One of the goals we have together is to go to every MLB Ballpark. While I have been to a few more that Ian (US Cellular Field in Chicago to see a game and tours at Fenway and Wrigley), we have slowly begun chipping away at our grand goal. At the rate we’ve been going — about one park per year — this is going to take awhile, but we have plenty of time. Especially with new parks being built, we’ll have to decide how to judge our success. In fact, we went to the Old Yankee Stadium for a tour the season before they moved over to the new stadium so technically we are at six (Oakland, AT&T, Busch Stadium, Safeco Field, Coors Field) Regardless, this is a fun thing for us to do and it’s a good way to help us see more of the USA.
Since this year the A’s were playing the Rockies during interleague play, we thought it would be a great chance for us to visit a park and a place we’ve been wanting to go for some time. One of Ian’s cousins has been raving about how much she loves Denver, so we had to check it out.
Where we stayed
Burnsley All Suites Hotel
We used Priceline to get a hotel, but we compromised on our star rating a bit which we probably won’t do again. It was okay, very spacious for the two of us but on the older side and on the outskirts of the downtown Denver area. It was still convenient enough for us to be able to walk into downtown a couple times but it was a bit of a trek. One of the highlights was that they have jazz in the lounge on Fridays and Saturdays so we didn’t have to go far for some good entertainment.
Garden of the Gods
We did this the first day we were there, which also happened to be the hottest. In retrospect, we should have altered our schedule based on the forecast but as the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20. To get out to Colorado Springs, it took about three hours, but the drive out there was one of the highlights of our trips. Commuting up and down highway 101 all the time where there is little greenery really made us appreciate the scenic drive from Denver.
Garden of the Gods was also worth every minute of the drive and endurance of the heat. You just don’t see those kinds of rock formations in California. It very much reminded me of the red rock of Sedona.
Hooters for fight night
$10 cover to see Manny get robbed.
16th St. Mall
I ❤ Denver store carries only local artists.
Where we ate
Ted’s of Montana
On the way back from Colorado Springs. It was a bit overpriced for what you got but we were able to try some bison so for that I guess it was worth the stop.
For Sunday brunch, this is exactly our kind of place. A map on the wall showing you where the locally sourced ingredients were produced. Ian had the pork hash which had a really good spicy ketchup that brought the dish together and I had the cider glazed pork benedict that melted in our mouth.
Other places worth trying? We tagged them on Foursquare!
- Rooster & Moon. It was close to our hotel & had free wi-fi, but had an excellent salad! Perfect place if you need to take a break from heavy meals. Pretty refreshing.
- Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen. AWESOME gourmet bar food. They’re better known for their drinks, but their food is excellent.
- Vert Kitchen. This one is not in the center of the downtown area, but easily worth the drive! One of the best sandwiches I’ve had in my life.