The 4th of July weekend started off on a rocky note for us as our travel plans kept changing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our initial destination of choice, Texas, was quickly scrapped as the number of virus cases in the state began to rise. We even considered postponing the trip altogether, but after weeks of working long hours and preparing for an upcoming move, we both knew we needed a break.
That’s when we decided to head to Colorado, a state that was new to both of us. All we knew about it was that it was famous for its mountains and outdoor activities, but that was enough to convince us to give it a try.
As soon as we arrived in Colorado, the first thing that struck us was the tranquility of the place. Coming from California, where crowds and noise are a constant presence, the relative emptiness of Colorado was a welcome change. We assumed that the state had recently lifted its restrictions, which contributed to the fewer number of people around, but regardless, the peacefulness was immensely relaxing and soothing.
Exploring the city on two wheels was an absolute delight. We decided to take advantage of the convenience and fun of renting scooters to get around town. It was a refreshing change from the usual crowded streets of California, where dodging throngs of people can be a challenge. The scooters were a popular mode of transportation in the city and we found them at almost every corner, making it easy for us to zip around and see all the sights.
But the best part was that we didn’t even have to go to a rental shop to get one. We discovered that Uber also allows you to rent scooters on their app. It was such a seamless and convenient process, making it even more enjoyable. It was so easy to use and we could rent a scooter with just a few taps on our phone. The freedom and flexibility of having our own set of wheels made our trip all the more memorable.
As soon as we arrived in Denver at the Union Station (also known as RTD), our stomachs were growling with hunger. We made our way inside to the Ultrea restaurant and were delighted to find outdoor seating available. We quickly perused their happy hour menu and decided on a few tapas plates to start. The highlight of the meal was definitely the octopus, which we ended up ordering twice! We also devoured some delicious bread with tomatoes, sausage, and a variety of cheeses. I paired mine with a rich red wine, while Christian opted for a cold beer. It was the perfect way to kick off our trip and we highly recommend this restaurant.
But the Union Station itself is also worth exploring. It’s a historic building with a railway system that takes you straight from the airport to downtown for a mere $10 each way. Inside, you’ll find a variety of restaurants and bars that are also worth checking out. It’s definitely a must-see destination for any food lover.
After our delicious lunch, we walked to our hotel and eagerly checked in. Our room was simply adorable, with a comfortable bed and fluffy pillows that promised a great night’s sleep. The cherry on top was the beautiful city view that promised to fulfill all our relaxation needs. Once we settled in, we couldn’t wait to explore the unique features of our “theme-based” hotel. Each floor had its own unique theme and we couldn’t wait to check them all out.
My personal favorite was the 13th floor, which had a “Horror” theme. The eerie atmosphere and spooky decor made for an unforgettable experience. From the creepy artwork on the walls to the dim lighting, every detail was perfectly executed. I think it was the best one out of all the floors, to be honest. It was a fun and unexpected surprise that added an extra layer of excitement to our stay. If you are looking for a hotel experience with a twist, this one is definitely worth checking out.
See or Do
To round out our day, we ended our night strolling down 16th street, an outdoor street mall that was lined with an array of chain stores, restaurants, bars and more. As we walked down the street, we stumbled upon Larimer Square, a historic block that was home to high-end boutiques, galleries, bars, and restaurants. It was a real treat for the senses and definitely worth seeing.
The square has recently been transformed into a pedestrian-only zone (post-COVID) and the restaurants here have opened up their outdoor dining to spread out on the sidewalk. The atmosphere was lively and vibrant, with people out and about enjoying the warm summer night. We spent a few minutes wandering around, taking in the sights and sounds before deciding to head back to our comfy bed for a good night’s rest. Our adventure in Denver was far from over, and we couldn’t wait to see what the next day would bring.