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10 Things to do in Denver, Colorado during the Cold Months

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Denver, Colorado is a fun city to visit anytime during the year, but I had the opportunity to make my way to the mile-high city during late November. Even though I visited at the end of autumn, it was definitely already winter in Colorado.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

During November 2019, I was invited by my friend Kristy of Ventre’s Adventures to do a road trip throughout the eastern part of the state. Kristy, Hannah of Don’t Blink Blog and myself started and ended in Denver and then made our way to Alamosa, Cañon City, Colorado Springs and Estes Park. Even though I will have another blog post specifically about our road trip and the adventures we partook in, I am excited to dedicate this article just to the capital of Colorado – Denver.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Some fun facts about Denver is that it is actually not in the Rocky Mountains, it’s in the Great Plains. The city has 300 days of sunshine a year. It is one of the most active cities in America (along with San Diego) and half of the people on my flight to Colorado walked on with a yoga mat. In addition, Denver is also one of the eco-friendliest cities in the country.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

In this blog post, discover the top things to do in Denver during the winter months. I also had the opportunity to partner with Hotel Teatro during my last two nights in mile-high city. I cannot wait to share my experiences with you all!

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

*During my time in Denver, Colorado, Hotel Teatro hosted me for two nights.


Getting to and around Colorado:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

If you are traveling to Colorado, it is best to fly into Denver since you could find flights at an affordable cost. (I flew from Newark Airport in New Jersey straight to Denver within 3 hours!) If you are looking to fly into Aspen, Telluride or anywhere else in the state, it is going to be much more expensive.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Getting around the city of Denver could easily be done by walking or taking an Uber. It is easy to drive in Denver as compared to bigger cities like New York, but it could be difficult to find parking. If you are planning on doing a road trip through the state or even looking to get out of the city in general (which you should if you visit Colorado), I highly recommend renting a car; especially an SUV with 4-wheel drive. We had a great Jeep Wrangler that got us through some pretty scary escapades. During my first evening in Denver, we ended up getting into a 50-car pile-up on an overpass that led onto Route 25. (Click here to learn more, plus you could even see our Wrangler in the pile-up.) We were extremely fortunate that our Jeep was the ONLY vehicle that didn’t get hit, even though we were stuck there for a couple hours. I will admit that it was pretty scary because so many vehicles were totaled, people were rushed to the hospital and a car even caught on fire. The Denver police and fire departments did a great job making sure everyone was safe, but it was nerve wracking to think that this could happen to anyone during the winter. That is why I highly recommend renting an SUV or truck during your time in Colorado.

Staying at Hotel Teatro in Denver:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

­­­­One of my top experiences during my time in Denver, Colorado was staying at Hotel Teatro, located in the LoDo area of the city. I was absolutely impressed and loved how spacious, clean and beautiful my Deluxe Corner King Room was. I had views of the city and nearby Rocky Mountains. Plus, I received the best night’s rest during my entire trip in their cozy Simmons Beautyrest Black™ mattress (of course after watching Hallmark Christmas movies).

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

The building that Hotel Teatro is located in goes back to 1863 when Denver’s Governor Evans built a brick cottage for his family in downtown Denver. The Evans family continued their quest to build up Denver. In 1911, two architects set out to design an 8-story office tower for the Denver Tramway Company. The design combined modern construction and a traditional Renaissance Revival-style architecture of glazed red brick and white terra cotta. The first-floor lobby led to the offices of the Treasurer and Train Master, while physicians and a legal department occupied the second floor. The eighth floor was inhabited by the president, whose boardroom was lined with oak and marble. The Denver Tramway trolleys were in service until 1950 and were later used by the University of Colorado at Denver. The Tramway Building was purchased by the Tramway Hotel, LLC in 1994 and in 1999 it became the 110-room Hotel Teatro.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.
Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Hotel Teatro was recently voted the No. 3 Best Hotel in Colorado in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. It is Denver’s original boutique hotel, is located in a modern Renaissance Revival building and it provides its guests with a memorable experience in the mile-high city. When I checked into my room, I was greeted with a bottle of Champagne, chocolates, a leather notepad and a lovely note from the hotel. It was absolutely wonderful feeling so welcomed at this beautiful hotel.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.
Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Inside of my Deluxe Corner King Room was a king-sized bed, pull-out couch, coffee table with two chairs, desk, 50” LCD television, Keurig in-room coffee maker, safe, plush terry robes and more. In addition, I absolutely LOVED the bathroom as it offered two sinks, a rain shower, deep soaking bathtub and a lot of space. Plus, I loved the marble floors and lighting! In addition to the Deluxe Corner King Room, Hotel Teatro also has a Superior Queen Room, Superior King Room, Superior Queen Room with a Balcony, Deluxe Two Queen Room, Petite Queen Room, Petite King Room, Petite Manhattan Room, Junior Suite and the Chancellor’s Suite.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.
Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Another reason why I loved staying at Hotel Teatro was that it was located in a prime spot. It is easily walkable to city hotspots such as the Denver Center for Performing Arts, the Colorado Convention Center, Union Station, Larimer Square and professional sports and entertainment venues such as Coors Field (where the Colorado Rockies play) as well as the Pepsi Center (where the Denver Nuggets play).

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.
Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

You also do not need to leave the hotel to have a wonderful experience in Denver! Hotel Teatro offers a lovely restaurant called The Nickel, which offers exquisite dining and there is also a wonderful bar too called The Barrel Bar. The reason why Hotel Teatro’s restaurant is called The Nickel is because in the early 1900s, people in Denver would take the streetcars for just a nickel per ride. The restaurant offers a seasonal menu with locally sourced ingredients, house barrel-aged spirits, a coffee roasting program and the original vault that once collected the nickel fare from streetcar passengers. Recently, The Nickel was named Best Hotel Restaurant in Colorado. After a beautiful day in the mountains, it was nice to come back to Hotel Teatro and grab a drink at The Nickel! (Plus, it was beautifully decorated for Christmas.)

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.
Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

In addition to The Nickel, Hotel Teatro also has The Study, which is a warm and cozy gathering space that hosts breakfasts on Monday to Friday from 6:30am to 11:00am. It is a beautiful space with stunning decorations, a fireplace, comfortable couches and chairs, plus more. I enjoyed breakfast in The Study on my last morning in Denver and it was the icing on top of the cake with the snow softly falling outside.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Other great amenities that Hotel Teatro offers is complimentary WiFi throughout the entire property; same day laundry and dry cleaning services on Monday through Saturday; it is pet friendly; offers a 24-hour fitness center for those looking to work out on their trip; cruiser bicycles that you can ride around Denver on a first come, first serve basis; valet car service; courtesy transportation service within a 2.5-mile radius (this is super convenient when you want to go out at night or even in the cold); 24-hour in-room dining service; in-room spa and massage services and EVBox Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.  

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Overall, I had a wonderful stay at Hotel Teatro and recommend it as the leading boutique hotel in Denver, Colorado!

Things to do in Denver in the Winter:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Visit Union Station:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

The very first place I visited when I got to Denver was the historic Union Station. Not only is Union Station Denver’s primary train station, it is also known as Denver’s “Living Room” for dining, drinking and shopping.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Since I visited Denver in late November, there was a beautiful Christmas tree with festive decorations surrounding the Great Hall. This wonderful space is perfect if you are looking to grab a coffee and catch up with a friend, get work done and relax. This station pays homage to a pioneer spirit while embracing modernity.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

During my time at Union Station, Hannah and I grabbed breakfast at Snooze an A.M. Eatery. Both Hannah and I had a breakfast burrito and I enjoyed a candy cane boozy hot chocolate on the side. Snooze is a chain restaurant that is based in Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and Missouri.

Stroll through Larimer Square:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

You can’t visit Denver and not stroll through the city’s oldest and dreamiest street. Located a few blocks from Hotel Teatro is the lit-up block that consist of independent shops, high-end restaurants, cozy bars as well as wellness and beauty services.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Not only is Larimer Square lit up during the holidays, it also has its stringed lights hanging all year round. I visited Larimer Square both during the day and also at night and it was so beautiful.

Enjoy Local Food and Drinks:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

There is no surprise that I love exploring the foodie scene when I travel. I also like going out for drinks at swanky bars where I could enjoy the ambiance as well. Below are a list of places I ate and drank at during my time in Denver:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

The Kitchen American Bistro: Located right off of Larimer Square in LoDo is The Kitchen, a locally sourced restaurant that provides sustainable meals for guests. Kristy, Hannah and I came here for some wine during our first day walking around Denver. It was a trendy and cozy spot that was decorated beautifully for Christmas.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Beatrice and Woodsley: If you are looking for a Tulum vibe in Denver, Beatrice and Woodsley is definitely the place to go near Washington Park! We had a tapas dinner at this dreamy spot our first night and I will have to admit that the drinks are better than the food, but I definitely loved the vibe! During my time at Beatrice and Woodsley, I enjoyed a glass of wine with gnocchi and fried escargot. One thing you need to check out if you come to this spot is the bathroom. The sink was so cool and nothing like I’ve seen before.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Linger: For those who love Asian food, I couldn’t recommend going to Linger when you are in Denver. It was definitely one of the top restaurants we went to during our time in Colorado. Located in an old mortuary in the Highland neighborhood, Linger is a chic lounge that also offers a rooftop. During our time here I enjoyed wine with pad Thai and a Korean fried chicken bao bun. It was delicious.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Little Man Ice Cream: Also located in the Highland neighborhood of Denver is Little Man Ice Cream. Now, I knew about this ice cream shop way before I came to Denver thanks to Instagram, so I was excited that we showed up there since it was near Linger. Inspired by vintage Coney Island hot dog-shaped stands, Little Man Ice Cream is conducted within a 28-foot tall, 14,000 lb. ice cream can. Here, you could enjoy numerous flavors of homemade ice cream, plus more! In addition, Little Man Ice Cream also has a mini Christmas tree stand right next to it. I loved enjoying my hot chocolate-flavored cone with all of the pretty trees surrounding me.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Avanti Food and Beverage: One of the best places to have fun in Denver is Avanti, also located in Highland. With two large bars, a lounge and dining area as well as a rooftop deck, Avanti offers something for everyone. There is even a Christmas pop-up bar located at Avanti as well! During our time here, we just grabbed a beer and enjoyed the rooftop. (Denver is known for great craft beer.) Even though it was colder outside, there were heated lamps surrounding us. In addition, you could also grab French-inspired street food, pizza, Asian food, poke, Venezuelan cuisine, Mexican food, rotisserie and more at Avanti.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Rioja: The absolute BEST restaurant we visited during our time in Denver was Rioja – an award-winning Mediterranean restaurant located on Larimer Street. Both Hannah and I visited Rioja on our last night, which just so happened to be during a snowstorm. It was a short walk from Hotel Teatro, which was super convenient. From the moment we entered Rioja, we knew we would be in for a great experience! The vibe of Rioja was absolutely comforting and swanky, the staff were super energetic and friendly, and the food was amazing. We both got wine and I enjoyed squid ink tagliatelle pasta with clams and sausage in a white wine sauce. It was incredible! After we were done with dinner, they gave us sugar coated mint leaves.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Walk Around the Beauty at the Denver Botanical Gardens:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Whenever I visit a new U.S. city, I always enjoy visiting the botanical gardens. Every city does a wonderful plant display and I never walk away disappointed. The Denver Botanical Gardens offer living, natural history, library and art collections to admire. During the holiday season, there are also beautiful Christmas light displays as well!

Get into the Holiday Spirit at the Christmas Markets and Ice-Skating Rink:

One thing I did not expect to see in Denver was a German Christkindlmarket. Now, it may not be like the Christmas markets in Europe, but it is definitely a cute place to visit during Christmastime. This annual event brings German holiday traditions to Denver and it allows locals and visitors to enjoy glühwein (mulled wine), Bavarian-style biers and food, European coffee or hot chocolate. There are charming wooden huts with Christmas lights that sell artisan gifts, holiday treats and even CBD. (When in Colorado right?)

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

In addition to the Christmas markets, Denver also has a downtown ice-skating rink at Skyline Park. It is the perfect place to go if you are looking for a fun and active winter activity.  

Admire the Talent at Denver Art Museum:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

If you are someone who appreciates art and enjoys going to museums, then you definitely have to visit the Denver Art Museum, which is located in the Civic Center. Known as one of the largest art museums out west, you could walk through the Claude Monet, the Anthony McCall Eyes On, the British Art, the Shantell Martin and The Light Show exhibitions.

Tour the Colorado State Capitol:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

After walking through the Denver Art Museum, I recommend walking through Capitol City Park and admiring the beautiful Colorado State Capitol. Throughout the day, you could book a tour and get a U.S. history lesson about the “Centennial State”.

Watch a Denver Ball Game:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Just like many other U.S. cities, Denver also has renowned sports teams. You could catch the Denver Broncos playing football at Empower Field at Mile High; the Colorado Rockies play baseball downtown at Coors Field; NBA’s Denver Nuggets play basketball at the Pepsi Center in downtown and many more!

See a Concert at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

One of the top things you need to do in Denver is visit the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater located a little outside of the heart of the city. This open-air amphitheater is built into a rock structure where you could catch a concert, watch the stars, go on a hike, shop, do a tour, bike and so much more!

Do a Day Trip:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

There are unlimited day trips you could take from Denver. Below are some top recommendations:


Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my time in Denver, Colorado and my experience staying at Hotel Teatro. If you have any questions about my time in Denver, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

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14 Comments

  1. Elena Pappalardo on November 30, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Denver looks so beautiful in the cold season! And Hotel Teatro looks super charming 🙂 Will definitely keep it in mind for when I finally travel out west!

    • Taylor Deer on November 30, 2019 at 6:32 pm

      Yes, you guys should definitely do a trip out west, especially since you and your husband are both very active! 🙂

  2. Christine on November 30, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    What a fun trip with a fun group! I’ve been to Denver in the summer but haven’t been in the winter yet. It looks so magical with the blanket of white snow covering everything!

    • Taylor Deer on November 30, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      Yes, it was beautiful! I definitely want to go back in the summer now haha

  3. Jaz on November 30, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Such a wonderful post, Taylor! Denver looks like such a picturesque winter destination and I love your excitement of staying in Hotel Teatro – I love hotels like this! I must visit! Praying for snow like this in the UK for Christmas1
    Jaz

    • Taylor Deer on November 30, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you so much Jaz and I hope you guys get some snow soon 🙂

  4. Riley's Roves on November 30, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    I was just in Denver! This is such a good guide to a great city.

    • Taylor Deer on November 30, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you so much Riley! 🙂

  5. Kiana on November 30, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Great post. We love Denver and visit there as often as possible. I’ll have to try some of these places you mentioned!

    • Taylor Deer on November 30, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you Kiana and that is awesome you travel to Colorado often.

  6. Dani on November 30, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    I love Denver! I only had one day to explore, but definitely will be back. And Little Man is the greatest!

    PS gorgeous photos ♥️

    • Taylor Deer on November 30, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      Yes, Colorado is amazing in general and thank you so much! 🙂

  7. World of Lina on December 2, 2019 at 2:45 am

    The Christmas decoration in the city is amazing and I love the fact the city is so eco-friendly! Lovely photos Taylor 💕

    • Taylor Deer on December 2, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Thank you Alina and yes, it’s also super active too, which is awesome. 🙂

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10 Things to do in Denver, Colorado during the Cold Months

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Denver, Colorado is a fun city to visit anytime during the year, but I had the opportunity to make my way to the mile-high city during late November. Even though I visited at the end of autumn, it was definitely already winter in Colorado.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

During November 2019, I was invited by my friend Kristy of Ventre’s Adventures to do a road trip throughout the eastern part of the state. Kristy, Hannah of Don’t Blink Blog and myself started and ended in Denver and then made our way to Alamosa, Cañon City, Colorado Springs and Estes Park. Even though I will have another blog post specifically about our road trip and the adventures we partook in, I am excited to dedicate this article just to the capital of Colorado – Denver.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Some fun facts about Denver is that it is actually not in the Rocky Mountains, it’s in the Great Plains. The city has 300 days of sunshine a year. It is one of the most active cities in America (along with San Diego) and half of the people on my flight to Colorado walked on with a yoga mat. In addition, Denver is also one of the eco-friendliest cities in the country.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

In this blog post, discover the top things to do in Denver during the winter months. I also had the opportunity to partner with Hotel Teatro during my last two nights in mile-high city. I cannot wait to share my experiences with you all!

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

*During my time in Denver, Colorado, Hotel Teatro hosted me for two nights.


Getting to and around Colorado:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

If you are traveling to Colorado, it is best to fly into Denver since you could find flights at an affordable cost. (I flew from Newark Airport in New Jersey straight to Denver within 3 hours!) If you are looking to fly into Aspen, Telluride or anywhere else in the state, it is going to be much more expensive.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Getting around the city of Denver could easily be done by walking or taking an Uber. It is easy to drive in Denver as compared to bigger cities like New York, but it could be difficult to find parking. If you are planning on doing a road trip through the state or even looking to get out of the city in general (which you should if you visit Colorado), I highly recommend renting a car; especially an SUV with 4-wheel drive. We had a great Jeep Wrangler that got us through some pretty scary escapades. During my first evening in Denver, we ended up getting into a 50-car pile-up on an overpass that led onto Route 25. (Click here to learn more, plus you could even see our Wrangler in the pile-up.) We were extremely fortunate that our Jeep was the ONLY vehicle that didn’t get hit, even though we were stuck there for a couple hours. I will admit that it was pretty scary because so many vehicles were totaled, people were rushed to the hospital and a car even caught on fire. The Denver police and fire departments did a great job making sure everyone was safe, but it was nerve wracking to think that this could happen to anyone during the winter. That is why I highly recommend renting an SUV or truck during your time in Colorado.

Staying at Hotel Teatro in Denver:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

­­­­One of my top experiences during my time in Denver, Colorado was staying at Hotel Teatro, located in the LoDo area of the city. I was absolutely impressed and loved how spacious, clean and beautiful my Deluxe Corner King Room was. I had views of the city and nearby Rocky Mountains. Plus, I received the best night’s rest during my entire trip in their cozy Simmons Beautyrest Black™ mattress (of course after watching Hallmark Christmas movies).

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

The building that Hotel Teatro is located in goes back to 1863 when Denver’s Governor Evans built a brick cottage for his family in downtown Denver. The Evans family continued their quest to build up Denver. In 1911, two architects set out to design an 8-story office tower for the Denver Tramway Company. The design combined modern construction and a traditional Renaissance Revival-style architecture of glazed red brick and white terra cotta. The first-floor lobby led to the offices of the Treasurer and Train Master, while physicians and a legal department occupied the second floor. The eighth floor was inhabited by the president, whose boardroom was lined with oak and marble. The Denver Tramway trolleys were in service until 1950 and were later used by the University of Colorado at Denver. The Tramway Building was purchased by the Tramway Hotel, LLC in 1994 and in 1999 it became the 110-room Hotel Teatro.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.
Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Hotel Teatro was recently voted the No. 3 Best Hotel in Colorado in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards. It is Denver’s original boutique hotel, is located in a modern Renaissance Revival building and it provides its guests with a memorable experience in the mile-high city. When I checked into my room, I was greeted with a bottle of Champagne, chocolates, a leather notepad and a lovely note from the hotel. It was absolutely wonderful feeling so welcomed at this beautiful hotel.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.
Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Inside of my Deluxe Corner King Room was a king-sized bed, pull-out couch, coffee table with two chairs, desk, 50” LCD television, Keurig in-room coffee maker, safe, plush terry robes and more. In addition, I absolutely LOVED the bathroom as it offered two sinks, a rain shower, deep soaking bathtub and a lot of space. Plus, I loved the marble floors and lighting! In addition to the Deluxe Corner King Room, Hotel Teatro also has a Superior Queen Room, Superior King Room, Superior Queen Room with a Balcony, Deluxe Two Queen Room, Petite Queen Room, Petite King Room, Petite Manhattan Room, Junior Suite and the Chancellor’s Suite.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.
Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Another reason why I loved staying at Hotel Teatro was that it was located in a prime spot. It is easily walkable to city hotspots such as the Denver Center for Performing Arts, the Colorado Convention Center, Union Station, Larimer Square and professional sports and entertainment venues such as Coors Field (where the Colorado Rockies play) as well as the Pepsi Center (where the Denver Nuggets play).

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.
Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

You also do not need to leave the hotel to have a wonderful experience in Denver! Hotel Teatro offers a lovely restaurant called The Nickel, which offers exquisite dining and there is also a wonderful bar too called The Barrel Bar. The reason why Hotel Teatro’s restaurant is called The Nickel is because in the early 1900s, people in Denver would take the streetcars for just a nickel per ride. The restaurant offers a seasonal menu with locally sourced ingredients, house barrel-aged spirits, a coffee roasting program and the original vault that once collected the nickel fare from streetcar passengers. Recently, The Nickel was named Best Hotel Restaurant in Colorado. After a beautiful day in the mountains, it was nice to come back to Hotel Teatro and grab a drink at The Nickel! (Plus, it was beautifully decorated for Christmas.)

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.
Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

In addition to The Nickel, Hotel Teatro also has The Study, which is a warm and cozy gathering space that hosts breakfasts on Monday to Friday from 6:30am to 11:00am. It is a beautiful space with stunning decorations, a fireplace, comfortable couches and chairs, plus more. I enjoyed breakfast in The Study on my last morning in Denver and it was the icing on top of the cake with the snow softly falling outside.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Other great amenities that Hotel Teatro offers is complimentary WiFi throughout the entire property; same day laundry and dry cleaning services on Monday through Saturday; it is pet friendly; offers a 24-hour fitness center for those looking to work out on their trip; cruiser bicycles that you can ride around Denver on a first come, first serve basis; valet car service; courtesy transportation service within a 2.5-mile radius (this is super convenient when you want to go out at night or even in the cold); 24-hour in-room dining service; in-room spa and massage services and EVBox Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.  

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Overall, I had a wonderful stay at Hotel Teatro and recommend it as the leading boutique hotel in Denver, Colorado!

Things to do in Denver in the Winter:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Visit Union Station:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

The very first place I visited when I got to Denver was the historic Union Station. Not only is Union Station Denver’s primary train station, it is also known as Denver’s “Living Room” for dining, drinking and shopping.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Since I visited Denver in late November, there was a beautiful Christmas tree with festive decorations surrounding the Great Hall. This wonderful space is perfect if you are looking to grab a coffee and catch up with a friend, get work done and relax. This station pays homage to a pioneer spirit while embracing modernity.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

During my time at Union Station, Hannah and I grabbed breakfast at Snooze an A.M. Eatery. Both Hannah and I had a breakfast burrito and I enjoyed a candy cane boozy hot chocolate on the side. Snooze is a chain restaurant that is based in Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and Missouri.

Stroll through Larimer Square:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

You can’t visit Denver and not stroll through the city’s oldest and dreamiest street. Located a few blocks from Hotel Teatro is the lit-up block that consist of independent shops, high-end restaurants, cozy bars as well as wellness and beauty services.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Not only is Larimer Square lit up during the holidays, it also has its stringed lights hanging all year round. I visited Larimer Square both during the day and also at night and it was so beautiful.

Enjoy Local Food and Drinks:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

There is no surprise that I love exploring the foodie scene when I travel. I also like going out for drinks at swanky bars where I could enjoy the ambiance as well. Below are a list of places I ate and drank at during my time in Denver:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

The Kitchen American Bistro: Located right off of Larimer Square in LoDo is The Kitchen, a locally sourced restaurant that provides sustainable meals for guests. Kristy, Hannah and I came here for some wine during our first day walking around Denver. It was a trendy and cozy spot that was decorated beautifully for Christmas.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Beatrice and Woodsley: If you are looking for a Tulum vibe in Denver, Beatrice and Woodsley is definitely the place to go near Washington Park! We had a tapas dinner at this dreamy spot our first night and I will have to admit that the drinks are better than the food, but I definitely loved the vibe! During my time at Beatrice and Woodsley, I enjoyed a glass of wine with gnocchi and fried escargot. One thing you need to check out if you come to this spot is the bathroom. The sink was so cool and nothing like I’ve seen before.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Linger: For those who love Asian food, I couldn’t recommend going to Linger when you are in Denver. It was definitely one of the top restaurants we went to during our time in Colorado. Located in an old mortuary in the Highland neighborhood, Linger is a chic lounge that also offers a rooftop. During our time here I enjoyed wine with pad Thai and a Korean fried chicken bao bun. It was delicious.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Little Man Ice Cream: Also located in the Highland neighborhood of Denver is Little Man Ice Cream. Now, I knew about this ice cream shop way before I came to Denver thanks to Instagram, so I was excited that we showed up there since it was near Linger. Inspired by vintage Coney Island hot dog-shaped stands, Little Man Ice Cream is conducted within a 28-foot tall, 14,000 lb. ice cream can. Here, you could enjoy numerous flavors of homemade ice cream, plus more! In addition, Little Man Ice Cream also has a mini Christmas tree stand right next to it. I loved enjoying my hot chocolate-flavored cone with all of the pretty trees surrounding me.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Avanti Food and Beverage: One of the best places to have fun in Denver is Avanti, also located in Highland. With two large bars, a lounge and dining area as well as a rooftop deck, Avanti offers something for everyone. There is even a Christmas pop-up bar located at Avanti as well! During our time here, we just grabbed a beer and enjoyed the rooftop. (Denver is known for great craft beer.) Even though it was colder outside, there were heated lamps surrounding us. In addition, you could also grab French-inspired street food, pizza, Asian food, poke, Venezuelan cuisine, Mexican food, rotisserie and more at Avanti.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Rioja: The absolute BEST restaurant we visited during our time in Denver was Rioja – an award-winning Mediterranean restaurant located on Larimer Street. Both Hannah and I visited Rioja on our last night, which just so happened to be during a snowstorm. It was a short walk from Hotel Teatro, which was super convenient. From the moment we entered Rioja, we knew we would be in for a great experience! The vibe of Rioja was absolutely comforting and swanky, the staff were super energetic and friendly, and the food was amazing. We both got wine and I enjoyed squid ink tagliatelle pasta with clams and sausage in a white wine sauce. It was incredible! After we were done with dinner, they gave us sugar coated mint leaves.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Walk Around the Beauty at the Denver Botanical Gardens:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Whenever I visit a new U.S. city, I always enjoy visiting the botanical gardens. Every city does a wonderful plant display and I never walk away disappointed. The Denver Botanical Gardens offer living, natural history, library and art collections to admire. During the holiday season, there are also beautiful Christmas light displays as well!

Get into the Holiday Spirit at the Christmas Markets and Ice-Skating Rink:

One thing I did not expect to see in Denver was a German Christkindlmarket. Now, it may not be like the Christmas markets in Europe, but it is definitely a cute place to visit during Christmastime. This annual event brings German holiday traditions to Denver and it allows locals and visitors to enjoy glühwein (mulled wine), Bavarian-style biers and food, European coffee or hot chocolate. There are charming wooden huts with Christmas lights that sell artisan gifts, holiday treats and even CBD. (When in Colorado right?)

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

In addition to the Christmas markets, Denver also has a downtown ice-skating rink at Skyline Park. It is the perfect place to go if you are looking for a fun and active winter activity.  

Admire the Talent at Denver Art Museum:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

If you are someone who appreciates art and enjoys going to museums, then you definitely have to visit the Denver Art Museum, which is located in the Civic Center. Known as one of the largest art museums out west, you could walk through the Claude Monet, the Anthony McCall Eyes On, the British Art, the Shantell Martin and The Light Show exhibitions.

Tour the Colorado State Capitol:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

After walking through the Denver Art Museum, I recommend walking through Capitol City Park and admiring the beautiful Colorado State Capitol. Throughout the day, you could book a tour and get a U.S. history lesson about the “Centennial State”.

Watch a Denver Ball Game:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

Just like many other U.S. cities, Denver also has renowned sports teams. You could catch the Denver Broncos playing football at Empower Field at Mile High; the Colorado Rockies play baseball downtown at Coors Field; NBA’s Denver Nuggets play basketball at the Pepsi Center in downtown and many more!

See a Concert at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

One of the top things you need to do in Denver is visit the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater located a little outside of the heart of the city. This open-air amphitheater is built into a rock structure where you could catch a concert, watch the stars, go on a hike, shop, do a tour, bike and so much more!

Do a Day Trip:

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

There are unlimited day trips you could take from Denver. Below are some top recommendations:


Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my time in Denver, Colorado and my experience staying at Hotel Teatro. If you have any questions about my time in Denver, please email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

Discover the top 10 things to do in Denver, Colorado during the winter months.

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14 Comments

  1. Elena Pappalardo on November 30, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Denver looks so beautiful in the cold season! And Hotel Teatro looks super charming 🙂 Will definitely keep it in mind for when I finally travel out west!

    • Taylor Deer on November 30, 2019 at 6:32 pm

      Yes, you guys should definitely do a trip out west, especially since you and your husband are both very active! 🙂

  2. Christine on November 30, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    What a fun trip with a fun group! I’ve been to Denver in the summer but haven’t been in the winter yet. It looks so magical with the blanket of white snow covering everything!

    • Taylor Deer on November 30, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      Yes, it was beautiful! I definitely want to go back in the summer now haha

  3. Jaz on November 30, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Such a wonderful post, Taylor! Denver looks like such a picturesque winter destination and I love your excitement of staying in Hotel Teatro – I love hotels like this! I must visit! Praying for snow like this in the UK for Christmas1
    Jaz

    • Taylor Deer on November 30, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you so much Jaz and I hope you guys get some snow soon 🙂

  4. Riley's Roves on November 30, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    I was just in Denver! This is such a good guide to a great city.

    • Taylor Deer on November 30, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you so much Riley! 🙂

  5. Kiana on November 30, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Great post. We love Denver and visit there as often as possible. I’ll have to try some of these places you mentioned!

    • Taylor Deer on November 30, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you Kiana and that is awesome you travel to Colorado often.

  6. Dani on November 30, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    I love Denver! I only had one day to explore, but definitely will be back. And Little Man is the greatest!

    PS gorgeous photos ♥️

    • Taylor Deer on November 30, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      Yes, Colorado is amazing in general and thank you so much! 🙂

  7. World of Lina on December 2, 2019 at 2:45 am

    The Christmas decoration in the city is amazing and I love the fact the city is so eco-friendly! Lovely photos Taylor 💕

    • Taylor Deer on December 2, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Thank you Alina and yes, it’s also super active too, which is awesome. 🙂

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