Statecations: The Best Denver Has to Offer

Make the most of the Mile High City with its abundance of food, lodging, and entertainment opportunity.

Our Mile High City. Whether you’re new to town, a native, or somewhere in between, there’s certainly no shortage of opportunities for enchantment at 5,280 feet above sea level. Music, food, libations, arts, and entertainment abound at every corner. No wonder Denver was ranked “#2 Best Place to Live in the Country” by U.S. News & World Report and one of the “Best Places to Visit in the United States” by There’s never been a better time to play tourist in our own town. When planning your next getaway, consider these desirable hotels and must-do activities when you’re there.

The Jaquard

Staycay in ultra-modern luxury in the heart of Cherry Creek at The Jaquard, with
a rooftop pool that’s heated year-round and a fitness center with Peloton® bikes to work off the calories you’ll want to pile up at Narrative, one of the best restaurants in town. Contemporary, cool and comfortable; a chic base camp for neighborhood exploration complete with a Style Curator for personal shopping and insider access to designers’ latest Cherry Creek arrivals. Book the In Vogue package for complimentary valet parking, a welcome bottle of bubbles, a $100 Cherry Creek North gift card, and breakfast for two at Narrative. While you’re there: Shop big names in the mall or browse one-of-a-kind boutiques and galleries, like INSPYRE; or, take an immersive distillery tour at the world-famous Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey.

Short Ribs from Narrative

Take the elevator home from weekend escapades at The Source Hotel. Shop, bar crawl, or taste your way through Market Hall and venture back to your room at the industrial-chic hotel. Self-described design-forward aesthetics blend Japanese and Scandinavian influences for a clean, minimalist vibe with a focus on bringing the outdoors in with operable garage doors as your window overlooking Denver’s skyline and the Rocky Mountains. Sample a New Belgium beer upon check-in (its first Denver brewery is conveniently right off the lobby) or opt for The Woods’ Frozé while lounging poolside on the rooftop, taking in one of the city’s best views. Sneak away with their Romance Package, including flowers, valet parking, and a $75 credit for dinner for two at The Woods. While You’re There: Book a spa treatment at the Four Seasons Downtown Monday through Thursday and the rooftop pool is yours for the day; or, have some belly laughs with national headliners at Comedy Works in the charming Larimer Square.

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Enjoy the energy of Union Station at this art-filled, “alpine modern” respite, with The Kimpton Hotel Born’s typical amenities, including daily wine-and-beer social hour, complimentary morning coffee and tea, comfy robes, and a yoga mat in every room. Fitness enthusiasts can earn their social hour booze with access to neighboring Colorado Athletic Club. Guests also score access to the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, even though wandering through the hotel, you’ll discover over 200 works from 32 local artisans—earning praise from Elle Décor as one of “16 Breathtaking Art Hotels that Double as Galleries.” While You’re There: End the evening with a final toast to the city at the swanky Cooper Lounge.

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Photography by Jeff Nelson; The Jaquard; Narrative