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Weekending: Denver Style

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend and feels rested and ready to tackle this week. We close on our new house today and move in this weekend so I have some busy but exciting days ahead.

We returned home last night after spending the past few days exploring the Mile-High City which was everything and more than I expected. I plan to do a full travel recap next week for our last Wanderlust Wednesday linkup. In the meantime, I'm linking up with the beautiful Biana to share a quick weekend recap.

We arrived late on Friday night so we just had enough time to check into our hotel and grab a quick bite before heading to bed. The Denver Day of Rock music festival happened to be on Saturday so there was lots of extra entertainment happening with live music, food trucks, and tons of local vendors selling art and produce.


The bulldog lover in me couldn't resist purchasing this colorful piece of art and I got a few different prints to give as gifts.

We spent all of Saturday walking around and exploring downtown Denver. It really is a beautiful city and I was amazed by all the pretty street art. Luckily our hotel was in the heart of downtown so we walked everywhere to burn off those vacation calories.

While exploring we stumbled upon our first brewery The Great Divide and went in to sample some local craft beers. K loves craft beer but most of them are too hoppy for me but I still enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and some of the lighter beers they offered.

Other than Brunch at Elway's Steakhouse that morning, I didn't do much planning ahead in terms of restaurants. Several people recommended Elway's to me for a good steak dinner but we didn't manage to find time on this trip. Later in the day we stopped at Earl's Kitchen & Bar to refuel with an early dinner. Earl's is a national chain but the downtown Denver location has a trendy atmosphere with great lunch/dinner options.

We did a lot of browsing through souvenir shops and local stores but I didn't purchase much other than some local Colorado honey and these dream catcher earrings which I'm in love with. I also bought a pair for the bestie but in bronze.

On Sunday we had the most amazing brunch at Ophelia's Electric Soapbox. Definitely a downtown gem for brunch which I found while browsing reviews on Yelp. They have live music, bottomless mimosas, and an eclectic American food menu for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

After brunch we headed over to the Coors Field for a 2pm Rockies vs Giants game and our seats were only 5 rows away from the field so we had the perfect view. The Rockies ended up losing but it was an amazing experience.

After the game more exploring through downtown happened and we stopped at a couple local hot spots and breweries. I'll share more details next week as this "quick recap" is no longer a quick read. LOL

 On Sunday morning, it was unfortunately time to check out of the hotel and grab a quick lunch at Henry's Tavern before heading to the airport. We had walked past Henry's several times on Saturday and Sunday but it was always packed full of people so evidently it's one of the more popular sports bars/restaurants in the area. Yesterday was much quieter so we were able to get in right away and enjoy some delicious dishes for lunch.

Denver treated us very well and I'd love to return in the future to check out Red Rocks Amphitheater and a few other places we didn't manage to fit into this short trip.

Back to reality today but luckily we have a somewhat short week ahead!!