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Denver, Colorado Part 2: The City

Today I’ll be wrapping up our trip to Denver, Colorado (find part 1 here), and I’ll kind of be smashing the whole rest of the trip all into one big blob. The first day we got to hike, but for the rest of the week, we did have an entrepreneurial conference to go to for my bf. So we’ll call part two: the city. Ha~

Denver 16th street mall

Denver, Colorado: Part 2

The first day of the conference started late, however, so we got brunch! I am a known basic b so I love brunch and was super excited about it. We went to a place called Olive + Finch which I found by looking on Yelp (noted Yelp addict here). First of all, they had my favorite sh*t: Aranciata Rossa San Pelligrino. Ughhh I’m legitimately too obsessed with that stuff. It’s a mess. Anyway, a place having that automatically knocks them up a few notches for me–and having baked goods??–another few notches more.

I really enjoyed this place, and actually had one of my best meals of the entire trip here, with a ridiculous hash with prosciutto and roasted mushrooms and–
Ok. Need to stop. I’m salivating now, just thinking about it. E wasn’t hungry so he just had some caramel bar (which was also fantastic but he tends to eat everything before I can get a picture, haha). It was really nice that we got to have such a leisurely start to the first day.

 Denver-During the Conference

We were done by about 6 pm every night, so we had plenty of chances to explore! Seemed like we had plenty of time to just chill and enjoy ourselves, and we spent quite a bit of it just wandering up and down the 16th Street Mall, going in and out of shops, taking pictures, and chatting with people. The Mall is a whole stretch of street in downtown Denver that is closed to cars and that people walk on, filled with bars and restaurants and stores (and at some point a little fair!). I love walkable stuff like this (and we got so many steps in lol). And just like that, night one was done. Whomp.

The remaining time we pretty much just continued the above! Met some new friends and went bowling with them the next night (turns out I suck, big surprise) at a place called Lucky Strike. I actually loved this place, because it had bowling, pool, shuffleboard, you name it, AND a bar a restaurant. Most bowling alleys I’ve been to are pretty low key family based, but this was definitely more adult focused and it was really nice. Plus, bowling with a Moscow Mule is pretty excellent. I got my butt kicked but since I made new friends I’m calling it a win!
Saturday we called date night and went on a more “just the two of us” excursion downtown to wind down our week–where I had -hands down- some of the best shrimp¬†and grits I’d ever had along with some excellent conversation with my favorite person.
And Sunday we prepped and came home. Sad trombone.


There are so many other little things about Denver that I’d kind of like to mention, but it already feels long…but I clearly really enjoyed the city. I even posted a little “Things I liked about Denver” series on Instagram. That series touched a little bit more on the food, the art, and the city.
Overall, it was such a chill trip. There was some work, but still so fun. It was nice, too, to be able to go and support the bf, something I hold pretty dear–especially since he supports me on the daily. Here’s hoping that our next trip is out of the country…but Denver was awesome, too! Could’ve been the company…
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  • Kate

    I love the 16th Street Mall! I used to work right there, and every day for lunch I’d go for a walk. Sometimes I’d stop for ice cream, or I’d treat myself to lunch out, or go shopping, but most of the time it was nice just to walk. It’s great to have so many options in one place!

    July 14, 2017 at 4:40 pm Reply
  • Christie

    That food looks so delish! Yum Yum

    xoxo Christie

    July 14, 2017 at 4:54 pm Reply
  • Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women

    It’s always nice to enjoy time exploring new and different places and environments than your normal routine. It certainly sounds like this trip was really good and enjoyable all round. Nice photos as well.

    July 14, 2017 at 6:08 pm Reply
  • Christina

    I was just in Colorado a few weeks ago and even did a blog series on it too! I wish I would have gotten to see Denver. We only saw the inside of the airport which isn’t even really near Denver lol. I’m glad you had such a great time! Colorado is such a beautiful place, I can’t wait to go back!

    July 14, 2017 at 11:08 pm Reply
  • Emily Morton

    My husband and I absolutely love Denver! We are currently thinking about moving there!!

    July 20, 2017 at 1:53 pm Reply
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