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rule here. I ashamedly fold up my travel-sized bumbershoot and stick it back into the bottom of my backpack.


Founded in 2006 by restaurateurs Jon and Adam Schlegel, Snooze has become one of the city’s top places for breakfast tacos, shrimp & grits, eggs bennies (the menu aptly touts “The Art of Hollandaise”) and its where daytime drinking is more than acceptable. Here, team members are called “Snoozers” within this very retro, almost-Jetson’s looking atmos- phere.


The city boasts hotels for any sort of expecta- tion and budget - whether you’re seeking Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton refinements; the old- style accoutrements showcased at the world- renowned Brown Palace Hotel; a more corpo- ratized environment (Westin/Marriott/ Sheraton), and the hip hotel offerings here are exponential.


Examples of the latter include: The Maven Hotel, a sophisticated boutique property situat- ed in the trending Dairy Block section; and The ART - the only lodging property in the Golden District of the city - a stunning, 4th floor-situated hotel that’s intimate, yet func- tional, with its 3,200-square foot ballroom offering stellar views from its perch just across from the dramatic Art Institute of Colorado.


As I get my arts and culture-on at the Denver Art Museum and within the hands-on History Colorado Center, I notice how mobile a place this is: Residents and visitors alike ride bicy- cles, and just as easy to find are rentable scooters situated on most every block. All one requires is a quick push, and off you go down the sidewalk to your destination.


Before I had arrived, I was certainly well-aware of one of Denver’s best contribution’s to civi- lization: Beer!


With this heady topic in mind, I highly encour- age visitors to grab a Denver Beer Trail map and partake in any number of sudsy urban tours. The same applies to the Denver Graffiti Tour, which was undoubtedly one of the top highlights of my trip here.


Combining a fascinating overview of stunning murals decorating the sides of countless buildings, while a delving into the culture/ counterculture (and turf wars) associated with


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the graffiti artists’ communities in Denver, one will witness everything from stories-high, con- tracted works of art, to hidden treasures. They’re emblazoned along trash bins/across parking garages/squiggled on sidewalks.


The forms reside throughout, with Denver itself serving as the canvas, especially within the RiNo (River North) arts district.


The weather has cleared, the setting sun brings a feeling of newfound warmth, and I ride the elevator up to El Five - a buzzy tapas spot located in the LoHi (Lower Highland) neighborhood. The well-constructed Spanish and Middle Eastern creations are as enjoyable as the unparalleled view of the city’s heart from outside the wide sweeping windows.


My stomach’s not done, though.


I decide to visit The Source, a reclaimed 1880s foundry turned into a dining hall featuring sev- eral of the city’s most notable eating establish- ments. There, I duck into Acorn, an industrial red bricked, graffiti-sprayed venue where Chef/Owner Steve Redzikowski creates impos- sibly-flavorful dishes out of a modest trove of ingredients: lemony kale and apple salad, oak roasted monkfish, short rib that’s roasted for 72-hours and then topped with biting taleggio and sweet golden raisins…


It never fails: No matter how many great meals I enjoy in my own hometown, the best of the


best always ends up occurring within other U.S. cities. Denver, my friends, is just that sort of culinary capital, and Acorn in The Source has provided one of the most memorable meals of all.


Instead of ordering a Lyft back to the hotel, I decide to walk the hour it’ll take me to get back to the Renaissance. I feel full. I feel safe, yet, I can’t get over the particular sweet aroma that’s continually permeating through the city at nighttime.


Remember, Colorado embraces a certain legal- ly-recreational activity, and there are plenty of places to stop into, if it’s your own proclivity, as well. Whether you’re feeling like Willie Nelson on the tour bus or you want to get your inner Snoop Dog on, Denver has the THC- based cure for what ails you…


Me - I just want some rest. I’ve got a flight to catch early in the morning so I can get to work on time.


I’m sober, I’m grounded - yet, I’ve never felt so high.


It’s an elevation thing here in Denver, I guess, one way or another.


Ken Alan is a corporate concierge for CBRE. He is the founding member of the Philadelphia Area Concierge Association, and the lead restaurant reviewer for Main Line Today. ken.alan@cbre.co


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