great video for the blog. The Library of Things is one of the coolest ways (besides the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District) to democratize access to services that everyone should be able to use.

What’s your library like?

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How to Have a Safe and Fun Colorado Cannabis Vacation

Many of my friends would be surprised that I wrote this post. See, I voted “no” to legalize Cannabis. It was a complete protest vote because I knew that it was going to pass by flying colors. I voted “no” because I believe with great freedom comes great responsibility.

But, at the end of the day, I’m a live and let live person. You’re adults and you will do what you want to do and if that includes taking a cannabis vacation in Colorado I will welcome you with open arms but I also would like to make sure that you have a safe, fun, and awesome time so that you will visit again.

Colorado Life after Legalization

I get asked (more often than I would like) what’s life like in Colorado after we voted to legalize pot? Maybe people are curious because we currently have one of the most (if not the most) permissive law in the world.

Life is pretty much the same except there are a lot of green crosses on buildings which typically indicate that there is a dispensary in that space. People now ask me about pot when I travel. Before they asked me about:

Before they asked me about:

  • Jon Benet Ramsey
  • The Kobe Bryant controversy
  • The Shootings
  • Snow
  • There are black people in Colorado?!
  • The balloon boy hoax

I was amazed that legal pot could trump those other constant questions-but it did.

Legal Cannabis and Tourists

I will say that we almost always can tell if you’re tourists visiting a pot shop. You giggle and look around as if people are watching…we aren’t. You nervously hold your paper bag of pot that you carefully chose and are going to enjoy…somewhere. Inevitably, I’ve found many of the tourists to be older than you would expect and just looking to relax (pun intended).

The other reason I decided to write this post was because we began to notice that tourists on pot vacation were ending up at the hospital at higher rates than you would like to see for out-of-town visitors.  My hope is to educate people and share information that will help tourists make safer decisions.

The Rules

Shocker, there are actually a number of rules that help manage how pot is consumed, sold, disposed of, etc. in the state. You will very rarely find people walking around smoking a bowl. In fact, it’s against the law to consume pot in public. You will get ticketed if you’re found doing this. 

The usage laws may depend on the town that you’re visiting. Some towns are pragmatically embracing the new legalization status…others…not so much.

This one feels obvious but you’re not allowed to smoke up and drive. And, pot cannot be in open containers.

You must be 21 years old to purchase and consume your favorite bud and the maximum amount that you may purchase is one ounce.

Rules Change it is Your Responsibility to Check Them

Edibles

I plan on interviewing some dispensary owners for my podcast Square State so that I can get a more in-depth and educated explanation on the different types of weed sold. The one product that I do want to mention is edibles.

In fact, edibles truly inspired this post especially because of the increase in tourist emergency room visits. Colorado has increased the regulation of edibles. The state has also mandated that the letters THC be printed on the labels (and I believe on the actual gummy).

  • Follow the directions on the package.
  • Edibles may take longer to affect you.

Even though this is a post geared towards people who are visiting from out of state I do also want to mention that edibles obviously need to stay out of the reach of children. It feels like a no-brainer, but kids have accidentally ingested these because they look like candy.

The Practical Stuff

When planning a vacation there are practical components that need to be considered. Where to stay, when, what to do, and where to go. With a cannabis inspired vacation there are a few more nuances that have to be considered.

  • Accommodation-When booking accommodation you can look for cannabis friendly spaces. I found a number of websites geared towards pot smokers. Just Google “cannabis friendly accommodation websites” I was amazed at all of the listings. *As I’ve never stayed in one I am unable to give a recommendation*
  • Smoking inside-Be aware that similar to cigarette smoke, pot smoke is also subject to the Clean Indoor Air Act. So you may need to ask about air purifiers.
  • Transportation-Book where there is access to public transit. My favorite mode of transportation in Denver is the light rail followed by my bike. But, in your case make sure that you’re close enough to the city center of the city that you’re staying in (Denver, Fort Collins, Breckendridge, etc.) that you will have access to Uber, Lyft, or public transit. Want a free ride worth up to $20 from Uber? Signup now and use promo code: 20NEWRIDEUBER
  • If you’re visiting Colorado you DO have to consider the effect of a higher altitude on your body. I am not a doctor so do contact your doctor about any health concerns that you may have and ask about the potential for: altitude sickness, etc.

What to Do?

You’re probably wondering what you’ll be able to do while on a cannabis vacation. Fortunately, there are a ton of events and businesses creating events with the pot tourist in mind.

Of course there are the typical activities: hiking, biking, the theater, going out to eat, skiing, and exploring. Tourists can also enjoy:

  • Yoga (and other events) via the Mason Jar Event Group that specializes elevated cannabis experiences.
  • Tours-Tour company experiences include: tours of actual grow houses, cooking with cannabis, party buses, guided hikes, glass blowing demonstrations, and the list goes on.

Transportation

Almost all of the tour companies that I looked at offer transportation services. As mentioned previously, I also strongly recommend booking your accommodation close to the light rail (regardless of the type of vacation you’re planning).  Do not smoke and drive.

There are the following modes of transportation in Denver:

  • Pedicabs
  • Taxis
  • Uber
  • Lyft
  • Tuk Tuks
  • Buses
  • trains

There is no need for you to drive while high.

Cash or Credit

Again, pot is illegal on a Federal level. This makes transactions tricky. No, you can’t (and shouldn’t) use your credit cards. Establishments are cash only businesses. Recently an app has been launched for payments but I would like to interview the founders for my podcast Square State as I have questions about people who are out of state using the app.

Finally

I feel I shouldn’t have to mention this but I’m going to because people don’t always use their best judgment.

DO NOT under any circumstances leave the state of Colorado with any of the pot products that you purchased. It’s considered trafficking because pot is still illegal at the Federal level.

DO NOT take pack a package of edibles in your check-in luggage or your car. DO NOT take hash oil with you. What you bought in Colorado should be enjoyed in Colorado.

We want you to have fun and enjoy yourself. We also would like for you to visit again.

Back to Work

I feel that it’s also important to remind you that what happens during a Colorado Cannabis vacation doesn’t stay in Colorado. If you are subject to random drug tests  your vacation may come back to haunt you.

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Food

Let’s be honest, Colorado used to be a food desert. A place of unimaginative and boring food where the most exciting item on any menu was a Denver omelette or a really good steak (the steak has always been good). And, to add insult to injury, we have a underwhelming amount of good Mexican food despite our proximity to Mexico. For a foodie, living in Colorado has been hard…until now. Food is finally good in Colorado.

Food

Is experiencing what I can only call: a resurgence, awakening, or, an epic moment. It is a great time to be a foodie in Colorado. It feels like we’re up for anything and that people, finally, finally have the palates to appreciate good food. There is a bit of a trick to finding good food consistently in Colorado:

  • Talk to other foodies-if you have friends who enjoy good food ask them where they go out to eat.
  • 5280 and Westword’s best of lists-Google the lists for the past 2 years and then go for it.
  • Eat local-Don’t get me wrong, there are national chains that make good food but there are so many local chefs creating beautiful and regional sourced food that it would be a shame to miss out on their greatness.
  • It’s a Secret-there are secret food experiences that you can have around the state. In Denver and Boulder there a number of cooking events that you sign up to receive monthly updates on cool events.
  • Harvest Week Dinners-Every October there are a number of venues that share incredible dinners celebrating the harvest.
  • Denver Restaurant Week-February 24-March 5, 2017. Enjoy 3-5 course meals at a hugely discounted price. Check out the different restaurants that you’ve heard about for less.

Great Foods that I Find on a Regular Basis

  • Truffles and Truffle salt
  • Great olive oil
  • Good bread
  • Kimchi (fresh)
  • Good cheeses-I used to live in France, I have a palate for good cheese. We have it here.
  • Great coffee
  • Local lamb

And then, there is the experimental food, the regional foods, ethnic food, and the I can’t believe we’re eating this in DENVER food!

I’m also in love with the food hall concepts that have opened up: The Source and Central Market Denver. I can’t wait for Stanley Marketplace in the Stapleton neighborhood sometime this fall. In fact, there are so many great places to eat I’m overwhelmed by all of the choices.

There are even James Beard awards winners in our midst as well. Some other cool food concepts of note:

  • American Cultures Tap Room-love kombucha? Go to the tap room and taste a number of your favorite blends.
  • Pho Real! I love Uncle-I haven’t gone in awhile but the food is so freaking good.
  • The PreserveryA cool community/food/and music concept. I had a great lunch there the other day. (RINO)
  • HMart-The ultimate in international grocery experiences. I’ve only gone to the location in Aurora. Pick up fresh fish, kimchi, or fruits and vegetables.
  • Bramble and Hare-The most Boulder of Boulder restaurants. I love this place.

I’m so excited to check out more cool places and share them with you. Can’t wait.

 

 

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10 Items for Your Next Trip to Denver

Until I went to college in New York State I was always confused by the fact that everyone thought that Denver was in the middle of the mountains. That it was always snowing and that it was endlessly cold. It really confused me, until I was watching the news one day and finally figured it out. Denver always gets the tight shot on the news. Then, there is an epically beautiful panned shot of the mountains. I finally got it, people are convinced that Denver is in the mountains.

Plan a Trip to Denver

Denver is not in the mountains. On your trip to Denver you’ll find this out.  In fact, it’s about an hour’s (fast) drive to the base of the mountains. I thought I should warn you. That said, when you visit there are some very important items that you should bring or you’ll find yourself running around town trying to buy stuff instead of enjoying yourself.

Water Bottle

Denver, Boulder and all points West are a minimum of 5,280 feet above sea level. The air is dry, crisp, and arid. You will see people (who live here) walking around with bottles of water EVERYWHERE. With good reason. It’s freaking dry here and you are at risk of dehydrating. Coloradans will kindly advise, remind, IMPLORE you to drink water while you are here because we know what can happen. Just believe me and pack a nice Collapsible Water Bottle * for your trip. You’ll thank me later.

Backpack

You will see people with backpacks everywhere. In fact, it seems as if everyone is running, walking fast, or biking while carrying who knows what in their backpacks. I used to carry lunch, my exercise gear, and my water bottles in my backpack. As well as a change of shoes. Be prepared for fun hikes in the mountains, long walks around town, and day trips to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. You’ll be happy that you brought your backpack when you visit. You’ll also be somewhat bemused by your friends newfound enthusiasm for all of these activities since they moved to Colorado.

Chapstick and Lotion

I’ve already warned you that you should drink lots of water while here. I failed to mention that your skin will be incessantly dry, and that your lips will immediately be leached of all moisture upon exiting Denver International Airport. Your lips will then begin to crack with hours of roaming around which every beautiful city that you decide to visit. Your skin will be so dry that you will feel it becoming taught with the tightness that happens when your skin gets too dry. If you are from a humid environment you won’t know what hit you and it will be incredibly unpleasant. Bring lotion. That’s all I can tell you.

Sunblock and Sunglasses

It is sunny here. The kind of sunny that is referenced to in songs about California-even though we may get more sun. The sun on a hot day can hurt your eyes and make your skin burn. Remember we are at least a mile above sea level. Also, I don’t care what color you are-wear sunblock (especially if you move here) your skin and your future self will thank you.

Hiking Items

I can almost guarantee that you’ll be taken on at least one hike if you’re here for at least a week. Ask my friends!  Make sure you have the following items:

  • Garmin-In case you get lost.
  • Beanie*The weather in the mountains can change pretty quickly.
  • Fleece-You may get hot and cold during the same hike.
  • Hiking boots-Your feet will thank you.

Check your home to see what you already have, borrow from friends, or feel free to pick up these items so that you have a much more comfortable stay while your here. The non-negotiables are the lotion/chapstick/and sunglasses.

What Do You Wish You’d Brought With You

The Last Time You Visited?

 

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Moving To Colorado? A Free Guide

Colorado Luv Hub is actually my second blog. My first one is a personal finance and lifestyle site called The Shop My Closet Project (TSMCP). So, what does one have to do with the other?

I wrote a post on TSMCP about people wanting to move to Colorado  and not really understanding the full reality of what to expect. Some things that were in that post included the following:

  • It’s more expensive than you think
  • There IS an emphasis on living an active lifestyle
  • It’s challenging to find work

Things I didn’t mention:

  • Major industries in Colorado
  • Information on the different towns throughout the state
  • We don’t all smoke pot-but do support people’s right to have the freedom to do what they want.

I then began to notice after publishing that post that people were finding my blog post when searching to find out if it was good to move to Colorado without a job, money, or basically a plan.

In fact, that post is one of my most well read posts on TSMCP.

But, I began to get concerned by the sheer number of people who seemed to just want to float to Colorado and live the dream. Because we are living the dream. Before you embrace it there are some things you need to consider-so I wrote a short guide book and hopefully it will give you some guidance and food for thought before you take the leap.
It is a truly amazing time to live in Colorado and if you’re lucky enough to live here I know you will love it to!

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Sorry For The Delay and Rediscovering Denver!

I originally thought of this site several years ago.  At that time, I was bogged down, depressed, and just trying to get my head above water. I was also about 6 1/2 years into what would end up being a ten year super commute.

As you could imagine something had to give, so I stopped working on this project and continued working on The Shop My Closet Project and I am glad that I did that.

The thing is, when you commute for as long as I did, you start to get out of the loop. At the end of last year I decided to quit my job, go to Hawaii and Australia to recharge my batteries and begin working for myself.  At the same time I launched this project and am so glad that I did. But, after being overseas, ending a long-term job, and just completely changing life I needed a little more time to get a feeling for how I want this project to manifest itself.

I’m sorry for the delay in new articles! I knew so many things about Denver, Boulder,  and Colorado, but things have changed so much that I am feeling like I’ve moved to a new city.

AND I STILL LOVE IT!

It has been a blast walking around town , discovering new places, watching winter, ease into spring, and getting a better feel for the pulse of the city.

As I wander around I am struck by the energy, the excitement, the innovation, and good food that is now here.

There are fabulous coffee shops, cool places to shop, and fun spins on old concepts. The people (for the most part) seem to be enjoying life and the lifestyle that you comes with living in a state like Colorado.

But, We Can Do Better

I want to be clear, there are things that I don’t like. I am concerned about affordable homes and the difficulty finding them, Denver (like most U.S. cities) has a visible homeless population and we are struggling to figure out the best way to manage it.

As the city of Denver gentrifies populations of color are moving to neighboring Aurora and leaving Denver, and there is a growing problem with graffiti that is driving me crazy. I do know that the Mayor of Denver has worked on this issue, but I think that there is more that can be done. I also am not in love with fracking and am keeping an eye on how fracking  and how it affects the environment.

Despite all of these concerns, I am so blessed to call Colorado home and I look forward to eventually raising my family here. So, I look forward to sharing a changing and growing Colorado with my readers,  and would also like to connect with people from all over the state to give a balanced and more comprehensive idea of what living in Colorado is all about.  I appreciate your patience and am excited to share my wonderful state with you!

Sorry For the Delay

 

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15 Reasons Why Australians Will Love Colorado

Currently, I am visiting the wonderful country of Australia. I have a number of Australian friends who have visited Colorado a number of times and I had the opportunity to visit them this year so I jumped at the opportunity.

As I traveled specifically between Sydney and Melbourne I took every opportunity to speak with people to find out more about their country and to see if they had ever visited America.

Nine times out of ten people would say to me the following when I asked them if they had visited the U.S.  “Yes, I’ve been to L.A. and New York City.”

Now, I don’t know about you but the U.S. is a HUGE country with so many amazing places that it stunned me to consider how much of  the rest of the country was being missed.

As I continued to travel around Australia I came up with the following:

15 Reasons Why Australians Will Love Colorado

Sorry California, you’re great…but, all of you are moving to Colorado. Which tells me that maybe we have more to offer with the exception of cold beaches. Australians aren’t you bored going to L.A. and San Francisco? While Denver isn’t super cheap by U.S. standards , you will still receive good value for your dollar while you’re here.

  • Micro Breweries-If you like beer this is your place. We are second behind Portland, Oregon for the number of micro breweries. In fact, we love beer so much we hold The Great Beer Festival every September. This event is so popular that it sells out the day the tickets go on sale.
  • Brunch-We love a good brunch! There are tons of fantastic places to go eat brunch and if it’s warm enough you can also eat outside on the patio or rooftop if your restaurant has one. Try a Bloody Mary or bottomless mimosa while you’re at it!
  • We Love A Good Party-We love any reason to party: St. Patrick’s Day, Frozen Dead Guy Days, Comic Con Denver, Zombie Crawls, Tour de Fat, and the list goes on.
  • We’re Sporty-We love being active.  You will always see people: running, riding their bikes, going to gyms, going to yoga, skiing, walking, or rock climbing.
  • Mountains-The mountains are gorgeous to look at and fun to explore. No visit to Colorado would be complete without a few days hanging out in a mountain town. Two of my favorite mountain towns are: Crested Butte and Breckenridge
  • Good Local Coffee-Yes, we have a ton of Starbucks-but, we also have a ton of local coffee shops that pour great coffee. Ignore Starbucks and head to Ink! or Dazbog coffee shops (Ink! is my favorite)
  • Sports Galore-If there is a professional sports team to be had-we have it! We have professional teams for: Basketball, Baseball, Hockey, Soccer, Football, and U.S. Rugby is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. We also host a number of world class athletic events from the U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge, to the Major League Soccer All Stars Game and the National Hockey League Classic (huge outdoor professional hockey game)
  • Denver is Friendlier Than L.A.-We are a lot more chilled out than Los Angelenos. We still have crappy traffic, but as a tourist you won’t be commuting to work and can avoid dealing with that! We also have fewer people, and  no one will ask you if you’re in the film “business”
  • Good Food-Yes, we have really good food! Nope, not talking about burgers. I’m talking about restaurants that are ranked in the top rankings among American restaurants. It did take us a long time to get to this place but I promise you-you will eat well while you’re here. Make sure to check out in Denver Work and Class, Uncle, Sushi Den, Bones, Vesper, and Comida (located  at the Source) To name a few. In Boulder: Bramble and Hare, Basta, The Mediterranean (specifically the tapas), and Salt to name a few.
  • Live Music-While I have to concede that Austin, Texas is the “Live Music Capitol of the U.S.” Denver and other Colorado towns have a pretty nice live music scene. Usually these shows are pretty cheap too!
  • Kid Friendly-There are a lot of great activities for kids and I find Colorado to be a great place for kids in general. You shouldn’t have a hard time finding a lot to entertain your kiddos
  • Excellent Transportation-If you’re in the city center you will probably walk everywhere but we now have a well connected system of public transportation. You can take: bus, light rail, cabs, Uber, or Lyft anywhere you would like to go. And, obviously, you can rent a car as you need it pretty inexpensively.
  • Theater-Apparently we  have the 2nd largest theater complex in the United States and I believe this! I have had the opportunity to see some of the biggest shows on Broadway-in Denver (for less!) The Book of Mormon, Wicked, and Warhorse to name a few.
  • The People-We are a pretty chilled out state and the people are very welcoming. We would be super excited to meet you and you will find us typically very helpful and friendly if you ask us questions. We are pretty quick to chit chat with new people and are pretty easy going.

 Now, You Need To Visit Us And Discover All of the Other Amazing Things That We Have That I Didn’t Mention In This Post!

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