Thursday's Child: Destination Denver

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Destination: Denver, Colorado

When we visited: July 2012

Why to go: Denver is the gateway to the beautiful state of Colorado, and a lovely city in its own right.  

What To See:  


We wandered around the Latimer Square area, which is adjacent to the newly revitalized LoDo (Lower Downtown) section of Denver. Among many interesting shops, the real standout was the Tattered Cover.  I have a weakness for any good independent bookstore, and Tattered Cover is one of the best in the country.  I immediately fell in love with its eclectic collection of new and used books.  I normally don’t care for used book stores, because the books are often treated like commodities, stuffed on the shelves in the most economical way.  Here, they were curated as lovingly as the new books they shared the shelves with.  In the picture above, I’m reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nocturnes.  I was half-done the first story when Andrew asked if I was ready to leave.  Sweetly, he agreed we could stay until I finished it (the story, not the book). 

Also to do – see a Rockies’ game.  Or two.  We bought tickets for the evening game months ago and got great seats a few rows back from the first base dugout.  On our second day in the city, Andrew asked if we could go to another game.  Sweetly, I agreed.  Word to the wise – if you’re attending a day game at Coors Field, choose a seat in the shade.  I’ve never been to a ball game before where the seats next to the field empty out in favour of the covered seats at the back of each section.

Where to Stay:

We stayed at the lovely Castle Marne Bed and Breakfast, just southeast of the downtown core. This beautiful old B&B had tons of character, from the thick stone walls to the peacock window on the landing.  It was located on a quiet residential street just to the west of Denver's City Park.  We loved being out of the busy downtown area, and a 20-minute walk and a free shuttle took us to the centre of LoDo.  Breakfast was served at a communal table, where we had the chance to meet the others staying at Castle Marne.

Where to Eat:

I have two recommendations, one for a gourmet meal and one for a fun meal.

1.  Fruition:  Four words for this restaurant:  Eat Here.  Book Early.  The food and the service were unparalleled.  If I went back again, I’d order exactly the same thing – melon and arugula salad, Columbia River Sturgeon, and lemon meringue pie.  This was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten.

2.  Denver Chophouse  We ate here before the night game and liked it so much, we came back for lunch the next day.  Andrew is still raving about the pork, and I loved the portobello mushroom sandwich.  If you eat here, ask to sit in Shorty’s section.

35 comments:

Jemi Fraser said...

Awesome! I've always thought Denver would be a nice city to visit! That dish looks fabulous! Love finding awesome restaurants in new places :)

Valerie said...

Wow Beth! Thanks for the excellent recommendations! (Tattered Cover is the perfect name for a bookstore.) :D

Guru Uru said...

Would love to visit Denver :D
Looks awesome!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Bonnie said...

Beth, You will not believe, I was suppose to leave for Denver tomorrow morning, but had to cancel. The Tattered Cover....restaurant recommendations...I would have been set. Roger will be there on business, I will pass on the food recs. Thanks!

Angela said...

Excellent recommendations! Books, baseball, and good food - you are speaking my language:)

Belinda said...

I love wandering bookstores! Gosh, that looks like a lovely place to stay!!

Beth said...

Bonnie, I'm so sorry that you aren't visiting Denver, but maybe another time. And definitely pass along the recommendations. Hope Roger has a chance to try them!

Angela, books, baseball and good food are my native tongue.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds awesome. I love the Bed & Breakfast you stayed at. I've been to Denver but never saw what you did.

artofnaturalliving.com said...

Sounds like a great trip. I was drooling over your fish!

Carol said...

Love the look of the B & B. The fish looks delicious. I'd say it was a fantastic trip!

Beth said...

It was fantastic, Carol - and I'll be writing more about our trip in the coming weeks!

Food Gal said...

I love sturgeon. I wish more restaurants would highlight it on the menu. As it is, it's pretty unusual to come across it here in the Bay Area. What a shame that is, too.

Ellen B Cookery said...

I love the castle. I've heard a lot of good things about Denver and your photos confirm this!

Angie's Recipes said...

An amazing castle B&B! Thanks for the recommendation, Beth. That's a great photo of you.

Barbara said...

What a fabulous B & B, Beth! I'd love to stay there. Cute photos of you!

Julie said...

Sounds like a fun trip. Denver is a great city.

Jess said...

Thanks for featuring Denver! I love the Denver Chophouse (my girlfriend just had her wedding rehearsal dinner there), and now you've put Fruition on my list :)

Beth said...

I had a great time in Denver, Jess, and the Denver Chophouse was a ton of fun. But if you liked my Denver post, just wait til you read next week's destination!

Annmarie Pipa said...

lucky you...sounds and looks like fun!

Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings said...

I've heard so much about Denver from a co-worker (and runner) who is just dying to move there! Hope I get to visit one day...but with 3 kids, travelling gets expensive! Anyway, Denver is definitely in my bucket list!

Pacheco Patty said...

Sweet photos of you! Your post is coming at the perfect time for me as I am going to be planning a trip to Denver next Summer- bookmarked!
Thanks Beth, looks like the perfect trip;-)

yummychunklet said...

What great photos!

Raina said...

Great trip. The bed and breakfast looks wonderful and that sturgeon..wow:)

Velva said...

Denver is a great city to visit ( to live too). Glad you guys had a great time.

Velva

Sue said...

What a fun time! That B&B looks amazing! Glad you got to finish the story you were reading:)

Gloria said...

Love this post Beth! Nice place!

Kathy said...

Beth, Such a lovely post! I love browsing through book stores…I could do it for hours! And the B&B you stayed at is gorgeous…I love the idea of walking into town from such a pretty place! Everything sounds wonderful!

Joanne said...

I've always wanted to go to Denver! It sounds like such a lovely place to visit!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Sounds like a fun trip. It's been ages since I've been to Denver (or anywhere in Colorado). Time to go again. I've never been to Tattered Cover, but as you indicate, it's quite famous (that and Powell's in Portland, OR may be two of the most famous independent bookstores in the US). The B&B looks great.

Cucina49 said...

Beth, what a great-looking trip! I have heard legend of the Tattered Cover, namely that it rivals my favorite bookstore, Powell's--I see the previous poster said the same thing. It's been ages since I've been to Denver, but I'll check out that restaurant next time.

Jenn Kendall said...

sounds like a fun trip!

lisa is cooking said...

Next time I visit Denver, I have to stop by Tattered Cover. Good to know! Fruition sounds fantastic too. The fish dish looks amazing.

Beth said...

You guys are definitely making me consider a trip to Oregon!

Asmita said...

I would love to visit Denver.

Cindy said...

You are making me hungry! What a delicious looking meal.

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