Denver in the Fall

I had never been to Denver, so I jumped on the opportunity to plan a little weekday getaway with one of my bestie’s, Julia, when she suggested I come visit! She lives right outside of Denver, so for her it was more like a staycation and an excuse to check out some cool places around the city and play tour guide.

My go to hotel brand when traveling is typically Marriott, I’m loyal to that brand, and try to rack up loyalty points for extra perks. For Denver, I chose to make reservations at Le Meridien, a Marriott property. It’s in a perfect location in Downtown Denver, and not going to lie- I was really excited to check out the rooftop bar, 54thirty. Turns out, the few days I decided to go to Denver they had a crazy change of weather and it snowed, so the rooftop was closed!

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Lounge area in hotel, isn’t it dreamy?!

I am sure there were more affordable places to stay, and Le Meridien was definitely a little bit of a splurge, but for my first time in Denver I justified the accommodations because the hotel was just THAT good.

PJ’s- Amazon

PJ’s- Amazon

Le Meridien Hotel- Denver, CO

Le Meridien Hotel- Denver, CO

I would recommend renting a car when traveling to Denver, so you have more flexibility and can see more things than just the city itself, especially in the fall! I was so excited to see the fall foliage, which I had surprisingly never seen! We drove to Estes Park and took some pictures, then had lunch and walked around the infamous Stanley Hotel.

Estes Park, CO

Estes Park, CO

The Stanley Hotel- Estes Park, CO

The Stanley Hotel- Estes Park, CO

 
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The Stanley Hotel is the hotel where Steven King wrote The Shining, and it is known for being haunted, so I definitely lived out one of my childhood nightmares.

 
Red Rocks, CO

Red Rocks, CO

 

I also had a chance to see Red Rocks, definitely coming back in the summer when I can see a live concert & better weather

Restaurants

The Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, Co)- lunch at the Stanley Hotel was delicious, I had the Burger, and the “Redrum Punch”

FNG (The Highlands neighborhood)- cool atmosphere, went for happy hour and enjoyed some quirky cocktails  

El Camino (The Highlands neighborhood)- this was definitely the happening spot on a Tuesday night, and honestly the $1 tacos were really good!

 

 
El Camino- Taco Tuesday tacos

El Camino- Taco Tuesday tacos

 

Sassafras (multiple locations)- a local’s spot for breakfast with several locations, it’s definitely comfort food. I’m very traditional when it comes to breakfast since I can’t eat dairy, but the dishes sounded amazing

El Five (LoHi neighborhood)- Highly recommend if you want great food and an awesome view of the city! You definitely need a reservation if you want eat there, so plan it out ahead of time if you want to go! It’s a tapas style menu, and the Seafood Paella is to die for! We shared the half order, and between two of us there was more than enough with plenty of leftovers.

 
El Five- Paella dish

El Five- Paella dish

 

48 hours in Denver was definitely not long enough, and there’s so many things on my list to see & do, I will definitely be back soon!

 

Things that are still on my list for Denver

  • Watching a show at Red Rocks

  • Going to a Bronco’s game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High

  • Larimer Square

  • Going to a Rockies game at Coors Field

  • Going to a show at the Grizzly Rose

  • Stay at the Brown Palace, High Tea

  • Find Ben Higgins and fall in love ;) (totally kidding, kind of)

 

What other places would you recommend?