A few weekends ago I checked into the Hilton Denver City Center for a little staycation. This was not your average staycation but a jam-packed girls getaway! With three of my besties in tow, we explored all downtown Denver has to offer. The Hilton Denver City Center was the perfect home base/jumping off point for our weekend, I’m thrilled to have worked with Hilton and their great team to plan this weekend to share with y’all!
I honestly love getting DM’s about what to do, where to eat and drink and most importantly where to stay when visiting Denver. If you follow my blog you that know while I live in Denver I spend almost every weekend in the mountains! Planning and spending a full weekend in Denver was a total change of pace and so freaking fun. Seriously, I have had a bucket list of bars, restaurants, and activities that I have finally checked off and can now recommend to you! So if you’re headed to Denver here is the perfect weekend itinerary.
Friday – Just Getting Settled
We were staying in a Junior Suite on the executive floor which gave us access to a complimentary Happy Hour and breakfast. Unfortunately, we missed the complimentary Happy Hour but if the breakfast was any indication of what Happy Hour could be I wouldn’t miss it again!
Our Suite was set up perfectly for our girls’ getaway. It featured one large living room with a kitchenette that attached to a Master Suite, which then connected to a double queen room. The entire hotel was renovated just last year and has a perfect mix of trendy yet Colorado vibes. I love the art used for headboards and all the built-in USB ports.
Hilton Denver City Center is running a great Rockies season package that includes breakfast, beer & pretzel vouchers plus a goodie bag with all things baseballs like Big League Chew, Cracker Jacks and root beer! The Hilton Denver City Center is the official partner of the Colorado Rockies and can help you plan the perfect Rockies weekend.
Dinner at Prospect
We were treated to dinner at the hotels signature restaurant, Prospect’s Urban Kitchen & Bar. I think we were all pleasantly surprised by how good our meal was. Our server was also amazing and hilarious. Be wary of the 9 oz. wine pours too!
We started off with cocktails a cheese plate (of course) and their newest appetizer Grilled Octopus. After that, we switched to our 9 oz wine pours – a very welcomed heavy-handed poor! Scott urged us to try the Graham Cracker Porter Onion Soup and we were all so happy we did. Seriously one of the best French Onions soups I have had.
For entrees, two of ordered the Rocky Mountain Trout and another the Duck Confit. Everything was delicious and were quite large portions of food, which gets bonus points in my book! For dessert, we indulged in the Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake and Chocolate Fudge Cake. After dinner, we headed back up to our suite to drink wine, gab, and snack on our goodie bag treats.
Saturday – It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint!
Saturday we were up early for a full day of activities before heading to the Rockies game. We had brunch reservations at noon but headed to the Executive Lounge for breakfast, around nine am. Sometimes complimentary hotel breakfast leaves something to be desired… AKA more food! This breakfast did not disappoint, we went back for 2nds and 3rds as did everyone else who was enjoying the Executive Lounge.
Spring in Denver can often bring disappointing weather. Unfortunately, we woke up to snow and rain canceling our Denver Graffiti walking tour. River North, also known as RiNo, is a very hip part of downtown and almost every inch is covered in art. This two-hour tour goes in depth on each design, the artist’s inspiration and more. Learn more about the Denver Graffiti Tour here. But since ours was canceled we played Settlers of Catan instead.
Brunch at The Bindery
For brunch, we took the complimentary hotel car to The Binderyin Lohi. This spot is beautiful! With floor to ceiling windows and super tall ceilings, the space was so bright and airy even on a gloomy Saturday morning. I love beignets and berries so the Seasonal Berries with crème fraiche, maple syrup and beignets was a must, and damn was it good! We were all totally torn on what to order but decided on the La Emmabella (eggs in brioche with truffle butter, duck prosciutto), Toasted Quinoa Porridge and Avocado Toast. The vibe of The Binderyis relaxed but classy, we really oohed and aahed over the space and joked that we felt like we were on an episode of Sex in the City!
Wine Tour at Infinite Monkey Theorem
Next up was a wine tour at Denver’s urban winery, Infinite Monkey Theorem. This was the perfect rainy day activity. The tour takes about an hour and includes about four very hefty pours. Our tour was super educational and fun. You could really tell how much our guide loved being a member of the Infinite Monkey team and the passion they have for wine.
All of Infinite Monkey Theorem wine is produced from grapes harvested right here in Colorado. Infinite was also one of the first wine producers to can their wine! All of Infinite Monkey Theorem’s glass bottle wines use twist off caps which are greener than corks and also makes the bottle of wine more affordable for the consumer.
I have drunk Infinite Monkey plenty of times but have never taken the time to notice the beautiful engraved bottle. Yep, engraved! No paper labels – another way they are green and awesome! Public tastings are only $25 and private tours with barrel tastings are $75. Learn more about the tourshere
Shopping at Modern Nomad
The RiNo neighborhood has lots to see and do, so before heading to the game we decided to check out some locals stores. Modern Nomadjust opened and it is like walking into boho heaven! The space has five distinct but cohesive retailers as well as rotating pop-up shops. Nothing is better than walking into a hip home store flipping over an item and being totally shocked at how reasonable the price is! I did this not only once but at least five times in Modern Nomad.
Unfortunately, the rain and cold deterred us from going into the game, but we did go and take pictures outside the stadium! The Rockies were playing the Cubs so naturally, it was packed! Even if you’re not a Rockies or even baseball fan the games are so fun! We always head up to The Rooftop and grab a margarita from The Rio, a hot dog from Biker Jim’s and a giant bottomless popcorn.
Dinner at Ophelia’s
When you visit Denver you will be recommended a few restaurants and I can guarantee you Linger will be at the top of that list, and rightfully so – it’s amazing. As are all the Edible Beats restaurants around Denver. Not only is the food top notch but the decor, ambiance, and vibe is edgy and cool. Ophelia’s might take the cake on decor as this half venue, half restaurant is decorated with vintage pinups and movie posters, the stage backdrop is a collage of classic radios and the girls bathroom stalls are made of vintage yardsticks from local businesses.
Ophelia’s is always a winner in my book and our dinner didn’t disappoint. We decided to order a few things to share including Scallops, Shishito Peppers, Drunken Muscles, Plantains, and the Truffle Mushroom Flatbread. I highly recommend the Scallops, which are smoked and served cold. Sounds weird, but they were super yummy. Also, on special that night was asparagus with burrata – wowzers, hopefully they will be adding this to the regular menu!
Hit The Town
After dinner, we headed toBe On Keys to see my favorite Phish cover band and my future wedding band woot-woot! Now, I know that is not everyone’s ideal Saturday night so head to my Denver Guideto see my other favorite bars around town.
Sunday – Time to Relax
Sunday we decided to sleep in and enjoy mimosa in our robes. I mean a hotel trip isn’t complete without some robe time, right? Instead of heading to the Executive Lounge we opted for brunch at RiNo’s newest hot spot,Barcelona Wine Bar
Brunch at Barcelona Wine Bar
You may have heard of Barcelona Wine Baras they have a few locations across the country. I know you may be thinking, eh a chain? No! Barcelona is anything but, each location is totally unique creating a genuine local feel. And it’s spreading like wildfire because of how amazing they are! Everywhere we went over the weekend people asked if we were going to that new wine bar in RiNo! A Spanish wine & tapas bar may seem like an odd choice for brunch but it was delicious! When you go, you have to get Jamón & Manchego Croquetas, Bacon Wrapped Dates, Shakshuka and Potato Tortilla. This place is going to be so popular once summer hits, just look at this patio! I can’t wait to go back!
Sunday ended up being beautiful so after brunch, we walked around RiNo and snapped pics in front of the great street art, before heading home.
We had such a blast on our girls getaway weekend! I checked so many things off my Denver bucket list and remembered why I just adore this city! If you’re a Rockies/Baseball fan than the Triple Play Package is perfect for you. Hot pretzels, free beer, and a goodie bag? Win-win!
If you could care less about baseball, Hilton Denver City Center is still a great location for all of your Denver activities. The complimentary Hilton car literally took us everywhere we wanted to go, which made getting around so easy. Learn more about the Hilton Denver City Center and The Triple Play Package here.