What would you do if you had just 36 hours in this city? "The signs of Denver's economic high times as a pot boomtown and bastion of progressive urban policies are everywhere," says the New York Times in the just-published "What to Do in Denver." Although the Times doesn't mention any particular pot shops, it name-checks a number of arts venues that are smart recommendations for any visitor to the Mile High City -- and they should be regular steps for residents, too.
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It's a "city with benefits," developer Paul Tamburello tells the Times in the accompanying video.
And what are those benefits the Times suggests you experience? On your first night in Denver -- if it's the first or third Friday of the month, go to the Santa Fe Arts District for "an uncommonly festive art walk. Studios, galleries and antiques shops overflow with people and music." Garage Vintage gets name-checked, as does the Museo de las Americas. After that, it's over to Broadway and a visit to the circa 1930 Mayan Theater, "one of three remaining theaters in the country built in the elegant Mayan Revival style." You can also head to the Skylark Lounge, the "delightfully divey Hi-Dive" or TRVE Brewing Company, the heavy-metal club/brewery.
The next day, it's off to the Denver Botanic Gardens, "spectacular in any season," according to the Times; the Denver Art Museum and the nearby History Colorado Center, which "focuses squarely on the Centennial State and demands interaction (and defies boredom), which makes it ideal for families." (And that's a much better review than the Times gave the museum when it first opened.) If those families are particularly active, they can visit the REI Denver Flagship, "which has a 47-foot, hand-sculpted monolith 'Climbing Pinnacle,' with over 6,400 square feet of rock surface." And for the real thing, "just over an hour out of town" -- depending on how fast you speed on an empty I-70 -- "the Frisco Nordic Center is an easy snow-lover's day trip with snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hot chocolate sleigh rides and tubing."
Finally, the Times would send you back to South Broadway during the day, for "some of the city's most interesting boutiques," including Ironwood, Hazel & Dewey and Indyink, with its secret basement sneaker store.
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Read the piece -- and see the video, which features many of the spots mentioned in the story -- here.