Stay in an ice hotel, attend a winter festival and wander through an ice castle.
As artists and boutique businesses transform the decommissioned warehouses and factories of Denver’s River North neighbourhood, this former industrial area has become a hotbed of galleries, studios and food halls. Here are six stops you need to make during your next visit.
1. Take the Denver Graffiti Tour and visit The Denver Central Market
Take a stroll down Walnut and Larimer streets to see some of the River North Art District’s many murals. Or, let Denver Graffiti Tour give you the full street art experience as it shares the stories behind some of the best art. The year-round tour finishes at The Denver Central Market food hall.
2. Sweat it out at Movement Climbing + Fitness
Get your bouldering on at Movement Climbing + Fitness, an indoor climbing gym located in an old tin factory that also offers yoga. The gym shares space with Improper City, which features a cocktail bar, café, spaces for co-working and a sunny patio hosting rotating food trucks.
3. Shop at Shea Boutique
Check out clothing, sunglasses and notebooks at chic Shea Boutique, a showcase of local and designer fashions and jewelry with a pop-up vibe.
4. Stop for doughnuts and coffee at Hotbox Roasters Café
Fuel up at Hotbox Roasters Café, a local favourite for its nitro cold pours and cake doughnuts such as blueberry with a vanilla bean glaze.
5. Visit the Weilworks Gallery
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Spend an afternoon wandering through Weilworks Gallery, where three levels of exhibition space showcase works by local designers, artists and makers. After touring the space, don’t miss the incredible views of downtown Denver from the concrete-panelled exhibition tower.
6. Eat at The Infinite Monkey Theorem
Sample Sauvignon Blanc and pear cider at The Infinite Monkey Theorem, known for its trendy canned wines. During River North’s First Friday monthly art walk, the urban winery and tasting room has an in-house DJ and local food trucks park outside its patio.
[This story appears in the October 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine.]
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