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Couple’s Colorado Trip – Part 1: Denver

A little About how we got here:

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since we took this couples Trip to Colorado. Last August, we boarded a plane with one of my favorite couples ever.. I mean, I could be biased since they are my cousins. But, they are really just amazing people.

Hannah & John gifted me 2 plane tickets to Denver as a GIFT for taking their wedding photos. You can view the wedding by clicking here. This is by far the best gift I’ve ever received (except for maybe my first camera), but what made it even better is the fact that they were boarding the same plane to make this a couples trip. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime.

I’m breaking our trip up into 2 parts. One when we were in the City – The Denver Blog- and one when we went to Estes, CO to visit The Rocky Mountain National Park.

A day in Denver:

We stayed in an AirBnB right outside of Denver. It was a perfect 2 bedroom apartment. We were right next to local grocery store that had nothing but organic and whole foods.. which is a nice change for this Georgia girl. We stocked up on groceries and spent the first night hanging out in the apartment. When we woke up the next day, we went to find a car to rent. (Really, the boys did all that while the girls stayed back to get ready for the day). We used an app called Turo that is kind of like an AirBnB for car rentals!

The boys got back with a the car and we headed to downtown Denver. When we arrived the night before, it was already dark out so we were pleasantly surprised when we started to drive downtown and saw mountains EVERYWHERE. It was the best interstate view I’ve ever seen. Our first stop? BRUNCH. We went to Rupert’s at the Edge. It was SO delicious.

The coffee was amazing. The mimosas were even better. And the food was some of the best Brunch food I’ve ever had. Plus, the decor was really fun.

After brunch, we went next door to a dispensary (sorry, Mom. But when in Colorado.) Then, we walked across the street to a lake with the skyline of Denver in the background. We spent a little time there before headed to our next adventure for the day.

A “Food Festival” and Breweries:

Our next stop was to hit Downtown Denver. Our main goal while we were there was to find good breweries and good food. While we were there, we found out that there was a taste of Denver festival going on. So, naturally, we thought it would be a great chance to try a lot of Denver food in one place. We. Were. Wrong. There were a few food trucks.. but it was mostly people selling junk and ripping tourists off. So, we decided to walk around and find a brewery and some food. We ended up at 2 different breweries but to be honest, I can’t remember the names of either. (Hello, first travel blog ever). One of the breweries we went to had a huge sticker wall. Well, Hannah is a an artist and had her own sticker that she drew and had made. So we added it to the collection. We ate at BurgerFi and drank plenty of beer for the rest of the day.

Larimer Square:

After exploring the first area we were in, we headed to Larimer Square for the evening where we found a place to eat dinner (again, I can’t remember where we went). And then we headed back to the apartment. On our way back, we found a bowling alley called The Punch Bowl Social and it was the coolest bowling alley I’ve ever been to. We grabbed a snack and some more beer and ended the night in the best way.

I also have to give a plug here for my cousin. Hannah designs her own jewelry from nature. It’s the coolest thing and some of my favorite pieces of jewelry. She even has couples necklaces. Joel and I have one. We found an Aspen Leaf that she cut in half and turned into necklaces. Hannah and John have their own couples necklace too. Her company name is HappieVeal and you can click here to get to her Etsy shop. We walked the streets to take a few product photos for her and just to goof off.

Part 2 of our Colorado trip will be added to blog later. That one will be all about our Hiking adventure and the amazing views we got to see while we were there. We are not done with Denver. We can’t wait to go back and explore even more. I’ll be sure to keep up with all the breweries and restaurants next time.

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