Denver Journals

A View of Denver from an Almost Native

A travel journal to Denver by leilanrose

Quote: Who better to ask than a local about the things to do in a city? I have lived in Denver for 27 years and have seen the city change into what it is today.

A View of Denver from an Almost Native

Overview

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Denver is slowly changing from the Cowtown image of not too long ago to a city that has professional sports teams for all major sports and a city that even warrants an appearance by Luciano Pavarotti. If you are looking for a part of town that constantly has something going on, visit the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. There are some of the city's best restaurants, a few street musicians, perhaps a Rockies game (if you pick the right day), or a variety of upscale shops to suit almost any tatse.

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Capitol Hill Mansion

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Hotel

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The Capitol Hill Mansion is a renovated home built in 1891 that is now a beautiful bed and breakfast inn. The furnishings throughout the Mansion are antique and there is even a huge, beautiful stained glass window off the stairwell. I stayed in the Bluebell Suite, which has a king-size bed and an enclosed porch off the room. The style of the comforter and wallpaper was a clean, contemporary Laura Ashley pattern. Parking is off-street or behind the inn and all rooms are equipped with private showers and/or baths. All of the rooms are unique and some of the pricier suites are equipped with hot tubs. The hosts couldn''t have been friendlier when we stayed there. We decided to order a pizza for dinn...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2001

Capitol Hill Mansion
1207 Pennsylvania Avenue
Denver, Colorado
(800) 839-9329

Yanni's

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Restaurant | "Yanni's a Greek Taverna"

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Yanni's is a family-owned restaurant that you would probably drive by without a second glance since it is located within a strip mall and the view from Monaco is obstructed by Wendy's and other fast-food eateries. The first thing you will notice as you approach, is the lamb grilling on the spit on the front patio of the resturant. This is almost always one of the specialty dishes that is not on the menu. If you visit on a weekend night, I would recommend reservations any time after 6:00 PM. The clientele mainly consists of locals and quite a few of them seem to know Yanni. Invariably, Yanni will approach your table at least once or twice during your meal with a complimentary shot gla...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2001

Yanni's
2223 South Monaco Parkway
Denver, Colorado 80222
+1 303 692 0404

Casa Bonita

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Restaurant

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Casa Bonita is a great place to take visitors, especially those with children. The food is nothing to rave about, but there is enough "atmosphere" to take your mind off of the less-than-spectacular cusine. As the name implies, this is a Mexican resturant, and if you're hungry, you can choose one of the all-you-can-eat menu selections. Casa Bonita has indoor cliff divers, strolling mariachi bands, and even Black Bart's cave. Black Bart's cave is a great diversion for the kids after you've eaten dinner while watching the divers and Mexican dancers for some rather unusual dining entertainment. The cave has fairly low ceilings, which makes it perfect for the kids, and it quite dark jus...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 14, 2001

Casa Bonita
6715 West Colfax Ave
Denver, Colorado 80214
+1 303 232 5115

Racines Bakery Bar & Restaurant

Restaurant | "Racines"

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When I used to live downtown, I visited Racine's at least a couple of times a month for dinner. Now that I live out in the suburbs, I don't get downtown as often and my visits are less frequent. However, I was able to enjoy dinner at Racine's about a month ago and was pleased to see that nothing had changed. Racine's is a very relaxed restaurant where you can find people from all age groups and numerous young, hip Denverites donned in black leather jackets. The menu is your standard American fare, but the servers are friendly and the food is better than chain restaurant food. I usually order either the fajitas (these come with white cheddar as opposed to plain cheddar) or the roast chicken....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 27, 2001

Racines Bakery Bar & Restaurant
650 Sherman St
Denver, Colorado 80203
(303) 595-0418

Nicolo's Chicago Style Pizza

Restaurant | "Nicolo's Pizza"

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Though Nicolo's Pizza does not have seating and is about 20 miles from where I live, I will happily drive to pick up their pizza. Nicolo's is located in the Capitol Hill area on about 13th and Pearl. I'm not sure how long they have been in business, but it has been over 10 years. I have ordered their standard crust pizzas, but this is not what I recommend. Those are fine, but the best item on their menu is the stuffed pizza. This is the pizza that sets them apart. The stuffed pizza is 9-inches in diameter, but it is about three inches high. Choose your toppings and then they will cover the top with mozzarella. One pizza makes a filling meal for two adults. If I ever move out of Denver, this is o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 27, 2001

Nicolo's Chicago Style Pizza
1205 E 13th Ave at Downing
Denver, Colorado 80202
(303) 831-7000

Red Rocks Amphitheater

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Attraction

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I have never been to a more picturesque venue to attend a rock concert than Red Rocks Ampitheatre. Granted, most of my concert experience is limited to Colorado and Iowa, but I expect this place to remain an all-time favorite. The name Red Rocks comes from nature's own reddish sandstone rocks. The open-air ampitheatre is about 15 minutes outside of Denver and is open during the summer for rock, classical, and jazz concerts. I have attended more than a dozen concerts here and am awed by the beauty of the rock formations as well as the city skyline whenever I have found myself lucky enough to visit this venue. Since 1947, there has also been an annual Easter sunrise service. Though I hav...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2001

Red Rocks Amphitheater
12700 West Alameda Parkway
Denver, Colorado