It’s hard to believe the holiday season is upon us, and here in Colorado we pull out all the stops to make sure visitors and locals alike can celebrate in style. From great music and festivals to top-tier dining and entertainment, there’s no better place to get in the spirit of the season. Oh the lights you’ll see, as you take in the beauty of so many attractions, including the Denver Botanic Gardens, The Denver Zoo, the 9News Parade of Lights. Maybe you’re in the mood for a good old-fashioned holiday celebration? Head over to Golden, a quick drive from downtown yet a world away. Here, the locals know how to make merry, from fun and games to parades and hot cocoa — you guessed it, the whole holiday package wrapped up for the whole family!

From Boulder to Denver to the beautiful Rocky Mountains, the festive feeling is all around. Skiing is just an hour or two away, and the mountain resorts are reveling in fresh snowfall. We help you get ready for an epic ski season with our cover feature on fashion on the slopes, showcasing this year’s most beautiful outfits that will have you looking like a pro (even if après ski is more your thing).

Speaking of après skiing, who says you have to be in the mountains to have a little late-night fun? Take a look at our story on local speakeasies, and conjure what it was like in the Roaring ’20s. The speakeasies we feature are unique and diverse, and writer Eric Elkins even suggests his favorite cocktails at each of these establishments.

Okay, we realize that many of our readers are here with family, so let’s move away from the bar and nightlife scene to explore some memorable experiences for kids and their grownups. There are so many fun activities taking place throughout our beautiful state, and writer Rebecca Treon highlights some of her personal favorites that will be a huge hit all around. From the North Pole to the National Western Stock Show, your stay here will be filled with fun and merriment.

In the mood for a day of shopping and dining? Check out the new Stanley Marketplace, an indoor venue where you will discover fantastic food, innovative boutiques, and beverages of all sorts. Monica Parpal Stockbridge takes you back in time, showcasing the history and evolution of Stanley, which once served as an aviation warehouse and still boasts many of the original design elements. Locals are raving about the eclectic mix of merchants housed in this unique venue, and it’s definitely worth the trip to experience it for yourself.

You’ve had a day of fun and games, but now it’s time to relax. And what better way to unwind than to indulge in a wonderful tradition known as High Tea? Melanie Locke introduces you to some of her top picks for tea and scones, from the world-class Brown Palace to neighborhood establishments that pay homage to our English neighbors. Scones, pastries, and a cup of tea are a fine respite from a day of adventure in colorful Colorado.

As always, we provide you with a comprehensive lineup of the fun events that will be taking place during your stay. Make sure to check out The Scene for an insider’s look at what to do while you’re here. From top-tier concerts and plays to fabulous shopping and attractions, all the information you need is right here in Denver + Colorado Hotel Magazine.

Welcome to Colorado and enjoy your stay!

Ellen Gray
Publisher, Denver + Colorado Hotel Magazine