How to Make the Most of a Business Trip to Denver..
Business trips don’t have to be all work and no play. In fact, 72% of business travelers have a little fun after they get out of their meetings. So, the next time your boss sends you to Denver for a couple of days, don’t stay holed up in the office. Here are the best things to do to make the most of your time.
On a work day, your alarm can go off pretty early, but instead of hitting the snooze button, try out a couple of these ideas:
Stop by the bookstore: With four locations all around town, Tattered Cover Bookstore is the perfect place to pick up your morning coffee, a sweet pastry and sit down with the newspaper or a good book.
Eat a hearty breakfast: Denver is known for having some of the best breakfast restaurants in the country. Enjoy the most important meal of the day at Snooze (one of the most popular spots in town), Jelly (a retro diner that serves top-notch cinnamon roll pancakes), Waffle Brothers (known for, you guessed it, their mouth-watering waffles) or Denver Biscuit Co (featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives). Your stomach will thank you.
Get in an exhilarating workout: The perfect place for your morning workout may seem a little unexpected, but while you’re in Denver, a trip to the Red Rocks is a necessity. The park is open for free to the public during the day, so whether you want to work out on your own or participate in Yoga on the Rocks, this is the place to hit before work.
Rent a ride to work: Explore Denver without even taking your car out of the parking lot. Denver B-Cycle offers bike rentals for $9 a day, which makes it easy to navigate the streets of downtown and skip out on the morning traffic.
Trade in the cafeteria sandwich for a nice lunch out at some of the top rated lunch spots in Denver.
- Eat and shop: Whether you’re looking for something fast or wanting to take your time, a classic cheeseburger or something a little more worldly, 16th Street Mall is the answer, with plenty of shopping and over 42 restaurants all in one place.
- Explore the food trucks: At Civic Center Park, there is the largest gathering of food trucks in Denver. Enjoy the nice weather while eating delicious food, listening to live music and taking in an amazing view of the city.
- Grab a quick lunch: Pressed for time but still want an authentic Denver experience? These places are perfect for a quick bite. Paramount Cafe offers traditional American appetizers and entrees in a sports bar-like atmosphere. Crepes ‘N Crepes serves both savory and sweet crepes, which make for a great meal and dessert right after. The Market at Larimer Square offers a variety of different sandwiches and deli meals, complete with a bakery and coffee bar.
Don’t just go back to your hotel room once you punch out for the day. Instead, check out some of the things that make Denver the tourist destination that it is.
- Catch a baseball game: Colorado’s MLB team, the Rockies, play at Coors Field, where the most home runs are hit out of every stadium in the nation.Depending on who the Rockies are playing, you can usually get tickets pretty cheap. Tickets on the rockpile can be as low as $5, and tickets on the rooftop can be as low as $15.
- Treat yourself: Denver has a lot to offer when it comes to sweet treats. Little Man Ice Cream has delicious flavors and donates one scoop of rice and beans to a starving child for every scoop of ice cream sold. Voodoo Doughnut is known for its wacky flavors, including the Pothole (Oreo), Marshall Mathers (M&M) or PB&J.
- Learn something new: Denver is home to a wide variety of museums, including the Money Museum and the Denver Art Museum. There is also a large public library, so if you’re wanting to relax, hang out there and read a good book.
- Brew some beer: Or at least learn about how it’s brewed. Denver is aptly nicknamed “Napa Valley of Beer” because of the number of breweries there. From craft beer (Denver Beer Co and Blue Moon Brewing Co) to the big names (Coors Brewery), free tours are offered all over the city.
- Grab some dinner: Ranked #3 on Zagat’s “26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016,” Denver is the place to go all out on every meal. The Source is a marketplace that is home to 10 different restaurants, from Mexican to American, with plenty of shops to browse. Ohana Island Kitchen is the place to try meals with a Hawaiian
flair. If you’re in the mood for Italian, Spuntino is the place to go. If Asian is your thing, try ChoLon, the restaurant owned by Denver’s Best Chef. The roof of Linger is the perfect place to grab a bite and watch the sun set over the mountains and the high-rises.
- Listen to live music: Denver is known for its music clubs all over town, constantly featuring and discovering new artists. Places like the Bluebird, Live@Jack’s, Paramount Theater and Hi-Dive are great for catching a show. The Red Rocks were mentioned before as a great place for a workout, but they double as a music venue at night, featuring some of the biggest names in music.
- Have a good laugh: There’s no better to way to recharge from a long day at work than laughing until your cheeks hurt. There are plenty of places to catch a great comedy show, like Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Deer Pile, Comedy Works, and the Paramount Theater also features comedy shows on some nights.
- Play some games: Channel your inner child and check out Denver’s “barcade,” The 1Up. Play a variety of
arcade games while grabbing a quick beer.