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Photos: The perfect gay-friendly weekend in Denver -- whether you're gay or not

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Day 2, continued: If you'd prefer to spend the day in Denver, you can still get the blood flowing, perhaps with a bike ride around the enchanting Cherry Creek neighborhood. You can rent bike using the new Denver B-Cycle Bike Sharing program -- go to for details. Or walk to your heart's content amid Cherry Creek's dozens of fine shops - upscale Cherry Creek Shopping Center (3000 E. 1st Ave., 303-388-3900) and Cherry Creek North (1st-3rd Ave. at University Blvd.) are two of Colorado's premier shopping destinations, with a mix of top chain and independent stores. As the sun sets on Denver, you could remain in Cherry Creek and grab dinner at one of the neighborhood's fine restaurants, such as swanky Ocean (201 Columbine St., 303-377-5350), a superb seafood eatery, or North (190 Clayton La., 720-941-7700), which specializes in modern Italian fare. Or if you're returning to downtown from an excursion to Red Rocks or Boulder, plan a special meal here. Consider one of the restaurants operated by Denver's much-celebrated master of mod Mexican cuisine, Richard Sandoval. These include Tamayo (1400 Larimer St., 720-946-1433), in lively Larimer Square, and Zengo (1610 Little Raven St., 720-904-0965), a sleek and trendy space just north of downtown, where you can try inspired food that melds Asian and Latin influences (don't miss the cucumber mojito). For a more casual, but still stylish dinner, head to Hamburger Mary's (700 E. 17th Ave., 303-832-1333), an open-air bar & grille for open-minded people. Not your run-of-the-mill burger joint, Mary's is the only franchise in the country that actively markets to the GLBT community. Continue for more of's recommendations for the perfect gay-friendly weekend in Denver -- whether you're gay or not.
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