Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Fittingly for a former toxic site now made environmentally friendly, the new Visitor Center at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge was designed and built to be “green,” with outdoor solar panels, renewable cork flooring and Colorado beetle-kill wood. The $7.6 million Visitor Center opened in May 2011. After a massive $2+ billion cleanup … Read more Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Take Advantage of the Variety of Englewood Restaurants

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If your Colorado travel plans are bringing you to Englewood, you are in for a treat. This community sits within the Denver Metropolitan area just to the south of Denver, making an ideal place to base a trip to the Denver region, without the higher costs of the big city. The quiet community has just … Read more Take Advantage of the Variety of Englewood Restaurants

Art and Culture Come Alive in Denver in June

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Are you planning to visit Denver, Colorado at the beginning of the summer? If you are, you may want to check out some of the festivals and events that occur in June in the Mile High City. From events highlighting the culture of the people who make up Denver’s diverse population to celebrations of art … Read more Art and Culture Come Alive in Denver in June

Get Outdoors and Enjoy Nature in Lakewood Parks

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Looking for something to do on a beautiful day? Whether you want to get out by yourself or are searching for family activities in Lakewood, Crown Hill Park should be on your list of destinations. The wildlife sanctuary won’t open until July, but the rest of the park can be fully enjoyed and a lot … Read more Get Outdoors and Enjoy Nature in Lakewood Parks

Follow the Music: Check Out Denver’s Music Scene

Ludwig van Beethoven once said that “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.  Music is the electrical soil in which the soul lives, thinks, and invents.”  If we take Beethoven’s words to be true, then one could say there is plenty of soil for fans of music to plant their roots in … Read more Follow the Music: Check Out Denver’s Music Scene

Casa Bonita Restaurant: 8 Questions for a Diver

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Casa Bonita, a Mexican restaurant in Lakewood, Colorado, has been offering live entertainment, Acapulco-style divers and a performing gorilla (don’t worry, it’s a guy in a suit) since the 1970s. Dubbed the second-largest indoor restaurant in the world back in the ‘90s, it can seat up to 1,100 people within its various rooms. A former … Read more Casa Bonita Restaurant: 8 Questions for a Diver

Christmas in the City: Denver’s All Decked Out

Deck the halls… and the city buildings, and the light posts, and every tree near an outlet. Denver goes all out for the holidays, so it’s easy to find a pretty display as you wander through town. However, there are a few that are definitely worth seeking out. The City and County Building, downtown at … Read more Christmas in the City: Denver’s All Decked Out

Shed Some Light on Your Holiday at the Botanic Gardens

The Blossoms of Light is a holiday tradition at the Denver Botanic Gardens, and this year, I got to be a part of the lighting of the lights. Even if you have been to the Botanic Gardens during the summer, or even during the day at any time of year, the grounds look completely different … Read more Shed Some Light on Your Holiday at the Botanic Gardens

Olde Golden Christmas: Holiday Traditions and Fun

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With its small-town charm, Golden, Colorado, celebrates the quintessential Christmas with festive events during December. From lighting the town to providing a convivial shopping atmosphere, the Olde Golden Christmas offers a variety of opportunities to join in the holiday cheer. One of the highlights is the annual Candlelight Walk along Washington Avenue (Nov. 30 at … Read more Olde Golden Christmas: Holiday Traditions and Fun

Denver Art Museum: Pretty DAM Amazing

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“This is a fantastic exhibit — brilliant! There’s Pee-wee Herman!” We were in the Denver Art Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building, standing in front of “Headless” by Michael Joo — 28 identical terracotta headless Buddhas, a few feet high, meditating in neat rows. Twenty-eight heads from old action figures and dolls suspended from the ceiling … Read more Denver Art Museum: Pretty DAM Amazing

Red Rocks: More Than an Amphitheatre

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Red Rocks Amphitheatre, famed for its outdoor concerts, offers a variety of other summer activities: hiking, biking, movies, a visitor’s center with gifts and history, and even dining. Red Rocks, 15 miles west of Denver, makes for more than just a scenic sound stage and offers at least one full day’s worth of entertainment and … Read more Red Rocks: More Than an Amphitheatre

Defending Denver: An Omelet of Opportunities

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At an out-of-town business dinner, I shared a table with New York- and Toronto-based associates. Between salad and salmon, we discussed hometowns. Denver is probably a pleasant place to live, my companions conceded. But there’s little there for a tourist. The good stuff, they claimed, is all in the mountains. Choking on my chardonnay, I … Read more Defending Denver: An Omelet of Opportunities

Littleton, Colorado: More Than a Denver Suburb

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Once upon a time, there was a little town southwest of Denver that served as the hub for a farming community. Founded by an entrepreneurial surveyor named Richard Little, he named it for himself: Littleton. The town grew. Denver grew. Eventually they merged – physically, anyway. But Littleton has retained its own unique personality despite … Read more Littleton, Colorado: More Than a Denver Suburb

Denver’s Downtown Aquarium: Up Close and Personal

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My son is down on his knees, eye-to-slitted eye with a bamboo shark. They are staring at each other in fascination, both of their noses touching the separating glass, about a finger thick and reaching just over my belly button. The brown-banded fish and the 3-year-old boy are almost the same size, now waving hands … Read more Denver’s Downtown Aquarium: Up Close and Personal

Evergreen: A Place To Cool It

As Colorado summers grow increasingly hot, cool places look ever more inviting. Evergreen is a cool place to hang out on a hot summer’s day – in more ways than one. On a beastly summer day, when Front Range temperatures soar to three digits, it can be pleasantly temperate in the foothills community about 30 … Read more Evergreen: A Place To Cool It