I had finished the project I was working on in Billings, Montana and Andrew was going to join me to drive back home to Texas! The flights from Houston to Billings were ridiculously expensive. After much research, I found a one-way flight from Houston to Denver for just $60 bucks! Now as I’m writing this post, it does seem a little extreme to drive almost 8 hours to save $300 bucks but I had never been to Denver before so it was the perfect excuse!
Denver is the capital of Colorado and home to four major sports teams, major museums and a wide variety of restaurants that make the city a destination in its own right! Although I only had the day to explore, I was determined to make the most out of it!
First on my list, was Voodoo Doughnut’s! For those who read my blog regularly, you know I love doughnuts. Voodoo Doughnut’s is not just a doughnut shop, it’s an experience of adventure! The set of stores on the block with Voodoo is symbolic of the street. There's Voodoo, a tattoo shop, and a pot shop. (Obviously, a great combination.)
Voodoo is open 24 hours and only takes cash. When I arrived, there were only 2 people ahead of me, and before they were served, more people arrive and the line was out the door. Between the growing crowd, the smell, and the spinning display of tasty looking doughnuts, one is pretty much ready to order a dozen (not to share) when you reach the counter.
The doughnuts are CRAZILY decorated (fruit loops, bacon, gum ...), and it might be a figment of my imagination, but they seemed a lot bigger than normal doughnuts. Not only do they look and smell great, they taste great.
I know the locals know about Voodoo Doughnuts, but if you're visiting and haven't tried Voodoo, you need to go! Well worth the trip. The do have vegan options, too!
I ordered a caramel, chocolate and peanut donut and it was probably the best donut I've ever had!
Molly Brown House Museum
Happy 150th Birthday, Margaret Brown! I was so excited to learn all about Molly Brown and tour her beautiful home. It’s such a wonderful thing that the historical society purchased this home in 1970 so that we might get to know Mrs. Margaret Brown and her fabulous life! (She was never called Molly, that's a movie based loosely on her life apparently). Born to Irish immigrants, her parents educated her better than what was typical, she married for love in Leadville to a non-wealthy engineer in training who happened to strike it rich.
They moved to Denver into this home with their 2 children, with a view of the capitol to have influence. She fought for workers' rights, got thrown into a lifeboat while the Titanic was sinking, fought for safety procedures on ships, was a Suffragette, convinced Denver to institute a Juvenile court system versus throwing kids in jail with adults ... and so much more.
Anyone who says one person can't make much of a difference hasn't heard of Margaret Brown! There's so much more to see and learn on the tour. Give yourself an hour and a half as you'll most likely wait for the next tour, tour takes an hour. It was a fabulous tour and tour guide was full of information! Home is not air conditioned so I would recommend visiting on a cooler day.
Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery
After my tour and browsing through the historical area, I was starving! I literally googled, “Best lunch spots in Denver” and Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery was top on the list! The food was perfect, the bathrooms were clean, and the service was friendly. Great food, top quality, tasty interesting flavors and options, friendly service, what more can you ask? These are not bargain fast foods or prices. This is top quality eats worth the price and value. Chop Shop has become a go to spot for locals and out of town visitors who are looking for good food without hype or fanfare. You order and pay at the counter, take a number card and the food is brought to the table!
Soak Up Denver
Before I knew it, it was time for me to head to the airport to meet Andrew. It was little over an hour away from the hair salon I was at and I wasn’t sure if I was going to hit traffic or not so I headed straight there after my hair appointment. I got there in less than 45 minutes… so I had time to kill! I grabbed some Tropical Smoothie and drove the backside of the airport I was trying to take photos of planes landing and taking off but I didn’t have my camera and my phone wasn’t doing the job! However, it was really cool to see the planes. The Denver Airport is literally in the middle of nowhere but the scenery is beautiful! Andrew’s plan landed and we headed to back to Billings, Montana to meet my parents as they flew in the next day!
Have you ever been to Colorado?! What did you do?!