Colorado Guide: What To Do In Winter

What’s up travel bugs!

I honestly feel like I’ve been hitting up all possible winter vacation spots (Banff Guide here!) near me this season and I am falling in love with winter weather forreals. My last day in Denver there was a light snowstorm and it was beautiful! You might wonder what else there is to do besides Vail and Red Rock Amphitheater, if so – then read on!

First Things First: Denver Coffee Shops

Kevin and I arrived in Denver early on Friday morning and worked from a coffee shop, and then again on Sunday and booked our next trip… while we were still on a trip. (So much for traveling less this year) Denver has a bunch of cute hipster coffee shops and I wanted to visit them all!!! But I’ll save some for next time.

  • Aviano Coffee Shop – love the open garage type door of the cafe
  • Port Side – coffee was soso, but food reviews are good!
  • Sonder Coffee Shop – sat here and got our next trip planned out!

  • Amethyst Coffee Company
  • Blue Sparrow Coffee
Denver and Vail Foods to Eat
  • Cherry Cricket – comfort bar food with a bomb burger selection

  • Acorn – a cool farm-to-table restaurant with seasonal menus
  • Snooze an A.M. Eatery – get here early because they don’t take reservations and it’s first come first serve
  • Little Man Ice Cream – ice cream when its cold is even better imo!


  • Denver Biscuit Company – I was intimidated when my order came out but I killed it anyways so that tells you how good it was!

  • Mountain Standard in Vail – sister restaurant to Sweet Basil, slightly cheaper and just as delicious! Make a reservation early or you’ll have to wait for open seating.
  • Almresi Vail – a German themed restaurant with beer and servers in the cutest outfits!

Activities: Denver and Vail
  • Ski/ Board at Vail Resort – beautiful powdered bowls!

  • Snowshoeing – rent your gear from the Vail Nordic Center but don’t use their trails, its not as pretty AND you have to pay a fee! Drive just 5-7 mins away to the Booth Creek Falls trailhead. Full zip version of my patagonia jacket here.
  • Ice Castles – go early! The lines build up and pre-purchase your tickets online. The ice slide goes super fast! My beanie is on sale here!


  • Denver Botanic Garden – a great place to get out of the cold and take photos! (My current fave denim here)
  • Denver Union Station – there are so many cute shops and restaurants in the station. A great place to chill and relax. (Can you tell who was colder?)

Denver was surprisingly a super cool place to visit with lots of things to do. I would definitely be down to go again since I didn’t have the chance to visit the Red Rocks Amphitheater! Hopefully this helped inspire you to plan your next trip and potentially to Denver! As always I have a spreadsheet to share if you leave me a comment I would be happy to send it your way 🙂

Happy Travels!


1 Comment

  1. Roderick Bartman
    November 19, 2019 / 8:40 pm

    That is a great tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate information… Many thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!


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