Five ways for Downton Abbey fans to find Mile High inspiration

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As the snow settled on Sunday evening, Colorado's Downton Abbey fans were transported to England in February 1922, only six months after the tragic and untimely death of Mathew Crawley, killed in a car wreck at the end of last season. The Masterpiece-produced show started with Mathew's widow, Mary, and Mathew's mother, Isobel, struggling to make sense of their day-to-day lives without Mathew.

Just as Denver's Downton fans have been struggling to make sense of their day-to-day lives without new episodes of the show. During gaps in the action in the weeks to come, here are some ways to find Mile High Downton inspiration in Denver. See also: Best Afternoon Tea 2011-- the Denver Tea Room

5) Enjoy a High British tea Wystone's World Teas in Lakewood will certainly have something to your liking, given the 150+ tea options you have to choose from. With breakfast, lunch and dinner available, along with cocktails and free Wi-Fi, this is a perfect spot for an excursion with other Abbey heads. The Brown Palace also offers traditional English tea from noon to four in that spectacular lobby; reservations are recommended.

4) Do the One Step "I've practiced and practiced and I'm dying to try it," exclaimed Lady Rose to Anna, who agreed to accompany her as chaperone. Although the One Step is no longer practiced as a contemporary ballroom dance, American Vernacular Dance provides vintage social dance events and lessons along the Front Range.

3) Find some neoclassical follies Lovely neoclassical fixtures are always in the background at Downton Abbey. A gentleman by the name of Robert Herbert added them to the grounds of Highclere Castle, where Downton is filmed, in 1743, simply for their scenic value. If you stroll around Denver's Civic Center Park or Cheesman Park, you will find equally lovely and out-of-place neoclassical fixtures.

2) Wear Jazz Age fashion As the series moves forward in time, hemlines are raised and waistlines lowered. Denver designer Maggie Burns of Marie Margot Bridal Couture has created a stunning line of bridalwear lingerie and evening dresses that reflect the times. "They have such a sophisticated take on that era of fashion -- I look at that all the time," Burns says of Downton.

1) Dames of Downton Head to Highlands Ranch on January 26 for "Dames of Downton", when Douglas County Libraries hosts a talk by Jessica Fellowes, niece of series creator Julian Fellowes, from 2 to 5 p.m.

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