My best friend took a quick 4-day vacation from her job in Texas to come up to Colorado and get away from the stress of work. So Dave and I made plans to take her out on Saturday and do as many things as we could.
I choose to plan a quick 24 hours in Denver guide for locals and their guests.
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Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Red Rocks is a geologically formed, open-air amphitheater that is not duplicated anywhere in the world. With Mother Nature as the architect, the design of the Amphitheatre consists of two, three hundred-foot monoliths (Ship Rock and Creation Rock) that provide acoustic perfection for any performance.
In the early 1900’s, John Brisben Walker had a vision of artists performing on a stage nestled into the perfectly acoustic surroundings of Red Rocks. Walker produced a number of concerts between 1906 and 1910 on a temporary platform; and from his dream, the history of Red Rocks as an entertainment venue began.
The Cow – an Eatery
I am certain we will need something to eat as we head back into Denver, so we will eat lunch at The Cow – An Eatery- Situated in this quaint little town of Morrison are the beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheatre and surrounding Red Rocks Park that used to be called the Garden of the Angels. Concertgoers, music lovers, farmers, artists, family’s young and old, make up much of the community of Morrison, Colorado. There is a lot of history in them hills! (Photos and food reviews will be coming for this little place)
Once we get back into Denver we will do a quick stop at Voodoo Doughnut in Portland Oregon, Eugene Oregon, Denver Colorado, Austin Texas, and now L.A. California was the brainchild of Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson and Tres Shannon who had been friends for a while. They always wanted to start a business together. Something that would fit into an extraordinary Portland Oregon business climate. Something fun, different, and one for the ages.
After flying in some “Voodoo Oil” from down south, acquiring the nuts and bolts of their shop, the boys started tinkering around with their methods that soon became known locally, nationally, and worldwide. People have talked about Voodoo Doughnut in Tibet, on Easter Island, Japan has some stylish folks sporting the latest Voodoo underpants, and friends have shared a buttermilk bar in Tanzania.
After getting the pink box of Voodoo back into the truck, we will stop for a drink at the corner of Colfax and Pennsylvania, meet the newest addition to Capitol Hill, Prohibition – a pub for those who enjoy classic libations and an indiscriminate selection of beers to wet your whistle. The chef entices your appetite with a scrumptious gastro-tavern fare, including crispy polenta with a 6-hour balsamic tomato sauce, made to order pot pies and braised short rib sandwiches on a brioche bun. Cheers! (We will be reviewing some drinks from here)
Union Station Denver
After going home to change we will head to one of the most beautiful sites downtown at night, Denver Union Station is the main railway station and central transportation hub in Denver, Colorado. It is located at 17th and Wynkoop Streets in the present-day LoDo district and includes the historic terminal building, a train shed, a 22-gate undergrouPublind bus facility, and light rail station. A station opened on the site on June 1, 1881, burning in 1894. The current structure was erected in two stages, with an enlarged central portion completed in 1914.
In 2012, the station underwent a major renovation transforming it into the centerpiece of a new transit-oriented mixed-use development built on the site’s former railyards. The station house re-opened in the summer of 2014 as a combination of the 112-room Crawford Hotel, several restaurants and retailers, and a train hall.
Public School 303
There are reservations for this amazing new restaurant that Dave and I haven’t eaten at (expect a review for this as well) and we will be spending the evening drinking, talking and enjoying the remainder of our night in downtown Denver. Public School is a chef-driven gastropub serving exclusively craft beer and delivers, “An Education in the Art of Food & Beer.”