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Denver Travel Guide: What to Eat and How to Burn it Off

    The ultimate Denver travel guide: I’ll tell you where to stay, what to eat and how to burn it off! 

    Denver Travel Guide the best restaurants and activities

    While this wasn’t my first visit to Denver, I had so much fun returning to the mile high city to feature Colorado in my wellness travel series, What to Eat & How to Burn it Off. In case you’ve lost count, Denver marks the TENTH installation, preceded by Charleston, TucsonNew Orleans, Grand RapidsSan DiegoVailMiamiUtah and Banff.

    Denver Skyline

    Denver has so much to offer, it was almost too difficult narrowing down what to share with all of you but you know I always love a good challenge.

    Hotel Teatro Denver Boutique Hotel

    First up: let’s talk hotels! My first recommendation is Hotel Teatro, the city’s original boutique property located downtown within walking distance to endless restaurants, shops and attractions. Think: historic hotel with modern charm.

    The Maven Dairy Block

    My second hotel recommendation in downtown Denver is The Maven, a brand new property located in the historic dairy block. Literally steps away from LoDo, a thriving retail and dining district of Denver, I was immediately enamored with this hotel.

    The Maven Hotel Lobby Liz

    If you’re a sucker for a beautiful hotel lobby like I am, The Maven is definitely for you.

    The Nickel Breakfast in Denver

    For breakfast, the most important meal of the day, I have three great choices. My first suggestion is The Nickel located inside the lobby of Hotel Teatro. Fun Fact: The Nickel pays homage to the space that was once used to collect fare from customers riding its resident streetcars: a nickel.

    Prosper Oats Denver

    If you’re craving a lighter start to the day, head to Prosper Oats. Think: Chipotle style fast-casual featuring bowls of oats, acai, quinoa or yogurt.

    Prosper Oats Denver Oatmeal Bowl

    My bowl of choice? Oats with nut butter, berries and flaxseed – YUM! The perfect fuel for our workout at Red Rocks Amphitheater. (More on that in a bit!)

    Lola Coastal Mexican Denver

    Brunch more your speed? Lola Coastal Mexican is your spot for everything from micheladas (tomato juice and beer) to juicy burgers to table-side guacamole. The ultimate feast after a late night.

    Stoic and Genuine Seafood Restaurant

    If you’re craving seafood, I have two incredible recommendations starting with Stoic and Genuine. Offering a wide variety of both modern and traditional dishes, I highly recommend the fresh oysters, whole cooked fish and ahi tuna.

    Jax Fish House Denver

    Equally modern, upscale and full of fresh flavors, if you love seafood you also won’t want to miss Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar. Do yourself a favor and order a side of the garlic Kennebec fries – so dang good!

    Avelina Denver

    My final dining recommendation in Denver is not to be missed: Avelina located in the LoDo district. Their menu boasts New American cuisine with an emphasis on farm to table. A few of my favorite bites included the Banh Mi Flatbread, Grilled Octopus and Dill Pickle Brined Fried Chicken. Needless to say, it’s a good thing we kept active because Denver’s food scene is off the charts!

    View House Denver Bar

    Before we head into the How to Burn it Off portion of the story, I want to give a shout out to View House, a super fun multi-level rooftop bar and eatery. The views of Denver can’t be beat and the energy was on point – highly recommend.

    Red Rocks Amphitheater Workout Routine

    Now let’s head into the good stuff: How to Burn it Off! Fortunately, there are no shortage of opportunities to stay moving in Denver which is one of the many reasons I love visiting Colorado so much!

    Red Rocks Denver

    First up: take your workout outdoors and head to Red Rocks Amphitheater! Featuring rows and rows of stairs and spellbinding views, it’s no wonder on any given day you’ll see hundreds of other people with the same great idea.

    Red Rocks Amphitheater Workout Circuit

    Lucky for me, my girl Lauren is a Denver local and was sweet enough to join me for a little workout at Red Rocks. If you’re a fan of yoga, check out Yoga on the Rocks. It looks like such a blast!

    Hotel Teatro Denver 1

    My second recommendation for How to Burn it Off is to take advantage of the Bike & Brew package conveniently located at Hotel Teatro. The package includes a custom charcuterie board in your room, a bike, a brewery map and a $40 breakfast credit.

    Bike and Brew Tour Denver

    Lauren joined me once again, as well as my friend Rachael, and we ventured off to hit up several local breweries.

    Bike and Brewery Tour Denver

    We had so much fun exploring the city on two wheels, and the best part is that no one had to be the designated driver.

    Bike and Brewery Tour Friends in Denver

    Don’t worry, we’re all responsible adults and drank plenty of water in between beers to stay safe on those bikes.

    City Surf FitnesS Denver

    My third and final recommendation for How to Burn it Off was definitely a lot harder than biking around and drinking beer: City Surf Fitness! This was my first time ever taking a fitness class entirely on a surf board but it was truly a blast. If you’re looking for a challenge, this is the workout for you.

    Union Station Denver

    What are your favorite spots in Denver? I’ll definitely be back to let me know what I missed! Want to see another city featured in the series? Leave a comment below – I’m all ears.

    Disclosure: The businesses featured covered my meals, activities and accommodations during my stay. Photography by Alejandro Photography. I was not compensated to write this post. All thoughts are my own. 

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    16 Comments

    1. Some amazing advice over here, absolutely loved your traveling guide. Anyone coming to Denver should definitely have a look at your article :)

    2. Thanks for useful review! The biggest question for me was, which hotel should I choose? Top hotels like Hilton is too expensive for me, but I don’t want to sleep in dirty, small room, with awful breakfast. What about places, I am planning to visit not only the city, but a countryside too. What do you think? Any advices? Thanks in advance!

    3. Denver looks awesome. That food just made me sad that I’m eating egg whites for breakfast this morning. I’m surprised at the amazing seafood – I never flagged Denver as a place for good seafood. I would love a chance to check out the Red Rocks Amphitheater! Guess I’ll have to add Denver to my “must visit” spots!

    4. Bike and brew sounds fun, though it’s been decades since I rode a bike! And wow, that Red Rocks Amphitheater, that’s just amazing. Great recommendations on the hotels, I love those retro green sofas, and the dining scene in Denver looks delicious.

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