9 PLACES YOU SHOULD TRY TO VISIT
We were lucky enough to be in town during a Degas exhibit (French artist famous for his portraits of ballerinas) but highly enjoyed exploring all areas of the museum. There's a workshop area where you can build your own art, though mine could doubtfully be called "art." A great spot to escape bad weather and maybe eat a legal edible as well.
Being from Asheville, the beer mecca of the East Coast, we weren't too inclined to check out more breweries since there was so much we wished to explore but I'm glad we visited this spot. There are 25 taps and almost always a food truck on the corner. We felt right at home.
3. Stout Street Social, Denver
Offers a huge variety of menu options and is one of few restaurants that can pull off such a variety. For instance, I went with a Spicy Tuna Roll and the kimchi fries while Katie chowed down on the Green Chile Chicken Mac & Cheese and Jerad chose the House Smoked Chicken Wings. All were quite tasty. Great spot if you've got some indecisive people in your group.
4. Civic Center Park, Denver
This park features a bizarre piano art piece and perfect battlefields for snowball fights. You can see the capitol building from here and the lovely architecture of surrounding buildings.
5. Chautauqua Trail, Boulder
Boulder reminds me of Asheville with an artsy vibe, variety of amazing restaurants and a university nearby. The Chautauqua Trail was close by and offered quick access to iconic Colorado mountains. We visited during sunset but this would be a really gorgeous sunrise spot.
Adult milkshakes. That's right, you can get chocolate wasted. The Turtle milkshake was amazing but filling, so come hungry and ready for a buzz. The boys went back here 2 days in a row while the ladies hit the slopes.
7. Strawberry Park Hot Springs, Steamboat Springs
There are amazing natural hot springs in Colorado that take more miles to get to and thus host less people but this is a great spot if you are in town for WinterWondergrass. It is $15 per adult and you must make a reservation. I recommend going early so the pools aren't muddy from too many people stirring them up throughout the day.
8. Steamboat Ski Resort, Steamboat Springs
A bit obvious but I'll include it anyways. The gondola offers really stunning views and the skiing at this resort is the best I've ever skied in Colorado and that includes Telluride. There are 6 peaks in total to ski on and around. We were lucky to have 13" of fresh snow while we visited.
9. Global Candle Gallery, Breckenridge
We drove the long way back to Denver so that we could stop in Breckenridge. I always visit this candle shop when I'm nearby. The artists create globe shaped candles with various wax art on the outside. As the wick burns down the art glows from within and you can replace with a tea candle. A great gift or memory keepsake.