35 Things to do in Aspen for the 35 & under

35for351. Check out the exhibits at the Aspen Art Museum, where admission is always free. Afterwards, head to So Café, the rooftop café, for lunch or drinks and enjoy the incredible views of Aspen Mountain and Independence Pass.

2. Enjoy a free hike with an Aspen Center For Environmental Studies naturalist guide. ACES hosts various free hikes in the summer daily on Aspen Mountain, at the Maroon Bells, and in Snowmass. Naturalists meet guests and guide them through the hikes, while also revealing information on topics such as the local wildflowers and wildlife.

3. Discover Aspen’s history with the Aspen Historical Society. Aspen Historical Society hosts various tours including a Historic Pub Crawl where guests take a guided tour of Aspen’s historic haunts with drinks provided at each stop.

4. Sign up for an Aspen Words workshop. The workshops are designed to accommodate both experienced, published writers and emerging writers.

5. Sit outside the Aspen Music Festival & School Benedict music tent on Sunday to enjoy a free performance. Insider’s tip: pack a picnic and don’t forget a blanket.

6. Grab a bike for Tuesday Cruiseday. Every Tuesday night in the summer a group of 100+ millennials in Aspen meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Aspen Brewing Co. for their weekly Tuesday Cruiseday rides. Come as you are, but make sure to bring a bike! The ride starts at Aspen Brewing Co. and winds around town ending at Smuggler Park to watch the sunset.

7. Hike up Ajax and enjoy free bluegrass every Sunday and ride the gondola down for free.

8. Check out a show at Belly Up. Rated one of the top venues in the country by Rolling Stone, Belly Up’s calendar is constantly jam-packed with major headliners from Widespread Panic to ZZ Top, Tiesto, Snoop Dogg and more. Added bonus, the club hosts various free shows throughout the year.

9. Après ski (or après hike) at the Sky Hotel. The Sky Hotel’s 39 Degrees has been Aspen’s iconic après choice for many people both locals and tourists alike. With an outdoor party pool, hot tub, and specialty cocktails for every palate, this spot has it all. The vibe at the lounge has a trendy, mountain feel with frequent DJs and live music.

10. Bike down the Rio Grande Trail to Woody Creek Tavern or even further to Woody Creek Distillers in Basalt.

11. Head to Snowmass on Thursday nights in the summer. The 2016 summer lineup includes performances from Taj Mahal Trio, Steel Pulse, Jamestown Revival, and more.

12. Enjoy a JAS Café show. JAS hosts various JAS Café performances throughout the summer at multiple venues including JAS Café downstairs at The Little Nell, the rooftop of the Aspen Art Museum, and new this year, at the Cooking School of Aspen.

13. Skin up Buttermilk on a full moon night in the winter. And enjoy skiing the empty lit up slopes down!

14. Stand up paddleboard on Northstar Preserve. This mellow spot is perfect for SUPers of all level. Educate yourself on how to enjoy this wonderful area responsibly: www.northstaraspen.com

15. Enjoy a game of volleyball at Koch Park. Koch Park is always happening in the summer with groups of millennials playing volleyball in the sand courts or just hanging out and enjoying the sunshine.

16. Meet up with Aspen Trailheads for a Thirsty Thursday run. Each week in the summer the Aspen trailheads, a social running group, meet on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Power House on Mill Street for a run followed by drinks at a local bar in town.

17. Enjoy over 78 miles of mountain biking in Snowmass.

18. Hike to Crested Butte. The 11-mile hike from Aspen to Crested Butte is one of the most memorable and popular trips at the peak of summer for wildflower season in July and early fall in September.

19. Hike Smuggler Mountain. Perfect for an early morning workout or quick lunch break.

20. Cross country ski, hike or snowshoe to lunch or dinner at Pine Creek Cookhouse. Adventure dining is an experience to remember in Aspen!

21. Take part in an al fresco dine around in summer. Top outdoor patio’s include Ajax Tavern, Jimmy’s Bodega, Grey Lady, Mezzaluna and Aspen Kitchen.

22. Get out on the Roaring Fork or Colorado River via kayak, white water raft, ducky, or stand up paddleboard!

23. Hut trips! Check out the 10th Mountain Huts, a unique experience for the adventure visitor, or one of our many favorite campgrounds.

24. Practice your downward dog on top of Aspen Mountain. Then claim bragging rights and jaw-dropping photos at 11,212 feet.

25. Hike Hunter Creek Loop. The popular trail starts a short distance from downtown Aspen.

26. Browse the Aspen Saturday Market. Enjoy Colorado produce, crafts, live music and a food court every Saturday in downtown Aspen.

27. Go skeet shooting. New to shooting? Call Aspen Outfitting Company to get started with learning how to shoot clay targets.

28. Enjoy one or two productions at Theatre Aspen. The hit musical Mamma Mia! and the one-man comedy Buyer & Cellar are both available as a buy one get one free offer! BOGO offer on drinks as well, to be enjoyed on our gorgeous patio in the stunning Rio Grande Park.  Use offer code: 35for35tzos when you purchase tickets at tatix.co (Limited to Buy Two get Two on one order).

29. Catch a flick or a show at the historic Wheeler Opera House.

30. Check out one of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s summer performances. Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe delivers a bold theatrical experience that you just might not expect. Ticket prices start at $25.

31. Golfing in the Rockies. When it comes to golf, our local links can’t really be beat.

32. Get inverted, jump around and bang your head with trampoline sessions at the Red Brick.

33. Cool off at a local waterhole– cliff jumping at the Devil’s Punch Bowl is a local favorite spot.

34. Cast a line on a high-alpine lake or fish the Gold Medal and Blue Ribbon waters of the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers. Fly-fishing is one of the only sports you can enjoy in Aspen year round.

35. Happy hour. Everyone loves happy hour! Top scores include HOPS loaded combo featuring a loaded Kobe dog, chips/slaw, and a 16 oz Colorado Native for $7; $4 pints at Aspen Brewing Company; $2 Bud Lights at the Limelight; and $4 Coors at BB’s.

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How to Make Organizing a Habit

How-to-Make-Organizing-a-HabitGuest Post by Marissa Jacobs of Create Space Organizing {LISTmember}

What it Takes to Make a Habit

I’ve always heard that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, meaning if you do the same action repetitively for 21 days straight, it becomes ingrained within you. Whether or not this exact timing is accurate, (I believe there is variation depending on the person and the task), I think it is true that if we consciously do the same task over and over then eventually we don’t have to think about it and our muscle memory kicks in. Sometimes a habit is so second nature we don’t recognize it as a habit. For example, maybe you always put coffee in the coffee pot at night so it’s ready for the next morning, maybe you always put on your right shoe before your left and double knot the laces, or perhaps you always take a last look in the mirror before leaving the house. These are small actions, mostly unnoticeable, but they are habits because you repeatedly do them and therefore they are not decisions but instead have become habitual.

Forming a habit can help us to not take so much time and energy to do the things that benefit our lives. This could include eating better, exercising, and spending time with family. We can also use the benefit of forming habits for becoming and staying organized. If we break a habit that is adding clutter to our lives, and replace it with a habit that is adding order to our lives, the benefit is clear. What if you stopped negative habits that make your home messy or make you feel disorganized? You know what I mean, when you’re tired from the end of a long workday so you don’t bother hanging up your coat or you don’t put your dishes in the dishwasher after you eat. It’s those small things, when you think that you are relieving yourself of a chore by skipping it that make you feel more stress in the long run as they begin to pile up.

Habits to Break vs. Habits to Make

Here are a few common habits that end up adding to disorganization, followed by some quick fixes to change the habit into a positive one that brings order to our lives:

  • Instead of kicking off your shoes when you walk in the door where you will trip over them on your way out the next morning, put a shoe rack right by the door or in a closet so you can easily keep the shoes off the floor.
  • If you always dump your clothes on the floor when you get undressed at night, install some hooks on the back of your door or on the wall, or add a bench at the end of the bed or a chair in the corner that could hold your clothes for the night. An event better alternative is to get in the habit of hanging up your clothes at the end of the day if you can wear them again or tossing them in the laundry bin or a bag designated for dry cleaning; this will keep them off the floor.
  • Does trash tend to pile up in the car cup holder or on the floor? Parking receipts, snack wrappers, and coffee cups can easily accumulate while you’re on the go. Make it a habit to clean out your car by taking the garbage with you every time you get home.
  • What about those dishes in the sink? Sometimes cooking dirties a lot of dishes and utensils, not to mention the plates and silverware you use for the actual meal. Kitchen-SinkInstead of letting the sink fill up as you cook and then leaving the plates there overnight, train yourself to clean as you go. When something is in the oven or you are waiting for the water to boil, put soap in the pan to soak during dinner or make sure the dishwasher is unloaded and ready to be filled again. This is one change that can become a habit for the whole family. If everyone rinses off his or her own plate and puts it in the dishwasher after a meal, there will be no overwhelming pile to tackle in the morning.
  • Haven’t we all gone to throw something in the garbage or the recycling and found it so full that we have to jam the item in there or use it to push the rest down to squeeze it in? Instead of making one more thing fit, what if our habit were to acknowledge that the garbage is full and it needs to be taken out ASAP, not after we’ve wrestled a few more items in there.
  • If something isn’t in my Google calendar, it doesn’t exist in my mind. If you’re like me you need to visually see tasks and appointments to be able to plan and to remember them. Don’t think you’ll remember that meeting or dental cleaning you schedule while you’re on the phone in your car. Get in the habit of stopping right when you hang up that call, no matter where you are, and writing the appointment in your planner or entering it into your calendar on your phone, tablet, computer, etc. That way you will be much less likely to forget those commitments and can plan your schedule accordingly.
  • I’m always looking for ways to simplify my morning routine so I can get out of the house efficiently without forgetting anything. If you’re the same and your pattern is to scramble to get ready each morning, and you sometimes feel disheveled when you arrive at your destination, consider making a habit of laying out your outfit the night before. Take a few minutes before you go to bed to put together a look for the next day. Hang it on the back of your door or lay it out on a chair in your bedroom, Lay-Out-Your-Outfit-the-Night-Beforeincluding shoes and accessories, to streamline getting ready the next morning.
  • Instead of having a million thoughts about what you need to do the next day swirling around in your head while you are trying to go to sleep, another good habit to implement is making a list of important things you need to do the next day before you get in bed. That way you will sleep more soundly knowing you already wrote them down.

Organizing as Habit

If you’ve already chosen an above example to implement as a good habit in your daily life, that is a great place to start. Another way to determine what might be a habit worth breaking or a habit worth making is to take a minute to visualize a problem area in your house or your life. It could be something you always trip over, or not having a work surface when you sit down to pay your bills, or not being able to find a pair of matched socks when you go to get dressed in the morning. Whatever the problem is that causes disorder, think backwards to the habit that is causing that to happen. What habit could you replace that habit with that would change the outcome so that area or situation is no longer a problem for you? This will help you determine which habit, broken or made, will have the greatest immediate impact in a positive way on your organization and on your life. Focus on one area in your life that you would like to change at a time. Stand out on the porch in your running shoes after you get up—you might develop the habit of running. Keep a box in your closet for items you want to donate—you might develop the habit of getting rid of things you aren’t using more regularly. Go through the mail right when it comes in the house with you—you might develop the habit of recycling all the junk before it hits your countertops. Once that change becomes a habit, move on to the next problem area that slows your day down. That way these new habits are sustainable and manageable, if you gradually change your habits to help you become and stay organized. This can be an ongoing process, and each time you change a habit or make a new one, your efforts to be organized will be a little bit easier, and your life will be a little bit simpler. Whether it’s 21 days or whatever amount of time you need to take to add each habit to your routine, the benefit of being organized and streamlining your life will make it worth every minute.

Guest Post by Marissa Jacobs of Create Space Organizing {LISTmember}

The Top Places Sending Vacationers to Colorado

Denver welcomed 16.4 million overnight visitors in 2015, surpassing 2014 by one million visitors, a 6 percent increase year over year. Overnight visitors also spent 9 percent more than in 2014, establishing a new spending record for Denver of $5 billion.

The numbers are according to the Longwoods International annual visitor profile study.

And here’s where the visitors are coming from.

The top five states sending vacationers to Denver in 2015, apart from Colorado itself, were:

  • California
  • Texas
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Arizona

The top seven cities from outside of Colorado sending leisure visitors to Denver in 2015 were:

  • Los Angeles
  • New York City
  • Chicago
  • Phoenix
  • Houston
  • Albuquerque
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth

Off the Shoulder

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Elizabeth and James off shoulder crop top, $345 / MSGM off shoulder crop top / Sandy Liang blue top / TIBI blue tunic, $430 / Edit pattern shirt / Rebecca Taylor crop shirt / Mara Hoffman white off shoulder top, $240 / Iris Ink off shoulder top, $180 / Madewell mustard top, $160 / Madewell cut off shirt, $130 / Karen Millen off shoulder crop top, $110 / MANGO off the shoulder crop top, $38

Everything you need to know about Cherry Creek Arts Festival

The streets of Cherry Creek North will be “Alive with Art” during the Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF) on July 2, 3 and 4. With hundreds of artists sharing their unique expressions at the Festival site, patrons benefit from engaging in cultural and arts education experiences. This year is no exception, with an exciting lineup of exhibiting artists and other features, as detailed below. 

Exhibiting Artists

This year’s Arts Festival will feature 250 national and international artists in 13 media categories, offering something for everyone. Seventy-five artists are first-time CCAF exhibitors, and 26 exhibitors are from Colorado, providing an opportunity to highlight the local art community. The Arts Festival continues to support emerging artists, with five exhibitors in the emerging program this year; eight program alums join the Festival as exhibitors. A blind-jury process selects exhibiting artists from more than 2,000 artist applications, making CCAF one of the most competitive art shows in the nation.

2016 Commemorative Poster

Lynn Whipple, from Winter Park, Florida, is the artist behind the 2016 Cherry Creek Arts Festival commemorative poster, “Wild Fresh Flowers.”

Whipple is a mixed media artist who combined acrylic and pastel on canvas to create the poster image.

Discussing her work, Whipple said, “My new series of paintings, ‘Wild Flowers,’ celebrates the glorious beauty of something I find incredibly inspiring: abundant blooms. I love playfully laying on layers of fresh color and then adding mark making and bold, free-line work. My goal is to share the feeling of buoyancy and joy that comes from admiring natural beauty, and to fully enjoy the process.

The commemorative poster is available for purchase at CherryArtShop and at Festival stores throughout the event site. Patrons are encouraged to take home a commemorative piece of the 26th year.

Opening Gala

The Opening Gala presented by MDC Foundation, Colorado Business Bank and Colorado Homes & Lifestyles takes place on Friday, July 1 from 5 to 9 p.m., includes an exclusive art preview and buying reception, topped off with a stunning culinary dinner experience. The Artist Preview begins at 5 p.m. on Clayton Street when the public is invited to preview 28 of the 250 exhibiting artists. “Use the Sun” band, winner of Mary Louise Lee’s Bringing Back the Arts Music Competition, will perform starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Janus Art Experience tent. At 7 p.m., ticketed Gala patrons are invited into the JW Marriott for dinner, a special performance and to honor the Cherry Creek Arts Festival 2016 Distinguished Patron, First Lady of Denver, Mary Louise Lee. For tickets to the opening gala, visit cherrycreekartsfestival.org/opening-gala.

Janus Student Art Buying Program

The Janus Student Art Buying Program encourages students to explore art in school and provides them with a hands-on, art-buying experience at the Festival where they get the chance to purchase artwork for permanent installation at their schools. Three schools also are given the opportunity to purchase art for the Mobile Art Gallery, which travels to public schools, libraries, and community centers across the state throughout the school year.

The Janus Student Art Buying Showcase will take place on Saturday, July 2, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Janus Art Experience tent on Clayton Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

Pieces from the Mobile Art Gallery will be on display in the lobby of the JW Marriott Cherry Creek from June 8 through July 6.

Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is partnering with 2016 Festival presenting sponsor Arrow Electronics in the Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge, an international challenge to inspire artists to take the concept of innovation and express what five years out looks like in the art world, translating ideas into their artistic medium. Through a competitive and collaborative selection process, a jury of national artists and art professionals chose seven finalists out of a competitive pool of artists. Each finalist received a $5,000 commission to create a forward-thinking piece of art to be displayed at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center fromJune 22 to July 5.

The jury will select one winner, the week of June 20, to receive the Innovation Award, granting that winner a $10,000 prize and a jury-exempt invitation to exhibit at the 2017 Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The pieces will become part of the innovative collection of artwork at Arrow featured in offices around the world, as well as in aspects of its brand campaigns.

Toyota Ride & Drive Event

Experience the art of driving with Your Hometown Toyota Stores as they host a Ride & Drive July 2, 3 and 4 on Milwaukee Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. For every test drive of a Toyota vehicle, participants will receive a $10 gift card.

On July 3 and 4, Toyota will host artist Mike Graves as he creates a masterpiece with a Toyota 4Runner as a canvas. Mike is a painter, illustrator, screen printer and custom toy designer. A Colorado-based artist, Mike has participated in almost 100 shows across the country.

Perspective Elevated

The CherryArts’ young professionals board is hosting a new event: Perspective Elevated. This elevated happy hour will be hosted above the Cherry Creek Arts Festival on Saturday, July 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the newly remodeled Room & Board rooftop. It will feature interactive art, music, food and beverage in celebration of the 2016 Cherry Creek Arts Festival.

David Bondarchuck and Scratch Catering Services will provide catering for the event. David has received recognition for his catering and decor on the Martha Stewart Show, HGTV, NPR and Food Network. Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Hendrick’s Gin, Ketel One Vodka, Blue Moon Brewing Company and Pepsi will provide beverages.

To purchase tickets for Perspective Elevated.

Perspective is the CherryArts official young professionals advisory board, with goals of advancing art and business education, cultivating future art buyers, promoting community leadership and philanthropy development and giving a younger demographic access and input to Festival experiences and business.

Performing Arts: Music

Visit the Janus Main Stage and Blue Moon Beer Garden on Fillmore to enjoy music performances throughout the Cherry Creek Arts Festival weekend. Experience performances by Megan Burtt, Global Soul Experience, Spinphony and more.

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Join us for Festival Nights from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3 on the Janus Main Stage and Blue Moon Beer Garden. Saturday will feature a performance by Taylor Scott Band and Sunday will feature a performance by the Mary Louise Lee Band.

Additional Performing Arts and Demonstrations

This year, Arrow Electronics will partner with the Handsome Little Devils to provide surprise onsite activations throughout the Festival weekend. These spontaneous mobile performances will pop up all over the site to delight patrons and will disappear as quickly as they appear.

Janus is excited to feature the artwork of internationally renowned light and interactive sculptor, Jen Lewin during the Arts Festival. A Boulder-based artist, Lewin fabricates large-scale interactive sculptures that combine light, sound and motion to encourage community interaction. Lewin’s sculpture, Chandelier Harp will be located on 2nd and Detroit Street. Play this interactive instrument by passing your hand, arm, leg or body through the low-voltage lasers that shine from the Chandelier Harp to the ground.

The Janus Art Experience stage, located on the west side of Clayton between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, will feature a painting demonstration by 2016 poster artist, Lynn Whipple on Sunday at 3 p.m., an interactive activity with Lighthouse Writers “Poetrees” on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and much more.  The tent also will host the Janus Student Art Buying Showcase on Saturday, July 2 at 1:30 p.m.

Art Auction

Kick off your visit to the 26th Cherry Creek Arts Festival with a stop at the Art Auction presented by Porter Adventist Hospital. Here you’re able to view and bid on original works of art. You can bid in person at the Festival (July 2, 3 & 4) and online at www.cherryartshop.org/auction. The online bidding opens on Monday, June 27. The art is generously donated by exhibiting artists with proceeds going toward CCAF’s year-round arts education programs.

Green Up Cherry Arts

Green Up Cherry Arts is working toward a zero-waste model through education and involvement of the public in recycling. To reach this percentage, Green Up Cherry Arts implements a three-stream Zero Waste management system, which includes recycling, composting and proactively preventing unnecessary waste by working with vendors, community partners and Festival attendees to encourage sustainable approaches. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is also working on becoming a Certifiably Green Event through the City of Denver.

In 2015, the fourth year of the program, Green Up Cherry Creek Arts Festival maintained a waste diversion percentage of 35.7 percent. The mission of “Greening Cherry Arts: Zero Waste Initiative” is to ensure an environmentally responsible year-round operation.

Artivity Avenue

Artivity Avenue, presented by King Soopers, offers a full block of family-friendly, interactive activities. Situated on Steele Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, ART-ivities annually include a collaborative mural, “Be a Part of Art,” painted by the community and the “Creation Station,” presented by Cruisin’ 1430 AM, with various activities for younger children. This year, children can create spin art with Cruisin’ 1430 AM, play with food in the King Soopers area, create critters and flowers with the Paddington Station Preschool, color in velvet art sheets with Chabad Lubavitch of Colorado, enjoy sensory finger painting with FireFly Autism and so much more.

Culinary Experiences

In addition to visual arts, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival will feature nearly 20 culinary vendors and food trucks that offer a wide variety of cuisines and some healthier meal options. All vendors are supporters of Green Up Cherry Arts, a long-term program with a goal to work toward Zero Waste and educate the public about responsibly disposing of trash at the site of the Festival.

This year, the Festival welcomes five food trucks onsite: BepVietUSA, Dos Locos, Simply Pizza, Spud Nation and The Real Deal.

Festival patrons can cool off with drinks from Blue Moon Brewing Company, Hendrick’s Gin, Ketel One Vodka, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Milagro Tequila and Pepsi.

Save the Date for CherryArts Festival at Stanley

CherryArts Festival at Stanley is a celebration of national art and local flavor at one of Denver’s most anticipated shopping and dining venues, Stanley Marketplace, the former aviation facility located adjacent to the Stapleton community in Aurora. The event will take place September 16, 17 and 18, hosting 100 juried artists exhibiting in the mixed-use indoor and outdoor event facility. Proceeds from the event go toward the CherryArts year-round arts education and outreach mission.

More About The Cherry Creek Arts Festival

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is a three-day, world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary, and performing arts and enjoys an annual attendance of 350,000 visitors. Special exhibits, art and culinary demonstrations, and interactive family activities on Artivity Avenue complement the Festival experience. The 2016 event will take place on July 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Janus presents the 2016 Cherry Creek Arts Festival officially sponsored by Arrow Electronics and Your Hometown Toyota Stores. Associate sponsors are Blue Moon Brewing Company, Cherry Creek North, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Frame de Art, Hendrick’s Gin, JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek, Ketel One Vodka, Room & Board, the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District and Xfinity. They are joined by Associate Media Sponsors, 9NEWS, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, Mountain Living, ColoradoBiz Magazine, The Denver Post Community, Alice 105.9, 99.5 The Mountain, Comedy 103.1 and Crusin’ 1430 AM. Supporting Sponsors include Finished Basement Company-REthinkREmodel, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Happy Llama Inc., King Soopers, Milagro Tequila, Pepsi and Porter Adventist Hospital. Contributing Sponsors include American Art Collector, Baileys Almande, Blake Communications, Colorado Business Bank, Colorado Lottery, Creative Law Network, Inspirato, the MDC Foundation, Stanley Marketplace & Turner Construction.

Since 1991, the CherryArts 501c3 nonprofit mission provides access to arts experiences and supports art education via the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and statewide education programs. For more information, visit www.CherryArts.org,  or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (cherryarts) or Periscope (cherryarts). Come Alive with Art using the hashtag #CherryArts.

Ten New & Upcoming Denver Hotels

Denver is growing more and more each year. With that growth, there was been some really cool hotels popping up.

1. THE WESTIN DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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Opened on November 19, 2015, the new 519-room Westin Hotel located at Denver International Airport is part of the South Terminal Redevelopment project. It is one of only four hotels in America directly attached to an airport terminal. The hotel has its own station on the commuter rail line that runs from the airport to downtown Denver.

2. THE ART, A HOTEL, GOLDEN TRIANGLE

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The ART, a hotel, which opened in April 2015, is a 165-room boutique hotel next to the Denver Art Museum. The look and feel of the hotel are extremely unique, from the moment guests arrive through a portico-like entrance past open spaces that are a showcase of modern art, all the way through the guest experience. The hotel has its own curator, Dianne Vanderlip, former curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum. Each suite features a vibrant wall covering, and the rooms along 12th Avenue and Broadway have seats in “pop-out” windows where guests can enjoy views of the city or the Rocky Mountains. The building was designed by architect Guadalupe Cantu of Davis Partnership Architects, the same firm that worked with Daniel Libeskind when he designed the spectacular Frederic C. Hamilton Building addition to the Denver Art Museum.

In 2016, the ART was voted one of the top five Best New Hotels by USA Today 10Best readers.

3. THE CRAWFORD HOTEL, LODO

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This historic 112-room property opened in August 2014 as the centerpiece of the newly restored Denver Union Station and offers three styles of rooms. The “Pullman” rooms on the second floor are modeled after the luxury private sleeping cars of historic trains. The “Classic” rooms on the third floor come with tall ceilings and large windows. The former attic area is now the “Loft,” featuring exposed wood timbers, vaulted ceilings and a more contemporary design. To make the most of the architectural features, most of the rooms in the hotel are one-of-a-kind designs and shapes. The hotel shares The Oxford Club Spa with the award-winning Oxford Hotel across the street.

4. RENAISSANCE DENVER DOWNTOWN CITY CENTER

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This full-service, four-star, 221-room hotel opened in May 2014 in the restored Colorado National Bank Building, which was originally built in 1915 from the same white marble used in the Lincoln Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The hotel incorporates many historic details from the old bank, including three vaults with 33-inch thick doors that now serve as meeting rooms. The elegant ground floor restaurant, Range, specializes in foods of the American West with many Colorado specialties, while the lobby bar is surrounded by huge, wall-size murals painted by local artist Allen Tupper True. Considered one of Colorado’s premier native-born artists, True focused his work on Western subjects. The murals in the hotel depict the lives of American Indians on the Plains.

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5. The Source Hotel

This 100-room hotel will be located next to the popular Source culinary marketplace in Denver’s hip RiNo (River North) district. The $41 million property will feature its own extension of the culinary marketplace as well as a courtyard connecting it to The Source. Hotel plans also call for a new New Belgium brewing concept to feature sour beers. The Source Hotel is expected to open in early 2017.

 

6. Halcyon – a Hotel in Cherry Creek, Sage Hospitality

Scheduled to open in Cherry Creek in summer 2016, this seven-story independent luxury property will feature 154 rooms and approximately 6,500 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space. The 154-room, seven-story hotel will feature a roof-top pool along with restaurant and retail space consistent with the neighborhood’s unique character, designed to make guests feel like they are visiting a friend’s house and to bring pedestrians and the community in to the space.

7. Hotel Indigo, InterContinental Hotels Group

This 180-room hotel will be part of the 21,000 square foot Union Tower West mixed-use development near the recently renovated Denver Union Station. It is expected to open in late 2016.

8. Dairy Block Hotel, Sage Hospitality

This 170-room hotel broke ground in May 2015, and it will be part of the Dairy Block mixed-use development near Denver Union Station. It is expected to open in fall 2016.

9. Marriott Moxy

Denver based development company, BMC Investments, will build a $35 million, 170 room Marriot Moxy hotel in Cherry Creek. The hotel is expected to open in mid-2017 and will be the first Moxy branded hotel in Denver.

 

 

10. The Rossonian

The century-old hotel and iconic jazz hotspot will be renovated and expanded to include 105 rooms.

Woodlands Baby Shower

Notes from event planner, Brynn of First Look Events:

When soon-to-be mama Yvette, contacted us and said she wanted an intimate baby shower with killer details and amazing food we knew we would enjoy working with her. We created an elegant woodland baby shower for baby Olivia with the highlight of the decor being an amazing reclaimed dresser framed by an aspen arch dripping with beautiful blooms. Yvette is a self proclaimed foodie and we thought this was a great opportunity to use food as a key component to the design. We hung tasty treats in glass boxes, stacked donuts and had the cutest bottles of baby tobacco sauce you have ever seen. Romantic calligraphy food signs sat atop moss holders and flowers will artfully frozen into the ice cubes that chilled the pink bubbly. We brought an emerald green couch to anchor the seating area that also featured a hand made 8ft tall backdrop/photobooth with large hand made paper flowers and flower crowns for all of the guests. Guests were treated to a thoughtful gift bag put together by Yvette with lots of love. The bags included a wonderful shawl, s’mores kit, paper flower featuring their name and chocolate bar with Olivia’s name printed on it! One of my favorite details is a letter that the future mom and dad wrote to Olivia. We truly believe that love is in the details and this baby shower is chalk full of LOVE!

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Photographer:  Christina Kiffney Photography |  Event Planner: First Look Events | Caterer: Footers Catering 2 | Calligrapher: Ink and Root | Favors and Gifts: Kismet Crafted | Design and Decor: SB Borrowed | Invitation Designer: Sweet Zion Paperie | Design and Decor: Yonder Floral + Decor House

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