Life is Short, Travel Often.

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16th Street, Denver, Co

Oftentimes I browse through Expedia to find amazing vacation deals that are impossible to pass up. Expedia makes it easy to find non-stop flights and perfectly located hotels in big cities, foreign countries, and hotspot destinations. I highly recommend it to everyone. About a month ago, I found a wonderful deal to Denver, Colorado and booked it immediately! I’ve always wanted to visit Colorado, so when I got the opportunity to plan a vacation there I jumped on it.

My boyfriend and I flew out on Friday, the 13th. Although we were a little hesitant to fly on such a day, all things worked out as planned & we made it to Denver in one piece. Shout-out to Spirit airlines.

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Aboard the Spirit Plane

The city of Denver is quite unique. For a big city, the downtown area was remarkably quiet, with very little commotion. While we were not expecting it to be so calm in the city, I found that I enjoyed it immensely. Our hotel was smack dab in the middle of the city, with a room high on the 18th floor and the best possible view we could imagine! The room was warm and cozy, perfect for us.

We spent our first night there exploring around town. It was about 34 degrees outside and there were snow patches on the edges of the street—from snowfall a few days past I assumed. We cherished being able to see our breaths, and holding hands with our gloves on. We took every opportunity to point out snow piles and step on all of the ice—since it literally looked like it was placed there as part of the set of a movie. We realized we probably looked ridiculous to the locals…but we’re Californians! What can we say?

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18th Floor

We took some advice from our hotel’s valet and ate dinner at a place downtown called 5280 Burger Bar (Clever name since Denver is the Mile High City, 1 mile = 5280 ft). It was SO good. Ben and I got a number of gourmet sliders, fried pickles, some pints of beer and cider, and a few of their special homemade ice cream flavors. Denver was off to a good start! We then continued to explore the city, where we stumbled upon the Capital Building (we stood on the 13th step and were exactly a mile high!). We slow danced on a desolate street where we noticed a dance class was going on a few stories above us.  We borrowed their music for our dance (we lucked out since their window was cracked). Definitely a memorable moment that I’ll never forget.

Later we happened upon a Jazz Bar, called Jazz at Jack’s where we enjoyed a few drinks and admired the live music.  It was one of the highlights of the trip!  The band was energetic and fun, and we spent a good deal of time people watching the dancing audience. We then came back to the hotel to enjoy one of our favorite shows and travelling traditions, Forensic Files. I think Ben’s learned to like this one because of me.

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The next morning, we woke up early, ate breakfast quickly at The Corner Bakery Café, and headed to Union Station to catch a bus to Boulder, CO. By the way, Union Station is adorable. We met some friendly local folk on the bus, who gave us some suggestions while we were in town. Even the bus driver joined in on our conversation, making an hour-long trek seem like no more than 20 minutes.

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Starting the Morning Off Right…

 

Per their suggestions, we hiked at Chautauqua Park in Boulder, which was SO much fun. The trail was icy and slippery, so we took our time and headed up slowly…losing our balance a few times along the way. When we got to the top, we droned a bit and enjoyed the view. It was snowy on the ground and chilly in the air, but it was well worth it. We didn’t automatically notice how winded we were from the altitude, but later that night we were exhausted beyond belief!

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It’s Cold and I’m Loving it!
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So Pretty
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The Top!

We then took an uber back to downtown Boulder, ate at a cute little pizza place, and explored the Pearl Street Mall. It was a quaint little town, with street performers here and there, and little local shops. My favorite shops were a vintage jewelry store and a cute little chocolate shop called Piece, Love, and Chocolate. That chocolate is no joke though–$15 for 4 little truffles!

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Cutest Chocolate Shop in Boulder!

We then came across a pretty creek in the middle of downtown Boulder. We took photographs and drone footage of the half frozen waters. (to see our drone footage check out Ben’s instagram: @ben.fordham_ )

We took the train back to Denver before dinnertime and ate at Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant in the city. Our dinner came with two additional take-home entrees…so we spent some of our night searching for homeless people who could take the extra dinners off of our hands and enjoy them. In Denver, there are a lot of people holding signs on the street asking for help. Although some individuals were dissatisfied with the untouched meals (as they only wanted money), we found a young couple and gave them the food. They were appreciative, and my heart felt happy that we did our part to help.

We went back to the hotel that night, exhausted, watched our Forensic Files (which is always on), and passed out. Another great day.

Sunday morning we slept in a bit and headed to Snooze: An AM Eatery for breakfast. It is known as one of Denver’s most popular breakfast spots…and boy was it tasty! Then we walked around the Rhino Art District to see the amazing street art. It was everywhere, and it was fun to go on a hunt for hidden gems. After, we made our way to the Denver Botanical Gardens. Although all of the outdoor plants were dead (thanks snow), we thoroughly enjoyed walking around…as it was wintery and deserted…and the snow slowly started to fall!

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Hot Chocolate to Die For

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My Fave.
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Ben’s Fave
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So much love for the chocolate plant.
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Tropical Exhibit @ the Botanical Gardens

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Then we made our way to the Cherry Creek Mall, where we escaped the cold for a while and explored the indoor shopping area. We stumbled upon the Cherry Creek itself, which was inhabited by families of ducks. Again it was snowing, so we hopped inside to Johnny Rockets and had some hot dogs while watching the snow fall outside.

We went back to the hotel and napped before making our way out again to Wynkoop Brewing Co. for dinner, a three story brewery with pool tables, dart boards, foosball, and more! We ordered some pints and even tried buffalo meat for the first time. Not bad! We then strolled nearby the Denver Convention Center and got pics with the famous giant blue bear! We ended the night with some world renowned Voodoo Doughnuts and again, watched our fave—forensic files.

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Giant Blue Bear!
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Voodoo Doughnuts

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In.Sane.

When we awoke the next morning, the entire city was covered in about 3-4 inches of snow—just like a Winter Wonderland! We walked in the snow to a cozy breakfast spot nearby called The Delectable Egg, stopping to throw snowballs at each other along the way.

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Aside from the journey back home, that pretty much concluded our trip. It was so much fun, and full of unexpected and unplanned events. We went where the wind took us, and came to learn of new places from friendly locals who were eager to share. I am absolutely looking forward to our next trip! The time to explore is now. You’re the youngest right now than you’ll ever be again. Book your trip, see new places, and share your experiences. When you’re rich with culture and experience, you just can’t lose. Thank you for following.

xx allie

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