Leo’s Café: Catering to People and Pooches

In the mood for brunch one early Sunday afternoon, my husband and I aimlessly drive through the Lone Tree area. With our dog Kona in the back seat, we look for patios where she might be welcome. We spot Leo’s Café, find its patio is canine-friendly and grab an umbrella-shaded seat. It’s our first time … Read more Leo’s Café: Catering to People and Pooches

Lone Tree, Colorado: New Performing Arts Center Takes Shape

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The peaked-roof building rising up in the Lincoln Commons area of RidgeGate in Lone Tree, Colorado, just one-half mile west of Interstate 25, is the Lone Tree Arts Center, slated for a grand opening in August 2011. Now patrons of the arts in the south Denver suburbs will have the convenience of performing arts right … Read more Lone Tree, Colorado: New Performing Arts Center Takes Shape

Denver’s Mezcal: Mex and the City

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They lounge at the bar with their cowboy hats tipped just above their brow line, dark sunglasses concealing yesterday’s hangover, and tight muscle-shirts exposing tanned, bulging biceps. They eat rice, frijoles ranchero, and coctel de camarónes. Large, convivial groups of 10, sometimes 20 party like Prince around long rectangular tables, plowing through platters of chile … Read more Denver’s Mezcal: Mex and the City

Green Machines: Air-Friendly Ways to Get Around Denver

Protecting Denver’s air quality is a priority for government officials, who have come up with some creative ways to help Denver’s “brown cloud,” which is caused mostly from motor vehicles. Denver is more prone to the pollution because of its thinner air and its location in a valley. Here are some ways you can take … Read more Green Machines: Air-Friendly Ways to Get Around Denver

Second Life: All Things Renewable

The line of spoon rests looks like modern pieces of blown glass art. The abstract shapes and not-too-polished surfaces suggest each piece is a handcrafted masterpiece. Then I notice the Mountain Dew logo. The spoon rests are, in fact, a second life for glass that formerly existed as soda and beer bottles. Heated and molded … Read more Second Life: All Things Renewable

Tasty Brews: Denver International Beer Competition Winners

Denver has an ongoing love affair with beer. We like to drink it, we like to make it and, heck, we even like to celebrate it in all its hoppy goodness So it was with great fanfare that the winners of the 2011 Denver International Beer Competition were announced on May 2, 2011. Some 19 … Read more Tasty Brews: Denver International Beer Competition Winners

Morrison Eateries: From Upscale to Down-Home Dining

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The spotlight in Morrison shines most often on two restaurants: the Fort, an award-winning steak and game icon just south of town, and the Morrison Inn, a popular Mexican eatery known for its huge margaritas and fun outdoor patio. But these famous bookends are only part of the story. Whether you’re in town for a … Read more Morrison Eateries: From Upscale to Down-Home Dining

Two-Wheel Cruising: A Tour of Three Denver-Area Bike Paths

The Colorado sky seems color-enhanced. Rich blues tint the vibrant summer sunsets and most Coloradans happily traded their skis for flip-flops. The Denver area’s 100-plus miles of groomed bike paths are a great place for the whole family to enjoy the season’s longer days. Here is a look at three of them. Seven days a … Read more Two-Wheel Cruising: A Tour of Three Denver-Area Bike Paths

Forney Museum: Denver’s Transportation Hall of Fame

Denver’s Forney Museum of Transportation displays the best of transportation history, from locomotives, to automobiles, to horse-drawn carriages and other antique forms of travel. Located off Interstate 70 and Brighton Boulevard, near the Denver Coliseum, the museum rotates items from its stored collection and temporary exhibits, so there is always something new to see, says … Read more Forney Museum: Denver’s Transportation Hall of Fame

Denver Restaurant Week: Delicious Deals

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Oh, such an exciting time of year for foodies and wannabes! Denver Restaurant Week Feb. 20-March 5, extended this year to two weeks by popular demand, promises delicious deals in Denver’s most exciting restaurants. More than 250 Denver-area restaurants are offering three-course meals for two for $52.80, or $26.40 for one, not including tax or … Read more Denver Restaurant Week: Delicious Deals

Foothills Art Center: Golden’s Spiritual Gem

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While hundreds of people fight traffic and crowds to view works at the Denver Art Museum, art lovers wanting to view purchasable art from Colorado artists can visit the Foothills Art Center in Golden. Although the center is much smaller than many metropolitan galleries, 32,000 visitors a year travel to the western suburb to take … Read more Foothills Art Center: Golden’s Spiritual Gem

Da Kind Soups: Hot Spot in Evergreen

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Soups warm us up after a long day playing in the snow and refresh us after exploring one of Colorado’s hundreds of beautiful trails. Soups are one of our favorite ways to sample the delicious flavors of the region, whether it’s a hot and chunky stew made with local roasted green chilies, or a rich … Read more Da Kind Soups: Hot Spot in Evergreen

Backyard Brewpub: Golden’s Second-Largest Brewery

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A hand-painted sign with an arrow pointing down the street, and with the words “2nd Largest Brewery in Golden,” led to the not-easy-to-find Golden City Brewery. It’s clearly a self-effacing, tongue-in-cheek reference to Coors Brewing Co.— the third-largest brewer in the United States and the largest brewery on a single site in the world. Nailed … Read more Backyard Brewpub: Golden’s Second-Largest Brewery

Quest for Que: Lip-Smackin’ Good

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Five years ago, while on assignment for Sunset magazine, I went hog wild and cattle crazy, prowling the plains and prairies of Colorado for the state’s best barbecue. It was a dizzying trail hunt that took me from the high altitude of Durango to the flatlands of Strasburg searching out sauces and spice rubs, meaty … Read more Quest for Que: Lip-Smackin’ Good