Denver Journals

40 Hours in Denver in the Middle of the Week

A November 2005 trip to Denver by lisanti

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Quote: Quick 2-day pilgrimage to see Paul McCartney in concert

40 Hours in Denver in the Middle of the Week

Overview

Rocky Mountains Photo, Denver, Colorado
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Denver surprised me. I expected a liberal, Teva-wearing granola city. Instead, I found a friendly, gorgeous, clean, modern city with great restaurants and nightlife. And I did not see one person wearing Tevas!The Coors Brewery Tour in nearby Golden, CO, was one of my favorite things. I hate Coors Light, but I loved this tour. My new favorite beer is Blue Moon, brewed at the Coors brewery! I also have a newfound appreciation for everything Coors.In the fall the colors are amazing. Being from somewhere that the leaves go from green to dead, I really appreciated the gorgeous fall leaves.Everyone was so friend...Read More

Westin Denver Downtown

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Hotel | "Westin Tabor Center"

Westin Denver Downtown Photo, Denver, Colorado
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The Westin Tabor Center fit all my needs perfectly: centrally located, with great restaurants and nightlife, including the pedestrian-friendly 16th Street Mall, within walking distance. We were in town for a concert at the nearby Pepsi Center, which was only a few blocks away. Plus, I love all Starwoods hotels and try to always stay in them if I can. I used my government ID to get us a $119/night rate, which was a great deal for that part of town.The hotel was renovated in 2004, and it is beautiful and modern, done in neutral colors. Our room was on a top floor, with a breathtaking view of the clock tower and Rocky Mountains in the distance. A ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 21, 2005

Westin Denver Downtown
1672 Lawrence Street
Denver 80202
(303) 572-9100

Vesta Dipping Grill

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Restaurant

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Vesta Dipping Grill is very highly acclaimed by everyone, from critics to locals, I talked to in Denver.I had heard stories that "you will wait, even with reservations," but we showed up to an empty restaurant at 4:55 on a Tuesday evening (they don't open till 5pm). We had a drink at the long, curvy sheet metal-covered bar (wine for me from their respectable wine list, a specialty martini for my date) while we waited. The restaurant seems as though it's inside an old building, from the original wooden floor to the exposed wooden posts and beams. Light is provided by dim lights and candles throughout the restaurant, definitely making for a trendy, roma...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 22, 2005

Vesta Dipping Grill
1822 Blake St.
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 296-1970

Sam's No. 3

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Restaurant

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For our last morning there, we asked the concierge for a nearby breakfast recommendation. He told us that this place is "where the locals eat," and he was right. The morning before, we had found ourselves in a completely empty restaurant around the corner from our hotel. Sam's No. 3 was packed with people. It almost seemed like a diner that would be on a sitcom, very homey with lots of locals. Even with the crowd, we didn't have to wait for a booth. The restaurant is large and was kind of like a Denny's, if Denny's was more "fun." The color scheme is red, yellow, and blue, and the extensive menu was very loud and brightly colored.Sam's offers up...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 22, 2005

Sam's No. 3
1500 Curtis Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 534-1927