Fall is a beautiful time in Denver. There are tons and tons of things to do, but here are my top 10 favorite things to do:
(Well, besides rooting for the Broncos and going to the games…)
1. Pumpkin patch picking.
Want the whole list of pumpkin patches, corn mazes, farmers markets, and more? Check out this great resource from colorado.com: http://www.colorado.com/articles/harvest-fun-fall-farm-activities-colorado
2. Visit the ski resorts.
All of the resorts get the most attention during the winter, but the fall is a beautiful time to go visit. All of the trees are changing colors, the weather is cool, and usually you don’t deal with the crowds and traffic you’ll see in the winter. P.S. my favorite resort, Keystone, isopening on Halloween this year.
3. Walk around downtown with a coffee.
Of course, there are the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte’s from Starbucks, but the Caribou right on 16th Street mall near Champa that has a fireplace and comfortable chairs inside. It’s hard to beat.
4. Attend one of the plays at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.
Coming up this winter are How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Christmas Carol along with a few others this fall. Check out the whole line up: http://www.denvercenter.org
5. Celebrate Halloween downtown:
Shout out to the Westword for putting this list together of some of the halloween events: http://www.westword.com/events/search/category:/
6. Party downtown for Halloween:
While the above list is more family-friendly, for those of you (myself included), who like to have 21+ fun, here are some of the top parties coming this year: http://www.eventbrite.com/directory?q=halloween+party&loc=Denver%2C+CO
7. Right downtown at Elitch Gardens:
Elitch’s always hosts some of the best Halloween events every year including the Fright Fest, Flesh Factory, Hay Maze, screaming contest, and so on! Check it: https://www.elitchgardens.com/frightfest/
8. Denver Oktoberfest
Modeled after the famous Oktoberfest in Germany, Denver has been rated as one of the top Oktoberfests in the USA by Maxim and USA today. Tons of beer, food, music, contests, and more! http://thedenveroktoberfest.com
9. Haunted Houses
Nothing is better than being scared out of your mind during Halloween (No? Just me?). If you’re a fear lover like I am, the haunted houses in Denver are for you: http://www.haunteddenver.com
10. 50 Free Fall Activities
Thank you to Denver.org for creating this wonderful list of 50 free things to do in Denver this fall: http://www.denver.org/things-to-do/denver-holiday-events/50-free-fall-activities/
Any to add to the list? Feel free to add them in the comments section below!
Wandering around Denver in the cold, I was craving warmth and something to fill my belly.
That’s when I discovered the gem of Denver: Cafe Calore.
Good Italian food is hard to find, and Italian food that also has the most incredible gluten free options is next to impossible to find. At least, that’s what I thought.
From their appetizers, to their pizza, to their pasta, I have eaten there over 15 times and have never been disappointed.
The wait staff has always been nice, even when it’s a Friday night and the place is so packed you can hear all the stories people are laughing about at each table.
But, let’s get to the food.
Also, sorry in advance for not being the best food photographer out there… I’m working on it.
That deliciousness is the Caprese Salad. Tomatoes, basil, pesto sauce, and some of the best mozzarella I have ever had.
For my gluten free readers: This is gluten free! Finding a place that has gluten free pesto is not easy… So try it!
This is my favorite Italian dish they have. It is called the Scallop and Shrimp Pecorino. All I have to say is YUM. Many restaurants I have gone to always have scallops that are like chewing rubber, but Cafe Calore has chefs that get it right.
This dish has spinach, roasted garlic, roasted tomato, EVOO and white wine lemon butter, all served over egg fettuccini.
Special items: It’s not on the menu, but they have a macaroni and cheese pasta (It can be gluten free if you ask!) that is simply to die for if you ask for it.
Also, I’m not sure if they do it every single weekend night, but for awhile they would stay open until about 2 am serving pizza by the slice. I remember it being pretty cheap and they had awesome options like a macaroni and cheese pizza.
(If someone knows if this tradition is still continuing, let me know in the comments!)
What are some of your favorite dishes in Denver? Let me know in the comments below! I’m always looking for new places!
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