Denver Botanic Gardens houses vibrant flowers, lush vegetation, and educational activities for visitors of all ages. Native and adapted plants flourish in the York Street campus, which also houses Mordecai Children’s Garden—a 3-acre lot with alpine gardens, mountain ranges, and cool bugs. The two-story waterfall at Marnie's Pavilion bursts with blooming orchids year-round, and a Japanese garden features Ponderosa pines sculpted to look like bonsai. Visitors stroll through water gardens inspired by Monet's estate at Giverny.
Colorado Puppy Rescue works to save the lives of and find loving, permanent homes for as many puppies as possible. To that end, the organization partners with rural shelters and rescuers that don't have enough funding to adopt the puppies, many of which would otherwise face euthanasia due to overcrowding and lack of necessary resources. Colorado Puppy Rescue receives new puppies each week, and as a shelterless rescue, places them in foster homes and hosts adoption events at a local Petco. All puppies placed for adoption have been examined by a vet technician and are up-to-date on vaccinations.
Language classes at Bella Italia are good for beginners who want to pad their brains for upcoming vacations to Italy as well as for seasoned students wishing to sand the rust off their skills. The instructor, a native of Genoa, teaches hour-long classes once a week for eight weeks. A 200-page vocab and grammar electronic textbook is also included with this Groupon. Learn to order from a restaurant menu, have basic conversations, and make simple queries such as "where is the airport?" "how much does it cost?" and "why am I on fire?" In addition to the basics, you'll learn important cultural and historical information that prevents people from mistaking the ruins of the Colosseum for a pizza franchise.
Indulge Wine School's staff of educators, such as Kris in Jacksonville, a wine expert and blogger, expands wine knowledge with ease, having turned the revelry-steeped tassels of nearly 3,000 graduates. Classes of 12–20 take place in venues throughout the United States, as students swirl and sip their study materials and nibble complimentary appetizers. Every class ends with a Q&A session, during which potation professors shine a light on oenophilic mysteries including tannin content and regional differences. Afterward, students continue to ferment knowledge at home with a complimentary electronic copy of Indulge's book A Fun and Informative Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wine, a food-and-wine-pairing chart, and a top-10 list of wine-buying tips.
Owner Peter Roth describes The Robusto Room as “a very unique blend of martini lounge, meets nightclub, meets cigar bar.” Here, rich clouds of smoke elegantly curl from premium stogies bought at the onsite cigar shop as bartenders forge creative concoctions from behind a sleek wooden bar. In addition to the rattle of martini shakers, beats from live DJs fill the low-lit space hailed as Best Singles Hangout by the readers of 5280 magazine. Additionally, they offer a variety of events, including karaoke, Texas hold’em, trivia, and single-malt-scotch flights that entice whiskey aficionados and full-time Merle Haggard impersonators alike.
Extra Innings Littleton's sprawling baseball enclave sharpens batting and pitching skills with a lineup of seven multiuse training tunnels. Each spacious tunnel is 70 feet long, 25 feet high, and 15 feet wide, leaving plenty of room for wild pitches, fly balls, and improvement. There's no limit on the number of pitches flung by the ball-launching machines, which can be adjusted to spew out blazing fastballs for the pros or gentle, encouraging lobs that help to train new players; tees are also available for the youngest sluggers. If human pitchers want to sub in for Extra Innings' robotic all-star, the facility's protective L-screens stand ready to protect them from line drives as pitching arms practice hurling orbs toward a catching or batting partner.