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Girls' Weekend in Denver?

I'll be heading to Denver in August with 3 friends for a girls' weekend/my birthday/Brandi Carlisle at Red Rocks and I'm looking for suggestions for all things Denver! 

We'll likely try and find a place to stay on Airbnb, any recommendations on where to stay (location-wise)?

Great coffee shops? Spin studios? Brunch options? Hiking opportunities? Cool tours? Dinner options? Unique local shops? Any other can't-miss places in Denver?

4 Answers

top answer by
Heidi from Colorado

Crooked Stave at the The Sourcewould be a good place to spend a couple hours. 

I love the Highlands area, as someone has already recommended. Some cute shops and restaurants in that neighborhood. 

You may want to check out Denver Union Station in LoDo. It's recently be renovated and it's incredible. Have brunch at Mercantile Dining & Provisions and drinks at Cooper Lounge (the later is very Mad Men-esq). 

You could also take the light rail into Golden (Colorado). There are several fun breweries there and some good shopping. Don't miss the Golden Moon Speak. They make one of my favorite gins and the tasting room/bar is really fun. 

I could go on and on. 

Here are some HeidiTown posts that I've written about Denver!

You might find some helpful things in those two posts. Have fun! You can't go wrong in the Mile High City. 

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  1. Crooked Stave (restaurant)
  2. The Source (attraction)
  3. Denver Union Station (attraction)
  4. LoDo (attraction)
  5. Mercantile Dining & Provisions (restaurant)
  6. Cooper Lounge (restaurant)
  7. Golden (Colorado) (city)
  8. Golden Moon Speak (restaurant)
  9. Denver (city)
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answered first by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

If you have the options to stay in the Highlands area of Denver, you won't be disappointed.  It is just across I-25 from downtown Denver, so you are still close to all things downtown, but you have a more authentic experience.  There are several fun, local shops right in the area too.

In the Highlands area:  pick up a bottle of wine to drink back at your rental from Mondo Vino-ask Troy or Duey to help you (or really anyone, they are amazing!).  Mornings can be taken at a couple of different options:  for excellent coffee, check out Highlands Cork & CoffeeZ Cuisine & A Côté for a French slant on bistro fare.

Eat dinner at either Linger or it's sister restaurant Root Down-both amazing, excellent choices.  If you are feeling less formal, I love the upstairs bar at Root Down.  Sushi Hai Japanese Restaurant if you are in the mood for excellent sushi.  If you are wanting really casual, fun-sports bar crowd, I'm a fan of Three Dogs Tavern.  Or give Ale House at Amato's, excellent food, great atmosphere.  Lastly, bang! does some excellent plates!

Looking for excellent margs, fun patio and dive bar type, iconic Mexican-head to the original Jack N Grill

Don't miss Little Man Ice Cream while in town. 


Great suggestions Jacey!  Scott would also add Acorn and any restaurant owned by Jennifer Jasinsky or Frank Bonnano.  Royal Arch Trail is also a great hike in Boulder.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mondo Vino (attraction)
  2. Highlands Cork & Coffee (restaurant)
  3. Z Cuisine & A Côté (restaurant)
  4. Linger (restaurant)
  5. Root Down (restaurant)
  6. Sushi Hai Japanese Restaurant (restaurant)
  7. Three Dogs Tavern (restaurant)
  8. Ale House at Amato's (restaurant)
  9. bang! (restaurant)
  10. Jack N Grill (restaurant)
  11. Little Man Ice Cream (attraction)
  12. Acorn (restaurant)
  13. Royal Arch Trail (attraction)
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answered by
Kaylea from Bismarck, North Dakota

Root Down is a great brunch spot. Also, if you're into books Tattered Cover Book Store books downtown is great!

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answered by
Paula from Cincinnati, Ohio

Cherry Creek and Hilltop are definitely the "nice" upscale neighborhoods. Cherry Creek is also a nice, outdoor shopping area. If you're looking to be near downtown, try Capitol Hill (Denver) or North Capitol Hill/City Park West areas. For hiking I recommend Chautauqua in Boulder (if you have a car). You'll find yoga anywhere! For brunch you've got to try Second Home Kitchen + Bar inside the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek if you like bottomless mimosas. You won't regret it!

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  1. Cherry Creek (attraction)
  2. Hilltop (attraction)
  3. Capitol Hill (Denver) (attraction)
  4. North Capitol Hill (attraction)
  5. City Park West (attraction)
  6. Chautauqua (attraction)
  7. Second Home Kitchen + Bar (restaurant)

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