Why Denver Stole My Heart

Colorado is hands down one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Not only was our trip filled with breathtaking views of nature, but we also had the pleasure of experiencing the super chill and artsy city of Denver, too! Colorado is the best of both worlds if you ask me.

Before our adventure, I of course had to ensure that I was properly prepared for my travels. I packed my bag with all of my high fat and protein snacks, oils, and supportive supplements. With our flight, and the change in altitude in the Denver, I had to be ready! ;) 

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(You can also check out my post on healthy travel here!) 

Once we arrived, we stayed in the cozy neighborhood of Capitol Hill, with our wonderful friends Kat and Donnie. In my opinion, crashing with friends, (or booking an Airbnb), is the way to go when you travel. You really get to experience life as a “local,” which is pretty fantastic. Staying in hotels can feel too stuffy and orderly, you know? The apartment we stayed in was literally one block from Whole Foods (My DREAM!) and was just a short walk away from countless restaurants, breweries, and shops. Cap Hill seemed to have an easy, almost bohemian, vibe to it. The streets were lined with unique victorian houses, beautiful trees, and dogs everywhere. I could have stayed forever! We spent our entire time exploring all of the eats and drinks the city had to offer. 

I stumbled upon this really cool metaphysical shop on one of our walks, Herbs and Arts, and bought this really cute moonstone bracelet. I LOVE it! Moonstone represent feminine energy, balance, and of course the healing energies of the moon. I love pairing it with my new chakra bracelet (thanks, Besty!). I feel so grounded when I am wearing these two pieces together. 

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I also highly recommend visiting the The Rino District while you're in town. If you like beer, this is the place to go! There are tons of local breweries and the arts scene in this neighborhood is incredible. Every year, they hire professional graffiti artists to design the walls of the city. We really enjoyed walking around and taking in all of the creativity that surrounded us. 

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Ok, lets chat FOOD. The restaurants in Denver are SO accommodating of customers with dietary needs. Almost all of the places we visited labeled their menu items. Vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free… you name it. It was labeled! It was almost as easy as eating out in Los Angeles (if you have been, you know what I mean!). We went to so many spots, I could write an entire blog post on food alone. My biggest recommendation is to walk around and see what peaks your interest. You truly have countless options, and they most likely accommodate your needs.

Some of our favorites included LowDown Brewery and Kitchen (amazing food, chill vibe, and great drinks), First Draft Taproom and Kitchen (self-serve drafts - really cool, kombucha, and delicious eats) and  Jelly Cafe (retro/hipster feel and a wide variety of breakfast and coffee to choose from!). 

When we first arrived in the city after landing, we were dropped off at Union Station downtown. You can definitely spend an entire day walking around this area - tons of shops and places to grab food or a quick drink. While we were there, I devoured these delicious plates from Next Door American Eatery. These were the best kale chips I have ever had, hands down. And you just can't go wrong with a roasted vegetable and arugula salad paired with squash soup. YUM. The entire restaurant sources real food from american farmers, which I will always support! 

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Now, we all know that the biggest perk of visiting Denver is surrounding yourself in all of the beauty nature has to offer. Mountains, lakes, trails, enormous rocks … I was continually in awe. When you are surrounded by such vast beauty, it really puts life into perspective. I so often find myself in “auto pilot” during my day-to-day. Wake up, head to school, teach, lessons, record, study, sleep … repeat. Our lives don’t always leave us with the time to stop and absorb all of the incredible joys of being alive! It takes a conscious choice to slow down our hectic routines and prioritize a greatness beyond our minds. Visiting Colorado encouraged me to do JUST that. It reminded me that there is a space outside of my daily worries and struggles where none of that matters or even exists. You realize, in those moments when you’re surrounded by those huge mountains and trees, that you can choose which world you want to live in. It was a much needed grounding experience and is hands down my biggest take-away from this trip.

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And a special shout out to this girl (and her hubby not pictured ;)) for hosting us for the week. Also, to this guy, who is my ultimate travel companion forever and always <3

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 Denver, you definitely stole my heart. We will be back before you know it for more gorgeous views, chill neighborhood vibes, and of course delicious food. I am already looking forward to next time :)