Spring Patios to Visit in Denver

SPRING IS HERE, and we’ve got patios on the brain. Here’s a list of a few of our faves and where in Denver you can find them.

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Denver Bike Cafe. DenverSpeax, Spring 2014.

#1. Denver Bike Cafe – 1308 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO

We often hang out at DBC to study, meet with Denverspeax partners, and simply relax. They serve coffee, brews, and food with a smile on their faces and rad music playing. Check out DBC for their beer & cheese tastings that they hold out on the patio in the summer, too – they’re big supporters of local businesses and hosting local events spotlighting them. Also, hooray for picnic table seating! Click here to read more about this cool place on DenverSpeaxContinue reading

How To Pick Where to Live in Denver

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To some, downtown Denver looks like this map to the left. Lots of sturdy neighborhood names that can be chopped into quirky little nicknames, like “LoHi” (lower Highlands), “Cap Hill” (Capitol Hill), and “LoDo” (Lower Downtown).

It can get confusing, frustrating, and pretty depressing trying to figure out where to live in Denver proper. Not only that, with apartments and homes going faster than they’re being listed, “acting fast” a lot of times is too slow.

We’ve lived here for four years, and are hoping this guide will help you to narrow down where you should live in Denver. We hope it’ll allow you to make those quick decisions when scouring the city for apartments. Continue reading

A Cool, Relaxing Place – The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

When I was younger, my Mom would take me to see art all over. One of my favorite places was the Chicago Art Institute where she showed me a collection by my favorite artist, Monet. Very into painting and the interesting world that art opened its doors to, my Mom has always been very supportive of anything remotely creative, which makes me incredibly lucky.

Since moving to Cap Hill, we’ve heard more and more about the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and what a cool collection they housed; with all of the great feedback, it quickly became #1 on our “To Do” list. Not only does the Kirkland Museum have a nationally recognized collection of art & decor, they also feature the works of Vance Kirkland (1904 – 1981) and 170+ other Colorado native artists.

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My favorite painting of Vance Kirkland’s from The Dot Paintings/ Energy in Space Abstractions – far away (left) and detailed up close (right). Click on the picture to visit the Kirkland Museum’s website & get more information. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, June 2014

 

The museum is situated at 1311 Pearl St in the Cap Hill neighborhood of Denver. It’s easy to pass up due to its exterior looking similar to a gated house; this is one of the unique aspects of this museum.

 

Another uniqueness, all artwork is displayed salon style, and spread throughout the building that closely resembles a residential home.

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Sweet TV you’ve got there. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, June 2014

The collection holds everything from snack machines, to furniture, to televisions, and flatware sets. It’s amazing to see the changes and upgrades between the different pieces’ time periods. It’s incredible to see designs of chairs from the late 1800’s resembling IKEA’s best sellers of today (HINT: the chair I speak of is in the shape of a “Z” and is made out of a few pieces of wood – see if you can find it when you visit!).

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Tea would never be the same with this beauty from the 20s – what a beautiful piece! Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, June 2014

 

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Tell me you wouldn’t love to make snacks in this bad boy?! Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, June 2014

 

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Not sure how comfy it is, but this chair is definitely cool-lookin’! Click on the photo to learn more about the Kirkland Museum on their website. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, June 2014

 

Named after Ohio-turned-Coloradan painter Vance Kirkland, the Kirkland Museum has many of his originals paintings on display as well as in storage in the basement. Also interesting to observe are Kirkland’s different categories of paintings for different points in his life: realism, surrealism, and abstract to name a few.

 

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Want to know the story behind this painting? Trust me – it’s a good one! Click on the pic and find out more info on when you can visit. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, June 2014

 

Because there are so many pieces, and because the museum continuously rotates their inventory of pieces, each visit you find a new piece you hadn’t seen previously. This keeps the museum exciting and new even after a few visits. Admission prices are low ($6 for students, $8 for adults), making it easy to visit often to see all the museum has to offer and then some! After our first visit, we purchased a dual membership (two adults included) for $45 for an entire year.

We fell in love with the Kirkland Museum because of the story behind each piece. The staff provides additional tidbits of information that will blow you away, allowing you to easily see things from different perspectives. The museum provides a great place for relaxing and enjoying art that is both fun and educational. Take a trip to the museum for a visit – clear your head and enjoy the beautiful works by both natives and transplants alike. Have fun learning about artists Vance Kirkland and has major contribution to Colorado Art. Hope to bump into you there!

 

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Walking About Capitol Hill, Denver

With the boxes lining the walls of our new place, and the beautiful weather calling our names, yesterday Steve and I walked a 4 mile radius around the apartment. We remembered what it was like to be brand new to the city, and had a blast being tourists all over again. Check out the sights and fall in love with Denver again.

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Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

 

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Denver County Courthouse. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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Bison sculptures on the 16th Street Mall. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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Standing at the corner of 17th and Wazee in downtown Denver, CO. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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View of Union Station Denver. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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The tracks of the remodeled Union Station Denver. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

 

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Union Station Denver. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

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The Colorado State Capitol Building. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

Whether you’ve just moved to a new neighborhood in Denver, you’re visiting Denver, or you’ve been in Denver for years, get outside and remember what you love so much about this great city.

 

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From Denver’s City Park to the Cap Hill Neighborhood

 

With the help of 11 bodies & much needed catering from Qdoba Mexican Grille, yesterday Jason, Ashley, Steve and I moved in to two different apartments in Cap Hill. The City Park ‘hood is incredible, and we love all of the amenities that it provided: THE PARK!, Sprouts, good eats, and plenty of bike riding opportunities.

 

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Catering is a must when moving two apartments in one day. Thanks, Qdoba, and thanks to all of our friends for sticking it out with us. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, May 2014

 

However, we’re all about exploring what this incredible city STILL has to offer, and decided to move to a more central location to downtown: Capitol Hill.

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Stay tuned for more adventures as we explore our new digs in Cap Hill.

 

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Dishcrawl Denver: Cap Hill Edition

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Visiting Central Bistro in LoHi on our last Denver Dishcrawl. Photo Credit: Kirsten Ebey, Mar 2014

It’s time for another Dishcrawl, Denver style. This time around, we’ll be exploring  good eats in the Capital Hill area, starting off with City O’ City, a great eatery we’ve heard a TON of great things about, but haven’t been to yet. Starting at 7 pm, we’ll stroll around Cap Hill, lead by our fearless leader, Maggie, and hit a bunch of restaurants that are a MYSTERY until arriving at the meet up place.

Check out Dishcrawl Denver to sign up for the 30th event and others coming up. If you’re vegetarian, just make sure you let them know when you sign up! Spread the word – this is a great way to get to know different communities, small businesses, and new people around Denver.

Check out our other features on the last Dishcrawl and a taste of what it’s all about: Stop 1: LoHi Tavern and Stop 2:BambuCycles.

Hope to see you there, friends!