Food Lab Boulder
1825 Pearl A, Boulder
Boulder has steadily grown to become a foodie destination, in-part because of its long history of serving farm-to-table fare, but also due to its high concentration of talented chefs. A newer addition to the city’s culinary scene, Food Lab makes itself at home as a community-driven cooking school. Founder and owner Casey Easton describes the space as “inviting and not-intimidating,” offering a place for couples, friends, families, and companies to bond over the communal act of cooking. The three-hour-long classes are totally hands-on, and range from pasta-making to paella with the last thirty minutes or so reserved for dining together. Easton’s taste for interior design is evident in the chic, industrial, bright space, which makes coming here for a cooking lesson even more fun.
333 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park
Built in 1909, The Stanley was famously the inspiration for The Shining, and the hotel plays right into its reputation, offering a “night spirit tour” that features dark corners of the property where paranormal activity has been recorded. If you can get past the haunted element, it really is by far the nicest place to stay in Estes Park, especially if travelling with kids. Plus, it’s only a few miles from the park entrance, and a partnership with Kent Mountain Adventure Center means you can actually book guided hikes and other park activities along with your room. For the littles (and the grown-ups), there’s snowshoeing, back-country and cross country skiing in winter, while in the summer the hiking and wildlife viewing is just out of this world.
100 S. Spring St., Aspen
In collaboration with renowned architect Annabelle Selldorf (the designer behind Hauser & Wirth, the Neue Galerie, and currently The Frick renovation), New York gallerist Marianne Boesky has converted an old 19th-century cabin into what’s now Boesky West.
Lynn D. Austin
Lynn Austin does most of her work by phone—but she's one of those people who puts a lot of emotion into her voice (and belly laughs), so a reading with her is more like a casual chat with a friend. She is an evidential medium, and will produce plenty of names and anecdotes, describing what she is seeing all-the-while. She is also known for her work with pets, and is particularly good at addressing the issue of children—whether you have them, want them, or are curious as to know if you will be having more.
While Rebecca Rosen has been busy writing bestselling books and hosting a TV show, The Last Goodbye, she still sees clients in her Denver office, and sets up readings across the country as well. While you can apply through her site for a one-on-one, she typically does two-hour sessions with groups of eight, where everyone is guaranteed a reading. Interestingly enough (though perhaps not surprisingly), she finds that the groups are drawn together for a reason, where most attendees are going through something similar, whether it's the dissolution of a marriage or the loss of a child. Rebecca's readings are packed with both stunningly accurate and concrete details—names, dates, events—and nuance, as she is masterful at decoding and drawing meaning from signs sent from the other side, including little stories that they might have observed. Her latest book, What the Dead Have Taught Me About Living Well, is packed with useful tools and meditations for opening your intuition and learning how to communicate with loved ones who have passed.
1738 Pearl St., Boulder
Founded by French Laundry alums Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson (chef) and Bobby Stuckey (MS), Frasca has been Boulder’s culinary gem for more than a decade. It’s no secret, either: Frasca has been lauded since its opening and was a James Beard finalist in 2016 (for Outstanding Restaurant, in good company with places like Momofuku Noodle Bar and The Spotted Pig). While you can opt for a customizable four-course menu, we recommend choosing the seven-course chef’s tasting option, which showcases the Friulian cuisine they’re known for. Stuckey's wine list, which includes more than 200 varieties, is a major part of the appeal here.
Guard & Grace
1801 California St., Downtown
Named after chef Troy Guard (and his daughter, Grace), this 9,000-square-foot space tucked into the street level of the fifty-six-floor CenturyLink Tower is home to the best steaks in the city. Bright, airy, and sleek, with just enough touches of warmth to keep it from being too corporate, Guard & Grace offers everything we’d want from a modern steakhouse: elevated, fresh seafood (plus a raw bar), amazing charcuterie, perfect martinis, and of course, local grass-fed cuts of beef offered in 4 to 22 oz. portions. There’s no official dress code, but it is definitely dressed-up for Denver.
2601 Larimer St., RiNo
After nine years at its original location in Uptown, Il Posto has recently re-opened in this two-story space, double the size, in the RiNo area. The sculptural light installation, 12-seat bar topped with a slab of Carrara marble, dark wood floors, and impressive views of Downtown are certainly a sleek departure from the old space, but Chef Andrea Frizzi’s Italian menu continues to impress—take, for instance, the beef candle, a bone marrow appetizer that melts into a dip, or more classic Italian standbys like their house-made burrata with huckleberry jam and lavash cracker. The menu may be relatively small, but you can’t go wrong, whether it’s their made-to-order risotto or classic calamari.
To the Wind
3333 E. Colfax Ave., City Park
This bistro on Colfax is super tiny—the 628-square-foot space has only about 20 seats—but it’s worth the (usual) wait. Run by chef Royce Oliveira and his wife and pastry chef Leanne Adamson, the restaurant definitely has a family-run feel; you can expect extra-hospitable service and even a friendly chat with the chefs, if you’re lucky enough to snag a seat at the chef’s counter. The menu is updated daily, depending on available produce and also the popularity of the dishes the night prior—entrées range from buttermilk chicken with creamed quinoa, spinach, and hazelnuts to bison pastrami with gnocchi, cheddar, and sauerkraut. They also have a strong beer selection, with about ten local beers, plus some well-chosen wines and spirits. Note: Despite its size and propensity to fill up quickly, To the Wind doesn’t take reservations, but you can call in advance night-of.
3070 28th St., Boulder
The Verde kitchen got its start in 2010 on wheels, when some friends from Arizona wanted to bring the Sonoran-style Mexican food they missed to Boulder in the form of a food truck. (Around this time, they adopted the motto “Work Hard. Be Nice. Eat Burritos.”) After years of success, they finally expanded to a brick and mortar location, which sells the same great tacos and burritos, plus chile rellenos, fajitas, and best of all, a menu of margaritas.
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