A travel journal
to Denver by techflyer
Quote: I moved from Boston to Denver about a two years ago. While Boston is missed, Denver offers a lifestyle that can't be beat whether you live here or are just visiting. Given that Denver has more sunny days than any other US city, you can count on enjoying the outdoors anytime of year.
Hotel | "Hotel Monoco"
The rooms are decorated in vibrant colors. While a bit small, they were very well equipped with a large desk, two phone lines, modern bathrooms, robes, and a big King bed. If you are travelling alone, request a companion. The staff will be delighted to bring you up a faithful goldfish to accompany you during you stay.
The lobby is large and comfortable. Every day they offer coffee in the morning (Strong and flavorful coffee that you will enjoy drinking) and wine and cheese in the evening. The staff was extremely friendly and competent.
The restaurant Panzanno is well known in Denver for its posh environment and excellent food. There bar is well stocked with all your favorites wines and scotch.
Located downtown, the hotel is close to everything. You can walk to the 16th street mall for some shopping or down to LoDo for a night out. They have valet parking, or you can park in one of the many self-pay lots about a block from the hotel.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2001
Hotel Monaco Denver - A Kimpton Hotel
1717 CHAMPA ST
Denver, Colorado 80202
Restaurant | "The Fort"
The Fort serves a variety of game and specializes in Buffalo. Their famous appetizer is the Rattlesnake cake. It has just enough spice to sting you. It was excellent, although a bit pricey. They have some less exotic items such as Guacamole and chips, which were also excellent and enough for the table. Their specialty main dish is a Buffalo steak. They also serve a variety of other game, steaks, fish and duck. Being in for the full experience, I had the game plate which included buffalo, elk and quail. Of the three my favorite was the elk. They offer many desserts and have a nice selection of aperitifs. I sampled the Fonseca port and their Caramel sundae, both of which perfectly finished the meal.
If you go to the Fort I recommend calling ahead for reservations and to confirm the directions. It takes about 25 minutes from Denver. I sat in the back dining room which overlooked the interior of the Fort. They also have a front dining room which has a spectacular view of the plains and Denver. If you want to sit there, I would suggest asking when you make your reservation. Their website is www.thefort.com.
Finally, if you recite the following from memory when you visit, your first drink will be free (unconfirmed, but stated on their business card):
Mountain Man's Toast
Here's to the childs what's come afore.
'An here's to the pilgrims what comes arter.
May yer trails be free of Grizzlies,
Yer packs filled with plews,
And fat buffler in yer pot!
I'd be interested to know if it works!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2001
19192 Highway 8
Morrison, Colorado 80465
While you wait, order some soybeans and enjoy your favorite drink. My favorite is the BIG Kirin, but they have a wide range of sake and a selection of California wines.
If you are a party of two, and can wait a bit longer, opt for the sushi bar. You will get personal service from your own sushi chef, as well as a complementary salad and dessert. You will also be mesmerized as the sushi is artistically created. Parties of 4 or 5 might request one of the large comfortable booths on the second floor.
Sushi Den prides itself on spectacular service, and superb fresh fish. For avid Sushi fans, the owner has fresh exotic fish from a market in Japan flown in daily. Additionally, there are several local rolls that are worth trying. For example, the Rocky Mountain roll is smoked Colorado trout, cucumber and guacamole. The tempura and salad are also good. We always complement our sushi with the House Salad and Shrimp Tempura appretizer. For dessert, the Coconut creme brule is tasty, although they run out of it often.
Sushi Den is out of the center, but easy to get to by car. From downtown, take Broadway south about 5 miles. (If you see Evans, you've gone too far.) Turn left on Louisiana, go 6-7 blocks. Turn right onto Pearl and go 4-5 blocks. It is one the right. They have valet free valet parking, so no worries about parking.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2002
1487 South Pearl St
Denver, Colorado 80210
+1 303 777 0826
Attraction | "The Molly Brown House"
At the Molly Brown House you can hear the stories while you tour her restored Victorian mansion. The staff is very avid about Maggie's life, and will give you an excellent perspective of life in Denver in Victorian times.
The museum is located in Capitol Hill which is a good walk from the downtown area. There are numerous coffee houses, shops and restaurants in the historic residential area. If it is like most day, enjoy a nice walk through the neighborhood, take the museum tour, and relax for a coffee or bite to eat. While eating you can swap your favorite "Molly Brown" story or make up a new one.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2001
Molly Brown House Museum
1340 Pennsylvania Street
Denver, Colorado 80203
The trip from Denver takes about three hours. As an aside you can stop in Canon City, an old Western town just east of Royal Gorge. You might also stay there the night before. We stayed at the Comfort Inn, and made the short journey to the rafting shop both refreshed and excited. To get to the rafting shop, just follow the signs to Royal Gorge Bridge. After you make the right off of US 50, the shop is on the right about a 1/4 mile.
We went in August, and didn't need a wetsuit. Bring tevas or rent booties. You also need to bring sunscreen and a waterproof camera. You can raft from May until August. May is obviously highwater (and you will want a wetsuit, which you can rent).
You can also do a full day trip which I'm sure includes a bunch more rapids. There are tons of rafting shops in the area. We have rafted with performance tours twice, and they did a great job. The other trip we did was the full day at Brown's Canyon in Buena Vista. This trip is also highly recommended. You can get a discount on their website www.performancetours.com
When going home you might be a little adventurous and take the back roads. The coutry is beautiful if you have the time.
White Water Rafting - Royal Gorge