Nestled near the foot of the Front Range mountains about 30 minutes from Denver and Boulder, Hilltop Inn pampers patrons with homey confines and ample amenities. After checking in, guests are greeted in their king mini suite by a half dozen chocolate-covered strawberries, a complimentary snack bar, and breathtaking mountain views. A romantic gas fireplace keeps toes toasty, and a satellite-enabled, 27-inch flat-screen TV inspires epic, popcorn-fueled channel-surfing competitions. Guests can stop by The Wildflowers Tea Room & Restaurant and use their $10 gift card toward a late-afternoon tea, an english bread pudding, or something heartier, such as corned beef cooked in Guinness and whiskey. With a refrigerator, microwave, and kitchen sink in their room, boarders can pack it in for the night and take advantage of the WiFi connection to perform magic shows via video chat to enraptured family and friends. After all sheep are counted and the violet hue of the sun paints the eastern sky, lodgers start the day with a full-size breakfast before heading off into the mountains for a bout of exuberant yodeling.
Giant cheshire cat grins stretch across the metal tanks at Wonderland Brewing Company?and most likely, a similar smile will soon spread over anyone who steps inside the brewery's tap room. Twelve taps line the bar here, showcasing some of the brewmasters' greatest Belgian, American, and English beer creations. Depending on the season, the brews flowing might be Belgian blondes and stouts, traditional pale ales and spring hefewiezens, or winter ales and pumpkin beers.
Despite their ambitious beer lineup, the team found themselves with an abundance of extra room in their 9,000 sq. ft. facility. So they filled it?not with ugly plants and thousands of spare bathroom keys, but with six tournament-style ping pong tables. They also put basketball courts outside and left open spaces for food trucks and special events, such as live music and pub trivia.
According to a 2013 article in the New Yorker, Colorado is No. 3 in the nation in terms of number of craft breweries (it has 151 altogether). According to that same article, the number of craft breweries continues to grow every year in almost every state. It seems like people can't get enough of the inventive craft beer flavors made by beer lovers from breweries such as Broomfield's Big Choice Brewing.
Located Southwest of 120th and Main in Broomfield, Big Choice Brewing is a little off the beaten path. It offers pints and growlers of their 10,000 Summers Saison, brewed with wildflower honey, or the #42 Poblano Stout, which contains poblano peppers. To make the beer tastings more of an experience, Big Choice offers in-house movie nights and trivia nights.
Chef Aaron Bennett and his culinary team combine the philosophies behind farm-to-table cooking with gourmet Italian dining at Bácaro Venetian Taverna. The menu features classic Venetian dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local and organic farms, including Talbott Farms, Isabel Farms, and Haystack Mountain, among others. Panzanella salads season tomatoes and garlic croutons with basil-infused olive oil and wild boar shoulder gets braised in chianti before being served with creamy, truffle-infused polenta. The kitchen makes all of their pastas in-house, and gluten-free spaghetti or penne can be substituted for wheat-free diets.
Bácaro takes its name from the lively taverns around Venice, which are noted for their laid-back atmosphere, simple furniture, and affable ghosts. Bartenders fuel lively gatherings with pitchers of sangria, housemade Italian liqueurs, and selections from their extensive wine list during daily happy hours. The eatery also hosts guests on its spacious rooftop patio, where chandeliers and the fact that it is on a rooftop heighten views of downtown Boulder.
For the instructors at Boulder Swing Dance, their passion fuels their career. Each of them is a professional dancer, and many of them have collected awards in competitions. They funnel all their experience and enthusiasm into each dance lesson, always shaking to spread their passion for the art form. They start small, breaking down complex lindy hop, charleston, balboa, and swing moves into simple steps and rhythm patterns that single students and couples of all abilities can retain and perform. As their students progress, instructors incorporate more than just steps, encouraging students to break out of their shells and express their own playfulness and musicality by customizing each step. Students can also practice their new moves at weekly dance parties, where they can boogie down and perform high-energy swivels in a judgment-free environment.