This summer has been a whirlwind of non-stop travel. From Chicago for a friends birthday to Jamaica for a girl’s trip to New York for Afro Punk, I am tired! But the one trip I’m always excited for is the bi-annual day trips I take with my mom. This year we went to Denver, Colorado, and all I will simply say is that I must go back because one day was not enough! I was not expecting Denver to be so beautiful, but my goodness, it was beautiful and I can’t wait to go back!
How We Got There:
A few months ago, I saw a flight deal on Twitter for Frontier Airlines. I don’t remember the deal explicitly, but I believe all flights were $50 one way. I instantly hopped on that deal and bought two round trip tickets for my mom and me for about $300 – an amount for both tickets and the additional flight costs. Since we were only there for the day, we didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg, so instead of an Uber, we traveled our way around town on the Denver train. The tickets for a round trip were only $18 and took us everywhere from the airport to the University of Colorado to Union Station and more. Denver also offers free ‘mall’ buses, that take you anywhere in the mall for free! [One thing to note is the mall is an outdoor mall – think Vegas strip].
Travel Tip: I’d definitely encourage using the public transportation in new cities if they’re offered, because it’s the best way to see the city, usually for a low cost. from the airport to Denver’s Union Station for $18 round trip!
What We Did:
Since we were only in the city for a few hours, I wanted to make sure we were in a central location that had things to do, things to see, and good places to eat. We spent most of the day in Union Station and were fortunate enough to go on a weekend where the Farmer’s Market was in town. The Farmer’s Market had a cute little setup.
Different tables and booths lined up the fairway selling literally everything: strawberries, fresh vegetables, Mexican horchata, tacos, tamales, pies, homemade honey, and more. Even though Houston has farmer’s markets, I had never been to one, and after going, I definitely see the hype.
After the Farmer’s Market, we made our way to the Tattered Cover Bookstore which is one of their historical sites. Built in 1971, it’s a huge bookstore giving off hippy vibes, good coffee, and great spots to take pictures. I had to resist the urge to buy another book since I haven’t caught up on other books I said I’d read, but I found some gems that I’m adding to my collection.
We also walked around and perused the different shops on the street like the gift shop and the magic shop, but nothing topped our trip to the marijuana dispensary. I was really trying to go on a dispensary tour to actually learn about the process, but due to time, we couldn’t afford to fit it in. However, given the chance, I’d definitely opt for—– as they had great reviews. We made our way to Rocky Mountain High Dispensary and was literally in and out, I barely remember what happened! LOL. They don’t allow you to take pictures, but they had different edible products on display like edible gum, mints, and soda. I opted for an infused grape soda, that was absolutely delicious and one marijuana joint.
Travel Tip: In Colorado, their marijuana law is similar to an open/carry law in New Orleans. While drinking on the street isn’t advised, it happens, and no one will say anything to you unless you’re trying to re-sell it without a permit or license. Also, traveling back to your home via plane or car with any edibles or joints is considered drug trafficking and a felony!
What We Ate:
I know that Houston and Dallas both have a Snooze eatery, but I wanted to try what Snooze has to offer in Denver. When I found out that not only were there three Snooze’s but one in Union Station, we had to go. I love pancakes, and while the pancake of the day [sweet potato flavored with bacon mix -ins, and jalapeno infused butter] didn’t entice me at all, I opted for the Snooze scrambler – original buttermilk pancake, two eggs, chicken sausage, hash brown, and grits. Not going to lie though, the hash browns and grits, they could’ve kept! [I’m from the south; it’s hard to impress me with grits! LOL]
Since me and my mom both love coffee, we made our way to the Mercantile for coffee. I don’t know what magic coffee beans Denver has imported, but my oh my, that coffee was delicious!!! For lunch, we opted for P.F. Chang’s, mainly because we were tired of walking and that was the nearest thing to us that we knew we would get our money’s worth. New city, but same choices, we got our usual: hot and sour soup, P.F. Chang’s spare ribs, and crispy honey chicken with brown rice to share!
When we headed back to Union Station as it neared our departure time, we were both craving something sweet. There was no way I was leaving Denver without going to the popular Milkbox Ice Creamery. It was heaven! Milkbox offers a robust menu with over 30 ice cream flavors that can be turned into sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, boozy sundaes, or enjoyed the good, old fashioned way on a cone. I couldn’t pass up on a vanilla bean boozy shake with a spiced rum mix-in, and my mom kept it simple with a chocolate two-scoop cone!
The only thing I would change about my trip is the fact I only stayed one day and not more. Denver is absolutely beautiful and I definitely plan on going again!! If you’ve been, what did you do so I can add them to my itinerary for my next trip!!
Love & Blessings!