First stop: The Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver, CO
Considering the fact that over 23 million barrels of beer are produced in Colorado each year, making it 1st in the nation in beer production per capita; it’s always high on my list to check out a different brewery each time I go. This trip, we ended up at The Great Divide Brewing Company and it was excellent. If you find yourself in Denver, I would highly recommend checking them out.
|their Denver Pale Ale (DPA)which turned out to be my favorite|
Best meal of the trip: Root Down in Denver, CO
Root Down’s kitchen focuses on locally sourced ingredients and even gives a shout out to each of their local suppliers on the menu, which I thought was pretty cool. With an unbeatable view of the Denver skyline, and lucky for me the most gorgeous cherry blossom trees in full bloom right outside, I was in a serious happy place while eating there. With great service, inventive fresh food, and a fun casual atmosphere; I’ll definitely be returning on my next trip out.
|My favorite food item of the entire weekend: Roasted root vegetable salad with a maple Mascarpone crostini, smoked Prosciutto, and roasted pistachios. I can’t wait to try and re-create this dish at home.|
|Another really great dish: Diver scallops with plantain hash, lemon-habanero tartar sauce, micro basil, and crispy red onions|
Best hotel in the area: The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO
Modeled after the opulence and extravagance of the finest hotels in Europe, The Broadmoor was built in 1918 by a wealthy entrepreneur and his wife. No expense was spared and it still shows today. Every Sunday, they host a fantastic brunch and it has become a tradition every time I visit.
|I can't get over how beautiful all the ceilings are|
|Me and my brother|