Just a quick post. Last week i went to Denver on business, which was my first time to Colorado, and i must say i really enjoyed it. I didn’t really know what to expect when going there, aside from the fact that it is the micro-brew capital of the USA so I thought i would like it.
Flying over from LA had some amazing scenery. We were above the clouds which then gave way to these huge snow-capped mountains and valleys, which then rolled off into hills (as its not yet fully winter), and then opened up to thousand and thousands of acres of High Sierra. It looks brown in the pics, but it is all essentially grass or farmland that has been burnt off from frost.
I stayed at the Hotel Monaco (http://www.monaco-denver.com/) which is a Kimpton Hotel. (As an aside, Kimpton does seem to run a great chain of boutique hotels over here in the States). It has a great central location and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are certainly big enough and well decorated. The only slight negative i have is that it is starting to look a little tired in the corridors and could probably do with a quick paint job to freshen things up.
The first night i decided to try some of Denvers finest so walked to Falling Rock Tap House (http://fallingrocktaphouse.com/). This place has close to 100 beers on tap and is constantly adding new ones. The bar staff were very helpful and i got to try Pliny The Elder, which has been voted Americas favourite beer something like 4 years running. It is an IPA so not my favourite style personally, but it is extremely well balanced.
Following a few bevvies i went to Old Major (http://oldmajordenver.com/) for dinner. Tis was just a short Uber ride away in an area called Lower Highlands (or LoHi to the locals). The locals i spoke with there were amazed i had found that place in my first night there, but it is some of the best food i have had in the US. They cut and cure all their own meats and chacuterie, so of course i tried the chacuterie plate for starter and had a great rabbit papardelle for main. The cured meats were absolutely amazing with some of the prosciutto literally melting in my mouth, like meaty cotton candy.
Denver itself has a nice mix of Victorian architecture and a condensed CBD so everything is walking distance. Since it is close to Christmas they had lights on all the trees in the main malls, and they also put out a heap of pianos all over the place that the public can sit and play at, which creates a nice, festive atmosphere. The rest of the time was pretty much spent on business, however i did get out to Boulder for a few hours and that seems like a really cool little town also.