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8 Reasons to Escape to Denver in January

An exceptional Claude Monet exhibition, train access to ski lifts, and more.

By Jayme Lamm January 1, 2020

A visit to Denver is in order. 

The temperatures in Denver may be anything but hot, but the city itself is having a surefire moment or two, making it a prime contender for a weekend away. Long known as the starting point for adrenaline junkies in Colorado, there’s so much more to the Mile High City. 

Here are the top reasons to head there right now.  

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It's not your standard shopping experience. This unique marketplace is home to well-curated best-in-class retail brands—Clare V. and Aesop among them; it's also the only Beautycounter location outside of New York—with many goods ranging from $20 to high-end splurges. The concept was created in partnership with renowned local chefs, too. Check out Steven Waters's semi-secretive basement level cocktail establishment Run for the Roses that you may or may not need a password for entry (spoiler alert: you don't need a password). 

FREE MARKET is inside downtown Denver’s Dairy Block, a former dairy that also houses a hotel, an array of eateries featuring cocktails, ice cream, tap wine service, and more. 

2. CBD

Short for cannabidiol, an abundant chemical in the cannabis plant, CBD is having a moment across the country. And probably even more so in Denver where spas like The Oxford Club Spa & Salon offer a new CBD-themed massage and a Rose CBD Spectrum Facial. Or book the Maven Hotel's spa package, The Mavens of Relaxation, starting at $279 per night, and including Mary’s Nutritionals CBD products and a bottle of wine or champagne with your accommodations. An added bonus: the Mary’s Nutritionals CBD products are safe to travel with out-of-state. Now you know your CBDs.

3. Urban Wineries

Urban wineries are a trend that first popped up in the early aughts when winemakers began trading in the standard vineyards for big cities, and they haven’t looked back. Denver has no shortage. Try the playful Infinite Monkey Theorem in RiNo or Blanchard Family Wines, which is headquartered in Sonoma, but has a local spot in the Dairy Block development. 

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Congratulations to @thereneemh, this week's #FanFavorite feature at the Denver Art Museum! Don't miss your chance to see "Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature" at the DAM, the sole U.S. venue for this exhibition of more than 120 Monet paintings spanning the famed French Impressionist artist's entire career. Showcasing his first known artwork to some of his very last, "Monet" is on view through February 2, 2020. The exhibition then travels to the Museum Barberini (@museumbarberini) in Potsdam, Germany. TIP: Weekday evenings are less crowded. Advance online ticket purchase is highly recommended. Get your tickets today via the link in our bio. #MonetatDAM #DenverArtMuseum #Denver #Colroado #Monet #ClaudeMonet "Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature" is presented by @pncbank.

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4.  Claude Monet

Showing now through Feb. 2 at the Denver Art Museum, the new Claude Monet exhibition, The Truth of Nature, is the most comprehensive collection of Monet paintings to show in the U.S. in more than two decades. With 120 paintings that span Monet's entire career, the works highlight the celebrated French impressionist artist's enduring relationship with nature and his response to the varied and distinct places in which he worked.

5. Monet-Themed Cocktails

You can also get into the spirit with a Monet themed spirit, such as the Misty Morning ($13), at Le Meridien’s The Lobbyist, the swanky and intoxicating lobby bar inside the bustling downtown Denver hotel.

6. Nude Art (Yes, Nude Art)

Move over, Nashville: Denver has taken over as a top bachelorette destination for good reason, including nude art. The Art, a hotel has teamed up with The Artful Bachelorettea company founded in NYC by Fleur Childs, a native of Australia, where live nude drawing is a popular bachelorette party activity. The ARTful Bachelorette Weekend package includes a private two-hour event with fun drawing instruction and a very handsome male model (their words, not ours!) along with F&B credits, luxury accommodations, in-room champagne, and more. 

7. @LauraGoodsonArt

Pop art is the future of everything according to Laura Goodson, a Houston artist who now lives in Denver. Catch her at Scott Young’s Pop-Up Art Gallery in the Dairy Block now through Jan. 3. She is among a handful of talented artists showing at the pop-up, aptly titled “Knock-Out.”

8.  The Great Outdoors

You may not think of Denver and skiing together, but that’s about to change. The Winter Park Express train runs from Union Station in downtown Denver to the steps of Winter Park Resort's ski lifts every Friday to Sunday until the end of March, and that includes the brand new Sunnyside lift. Of the seven ski areas within a three-hour drive of Denver, three can be accessed by a brand new bus service making rental cars virtually obsolete.

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