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Denver, Colorado


Denver Colorado may seem like an unlikely place to visit if you don’t have family or friends there. However there are lots of fun things to do in the “Mile High City”. The downtown Denver area offers many hotel options that are conveniently located near many restaurants, bars and museums.

One of my personal favorites is the Magnolia Hotel. The Magnolia offers rooms with a warm fireplace, large soaking tub and large windows with city views. Another great amenity of the Magnolia hotel is their nightly complimentary happy hour, fresh baked cookies from 8-10 pm and a decent complimentary breakfast downstairs. You will also pool tables and several areas to lounge with friends in the lower level of the hotel. http://www.magnoliahotels.com/denver/hotel-photos.php

Magnolia Hotel Denver

Magnolia Hotel Suite

Denver ranks 1st in the nation in terms of beer production per capita, and second overall in terms of number of breweries. It has been dubbed “The Napa of Beer”. If you enjoy drinking beer, one great tour to consider is The Denver Microbrew Tour, which is a 1.5 mile walking tour through Denver’s “LODO” district (Lower Downtown) and Ballpark neighborhoods. Participants will enjoy beer samples at several microbreweries and a pint at the last stop. Tour prices are $25-29 per person. Keep in mind that the effects of alcohol have a different effect at higher elevations, so you may find yourself feeling inebriated quicker than you would at lower elevations. http://www.denvermicrobrewtour.com/tour-info/

If you enjoy Jazz music, Dazzle restaurant and lounge has nightly Jazz shows and great food. If you are lucky enough to sit in Monique’s section I would suggest ordering a martini, she takes the phrase “shaken not stirred” to a whole new level with her delivery of your drink. The food is “great American traditional cuisine with a twist”. A couple of my favorites are the fried green tomatoes and the mac and four cheese. 930 Lincoln Street, Denver. http://www.dazzlejazz.com/index.php

Dazzle Jazz Club

Dazzle Jazz Lounge

A tasty breakfast spot is “Dozens”. Located in an old house Dozens has been around for over 20 years and offers a large selection of breakfast comfort foods. Some of the menu items include: Biscuits and Gravy, Belgium waffles, French toast, omelets and a pretty decent Bloody Mary also. href=”http://www.dozensdenver.com

Larimer Square is a nice place to shop and eat. Located on Larimer Street between 14th and 15th. The quaint street is lined with shops and restaurants and a couple galleries. A few notable restaurants are Rioja, Lime and Osteria Marco. http://www.larimersquare.com/

Larimer Square, Denver Colorado

Larimer Square

Denver also has a pretty active gay scene; some of the local bars include the Wrangler, which offers an inexpensive beer bust on Sundays, Hamburger Mary’s on East 17th Street. Other options include Tracks on Walnut Street or Charlie’s. http://denver.gaycities.com/bars/

Whatever your preference Denver has much to offer from Sports, fine dining, the arts and even a theme park!

If you have any specific questions I would be happy to answer them!


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A few days in Vegas…

A quick trip to Vegas can get real expensive real quick. On our recent trip we decided to see if we could enjoy the city without breaking the bank. I thought this might be difficult since we were planning to stay there for several days and it’s easy to spend a lot of money there.

On this trip we decided to fly, since we were flying mid week and returning on Saturday. Flights on Friday or Sunday tend to be the most expensive, so if you are trying to save some money it is best to avoid those days.

For our hotel I used priceline to bid on a room. I know this may sound risky since you don’t know what you are actually getting until you pay, but if you pick a higher star rating you really can’t go wrong. If you want to get an example of what priceline considers a 3, 4 or 5 star hotel just browse their regular hotel page at http://travelc.priceline.com/hotels/ once you have decided what star level you are interested in you can select the area or areas you would like to stay in. I suggest narrowing it down to one or two areas and increasing as needed if your bid is not accepted. Priceline will show you the median retail price for the star rating and area you selected, I suggest starting your bid at 40% of the median price. Remember that taxes and fees are not included in the price you are bidding so make sure you do not bid more than you want to pay. If you bid is not accepted priceline will want you to increase the bid by at least $20 or $25, there is a way around this. Close the window and go back to the site to bid again.

On this stay we booked a room at Vdara. The hotel is a 5 star resort with no casino, so no smoke filled common areas. The room was spacious with a great view. We requested a high floor upon check in. One thing to remember is that many of the 4 or 5 star hotels will charge you a non-refundable resort fee when you check in. Resort fees range from $15-$20 plus applicable tax. The fee usually covers wireless Internet, use of pools, etc.


Vdara Bedroom

If you plan to see a show while in Vegas there are lots of websites that offer discounted tickets or seating upgrades to shows that haven’t quite sold out. Some sites I’ve used have been http://www.vegastickets.com/ and http://www.tix4tonight.com/. Tix 4 tonight has a few booths set up around Vegas that sell tickets for the same night.

Last but certainly not least…dining. I was able to find some great deals for dining on http://www.restaurant.com/ they currently have most of the restaurants at Mandalay Bay and THEhotel. There are also some at the Palms and various other locations. We chose Mix at THEhotel. The atmosphere was great, with a sleek white dining area and unbeatable strip view from the 64th floor.  Ask the hostess to be seated on the Southern strip side for the best view. If the weather is nice you can also request to be seated outside on the terrace for an even better view. The food was amazing and the service was great! The restaurant has received a couple Michelin stars and the AAA Four Diamond Award two years in a row. After dinner we went over to the bar for a glass of champagne on the balcony (drinks average about $16 each but the view makes it worth it). Another place we loved is “Pizzeria” hidden on the third floor of the Cosmopolitan hotel. You can get a huge slice from $3.50 – $5 or a whole pie for around $25. The place is a bit hard to find, located down a long hallway with no signage in front.

I suggest signing up for every slot club card you can get. You can get several comps or reduced priced items. Also check your phone for deals on Yelp or Foursquare. We got a couple buy one get one free drink tickets for checking in at Ballys Casino.
Another deal we got grabbed before our trip was an hour massage at La Riva Spa. https://livingsocial.com/redeem_invite/29021279-adamag?ref=lnk offers vary on livingsocial but you can log in and check what they are currently offering in your city or a city you plan on visiting soon. Make sure you reserve in advance though, we were lucky enough to have them squeeze in our appointments during our stay.

I hope this will help you plan your next trip to Vegas or give you some inspiration to plan your next trip. As always feel free to post any comments or travel related questions you may have!

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