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Father’s Day Denver 2018 - What to do

What to do on Fathers Day

Dear Old Dad. What’s the best way to celebrate him? Here are our ideas for Father’s Day in Denver 2018. Here's what to do.

Horse Races
If dad hasn’t taken in the horse races at Arapahoe Park in Aurora – or even if he has – this is a perfect idea for Father’s Day in Denver 2018. Quarter horse and thorough bred races will take place beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is a very reasonable $5 a person or $10 if you want a clubhouse table. Be sure though to watch at least one race outside by the track. It is thrilling to witness up close the strength and speed of these beautiful horses.

Father’s Day Race
For the dad who wants to race himself, sign him and the family up for the Father’s Day Race with lots of options for the whole crew: 1 mile, 5K, 10K, 10 mile or half marathon. Strollers and pets can take part too! This Father’s Day in Denver 2018 event takes place in Stapleton’s Central Park.

Dads Grilling Party
Does dad need to brush up on his grilling skills before summer kicks into high gear? Register him for The Seasoned Chef’s Cooking skills class on Friday, June 15. In three short hours, he’ll learn six recipes, have lunch and enjoy complimentary beers. Kids 11 and up can join (but not beers for them, of course). After the Friday training, dad can whip up the perfect family meal on Father’s Day in Denver 2018.   

America's Biggest Father's Day BBQ
If dad just wants to pig out on Father’s Day in Denver 2018, America’s Biggest Father’s Day BBQ is the answer. This festival at Sports Authority Field at Mile High features legendary grill masters and live music. Admission is...

Best Things to do on Mother’s Day in Denver

What to do for Mothers Day in Denver

Sunday is Mom’s Day and you want to make it special. If you are still looking for the perfect way to celebrate, here are the Neir Team’s top 5 picks of the best things to do on Mother’s Day in Denver.

Pack Your Baskets
Our Mile High City is full of top-notch parks. Why not pack a basket of mom’s favorite treats and enjoy one of these amazing city amenities. While Washington Park, Sloan’s Lake and Central Park are all wonderful options, if you are truly going for one of the best things to do on Mother’s Day in Denver, head to City Park where you can spend an entire day and never get bored.

Start off by working up an appetite on one of City Park’s great rental options. If mom is a landlubber, tour her around in a surrey built for two or four. You can see all the beautiful sights City Park offers including monuments, skyline views and beautiful greenery. For the seafaring, rent one of the many options for exploring the lake, including the water trike. 

When it is time to eat, settle in near the historic City Park Pavilion. From there you have views of the garden and the lake giving you a serene setting almost as beautiful as mom. Finish off your day at the Denver Zoo, where you can see the momma animals caring for their young during this spring season. 

With all these options, it is clear why picnicking in City Park is one of the best things to do on Mother’s Day in Denver.

Take Her Out to the Ballgame
The Colorado Rockies will take on the Milwaukee Brewers at 1:10 p.m. For moms who are true fans, one of the best things to do on Mother’s Day in Denver is to cheer on the home team. In addition to all the game’s exciting action,...

Denver’s Best Rooftops: Where Are They?

Denvers Best Rooftop Patios

Rain. Flowers. Baseball. These are all great signs of spring, but for us, the best one is the start of patio season. Better still are rooftop patios. Get your spring on by visiting our top picks for Denver’s best rooftops.

El Five, 2930 Umatilla St.
Breathtaking views are what you will find at El Five. The downtown skyline sprawls before you with views of the Highlands to the west. It is one Denver’s best rooftops at sunset and when it is dark in the summer, the lights from Elitch’s decorate the sky.

El Five also has indoor seating with floor to ceiling windows that offer the same magnificent views – perfect for those nights with spring showers. Inside you’ll also enjoy the open kitchen and the artwork.

Tapas de Gibraltar is the food focus at this one of Denver’s best rooftops, brought to you by Edible Beat, who also developed the Linger and Root Down concepts. In addition to old and new school tapas and paella, El Five has interesting signature drinks to try such as The Zombie with three rums, lime, falernum, passion fruit and absinthe. Limit two on this one!

Of note: El Five is only open at night so it is not a spot for weekend day relaxing.

54Thirty Rooftop, 1475 California Street
Even though 54Thirty Rooftop is new on the scene (it opened in April), it is already one of Denver’s best rooftops. It is actually above the Mile High City sitting at 5,430 feet up.

The mixologists here came up with a great cocktail: the #Thatviewthough. It has vodka, chamomile tea syrup, lemon, princess yum yum! The nonalcoholic blackberry lemonade is also delish.

On Thursdays, 54Thirty Rooftop is one of Denver’s best rooftops...

Denver’s Best Neighborhoods: Where to Live Now

Best Denver Neighborhoods

It’s almost summer – the hottest season for real estate. As temperatures and inventory rise now is the time to consider which of Denver’s best neighborhoods is right for you.

Berkeley

Much of northwest Denver is lumped together as “The Highlands,” but the area is actually made up of several neighborhoods. Berkeley is just north of the Highland neighborhood and is bordered by Federal and Sheridan to the east and west and 38th Avenue and I-70 to the south and north.

We consider this one of Denver’s best neighborhoods because of the wide variety of housing styles. You’ll find ranches, bungalows, Victorians, and Tudors. Now, there is also a wide array of new housing including two-story single family homes and spacious duplexes, as well as pop tops.

Of course, to be one of Denver’s best neighborhoods, you need great parks. That is well covered with Berkeley Lake Park and Rocky Mountain Lake Park. In addition to the open space and serenity, these parks include a recreation center, a charming library, and sizeable dog park.

For many though, what really makes Berkeley one of Denver’s best neighborhoods is Tennyson – the old school “main street” of Berkeley. Get eats at Block and Larder and Firenze a Tavola, the fine dining Italian experience below the more casual Parisi. Shop small at independent bookstores, jewelry stores, and boutiques and enjoy great events like...

Best Denver Breweries: Top Five to Visit Now

Best Breweries in Denver

With Colorado Craft Beer Week starting Saturday through April 7, now is the perfect time to visit a best Denver breweries pick. Read on to learn more about this fantastic week and get our recommendations for the best Denver breweries.

Colorado Craft Beer Week

Each day of Colorado Craft Beer Week has its own theme with bars and breweries around Denver taking part. Below are highlights and specific event information for best Denver breweries is available at coloradobeer.org.

  • Saturday, March 31 – This ticketed event features more than 100 beers brewed specifically for the festival. Tickets are available at collaborationfest.com and start at $65.
  • Monday, April 2 – Monday is all about education. Topics at different breweries include sensory analysis classes and craft beer 101.
  • Tuesday, April 3 – Food and beer from the best Denver breweries are on tap for Tuesday. You tend to hear more about wine pairings, but beer pairings are coming into their own. Some participating venues will also host top chefs and serve special menus.
  • Wednesday, April 4 – Today grab a pint and keep the commemorative glass.
  • Thursday, April 5 – Show love for your favorite brewery by wearing their gear. Don’t already have some? Visit your favorites to pick up a tee or hoodie and stay for a pint or two.
  • Friday, April 6 – New beers will be out on Friday. Be among the first to taste what is new!
  • Saturday, April 7 – All good things must come to end. Toast the last day of Colorado Craft Beer Week by touring a local brewery. Better yet ride the “Brewery Loop Tours” that will take you many of the best Denver breweries....

Best Denver Easter Brunch: Where to Go

Best Brunch in Denver

If Denver Easter brunch is in your plans, hop to it! Places that do take reservations are filling fast. Our picks for Denver Easter brunch – both those that need reservations and those that don’t – are below.

  • Ellyngton’s – 321 17th St., (303) 297-3111The number one spot for Denver Easter brunch is undoubtedly Ellyngton’s. Its buffet will feature eggs, seafood, and sushi, as well as Easter themed meats and sweets. Holiday pricing for the Denver Easter brunch is $70.95 a person. For an additional cost you can chose to add your choice of champagne: Domaine Chandon, Moet et Chandon and saving the best for last…Dom Perignon! As of March 21, reservations were available for groups of four to ten. 
  • Snooze – Multiple locations: There are no reservations accepted at the ever popular Snooze, but getting a table is possible. A friendly employee told us just avoid the hours of 9 to 1 p.m. when they expect the heaviest crowds. For those going to Easter services, the winning formula may be to head to breakfast before church. Snooze opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 2:30 p.m. For Denver Easter brunch, we are partial to the Union Station location because of the fun vibe inside and out. Snooze will be serving its regular top-notch menu.
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Road X: Finally, a solution for the I-70 congestion to the mountains

Road X CDOT partnership with Panasonic

Ah, the Rocky Mountains, probably one of the reasons you moved to Denver, love living in Denver or brag about Denver. Those beautiful mountains represent so much recreation year round, that it's hard not to love them. Although getting to them, especially on the weekends, has become a bit of a nightmare. I don't know about you, but every drive on I-70 to the mountains includes at least one conversation about - How are they going to fix the congestion?!?

Well, Road X might be the answer!

Smart freeways and interstates

Building new lanes and infrastructure within the I-70 corridor presents immense challenges and costs. What if adding additional lanes of Highway didn't require new asphalt but required data? Road X represents Colorado's investment in innovative technology that is the future of connected roadways. This concept envisions smart vehicles and infrastructure sharing data about road conditions instantaneously. This data share and intelligent analysis, combined with autonomous vehicles could result in the capacity of I-70 being increased 4X.

 Connected vehicle mandates

New connected vehicle mandates combined with the rapid development of autonomous vehicles means that Colorado could have up 1.2M connected vehicles on the road by 2025. In addition, many companies such as ...

Yes, Denver is this good!

The ultimate guide to what makes Denver so great.

Downtown Denver from Jefferson Park

What’s the deal with Denver? It seems like every week there is an article, post, tweet or broadcast about how great Denver is. Is it that great…..? What does the city offer that has the country buzzing about Denver? As a native of Denver, I have seen the city come of age over the past decade or two. It is certainly not the same city I grew up in and for the most part, it’s much better.

My opinion, the national hype is well justified as this city rules on a number of fronts. I put together this guide to Denver to help clarify what I see as Denver’s strengths. If you are thinking about moving here, I hope this article helps. If you live here I hope this article rings true. Hit me up in the comments if you think I missed something or I’m off base and yes, Denver is this good.

We are extremely lucky to live in a place that has so much to do and with such friendly people to do it with. If you need convincing you have found the right post. I’ll try to narrow it down to the top 14 reasons why you will love moving to Denver. I’m never leaving as it keeps getting better and better every year.

Somewhat less interesting facts about Denver:

  • Population (Denver Metro): 693,060
  • Population (Greater Denver Area): 3 million
  • Unemployment rate in Denver: 7%
  • Median Home Price (Denver County): $362,800
  • Median Household Income: $53,637
  • Average Commute Time: 26 minutes

1.) Denver Has Amazing Views

Views  of the Rocky Mountains...

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Top 3 Museums in Denver

Top Museums in DenverDenver might be best known as a sports town or as a gateway to some of the world’s best skiing and hiking destinations, but it also has a thriving cultural scene that shouldn’t be overlooked. Fun, unique, and convenient museums are scattered out all over the Denver Metro area.

Whether you want to explore science, art, history, culture, or something more, there will be an excellent learning destination for you somewhere in the Mile High City.

Check out our list of the top 3 museums in Denver and see what memorable cultural adventures await you.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

With a Planetarium and IMAX Theater right on the premises, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science offers visitors incredible value, diversity, and convenience. Tickets are $14.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors, and $9.95 for students.

This massive museum is one of the largest of its kind in America. It began humbly at the beginning of the 20th century, but has expanded to include an impressive list of exhibits and features that undeniably make it one of the top museums in Denver. There’s always plenty to see and learn about at DMNS -- dinosaurs, space exploration, biology, and much more. The interactive exhibits are great at giving kids and adults a hands-on education on some of the most interesting topics in science and nature.

Denver Art Museum

Many people want to go to museums specifically to marvel at great art. If that’s your top priority, the Denver Art Museum should be your destination of choice. Designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, even the building itself is considered a work of art.

A day at the Denver Art Museum open your eyes to a range of classic and contemporary works by master...

Top 10 Breweries in Denver

Top breweries in DenverDenver is undeniably one of the beer capitals of the world. The city already boasts one of the highest rates of microbreweries and breweries per capita, and it seems like dozens of excellent new watering holes are opening every year.

Whether it’s ales, lagers, pilsners, porters, or IPAs you’re after, the Mile High City is sure to have multiple breweries or tap houses pouring your craft beer of choice.

Have you worked up a thirst yet? Here are our rankings for the top 10 breweries in Denver:

Call to Arms Brewing Company

My absolute favorite in the city. Denver’s beer community had high expectations for Call to Arms Brewing Company, and so far those expectations have been exceeded. Consistently high-quality craft beer options across a broad range of styles. The Amigos Borrachos is my favorite.

Little Machine Beer

This Jefferson Park brewery instantly became a favorite watering hole for beer enthusiasts across the city when it opened. It doesn’t hurt that it’s located right next to Sports Authority Field, but Little Machine Beer offers some amazing craft brews (the winter lager is a popular choice) that keep people coming back even when it’s not a Broncos game day.

Ratio

RiNo is a beer destination neighborhood, and Ratio, located at 2920 Larimer St., is one of the breweries that have helped cement that reputation. Fun events, relaxed atmosphere, and absolutely killer beer options combine to make it easily one of the top breweries in the city. Local hop experts will tell you that Ratio’s top of the line, twenty barrel brewing system gives it a leg up on the competition.

Declaration Brewing Company

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The Top Apartment Buildings in Denver

Best Apartments in DenverFinding the right apartment rental in Denver seems to get harder and harder with each passing month.

As metro area home prices have skyrocketed over the past few years, many potential buyers are content to stay out of the market, pick a rental, and wait for things to settle down. With no end in sight, the demand for rentals is becoming a problem city-wide.

Getting a spot in one of Denver’s top apartment buildings has probably never been tougher, but that makes it all the more important that you go into your search prepared. To get started, you need a clear set of wants and needs and a short list of rental companies to contact.

You’ll have to decide your top priorities for yourself, but we can provide you with a list of the top local apartment complexes based on some common priorities for renters in Denver.

Here’s our list of the top apartment buildings in Denver, according to best view, best amenities, and best deals.

Denver Apartments with the Best View

Denver offers a mixture of breathtaking natural surrounding landscape and exciting man-made urban cityscape. Some of the city’s best apartments offer stunning views of one or both of these elements.

Which apartment complex has the best overall view is a pretty subjective thing, but there’s little doubt that Platform At Union Station should at least be near the top of anyone’s list. Check out the exterior views of this stunning high-rise in Denver’s...

Top 10 Activities in Denver

Denver Union StationDenver is a vibrant city with no shortage of activities to intrigue, indulge, or entertain. From the cultural wonders of its excellent museums to the thrilling adventures of its natural landscape, you can find whatever you’re looking for in the Mile High City.

Here’s our list of the top 10 activities in Denver.

10. Hear the Colorado Symphony

Boettcher Concert Hall, home to The Colorado Symphony, is located in the Denver Performing Arts Center. The city’s professional symphony orchestra delights audiences year-round with a diverse lineup of solo performances, symphonies, concert series, educational programs, and community outreach events.

9. Tour the Wynkoop Brewery

The Wynkoop Brewing Company has the stated mission of bringing the community together through excellent beer and food. Denver, in general, is becoming more and more known for its incredible craft beer selection. Wynkoop remains one of the standard setters. Learn a little bit about the art of brewing beer and enjoy some samples.

8. Visit the Denver Mint

Tours of the Denver Mint offer fascinating insight into the history of U.S. currency and the process of how we produce the money we use every day. Each tour is geared toward educating and entertaining people of all ages on an interesting topic that’s often taken for granted.

7. Visit the Denver Art Museum

The DAM is one of the biggest art museums in the western United States...

Top 4 Mountain Bike Trails Within 45 Minutes of Denver

Denver's Top Mountain BikingProbably no other metro area in the United States offers as much access to world-class mountain biking as Denver. It’s truly one of the things that puts this city in a class of its own when it comes to inspiring and exciting outdoors enthusiasts.

There are well over 1,000 rides and trails within easy driving distance from the Mile High City. While each has its own memorable experience to offer, you probably don't have the time to ride them all.

Try the best first. Here are the top 4 mountain bike trails within 45 minutes of Denver.

Apex Park

It doesn’t get much more convenient than this for city-dwelling mountain bikers. The Apex Park tour is a short jaunt down I-70, south of Golden, just minutes away from the city center.

The eight-mile trail begins with a steep climb that finally reaches its peak (1,700 feet higher than you started) at mile five. Over the last three miles of the journey, you descend out into the wide-open country with stunning views of Denver.

Check the MTB Project page for the Apex Park tour for more information about ride times and trail features.

Lair O’ the Bear Park, a personal favorite 

It may begin with a peaceful pedal alongside the fly fishing waters of Bear Creek, but the Lair O’ the Bear Park trail will soon snap you out of your Rocky Mountain wonder. Just after the first mile of the 12-mile trek, you’ll hang a sharp left and start a steep climb. Technical challenges and plenty of bobbing and weaving await...

Top Things to do with Kids in Denver

What to do with kids in DenverRunning out of things to do with your kids? After months of summer vacation, it’s understandable if you feel like you’ve seen and done every kid-friendly activity the Mile High City has to offer. We’re here to help.

 Here’s our list of the of the top things to do with kids in Denver. Check out these entertaining and educational spots around town the next time you need to plan a Saturday afternoon that will keep the entire family happy.

 Top Things to do with Kids in Denver

  1.  The Denver Museum of Nature & Science

    The DMNS aims to inspire people of all ages through the wonder of scientific discovery. There’s a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and enough exhibits to keep the kids interested and engaged for an entire day. The Discovery Zone is especially geared toward the museum’s younger visitors. Visit http://www.dmns.org/ for more information.

  2.  Downtown Aquarium

    Denver’s public aquarium features exhibits that highlight some of the most fascinating underwater ecosystems in the world’s oceans. There’s something for everyone in the family at Downtown Aquarium -- a 4-D theater experience, a carousel, the Nautilus Ballroom, the Aquarium Restaurant, shopping, and more! Find more info at Denver Aquarium

  3. Denver Zoo

    Ride the zoo train, feed the giraffes, and let your little ones learn fascinating wildlife facts in the "Be a Zookeeper Zone.” There...