Denver Journals

A MILE HIGH AND RISING

A travel journal to Denver by TRAVELPRO guide

Molly Brown House Museum Photo, Denver, Colorado More Photos
Quote: We lived in mile-high Denver for the past 42 years. It's got more to offer now than ever. From sports to fine arts, this city has lots of fun things to see and do. Denver, with its many splendored new attractions, is a popular tourist destination--both by car and air. Colorful boutique hotels and bed 'n breakfasts are springing up like wildflowers

A MILE HIGH AND RISING

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Denver's old Union Station Photo, Denver, Colorado
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When you say Denver, you immediately think Broncos. This team’s six trips to the Super Bowl has made this “queen city of the Plains” famous for its football. Now Denver can add another star to its sports crown: the Avalanche hockey team, which just won the Stanley Cup for the second time. Denver is a macho sports town, but surprisingly more people pay to attend performing arts in Denver than professional sports, according to the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. Quick Tips: In this “mile-high” city, you can take an inland ocean journey, visit a thrilling amusement park, see a Broadway-type theater production, and stroll the new multi-million Denver Enter...Read More

Barolo Grill

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Restaurant | "Barola Grill"

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Contrary to popular belief, Italian food are not always pastas with tomato sauces. The Barolo Grill in Denver's Cherry Creek North area serves delicious Italian food with a definite Northen Italian accent. Pastas are on the menu are very different from the traditional spaghetti, lasagna or vermicelli in most Italian restaurants. For example, Barolo’s rotollo is a rolled spinach pasta served with roasted eggplant, mushroom and Ricotta. I ordered it, and it's delicious. Their pastas are homemade or imported from Italy. Select olive oils, balsamic vinegars, prosciutto ham and regional truffles, which are imported from Northern Italy. This Italian restaurant also serves a ris...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2001

Barolo Grill
3030 East Sixth Ave
Denver, Colorado 80206
+1 303 393 1040

Fresh Fish Company

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Restaurant

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It's great gourmet dining with finest seafood in a casual family atmosphere. Tables have formica tops with paper placemats so the kids feel comfortable. The kids get crayons and a plastic fish when they are seated. Food is served on ceramic dishes and with heavy tablewear. Aquariums, seafood murals, miniature trees and greenery create a cheerful dining atmosphere. The seafood is exceptional, as you might expect, but the appetizers, salads, and side dishes are also great. Their portions are very generous, so I didn't indulge in their desserts. Try their Oriental Ginger dressing on a green salad. It's very special. I really liked their tostado appetizers filled with cream c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2001

Fresh Fish Company
7800 East Hampden Ave
Denver, Colorado 80231
+1 303 740 9556

White Fence Farm

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Restaurant

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This is one of our favorite family dining and family play places. It is noted for its famous family style chicken dinners. It has been a popular family restaurant for many years. Our grandchildren love to frolic on the beautifully landscaped grounds, pet the farm animals who come up to the fence and ride in the horse-drawn carriage that circles the grounds. Plus they can climb on make-believe bronzed animals and sit on old-time farm machinery. The newest fun facility is their Americana Barn, which adjoins the lobby. Before entering the barn, you’ll pass through a carriage house displaying antique carriages. The two-story barn has open area for enjoying cocktails and beverages b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2001

White Fence Farm
6263 West Jewell Ave
Lakewood, Colorado 80232
+1 303 935 5945

Café Berlin

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Restaurant | "Cafe Berlin"

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Cafe Berlin This small German restaurant serves authentic German cuisine at reasonable prices. The waitstaff is friendly and can explain (and pronounce) the German specialties on the menu. Appetizers include many types of German sausages, imported cheeses, and Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes served with sour cream and homemade applesauce). One of our favorite entrees is their fork-tender Jager Schnitzel. This tasty breaded veal cutlet comes topped with a delicious mushroom cream gravy. To start our meal, I like their fresh tomato salad with parsley vinigarette. My husband prefers their thinly sliced cucumbers in sour cream dill dressing. For lunch,...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 12, 2001

Café Berlin
2005 East 17th Ave
Denver, Colorado 80202
+1 303 377 5896

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If you like Cajun-style food and seafood, you'll enjoy this restaurant. We had lunch, which is less expensive. My mixed seafood plate with skewers of assorted charbroiled seafood, mixed vegetables, and dirty rice was more than I could eat. Cajuns eat hearty and this restaurant believes in big portions.

The place is large and noisy, but the quality of food is remarkable. The food and atmosphere brought back memories of a great trip in Cajun country in Louisiana.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2001

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
7520 E. Progress Pl
Denver, Colorado 80111
(303) 740-9449

Radex

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Restaurant

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The centerpiece for our business lunchenon was a pitcher of water with live gold fish swimming in it. That set the tone for a truly great and unusual luncheon with gourmet food.

From appetizers to dessert, all the food was attractively presented and wonderfully prepared. Their signature black olive spread for their breads was usually tasty and different.

My green salad with toasted walnuts, pears and Roquefort cheese was a delight to behold and eat. My venison medallions were cooked to perfection in a red currant reduction sauce.

For dessert, my class creme burlee was garnished with delicious short bread cookies. What a sweet ending to a great lunch.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2001

Radex
100 E. 9th Ave
Denver, Colorado
(303) 861 7999

Molly Brown House Museum

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Attraction | "Molly Brown House"

Molly Brown House Museum Photo, Denver, Colorado
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Molly Brown shook the Leadville miners’ dust off her feet when she came to Denver to live in the fashionable Capitol Hill neighborhood. Her efforts to become a part of Denver’s high society were unsuccessful, however, until her life took a surprising turn after the sinking of the "Titanic." This movie has created new interest in the Molly Brown House museum in Denver, according to the curator of museum. The Victorian house museum, which J.J Brown (the strike-it-rich gold miner) and his wife occupied, has been restored to its original grandeur to showcase her eclectic tastes. Photographs that the Brown’s had taken of the interior of the house were used as a guide. Original colors were de...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 4, 2001

Molly Brown House Museum
1340 Pennsylvania Street
Denver, Colorado 80203
(303) 832-4092

Denver Pavilions

Attraction

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It’s world class shopping, dining, and entertainment at Denver Pavilions on the 16th Street Mall, with such fashionable names as Hard Rock Cafe, Virgin Records, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and Wolfgang Puck.

I like to attend their Christmas festival, with music, food and crafts, the first week of December.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 4, 2001

Denver Pavilions
500 16th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
+1 303 260 6001

Park Meadows

Attraction | "Park Meadows Mall"

Park Meadows Photo, Denver, Colorado
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It's user friendly with couches and chairs for resting between stores.

Big name stores, like Lord & Taylor, Dillard's, and Nordstrom's, plus specialty shops fill the mall and make it a great shopping experience.

The Food Court is designed to resemble the rustic mountains. A large fireplace burns in the winter in the center of the court.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 4, 2001

Park Meadows
8401 Park Meadows Center Drive
Littleton, Colorado 80124
+1 303 792 2533

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center

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Attraction | "Butterfly and Insect Pavilion"

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center Photo, Denver, Colorado
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Maybe it’s because butterflies are born free and float so gracefully that they attract both young and old. I bought a family membership to this center. I love to take my grandchildren here to watch the butterflies. The grandchildren also love the insects about as much as the butterflies. In summer, hundreds of bees go in/out of glass tubes as they build their honeycombs behind glass. I'm captivated by the many beautiful butterflies flitting from flower to flower in the lush tropical atmosphere. My grandson respectfully held very still when a large black/white butterfly landed on his head. Later he was even more awed when a volunteer encouraged him to hold a tarantula spide...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 5, 2001

Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
6252 West 104th Ave
Westminster, Colorado 80020
+1 303 469 5441

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The gardens just turned 50 years old, and they are celebrating with special events this year, including concerts, tours, speeches, flower arranging classes, painting lessons, children's magic shows, chef demonstrations in French Kitchen Garden, gourd mask lessons, and a harp concert in the Romantic Gardens. I love to stroll the indoor tropical gardens in Boettcher Memorial Conservatory especially in the winter when their is snow on the ground and the gardens provide welcome greeny and flowers. During the summer, it's relaxing to walk the outside gardens, taking the time to smell the flowers and enjoy the artistic arrangements of the individual flower beds. I particularly li...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2001

Denver Botanic Gardens
1005 York St
Denver, Colorado 80206
+1 720 865 3500

Colorado's Ocean Journey

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Attraction | "Ocean Journey"

Colorado's Ocean Journey Photo, Denver, Colorado
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You are in for a real adventuresome treat when you come to Ocean Journey in mile-high Denver. Just because Denver is inland doesn't mean it doesn't have a watery history. About 65 million years ago, Colorado lay beneath shallow waters of a vast inland sea. Our out-of-town guests are always amazed at the depth of experiences in Ocean Journey. Our grandchildren love the realistic outdoor settings, the beautiful fish, and the opportunities to "touch and feel" many exhibits. The multi-story exhibits take you on extraordinary journeys where water and land meet in Colorado and in other places of the world. In addition to viewing many types and species of fish, you'll see waterfalls cascad...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2001

Colorado's Ocean Journey
700 Water St
Denver, Colorado 80211
+1 303 561 4450; +1

Old Mother Cabrini Orphanage Photo, Denver, Colorado
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Nearly a century ago, a frail fifty-nine year-old nun rode a burro to the top of a mountain west of Denver, Colorado. This orphanage foundress was searching for a suitable site to establish a summer camp for over 200 immigrant children living in the Queen of Heaven Orphanage at 4825 Federal Blvd in Denver. Cuban immigrant children were among the last to be served by the orphanage and its programs before it closed. Descending the hill after placing white rocks in the shape of a heart, Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini stopped to rest and pointed to a rock with her walking staff. She told the sister accompanying that she would find water there. Miraculously, water started flowing from a spring ...Read More
Six Flags Elitchs Gardens Photo, Denver, Colorado
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Denver springs to life after dark in LoDo (Lower Downtown), which is rising from the ashes of old Denver. In Lo Do: * At the edge of LoDo is Coor’s Field, home to the Colorado Rockies. * Pepsi Center sports arena for Denver’s two professional sports franchises, the Colorado Avalanche hockey and NBA Nuggets basketball teams. * Six Flags Elitch’s Gardens on a 58-acre complex on the banks of the South Platte River features formal flower gardens, waterfalls, lagoons, lakes, retail shops, food pavilions, restaurants, plus major thrill rides mixed with gunfights, circus acts, and musical entertainment. * Ocean Journey marine museum near LoDo focuses on water...Read More

Denver Christkindl Market

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This market, which starts the first week of December and runs until a few days before Christmas, brings a cherished German holiday tradition to Denver. We've gone to this outdoor market with relatives in the downtown Denver Pavilions complex on 16th street for the past two years. This year our daughter and her husband and three pre-schooler joined us, and they really had a good time too. The German music and foods are great. There is no charge for strolling through the market or listening to the performances by choirs, accordianists, etc. My husband loved eating the German bierocks (cabbage and hamburger baked in a dough pocket). I loved the rich German pastries. ...Read More