Denver: One day three ways


No matter your station in life, this former Wild West mining town will take you in and treat you like gold. After breakfast at American-style diner Sam's No. 3 (; $11), explore 16th Street Mall using the MallRide bus (; free). Uncover the truth about Titanic's "unsinkable Molly Brown" (; $9), then find comfort food in Steuben's Food Truck (; $17). Beer is king in Denver so tour Wynkoop Brewery and do try the bull testicle-flavoured Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout (; free). Roll on for happy hour at repurposed mortuary Linger (; $6) and after you've sampled the "street food" dinner menu, you'll never want to leave ($17). The city's longest running hostel, Denver International, is centrally located and only moderately dodgy (; $22).



If you're in Denver on a summery Saturday then rise early, drive to Red Rocks amphitheatre and "downward dog your tail off" with more than 1000 others at Yoga on the Rocks (; from $63/day,; $11). On any other day of the week, hit snooze before heading to Beast + Bottle in a city that really knows how to do brunch (; $27). Spend the rest of the day roaming art galleries and museums on your Mile High Culture Pass (; $42), then drive over to American bistro Table 6 for its innovative meat-rich menu (; $49). Have a nightcap at Prohibition-style speakeasy Williams and Graham, concealed behind a bookshop facade (; $14). Hit the hay at Capitol Hill Mansion B&B, which is run by a charming Texan cowboy (; $226).

TOTAL $432


It's hard to blow the food budget in Denver, but you can try by over-ordering on sides at Edge (; $40). Walk your elk sausages off on the way to Rockmount for genuine cowgirl and cowboy clothing (; $200 for shirt, belt and hat). Have a post-spree lunch at nearby Rioja (; $44), but save room for afternoon tea when you check into the city's oldest functioning hotel, Brown Palace (; $57). Spend the rest of the afternoon meeting chefs and licking plates at Denver's top restaurants on a Culinary Connectors tour (; $113). From front row seats, enjoy a Colorado Ballet performance at Ellie Caulkins Opera House (; $176). Before retiring to your royal suite (; $647), puff on a cigar in the hotel's Churchill Lounge . . . because you still can.

TOTAL: $1277

The writer was a guest of Visit Denver.