The mile-high state is making quite a name for itself these days. No, I’m not talking about the legalization of weed, but the influx of people moving to Colorado. While Californians are flocking there for a variety of reasons, including the growing tech industry and more affordable housing, Josh and I made a trip for two simple reasons: the mountains and the beer.
Neither of us had ever been to Colorado but we were sure that there was something about it that we’d love. After last weekend I can confirm that indeed, it was the mountains and the beer.
One night in Denver included a stay at a random hotel that isn’t worth noting other than the fact that it was free with points, but did include enough wandering to get a feel for this burgeoning city and the best ramen I’ve ever had.
First thing first, construction was everywhere. Not in the “get out of my way, I can’t drive down any streets, this is a pain in the ass” construction, but rather a new condo complex on every corner and neighborhoods slowly shifting from old housing to hip eateries. I have to be honest, the “acclaimed” arepas at Quiero Arepas were average, but the spicy edamame and ramen at Uncle are enough to make me want to fly back this weekend just to eat that bowl of perfectly flavored broth and noodles. Do not miss it. Another highlight was catching late night stand-up with Ali Wong at Comedy Works. Go watch her Netflix special. Now. Preferably while eating Uncle ramen. That’s probably what heaven feels like.
The rest of the getaway was spent on dirt. Going up, going down, and acclimating to elevation that this sea-level gal isn’t used to. We hiked daily and loved every freaking minute. Even when the wind practically blew me off a mountain at almost 14,000 feet.
The majority of our trip was spent in what I wish I could call the “quaint village of Boulder.” But alas, while small, Boulder is anything but outdated or sleepy. Full of college students with a healthy appetite for booze (it was rush week), stunning homes that make me wonder how someone in Boulder makes that much money, and breath-taking views, the city nestled against the mountains was bliss. This city boasts some of the nicest (and fittest) people who somehow have the world’s best-behaved dogs. Oh, and did I mention their kids? I’m pretty sure we saw four-year-olds doing hikes that were ranked as “difficult.” Who are these super humans and how can I get my future spawn to do the same thing?!
Speaking of beer, kick-it old school at the Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery (especially during happy hour) for some legit hydration. Or go get fancy at Avery Brewing, who boasts some of the more unique flavors we found. I may or may not have had my fair share of alcoholic gluten this weekend.
Colorado feels like it’s well into its hyper-growth phase, but with plenty more still to come. It was an adventure that reminded us to get out and explore our own country because there’s so much still to be had. And if any of you have a spare room in Boulder and need someone to keep it company, give me a ring – I might know someone.