If you are feeling the blues, maybe a good cocktail and a bit of jazz are just what you need. Fortunately, the jazz scene around Denver is pretty vibrant and as smooth as a sax solo on a Friday night.
To get your Jazz fix, here are some spots you can go to:
If you are talking about Jazz in Denver, the first place to go to is the pioneer in the scene: El Chapultepec. Every Jazz fan in Denver knows to go to the corner of the 20th and Market. They are considered the oldest Jazz club in Denver, serving up the blues every night since 1933.
1962 Market St. Denver, CO 80202
Herbs’ motto is low on pretension, high on energy, and the club certainly lives up to it. If you are looking for a Jazz club at Denver’s LoDo scene, this is the spot. Great bands paired with creative, yet inexpensive cocktails make for a very smooth night. If you are in the mood to sing or play yourself, Herbs wants you to come down and bring your voice and your Axe on their Hump Day Funk Jam. Just check out their calendars for the dates
2057 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205
Probably the premier jazz spot in Denver. They have featured some of the best local and national jazz artists like Joe Lovano, The Bad Plus, and Kurt Elling. It was listed as one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world by DownBeat magazine too. To top it off, they also established their own vinyl record store so that Jazz enthusiasts has another mode to enjoy the music.
1512 Curtis St. Denver, CO 80202
Nocturne is a pretty young contender on this list as they only opened in 2014, but that they already belong on this list speaks volumes of what they offer the Denver Jazz scene. What started out as a warehouse in RiNo, turned into an acoustically designed room to optimize the blues from the bands and artists. Their Artist in Residency program explores modern and classic jazz as never before as artists engage in an 8-week performance. So for straight ahead to funky, Nocturne has got you covered.
1330 27th St. Denver, CO 80205
The Crimson Room
If you are looking for a more intimate setting with a touch of sophistication, just check out this cozy place behind a glossy red door at downtown Denver’s historic Larimer Square. Wear your fancy clothes and experience some of Denver’s best Jazz and Acoustic acts nightly.
1403 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80202
Q & A Health Feature: Monticue Connally of Jiridon Apothecary
I’ve known Monticue Connally for years having always been aware of the Hip Hop persona, MontiClevah, that saw him win the International USA Songwriting competition for the Hip Hop Category in 2006, perform with many local bands including Denver’s own, The Flobots, and be featured on various albums with other artists. Behind that persona, though, I felt there was much more to this man than just music. It was in the way he carried himself, spoke of religion and spirituality, and always had healthful tips for the usual ailment we all fall victim to from time to time. So as I sat down to talk with Monticue last week, I realized that yes he’s a genius when it comes to music, but I was oblivious to what he may say is his true gift, being a medicine man.
Alright Monticue, even though we’ve know each other for quite a while, tell me little about yourself. What’s your background?
I grew up in a two parent home with a sister and two brothers. We were always creating music and reading whatever we could get our hands on. I was particularly interested in Holistic healing and African American studies. This interest for my culture was sparked when I found out that my great-great-great grandfather from Africa was forced into slavery and taken to a plantation in Texas. This grandfather begat twins that were sold at birth to two different plantations. One of the twins escaped in the early 1900s and begat a son named Monticue. This man, the man that I was named after, died when I was around five years old. These facts taught me that my ties to both Africa and slavery weren’t as far away as people told me they were.
What in particular, if anything, from that history pushed you into the direction of herbs, natural remedies, and ultimately being a medicine man?
After learning about my great-great grandfather, I began to study the African captives and learned that these people often called “slaves” were experts and healers. They would often keep their ailments hidden from their captors due to the western reliance on bloodletting and forced vomiting as primary methods of care. The Africans on the plantations survived illness with a heavy reliance on herbal remedies. I am from that history. Times haven’t changed much. Many western drugs are poisons that should have never been considered as first resorts to healing. I come from that people that needed to stay rooted in plant knowledge to survive a brutal captivity.
Tell me a little bit more about your background when it comes to natural remedy healing.
As a natural plant mystic, I have an unorthodox knowledge of the nature of plants and I work with them on many levels. Herbs, the spirit world, and alternative healing methods have been a lifelong interest for me due to sensitivities I have to the “other side.”
I also received my community herbalism training through the Artemisia and Rue Western Herbal Medicine and Earth Centered Healing Traditions Herbal program. I also learned through taking up full apprenticeships with local healers and working in various herb shops. My first herb shop job was at Artemisia and Rue under the guidance of Shelley Torgove. I currently work for Ye Olde Magic Shoppe and Artisan’s Apothecary when I’m not selling products, seeing clients, doing readings or teaching classes for my own apothecary, Jiridon Apothecary.
Besides the deep family history, was there anything else that got you interested in this line of work?
I’ve always been into cures. I’d pick up herbal books as a teenager and try to memorize them but my first breakthrough was at the age of 15 when I burned myself at the oven. I read in a vague description of remedies that onion was good for burns. I ran to the cabinet and pulled out the onion powder. I mixed a little water with it and instinctively used the water to turn the powder to an onion paste. I smeared the paste into the burn and within minutes was relieved of all pain. I’ve been using the remedy ever since! I like results and the plants always delivered. It didn’t matter whether I was dealing with depression, a virus, or an evil free floating entity. My salvation always came through the plants.
You mentioned you now have your own apothecary called Jiridon Apothecary. What is the meaning behind the name?
Jiridon is a method of speaking to trees that was practiced by Africans and later African Americans in the Americas. People who practiced Jiridon were also known as tree whisperers. I am this; I’ve been speaking to trees my entire life. They can speak directly to the intuition or throw their voice on to the wind. I sleep with various tree branches above my bed often so that I can speak to the trees on an even deeper level than I can do in the light. It’s very powerful to dream in the presence of of strong trees and healing plants. The medicines from the trees are also very effective in healing the human body, mind, and spirit which ties into my work as an herbalist. This Jiridon practice is the root of my existence and will be my primary focus until the day that I die.
Is it just you at Jiridon?
Actually no. My partner Aishah Muhammad, an amazing jeweler, was creating beautiful necklaces from stones that reminded me of images of Orisha and art from the African diaspora. She called her business “Spiders and Bumblebees.” I really liked her work and told her about my “Bad Vibe” repellent and other herbal products that I’d been selling as part of my own business “Urban Shaman.” We ended up fusing our two businesses into what we know now as Jiridon Apothecary.
Let’s talk about herbal remedies and what it all means in today’s world. What do you see as both the major differences and benefits of herbal remedies as opposed to “Western” medicine?
“Western” medical theory has the tendency to treat the body like a fragmented machine instead of a working whole. We are not robots waiting for someone to forcefully push our health buttons. Our body is made up of great intelligence and decides what is best for it while greatly taking into consideration the way we treat it. The body is a community of body systems that work together to do what’s best for the whole. There is a ton of communication, compromise, and purpose behind each action. You can’t just throw a pill in the body and force a certain response without awful repercussions. These repercussions are often called “side effects”. Herbs used in the proper way are much more graceful in function.
Why do you think the modern world has gotten away from the more natural ways of healing?
The modern world doesn’t respect Earth nor true diversity. It’s reflected in the way women are taught not to be happy but to fit the mold of one slim type woman. People are often taught that there is one perfect god and that all other paths are false; and we are taught to do away with the tales of old in honor of the advancements of science. This is reflected in the medicine. We are discouraged from going back to earth, our source and beseech the aid of the true healers: the various plants. They tell us that we should do away with those dirty and dangerous plants and instead go for the one great pill. The great white savior that will do away with all your ailments if you’d just believe and swallow. This is a terrible mental disease. To think that one should have to turn to science before the thousands of years that support the healthy use of herbs. We have been brainwashed into worshiping the power of brands and plastic. We believe that things that have huge companies backing them can be trusted. We are taught that if medicine is sealed tight in a plastic bottle that it came from heaven. We love the idea of robot love. That robot made a pure thing for us; something that never touched the dirt or a human hand. This is what is killing us. Health is our birthright. There is no reason that money or big companies should keep us away from medicine. We should be able to walk outside and see medicine all over. Instead we are trained to see weeds. Police are trained to see thugs when they look at people of color. They are taught to fear them so they see them as disposable. If they could see them as people, as kindred spirits, they could receive love from those people. If we could see the weeds, the plants as kindred souls with names and purpose, that relationship can grow as well! We should go outside and see the flowers in the weed and hear it speak. We should be able to go down to the local healer and ask for advice from someone that is not tied to big business. We should be able to go to someone that touches plants with his or her hands and understands the language of plants. We have been trained to see the earth as alien and devoid of love when it is in fact the opposite. This earth is here for us.
What do you say to those who are skeptics and might stay away from such methods because they may see it as “hippyish” or “hoodoo?” Do you run into people with such feelings?
When people try the medicine, they are rarely disappointed. The medicine speaks for itself. I don’t have to sell or coerce my clients who are usually people that are fed up with awful side effects of medicines that don’t work. There are times where I’ll run into someone really religious. I’m able to help them to ease into it by bringing up God and how he created the earth. I ask them why He’d create an earth that didn’t give to the people He created? Were Adam and Eve healing themselves with the use of a Walgreens Pharmacy? Probably not! For people that see herbs as dangerous, I let them know several things. First of all they already use herbs to some capacity! Garlic, onion, and many other excellent seasonings are medicinal herbs! I also let them know that herbs are incredibly forgiving and even more safe when working with an experienced practitioner. I’ll also let them know that statistically 1 in 333 people die from properly prescribed western pharmaceuticals. In comparison the number of deaths related to herbs in a year is one in a million. Science knows very little about why certain herbs are so effective and that is because they think you can understand everything by breaking it down and analyzing it’s parts. The plants don’t work that way. The magic behind why the plant works is way too complex for popular science.
To answer the second part of your question, I do on occasion run into people that associate herbs and old cures with hoodoo or witchcraft and that’s fine with me. I let them know that I’m here for them when they are ready. As a Shaman, Reiki Healer and Tarot reader, I can’t really be the one to break the herb or witchcraft stigma! Witches and Shamans were and are often herbalists, too. I’m not too quick to share this part of myself when working with hesitant or fearful types.
As you continue with your work, are you seeing more people finally gravitating to natural ways of healing?
People are going through a time where they are slowly finding value in rawness. They want the raw cure. They don’t want things doctored up and bleached by men. They don’t want “chemicals” or fragmented cures. They want something whole, something with color, culture and taste!
Why do you believe there is a connection between herbs and their healing nature within the human body?
I believe that plants are the intermediary between man and complete health. They are “the reminders.” When the body is forced to begin a cycle that isn’t sustainable, the herbs come into the body and say, “Hey body, do you remember when we used to do things in this more balanced way?” The body remembers the herbs and says “I think I do remember.” Every dosage is like another knock on the knock. Eventually the herbs ask the same question, “Do you remember when we used to do things in this more balanced way? And the body says, “I do. I remember.” That is when the client is cured of the disease. These plants aren’t like the pills. The medicinal herbs, the plants with high affinity for humans followed us throughout history and evolved alongside of us. The pills aren’t gentle, they don’t ask the body if it remembers. The pills force the body to do things that it doesn’t understand. Since the body can’t understand, it becomes reliant on the pill to force. These herbs are masters of their environments and carry great wisdom for our bodies. They go into the body and begin to spread the good news. Osha is one of the masters of the high places. It grows 10,000 feet high in a dry climate in thin air. Guess what could help the mountain jogger feeling fatigued due to the thin air? Osha root! Chewing on that root teaches the lungs how they should respond to thin air! The qualities and lessons of the the plant become one with the human body in a way that brings peace.
Do certain herbs help only certain ailments?
Herbs usually affect many body systems at once. That means that one herb can be lung strengthening, high mineral, and antihistaminic at the same time. This can be confusing for beginners because some sources don’t give much explanation. I used to read the vague books and be boggled that one herb popped up under so many ailments. It makes you start to think that any herb will due if they are just going to all have a million uses. The problem is that books that are like this don’t explain the underlying “why” or the fact that there are varying strengths and times when you would choose one herb over another. For example when an herb is placed with “cough” in a text, that is not enough information to produce satisfactory results. The healer needs to know when the cough started, what caused the cough and if the cough is “wet” or “dry” to name a few details needed. Herbs are often super effective in combinations with supporting herbs that can really help drive the purpose of the primary herb. Effective herbalism doesn’t focus on placing one herb to a specific ailment. Effective herbalism focuses on gearing teams of herbs to help create a condition where the body can heal on its own.
You’ve thrown a lot of knowledge at me today. Do you host any classes or workshops for people who are interested to learn more?
Yes! I host a wide range of classes that range from Herbal Basics to Male Herbs to classes on Blessing and Banishing. I’m also known for taking large groups on long walks where we stop at each medicinal herb along the way. In February I am usually invited to teach a Medicines of the African American captives course at one of the local Denver libraries. We usually announce the locations, dates and times of classes on our website or on the Jiridon Apothecary Facebook page.
Where can people buy your products or request you help?
For Herbal Consultations, House Blessings, Tarot Readings, teas or jewelry, we can be reached either on our Facebook page, JiridonApothecary.com or we can be emailed at JiridonApothecary@gmail.com
The holiday season of pies, cookies, and those little tasty chocolates is over folks and chances are you’ve set a goal to be more active and lose weight in 2018, right? In fact, I saw a few of you at the gym today; some with a confused look when walking around all the equipment, some with a halfhearted effort with the weights or on the treadmill, and some digging right in like they were a regular gym rat the whole time. Well in the last ten years of being in one gym or another as a personal trainer or just training myself, I’ve seen a lot of people come and go within two weeks of that New Year’s resolution they set. It doesn’t have to be that way, however. I guarantee it. Just be smart about your goals and how you go about achieving them.
ARE YOU READY? If you have major health issues it’s important to speak with your doctor before starting a training program. If ‘Doc’ gives you the go ahead, that’s the first step. Next is make sure you are ready. And by that I mean mentally. It’s not always easy stepping into the gym, hitting the track, or even going out on nightly walks at first. Be motivated. Be confident.
WHAT’S THE PLAN? It’s really important to make yourself a plan that’s easy to follow and manageable with your daily schedule. How much time do you have during the day/week for a workout.? I recommend 20-30 minutes. What days are best for you? Choose days that you know will work and that can be routine during the week. And finally, what type of exercise are you looking for? Cycling, walking, weightlifting, swimming, or jogging? You can mix and match but do what you’re comfortable with.
TAKE YOUR TIME. Your desire to be healthy should last the rest of your life so it’s important to think of your fitness goals as long term rather than short term. So don’t go into beast mode right away because you’re either going to burn yourself out or get an injury. Try this. Start with three days a week, low-to-moderate intensity workouts that includes a good pace walk and some low weight strength training. (For advice, find a personal trainer at the gym or look for more tips over the course of this health series.)
GOT A FRIEND? Music definitely helps a workout but it’s also nice to have someone around with the same goals, someone there to lean on for support, and someone to push you a little further when you need it. Put a workout plan together with a partner, stick to it, and motivate each other as you push toward your goals.
SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS. Goals are important but when you set them, start with a solid foundation, move forward slowly, and be realistic. Don’t try to lose 40 pounds in a month. Aim for five to ten pounds. Don’t go out and run two miles on the first day. Walk for 20-30 minutes three times a week for a month and eventually build up to a point you feel comfortable jogging a 1/2 or full mile. Just be honest with yourself and put in the effort and I guarantee you’ll be on your way to a new you in 2018.
Here are the things you can do in and around Denver this week.
Celebrate Hispanic Culture at the last week of National Hispanic Heritage Month
This is an annual celebration of culture, history, and many contributions of the Hispanic community to what the United States of America is today. It is in its last week so it’s your last chance to join in this year.
SEP 15 – OCT 15, 2017
Watch Dinosaurs Live at Dinos! After Dark
What’s better than watching dinosaurs? Watching dinosaurs actually move. What’s even better? Watching them at night. The Denver Zoo brings their Dinos Live act to a next level with Dinos! After Dark. Get to experience the Zoo’s animatronic dinosaurs come to life along with illuminated sculptures made from pumpkins. Perfect for Halloween.
OCT 5 – OCT 28, 2017
2300 Steele St., Denver, CO 80205
Catch Imagine Dragons
Catch Imagine Dragons at the Pepsi Center this Saturday. I don’t think I need to say more.
OCT 14, 2017
1000 Chopper Cir., Denver, CO 80204
MmmmBop with Hanson
Oh, you know you want to sign along!!! It’s the 25th anniversary of Hanson’s Middle of Nowhere album and you can celebrate this milestone with the band itself, all grown up.
Summit Music Hall
OCT 14, 2017
1902 Blake St., Denver, CO 80202
Run, Rock ‘n’ Roll
Rock ‘n’ Roll bands along a marathon course? I am so in. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is an annual event that has been happening since 1998 and every year, more and more people are joining the fray. Best part is that the event has raised more than $310 million for participating charities. So, marathon, bands, and charity. What else do you need?
OCT 14-15, 2017
Broadway Ave. & Colfax, Denver, CO 80202
The annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is here again and it is bigger than ever. With some controversies in the past about the involvement of large beer corporations, some changes are expected this weekend to improve beer enthusiasts experience.
Craft Beer will dominate End Caps
In the past, big beer brands like MillerCoors, Constellation Brands, and AB InBev are able to dominate endcaps through their subsidiaries because of big sponsorship of the event. But it kind of defeats the purpose of showcasing local craft beers.
This year, The Brewers Association (BA) announced that end caps will be reserved only for those brewers that meet the organization’s definition of a craft brewer, which usually means small, traditional breweries that are independent or have less than 25 percent ownership from large alcohol corporations.
Big Beer Brands presence is severely decreased
Big beer brands have been stealing the thunder from local craft beer makers in the past GABF. Not this time. Most of the big beer brands will have less presence overall. Some of them will still be there. MillerCoors will have a table where they will serve most of their beers and AB InBev will only have 2 of their purchased formerly independent breweries participating in the event. But for the most part, they are gone. Bud is not there, Blue Moon is not there, and Lagunitas, which was popular in past GABF events, won’t be there either.
Offensive Beer Name Ban
Maryland’s Flying Dog caused quite a stir when they announced that they won’t be participating in this year’s GABF because of the BA’s new policy about possible offensive beer names. In April, BA announced that it will be taking a stand against beer names that can be classified as offensive, racist, or misogynistic. Flying Dog thinks this constitutes censorship. It will be fun to see if any of the breweries will come up with names that will push BAs definition of what of what offensive names are.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan will be there
A lot of breweries do a lot of gimmicks to get their brew more attention. There were the funny stunts from Bull & Bush and Oskar Blues in the past, and then there were the cannabis-infused beers from Dad & Dudes. This year, Melvin Brewing will be going WWE (or should it be WWF) as they teamed up with wrestling legend Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who will be all over the fest. What else can I say but… HHHOOOOO…
Q&A Artist Feature: Comic Book Creator R. Alan Brooks and The Burning Metronome
It’s 5 o’clock on what seems like just a normal Friday afternoon but there’s already an almost palpable. artistic, and lively vibe buzzing within the eclectic walls of Mutiny Cafe as I walk through the front door. Scattered groups of colorful people mill around in an all-embracing dance of a shared love for everything from books and comics to classic rock posters and painted artwork hanging above flyer covered windows looking out onto Broadway. The place reeks of brewing coffee and inspiration; the perfect atmosphere to meet comic book creator creator, R. Alan Brooks. I take my seat next to him at a corner table inundated by the late day sun in order to talk about his latest creation, The Burning Metronome.
You recently released your first graphic novel, The Burning Metronome. What is the significance behind the title?
Well, as music geeks know, metronomes keep time in music. So the idea of one that’s burning conjures the image of time running out, which I like.
Is this your first major writing endeavor and if so, why a graphic novel?
I’ve been reading comic books since I was 5, and only decided to try writing them a few years ago. Comics are a unique medium, because when you’re reading one, you’re essentially collaborating with its creators to determine the pace and rhythm of the story. You decide how quickly the page turns, and how much time you spend looking at the art. There are methods comic creators can use to encourage you to speed up or slow down, but ultimately, it’s up to you. Even movies can’t do that. And that’s something that I love about comic books.
I’ve known you a while now, particularly as a hip-hop artist. What was this writing process like for you? Did the ideas come as easily?
Generally, ideas come pretty easily, but the execution of those ideas is the real work. Any artist ,aspiring or professional, can often pluck ideas out of the air, but it doesn’t matter if we aren’t willing to do the work to craft those ideas into finished products. So, once I have an idea, the next step for me is to mold it into something that is entertaining to people besides myself. Because, after all, I can only buy so many copies of my own book.
Graphic novels are like comic books in a sense that they use sequential art to drive the story, but this format tends to lead to more stand-alone stories and complex plots. So what is the story within The Burning Metronome?
The Burning Metronome is about six courageous explorers who find themselves trapped in a world where they encounter the strangest creatures they’ve ever seen: human beings. It’s basically a supernatural murder mystery with social commentary; kind of a Twilight-Zone-meets-Usual-Suspects type of story.
Did the comics you grew up on or ones you are currently reading have any influence over your own work?
Comics like Watchmen, Kingdom Come, and X-men all featured social commentary, and strongly influenced me as a kid. More recently, Ex-Machina, Hawkeye, Black Science, and Kill or Be Killed and others have made me more aware of what can done with genre storytelling in comics.
Who did you work with on this project and how did that relationship come to fruition?
I wrote the script and my partner Matt Strackbein did all the color art and lettering. Matt and I met just under 2 years ago at a birthday party for a mutual friend and we immediately began to talk about ways we could collaborate. Frankly, I was lucky to be able to work with him because his design work has appeared around the world, and he’s been published by Dark Horse Comics.
What do you hope readers take away from the story?
Once you read The Burning Metronome, my first hope is that you’ll enjoy it. My second hope is that you’ll find some encouraging and different ways to look at your own life, and that you’ll feel enriched for having read it.
You were at Comic Con in Denver this year. What was that experience like as a writer and what was the fan reaction to The Burning Metronome?
Wonderful. It was crazy to connect with so many people who were enthusiastic about something I created with Matt, and have them so excited about what we were doing. It was so cool and emotionally fulfilling that I frankly can’t imagine it having gone better.
Have other reviews and fan comments exceeded your expectations?
So far, so good. Ha! People have been very generous with their feedback, and I’m very thankful.
Sometimes there tends to be a steady stream of new work hitting the market without much of a break between projects. Are you currently writing a follow up or working on any other projects?
I’m actually outlining the second story arc of The Burning Metronome now. Also, I’m writing Falling Deep, a comic that Gerhard Kaaihue is drawing. That’s a secret agent story, which is really an exploration of love and divorce.
In addition, I’m continuing to write a children’s comic called The Adventures of Captain Colorado for Pop Culture Classroom, an educational non-profit that puts on Denver Comic Con.
Finally, I’m on my second draft of a film script for a director in Atlanta.
There seems to be a resurgence in both the comic book and graphic novel industry and it’s sort of the cool thing to do now. What is the scene like here in Denver?
It’s full of talented and generous people who all support each other’s endeavors in really dope ways. I love being part of this community.
Copies of The Burning Metronome for purchase can be found at various comic book shops, at Mutiny Cafe, or online at: www.theburningmetronome.com
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There are so many layers in Denver. There’s the food scene, the beer scene, the outdoor lifestyle, the city lifestyle, and the downtown lifestyle. So, taking your special someone out can present some challenges.
This is doubly so when you are going out with someone for the first time and you don’t know the person’s preferences yet. The best you can do is play it safe and not do something totally outrageous on the first date.
To help you out, here are some tips.
Don’t get high
This may seem basic but we are in Denver, the land of the legal weed. It may turn out that your date may enjoy the good stuff as much as you do, but until you find this out, starting the date being high as a kite is not a good idea. If you find out that she is into that, then maybe on the next date. If not, well, you can introduce her to the bomb later on.
Don’t get hammered LoDo style
Nothing against LoDo, but the place is littered with bars with great happy hours. And when there is happy hour, there are more people getting drunk. Like “I just turned 21 and now I can drink” kind of drunk. Take her to a more relax and intimate place. Take her to a place with a nice view like Izakaya Den. The rooftop patio there is the bomb, and the large menu of small plates is perfect for sampling and sharing. There is also the Fire Terrace at the Art Hotel. Great view of Broadway and the Museum District, with great cocktails. Anyway, Denver has no shortage of chill places for first dates.
Try wholesome activities
Aside from hanging out in places with great views, you can also go to spots where there are activities you can do together like Ace Eat Serve. Aside from great Asian fares, they also have awesome ping pong tables. You can also go bowling at Punchbowl, or play Giant Jenga at the Matchbox. If those are not your jam, Denver has a lot of restaurants and bars with other fun activities.
Don’t order Bud, go Craft
You are in Denver, the best craft beer city, and you are ordering a Bud. That is just blasphemy to the Denver Beer Gods. If you are not yet baptized in the ways of the craft beer, you can download PintPass on your smarphone so that you know which restaurants serve craft beers, and which kinds they have on tap.
Last, be your (nice) self
It is a cliché, but it is true. It is a widely-known fact that most people in the world do not like pretentious assholes. So, do not be one.
It’s the middle of summer!! It is the perfect time to visit the nearest body of water and have some fun. The people of Denver knows this and are lucky to have some great lakes around the state. It varies from lakes that are more suited for adventurists, and lakes that are perfect for families and some wholesome fun.
We will be focusing more on the latter as we list down the top 5 lakes for the whole family:
Cherry Creek Reservoir
Located in Aurora, this lake features a roped-off swimmable area and some fine sandy beach that makes you feel like you’re in the ocean. You and your family can do a lot of water activities like boating, riding a jet ski, paddle boarding, and more. You can even do non-water activities like horseback riding and camping.
Location: 4201 S. Parker Rd., Aurora, CO 80014.
Chatfield State Park Reservoir
This reservoir was previously constructed by the US Army Corps to help control flooding in the area. Now, the Chatfield Reservoir is the main attraction in the Chatfield State Park. Although only a portion of the reservoir is allowed for swimming, there are still a lot of things you can do like boating and water skiing. The park is also great for biking, camping, and flying hot-air balloons.
Location: 11500 Roxborough Park Rd, Littleton, CO 80125
Blue Mesa Reservoir
This is the largest body of water in the state of Colorado and boasts of a 96-mile shoreline. Most of these are rocky, though, and swimming is limited to Bay of Chickens, Dry Creek, and Old Highway 50 beach. What it lacks in swimmable areas, though, they make up for other activities like windsurfing and waterskiing. You can also ride your boat, or go camping around the area.
Location: 102 Elk Creek, CO 81230.
If you are looking for a lifeguard attended lake, then the Boulder Reservoir is perfect for your family. It has one roped off shore that is suitable for young children to swim in. There is another that is more suitable to older kids (12 and up) and requires a swim-test by the lifeguard. Aside from swimming, there are other water activities you can do like boating, fishing, and waterskiing. You can also hike or bike around the area.
Location: 5565 51st St, Boulder, CO 80301
Aptly named the Grand Lake, this is the largest and deepest natural lake in Colorado, and it boasts of over 60 miles of water surface length. You can start by traversing the town’s boardwalk, which takes you all the way to the lake. From there, you and your family can quickly hit the water as public swimming is allowed in this big lake. You can also go boating or canoeing. The lake is also near Rocky National Park for more non-water activities like hiking and biking.
Location: 1246 Lake Ave, Grand Lake, CO 80447