Today’s post is part 2 from our weekend getaway to Denver, Colorado a few weeks ago. Check out this post for the first half of our trip!
Hi y’all! Since I took a bajillion pictures in Denver, I decided to split my travels into two posts… thus, here is Day 2! We woke up our second morning in Denver to sunshine and we couldn’t be more excited about that. If you read my first post, you saw that we got rained on for half of our first day, so we were pretty darn happy to see blue skies and sunshine.
We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown (totally recommend, for price and quality) , so we were about a 2 block walk from the 16th Street Mall (pictured below)— aka a great place to grab coffee and go for a morning walk. This place is swamped with people once it hits 10 am, so it was fun to see the calm before the storm.
From there, we took a long city stroll through some adorable neighborhoods all the way to City Park. City Park, although it doesn’t quite hold a candle to other urban parks we’ve been to, was totally in bloom, so it was beautiful just walking around and enjoying the scenery. This park is also home to the Denver Zoo is and it’s got great views of both downtown and the mountains on a clear day!
After our morning stroll, we headed to Watercourse Foods for Nate’s birthday brunch! This restaurant was by far our favorite meal from the entire trip. Watercourse is an entirely vegan restaurant, specializing in vegan comfort food (uhh, amazing) and it completely blew us away from first bite.
I ordered one of their brunch specials, the Vegan Polenta Benedict with Green Goddess Hollandaise (pictured below) and Nate ordered their Brunch Wrap Supreme, which was massive and packed with spicy tofu and tortilla goodness. We also got a HUGE almond flour and apple butter pancake to split (pictured below)— which totally stole the show for me! Oh, and bloody mary’s of course 😉
Let’s just say the food was INCREDIBLE. We devoured every bite, and though we were totally satisfied, we definitely wanted more. If we had been in Denver another night, we definitely would have come back for dinner— their evening menu looked fantastic as well. If you’re ever visiting (or living in) the Denver area, I couldn’t recommend this place enough!
The rest of our afternoon was filled with more exploring, especially down in the LoDo area we did our Brew Tour in. Everything about this city felt so fresh and exciting— between the diverse neighborhoods, interesting people, and it’s overall charm, we couldn’t get enough of soaking in this city!
Since we were only there for a weekend, we decided just to get a taste of the downtown area this time, but we’re already planning another trip back in the next few years to do some serious hiking! We talked to some people who had been out on the trails that weekend and it sounds like a BLAST up there (but heads up, they said to prepare for a wide range of temperatures and weather, from heat to snow, all in one hike).
Oh, and one more thing! Remember how we couldn’t go to Root Down because you needed to make reservations, like, over a month in advance?? Well, when we got to the airport, they had a small version of Root Down there (yeah, I know, it’s fate!). I know it’s totally not the same thing as going to the original restaurant, but we popped in before our flight for some veggie burgers (and sweet potato waffle fries) and they were fantastic!
P.S. Quick tip: The Denver airport is notorious for LONGGG lines at security so arrive 2 hours before your flight, just in case. We read about this before we left and decided to play it safe, and, boy, are we glad we did. I’ve never seen such long lines at security, and it wasn’t a holiday weekend or anything! So, yeah, heads up if you’re ever flying out of Denver International Airport.