Thursday, September 5, 2013

Labor Day in Denver

I'm finally getting around to writing about our fun weekend in Denver this past weekend over Labor Day.  Since Danny doesn't have a lot of vacation time left because of the wedding this year, we wanted to take a mini weekend trip without having to take a lot of time off work.  It turned out that we only needed to take off one day each. I broke down our activities by each day since we packed so many activities in each day.

On Friday, we woke up super early (3 am to be exact) to get to the airport in time for our early flight.  Luckily, we didn't have any issues like our honeymoon traveling nightmare just 5 months before.  After we landed in Denver, we traveled to our hotel to check in before our first activity of the weekend, a brewery tour.  I didn't know before going to Denver that they are the king of Breweries.  On our brewery tour, we visited Breckenridge Brewery, Falling Rock Brewery, Rock Bottom Brewery, and Wynkoop Brewery.  The tour was great and we got to try two or three samples from each place.  Since Danny loves interesting and unique tasting beer, I could tell he was in heaven the whole weekend.  The brewery tour was the perfect introduction to Denver and gave us wonderful places to visit the rest of the weekend.  Not only was the brewery tour good for trying new beer, it was good for getting to know people too.  We ended up meeting so many nice people including two guys from Cleveland.  After talking with them, we found out they live within 20 minutes of us and knew a lot of people we knew including one of our good friends.  After this weekend, we realized it is such a small world!

Our Brewery tour card to keep track of our samples.
At Falling Rock Brewery.
Our nice friends we met from Cleveland!
After the tour we headed to the Yard house restaurant for dinner.  I discovered they had an amazing menu including a section called, "Gardein".  This product tastes and looks like chicken, but is made out of some type of soy product.  I choose the Gardein Mac and Cheese and I will say by the end of it, I felt like I was eating real chicken.  It was so real to me, that it freaked me out and I couldn't eat any more of the chicken.  It was an interesting experience.

Yard House.
The next day we got up and went to a breakfast restuarant.  After breakfast, Danny decided it would be neat to check out Molly Brown's house.  Margaret Brown was more famously known for traveling on the Titanic and surviving giving her the nickname, "The Unsinkable Molly Brown".  She lived in Denver and after some time (1970 to be exact) the city of Denver bought her house and restored it to the original condition from when Margaret Brown and her family lived there.  Danny and I are both history buffs and we found the house and the tour very interesting.  What was also interesting was the amazing tour guide.  We found out at the end of the tour that after 11 years, this was her very last tour.  She was great and knew so much about Margaret Brown's life and the house.

Waiting for the Molly Brown tour to begin.
Molly Brown's house.
After the tour, we headed back to the hotel to change into our Cincinnati Reds gear.  It was the first official Saturday of college football so we headed to one of our favorite places we found on the Brewery tour, Wyncoop brewery to watch some football.  They have a Chile beer that is made from jalapenos and it was amazing!  After some time, we headed to the Reds/Rockies game.  The game was great especially since the Reds won!  We spent most of the time hanging out at the Blue Moon bar, where Blue Moon was actually invented.  Our seats were nice, but the people around our seats were not so much.

At the game on Saturday.
Coors Field.
After the game, we heard about an improv comedy club called, Impulse Theatre.  They just happened to have a deal that night for a FREE ticket with an out of state license.  It was such an amazing show and was so funny! The actors are so talented and came up with some really great things!

The next and last full day in Denver we started the day off with breakfast again at a downtown Denver cafe called Paramount Cafe.  It was an inside joke that every breakfast meal, Danny got a breakfast Burrito and the one at Paramount was HUGE (picture below).

Breakfast Burrito.

After breakfast we decided to walk around downtown for a bit and decided to wander off to see the Broncos stadium and Pepsi Center where the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche hockey team play.  By the time we got done seeing the sights, it was time to head back to see the last game of the series between the Rockies and the Reds.  Unfortunately, the Reds did not pull off a win, but we did get to see Todd Helton hit his 2,500 career hit.  The rest of the night was spent checking out more places around town and then heading back to the hotel for an early flight home the next day.

At Pepsi Center.
At the Red/Rockies game.
Coors Field.

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