Denver has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. It seems to fit my outdoorsy personality, so I knew it was a place I wanted to visit. Although, it was a pretty short trip, I know I will be back again to explore more. Denver proved to be a perfect weekend getaway, especially with my friends. It offers so much for you to do and it is such a fun place for a girls weekend trip.
A guide to a Girls Weekend Getaway:
Where to Stay:
Stay in the Arts District because it is close to everything and it is a quirky place to be. It is close to bars, restaurants, and about a 25-30 minute drive from the airport. Rent out an Airbnb and enjoy the comfort of having a bigger place to yourself. We all know that us girls need lots of space to get ready, so when you have a bunch of girls stuck in a hotel room with only one bathroom, it makes things a lot harder. Just make sure to think of your luggage because just like a hotel the Airbnb does have certain check in and check out times, and unlike a hotel, you cannot have the front desk hold your luggage. My friends and I ran into a bit of trouble with this because it totally slipped our minds, but we totally made it work. Before check in, we just left our luggage at the brunch place we were at, and at check out we went to a hotel and asked them to hold it for a few hours, but hopefully this can be coordinated with your host instead.
Where to eat:
I do not know if we just got lucky with the places we picked or what, but we have not had a bad meal in Denver. The food was incredible and the restaurants were top-notch. Below are the spots we hit up and if you are in Denver, you have to try at least one of them.
Kachina Cantina – bottomless mimosas and bloodys?! Sign me up! This brunch place not only has the coolest atmosphere, but their food was pretty delicious too. The best part was for sure the bottomless mimosas and build your own bloody mary bar. What else could you need?
Rolling Pin – anyone that knows me, knows how much I love croissants and this place has got to have some of the best croissants that I have ever tried in my life. This bakery is located in the arts districts and it had plenty of baked goods to choose from and delicious coffee as well. There was a line, so make sure you come in early to get all the best goodies. I had a spinach and feta croissant and will now be on a mission to find one here in Chicago.
The Delectable Egg – this is a classic breakfast restaurant where you have a menu with at least 30 items to choose from. I was expecting mediocre food because I have been to plenty of places like this before and it is a hit or miss and they all usually have the same items on the menu. But I was so wrong!! I had a breakfast sandwich (on a croissant of course) and it was so mouth-watering that I could not stop eating it. I kind of hated myself after because I was so full but I do not regret it one bit. This place is located right by 16th Street Mall, so after you stuff your face, you can walk it off by doing some shopping.
Venice Ristorante & Wine Bar – one of the best gnocchi I have ever had in my life. I will have dreams about this and when I come back to Denver, I will 100% come back to this restaurant. Not only was the service amazing (our server was also from the Midwest, so she understood us), but the ambiance of the place was really great too. At the end of our incredible meal, we even got offered a glass of Prosecco Rose on the house because we were out-of-town. This place gets 1000 stars. Go here, it is so worth it and the prices are totally reasonable too.
The View House – this place is so much fun! Not only is it a good location (LoDo), but you get views of the baseball stadium and the mountain from their rooftop. The food was pretty good too and they had a bloody mary bar with some of the best bacon I have had as a garnish. It is perfect for spending hours here just hanging out with your friends and just enjoying the pretty rooftop views.
Ophelia’s – if you want a truly unique dinner experience then this place is for you. This restaurant has a lot of history and even offers a tour. It used to be a brothel back in the day, so it is filled with a lot of unique paintings on the walls. It has a very eccentric vibe and has a lot of things constantly going on such as DJ performances, and shows. During our dinner, we had a Playboy Burlesque Show going on which made for a very interesting meal experience. The food was also exceptional and the drinks were very unique. For a dinner and a show, check out Ophelia’s.
Milkbox – ice cream and boozy shakes. Enough said! Check it out 🙂
Every girls trip should entail at least one night out, so below are some fun bars/areas to check out for the perfect Girls Night Out. Hit up LoDO, a neighborhood in the heart of downtown filled a bunch of restaurants and nightlife. There are three main streets lined up with bars and it is the perfect place to do some bar hopping. Hit up Market Street, Larimer Street, and Blake Street for a fun night out.
Hayter’s/Tap Fourteen – check out Hayter’s for fun drinks and games. Also, if you are a Chicagoan you will see a lot of Chi Sports memorabilia on the walls which is definitely a plus. Head upstairs to Tap Fourteen for a rooftop and beer garden. You can soak up the amazing city views while sipping on some craft beers.
The View House – this place has such a fun atmosphere. Not only is the food good here and their rooftop is awesome, but it is a blast inside and at a night too. My favorite part was actually the Sunday Funday that they do outside on their bottom level. Now I know, this isn’t a girls night out but it could be a really fun girls day drinking spot. Their Sunday Funday is for 21 and over only and you play fun games and win cool prizes. You can play some volleyball, hoola hoop, bags, you name it and watch your favorite sports team play on the big screen that they have outside as well.
Lodo – this brings out a younger crowd for sure but if you do not care as much, then this place can be a lot of fun. They have a rooftop with a DJ and you can dance with your girls all night long to some of the best music. This place will totally fulfill your GNO, so make sure to stop by here at least for a little.
What to see:
Red Rocks Amphitheater – this isn’t in Denver per say, but it is right on the outskirts of it and a must see! It is absolutely stunning and such a breath of fresh air (literally). You do go up in elevation a bit and the drive up made us feel a bit woozy, but it went away as soon as we stepped out of the car. You can come out here to work out, take some pics by the rocks, or go hiking through some of the trails near by.
16th Street Mall – this is the perfect place to come walk around and unwind with your girlfriends. Do some shopping and grab a drink and enjoy the people watching. There is also a free bus that takes you up and down the street if you get tired of walking.
Union Station – a really beautiful train station that has shops, food, and great area to grab a drink. You can find the Milkbar here as well, if you are in the mood for something sweet. It is a great spot to walk around a bit and then grab a bite to eat. If you are feeling really adventurous, then book yourself a train ride to continue on your girl’s trip.
My trip to Denver was the perfect weekend getaway and such a fun places to go with your friends. Although, there is still more I would like to see, if you follow this guide you will hit up most of the major spots and will actually end up having a weekend filled with lots of fun activities.
Who has been to Denver before? What are some of your favorite parts? What is your favorite place to go on a girl’s trip?! Let me know in the comments, will need ideas for next time 🙂
Happy Travels – xoxo Dre <3