Bender’s Brat Haus: Simple and Fresh

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Some people celebrate the birth of a child with a cigar or a bottle of expensive wine. My family? They celebrated my birth in a different way. They went out to Bender’s Brat Haus and brought back krautburgers for the whole family to enjoy at the hospital. Bender’s has had a special place in my … Read more Bender’s Brat Haus: Simple and Fresh

Buffalo Doughboy: Small Denver Bakery Big on Taste

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The smell of morning coffee and croissants can adjust your attitude for the entire day. And Buffalo Doughboy in Denver’s West Washington Park neighborhood is just such a place to start your day off on the right foot. Clark Eaton started this small bakery seven years ago. He and his staff of “dough girls” come … Read more Buffalo Doughboy: Small Denver Bakery Big on Taste

Pawnee Grasslands: A Kingdom Unto Its Own

The distant thunderhead was towering high enough to scrape the moon, which hung in the sky like a silver kite. The onset of dusk painted the westerly side of the storm vermilion; the lightning flashes and thunder-quakes tickled our senses like little chemical jolts, visceral but evanescent. “Shouldn’t we, um, take cover?” asked my companion, … Read more Pawnee Grasslands: A Kingdom Unto Its Own

White Fence Farm: Old-Fashioned Fun and Food

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Noted for its fried-chicken dinners served family style, White Fence Farm restaurant is located on what used to be a country farm in Lakewood, Colorado. We have celebrated birthdays and special occasions with family and friends many times at this Colorado restaurant. Our grandchildren love to frolic on the beautifully landscaped grounds and pet the … Read more White Fence Farm: Old-Fashioned Fun and Food

Dinosaur Ridge: Footprints of Time

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I’ve just walked through more than 50 million years of time in one afternoon. I’m not sure if it’s the remnants of a little boy’s fascination with dinosaurs or my present fascination with natural history, but the walk along Dinosaur Ridge was entirely captivating. The rock formations next to Alameda Parkway north of Morrison show … Read more Dinosaur Ridge: Footprints of Time

Carson Nature Center: Canoeing, Camping and Climbing

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With 878 acres of open space along the South Platte River, the park offers children and adults the opportunity to experience activities such as hiking, mountain biking and canoeing, as well as the chance to see over 300 species of wildlife. Fishing is also popular in the park’s five lakes and the 2.5-mile stretch of … Read more Carson Nature Center: Canoeing, Camping and Climbing

Aurora’s Fox: Top-Quality Theater

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Some 65 years ago, Aurora, Colorado’s, Quonset hut-style Fox Theatre opened with the Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire film, “Claudia and David.” Its stepped stadium seating area at the rear was unusual at the time, but it was welcome, as it is today, for the venue’s stage shows and concerts. Built by architect Charles Dunwoody … Read more Aurora’s Fox: Top-Quality Theater

Cussler Car Museum: Best-Selling Novelist Shows Off His Classic Autos

Rare and antique cars have always been as much a part of any Clive Cussler novel as the dastardly villains, the beautiful women and the fantastic plots, such as raising the sunken luxury liner Titanic. The New York Times best-selling novelist has put 65 of his classic automobiles on display at the Cussler Museum northwest … Read more Cussler Car Museum: Best-Selling Novelist Shows Off His Classic Autos

Vine Street Pub: Good Brews and Food in Denver’s Uptown Neighborhood

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The Denver brewpub scene warmly welcomed Vine Street Pub to the historic Uptown neighborhood just west of City Park in 2008. This newest member of the Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery family became a fast favorite of locals for its characteristic chill atmosphere, made-from-scratch award-winning pub fare and, of course, its stellar small batch beers. … Read more Vine Street Pub: Good Brews and Food in Denver’s Uptown Neighborhood

Taste of Denmark: Oh So Sweet

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I come from a Swedish-American family. We eat limpa bread at Christmas, have Swedish pancakes with lingonnberries for breakfast and love Scandinavian sweets. So I was thrilled when my sister introduced me to Taste of Denmark, a thriving bakery in Lakewood. It’s not often you find authentic European-style bakeries in Colorado. I know of only … Read more Taste of Denmark: Oh So Sweet

Don Ferris: Fixated on Fixtures

For some people, the word jig conjures images of pubs on St. Patrick’s Day — guys drunk on green beer and dancing to Irish folk songs. To bike aficionados, it’s an integral frame building tool. But to Don Ferris, self-proclaimed geek and owner of Littleton’s Anvil Bikeworks, “a jig sounds like something made out of … Read more Don Ferris: Fixated on Fixtures

Belmar Ice Rink: Make Figure 8s Soon Before It’s Slush

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Coloradans are always looking for ways to enjoy the winter season. That’s especially true for the folks near West Alameda Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard, where the Rink at Belmar shines bright with twinkling trees and a lighted plaza. On break from ice skating, kids clutch paper cups of steaming cocoa. Others warm themselves with … Read more Belmar Ice Rink: Make Figure 8s Soon Before It’s Slush

Ghost Lusters: Denver’s Haunted Capitol Hill

On the steps of the hallowed Colorado Capitol, we stand with historian Phil Goodstein, who is conducting a two-hour ghost walks tour through Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. “There is probably a no more evil, haunted and mischievous structure existing in this town,” Goodstein says. “Virtually from the time it opened in 1894, strange things have … Read more Ghost Lusters: Denver’s Haunted Capitol Hill

Hooked on Hookah: Here’s the Buzz on Bars

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“At last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice. “‘Who are you?’ said the Caterpillar. “This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation.” It seems to be a perfectly encouraging opening for an article, however, particularly one on the growing (if still somewhat underground) … Read more Hooked on Hookah: Here’s the Buzz on Bars

Denver’s El Chapultepec: Cold Beer, Hot Jazz

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El Chapultepec, at 20th and Market streets in lower downtown Denver, may look like just a divey little bar. But this jazz club has hosted some of the most legendary artists in music history. Greats that have played at El Chapultepec include some of the biggest names in jazz, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Ella … Read more Denver’s El Chapultepec: Cold Beer, Hot Jazz