As summer winds down it turns out a lot of people are taking trips. I guess I was always under the assumption that as September rolls around and fall starts to settle in people hunker down. I was wrong! I have been delightfully busy house sitting for some of my favorite Colorado dog owners. While this means that I get to cuddle and play with some wonderful pups, it also means that I haven’t been home much. My cats are feeling a bit neglected! While I was home for a few days this week I feel back into my Capitol Hill routine. There are some great things to do if you ever find yourself in this part of Denver, so here are a few of my favorites.
Pizza at Benny Blancos. This is truly a hole in the wall establishment, as it is a narrow shop nestled in between bigger and louder buildings. I literally walked right past it twice! Different people had recommended this place for a slice of New York style pizza and they knew what they were talking about! For $2.50 you can get an enormous slice of pizza. You can add just about any topping your heart desires for a little more (something like .50). Be warned, only about three or four people can fit inside at any given time, so you might end up standing on the sidewalk outside while you wait!
Drinks at City O City. This place is mainly known for it’s tasty vegetarian fare (wohoo!) but I actually end up coming here more often to grab a cup of coffee or to take advantage of their great Happy Hour specials. Happy Hour takes place for several hours at a time, two times a day! They serve craft cocktails, a selection of beer and cider, great coffee, and even house made kombucha. Not to mention the artwork you can take in inside the building is gorgeous, OR you can sit outside and sip your libation in few of the golden capitol building.
Relaxing at Cheeseman Park or City Park. I know I’ve written about the parks in this neighborhood before, but I just can’t praise them enough. As if the colorful history weren’t enough (haunted parks!) both feature plenty of shady space to relax, open grass for dogs to play, and playgrounds for kids or adults-who-just-want-to-swing. I like to bring a blanket, thermos of beer or coffee, and my ipad or a book to kick back for a few hours.
The Denver Art Museum Is just down the street from me. You can’t miss the iconic chrome structure gleaming in the sun! Not to mention all the crazy sculptures out front. This place has plenty of cool exhibits on display, plus the architecture itself makes for a very trippy experience just walking around. Plus, the first Saturday of every month is a free day!
Voodoo Doughnut Is another place I write/talk about frequently. Yes it is a bit of a tourist attraction, but for a good reason. This place has the perfect quirky downtown vibe that I love and the donut selection is pretty magical. I have my favorites, but whenever I bring friends here I try to think outside the box and try a new creation! Creation, not flavor, is the right word since some of these donuts looks like pieces of delicious art piles high with peanut butter, cereal, marshmallows, coconut flakes, frostings- you get the picture. There are even vegan donuts available! Plus, since this joint is open 24 hours, there is no wrong time for dessert.
So yeah…those are a few of my favorite things. I have could go on- there are tons of tiny cafes, restaurants, and bars around here but I think I would run out of battery life before I got done trying to type it all up! If you ever find yourself in Denver head towards the golden dome of the capitol building and spend some time in Capitol Hill.