This trip started out rocky. Our travel plans for 4th of July weekend changed multiple times due to COVID. Initially, Texas was our first choice then, we heard that the number of virus cases increased. Right away, we decided not to go to Texas and thought of postponing our trip altogether. However, a few weeks later between working long hours and preparing to move to a new place (more on that later) we both decided it was time for a break.
Colorado is a state that I’ve never been to except that one time I had a layover in Denver. Truthfully, I didn’t know much about Colorado except they were known for their mountains and being outdoors which ultimately was the deciding factor for us.
My first impression upon arriving in Colorado was the quietness. Coming from California where I’m used to being around crowds of people 24/7, Colorado was empty (in a good way). I’m assuming the state recently lifted their restrictions which contributed to the probability of seeing less people around town but, in any case we found it quite soothing and relaxing.
We took advantage of renting scooters to get around town. I really enjoyed seeing the city this way especially since we did not have to dodge around people like we would in California. The scooters were quite popular and we found them in almost every corner. Also, I had no idea that Uber allows you to rent one on their app. It was easy to use and very convenient!
Upon arriving in Denver at the Union Station (a.k.a. RTD), we made our way inside to eat at Ultrea restaurant in their outdoor seating. We were really hungry at this point and ordered a few plates off of their happy hour menu. We had tapas, octopus (made 2 orders of those), bread with tomatoes, sausage and a few cheeses that I paired with red wine while Christian had a beer. Highly recommended! By the way, theUnion Station alone is worth exploring. It is a historic building with a railway system that takes you straight from the airport to downtown for $10 each way. There are a few restaurants and bars inside that are also worth checking out.
After our lunch we walked to our hotel and finally checked in. Our room was downright adorable. We had a very comfortable bed and fluffy pillows with a city view that fulfilled our R&R needs. Once we settled, we decided to check out each floors of our “theme based” hotel. My favorite was the 13th floor that had a “Horror” theme. I think it was the best one out of all of the floors to be honest.
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Lastly, we ended our night down 16th street, an outdoor street mall lined with chain stores, restaurants, bars and much more. Somewhere around the corner from 16th street was Larimer Square, a historic block with high end boutiques, galleries, bars and restaurants that is definitely worth seeing. The square is now pedestrian only zone (post COVID) where restaurants opened up their outdoor dining to spread out on the sidewalk. We walked around here for a few minutes and decided to return to our comfy bed for a good night’s rest. To be continued…