My trip to Denver this week offered a feast for the eyes and stomach. While my friend B. and I traveled for work, we were lucky enough to stay at a fun spot, and to find some great restaurants over the course of two days.
The Curtis Hotel offers just about as much fun as you can hope to have at a DoubleTree Hotel. (And yes, there were warm cookies waiting for us on arrival.) With a *fun and games* motif, along with some brilliant graphics that ran all the way down to the door hangers, this place offered up some colorful inspiration for our next project - revamping a family friendly apartment complex. :D
Right down the street from The Curtis was Sam's No. 3, a typical greasy spoon diner which has been featured on the Food Network's Dives, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
Arriving in Denver, I had seven days of vegan living under my belt (more on this later). But that wasn't well received in the mountain state where I could barely eek a vegetarian dish out of the back kitchen. That's why I had to kill my good streak with this:
Driving around downtown, we saw some great public art.
One of our vendors took us out to dinner at her favorite spot, an un-marked restaurant that the locals know as Beatrice and Woodsley.
Their menu was to die for. Check it here.
Escargot fondue and crawfish beignets - yeth, pweeezzzze!
The woodland decor was so captivating! If our eyes weren't looking at what was on the tip of our forks, they were wandering around the room, soaking up all the design, which B. so eloquently called "story-rich".
I'm so glad we were directed towards breakfast at Snooze. We got there just in time and missed, what we were told was, a perpetual line out the door.
Sausage pancakes for B., bruleed vanilla almond oatmeal for me.
After we wrapped up our workday, we headed here before heading to the airport. I just love these cloud sculptures, which are there to greet you as you arrive and takeoff.
And of course, I've always loved the unique architecture of the Denver Airport!