Denver is absolutely magnificent in the winter/Christmas time. Sure, it may be a bit cold (high of 15 degrees today!) but you really do feel like you are walking through a winter wonderland. Each time I visit Denver during the winter I see something even more extraordinary than I did the year before. The whole city lights up with white lights which adds a very elegant and inviting feel. Icicles on old buildings are natural decorations that contribute to the magic. If you have never been to Denver, or Colorado for that matter, I strongly suggest visiting during the winter time as there is so much beauty to be seen!
The Brown Palace Hotel
The Brown Palace Hotel is an absolutely gorgeous building in Denver. The building features architecture by Frank E. Edbrooke, who designed the building in the Italian Renaissance style. When you initially walk up to the front doors, you can see brilliant stained glass which invites to come in and explore the rest of the hotel. When you enter inside and look up it appears as though the hotel goes on for miles and you can see the large chandelier that is the centerpiece of the lobby. If you decide to come here be sure to ask the front desk if you can have a tour of the Presidential suite, it is a wonderful and breathtaking experience.
Trinity United Methodist Church
The Trinity Methodist Church is located in the heart of Denver and is Colorado’s most historic church. When you walk inside the church you become instantly mesmerized by the stained glass and paintings. The inside of the church has been well preserved since the late 1800’s. Be careful, however, this church is known to be haunted, I even got a little scare from one of the friendly ghosts who closed a door on me!
The Navarre is right across from the Brown Palace Hotel and has been home to an all girls’ school, a museum, and a hotel. There is even a rumored underground tunnel that connects to the Brown Palace. The Navarre is unfortunately not open to the public but is still a must-see in Denver!
16th St. Mall
On the 16th St. Mall you can enjoy various restaurants, shopping complexes, and people watching. The mall is usually decorated in lights and is a major attraction in Denver.
I hope you enjoyed and plan on making a trip out to Denver soon! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns let me know! Thank you for reading! 🙂
Here are some things that I’m obsessed with that have to do with my home state, Colorado! Enjoy:
I am in love with this shirt! I just got it from http://www.thec-list.biz, they’re a Colorado based company that sell Colorado apparel!
A bracelet I made featuring the Colorado flag colors
Soo cute! Brought to you by etsy.com!
Maybe just a little obsessed with the flag…
A picture I took of a Colorado sunset with some added glitz!
One of my favorite views of the mountains!!
Fall view near Georgetown, CO
A picture of my beautiful campus at CU Boulder!
My beautiful city, Denver, CO
I guess you can say I’m just a little obsessed with Colorado, only because I think it’s the best state out there! 😉 What’s your favorite Colorado picture? What state are you in love with? 🙂
Feel free to leave a comment! 🙂 Thank you for reading!!
Boulder used to be one of my favorite places to visit in Colorado when I was growing up. There are so many different sites to see, unique people to watch, and places to eat. One of the spots in Boulder that you must see is Pearl Street. Now that I live in Boulder, this is probably one of my favorite places to go…still. I’ve introduced many of my friends to Pearl Street and they fall in love. The sidewalks are made of brick, the trees stand tall with history, and everything just feels so alive. There are many street performers too, ranging from magicians, to fire breathers, to contortionists. The shops on Pearl Street are also unique. There are some name-brand vendors but for the most part the shops are artsy and sell things that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. If you’re hungry you won’t have to worry about leaving Pearl Street to find a restaurant since you have so many choices at your fingertips. My personal favorite is Pasta Jay’s, it’s an Italian restaurant with white and red checkered table cloths. They probably have the best Italian that the West Coast has to offer (but that’s just my personal bias). So if you’re planning on making a trip to Boulder make sure you put Pearl Street on your “Place to Visit” list!
Information about Pasta Jay’s: http://www.pastajays.com/index.html
View from Pasta Jay’s
Photo from sangres.com
In honor of Halloween, I decided that my first post of an activity in Colorado would be about the Stanley Hotel located in Estes Park. I visited here with my boyfriend, for our one year anniversary, and thought it would be fun to take the ghost tour! Well, I thought it would be fun, he on the other hand is terrified of ghosts but decided to brave through it because he knew I wanted to go. As we pulled up to the hotel, I was amazed by how beautiful the building is and the surroundings. I definitely have a thing for the early 1900’s and this hotel captured the ambiance of the era. We walked in and the lobby was decked out in Victorian furniture and lighting, making me thirst to walk even further into the hotel. On the immediate right of the front doors is an original steam engine, that apparently the Stanley brothers invented. I couldn’t wait for the tour to begin to learn everything about the hotel. Before the tour started, however, Ryan (my boyfriend) and I read a few testimonials from the guests at the hotel who wrote of a few supernatural occurrences that happened during their stay. Ryan squeezed my hand as we read the part about a woman who woke up to seeing a male ghost in her room.
Once we the tour began we were greeted by our lovely tour guide who informed us that she knew all about the secrets of the hotel (and she did). We started by going out to the hotel’s rose garden where she told us the story of the Stanley brothers growing up and how one Stanley brother, his name escapes me, moved to Colorado due to an illness and believed a doctor out here could cure him. He did and thus the hotel was built. Our tour guide showed us around the hotel going into great depth about the different ghosts that have been spotted in particular rooms. She told us, and I was very surprised, that the movie “The Shining” was not actually filmed at this hotel even though the book was based there. The movie was actually filmed in Canada and parts of London. Because of that I also learned that Stephen King, the author, was not happy about that and did not like the movie whatsoever. He made a mini-series on ABC that did feature the hotel but different interior aspects were changed. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I did not see any ghosts on the tour. Ryan did, however, to his dismay. He reported seeing a faint figure walk down the hallway we were in and he said that the figure came to just below my shoulders. So if you’re looking to get spooked or learn and see some fascinating history I suggest visiting the Stanley Hotel!! They do have Halloween events but they are a little pricey to get into but is on my bucket list for later down the road!! Happy Halloween everyone!